Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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Millikin University and Decatur Public School District 61 have teamed up once again to present the 2nd annual Students at Millikin Academic Summer Holiday (SMASH) Camp. The gifted camp for current and future middle school students will be held June 3 – July 12 at Millikin University. Campers will arrive between 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. with camp starting at 8:30 a.m. with the ceremonial "SMASHing of the Apple." Each day campers invent a new way to smash the apple as a nod to their collective goal to "smash" the traditional expectations of education.

During the six-week long duration of SMASH camp, campers will demonstrate the spirit of entrepreneurship in its many forms and work side-by-side with local companies and organizations to make new products, create value-added services, generate awareness around a critical topic, and produce an artistic piece for new audiences. Campers pick one career sector to concentrate on during camp. These sectors include Food Science, Energy, Visual Arts, and Media.

The following are descriptions of the SMASH Camp sectors:


Campers will collaborate with the City of Decatur to experiment and explore potential water purification, dredging, and collection solutions. Water usage and quality will become an increasing global issue in their future.

Visual Arts

Campers will be working with Millikin visual arts students and staff members and will tap into their entrepreneurial ventures to explore aesthetic opportunities in Decatur and beyond. Campers will be exploring various types of art and experiment with creation.

Food Science

This year in the Food Science sector, groups will work with food scientists to compete with each other while making the healthiest, tastiest brownie possible. Campers will also participate in iron chef competitions to create everything from appetizers to desserts.


Campers will be able to explore the history of mass communication and get a head start on the communication strategies of the future. Campers will gain a better sense of their own voices and start to change the world around them through media.

The first week of camp consists of activities such as orientation, team-building, and technology training. Students will then stay with their sector group throughout the duration of camp. Each group will create meaningful, relevant solutions that have been brought forward by community partners.

For further information regarding SMASH Camp, please contact the Decatur Public Schools Professional Development Institute at 217.424.7295, 217.424.3059, or contact the Millikin University Center for Entrepreneurship at 217.424.6296. Further information is also available at
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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