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General Information

Throughout the summer months, the Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology at Millersville University of Pennsylvania offers a variety of technology camps for children and teens from grades 3-12. The camps offer participants the opportunity to receive exciting hands-on experience with fascinating technology, while stimulating creative minds-on learning. Technology & Engineering Camps are normally half-day, 15 hour per week sessions.  Activities can range from building robots to web coding to building engines!

Planning Your Summer! At this time, no overnight accommodations are possible on the campus of Millersville University. However, Lancaster County can be a great place for the family to vacation while their children attend our camps. Parents can register their child for morning or afternoon camps depending on their family’s summer schedule. As always, timing with all of our camps mesh with the Art & Design camps! That way a family could come to the MU campus for an entire day and complete a morning camp and an afternoon camp in very different subjects.

What’s New for 2016

Expanding on the popularity of our annual favorites using LEGO, Robotics, Coding, and Graphic Design,  new offerings for 2016 include:

  • Programming in Robot C
  • LEGO Storytellers
  • Books Arts & Book Binding
  • Introduction to Arduino
  • Coding for Kids
  • Modding MineCraft

Click on the camp titles below for more details! 

Come join the fun!

Kids

Your kids will love it!

There are so many opportunities for your child to take advantage of this summer. Take a look at our camps below and see what may pique your child’s interest. Email Len, the camp founder, if you have any specific questions regarding the camps.

For High School Students…

Fine tuning career-building skills in STEM:

When the tech camp series started it was intended to cater to high school students and provide them with an introductory college experience without the stress brought on by graded assignments and credit-bearing experiences.  Students entering grades 9 – 12 will have an opportunity to fine tune their interest in classroom topics in these specialized camps as they prepare for college, pick a major, and develop the foundation for a career in STEM.

For Middle School Students…

Generating an interest in computers and technology:

Originally our offerings were topics intended for high schoolers, but we have found a larger market with upper elementary and middle school students.  Students entering middle school will have the opportunity to explore interest and enhance skills with camp offerings focused on LEGOs, mechanics, photography, circuitry, and computer coding & design.   

Camps
  • 3D CAD and 3D Printing
    This camp will teach students how to use the basic functions of SolidWorks to produce 3D CAD models.  The students will work towards 3D printing an artifact of their design by the end of the week.

    Instructor: Louise Manfredi

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room  Register!
    June 20-24 2016 9am-12pm 6+ $189 Osburn 300 Register Now
    June 27-July 1, 2016 9am-12pm 6+ $189 Osburn 300 Register Now
    July 11-15, 2016 1pm-4pm 6+ $189 Osburn 300 Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Advanced LEGO Robotics
     Advanced LEGO Camp utilizes LEGO’s latest software and hardware to create much more complicated inventions than can be addressed in the Intro LEGO Robotics camp.  The NXT brick is a powerful product that is finally offered through toy stores and educational vendors at an affordable price.  Emphasis will be placed on using sensors, timers and counters to control complex creations like greenhouses, vending machines, wheelchairs, etc.  This camp is intended for students after completing the Intro LEGO Robotics Camp.

    Instructor: Len Litowitz

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room  Register!
    June 20-24, 2016 1pm-4pm 6-10 $179 Osburn 122 Camp registration is full. Please call the Ticket Office at 717-871-5522 to be added to the waiting list.
    July 11-15, 2016 1pm-4pm 6-10 $179 Osburn 123 Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Adventures in Geocaching
    What could be more fun than going on a world-wide treasure hunt? Geocaching uses military satellites to locate “treasures” hidden by other people. They are EVERYWHERE!  During this camp we will use handheld GPS units (provided) to explore how geocaching got started, find some nearby caches, and even hide something for others to find.  At the end you will learn how to locate geocaches no matter where you are using a handheld GPS or even your tablet or smartphone!  We will be spending time outside each day, rain or shine, so please dress appropriately.   Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a bottle of water if it is a hot day. 

    Instructor: Raeann Smith

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room Register!
    July 16, 2016 – One Day Only 9am-12pm 3-6 $80 Osburn 120 Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Autodesk CADD Software
    This five-day camp is designed for students in grades 7-12 who are interested in learning about CADD (Computer Aided Drawing and Design). We will be using Autodesk 2015 which is an extremely powerful and commonly used program in engineering/ design around the world. A fun variety of mechanical and architectural  drawing challenges will be offered. The drawings will be printed and taken home. This camp is meant to be an introductory course that will help students with computer literacy, problem solving, math concepts, critical thinking, and visual/spatial skills.

