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Ramapo College Offers Game Design and Data Science Camps for High School Students—Final Information Session Scheduled

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MAHWAH, N.J.—The final Information Session for the new Programming/Data Science Camp and Game Design for Teens Camp at Ramapo College of New Jersey is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25 from 7-8 p.m. in the Academic Complex, Room H-123. The instructors for each camp will be present to answer questions. Visit www.ramapo.edu/ramapocamps to sign up at either program’s web page.

Participants in the Game Design for Teens Camp choose among two sessions, July 5-15 or July 18-29. High school students are introduced to a variety of game design concepts including level construction, character design, and gameplay mechanics, using Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, and ActionScript 3.0 to conceive, design and make functional games for the Web. Students learn design standards and user experience theory, including HTML5 integration, and apply this knowledge to individual projects. Each student’s culminating project will incorporate personal style with programming to create a fully functional online game.

The new Programming/Data Science Camp introduces high school students to the new and fast-growing field of data science in which scientists combine skills in math, statistics, and computer programming to turn raw data into knowledge and insight. Students gain skills in writing, interpreting, and debugging computer code using Python and will use Python to write a web scraper, a utility that gathers information from the web. Students also learn how to use the Python-based SciPy package to display and analyze data. Finally, students use their skills to complete a short but complete data science research project on a topic of their choice. Examples include analyzing traffic patterns to improve traffic flow, finding evidence for a hypothesis in scientific data, and using modeling relationships in online social networks.

Additional summer programs for high school students to be held at Ramapo College this summer include the Princeton Review SAT Prep Plus College Immersion program for entering 11th and 12th graders; the Ramapo Explorers-Theater Camp offering both performance and technical theater classes for grades 9-12; and the Financial Literacy/Stock Market Trading Program also for grades 9-12.

The Ramapo College of New Jersey summer youth programs are directed by the College’s Center for Innovative and Professional Learning. The Center supports postgraduate professional education, workforce development, and alternative learning. The Center also engages in internal and external educational partnerships to advance the College, and provides innovative continuous learning opportunities for community members of all ages.

For program dates or to sign up for an Information Session, contact the Ramapo College Center for Innovative and Professional Learning at 201-684-7370 or visit www.ramapo.edu/ramapocamps

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About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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