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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 structured with learning, interaction, and hands-on activities. Activities can range from building robots to web coding to building engines! 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 2015

After the popularity of last year’s new addition of Autodesk CADD Software (back this year!), a new camp for 2015 is 3D CAD and 3D Printing!  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.  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.

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 to robotics to 3-D solid modeling and 3-D printing. 

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
  • 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 Going into Grade Cost Room  Register!
    June 22-26, 2015 9am-12pm 6-10 $184 Osburn 300 Registration is closed.
    June 22-26, 2015 1pm-4pm 6-10 $184 Osburn 300 Registration is closed.
    July 6-10, 2015 9am-12pm 6-10 $184 Osburn 300 LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE!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 Going into Grade Cost Room  Register!
    June 22-26, 2015 1pm-4pm 6-10 $179 Osburn 122 Registration is closed.
    July 6-10, 2015 1pm-4pm 6-10 $179 Osburn 123 LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE!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 Going into Grade Cost Room Register!
    July 6-10, 2015 9am-12pm 4-7 $179 Osburn 303  Register Now

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  • 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 Going into Grade Cost Room  Register!
    June 22-26, 2015 9am-12pm 7+ $184 Osburn 302 Registration is closed.

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  • Building a Raspberry Pi
    Take home the computer you build yourself! From operating system to peripherals, participants will learn about how each part of the computer system contributes to its operation while they connect these components to a Raspberry Pi to produce a functioning computer. Then they will learn to create programs for their computer using Scratch. Scratch allows students to create stories, animations and even games. High school students will also learn to program their PI in Python, a popular high-level programming language.

    Instructor: Joe McCade 

    Week Time Going into Grade Cost Room Register!
    July 6-10, 2015 9am-12pm 9+ $319 Osburn 121 Session is full.  Please call 717-871-5522 to be added to the waiting list.
    July 6-10, 2015 1pm-4pm 5-8 $319 Osburn 121 LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE! 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 Going into Grade Cost Room Register!
    July 6-10, 2015 1pm-4pm 4-8 $179 Osburn 303 LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE!Register Now

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  • 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 Register!
    June 29 – July 3, 2015 9am-12pm 5-9 $189 Osburn 204 LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE! Register Now

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  • 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  Register!
    June 29 – July 3, 2015 9am-12pm 5-9 $179 Osburn 303 Session is full.
    June 29 – July 3, 2015 1pm-4pm 5-9 $179 Osburn 303 Register Now

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

  • Intro to Creating Graphics in Adobe Illustrator
    Ever wonder how designers create logos, graphics and illustrate images on the computer? This introductory course will teach students the basics of Adobe Illustrator. 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 Going into Grade Cost Building Register!
    June 8-12, 2015 9am-12pm 8-12 $179 Breidenstine 206 Registration is closed.

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  • Intro to Creative Image Editing in Photoshop
     Adjusting and enhancing images on the computer is easier than you think! Students will be introduced to the basics of Adobe Photoshop, a tool that will allow them to create interesting image compositions. No prior knowledge required.

    Instructor: James Pannafino

    Week Time Going into Grade Cost Building  Register!
    June 8-12, 2015 1pm-4pm 8-12 $179 Breidenstine 206 Registration is closed.

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  • Intro to HTML/CSS for Web Design
    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 Going into Grade Cost Building Register!
    June 15-19, 2015 9am-12pm 8-12 $179 Breidenstine 206 Registration is closed. .

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  • Intro to Motion Graphics with Adobe After Effects
     Make image and type move on the screen! Students will be introduced to Adobe After Effects, a tool that will allow them to create 2D motion graphics. This course will teach After Effects from the ground up, no prior knowledge required.

    Instructor: James Pannafino

    Week Time Going into Grade Cost Building Register!
    June 15-19, 2015 1pm-4pm 8-12 $179 Breidenstine 206 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 Register!
    June 15-19, 2015 9am-12pm 3-6 $179 Osburn 123 Registration is closed. 
    June 22-26, 2015 9am-12pm 3-6 $179 Osburn 123 Registration is closed.
    June 22-26, 2015 1pm-4pm 3-6 $179 Osburn 123 Registration is closed.
    July 6-10, 2015 9am-12pm 3-6 $179 Osburn 123 Session is full.  Please call 717-871-5522 to be added to the waiting list.

    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 Going into Grade Cost Room  Register!
    June 22-26, 2015 9am-12pm 7+ $209 Osburn 121 Registration is closed.
    June 22-26, 2015 1pm-4pm 7+ $209 Osburn 121 Registration is closed.

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

  • Mobile App 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  Register!
    July 13-17, 2015 9am – 12pm 9+ $184 Roddy Hall 257  Register Now

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  • 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, 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: Jim Hartman 

    Week Time Going into Grade Cost Room  Register!
    June 29-July 2, 2015 9am-12pm 5+ $209 Osburn 121 LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE! Register Now
    June 29-July 2, 2015 1pm-4pm 5+ $209 Osburn 121 LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE! 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 Going into Grade Cost Room  Register!
    July 11, 2015One day only! 9am-3:30pm w/ Pizza Lunch 6+ $95 Osburn 123 Register Now

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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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