Tech Camp! Back and Better than Ever.

Summer 2022 Camp Information

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. 

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.

2022 Tech Camp Schedule

REGISTRATION LINK HERE

How to register your camper:

Please choose either of the registration links above and below the camp descriptions to register. You will be taken to a third party site which is maintaining registration information and processing payments.

Grade levels: 6 - 12
Monday, June 20, 2022 to Friday, June 24, 2022
1:00pm - 4:00pm
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 Alex.johnson@millersville.edu

Advanced LEGO Robotics

Grade levels: 6 - 12
Monday, July 11, 2022 to Friday, July 15, 2022
9:00am - 12:00pm
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  Len.Litowitz@millersville.edu 

Grade levels: 7 - 12
Monday, June 20, 2022 to Friday, June 24, 2022
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: Derrick Kreider dmkreider@frontier.com

Grade levels: 4+
Monday, June 27, 2022 to Friday, July 1, 2022
9:00am - 12:00pm
Want to learn to code? Want to begin with the basics like block style coding? Or, want to build your coding skills by creating your own projects and learning some coding languages? Want to use your coding skills to control robots and drones? If so, then sign up and come code with us! We will use a variety of resources including Scratch, Code.org, Kahn Academy and others to allow students to pursue their coding interests with support from instructors. Students will be broken into groups by age/grade and interests to work on the coding skills of their choice.
Instructor: Nicole Shoemaker nsshoemaker@gmail.com

Grade levels: 6 - 12
Monday, July 11, 2021 to Friday, July 15, 2022
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.
Material Cost ($15.00 – included in the registration fee):
1. Red Oak Board
2. Consumables (Router bits, sandpaper, finishing supplies)
Instructor:  Alex Johnson Alex.johnson@millersville.edu

Grade levels: 7+
One day: Saturday, July 16, 2022
Design your own tiny home in this architectural design course, where we will explore the fundamentals of planning, design, and integration of building systems. Explore your ideal tiny home design that will serve as a mobile live/work studio for yourself to escape the everyday. Choose one of your favorite hobbies as an underlying theme for the space and explore designs to best suit your lifestyle. Mobile live/work studios emphasize design oversize, utilize dual-purpose features, and incorporate multifunctional space-saving techniques. Vertical space and outdoor amenities are key components to taking your tiny house to the next level!
Instructor: Rachel Haynes rhaynes@tippettsweaver.com

 

Grade levels: 5 - 8
Monday, July 27, 2022 to Friday, July 1, 2022
1:00pm - 4:00pm
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 Robert.Sealover@millersville.edu

Grade levels: 5 - 8
Monday, June 27, 2022 to Friday, July 1, 2022
9:00am - 12:00pm
Fusion 360 is a free 3D design software for students, educators, and academic institutions. In this fun filled engineering camp, students will learn the basics of using Fusion 360 and will use it to design and manufacture a variety of items using both 3D printing and CNC technology. Topics covered will include setting up 3D models for printing and CAM functions for CNC machining.
Instructor: Alex Johnson alex.johnson@millersville.edu

Grade levels: 3-6
Monday, June 20, 2022 to Friday, June 24, 2022
9:00am - 12:00pm
Do you like graphic novels and comic books? In this camp you will learn about graphic design elements frequently used in comics. You will use software to generate your own characters and develop your own story. Participants will make, and share, their own comic book. Join us for a fun week of learning about comics and graphic novels. Grades 3–6.
Instructors: Donna Painter donna.painter@millersville.edu and Grace Painter grace.painter@pennmanor.net​

Intro to Arduino 

Grade levels: 7+
Monday, June 20, 2022 to Friday, June 24, 2022
9:00am - 12:00pm The Arduino is a million electric circuits in one! Learn to write code as well as wire up sensors, motors, and displays to create your own project. Microcontrollers like Arduino uses are in everything from your toaster to complex industrial systems. This camp leads students through as many as 30 self-paced projects to get hands-on experience wiring and programming an Arduino. Some example projects include:

-Build your own robot and/or remote control car
-Build a tollbooth gate that opens when you enter the right code!
-Make an LED light show that includes music!
-Build a motion sensor alarm.
-Build a temperature controlled fan.
-Build a game using an LCD screen and some buttons
…the sky is the limit!

