DUE TO COVID-19, THE TECHNOLOGY CAMPS SLATED TO RUN IN SUMMER 2020 HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER IN SUMMER, AN ABBREVIATED SCHEDULE MAY BE ANNOUNCED FOR AUGUST IF CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE. STAY SAFE & HEALTHY EVERYONE!
Throughout the summer months, the Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology at Millersville University of Pennsylvania hosts a variety of technology camps for students entering grades 2-12. 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 circuits 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. A family could come to the MU campus for an entire day and complete a morning camp and an afternoon camp on several subjects!
Expanding on the popularity of our annual favorites using LEGO, Robotics, Coding, and Graphic Design, new offerings for 2020 include:
- Learning to Code with Minecraft
- Build Your Own Robot
- Robot Coders
- Get Graphic! Make Your own Comics
Click on the camp titles below for more details and to register!
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, circuitry, and computer coding & design.
3D CADD 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: Alex Johnson
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! June 29-July 3, 2020 9am-12pm 6+ $199 Osburn 300 Registration is closed. July 6-10, 2020 9am-12pm 6+ $199 Osburn 300 Registration is closed.
Advanced LEGO RoboticsAdvanced LEGO Robotics makes use of the NXT programming platform to address a series of open-ended challenges that have been used in past state LEGO building competitions. After a review of the programming structure and capabilities on Monday you and a partner will address a series of open-ended challenges and demonstrate solutions to the entire class upon completion. On Friday all participants address the same challenge, affectionately referred to as the final exam. Not to worry, it is all in good fun! Students will improve their programming and mechanical skills.
Instructor: Len Litowitz
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! June 29-July 3, 2020 1pm-4pm 6+ $199 Osburn 122 Registration is closed.
Build Your Own RobotCamp participants will get to build their own robot in this camp and take it home! Students will begin by studying various electronic parts. They will learn how to solder parts together by practicing on a simple circuit. The big project will be building a line tracking robot that will allow students to learn about light emitters, light sensor circuitry, and tracking memory. Students are asked to bring four AA batteries to power their robot.
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! July 6-10, 2020 9am-12pm 7+ $215 Osburn 120/121 Registration is closed.
Calling all CodersDuring this week-long camp, participants will have the opportunity to explore some of the many areas of coding like robotics, learning coding languages, and building video games and websites through the use of Code.org, Scratch, and other online tools. Whether you already have some experience coding, or you are just getting started, this camp is perfect for you! Participants will be separated into groups based on age, experience and interest so that students can explore their areas of interest and move at their own pace.
Instructor: Nicole Shoemaker
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! July 13-17, 2020 9am-12pm 4-8 $209 Osburn 304 Registration is closed.
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: Jason Egresitz
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! June 22-26, 2020 1pm-4pm 5-8 $209 Osburn 204 Registration is closed.
FIRST Tech Challenge – Program ItLearn to program robots in the Android Studio environment. Robots are controlled by remote control and/or autonomously with two Android devices. This is the platform used by the increasingly popular FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). Come learn to use this platform from an FTC coach!
This camp is meant to give students a hands-on project oriented environment in which they can learn how to program their own robot to complete all sorts of different tasks. Students who complete this camp will also be VERY ready to be a “programmer” on their local FIRST Tech Challenge team. Some of the highlighted projects are:
- Control DC Motors and Servos with a remote control game-pad.
- Add push-button automation to mechanical end-stops
- Navigate to specific positions in the room with motor encoders
- Navigate with a gyroscope and accelerometer
- Avoid objects with distance sensors
- Navigate autonomously to an IR Beacon
- Sense the color of an object
- Recognize pictures using a camera and the Vuforia platform on an Android device. Use pictures to navigate!
- “Learn to code a “strafing” movement using “mecanum” wheels.
Instructor: Andrew Friedlund
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! June 22-26, 2020 1pm-4pm 7+ $209 Osburn 302 Registration is closed.
