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2020 Summer Enrichment Camps

Summer U at University High School offers enrichment summer camps for middle school and high school students. Our camps Minecraft and computer programming to podcasting and creative writing.

JUNE CAMPS

  • June (Session I) enrichment camps listed below will be delivered by e-learning combined with home-base activities.
  • For the health and safety of our entire community and in alignment with the state of Indiana’s requirement for all K-12 school buildings and grounds to be closed through June 30, all of University’s in-person, on-campus activities for June have been cancelled.

July Camps

  • Two of our July (Session II) camps will be held on our campus following guidelines set forth by the CDC, Indiana Department of Health, and others.
  • Please read each July camp’s description for details on pricing, times, location, etc.
  • Updated state or local orders or public health guidance may change the status of camps planned for July.
  • If University High School cancels July camps, full refunds will be issued for those camps.
  • If University High School alters July camps, you may request a refund for those camps at the time we announce alterations and up to two weeks before the beginning of a camp.

Registration for all camps listed below is open. Register NOW!

 

For answers to questions, email Nila Nealy at nnealy@universityhighschool.org.

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Enrichment Camp Details & Descriptions: Summer Session I

3D Computer Modeling | Grades 5-9 | 2 weeks | Afternoon

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Camp Details
June 8-19, 2-week camp, M-F
Online sessions 1-2 p.m.
Home-based activities 1-2 hours daily
Grades 5-9
Tim Nisi
$260 camp fee

Camp Description
Learn how to unleash the power of your computer! Come and join us on our adventure to use innovative 3D-modeling software to create whatever we want on our computers. We will utilize advanced 3D scanning technology and explore how 3D modeling makes the world work. The skills that you and your new friends will learn in this camp session will prepare you for things such as creating video games, using 3D printers, engineering, and even architecture.

Students will need a Mac or Windows laptop with a minimum of 4GB RAM and integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 (any Mac graphics card meets the requirement). The computer should have the Zoom application loaded and ready to go. Students do not need a Zoom account.

Students will also need supplies for building “real life” 3D models – Playdough (see a recipe here if you want to make your own), Lego or other building blocks, or even paper with a ruler and scissors.

About two weeks before the camp begins, we will email the link for the Zoom sessions and any additional instructions for preparing for this camp.

Become a Better Writer in One Week | Grades 5-9 | 1 Week | Morning

Become a better writer in one week

Camp Details
June 8-12, M-F
Online sessions 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Home-based activities 1-2 hours daily
Grades 5-9
Wes Priest, English Instructor
$130 camp fee

Camp Description

This one-week camp in a supportive environment without the pressure of grades will hone students’ writing skills and prepare them for school assignments. From the fundamentals of crafting an essay to understanding expository, narrative, and descriptive styles to exploring expression in creative works, students will work with Mr. Priest and peers to prepare for and improve their writing skills for high school. Students will leave with an understanding of the full writing process –writing, editing, revising, analysis, and communication – and personalized feedback to strengthen their descriptive, analytical, persuasive, and creative writing.

Students will need an Internet-capable device with video (ex: laptop or phone) with the Zoom application loaded and ready to go. Students do not need a Zoom account. About two weeks before the camp begins, we will email the link for the Zoom sessions and any additional instructions for preparing for this camp.

Students should have a notebook or other paper and a pen or pencil handy during sessions.

 

Creative Writing | Grades 5-12 | 1 Week | Morning

Creative Writing

Camp Details
June 15-19, M-F
Online sessions 10-11 a.m.
Home-based activities 1-2 hours daily
Grades 5-12
Henry Johnston
$130 camp fee

Camp Description
Explore your creative writing talents in this week-long camp! In the Creative Writing camp, students will cover playwriting and screenwriting, fiction, and poetry through fun games and interactive exercises. If you love storytelling and want an encouraging, supportive workshop environment, this is the camp for you!

Students will need an Internet-capable device with video (ex: laptop or phone) with the Zoom (zoom.us/download) application loaded and ready to go. Students do not need a Zoom account. About two weeks before the camp begins, we will email the link for the Zoom sessions and any additional instructions for preparing for this camp.

Students should have a computer with a word processing application (ex: Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Google Docs), a notebook or other paper, and a pen or pencil handy during sessions.

