Camp CAEN

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Camp CAEN was an elite[citation needed] computer camp offered by the College of Engineering's Computer Aided Engineering Network (CAEN) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. On January 31, 2011, it was announced on the Camp CAEN web site that the program will no longer be offered due to the retirement of the founding director, Ann A. Gordon.

Camp CAEN was housed on UMich's North Campus and was focused on educating junior high and high school aged students on subjects related to computer science and computer engineering.

Staff members, traditionally students working on an undergraduate degree in Computer Science but more recently including graduate students and professors, taught classes such as: Java programming, C++ programming, C# programming, game development, artificial intelligence (AI), Web development, Flash animation, computer graphics, 3D modeling and rendering, and virtual reality.

A typical session lasted two weeks, during which students attended two three-hour classes per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The subject of the morning class was usually a programming language, such as java, C++ or C# while the afternoon classes usually covered web or graphics related topics such as Web Design with CSS, Flash or 3D modeling. The programming language classes covered in two weeks the material that an introductory Computer Science course at many universities or colleges would cover in about half a semester.

Aside from the classes, students enjoyed many recreational activities and got a taste of college-dormitory living. The recreational activities included outdoor games such as Ultimate Frisbee and Capture the Flag as well as computer games (perennial favorites being StarCraft, Warcraft III and Counter Strike).

2008 Camp CAEN[edit]

In 2008, Camp CAEN was in session from June 15 to August 1 in two and one-week installments. Classes took place in the North Campus's Pierpoint Commons and other buildings on the North Campus, including the Lurie Tower. Residents were housed at Bursley Hall, provided by University of Michigan Housing.

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