Get Graphic! Make Your Own ComicsDo you like graphic novels and comic books? This camp will introduce you to graphic design principles and elements frequently used in comics. We will learn how to use software to generate your own characters and develop your own stories. Participants will make, and share, their own comic book. Join us for a fun week of learning about comics and graphic novels.
Instructor: Donna Painter/Sanna
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! July 13-17, 2020 1pm-4pm 4+ $199 Osburn 304 Registration is closed.
Introductory Lego Robotics
This camp includes concepts about simple machines like pulleys, gears and other mechanical advantage gaining devices, but the majority of the camp focuses on 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.
- Monday: Mechanical Advantage Gaining Devices
- Tuesday: Intro to Programming: Traffic light and car
- Wednesday: Machine building and programming
- Thursday: Machine Building & programming
- Friday: An Open-Ended Challenge!
Instructor: Len Litowitz
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! June 22-26, 2020 9am-12pm 3-6 $199 Osburn 123 Registration is closed. June 29-July 3, 2020 9am-12pm 3-6 $199 Osburn 123 Registration is closed.
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 leads 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
- Build a tollbooth gate that opens when you enter the right code!
- Make an LED light show that includes music!
- Build a motion sensor alarm.
- Build a temperature controlled fan.
- Build a game using an LCD screen and some buttons
…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: Andrew Friedlund
Week Time Grade Level Cost Building Register! July 13-17, 2020 9am-12pm 7+ $209 Osburn 302 Registration is closed.
Intro to Sketch-Up and Rapid Prototyping
SketchUp is an intuitive, powerful, and unique 3D modeling software application that allows users to visualize their ideas in 2D and 3D. This free program is widely used in architecture, engineering, woodworking, and game design. Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to use this program to create realistic models of houses, buildings, toys, and machines. The students will work towards creating a 3D printed artifact of their SketchUp models by the end of the week.
Instructor: Alex Johnson
Week Time Grade Level Cost Building Register! June 29-July 3, 2020 1pm-4pm 3-6 $209 Osburn 300 Registration is closed.
Learning to Code with Minecraft
Instructor: Todd Echterling
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! June 29-July 3, 2020 1pm-4pm 5+ $209 Boyer 235 Registration is closed.
LEGO Storytellers!Bring your Legos 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 or similar Android device is requested. Here’s the camp’s YouTube channel with videos from previous years.
Instructor: Adam Zurn
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! June 22-26, 2020 1pm-4pm 3-6 $199 Osburn 303 Registration is closed.
Machining for KidsThe 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.
Instructor: Alex Johnson
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! July 6-10, 2020 1pm-4pm 4+ $199 Osburn 204 Registration is closed.
Raspberry Pi (Middle School level)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: Joseph McCade
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! July 6-10, 2020 9am-12pm 5-8 $319 Osburn 122 Registration is closed.
Raspberry Pi (High School level)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: Joseph McCade
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! July 6-10, 2020 1pm-4pm 9+ $319 Osburn 122 Registration is closed.
Robot Arm ConstructionBuild your own robotic arm and take it home with you to keep! You do not have to have any prior experience with robots to build this Robotic Arm! We will build them together step by step. You can also practice using your Robotic Arm before taking it home by competing in our own “Robot Olympics” during the final afternoon of camp!
Instructor: James Hartman
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! July 6-9, 2020 1pm-4pm 5+ $209 Osburn 301 Registration is closed.
Robot CodersThere are lots of robots to explore for coders of any level at this camp! We’ll have Ozobots that can be coded with markers or block-style coding, Dash and Dot Robots to code with blockly, Cue for Java coding, Sphero for block or text-based code, and more! Have you used some of these robots before? No problem! There will be new activities and challenges for you! Bring your own tablet or use one of ours.
Instructor: Rae Ann Smith
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! June 29-July 3, 2020 1pm-4pm 3-6 $199 Osburn 303 Registration is closed.
