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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 ( 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!). 


CHAMPS 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
  • June 30 - July 3
  • July 14 - 18
  • July 28 - Aug 1
Supervision available starting at 8:30 a.m. and lasting until 4:30 p.m.

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

Grade levels
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.

Click here for registration (opens a new page).

Contact Information
Prof. Jorge Cobb — Phone: 972-883-2479 — Email: