Each week, every child will get to experience Robotics, computer programing, tinkering, circuitry and other STEM activities. However, each group of GEMS will have a week long concentration with extended projects in one of these area. Below is a schedule for the concentrations by group and week. Each concentration segment will be 1:20 in length. The mini STEM activities will be 45 minutes each.
Weekly Concentration Activities:
|Week 1||Rocketry: The Engineering Design Process
|Week 2||Computer Science/Scratch/Mindcraft Education Edition|
|Week 3||Chemistry For Kids|
|Week 4||Robotics (Lego EV3 & Finch Robots)|
|Week 5||Crazy Contraptions|
|Week 6||Caine’s Arcade|
|Session 1||9:20 – 11:00 Concentration Activity – see weekly schedule above|
|Session 2||11:15 – 12:15 Alternate STEM Activity – see descriptions below|
Robotics: Campers will use build and program LEGO EV3 robots at different, age appropriate levels. Campers will have fun building robots and finding out how to command them. Campers will have the opportunity to extend their robotics capabilities by meeting challenges such as beating your opponent at Sumo or pushing water bottles out of a ring. This class will introduce programming concepts such as repeat loops and if/then statements, and sensor use will also be taught.
Chemistry For Kids: Explore a different side of STEM with a week dedicated to the science of Chemistry. Campers will explore the way properties of substances can change, react, and create in a Make and Take format. Campers will participate in food chemistry investigations, chemical testing, volcano building, slime chemistry, and silly putty creation.
Computer Science: Campers will explore coding using age appropriate programs such as Scratch and Scratch Jr. Experienced campers will have the opportunity to learn and apply skills using Minecraft and Java programming languages. At each level the campers will develop an understanding of programming languages, and apply this knowledge to create their own interactive art, animated stories and video games. Along the way, campers will use logic and critical thinking to explore different variables that are found in most other programming languages. No prior experience is necessary.
Tech Art: Tinkering & Engineering: There is something extraordinary that happens when STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education blends with Art; besides a new acronym (STEAM): an exciting hands-on and creative learning experience that is fun and, more importantly, gratifying and fulfilling. Campers get to tinker, test, and try out ideas to develop original creations. They will be provided with all sorts of hardware and technology tools; and given the ability to create a cohesive tinkering project.
Based on the NASA Adventures In Rocket Science program Campers will learn the history of rocketry and the science that goes into the design, propulsion and flight of early and modern rockets. Campers will build and test several simple machines that will demonstrate the basic concepts employed in rocketry. This week long activity will culminate in the design, construction and launching of bottle rockets.
In this activity, Campers explore physics, game development, and engineering through the collaborative creation of cardboard arcade games. Caine’s Arcade is now a nationwide movement and is celebrated every October. It reinforces the concept of design thinking and truly incorporates 21st Century skills. Over multiple sessions, students work in small groups to brainstorm and design unique arcade games. Using feedback provided Teachers and fellow campers, Arcade builders will refine their designs and construct their games. After completion, students test and compare their games through playing each other’s creations.
An exciting week of creative exploration as campers learn the importance of creative thinking, design, engineering, iterative testing, and using materials and tools to create Crazy Contraptions “Crazy Contraptions” is a thought provoking activity that engages students in the design and construction of exciting and innovative Rube Goldberg style mechanisms. This week long activity will focus on the conceptualization, understanding and application of simple and complex machines. Campers will work in small groups to build, test, modify and complete interactive machines. The week will end with a demonstration and competition that will reward campers for their innovative design and creative solutions. Time permitting campers will be introduced to Keva Plank Contraptions to expand the skills they developed working with Crazy Contraptions
Fairfield Camp STEAM Options
Week #1: 7/6 to 7/10
NASA Astro Camp
Next Level Camp, in conjunction with CT STEM Academy, will be hosting NASA SSC ASTRO CAMP in our community!! ASTRO CAMP is a STEM program for children Ages 8 – 10. The goal of NASA Astro Camp is to give ALL students the chance to get involved in and experience Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to inspire future astronauts and engineers to learn about space with NASA unique activities.
Week #2: 7/13 to 7/17
Amusement Park Physics
From roller coasters to ferris wheels, campers will explore, investigate and design amusement park rides using common materials and K’NEX. Participants will assemble different rides such as roller coasters, swing ride, boom ride, ferris wheel, the scrambler and a carousel. Participants will learn how to apply simple formulas and how to analyze
the data that they’ve gathered when testing their amusement park rides.
Week #3: 7/20 to 7/24
Chemistry for Kids
Explore a different side of STEM with this great program centered around Chemistry. Participants who join this camp will have the chance to see how the properties of substances can change, react, and create in a “make and take” format. Participants will participate in food chemistry investigations, chemical testing, volcano building, make and take lava lamps, and make and take slime! Come join us!
Week #4: 7/27 to 7/31
STEM Exploration Camp
Do you like to explore science, solve problems and use technology? If you do, then STEM Academy is the perfect place for you! Join us for an engaging session of exploring many different STEM Challenges through hands-on investigations. Our session will include high interest materials such as Legos, K’NEX, Coding with Ozobots, and Daily Engineering Challenges.
Week #5: 8/3 to 8/7
Secure your child a spot in one of the most prestigious upcoming career fields: Robotics! This program will not only include computer science, programming, and coding, but will further delve into circuitry, video game design and creation. Students will even have a chance to design and build their own robot as a team with high-tech VEX IQ materials. Passion for STEM can be started early with this fun, competitive robotics camp!