Gator Computing Program


The University of Florida is hosting the Gator Computing Program, a program for high school students entering tenth and eleventh grade in fall 2017. The program focuses on the pervasive role of computing in the modern world.  The 2017 Gator Computing Program will be held June 5-16, 2017 on the University of Florida campus, and taught by UF instructional faculty, researchers, and computing staff.

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All positions are currently filled.


The Program

Students enrolled in the Gator Computing Program will hear short presentations and demonstrations by UF faculty from the engineering, social sciences, medical research, and biotechnology disciplines, and those with expertise in 3-D printing technologies.

Each afternoon, students will tour various campus laboratories for an up-close view of what scientific work really looks like. One of the tours will be to the UF Data Center, home to HiPerGator, UF’s supercomputer. HiPerGator, short for High Performance Gator, is among the top supercomputers owned by a U.S. university.

During week one of the program, students will spend the mornings learning how to use computational tools to solve problems. Then, in week two, students will work in small project teams to use tools shown to them to solve a problem by themselves.  On the last day of the program, teachers and parents will be invited to see the students present the results obtained in their projects.

The Logistics

The 2017 Gator Computing Program will be Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 16, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.  All activities will be on UF campuses.

Students must be dropped off and picked up each day of the 10-day program.  Supervision will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please note: this is a day program. There is no residential component available. Students must be able to be driven to the UF campus each day.

Lunch, along with morning and afternoon snack breaks, are included in the participant cost.

Transportation for the lab tours and from the lecture and project room will provided by the university, as will computers to access HiPerGator.

The Costs

The cost for attending the two-week Gator Computing Program is $100. Selected students will receive an invitation packet with information regarding the payment process. Scholarships are available.


The program is sponsored by UF Information Technology. Organization of the program is managed by UFIT Research Computing and the Center for Precollegiate Education and Training.

Application Process

The application is available on-line and should be submit via the on-line Qualtrics system. A complete application packet includes the application, a short essay, first semester report card/transcript, and the GCP Teacher Endorsement 2017 form. There is no application fee. All positions are currently filled.


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