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2015 Summer Exploration Camps

Are you naturally curious? Do you like to fix things, make things, or understand how things work by taking them apart? Wouldn't it be great if you could earn college credit while having fun exploring your passion? If you're in high school, the Summer Exploration Camps are the perfect opportunity to earn college credit and have fun.

Each of the Harrisburg University Summer Exploration Camps takes a unique look at a field of science or technology, or the business of science and technology. While learning is the key goal for these day camps, you'll be surprised how much fun you can have letting your imagination run wild with the potential inventions, technologies, or scientific issues you can explore. Plus many of these non-residential camps allow you to earn college credits.

These camps are for incoming high school students through high school seniors. All the camps are day camps and are scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students should come to camp with food, snacks and drinks for the day. Registration for these camps closes 30 days prior to the start of each camp.

Exploring Video Gaming (IMED 102)

Don't just play games, create them! Learn professional techniques for designing and producing video games in this intensive program which will walk you through the development process from concept to prototype! The Academy focuses on game programming, game art creation, audio production, and level design. Students with skills in visual arts, story-telling, or programming will be grouped into balanced teams. Each team will design, produce, and market a video game.

The Summer Game Academy is an intensive summer program designed to introduce passionate young game designers and developers to the methods and processes used by professional game makers throughout the world. The program focuses on all aspects of the creative process from ideation to problem-solving to delivery. Students will develop skills and strategies to prepare them for a future in the digital media industry.

Students who are entering, attending, or just graduating high school wishing to expand their artistic or programming skills should attend this unique program. The Summer Game Academy is an immersive experience designed for high school students interested in video games, interactive simulations, new media, and/or the digital arts.

The Summer Game Academy requires two Letters of Recommendations from a teacher, guidance counselor, and/or other unrelated, professional mentor. The letters should speak to your passion, discipline, and work ethic, and should be sent to Anthony Ortega at Aortega@HarrisburgU.edu.

This is a two-credit day camp. Cost is $568 for one week camp. Cost is $850 for the two-week camp at Harrisburg University.

  • June 15th-26th, Harrisburg University, 326 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA Cost for this two-week camp is $850
  • June 22nd-26th, Harambee Institute of Science and Technology, 638-40 North 66th Street, Philadelphia, PA
  • July 6th-10th, Mastery Charter Schools-Simon Gratz High School, 1798 West Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA
  • July 13th-17th, Harrisburg University, 326 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA
  • July 20th-24th, Technical College High School-Brandywine Campus, 443 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA

Exploring LEGO Robotics (CISC 101)

Think LEGOs are for kids? Not when you're using them as robot raw materials! If you're a creative, math-savvy soul itching to learn computer programming, the LEGO(R) robotics kits in this hands-on exploration are your license to build. You'll learn basic programming techniques to create a 'robot prototype' using sensors, motors, and lots of creativity. Build and program a robot to follow a track in any direction, to walk and sense a room through an obstacle avoidance algorithm, to mimic human moods and emotions, even to perform synchronized dancing!

Presentations are followed by hands-on exercises performed in groups where creativity is a key component. The primary goal is to develop visual and textural programming skills while developing the leadership and teambuilding skills that are necessary for today's fast-moving programming process. If you're a high school student interested in enrolling in this camp, come with a solid understanding of high school algebra.

This is a two-credit day camp. Cost is $568.

  • Aug. 3rd-7th, Harrisburg University, 326 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA

Exploring Geographic Information Systems (GSTC-100)

From Amazon drones to smart phones, geographic information systems, or GIS, are "where it's at" in today's technology! Have you noticed there are more and more apps that ask you to turn on location services? There's a lot of advanced technology behind that 'blue dot' that always shows where you are. And, there are endless examples of geospatial systems in our lives! Discover how it works and how it can help solve problems in business, science or society.

You'll learn "why" and "how" during hands-on labs that include getting outside the classroom to experiment! All this introductory GIS learning comes wrapped in a small summer session where you can earn college credits AND have fun!

This is a two-credit day camp. Cost is $568.

  • July 6th-10th, Harrisburg University,326 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA
  • July 13-17th, Technical College High School-Brandywine Campus, 443 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA

Nanobiotechnology Explorations (BTEC 100)

Are you fascinated by the idea of microscopic machines transforming our world? (Imagine light bulbs as small as bacteria!) Do you like hands-on experiments and problem solving? Do you want to change the world? If you answered "Yes!" then Nanobiotechnology Explorations is here for you this summer!

Nanobiotechnology is the study of how existing elements in nature are used to invent or improve technologies. These tiny nano-structures can be used in everything from engineering materials, fuels, textiles, medicine, the environment and more. Whatever area of science you enjoy, you'll get more than a "nanoblast" of learning from this hands-on camp!

This is a two-credit day camp. Cost is $568.

  • July 6th-10th, Technical College High School-Brandywine Campus, 433 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA
  • July 13th-17th, Harrisburg University, 326 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA
  • July 20th-24th, Harambee Institute of Science and Technology, 638-40 North 66th Street, Philadelphia, PA
  • Aug. 3rd-7th, Cabrini College, 610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA
  • Aug. 10th-14th, Lancaster County Day School, 725 Hamilton Road, Lancaster, PA

Exploring Entrepreneurship & Innovation (MEBA 100)

Think you could run your own business? Many high school students have done this successfully. You can do it too! If you feel passionately that something can be done better and have an idea on how to do that, this workshop is for you. This program will teach you to use a simple process for assessing and validating if your idea has potential as a profitable business. We start with your idea and the opportunity you are going to create or the problem that you will solve and work with you to name your company, understand if and why your idea has the value. We identify who is the user or buyer of your solution and how many of them are there, what will they pay and how much will it cost you, and what makes your idea and solution different - your secret sauce. And then you will learn how to effectively present your idea to potential partners and investors. You will think more like an entrepreneur after completing this camp.

The Summer Entrepreneurship and Innovation Academy requires one Letter of Recommendations from a teacher, guidance counselor, and/or other unrelated, professional mentor. The letter should speak to the student's interest and ability to conceptualize and do the research to develop and integrate in writing the various elements of a good business plan, including the student's ability to search for information on the Internet. The letter should be sent to via email to CZogby@HarrisburgU.edu. To participate in the camp, students will need access to the Internet outside of the classroom. The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki and How to Write a Great Business Plan by William A. Sahlman are required texts for this camp.

This is a two-credit day camp. Cost is $568.

  • Aug. 10th-14th, Harrisburg University, 326 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA

Exploring Computer Coding

Programming fosters creativity, reasoning, and problem solving. The programmer gets the opportunity to create something from nothing, use logic to turn programming constructs into a form that a computer can run, and, when things don't work quite as well as expected, use problem solving to figure out what has gone wrong. Programming is a fun and the skills learned from it can be useful both in school and at work, even if your career has nothing to do with computers.

The non-credit camp will introduce you to the most widely commercial programming language used for gaming, C++. In this weeklong camp we will go over the basics of the language, giving you a good foundational understanding of the programming language syntax, the machine it's running on, and how to effectively create an application.

We will walk step by step through the concepts and skills needed to start yourself on the path to becoming an independent game developer.

There are also programming puzzles at the end of most chapters for you to try, which will help improve your programming skills. There are also programming puzzles during that for you to try, which will help improve your programming skills.

This is a non-credit day camp. Cost is $568.

  • July 27th-31st, Harrisburg University, 326 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA

To receive an application or more information, email Connect@HarrisburgU.edu

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