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Rates: $175 for half-day camp, $350 for full-day camp, $575 for overnight camp

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For out-of-town families wishing to stay in Wichita while their children attend our camps, we do partner with area hotels to offer discounts. Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn Express are both offering $99/night rates to campers' families. Staybridge Suites feature fully equipped kitchens. The hotels are both located in northeast Wichita, short drives from our two camps sites. Wichita State University's main campus is a 12-minute drive and the National Center for Aviation Training is an 8-minute drive,

Week 1 June 6-10, 2016

 

LEGO Robotics I (4th- 5th grades) June 6-10, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, NCAT, $175 FULL

Camp description: Beginners explore the world of robotics using the LEGO NXT kits. Campers will work with a partner to build robots with motors and sensors, then program these robots to perform tasks and respond to their environment. Learn about basic programming, problem solving, and teamwork. No prior LEGO Robotics experience is necessary.
Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the morning.
Location: This camp will meet in Building 200, Room M165 of the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N Webb Rd, Wichita. Open parking is immediately adjacent.
Lead instructor: Steve Smith is a math teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy in Wichita. In 2015, he was one of three math teachers in Kansas to be named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He has been working with LEGO robotics for 15 years. He leads several robotics summer camps, coaches robotics teams at his school, and trains parents and teachers in LEGO robotics through Wichita State University.


LEGO Robotics I (6th-8th grades) June 6-10, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., NCAT, $175 FULL

Camp description: Beginners explore the world of robotics using the LEGO NXT kits. Campers will work with a partner to build robots with motors and sensors, then program these robots to perform tasks and respond to their environment. Learn about basic programming, problem solving, and teamwork. No prior LEGO Robotics experience is necessary.
Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the afternoon.
Location: This camp will meet in Building 200, Room M165 of the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N Webb Rd, Wichita. Open parking is immediately adjacent.
Lead instructor: Steve Smith is a math teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy in Wichita. In 2015, he was one of three math teachers in Kansas to be named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He has been working with LEGO robotics for 15 years. He leads several robotics summer camps, coaches robotics teams at his school, and trains parents and teachers in LEGO robotics through Wichita State University.


Scratch Programming I (6th-8th grades) June 6-10, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, WSU Campus, $175 FULL


Camp description: Scratch is a multimedia learning tool designed to help students learn computer programming fundamentals by creating stories, games, and animations. Scratch provides an engaging environment and workflow, so that students can explore their creativity while learning technical concepts. No computer programming experience necessary for this camp.
Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the morning.
Location: This camp meets in Donald Beggs Hall Lobby on the Wichita State University main campus.
Lead instructor:  Dominic Canare is former adjunct engineering instructor at Wichita State University who is currently pursuing a PhD in human factors. He holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from Pittsburgh State and Wichita State, respectively. In addition, he is a prolific entrepreneur and community volunteer and leader, earning him the designation of 2014 Newsmaker from the Wichita Business Journal. He is a founder of MakeICT, a volunteer-led makerspace. He previously taught Scratch and Raspberry Pi camp.


Scratch Programming I (4th-5th grade) June 6-10, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. WSU Campus, $175 FULL


Camp description:  Scratch is a multimedia learning tool designed to help students learn computer programming fundamentals by creating stories, games, and animations. Scratch provides an engaging environment and workflow, so that students can explore their creativity while learning technical concepts. No computer programming experience necessary for this camp.
Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the afternoon.
Location: This camp meets in Donald Beggs Hall Lobby on the Wichita State University main campus.
Lead instructor:  Dominic Canare is former adjunct engineering instructor at Wichita State University who is currently pursuing a PhD in human factors. He holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from Pittsburgh State and Wichita State, respectively. In addition, he is a prolific entrepreneur and community volunteer and leader, earning him the designation of 2014 Newsmaker from the Wichita Business Journal. He is a founder of MakeICT, a volunteer-led makerspace. He previously taught Scratch and Raspberry Pi camp.


