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Vanguard Discovery Camp Registration Open

Registration for ASU-Beebe’s 2019 Vanguard Discovery Camp (VDC) is now open! Science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) fields are becoming more and more popular for good reason…they’re hands-on, engaging, challenging and can provide solid job opportunities.

The Vanguard Discovery Camp offers six-weeks of summer learning and fun starting June 3rd.

March 28, 2019




If your student is interested in STEM and wants to learn new concepts or practice and hone skills, ASU-Beebe’s Vanguard Discovery Camp (VDC) offers a series of fun STEM-related courses designed for students entering the fourth through eighth grades. New for 2019 we are introducing a “Young Engineers” camp session on the Searcy campus, aimed at students entering ninth through eleventh grades.

Discovery Camp debuted last summer with six week-long sessions spanning June and July, and included 218 students across the three campuses, 13 course offerings, 23 instructors and assistants, 12 open houses, more than 300 snacks and 12 local sponsors.  And, we’re ready to do it again with a “bigger and better” experience planned for 2019!

This summer’s Vanguard Discovery Camp schedule is filled with diverse offerings such as: Crime Lab, Bake Like a Boss (from a science perspective), Drone Tech (Beginner and Advanced), Lego® Robotics (Beginner and Advanced), 3D Printing-Makers Lab, as well as classes from Black Rocket including: Virtual Reality, Roblox® Makers, Sticks and Bricks Stop Animation, Battle Royal - Making Your Own Fortnite® Style Video Game, eSports Apprentice – YouTube© Streamers and Gamers, etc. 

With summer quickly approaching, it is time to plan how your kids will spend their days. If you would rather they not stare at their electronics all summer, offer your children something they will really enjoy. Vanguard Discovery Camp is devoted to making learning STEM fields extraordinarily fun! 

This day camp engages campers in a week-long experience filled with intrigue, creativity and challenge. Students will have the opportunity to build unique technology, learn through hands-on involvement, engage in exploration, embark on positive experiences and possibly set on a trajectory toward a rewarding future career.  Although structured, the environment of Vanguard Discovery Camp is non-pressure, where kids can participate in relaxed, affirming surroundings while building lasting relationships. The focus of VDC is to ignite a desire for life-long learning and ultimately, camp should be fun!

Vanguard Discovery Camp will be presented for two weeks at each ASU-Beebe campus located in: Heber Springs, Searcy and Beebe.

The first session will be Monday, June 3 to Friday, June 7 at the ASU-Beebe Heber Springs campus. The morning class will feature Crime Lab Forensics and Bake Like a Boss, and will be presented from 8 a.m. to noon. The afternoon class, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., will feature Black Rocket: Bricks & Sticks stop animation film production technology.

The second session at the Heber Springs campus will be held Monday, June 10 to Friday, June 14. The morning class will be Lego Robotics from 8 a.m. to noon. The afternoon class will feature the Black Rocket: eSports Apprentice YouTube Streamers & Gamers from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The second iteration of the Vanguard Discovery Camp will be held at the ASU-Beebe Searcy campus from Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21. The morning class is Drone Technology and will be 8 a.m. to noon. This session will introduce students to the technology and skills used in numerous applications for aerial drones. The afternoon class, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., will feature Black Rocket: Roblox Makers.   Additionally, there will be a full day course 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. offered for students in 9th through 11th grades known as Young Engineers.

The second week at the ASU-Beebe Searcy campus will be Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28. The morning class for this segment will feature Lego® Robotics from 8 a.m. to noon. The afternoon class includes Black Rocket: Virtual Reality

from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12 the Vanguard Discovery Camp moves to the

Beebe campus for its first week at Beebe. During this week the morning will feature 3D Printing: Makers Lab, and will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon. The afternoon segment will feature Black Rocket: eSports Apprentice YouTube Streamers & Gamers from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The second session at the Beebe campus will run from Monday, July 15 to Friday,

July 19. The morning will feature two separate classes, Advanced Drone Technologies and Lego Advanced Robotics from 8 a.m. to noon. The

afternoon class will feature Black Rocket: Battle Royale Make Your First Fortnite-style Video Game from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Students can attend half-day sessions – morning or afternoon – or choose to spend the day with us. For detailed camp descriptions and to register, go to:   

If you would like to contact ASUB regarding camp opportunities, simply call 501-362-1205, or view the Vanguard Discovery Camp page on the ASU-Beebe website at

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