USF K-12 Summer Camps
K-12 Summer Camps through the University of South Florida provide parents and students with ongoing education and support when school isn’t in session. Our programs offer an ideal way for students to practice skills – and gain new ones – in an engaging and supportive environment that will help foster a love of learning.
Students who participate in our USF summer camp programs join a supportive and collaborative environment that allows them to develop their skills, discover new passions, and explore future career paths. Courses are led by dedicated instructors who have experience working with K-12 students.
For the safety and convenience of students and parents, all USF summer programs will be held in an online format this year.
USF Alumni, Faculty and Staff Family Member Discount
We are pleased to offer a 10% discount for USF alumni, USF faculty and staff family members. During checkout enter this promotion code: SUMMEROFUSF or ALUMNI10
USF Summer K-5 Math Camp
Stop the summer slide. The USF Summer K-5 Math Camp will minimize learning loss and help students get ahead for the next grade. In this engaging and interactive course, students in kindergarten through grade 5 will review key concepts from the previous grade and prepare for the coming school year by exploring fun, relevant math topics.
Each summer math camp course is taught by a dedicated instructor who has experience working with elementary school students. Courses are divided by grade level (grades 1-5), and parents can select the appropriate one for their student. Each course consists of 12 50-minute sessions delivered in a live online format.
USF Elementary CyberCamp
USF’s Elementary CyberCamp offers students in grades 3-5 an exciting, interactive experience problem solving through hands-on learning with various technologies. Taking on the role of a secret agent working at a secret global organization, students will team up to prevent and defend against cyber attackers while learning about the multiple layers of security within a system.
Students work up the ranks as secret agent recruits for the Cybersecurity Agency for Global Engagement (C.A.G.E.) by solving puzzles, taking virtual tours, and gathering information to expose a mole within the organization! This immersive, high-energy cooperative simulation will give students knowledge in foundational computing concepts, including skills associated with cybersecurity, computing architecture and coding. In addition to the program’s curriculum, students will develop knowledge and skills that can be applied to their own interactions within the digital world.
Due to University of South Florida’s regulations regarding COVID-19, the USF Elementary CyberCamp will be held completely online. To enroll, all students need is a computer, an internet connection and a secret agent mentality to immerse themselves in the world of C.A.G.E. Campers will receive a packet with all the necessary materials for the week, including an ID badge, a secret message pen, a C.A.G.E. t-shirt and much more.
Register for one of our sessions below:
USF Middle School CyberCamp
The USF Middle School CyberCamp will give campers (grades 6 - 8) the opportunity to explore basic to intermediate cybersecurity concepts through interactive virtual experiences. Activities will be differentiated to match each individual campers' need.
The curriculum, designed and curated by educators from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, will provide campers the opportuntiy to learn through a series of fun and immersive challenges both at and away from the computer. Lessons throughout the week focus on various cybersecurity concepts including cryptography, web exploration, forensics, and social engineering interwoven with basic internet safety and ethics.
Due to University of South Florida’s regulations regarding COVID-19, the USF Middle School CyberCamp will be held completely online. To enroll, students need a computer and an internet connection. Please see specific information below:
Format: Virtual, synchronous
Recommended Grades: 6th - 8th grade
Dates: July 19th, 2021 - July 23rd, 2021
Times: 9am - 4pm EST with breaks throughout, including an hour for lunch
Requirements: Computer and internet connection.
USF High School CyberCamp
The USF CyberCamp encourages high school students (grades 9-12) from across the Tampa Bay area to pursue careers in the rapidly growing cybersecurity industry. The week-long program helps students learn what being an ethical hacker is all about.
Supported by local cybersecurity student groups and industry leaders, USF CyberCamp participants explore cybersecurity careers while networking with industry professionals within the Tampa-area cybersecurity community. Course curriculum is supported by Florida CyberHub resources and lesson plans from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology.
Due to University of South Florida’s regulations regarding COVID-19, the USF CyberCamp will be held in a fully online format. Students will work through hands-on cybersecurity exercises with experts virtually, engage with lectures from industry and community leaders, and network with cybersecurity students and professionals during this five-day camp.
CodeBreakHERs is a cybersecurity Summer camp for young girls grade 8-12. Through hands-on activities, participants learn the fundamentals about internet security, hardware security, coding theory, and cryptography. Campers participate in fun activities to illustrate these concepts, such as deactivation of signal to intercept drones, QR
codes with Legos, Cryptography with Rubrix Cubes, and our final escape room challenge! During the week, campers receive the visit of real-life CodeBreakHERS such as a former NSA cryptographers, an Air Force commander and NSF faculty.
Students will learn foundational cybersecurity concepts that will prepare them for future study and a career in this high-demand field:
- Hardware security
- Internet security
- Information encoding and error correcting codes
- Cryptography and blockchain
Students will also use the new concepts learned to participate in Capture the Flag Competitions (CTFs). During these challenges, teams of students will solve problems related to some of the concepts learned.
Everyone Can Code
When you learn to code, you’re not only learning the language of technology — you’re learning new ways to think and bring your ideas to life. The USF Everyone Can Code summer camp is a coding camp designed for students in grades 4-6. This program helps campers identify code in their everyday lives and teaches the basic principles of coding using Apple’s Swift Playgrounds.
Campers will have the opportunity to LEARN coding basics, PRACTICE their skills through various puzzles and activities, APPLY what they have learned as they create with code, and CONNECT the experiences from camp to the real-world through problem solving and critical thinking. At the end of the week, campers will even design and prototype their own app using the skills they have learned.
USF Everyone Can Code is intended to not only introduce coding concepts, but to inspire young learners to think about how code might apply to their futures. This camp is intended for BEGINNERS with little to no experience in coding.
This camp requires access to an iPad with iPadOS 13.4 or later installed.
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USF Esports Virtual Camp
Do you want to …
- learn how to be a better gamer?
- learn about the Business of esports
- learn about different careers within the esports industry?
- learn how to create and market your own esports tournament?
- have fun playing video games?
Then, this USF Esports Virtual Camp is for you! Campers – ages 8-12 and 13-up – will see beyond their controllers and learn about game play strategies along with careers in the esports industry. Just as important, campers will build teamwork and a community within this virtual camp.
Supported by esports experts and industry leaders, USF Esports Campers will not only learn how to be a better gamer, but they will also learn about the fastest growing entertainment industry in the world. In 2023, the esports industry is expected to grow by more than 40% in the US to reach over $1.5 Billion (Statista 2021).
The USF Esports Virtual Camp curriculum is supported by USF Esports teams and daily lesson plans are developed by the professors in the Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management program within the Muma College of Business.
USF Parents Esports Virtual Camp
Parents of gamers, do you want to…
- Learn more about Esports?
- Experience camp with your child?
- Learn what “gg,” “Twitch,” “meta,” or “Steam,” mean?
- Learn the language your children speak with their friends?
Then, this USF Parents Esports Camp is for you! Parents will learn the basics of esports along with business and careers in the esports industry. Just as important, parent campers will build relationships with other parents of gamers and gain a community within this virtual camp.