Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN AND WHERE IS THE SUMMER CAMP HELD?

The Summer Camp will be held online from July 8–23, 2022. The pre-camp workshop will be held from July 5–7, 2022.

We are planning on an in-person component of the Wolfram High School Summer Camp. For our planning purposes, please indicate on the application form if you are interested and intend to attend in person. We will make a definitive decision based on feedback no later than February 1, 2022.

WHAT WOULD THE IN-PERSON COMPONENT LOOK LIKE?

In any scenario, the Summer Camp would remain the same project-based academic experience. The in-person component would take place in Champaign, Illinois, and will greatly depend on the number of students that indicate their intent to participate. Additional possibilities for in-person interaction may be added for those that cannot spend the full 16 days in Champaign.

HOW MUCH DOES CAMP COST, AND WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?

You can cancel your registration before June 1 for a full refund. If camp is hosted entirely online, the cost of camp is $750, including a $250 deposit. The cost of camp includes access to Wolfram technologies for a full year.

In-person activities will incur additional costs. In 2019, the full cost of the in-person camp was $2500.

WHO LEADS THE SUMMER CAMP?

A team of Wolfram Education experts will be running the Summer Camp. This team will include instructors and teaching assistants. All staff receive training in online safeguarding and must pass a background check before interacting with students. Our teaching assistants are all alumni from previous years of the Wolfram High School Summer Camp.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE WOLFRAM MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP INSTEAD?

The Wolfram Middle School Summer Camp is open to girls aged 11–14. 14-year-olds can apply to either or both programs.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE PRE-CAMP WORKSHOP?

The workshop is designed for younger or less experienced students who are capable of excelling at the Wolfram High School Summer Camp but have limited coding experience. The three-day workshop is an interactive crash course in Wolfram Language programming and will prepare students well for the rigor of camp.

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SUMMER CAMP?

You can hear more about the camp experience from alumni in the Wolfram High School Summer Camp Livestream Series, led by alumna Anwesha Das. In part one, Future Directions, alumni discuss their plans for the future and how being a part of Wolfram student programming has shaped their academic trajectories. In An Exploration of Project Work I and An Exploration of Project Work II, alumni discuss the projects they worked on at camp and what they learned from the experience. In Girls in STEM, some of our female alumnae discuss the challenging, fast-paced and inclusive environment of camp and talk about their journeys into STEM. In The Virtual Camp Experience, alumni from 2019 (in person) and 2020 (online) discuss the differences and similarities in their experiences of camp.