ImagineLab: A Summer of Teen Innovation & Celebration!

Imagine a place where teens come in with ideas about the problems we face as a society and come out empowered by new possibilities about how to solve them. This year at two camps offered by UNC’s School of Education, middle and high school students will explore those possibilities through design, gaming, engineering, computer science and entrepreneurship. At the newly re-designed facility at the Carolina Center for Excellence in Education, students will have the chance to engage larger problems through coding, game design, building virtual worlds and apps, video production, and 3D printing as well as pitching their ideas and creations in an innovation showcase. Through building these skills and developing connections, students will develop confidence in their own abilities to become designers, makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs while making lasting friendships along the way. All backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome – come join us to imagine the possibilities of the future!

DreamBuilders

DreamBuilders is a place where teens like you come in wanting to inspire a better future. Do you like to work with your hands? Do you like to solve problems, fix things, make your life and the life of others work better? Join a team of your peers to combine these passions and skills, as well as develop new ones, to solve real world problems that impact real people. Become a part of a community of like-minded problem-solvers that will become our future leaders. Take a chance on DreamBuilders, a camp designed for teens like you. Whether it be through programming robots, coding in scratch, video production, using recycled materials to build new products and much more, DreamBuilders will help you expand your skills as a creative problem solver building a better future. Dream big and make your mark at DreamBuilders.

Activities include

  • Video Production
  • Exploring Virtual Reality design in Google Blocks
  • Prototype designs with 3D printing
  • Code your own apps in MIT App Inventor
  • Create your own digital books and comic books

 

GameChangers

Have you ever wondered how exciting it would be to create your own video games and apps? Start here. Want to design and build your own game in Unity? We will help you get started. Want to try out Augmented or Virtual Reality? We have you covered. Would you like to create a game that you can market to the world? This is the place to be. Why are these skills important? Computational thinking developed through game play builds foundational logic and design skills through game design, expands problem solving skills with debugging, and helps to develop collaboration through entrepreneurial experiences. By using the design thinking process and team skills to figure out complex problems, GameChangers helps students to discover innovative opportunities through game design. Ready to take on the title of GameChanger? You can start your summer adventure here. Sign Up Today!

Activities include

  • Build games in programs like Sploder, Scratch, Gamemaker Pro, and Unity
  • Design and build virtual worlds and adventure maps in Minecraft
  • Explore gameplay in VR and augmented reality
  • Create your own game soundtracks
  • Work with a team to develop a plan to market your game creation

Pricing

Each camp costs $450/week. An early registration discount of $25 per week will be applied if purchased before the early registration cutoff. Campers are not required to attend all weeks. Purchase weeks as desired. Limited funding is available for families who demonstrate financial need. Email ccee@unc.edu or call 984.377.3654 for more info.

Scholarships

ImagineLab offers scholarships for our camps on a first come, first serve basis according to financial need. Scholarship recipients will receive a full week of ImagineLab (either DreamBuilders or GameChangers) for free.

Update: Scholarship applications are now closed and scholarships recipients have been contacted. Thank you all so much for your interest in ImagineLab!

Cancellations and Refunds

Camp tuition fees must be paid in full at the time of registration.

Cancellations made on or before June 14th will ensure a full refund of camp tuition.

For cancellations made after June 14th but on or before June 28, UNC SOE will refund 50% of fees.

Cancellations made on or after June 28 will not be eligible for a refund. If a camper is unable to attend any paid sessions of camp for any reason, the camper will not receive a refund. If UNC School of Education cancels the camp, you’ll receive a refund of the total camp fee.

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