SMU's Summer Youth Program offers more than 60 workshops in the following subject areas:
- LEGO® Learning
- Adventures in Science and Design
- Digital Media
- Creative Arts
- Workshops for High School Students
- Guildhall Advanced Game Design Academy
- Academic Enhancement Workshops
Offered for Grades 1 - 8
Using a variety of LEGO® systems and sets, LEGO® Learning workshops provide fun, interactive, and creative opportunities for students to stretch their imaginations. Explore engineering, architecture, and mechanics through programs and activities that foster problem-solving skills, collaboration, and creativity.
Adventures in Science and Design
Offered for Grades 3 - 12
Ranging from CSI crime-solving to movie-making and multimedia art creations, these workshops offer unique projects and hands-on activities. Work individually and with other campers to investigate the world around you in a new way through science, technology, and creativity.
Offered for Grades 3 – 12
Learn how digital games and animated films are made and create your own! Digital media workshops provide access to digital technology and software programs for true beginners and experienced gamers alike.
Program Partner: The Study Center
LEGO® Learning, Adventures in Science and Design, and Digital Media workshops are offered through our partnership with The Study Center, which has worked with SMU for more than 20 years. Workshop instructors are trained in STEM concepts and bring a breadth of teaching experience to the Summer Youth program.
Offered for Grades 1 – 12
Flex your creative muscles in the visual and performing arts and explore a variety of techniques, materials, and artistic skills in our Creative Arts workshops. Many of our instructors are practicing artists as well as educators who bring extensive experience to the classroom. Music workshops are offered in partnership with the Plano Symphony Orchestra (PS0) and led by music educators who also are orchestra members.
Workshops Specifically for High School Students
Offered for Grades 9 -12
Join SMU this summer for a variety of workshops focusing on visual arts, technology, academic
enhancement and test preparation skills. Explore your creativity through different media or get ready
for college in our weeklong programs designed especially for high school students.
Guildhall Advanced Game Design Academy
Offered for Grades 9 – 12
The Guildhall Academy offers a rigorous, fully immersive, two-week summer course in which high school students will make a video game using GuildEd℠ technology, a cutting edge game engine developed by SMU graduate professors. The Academy students will be taught and mentored by game industry veterans and will experience the real world of professional game developers during this two-week program.
Program Partner: The Guildhall at SMU
The Academy is offered in partnership with the Guildhall at SMU, which is located on the SMU-in-Plano campus. The Guildhall is the premier graduate video game education program in the US. Many of the school’s founders are industry icons, and classes are run by industry veterans. Since 2005, the program has graduated over 450 students, and alumni are working at more than 140 video game studios around the world.
Academic Enhancement Workshops
Offered for Grades K - 12
Improve your academic skills and get ready for the new school year. Focus on reading, math, writing, and spelling or prepare for the college application process with test prep courses and study skills seminars. Weekly Academic Enhancement Workshops are offered in late July and early August, and most programs provide 1.5. hours of instruction per day and a small class size.
Program Partner: The Learning Therapy Center at SMU
All Academic Enhancement Workshops are offered through SMU’s Learning Therapy Center, located on the SMU-in-Plano campus. A division of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, the Learning Therapy Center provides extensive and specialized training for instructors to effectively work with students.
Other Summer Camp Opportunities
SMU also offers a number of summer offerings for youth at the main campus in Dallas. Click here for more details.