    Instructor: Jim Hartman 

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room  Register!
    June 20-24, 2016 9am-12pm 7+ $184 Osburn 302 Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Book Arts and Book Binding (NEW!)
    Students will make a variety of artist’s books such as; blank books, flip books, altered books, accordion books, pop-up books, and one of a kind books.  A variety of bookbinding techniques will also be explored. Must be comfortable using an X-Acto knife, and utility knife.

    Instructors: Robinson 

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room Register!
    June 27-July 1, 2016 9am-12pm 7 – 12 $194 Briedenstine TBD Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Claymation
    Have you ever seen Wallace and Gromit or Gumby and wondered, “How do they do that?”  We can show you!  You will develop your own simple story with other kids in the camp.  Then you’ll create your own figures out of clay and design your background.   We will bring your figures to life using just cameras and computers!  Plus, you’ll go home with a video of your creation.  If you like to create and use computers, then this camp is for you.

    Instructors: Nicole Shoemaker and Raeann Smith 

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room Register!
    July 11-15, 2016 9am-12pm 4-8 $184 Osburn 303 Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Coding for Kids (NEW!)
    Come code with us!  Coding is writing in one of the several languages spoken by computers and digital devices.  Coding allows you to create video games, control robots, develop apps, and so much more!  Whether you have never tried coding, or you have some experience, this camp is for you.  We will use offline activities, web-based experiences, and more to open up the world of coding!

    Instructors: Nicole Shoemaker and Raeann Smith 

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room Register!
    July 11-15, 2016 9am-12pm 4-8 $199 Osburn 302 Limited number of seats in camp remaining!

    Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Engineering
    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 and design a CO2 powered dragster! You will learn about the design process by preparing sketches, final drawings, prototypes, and the actual dragster car. You will use hand tools and machines to form your car and finish it with a paint job. The final day of camp will be spent drag racing your car against your classmates!

    Instructor: Andy Zellers 

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room Register!
    June 27 – July 1, 2016 9am-12pm 5-9 $189 Osburn 204 Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Experimental Photography – From Darkroom to Digital

    Students will explore both film and pixels using experimental darkroom techniques, alternative processes, and digital manipulation to make expressive photographic images. During some of the camp sessions, students will be taking pictures around the MU campus under the supervision of the instructor.  No experience necessary. Students should bring their own smart phone, digital camera and traditional cameras if they have them. Cameras will be provided for students who do not have them.

    Instructor: Gassew 

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room  Register!
    June 20-24, 2016 9am-12pm 4-6 $199 Briedenstine 355 Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Introductory Lego Robotics
    This camp demonstrates 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.

    Instructor: Len Litowitz and Jim Hartman 

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room Register!
    June 20-24, 2016 9am-12pm 3-6 $179 Osburn 123 Register Now
    June 20-24, 2016 1pm-4pm 3-6 $179 Osburn 123 Limited number of seats in camp remaining!

    Register Now

    June 27-July 1, 2016 9am-12pm 3-6 $179 Osburn 123 Register Now
    July 11-15, 2016 9am-12pm 3-6 $179 Osburn 123 Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Intro to Creating Graphics in Adobe Illustrator and Image Editing in Adobe Photoshop
    Ever wonder how designers create logos, graphics or adjust and enhance images on the computer? This introductory course will teach students the basics of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. This course is perfect for creative and non-creative students looking to create graphics on the computer. No prior knowledge required.

    Instructor: James Pannafino

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Building Register!
    June 20-24, 2016 9am-12pm 8-12 $179 Breidenstine 215 Limited number of seats in camp remaining!

    Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Intro to Web Design with HTML/CSS
    Creative kids need to learn how to code to express their ideas on the web. This introductory course will teach students what HTML/CSS is and how to create a basic Web page. No prior knowledge of coding required.

    Instructor: James Pannafino

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Building Register!
    June 20-24, 2016 1pm-4pm 8-12 $179 Breidenstine 215 Camp registration is full.  Please call the Ticket Office at 717-871-5522 to be added to the waiting list.

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Intro to Arduino (NEW!)

