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Education Unlimited - Computer Camp

Web design and software programming are perhaps the most sought-after skills in this hi-tech era. For tech-savvy students who want a leg up in the competition by building critical computer skills early in life, or for students who just love gaming, design and logic, Education Unlimited’s Computer Camp offers hands-on instruction in both creative and practical computer skills. Experienced instructors encourage students to use their imaginations while exploring fundamental and emerging technologies and software.

Why an Education Unlimited Computer Camp?

Individualized Instruction. EU seeks to offer the most personalized instruction possible, with separate sessions for elementary, middle and high school campers that break students into skill-level groups. Students are placed in small classes with remarkably low student to teacher ratios. On the first day, instructors assess each student’s previous experience and knowledge in order to challenge them appropriately and provide a fun, tailored learning experience.

A Computer for Each Student. Each student receives his/her up-to-date PC during the course of the program. 

Top Instructors. We recruit instructors from top Universities and/or hire experienced industry professionals. Each instructor has a specialty in some aspect of web programming and/or design, in addition to experience working with K-12 students.

University Campus Life. Students at Computer Camp live in the heart of American computer innovation- the San Francisco Bay Area. Participants eat in university dining halls and take classes on-campus. They play sports on sprawling green quads, watch movies in dorm lounges, and get a taste of the exciting life of a college student on a prestigious campus.

Challenging Core Curriculum. Each session gives students an opportunity to focus on a particular specialty. 

Our 2015 specialties include:

Web Design - CSS & HTML 

This session equips students with the skills and in depth knowledge to construct their own web sites from scratch. The campers learn how to become self-sufficient Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) and Extensible HTML (XHTML) coders. Simultaneously, they learn how to stylize their pages using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Starting with the very basics the campers build a strong foundational understanding of the process of web development and then journey through intermediate and advanced levels via instruction, team work, and exploration. Halfway through they are taught and encouraged to use more robust programming text editors such as Notepad++ to help them learn best practices employed for syntactical structures of their code which helps them become more organized and efficient developers. At the end of camp, the campers are introduced to more robust web development tools such as Adobe Dreamweaver and Aptana Studio which ease and speed up their development. 

Web Design - Javascript 

This camp assumes a prior knowledge of Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and adds JavaScript programming (and/or CoffeeScript programming based on instructor evaluation of overall camp performance) in order to enable campers to build client side web applications. Starting with the very basics of programming the campers build a strong foundational understanding of the process of web programming and then journey through an intermediate level via instruction, team work, and exploration. Finally campers are introduced to JavaScript development libraries such as jQuery and then left free to explore the rich tapestry of libraries in existence in order to develop final projects in the form of a web application containing HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. They are encouraged to use any JavaScript libraries they wish in order to ease, speed up, and add professionalism. Campers are taught and encouraged to use robust programming text editors such as Notepad++ to help them learn best practices employed for syntactical structures of their code which helps them become more organized and efficient developers. Campers are also introduced and encouraged to use more robust web development tools such as Adobe Dreamweaver and Aptana Studio which ease and speed up their development.

Java Programming 1 & 2

Java is an object-oriented computer programming language that is specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It is intended to let application developers "write once, run anywhere" (WORA), meaning that code that runs on one platform (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.) does not need to be recompiled to run on another. The campers will learn how to program in Java through the creation of games. They will start from the very basics and advance into simple graphical games which they will design entirely either individually or in groups by their own choosing. Some of the reoccurring popular final projects include Pong, Tick Tack To, and multiplayer car racing. A standing tradition of this camp is to visit the Mountain View Computer History Museum in order to provide context for computer programming in the vast field of computer science. 

Business and Technology 

This special focus week for middle school students allows campers to learn the fundamentals of business, the software used in businesses, and website development for a business. This camp provides a rich history and the fundamental concepts of the business world alongside the skill set needed to understand and operate basic business technology. On the technical side, campers will learn the fundamentals of how to compose, edit, and format documents using a text editor; organize and analyze data in tabular form using spreadsheets; create slide show presentations; and build simple websites for their own imaginary business using HTML and CSS. By the end of the camp, campers will be self-sufficient learners in all of the aforementioned areas and technologies.

Elementary Education Week 

Offered exclusively at Stanford University, this special session of Computer Camp is designed to meet the needs of younger students entering the 4-6 grades. Elementary Education students will study the same basic skills as standard Computer Camp students in a setting designed to encourage younger students’ enthusiasm for the activities. Our supportive and experienced staff lead fun educational activities and provide supervision that is appropriate for these younger students. Campers survey Web Design and Desktop Publishing. They create a web page on a topic of their own choosing, such as a favorite sport or cartoon. Students also work together to create a Camp Newsletter, each designing a page of their own. Classroom hours, recreational activities, and supervision are adjusted specifically for elementary school students. During this session, special commuter and extended care options are available, though students may also choose to stay in the campus dorms. Contact Education Unlimited for pricing details.

"The best feature of this camp was the amazing amount of time we spent doing practice applications with the programming language, gaining lots of hands on experience." -Murtaza Munaim, Computer Camper

“(The instructor) is fun and lets us learn hands-on and is there when we need help...I want to come back.” -Cathy McDermott, Computer Camper

2015 Computer Camp Staff

Staff are typically drawn from experts in the subject matter and/or exceptional, proven teachers, usually a combination of the two. Staff vary by program, but staffing at all camps are held to the highest possible standards. Some of the camp teachers we have confirmed for this summer include:

Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2015 staff

We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.

Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jun 14th 2015 - Jun 19th 2015 5th - 8th UC Berkeley $1,425.00 – $1,765.00
Jun 21st 2015 - Jun 26th 2015 5th - 8th UC Berkeley $1,500.00 – $2,075.00
Jul 12th 2015 - Jul 18th 2015 9th - 12th Stanford University $2,095.00 – $2,470.00
Jul 19th 2015 - Jul 25th 2015 9th - 12th Stanford University $2,095.00 – $2,470.00
Jul 26th 2015 - Aug 1st 2015 9th - 12th Stanford University $2,095.00 – $2,470.00
Aug 2nd 2015 - Aug 7th 2015 7th & 8th Stanford University $1,500.00 – $2,075.00
Aug 9th 2015 - Aug 14th 2015 4th - 6th Stanford University $1,500.00 – $2,075.00