Summer Computer Camps for High School Students
Introductory Information – Computer Summer Camps
Summer Computer Camps – Areas of Study
Some of the summer computer camps are general in nature. These programs tend to provide students with an introduction to a variety of topics in the technology field. There are also computer camps that allow students to focus on a specific area of interest. For example, programs can focus on areas such as coding, video game design, computer programming, app development, digital photography, robotics, and more.
Computer camps tend to emphasize hands-on activities and experiential-based learning to help students enhance their skills and develop new abilities. In general, summer computer camps provide students with an opportunity to pursue an area of interest, meet new peers with a similar passion, learn from instructors, develop new skill sets, collaborate with others, and think about potential college majors and career paths.
Pre-College Summer Computer Camps
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Featured Summer Computer Camps
University of Florida Summer Computer Camp – Gainesville, Florida
The University of Florida, a public university in Gainesville, offers a summer computer camp known as Gator Computing. This pre-college program is designed for students who would like to enhance their knowledge and skills in the area of computer science and technology. Participating students learn about the ways in which computer technology effects people, communities, and the world.
Through this summer computer camp, students have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities, learn about new technological developments, collaborate with peers, and visit campus technology facilities. This program also enables students to gain experience being on a college campus and to learn about the university.
This computer camp provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of computer technology and the ways in which technology impacts different fields. Participating students have a chance to meet and interact with faculty members from different areas at the university. Students also have a chance to learn about college majors and career options in areas that are connected to computer science and technology.
Participants: High school students who will be entering their freshman, sophomore, or junior year.
Learn more: UF Summer Computer Camp
Gettysburg College Summer Computer Coding and Robotics Camp – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
The computer and robotics summer camp that is held at the college is called Build a Bot and Code it Too. This summer camp taps into two interesting and exciting areas for high school students, which are robotics and computer coding. In this STEM-based camp, students have the opportunity to build a functioning robot and write the computer code to execute functions.
During the summer camp, students can immerse themselves in electronics, robotics, technology, and computer programming. The summer camp enables students to learn from instructors, engage in small group work, participate in hands-on experiential activities, and develop knowledge in the areas of computer coding, engineering, and robotics.
This summer camp can be significant as more schools, organizations, and colleges are providing opportunities in robotics and computer programming. The summer camp can give students the chance to build their skills and continue to embrace these areas after the camp has concluded.
This is a pre-college summer experience, which allows students to gain experience on a college campus. Students can stay in campus housing, utilize the resources at the college, and become more familiar with learning in a college setting.
Participants: High school students who will be entering the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.
Learn more: Gettysburg Robotics and Computer Coding Camp
Penn State University, Berks Summer Computer and Cybersecurity Camp – Reading, Pennsylvania
This summer camp is intended to provide high school students with a solid foundation in computer technology with an emphasis on cybersecurity. Students learn about the importance of protecting private information and the impact that cybersecurity has on a variety of industries, including financial institutions.
During the program, students participate in experiential exercises that help them to gain knowledge and develop skills involving technology. Participants learn about areas of computing such as information technology, data protection, networks, encryption and more.
The summer camp enables students to engage in analytical and logical thinking in the context of computers and security. Students also have the chance to collaborate with each other, participate in discussions, and utilize technology resources on the university’s campus.
This summer camp has a residential and commuter option for high school students. In both cases, students have the opportunity to gain experience on a campus and get a feel for learning in a higher education setting.
Participants: High school students
Learn more: PSU Berks Summer Computer Camp
University of Wisconsin Green Bay Video Game and Computer Programming Summer Camps – Green Bay, Wisconsin
Level 1: This summer camp is designed to help students gain an understanding of computer programming as it relates to the development of video games. This is a foundational camp that enables students to learn about the process of creating video games, gain insight into techniques and software that is used in developing games, and gain experience with coding (object-oriented). This summer computer camp gives students a chance to learn to code for games and apply their learning by beginning to develop games.
Level 2: This summer computer camp builds upon the learning from the level 1 video game programming camp. This camp enables students utilize more advanced programming skills for the development of video games. Through the instruction in this camp, students can enhance their programming skills and utilize these skills to develop their own game. This summer camp provides the opportunity for participants to gain more in-depth knowledge pertaining computer programming and video game development
These summer camps have a residential option and a commuter option. Students who are interested in the residential option can stay in university housing on the campus. Students who opt to commute can participate in the daily learning activities and return home in the evenings.
Participants: Students who will be going into 8th grade – 12th grade.
Learn more: Level 1 and Level 2 Summer Video Game Programming.
Examples of Summer Computer Camps for High School Students
- University of Alabama Summer Computer Science Camps (learn more on the Alabama summer programs page)
- Alfred University Summer Computer Camp (learn more on the New York summer programs page)
- Baldwin Wallace College High School Tech Camp (learn more on the Ohio summer programs page)
- Eastern Kentucky University Summer Computer Camps (learn more on the Kentucky summer program page)
- University of Rhode Island Summer Computer Camp (learn more on the Rhode Island summer programs page)
- SummerTech Computer Camps for Students
- University of Texas Summer Computer Camp (learn more on the Texas summer programs page)
- Virginia Tech University C-Tech² Summer Program (learn more on the Virginia summer programs page)
- University of Wisconsin Green Bay Technology and Robotics Summer Programs (learn more on the Wisconsin summer programs page)