2017 Workshops for Students Grades 9-12

3D Medical Modelling 9-12

July 17th - July 21st

Since the days of DaVinci, medical illustrators have been a key resource to doctors and physicians.  For hundreds of years, the detailed drawings of these specialized artists have filled medical textbooks.  In this workshop, students will take on the role of medical illustrators and animators and use Autodesk Maya and Keyshot to create 3D renderings of the body.  Participants will learn basic human anatomy, and build on 3D sculpting of the skeleton, brain, and or other anatomical landmarks.  They will work digitally, drawing several organs and learning how to animate molecules, and several internal structures of the body.  This workshop is perfect for anyone interested in medicine or 3D graphics.



New! Advanced Java

July 10th - July 21st

or July 24 - August 4th

Prerequisite: Creative Coding with Java (this summer or a previous summer)

In this course for the experienced coder, students will work with instructors to to develop an achievable project plan for an app or game. Over the course of two weeks, students will be taught different strategies for approaching common coding roadblocks, how to utilize the resources needed to troubleshoot and how to implement logical methodologies for problem-solving.  Students will share their goals and challenges with the class, and may work individually or in teams on their projects.  This challenging class is designed for the independent coder who wants to improve their skills with guidance and coaching.



New!  Electronic Dance Music Production

July 10th - July 21st

or July 24 - August 4th

Have you ever wanted to learn how to produce electronic dance music (EDM)? RIT Performing Arts will be holding a two week in-depth summer workshop for high school students! Learn how to compose, synthesize, edit, mix, and even master a finalized electronic music track. The following topics will be covered:


-Introduction to a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

-Creating sample-based percussion tracks

-Introduction to subtractive synthesis

-Creating layered basslines

-Creating lead melodies and harmonies

-Synthesizing string and pad sounds

-Adding vocals or vocal effects

-Adding sound effects and ambience

-Processing tracks with EQ, compression, delay, and reverb


-Mixing using automation

-Introduction to simple mastering techniques following final mixdown



Game Design with the Unreal Engine

July 10th - July 21st

or July 24 - August 4th

Unreal Engine is one of the most popular game engines used for making commercial and indie games.  Unreal takes advantage of the Blueprints Visual Scripting system, which allows you to program game logic without actually knowing how to type code.  This workshop is designed to teach you how to create 2D or 3D interactive environments and characters, place them into your scene and connect the logic so you breathe life into your own designed worlds. Unreal Engine has a free version, allowing you to continue work on your project even after the workshop ends



Restaurant Management Experience

July 31st - August 4th

Ever wonder what it’s like to run a real restaurant?  This workshop is great for anyone interested in exploring a career in the culinary arts.  For the first time in its history, Kids on Campus will be going behind-the-scenes into a large commercial kitchen!  Workshop participants will learn from professionals to think like chefs as they explore menu planning, recipes, nutrition, and the process of ordering ingredients. Much more than a cooking class, students in this workshop will learn proper use of a variety of professional food prep equipment, as well as personal kitchen safety, and critical food regulations, such as avoiding the temperature danger zone. Students will also learn how to create delicious meals that are nutritionally balanced, meet budgets, follow safety regulations and, most importantly, delight their customers. By the end of this workshop, students will follow all the necessary steps and will plan a restaurant-quality meal and deliver a delicious dish they prepare for lunch for all their fellow Kids on Campus campers.


Students will be working in a real live commercial kitchen. They must adhere to the following requirements for participation:

  • Students are required to wear a clean T-shirt, polo, clean long pants (jeans or khakis only). Pants must cover the entire leg and should be free of holes or stains.
  • Students must wear a clean hat with no dangling strings.  A hairnet or beard covering will be supplied if needed. Any hair longer than shoulder length must ALSO have on a hairnet. Bald or very short hair must also wear head covering. No knit hats. Hats are to be appving area
  • There are to be no personal electronic devices used during this workshop
  • As with all Kids on Campus workshops, appropriate behavior is expected. We will be enforcing a zero tolerance policy for misbehavior in this workshop. Misbehavior will result in removal.



The Science Of Fuel Cells

July 10th - July 14th

or July 17th - July 21st

As automotive technology evolves one thing is clear— Clean, Renewable Energy use is critical!  In this ground-breaking course,

students will work with cutting-edge technology as they experiment with electricity generation in a laboratory environment.

Students will learn about Hydrogen-Oxygen fuel cell construction and the key factors needed to improve energy performance.

Students will participate in research to examine the chemical-based hydrogen storage techniques and methods for releasing hydrogen, a vital component in the quest for renewable resources.  This exciting workshop is perfect for anyone curious about a career in science and technology.




Vignelli Design Studies Experience

July 17th - 21st

or July 24th - 28th

Led by Vignelli Center for Design Studies faculty and staff, this workshop is intended for students interested in learning about graphic design and developing their design skills.  Participants will have a unique opportunity to view world-class design collections at RIT and see real examples of excellent design work by important designers. This hands-on workshop will involve poster design and emphasize formal visual skills such as typography, organizational methods and necessary digital skills. Students will design in a computer lab and, at the end of the week, will participate in an exhibit and critique of their work.



Video Production

July 10th - July 21st

or July 24 - August 4th

In this intense and exciting workshop, students will learn the basics of video production.  Working in teams, students will explore documentary filmmaking, learning about Generation Youth and the critical craft of storyboarding.  After students have shot their footage, they will be taught professional editing techniques and a few special effects tricks.  The final workshop film will have a public debuting, airing on local television stations CW16, 13WHAM and RCTV Channel15!




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