STEAM Camps: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math Grades 3-6

2017 Summer Camps – Grades 3-6

Registrations are for ENTERING 3rd-6th graders.

Register for more than one camp (at the same time) and receive our multi-session discount ($10 off per camp). Our multi-sibling discount is $10. Automatically applied at registration.

 

Camps for this age group are conveniently located at:

  • Vieja Valley School Gr. K-9
    Hours of Camp:
    9:00am-3:45pm  Before care: 8am. After Care: Until 5:00pm
    Address: Vieja Valley, 434 Nogal Drive, Santa Barbara, CA

  • GPC (Goleta Presbyterian Church) Gr. K-8
    Hours of Camp:
    9:00am-3:45pm  Before care: 8am. After Care: Until 5:00pm
    Address: Goleta Presbyterian Church, 6869 Shirrel Way , Goleta, C

  • Monroe School Grades 1-6
    Hours of Camp:
    9:00am-3:00pm.  After care until 5pm.
    Address: 431 Flora Vista, Santa Barbara, CA

     

  • AES (Art Explorers Studio) Gr. 5-9
    Hours of Camp:
    9:00am-3:45pm  Before care: 8am. After Care: Until 5pm
    Address: Art Explorers Studio, 5370 Hollister Ave, Ste. 2, Santa Barbara (Patterson exit off 101)

     

  • Foothill School Grades 1-8
    Hours of Camp:
    9:00am-3:45pm  Before care: 8am. After Care: Until 5pm
    Address: 711 Ribera, Santa Barbara, CA

 

 

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Choose from 24 Different Camps Below in Science, Art, Engineering, Robotics, Technology, Programming, Game Design, Culinary Arts & Film Making!

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June 12-16 June 19-23 June 26-30 July 3-7 July 10-14 July 17-21 July 24-28 July 31-Aug 4 August 7-11 August 14-18
Gr. 3-6     Five Locations:  GPC (Goleta Presbyterian Church) and AES (Art Explorers Studio) and Vieja Valley School,  Foothill, and Monroe School.
Art
EXTREME Art GPC VV
Art Potpourri  GPC GPC
Famous Faces/Places  GPC VV  GPC
Star Wars Galactic  GPC VV
Fantastic Beasts VV GPC AES
Animals Wild Side GPC GPC
All Things Magical (Harry Potter)  VV Foothill
Sew for Fun AES AES
Culinary Arts/Food Science
Sous Chef GPC  GPC  GPC
Bakers Delight GPC  GPC  GPC
Game Design
Minecraft Supreme  GPC GPC  GP GPC
Jr. Minecraft Modding AES AES  AES AES AES  AES
RPG Game Maker AES AES AES
Video Game Maker  AES GPC
Programming
Intro to Programming  GPC GPC GPC
Programming with Dash & Dot  GPC  GPC
Programming with Alice AES AES
Robotics & Engineering
Build Trains, Gadgets & Gizmos GPC
Energy Design Engineer  AES
Space Engineer GPC  GPC GPC
Master Robotics Ev3 AES AES AES
Robot Builder  GPC  AES
Science
Galaxy Quest GPC GPC
CSI-Forensic Scientist  VV  GPC  GPC
CSI-Forensic Investigator II  AES
EmergencyVet Tech I  GPC  GPC VV
EmergencyVetTech II GPC
Emergency Medicine  GPC   VV
Rocket Scientist  VV  GPC
Monroe STEAM Integrated Monroe
Special Effects & Movie Making
Pokemon Stop Motion GPC  VV  GPC  GPC
Special Effects GPC GPC AES
Manga Maker AES AES
Stop Motion Explosion GPC GPC

Integrated STEAM Camps:

Location: Monroe Elementary School               Grades 1-6        Date: July 17-21 Hours: 9:00-3:00 Cost: $285 per week   Get inspired, expand creativity, enhance problem solving, and explore new concepts at Terrific Scientific STEAM Camps. Our hands-on, minds-on camps featuring science, technology, engineering, art, & math are not to be missed! Located at Monroe Elementary School, our camps are designed for students entering Grades 1-6. Campers will rotate through 4 integrated components daily designed by age level. Throughout the week, campers build engineering structures and machines, learn to code and program robots, explore digital games, discover famous artists and famous places, and experiment with many fields of science, including cooking! Students can register for all 3 sessions if desired. With professional instructors and specialists in their field combined with design thinking curriculum, our camps ignite a passion for learning in our campers. Projects are different for EACH week of camp. Register for one week or all 3.  Sibling and multi-week discount available. Bring lunch and water.  

Full-Day STEAM Camps:

Art

All Things (Harry Potter) Magical & Mystical- Gr. 3-7 Cost: $315/5 day camp

Let your imagination run wild! From hippogriffs, dragons, house elves, basilisk, and owls, to sorting hats, dementors, potions, spells…and all things magical, come join us for the time of your life! Search for Horcruxes throughout the week, team up for our Harry Potter Trivia Game, design a broom, and play the wizarding sport of Quidditch. Paint Hogwarts castle, sculpt Dobby or Kreacher house elf, draw mythical creatures, make a Marauder’s map, brew up Butter Beer, create your own wand and Death Eater’s mask, patronus, chocolate frogs, and lots, lots more! Bring your favorite HP book(s) to camp to freshen up on spells, characters, and discuss analogies to the muggle world today. So much magic to do!

