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Summer Workshops

Student smiles as she holds up the 3-D printed face she created.In hands-on, high-energy, one-week summer workshops, high school students learn how informatics and computing is shaping our world through innovations in mobile and web applications, interactive media and digital games, and health and medical research.

Expert faculty from the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI provide fun, interactive learning experiences that build students’ technology skill sets and introduce them to career options in BioHealth Informatics and the Human-Centered Computing fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Media Arts and Science.

Who May Attend

The workshops are designed for high school students. Students entering grades 9–12 may attend. We’re sorry, but teachers, middle school students, and international students may not attend the workshops.

Student uses Oculus headset and hand navigation gear in a green screen roomWhen and Where

2017 Summer Workshops

Week 1: June 19–23
Week 2: June 26–30

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Drop-off is between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
Pick-up is between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
There will be no adult supervision before 8 a.m. or after 4:30 p.m.

Students must bring their own lunches.
Parking is available for an additional fee.

IU School of Informatics and Computing
535 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Each one-week workshop is $229. The price of each workshop includes use of the school’s state-of-the-art computing facilities and media equipment.

Summer Workshops Need-Based Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are available for covering the cost of Summer Workshops. These scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be asked to submit a 100-word essay describing how they will benefit from taking workshops, and a letter from a teacher or a guidance counselor stating financial hardship or need.

$500 College Scholarships

Current high school juniors graduating high school in 2018 who attend a workshop are eligible for a $500 college scholarship upon admittance to the Informatics B.S. program or the Media Arts and Science B.S. program at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI. Contact Angela Madden at or 317-274-7380 for more information.

Register and Contact Us

Registration for 2017 is closed.

Questions? Contact Angela Madden at or 317-274-7380.

2017 Workshop Schedule

Week 1: June 19–23

3-D Animation and Digital Sculpture (SOLD OUT)

Faculty: Zebulun M. Wood, M.S.
Films, games, commercials, visualization technology, printing, virtual reality—all these industries are using 3-D in new, different, and exciting ways. The 3-D and visual effects industry is growing, and you can be the next 3-D creator. You’ll learn to use tools to create 3-D printed art or 3-D video—or both—and you won’t need previous experience with 3-D software. At the end of this course, you’ll leave with your own 3-D creation. Students who take this workshop are welcome to bring their character creations and continue to explore 3-D printing in depth through the week two 3-D Printing workshop.

Game Design and Development with the Unreal 4 Engine (SOLD OUT)

Faculty: Mathew A. Powers, M.F.A.
Are you enthralled by XboxOne or Playstation 4 games? Do you have an idea for a gaming world that you want to bring to life? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to become a beginning game developer! Using Unreal 4—the world’s leading gaming engine that was used to create Batman: Arkham Asylum, Gears of War, and the Final Fantasy 7 remake—you’ll learn to create a fully playable, original 3-D world complete with lands, buildings, and all kinds of objects from the world of gaming. You won’t need previous experience.

Building Virtual Reality Action Games (SOLD OUT)

Faculty: Travis Faas, M.S.
Ready to build a virtual reality roller coaster ride, skydiving simulator, and a spaceship? You’ll learn to make virtual reality action games that use the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. After you’ve learned how to place and control items, you’ll get to customize the gaming experience in any way you like.

Week 2: June 26–30

3-D Printing (SOLD OUT)

Faculty: Zebulun M. Wood, M.S.
If you can imagine it, you can hold it in your hand! 3-D printing is quickly changing manufacturing industries everywhere. You’ll learn to digitally scan images and to print 3-D models. If you take the 3-D Animation and Digital Sculpture workshop, you can bring your creations to life here. You’ll also solve cool problems in archaeology, surgery, and dentistry. Students who want an overview of 3-D effects are encouraged to take the week one 3-D Animation and Digital Sculpture workshop before this workshop.

Creature and Character Design—Now with Pokemon (SOLD OUT)

Faculty: Mathew A. Powers, M.F.A.
Do you love creatures and aliens? Do you have a sketchbook full of original creations? Now you can bring them to life through technology! You’ll learn to draw, animate, and create characters to share with your friends and family—and how to use the Spore Creature Engine. To help bring your creations to life, you’ll study myths, legends, biology, and evolution—and how your creatures fit into video games, comic books, movies, and more. You’ll also explore the creation of Pokemon and its worldwide success.

Application of Bioinformatics Methods in Personalized Medicine

Faculty: Sarath Chandra Janga, Ph.D. and Meeta Pradhan, Ph.D.
Learn how biology and computing combine to create new and exciting answers to questions in science and medicine. Today, science and technology capture enormous amounts of biological data, which hold the key to solving life’s biggest puzzles. The genome is essential to a new era of discovery, and you’ll learn to understand a real genome by using computational tools. You’ll also explore what might have gone haywire with the genes in a genome.