BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Western Kentucky University is hosting its Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth (VAMPY) camp, and students like Roman Tate are taking advantage.

What You Need To Know

  • The camp is for 8-11th graders with excellent SAT and ACT scores

  • The camp is held for three weeks with different classes offered to students

  • There are currently 112 students from all over the country participating 

The three week camp allows for students to take classes in specific math science and problem solving classes. Tate, whose older brothers attended the camp, said his course is in problem solving. 

“We had to make a parachute today. We are going to create an egg drop to keep it safe inside a contraption that we built," said Tate. "We will use the parachute that we created today and use what we learned to help so when we drop it from the seven stories it doesn’t break when it hits the ground."

Julia Roberts is the executive director of the Center for Gifted Studies at WKU. She has overseen the camp for 40 years, and in that time, some students have taken the classes to the next level.

"It’s always fun to see that someone who takes a chemistry class goes on to major in chemistry because this is where they got excited about that option,” said Roberts. 

Another aspect Tate said is the personal connection with the instructors. The camp is available for anyone across the country and costs around $3,000. 

"At my high school, the classes are so big it’s hard to get that personal interaction with the teachers," said Tate. "Here I feel so much more personable with them. I can go face to face about what I need help with over these next three weeks."

Depending on the difficulty of the classes, students may be able to receive school credit for as well. 

If you want to learn more about VAMPY camp you can visit here