Are you naHU_2016_SummerExplorationCamp Images5turally curious? Do you like to fix things, make things, or understand how things work by taking them apart? Wouldn’t it be great if you could earn college credit while having fun exploring your passion? If you’re in high school, the Summer Exploration Camps are the perfect opportunity to earn college credit and have fun.

Each of the Harrisburg University Summer Exploration Camps takes a unique look at a field of science or technology, or the business of science and technology. While learning is the key goal for these day camps, you’ll be surprised how much fun you can have letting your imagination run wild with the potential inventions, technologies, or scientific issues you can explore. Plus many of these non-residential camps allow you to earn college credits.

These camps are for incoming high school students through high school seniors. All the camps are day camps and most are scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  or 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Students should come to camp with food, snacks and drinks for the day. Registration for these camps closes 30 days prior to the start of each camp.

 

Exploring Video Game Development (IMED 102)

HU_2016_SummerExplorationCamp Images4Don’t just play games, create them! Learn professional techniques for designing and producing video games in this intensive program which will walk you through the development process from concept to prototype! The Academy focuses on game programming, game art creation, audio production, and level design. Students with skills in visual arts, story-telling, or programming will be grouped into balanced teams. Each team will design, produce, and market a video game.

The Summer Game Academy is an intensive summer program designed to introduce passionate young game designers and developers to the methods and processes used by professional game makers throughout the world. The program focuses on all aspects of the creative process from ideation to problem-solving to delivery. Students will develop skills and strategies to prepare them for a future in the digital media industry.

Students who are entering, attending, or just graduating high school wishing to expand their artistic or programming skills should attend this unique program. The Summer Game Academy is an immersive experience designed for high school students interested in video games, interactive simulations, new media, and/or the digital arts.

The Summer Game Academy requires two Letters of Recommendations from a teacher, guidance counselor, and/or other unrelated, professional mentor. The letters should speak to your passion, discipline, and work ethic, and should be sent to Anthony Ortega at Aortega@HarrisburgU.edu.

June 27th – July 1st @ Harrisburg University
Cost is $299 for the one-week camp.
8:30 to 4:00 PM
1 Credit

July 11-16/July 18-22 (two week camp)@ Harrisburg University
Cost is $499 for the two-week camp.
8:30am to 4:00 pm
1 Credit

 

 Aug 8-12 @ Technical College High School-Brandywine Campus, 443 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA
Cost is $299
1 Credit
8:30am to 4:00 pm

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Exploring LEGO Robotics (CISC 101)  THIS CAMP IS FULL! 

It’s fun to build solar powered, LEGO robotic machines. It’s also challenging.

In this camp, you will design, engineer, build and program a LEGO robot. You will work as part of a team. And the LEGO robotics kit will provide us with the blueprints, sensors and parts that we need.

lego roboticsYou will design, engineer and wire the solar power plant. You will learn what is involved with solar powered systems.

What if you are missing a critical part? You will learn how to create a model of the missing part. The goal is to learn how to design, model and print, using a 3d printer, a “one of a kind” item for use in your robot.

Did I say challenging? The goal of the camp is to make three technologies work together as one.

  • Design, engineer and build a LEGO robot.
  • Design, engineer and wire its solar power.
  • Design, model and 3d print its solar frame.

If you want to work on the future, then this camp is for you. You will have to think, solve problems, work together and build.

We will learn a lot and have fun doing it.

August 1st-August 5th @ Harrisburg University
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. NO MORE REGISTRATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR THIS CAMP!

Cost is $99
Two-credit camp

NO MORE REGISTRATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR THIS CAMP!

 

Drone Camp! Exploring Geographic Information Systems (GSTC-100)

Interested in learning to fly Drones? Have you ever wondered how drones can be used in agriculture, or how you could use this exciting technology in college? This program involves hands on training on the Drone Camp

flying, responsible use and many practical applications of the technology to agriculture. Students will learn how to plan missions, collect aerial images and create custom maps using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) technologies.

Particular attention will be paid to how drones provide the ability to generate agriculture themed maps that can be updated and shared week to week. These maps enable conservation of resources and economic savings through examination of water use, fertilizer application, pesticide use and crop health.  Attendees will earn two college credits.

June 20th – 24th @ Harrisburg University
Cost is $149

July 25-29 @ Technical College High School-Pennock’s Bridge Campus,
280 Pennock’s Bridge Road, West Grove, PA 19390.
Cost is $149

All use of drones during the camp will comply with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules for recreational use of drones.  All Harrisburg University drones have been formally registered with the FAA. Responsible use of drones is a primary focus of this camp. Students will need access to their own email account.

Two-credit camp
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Nanobiotechnology Explorations (BTEC 100)  (THIS CAMP IS FULL!)

 

nanobiotechAre you fascinated by the idea of microscopic machines transforming medical field? Learn about mind-blowing discoveries such as how Blue-tooth enables sock-sensors to track infant heart rates. Discover how injectable sensors the size of a sand-grain allow prevention of heart attacks. Need contact lenses? Get them screen-printed! Did you know there is  intelligent food packaging that can communicate with you?  Or straws that filter bacteria from drinking water? Ever wondered how a Gecko can walk upside down? What magic keeps water off of the Lotus leaves? Do these mind-boggling facts interest you?

If you answered “Yes!” then Nanobiotechnology Explorations is here for you this summer!

