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Summer Programming for K-12 Students

COVID 19 Update: Due to the recent concerns regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) the University of South Florida announced that all university-sponsored events on campus, at other USF instructional sites, or off campus that are scheduled through through July must be postponed or canceled.   

Some of our summer programs will be offered virtually for those who would still like to participate online from home. For more information, please contact the point of contact for your program of interest. 

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

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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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 CyberCamp

The USF CyberCamp encourages students from across the Tampa Bay area to pursue careers in the rapidly growing cybersecurity industry. Hosted at The Undercroft in Ybor City, 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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USF Elementary CyberCamp

By completely immersing campers in a high-energy, cooperative simulation, USF's Elementary CyberCamp gives students in grades 3-5 a space to problem solve through a hands-on and engaging learning experience while interacting with a variety of technologies.

Taking on the role of an agent working at the headquarters of a secret global organization, campers will team up to prevent and defend against cyber attackers while learning about the multiple layers of security within a system.

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