From robots to golf: 10 cool summer camps at ASU

April 28, 2015

Sure, your kids could spend the summer in front of the TV or Xbox, but why not turn up the volume on their summer experience with these 10 cool camps available at ASU?

From robots to golf to digital art, there's something here to spark a variety of interests. For a complete list of all of ASU’s summer programs, visit ASU’s Digital Culture summer program Download Full Image

1. Level up: Create the next great video game

Minecraft and Super Mario aficionados, ever thought of designing your own game? Game Camps are a hands-on opportunity for middle and high school students to learn intensive video-game creation, visualization and production. Participants will use the latest software, hardware and development tools to create concepts and prototypes for 2-D and 3-D video gaming. Student-to-instructor ratios are very low in game camp – professor Kobayashi and one teacher's assistant for every 10 students – making this a very focused, individual experience.

- Ages: Grades 7-12

- Cost: $645 (high school session); $625 (middle school)

- When: High schoolers, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 1-12 (weekdays); middle schoolers, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 15-26 (weekdays)

- Where: Tempe campus

- Registration:

- Contact: Yoshihiro Kobayashi,

2. To the moon, Mars and beyond!

Blast off into space exploration with the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration’s summer camp. You will explore missions, spacecraft and instruments used to find the largest canyons, deepest craters and highest volcanoes of our solar system, and visit science operations centers on ASU’s Tempe campus. Then you’ll design and build your own spacecraft for a mission to the planetary body of your choice!

- Ages: Grades 6-8

- Cost: $225

- When: June 8-19

- Where: Tempe campus

- Registration:

- Contact: Margaret Hufford,

3. When art and technology collide

ASU’s Digital Culture summer program on the Tempe campus will challenge your creative and technical sides through a series of short, project-focused modules. Learn about producing digital music, computational imaging, projection mapping, programming and more.

- Ages: Incoming high school freshman through just-graduated seniors.

- Cost: $900, if registered by May 15

- When: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 8-25 (weekdays)

- Where: Tempe campus

- Registration:

- Contact: Loren Olson, 480-965-9839,

4. We mean ... Fore! Improve that golf game

It’s in the hole! Or at least it will be after your young golfer attends the Sun Devil Golf Camp to learn the mental, physical and technical aspects of the sport – as well as the fundamentals – from ASU golf coaches in this introduction to playing team golf. Day camp and overnight options.

- Ages: Grades 3-12

- Cost: $200 (day camp), $1,100 (overnight camp)

- When: June 14-17 (overnight camp); June 18-19 (day camp)

- Where: Tempe campus

- Registration:

- Contact: Tiernan McMackin, 480-567-5097,

5. Live the college life for 5 weeks

The Summer Collegiate Academy presents an exciting, one-of-a-kind opportunity for academically talented high school students this summer. During this non-residential program, students will become Sun Devils for five weeks and experience university life firsthand, take courses for credit and identify potential career paths through this selective, interactive experience. Summer Collegiate Academy allows students to: fast-track their future with courses for credit; learn how to be successful in college and high school; network with ASU faculty and staff and explore campus resources; establish a relationship with an ASU mentor, complete a capstone project to research careers and set goals for next steps; and experience ASU with a cohort of high-achieving peers.

- Ages: Grades 9-12

- Cost: $500

- When: June 1-July 3

- Where: Tempe or West campuses

- Registration:

- Contact: Taylor Whitley,, or Cecelia Maez, 480-965-6060

6. Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto

The future is here, and it needs more robots. Your student will design, construct and program them with this camp divided into two age groups:

7Up – Students learn programming using Alice programming environment with 3-D animation and movie and game development. Then students design and construct robots, learn NXT-G robotics programming and participate in the robotics challenge at the level of difficulty similar to FIRST Lego League Robotics Competition.

9Up – Students will learn Microsoft Robotics Studio, robot construction, VPL programming, C# programming, Web programming in Service-Oriented Computing and phone app programming. The camp features a robotics challenge.

- Ages: 7Up, grades 7-8; 9Up, grades 9-12

- Cost: $600. Deadline for scholarship consideration is May 1

- When: 7Up, 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m. June 1-12 (weekdays); 9Up, 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m. June 15-26 (weekdays)

- Where: Tempe campus

- Registration:

- Contact: Yinong Chen,

7. Move over, Trump; these students mean business

Got a budding CEO at your breakfast table? Get her started with the Business Scholars Institute, which introduces participants to business career opportunities and top business faculty. Tomorrow’s leaders will create business projects and begin building that all-important network – and while they’re at it, learn about the W. P. Carey Leaders Academy, an exclusive community for our top business students, and Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. If you’re going to take the world by storm, it’s best to start early.

- Ages: Grade 11

- Cost: $200

- When: June 15-19 (residential; housing and meals included)

- Where: Tempe campus

- Registration:

- Contact: Danna Remillard, 480-965-1930,

8. Everything is awesome at this Lego camp

Unleash those creative powers during the weeklong, full-day FIRST Lego League robotics camp where student teams work their way through 2014 FIRST Lego League (FLL) World Class robotics missions. Along the way they learn basic-to-intermediate EV3 programming and mechanical design. The week culminates in an FLL-style robotics tournament and awards ceremony. 

