Concordia University Wisconsin’s Computer Science department will hold its second annual Summer Tech Camp, July 10-14, on the university’s Mequon campus, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive. Each camp for students in grades 3-12 costs $99.

Three concurrent camps will run from 8 a.m. to noon all five days – “Little Bits Tech” for students in grades 3-5; “Robotics” for middle schoolers, and “Mobile Apps” for high school students.  Sessions will be taught by computer science faculty members Drs. Gary Locklair, Robert Wahl and Mike Litman, along with Assistant Professors Joshua Locklair and Antoinette Spencer.

“Technology is the foundation for 21st century jobs, and computer scientists and information technologists create and apply the technology that empowers society,” said Locklair, computer science department chairman.  “We provide a solid foundation in our camps for understanding technology in a fun environment,” Locklair added.

Kids experiment with HTC Vive virtual reality headset.Kids experiment with HTC Vive virtual reality headset.

Little Bits Tech will explore how computers function and will enable participants to invent toys as they start their problem-solving journey.

In Robotics, students will be challenged to design, build, program and test robots for games and useful tasks.

Mobile Apps will enable high school students to learn about the tools, techniques and awesomeness that goes into making an app.  Development tools learned are freely available so participants can continue learning all summer long.

“We want to ensure that kids know they can make a difference at their young age when it comes to technology,” Spencer noted.

While each level has a specific focus, all campers will have the opportunity to experience virtual reality, 3D design and printing, as well as robotics programming.  According to Locklair, “our faculty are experts in both content and teaching.  Our goal is to inspire students to use technology in service to others.”

For more details on any of the camps, e-mail Antoinette Spencer.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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