For rising 9th-12th graders [*IDEA]
July 16th – July 22nd, 2023 (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.
- Use networked robots and visual programming to learn about cybersecurity.
- Learn programming concepts, such as control structures, variables, data types & functions, and write programs to control a robot.
- Defend against cyberattacks from other robots on our network.
- Learn about authentication and encryption as you make your robot less vulnerable.
- Participate in robotics challenges.
Jana Sebestik is the Interim Director of the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has coordinated education and outreach for several projects including the NSF-funded GIC Hazard Prediction: From the Solar Wind to Power Systems Impacts Project and the DOE/DHS funded Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC). She helps engineers and research scientists connect their work to educators, consumers, and students. She is the author of curriculum modules in computer science, mathematics, and science.
This camp is a collaboration of the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering program, the Office for Math, Science, and Technology Education, the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute, the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium, and the Information Trust Institute’s Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program.