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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. 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. Every camp is packed chock-full with learning, interaction, and hands-on activities. Activities can range from making animated digital stories to building robots; making model bridges to building life size bridges. Every summer new and exciting camps are being added to our schedule. A number of parents have inquired about us providing supervision over the lunch hour so that a student can take both a morning and afternoon camp. If enough of you are interested we can provide supervision for an additional fee but you’ll have to let the camp director know by e-mail.

What’s New for 2014

Well, the big news for summer 2014 is that we decided to step outside our comfort zone and traditional realm of offerings to expand into uncharted waters. We will be offering a series of Art & Design camps this summer for students of various ages with a similar format to our Technology & Engineering camps that we have offered for more than 20 years. We’ve even tried to stage the timing on some of these Art & Design camps to mesh with the Technology & Engineering Camps and experiences. That way a participant could come to the MU campus for an entire day and complete a morning camp and an afternoon camp in very different subjects. Topics will include Art Photography, Mixed Media, Explorations in Drawing & Print Making, Introduction to HTML/CSS for Web Design, Introduction to Motion Graphics Using Adobe After Effects, Etched Copper Jewelry, and Portfolio Preparation for high school students. Come and see all the details of the new Art & Design camps.

Camp Founders

Len

Photo Credit: Nick Pompei 06′ from his most influential people project.

Millersville Technology & Engineering camps were founded by Len Litowitz and John Brown. A summer camp can’t possibly last for over twenty years without a good foundation of leaders and Len continues to provide that for the MU Technology & Engineering camps. Email Len if you have any specific questions regarding the camps.

New for the older kids…

A focus of engineering-related careers:

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. Originally our offerings were topics intended for high schoolers, but we have found a larger market with upper elementary and middle school students. This summer new offerings are on the schedule both as week-long camps and one-day exploratory experiences for students with interests in electronics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, 3-D solid modeling, and electro-mechanical engineering. There is also a week-long camp dealing with cyber security and the return of the popular Hyper-Line Tracker Robot Building Kit experience.

New for the younger kids…

Some unique applications for smart phones:

Geocaching has evolved into a fun use for GPS-enabled smart phones and other GPS devices. The “Adventures in Geocaching” is an exciting camp that can best be described as a high-tech scavenger hunt. There are also several sections of the ever popular LEGO robotics camp using the NXT brick and NXTg coding. Another new addition this year is a camp that looks at photography from the standpoint of using smart phone cameras to capture good images, as well as other free phone apps.

Camp Descriptions
  • Advanced Lego (NXT)
    Advanced LEGO Camp utilizes LEGO’s latest software and hardware to create much more complicated inventions than can be addressed in the LEGO Logo 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 LEGO Logo Robotics Camp.

    Instructor: Len Litowitz

    Week Time Going into Grade Cost Room
    June 23-27 9am-12pm 6+ $175 Osburn 122 Registration is closed.
    July 7-11 1pm-4pm 6+ $175 Osburn 122 Registration is closed.

    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 (they will be provided) to explore how geocaching got started, and find some nearby caches. We’ll 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 smart phone! 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!

    Instructor: Raeann Smith

    Week Time Going into Grade Cost Room
    July 14-18 9am-12pm 4-7 $175 Osburn 207/208 Registration is closed.

    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 2013-14 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 Going into Grade Cost Room
    July 7-11 9am-12pm 7+ $180 Osburn 300 Registration is closed.

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

  • Building a Raspberry Pi
    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.

    Instructor: Joe McCade

    Week Time Going into Grade Cost Room
    July 14-18 9am-12pm 9+ $310 Osburn 300 Registration is closed.

    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 Going into Grade Cost Room
    July 14-18 1pm-4pm 4-8 $175 Osburn 303 Registration is closed.

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

  • Creating Flash Animations
    During this 15-hour camp, student will learn how to create rich, multi-layered drawings, animate brief digital cartoons, and interactive video games using Adobe Flash Professional CS4. This introductory hands-on class will teach students Flash basics such as utilizing the various drawing tools, working in layers, creating motion tweens, shape tweens, complex movie clips, adding sound effects, and cursory ActionScript 2.0 coding. Attention will be given to generating original content and storytelling. Students are encouraged to bring a USB Flash drive.

    Instructor: Adam Zurn

    Week Time Going into Grade Cost Room
    June 23-27 1pm-4pm 5-9 $175 Osburn 303 Registration is closed.
    July 21-25 9am-12pm 5-9 $175 Osburn 303 Registration is closed.

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

  • Electrical Engineering
    Are you interested in engineering? This camp will introduce electrical components and theory needed to design simple power supplies and gate logic solutions for control systems. Participants will design and construct electrical circuits using simulation software and prototyping boards. No experience in electronics is necessary.

    Instructor: Dr. John Wright

    Week Time Going into Grade Cost Room
    July 18 only 9am-3:30pmw/ Pizza Lunch 9+ $89 Osburn 120 or 121 Registration is closed.

    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 Going into Grade Cost Room
    July 14-18 9am-12pm 5-9 $185 Osburn 204 Registration is closed.

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

  • Hyper-Line Tracker
    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.

    Instructor: Derrick Kreider

    Week Time Going into Grade Cost Room
    June 23-27 9am-12pm 7+ $235 Osburn 121 Registration is closed.
    June 23-27 1pm-4pm 7+ $235 Osburn 121 Registration is closed.
    July 7-11 9am-12pm 7+ $235 Osburn 120/121 Registration is closed.

    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

    Week Time Going into Grade Cost Room
    June 16-20 9am-12pm 3-6 $175 Osburn 123 Registration is closed.
    June 16-20 1pm-4pm 3-6 $175 Osburn 123 Registration is closed.
    June 23-27 1pm-4pm 3-6 $175 Osburn 123 Registration is closed.
    July 7-11 9am-12pm 3-6 $175 Osburn 123 Registration is closed.

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

  • Introductory Robotic Arm Kit Building
    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, 12-hour 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: Dr. John Wright

    Week Time Going into Grade Cost Room
    June 23-26 1pm-4pm 5+ $199 Osburn 200 Registration is closed.
    July 14-17 9am-12pm 5+ $199 Osburn 120/121 Registration is closed.

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

  • Mechanical Engineering
    Are you interested in engineering? This camp will introduce mechanical advantage through the study of levers, pulleys, and gears. Participants will design and build solutions that require mechanical advantage using Lego gear sets and assorted hardware located in the laboratory. No prior experience with mechanical advantage concepts is necessary.

    Instructor: Dr. John Wright

    Week Time Going into Grade Cost Room
    June 27 only 9am-3:30pm w/ Pizza Lunch 9+ $89 Osburn 200 Registration is closed.

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

  • Mobile Apps Development
    Move over, Internet and Computer, it’s all about mobile apps now! Learn to build and test your first Mobile Apps. This camp uses software to develop apps in both Android and iOS platforms. In addition to actual programming, the instructor will lead campers in an exercise to design programs specifically for mobile computing. Campers will come up with a new idea suited for a mobile computing user, architect the features, and develop the final application. Campers are not required to have an Android or iOS enabled device. Students are required to have a USB thumb drive for storage of their projects and other camp material.

    Instructor: Todd Echterling

    Week Time Going into Grade Cost Room
    June 23 – 27 9am – 1pm 9+ $225 Roddy 257 Registration is closed.

    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 Going into Grade Cost Room
    July 18 only 9am-3:30pm w/ Pizza Lunch 7+ $89 Osburn 123 Registration is closed.

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

  • Phoneography
    Famous photographer Chase Jarvis once said, “The best camera is the one you have with you.” For most people that’s the smart phone in their pocket. While superior cameras exist, few people have a digital SLR at their constant disposal. Smart phone cameras are capable of capturing vibrant images both indoors or out, broad perspective or close-up, day or night. The focus of this camp will be teaching students to take the best pictures under a variety of conditions using their smart phone camera. Students will learn the basic principles of photography including proper camera operation, image composition, depth of field, and aesthetics. Students will also explore ways to maximize the potential of their smart phone utilizing various free camera apps, editing suites, and effects apps like Instagram, Flickr, and Photoshop Express. Students are encouraged to bring their iPod Touch with camera, iPhone, or other smart phone with a built-in camera as well as a USB cable for downloading images and battery charging. During camp, students will be taking pictures around Millersville University under the supervision of the instructor.

    Instructor: Adam Zurn

    Week Time Going into Grade Cost Room
    June 23-27 9am-12pm 5-9 $175 Osburn 303 Registration is closed.

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

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.