Central Honors Institute

2020 Dates: Sunday, July 12, through Thursday, July 16

Central Honors Institute Teacher Recommendation

Central Honors Institute Application

Central Honors Institute School Nomination

Central Honors Institute Scholarship Application

CHI Academic Program

The Central Honors Institute (CHI) is a five-day residential academic camp for middle school students who will be entering the 7th or 8th grade in the fall of 2020 and who have demonstrated academic accomplishments, leadership and maturity among their peers. CHI campers attend academic classes during the day, socialize with peers in the evenings and fully experience life on a community college campus, complete with dorm food and residence halls.

During the week, campers will follow one of four academic tracks:

  • CHI Stream Team – Biology based, this track gets campers out of the classroom and into the “real” world. Using scientific methods and ecological concepts, Stream Team campers will investigate the living and non-living objects, food web, and biodiversity in a nearby aquatic ecosystem.  Students will perform advanced-level data collection, research and analysis as they spend their week learning about Stream Ecology.
  • FLY CHI Track – Designed to encourage interest through hands-on activities, in an environment that is supportive, enriching, and fun. This track will focus on the fascinating aspects of flight from archery to ornithology, rockets, gliders, combustion and beyond.  Many demonstrations in chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, math and technology will be used to both educate and entertain these “STEM” campers.
  • CSI at CHI Track – Is enjoying math a crime? These inquisitive campers will discover quite the opposite as they use technology, math and advanced problem solving skills to investigate and solve a number of puzzling cases throughout the week.  This curriculum is advanced, yet creative, with lots of teamwork, problem solving, and challenging applications to help these analytical students become “crime scene investigators.”
  • CHI Creativity Track – Students are encouraged to explore their creative side in unique and challenging ways.  Activities include designing games, improv activities, writing, acting and inventing. You may choose to design with technology, such as using a 3D printer. You will use teamwork to problem solve and learn from each other. Your confidence will soar and you will find out you are creative in ways you never imagined.

CHI faculty have distinguished instructional credentials and have been selected for their experience and enthusiasm working with this age group. While the typical CHI student excels at academics, many are pleasantly surprised by the challenging academic experiences they will have at camp. Best of all, our CHI learning environment supports acceptance, growth and excellence. Central Community College-Columbus has been proud to host CHI campers since 2003.

CHI Social Program

Having fun and learning to feel confident in a new setting are important components of the CHI agenda. Our social program includes activities such as swimming, bowling, putt-putt, Frisbee golf, table games, group games and relays. CHI draws from a large geographic area which allows campers to meet kids from other schools and cities and have the opportunity to form friendships beyond their normal peer group.

To Attend CHI

To apply for the Central Honors Institute, students will need to complete the Central Honors Institute application, have a teacher complete the Teacher Recommendation form, and have a school counselor complete the School Nomination form. All applications must be received by May 1.

Tuition for the five-day camp is $399, which includes room, board, supplies, recreational activity fees and a CHI T-shirt. Tuition is due when the student has been notified of CHI acceptance in mid-May. Late cancellations are subject to partial tuition being withheld. No refunds will be given after July 1. Partial scholarships are available.

For more information, contact Erica Leffler at eleffler@cccneb.edu or 402-562-1458.