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Last modified: Thursday, April 28, 2011

Annual informatics summer camp to give high school students taste of technology, campus life

Scholarships available, deadline for applications is May 15

April 28, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Animation, computer graphics, gaming, virtual reality and Web design are just a few of the topics that high school students will learn about this summer at the Indiana University Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing Summer Camp.

Informatics Summer Camp

It's not all about technology during the IU Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing Summer Camp, as some of last year's attendees, pictured above, can attest to. The 2011 camp will be held June 19-23 and the deadline to apply is May 15.

This annual camp for students entering grades 9 through 12 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. The camp will be held June 19-23 on the Bloomington campus and applications, including a 100-word essay describing the student's interest in summer camp, must be received by May 15.

"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 Nancy Lemons, director of undergraduate student recruiting and advising at the IU Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing. "Current informatics faculty and student counselors will work alongside 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 to 50 students in order to ensure a unique and enriching experience for participants. Successful applicants will be sent acceptance packets after their required application and 100-word descriptive essay has been reviewed and approved by the camp admissions committee.

Cost for the camp is $400 and scholarships are available for qualified applications. The fee covers dorm overnight stays, food and snacks, and all additional activity fees. Completed applications and student essays should be sent to Informatics Summer Camp, in care of Nancy Lemons, 919 E. 10th St., Room 101, Bloomington, Ind., 47408.

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.

For more information, please contact Lisa Herrmann, School of Informatics and Computing, at 812-855-4125 or

About the Indiana University School of Informatics

Founded in 2000 as the first school of its kind in the United States, the Indiana University School of Informatics is dedicated to research and teaching across a broad range of computing and information technology, with emphases on science, applications, and societal implications. The school includes the School of Informatics at IUPUI and the School of Informatics and Computing at Bloomington, where programs include computer science and informatics. The school administers a variety of bachelor and master's degree programs in computer science and informatics, as well as Ph.D. programs in computer science and the first-ever Ph.D. in informatics. The school is dedicated to excellence in education and research, to partnerships that bolster economic development and entrepreneurship, and to increasing opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities in computing and technology. For more information, visit