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November 19, 2021

College of Education accepting proposals for 2022 Summer STEAM Institute and Virtual STEAM Academy

Submitted by Sarah Harper

The College of Education is currently accepting proposals for its Summer STEAM Institute and Virtual STEAM Academy, to be held in June 2022. We are looking for class topics that deal with any aspect of STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Both programs are designed for students who will have completed grades fifth through eighth prior to the camp. They are divided into students who, by summer, will have completed grades fifth through sixth and seventh through eighth. K-State College of Education pre-service teachers assist with the classes.

The Summer STEAM Institute, which will be in its 12th summer in 2022, is a popular collaboration between Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 and the college. It will be held for three weeks: June 6-9, June 13-16 and June 20-23. Hours are 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and a licensed teacher helps lead each class. This program will be face-to-face. Read more about the program

The Virtual STEAM Academy, in its second year, is designed to reach students in classrooms across Kansas, with classroom teachers on-site to assist in the lessons while some students may be joining from home. Because of that, supplies for the class need to be kept as basic as possible so students can have access to the materials. We will not be mailing supplies. Classes selected for the Virtual Academy will need to provide a supplies list that will be posted on the website. Virtual STEAM also will be held three weeks: June 6-9, 13-16 and 20-23. Offered by the COE, the virtual classes will be held 9 a.m. to noon. College of Education pre-service teachers assist with the classes. Read more about the program

The programs' goals are to expose students to the K-State campus — either virtually or face to face — engage students in hands-on activities to increase their interest in STEAM contents and careers, and help colleges and departments across campus highlight their programs.

To propose a class, please fill out the brief survey

Your proposals will help us determine partners across the university who are willing to join the programs and provide expertise in STEAM fields.

We seek proposals that: 1) offer hands-on activities and 2) actively engage middle school students in the content. We would prefer that you offer your class through the entire camp — three weeks; however, we will consider one- or two-week classes.


  1. Provide a brief outline of specific activities, tours, or presentation topics.
  2. Proposals due Friday, Dec. 17.
  3. Accepted proposals will be determined in early spring.

The College of Education is excited to continue to build these two programs and help them serve as recruiting opportunities for the K-State campus.

For more information, contact Lori Goodson, lagoodson@k-state.edu

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