MSU Denver

College of Health and Applied Sciences Camps

VUELO 2023

VUELO (Visiting Undergraduate Exploratory Learning Opportunity), meaning flight in Spanish, is a camp specifically geared towards supporting Latinos and other marginalized groups to enter their university careers with a better understanding of the aerospace field through a social lens, identity-based programming, project-based collaboration, discussions with real-world experts, participating in an industry tour, and developing relationships with faculty and staff. The program is especially focused on exploring the several facets of aerospace through College of Aerospace, Computing, Engineering, and Design. Students will receive free breakfast, lunch, parking, and a $250.00 stipend for their participation.

  • Date: July 31 – Aug. 4
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free, $250 stipend to students who complete the program
  • Grades: Rising high-school seniors and incoming college freshman
  • Register for VUELO 2023 today


College of Aerospace, Computing, Engineering and Design Camps

Girls Who Code – Summer Camp

The Computer Sciences Department, in collaboration with Girls Who Code College Loops of MSU Denver, is conducting a free Girls Who Code Summer Camp. This club encourages female middle and high school students to positively impact their community through fun coding tutorials and activities. This camp will help participants solve real-world problems through code, build animations, games, apps and more!

Summer Science Scholars 2023

The Center for Advanced STEM Education (CASE) at Metropolitan State University of Denver hosts a summer program for incoming high school seniors, and Community College of Denver students interested in STEM. This three-week full day program of learning STEM through a research project is funded in part by Xcel Energy Foundation, Virginia Hill Foundation and by the Building Identity Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Project. Priority will be given to students from historically underrepresented groups.

  • Date: June 12-30, Monday-Friday
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch provided daily
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Cost: Free, $500 stipend for students who complete the program
  • Register and learn more
  • Contact: [email protected]


MSU Denver STEM Challenge Camp

Explore a real-world STEM challenge using Lean Six Sigma Processes. Lean Six Sigma Process  seeks to improve performance by eliminating resource waste and defects. The method follows a set of steps designed to identify and address problems in the process. An example of Lean Six Sigma projects are: Cycle time to manufacture solar cells, Defects in the manufacturing of natural gas dehydrators, and Experiment designs in biology labs. You will earn a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate to add to your resume. This certificate indicates an understanding of enhanced problem-solving skills with an emphasis on DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) model.

  • Date: May 15-26
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch provided daily
  • Open to: high school seniors, community college students (all majors), MSU Denver students (all majors)
  • Cost: Free, $300 stipend for students who complete the program
  • Register and learn more

Summer Science Institute camp

Metropolitan State University of Denver welcomes middle school students (incoming 6th-8th graders) with an opportunity to explore fun applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an exciting, hands-on, team-oriented atmosphere on the Auraria Campus.

Faculty members will teach classes based on Colorado content standards and prepares students in STEM concepts. Students will be provided lunch each day. Daily attendance is required.

Price: $400 non-refundable (Limited need-based scholarships are available. If you have any questions, email [email protected])

Dates: Attendees can choose to attend one of five listed sessions:

Session I

June 5-16
8:30 a.m.-noon

Session II

June 5-16
12:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

Session III

June 20-30

8:30 a.m.-noon

Session IV

June 20-30
12:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

Session V

July 10-14
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Register and learn more

Summer Scholars Program

The Center for Advanced STEM Education (CASE) of MSU Denver along with the Community College of Denver provides an in-person summer program for high school seniors (entering 12th grade) and community college students interested in STEM. This is a three-week full day program of learning STEM, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills through a research based project.  The program goals are to build STEM identity, research skills and foster community building.

Dates: June 12-30
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Learn more and apply here

College of Letters, Arts & Sciences Camps

Center for Visual Art: Summer 2023 Art + Action Lab Teen Internship

Find your creative future! The Art + Action Lab Teen Internship is a paid internship where high school students get an inside look at many different careers in the arts. Participating teens will meet working creative professionals and visit studios, galleries and other creative workplaces. Interns will also create work to share with the public throughout the program.

Any high school student, from completing your freshman year to the summer after you graduate, who is interested in broadly exploring the arts is encouraged to apply. Acceptance decisions are not based on artistic experience or ability and portfolios/work samples are not required.

Ideal candidates are teens who are engaged, curious, collaborative and are interested in exploring what they want to do with their future. We are looking for teens who work hard to learn new things, have a positive attitude and are engaged with the world around them. If that sounds like you, we hope you apply!

  • Date: July 12-August 9
  • Time: noon-4 p.m.
  • Applications Due: May 3, 11:59 pm
  • Group Interview: May 10, 4:30 – 6pm
  • Individual Interviews: Online, May 11-25
  • Notification of Acceptance into the Program: May 26


Email Katie Taft with questions about the program: [email protected]

Write On Sports

Write on Sports helps middle school students from underserved communities develop reading and writing skills and build self-confidence using the lens of sports and the tools of journalism. Middle school students enhance their critical thinking and learn how to effectively tell stories at our tuition-free writing programs. Most of all, they learn that anything is possible with passion, effort, and the support of people who care. Camp eligibility is for rising 7th and 8th graders.

To apply, reach out to your child’s middle school guidance counselor. Applications are due by May 1.

Please contact Shannon Schmitt with any questions.