    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, are in everything from your toaster to complex industrial systems. This camp will cover the basics of how Arduino interacts with sensors to control output to motors and displays. Some example projects include:

    • Build your own robot and/or remote control car.
    • Make an LED light show that includes music!
    • Build a motion sensor alarm.
    • Build a temperature controlled fan.
    • Build a kitchen timer stopwatch with buzzer at the end

    …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.

    Instructor: Friedlund

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Building Register!
    June 27-July 1, 2016 1pm-4pm 8-12 $189 Osburn 122 Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • LEGO Storytellers (NEW!)
    Did you love The Lego Movie? Are you the special Vitruvius spoke of? Find out at Lego Storytellers by creating your own an amazing original movie with stop motion animation using Lego bricksUsing cameras, animation software, and video editing software, you will bring LEGOs to life creating multi-scene movies with transitions, titles, credits, sound effects and narration. In addition, students will build their own props and backgrounds out of LEGOs and other materials. By the end of the class, each student will have produced their very own movie complete with dialog and sound effects. Movies will be uploaded to YouTube for sharing with friends and family. An iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone is requested, but a capable Android tablet can be used if no iOS device is available. The class will be primarily taught with the Lego Movie Maker app and iMovie. Necessary adaptions for Android devices will be made.

    Sample movies

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mjzviJT2Mo&feature=youtu.be

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frfjni1tbAs

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n86rTEIplbs

    Instructor: Zurn

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Building Register!
    June 27-July 1, 2016 9am-12pm 3-6 $179 Osburn 302 Register Now
    June 27-July 1, 2016 1pm-4pm 3-6 $179 Osburn 302 Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Line Tracker Robot
    Camp participants will get to build their own robot in this camp and take it home! Students will begin by studying varous electronic parts. They will learn how to solder parts together by practicing on a simple circuit. This big project will be building a line tracking robot that will allow students to learn about light emitters, light sensor circuitry, and tracking memory. Camp participants are asked to bring four AA batteries to power their robot.

    Instructor: Derrick Kreider 

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room  Register!
    June 20-24, 2016 9am-12pm 7+ $209 Osburn 121 Register Now
    June 20-24, 2016 1pm-4pm 7+ $209 Osburn 121 Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Modding Minecraft for the Absolute Beginner (NEW!)
    Do you love to play Minecraft? Interested in learning how to change or modify it? In Modding Minecraft TechCamp, students explore how to change their Minecraft world — how to mod it! Working in ThoughtSTEM’s powerful online environment, students learn coding concepts that give them the power to build new ideas & implement them in their very own Minecraft world. They can choose to code with visual building blocks or Javascript & learn through a series of tutorials, puzzles and group discussions! This camp is open to students of all levels, beginner or advanced. No coding experience required, but some experience with Minecraft is recommended and a natural interest in math and solving puzzles. We encourage students to have their own Minecraft user accounts for the computer. Accounts can be purchased at http://minecraft.net Tuition will include a year subscription to the learn to mod software and content.

    Instructor: Todd Echterling 

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room  Register!
    July 11-15, 2016 9am – 12pm 7+ $220 Caputo 131 Register Now
    July 11-15, 2016 1pm-4pm 7+ $220 Caputo 131 This session will open once the morning session has filled.

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Programming in Robot C (NEW!)
    Learn to program a robot in Robot C(C++). This is the language used for several engineering competitions. Test your programs in both a virtual environment and on a real robot.

    Instructor: Joe McCade

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room  Register!
    June 20-24, 2016 9am-12pm 8-12 $199 Osburn 122 Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Raspberry Pi (Younger Kids)
    We will assemble a computer using the Raspberry Pi. From operating system to peripherals, participants will learn about how each part of the computer system contributes to its operation while they connect them into a functioning system. Then they will learn to create programs for their computer using Scratch. Scratch allows students to create stories, animations and even games. Participants keep their Raspberry Pi’s and other peripheral equipment.

    Instructor: Joe McCade

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room  Register!
    July 11-15, 2016 1pm-4pm 5-8 $319 Osburn 121 Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Raspberry Pi (Older Kids)
    We will assemble a computer using the Raspberry Pi. From operating system to peripherals, participants will learn about how each part of the computer system contributes to its operation while they connect them into a functioning system. Then they will learn to create programs for their computer using Scratch. Scratch allows students to create stories, animations and even games. Participants keep their Raspberry Pi’s and other peripheral equipment.

