Registration is open for USU App Camp 2020, a series of summer day camp sessions held on the Utah State University campus, aimed at fostering interest and skills in computer science among middle school-aged youths.
Hosted by the USU Department of Computer Science and university partners, USU App Camp sessions are open to students who’ll enter 6th, 7th and 8th grades in Fall 2020. Sessions are offered June 8-12 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. and June 15-19 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Cost for the camp is $35 per student per session, if registered by May 1, 2020. After May 1, if space permits, cost is $40 per person.
“This will be our seventh year with the camp, which has been enthusiastically received by participants and their parents,” says camp coordinator, Vicki Allan, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science. “The camp is a fun and relaxed way to get young people started in computer science and give them a foundation to pursue more learning and practice on their own.”
The camp also provides employment opportunities for high school-aged teens to serve as mentors to the younger participants.
“This is a wonderful learning opportunity for older teens,” Allan says. “They not only hone their computer science and programming skills, but also gain teaching, communicative and organizational experience in a supportive environment.”
Registration for the camp as a participant and application for a mentor position are available online at appcamp.usu.edu.
Initiated with support from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), the Utah STEM Action Center and 4-H, USU App Camp is supported by the National Science Foundation.