Week 2 June 13-17, 2016

 

LEGO Robotics II, (4th-5th grades) June 13-17, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, NCAT, $175 FULL


Camp description: The theme of this year's advanced camp is "Puppy Training - Robot Obedience School." Learn to build and program robots using the LEGO NXT robotics kits. Campers will work with a partner to design robots with motors and sensors to train their robot puppies to follow commands. Campers should have completed LEGO Robotics I or have comparable LEGO Robotics experience to enroll.
Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the morning.
Location: This camp will meet in Building 200, Room M165 of the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N Webb Rd, Wichita. Open parking is immediately adjacent.
Lead instructor: Steve Smith is a math teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy in Wichita. In 2015, he was one of three math teachers in Kansas to be named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He has been working with LEGO robotics for 15 years. He leads several robotics summer camps, coaches robotics teams at his school, and trains parents and teachers in LEGO robotics through Wichita State University.


LEGO Robotics II, (6th-8th grades) June 13-17, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., NCAT Campus, $175 FULL
 

Camp description: The theme of this year's advanced camp is "Puppy Training - Robot Obedience School." Learn to build and program robots using the LEGO NXT robotics kits. Campers will work with a partner to design robots with motors and sensors to train their robot puppies to follow commands. Campers should have completed LEGO Robotics I or have comparable LEGO Robotics experience to enroll.
Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the afternoon.
Location: This camp will meet in Building 200, Room M165 of the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N Webb Rd, Wichita. Open parking is immediately adjacent.
Lead instructor: Steve Smith is a math teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy in Wichita. In 2015, he was one of three math teachers in Kansas to be named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He has been working with LEGO robotics for 15 years. He leads several robotics summer camps, coaches robotics teams at his school, and trains parents and teachers in LEGO robotics through Wichita State University.


High School Biomedical Engineering, (10th-12th grades) June 13-16, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., WSU Campus*, $350


Camp description: The camp is designed for high school students interested in science, mathematics, engineering and medical or health professions. Campers will be introduced to the field of biomedical engineering. Biomedical engineers design and develop machines and materials that can be used to improve human health and well-being. Campers will interact with college instructors and students, engaging in fun and exciting hands-on, team projects, working to address real-life health challenges.
Format: This is a full-day camp that meets Monday through Thursday. Lunch is included.
Location: This camp meets in Donald Beggs Hall on the Wichita State University main campus.  Campers will meet in the lobby hall and work in biomedical engineering laboratories throughout the research building,
Lead instructor: Dr. Gary Brooking is a member of the faculty of WSU Biomedical Engineering Department. He currently teaches a number of experiential learning courses including Capstone Design at WSU. He brings industrial and academic experience and a passion for medical devices and assistive technology applications. This will be his second year to lead a biomedical engineering camp. He will be assisted by co-instructor Dr. Nils Hakansson, assistant professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department.


Week 3 June 20-24, 2016


Middle School Biomedical Engineering, (8th-9th grades) June 20-24, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, NCAT, $175


Camp description:  Campers will work in groups in order to explore prosthetic by brainstorming, sketching and creating a prototype of a missing limb for a patient that has suffered a debilitating loss of a limb. Campers will take this activity a step further and use Autodesk Inventor to design their prototype in prior to having it printing on a 3D printer.
Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the morning.
Location: This camp will meet in Building 200, Room M165 of the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N Webb Rd, Wichita. Open parking is immediately adjacent.
Lead instructor: Sherri Molde is a Project Lead the Way instructor at Hadley Middle School in Wichita. She holds designations as a Project Lead the Way Master Teacher (a teacher who trains other teachers) and an Autodesk Certified Instructor. Sherri has worked for Wichita Public Schools since 1991, teaching both elementary and middle school students. She has been a WSU summer camp instructor for several years.

Middle School Biomedical Engineering (8th-9th grades) June 20-24, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., NCAT, $175


Camp description:  Campers will work in groups in order to explore prosthetic by brainstorming, sketching and creating a prototype of a missing limb for a patient that has suffered a debilitating loss of a limb. Campers will take this activity a step further and use Autodesk Inventor to design their prototype in prior to having it printing on a 3D printer.
Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the morning.
Location: This camp will meet in Building 200, Room M165 of the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N Webb Rd, Wichita. Open parking is immediately adjacent.
Lead instructor: Sherri Molde is a Project Lead the Way instructor at Hadley Middle School in Wichita. She holds designations as a Project Lead the Way Master Teacher (a teacher who trains other teachers) and an Autodesk Certified Instructor. Sherri has worked for Wichita Public Schools since 1991, teaching both elementary and middle school students. She has been a WSU summer camp instructor for several years.


