Summer Camp | Information Systems and Applied Technologies | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Applied Sciences and Arts

Summer Camp (Past)


Summer Camp for Middle School Girls 


The Build Your Own Android App Summer Camp is a three-day program designed to introduce middle school girls to the fun of mobile application development for Android phones. The camp will occur over three days and two nights at SIU Carbondale. Overnight is required. Attendees will be housed in University residence halls with two resident assistants providing supervision.

The curriculum for the camp includes 12-15 hours of face-to-face instruction in Android mobile application development using the MIT’s App Inventor.

Each day there will be a two hour lunch break. Attendees will lunch with the camp faculty and staff. During the daily lunch break, guest speakers will be featured. The speakers are women who are employed in the technology field. Each evening will offer recreation time at the SIU Carbondale facilities such as the Recreation Center and the Student Center. In the afternoon of the final day of camp, parents/guardians are invited to a closing ceremony where attendees will have the opportunity to showcase what they accomplished. during the camp.

Course Description

ISATStudents will be introduced to concepts for developing applications that run on the Android platform. Students will gain hands-on experience creating and deploying mobile applications with App Inventor, an open source visual development tool.

The course will explore features such as networking, web services, location services, phone sensors, media, speech recognition, and animation.

Students will gain a taste of college education as some of the topics covered in the camp are taught as part of the Information Systems and Technologies curriculum. However, the course is tailored to the age and experience of the camp. participants.


  • How to create mobile applications for Android phones?
  • How to build layouts and interfaces to interact with users?
  • How to store information on the phone and on the web?
  • How to use the phone sensors such as the location, accelerometer and orientation sensors?
  • How to interact with Google Maps?
  • How to talk with the phone?
  • How the phone can talk back to you?


A $50 deposit is required. The deposit is refundable upon completion of the camp. Applicants not meeting the payment deadline will forfeit the camp slot. Additional information will be mailed along with the registration confirmation.

The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, only those pre-registered will be notified.

Conduct Policy

You and your parent / guardian will be required to sign a Conduct Policy prior to attending the camp. Paperwork will be forwarded with your registration confirmation letter.

Our recommendation is that all concerned review the policy together before signing, then return it to the Continuing Education and Outreach.

No Phone Required

AndroidAttendees don’t need to have an Android phone to participate in the camp.

The Department currently owns Android phones that will be used in class. You can also use the Android emulator to run your apps.

Nonetheless, if you have an Android phone, you can use it for class assignments.

Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

The Android robot is reproduced or modified from work created and shared by Google and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.


The Program Director is Dr. Nancy Martin and the Program Instructor is Dr. Andrey Soares, both Assistant Professors in the School of Information Systems and Applied Technologies at SIU Carbondale.

Dr. Martin and Dr. Soares will be assisted by two SIU Carbondale students who will be working as Resident Assistants (RA) to provide supervision of attendees during the camp. In addition, two Teaching Assistants (TA) will be available in class to support the students learning experience. Attendees will have in-lab instruction and practice each day.

Contact Us

Nancy Martin, Ph.D.

IST Professor

Nancy Martin, Ph.D.
Office: ASA 211A
Phone: 618-453-8838