Harrisburg University of Science and Technology has created Summer Exploration Camps to invite students to experience a variety of STEM related activities working side by side with Harrisburg University faculty and students.

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 will be surprised how much fun you can have letting your imagination run wild with the potential inventions, technologies, or scientific issues you can explore. In addition, many of these camps allow you to earn college credits.

These camps are for incoming high school students through high school seniors (unless otherwise designated). All the camps are day camps, with the exception of our new residential SimGlobal: Zombie Apocalypse Summer Exploration Camp.

Registration for these camps closes 7 calendar days before the start of the camp.

Exploring Nanobiotechnology

This is an introductory course to nanobiotechnology, which is the use of existing elements of natural systems to develop new technologies.

This discipline helps to indicate the merger of biological research with various fields of nanotechnology.  This technical approach to biology allows scientists to imagine and create systems that can be used for biological research.  Includes active learning experiences for students working in collaborative groups.

Warwick Middle School Students entering 7TH or 8TH grades.

Instructors | Biotechnology Faculty
Location | Warwick Middle School – 401 Maple St.  Lititz, PA

BTEC 102-01
July 9-12, 2018, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Cost: $125 | Non-credit


Drone Camp: Exploring Geospatial Technology

This program involves hands on training on the 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 is paid to how drones provide the ability to create highly accurate aerial photos and maps with GPS and GIS software.

Students will learn how these aerial photos and maps can be used for environmental monitoring, time sensitive event mapping and vegetation analysis.”

Instructor | Albert Sarvis

GSTC 101-01
June 11-15, 2018, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  | Cost: $125 | 1 Credit

June 11-15, 2018,  1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Cost: $125 | 1 Credit

GSTC 101-02 | Drone Camp II – Advanced Exploration of Geospatial Technology
June 18-22, 2018, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Cost: $125 | 1 Credit
Drone Camp II will extend the skills developed in Drone Camp I through use of more advanced GIS, GPS and Remote Sensing tools. The focus of this camp will be on completing an applied project where multiple tools, and techniques are used to solve a specific problem. This group project focuses on the use of near-infrared drone imagery for analyzing agricultural crop health.


3D Printing and Drone: Exploring Geospatial Technology

Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) is one of the fastest growing STEM fields. Students will explore this field by learning how to design, prototype, build and test 3d printed parts using the latest software and hardware. This activity is for beginners but it provides a building block for learning about rapid product development, fast prototyping and careers such as industrial design, manufacturing, and human factors.

The Geospatial Technology involves hands on training on the 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 is paid to how drones provide the ability to create highly accurate aerial photos and maps with GPS and GIS software.  Students will learn how these aerial photos and maps can be used for environmental monitoring, time sensitive event mapping and vegetation analysis.”

Susquehanna Township Middle School Students entering 6th, 7th or 8th.

Instructors | Charles Palmer and Albert Sarvis

GEND 051-01
July 30 – August 3, 2018, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Drone), 12:00 – 1:00 PM (Lunch), 1:00 – 4:00 PM (3D Modeling) | Cost: Funded by Hanna Education Foundation | Non-Credit



In a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-twist on the zombie apocalypse, students will find themselves plunged into the horrifying aftermath of virulent viral outbreak with Hershey, Pennsylvania as the only safezone immediately available to them.

From there, they will be forced to deal with corpses and contamination, medical emergencies and quarantine, security and technological shortfall, food resources, and, of course, the zombies, with only what’s available in the town, factory and the park.

Residential Camp

Instructors | John McKnight – Assistant Professor of Sociology of Emerging Technologies, Alisa Schreibman – Corporate Faculty, Educational Games Design, Deidre Evans – Garriott Assistant Professor Virginia Military Institute, David Runyan – Harrisburg University Librarian

GEND 055-01
August 6-10, 2018, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Cost: $1500 | 1 Credit

Registration and Move-in: Sunday | July 15, 2018 between 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Camp Presentation and Checkout | Saturday, July 21, 2018, 8:30 AM

As a Residential Summer Exploration Camp, students will have the opportunity to stay on the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Campus, with room and board, food and other activities included in the camp price.

Following students’ checkout from residential housing, breakfast served at 9:30 am for students and parents, followed by presentations of the students’ work throughout the week. Light refreshments provided to everyone following the presentations, at which point, parents and students are free to leave.


Girls STEM Summer Exploration Camp

Summer STEM camps provide girls with an opportunity to experience the fascinating world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

For girls new to STEM, summer programs provide a fun way to explore unfamiliar subjects—potentially discovering new areas of interest. For girls already interested in STEM, these camps build on existing interests or knowledge. Experiences such as these effectively encourage and inspire the next generation of female STEM professionals. Even if your daughter decides upon a different career path, providing her with the opportunity to sample from the STEM smorgasbord is invaluable.