Engineering with Arduinos, (10th-12th grades), June 20-23, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m., WSU Campus*, $350 + $25 equipment fee for take-home Arduino Kit ($80 value)


Camp description: Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for anyone making interactive projects. Campers will explore the application of the Arduino, which has the potential to be developed into thousands of projects, from everyday objects to complex scientific instruments. Campers will engage in a deep-dive into hands-on learning, working with both code, circuit boards, LEDs, wires and crafting materials to create their own projects.
Format: This is a full-day camp that meets Monday through Thursday. Lunch is provided.
Location: This camp meets in Donald Beggs Hall Lobby on the Wichita State University main campus. 
Lead instructor: Tom McGuire is an assistant engineering educator on the faculty of the WSU College of Engineering. He helps teach Engineering 101 and Senior Design. He is an experienced engineer, educator and artist and a leader in Wichita’s “maker” movement, serving as a founder of MakeICT and guiding the design and development of WSU GoCreate Makerspace, now under construction on the WSU campus. He regularly assists with summer camps and hands-on youth outreach activities.

Week 4 June 27-July 1, 2016


Scratch II: Robotics, (4th-5th grades) June 27-July 1, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, NCAT, $175 


Camp description: It is time to move your SCRATCH programming skills off of the computer screen and into the real world. LEGO EV3 robots will be your sprites. Completion of SCRATCH Programming I is required to enroll.  Please note: This camp does not use the same robots or programming methods used in the LEGO Robotics I and II camps.
Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the morning.
Location: This camp will meet in Building 200, Room M165 of the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N Webb Rd, Wichita. Open parking is immediately adjacent.
Lead instructor: Steve Smith is a math teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy in Wichita. In 2015, he was one of three math teachers in Kansas to be named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He has been working with LEGO robotics for 15 years. He leads several robotics summer camps, coaches robotics teams at his school, and trains parents and teachers in LEGO robotics through Wichita State University.


Scratch II: Robotics, (6th-8th grades) June 27-July 1, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., NCAT, $175


Camp description: It is time to move your SCRATCH programming skills off of the computer screen and into the real world. LEGO EV3 robots will be your sprites. Completion of SCRATCH Programming I is required to enroll.  Please note: This camp does not use the same robots or programming methods used in the LEGO Robotics I and II camps.
Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the afternoon.
Location: This camp will meet in Building 200, Room M165 of the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N Webb Rd, Wichita. Open parking is immediately adjacent.
Lead instructor: Steve Smith is a math teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy in Wichita. In 2015, he was one of three math teachers in Kansas to be named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He has been working with LEGO robotics for 15 years. He leads several robotics summer camps, coaches robotics teams at his school, and trains parents and teachers in LEGO robotics through Wichita State University.

High School Overnight Camp: Industrial Engineering, (10th-12th grades) June 26-30, WSU Campus*,$575 (includes overnight accommodations and all meals)


Camp description: Have you ever noticed how fast Chipotle delivers food? Or wondered how Amazon can deliver packages so quickly? Or how a store always keeps your favorite style and size of jeans in stock? That's industrial engineering at work. The same profession that designs assembly lines for airplanes and cars design how fast food it made, packages are delivered and store inventory maintained. This overnight camp will give campers an introduction to the field of industrial engineering through field trips and fun hands-on projects that teach the fundamentals of how engineers streamline and standardize processes for maximum efficiency.  Evenings will be spent doing summer fun activities with fellow campers.

Format: This is an overnight camp that begins on Sunday at 4:30 and concludes on Thursday at noon. Campers will sleep and dine in WSU’s new Shocker Hall dormitory. 

