NEW – STEM Inventions with Little-Bits (Ages 7-12)
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In this invention workshop, students enhance their skills with a great new system of discovery called LittleBits. LittleBits is a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower you to invent anything, from your own remote controlled car, to a smart home device. The Bits snap together with magnets, no soldering, no wiring, and no programming is needed. In our program, students will begin with several inventions designed to let them figure out how the components go together, and then they will design and create their own inventions. Fun for all ages, but we will gear our program for ages 7-12.
NEW – Introduction to Computer Animation
Ready, Set, Action! In this new program, you will create your own stop motion animation videos, use a stop motion camera, and have fun designing and creating your own videos. . Students will learn the basic skills needed to create and animate. Whether you are making a LEGO® brick film; animating in claymation or capturing a flower bloom using time-lapse photography, you can bring anything to life with computer animation. Students will learn to copy, edit, move and delete animation frames. Jazz up your creations by learning to import music and sounds, adding special effects, and more. All students will save their movies to share. Ages 7-12.
New – Computer Programming with Ozobot
In this exciting new program, robotics and coding will become elementary! Have fun expanding your horizons with the help of Ozobot – the tiny smart robot. There is no end to the possibilities, as you create a different landscape of adventures, games and coding with Ozobot. Imagine, a learning toy that opens the doors of computer science, STEM education, robotics and coding with simple color-coded commands and “Ozoblocky,” a coding language powered by Google’s Blocky program. Ozobot Bit’s ability to learn your programs, and then play them back is a big game changer to how young minds play and learn. OzoBlockly – a block-based visual editor – offers five step up modes from Novice to Master to appeal to young kids and even to challenge the seasoned programmer. Students will use markers, tablets and laptops for coding.
- Ages 6-8 will code with color, use laptops or tablets, introduce and demonstrate Ozoblocky.
- Ages 9-12 will code with color and more extensively program using Ozoblocky.
NEW – Super Science STEM Challenges
In this engineering camp, you will have fun integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics by building and designing a wide range of gadgets, inventive machines, towers, crazy contraptions, and more. Projects include: The Great Tower Challenge, the Standing Cup Pyramid Challenge, Egg Drop Challenge, Wooden Coaster Challenge, Structural Engineering Challenge, Magnificent Marble Machine, and a host of other fun contests designed to bring out the engineer in you! Ages 7-12.
Introduction to LEGO and VEX IQ Robotics
Have fun building, designing, and programming robots with Lego Mindstorms & VEX IQ robotic systems. Build robot projects and creations that use working sensors and motors. LEGO MINDSTORMS (EV3 & NXT) combines the unlimited versatility of the LEGO building system with an intelligent microcomputer brick and intuitive drag-and-drop programming software. VEX IQ offers unique building challenges, a Wii – style remote control, and unlimited possibilities. No prior robotic or programming experience is necessary for this introductory course. Ages 9-14
ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING CHALLENGES: Architecture and engineering are the focus of this program. You will work to design and build towers, balsa bridges and a wide array of Lego and K’nex™ architecture projects. Have fun building famous architectural designs from around the world including Adam Tucker Reed’s famous brick structures including the Empire State Building, Imperial Hotel, Whitehouse, Imperial Hotel, Flat Iron Building, Seattle Space Needle, and more. You will also build bridges, towers, and other structures using a variety of materials and learn about structural engineering principles and forces that act on structures. Develop science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills in a fun, hands-on environment. Ages 7-12.
Junior Physicians – Discovering the Human Body
Discover the anatomy of the world’s most complicated system – the human body! In this program, kids will find out what it’s like to journey through the human body. Explore the science behind blood, bones, how a model of the human body works, and more. Participants will test for blood types, make a map of their tongue, perform simulated heart and brain surgery, and more. Ages 6-11.
AMUSEMENT PARK PHYSICS Have you ever wondered how they design and build those crazy rollercoasters and other amusement park rides? Join us and learn about friction, gravity, momentum, velocity, and other effects of force and motion as they relate to theme park rides. We’ll design, construct, and test loop-the-loops, marble catchers, ball machines, Ferris wheels, swinging amusement rides, and more. This is the way to experiment and build as you learn physics concepts in a fun and activity-based atmosphere! Ages 7 – 12.
