Tech Camp for Kids Returns for 2021!

Summer 2021 Camp Information

After taking the summer off in 2020 for public health considerations, Tech Camp for Kids is back this year and better than ever. This year the summer is chock-full of engaging and enriching experiences for campers of all levels from grades 1 through 12. 

We are taking added extra precautions this year to respond to the public health directives issued by the CDC and Commonwealth of Pennylvania by limiting our camp sizes, designing activities and spaces to maximize social distancing, requiring face coverings, providing frequent hand washing,  and thorough sanitization of environments on a daily basis. Our goal is to provide an interesting and exciting experience to our campers in the safest environment possible. 

Please see the camp offerings below and follow the registration link to sign up your camper. Please email Len Litowitz, camp director at Len.Litowitz@millersville.edu or call him at 717-871-7215.

2021 Tech Camp Schedule

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Grade levels: 6 - 12
Two camp dates: June 28 - July 2 (9:00am - 12:00pm) and July 5 - July 9 (9:00am - 12:00pm)
This camp will teach students how to use the basic functions of the SolidWorks 3D CAD program to produce 3D CAD models.  The students will work towards 3D printing an artifact of their design by the end of the week. Instructor: Alex.johnson@millersville.edu
Advanced LEGO Robotics
Grade levels: 6 - 12
Camp dates: June 28 - July 2 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
Advanced LEGO Robotics makes use of the EV3 programming platform to address a series of open-ended challenges that have been used in past state LEGO building competitions. After a review of the programming structure and capabilities on Monday you and a partner will address a series of open-ended challenges and demonstrate solutions to the entire class upon completion. On Friday all participants address the same challenge, affectionately referred to as the final exam. Not to worry, it is all in good fun! Students will improve their programming and mechanical skills.  Instructor: len.litowitz@millersville.edu 
Grade levels: 7 - 12
Camp dates: June 21 - June 25 (9:00am - 12:00pm)
Camp participants will get to build their own robot in this camp and take it home! Students will begin by studying various electronic parts. They will learn how to solder parts together by practicing on a simple circuit. The big project will be building a line tracking robot that will allow students to learn about light emitters, light sensor circuitry, and tracking memory.  Students are asked to bring four AA batteries to power their robot. Instructor: dmkreider@frontier.com
Grade levels: 6 - 12
Camp dates: July 12 - July 16 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
In this one-week camp, students will learn basic skills in computer-aided design (CAD), and computer assisted manufacturing (CAM) which they will use to design and fabricate a wooden artifact using a CNC router. The workshop will focus primarily on using VCarve Pro, a popular CAD/CAM program, and learning how to calculate toolpaths to accurately and safely cut out a wooden sign on a CNC router. The workshop will provide a fun, hands-on experience using these technologies which are an integral part of modern manufacturing. Instructor:  Alex.johnson@millersville.edu
Grade levels: 4 - 8
Camp date: July 19 - July 23 (9:00am - 12:00pm)
At the Build it, Fly it, Code it camp, participants will do just that!  First, we will build a Parrot mini-drone and make sure that it is flight-ready.  Then, we will learn to fly the drone using a handheld device with the Free Flight Mini app and a web-based coding platform.  Last, participants will have the opportunity to test their flight skills in an obstacle course and maybe even a game of drone soccer!!  Along the way, participants will enrich their engineering, coding, and problem-solving skills along with learning some exciting uses of drones, drone flight safety, and the science of flight.  (Cost of the drone kit is included in the cost of the camp, and participants will keep their drone after camp ends.) Instructor: nsshoemaker@gmail.com
 
Grade levels: 5 - 8
Camp dates: June 21 - June 25 (9:00am - 12:00pm)
Design, build, and test your balsa wood bridge! Work independently and as a team to learn about structural engineering through hands-on activities. Learn about compression, tensile, and shear strength by experimenting with and destroying test specimens. Then switch gears to address another open-ended design challenge. You will learn about the design process by preparing sketches, final drawings, prototypes, and final solutions. You will use hand tools and power machinery to create your solutions. Instructor: Robert.Sealover@millersville.edu
Intro to LEGO Robotics
 