Location: This camp meets on the Wichita State University main campus. Campers will stay in Shocker Hall and meet in Donald Beggs Hall. Campers will take field trips around the Wichita area to observe industrial engineer-designed manufacturing and service-delivery processes in action.
Lead instructor: Dr. Krishna Krishnan is a professor and chair of the WSU’s Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department. He has served on the faculty at Wichita State for 20 years. He will be assisted by co-instructors Samantha Corcoran and Ana Lazarin, WSU engineering educators with degrees in industrial and manufacturing engineering.  


Week 5 July 5-8, 2016

 

Video Game Programming (8th-9th grades) July 5-8, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, NCAT, $150 FULL


Camp description: Have you ever wanted to write a computer game? Could you be the one to write the next Flappy Bird or Super Mario Bros killer game? Learn to write your own games which anybody can play on the web! Draw and animate your own characters. Create players, screens, bad guys and bosses. And do this all with software you can download on your own computer. Camp will end with a final presentation of everybody's game. Final games will also be hosted on the web for up to one year for those who wish. While we expect campers to have a strong interest in computer programming, no previous computer programming background is required.
Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the morning.
Location: This camp will meet in Building 200, Room M165 of the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N Webb Rd, Wichita. Open parking is immediately adjacent.
Lead instructor: John Harrison is a multi-talented engineer, musician, artist and entrepreneur, who has previously served on the faculty of both WSU College of Engineering and School of Music. He programs for fun by writing mobile apps, retro computer games, and even new media art that uses computers. He is concert master for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and a founder of MakeICT.  He has taught engineering summer camps for several years.


Video Game Programming (8th-9th grades) July 5-8, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., NCAT, $150 FULL


Camp description: Have you ever wanted to write a computer game? Could you be the one to write the next Flappy Bird or Super Mario Bros killer game? Learn to write your own games which anybody can play on the web! Draw and animate your own characters. Create players, screens, bad guys and bosses. And do this all with software you can download on your own computer. Camp will end with a final presentation of everybody's game. Final games will also be hosted on the web for up to one year for those who wish. While we expect campers to have a strong interest in computer programming, no previous computer programming background is required.
Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the afternoon.
Location: This camp will meet in Building 200, Room M165 of the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N Webb Rd, Wichita. Open parking is immediately adjacent.
Lead instructor: John Harrison is a multi-talented engineer, musician, artist and entrepreneur, who has previously served on the faculty of both WSU College of Engineering and School of Music. He programs for fun by writing mobile apps, retro computer games, and even new media art that uses computers. He is concertmaster for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and a founder of MakeICT.  He has taught engineering summer camps for several years.

App Programming (8th-9th grades) July 5-8, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, WSU Campus, $150 


Camp description: Using MIT App Inventor, campers will learn to design and create their own apps for smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. MIT App Inventor is a fun way to jump into mobile development using drag-and-drop building blocks, allowing makers to focus their energy on creativity, logic, and flow - rather than wrestling with a complex, domain-specific programming language.
Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the morning.
Location: This camp meets in Donald Beggs Hall Lobby on the Wichita State University main campus. 
Lead instructor: Dominic Canare is former adjunct engineering instructor at Wichita State University who is currently pursuing a PhD in human factors. He holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from Pittsburgh State and Wichita State, respectively. In addition, he is a prolific entrepreneur and community volunteer and eader, earning him the designation of 2014 Newsmaker from the Wichita Business Journal. He is a founder of MakeICT, a volunteer-led makerspace. He previously taught Scratch and Raspberry Pi camp.

App Programming (8th-9th grades) July 5-8, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., WSU Campus, $150 FULL


Camp description: Using MIT App Inventor, campers will learn to design and create their own apps for smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. MIT App Inventor is a fun way to jump into mobile development using drag-and-drop building blocks, allowing makers to focus their energy on creativity, logic, and flow - rather than wrestling with a complex, domain-specific programming language.
Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the morning.
Location: This camp meets in Donald Beggs Hall Lobby on the Wichita State University main campus. 
Lead instructor: Dominic Canare is former adjunct engineering instructor at Wichita State University who is currently pursuing a PhD in human factors. He holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from Pittsburgh State and Wichita State, respectively. In addition, he is a prolific entrepreneur and community volunteer and leader, earning him the designation of 2014 Newsmaker from the Wichita Business Journal. He is a founder of MakeICT, a volunteer-led makerspace. He previously taught Scratch and Raspberry Pi camp.


