3 Great Summer Camps to Choose From! 3d Printing, Hacking, and Drone Building!

Get hands on with advanced technology, side by side with our experts! Go deep into each topic over the course of each day. Our camps aren't hours sitting in a lecture hall on a nice Summer day, they are hands on, with experts in their field. Getting our hands dirty with the technology, and filled with a depth normally reserved for adult classes.
Each camp is held in the Convergent Media Center, a high tech mixed learning building on Capital University's campus, in Columbus, Ohio. You will also get lunch, snacks, drinks, a shirt, and a closing panel with experts in the field to answer all of your questions.

3D Printing & Design June 2, 2018

$249 Early Bird, before 4/15/2018

$299 Regular, after 4/15/2018

Eventbrite - Booster Academy 3D Printing & Design Summer Camp

Join our professional modeler & printer Brian Carnes, and the rest of the staff from Sea Dog Game Studios.

Each student will:

  • Learn the design and printing process
  • Learn Rhino3d, a top professional modelling package [no kiddie software here]
  • Prepare the model for slicing with Cura, and what G-Code is
  • Learn about different 3d printers and services
  • Print their own model on our printers
  • How to get the best out of your model with scaling, splitting, tolerance, and other final model steps
  • We will provide a laptop for each student, but you can take home your model, our sample files, and your printed object!

Computer Hacking June 30, 2018

$249 Early Bird, before 4/15/2018

$299 Regular, after 4/15/2018

Eventbrite - Booster Academy Computer Hacking Summer Camp

Join our cyber security expert Bill Sempf to learn all about hacking!

To stop the bad guys, sometimes you need to think like a bad guy. While it's important not to use those skills to do bad things (you'll go to jail, for starters) it is important to make sure that your computers and programs are protected. In this one day camp, you'll learn to think like a bad guy. You'll start off by learning two important basic skills - using the Linux command line, and working with an intercepting proxy. Then you'll look at some of the common weaknesses of networks and web sites. The camp will finish by getting you started in some ways to use your new skills for good - Bug Bounty programs, where you can help companies and organizations find security problems in their networks, and maybe even make a couple dollars doing so. Let's push all the buttons!

This is a hands on camp, and a laptop is required. Each student will receive a bootable USB stick with the tools and materials needed that they can bring home. Nearly any laptop will work. There are a limited number of laptops available if you do not have one.

Drone Build & Race July 7, 2018

$249 Early Bird, before 4/15/2018

$299 Regular, after 4/15/2018

Eventbrite - Booster Academy Drone Build and Race Summer Camp

Join our electronics nerd and drone racer Greg Huber.

Have you ever dreamed of flying? Have you seen videos of people piloting mini pod racers or watched drone racing on ESPN? Do you want in on the fun? Join us as we demystify these magical machines. In the first part of the day, we will learn all about the technology that makes quadcopters fly: flight controllers, motors, ESCs, receivers, transmitters, etc. Students will then have the opportunity to build a micro sized racing drone and put their skills to the test in the ultimate first person view Booster Drone Prix. Will YOU be crowned the ultimate drone racing champion of Booster Academy?

We will provide all the materials you will need, and you will take home information on how to get started at home.


Q. What is the agenda for the each camp?

The general agenda for each camp is: 8 am - 9 am : Arrival and Check-in; 9 am - 5 pm : Class will take place all day, with a break for lunch when the group hits a good break point (usually around 11:30 am); 5 pm - 6 pm : Career Panel, pick-up, and departure

Q. How is lunch handled?

Lunch is included with each camp. The class will determine when they want to break for lunch, based on progress in class, and when they get to a good breaking point. The class will be escorted a short way across Capital's beautiful campus to the dining room, where they will eat as a group. Please make a note of any special dietary concerns we should know about, and we'll do our best to handle them.

Q. What age must the student be?

All students in the ages from 13 to 18 are welcome at our Summer Camps.

Q. What skill level should the student have?

Our experts are great at working with any skill level, and they can adjust to a student just starting out, or one that is racing ahead! Some basic computing skills are needed, such as keyboard and mouse skills.

