Raikes School

Summer Camp

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The Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management hosts an annual summer camp for current high school students.

Innovate: The Raikes School Way is designed for students with limited or no computer science experience. Students who expect to enter college in the fall of 2024 will be given priority based on total applications. Those in the high school class of 2025 may also be accepted on a space-available basis. (Students with moderate or advanced computer science experience are encouraged to contact the Raikes School directly for additional engagement opportunities.)

2023 Dates: July 16-29, 2023

Cost: $2,050 (Need-based scholarships are available to assist with the cost of the camp. Cost covers all housing, meals, instruction, and activities associated with the camp.)

2021 Campers in the lobby of the Kauffman Academic
				Residential Center.
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STEM-Focused Summer Programs for Ambitious High School Students

February 2019

“The two-week program’s unique blend of computer science and engineering with innovative entrepreneurship puts this program on the map for any engineering, business, or tech major.”

A group of campers present a pitch for an app logo.
The Kauffman Academic Residential Center, which is where
				campers stay during their time at the Innovate: The Raikes
				School Way camp

Stay in the Heart of Campus

During the 2-week camp, you will stay in the Kauffman Academic Residential Center, giving you an opportunity to live and learn in the same location as Raikes School students.

Summer campers sit in class learning core programming
				principles and problem solving techniques

Dive into Core Programming Concepts

Through project-oriented curriculum, you will learn basic innovation concepts and programming skills, primarily in Java, a language commonly used in education and job applications.

Learn from Raikes School Faculty

Academic instruction will be led by professors who teach Raikes School courses, including the Raikes School’s Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Cooper.

Director of the Raikes School Stephen Cooper speaking to a
				group of students

Visit Research Labs & Local Businesses

You will visit Nebraska’s NIMBUS drone lab, Hudl’s headquarters, Spreetail’s offices on Innovation Campus, and more to learn about applications of business and computing and professional opportunities in Lincoln.

A group of students touring Hudl's headquarters in
				downtown Lincoln, NE.
A group of campers playing sand volleyball on the campus of
				the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Explore the City and Nebraska’s Campus

With activities such as rock climbing at the Outdoor Adventure Center and movie nights at the Lincoln Grand, you will get a feel for what campus and Lincoln have to offer.

Campers at the bowling alley, one of the many fun,
				extracurricular activities at the camp

Connect with Your Peers

Through collaboration in class, evening games and activities, and trips to the dining hall for meals with your fellow students and Raikes School teaching assistants, you will gain new friends and mentors.

Application Timeline

  • Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Applications Open

    Apply to Summer Camp here Need-based scholarships form

    After applying to the camp, you may apply for need-based scholarships.

  • Friday, April 14, 2023


    Deadline for both applications for admission to the camp and need-based scholarships. (Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after April 14 if space is available)

  • Monday, April 24, 2023


    Applicants will be notified of admission and scholarship decisions.

  • Friday, May 26, 2023


    Accepted students' full registration payment is due to secure their spot. (After Friday, May 26, 2022, unpaid spots will be filled by students on a waitlist)

Questions? Contact Adam Britten, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Outreach at the Raikes School at adam.britten@unl.edu or 402-472-0737.