Week 6 July 11-14, 2016


Intro to Vex Robotics, (8th-9th grades) July 11-14, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., WSU Campus*, $350


Camp description: This camp will help teach robotics design, problem-solving, project management, team-building, and presentation skills. Campers will spend work with the VEX robotic system. This camp will provide good preparation for campers interested in transitioning from LEGO Robotics to Kansas BEST Robotics teams.
Format: This is a full-day camp that meets Monday through Thursday. Lunch is provided.
Location: This camp meets in Donald Beggs Hall Lobby on the Wichita State University main campus. 
Lead instructor: Dr. Perlekar Tamtam is an engineering educator on the faculty of WSU’s Engineering Technology Program. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from WSU in 2012. His research work involves smart grid, solar energy and renewable energy resources. He worked as a coordinator for Vex Robotics Camp last year. Co-instructor will be John Bullinger, a physics teacher at Wichita Collegiate and a long-time Kansas BEST Robotics coach.


Week 7 July 18-22, 2016


Solar Energy Camp, (6th-8th grades), July 18-22, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, WSU, $175 FULL


Camp description: Campers will explore the different ways we can turn light and heat from the sun into solar energy. Campers will work in teams to design and develop devices that can convert sunlight into usable energy. The camp will include a field trip to a working photovoltaic cell where campers will be able to see real time data showing how much energy the panel is producing.
Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the morning.
Location: This camp meets in Donald Beggs Hall Lobby on the Wichita State University main campus. 
Lead instructor: Kara McCluskey is an engineering educator on the faculty of WSU’s Engineering Technology Program. She teaches classes in the renewable energy technology track. Kara recently completed a National Science Foundation EPSCoR grant where she worked with undergraduate students to develop curriculum for secondary teachers on Solar Energy.

Week 8, July 25-28, 2016

 

High School Cybersecurity Camp, (10th-12th grades) July 25-28, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., WSU Campus*, $350


Camp description: This unique camp will provide campers an in-depth view to students into the critical, yet exciting, field of cyber-security and hacking. The goal of this camp is to make sure students understand why cyber-security attacks occur and how one can safeguard their personal security and privacy on the Internet. Campers will get a first-hand view of some interesting cyber-security attacks and have an opportunity to participate in cutting edge cyber-security research. Some coding experience is recommended for this camp, but no advanced skills are required.
Format: This is a full-day camp that meets Monday through Thursday. Lunch is provided.
Location: This camp meets in Donald Beggs Hall on the Wichita State University main campus. 
Lead instructor:  Dr. Murtuza Jadliwala is currently an assistant professor in WSU’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, where he teaches cyber-security and privacy. He is currently working towards solving security and privacy related problems in online social networking applications and smart mobile and wearable devices. He will be assisted by co-instructor Dennis Boldt, a Project Lead the Way teacher at Hillsboro High School who has taught cybersecurity as part of the PLTW computer science curriculum. 

High School Aerospace Engineering: Flying Robotics, (10th-12th grades) July 25-28, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., WSU Campus*, $350 For Girls

Camp description: Campers will learn the basics of aerospace engineering, with a specific focus on autonomous Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) – aka “drones.”  The basic principles of autonomous system/robots will be covered, including feedback, sensors, actuators and programming. Participants will perform group activities/experiments that highlight underlying concepts. Camp will conclude with a flight demonstration of a Public Service UAV developed by the campers.
Format: This is a full-day camp that meets Monday through Thursday. Lunch is provided.
Location: This camp meets in Donald Beggs Hall and elsewhere on the Wichita State University main campus. 
Lead instructor:  Dr. Animesh Chakravarthy is an assistant professor on the faculty of both the Aerospace Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science departments who specializes in controls engineering involving unmanned aerial vehicles. He holds a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the prestigious designation as a National Science Foundation CAREER Award winner. Last year he received WSU’s top awards for both teaching and research. He will be assisted by co-instructors Dr. Scott Miller, chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department, and Chris Wyant, a Project Lead The Way teacher at Wichita East High School.