Have fun building and creating using your imagination. Campers will construct a wide range of robot projects throughout the week. Projects will include contructing a Battle-Bot from our huge Robotix modular collection, participating in our robot tug-o’ war, Olympic competition, soccer match, and more. Campers will learn engineering principles in a fun, hands-on atmosphere. (This camp focuses on building modular robots from your imagination. Coding is not a focus in this class). All students will take home a Hexbug robot as part of this camp. Ages 6-12
Get ready for a fun-filled “magical” laboratory experience Harry Potter style. Enjoy making Flubber, Silly Putty, Super Hi- Bounce balls, and more. Have fun making light inside of a glow bottle, a mushroom monster, play dough, Glowing Goo, and even a tye-dye style shirt. We will create atomic worm polymers and lava lamp-like blobs. We will also demonstrate the Big Bang Cannon, diet Coke and Mentos Geyser, Magic Genie in the bottle, and more. All campers will take home a mini- chemistry kit & recipe booklet. Please bring a 100% white cotton T- shirt to the second class. Ages 6-12
CSI (Crime Scene Investigation)
Become a Super Science Sleuth! Learn about forensics, crime scene investigations, and crime lab chemistry as you perform experiments designed to show you just how those tricky cases are solved. Search for evidence, gather clues, and discover how science can help solve a mystery! Dust for and classify fingerprints, analyze hand writing, test for blood type and DNA using simulated blood, and use “Glow Blood” to see where humans can’t see. Examine hair and clothing fibers, practice chemistry to identify mystery substances, and much more. Ages 6-12
Diggin’ for Dinosaurs, Rockin’ Rocks, & Crystal Creations
Young scientists will discover the exciting science of archaeology and paleontology as they excavate and assemble complete skeletal replicas from simulated “fossilized” rock. Dig for T-Rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Velociraptors, Brachiosaurus, and more! Make fossilized plaster replicas of dinosaur teeth, claws, trilobites, and ancient sea creatures. Sort, classify, and take home a variety of fossilized shark teeth. Unearth some fascinating facts about rocks, minerals, and crystals. Break open geodes and discover crystals inside. Take home a unique mini-collection of rocks and minerals that you will learn about in the program, a rock and mineral book, unearthed treasures, fossilized shark teeth, and more. Ages 6-10
LEGO Star Wars & Motorized Machines
LEGO enthusiasts, have fun building your favorite adventure from a Star Wars galaxy that is far, far away. Star Wars projects will vary depending on availability from LEGO headquarters, but will include age-appropriate new models and the best of some of the older models. Campers will also build a wide assortment of non-Star Wars motorized LEGO Education technic machines and create their own projects that illustrate science concepts. Examples include cranes, remote controlled cars, a player piano, and many more. This is a stimulating enrichment program and not geared as a teacher- driven education class. All campers will take home a LEGO Star Wars project. Ages 6-12
Super Science Make & Take
Discover the excitement of science and make a variety of toys designed to illustrate science concepts that make learning fun. Most of the projects can be taken home as they are made throughout the week. Make your own working telescope as you learn about the optics of light. Construct an electro-magnet and a working electric motor. Build an adjustable, ball-launching catapult that changes the trajectory of a flinging projectile. Create a working model of Hero Alexandria’s fountain or vortex tornado in a bottle. Make ultra-violet bead bracelets, a working compass, submarine divers, and more. Projects will vary by age level and instructions will be taught in more depth for older students. Ages 6-12
NEW – Lego® WeDo Robotics 1.2 and 2.0 (Ages 6-10)
Students will build Lego ® models featuring working motors and sensors, program their models on laptop computers, and participate in new unique WeDo challenges. Students will develop their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Students will use simple drag and drop software and a lap top computer to actually learn how to program robots made from Legos ®. This program will offer both Lego 1.2 and all new Lego 2.0 projects LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 makes elementary science come to life through hands-on tasks, real-world projects, and relevant technology that engages students.
Through project-based activities, students’ skills are enhanced across science, engineering, technology, and coding. The unique combination of the LEGO brick, classroom-friendly software, and inspiring, standards-based science projects results in a resource that builds students’ confidence. Ages 6-11