2021 Summer Technology Camps

Develop your STEM skills in our fun, interactive computer day camps for high school students. Topics include 2D animation, Bots, biomedicine, and game design.

All 2021 summer camps will be held virtually, not on the IUPUI campus. We will supply the software, but students will need a computer capable of running the software. Each camp lists the software that will be used. Chromebooks are highly discouraged and may not be able to run required software.

Our one-week camps provide learning opportunities that improve students’ computer skills. Faculty from the School of Informatics and Computing teach the sessions and help students to explore in-demand career options.

Who May Attend

We’ve designed our summer computer camps just for high school students. Only students entering grades 9–12 may register. We’re sorry, but teachers, middle school students, and international students may not attend.

$500 College Scholarships

Current high school juniors graduating high school in 2022 who attend a weeklong day camp are eligible for a $500 college scholarship upon admittance to the Biomedical InformaticsInformatics, or Media Arts and Science programs 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

COVID-19 Update:

All of SoIC’s 2021 Summer Technology Camps will be held virtually. No sessions will be held on campus. Appropriate and comfortable mixture of online instruction and interaction with offline project work, and scheduled breaks for lunch.

Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration is closed for the 2021 camps.

Cost and Financial Aid

Each one-week summer camp is $229. The price includes the use of all necessary software and a t-shirt that will be mailed to each participant. Those who register after May 31 cannot be guaranteed a t-shirt.

Need-Based Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

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2D Animation and Storytelling (Full)

June 21-25
David Perry, M.S.

In this workshop, you’ll dive into the foundations of 2D Animation both narratively and graphically. We will discuss The Hero’s Journey, which will give you an understanding of how stories are structured and why they’re structured that way. Then we’ll spend the majority of your time with the 12 Principles of Animation and the Animation Pipeline to explore how stories are presented visually. You will leave this workshop with a complete property—a whole story you’ve developed on your own, ready to tell through comics, television, or film.

Software: Photoshop, Adobe Animate, Google Account, Zoom

Creature and Character Design (Full)

July 12-16
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 a creature, alien or other characters to share with your friends and family—and how to use the Spore Creature Creator 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.

Software: Unreal Engine 4, Photoshop, Zoom

AI and Bot Development (Full)

July 12-16
Fawzi BenMessaoud, Ph.D.

Artificial Intelligence is essentially an extension of our computing ability and human evolution with technology and digital transformation. This course will help you examine the crucial and consequential relationship between AI and humans and use your imagination and creative instincts to explore the design and basic blueprints of combining AI with Human Intelligence (HI) in the co-creation of technology and relationships. You will analyze scenarios of self-learning AI systems and assess some unintended risks of human interaction with potential future intelligent machines. You will also learn linking the dots, one of the main principles in AI using data representation tools and applications, and you’ll practice building and using Databots in Python.

Software: Anaconda, Zoom

Game Design and Development (Full)

July 19-23
Mathew Powers, M.F.A.

Are you enthralled by PlayStation 4 or Xbox One 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 game 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.

Software: Unreal Engine 4, Photoshop, Zoom

Biomedical Data Analytics

July 19-23
Jingwen Yan, Ph.D. and Jiaping Zheng, Ph.D.

Biomedical informatics is the future of medicine, employing IT skills and computational methods on biomedical data for scientific inquiry, problem-solving, and decision-making in healthcare. With the development of computer and information technology, enormous amounts of biomedical data have been captured, ranging from electronic health records to medical images to genetics, and including nutritional, lifestyle, and social-economical information. In this camp, you’ll practice on real-world data and have the opportunity to learn bioinformatics/computational methods for human genetic data analysis (e.g., DNA, RNA, and protein sequencing data), browse the genetic landscape in the brain, practice artificial intelligence for prediction in biomedicine, explore the latest machine learning models to analyze big data in health care, design applications to derive insight from unstructured data, and explore in-demand career options.

Software: Anaconda, Google Account, Zoom

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