Summer *Virtual* 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.  

  • Live two hour instructions, peer collaboration, and self paced project development
  • Daily live virtual office hours to help with project
  • Live virtual speakers, social events, tours, games, challenges 
  • 10 students per course  

Details:

Ages: 7–17
Days: Monday–Friday  
Times: Group One: 10-12pm or Group Two: 1pm-3pm
Duration: One-week sessions 
Cost: $200 per course. Scholarships are available

Students are required to have the following: 

  • Reliable Internet
  • PC or Mac
  • Web Camera  

Register now

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

  • 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. 

    Dates offered:
    July 20-July 24, 2020
     

  • 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.

    Dates offered:
    July 27-July 31, 2020
     

  • 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.

    Dates offered:
    July 6-July 10, 2020
     

  • 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:
    July 6-July 10, 2020
     

  • 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 13-July17, 2020

  • Game Design with Unity (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.

    Dates offered:
    July 27-July 31, 2020

  • Lego® Movie Making (Ages 7-9)

    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 20-July 24, 2020

  • Minecraft Adventures (Ages 7-9, Ages 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.

    Dates offered:
    July 6-July 10, 2020 (Ages 7-9)
    July 27-July 31, 2020 (Ages 10-12)

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

    Dive into the endless world of Roblox and create your own games! Roblox allows you to create whatever you can imagine. Learn how to use Roblox Studio to create your own levels, environments, and worlds. Build upon those worlds by adding narrative and mechanics to create a fun experience for one or many players. Create games where players play capture the flag, solve puzzles, or save the day!

    Dates offered:
    July 13-July 17, 2020 (Ages 7-9)
    July 20-July 24, 2020 (Ages 10-12)
     

  • 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:
    July 13-July 17, 2020