UofL Digital Media Academy


A Digital Production Camp for Sixth-Grade Girls

June 15-26, 2015

The UofL Digital Media Academy (DMA) is a two-week day camp for rising sixth-grade girls from Lincoln Elementary and Cochran Elementary schools. The camp will be held at the University of Louisville from June 15 – 26, 9 am to 3 pm (with an optional hour from 3-4).

In this digital production camp, girls will play with and learn to produce several types of digital projects: movies, podcasts, and image manipulations. The theme of the camp this year will be “Design Your Community,” so each girl will explore how she understands the communities she is a part of and other communities she might aspire to join.


All activities of the camp will take place at the University of Louisville Belknap Campus. The majority of the camp will be in Bingham Humanities Room 204, a new 22-computer Mac lab. We will take on-campus field trips, visiting libraries, science labs, and innovation centers. Lunch will be provided from The Ville Grill. Girls will be escorted by camp counselors to and from drop-off points, the lunchroom, and any field trip locations.


The camp will be free to attend, including lunch. Girls will each receive a camp t-shirt, which they will be expected to wear daily, and a new iPod touch.


Girls will each receive their own new, free, WiFi-enabled iPod Touch, with earbuds, for taking pictures and video over the course of the camp. During the camp, the iPod Touch will remain with camp teachers for safekeeping and charging (and to make sure that each girl has her device every day). At the end of the camp, girls will take home their iPod Touch.


Girls will need to be dropped off and picked up at the University of Louisville each day during the following times:

8:45 – 9:00 am
3:00 – 3:15 pm
3:50 – 4:00 pm

Camp begins promptly at 9 am and ends at 3 pm. We have included a ride-sharing form in the letter distributed at the parent meeting.

Girls will need to be dropped off at the University of Louisville between 8:45 am and 9 am each morning. Due to construction, we’ve moved our original drop-off/pick-up point. Below are the driving directions to the new location. If you are using a smart phone, you can also use GPS to navigate to Rauch Planetarium.

— Enter at the campus entrance at 1st St. and Cardinal Blvd (across from Manual High School). You will come to a stop sign and see the North Information Center across the street. Turn RIGHT. You will come to a traffic circle with a red statue in the middle of it. That's where you can drop off and pick up your camper.

Note that you cannot park in the traffic circle, but there may be metered parking available on 3rd street if you need to park for any reason. There are also sometimes spots available in the parking lot next to the North Information Center.

If you are late, contact Andrea Olinger to find out where we are meeting and then walk your camper to the group.

Girls will need to be picked up at the same spot every afternoon. The first pick-up time will be between 3 and 3:15 pm. At 3:15 pm, all remaining campers will walk back to Bingham 204. We will again walk out to the same pick-up spot between 3:50 and 4 pm. If you arrive to pick up your camper between 3:15 and 3:50, you are more than welcome to walk to Bingham 204 to pick up your camper. Or, if you complete the text-message pick-up form allowing your camper to walk out to the car alone, we can send her out to your car at the pick-up spot upon receipt of a text message from the provided contact number.

If your camper is still here at 4:05 pm, we will have to call Home of the Innocents. If your camper remains at camp late more than once, she will not be allowed to return.


For information on the camp schedule, see https://louisvilledma2015.wordpress.com. For access to the site, email Keri Mathis at kemath01@louisville.edu.


For questions about the camp (schedule, logistics, etc.), please contact Dr. Andrea Olinger at arolin01@louisville.edu.

If at any point during camp hours you need to get in contact with us, please call Taleia Willis at 502-852-3567. She will put you in touch with the teachers of the camp.



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