Saint Mary's Summer Academy 2017

July 9-14 • July 16-21 

Curiosity drives discovery at Saint Mary's Summer Academy. This residential camp is designed to introduce campers to the academic experience and thrill of college life.

Join other motivated students who are interested in academic and cultural pursuits within a specific field of study. Summer Academy offers three weeks of in-depth, hands-on study, and field trips.

July 10-15  Forensic Science
July 10-15  Forensic Science\

For girls entering grades 8-12

Register here



July 9–14
This summer camp is no passing fad! At Fashion Camp, students develop figure drawing and fabric rendering skills and learn to manipulate elements of design to create an aesthetically pleasing garment. In the costume shop they master a specific decorating technique, such as beading, ruffling, or embroidery and acquire hand and machine sewing skills. At week’s end, campers present their designs in a fashion show for family and friends. Field trips may include visits to The History Museum to view the Historic Clothing Collection, or to a local boutique to meet with a female owner for a Q&A session.FORENSIC SCIENCE CAMP


 July 9-14
On the first full day of camp, students arrive on a staged murder scene to gather evidence, such as fingerprints, footprints, and fiber and hair samples. Campers must answer a single question — who is the suspect? It’s up to them to unfold the mystery using biology, chemistry, mathematics, and deductive reasoning. They weigh the evidence and apply findings in their quest for the culprit. Students also take a field trip to an actual police crime lab during the week. On the last day, campers share the results of their investigation in a presentation to family and friends, and the suspect is arrested!


July 16-21

Summer Academy’s robotics session draws students into the world of mechanical engineering and robotics. With a unique focus on biomimetics — or the imitation of natural models, systems, and elements — this camp is designed to challenge students to critically observe and find inspiration from the natural world and use their findings to create and engineer a functional robot that mimics natural technologies. Students will incorporate electrical building blocks (littleBits modules) and electrical components (buttons, dimmers, light sensors, buzzers) into their design and learn rapid prototyping techniques to add additional components to their inventions using an open source 3D printer. 


Limited need-based scholarships are available. Scholarships do not exceed $250 per camper. Deadline is May 1st, 2017

Financial Aid Assistance Application

Please fill out the form and mail it to the Summer Camp Office at the following address:

Saint Mary's Summer Camps
Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, IN 46556