Raikes School

Summer Camp


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 especially for students with limited or no computer science experience, as well as those with moderate or advanced experience. Students who expect to enter college in the fall of 2025 will be given priority based on total applications. Those in the high school class of 2026 may also be accepted on a space-available basis. Full and partial scholarships are available to students that submit a camp application. Applications will be accepted between February 1 and May 6!

2024 Dates: July 14-27, 2024

Cost: $2,050 (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'll 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'll learn fundamental innovation concepts and programming skills, with a primary focus on widely utilized languages like Java and Python, essential for both educational and business 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'll visit Nebraska’s NIMBUS drone lab, employer partners like Hudl’s world headquarters, Nelnet, Don't Panic Labs, and others 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

  • Thursday, February 1, 2024

    Camp Application Opens

    Need-based scholarships are available to students that submit a camp application.

  • Monday, May 6, 2024

    Camp Application Deadline

    Deadline to submit a camp application and to be considered for need-based scholarships. (Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after May 6 if space is available)

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024


    Applicants will be notified of admission and scholarship decisions.

  • Friday, June 7, 2024


    Admitted students' full registration payment is due to secure their spot. (After Friday, June 7, 2024, unpaid spots will be filled by students on a waitlist)

Questions? Contact Theresa Luensmann, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Outreach at the Raikes School, at tluensmann2@unl.edu or 402-472-9097.