ECEP - How To Run A Summer Camp

Saturday, November 21, 2015

10AM to 3PM CST



The University of Texas at Austin


Eligible Applicants

Workshops are open to college and university faculty or staff, non-profits that run camps at colleges and universities, and high school computing teachers. People can participate in person or attend remotely using Blackboard Collaborate (w a browser and a connection to the Internet.



This workshop will help you plan and run computing summer camps for elementary (rising 4th graders) to high school students. It will explain how to make the camps financially self-sustaining. It will also cover logistics, budget, timeline, how to advertise the camps, how to handle registration, items to use in the camps, and how to apply for the “seed” money for equipment.

Barbara Ericson from Georgia Tech will lead a webinar and two workshops this fall. She is the Director of Computing Outreach and has been running non-residential computing summer camps since 2004. These camps are financially self-sustaining and achieve statistically significant changes in students’ attitudes toward computing and their knowledge of computing concepts.

What will I learn?

  • What to consider when starting or expanding computing summer camps for 4th-12th graders
  • Equipment/tools that can be used in camps
  • Details on how to run, advertise, and evaluate the camps
  • How to apply for up to $4,999.99 in seed funds. We have a total of $45,000 in seed funds for equipment for the camps thanks to a generous gift from Oracle and funds from   Only those from ECEP partner and associate states (AL, CA, CT, GA, IN, MA, MD, NH, PR, SC, TX, and UT) can apply for the seed funds for equipment.


Flyer: How to Run an Effective Computing Summer Camp (PDF)



Parking at UT Austin is free at the MLK Blvd / Congress Ave flat parking lot is free on Saturdays.


Registration Cost

These workshops are free and we have limited funds to reimburse for up to $100 in expenses for travel to the workshop for people (only from partner and associate states) who live more than 30 miles away.

Registration Notes

Lunch will be provided


Online Registration Instructions

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