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GREAT Summer Camp

Camp Overview

The GREAT (Graphics and Robotics Exploration with Amazing Technology) summer camps are aimed at students who want to unleash their creativity while learning about computer graphics, robotics and programming by making games, animations, and robots.

These engineering summer camps will be held in the Warnock Engineering building (WEB) and Merrill Engineering Building (MEB) on the University of Utah campus.

We have a number of programs available (please see the "Dates" tab for calendar and pricing information). Additional information is available by contacting the camp Director, David Johnson, at dejohnso@cs.utah.edu or 801-585-1726. It is easier for me to quickly respond to emails, and an email allows me to make sure I have correct names and dates, for example, when you are requesting a transfer. You are encouraged to email me at

dejohnso@cs.utah.edu

for routine requests and questions.

The generous support of our sponsors allows the camps to offer a limited-number of need-based financial aid scholarships. Please contact David Johnson for more information. In general, families that qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches are considered to be 'need-based'. Please be prepared to provide documentation as needed.

GREAT - Elementary:
Programming environment where children make animations and games Elementary Beginning Scratch: A week-long camp for entering 4th, 5th, and 6th graders which uses a fun programming environment called Scratch to make animations and games. No prior experience is necessary. This camp runs from 9AM-11:45AM, M-F. A snack is provided. $110
Elementary Advanced Scratch: A week-long camp for entering 4th, 5th, and 6th graders which uses a fun programming environment called Scratch to make animations and games. More advanced programming topics are covered and project complexity is higher. Students should have completed the beginning camp prior to taking the advanced camp or had some equivalent training. This camp runs from 12:30PM-3PM, M-F. A snack is provided. $100
New Super Scratch: We cannot get enough of Scratch and neither can our campers! This week-long 9AM-3PM day camp for entering 5th, 6th, and 7th graders (note the year older shift from the other Scratch camps) is a follow-on to the Beginning and Advanced Scratch camps. This camp looks at even more advanced topics and dives into more complex projects, finishing with a chance for participants to polish their projects under the guidance of our experienced instructors. Attendees should be enthusiastic about Scratch, self-motivated, and able to handle the longer day. Students should have completed the beginning and advanced camp prior to taking the Super Scratch camp or had some equivalent training. This camp runs from 9AM-3PM. Lunch is provided. $220
FIRST Lego League world-wide robotics competition Elementary FIRST Lego League (FLL): This week does an intensive recreation of the robot games portion of a FIRST Lego League season, which is a world-wide robotics competition run in many schools. This is an ideal way for students who will be participating in FLL to learn about how to do the missions or more experienced students to practice with advanced techniques. This camp runs from 9AM-3PM, M-F. Lunch is provided. This camp is open to all age groups eligible for FLL in the upcoming season (4-8 grades). If the student is in middle school, the Graphics and Robotics camp might be a better choice. Entering 6th graders are also eligible to attend the Advanced Lego Mindstorms listed in the Middle School section. $220
Kids playing in a camp aftercare program Elementary Aftercare: We are going to offer a limited aftercare program from 3 until 5:30. This will largely not be computer related, but more about enjoying some of the University of Utah campus - doing activities like bowling or games on the open spaces. I know this does not solve the problem for those enrolled in the Beginning Scratch camp ending at 11:45AM. Sorry. We will distribute a daily schedule so that you can pickup early if needed. A snack will be provided. Only for students in the Advanced Scratch, Super Scratch, or FIRST Lego League camps. Additional fees apply, please see the Dates or Registration page. $45
GREAT - Middle School:
New Super Scratch: Entering 7th graders are eligible for our most advanced Scratch camp. Please see the listing in the elementary section. This camp runs from 9AM-3PM. Lunch is provided.
Middle School graphics and robotics summer camp Middle School Graphics and Robotics: A week-long camp for entering 7th, 8th, and 9th graders which uses a 3D programming world called Alice for 3D animations and games, followed by building and programming LEGO Mindstorms robots to compete in various challenges. No prior experience is necessary. This camp runs from 9AM-3PM, M-F. Lunch is provided. $220
Advanced LEGO Mindstorms summer camp for middle school students Middle School Advanced LEGO Mindstorms: This week delves deeper into the Lego Mindstorms robotics systems. Attendees will learn more about programming the Mindstorms robots and practice more advanced build techniques while making some cool Lego robot projects. This camp runs from 9AM-3PM, M-F. Lunch is provided. This camp is open to students entering 6th-9th grade. Campers must have taken the Middle School Graphics and Robotics camp, or the FLL camp, or have significant experience with FLL competitions prior to attending this camp. $220
