Skip to main content
Jun 24

STEM Power, in collaboration with the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department at UW-Platteville, is thrilled to present a unique opportunity for high school students aspiring to learn more about computer science and UW-Platteville. Over an immersive experience, participants will dedicate approximately 30 hours in our state-of-the-art computer labs, learning the fundamentals of computer programming through the exciting process of developing their own video games.

But it's not just about coding! Participants will also get a taste of college life by touring campus, residing in campus residence halls (residential option), and enjoying meals in our dining facilities. This comprehensive program is designed to inspire, educate, and provide a real-life glimpse into the college experience, all while fostering a passion for STEM fields.

Date: Monday, Jun. 24 - Friday, Jun. 28
Time: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
STEM Power! Programming Computer Games

About Programming Computer Games

Throughout the week, you will:

  • Start by coding games in Scratch.
  • Learn fundamentals of programming in Python.
  • Create a Rubber Duck Hunt Game.
  • Design and showcase your own game at our family-friendly Game Gallery during Friday afternoon pick up.

Open to students entering grades 9-12. 

  • There are no pre-requisite courses or experiences required for this workshop. If you can turn on a computer, you are ready for this workshop. Be prepared to invest time and energy as you learn how to code. You can expect to work collaboratively with others.
  • Participants may choose the residential option and stay in campus residence halls or the commuter option.

Daily Schedule

Below is a sample schedule of daily activities throughout the week.

  • 6:30–9 a.m. Morning routine and breakfast
  • 9–11:30 a.m. Morning workshop
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:30–3:30 p.m. Afternoon workshop
  • 3:30–4:30 p.m. Supervised computer free time
  • 4:30–5:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 5:30–7 p.m. Planned activities and events
  • 7–9:30 p.m. Supervised social, game and free time


Commuter: $100*

  • Daily drop-off time between 8:30–8:50 a.m. 
  • Daily pick-up time between 3–3:30 p.m. 
  • Lunch provided

Residential: $262*

  • Monday drop-off time between 7:30–8:30 a.m. (no breakfast provided first day)
  • Friday pick-up time between 1:30–2:30 p.m.
  • Supervised as resident (with roommate) in an airconditioned residence hall on campus
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided (except no breakfast on Monday)
  • Evening programming/social activities provided (game systems and portable computing devices welcome)

*A $62 deposit is required at registration.

Registration closes on Monday, June 17.

Scholarships are available. For details, please contact Daniel Rhode, camp coordinator.

Programming Computer Games is part of STEM Power, a program for high school students where they can experience science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at UW-Platteville through a variety of camps. Learn more about STEM Power.

Disability Statement

To request disability accommodations, contact Daniel Rhode at or 608.342.1651.