STEAM Super Summer Camp!

Saturday Enrichment Classes


GRADES 3 - 5


SCIENCE     


Cool Kids' Chemistry

How is chemistry important to everyday life?
Investigate the characteristics of liquids, chemical changes, solutes and solvents. Young chemists scrutinize colloids, gels, polymers and suspensions to understand the basics of chemistry. Observe, hypothesize, test, measure, mix, record data and draw conclusions while performing hands-on experiments to analyze the properties of substances.  Explore Atoms, Molecules, Acids & Bases, Reactions, Mixtures, Food & Taste, Molecular Chains, Molecules in Your Body, and more.

Cool Kids' Physics

Through listening, observing, exploring, experimenting, reinventing, testing, evaluating, questioning, critical thinking and more, students will learn about static electricity, Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion, simple machines, buoyancy, density, and more.  Hands-on activities engage young scientists teaching physics in meaningful ways.


TECHNOLOGY

Coder:  Code & Design Games In SCRATCH

​Scratch, a graphical programming language developed at MIT, introduces young people to basic programming concepts. You will learn how to create interactive stories, games, animations, computer games, and interactive projects as you learn to think creatively, problem solve, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.  

ENGINEERING

Amazing Robotics & Coding with SCRATCH

How can we tell a robot how to sense and navigate an obstacle?

From fundamental programming concepts, including loops and decision statements, to hardware such as sensors and motors, students use a block-based programming language (Scratch) to manipulate the movements of robots. Students get hands-on experience with technology, programming robots to follow a sequence, interact with their environment and/or act out a story. 

Build, Code, & Take Home Your Own Laptop

Build a laptop in this course that combines hardware and software knowledge for a hands-on approach to computer science. Students will put together their pi-top laptop—that's theirs to take home—from a Raspberry Pi and other circuit boards. They'll learn to troubleshoot their hardware assembly and then it's time to boot up the computer—that they built—to experience the thrill of coding in Python. With an introduction to hardware, engineering, and coding, this course has something for everyone.

ARTS


Video Game Creation & Animation I – Stencyl

How do designers develop, build and playtest games?

Designing a great game requires creativity as well as logic, analysis and innovation. Designers must think about what makes a game appealing and what keeps it engaging. Students apply principles of design such as prototyping, testing, gathering feedback and the iterative process as they choose and refine their own game themes and mechanics to maximize the fun. By the end of the course, young designers create a variety of games, such as video games, board games and/or card games.

Video Game Creation & Animation II – Fusion

Why play someone else’s game when you can make your own? Using Multimedia Fusion 2® you have one of the most flexible, powerful, and full-featured authoring tools available today.  Best of all you can create superior and impressive games with no programming skills.   Multimedia Fusion 2® provides you with everything you need to create awesome multi-level arcade or platform video games similar to Space Invaders™ or Super Mario™!  Level ll students will focus on game-play and advanced development techniques.  Best of all, you will be able to continue working on your project or start new ones at home by downloading the open source software!

 
 MATH

Personalized Instruction in Math 3 - 4

Based upon each child’s Diagnostic Assessment in math and reading given on the first day of attendance, a “Personalized Path to Success” is created identifying specific skills needed for progress to the next levels in each field.  Using blended-learning methods, including personalized instruction, small group activities, games, and computer-based lessons, skill gaps are tackled to develop strategies for improving in those areas.  Children are given both pre- and post-tests to measure progress.  A written comprehensive report is given to parent with results.   Improvements are expected for students who regularly attend for attending at least four (4) weeks.

Personalized Instruction in Math 5 – 6

Based upon each child’s Diagnostic Assessment in math and reading given on the first day of attendance, a “Personalized Path to Success” is created identifying specific skills needed for progress to the next levels in each field.  Using blended-learning methods, including personalized instruction, small group activities, games, and computer-based lessons, skill gaps are tackled to develop strategies for improving in those areas.  Children are given both pre- and post-tests to measure progress.  A written comprehensive report is given to parent with results.  Improvements are expected for students who regularly attend for attending at least four (4) weeks.


GRADES 6 - 9

SCIENCE


Cool Tweens' Chemistry

Explore physical properties (like density), acids & bases, polymerization, precipitation, physical & chemical reactions, electrochemistry, solubility, chromatography, endothermic & exothermic reactions and more.  Hands-on experiments engage students as they observe scientific phenomenon.