Processing programming language summer camp for middle school students Middle School Programming with Processing: This camp uses the Processing programming language to learn more about programming while making interactive illustrations, animations, and simple games. The Processing language is based on the popular Java language and is designed to appeal to visual artists, so this is a good way to get started in "real" programming. This camp runs from 9AM-3PM, M-F. Lunch is provided. This camp is open to students entering 7th-10th grade. Campers must have taken the Middle School Graphics and Robotics camp or the Super Scratch camp prior to this camp or had some equivalent experience. Please check the Dates tab as this camp does not run all weeks. $220
New Middle School Advanced Processing: This camp follows up the first Processing camp with even more projects in the appealing Processing language. This camp runs from 9AM-3PM, M-F. Lunch is provided. This camp is open to students entering 8th-10th grade (a year older than the starting Processing camp). Campers must have taken the Programming with Processing camp or had some experience with the Java programming language. Please check the Dates tab as this camp does not run all weeks. $220
Summer campers in an aftercare program Middle School Aftercare: We are going to offer a limited aftercare program from 3 until 5:30. This will largely not be computer related, but more about enjoying some of the University of Utah campus - doing activities like bowling or games on the open spaces. We will distribute a daily schedule so that you can pickup early if needed. A snack will be provided. For students in the middle school camps (HS if necessary). Additional fees apply, please see the Dates or Registration page. $45
GREAT - High School:
Processing programming language summer camp for middle school students Middle School Programming with Processing: See the camp description in the Middle School camps above - it is open to entering 9th and 10th graders as well as later middle school students.
New Middle School Advanced Processing: See the camp description in the Middle School camps above - it is open to entering 9th and 10th graders as well as later middle school students.
Robotics summer camp with Arduino processors for high school students High School Robotics with Arduino: A week-long camp for entering 10th, 11th, and 12th graders; or 9th graders who have taken a middle school camp. Campers will build and program machines that react to the world and to people using embedded computers, sensors, and motors based on the Arduino family of processors. This is a fun, engaging camp that doesn't need any prior experience, but uses "real" gear in creative ways. The Arduino system is used in the University of Utah undergraduate Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science courses, so this is a great way to see what goes on in those majors. This camp runs from 9AM-3PM, M-F. Some interest or aptitude in computers and/or building things is expected for this camp. Lunch is provided. $220
Robotics summer camp Advanced Robotics Projects for high school students High School Robotics Advanced Projects: A week-long camp for entering 10th, 11th, and 12th graders; or 9th graders who have taken a middle school camp. This is a follow-on course for those who have taken the HS Robotics with Arduino or have prior Arduino experience. The camp will be more project-based and focus on development of independent skills. This camp runs from 9AM-3PM, M-F and is only held one week July 15-19. Some interest or aptitude in computers and/or building things is expected for this camp. Lunch is provided. $220
Advanced programming Flash game camp for high school students New High School Flash Game Development Camp: This camp will use elements of the Entertainment Arts and Engineering introductory CS course by using the ActionScript language to develop Flash games. This is intended to be the most in-depth course we offer. This camp will be held in two versions: a 3 week course and a 2 week course. The longer version will develop a longer project at the end. This camp is for entering 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, or 9th graders who have taken a middle school camp. This camp runs from 9AM-3PM, M-F. No prior experience is needed, but this camp is aimed at students who show some interest in or aptitude for computers, programming, or math. Students less sure of their interest should take the Processing camp or Arduino camp. Lunch is provided. $450/$350

The University of Utah offers other technical courses. If our dates or programs do not meet your needs, consider looking at the Youth Education technology camps (see course listings).

Our camps require that participants have basic keyboarding and computer skills. Campers must be willing and able to work alone and in groups and demonstrate respect for instructors, other campers, and the facilities of the University of Utah.