Cybersecurity & You | Grades 5-9 | 1 Week | Afternoon

Cybersecurity & you

Camp Details
June 22-26, M-F
Online sessions 1-4 p.m. with breaks
Grades 5-9
Peter Laliberte, Computer Science Instructor
$130 camp fee

Camp Description

This one-week camp will introduce students to the world of cybersecurity and provide knowledge and hands-on experience in this growing area of focus. Students will explore computer security, networking, ethics, and how to defend against cyberattacks along with practical everyday strategies for personal information security. Warning: participation in this camp may just lead your camper on a path to a rewarding, high paying, in-demand STEM career!

Students will need a Mac or Windows computer with the Zoom (zoom.us/download) application loaded and ready to go. Students do not need a Zoom account. About two weeks before the camp begins, we will email the link for the Zoom sessions and any additional instructions for preparing for this camp.

Film Production | Grades 9-12 | 1 Week | Morning

Film Production

Camp Details
June 8-12, M-F
Online sessions 10-11 a.m.
Home-based activities 1-2 hours daily
Grades 9-12
Henry Johnston
$130 camp fee

Camp Description
In the Film Production camp, budding filmmakers will have the chance produce their very own films! In just one week, campers will learn to write, direct, and edit short films that showcase their unique talents. Aspiring writers, actors, directors, and editors are all invited.

Students will need an Internet-capable device with video (ex: laptop or phone) with the Zoom application loaded and ready to go. Students do not need a Zoom account. Students will also need a device that can record video and an application to edit video, ideally, iMovie but there are other choices. About two weeks before the camp begins, we will email the link for the Zoom sessions and any additional instructions for preparing for this camp.

Introduction to Coding | Grades 5-12 | 1 Week | Morning

Introduction to coding

Camp Details
June 22-26, M-F
Online sessions 9-10 a.m.
Home-based activities 1-2 hours daily
Grades 5-12
Peter Laliberte, Computer Science Instructor
$130 camp fee

Camp Description

In a world ruled by technology, it is useful to understand what powers the pages that flash across our screens. Each day, learn topics such as variables, dictionaries, and functions before applying these principles in the accessible and widely-used Python coding language. Within a week, students will have the skills to start coding on their own.

Students will need a Mac or Windows computer with the Zoom (zoom.us/download) application loaded and ready to go. Students do not need a Zoom account. About two weeks before the camp begins, we will email the link for the Zoom sessions and any additional instructions for preparing for this camp.

Learn to Podcast | Grades 5-12 | 1 Week | Morning

Learn to podcast

Camp Details
June 22-26, M-F
Online sessions 11 a.m.-noon
Home-based activities 1-2 hours per day
Grades 5-12
Franklin Oliver, History Instructor & Experienced Podcaster
$130 camp fee

Camp Description

Podcasting is a super popular way to express yourself and learn from others. We’ll spend a week learning how podcasting works, what you need to create a podcast, and what makes a podcast successful. At the end of the week, you’ll have your very own podcast for your friends and family to hear!

Students will need an Internet-capable device with video (ex: laptop or phone) with the Zoom application loaded and ready to go. Students do not need a Zoom account. About two weeks before the camp begins, we will email the link for the Zoom sessions and any additional instructions for preparing for this camp.

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Minecraft Virtual Realms | Grades 2-8 | 2 Weeks | Afternoon

Minecraft VirTUAL Realms

Camp Details
June 1-11, M-Th (no Friday sessions)
Online sessions 12:30-2:30 p.m.
For campers in grades 2-8 who have a current and active Mojang account and who have access to a PC or MAC with internet
Skill Level: Intermediate & Advanced
Indy STEM Camps Counselors
$128 camp fee
Registration deadline: Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Camp Description

This unique online experience gives campers an opportunity to participate in a Minecraft Realms world under the supervision of two Indy Stem Camps counselors. Each Minecraft Realms camp will have a maximum of nine campers working collaboratively with each other and with Indy Stem Camps in-game counselors. Counselors will play in-world with campers and communicate with campers via Zoom and the in-game chat. As a result, campers should be somewhat self-sufficient and be able to read and type using the keyboard. Campers who have never played Minecraft on a PC or MAC or who get frustrated easily should refrain from enrolling in this camp.

