Our 2020 camps are here!

Check out our exciting camp lineup, including three brand-new camps!

Looking for a specific date? See the week-by-week schedule.

Read about our scholarships here.

Early Registration Discounts: For spring Build a PC camps, get 15% off any 2- or 3-day camp with code EARLYSPRING2020 through March 6. For summer camps, get $30 off any 5-day camp with code EARLYSUMMER2020 through April 17.

Multi-camp and Sibling Discounts: Save 10% on any two or more camp registrations with code MULTIWEEK2020. Register for each camp separately using the code. See discount policies below for details.

SPRING CAMPS

Build A PC (grades 6-8)

Extended camp for middle schoolers: Learn how to build a computer from scratch, including: choosing parts, installing parts into the case, adding a graphics card, troubleshooting, loading software, testing and benchmarking. Get hands-on experience as you build, modify, and tear down computers, including a start-to-finish gaming PC practice build.

Grades 6 – 8
Three-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
$225

Build A PC (grades 9-12)

Learn how to build a computer from scratch, including: choosing parts, installing parts into the case, adding a graphics card, troubleshooting, loading software, testing and benchmarking. Get hands-on experience as you build, modify, and tear down computers, including a start-to-finish gaming PC practice build.

Grades 9 – 12
Two-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
$175

SUMMER CAMPS

Electronics Exploration

Dive into electronics with a week of circuit building projects. Learn how circuits work by taking apart gadgets, prototyping with kits, and safely experimenting with components. Build circuits with LED lights, speakers, motors, and microchips. A great foundation if you want to get into electrical engineering or robotics. Take home your own kit of parts with project guides, plus a complete soldered project. No electronics experience required.

Grades 6 – 8
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
$275

Creative Electronics

Take your electronics skills to the next level! Build complete projects including soldering parts together and installing into a case. You’ll jump into projects like an electronic toy piano with built-in adjustment dials and speaker; electronic dice; an LED light sculpture; and experimenting with circuits made with only paper and conductive tape. Electronics Exploration camp or similar experience helpful.

Grades 6 – 8
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
$275

Video Game Basics: Make & Play

What makes a game fun? Learn the basics of creating games and make a bunch of your own as you go! You’ll get to try different ways to design and code your games. Play games from throughout history to see what makes a game good. You’ll try your hand at games using pen and paper; games with no graphics, just text; and retro-style 8-bit games from early consoles. Video Game Basics is a great start for anyone who likes games or is an aspiring game creator. It’s also the perfect lead-in to our more advanced Game Design Camp.

Grades 6 – 8
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
$275

Game Design

Make your own full-featured game while learning about coding and game design. You’ll learn game development skills as you create an RPG with a story and world of your own! You write the quests and dialogue, draw maps, develop gameplay mechanics, customize the code, and add graphics and sound. Take home your finished PC game and the source code you can keep working on in GameMaker Studio. No coding experience required. For a beginner game making experience, try our Video Game Basics Camp.

Grades 6 – 8
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
$275

Let’s Code! Coding Basics (grades 3-5)

Get started with coding using Scratch, the most popular way for kids to learn about programming! Scratch lets you create games, make animations, and tell stories while you learn basic coding skills. Daily fun projects will keep you busy doing activities and learning new things. Coding won’t be a mystery because Scratch uses visual blocks to show you how your code works. You’ll also learn about logical thinking and coding without even using a computer with lots of hands-on activities.

Grades 3 – 5
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
$275

Digital Creativity

Get creative with fun projects using photo, sound, and video editing software. Daily projects include creating a design based on a photo, combining sound effects to tell a story, and recording a video with special effects. Perfect for aspiring artists, musicians, game designers, and filmmakers.

Grades 6 – 8
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
$275

Build A PC (grades 6-8)

Extended camp for middle schoolers: Learn how to build a computer from scratch, including: choosing parts, installing parts into the case, adding a graphics card, troubleshooting, loading software, testing and benchmarking. Get hands-on experience as you build, modify, and tear down computers, including a start-to-finish gaming PC practice build.

Grades 6 – 8
Three-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
$225

Build A PC (grades 9-12)

Learn how to build a computer from scratch, including: choosing parts, installing parts into the case, adding a graphics card, troubleshooting, loading software, testing and benchmarking. Get hands-on experience as you build, modify, and tear down computers, including a start-to-finish gaming PC practice build.

Grades 9 – 12
Two-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
$175

SUMMER CAMPS IN RALEIGH AND CARY

Electronics Exploration - Raleigh

Explore electronics with a week of circuit building projects. Learn how electronic circuits work by taking apart gadgets, prototyping with kits, and safely experimenting with components . Build circuits with LED lights, sounds, motors, batteries, and simple microchips. It’s a great foundation for kids who want to get into electrical engineering or robotics. Take home your own kit of parts with project guides as well as a complete soldered project. Participants should bring a water bottle, lunch and two snacks each day.

Ages 11 – 14
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
Register through Raleigh RecLink. Registration opens March 2. See site for details. Barcode #253121
Sorry, discounts and scholarships are not available for this camp.

