SEA COVID 19 Response

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 This page was last updated on June 17, 2020.

In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, we are converting our camps to virtual delivery. While virtual camps are new for most of us, we are very confident in the ability of the College of Engineering's faculty and staff to continue offering a fun and engaging experience to hundreds of young Alaskans and future engineers. The application is now open and there is still plenty of room in our July camps.

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At-Home Technology Requirements and Recommendations

For the most part, there are two main requirements and one main recommendation for participants who participate in the virtual summer camps.

The following are required:

  • A computerPC, Mac, Chromebook, and most any computer that can run an up-to-date version of the Google Chrome internet browser are all acceptible. Tablets and smartphones are not a suitable substitute. 
  • An internet connection

The following is recommended:

  • A standard, three-button mouse—It is generally more difficult to navigate engineering software using a laptop's trackpad.
  • A second monitor or tablet—This allows participants to have Zoom open on one screen and do the work on another screen.

2020 Updated Schedule

June 1-5

  • 3D Modeling (Grades 6-8)
  • Creative Coding (Grades 6-8)

June 8-12

  • 3D Modeling (Grades 6-8)
  • Videography (Grades 6-8)

June 15-19

  • 3D Modeling (Grades 6-8)
  • Videography (Grades 6-8)

June 22-26

  • 3D Modeling (Grades 6-8)
  • Creative Coding (Grades 6-8)

July 6-10

  • Videography (Grades 6-8)
  • Arduino Robotics (Grades 9-12)

July 13-17

  • Creative Coding (Grades 5-8)
  • Advanced Coding (Grades 9-12)

July 20-24

  • Creative Coding (Grades 6-8)
  • Advanced Coding (Grades 9-12)

July 27-31

  • Advanced Coding (Grades 9-12)

New Camp Descriptions 

Visit our Camp Descriptions webpage to learn more about this summer's camps, including our brand new camps that were designed entirely for virtual delivery. 

What is our new timeline?

  • April 27 - Application Re-Opens - If you have already applied, then you will need to update your application with new camps.
  • May 4 - Early Bird Registration - If you originally applied before the Early Bird Deadline of March 15, then you will have the first opportunity to register for the new camps.
  • May 11 - Registration Opens for Everyone - At this point, registration will be granted on a first come, first served basis.

How will online camps work?

The camps will feature:

  • Pre-recorded video lectures and activities led by UAA, which can be accessed at any time;
  • Live lectures and activities for several hours per week led by UAA faculty;
  • One-on-one and group assistance through video calls, voice calls, and live chat with College of Engineering students;
  • Free online tools and software;
  • Opportunities for teamwork and collaboration; and
  • Progressively difficult activities that lead to an end-of-week project.

What else is changing?

  • The price of camps is being reduced to $100 for Coding, 3D Modeling, and Videography. Arduino Robotics will be $125, but participants will be able to keep their robot. Tuition waivers will still be awarded to families with financial need.
  • Lunch will not be provided.
  • An at-home computer and internet will be required for all participants. Tablets and other mobile devices will not suffice. 
  • Camps will only be offered for participants entering grades 6 through 12. Our camps that are designed for younger participants require a level of hands-on materials and assistance that we will not be able to provide virtually.