Partnering organizations include:

What is the Summer of Innovation?

Several organizations from across the Southern Tier have united to offer unique learning opportunities for children and young adults during the summer months. These organizations have a common goal of extending the traditional school year into a third summer semester. Our offerings have another purpose as well - to provide students with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills that are essential to their success in the future.

How do I register my child for these courses?

To register your child for any of the courses on this site, click on the registration link for the agency offering the course your child is interested in. From there, you will be able to access the registration information you need.

Enrollment is limited; please register early!
When registering for courses, please use the grade your child will enter in the fall unless otherwise indicated.

What is the cost of these programs?

The cost of these academies varies.
Please see the course description for information on price.
Scholarships are available First Tee-Corning, Science & Discovery Center, Tanglewood Nature Center and Wings of Eagles Discovery Center.

@GST BOCES Bush Education Center

459 Philo Road, Elmira
Please note: There is no charge for courses at the Bush Education Center.

Animal Science (Grades 7-10)

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The Animal Science Summer Academy will give students hands-on animal care and handling experience. Each day will include care for animals including alpacas, a donkey, chickens, dogs, rabbits and various small mammals and reptiles. Students will clean enclosures, prepare daily diets, provide enrichment activities and learn how to groom and monitor the health of animals. Throughout the week, students will participate in lab activities and practice positive, reward-based training techniques.

Auto Body: Intro to Custom Paint and Graphics (Grades 7-10)

Students will learn custom paint techniques used in the industry. They will achieve this using airbrushes, paint spray guns, stencils and free-hand techniques. They will layout and complete and pre-determined project. Then, they will be able to come up with their own design for a panel. If time permits, we will learn about the exciting technique of water transfer printing also known as hydrographics.

Auto Technology: Pit Crew Challenge (Grades 7-10)

If you're an auto racing fan, this class is for you. You'll begin the week by creating a team with your classmates and participating in a pit row competition. You'll learn to operate a lift, operate tire machines, identify fluids, check and adjust air pressure and take a field trip to a local auto dealership.

Cosmetology (Grades 7-10)

We will explore how to give a manicure and facial, braiding techniques, applying facial make-up and color theory. On our first day, students will learn three different types of braiding using our long haired manikins. The next day, students will learn how to give a basic manicure, then practice on a partner. For our day of facials, students will make their own facial masks from natural ingredients based on their skin type (dry, oily, or normal). Students will learn the steps of a facial and practice on a partner. On our last day, will have to have fun activities with edible materials and learn color theory that explaining primary, secondary and tertiary colors. We have disposable make-up applicators as well as cosmetics to use on the students and show them helpful hints and how to properly apply facial make-up.

Culinary Arts: Just Dough with It (Grades 7-10)

Students will learn how to make soft pretzels, their own pasta from scratch tossed with summer vegetables, create traditional potato pierogi, explore the differences in various types of muffins, and at the end of the week, learn how to make and decorate a summer themed cake.

To register for courses on any of the GST BOCES campuses, register online at http://apps.gstboces.org/registration/soi.

For questions or comments, contact:
Tammy Clark <tamclark@gstboces.org>
at (607) 739-3581 x1426

@GST BOCES Coopers Education Center

9579 Vocational Drive, Painted Post
Please note: There is no charge for courses at the Coopers Education Center.

Auto Body: Custom Painting and Graphics (Grades 7-10)

Students will learn custom paint techniques used in the industry. They will achieve this using airbrushes, paint spray guns, stencils and free-hand techniques. They will layout and complete a pre-determined project. Then, they will be able to come up with their own design for a panel. If time permits, we will learn about the exciting technique of water transfer printing, also known as hydrographics.

Auto Technology: Let's Go Racing (Grades 7-10)

Campers will be introduced to and use many power and hand tools, including MIG welders. Students will have a chance to work as a team as they compete their way through the week, scoring points for each event, including a pit row challenge. We will ultimately crown a winning team for the week. Participants will build, modify and then race valve cover racers (these are an engine cover, mounted to a skateboard, that runs on a track). They will have a chance to try different arrangements with their racers and ultimately see who can make the fastest racer. Finally, we will visit either Alfred State College Motorsports program or Woodhull Raceway.