Female only camp for students entering 9th to 12th grade.

Instructors | HU Faculty covering a variety of STEM topics Camp Coordinators | Rachel Fogle and Jonathan Korn

INSC 055-01
June 18-22, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Cost: $150 | Non-credit


Elementary STEM Exploration Camp

If you’re looking for ways to engage your child in new and exciting experiences this summer, you’ve got to check out our Harrisburg University STEM camps (science, technology, engineering and math).

There is nothing quite like them! Kids imagine, collaborate, explore and create, all while learning super cool STEM skills that will help them in school and in life.

This camp is for students entering 4th to 5th grade.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Students Only

Instructors | HU Faculty and Students Coordinator | Rachel Fogle

GEND 055-02
July 9 -13, 2018, 9:00 – 12:00 PM | Cost: $100 | Non-credit


Web App Camp

The camp teaches students how to design, implement, test, debug and publish web applications. Students will learn how to take their innovative ideas from conception to the web market through a series of hands-on programming activities and group projects.

Students will be introduced to the ASP.NET and web application development to work on some interesting topics including: creating a password protected website with registration and log on capabilities; using Web Administration Tool to specify which parts of a website are password protected; using ASP.NET to quickly and easily improve the user experience for your web application, giving them responsiveness comparable to that of desktop applications.

Instructors | Dr. Majid Shaalan, Mina Gabriel and Chad Chu

CISC 055-01
June 25-29, 2018, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Cost: $125 | Non-credit


Coding the Matrix

“Do we live in the “Matrix”?” Through the use of linear algebra and developments in technology, scientists now believe they may have answered the question.

Students will come learn some practical applications of matrices and their application in Computer Science so that they can become one of the people trying to solve the truth about reality, aka “The Matrix”. The use of Python computer programming language will help students be able to learn and design their our own “Matrix” by building simple programs. Students will engage with computer science, mathematical practices, while unlocking the power of matrices.

Instructors | Dr. Majid Shaalan, Mina Gabriel and Chad Chu

CISC 055-02
July 30 – August 3, 2018, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Cost: $125 | 1 Credit


Bioinformatics Camp

The bioinformatics camp is designed to introduce the topics, and current issues in bioinformatics, as well as help students to gain the skills necessary in bioinformatics. The camp is designed for high school students who want an introduction to the language of molecular biology and to the computational aspects in the field of biology. The camp introduces the computer programming and algorithm development to solve problems in biology including, gaining an understanding of the software tools used in labs, research techniques using molecular biology methods, survey of algorithms and methods in bioinformatics and computational biology.

Students will gain familiarity with computational methods in order to address problems in molecular biology, and become knowledgeable about the storage, retrieval, sharing and use of biological data, information, and tools.

Instructors | Dr. Majid Shaalan, Mina Gabriel and Chad Chu

CISC 055-03
July 23- 27, 2018; 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Cost: $125 | Non-credit


Exploring Video Game Development

This camp 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.

Instructor | Anthony Ortega

IMED 051-01
June 18-29, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Cost for two-week: $299 | Non-credit
This two-week camp has a more advanced game engine and longer game development time.

IMED 051-02
July 9-13, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Cost for one-week: $199 | Non-credit


Animation and 3D Modeling

This weeklong hands-on camp will introduce students to tools and techniques used in 3-D polygonal modeling.

Participants will use Maya, an industry standard, to explore creativity by modeling and animating objects, characters, and environments. This program is geared for students interested in careers ranging from architecture, to video games, to product design, to CGI films.

Instructor | Charles Palmer

IMED 052-02
July 16-20, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Cost: $150 | Non-credit


Video Game Design

This weeklong intensive program is an opportunity for students to share their enthusiasm for games with their peers and learn about the creative process of making video games.

With no programming or previous coding experience required, this camp is open to high school students with a passion for games. Students will learn the basics of games design, human-computer interaction, and prototyping, developing a useful skill set for future entrance into the media/games design university programs.

Students will gain firsthand experience of the game development process used in the industry, designing their own purposeful games based on an organization of choice and making a functioning prototype. At the end of the week, students will present their games and leave with their very own playable video game.

Instructor | Kelly Boudreau

IMED 052-01
July 16-20, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Cost: $199 | Non-credit


IMDb Movie Rating w/Analytics

Have you ever thought how people predict the greatness of movies before they are screened? How do they analyze the popularity of a soundtrack or a singer? Do you want to predict the statistics of market? Then you should join our “Movie Analytics” camp whereas we will start the basics of data analytics. With the wealth of digital information available, Analytics is the reduction of this data to understandable finding in order to make business smarter.

