Computer Science Summer Camps

All 2020 Computer Science Summer Camps have been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions and the safety of all participants and staff involved.

 

At Western, students crave adventure both in and out of the classroom. Summer camps are no different. In our overnight camps, Computer Science campers will spend time each day learning about computer programming, software and technology. The other half of the day will be spent enjoying the great outdoors surrounding the Western campus. The camps are open to any student entering eighth grade through 12th grade. Each camp is limited to 20 campers. We are still working on the cost of the camp, but are anticipating around $150/person, including five nights of lodging, all meals and recreational programming.

2020 Camp Dates

Sunday, June 28 - Friday, July 3

Sunday, July 5 - Friday, July 10

Overnight Camp Schedule

Sunday 

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Drop off/Check In

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Dinner (Sodexo)

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Icebreaker, Camp Info & Settle Into Dorms

Monday 

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast in RAC

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

CS Lab Session

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WP Experience & Lunch (Sodexo box lunch)

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

CS Lab Session

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Dinner (Sodexo)

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Free Time

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Projector & Screen for Movie on Taylor Lawn

Tuesday 

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast n RAC

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

CS Lab Session

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WP Experience & Lunch (Sodexo box lunch)

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

CS Lab Session

6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Dinner at Mario's in Gunnison

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Bingo for Western Swag (dorm lounge)

8:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Head Back to Dorms - Free Time

Wednesday 

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast in RAC

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

CS Lab Session

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Campus Tour & Lunch with Ambassadors

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

CS Lab Session

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Dinner (Sodexo)

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Free Time

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Jermaine's & Esports Collab - Games & Froyo

Thursday 

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast in RAC

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

CS Lab Session

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WP Experience & Lunch (Sodexo box lunch)

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

CS Lab Session

5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

LAST DAY BBQ - Intramurals Field

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Free Time

Friday 

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast in RAC

8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

CS Lab Session/Project Presentations

11:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Project Presentation & Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Pack Up Dorms & Any Last Requests/Info from CJ

Questions?

If you're interested in attending 2021 Computer Science Summer Camps, please contact Joel Kaskinen (jkaskinen@western.edu) to be added to our waitlist.

Daniel Schuster Headshot

Professor of Computer Science, Mathematics

Education
B.A., University of Colorado Boulder, Philosophy, 1978
B.S., Eastern Washington University, Mathematics and Computer Science, 1983
M.S., Mathematics, Eastern Washington University, 1987
Ph.D., Mathematics Education, University of Texas at Austin, 1996
Phone
970.943.2999
Email
dschuster@western.edu
Office Location
Hurst Hall 214
LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-schuster-76a41523/

Biography

How did you discover Western?

I rode a motorcycle through Gunnison in 1980 and loved the place. I always wanted to come back. I applied for a professor's job in 1988 and the rest is history.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

I was pleased to radically upgrade the curriculum in some of the lower level Computer Science courses. I've enjoyed creating new courses such as Computer Science 250 Web Development 1 and Computer Science 120 Professional Computer Literacy, which is the single most successful Computer Science class Western’s has ever had, measured by number of students.

I wrote the first successful proposal for a Computer Science major in 2001 and helped John Peterson do the rewrite in 2014. In the summer of 2018, I worked with our new faculty to create the radically improved, more comprehensive Computer Science majors that are in place now.

For the last few years I’ve been directing students in the development of a Python game programming library, based on Pygame but much easier to use. It’s been used successfully in high schools and in our own class, and it’s about ready for general public release.

What most excites you about your field?

There’s simply no end to the innovation. As a teacher, that always gives me something new and challenging to learn and then to teach. That’s a wonderful experience.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

Two things—the environment and the people.

The environment is simply unparalleled for the things I like to do. I’m a motorcyclist and there are literally thousands of miles of trails and jeep road in the county that I’ve been able to explore on my dirt bikes. Some of the best curvy paved roads in the country are here and I get to ride them on my BMW.

The people of Gunnison are like so many others in the American West—live and let live. That very much matches my own philosophy. Gunnison is a place where people want to live. That’s a great thing.