Summer Academy

A girl builds a Lego robotics toyWayne State University's College of Engineering and Department of Computer Science offer several summer programs designed for elementary, middle and high school students. These summer opportunities help students think about careers in engineering and computer science by teaching them skills that are necessary for those fields.  

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Camp details

Ages: 7–17 
Days: Monday–Friday  
Time: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Duration: One-week sessions 
Cost: $350 per one-week session

Registration

Registered students receive one camp t-shirt, backpack, lanyard, and water bottle for the summer program. The cost of the program is $350 per week which includes daily lunch, field trips, and supplies. Additional t-shirts may be purchased during registration. 

Registration is first come, first serve. Your child's seat is only secure with full payment due at the time of registration. Before and aftercare is available for an additional cost. 

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Enrollment

Course capacity is 20-25 students per session. Students may register for multiple sessions. Your child's seat is only secure with full payment due at the time of registration. Before and Aftercare is available for an additional cost.

Before/aftercare

Before Care held from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
After Care held from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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 July 1, 2019 – July 5, 2019

Professional staff

Engineering and computer science graduate students (Ph.D. and master's) teach in the program. Trained undergraduate and graduate student assistants provide additional individual assistance.

Students will be supervised during all activities.

Field trips and 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
  • Students participate in daily breaks with supervised outdoor play, sports, and tech games.

Family demonstration days

On the last day of each program, families are welcome to attend demonstration day to see a showcase of students' work. 

Cancellation policy

Should your family's plans change, please contact us as soon as possible as you may be entitled to a refund.

4 weeks prior to attending session: full refund
3 weeks prior to attending session: 50% refund
2 weeks prior to attending session: 100% non refundable

Summer program offerings:

  • Aerospace and Aviation (13-17)

    Explore aerospace and aviation through a wide range of hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities.

    Students will receive an introduction Space Flight as they explore space technology and aviation. Topics will cover aerodynamics, proposition, flight exploration, aviation planning and flight simulators.

    Dates offered:
    June 24-June 28, 2019

  • Artificial Intelligence (Ages 13-17)

    Students will create their own artificial intelligence like Chatbots, Natural Language processing and Recommendation systems through Google Assistant, Google Home and block-based JSON. In this course, we’ll take a closer look at machine learning tools, and use them to do amazing things. Teach a computer to play your favorite game, create interactive simulations, or train it to find patterns a human could not see. Get ready to bring Artificial Intelligence to your projects using data, cutting-edge tools, services, and more!

    Dates offered:
    July 8-12, 2019
     

  • Aviation Career Exploration (ACE) Academy (Ages 13-17)

    Students will be encouraged to consider careers in aviation, which includes introductory classes in weather and navigation, tours of an airport fire station and the Tuskegee Airmen Museum, a model rocket demonstration and more. Students will co-pilot flights over Detroit in private airplanes, tours of an airport control tower and aircraft maintenance hangars, model glider competition, classes in the theory of flight and the history of aviation. The program has partnered with the College of Engineering, BUF of Michigan, Federal Aviation Administration, Tuskegee Airmen, Organization of Black Airline Pilots, Black Pilots of America and National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees. The ACE program was started by the FAA and is held in various areas of the country where local organizers and co-sponsoring groups are available.

    Dates offered:
    July 8-July 12, 2019

  • Biomedical Engineering (Ages 13-17)

    Explore the field of biomedical engineering as you develop a prototype of athletic personal protective equipment. We will cover topics including traumatic brain injury, brain visualization, dissection and 3-D brain modeling. 

    Campers will apply the design process to imagine, plan and build solutions to sports equipment. They will learn about mechanical and software design, project management, and the importance of teamwork as they test protective equipment for popular sports. 

    Dates offered:
    June 17-June 21, 2019
    July 15-July 19, 2019

  • Cardboard Boats (Ages 13-17)

    Work in teams to create a cardboard boat using engineering design skills. Innovation, creativity, and collaboration are key skills that will be learned in this camp. Students will be encouraged to work together to design in a fun and exciting environment. Teams will gather together at the university pool to race their handcrafted vessels made from cardboard and duct tape in a friendly competition.

    Dates offered:
    July 15-July 19, 2019

  • Coding Bootcamp (Ages 13-17)

    This session provides a base of conceptual understanding and language-specific syntax and data handling.

    Students will strengthen their computer science skills through mini applications and hands-on exercises. They will learn about computer hardware, machine language and object-oriented programming concepts. 

    Dates offered:
    June 17-June 21, 2019
    July 22-July 26, 2019

  • Coding and Game Design (Ages 7-9)

    Campers will learn how to create characters with special effects and coding fundamentals. Using drag-and-drop code blocks and a visual programming platform, students will bring their ideas for stories and video games to life in a cool and creative way. 

    Dates offered:
    July 29-August 2, 2019
     

  • Coding Studio (Ages 10-12)

    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. 

    Dates offered:
    June 17-21, 2019
     

  • Construction Technology I (Ages 13-17)

    Construction Technology Camp introduces students to pathways in STEM fields of engineering, construction management, architecture, and local construction trades industry. WSU College of Engineering offers a two-week program that integrates safety instruction, equipment operation, visits to job sites, guest speakers and building a special project. 

