Adventures in Computer Science

Adventures in CS Camp

Your Adventure Awaits...

Purdue University is offering two summer camps for 2014! The first camp is aimed at middle school aged students and continues our long-time successful forensics-themed camp. The second camp is for high school students and will offer a computer security theme. We welcome students from all areas and all levels of experience! Please make us part of your 2014 summer plans!

PACS 2013 Camp
CS + Forensics Has Never Been So Much Fun!

Join us on our adventure as we explore computer science using an age-appropriate, forensic-themed scenario. Campers will become investigators working toward solving a crime using computer science to aid in their quest. A student participating in this camp will gain hands-on experience with programming, algorithms, problem solving, web-design, app development and embedded systems.

The 2014 Camp is open to students who are entering grades 6, 7, or 8 by the Fall of 2014. No previous computer science or programming expertise is necessary, but campers should be comfortable using a computer.

This year, students will gain experience using MIT's App Inventor, Scratch, Boe-Bot's from Parallax, and web development using HTML, CSS and Javascript. The aim will be to begin developing competency in each discipline and focus on computational thinking patterns.

DATES: June 15-20, 2014

Our camp is now completely SOLD OUT. Thanks for your interest!
PACS 2013 Camp
The Future of U.S. Security is at Stake!

Awaiting older students is an opportunity to explore computer science in a scenario involving our national security. Campers will become security experts working toward infiltrating a computer network... with a little help from computer science! A student participating in this camp will gain hands-on experience with programming, algorithms, problem solving, network security and cryptography.

The 2014 Camp is open to students who are entering grades 9, 10, or 11 by the Fall of 2014. No previous computer science or programming expertise is necessary, but campers should be comfortable using a computer.

This year, students will gain experience using Python, secure coding practices, system and network security, and cryptography. The week will culminate in a miniature capture-the-flag (CTF) hacking exercise. The aim will be to gain an understanding in computer security and focus on computational thinking patterns.

DATES: June 22-27, 2014

Our camp is now completely SOLD OUT. Thanks for your interest!

  • Computer activities will take place in the Lawson Computer Science Building. These activities will be led by former high school computer science teacher Phil Sands, who now serves as Purdue University's computer science K-12 outreach coordinator. Joining him will be a mix of K-12 educators, Purdue computer science faculty, outside experts and camp counselors and staff.
  • Purdue students will work with campers as lab assistants and camp counselors, and 24-hour supervision will be provided by camp staff. Camp will conclude with a recognition luncheon and project show-and-tell that family may attend for an additional cost.
  • Camp is Sponsored by the Purdue University Department of Computer Science in cooperation with the Department of Computer Science Corporate Partners Program.