Culinary Arts: Culinary Globe Trotters (Grades 7-10)

Every region in every country of the globe has a culinary specialty for their area of the world. Their specialties are usually inspired by what can be produced in that area. Recipes have been developed over the years and have been imbedded in the rich history of that region. We will take this week to explore 4 different styles of food including Italian, Asian, Mexican, and French. What is your favorite?

Culinary Arts: Pizza Party (Grades 7-10)

Everybody loves pizza, but did you know that pizza doesn't have to just be made in the traditional manner. Have you ever had pizza for breakfast? How about for dessert? Learn all of the creative a fun ways to design your own pizza pie. What will be your favorite: Eggs and bacon on a flaky biscuit crust, feisty Mexican flavors on homemade tortillas, pizza pockets sandwiched in a savory pastry, or a chewy gooey decadent s'more dessert pizza? Come to the GST BOCES Culinary Arts Summer Academy "Pizza Party" to learn how to create your own fun!

Cosmetology: Salon Chic Summer Academy (Grades 7-10)

Do you enjoy making people feel better about themselves? Come to GST BOCES Cosmetology Summer Academy at the Coopers Campus. Each student will learn the importance of hygiene and sanitation, braiding, manicuring, pedicuring, and plain facials. Summer of Innovation students will get to work one on one with Senior students from the Cosmetology program.

To register for courses on any of the GST BOCES campuses, register online at http://apps.gstboces.org/registration/soi.

For questions or comments, contact:
Tammy Clark <tamclark@gstboces.org>
at (607) 739-3581 x1426

@GST BOCES Wildwood Education Center

1126 Bald Hill Road, Hornell
Please note: There is no charge for courses at the Wildwood Education Center.

Cisco Networking Academy (Grades 7-10)

Learn to build your own computer! We'll go step by step through the process, identifying each component along the way. If time allows, we'll set up a multi-monitor display that is a gamer's dream!
Day one: Identify basic Personal Computer (PC) components and attach motherboard, ram, hard drive, power supply, CD/DVD drive, etc.; introduce command prompt
Day two: Create batch file; PC tear down and PC component identification
Day three: Introduce networking cables; make networking cable
Day four: Go over new PC parts; build virtual PC; begin PC build; complete PC build and do multi-monitor set-up, if time allows.

Cosmetology (Grades 7-10)

July 6-9
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Each student will learn the importance of hygiene and sanitation, manicuring, pedicuring, basic color theory, color application, blow dry techniques, and thermal hairstyling. The Summer of Innovation students will collaborate and work one on one with our senior students.

Culinary Arts: Fun with Sauces - Red Sauce (Grades 7-10)

You can do so much with a simple red sauce. We'll start by making a basic sauce, then learn how it can be used to make enchiladas, pizza, spaghetti, chili and pork BBQ. Yum!

Culinary Arts: Fun with Sauces - White Sauce (Grades 7-10)

You won't believe how many dishes you can cook when you know how to make a white sauce. First, you learn to make the sauce, then you learn how to use it to make macaroni and cheese, white garlic pizza, cheddar and broccoli soup and pasta Alfredo. So good!

Culinary Arts: Pastries and Tarts (Grades 7-10)

If dessert is your favorite meal, this class is for you. You will learn advanced baking and pastry techniques by creating a wide range of desserts. Participants will get to work with gelatin, fresh fruits, meringue, custards and puff pastry.

Digital Media Arts: Intro to 3-D Design and Printing with Maya (Grades 7-10)

Students will learn the basics of 3-D polygonal modeling using Autodesk Maya during this one-week introductory camp. Projects include 3-D modeling a 1950s style TV, texturing and rendering the TV, and 3-D printing the TV using a MakerBot Replicator+ 3-D printer.

Criminal Justice: CSI (Grades 7-10)

Participants of this academy will learn what it's really like to investigate a crime scene through hands-on activities, role playing and a presentation by a police investigator. Because photography can be a vital part of the criminal trial process, students also will learn the correct procedure and process of crime scene photography. We'll also learn about bloodstain splatter, DNA and how to make a plaster mold and dust for fingerprints.

To register for courses on any of the GST BOCES campuses, register online at http://apps.gstboces.org/registration/soi.

For questions or comments, contact:
Tammy Clark <tamclark@gstboces.org>
at (607) 739-3581 x1426