Summer Programs

Cancellation Notice:

UPDATE: 4/1/2020

The UNT WISE Residential Summer Programs have been CANCELLED for Summer 2020 due to the current COVID-19 health crisis. This includes the Live & Learn, College WISE and Explore STEM! Summer Programs. The University of North Texas has made the decision to cancel all summer programming in the best interest of the health and safety of students, participants, faculty, and staff. UNT WISE is working to develop on-line learning events/modules related to the content covered in the summer programs and we will share this information as it becomes available.

The non-residential STEM Maker Camp that is scheduled to take place at the Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco, TX on Aug 3rd – Aug. 7th  is still tentatively scheduled as planned. This program is a non-residential day program and transportation must be provided to and from the camp each day. VRCs and parents/guardians who have already applied to STEM Maker Camp will be notified of tentative acceptance within the week. VRCs can still apply for the STEM Maker Camp by following the same application process that was used for all Summer Programs.

UNT WISE thanks you for your patience and understanding during these trying time.

Live & Learn 2020 Flyer

When:

Session 1: May 31st, 2020 - June 12th, 2020 (CANCELLED)

Session 2: June 14th, 2020 - June 26th, 2020 (CANCELLED)

Session 3: July 12th, 2020 - July 24th, 2020 (CANCELLED)

Where: UNT Denton Campus

What: The UNTWISE Live and Learn Summer Program is a two (2) week summer program for young adults with disabilities, ages 14-22, interested in vocational planning for their future. Whether their interests lie in entry-level, skilled or professional occupations, this program opens the door to the realities of the adult world of work. The Live and Learn Summer Program focuses on teaching participants independent living skills, social and recreational skills, and pre-vocational/vocational skills.

In order to apply for this program, participants will need to contact their Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor through Texas Workforce Solutions (TWS). The VR Counselor is the point of contact in order to apply for the program. If you do not have a VR Counselor please contact the nearest Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) office near you by referring to the VRS Directory.

Space is limited and the program fills up quickly, so please contact your VR Counselor ASAP in order to apply for the program.

 

College WISE 2020 Flyer

When:

Session 1: June 28th, 2020 - July 3rd, 2020 (CANCELLED)

Session 2: July 26th, 2020 - July 31st, 2020 (CANCELLED)

Where: UNT Denton Campus

What: The UNTWISE College WISE program is a one (1) week summer program for young adults with disabilities, ages 14-22, interested in pursuing a post-secondary education. An overview of the expectations and demands of community college and a four-year university are explored. Participants engage in a variety of activities aimed at demonstrating skills necessary to be successful in higher education, including independent living, social, and recreational skills. 

In order to apply for this program, participants will need to contact their Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor through Texas Workforce Solutions (TWS). The VR Counselor is the point of contact in order to apply for the program. If you do not have a VR Counselor please contact the nearest Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) office near you by referring to the VRS Directory.

Space is limited and the program fills up quickly, so please contact your VR Counselor ASAP in order to apply for the program.

 

Explore STEM! 2020 Flyer

Explore STEM! (Residential)

When:

Session 1: July 5th, 2020 - July 10th, 2020 (CANCELLED)

Session 2: July 26th, 2020 - July 31st, 2020 (CANCELLED)

Where: UNT Discovery Park and UNT Denton Campus

What: This program is designed for students with little to no previous exposure to computer engineering who have an interest in basic programming and working with computer hardware. Activities will include:

  1. Experimental Kits set up and Hands-on activities: Students will be introduced to the experimental kits and they will perform hands-on exercises to get a better understanding of the hardware design concepts.
  2. Circuit Design: Students will design simple circuits on breadboard and will learn how to use the tools like a multi-meter to debug and test circuits
  3. Internet of Things (IoT) Device Programming: Students will use Particle Photon IoT device and program the IoT device to do simple tasks such as turning on and off LEDs
  4. IoT Device Integration: Students will integrate the IoT device with a battery powered table lamp and Google AIY voice kit to turn on or off, change colors, and control brightness of the table lamp
  5. Soldering: Finally, students will solder the IoT device with a pre-populated PCB which will be then programmed to work with the Google AIY voice kit to turn on or off, change colors, and control brightness of the table lamp.
  6. 3D modeling with Sketch-up and printing of enclosure for Google AIY device.

This program is an overnight residential program in which the participants stay in the residence halls on campus. There will also be an independent living component and a social and recreation component that are built into programming.

In order to apply for this program, participants will need to contact their Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor through Texas Workforce Solutions (TWS). The VR Counselor is the point of contact in order to apply for the program. If you do not have a VR Counselor please contact the nearest Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) office near you by referring to the VRS Directory.

Space is limited and the program fills up quickly, so please contact your VR Counselor ASAP in order to apply for the program.

 

STEM Maker Camp (Frisco Sci-Tech Center - Non-residential, day program)

When: Session 1: August 3rd, 2020 - August 7th, 2020 (tentatively remains as scheduled)

Where: SciTech Discovery Center, 8004 N Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034

What: Students will be introduced to STEM Skills and learn their practical application as well as have an opportunity for career exposure. They will have the opportunity to explore the careers below by engaging in the following activities:

  1. Electrician – Students will start by using snap circuits to learn the basics of electricity and current. They will also learn how to build different circuits, from a beginner level series circuit to a more advanced level parallel circuit. They will use this information to build a circuit with switches and sensors in a mini house. With remaining time, students will learn how to solder and start their soldering project the next day.
  2. Computer Technician / Computer Programmer – Students will learn the basics of electronics. They will learn about common components in electronics, circuits used in electronics, and then solder their own printed circuit boards. Students will use unique external input devices that will interface with our Makey Makey microcontrollers. Siemens will teach the students how to use a CAD software which can later be printed with one of our 3D printers or our laser cutter.
  3. Carpenter – Students will learn basic shop safety and are run through skill assessments for basic hand tools. These include hammers, hand saws, and electric drills. They will use real tools to cut, shape and form wood. After learning how to safely use the hand tools, the students will build their own box to take home with them. Students will be encouraged to design their own external input devices they can use while working with our Makey Makey microcontrollers.
  4. Automotive Mechanic – Students will learn the importance of aerodynamics and having balanced chassis and axles by designing and constructing their own Co2 powered cars. Students will start their design on a foam replica, test their builds, and then construct their final build using wood. They will be able to race their cars against other students.
  5. Engineering Technician – Students will first learn what forces play a role in the design of a bridge. They will work in teams to build the strongest bridge they can using K’NEX kits. Each team will have their bridge tested to see which bridge can hold the most weight before breaking. Students will learn about how engineering technicians assist in building structures that can withstand the extreme weather associated with tornadoes. They will design and build houses that will be tested in our tornado simulator.

The STEM Maker Camp is a non-residential, day program, Participants must be dropped off and picked up each day at the Sci-Tech Center in Frisco in order to engage in the program.

In order to apply for this program, participants will need to contact their Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor through Texas Workforce Solutions (TWS). The VR Counselor is the point of contact in order to apply for the program. If you do not have a VR Counselor please contact the nearest Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) office near you by referring to the VRS Directory.

Space is limited and the program fills up quickly, so please contact your VR Counselor ASAP in order to apply for the program.

Applications are now being accepted!