Science & Technology Camps

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Science and Technology camps are half-day camps that are offered either in the morning (9-12) or in the afternoon (12:30-3:30).

Tuition: $180 per week

 

Ages 7-10

Mindcraft Camp (Provided by Challenge Island)

Challenge Island™ ’s Mindcraft camp turns the digital world of Minecraft into real world, creative fun for kids. Tribes build their own shelters, tools, and crafting tables. They tackle creepers, zombies and other mobs, and design their very own mine trains. This incredible camp is sure to sell out fast, so secure your child’s spot in the sandbox today!

 

Beach Party  (Provided by Challenge Island)

Are you ready to party this summer with Challenge Island? Join us for a week full of beach-inspired challenges for you and a tribe full of friends. You’ll build and design your own Tribal Tiki Huts, Beach Racers, Cruise Ships, and Boardwalk Rides and Games. You'll even erupt a restless Hawaiian volcano! We’ll wrap up with a not to be missed island beach party complete with music, beach volleyball and fun surprises! Grab a friend, grab a tribe and join us in this one of a kind camp celebration!

 

 

Emoji Camp  (Provided by Challenge Island)

Challenge Island Kids HEART Emojis and we HEART Challenge Island Kids so we created an all new camp that turns those cute little yellow faces into action packed STEAM adventures!  From Silly Emoji Day to Scary Emoji Day to Sunglasses Cool Emoji Day, our Challenge Island tribes will be crying tears of joy as they ride their unicorns into a texting-icon-inspired world they will never forget. This awesome camp promises to be as popular as Emojis themselves, so reserve your spot today!

 

Animations using Scratch  (camp provided by UTD Center for Computer Science Education)

MIT Scratch is a GUI based programming environment. While it has a friendly interface that appeals to young children, it has tons of functionality! You can do 2D animations of objects, create cool drawings, make a character sing a tune, develop an interactive game (control it with various inputs including voice!) and even narrate a story with images! Go to scratch.mit.edu to check out the tool and lots of examples. We will use a specific list of examples shown in www.utdallas.edu/~jeyv/scratch.  Scratch uses drag-and-drop programming which means no syntax errors – your program is always ready to run! It enables the young learners to focus on the logic instead. This camp is for beginners–no prior experience is required.

 

Explore-Coding-Tools (Provided by UTD Center for Computer Science Education)

With abundance of web-based tools to learn coding, we hope to play with a different tool in every session and get introduced to coding concepts in an enjoyable way. This camp is for freshers – no programming background is needed to attend this camp. 

 

Advanced Scratch: Games and Music (Provided by UTD Center for Computer Science Education)

Pre-requisite: Animation using Scratch

This is a camp for students who have covered the basics in “Animations using Scratch”. We will use programming concepts to make music and even use randomness to change the tunes along the way.

 

Ages 11-14

Introductory Game Maker (Provided by UTD Center for Computer Science Education)

 You might have played lots of games. GameMaker is powerful professional quality game design software, yet it is easy for anyone to get on-board, learn the basics and design a video game in a week! Campers will also get introduced to a sandboxed scripting language known as Game Maker Language, which can be used to develop more advanced games that could not be created just by using the drag and drop features. No programming background needed to attend.

 

Animations using Scratch  (camp provided by UTD Center for Computer Science Education)

MIT Scratch is a GUI based programming environment. While it has a friendly interface that appeals to young children, it has tons of functionality! You can do 2D animations of objects, create cool drawings, make a character sing a tune, develop an interactive game (control it with various inputs including voice!) and even narrate a story with images! Go to scratch.mit.edu to check out the tool and lots of examples. We will use a specific list of examples shown in www.utdallas.edu/~jeyv/scratch.  Scratch uses drag-and-drop programming which means no syntax errors – your program is always ready to run! It enables the young learners to focus on the logic instead. This camp is for beginners–no prior experience is required.

 

Coding with Robots (Provided by UTD Center for Computer Science Education)

Pre-requisite (recommended): Animation using Scratch

Finch robots are tiny USB-powered robots that were developed specifically to learn programming. While these robots can be controlled from programs written in almost dozen languages, we are going to use MIT Scratch – it enables Elementary kids to write a few simple programs for the robot to move around, sense obstacles & light, play tunes etc.! Then, we will look at another sophisticated robot called Scribbler – it is suitable for a wide range of programming skills. In addition to light-seeking, object detection, object avoidance & line-following, it can do art-work: place a Sharpie marker in the pen port and it will draw as it goes around! We will use the Graphical User Interface tile-based programming tools. Finally, we will look at Sphero robotic balls – they enable us to bring several math and science concepts to life!