Q. What is the cost of each camp, and what is the refund policy?

Each camp is $299, but there are early bird discounts available (look for our discount codes.) A student can receive refunds up to 30 days before the camp start date, no questions asked. Just click the refund button on our website. There are no refunds within 30 days of the camp.

Q. What do I need to bring to camp?

What you need to bring to camp will vary by camp. Everything will be provided to you for our Drone Building & Racing and 3d Printing & Design camps, you don't need to bring anything! You will need to bring a laptop to the Computer Hacking camp. Nearly any laptop will do. You will need to be able to boot the laptop to a special USB stick we will provide that will have a small version of Linux and the toolkit we will be using. We do have a limited number of laptops that we can loan out for the day.

Q. Where is the Summer Camp located?

Each camp is located on Capital University's campus, in the Convergent Media Center building. Capital is located at 1 College Ave and Main St., Bexley, Ohio. Driving and parking instructions will be emailed before each camp so that you are prepared, and know where to go.

Q. What is the career panel mentioned in the agenda?

Each camp ends with a one hour career panel. The panel will include our expert staff, as well as other leaders and professors in the relevant fields. This is a great chance to learn more about the possible careers in the field, and to how best to prepare themselves for the future. Parents are welcome to join their students during the career panel in learning more about their student's college and career planning.

Q. The camp we wanted to attend is full! What do we do?

We do keep our camps small so that each student gets more time with our experts. If you find the camp is sold out, plus join the wait list. If we get an opening, we'll let you know. If we get enough students on the wait list, we might be able to schedule an additional camp just for you!

Q. Have a question we haven't thought of?

Please, let us know about any questions you have. You can reach us at info@theboosteracademy.com.

About our Camp Instructors

Brian Carnes, 3d Printing & Design

Brian Carnes, 3d Printing & Design

Sea Dog Studios

Brian Carnes is a long time fan of all things geeky, historical, or high tech. As a child his passions included drawing and making models of old sailing ships he read about in naval history books as well as drawing cutaway rockets and airplanes. In 2005 Brian founded the tabletop game company, Sea Dog Game Studios (SDGS). Initially, everything SDGS made was hand sculpted as printers were an expensive option. However, when Brian's tabletop game Sailpower, had a successful Kickstarter run he used some of the profits to buy his first 3D printer. Initially this was used to create masters to be molded with process, but over time it grew into models being sold directly, and Brian has guided Sea Dog Game Studios to now have about 33% of all products produced directly through 3D printing with more being added all the time. The studio now operates more than seven professional-grade 3D printers and plans to add more soon!

Bill Sempf, Computer Hacking

Bill Sempf, Computer Hacking

Software Security Architect

Bill Sempf is a software security architect. His breadth of experience includes business and technical analysis, software design, development, testing, server management and maintenance, and security. In his 20 years of professional experience he has participated in the creation of well over 200 applications for large and small companies, managed the software infrastructure of two Internet service providers, coded complex software happily in every environment imaginable, tested the security of all natures of applications and APs, and made mainframes talk to cell phones. He is the author of C# 5 All in One for Dummies and Windows 8 Programming with HTML5 For Dummies; a coauthor of Effective Visual Studio.NET and many other books, a frequent contributor to industry magazines; and has recently been an invited speaker for the ACM and IEEE, BlackHat, CodeMash, DerbyCon, BSides, DevEssentials, the International XML Web Services Expo and the Association of Information Technology Professionals. Bill also serves on the board of the Columbus branch of the Open Web Application Security Project, and is the Administrative Director of Locksport International.

Greg Huber, Drone Building and Racing

Greg Huber, Drone Building and Racing

Electronics Nerd

Greg Huber manages Enterprise Architecture and Information Technology Innovation at First Solar. He has a background in Software Development and is an advocate for STEM. Greg is based in Northwest Ohio, and has taught several STEM classes in Wood County schools for Drones and 3d Printing. Greg is also an organizer for the Northwest Ohio FPV club, and has been building and racing drones since 2015.