MOJANG ACCOUNT: Prior to registering for camp each child MUST have a Mojang Minecraft Account and Username. This is a one-time cost of $26.95 and will give your child the ability to play Minecraft on any computer that has the java version of Minecraft installed. To create a Mojang account and to purchase Minecraft follow this 4-Step Guide that Indy Stem Camps has prepared specifically for parents who are wanting to sign their child up for an Indy Stem Camps Virtual Minecraft Camp.

TECH PREP: In order to participate each camper must have access to a PC/MAC with java Minecraft installed. Additionally, the PC/MAC must have a camera and mic for Zoom so that each camper can join the camp Zoom video conference that will run simultaneously with the camp. On the first day of camp parents are asked to assist their child in accessing the Zoom camp video conference and in loading the Minecraft Realms world. Parents should only need to be present for about the first 15 minutes on day one of camp.

FRIEND REQUEST: One of the great things about Minecraft is the opportunity to play together with friends. As such, during the registration process parents will have an opportunity to enter the names of friends who may also be signing up for the Minecraft Virtual Realms Camp. Please be sure to confirm that any requested friends are also signing up for the same camp session. Though we cannot guarantee that friends will be placed in the same camp, we will make every attempt to accommodate these requests.

REFUND POLICY: Since Indy Stem Camps first began offering Minecraft Camps they have conducted over 200 camps serving more than 4,000 campers. However, these will be their first-ever virtual camps. Though Indy Stem Camps has gone to great effort preparing and planning for the challenges that are inherent in a virtual setting, they hope you will join them in recognizing that this endeavor will undoubtedly be a learning experience for them, for the campers, and for you as parents. With this in mind, for this first round of virtual camp offerings we will honor requests for full-refunds provided your refund request is made prior to the start of the second day of camp.

IMPORTANT: Do not complete registration until AFTER you have either confirmed your child’s PC/MAC Mojang Username or have completed a one-time purchase of a Mojang account by visiting https://account.mojang.com/.

Registration deadline: Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Study Skills for Freshmen | Grade 9 | 1 Week | Morning

Study Skills FOR FRESHMEN

Camp Details
June 8-12, M-F
Online sessions 9-10:30 a.m.
Grade 9
Ellyn Walerstein, Director of Learning Support Services
$335 workshop fee, includes a kit of supplies that will be delivered to students’ homes within a 15-mile radius of University High School.

Camp Description

Starting high school in the fall? Then Study Skills for Freshmen is for you! In this workshop, rising 9th grade students will learn strategies to improve their memory, reading comprehension, note-taking, test-taking, time management, and organizational skills.

Students will need an Internet-capable device with video (ex: laptop or phone) with the Zoom application loaded and ready to go. Students do not need a Zoom account. About two weeks before the camp begins, we will email the link for the Zoom sessions and any additional instructions for preparing for this camp.

The kit of supplies includes materials to be used for this camp and when students go back to school in the fall.

Enrichment Camp Details & Descriptions: Summer Session II

Minecraft Games & More | Grades 2-8 | 1 Week | Afternoon | ON CAMPUS

Minecraft Games & More

Camp Details
July 6-10
1-4 p.m.
Grades 2-8
Matt Mulholland, Indy STEM Camps Counselors
$165 camp fee

Camp Description

For Minecraft players who love to play PVP games. Campers will play all of our best Minecraft mini-games and challenges including Spleef, Skywars, Race for the Wool, Freeze Tag, Zombie Tag, Bridge Wars, KitPVP, Team Obstacle Course, Sky Bed Wars and many more. This camp will culminate with our classic “Destroy the Beacon” game played on our special split-volcano archipelago world. This is the ultimate Minecraft Gaming Camp where campers get to put everything they know about Minecraft to the test.

Note: Campers are encouraged, but not required, to have their own Minecraft account. Parents wanting to provide a day-long experience for their child can sign their child up for this camp and the Minecraft MegaBuild Camp that runs in the morning.

This camp is currently planned to take place on our campus if it is safe to do so. On-site camps will be held using state and CDC guidelines for social distancing and day camps. If University High School moves July programs to e-learning, this camp will be cancelled.

