Computer Engineer Camp
July 8-12, 2018 APPLICATION DEADLINE MAY 1, 2018
This co-ed, overnight summer camp offers computing experiences for both basic and advanced students concentrating on essential computing concepts, programming and web development. Students will be introduced to these topics through a variety of activities and can work at their own computer station. Students will also learn on their own and within a group setting. While creative and practical computer concepts and skill sets will be covered, the emphasis is on having fun.
Classes are taught by college professors and graduate students with experience in all realms of computer concepts. Throughout the camp's sessions, students will be exposed to a variety of programming and scripting languages and technologies. Each topic is designed to build on the students overall understanding and will produce different applications that they will then be able to take home.
Instruction topics will include an overview and lab activities for the following:
- Essential Computing Concepts focusing on building the student's understanding of:
- Computer Processing and Processing Models
- Computer Hardware Uses and Configurations
- Computer Networking Concepts
- Software Engineering Concepts
- Cybersecurity Concepts
- Computer Programming Concepts and Logic focusing on:
- Computer Programming Fundamentals
- Programming Design Patterns
- Problem Solving through Testing and Review
- Application Development and Review
- Web Development and Design focusing on:
- Development using Scripting Languages and Libraries
- Interface Design
- Basic Mobile Application Development
- Enhanced End-user Interactions
When not in class, they enjoy planned activities on campus as well as free time for relaxation. Living, dining and learning together, provide ample opportunity for everyone to get to know each other well and develop lasting friendships.
Who Can Attend?
This dynamic camp is for campers age 12-17. The number of participants is kept small (20-25) to allow for individualized attention and optimal use of equipment.
Campers must arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 PM on Sunday for registration and will leave after lunch on Thursday. Campers attend classes during the day and enjoy recreational activities in the evening.
Examples of evening activities include the following:
- Ice-breaker games on the first night to help everyone get acquainted
- Movies in Nevins Theater
- Outdoor games such as "Capture the Flag" and "Ultimate Frisbee"
- Indoor games such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," ping pong, board games, basketball, etc.
- Social gatherings with refreshments & music in the Knight Club
- Relaxing and socializing at a local coffee house
- Farewell party on the last night
Further information, including a detailed program schedule and driving directions to campus, will be sent upon acceptance.
Professor Evan Enke, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Services at Alfred State College and serves as Director of the AU Computer Camp. Any questions about class content and/or instruction should be directed to him by email.
When not in class, campers are supervised by our wonderful Camp Counselors, who are specially trained to serve as positive role models, mentors and friends. In order to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy and enjoyable time on campus, summer participants are expected to abide by the University's summer programs rules & regulations.
Housing and Meals:
Campers stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer camps (2 per room). Males and females are housed in separate halls. Campers must bring their own pillows, blankets and bed/bath linens for the week (bed linens must fit the extra-long twin residence hall beds). Laundry facilities are available in each hall at no charge. Our Camp Counselors are on-site in the residence halls at all times.
Delicious, all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in the campus dining hall. Our Dining Services chefs do an excellent job in accommodating campers with food allergies and other special requirements.
Tuition, Room and Board:
The program fee is $910 (includes a non-refundable $100 deposit). This covers tuition, supervision, program materials & equipment, recreational activities, room and board from dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day.
The $100 deposit must be submitted with the application (deadline is May 1, 2018). Full payment of the balance is due June 1, 2018.
Campers living locally who wish to attend as commuters may do so. The commuter rate, which covers tuition, supervision, program materials & equipment and lunch, is $810. Breakfast, dinner, or evening recreational activities are not included in this price. If your camper would like to join the group for these meals and activities there is an additional fee. Those who wish to commute must check in at registration on Sunday and arrive on campus by 8:45 AM for classes Monday-Thursday. They must be picked up no later than 5:00 PM each day, except Thursday, when pick-up time is 1:00 PM. Please be sure to check the "Commuter" box on the application form.)
Sorry, there are no scholarships or other forms of financial aid available for this summer program.
How to Apply:
The application deadline is extended to May 1, 2018. Those who wish to apply must submit the online application form, along with:
- $100 deposit (paid on online application form)
- Copy of an up-to-date transcript or most recent report card
- Two letters of recommendation from teachers (on official school stationery)
- A one-page essay telling us why you would like to attend this program (in your own words, with your signature at the bottom)
Send all of the above items to:
Office of Summer Programs, Alfred University, Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802 or fax to 607.871.2045, or scan and send to us via email.
After the new May 1 deadline, the Summer Camp Director will evaluate all applications and determine who will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be made by email and letter the middle of May. If you require an earlier decision, please indicate this by noting this with your application materials. (Students who apply after the deadline will receive notification within 1 week after we receive their application materials.)
Once campers have been accepted they will receive, along with the acceptance letter, instructions for downloading required materials for camp attendance including medical forms, liability releases, emergency notification forms, etc. These materials must be filled out as soon as possible and must be back in our hands by June 1, 2018. Updated immunization information (including dates) is also required at that time. (If you do not have updated immunization information on hand, you may want to acquire this from your physician now to avoid processing delays.)
Comments From Past Campers:
- "I really liked working with the Arduino kits and C++/HTML coding. I enjoy both electronics and programming and putting them together was cool! - Justin K. from North Collins, NY
- "I learned a lot about code and also about computer engineering on the whole. I liked the Arduino class the best, and meeting new people!" - Daniel B. from Mechanicsburg, PA
- "I liked working with the boe-bots! Robotics have always been interesting to me and even though I don't plan on studying robotics it was very enjoyable and entertaining." - Joe S. from Jamestown, NY
- "I liked Arduino best because I liked working with the touch screens!" - Wyatt S. from Staten Island, NY
- "The best part of the camp was meeting people of like interests." - Colin D. from Victor, NY
- "I liked the Arduino class the best because it is new to me and I learned a lot!" - Langston G. from Philadelphia, PA
- "Everything was awesome!" - Trevor K. from Almond, NY
Refunds, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, will be made for cancellations received by June 1. 50% refunds will be made for cancellations received from June 2-10. No refunds are given for cancellations received after June 10.
For further general information contact the Office of Summer Programs via email or by calling us at 607.871.2612.
Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about a favorite subject and meeting other students who share your interests.
The campus, a 6-hour drive from New York City, 2 hours from Buffalo and 1 1/4 hours from Rochester, is easily accessible by car or bus from all directions and is located just five miles south of Interstate 86. The nearest major airport is the Rochester International Airport (about 65 miles north). Transportation to and from that airport can be provided for an additional charge if we receive your request by the date indicated in your acceptance notification. After that date students must make their own arrangements with an airport limo service.
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