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Summer Programming for K-12 Students

The College of Education offers numerous summer programs that are open to K-12 students from across the state of Florida. Students who participate in our summer programs are welcomed into a supportive and collaborative environment that allows them to develop their skills, discover new passions, and explore future career paths.

Learn more about some of our summer programming opportunities below.

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Animation Gets Real Summer Camp

Virtual for Summer 2021

The Animation Gets Real Summer Camp is a week-long experience that allows students with autism and related disabilities to discover their strengths as future writers, videographers, storyboard artists and editors while in a positive learning environment. Students create a soundtrack to enhance their animated clip by adding musical elements, like voiceovers and sound effects, and later present their work to family and friends during a final showcase at the end of the camp session.

This program is open to students ages 13-22 and is hosted by Arts4All Florida, a nonprofit organization housed in the USF College of Education that is dedicated to bringing arts education to individuals with disabilities across Florida.

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Everyone Can Code Camp

Virtual for Summer 2021

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.

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STEM Robotics Summer Camp

Virtual for Summer 2021

The 2021 Virtual STEM Robotics Summer Camp allows students in grades 5-8 to collaborate, communicate, and think critically while problem-solving on a virtual platform. Participants work virtually with USF St. Petersburg campus faculty and Microsoft experts to create video games, code a robot, and even learn how to build a business. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to meet with experts from STEM-related professions in a career exploration session. 

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Tampa Bay Area Writing Project Youth Summer Programs

Each summer, the Tampa Bay Area Writing Project hosts a series of summer camps to inspire K-12 students from across the Tampa Bay area to extend and enrich their writing practices. The Tampa Bay Area Writing Project’s Young Writers Camps provide an environment in which writers feel safe to explore their abilities and receive feedback on the writing process from their peers and Tampa Bay Area Writing Project Teaching Consultants. 

The Tampa Bay Area Writing Project is a nonprofit professional development organization that works to create lifelong writers. Founded in 1998, the project is modeled after the National Writing Project, an organization comprised of nearly 200 local sites that utilize a professional development model of teachers teaching other teachers how to improve their writing instruction. The program is housed in the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching at the USF College of Education.

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Tampa Theatre Film Camp

Each summer, the Tampa Theatre’s historic auditorium lights up with young filmmakers working together to produce their visions on-screen. Campers entering grades 3-12 work in small groups to learn the creative process of digital filmmaking, from brainstorming, storyboarding, and scriptwriting to filming, lighting and editing. All of the necessary equipment is provided, including cameras, lights, sound equipment, Mac computers and software. By the end of the session, each production team will have a 3-5 minute movie to showcase. 

This camp is presented by the Tampa Theatre in collaboration with the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the USF College of Education. 

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USF Elementary CyberCamp

Virtual for Summer 2021

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.

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USF Middle School CyberCamp

Virtual for Summer 2021

The USF Middle School CyberCamp gives campers (grades 6 - 8) the opportunity to explore basic to intermediate cybersecurity concepts through interactive virtual experiences. 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. Activities will be differentiated to match each individual campers' need.

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USF High School CyberCamp

Virtual for Summer 2021

The USF CyberCamp encourages students 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 the Tampa-area cybersecurity community. The USF CyberCamp curriculum is supported by Florida CyberHub resources and lesson plans from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology

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