The University of Arizona

Biosphere 2 Science Academy, Summer 2015

Feedback from previous participants and families:

     “It was the best experience of my life.”

     “My child was immediately planning for next year's camp the day camp ended!!”

     “Best time. Awesome time. Daniel wishes it had been even longer. Life- changing experience for him.”

 

Biosphere 2 is pleased to announce the Summer 2015 Science Academy, a unique educational experience unlike anything else in the world. Middle and high school students interested in earth and ecosystem sciences, collaboration, and leadership development are invited to spend a week at the iconic Biosphere 2 research facility. Come join the cutting-edge science community at the University of Arizona for a world-class educational adventure!

Student participants will learn and practice science 'under-the-glass', doing hands-on research projects in the Biosphere 2 biomes: tropical rainforest, savanna, ocean, mangrove marsh, and coastal fog desert. Participants will apply scientific skills to conduct experiments and collect data while working side-by-side with Biosphere 2 researchers. The week will culminate with presentations of research findings.

Biosphere 2's foothill setting and accommodations are unparalleled; the on-site casita village is composed of 28 rustic, Santa Fe-style houses.  Each casita has multiple, private bedrooms that share a central living room and large kitchen (although all meals and snacks are provided in a central location for the Summer 2015 Biosphere 2 Science Academy).  Bathrooms are generallly shared (suite-style) among a couple of bedrooms. The oversized rooms feature high-speed, wireless Internet access and central air conditioning. Please remember to bring toiletries and any appliances you need or use on a daily basis.  Bedding, a set of towels, shampoo, soap, and lotion are all provided. Additional blankets and an extra pillow are available in the closets.  At night, the casita village is well lit, but the surrounding property can be quite dark.  There is a flashlight in each bedroom, but we suggest you bring your own flashlight or headlamp as well.  Come prepared for encounters with native wildlife common to the area.

The week-long program will include one day on the University of Arizona main campus and time developing teamwork and leadership skills at a desert ropes course. Students will also visit the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium and other on-campus science facilities.

The ratio of researchers/counselors to students is approximately 1:8.  The Academy staff also includes UA Haury Outreach Scholars who will chaperone the casitas.  The Outreach Scholars are college undergraduate and graduate students drawn from the University of Arizona.

Click on the link in the right sidebar to learn more about the Biosphere 2 scientists and their research.

 

Experience a week at Biosphere 2:

Learn ecosystem science, build collaboration and leadership skills, have fun!

Summer 2015 Biosphere 2 Science Academy for students completing or entering

  • 7th-9th grade: July 12-18, 2015
  • 9th-12th grade: July 19-25, 2015
     

Each is a week-long residential program.  See a sample schedule in the right sidebar.

A non-refundable $250 DEPOSIT is required to reserve an academy position.

Tuition fee schedule for 2015 ($250 deposit applies toward full payment):

$1499 if paid by the end of December 2014

$1599 if paid by the end of January 2015

$1699 if paid by the end of February 2015

$1799 if paid by the end of March 2015

$1899 if paid by the end of April 2015

$1999 if paid by the end of May 2015

 

Registration will commence in November 2014 for the Summer 2015 Science Academy.  Please check back at that time for detailed registration information and instructions.

 

Contact Us:  For additional information about the Summer 2015 Biosphere 2 Science Academy, please contact Nancy Boklund at: 

Phone: (520) 838-6192 or Email: nboklund@email.arizona.edu

Biosphere 2, a department within the College of Science at the University of Arizona, is located north of Tucson, Arizona, at the base of the stunning Santa Catalina Mountains. This one-of-a-kind facility sits on a ridge at a cool elevation of nearly 4,000 feet and is surrounded by a magnificent natural desert preserve. Come experience a week-long program at the remarkable Biosphere 2, which Time Life Books recently named one of the 50 must see "Wonders of the World". Discover real-time research on the future of our planet as it unfolds in this specially designed mini-world.

Arizona Public School Tax Credit: Looking for a more affordable way to send a student from an Arizona public school to the Biosphere 2 Science Academy? Consider asking your school to solicit tax credits and help pay for students that want to join the academy. More information available on the AZDOR website.

[Note that the cost to Biosphere 2 for providing the Science Academy experience is more than $2,000 per student. Through donations, grants, and support from the University of Arizona, we are effectively offering financial assistance to each and every middle and high school student applicant. If you would like to make a donation to Biosphere 2 to support this program please contact Kevin Bonine, Biosphere 2 Director of Education and Outreach.]

Quick Links

 

 

Faculty Biographies

Science Academy Weekly Schedule Sample

Other UA Summer Programs

 

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"I wish you could have seen his face when he saw this....PRICELESS.   He is telling everyone about this!!!  Thanks again for allowing us to pre-register, I can assure you this will change his life...!!!" 
(Parent relating story of holiday gift of B2 Science Academy registration to son, December 2013)