For Middle School and High School Students

Have Fun - Dive In - Hands On

Monday, June 24 - Thursday, June 27
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Check in: 8:45 a.m. - Madonna University Computer Lab - Ford Motor Company Technology Wing of the Main Administration Building

A great opportunity for boys and girls heading into grades 8th-12th to develop new skills and actively participate in four Computer Science fields. Do you want to create your own mobile apps, learn about computer programming, design a website or build robotics?  You can have STEM fun this summer at Madonna University!  Come to MU to learn about STEM technology that can lead to self-driving cars, space exploration and more.

How to Register

Camp is limited to 25 students. Cost is $200 (includes a robot kit). Register soon to reserve your spot at the link below.

All participants will receive a complimentary Madonna University flash drive and Madonna University t-shirt upon check in!


For more information, contact Professor Michael Johnson at mjohnson@madonna.edu.

Camp Details & Featured Topics

Cost: $200 covers all four days (includes a robot kit for each student)

Campers will learn by exploring many different aspects of robotics technology such as how sensors, actuators, motors and controllers function and interact to create robotic movement. It is a great chance to expand your knowledge about the future of robotics in the modern world. By combining this new knowledge with a hands-on camp opportunity, kids will each build their own small robot from a kit (provided in the cost of the camp) and take it home at the end of the day for future learning and experimentation – or just for fun showing others.

Mobile Apps:
Campers will create their own Android mobile application that can be used on Android devices. Using the (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT App Inventor, campers will leap into practical mode by learning how to use it and how to build personalized apps. At camp, they will run the App on an emulator, then learn how to load an App to an Android device to show all their friends the Apps they can create. Android mobile devices have the largest market share over any other available platform, with more than 3 million Apps now on Google Play.

Computer Programming:
Whether you want to be the next cybersecurity engineer, a programmer for self-driving cars or work in any number of other financially-lucrative computer programming careers – get your start at the Madonna Computer Science Camp where campers will learn the basics of computer programming by implementing code that utilizes loops, conditional structures, and variables, as well as learning how to add graphics to their programs while developing introductory coding skills. As part of the session, campers will learn about encryption, which dates back centuries to the time of Julius Caesar. By developing cryptographic abilities, campers will learn how – using programming techniques – can be used to encode and decode their own encrypted messages so they can send secrets back and forth.

Web Design:
Campers will learn how to create and customize their own website using HTML, CSS and WordPress! With the ability to choose from many templates, campers will design a website for an area of personal interest such as a fan site for a favorite sports team or TV show. Once campers solidify their concept, they will select a theme and lay out of the website. Text and graphics are added, making up the basic components of the website. After the essentials of the website are established, campers learn how to code in HTML and CSS to edit text on web pages and enhance the design of their sites.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why go to Computer Science Summer Camp at Madonna? Not only can you dive into the world of Computer Science, but you can also spend time on a college campus and learn in a higher-education environment. Learning more about a wide range of computer programs, designs and communications will also give students an advantage when heading back to school in the fall.

What are the dates and times? June 24 - June 27, 2019 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How much does it cost and what do I get? $200 covers all four days and includes a robot kit for each student.

Are there any pre-requisites to signing up for Camp? Campers need to have good basic computer skills, like those required for your normal school work, but there is no need to have experience in the four topic areas of Camp. That is what we will work with you to achieve.

Does this Camp offer any college course credits? It does not. The Camp does not cover enough information in the 4-day time period to qualify for college credits.

Is this a beginner or advanced level Camp? It could be described as a beginner’s level Camp because no experience is required in any of the skills Campers will learn, yet basic computer and device skills are needed to get the most out of the Camp experience. Examples would include already having knowledge in using PowerPoint and Word (or similar) software programs, as well as some basic phone apps.

Is this the only week Computer Science Camp is offered? At this time yes, but if registration demands are high we could add a second week.

If I can’t make this week of Camp, who can I talk to if I’m interested in learning more? Professor Michael Johnson at: mjohnson@madonna.edu.

How do I register and what is the deadline? Simply click on the "Register" button above.  Registration is open until filled. Space is limited to 25 students.

Can I be put on a wait list if someone drops out? Yes.

How do I pay? Once you click on the ‘Register’ button, you will be directed to a registration and payment form. All payments will be collected online during that time.

If a camper misses one of the four days can we pay just for those days attended? No, the fee does not pro rate to days attended. Each day covers its own new topic, so if a day is missed it won’t disrupt the flow of learning new computer skills.

Is lunch included in the cost of Camp? When/where is lunch served? Yes, lunch is included but only on Thursday. Campers have the option of bringing their own lunch any day, or purchasing lunch on campus, but options are more limited to purchase in the summer. Campers will generally eat at the noon hour. We will utilize the college campus food service areas to eat.

I’ve registered for Camp, where do I check in? At the computer lab where Camp is held; in the Ford Computer Wing of the main administration building. This applies to all four days.