Java Camp
July 20-25, 2003
For students entering grades 10, 11, and 12

Who should attend
Students entering grades 10-12. Highly motivated students entering ninth grade will be considered but must provide a teacher recommendation. Students who have graduated from high school and plan to study computer science in college may also benefit from enrolling in this camp.

About the program
Develop your logic and programming skills through immersion in the fundamentals of the latest, popular computer programming language--Java. This program is perfect for you if you've completed an introductory high school programming course and two years of high school mathematics (algebra and/or geometry). It is also suitable if you have taken the Advanced Placement (AP) exam in C++ or if you're planning to take the new, Java-based AP computer science exam in high school next year.

By attending this camp you should be able to:
  • locate and install free Java compilers
  • use Java if statements, loops, and arrays
  • understand and use classes and objects in a Java program
  • write stand-alone Java console and graphical applications
  • create Java applets that execute within Web pages
  • use simple graphics and existing libraries in Java programs
  • become familiar with the topics of the new, Java-based 2004 AP Computer Science A exam
  • Instructor
    Curt Minich is the K-12 computer department chairman at the Wyomissing Area School District. He has been teaching computer programming and advanced placement computer science for more than ten years. Minich is also a computer science adjunct instructor at Penn State Berks and the Web design program coordinator at the Reading Area Community College.

    Fees and Registration
    Resident campers
    The $445 fee includes housing, meals,
    instruction, and materials.
    Day campers
    The $345 fee covers instruction, lunch, and all program materials.
    The fee may be paid by check, money order, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or VISA.

    To register, a parent or guardian must complete the .pdf printable registration form or the Word.doc printable registration form  and return it with the fee to Penn State by July 1, or before capacity is reached.

    Fax registrations must be accompanied by credit card payment information. You will be notified promptly of any cancellations or schedule or program changes. Conferences and Institutes will confirm your enrollment in the program and provide information on participant pickup and drop-off locations, accommodations, and final registration check-in.

    Medical Insurance
    The University does not provide medical insurance for youth participants. In the event of illness or injury requiring treatment, hospitalization, or surgery, family medical insurance must be used. Parents or guardians will be billed directly for any medical care given at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

    The University urges that participants be covered by some form of personal medical insurance. Be sure to provide your insurance company information.

    The parent(s) or guardian(s) of a participant requiring medical treatment at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center will be notified of the treatment required. Because timely notification is crucial for insurance claims, it is extremely important for you to list the following in the Medical Treatment Authorization portion of the registration form: your daytime and home phone numbers, your pager or cell phone number (if applicable), and your physician's name and phone number.

    Health Care
    Staff members will refer medical emergencies and illnesses to the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. A parent or guardian must sign the Medical Treatment Authorization portion of the registration form to grant permission for any medical attention required during the program.

    University Policies
    Refunds--All cancellations must be received in writing by mail or fax. Refunds, minus a $50 administrative fee, will be made for cancellations received fifteen days prior to the first day of the program. Refund requests made after that time will not be honored, and the participant or sponsoring organization is responsible for the fee.

    Access--Penn State encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the conference planner at 814-863-5100 a minimum of seven days prior to your visit.

    Cancellation--The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

    Confidentiality--For safety reasons, the University will not release the names or phone numbers of other participants, even to those who wish to carpool.


    About program content
    Curt Minich

    Walter Fullam
    Director of Continuing Education
    Penn State Berks
    134 Franco Building
    Reading PA 19610-6009
    Phone: 610-396-6223

    About registration
    Chriss A. Schultz
    Academic Youth Program Coordinator
    The Pennsylvania State University
    225 The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
    University Park PA 16802-7005
    Phone: 814-863-5100