3D printing, robotic surgery and virtual-reality among topics to engage teens, college students and alumni during summer programs
Alumni and their families will explore some of UC San Diego’s most innovative programs—including the virtual-reality StarCAVE at Calit2—during the Triton Summer Experience. Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications
From pre-college students to alumni, there’s something for everyone at the University of California, San Diego this summer. In addition to the more than 600 summer session classes available, UC San Diego will host a wide range of programs designed to stimulate the imagination of local middle and high school students, orient incoming freshmen and transfer students to the campus and engage alumni and their families with a boat tour, interactive surgery demonstrations, virtual laboratory explorations and more.
Alumni vacation on campus—July 10-14
Part vacation, part college flashback, the Triton Summer Experience offers alumni the chance to relive their college experience at UC San Diego and explore some of the campus’ most innovative programs amid a relaxing schedule of beach time, fitness classes and dining on local cuisine. A weeklong adventure happening this July, the new program seeks to reunite alumni with their alma mater—especially those who don’t live in San Diego and would like to introduce their family to the place where they spent their early formative years.
“Our goal is to bridge the alumni generation gap and begin a legacy. Although we are still a young university, we are already into our second and third generation of alumni,” said Anita Trevino Neubarth, business development coordinator for Housing, Dining and Hospitality. “This new program presents an opportunity for alumni with young families to introduce their children to UC San Diego, and possibly inspire them to attend when it is their time to choose a college.”
New international students will become acclimated to campus through the International Triton Transition Program. Students will take a writing course, attend workshops and participate in fun social activities to foster new friendships.
The itinerary includes a diverse set of activities designed to both entertain and intellectually inspire. Participants and their families will join experts at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego on the research vessel “Outer Limits” where they will traverse Mission Bay and the La Jolla coast, exploring fish populations with a remote controlled sonar vehicle. On another day visitors will be able to investigate the human body by performing a robotic operation at the UC San Diego Center for the Future of Surgery. Throughout their stay guests will have access to a concierge and information on additional points of interest such as the Birch Aquarium and the Torrey Pines Gliderport.
Alumni will reside in The Village apartments on campus with access to The Village Theater for a family movie night and The Village Spa where guests can get a massage and learn about mindfulness techniques. Also included will be a catered lunch at Do Ho Suh’s “Fallen Star” house on the seventh floor of Jacobs School of Engineering—complete with a rooftop garden and sweeping vistas of the campus and surrounding region.
Middle and high school students discover the magic of computer science—June 17-August 23
Science will come alive this summer at the San Diego Supercomputer SummerTech Workshops where local middle and high school students will build their own responsive robot, print in three dimensions and program their own laser outdoor exhibition. In its seventh year, the program’s goal is to introduce students to the importance and practical application of computer science and teach them advanced skills that will be advantageous in their future careers.
The week-long workshops will take place from the middle of June through the end of August and are taught by local high school educators, UC San Diego graduate students and college professors. This year, 250 students have already signed up to participate in the 14 workshops offered, with class sizes limited to no more than 20 students.
Incoming freshmen and transfer students cultivate friendships, discover resources—August to September
Acclimating to college life can be overwhelming, but programs like the OASIS Summer Bridge (Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services) and the International Triton Transition Program (ITTP) enable new students to make friends, discover resources and establish a strong support network on campus during the summer before their first quarter at UC San Diego.
Summer Bridge 2012 participants connect with visiting Summer Bridge alumnus Juan Astorga, who took part in the program in 1988.
These programs are only a sampling of many offered at UC San Diego this summer. From residential math and science camps to teen acting labs, youth writing workshops and jazz seminars, a host of enriching programs for all ages and interests are available.
Erika Johnson, 858-534-9372, email@example.com