Minecraft Camp Overview

Each of our in-person Minecraft Camps are held for 3 hours each day over a period of 5 days for a total of 15 hours of instruction.   At our camps children experience Minecraft through a customized educational version of the game played on a secure server that includes only other campers and that is continuously monitored by camp counselors.   Indy Stem Camps maintains a 8:1 camper to instructor ratio and offers parents the opportunity to opt their child out of any player vs. player game activities.  Each of our camps offers a unique curriculum and theme spread across three experience levels (Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced).  Additionally, a recommended grade level for each camp is presented to better help parents find the right camp for their child.   At each of our camps every camper will have their own computer workstation with computers and game access provided.  As such, all campers will play Minecraft on a PC or MAC which will require them to navigate and move using a mouse and keyboard.   NOTE:  The grade and experience levels indicated for each camp are merely recommendations.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have question about your child’s readiness for a camp.

Minecraft MegaBuild (Intermediate & Advanced) | Grades 2-7 | 1 Week | Morning |on campus

Minecraft MegaBuild (Intermediate & advanced)

Camp Details
July 6-10, M – F
9 a.m.-noon
Grades 2-7
Matt Mulholland
$165 camp fee

Camp DescriptionMinecraft players of all skill levels are welcome in the world of Minecraft MegaBuild Camp! Campers will work together on a secure server in creative mode to design and build a virtual modern city center complete with parks, retail, and residential spaces. They will learn about modern city planning along with design and engineering concepts related to building construction. Campers will also design and build various other Mega-Structures including skyscrapers, stadiums, and even a giant cruise ship.

Note: Campers do not need a computer or a Mojang Minecraft account for this camp. Parents wanting to provide a day-long experience for their child can sign their child up for both this camp and the Minecraft Coding Camp that runs in the afternoon.

This camp is currently planned to take place on our campus if it is safe to do so. On-site camps will be held using state and CDC guidelines for social distancing and day camps. If University High School moves July programs to e-learning, this camp will be cancelled.

Minecraft Camp Overview

Each of our in-person Minecraft Camps are held for 3 hours each day over a period of 5 days for a total of 15 hours of instruction.   At our camps children experience Minecraft through a customized educational version of the game played on a secure server that includes only other campers and that is continuously monitored by camp counselors.   Indy Stem Camps maintains a 8:1 camper to instructor ratio and offers parents the opportunity to opt their child out of any player vs. player game activities.  Each of our camps offers a unique curriculum and theme spread across three experience levels (Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced).  Additionally, a recommended grade level for each camp is presented to better help parents find the right camp for their child.   At each of our camps every camper will have their own computer workstation with computers and game access provided.  As such, all campers will play Minecraft on a PC or MAC which will require them to navigate and move using a mouse and keyboard.   NOTE:  The grade and experience levels indicated for each camp are merely recommendations.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have question about your child’s readiness for a camp.

World of Minecraft (Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced) | Grades 1-8 | 1 Week | Morning |on campus

WORLD OF Minecraft MegaBuild (Beginner, Intermediate, & advanced)

Camp Details
July 13-17, M – F
9 a.m.-noon
Grades 1-8
Matt Mulholland & IndySTEM Camps Counselors
$165 camp fee

Camp Description

Join the adventure that is MINECRAFT in this, our signature camp that will immerse students into the game they love. Campers will explore a vast interactive ancient world map complete with thrilling quests and adventures. In another activity, campers will be divided into two teams where they must work together in survival mode to design, create, and build an entire virtual community on a volcanic archipelago. Lessons on crafting, mining, farming, and basic Redstone engineering will be presented. Campers will be introduced to some of our most basic PVP games including Spleef, Freeze Tag, and Bridge Wars will be introduced culminating with our exciting “Beacon Battles” game at the end of the last day.

Minecraft Camp Overview

Each of our in-person Minecraft Camps are held for 3 hours each day over a period of 5 days for a total of 15 hours of instruction.   At our camps children experience Minecraft through a customized educational version of the game played on a secure server that includes only other campers and that is continuously monitored by camp counselors.   Indy Stem Camps maintains a 8:1 camper to instructor ratio and offers parents the opportunity to opt their child out of any player vs. player game activities.  Each of our camps offers a unique curriculum and theme spread across three experience levels (Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced).  Additionally, a recommended grade level for each camp is presented to better help parents find the right camp for their child.   At each of our camps every camper will have their own computer workstation with computers and game access provided.  As such, all campers will play Minecraft on a PC or MAC which will require them to navigate and move using a mouse and keyboard.   NOTE:  The grade and experience levels indicated for each camp are merely recommendations.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have question about your child’s readiness for a camp.