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Steve Chaplin
University Communications

Last modified: Thursday, April 30, 2009

Gaming, virtual reality among topics for Informatics' high school summer camp

Application deadline is May 15

May 1, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Animation, computer graphics, virtual reality and Web design are just a few of the applications high school students will delve into while attending Indiana University's Informatics Summer Camp.

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IU School of Informatics' successful summer camp offers high school students an opportunity to learn about gaming, networking, Web design and other aspects of information technology from IU faculty and graduate students.

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Set for June 21-25 at IU Bloomington, the camp is designed to give high school students the chance to interact with IU faculty and staff and learn about the latest trends in information technology, the Internet and Web design, networking, new media, databases, gaming and more.

"This is a great way for students to get an inside look at what college life is like at IU by living on campus for a week and getting to discover all the various ways you can use technology to make an impact on the world," said Richelle Brown, director of student support and recruiting in the School of Informatics. "Current Informatics faculty and student counselors will work alongside the camp participants the entire week and each day they will investigate applications of information technology in different settings. The idea is that campers will learn by doing work on real problems."

Space in the summer camp is limited this year to 40 students in order to ensure a unique and enriching experience for participants. All applications, which must be received by May 15, will be reviewed by a summer camp admissions committee.

Cost for the camp is $300 and scholarships are available for qualified applications. The fee covers dorm overnight stays, food and snacks, and all additional activity fees. Once admission to the camp is approved applicants will be sent an acceptance packet. Completed applications and student essays should be sent to Informatics Summer Camp, in care of Richelle Brown, 919 E. 10th St., Room 100, Bloomington, IN, 47405.

For more information about the camp and to access applications, medical consent forms and other materials, visit Other topics to be covered during the camp include an introduction to informatics, 2D animation, gaming, chemical molecule visualization, data mining, human-computer interaction and computer system design. On the fifth and final day an Informatics Camp Fair will be held.

To speak with Brown, please contact Steve Chaplin, University Communications, at 812-856-1896, or