DETROIT — Middle and high school students interested in computer and information science will create websites, apps, toys and more at the Wayne State University Department of Computer Science Summer Camp, held July 8 to 25. Taught by computer science faculty members and trained assistants, the three-week camp includes a wide variety of programs that offer hands-on learning experiences for students ages 9 to 18.

“We provide a fun, educational and entertaining environment,” said Thomas Palazzolo, leader of the Explorations in Gaming camp program and computer science doctorate student. “Camp should generate fun memories and friendships, as well as provide learning opportunities.”

Pary Chahal attended the Android Phone Apps program last year with little knowledge about app programming. By the end of the three weeks, however, he had programmed his own app using Android AppInventor software. “I learned a lot,” he said. “There are endless possibilities.”

The camp takes place Mondays through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features six age-based programs:

Creating Technology Toys (Ages 9-11)
Students will learn how to make a PicoPocket — a tiny computer that can make things spin, light up and play music — and use it to create musical sculptures, interactive jewelry, dancing creatures and playful inventions. They also will learn how to plug lights, motors, sensors and other devices into a PicoPocket and program it to react, interact and communicate.

Creating Animation and Movies (Ages 11-16)
Students will explore computer animation to create an original computer-generated movie. By using Alice, a 3D virtual reality software program, students will learn about mechanical and software design, as well as project management and teamwork.

Explorations in Robotics (Ages 11-16)
In this program, students will work in pairs to solve challenges by building and programming robots using the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System. In the process, they will learn about mechanical and software design, project management and teamwork.

Web Technology (Ages 12-15)
Students will explore Internet page design and learn how to develop a personal website. They will create and establish an individual website, learn how to transfer web files to a server, and modify and edit web pages.

Creating Android Phone Apps (Ages 14-18)
In this program, students will explore cellphone programming to create original Android applications. By using Android AppInventor software, students will build mechanical and software design, project management and teamwork skills.

Explorations in Computer Gaming (15-18)
Students will write video games for platforms such as the Xbox 360. They will explore the programming techniques behind games and develop simple 2D and 3D graphics and sound.

To register for the camps, sign up at by June 21. Contact Dennis Schwartz at 313-577-2478 or with questions.


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