Cool Tweens' Machine Physics: Industrious Engineering 

How do engineers create a high-flying projectile, explore an earthquake or improve a parachute?  In this hands-on course, explore the concepts of physics and engineering that influence the design process. Through individual and group projects, students dive into physics concepts such as force, friction, momentum, impulse, and potential and kinetic energy, and see how they are applied to science, industry, and everyday life. 


Chemistry & Entrepreneurship:  Spa Science

This fun, smell-good, feel-good class helps you take care of your mind and body (as well as your soul!) creating your personal spa!  Learn to really relax through meditation, yoga, and other mindfulness practices that reduce stress and make feel so good!   Then, with 100% safe ingredients - most of which you can find in your kitchen - learn to make your very own line of products like lip balm for those winter-chapped lips, soaps, body scrubs to bubble baths, lotions, bath oils, lip gloss, nail polish, and fragrances.  Also learn to package and market your own product line.

Forensic Detective Lab

How can science uncover the truth in criminal investigations? 
Forensic Scientists use skills and techniques that come from a variety of disciplines—logic, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, and technology—to solve mysteries.  Fine tune your observational and code-breaking skills in this hands-on class. Role play a forensics team investigating an active crime scene and learn the science behind forensic tests. Labs may include trace analysis of hair, fiber, stain, epithelial cells, fingerprints, and DNA. 

The Sweet Science of Making Candy

Mixing elements of chemistry with world culture and history, this class will teach to you make different flavorful candies and real, decadent, dark chocolate while learning the science behind all those delicious products seen on candy counters and grocery stores.  And mixing sugar syrup at the right concentration and heating it to the right temperature are crucial to making candy.  This process is a delicious art!  But it is also a fascinating and precise science.  When you are making candy, whether you realize it or not, you are a chemist transforming matter from one state to another.


TECHNOLOGY
 
Java Coding: Custom Blocks and Maps in Minecraft

Use Java code to add personalized modded flair to Minecraft! Students will create their own items and blocks, then design and build an adventure map to incorporate their additions into the game. See how Java code was used to build Minecraft while practicing game design skills to create an adventure that students can share with their friends.  Create Minecraft adventure maps and mods.    Use variables, functions, and control structures to customize Minecraft.  Code in Java.  Develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills.


Creating & Coding Video Games with SCRATCH II

How can we tell a digital story? 
Create original storylines and narratives across genres and animate them in Scratch, a block-based programming language for kids. Design code, sketch animations and backgrounds, and develop characters that tell your story in a digital format. Explore how technology can enrich our storytelling experience and abilities as you determine what makes a good story. This interdisciplinary course blends advanced creative writing strategies with computational concepts and integrative problem-solving skills.  

Building & Coding Mobil Apps

As MIT says, "Anyone Can Build Apps That Impact the World" and you will put that idea to the test in this class.  Learn real-world software development. Using a graphical interface,  this introduction to software development will use visual objects to create an application that can run on Android devices.

Introduction to Programming &  Engineering

This MIT-based course provides an integrated introduction to electrical engineering and computer science, taught using laboratory experiments with mobile robots. You will learn fundamental design principles from electrical engineering and computer science as well as perform exciting projects.



ENGINEERING


Building & Coding Your Own Laptop

Build a laptop in this course that combines hardware and software knowledge for a hands-on approach to computer science. Students will put together their pi-top laptop—that's theirs to take home—from a Raspberry Pi and other circuit boards. They'll learn to troubleshoot their hardware assembly and then it's time to boot up the computer—that they built—to experience the thrill of coding in Python. With an introduction to hardware, engineering, and coding, this course has something for everyone.  Assemble a laptop.  Code with Python to create games.  Use the Linux OS.  Practice project planning and hands-on coordination skills.

Innovation with Raspberry Pi

How are hardware and programming connected?  
Delve into the world of physical computing to understand how hardware and programming together make electronics come to life. Discover how to incorporate lights, motors, buttons, and sensors in this student-driven, project-based class. Using circuit boards and micro-controllers such as the Raspberry Pi or Arduino, write and test code for your hardware projects using languages such as JavaScript, Python, and Scratch.  

Building & Coding Your Own Robot 

You will amaze yourself by building a robotic arm that you control over the Internet to make perform incredible tasks - just as real robotic engineers do!  You will learn about robotics as you build your own personal robot and learn to program it to perform a myriad of tasks.  You will be introduced to the basics of motors, gears, sensors, batteries, programming and assembly of mechanical/electrical devices.  

The Internet of Thing:  Designing Smart Devices

From thermostats to driverless vehicles to children’s toys, virtually any physical object can be transformed into an IoT device if one has the right technology. In this project-based class, learn how to capture information wirelessly with electrical devices, process that information using software on a microcontroller, and then communicate the data to a web page which uses simple HTML to display results. Additionally, explore the cloud, what information is sent there, and its related applications and technologies. 

Circuits & Electronics

A great introduction for elementary students to the world of Electrical Engineering!  Students build electronic devices including a motion detector, tone generator, oscillator, radio, and more.  Learn the roles of amplifiers, resistors, capacitors, transistors, and much, much more as they create a wide variety of electronics projects.   

Tiny Chemistry: Introduction to Nanotechnology

From smaller, more powerful phones to nano-bots making repairs at the cellular level in our bodies, nanotechnology is becoming an important field. At the nanometer-scale (one billionth of a meter!), materials behave very differently. By taking advantage of these unique properties, scientists and engineers are able to enter realms of science that have been thus far unreachable. In this lab-based course, students learn about the chemistry of nano-sized particles and the scientific and societal impacts of nanotechnology. Students experience hands-on chemistry by making their own nanoparticles and microcapsules as well as exploring observable effects at the nanoscale.

Aerospace Engineering and Virtual Reality

What principles of flight and engineering apply to hot air balloons, helicopters, airplanes, and space launching systems?   Concepts of aerospace engineering are investigated as you virtually design, build, test, and analyze results in hands-on projects.  Through flight simulations, explore these concepts in action in the real world.  This exciting, hands-on class takes off with a look at  the principles of flight, aerodynamics, and simple Newtonian physics by identifying the principles in action in the real world.  Learn about lift, gravity, mass/weight, speed/velocity, acceleration, and thrust & drags as you build and fly your own airplanes both virtually and as models.  

 

ARTS


Video Game Creation & Animation with Coding 

Build an immersive universe with an introduction to fundamental game design principles, creating a unique game with RPG Maker MV.  Suitable for beginners but capable of making intricate games, this software encourages detailed world-building and unlimited creativity. Moving beyond the basic principles of game design, students will use JavaScript to put an inventive twist on their game and send their characters on an epic adventure!  Use programming logic to create game mechanics.  Produce sprites and game art.  Build games from start to finish.  Practice game design principles with engaging activities.

XBox Game Creation

Make games for the Xbox360®!  At your own level, unleash your imaginations as Xbox 360® players become game creators!  Learn easy-to-use game creation techniques and programming skills that make building personal playgrounds simple.  Your game will really work on your XBox console and your computer!

Fortnite and Unreal Engine Level Design

Don't just play Fortnite—unleash the power of the game development tool used to create it. With Unreal Engine by Epic Games, you'll design your own Fortnite-inspired levels while discovering gameplay strategies, game mechanics, team-building, streaming, and level-design analysis in Fortnite. Use your new skills to build Battle Royale levels and kickstart your future as an Unreal Engine pro.  Note: Fortnite does not support importing student maps in-game.  Build Battle Royale levels utilizing actors, meshes, and environments inspired by the game Fortnite.  Use Blueprints visual programming language to stylize their game.  Gain essential real-world game development skills.  Propel their eSports skills with Fortnite strategy, analysis, and competition.

3-D Modeling & Animation

Create breathtaking 3-D characters and assets in amazing realistic, full-color detail!  Learn professional 3-D modeling, animation, and special effects using the popular software Blender®!    Through the wide array of tools available, build your own 3-D objects and animate them.  Get a strong introduction to motion graphics – the techniques used on most sports presentations and numerous commercials.  The special effects you create will amaze you!   

3-D Special Effects


Learn the tricks used by professional animators by focusing solely on create amazing 3-D visual special effects!  By the end of the class, you will have a well-functioning 3-D character or other asset in an exciting environment of your own creation!  


MATH


Personalized Instruction In Math  7 - 9

Based upon each child’s Diagnostic Assessment in math and reading given on the first day of attendance, a “Personalized Path to Success” is created identifying specific skills needed for progress to the next levels in each field.  Using blended-learning methods, including personalized instruction, small group activities, games, and computer-based lessons, skill gaps are tackled to develop strategies for improving in those areas.  Children are given both pre- and post-tests to measure progress.  A written comprehensive report is given to parent with results.  Improvements are expected for students who regularly attend for attending at least four (4) weeks.

Pre-Algebra 6 - 9

What skills or tools are needed to effectively compute with numbers?
Linked to the Common Core State Standards, this pre-algebra series incorporates three courses offered sequentially in the fall, winter, and spring. Students may participate in any or all of these courses beginning in any session. Through exploration, practice and application, students develop skills to deepen their understanding of mathematical ideas and apply them to real world settings.
 


Accelerated Weekend Classes (AWE)


GRADES 3 - 5


Glowing Chemistry


Explore the fascinating world of chemical reactions that produce light, called chemiluminescence. Mix up a magical blue light in a test tube using the glowing chemical luminol and other substances. With some cool chemical reactions, even coins and radishes begin to glow. Learn about the electromagnetic spectrum, including visible and invisible light.


Building & Coding Your Own Laptop


Most of us just consume technology. In this class, kids build it and create with it. Kids will code art, hack games like Minecraft and Pong, build apps, data visuals, and animations.   They will plug together bits, boards, buttons and cables. Explore how they work. Type code, drag blocks, unlock programming powers, earn medals. Projects may include Python, Javascript, Unix.


Circuits and Electronics


Welcome to the exciting world of electricity!  Using solderless electronics breadboard, switches, connection wires, red and green light emitting and diodes (LED), learn to create working electronic circuits and devices.  Explore concepts such as parallel and series circuits, electrical connections and identifying conductors and insulators. Build electronic devices including a motion detector, tone generator, oscillator, and AM radio.  Learn the roles of amplifiers, resistors, capacitors, transistors as you create a wide variety of electronics projects.   


XBox Game Design


Make games for the Xbox360®!  At your own level, unleash your imaginations as Xbox 360® players become game creators!  Learn easy-to-use game creation techniques and programming skills that make building personal playgrounds simple. You will create games that blossom creativity, foster problem solving, develop storytelling, use programming with ease!  And your game will really work on the Xbox!

Amazing Robotics!


Students apply science and learning concepts to design, create and engineer various functional robots. Projects include programming, ultra sound, light, touch and other robotic sensors. Students prepare personal robots for exciting events and competitions! All students make their own, individual robots to take home!


Aerospace Engineering


What major engineering and design principles make flight possible?
What principles of flight and engineering apply to hot air balloons, helicopters, airplanes, and space launching systems?   Concepts of aerospace engineering are investigated as students design, build, test, and analyze results in hands-on projects.  Through flight simulations,
they explore these concepts in action in the real world. 



GRADES 6 - 9


Innovating with the Raspberry Pi


Raspberry Pi is a dynamic microcontroller that is capable of just about anything a computer is. It runs with the Python programming language, and is a great way to learn about hardware hacking and coding. With just a bit of know-how and curiosity, students can use it to make a retro-gaming console, a robot brain, a smart-home sensor, or even a fully functional Alexa-compatible speaker.  Exploration and creativity will have students building real-world solutions for exciting challenges.


Tiny Chemistry:  Introduction to Nanotechnology


From smaller, more powerful phones to nano-bots making repairs at the cellular level in our bodies, nanotechnology is becoming an important field. At the nanometer-scale (one billionth of a meter!), materials behave very differently. By taking advantage of these unique properties, scientists and engineers are able to enter realms of science that have been thus far unreachable. In this lab-based course, students learn about the chemistry of nano-sized particles and the scientific and societal impacts of nanotechnology. Students experience hands-on chemistry by making their own nanoparticles and microcapsules as well as exploring observable effects at the nanoscale.


Machine Physics:  Industrious Engineering


How do engineers create a high-flying projectile, explore an earthquake or improve a parachute?  In this hands-on course, explore the concepts of physics and engineering that influence the design process. Through individual and group projects, students dive into physics concepts such as force, friction, momentum, impulse, and potential and kinetic energy, and see how they are applied to science, industry, and everyday life. 


Forensic Detective Lab


Forensic Scientists use skills and techniques that come from a variety of disciplines—logic, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, and technology—to solve mysteries. This course covers observational skills, perceptual fallacies, codes and code breaking, osteology, chromatography, criminology and more. Students will extract DNA, take fingerprints, analyze blood spatters and discuss famous-and infamous-cases. 


Building & Coding Your Own Laptop


Most of us just consume technology. In this class, kids build it and create with it. Kids will code art, hack games like Minecraft and Pong, build apps, data visuals, and animations.   They will plug together bits, boards, buttons and cables. Explore how they work. Type code, drag blocks, unlock programming powers, earn medals. Projects may include Python, Javascript, Unix.

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