Throughout the summer months, the Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology at Millersville University of Pennsylvania hosts 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 creating animated videos or learning about cyber security.
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.
Expanding on the popularity of our annual favorites using LEGO, Robotics, Coding, and Graphic Design, new offerings for 2017 include:
- Lego Minecraft HALO Mega Block Storytellers
- Machining for Kids
- Advanced Coding for Kids
- CNC Router Camp
- Cyber Security Institute
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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.
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.
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.
3D CAD and 3D PrintingThis 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
Advanced Coding (NEW!)Do you code? Would you like to explore some new tools? If so, this camp is for you! Students who participated in Coding for Kids last year, students who have completed courses at code.org, and students who have already had other experiences coding will have the opportunity to broaden their skills. Explore more complicated tasks in Scratch, try python, complete more complex courses at code.org, and try out some other new tools! Come take your coding skills to the next level.
Advanced LEGO RoboticsAdvanced 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
ClaymationAre you artistic AND like to use technology? This camp combines both! You will create and use clay figures to make a Claymation video with other kids, designing your background and making the props. Like to use Legos? You can use them in your video too! We will bring your clay figures and other objects to life using technology! With your parent’s permission, finished videos will be published on YouTube for you to share with family and friends. Come create with us!
CNC Router CampIn this one week camp, students will learn basic skills in computer-aided design (CAD), and computer assisted manufacturing (CAM) which they will use to design and fabricate a wooden artifact using a CNC router. The workshop will focus primarily on using VCarve Pro, a popular CAD/CAM program, and learning how to calculate toolpaths to accurately and safely cut out a wooden sign on a CNC router. The workshop will provide a fun, hands-on experience using these technologies which are an integral part of modern manufacturing.
Material Cost ($15.00) Includes:
1. Red Oak Board
2. Consumables (Router bits, sandpaper, finishing supplies)
Limited to 12 campers per session.
Coding for KidsIt’s never too early to start coding! Coding is writing in one of the several languages used by computers and digital devices. Coding allows you to create video games, control robots, develop apps, and so much more! In this camp you will learn how to make objects move on the computer with block style coding, play fun coding games, control robots, and much more! We will use offline activities, web-based experiences, and more to open up the world of coding! If you are new to coding, this is the camp for you! Come code with us!
EngineeringDesign, 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
Introductory Lego RoboticsThis 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.
Week Time Next Grade Cost Room Register! June 19-23, 2017 9am-12pm 3-6 $179 Osburn 123 Register Now June 19-23, 2017 1pm-4pm 3-6 $179 Osburn 123 Register Now June 26-30, 2017 9am-12pm 3-6 $179 Osburn 123 Register Now July 17-21, 2017 9am-12pm 3-6 $179 Osburn 123 Register Now
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Intro to Creating Graphics in Adobe Illustrator and Image Editing in Adobe PhotoshopEver 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
Intro to Web Design with HTML/CSSCreative 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
Intro to Arduino
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 uses are in everything from your toaster to complex industrial systems. This camp lead students through as many as 30 self-paced projects to get hands-on experience wiring and programming an Arduino. 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.
LEGO Minecraft HALO Mega Blok Storytellers (NEW!)Bring your Minecraft Legos and HALO Mega Bloks to life at LEGO Storytellers by creating your own an original movie with stop motion animation using your Lego bricks. Using your personal camera and a variety of apps including stop-motion, fx, and video editing, students will create 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. Movies can be uploaded to YouTube for sharing with friends and family. An iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone is requested, but a capable Android device can be used if no iOS device is available.
Instructor: Zurn [/one_fourth_nested1]
Line Tracker RobotCamp 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
Machining for Kids (NEW!)The metal lathe is used to create detailed cylindrical or tapered objects in metal, plastic, or wood. In this one week workshop, students will learn the basic operations of a bench top metal turning lathe with focus on how to safely select speeds, select and change cutting tools, secure work, and use the controls to make precision cuts. Students will use what they have learned to produce a small, spinning aluminum top. The workshop will provide a fun, hands-on experience using technologies that are an integral part of modern manufacturing.
Week Time Next Grade Cost Room Register! June 19-23, 2017 1pm-4pm 4+ $184 Osburn 204 Register Now July 17-21, 2017 9am-12pm 4+ $184 Osburn 204 Register Now July 24-28, 2017 9am-12pm 4+ $184 Osburn 204 Contingency July 24-28, 2017 1pm-4pm 4+ $184 Osburn 204 Contingency
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MU Cyber Security Institute (NEW!)The United States has a large number of Cyber Security jobs available in many industries. Now is the time to get involved in becoming Cyber-aware. This week long institute will give you a hands on approach to getting started in Cybersecurity. You will learn about topics like Ethics and Laws, Forensics, Attack Analysis, reconnaissance, exercises in hacking, capture the flag, and much more. There will be daily speakers from within the cybersecurity industry. This camp is a full day and includes lunch on campus. Students are not required to bring anything for the week.
Instructor: Todd Echterling
Programming for Robot CompetitionsCreate and test programs on both a virtual and a real robot. We will use the same software and robot popular with several middle and high school engineering competitions.
iOS Programming with Apple Swift PlaygroundsDo you have a desire to get started with mobile programming? In Fall 2016, Apple launched Swift Playgrounds app on iPad that is designed for students to pick up Swift programming! With Swift Playgrounds, students will code to command the character, “Byte” around each level alongside with loops, functions and conditionals. Beyond these tutorials, students can proceed with creating simple games in Swift Playgrounds. And the best part of all, students can export the app built in Playgrounds to Xcode and launch it on Macbook/iPhone. Swift Playgrounds requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out. Students may bring their iPad or they will have one to use while attending camp. Student should have a passion to create and experiment.
Instructor: Todd Echterling
Raspberry Pi (Middle School)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
Raspberry Pi (High School)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
Robot Arm ConstructionBuild 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: Louise Manfredi
Daily ScheduleA 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 FormatsMost 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 SafetyPersonal 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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Technology & Engineering CampsDepartment of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology
PO Box 1002
40 East Frederick Street
Millersville, PA 17551
Phone: (717) 871-7215
Fax: (717) 871-7931
Email: Camp Director
FeedbackListen to what kids & parents said about last year's camps
- My son learned a lot and is anxious to continue this at home.
- Thanks! Looking forward to next year!
- We plan our summer around the LEGO Camp!
- Great camp! Endorsed by Granddad!
- Michael enjoyed camp - different than other camps
- Instructors were excellent!
- It was a pleasure to meet such positive and attentive teachers.
- MU offers wonderful opportunities for kids.
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Pay in person:
You may drop off payment in person to the MU Ticket Office. The MU Ticket Office is located in room 103 in the Student Memorial Center at Millersville University. Hours for the ticket office are Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm. The address is 21 South George Street, Millersville, PA. Registration can also be completed over the phone by calling (717) 871-5522.