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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:

Middle School & Elementary School

  • Berkeley June 14 - June 19: Graphic design/Intro to HTML
  • Berkeley June 21 - June 26: HTML/CSS
  • Stanford Aug 2 - Aug 6: Business Focus
  • Stanford Aug 9 - Aug 14: Elementary Ed Survey Week
High School
 
GRAPHIC DESIGN:
  • Stanford July 12 - July 18: Graphic design (step #1 for both Programming and Web series)
WEB SERIES:
  • Berkeley June 14-20: HTML/CSS
  • Stanford July 19 - July 25: HTML/CSS
  • Stanford July 26 - Aug 1: Javascript (pre-requisite: working knowledge of  HTML or completion of the July 19-25 HTML CSS camp)
PROGRAMMING SERIES:
  • Stanford July 19 - July 25: Java Programming 1
  • Stanford July 26 - Aug 1: Java Programming 2 (requires previous or concurrent attendance in Java Programming 1 or successful completion of the July 19-25 Java Programming 1 camp) 

Web Design - CSS & HTML 

Offered at:

  • Berkeley June 14 - 19 (5th-8th grade)
  • Stanford July 19 - 25 (9th - 12th grade)

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

Offered at:

  • Stanford, July 26 - August 1 (9th-12th grade)

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

Offered at:

  • Java Programming 1: Stanford July 19 - 25 (9th - 12th grade)
  • Java Programming 2: Stanford July 26 - August 1 (9th - 12th grade)

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 

Offered at:

  • Stanford August 2 - August 7 (7th & 8th grade)

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.

Graphic Design 

Offered at:

  • Berkeley June 14 - June 19 (7th & 8th grade)
  • Stanford July 12 - July 18 (9th-12th grade)

The graphic design week of Computer Camp will explore the theory and principles behind graphic design as well as provide hands on experience with computer aided graphic design. The campers will be introduced to and challenged by working with professional computer software such as Photoshop, the internet, still imagery editing, and basic and intermediate computer technologies. This Camp assumes no prior knowledge of computer aided graphic design.

Elementary Education Week 

Offered at:

  • Stanford August 9 - August 14 (4th & 6th grade)

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.

 

A few words from our campers...

"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


Computer Camp - Staff Profiles

Staff are typically subject matter experts and experienced teachers. Staff assignments vary by program and all staff are held to the highest possible standards. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Elizabeth Bull, MFA (Camp Director)

Elizabeth Bull, MFA — Camp Director

Elizabeth Bull is a writer and filmmaker. Her writing has been published in various journals, including H.O.W. Journal, Third Coast, Gulf Coast, and the LA Review of Books, and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She’s worked in original series development at AMC during the creation of “Mad Men and “Breaking Bad,” and has written and...


Education Unlimited - Navid Shaghaghi, MS (Lead Instructor)

Navid Shaghaghi, MS — Lead Instructor

Navid is the Lead Computer Camp Instructor at Education Unlimited.

He received his Masters Degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from Santa Clara University and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and a bachelor of...


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 - Jun 19th 5th - 8th UC Berkeley $1,500.00 – $2,075.00
Jun 14th - Jun 20th 9th - 12th UC Berkeley $2,095.00 – $2,470.00
Jun 21st - Jun 26th 5th - 8th UC Berkeley $1,500.00 – $2,075.00
Jul 12th - Jul 18th 9th - 12th Stanford University $2,095.00 – $2,470.00
Jul 19th - Jul 25th 9th - 12th Stanford University $2,095.00 – $2,470.00
Jul 26th - Aug 1st 9th - 12th Stanford University $2,095.00 – $2,545.00
Aug 2nd - Aug 7th 7th & 8th Stanford University $1,500.00 – $2,075.00
Aug 9th - Aug 14th 4th - 6th Stanford University $1,500.00 – $2,075.00