How to Run a Summer Camp Workshop

      The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) alliance is offering a free workshop October 12 and November 2 for college-level and high school educators/staff to learn how to start and run financially self-sustaining computing summer camps. These workshops will take place in Columbia, South Carolina and San Diego, California respectively. Applications for up to $4999.99 in "seed" funds to buy equipment will be available to residents who participate in the workshop.  

      Participants will learn how to start and run a computing summer camp, see the equipment and tools that can be used in camps, and learn how to administer the camp--including advertising, running, and evaluating the camp. Additionally, participants will learn how to apply for the seed money and how those applications are evaluated. 

      This workshop is open to college/university computing and/or outreach faculty/staff and high school computing teachers. Remote participation will be offered through webinar software to residents of Massachusetts, as well as South Carolina and California. 

      Barbara Ericson from Georgia Tech will lead this workshop based on the success of the Institute for Computing Education (ICE) at Georgia Tech, which has been running non-residential computing summer camps since 2004. These camps are financially self-sustaining and get statistically significant changes in students' attitudes towards computing and knowledge of computing concepts. 

      Workshop Dates:

      Saturday, October 12, 2013
      10AM-3PM EST
      In person location: IT-ology, Columbia SC
      Remote participation available for MA
      You can view the recording from the October 12th workshop at 

      Saturday, November 2, 2013
      1PM-6PM EST
      In person location: San Diego Supercomputer Center, San Diego CA
      Remote participation available for MA
      You can view the recording from the Nov 2nd, 2013 workshop at 
      For more information, please contact April Heard <>

      Additional Materials:
      You can get the materials for the workshop from the dropbox at  These materials include the slides I used, sample forms, evaluation materials, papers, and some getting to know you activities.  

      Georgia Tech's distance learning website is at   It has projects for Scratch, Alice, App Inventor and more with videos.  

      See for the summer camps at Georgia Tech for 2013.  There are links to each camp with agendas for each camp and pictures from that camp.  

      See for other materials for computing summer camps including a link to a dropbox full of activities that can be used in the camps. 

      See for 3-4 hour activities that we do on weekends in Scratch, Alice, LEGO robots, Pleo, etc.