Clemson University Spectrum Program (CUSP)

Registration is Open!


Game Coding for Neurodivergent Learners (Rising 10th-12th Graders)

Online/Virtual and In-Person Options

Students will learn design principles and work on small teams to develop computer games using the GoDot platform.

Applicants should be high-school students who identify as autistic or having Asperger’s Syndrome. Previous coding experience is not required. The camp will provide opportunities for students at many skill levels (from beginner to advanced). 

This camp is a collaboration between Microsoft Research's Ability Lab, Clemson's Human Factors Software Engineering Team, and the Clemson University Spectrum Program. The two-week coding experience is being provided in two formats, online and in-person (on the Clemson campus).

This course is offered as a two week program with classes Monday-Friday. Students may participate fully online, fully in-person, or choose one week to be online and the other week to be in-person.

In addition to learning to code, students who reside on campus will participate in activities and instruction designed to further develop their executive functioning, problem-solving, and self-advocacy skills, which are necessary for college success.

If in-person course is selected for both weeks, arrival will be Sunday, June 13 and stay until Saturday, June 26. Due to COVID, if you choose 2 weeks in person a weekend stay is required. There is no additional fee, it is included in your tuition.

Course Dates:

Week 1 Monday, June 14 through Friday, June 18, 2021 

Week 2 Monday, June 21 through Friday, June 25, 2021

The online coding sessions will run from 12:30- 3:30 pm M-F. The in-person students will have morning instruction related to college readiness and coding sessions from 12:30-3:30 pm.


Course Leader(s): Tom Beeson, Ed.S., Paige Rodeghero, Ph.D, and Andy Begel, Ph.D

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Fees and Payments

Registration Deposit $200
  • This deposit secures your camper's spot in the summer camp program.
  • The deposit applies to the overall tuition.
Tuition $400-$1,050 a week
  • $1,050 Tuition covers 1 week room and board, classroom materials, instructors, field trips, camper gift bags, and three meals per day M-F as well as dinner the night of check-in
  • $400 Tuition covers 1 week summer online courses, classroom materials, instructors
  • All final payments are due in full by June 7th, 2021
  • Absolutely no payments will be taken on site

How to Apply

  1. Access the registration website.
    • If it is your first time accessing the site:
      • Select "Ideal-Logic Login".
      • Select "Create a New Account".
      • Enter Parent/Guardian name and a valid, frequently-accessed email address.  The information provided will be the primary method of contact prior to program start.
    • If you have accessed the site previously:
      • Select "Ideal-Logic Login".
      • Use the credentials you previously created to log in to your account.
  2. Once logged into the registration site, Select CUSP Rising 10th-12th Grade, select Next and select your week, Week 1 and Week 2, Select Next and choose if you would like Virtual or In-Person. Complete all forms fully and accurately.
    • Pay the $200 initial deposit or pay in full.
      • This fee must be paid online at the time of registration to secure a spot in the summer program. 
  3. Submit transcripts: 
    • A copy of your High School transcript is required to determine acceptance. They do not need to be official. Please send to More information may be required at a later time as requested.