    Instructor: Joe McCade

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room  Register!
    July 11-15, 2016 9am-12pm 9+ $319 Osburn 121 Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Robot Arm Construction
    Build you own robotic arm and take it home with you in this exciting camp experience. Campers will utilize a robotics kit that will enable them to construct their own personal robotic arm! Electro-mechanical concepts and entry level programming activities are introduced in this entry level, 4 day adventure into the world of robotics. Camp meets MTWR. Here’s what you’ll build: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qG9H0mAezw. (The USB Interface Kit and Robot’s 4 D batteries are not included)

    Instructor: Hartman

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room  Register!
    June 27 – June 30, 2016

    (4 days, Mon – Thurs)

    9am-12pm 5+ $209 Osburn 121 Register Now
    June 27 – June 30, 2016

    (4 days, Mon – Thurs)

    1pm-4pm 5+ $209 Osburn 121 Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

  • Small Gas Engines
    This day-long camp will focus on the various subsystems and internal workings of a small gas internal combustion engine. Students will completely disassemble and reassemble a 7 horsepower Briggs & Stratton small gas engine, pausing at times to discuss the theory of operation. The participants will learn about precision measuring instruments like micrometers and torque wrenches along with how to look up engine specifications in a repair manual. At the conclusion we will do live testing on all engines and talk a little bit about troubleshooting. Nobody goes home until all the engines run!

    Instructor: Len Litowitz 

    Week Time Next Grade Cost Room  Register!
    July 16, 2016

    One day only!

    9am-3:30pm

    w/ Pizza Lunch

    6+ $80 Osburn 123 Limited number of seats in camp remaining!

    Register Now

    Visit this page if you are planning to register for more than one camp

 

Lunch Supervision
Would you like us to watch your child over lunch? Registration is now open for supervised lunch period if you child is attending a full day of camp.  Email Len, the camp founder, if you have any specific questions regarding the lunch period.  Sign up below for the appropriate week.

Instructor: Louise Manfredi

Week Time Cost Room  Register!
June 20-24 2016 12pm-1pm $20 Osburn 300 Register Now
June 27-July 1, 2016 12pm-1pm $20 Osburn 300 Register Now
July 11-15, 2016 12pm-1pm $20 Osburn 300 Register Now

Camp Information
  • Daily Schedule
    A child’s camp experience begins when they and a parent arrives at any of the on-campus locations. We typically work on projects until about the mid-point in each session and then we take a brief snack break. Snacks normally consist of soda and chips, or pretzels. Parents are welcome to send alternative snack with their child. Student’s then resume their technological quest with a whole host of different activities and experiences dependent on the particular camp. A child’s day ends when his or her parent or specified guardian pick them up and inform the instructor of their departure. At the completion of the week every child is awarded with a camp certificate and a camp t-shirt.
  • Camp Locations and Formats
    Most camps are half-day for an entire week. During each half-day session kids get to take a break to have a snack and check out what everyone else is doing. On the last day there is a chance to show off what they learned to parents and grandparents. Included in the price of each camp, is a souvenir tee shirt and certificate of achievement. Instruction is provided by local public school teachers and Millersville University faculty. All of the Technology Camps are held on the Millersville University campus. The MU web site includes phone numbers, directions, campus map, and other visitor information. You can even take a virtual tour of the campus! Most of the technology camps are located in Osburn Hall, which houses the Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology. After registering your child a detailed letter will be sent to you so that you know where to go along with the required parking information. We ask that the responsible adult comes in with their child for a brief orientation on the first day. This will be an opportunity for the teacher to give last minute information to parents and a chance for parents to ask questions. ALL SPECIFIC ROOM LOCATIONS ARE NOTED IN THE CAMP DESCRIPTION SECTION. All of the camp locations are handicap accessible.
  • Camp Safety
    Personal and property safety is a primary concern in all Technology Camp sessions. All instructors are Pennsylvania state certified to teach their respective camps and about the equipment that it includes. Students will be made aware of all safety concerns toward camp equipment and will be required to wear proper safety attire when needed. All instructors have provided FBI, Child Abuse and Criminal Background clearances prior to the start of camp. A parent or guardian is fully responsible for supervising camp participants before and after designated camp times. Parents must escort children into the camp meeting area, and must escort them out of the building at the conclusion of the camp. NOTE: Robotics camps and Engineering Camps strongly recommend that students bring safety glasses each day.

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