Grade levels: 3 - 6
Two camp dates: June 21 - June 25 (9:00am - 12:00pm) and June 28 - July 2 (9:00am - 12:00pm)
The one and only original technology camp!  This camp includes concepts about simple machines like pulleys, gears and other mechanical advantage gaining devices, but the majority of the camp focuses on how computers are used to control machines in our world. This camp teaches kids fundamental computer programming and encourages cooperative learning and problem solving while using LEGO’s™. Participants design and build robots, cars, amusement rides and other machines; they then write Logo computer programs to operate and control their inventions. 
Monday:  Mechanical Advantage Gaining Devices
Tuesday:  Intro to Programming:  Traffic light and car
Wednesday:  Machine building and programming
Thursday:  Machine Building & programming
Friday:  An Open-Ended Challenge!
Instructor:  len.litowitz@millersville.edu
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Grade levels: 6 - 12
Camp dates: June 21 - June 25 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
Manufacturing is the process of transforming or changing materials into products. In this weeklong, hands-on class, students will explore the processes of manufacturing used in modern industry which they will use to build a functional reproduction wood fishing lure using a variety of materials and manufacturing processes. Instructor:  Alex.johnson@millersville.edu
Grade levels: 6 - 8
Camp dates: July 5 - July 9 (9:00am - 12:00pm)
Have you ever wondered how engineers design and test systems that meet customer needs?  This camp introduces the elements of design thinking used by professional engineers to turn customer needs and wants into reality.  Campers will design a remote-controlled robot using a modeling and simulation tool to reason about behaviors and interactions they want their robot to have.   Those who participate in this camp will develop knowledge and skills in critical thinking and reasoning assisted by automated tools.  This camp is completely computer-based and is a good foundation for other camps that involve building and testing a physical robot. Instructor:   emergeni@frontier.com
Intro to Sketch-Up & Rapid Prototyping
Grade levels: 3 - 6
Camp dates: June 28 - July 2 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
SketchUp is an intuitive, powerful, and unique 3D modeling software application that allows users to visualize their ideas in 2D and 3D. This free program is widely used in architecture, engineering, woodworking, and game design. Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to use this program to create realistic models of houses, buildings, toys, and machines. The students will work towards creating a 3D printed artifact of their SketchUp models by the end of the week. Instructor:  Alex.johnson@millersville.edu
Grade levels: 6 - 12
Camp dates: July 12 - July 16 (9:00am - 12:00pm)
Campers will be introduced to video game design software, and the components required for good game design. This camp will focus on teaching basic 2D game design software, as well as introducing students to simplified principles of short story writing and the hero's journey. Campers will have hands-on experience with Game Maker Studio 2 and will develop a handful of 2D games than can be played on a windows computer.  Instructor: dominick.manusos@millersville.edu
Grade levels: 4 - 12
Camp dates: July 12 - July 16 (9:00am - 12:00pm)
The metal lathe is used to create detailed cylindrical or tapered objects in metal, plastic, or wood. In this one week workshop, students will learn the basic operations of a bench top metal turning lathe with focus on how to safely select speeds, select and change cutting tools, secure work, and use the controls to make precision cuts. Students will use what they have learned to produce a small, spinning aluminum top. The workshop will provide a fun, hands-on experience using technologies that are an integral part of modern manufacturing. Instructor:  Alex.johnson@millersville.edu
Grade levels: 6 - 12
Camp dates: July 5 - July 9 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
This hands-on camp explores how the development of plastics — and the engineering of plastic components into everyday products — has impacted the world. Students learn about the history of plastics, how they impact our world, and how they are processed in modern manufacturing. Students will learn about and apply common plastic processing techniques such as injection molding, vacuum forming, CNC machining, polymer casting, 3D printing, as well as techniques used to recycle plastic materials. Throughout the week students will apply these technologies as they create their own unique plastic creations. Instructor:  Alex.johnson@millersville.edu
Grade levels: 5 - 12
Camp dates: July 12 - July 16 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)Participant will go through the operation of various components to build a pick and place robot arm that they get to keep at the end of the week. Instructor: james.hartman@millersville.edu
Robot Printing & Programming
Grade levels: 7 - 12
Camp dates: July 19 - July 23 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
Take home a robot you built yourself. Use a 3D printer to make the body of the robot. Assemble the robot and program it to perform simple tasks.  Electronics and hardware supplied.  Instructor TBD
Grade levels: 3 - 6
Camp dates: July 5 - July 12 (9:00am - 12:00pm)
Travel with us to the land of Osburn where magic and mystery await! In Tech Adventure Camp, students will follow Strom & Boli on an adventure to save the kingdom from evil forces. Students will design and build a small bridge, a box for sacred objects, they will craft their own foam weapons, follow a riddle trail around campus, and solve a puzzle box to prepare for the final confrontation with the evil King Bålkî. Students practice design, collaborate, and using hands-on skills while having fun and imagining their own new world. So get your character sheets and costumes ready for a week-long adventure that will teach students about technology, problem-solving and how to take on hoards of dwarves!  Instructors: Justin Egresitz jcegresi@ncsu.edu, Joseph Kaskel jmkaskel@millersville.edu
Grade levels: 3 - 6
Camp dates: July 5 - July 12 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
Become the star of your own YouTube channel as you learn the skills to become a YouTube sensation. In this beginner-level course designed for first-time video makers, campers will go from being YouTube viewers to YouTube creators. Students will explore and create a wide range of different video styles such as DIYs, parodies, reviews, screencasts, and “Let’s Play.” Campers will create custom thumbnails and channel graphics. Campers will learn the fundamental skills and techniques of video recording, editing, lighting, screen capture, special effects, and audio production. Participants will leave camp with several published videos and subscribers. If available, attendees are asked to bring a recording device such as a GoPro or other mobile device for recording. Instructors: Justin Egresitz jcegresi@ncsu.edu, Joseph Kaskel jmkaskel@millersville.edu

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