UNO’s Aim for the Stars Science & Math Camp is observing its 20th year this summer.
And its popularity just keeps growing. Connie O’Brien, Director of Aim for the Stars, says within the first 10 minutes of opening registration, they usually get about 400 requests.
O’Brien says Aim for the Stars has attracted campers from nearly every state as well as from other countries. She says they have had campers from Finland, Sweden, Germany, Peru and Argentina.
The program will draw about 1800 third through tenth grade campers throughout the summer, and O'Brien stresses that every child is welcome.
“We have children of every make up you can believe -- we have kids who can’t talk, kids who can talk; kids who can hear, kids who can’t hear. We’ll take everyone because this is a camp for every kid, and we will make sure that any accommodations that are needed are met, because we want to be a camp for every kid. Aim for the Stars is about creating and fostering a love of science and mathematics. It’s not a competition, and it’s not about tests and proving yourself -- it's about learning to love science and math.”
Although most of this summer’s Aim for the Stars camps are full, O’Brien says there are still openings in the 8th through 10th grade camps. And she encourages people to consider putting their child on a wait list, since they do get cancellations.
For more information, the website is https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/aim-for-the-stars/index.php