Cardiology Summer Camp for Middle School Students

Scientists will uncover the complexities of the cardiovascular system through a wealth of interactive and inquiry-based experiments, and project-based, hands-on activities. The Cardiology program offers your budding scientists the opportunity to deepen their understanding of body systems. It is the perfect bridge between our Anatomy and Physiology course, and prior to enrolling in Neuroanatomy.

Students will be mailed a box of lab materials. Course fees include all lab materials and shipping.

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Young scientists will explore how the function and structure of the heart impact blood circulation and nutrient transport. In addition, scientists will study the impact of disease on the cardiovascular system. Scientists will have the opportunity to create models detailing anatomy, engineer a heart, and make connections to other body systems that will inspire them to want to investigate more! 

In addition, scientists will participate in truly hands-on activities, such as sheep and cow heart dissections and the creation of a “Superhero” poster that highlights an area of interest from the curriculum.

Enrichment Activities: In addition to classtime, afternoons and evenings give campers the opportunity for informal science learning, as well as leadership and problem-solving training through workshops, experiments, guest speakers, and recreational activities.

From online camps to day and residential programs there is an Cardiology program to meet every need!

  • Option 1: Day Campers:  Attend in-person from 9 am to 5 pm and have lunch on campus
  • Option 2: Extended Day Campers: Attend in-person from 9 am to 9 pm and have lunch and dinner included in the campus dining hall
  • Option 3: Overnight Campers: Live on campus in the university residence halls and have breakfast, lunch, and dinner included in the dining
  • Option 4: Online Campers:  Interactive courses are taught live via Zoom and Google Classroom in small groups. The average class size is 6 students. A lab box will be mailed to your home with the materials you will need for each lab. This will include a dissection kit with cow, pig or sheep heart for dissection.  Hearts will be in sealed packaging with shelf-stable solution for easy disposal after lab is completed. 

  • Program Grades Location Start Date End Date Price Options Register
    Cardiology 6th-8th 6 - 8 Stanford University Jul 21, 2024 Jul 26, 2024 Enroll
    Cardiology 6th-8th 6 - 8 Online Jul 22, 2024 Jul 26, 2024 Enroll

    Price Options for Cardiology 6th-8th

    Day Camp $2,095
    Extended Day Camp $2,495
    Overnight Camp $2,950

    Price Options for Cardiology 6th-8th

    Day Camp $995

    Don’t see a class you want in your time zone? Check other time zones to flexibly fit your needs!

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    Online Camp Schedule Cardiology

    Week of July 11
    Pacific TimeEastern Time
    Monday - Thursday 8:30 am to 2:15 pm
    11:30 am to 5:15 pm
    Includes a 1-hour lunch break plus shorter 10-15 min breaks
    Friday8:30 am to 11:30 pm
    11:30 am to 2:15 pm
    Includes 10 min breaks as needed
    *Schedule subject to change - Final schedule posted in Google Classroom the Wednesday prior to the start of class.

    Sample Schedule Science Camps

    7:30 am Overnight campers - wake up!
    8:00 am Breakfast in the dining hall (overnight campers)
    9-9:15 am Extended day camper check-in
    9:00 am Camp meeting & warm-up
    9:15 am "Major" lab session
    Options may vary by camp session & include:
    engineering, marine science, astronomy, & robotics
    12:00 pm Lunch in the dining hall (included for overnight & extended day campers;
    day campers can purchase an optional lunch package or bring a lunch)
    1:15 pm Recreation
    2:00 pm Science "minors" plus workshops
    Afternoon workshops give girls an opportunity for informal science learning,
    as well as leadership and problem-solving training. Past minors have included forensic science and chemistry.
    5:00 pm Day camper check-out
    5:30 pm Dinner in the dining hall (overnight & extended campers)
    6:30 pm Team leadership & project planning class
    7:45 pm Evening recreation & activities
    8-9:00 pm Extended day camper check-out
    9:30 pm Floor check (overnight campers get ready for bed)
    10:00 pm Room check & lights out

    Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

    Rhonda McCoy, PhD - Camp Director

    Dr. Rhonda McCoy is a Manager of Quality Control for a leading global biopharmaceutical company.  Through analysis of quality from creation to post-expiration date, Dr. McCoy oversees a team that ensures medications sold around the world are both safe and effective.  Dr. McCoy holds a PhD in Chemistry from Howard University in Washington DC.  A member of the Education Unlimited team since 2005, Dr. McCoy has been passionate about the empowerment of middle and high school age girls throughout her career, evident in her work as Director of our Science and Engineering Camps for Girls.  She has volunteered her time as the scholarship program chair for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and taught chemistry and physics in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools of Charlotte, North Carolina.

    In addition to her doctorate degree, Dr. McCoy has a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina A&T State University. Prior to her five years as a research assistant at Howard while pursuing her doctorate, she spent time as an analytical chemist with the global cosmetics brand, L’Oreal.  In her free time, Rhonda enjoys travel, shopping, and time with her family.

    Shannon Pylant, MS - Instructor

    Shannon Pylant is a 6th-grade science teacher in Winston-Salem, NC.  She has a Masters of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and a Bachelor of Science in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and Education from Belmont Abbey College. Prior to teaching, Shannon worked as a cancer research scientist and as an account representative for a global laboratory supply company.  Since 2015, Shannon has supplemented her time in the classroom with developing and teaching science afternoon academies and summer camps for elementary aged scientists. Shannon has presented her classroom curriculum at national and regional conferences, including the National Science Teachers Association Conference, the North Carolina Science Teacher Association Conference, and the North Carolina Association for Independent Schools Conference.

    Shannon is energized by her work with young adults and enjoys the ability to foster relationships with budding scientists across all grade levels through collaborative projects.  She believes that scientists should be encouraged to constantly question, dig deeper into topics that are of interest to them, and make connections to other disciplines to further develop their explanations. Recently, she has enjoyed incorporating escape style activities into her laboratory activities where her scientists unlock learning while solving mysteries.

    Matthew Schwartz, PhD - Instructor

    Dr. Matthew Schwartz is a full-time lecturer at Simmons College in Boston, where he teaches Anatomy and Physiology.  He received his PhD in genetics and genomics from Harvard University in 2016. As a graduate student, Dr. Schwartz fostered his long-standing interest in scientific outreach through his work with Science in the News to give presentations and write articles explaining scientific topics to general audiences.  Dr. Schwartz decided to pursue a career in undergraduate education because he loves inspiring others to be passionate about science. He loves to see the spark of inspiration in a student when he or she understands a scientific concept and sees the relevance to their own lives. While teaching, Dr. Schwartz emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and communication over memorization to facilitate a deeper understanding of the material and to instill students with the essential capacities they need to be successful adults.

    Dr. Schwartz received his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Northwestern University in 2009. Outside of teaching, he loves to spend his time exploring the world and especially enjoys hiking, biking, traveling, and nature photography. When he’s not experimenting in the lab, Dr. Schwartz also loves experimenting with new spicy vegetarian recipes in the kitchen.