We will get familiar with lots of Analytics tools in this camp and will gradually apply our knowledge to one real world problem. We will try to beat critics with designing a model, which is going to predict the greatness of future movies before they are screened. We will analyze the information of past movies and try to find a pattern for future ones.”

Instructor I Roozbeh Sadeghian

ANLY 051-01
July 9-13, 2018, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Cost: $125 | Non-credit


Shark Tank Camp for Young Entrepreneurs

Attendees of this camp, Aspiring Entrepreneurs, will pitch a promotional idea to a panel of mock investors, much like the TV show “Shark Tank”, but without the real money. This camp will be 5 days in length: Day 1) Develop an idea, Day 2) Create a storyboard for a pitch, Day 3) Plan the sales pitch, Day 4) Shoot the 3-minute video, Day 5) Make your pitch! The panel will award investments to the most inspiring videos. Coaching, video equipment, and other resources will be available to attendees. The camp is intended to enhance communication skills, planning skills, and understanding of marketing and sales, as well as provide hands-on experience needed for starting a new private business.

Instructors | Stephen Penn and Pavlo Buryi

MEBA 104-01
June 25-29, 2018, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Cost: $150 | 1 Credit


LEGO® Robotics I: Exploring Lego Robotics

In this camp, you will design, engineer, build and program a LEGO robot. You will work as part of a team. The LEGO robotics kit will provide us with the blueprints, sensors and parts that we need. You will design, engineer and wire the solar power plant. You will learn what is involved with solar powered systems.

Instructors | Computer and Information Science Faculty

CISC 100-01
July 16-20, 2018, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Cost: $175 | 1 Credit


Advanced LEGO® Robotics: Motion, Sensors and Visualization

In this camp, you will design, engineer, build and program a LEGO robot. You will work as part of a team. The LEGO robotics kit will provide us with the blueprints, sensors and parts we need to explore. We will explore what is motion design and how to program our Lego  robotic machine to use it. We will explore how sensors work and how to program the algorithms that use them. We will also explore Vuforia, an Augmented Software Development Kit to enable the creation of Augmented Reality Applications.

Instructors | Computer and Information Science Faculty

CISC 104-01
July 30 – August 3, 2018, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Cost: $175 | 1 Credit


eSports Immersion Bootcamp

eSports in the past five years has exploded in popularity and viewership.

The goal of this one-of- a-kind course will be to introduce an industry overview and learn about all things eSports. Explore career opportunities in eSports management, production and entertainment. Improve your skills in competitive teams under industry experts.

From seasoned veterans to brand new players, our eSports Program Director, Chad Smeltz (HistoryTeacher) and eSports Head Coach, Geoff Wang (CentralTime) will create a custom lesson plan just for you. Choose your gamer tag and learn what it takes to compete at the top level in one of our three titles.

Residential Camp with a commuter option if you reside within driving distance of HU.

Instructors | Chad Smeltz and Geoff Wang

ESPORTS TITLES OFFERED: League of Legends | Hearthstone | Overwatch

IMED 055-04
June 18-22, 2018, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Residential Cost: $1500 | Commuter Rate: $400 | Non-credit


Exploring Nanobiotechnology

Ever wondered how a Gecko can walk upside down? Ever wonder 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!

This is an introductory course to nanobiotechnology, which is the use of existing elements of natural systems to develop new technologies. The concepts of how nano-structures are characterized are defined and a review is conducted of the applications of new technology. Includes active learning experiences.

Instructors | Biotechnology Faculty

BTEC 102-01 | Exploring Nanobiotechnology
July 16-20, 2018 , 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Cost: $125 | 1 Credit

BTEC 102-02 | Exploring Nanobiotechnology
July 30-Aug 3, 2018, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Cost: $125 | 1 Credit


Special Topics in Biotechnology
Farm to Fork

Have 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 droughtresistant 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.

Instructors | Biotechnology Faculty

BTEC 104-01
July 9-13, 2018, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Cost: $125 | 1 Credit


Special Topics in Biotechnology
Emerging Medical Biotechnologies

Did you ever wonder how doctors diagnose Strep throat in minutes? How the antibiotic you swallow 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.

Instructors | Biotechnology Faculty

BTEC 104-02
July 23 – July 27, 2018, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Cost: $125 | 1 Credit


It’s the kind of campus that facilitates the highest level of learning in the fields of science and technology.

Harrisburg University

Your Gateway to a Great Career

It’s your time. Time for your passion and dreams to turn into reality.

Harrisburg University opens the door to unleash your passion for science and technology and to channel your drive for knowledge and a career that will have an impact in a constantly changing world.

For information on the camps email: Ryan Korn | RKorn@HarrisburgU.edu