Cracking The Code: Computer Science Explorations

For rising 10th-12th graders [IDEA*]
June 19th – June 25th, 2022 (Residential & Commuter)

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Residential: $1,000 per camper. Scholarships are available.
Commuter: $600 per camper. Scholarships are available.
See the Summer Camps FAQs page for more information about camp costs and the Trail Blazer scholarship.

*IDEA camps are mission-driven camp sessions led by departments aiming to Increase Diversity, Equity, & Access in STEM majors and careers. These camps focus on support and empowerment of traditionally excluded populations in STEM including (but not limited to) the areas of gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and ability. The absence of their talents is a detriment to the STEM fields. IDEA camps provide a safe environment to build a community of peers and mentors who empower one another to be confident in their exploration of STEM. All are welcome to apply.

Curious about programming? Want to get some hands-on experience with code? Want expert guidance from a premier Computer Science program? This camp is the perfect place for you! There will be hands-on, project-based experience with computer science: learn to code and understand the why behind coding. Programming will include some work with Python, and possibly some exploration of mobile app development or artificial intelligence. You will get to hear from people within the industry and work with University of Illinois faculty and computer science majors! Watch this webpage for updates as we get closer to summer.

Camp Schedule(s):

Camp Coordinator:

Max Fowler is a PhD candidate and Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Max has several years of experience running programming camps from both Purdue – Fort Wayne and the University of Illinois. ASA Computer Science Education researcher and educator, Max is passionate about fostering a love and hunger for Computer Science and programming in students.