LAU Summer Camps 2022

Welcome to the School of Arts and Sciences Online Summer Camps 2022!

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the launching of this initiative. Whereas we wished to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the camps in 2021 with special arrangements, we opted to postpone the celebration one year, hoping to overcome the pandemic.

Camps this year will be in person, and they are all themed around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations (https://sdgs.un.org/goals). As usual,  participants will also have the chance to meet like-minded peers from other schools, and will get a taster of university-level education with a special emphasis on the new LAU SDG-based Liberal Arts Curriculum. 

At the end of each camp, students present a project, and scholarships will be offered to the authors with the best projects.

The camps will run from July 4 to July 8

Selected applicants will be notified by June 24, 2022

Chemistry Camp (Beirut and Byblos Campuses): Water 4 Life

The chemistry summer camp will tackle UN SDG6: Clean water and sanitation: Ensure availability and sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation for all. Participants will get introduced to theoretical and applied chemical principles and water chemistry, discover diverse experimental procedures, synthesize active ingredients, and apply analytical instruments to measure water parameters. You will also discover the curriculum and courses covered by the BS in Chemistry at LAU. An exciting talk will then familiarize you with career opportunities for freshly graduating chemists.

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Physics Camp (Byblos Campus): Energy for a Sustainable Future

This physics summer camp explores various energy resources and technologies, including fossil fuels, nuclear, hydropower, geothermal, wind, and solar energy. The camp consists of interactive online lectures and documentaries. You will perform a residential energy audit and identify best practices to reduce your carbon footprint. This camp will provide you with actionable knowledge and skills that empower you to get involved, display leadership, and develop solutions to some of the most pressing energy challenges. The two Goals that the camp will tackle are: SDG 7: Ensure Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable, and Clean Energy for All, and SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.  

Contact person: 

·      Ms. Alissar Bakht - alissar.elbakht@lau.edu.lb

Nutrition and Food Science Camp (Beirut and Byblos Campuses)

The Nutrition camp will introduce participants to the essentials of the nutrition and food science discipline, which you can pursue by applying to a BS in Nutrition or a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program. The Camp modules will focus on emerging issues in nutrition and food science facing today’s world. It will particularly shed light on SDG2 (Zero Hunger), SDG3 (Good Health and Well-being) and SDG12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and the central role of food in achieving these goals.

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English Public Speaking Camp (Byblos Campus)

The camp focuses on public speaking and speech writing skills, a part of the department’s BA in English, which also emphasizes professional writing. You will be trained to communicate with better clarity and impact through writing introductions that grab an audience’s attention, making your message compelling and producing memorable conclusions. It will also coach you in structuring your ideas, focusing on content, and expressing them more effectively, confidently, and creatively. You will get the opportunity to interact with peers in a proactive setting. The final project of the camp will be an active debate.

Participants will be addressing the following Gaols: SDG4 – Quality Education, and SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Contact person:

Lara Ziade: lara.ziade@lau.edu.lb

English Creative Writing Camp (Beirut Campus)

The camp exposes young writers to the art and craft of creative writing, another course in the BA in English. The sessions are designed to foster an appreciation of literary works and to help you develop and refine your creative writing skills.

This year’s theme is particularly important in the present circumstances as we enter a period of unprecedented change in human history. Participants will be addressing the following Gaols: SDG4 – Quality Education, and SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Contact person:

Carla Farah: cfarah@lau.edu.lb

Gender Studies (Beirut Campus)

The Gender Studies camp is ideal for students seeking to learn about gender, gender differences and gender inequalities. It will introduce students to the socially constructed differences between women and men. This year’s summer camp explores gender equality, the fifth Sustainable Development Goal, and acquaints students with the many existing forms of legal discrimination against women, gender-based violence, and questions of gendered work, especially unpaid care work. The camp consists of interactive lectures, case studies and group work. 
 
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Translation Camp (Beirut Campus)

Students who will be participating in this camp will enjoy reading and translating from English into Arabic and vice versa a variety of scientific and journalistic articles and reports related to climate change. They will be introduced as well to some approaches in translation studies allowing them to decide on the appropriate strategies to use on the basis of these approaches and the features revealed in the source texts. 

The Translation Summer Camp will focus on SDG13 - Climate Action, and the impact of climate change on the planet and on people’s lives.

Contact person:

Carla Farah: cfarah@lau.edu.lb

Computing Camp (Beirut and Byblos Campuses)

“Innovation… That’s what we do!” Computer Science summer camp is exceptional this year. Like in previous years, students will learn how to develop mobile applications but this year, they will also learn about artificial intelligence and machine learning. Not only this, but they will get to meet exceptional Lebanese leaders from the high-tech field. From the first day students will learn about the impact of Computer Science on the advancement of technology especially in Lebanon. On Day 1, they will have the chance to meet distinguished Lebanese speakers and learn from them about their startups and achievements. A data science and artificial intelligence (AI) workshop will follow during which students will get introduced to data science, machine learning and deep learning while highlighting the different fields in AI and showcasing several use cases in healthcare, arts and social media domains. Students will also gain a hands-on experience on a data science project including data visualization, analysis, preprocessing, and building a machine leaning model. Starting Day 2, students will learn to develop mobile apps. They will be introduced to the fundamentals of mobile application design and development and will implement their own app during the camp.  At the end of the camp, students will compete with their developed app. 

This year, the focus theme of the app will be any of the 17 sustainable development goals.

Come join us this year for an exceptional Computing Summer Camp! 

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Mathematics Camp (Beirut Campus)

“Numbers do not lie!” in this year’s applied math summer camp, students will learn how to read data, analyze them using the statistical software SPSS, interpret and communicate the results to the general audience. The students will be able to understand real world economic and social problems and determine the standing of different nations according to specific economic and social indicators. These indicators are defined by the United Nations as Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) such as good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality etc… Students will get involved in qualitative as well as quantitative analysis. The students will be introduced to selected SDGs by specialists in the fields of social sciences and economics. Starting with the broad definitions of the SDGs the students will be asked to think about indicators that help in quantifying the standings of different nations. Then, students will be asked to prepare questionnaires based on these indicators. Using simulated data, students will be asked to enter the data into SPSS and run the relevant tests to draw conclusions and communicate the results in a technically sound manner.

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