Summer Camps for High School Students at Harrisburg University

Do you like hands-on experiments and problem solving? Are you interested in having fun while studying science and technology? If you answered "yes," then Harrisburg University of Science and Technology's 2013 Summer Camps are waiting for you!
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Jan. 29, 2013 - PRLog -- Do you like hands-on experiments and problem solving? Are you interested in having fun while studying science and technology? If you answered "yes," then Harrisburg University of Science and Technology's 2013 Summer Camps are waiting for you!

While each camp is unique, they all have the same purpose—allowing high school students ages 15 or older to have fun and learn about fields that interest them. Most of the camps allow students to earn college credits, too.
Students who wish to immerse themselves in the full college experience may stay on-campus in a fully-furnished apartment. Each apartment houses two to four students. Males and females stay on separate floors. The apartment building, Residences on Market, is directly across the street from the Academic Center where classes are held each day. Resident Assistants will be present 24/7 to guide student activities outside the classroom.

For information on days, costs and credits, email Patrick Young, Admissions Academic Program Coordinator, at or 717.901.5121 or visit online at

The 2013 Summer Camps include:

Summer Game Academy. Learn professional techniques for designing and producing video games during the Harrisburg University Summer Game Academy. This intensive program is designed for students with a passion for video games and exposes students to career opportunities in the entertainment industry. Led by Charles Palmer, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies, the Academy offers two sessions every summer with a maximum capacity of 18 students per session. Each session is an immersive educational journey into the dynamic world of video game development including game programming, game art creation, audio production, and level design. Students with skills in visual arts, story-telling, or programming will be grouped into balanced teams. Each team will design, produce, and market a video game.

BTEC 100 Nanobiotechnology Explorations. Are you fascinated by the idea of microscopic machines transforming our world? Do you like hands-on experiments and problem solving? Are you interested in having fun while learning and earning college credits? If you answered “yes,” then Harrisburg University of Science and Technology’s 2013 Nanobiotechnology Explorations Summer Camp is waiting for you. Led by Dr. Leena Pattarkine, Associate Professor of Biotechnology, this camp offers an exciting opportunity to learn about nanobiotechnology. Each day has a theme that is dedicated to a specific field of nanobiotechnology. You’ll take field trips to nanobiotechnology-based companies in the region such as Aptagen LLC, and also a daylong trip to the nanofabrication facility at Penn State University. Additionally, there are lecture components, lab experiments, and class discussions as well as cool class projects. Students interested in enrolling in the camp should have completed two of the following classes: high school biology, chemistry, and algebra.

Geospatial Technology Camp. Have you used a GPS to get where you need to go? Ever gone Geocaching? Have you looked at a map on your computer or phone to find the location of a store or friends house? What about those 3D graphics of buildings you seen on TV CSI shows, or even the detailed satellite spy photos in the Bourne Supremacy movie? All of these are examples of Geospatial Technology at work. Satellites take images and pinpoint locations on the ground so computer software can turn those images into interactive maps. Geospatial Technology is one of the fastest growing industries in the world right now and Harrisburg University can prepare you for it. Students will receive instruction in foundational concepts of Remote Sensing, Global Positioning Systems and Geographic Information Systems. In addition computer laboratory exercises using the latest geospatial software and local field excursions using state of the art Global Positioning Equipment will be conducted.

CISC 100 LEGO® Robotics Programming. Use simple robot building kits to develop a deep appreciation of programming techniques. Learn to create proof-of-concept applications using sensors, motors, and lots of creativity. Build and program a robot to follow a track in any direction, to walk and sense a room through an obstacle avoidance algorithm, to mimic human moods and emotions, even to perform synchronized dancing! Lectures are followed by hands-on exercises performed in groups where creativity is a key component. The primary goal is to develop both visual and textural programming skills while promoting social aptitudes such as leadership and teamwork. Students interested in enrolling in this camp should have a solid understanding of high school algebra.

You can literally take planes, trains and automobiles to visit the University. The University's location at 326 Market Street in downtown Harrisburg is near Interstates 83 and 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, making it an easy drive to the University from any of Pennsylvania’s major cities. And it's only a two-hour drive from the University to Baltimore, Washington, DC or Philadelphia. The Amtrak Passenger Train Station and Greyhound Bus Station are one block from our location. And the Harrisburg International Airport is only nine miles from the University.

Founded in 2001 to address Central Pennsylvania's need for increased opportunities leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, Harrisburg University offers 6 bachelor-of-science degrees and 4 graduate degree programs and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. For more information on the University's demand-driven undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in applied science and technology fields, call 717.901.5146 or email,
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