Computer Day Camp

"Young Hacks Academy" Computer Day Camp at Alfred University - July 16-20, 2018 (Beginners) and July 23-27, 2018 (Beginner/Intermediate)

We will be hosting two computer day camps on campus this summer with Young Hacks Academy (YHA). Young Hacks Academy is a summer camp that uses technology to develop real-world leadership skills. Blending computer programming, problem-solving and teamwork, YHA teaches kids to build cool video games and interactive stories about big challenges facing the world today, such as: climate change, homelessness and endangered wildlife. As serious as we are about exploring technology, YHA is also committed to having fun away from the screen, moving campers outside each day for unplugged games. No programming experience is required. Click here for more information.

Who can attend?

  • "Agent Training" - For Grades 4-6 - July 16-20, 2018 - $395.00 (includes tuition, camp T-Shirt, workbook, completion diploma) This is for beginners. This program will tackle daily missions using "scratch," a user-friendly visual programming tool that empowers students to quickly start developing their own games and stories. The challenge is to come up with a project that will not only entertain their friends but also teach something about topics that are impacting our local and global community.
  • "Beta Masters" - For Grades 7-10 - July 23-27, 2018 - $395.00 (includes tuition, camp T-Shirt, workbook, completion diploma)  Working in teams, students will develop an innovative game prototype from conception to completion. Campers will use the Stencyl game engine to take their computational learning to the next level, creating original graphics and bring them to life with Haxe coding. The program culminates with a beta release party in which friends and family act as investors.

Each camp will run Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. Campers are asked to provide their own lunch and snacks (no nuts or nut-based products please).

  • 9:00-9:15 AM - Check-In (first day) / Unplugged Warm-up - get the juices flowing with a warm-up game
  • 9:15-9:30 AM - Mission Briefing - Before assigned a daily mission, agents must solve a riddle challenge
  • 9:30-10:00 AM - Mission Exploration - Time to explore the local or global problem they'll be working on
  • 10:00-10:10 AM - Snack Break (campers are to provide their own snacks; no nuts or nut products)
  • 10:10 AM-Noon - Production - Proceed to "lab" for individual and collaborative game development
  • Noon-12:30 PM - Lunch Break (campers are asked to provide their own lunches daily; no nuts or nut products)
  • 12:30-1:30 PM - Outdoor Training - Campers are directed outside for fun, team-building games 
  • 1:30-3:30 PM - Production - Return to the "lab" recharge and get back on task
  • 3:30-4:00 PM - Debrief - Mission accomplished. Share your findings with fellow campers
  • 4:00-4:30 PM - Camp ends; parents pick up campers

How to Enroll

Enroll as soon as possible as enrollments will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until full. To enroll, please complete the online enrollment form. Reminder that the enrollment deadline is June 15, 2018

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be made for cancellations received by June 1. We cannot make refunds to students who cancel after June 1 because the amount of materials purchased, classrooms reserved, and staff hired will be based upon the number of students expected and cannot be changed after that time.


For further information, please contact the Office of Summer Programs via email or by calling 607-871-2612.

About Alfred

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in Western New York State. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week doing something you love and meeting other students who share your interests. 

Program Cancellation

The University may cancel any course or activity at any time because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

AU Policy Against Discrimination

Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

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