- Ages: Grades 4-8

- Cost: $225

- When: Tempe, June 1-5 or 8-12. Polytechnic, June 15-19 or June 22-26

- Where: Polytechnic or Tempe campuses

- Registration:

- Contact: Jen Velez,

9. Unleash a student's inner Frank Lloyd Wright

Students can build a towering tomorrow with the Summer Design Primer, an introductory course on the design disciplines of architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture and visual communication design. It introduces such basic design skills as sketching, interpretation and visual organization of information, creative thinking, model construction, spatial thinking and Adobe Creative Suite.

- Ages: Incoming design freshman enrolled at ASU for the fall 2015 semester, and area high school students who will entering their senior year in August 2015

- Cost: $1,500 if paid before 5 p.m. May 15; otherwise, $1,800. Deadline for scholarship consideration is May 31

- When: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. June 15-July 17

- Where: Tempe campus

- Registration:

- Contact: Jessica Vasquez, 480-965-3536,

10. What's college really like? Find out here

High school students can find out what being a Sun Devil is all about through the Summer Experience at ASU West, a distinctive college-prep experience at ASU's West campus. Interactive activities could include research, laboratory and museum visits, presentations, seminars, college-major explorations and panel discussions led by ASU students and faculty. 

Summer Experience at West I (overnight/residential):

- Ages: Grades 11-12

- Cost: $50

- When: June 9-11

- Where: West campus

- Registration:

Summer Experience at West II (non-residential):

- Ages: Grades 9-12

- Cost: $25

- When: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16-18

- Where: West campus

- Registration:

- Contact for both: Anna Calloway, 602-543-2890,

Penny Walker

Director, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


Sci-fi anthology explores visions of the future

April 28, 2015

Imagine a world devoid of animal life except for humans. Or a future where medical advances enable people to live for hundreds upon hundreds of years. Would life be as sweet if there was no end in sight, or without our pets to greet us at the door at the end of a long day?

These are just a few of the quandaries explored in “Living Tomorrow,” a new anthology of creative, thought-provoking visions of the future crafted by young people ages 13-25 from across the United States and worldwide. The science fiction stories featured in the volume, published by Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, Intel’s Tomorrow Project and the Society for Science & the Public, examine futures shaped by environmental and biological science and technology. cover of the "Living Tomorrow" anthology Download Full Image

“Living Tomorrow” also features an essay from technology theorist Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of the book “The Distraction Addiction” (2013), along with interviews with Brenda Cooper, a science fiction and fantasy author, futurist and chief technology officer for the city of Kirkland, Washington, and Vandana Singh, a speculative fiction author, professor of physics and climate change researcher at Framingham State University in Massachusetts.

The anthology is the third in a series of books drawn from “The Future: Powered by Fiction,” a global competition that challenged young people to create science-based narrative visions of the future. The competition attracted hundreds of entries from 15 countries and 36 states in the U.S., plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

“The Tomorrow Project anthologies are an invitation for people to share diverse perspectives on the future we’re building together. The stories in ‘Living Tomorrow’ demonstrate the power of storytelling as a method for assessing the broad array of impacts that advancing science and technology might have on human societies,” said Ruth Wylie, assistant director of the Center for Science and the Imagination.

All three books are co-edited by Ed Finn, director of the Center for Science and the Imagination, and G. Pascal Zachary, a professor of practice at the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes.

“Thinking about the future is challenging, confusing and sometimes fraught with a mixture of hope and fear,” said Zachary. “Our series emphasizes living – acts of existence – because our challenge is not only to imagine a desirable and meaningful future. We must also try to imagine how we can be in these futures. Stories are often the best way to think about lived experiences that are not yet available to us.”

The first book in the series, titled “The Future: Powered by Fiction,” features stories from the ten winners of the competition, who each received a $1,000 award. They are accompanied by an essay from Intel futurist Brian David Johnson, an interview with Bryan Walsh, foreign editor at Time magazine, and an original piece of art from ASU master of fine arts student AJ Nafziger.

The second book, titled “Dark Futures,” features stories exploring dystopian futures where technology and society have run amok. The volume features an essay from author and technologist Ramez Naam, and an interview with legendary science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson. It also includes visual art from ASU master of fine arts students and graduates Haylee Bolinger, Bobby Zokaites, Eli McGlothern and Nafziger, from the Herberger Insititute for Design and the Arts.

"These anthologies are tangible artifacts of the Tomorrow Project’s mission: to encourage imaginative and critical thinking about the future, and how emerging science and technology are shaping the way we live, work, learn and relate to other people,” said co-editor Ed Finn.

“We believe everyone should be an active participant in the future,” said Brian David Johnson, who directs the Tomorrow Project at Intel. “These stories give us a language to talk about our possible tomorrows. But they have even more impact because they have been dreamed up by the young minds who will actually construct and build these futures.”

A fourth volume drawn from the “Powered by Fiction” competition, titled “Journeys through Time and Space,” is slated for publication in summer 2015.

The books are available to download and share for free at

Joey Eschrich

program manager, Center for Science and the Imagination