Robot Printing and ProgrammingTake home a robot you built yourself. Use a 3D printer to make the body of the robot. Assemble the robot and program it to perform simple tasks. Electronics and hardware supplied.
Instructor: Jason Egresitz
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! July 13-17, 2020 1pm-4pm 7+ $249 Osburn 300 Registration is closed.
Robot SoccerBuild, wire, and program a remote control robot. Then face-off against other students at this camp in a robot soccer tournament. Along the way you will learn how to write code with Blockly, send/receive WIFI Signal, and build a custom shooting mechanism using servo motors.
Instructor: Andrew Friedlund
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! June 22-26, 2020 9am-12pm 7+ $209 Osburn 302 Registration is closed. July 13-17, 2020 1pm-4pm 7+ $209 Osburn 302 Registration is closed.
Stop-Motion Video Animation
Description: Are you artistic AND like to use technology? This STEAM camp combines both to teach you everything that you need to know to create your own stop motion movies. We will use clay, construction paper, cloth and other materials to make characters and sets then take lots of pictures to create the illusion of motion. You can even green screen your story! Want to use Legos, action figures, or stuffed animals in your video? You can do that too! You may record and edit on your own tablet or phone or borrow a device to use for the camp. With your parent’s permission, finished videos will be published on YouTube for you to share with family and friends. Come create with us!
Instructor: Rae Ann Smith
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! June 29-July 3, 2020 9am-12pm 3-6 $199 Osburn 303 Registration is closed.
Technology Adventure Camp
Description: Travel with us to the land of Osburn where magic and mystery await! In Tech Adventure Camp, students will follow Strom & Boli on an adventure to save the kingdom from evil forces. Students will design and build a small bridge, a box for sacred objects, they will craft their own foam weapons, follow a riddle trail around campus, and solve a puzzle box to prepare for the final confrontation with the evil King Bålkî. Students practice design, collaboration, and hands-on skills while having fun and imagining their own new world. So get your character sheets and costumes ready for a week long adventure that will teach students about technology, problem-solving and how to taking on hoards of dwarves!
Instructor: Jason Egresitz/Joseph Kaskel
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! July 6-10, 2020 9am-12pm 3-6 $209 Osburn 207/208 Registration is closed.
YouTube Studio CampBecome the star of your own YouTube channel as you learn the skills to become a YouTube sensation. In this beginner level course designed for first time video makers, campers will go from being YouTube viewers to YouTube creators. Students will explore and create a wide range of different video styles such as DIYs, parodies, reviews, screencasts, and “Let’s Play.” Campers will create custom thumbnails and channel graphics. Campers will learn the fundamental skills and techniques of video recording, editing, lighting, screen capture, special effects, and audio production. Participates will leave camp with several published videos and subscribers. If available, attendees are asked to bring a recording device such as a GoPro or other mobile device for recording.
Instructor: Adam Zurn
Week Time Grade Level Cost Room Register! June 22-26, 2020 9am-12pm 3-6 $199 Osburn 303 Registration is closed.
Instructor: Louise Manfredi
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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.
Please note: Millersville Technology & Engineering Camps are once again partnering with Student Services, Inc. to provide camp registration & payment services.. All payments (cash, check, credit card) will be processed by Student Services and appear on banking statements as a charge from “Student Services.” In addition, email confirmations will be sent immediately following a completed registration from Student Services.
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.
To register for one camp, Click the REGISTER NOW button beside the camp section you are interested in. Follow the check out procedures. Upon completion of this process, you will receive an email confirmation of your registration and payment.
To register for multiple camps, Click the links in each camp section to add multiple camps to your shopping cart. Click KEEP SHOPPING until you have added all camps to your cart. Follow the check out procedures. Upon completion of this process, you will receive an email confirmation of your registration and payment. The charge on your statement will be from "Student Services"
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) 871-5523.