Envision Your Purpose in STEM Career Fields

STEM Explorations

Dates: July 16, July 17, July 18, July 19 (select one or multiple dates)
Check-in time: 8 am daily
Check-out time: 3:30 pm daily
Cost: $50 per day (includes lunch and snacks)
$40 per day for GCU students, staff, faculty and alumni

For students in grades 7 - 8. If your student is entering grades 11 or 12, visit gcu.edu/SummerInstitute for other engaging overnight camp options.

GCU is thrilled to offer Thunder Vision STEM Day Camps for students in grades 7 - 8 who are interested in STEM fields. Join us for up to four days of exploration into STEM careers, including interactive hands-on learning, discussions from industry experts and engaging activities.

The following Thunder Vision STEM Day Camps offer hands-on learning experiences in cyber security, engineering, robotics, bioscience and technology, and are taught by experienced GCU faculty and industry experts. This is also a great opportunity to learn all about GCU and experience our vibrant campus. Each camp is one day and students may register for one camp or up to all four. Space for each camp is limited so register today!

Individual 2018 Day Camp Dates: There are four camp options. Feel free to register for more than one or all four.

Monday, July 16: Biovision (Bioscience and Biotechnology)

In this exciting day camp, students learn the fundamentals of bioscience and how it relates to innovation and discovery in the healthcare industry. Students learn about their own biology through interactive activities with DNA and biochemistry while getting a chance to speak with industry experts about the latest advancements in medical science. This camp exposes students to the exciting STEM fields of bioscience and bioinformatics as they observe results of many technological advances that have made this industry cutting-edge.

Tuesday, July 17: Cybervision (Computer Science and Mathematics)

At this interactive day camp, students are exposed to the fundamentals of cyber security through hands-on demos at the Arizona Cyberwarfare Range and introductions to industry experts. Students learn the skills necessary to embark on a career of one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S. In a Cybercon atmosphere, students focus on the domains of security, digital forensics, penetration testing, social engineering and more.

Wednesday, July 18: Robovision (Robotics and Engineering)

This engaging day camp brings to light the fundamentals of engineering and design process in an industry setting. Students use their skills to build simple motors, work with robots and create projects that showcase their discoveries. By touring GCU's engineering labs and meeting experts in the field, they come to understand the many avenues of engineering and design.

Thursday, July 19: Technovision (Technology Integration)

This captivating day camp shows students how to use technology tools and coding concepts to bring STEM projects to life. For those who have joined us for the previous day camps, Technovision allows students to showcase all they have learned in a digital portfolio that demonstrates their new skillset. This digital display can also be used for future college applications and resumes. GCU aims to uncover the exciting possibilities and options that STEM careers offer and expose students to the demands of the industry.

Additional Information

To complete the registration process, please fill out and return the following forms.

Thunder Vision Summer Camp Waiver
Thunder Vision Summer Camp Waiver (Spanish)
GCU Stem Camp Medical Information and Behavior Contract

Completed forms can be mailed with payment to:

Grand Canyon University
c/o Dina Lundblom
P.O. Box 11284
Phoenix, AZ 85061

  • Comfortable shoes 
  • Small backpack or tote 
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunblock
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Spending money (for vending machines, snack or the Lope Shops)
  • Any medications needed (please inform camp staff of any medical issues in advance)
  • Electronics including laptops, tablets and cell phones
  • Check made out to Grand Canyon University for the camp fee ($50 per day registered)

GCU and the Thunder Vision Camp staff are not responsible for lost or damaged items.

Q: How do I submit payment?
A: Payment of $50 per day the student is registered for camp should be made via check to Grand Canyon University and sent with the required completed forms within five days of registration to secure placement in camp.

Q: When do I need to submit camp forms and payment to confirm my registration?
A: All forms must be sent to Dina Lundblom via mail along with payment of $50 per day the student is registered for camp. Once forms and payment are received, a confirmation email will be sent to you confirming placement in camp.

Q: Have camp staff undergone background checks?
A: Yes. All camp facilitators are certified Arizona teachers who have passed background and fingerprint clearance checks.

Q: What time is drop-off and pick-up?
A: Check-in begins at 8 am. Students will be released to their parents at 3:30 pm at the conclusion of each day's activities.

Q: Can I come visit my child?
A: Due to safety concerns, parents and outside friends will not be allowed to visit campers. In case of an emergency, parents will be able to contact their child during the time their child is on campus. We will release the student only to their designated guardians.

Q: Will students be allowed to leave campus?
A: No. Students will stay on the GCU campus throughout the camp.

Q: What is included with the camp?
- All materials and supplies
- Full camp workshops and activities
- Lunch

Q: What should my child bring with them to the camp?
A: See Camp Packing List.

Q: What if my child has dietary restrictions, medical needs or special accommodations?
A: Please include any of these items on the Medical Information form which is required for camp attendance.

Q: I received an confirmation email of my child's enrollment in the camp. If my child cannot attend, how do I cancel?
A: Cancellation requests must be sent to Dina Lundblom at dina.lundblom@gcu.edu. Due to the high demand and limited space for this camp, we request your consideration in cancelling as soon as possible so we can open up the spot to another student. You will receive a full refund if cancellation is received by July 1, 2018. If cancellation is received after that date, no refund will be issued.