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CHallenging Algorithmics & Mathematics in Problem Solving • Summer 2014 (see below for  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 (sold out)
  • July 7 - July 11
  • 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, 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, preferably at least 12 years old. However, we may accept younger kids 10 and up if they are very mature for their age and excel in math and abstract thinking.

Registration and Logistics 

Click here for logistics (opens a new page). It includes dates, locations, parking permit, and many other details. There are two tabs at the bottom of the page, one for the schedule and one for logistics. Please read the logistics tab thoroughly.

We have had some issues with parents not picking up their kids until much later than the time at which the camp ends. Please click here for our new policy on late pickups.

Click here for registration (opens a new page).

CHAMPS is one of many computer programming summer camps offered by the Department of Computer Science. For the link that covers all the camps, please click here.

Contact Information (CHAMPS camp only)
Prof. Jorge Cobb —  Email: