CHallenging Algorithmics & Mathematics in Problem Solving • Summer 2014 (see below for tentative dates)
CHAMPS Summer Camp is designed to teach problem-solving skills and to interest middle school students in computer science. Based on a successful $2.7 million project funded by the National Science Foundation, CHAMPS emphasizes hands-on activities in which students use computers to create animated story worlds. The problem-solving skills that CHAMPS teaches will help participants become better students regardless of the educational path they pursue.
Since their debut in September 2008, CHAMPS after-school classes have drawn praise from teachers, students and parents alike. At the heart of CHAMPS is Alice educational software developed by Carnegie Mellon University (www.alice.org) to teach students problem-solving using computer programming in a three-dimensional environment.No computer programming experience is necessary. We only require participants to be familiar with the typical use of a computer (mouse, keyboard, opening a file, etc). Alice is a drag-and-drop programming language which is easy to learn (no strange syntax to remember!).
is a full day camp, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for a whole week. The
following dates are available. All four sessions will cover the same
material, so choose whichever fits your schedule best.
- June 16 - 20
- July 7 - July 11
- July 14 - 18
- July 28 - Aug 1
The Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080
$250 per student, which includes all course materials, textbook, lunch, snacks and a completion certificate
Middle school, including students who will be graduating from middle school in Spring 2014 or entering middle school in Fall 2014, at least 12 years old.