Summer Academies

Are you starting 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th or just graduated? OR know someone who is?

This is a great way to spend a few days this summer learning!

All academies are held on the LBCC Albany Campus. 

Machine Tool
Monday-Wednesday, June 24 - June 26
9 a.m. - 12 noon
Register for Machine Tool Academy

Students will be introduced to several machining processes through a hands on shop project that includes both manual and CNC machining as well as CAD/CAM programming.


Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, June 24 - June 26
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Register for CADD Academy

Students will be working in solid modeling software - SolidWorks or Inventor - learning to model parts and document them in fully dimensioned 2D.


Computer Systems
Monday & Wednesday, June 24 & June 26
9 a.m. - 12 noon
Register for Computer System Academy

Students will be introduced to Python and Scratch Programming using Lego Robotics.   


Water, Environment, and Technology (WET)
Monday - Wednesday, June 24 - 26
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Register for Water, Environment, and Technology (WET) Academy

Students will begin with learning about the basic steps of the municipal water and wastewater treatment processes. Learning about these steps will include hands on activities and projects (such as designing and building their own treatment plant). We will transition to the laboratory and learn about some of the lab equipment required to test and monitor water quality. We will spend some time learning proper sampling techniques and preservation methods as we sample water from across campus. We will then use the collected samples to perform various water quality lab procedures and experiments. We will end the Summer Academy with a field trip to a local treatment facility in Albany.


Arts & Humanities
Monday-Thursday, June 24 - June 27
1 -4 p.m.
Register for Arts & Humanities Academy

Monday and Tuesday:
Does technology and social media usage harm our ability to empathize with others? Do they potentially weaken our relationships or do they have the potential to make them stronger? What are the implications of mediated communication channels on our humanity? We examine these questions and more through the contemporary drama series 'Black Mirrors'. An engaging and interactive workshop where we investigate the intersection of communication technology, sociology, culture, philosophy, ethics and relationships in our modern society.

Wednesday and Thursday:
When it comes to fan-fiction, podcasts, video games, or virtual reality, being able to create a story is fundamental. Many times these stories touch other genres or other aspects of pop culture in meaningful ways. Podcasts, for example, are often cross-genre - fiction, informational, or creative. The internet has given everyone a space at the table, to create unconventionally using various components at their disposal and to collaborate intersectionally. We will build worlds through engaging and interactive workshops while exposing students to these innovative concepts, helping them develop their own voice and style within their story-making journey, and, finally, bringing their visions to life.


Mechatronics - FULL!
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday June 24 - 26
1 - 4 p.m.
Day 1: Students will receive a “Smart Car” kit and start building!
Day 2: Complete your car build, get it running and start learning how to program it.
Day 3: Fine-tune your programming technique and make those tires squeal!

Non-Destructive Testing & Welding Combined Academy - FULL!
Tuesday-Thursday, June 25 - June 27
8:30 a.m. - 12 noon