Summer camps


Wayne State University College of Engineering and Department of Computer Science are offering several camps designed to assist elementary, middle, and high school aged students in learning some of the skills needed to participate in the opportunities that are available by considering a career in engineering and computer science. Wayne State University has been on the forefront of this computer revolution. These camps will provide some insight into how your child can join in this revolution. Camp registration is now open. Click HERE to complete the registration form. 


Camp Details

Ages 7 – 12 
Days: Monday through Friday (one week sessions) 
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Duration: One-week session 
Cost: $300.00 per one-week session 

Ages 13 - 17
Days: Monday through Friday (two week sessions)  
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Duration: Two-weeks sessions  
Cost: $600.00 per two-week session 

Program Cost
Camp cost either $300 or $600 per session. Fee includes daily lunch, one camp t-shirt, backpack, all supplies and field trips. Lunch is included in camp cost. Students will enjoy an all you can eat buffet style lunch featuring a salad bar, brick oven pizza station, home food station, deli station, dessert station, and more. Before and aftercare are available at an additional cost.

Before Care held from 7:30 am - 8:30 am After Care held from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Cost $5 per day for before care, $5 per day for aftercare, or $10 per day for both before and aftercare.

Holiday Closure
No sessions will be held on July 4, 2017. Campus will be closed.

Registration Details 
Enrollment is first come first serve. Camp capacity 20-25 students per camp. Students may register for multiple sessions. Your child's seat is only secure once full payment is received. Camp registration is now open. Click HERE to complete the registration form.

Professional Staff
Computer Science graduate (PhD and Masters) students teach in the program. Trained undergraduate and graduate student assistants provide continuous individual assistance. Students will be supervised during all activities.

Field Trips & Outdoor Activities
Students attend one field trip per week and extra curricular activities daily. Sample field trips and extra curricular activities include:
• Michigan Science Center
• Detroit Institute of Arts
WSU Fitness Center (Rock Climbing/Basketball/Volleyball)
• Students participate in daily breaks with supervised outdoor play, sports, and techy games

Family Demonstration Days
Families are invited to demonstration day on the last day of each camp to showcase their work. 

Camp Offerings

Adventures in Minecraft (Ages 7-9 and 10 -12)
Minecraft is one of the most popular video games. Minecraft enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. MinecraftEDU allows students to not only play but build levels, design and use problem solving skills. Many schools are using MinecraftEDU for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) learning. Students will be taught building basics through gameplay, building adventure maps, and resource packs. Advance minecrafters will learn Java programming language to create and participate in 3D design challenges. 

Coding Bootcamp (Ages 13 – 17)
Learning to code. Strengthen computer science skills through mini applications and hands-on exercises. Learn computer hardware and machine language and object-oriented programming concepts in programming. Provides a base of conceptual understanding and language-specific syntax and data handling. 

Creating Animation & Movie (Ages 10 – 12)
Explore computer animation to create an original computer-generated movie. Learn how to use animation software, a 3-D virtual reality software program. Learn about mechanical and software design. Project management and teamwork skills. 

Creating Technology Toys Camp (Ages 7 – 9)
Enhance curiosity in computer science and engineering. Build LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors; program their models; and explore series of cross curricular, them-based activities while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students will use Scratch, a program, that allows you to program your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. 

Exploration in Coding and Game Design (Ages 7 – 9)
Learn how to create characters with special effects and coding fundamentals. Create unique stories and create your very own video game. Using a drag-and-drop code blocks using a visual programming platform. Stories and games will come to life in a cool and creative ways. 

Explorations in Game Design (Ages 13 – 17) 
Introduction to fundamental game design principles with universal applications. Write video games for game controllers such as the Xbox 360 controllers. Explore the program techniques behind games. Develop simple 2D and 3D graphics and sound. Build your own amazing games. 

Exploration in Robotics (Ages 10 – 12 and 13 – 17) 
Work in pairs to solve challenges by building and programming new exciting robots using the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System. Learn NXT & EV-3 programming and can learn RobotC programming. Build and program several new and exciting robots. Compete robot in friendly challenges and games with fellow campers. 

Future Engineer (Ages 7 – 9 and 10 – 12)
Fun and engaging educational experience while boosting students confidence in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Explore, discover, and create while learning about the world of engineering
Wide variety of STEAM based hands on projects. Learn about several disciplines of engineering including biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and more.  

Hack Camp (Ages 10 – 12) 
Create apps, build websites, and make games. Learn the fundaments of web development skills transferable to game and app development. Form teams to collaboratively solve problems using technology. Showcase your coding and computational thinking skills at the end of the program. 

Web Design and Photography (Ages 10 – 12) 
Make webpages come alive with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Learn HTML5 elements, using headers and footers, dynamic navigation menus, embedded audio and video, CSS3 styles, JavaScript, and JQuery animations. Enhance your website with photography. Learn to shoot, edit, and focus techniques. 


Camp Offerings  Ages June 19 - June 23 June 26 - June 30 July 3 - July 7  July 10 - July 14 July 17 - July 21 July 24 - July 28 
Creating Technology Toys 7-9 x       x  
Adventures in Minecraft 7-9   x       x
Exploration in Coding and Game Design 7-9     x      
Future Engineer 7-9       x    
Creating Animation & Movies 10-12 x          
Web Design and Photography 10-12   x        
Adventures in Minecraft 10-12     x      
Hack Camp 10-12       x    
Exploration in Robotics 10-12         x  
Future Engineer 10-12           x
Exploration in Game Design  13-17 x x        
Coding Bootcamp 13-17     x x  
Exploration in Robotics  13-17         x x

Wayne State University, College of Engineering
Community Engagement Office Science and Engineering Library
5048 Gullen Mall Suite 133, 135, 137 Detroit, MI 48202
Summer Camp Line: (313) 731-2184 

Wayne State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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