Skip to main content

UA Little Rock Emerging Analytics Center to Host Three Summer Camps

Middle school students participate in a UA Little Rock Virtual Reality Summer Camp at the Emerging Analytics Center on campus.
Middle school students participate in a UA Little Rock Virtual Reality Summer Camp at the Emerging Analytics Center. Photo by Ben Krain.

UA Little Rock’s Emerging Analytics Center (EAC) is gearing up for an exciting summer ahead, with three different summer camps on the horizon for middle and high school students.

Kicking off the summer, the EAC will be offering a VEX Robotics Camp for students in grades 5-8. The camp will run between June 10-14, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost will be $150. Students who attend will gain valuable skills in robotics, programming, and teamwork.

During this camp, students will learn to use VEX IQ, a kit designed for elementary and middle school aged children. Children and their teammates will design, construct, and program a robot in preparation for a competition at the end of the camp. Visit this link to register.

From July 8-12, the EAC will host students in grades 7-12 for a Cybersecurity Camp. During this camp, students will be equipped with the skills to protect against digital threats. Students will learn the CIA of cybersecurity, which is confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The EAC will teach students how layers of security work to form barriers, how to stay one step ahead of hackers, and how artificial-intelligence technology can be harnessed to bolster defenses and counter attacks. The fun, hands-on activities and challenges will offer attendees valuable cybersecurity knowledge and skills. The camp hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and attendance costs will total $150. Click here to register.

The EAC’s Virtual Reality Camp will introduce middle and high school students grades 7-12 to the exciting world of virtual reality. The camp will run from July 29 to Aug. 2, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the cost of attendance is $150.

Using the Unity software and Meta Quest 2 Headsets, the EAC will teach attendees how to create their own unique virtual-reality games and experiences. Instructors will guide students through the process of designing interactive environments, characters, and interactive gameplay. By the end of the camp, students will have created their own virtual-reality game to share with family and friends. Register here for the EAC’s VR camp.