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Extended Learning Opportunities/Camps

Not all of these events are KPS-sponsored. Please be advised that events may have sessions, speakers, or content that some parents feel is unsuitable for their children.  KPS recommends that all applicants and their parents review the event closely before students apply for attendance/consideration or parents send their children to the event.


UNK is offering two very exciting events for high school students that will take place on UNK's campus later this year.

APEs Camp Registration will open early March.  

Science Day Registration is ongoing, and space is limited to 150 students.  If you have any questions about these opportunities, please reach out to Jamila Bajelan.  [email protected]  | (308) 865-8001. 

The Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is now accepting applications for a summer learning opportunity for high school students. The Raikes School is hosting its eighth year of “Innovate: The Raikes School Way,” led by Executive Director of the Raikes School, Dr. Steve Cooper. The summer camp was highlighted by Forbes in 2019:"STEM-Focused Summer Programs for Ambitious High School Students."

During the two-week, overnight camp students will: 

  • Learn basic programming skills and innovation concepts through a project-oriented curriculum 
  • Receive instruction from Raikes School faculty members and experience what classes can be like in the Raikes School 
  • Visit campus research labs and local employer partners 
  • Interact with Raikes School students and staff, all of whom play a key role in the competitive selection process to our program each year 


Key Details:

  • Innovate: The Raikes School Way is a great opportunity for high school students, with priority given to students in the high school graduating class of 2025.
  • No programming experience is necessary! (In fact, no experience is preferred)
  • Students in the graduating class of 2026 will be accepted on a space-available basis
  • The camp will be held at the Kauffman Academic Residential Center, home of the Raikes School, in the heart of Nebraska's City Campus from July 14-27, 2024.
  • Cost to attend is $2,050and covers all housing, meals, instruction, and activities associated with the camp.
  • Full and partial scholarships are available - students can apply for scholarships through the Summer Camp application.

Priority Application Deadline: May 6, 2024. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after May 6 as space is available

Please consider sharing this invitation with interested students, as well as teachers or community partners who may encourage students to apply.

Interested students can find more details and complete the application at

If you have any questions about the camp, please email Theresa Luensmann at [email protected].



Utility Line Camp (see linked flyer)

May 23, 8:00 a.m. – noon

Dawson PPD Lexington office

  • Grades: Sophomores & Juniors
  • Cost: Free
  • Application deadline: May 9

This camp gives students a hands-on opportunity to learn about a career as a lineworker and interact with Dawson PPD's Operations Department. Students will watch an electrical safety demonstration, practice splicing underground conductor, climb a pole and ride in a bucket truck. The half-day camp will be held at Dawson PPD’s Lexington office and is free to attend, but spaces are limited. Lunch is provided. High school-aged sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply. Students and/or the school will need to provide transportation.



STEM Camp (see linked flyer)

March 13, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Dawson PPD Lexington office

  • Grades: 8-12
  • Cost: Free
  • Application deadline: March 7

This camp helps students discover their passion for a STEM career. The immersive, fun-filled experience goes beyond textbooks with hands-on activities. Students will build a cantenna, understand renewable energy, dismantle and rebuild a computer server and learn the calculations of business efficiency. The camp will be held at Dawson PPD’s Lexington office and is free to attend, but spaces are limited. Lunch is provided. Students grades 8-12 are encouraged to apply. Students and/or the school will need to provide transportation.



Youth Energy Leadership Camp  (See linked flyer)

Date TBA, but typically is the second week of July for 5 consecutive days.

Camp Comeca near Cozad

  • Grades: Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
  • Cost: Free
  • Application deadline: TBA

Organized by the Nebraska Rural Electric Association, this camp gives an overview of the public power and electrical distribution industries. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are interested in a STEM-based career field should attend this week-long camp. Students will tour Gerald Gentleman Power Station and Kingsley Hydroelectric Power Plant, among typical camp activities like sport tournaments. The camp is traditionally held at the Nebraska 4-H Camp in Halsey. This event has been relocated to Camp Comeca near Cozad due to the devastating 2022 fire that destroyed the 4-H Camp. Dawson PPD will sponsor up to three students.