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Youth Programs

Youth Programs

List of Programs

What are the youth programs at Purdue Fort Wayne?

On this page, you will find an overview of Purdue Fort Wayne sponsored or affiliated youth programs. The term youth programs refers to any program or activity including camps, academic enrichment opportunities, daycares, clinics, conferences, fairs, workshops, clubs, lessons, projects and practices for participants under the age of 18. 

Registration: To register for a youth program, please go directly to the website of the specific program and/or contact the program director for more details. 

  • Community Arts Academy

    College of Visual and Performing Arts

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    Helping youth find their passion: The Purdue Fort Wayne Community Arts Academy is dedicated to instilling an appreciation of the arts in children by offering summer camps and year-round classes in art, music, theatre, and dance. To read about and register for their camps and classes, visit their website. Check out their Instagram for the latest updates: @arts_academy_pfw

    At a glance
    • Camps and classes are offered at various points throughout the year.
    • Music technology camps take place at Sweetwater Sound.  
    • Costs range from $30 to $600.  
    • FWCS GEAR UP students may attend any high school summer camp free of charge.
  • STEM Camps, Competitions, & Outreach

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    College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (ETCS)

    Through competitions, summer exploration camps, and career programs, elementary, middle, and high school students are introduced to the world of engineering, technology, and computer science. Awards and recognition are a key component of the competitive events, recognizing excellence and effort as they reinforce self-confidence. All programs encourage students to use innovative thinking, collaborate on problem-solving, apply classroom learning, and explore their future career options with encouragement from Purdue Fort Wayne faculty and community partners. Our STEM youth programs build self-confidence, engage exploration of STEM, and encourage students in their future.

    To check out the summer camps, visit ETCS' Summer Exploration Camps. For other outreach opportunities and one-day competitions, such as Eweek Model Bridge Building Contest and Lego League, go here.

    At a glance for 2024
    • Summer camps are offered in June and July.
    • Costs range from $50 to $500 (residential camp).
    • 1 Elementary camp
    • 5 Middle school camps
    • 8 High school camps

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    College of Science

    The Physics department is offering a 5-day high school summer research camp from June 26-30, 2023. To register, go to their website


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    The Northeast Indiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (NI-STEM)

    The Northeast Indiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (NI-STEM) Center has been established in partnership with a cadre of regional stakeholders to support and encourage active engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related activities and educational pursuits. Established in 2007, NI-STEM has been leading outreach STEM/STEAM activities throughout northeast Indiana for well over a decade. 

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    The NISTEM Center works out of the Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW) School of Education (SOE) to incorporate and support the diverse needs of the regions education systems, informal education centers, and business community. The NISTEM Center seeks to meet community needs in the pursuit to highlight, unify, support, and increase community involvement in STEAM-related activities for the children, youth, and adults in our region, as well as recruit others to participate in the engaging STEAM events regularly hosted in northeast Indiana.


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    Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NEIRSEF)

    Supporting student research in science, engineering, computing, and mathematics for grades K-12 year-round across an eight county region of Northeast Indiana: Allen, Whitley, Miami, Adams, Kosciusko, Huntington, Wells, and Wabash Counties. Student researchers present their research at the annual Regional Fair, held between late February and early March. The competition serves as a qualifier for the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair (HSEF) for grades 4-12 and a qualifier for the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for grades 9-12. For more information visit www.neirsef.org.

  • Appleseed Writing Project

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    Since 2003, the Appleseed Writing Project (AWP) has provided k-16 teachers and 4th–12th grade students workshops and camps to enrich their writing in a variety of genres. Appleseed provides a safe, welcoming atmosphere for students to explore all genres of writing under the guidance of experienced writing teachers from area schools as well as Purdue Fort Wayne. Students who are interested in learning about writing, improving their writing, and are looking for a community of individuals who share a love for writing are welcome to join. A common question for Appleseed is, "What if I'm not good at writing or what if I don't like writing? Should I still participate in Appleseed?" Appleseed is for all individuals, including reluctant and nervous writers. Participants who started off as nervous writers come to love writing by the end of their participation in Appleseed. 

    At a glance
    • Camps are divided into 3 groups (4th–6th grade, 7th–9th grade, 10th–12th grade). 
    • Two-week camps take place annually in June. 
    • Costs range from $100 to $120.
    • Students will have the opportunity to meet local authors, learn a multitude of techniques, work with other student writers from the area, and will contribute to a published anthology at the end of the camp.
  • College Preparation, Readiness, and Success

    Several departments and units at Purdue Fort Wayne offer opportunities for high school students to explore our campus and get a head start in their college careers. The following programs are a good fit for students who are considering college, but may want additional mentorship in order to develop what it takes to succeed in college:

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    Purdue University Fort Wayne College Experience: Bloom Project, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    • A three-day, two-night campus experience for young men of color and first-generation college students.
    • Occurs either in June or July.
    • Reach out to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to inquire about future camps.

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    TRIO Upward Bound 

    • As part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound federal program, TRIO Upward Bound provides students from the following schools college preparatory support services:
      • Wayne High School/New Tech Academy
      • South Side High School
      • North Side High School
      • New Haven High School
    • Students who are currently in 9th and 10th grade are eligible to apply. For the application process and details, email [email protected], call 260-481-4188, or head over to their website.
    • Students who are accepted participate in a nine-month, academic year program that includes academic support, enrichment activities, and a six-week residential summer academy. Services include: academic advising, tutoring, cultural experiences, college visits, SAT prep, Academic Theme Saturdays, and Summer Academy.

  • Japanese and Korean Saturday School

    For minors who are interested in participating in the Japanese or Korean Saturday Schools: 

    Japanese Saturday School

    • Open to kindergarteners through high school students who study language and math according to the Japanese Ministry of Education’s curriculum.
    • Supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education and Foreign Affairs.
    • Go to their website for more details or contact Kei Quinn, principal at [email protected].  
    • Registration for adult classes are handled through the Division of Continuing Studies.

    Korean Saturday School

    • Open to Koreans, Korean Americans (including adoptees), and American children (5–17 years old).
    • Supported by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology.
    • Email [email protected] for more information.
    • Registration for adult classes are handled through the Division of Continuing Studies
  • Athletic Camps

    Purdue Fort Wayne is also home to several athletic camps. Visit the athletics website to check out their current offerings. 

    At a glance for 2024
    • Summer camps occur in June, July, and August and vary in length.
    • Types of camps: soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball, and college prep for athletes  
    • Costs range from $40 to $350.
    • Camps are available for elementary, middle, and high school students.