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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, Library and Information Science, 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.

$500 College Scholarships

Current high school juniors graduating high school in 2019 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.

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

Week 1: June 18–22
Week 2: June 25–29

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

Cost and Financial Aid

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.

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.

Apply for the need-based scholarship

Workshop Schedule

Week 1: June 18–22

The “Building” of Future Health Information

Lisa DesNoyers, M.P.H., RHIA

Ready to open yourself to the world of medical records, IT and securities, all in one?  Spend a week with the Health Information Management program and enter the world of records where you can build records, learn about the requirements for securities and regulations by working as the privacy officer side, practice coding the global information side, and even work directly with different electronic medical records systems. At the end of the course, you will be able to see the virtual medical office or hospital system and understand how the systems are run.

Game Design and Development with the Unreal® Engine 4

Mathew A. Powers, M.F.A.

Are you enthralled by Xbox One 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.

Be Data’s BFF

Angela Murillo, Ph. D.

Data is all around us! We create, use, and observe it every day through our phones, computers, social media, newspapers, and televisions. Data is increasingly important—in every field from the arts and humanities, to business, to the natural sciences, good data skills are vital! Learn about how to work with data, new ways of creating data, new ways of visualizing data, and new ways of analyzing data through a fun-filled week of exploring the world of data. You’ll learn data skills and techniques through themed days including Person of Interest, Escape Room, Scavenger Hunt, and a Build Your Own Adventure Day.  No previous experience needed.

Digital Me

Fawzi BenMessaoud, Ph. D.

We now use technology in every facet of our lives and technology is helping us quantify ourselves, digitize all our environments, and connect all our worlds by linking and interfacing the devices we use at home, work, or school. The more technology we use, the greater our dependency and need for more technology grows. This workshop provides you the opportunity to explore creative thinking, and technology innovation and design, to create your “Digital Me” hands-on project. You’ll use a variety of basic tools and applications, including productivity software, such as MS Office; flowcharting and program design applications, such as Draw and Smartdraw; and graphic and presentation tools, such as SmartNote and Popplet.

Bioinformatics Methods and Genomics Technologies

Sarath Chandra Janga, Ph.D. and Jingwen Yan, 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.

Week 2: June 25–29

Creature and Character Design

Mathew 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 Pokémon and its worldwide success.

3-D VFX and Animation

Bobby Giles III, M.S.

Films, games, commercials, visualization technology, printing, virtual and augmented 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.

Creative Programming in Java

Louie Zhu, Ph. D.

Programming is a core skill of the 21st century. Learning to program in a creative context is fun, engaging, and exciting. Creative programming teaches you to create programs that are expressive. In this workshop, you will learn the concepts and algorithmic thinking of computer programming in Java by creating 3-D animation for telling stories and interactive games in a full-color, 3-D programming environment. You are welcome to bring your own stories, so you can turn them into animations and share them with your friends and family. No prior programming experience is required.

Biomedical Big Data Analytics and Personalized Health

Xiaowen Liu, Ph.D. and Josette Jones, Ph.D.

The demand for workers skilled in data analysis is growing, especially in biomedical informatics, personalized health, and precision medicine. These high-paying technology jobs need people with big data analytics, text-mining skills, 3-D visualization, and virtual reality (VR) technologies. You’ll learn tools and techniques used by top data scientists, and work on projects from the real world of biomedical big data analysis, including electronic medical records and social health data. You’ll get hands-on experience with data exploring, cleaning, and modeling techniques—and how to use these methods in personalized health.


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