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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 great@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

great@cs.utah.edu

for routine requests and questions.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The generous support of our sponsors allows the camps to offer a limited number of need-based financial aid scholarships. Please contact David Johnson at great@cs.utah.edu 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. I will not know about scholarship availability until the end of March.

We are going to try to make balanced offers of scholarships to boy and girl applicants. Please be aware that your own requests and decisions impact this balance.

University of Utah Staff and Faculty

Unfortunately, we do not offer a specific discount for U employees.

Dates

See the Dates tab or the Registration link for details on when each camp is offered.

Programs

GREAT - Elementary:
Programming environment where children make animations and games Elementary Introductory 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-3PM. Lunch is provided. (This camp combines what used to be separate half day sessions for Beginning and Advanced Scratch and is the same as what was called Full-Day Scratch. Contact great@cs.utah.edu for advice on what to do if your child had finished Beginning but not Advanced). $240. Schedule
New Super Scratch: We cannot get enough of Scratch and neither can our campers! Super Scratch is now being offered in three different themes: Games, Computer Science, and Art. These week-long 9AM-3PM day camps for entering 5th, 6th, and 7th graders (note the year older shift from the other Scratch camps) are a follow-on to the Introductory Scratch camp. Each Super Scratch theme is indepedent of the others, so your camper can take one or all of them. Attendees should be enthusiastic about programming in Scratch. Students should have completed the Introductory Scratch camp prior to taking a Super Scratch camp or had some equivalent training. These camps run from 9AM-3PM. Lunch is provided. $240. Schedule
  • Games: The Games theme will have campers write a few different classic styles of games culminating in a massive, group adventure game project.
  • Computer Science (CS): Campers in the CS theme will use Scratch to explore the ideas that make computer science tick.
  • Art: Computers are powerful tools for making art. In the Super Scratch Art theme campers will write programs to produce dazzling, fun, and interactive art.
FIRST Lego League world-wide robotics competition Elementary FIRST Lego League (FLL): The FLL camp 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. $240. Schedule
Advanced LEGO Mindstorms summer camp for middle school students NewAdvanced 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 is now being offered in three different themes: FLL Skills, Telerobotics, and Kinetic Art. These themes are independent of each others, so campers can take one theme or them all. These camps run from 9AM-3PM, M-F. Lunch is provided. These camps are open to students entering 5th-8th grade (starting a year older than the FLL camp). 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. $240. Schedule
  • FLL Skills: Build on the skills learned in the FLL camp to make an even more competitive robot.
  • Telerobotics: Learn to control your robot from a distance. Make a rover with a camera and control the view. Make robots communicate to control a robot swarm.
  • Kinetic Art: Express your creative side by making art pieces that respond to the world around them. Use the EV3 robotics to draw, dance, and dazzle.
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. We will distribute a daily schedule so that you can pickup early if needed. A snack will be provided. $45. Schedule
GREAT - Middle School:
Super Scratch: Entering 7th graders are eligible for our most advanced Scratch camps. Please see the Super Scratch listing in the elementary section. This camp runs from 9AM-3PM. Lunch is provided. $240. Schedule
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. The G&R camp is intended for students who did not take our elementary camps and want to get a taste of the GREAT camps before trying the more advanced topics available. This camp runs from 9AM-3PM, M-F. Lunch is provided. $240. Schedule
Advanced LEGO Mindstorms: Entering 7th and 8th graders are eligible for the Advanced LEGO Mindstorms camps. Please see the Advanced LEGO Mindstorms listing in the elementary section. This camp runs from 9AM-3PM, M-F. Lunch is provided. $240. Schedule
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. $240. Schedule
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 7th-10th grade. 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. $240. Schedule
Belly Bugs: This middle school camp is a joint project with researchers from the Biology Department. Students will build on their beginning Processing skills to make a simulation game exploring the human microbiota - the rich diversity of bacteria in our bellies that help us survive. Joint instruction from Biology and Computer Science will lay the groundwork for the group to make an educational and fun game. 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 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. $240. Schedule
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. Schedule
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. $240. Schedule
Middle School Advanced Processing/Belly Bugs: See the camp descriptions in the Middle School camps above - these camps are open to entering 9th and 10th graders as well as later middle school students. $240. Schedule
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. $240. Schedule
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. Some interest or aptitude in computers and/or building things is expected for this camp. Lunch is provided. $240. Schedule
Advanced programming Python game camp for high school students High School Python Game Development Camp: This camp will use the popular Python programming language with a game development framework to make classic games. The Python language is currently used in the nationally-recognized Entertainment Arts and Engineering game program. 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. Lunch is provided. $240. Schedule
High School Python Advanced Game Development Camp: This camp continues the concepts in the Python Game Development Game for students interested in more challenging projects. Taking the earlier camp is a prerequisite. Students will learn additional concepts in computer science, Python, and game-making. 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. Lunch is provided. $240. Schedule
AP CS A Preparation camp New High School AP Computer Science A/UofU CS1410 Preparation Camp: This camp will cover topics from the AP Computer Science A test and from the University of Utah School of Computing's CS1410 Introductory Programming course. Do well, and pass the AP test (not part of the camp) or get a head-start for the demanding CS1410 course or similar classes at other universities. This is a multi-week camp that runs from 9AM-3PM, M-F for 4 weeks. This is less of a summer camp and more of an intense boot camp for academically-driven students. The camp teaches the Java programming language and covers basic programming, object-oriented concepts, application development, testing, debugging, and algorithmic thinking. This is intended to be the most in-depth course we offer. This camp is for entering 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. 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 Python camp. Lunch is provided. $700. Since this is a new camp, there needs to be sufficient registration to hold this and we will determine that by May. Schedule
Android app camp New High School Android App Development Camp: This camp will build on the Java programming knowledge gained in the AP CS A Prep camp to develop Android applications. This two week camp will extend campers' programming skills and teach the specialized structure of Android applications. This camp runs from 9-3, M-F. This camp is for entering 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. The AP CS A Prep camp is a prerequisite or substantial experience programming in Java. Lunch is provided. $450. Schedule

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.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact great@cs.utah.edu and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 South Presidents Circle, Room 135, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, (801)581-8365. Reasonable notice is required.