This camp will be self-paced and individualized to each student. No previous experience is necessary! In depth guides with video tutorials, diagrams, and instructions will be provided for each project. Materials for all the above projects as well as many more will be available for students to use during the camp. Each student will get to take home their own Arduino microcontroller along with a USB cord for connection and some basic components. Arduino Camp Video Link

Instructor: Andrew Friedlund ajfriedlund@sdlancaster.org

Intro to LEGO Robotics

Grade levels: 3+
Two Sections:
  • Monday, June 20, 2022 to Friday, June 24, 2022; 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Monday, June 27, 2022 to Friday, July 1, 2022; 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 Len.Litowitz@millersville.edu

Grade levels: 6 - 12
Monday, June 20, 2022 to Friday, June 24, 2022
9:00am - 12:00pm
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 Alex.johnson@millersville.edu

Grade levels: 6 - 12
Two Sections:
  • Monday, July 11, 2022 to Friday, July 15, 2022; 9:00pm - 12:00pm
  • Monday, July 11, 2022 to Friday, July 15, 2022; 1:00pm - 4:00pm
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 machine. All campers will need to create an account with YoYo Games (www.yoyogames.com) and bring those login credentials to camp. Using the design software is free, however, if games are to be shared and played at home campers will need to have purchased a software subscription ($4.99/mo or $50/yr for the "Creator" level). Campers will need to bring in their login and password credentials from home (free or subscription) to use the software during camp.
Instructor: Dominick Manusos Dominick.Manusos@millersville.edu

Grade levels: 4 - 12
Monday, July 11, 2022 to Friday, July 15, 2022
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  Alex.johnson@millersville.edu

Grade levels: 3-6
Monday, June 20, 2022 to Friday, June 24, 2022
1:00pm - 4:00pm 
If you want to design and print your own t-shirts and cards this is the camp for you. We will learn about screen printing, inkjet, and relief printing processes—then put that knowledge to work to make your own personalized merchandise. Join us for a fun week of learning and doing with printing. T shirt size required at time of registration. Grades 3–6.
Instructors: Donna Painter donna.painter@millersville.edu and Grace Painter grace.painter@pennmanor.net

Grade levels: 5+
Monday, June 27, 2022 to Thursday, June 30, 2022
9:00am - 12:00pm
Campers will be given the opportunity to build a complete robotic arm and control panel. This will include working with various hand tools while assembling multiple motors with gearing. The result will be a pick and place robotic arm that each camper will get to take home at the end of the week. The camp culminates with a morning of robotic arm challenges. This camp meets for four days.
Instructor: James Hartman james.hartman@millersville.edu

Robot Soccer (New for 2022!)

Grade levels: 7+
Monday, June 20, 2022 to Friday, June 24, 2022 
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Build, wire, and program a remote-controlled robot. Then face-off against other students at this camp in a robot soccer tournament. Along the way you will learn how to write code with Blockly, send/receive WIFI Signals, and build a custom shooting mechanism using servo motors. Robot
Robot Soccer Camp Video Link
Instructor: Andrew Friedlund ajfriedlund@sdlancaster.org

Grade levels: 3 - 6
Monday, June 27, 2022 to Friday, July 1, 2022
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 use 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 and Joseph Kaskel jmkaskel@millersville.edu

Two Sections:
  • Monday, July 11, 2022 to Friday, July 15, 2022; 9:00pm - 12:00pm; GRADE 2+
  • Monday, July 18, 2022 to Friday, July 22, 2022; 1:00pm - 4:00pm; GRADE 3+
In this camp children will learn how to properly measure and safely operate a variety of woodworking hand tools and even a hand-held power tool. They will demonstrate their understanding by creating a series of projects that they get to keep and decorate including a keepsake box, a cutout car, a three-string guitar, and even more if time permits! Tools and curriculum ideas provided by the Maplewoodshop
Instructor: Dakota Gonda dsgonda@millersville.edu

Grade levels: 3 - 6
Two Sections:
  • Monday, June 27, 2022 to Friday, July 1, 2022; 9:00pm - 12:00pm
  • Monday, June 27, 2022 to Friday, July 1, 2022; 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

REGISTRATION LINK HERE