Summer Programs
Computer Engineering Camp
July 6-10, 2014

Sorry, this program is full. We are no longer accepting applications for 2014. Please check back next year!

The Program
This co-ed, overnight summer camp offers computing experiences for both basic and advanced students. Students learn at their own pace, each at their own computer station. Both creative and practical programming will be covered, but the emphasis is on having fun.

student-working-at-computerClasses are taught by college professors and graduate students with experience in all realms of computer engineering. Students will experience “hands-on” learning in small classes, through regular practice, seminars and demonstrations. They can choose to learn on their own, or work in a group. When they register, students can select the areas of computing they wish to study. Instruction topics include the following:

  • Video game design
  • Microcontrollers
  • Computer languages
  • Web page design
  • Software applications
  • Simple robotics
  • Network systems

Students will learn an advanced language such as C++ or Java and can experiment with new graphics languages. Each will program different applications that they will then be able to take home.

Students can learn advanced programming skills to program robots, sensors and security systems and basic networking!

Web page design will include instruction in HTML - the standard used to program web pages - as well as DHTML. Students will also learn to use software to create graphics. Each student will leave camp having designed his/her own web page that includes text and graphics.

When not in class, students enjoy planned activities on campus as well as free time for relaxation. Living, dining and learning together, students have ample opportunity to get to know each other well and develop lasting friendships. Check out some comments from past campers.

Who Can Attend?
This dynamic camp is for students aged 12-17. The number of participants is kept small (20-25) to allow for individualized attention and optimal use of equipment.

Schedule
Students must arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday for registration and will leave after lunch on Thursday. Students attend classes during the day and enjoy recreational activities in the evening. View a sample weekly schedule.

Examples of evening activities include the following:

  • Ice-breaker games on the first night to help everyone get acquainted

  • Movies in Nevins Theater

  • Visiting a nearby lake for picnics and campfires

  • 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 the Terra Cotta Coffee House

  • Farewell party on the last night

Further information, including a detailed program schedule and driving directions to campus, will be sent to all students upon acceptance.

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Director
Dr. Wallace Leigh, AU professor of Electrical Engineering, serves as Director of the Computer Camp. Any questions about class content and/or instruction should be directed to him at 607.871.2463 or via email.

Supervision
When not in class, campers are supervised by our wonderful Resident Directors (RDs) and Resident Assistants (RAs), who are specially trained to serve as camp counselors, positive role models, mentors and friends. In order to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy and enjoyable time on campus, summer students are expected to abide by the University's summer programs rules & regulations.

Housing and Meals
Students stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer campers (2 per room) and must bring their own pillows, blankets and bed/bath linens for the week (bed linens must fit the extra-long twin residence hall beds). Males and females are housed in separate halls. Resident Directors and Resident Assistants will be on-site in the residence halls at all times. Laundry facilities are available in each hall at no charge.

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 $895 (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. Full payment of the balance is due May 23, 2014.

(Commuter Rate: Students living locally who wish to attend this camp as commuters may do so. The commuter rate, which covers tuition, supervision, program materials & equipment and lunch, is $625. Evening recreational activities are not included. Students who wish to commute must check in at registration on Sunday and arrive on campus by 9:00 a.m. for classes Monday-Thursday. They must be picked up no later than 5:00 p.m. each day, except Thursday, when pick-up time is 1:00 p.m. Please be sure to check the "Commuter" box on the application form.)

Financial Aid
Sorry, there are no scholarships or other forms of financial aid available for students in any of our summer programs.

How to Apply - Sorry, this program is full. We are no longer accepting applications for 2014. Please check back next year!

The application deadline is April 15, 2014. Students who wish to apply must submit:

  • A completed application form (The link to the application form will be activated again next year. This year's program is full.))
  • $100 deposit
  • 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 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.

Acceptance Procedure
After the April 15 deadline, the Camp Admissions Committee will evaluate all applications and determine which students will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be made by email and letter by the end of April. If you require an earlier decision, please indicate this by including a note with your application form. (Students who apply after the deadline will receive notification within 1 week after we receive their application materials.)

Accepted students will receive, along with the acceptance letter, additional materials 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 the due date indicated in the acceptance letter. 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 codes 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

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Cancellation Policy
Refunds, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, will be made for cancellations received by June 6. 50% refunds will be made for cancellations received from June 7-20. We cannot make refunds to students who cancel after June 20 because we must hire staff, purchase materials, arrange for meals and confirm classroom and housing space long before the start of our summer programs. We base all of these arrangements on the number of students accepted into each camp and cannot make changes after contracts are signed and commitments are made.

Questions?
For further general information contact the Office of Summer Programs via email or by calling us at 607.871.2612. For specific information concerning class content please contact the Program Director, Dr. Wallace Leigh, at 607.871.2463 or via email.

Please note: We also offer camps in Ceramic & Glass Engineering and Robotics Engineering.

About Alfred
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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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.