By Dennis Spellman
The University of Houston at Sugar Land is offering three summer camps for students in grades 3-12 designed to develop the next generation of coders, digital storytellers, game designers and molecular biologists.
“We've been virtual for two years due to the pandemic,” said Bulent Dogan, clinical assistant professor in the UH College of Education. “We are very excited about coming back in person, but we still will offer a virtual camp for parents interested in that option.”
There is a $350 fee for each camp. Discounts are available for UH employees, and scholarships are available for students with financial needs.
Elementary School ITECH-STEM
Elementary school students will learn coding, 3D modeling and printing, game design, digital storytelling, video production and STEM.
“We believe in students’ abilities, and that we should educate them early on,” Dogan said.
During the camps, undergraduate and graduate students will be teachers and role models for the elementary students.
“We provide a safe environment where students learn and have fun,” he said.
It is the 6th year UH has held these camps.
“We've created our customized curriculum for kids based on our experience,” Dogan said.
Middle School and High School Girls Coding Academy
June 13-17 | 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Students entering grades 9-12
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The Girls Coding Academy will teach computer science, coding, game design, web development, Microbat programming, Python programming language and cyber security. This camp is sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Data Science Institute at the University of Houston.
“We'll invite female Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) engineers who'll provide the latest information in the coding industry,” Dogan said. “Some of these relationships turn out to be an internship for our high school students.”
Please note that while girls are encouraged to attend this program, the academy also is open to boys.
High School Biotechnology Academy
In collaboration with the UH College of Education, the UH STEM Center, and Cougar Initiative To Engage (CITE) camp offerings expand with a biotechnology academy for high school students.
“Originally, this type of research was only available to post-doctoral students, but we've convinced our professors to open their research to the public,” he said. “Students will learn about artificial intelligence, coding and molecular biology fundamentals. We'll look at delivering drugs and medicine to proteins.”
UH hopes to inspire the next generation of molecular biologists.
“Students could someday be working with biotechnology firms, developing vaccines or finding a cure for cancer. It's a developing field, and I think it's time to open this type of research to younger kids,” Dogan said.