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" This summer I attended the Technology & Design Institute at Champlain College. Saying that this was a life changing experience is an understatement. This was one of the best decisions of my life. These eight jam-packed days were absolutely amazing.”

About the Technology and Design Institute

Choose your own pathway while exploring the intersection of design and technology! This Institute is jam-packed with all things technology. Not only will you have access to all things digital, but you will also connect with professionals at the forefront of their fields. You will be immersed in all things tech and get to choose your focus area: a topic you want to explore in more detail throughout the week! Options include game design and programming, 3D modeling, interactive storytelling, visual communication design, microcontrollers, and more.

At This Institute You Will

  • Explore the intersection between tech, art, and social change.
  • Gain heavy-duty programming language skills.
  • Make friends from around the state who share your interest in technology.
  • Develop your digital and graphic design skills.
  • Program microcontrollers, 3D model game assets, and experiment with Photoshop and Adobe suite.
  • Learn about the technical, artistic, and business aspects of technology & design.

Whether you’re a casual user or supergeek, this institute is designed for you.  We’ll explore the technologies of the future and look at innovative ways that information technology is being used to create a better world.  So join us on Champlain College’s beautiful Burlington campus – with a view of Lake Champlain – for a week of challenging accelerated learning.

For information regarding tuition, please click here.

This Institute is open to any high school student in grades 9-11 at the time they apply. Girls are eligible for special tuition discounts. Vermont students should talk to their school contact and apply by their school’s deadline.

Vermont Tech Jam calls GIV “A Geekette’s Dream!”

For questions about the Institute, call GIV at (802) 865-4448.

Check out the vibe from Technology and Design 2022!

Link to 2022 video.

Technology and Design Faculty

Shannon Walters is passionate about using technology and the arts to create, collaborate, communicate and connect in new ways. She brings with her years of experience integrating technology as a Teacher Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist at The Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington. In addition to serving as Technology Concerns Chair for the Vermont School Library Association, she has served as a “Maker Space” lead and instructor for the Create, Make, Learn Institute; Tarrant Code Camp; and Dynamic Landscapes state technology conference, as well as faculty at the University of Vermont.

Robin brings a wealth of experience to GIV as the Program Director for Champlain’s master’s program in Emergent Media. Prior to her role at Champlain, Robin was co-chair of the Design & Creative Media program at the Center for Technology, Essex; and has run multiple community art programs to support young people through art-mentoring. She also just concluded her tenure as vice-chair of the board of trustees for the Vermont Arts Council. She is passionate about emergent media theory and practice, as well as graphic design, photography, and image-making. She has completed research in a variety of topics, most notably focused on the intersection of technology and educational pedagogy.

Gain Hands on Experience with Game Design, Programming, Graphic Design, and More!