Game Design - Raleigh

Campers will learn programming concepts and teamwork as they create and build games. Develop your game’s code, gameplay mechanics, levels, graphics, and sound. Learn how real game studios work on big-name games. Game Design Camp teaches students GameMaker Studio, software that’s used by professionals for popular commercial games like Hyper Light Drifter and Spelunky. Participants can use this free software to keep working on their games after camp . Participants should bring a water bottle, lunch and two snacks each day.

Ages 11 – 14
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
Register through Raleigh RecLink. Registration opens March 2. See site for details. Barcode #253122
Sorry, discounts and scholarships are not available for this camp.

Drone Flight - Cary

Offered through Cary Parks & Recreation. Prepare for the future of flight! Drones are everywhere, and they’re more than just toys. Trained pilots and engineers will be in high demand, so practice your piloting skills and learn to fly safely and precisely. Try simulators and remote-video quadcopters and complete challenging missions.

Ages 10 – 13
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
Register through Cary EZ-Reg. Registration begins in February. See site for details.
Sorry, discounts and scholarships are not available for this camp.

We’ve partnered with the City of Raleigh and Town of Cary for these great camp experiences. Check their sites for camp details and costs. Discounts and scholarships are not available for these camps.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Apply for a scholarship here. Awards are based on financial need and cover up to 80% of the camp fee.

Haga clic aquí para solicitar una beca en español. Las becas cubren hasta el 80% del costo del campamento.

Five Years of Inspiration

We’re celebrating our fifth year of summer STEAM camps! We’re proud to have provided over 600 students access to exciting technology and creativity experiences.

Non-Profit 

Kramden Institute’s mission as a non-profit includes increasing access to technology education to youth in North Carolina. Your camp fees and other support enable us to offer scholarships for every program we offer.

POLICIES AND INFORMATION

Please carefully read the policies and information below before you register.

Early Registration Discounts
Spring: Get 15% off any 2- or 3-day camp with code EARLYSPRING2020 through March 6.
Summer: Get $30 off any 5-day camp with code EARLYSUMMER2020 through April 17.

Multi-camp and Sibling Discounts
Take 10% off any two or more camp registrations with code MULTIWEEK2020. Register for each camp week separately using this code. Applies to any combination of camp weeks with no limit. Can be used for one child attending multiple weeks or different children from the same household attending any of our camps. If registrations will be made more than 5 business days apart, please contact us first at camps@kramden.org. Improper use of this code to register for only one camp week will result in cancellation of your registration. 

Exclusions and Restrictions
Discounts cannot be used for camps offered through the City of Raleigh or Town of Cary Parks and Recreation departments.

Only one discount code or scholarship may be used for each camp registration. This includes early registration and multi-camp discounts. Codes cannot be combined.

Refunds are available until two weeks before the camp start date. Please note that Eventbrite, our camp registration partner, does not refund any fees paid as part of the registration. For example, a full refund on a $275 5-day camp will be $256.90.

Campers need to bring their own lunches. We’ll provide snacks and water. If your camper has food allergies or restrictions, be sure to list them when you register. Make sure your child is aware of their allergies and what foods or ingredients to avoid. We will have peanut-, tree nut- and gluten-free snacks available.

Camps are from 9 am to 4 pm each day. You can drop off as early as 8:30 am, and pick up no later than 4:30 pm. If your child has to miss a day of camp, please let us know as soon as you can.

If you need to contact your child or the instructors during the day, call 919-293-1133.

When you drop off your camper in the morning, please come in to the office to check in. Please also come inside to check out your camper at the end of the day when picking up.

Only authorized adults will be allowed to pick up a camper. If you need to add another authorized adult after registration, email their full name and relationship to the camper to classes@kramden.org. This must be done before the pickup time. This includes any other parent/guardian or any relative if they were not listed during registration. We may check IDs at pickup to ensure your camper’s safety.

If your child has any daily or emergency medication or device, such as an EpiPen, please make sure they bring it. Let the instructors know they have it when you check in. All medication must be brought in the original bottle and campers will only be allowed to use it as directed on the bottle unless accompanied by a doctor’s note. No medications other than those listed on your camper’s registration or those you inform us about in advance will be allowed. If your student may have trouble using their medication as directed, please let the instructors know. If you have information about your child’s special needs that will help us make sure they a great time at camp, please contact us before camp begins.

Our camps include break times and activities when campers will be outdoors (weather permitting). Make sure your child brings appropriate clothing and supplies (jacket, sunscreen, water bottle, etc). If there are restrictions on your child’s physical activity, please let us know in advance.

Campers are expected to treat the instructors and other campers with respect at all times. If a camper is disruptive, instructors may intervene to help the camper improve their behavior. Continued disruptive behavior may result in temporary or permanent dismissal from camp. Physical aggression or threatening behavior will result in immediate, permanent dismissal from camp.

Campers are permitted to bring their devices to camp, but may only use them when allowed by the instructors. If device use interferes with camp activities, the instructors may take possession of the device until the end of the day.

Camp Locations

Camps are held at our office in Durham near RTP unless otherwise noted. Some camps are located in Raleigh and Cary.

Questions?

Email camps@kramden.org or call 919-293-1133.