    Dates offered:
    July 8-July 12, 2019

  • Construction Technology II (Ages 13-17)

    Construction Technology Camp introduces students to pathways in STEM fields of engineering, construction management, architecture, and local construction trades industry. WSU College of Engineering offers a two-week program that integrates safety instruction, equipment operation, visits to job sites, guest speakers and building a special project.

    Dates offered:
    July 15-July 19, 2019

  • CyberSecurity (Ages 13-17)

    Students will learn foundational programming, cybersecurity, and networking. Students will explore their interest in computer science and cybersecurity through topics in High Tech Crime, Cryptography & Steganography, Mobile Forensics, Catching Phish, and more. Students will compete in a virtual Capture the Flag exercise designed to test their skills with an intensive, timed series of cybersecurity-focused challenges.

    Dates offered:
    July 15-July 19, 2019

  • Drone Innovation (Ages 13-17)

    Students will learn problem-solving skills using the engineering design process by hands-on learning, building, and testing their drone. Jump in at the forefront of an emerging field. Students will take to the skies and pilot their drone. 

    Dates offered:
    July 15-July 19, 2019

  • Future Engineer (Ages 7-9 and 10-12)

    This fun and engaging educational experience has been designed to boost students' confidence in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

    Campers will explore, discover and create while learning about the world of engineering through a wide variety of STEAM-based hands-on projects. They will learn about several disciplines of engineering including biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and more.

    Dates offered:
    (Ages 7-9) July 15-19, 2019
    (Ages 10-12) July 22-26, 2019

  • Game Design with Unity (Ages 13-17)

    This session offers an introduction to fundamental game design principles with universal applications.

    Students will write video games for game controllers such as the Xbox 360. They will explore the program techniques behind games as they develop simple 2-D and 3-D graphics and sound to build their own games. 

    Dates offered:
    (Ages 13-17) July 29-August 2, 2019

  • Lego® Movie Making (Ages 7-9)

    Students will explore computer animation and movie making to create an original computer-generated stop motion movie. Learn how to use animation and 3-D virtual reality software program. Use Lego® Bricks and Lego® sets to create, design, and film. Imagine your own story add special effects and music to show off your skills. 

    Dates offered:
    July 8-July 12, 2019

  • Minecraft Adventures (Ages 7-9, Ages 10-12, Ages 13-17)

    One of the most popular video games, Minecraft enables players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3-D procedurally generated world. MinecraftEDU allows students to not only play, but also build levels, design and use problem-solving skills. Many schools are using MinecraftEDU for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) learning.

    In this session, students will learn building basics through gameplay, creating adventure maps, and resource packs. Advance Minecrafters will learn Java programming language to create and participate in 3-D design challenges.

    Dates offered:
    (Ages 7-9 ) June 17-21, 2019
    (Ages 10-12 ) July 15-19, 2019
    (Ages 13-17) June 24-28, 2019

  • Roblox Game Design (Ages 7-9 and 10-12)

    Here, students can dive into the endless world of Roblox and use their imaginations to create their own games. Campers will learn how to use Roblox Studio to create their own levels, environments and worlds. By adding narratives and mechanics, they can build upon those worlds to create a fun experience for players, whether the goal is to solve a puzzle or save the day! 

    Dates offered:
    (Ages 7-9) June 24-June 28, 2019
    (Ages 10-12) July 8-12, 2019

  • Robotics Team Challenge (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 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.

    Students will also work with Sphero SPRK, the robotic ball with lights and a gyroscope. With the use of Sphero’s Lightning Lab app, students will program their Sphero SPRK to complete missions, make light and sound shows, obtain data from scientific activities, and play games. This is a chance to discover how real-world robotics works through playful projects.

    Dates offered:
    (Ages 10-12) July 29-August 2, 2019
    (Ages 13-17) June 17-June 21, 2019

  • Technology Toys (Ages 7-9)

    In this session, students will use Scratch, a program that allows them to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively as they develop interactive stories, games, and animations.

    Campers will learn how to use a tiny computer and make things spin, light up and play music. They will also learn how to plug lights, motors and sensors into devices, then program them to react, interact, and communicate as they create musical sculptures, interactive jewelry, dancing creatures, and playful inventions.

    Dates offered:
    July 22-July 26, 2019

  • Underwater Robotics (Ages 13-17)

    Underwater Robotic Camp immerses students into engineering and exploration. Build an learn to pilot an OpenROV underwater robot kit as a team, each student learns to use tools,  microelectronics, and innovate in the world of STEM. Compete robot in university pool in a friendly competition.

    Dates offered:
    July 8-July 12, 2019

  • Web Design and Photography (Ages 10-12)

    Make webpages come alive with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript.

    Here, students will learn HTML5 elements using headers and footers, dynamic navigation menus, embedded audio and video. We will also explore CSS3 styles, JavaScript and jQuery animations. Campers will also discover how they can enhance their website with photography as they learn shooting, editing and focusing techniques.

    Dates offered:
    June 24-June 28, 2019