Early IT Summer Camp FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

General: 

The Early IT Summer Camp is a free day camp hosted by the School of Information Technology at the University of Cincinnati. It is designed to give high school students a solid foundation in Information Technology including: cybersecurity, software development, game development and simulation, and data and cloud technologies. Our camp gives students access to learn from esteemed faculty in the School of Information Technology, an opportunity to interact with top industry leaders, and the chance to engage in a series of team-based projects.

The Early IT Summer Camp is free for both the in-person and virtual sessions.

The 2023 Early IT Summer Camp application will be available soon. 

If you are a high school student who likes technology and wants to solve real-world problems, the Early IT Summer Camp is for you! The camp is intended for any student who is a rising 9th grader through rising 12th graders.

Students participating in the camp can expect to gain knowledge in the following areas: hands-on experience with software development, game design and development, data management, and cybersecurity. Students will develop an IT related project over the two weeks, allowing them to apply concepts from class to solve an IT problem or meet a unique IT need. 

The Early IT Summer Camp will be led by one of our current SoIT faculty members, along with the assistance of current IT students and alumni in the SoIT program. Students in the camp will be assigned a team and a team Teaching Assistant (TA) who will serve as their mentor. The TA will work closely with their group throughout the entirety of the camp. 

The parent/legal guardian orientation session typically takes place about a week prior to the start of camp. During this orientation, we will provide an overview of the camp, camp schedule, answer questions and discuss next steps. More details regarding this orientation session will be sent out at a later date. If you have any questions or concerns, in the meantime, please contact Anastasiya Pilipchuk at pilipcaa@ucmail.uc.edu.

In-Person Camp: 

The 2023 In-person Early IT Summer Camp will take place Monday, June 5th-Friday, June 16th. The hours of the camp are 9am-4pm each day. The camp will take place on UC Main Campus.

Please Note: The camp will run Monday-Friday through its duration. 

Students should be dropped off each day for camp by 9am and picked up by 4pm at Teacher-Dyer Complex, Room 160. 

Please Note: There will be a few days camp will take place at another location on campus. We are still working to finalize these dates. Once finalized, we will share this information to students and parents/legal guardians on the first day of camp. 

We want students to have an exciting and memorable experience! Each day will begin with our Camp Instructors leading a collaborative/interactive discussion on the day's topic. Topics range from cybersecurity to data and cloud technologies. Then we will have guest appearances from university leaders and industry professionals. These sessions will include interactive demos and a Q&A period. After a lunch break, students will apply what they learned that morning in a team activity and group project guided by their group's Teaching Assistant (TA). 

Students will receive a light breakfast and lunch every day of camp. Light breakfast will be provided at the start of camp at 9am. Lunch will be provided around 12pm each day. 

Students will be provided with equipment and all necessary materials each day. Students will only be asked to bring a reusable water bottle with them, which they will be given on the first day of camp. 

Students will be provided access to a computer or laptop to use while at camp. All activities and work will be done between the hours of 9am-4pm while at camp. 

Virtual Camp: 

The 2023 virtual Early IT Summer Camp will take place Tuesday, June 20th-Friday, June 30th. The hours of the camp are 9am-1pm each day. Students can attend camp through Zoom and Microsoft Teams.  

Please Note: The camp will run Monday-Friday through its duration.

We want students to have an exciting and memorable experience! Each day will begin with our Camp Instructors leading a collaborative/interactive discussion on the day's topic. Topics range from cybersecurity to data and cloud technologies. Then we will have guest appearances from university leaders and industry professionals. These sessions will include interactive demos and a Q&A period. After a lunch break, students will apply what they learned that morning in a team activity and group project guided by their group's Teaching Assistant (TA). 

A computer with a webcam/camera, microphone, and reliable internet access will be needed for the camp. We do not encourage students to use a cell phone as an alternative to a computer during the camp.

The School of Information Technology does not believe that lack of access to resources should be a barrier to participation in the camp. If you do not have access to the equipment noted above, please let us know in your camp application. 

If you experience any issues during camp, please reach out to camp staff. We will work with your student to ensure they have access to all camp content and platforms.