Game Development

Makers and Mechanisms Day Camp

Dates: June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, 2022

Grades: Rising 5th-7th grades

Cost: Commuter $250 <What’s included in the cost?

Registrations Due: May 1, 2022

Sponsoring Department(s): UM Office of Pre-College Programs

Register AgreementMedical FormCovid Compliance

Make and tinker in these day camps intended for middle school students. Students will be provided with instruction and materials for creating their own projects and building simple machines. Snacks and daily outdoor activity time will be included. Check out the following themes:

Week 1: Grandpa's Garage
Dismantle household appliances to see what's inside, build simple machines, and much more in this project-based workshop.        
Week 2: Chain Reaction (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
Causes and effects take many forms in this science-and-engineering-themed day camp.
Week 3: Sculptures and Dioramas
Create sculptural scenes from movies and stories. Design characters and models of your own creation. Learn to get creative with found materials in this workshop.

Sponsoring Department: The Office of Pre-College Programs

Camp Type: Day Camp

Seats Available: 24 max


  • Be in good academic and conduct standing at the time of admission. The school can be public, private, parochial, or even home educated.
  • Complete the online application.
Time Event
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Morning Drop Off (Lamar Hall)
8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Classroom Activity related to Weekly Camp Theme
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Snack Break/Outside Activity
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Lunch Break (Makers and Mechanisms will provide lunch for campers on Fridays)
12:00 – 2:30 p.m. Classroom Activity related to Weekly Camp Theme
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Snack Break
3:00 – 4:15 p.m. Classroom Activity
4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Daily Wrap Up/Classroom Activity related to Weekly Camp Theme
5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Afternoon Pick-Up (Lamar Hall)
Steven Goodgame

Steven Goodgame (Week 1 and 3) is a computer science teacher at Lafayette Middle School. He is the creator of the first MakerSpace in his district, as well as one of the first middle school makerspaces across the state. He has been teaching for 17 years. For more on his interests in MakerSpaces, check out his blog:

Mr. Thomas Grosskopf (Week 2)

Registration for a camp or program is a two-part process – the online registration form and additional documentation. Both parts must be submitted to our office before a student is confirmed for enrollment in the program.

Please only register one student at a time.

Register Online

  • Step 1: Use the link above to go to the online registration portal.
  • Step 2: Select the appropriate options and click “Add Event to Cart.”
  • Step 3: Review your Cart Information and click “Checkout.”
    • Enter your email address and click “Continue Unregistered.”
    • Select the appropriate payment method and follow the prompts to complete the payment transaction. If you have a discount/scholarship code, you can enter it on the right side of the page and click “Apply.”
  • Step 4: Enter the Student’s Information, Parent/Guardian, Emergency Contact, and additional information. Click “Submit.” You will receive an emailed receipt and confirmation of registration. Please retain a copy of this receipt for your reference and tax purposes.

Submit Medical Form
The Office of Pre-College Programs requires all participating students to have medical paperwork and emergency contact information on file if a student is registered for an in-person program. This information is used in the event an accident or emergency occurs involving a student participant.

  • Step 1: Complete our Medical Form.
  • Step 2: The following documentation must also be sent to the Office of Pre-College Programs: Outreach and Continuing Education, Office of Pre-College Programs, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848.
    • Copy of Insurance Card (front and back sides) or Waiver of Insurance Form (included in Medical Form)
    • Copy of a Parent/Guardian’s Driver's License (front and back sides)  

For security of the student and parent’s information, our office does not recommend emailing or faxing medical documents.

Submit COVID Compliance Form
In accordance with University of Mississippi guidelines and policy regarding COVID-19 health and safety for on-campus summer programs, all residential, commuter, or day camp students are required to have a custodial parent/legal guardian review and complete the online COVID-19 Compliance, Liability Waiver, and Assumption of the Risk Addendum Form with the appropriate student and parent information.

Submit Agreement
The Office of Pre-College Programs has set guidelines and rules in place for the safety of the students participating in our camps and programs. Please review and complete the online Agreement Form with the appropriate student and parent information.

Cancellations and Refunds
Registrations may be cancelled up to two weeks prior to the selected session to receive an 80% refund. Refunds are not available if cancellation occurs less than two weeks prior to the selected session. Full refunds will be issued if the camp is cancelled due to low enrollment.

We know you share our concern for the safety of our children and staff. Please review the following protocols to make sure you understand how we will be caring for everyone this summer. These may be revised as the university updates health guidelines in our changing conditions. Current UM mask guidance can be found on the university’s COVID-19 Information page.

Pick-up and Drop-off

  • Families are asked to prescreen their children for COVID-19 symptoms prior to arrival. Our staff will conduct a symptom check at drop-off daily. Any child with symptoms will be sent home.

During the Day

  • Masks are not required in instructional spaces, though participants may wear them if they choose.
  • Masks will be required in the event that participants are transported on public transportation.
  • Children and staff will practice good hygiene including regular handwashing before and after meals.

In the Case of Illness

  • A child with symptoms that manifest during camp will be isolated with supervision. We expect family to pick up their child as soon as possible.
  • In the event that a child tests positive for COVID-19, program staff should be notified immediately.
  • If a camp experiences an outbreak, the program will close for the week. Rooms will be sanitized. “Take home” bags of supplies for activities that would have been done at camp will be made available for pick up.
  • Camps will follow university, MS Department of Health, and American Camp Association guidelines in determining when it is appropriate to shut down.
  • Refunds will be made for camps that shut down early. These refunds will be prorated for days missed and adjusted for scholarship amounts.

For additional information, please contact:

  • Address: Outreach and Continuing Education, Office of Pre-College Programs, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848
  • Phone: (662) 915-7621
  • Fax: (662) 915-1535
  • Email: