2020 Kent State Technology & Innovation Camps

Join virtually during Summer 2020 to explore tools for computing, robotics, & design.

Registration: To register for any of the camps in the listing below, please note the two-step registration process. Registration is not final until both steps have been completed. Please ensure that registration is completed with the name of the child participating in the camp(s) instead of the parent or guardian's name.

Note: When registering, please use your child's enrolling grade for 2020-2021.

Cancellations: Cancellations must be made at least 3 business days prior to camp start date in order to receive a full refund of the registration fee. Cancellations must be submitted via email to rcet@kent.edu.

For additional questions about the camps, please email rcet@kent.edu.

For assistance with registration payment, please contact Judi Cash at jcash11@kent.edu

List of Camps (in date order)

Kent State 2020 Technology & Innovation Camps

Join us virtually with fellow campers to explore tools for computing, robotics, & design. 

Note: When registering, please use your child's enrolling grade for 2020-2021. Refundable registration fee for cancellations made 3 business days prior to camp start date. For questions please contact rcet@kent.edu.


List of Camps:

Hands of Gratitude Virtual FLASHanthropy Camp 

Hands of Gratitude (HOG) is a nonprofit that provides 3D printed prosthetic hands needed by tens of thousands of people around the world & here in the US. Hands of Gratitude programs are about helping someone in need, making a difference and at the same time discovering empathy, the importance of inclusion and realizing a greater potential for yourself to build a better world. Participating families/groups will be mailed a kit with materials to work self-paced guided by video tutorials to assemble a 3D Printed prosthetic hand for donation. (Camp instructor & staff will be accessible via email for questions & support). The kit also includes materials & supplies for creating a notecard for the recipient and for decorating a carrying case (provided in kit) & along with a prepaid label for shipping the finished project. Participants can share photos and/or videos of their experience by posting to the camp’s online community & can also create a video message to be shared with the recipient. Click here to view a video & learn more about Hands of Gratitude.

Age: This camp is open to all to participate as a family, friends/group, or individually. Please note that children under the age of 14 will need to participate as a member of a project team that includes adult assistance & supervision.
Group Size: Recommended project team of 2-4 participants per kit
Date: This camp is asynchronous & self-paced. Families/groups/individuals may participate any time across the summer from June 15- August 14.
Registration Fee: $150 (includes all camp materials)
Location: Online
Instructors: Matt Campana

Programming with Scratch 

From video games to fun animations, campers will develop real programming skills to kick start their love of computing as they work with the Scratch programming platform. Campers will meet daily online with the camp instructor for programming lessons and then work independently on projects between virtual meetings for sharing the next day.

Grades: 2+
Date: June 15-19, 2020 from 11am-12pm
Registration Fee: Registration is Closed
Location: Online
Instructors: Robert Lane

Introduction to JavaScript with Bitsbox

Campers will design their own digital games with Bitsbox, an online application that uses a simplified version of the JavaScript programming language. Campers will be introduced to new Javascript commands during daily virtual camp meetings led by the instructor and then continue independent work on their projects between sessions for sharing the next day.

Grades: 4+
Date: June 22-26, 2020 from 9-10am
Registration Fee:  Registration is Closed
Location: Online
Instructors: Thomas McNeal

Video Game Design with RPG Maker MV

RPG Maker MV is a game engine used by artists and gamers to create animated digital games. Campers will apply their artistic abilities within the RPG Maker MV platform to create their own worlds, characters and adventures as they build their own digital game. Campers will be introduced to new commands during the daily camp meeting with the instructor and then continue independent work on their projects between sessions for sharing the next day. Note: Campers will need access to a Windows computer/laptop to run the free trial software for camp participation. System requirements for RPG Maker MV can be found here. Prior to camp, the camp instructor will send an email with instructions for downloading the software.

Grades: 4+
Date: July 6-10, 2020 from 9-10am
Registration Fee: $85
Location: Online
Instructors: Thomas McNeal

Robotics & Engineering with LEGO WeDo 2.0

Campers will develop STEM skills for engineering and robotics as they build LEGO models and program the models to add movement & sound using the LEGO WeDo™ 2.0 software system. During the daily camp meeting with the instructor, campers will be introduced to a new LEGO project along with new programming commands for continued self-paced building between sessions & for sharing the next day. Note: To participate, campers will need the LEGO WeDo 2.0 45300 kit, which can be purchased online at the LEGO website or on Amazon. System requirements for the software can be found on the LEGO website.

Grades: 2+
Date: July 13-17, 2020 from 9-10am
Registration Fee: $85
Location: Online
Instructors: Thomas McNeal

Girls 4STEAM: Chic to be Geek!

Did you know the very first computer programmer was a woman? Or that a famous movie actress holds a patent that led to Bluetooth Technology? Girls will learn about these and other role models while they engage in hands-on STEM projects including paper circuits, sewable electronics, and music editing. Across the week campers will also create a multimedia piece focused on women and STEM as they discover it is Chic to be Geek! Camp instructor Mrs. Geeky will lead camp activities & instruction in a daily virtual camp session and introduce projects for independent work between sessions & sharing at the next meeting. Note: Campers will be mailed a materials kit needed for camp projects. Registration will close 10 days prior to camp start to allow sufficient time for shipping.

Grades: 4+
Date: July 20-24, 2020 from 9:30-10:30am.
Registration Fee: $85
Location: Online
Instructors: Laurie Green, a.k.a "Mrs. Geeky"

Design Thinking with 3D Modeling & Printing

During the daily camp meeting with the instructor, campers will explore Tinkercad, Meshmixer, 3D Slash, and Leopoly to design 3D models and then continue working on self-paced projects between meetings for sharing the next day. Campers who do not have access to a 3D printer can submit their favorite model to the instructor at camp conclusion for printing and pick-up when campus re-opens.

Grades: 4+
Date: July 27-31, 2020 from 9-10am
Registration Fee: $85
Location: Online
Instructors: Thomas McNeal

Step 1: Registration Form

Register for AT&T 2020 Camps Here


Additional Notes:

  • Complete one registration form per student per camp. 
  • When registering, please use your child's enrolling grade for 2020-2021. 
  • Refundable registration fees for cancellations made 3 business days prior to camp start. 

Please ensure that registration is completed with the name of the child participating in the camp(s) instead of the parent or guardian's name.

Please complete registration Step 2 and submit the camp registration fee via credit card. Select your fee from the list of camps. Payment can also be submitted via check.

For assistance with registration payment, please contact Judi Cash at jcash11@kent.edu

Step 2: Registration Fee Payment