Nanobiotechnology is the study of natural structures such as proteins, DNA, and cells used to invent or improve novel technologies. These tiny nano-structures can be used in everything from engineering materials for artificial bones, printable contact lenses, fuels, smart textiles, medicines, environment and more. This STEM field of applied science has applications and careers in almost all fields. Whatever area of science you enjoy, you’ll get cutting-edge knowledge about discoveries that are transforming healthcare, agriculture, environment, and human life in general.

 

July 18-22 @Harrisburg University  (THIS GAME IS FULL)
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost is $99
Two-credit camp

Forensic Science Camp

1459533401_tmp_HU_Forensics_ImageEver watch CSI and think this is a field that interests you?  Are you interested in about science applied to law? This camp will introduce students different subfields of forensic science through interactive labs, guest speakers, and discussions with current students and faculty. Interactive labs will be comprised of identifying insects at a crime scene using forensic entomology; identifying skeletal remains using forensic anthropology; analyzing evidence in the laboratory (serology, toxicology, etc.); processing the crime through the analysis of a crime scene and comparative sciences (fingerprinting, ballistics, etc.); and interrogating suspects to identify those responsible of the crime. At the end of this non-credit camp, students will be able to network with existing students, faculty, and staff who will assist in answering any questions the students may have about getting involved in the field of forensic science.

July 11-15 @Harrisburg University
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost is $99
Non-credit camp.
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Exploring Computer Coding

HU_2016_SummerExplorationCamp Images3Programming fosters creativity, reasoning, and problem solving. The programmer gets the opportunity to create something from nothing, use logic to turn programming constructs into a form that a computer can run, and, when things don’t work quite as well as expected, use problem solving to figure out what has gone wrong. Programming is a fun and the skills learned from it can be useful both in school and at work, even if your career has nothing to do with computers.

This non-credit camp will introduce you to the most widely commercial programming language used for gaming, C++. In this weeklong camp we will go over the basics of the language, giving you a good foundational understanding of the programming language syntax, the machine it’s running on, and how to effectively create an application.

We will walk step by step through the concepts and skills needed to start yourself on the path to becoming an independent game developer. There are also programming puzzles at the end of most chapters for you to try, which will help improve your programming skills.

July 25th-29th @ Harrisburg University
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost is $99
Non-credit camp
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Hacker Camp

HU_2016_SummerExplorationCamp Images2Do you like tearing things apart to see how they work? Do you like puzzles? Know what “Hello World!” means? Powerful computers are everywhere! They control the electronic devices we use every day. They can be found in our mobile phones, toys (and of course robots and drones!), cars, our refrigerators, and soon they will be small enough to fit in our clothes! Computers today control much of what we see and do each day and most of them are connected to the Internet. They can be tweaked and changed to do amazing good things. The bad guys know this too and can make computers steal things like credit cards, money in our bank accounts, our photos and texts, even turn off a moving car from a mobile phone!

Keeping computer systems safe from the bad guys is a very difficult and important job
The goal of this non-credit camp is to learn the basic skills of Cybersecurity:

  • Ethical “White-hat’ hacking – finding bugs in software to help keep things safe
  • Understand how the bad guys do things
  • Cryptography and encryption (think decoder watch)
  • Computer Fingerprinting and Scanning
  • Digital locks and keys
  • Take over an appliance – maybe your toaster or even a light bulb!
  • Capture the flag – break into a computer system and find a digital prize

August 1-5 @Harrisburg University
Cost is $99
Non-credit camp
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Farm to Fork: The Secrets of Food Biotechnology!  

farm to forkHave you ever thought how Dannon or Activia brands sold in market relate to biotechnology?  Golden Rice is a variety of rice fortified with vitamin A. This was developed by plant biotechnologists to help kids from developing countries not have fatal diseases resulting from vitamin A deficiency. Every time you sprinkle the meat-tenderizer powder, do you know you are using biotechnology? The powder contains an ingredient that softens the meat that is made using biotechnology. Food producers use Food Biotechnology to produce new products with desirable characteristics such as disease and drought-resistant plants, leaner meat, enhanced flavors, and nutritional quality of foods.

If you find these topics interesting, then you should come and learn about this exciting field of applied science called Food Biotechnology in this fun-filled summer course- Farm To Fork!

August 1-5 @Technical College High School-Pennock’s Bridge Campus,
280 Pennock’s Bridge Road, West Grove, PA 19390.
8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost is $99
One-credit camp

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Emerging Medical Biotechnologies

emergin technologiesDid you ever wondered how doctors diagnose Strep throat in minutes? How the antibiotic you swallow does works to treat infections? How can a drop of blood help diabetic patients? Healthcare is being revolutionized due to new biomedical technologies. There are rapidly changing diagnostics for infectious diseases. Novel methods for diagnostics and medical imaging now allow detection of cancer in very early stages, even before the symptoms appear. Biomedical devices such as blood glucose monitoring systems or insulin patches have helped millions. Prosthetics and other biomedical devices are being redefined with new looks and mind-boggling functionalities. Pharma companies are buzzing with development of new drugs, novel drug packaging, targeted drug delivery, and so on. Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering is making significant progress as well.

If you are interested in making a career in healthcare, whether in medicine, pharma or any healthcare-allied fields such as biomedical devices or instrumentation, then this summer course is something you do not want to miss.

July 11th-15th@Harrisburg Academy
10 Erford Road, Wormleysburg, PA

August 8-12@Technical College High School–Brandywine Campus
443 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA 19335
8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost is $99
One-credit camp
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For information on the camps or to sign up to receive updates, email Connect@HarrisburgU.edu