Center for Computer Science Education & Outreach
Looking for Summer Camps? Visit utd.edu/k12/summer.
Latest surveys and news reports indicate that the US will continue to see a serious shortage of software professionals for the foreseeable future. So, computer programming is expected to be a high-paying & marketable skill for years to come. Even if you decide to pursue a career in another field, it is very likely that you will use a computer on the job! Basic programming skills can enable you to be more efficient in your job & try something new!! Almost every one can learn to program if they are willing to think and try. Yet, we see significant % of middle & high school students making career choices, without knowing the meaning of the term “computer programming!” Ok, how can you assess your interest level? How to check whether you have the mindset to enjoy programming? There is one simple way to find out – Jump in there, write a few programs and see for yourself!
We are passionate about programming & problem solving techniques! We strongly believe that it is possible to introduce Computer Programming to all school students in an enjoyable way and enable them to consider higher education & career in STEM fields. There are several age-appropriate FREE tools out there that can help to learn programming at almost any age! We believe, with wonderful tools like Logo and Scratch, a typical 3rd grader should be able to start the journey!
Here is a 15-minute video to explain this diagram: Learning to Program : Enjoyable Journey?
Review all the tabs in this page to see the upcoming events. If you live far away & you want us to come to your location (school, workplace, coaching center, etc.) and conduct one day workshop or week-long summer camp? Write about your needs to firstname.lastname@example.org & we will work with you to make it happen! Also, let us know if you want a faculty to come and do a few presentations – we will be happy to do it!!
Programming Workshops: Our workshops cover every one from 3rd grader to working professionals! Our current plan is to offer 1-day workshops in all weekends of September & January targeted towards UTD students and in all the school breaks (Staff development days, Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring breaks) for school students. However, every one is welcome to register and attend any of the workshops!
Registration cap is typically set to 20 participants & most workshops will be run by experienced & trained UTD students supervised by UTD faculty. Advance registration fee for one-day workshop is typically $25 and it becomes $40 for the final week of registration. Cancellation fee is $10 for each transaction until the day of the workshop & no refunds beyond the first day. Unless stated otherwise, all workshops run for whole day (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) & lunch will be served around noon. Typical lunch is pizza, subway sandwich, fried rice or rice pulav. A vegetarian option is always included. If you have a picky eater or your child has food allergies, you are welcome to pack lunch, but we do not have the logistics to heat up food.
Difficulty level varies a lot from one workshop to another. Review the workshop description carefully before your register. If you are not sure, send an email to email@example.com to get clarifications before registering, since we do not process cancellations for workshops. Please do not rush the children through the advanced level workshops – we do not want them to get overwhelmed and loose interest in programming! Let them enjoy the learning process and progress in their own pace.
Why do we offer these workshops?
- We want the school students, teachers and community to realize that learning to program can be enjoyable! We hope a lot of school students will become passionate about programming and select STEM fields for college degrees and careers. Since school students start to gravitate towards specific careers as early as middle school, we want to expose them to Computer Programming early and enable them to make “informed” choices.
- We want to strengthen the programming skills of UTD students so that they can excel in their programming projects in their coursework and beyond. We also want to help them become industry-ready & enable them to get internships during school years and better jobs when they graduate.
- We want working professionals to use us as a resource to update their skill sets so that they can do their jobs more efficiently and progress in their careers.
Summer camps: Summer camps are primarily targeted towards school students, even though every one including college students, school teachers and parents are welcome to register and attend! Each summer camp runs for one whole week – we have added mornings/afternoons camps for Elementary kids. These camps will enable the participants to combine 2 camps in one week (programming camp with a chess/athletic/robotics camp) – UTD does offer lots of camps in Summer: Visit www.utdallas.edu/summercamps to see the full line-up!
Each camp will be jointly run by well-trained & experienced UTD students with guidance from UTD faculty. Enrollment cap for each camp has been set to 20 participants to enable all the participants to interact with the instructor.
You can expect the difficulty level to vary a lot from one camp to another. Review the camp description carefully before your register. If you are not sure, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get clarifications. Please do not rush the school students through advanced camps – we do not want them to get overwhelmed and loose interest in programming. We want them to enjoy the learning process and progress in their own pace.
Advance registration fee for each full-week camp is reasonable $200 until 2 weeks before the camp & it increases to $250 for the final 2 weeks of registration (Advance registration fee for one week mornings/ afternoons camp will be $100 and it increases to $125 during the final 2 weeks). If your plans change after registration & you need to cancel a registration, send an email to email@example.com. $25 processing fee will be applied until 2 weeks before the camp date. Then, $50 processing fee will apply until the day of the camp. No refunds will be given beyond the first day of the camp. Registrations are not transferable to another person, but you can transfer to another camp or another session of the same camp if it is offered in multiple weeks. We can refund the fee only to the credit card that was used for registration – we cannot issue refund checks or credit to another credit card. Sorry!
All the participants will get a Camp T-shirt on Monday, a completion certificate on Friday if they attended all 5 days and completed all the exercises. We plan to cater lunch for all full day campers (Pizza/Indian/Chinese/Italian food entries).
Directions: Visit www.utd.edu/k12/directions for detailed instructions and map to reach ECS South (ECSS) building where most events are held.
Release forms: While we will do our best to help all the participants with the logistics, UTD buildings/classrooms/labs do not allow us to take care of them like a typical day-care. Participants have to go to hallway to use the restrooms & the instructors may not be able to accompany them. All middle & high school students will have the option to take a campus tour during the camp & they are expected to follow the directions & stay with the group. Plan on staying with your child if you are not comfortable with our environment. Another option: friends/families/communities can plan & register several kids together, then the parents can take turns to bring the kids to the camps & stay with them. Guest WiFi is available for adults to access the web while on campus. Let us know if you have any questions.
You need to complete the following forms and bring them to workshops/camps:
- Release and Indemnification Agreement for Minor Participants : utd.edu/administration/insurance/documents/release_minor_b4.pdf
- Talent release form: utd.edu/communications/docs/talent_release.pdf
- Medical release form: utd.edu/administration/insurance/documents/medical_minorb4b.pdf
Discounts for Camps/Workshops/Clubs/Courses: All discounted registrations are subject to audit & further proof may need to be submitted upon request. Improper use of these promotional codes or insufficient responses will result in cancellations.
- 50% discount for immediate family members of current UTD faculty/staff/students (use promotional code UTDFAMILY): UTD email address should be used to register. Otherwise, your registration will be cancelled – you will need to re-register again.
- 75% discount for families that qualify reduced rate meals at schools (use promotional code LOWINCOME): You should acknowledge the fact that the children receive reduced rate meals at schools. Also, the documentation copy from school should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org after registration.
- 90% discount for school teachers: This discount is only for teachers, NOT their families. Coupon code is not used. Instead, school teachers should email a copy of school ID badge or another school document to email@example.com to get the authorization to register at lower rate.
Promotional code can be entered in the last page of registration. Only one promotional code can be used in a transaction. Submit the promotional code first, then pay the remaining balance using the credit card. If you have any difficulties in using the codes, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks!