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UW-Whitewater CyberHigh Camp

Although we have had to cancel our 2020 CyberHigh due to COVID-19, we are pleased to announce the UWW Virtual Tech Camp 2020! This camp will consist of a series of technology related Camp Activities that will become available through the summer of 2020. This camp is free of charge and open to any interested high school student.  

 Each Camp Activity will focus on a different area of tech. You will learn tech concepts, hear from technology professionals, and complete hands-on activities. Our first Camp Activity is Deconstructing YouTube. It will take a look at what it takes to build a large online video platform and will be available mid-June.  Additional Activity Details.

 Don’t want to miss out on any of the fun? Register here and we will email you whenever we post a new Camp Activity!

The face-to-face CyberHigh 2020 event has been cancelled.  Please enjoy our virtual camp for 2020, and check back for 2021 CyberHigh Details!

CyberHigh is an overnight camp designed for incoming 9th through 12th grade girls. During this two-day camp, campers will use technology to solve real world problems encountered in the business, music, and science world. Learning activities will be supervised by a combination of UW-Whitewater students, staff, and IT industry professionals. Participants will also partake in recreational activities on campus.  The topics covered change from year to year, so even if you attended in a prior year, plan to attend again!  This camp is available to girls entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2020.

Date: Thursday, July 9 - Friday, July 10, 2020

Limited to the first 32 registrants.


Register Online closed

Registrations accepted online until noon 7/8/20. We do accept walk up registrations, if not sold out. Walk-up registration will be available to download here after the online registration closes. 

Deconstructing YouTube 

Welcome to the first activity of the UW-Whitewater Virtual Tech Camp 2020, Deconstructing YouTube. In this activity, you will learn about Information Technology (IT) from real IT professionals, and how they work together to create an online product like YouTube.

• • • • Activity Level: Beginner

• • • • Supplies: • All you need is yourself and computer, tablet, or smartphone. Scratch paper and a pen/pencil are recommended as well.

• • • •  Duration: • Approximately 5-6 hours: • 1 hour video instruction + self-paced activities. Feel free to stop and restart. Each section is stand-alone, so if you’re not interested in a section, feel free to move to the next one.

• • • • Key Concepts: • Programming, Search/Information Retrieval, Big Data, User Interfaces & User Design (UI/UX), and Project Management  

Getting Started. 

Computer programming is key to building a platform like YouTube. Join Dr. Platt as she talks about what it means to be a computer programmer. She will also discuss two major components of YouTube that programmers must tackle: helping people find videos they are interested in watching and handling the vast amounts of data produced on the platform. 

You can watch the video here:  

Activity: Search and Recommendations 

After watching the video, see if you can answer the following questions. If you’d like a response from Dr. Platt, post your answers in the video comments section! 

1. Log into your own YouTube account and look at what videos are recommended. How do you think YouTube decided what to recommend? Do you see any patterns or topics to the videos? How does this relate to what you learned in the video? 

2. Ask a friend or family member to log into their YouTube account, and compare/contrast the types of videos YouTube recommends. Does anything surprise you?

3. Use the search bar in YouTube to search for “baking a cake”. What types of videos do you see? How do you think your previous searches might impact the videos you are being shown? 

4. Click on a few of the videos from (3), and pay attention to the additional videos recommended. Do you see any trends? How does this relate to what you learned in this activity? 

Digging Deeper. 

In addition to programming, there are many other technology jobs that are needed to build a site like YouTube. We are going to dig deeper into two of these areas: User Interface Design and Project Management. 

User interface design experts study what people need from technology and design user interfaces to make working with technology easier. In this video, Patrica Basuel shares her experience in this area working on a diverse range of products. 

Project managers are the ones that keep technology projects on track. Whether you are creating a brand new product or adding features to an existing product, project managers are the ones keeping everything running smoothly. Learn from Randy Smith, an IT Manager at Harley-Davidson, about how technology projects help keep the fabled motorcycle company humming. 

Activity: UI/UX 

Learn more about how UI/UX experts design mobile apps by doing this activity. 

Activity: Project Management

Your “project” is to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You’ve never made one before. What would you need, what are the tasks you would perform, and in what order would you do them? 

Ready for a laugh? This is a funny video about how something this simple can go wrong!

Additional Resources.

What is Project Management: 

Who are Project Managers: 

An introduction to computer programming: 

Want to see what kinds of courses you take as part of an IT degree?

(check out ITSCM 385 AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT & ITSCM 414 MINING UNSTRUCTURED DATA - they relate to what you learned today!)

Resident Camper: $95

Resident campers will be housed in one of the residence halls located on the UW-Whitewater campus. The residence hall has a secured entrance and the campers are monitored by the residence hall directors, assistants, and by our own camp counseling staff. Roommate requests made by online registration closing date will be honored when possible; otherwise campers are paired by age and gender. Developing new friends is encouraged. Rooms are double occupancy only. Please note that our residence halls are not air conditioned. We strongly advise campers to bring a fan if possible. The bathrooms and showers offer clean, individual stalls for privacy. Resident campers will have three well-balanced meals each full day. Meals are included in the registration fee.


Are available to those with special circumstances.  Indicate your circumstance in the registration by checking  REQFULLSCHOLAR to request a full scholarship or REQHALFSCHOLAR to request a half scholarship at check out.  Scholarship requests cannot be applied after you register and pay.  You will be notified by July 1, 2020 via email if you have been awarded a scholarship.  

Fees Include

The fee covers lodging, meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt* and insurance.

*T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by 6/26/20.


All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of the event.  Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start date of the event session in order to receive a refund, less the 20% administrative fee. Cancellation requests received less than 21 days from the start of the event will receive a refund minus a 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the 20% administrative fee, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of the event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant's name, event title and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such a case, all fees paid will be refunded or the registrant can choose to apply fees to a different summer event.

Received an Award, Sponsorship or Discount?

For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice.  Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.

Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code at check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.

A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.

Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from and are blocked from receiving notifications from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Info Packet

Pre camp information will be available on this website three weeks prior to the start of camp. Pre camp information includes medication requirements (complete only if taking meds at this event), parking details, check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, mailing address for camper mail, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp. If any medical information changes, it is your responsibility to notify Continuing Education Services at

Info Packet Available 3 weeks prior to event

Check in and Orientation

Resident campers must check in at the location mentioned in the Info Packet. Parents/guardians are invited to visit with staff members and ask any last minute questions. Please note that there are no structured activities during the check-in period, but residential staff will be in the residence hall to help campers get settled in their rooms and encourage campers to begin getting to know one another in an informal setting.

Arrival/Departure Outside the Event Scheduled Time

If your schedule results in you arriving after the designated check-in or before check-out time, please indicate in your registration the time you will arrive/depart in the “Special Need/Comments” field or email, if changes happened after you registered. On the day of arrival to campus, check the schedule in the Info Packet to see where the group will be at the time of your arrival. Please call the staff number listed in the Info Packet if you have any questions the day you arrive. If there are questions prior to camp, please contact

Acceptable Use Policy

The safety of your child as well as the other campers is important to us. We are well aware of the concerns that many parents have regarding the use of technology, in particular the Internet. It is our expectation that all campers will use the technology appropriately and for educational purposes. Please read and review the CyberHigh Acceptable Use Policy with your daughter. A signed copy of this policy must be brought to camp on the first day.

Frequently Asked Questions

We receive many questions from registrants and guardians.  Click here to review our frequently asked questions about summer camps.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here. Campus building addresses can be found here.


Parking details will be available in the Info Packet.  Notice: All campus parking lots require a parking permit.  Failure to follow parking regulations will result in a fine.  More information is available on the Visitor Center website.

Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. UW-Whitewater will hold all registrants responsible for their conduct.  Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from event.  Registrants dismissed from the event will not receive a refund.  Please review the Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home, but ultimately it is your decision. We know that parents and children value the ability to be able to call each other at a moment's notice.  For that reason, we do not prohibit cell phones at camp, but ask that cell phone use does not interfere with the event and other participants.  Parents are responsible for setting clear guidelines for cell use with their child.  We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Typical Day One Schedule

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Check In 
8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Sessions
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 - 5:30 p.m. Sessions
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Session
8:30 - 10:00 p.m. Free Time
10:00 p.m. All students in residence hall

*All times are subject to change, the info packet will have the accurate schedule

Typical Final Day Schedule

7:45 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Pack up room
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Session
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Session
1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Present Idea
2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Check out of residence halls

*All times are subject to change, the info packet will have the accurate schedule


Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

By registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.  Any media shared with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on social media or use of its hashtags grants the University use to media for any purpose.