EXTREME Art! Gr. 4-8 Cost: $315/5 day camp          

Take art to a new level! Whether you are an accomplished young artist or someone who thinks they can’t do any art, we promise you are in for a hands-on 3D fun experience with wood burning, tie-dyeing, drawing, printmaking, weaving, sewing, and clay sculpting that is truly EXTREME! Use charcoal to draw on aqua-board creating unique mixed media designs. Learn to use a special pyrography (wood burning) tool to “draw” designs, patterns and texture into wood and dried gourds. The ancient Greeks called it “writing with fire”. After the design is burned in, shading and coloring can be added. Discover the art of printmaking, how to carve linoleum blocks into stamps, create a masterpiece using natural items, and a collagraph abstract print. Dye fibers using natural indigo and tie-die your camp t-shirt to the EXTREME! Design and sew your own creature and sculpt 3D projects with clay. Create faux vase using a heat embossing tool and weave your own tapestry with card or hand looms from simple to complex. So much to experience…too little time!

*NEW Fantastic Beasts of the Mythical World – Gr. 4-8 Cost $315/5 day camp

Grab your suitcase, catch the train, and join the hunt to find the fantastic beasts who await your arrival! Explore our guide to Mythical Creatures and learn where to find them. In this special wizard camp away from the muggles of the world, you will design your own suitcase, construct a Bowtruckle, paint an Occamy egg and Merpeople, draw a Phoenix and Doxy, sew a loveable Niffler, make a Deathly Hallows necklace, sculpt the wild Erumpent, and invent your own incredible creature! Throughout the week, take notes, create a map and draw sketches in your special journal. When our travels come to an end, take home your suitcase of beasts and note-worthy journal.

Art Potpourri – Gr.1-6 Cost: $305/5 day camp

Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture! No theme, just great fun creating wonderful pieces of artwork while using a mixture of artist quality materials including clay, watercolor, paint, soft pastels, oil pastels, Art Stix, illustration markers, AquaStics, and more!  Try your hand at Zentangle patterns, printmaking, sewing, and collage to create mixed media and 3D designs. As students work in these different media components, they will culminate in self-discovery and creation of original art projects with a distinctive flair!

*NEW Animals on the Wild Side – Grades 1-6 Cost: $305/5 day camp

Expect this camp to be a roaring good time! Our outrageous art activities include whacky birds, creepy crawlers, a super hero panda, a mouse that paints, a horse that flies, jungle dwellers, fiery dragons, dinosaurs, and funky art creatures that are bound to please our creative minded campers. Walk…on the wild side as we draw, paint, sew, and sculpt with clay using artist quality media throughout the week!

Star Wars Galactic! Gr. 2-6 Cost: $305/5 day camp

Join us for a Star Wars adventure! Let your imagination run wild as you create a model of BB-8, sculpt a wise Yoda, design an R2-D2 tote bag, and build a light saber. Team up to play our Star Wars Trivia Game, Zentangle the legendary Darth Vader, create your own space creatures, make alien slime, construct a death star, and even join the Rebellion effort with new Rogue One projects such as painting AT-ACT combat walkers and drawing K-2SO the galactic empire security droid. Come dressed as your favorite character on the last day of camp! So many projects and so much fun in only 1 week!

*NEW Sew For Fun!Grades 3-6 Cost: $330 5/day camp

Campers will learn to translate an idea to a design on paper, sew by hand and on a machine under carefully managed sewing machine time. They will learn basic pattern making skills, safety skills and how to create patterns for their designs.  Once patterns are made campers will construct their designs using hand-sewing techniques and simple sewing machine stitches (straight and zig-zag). At the end of the week they will create a custom project from start to finish.  Examples of projects include: plush toy, tote bag, house shoes, apron, dress up cape, mask, pillowcase, and more! Sewing machines and all sewing tools are provided. Maximum of 8 students per camp.

*NEW Famous Faces/Famous Places – Gr. 1-6 Cost $305/5 day camp

Grab your passport and explore your way through the world of ART that spans the globe! From the Eiffel Tower, to deserts, igloos, the Colosseum, windmills, and famous cities, travel throughout time and location, as well as, create artwork in the style of famous artists like Rivera, Höch, Kandinsky, Dali, Klimt, Monet, Warhol, and Delaunay! Using clay, watercolor, acrylics, charcoal, oil pastels, scratchboard, illustration markers, and soft pastels, we will draw, paint, sculpt, photomontage and construct 2D and 3D masterpieces. Inspired by work from France, Germany, North American, Mexico, Holland, India, Japan, and Italy, campers create exciting projects that bring together art and architecture from around the world.

*NEW Great Designers of Art & Engineering– Grades 3-6 Cost $305/5 day camp

Travel throughout time and create your own masterpieces inspired by great artists and engineers around the world! Unleash your creativity as you experiment with thick paints like Van Gogh, go wild with clay a la Pablo Picasso, design 3D Nevelson installations, experience first hand the challenge of doing Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings, and create artwork in the style of Matisse, O’Keefe, and Frida Kahlo. Use engineering and design skills to build the Hearst castle by architect Julia Morgan and Fibonacci models with KEVA planks. Construct Leonardo da Vinci and the Wright Brothers prototype flying machine with K’NEX, and replicate Robin Murphy’s rescue robots. Utilizing design thinking, this camp offers imaginative, hands-on projects while combining art and engineering!

Culinary Arts & Food Science

*NEW Sous Chef 2  – Gr. 4-6 Cost: $350/5 day camp

All new recipes! Does your camper enjoy watching “Chopped” or “Iron Chef?” on T.V? Using recipes from around the world, Sous Chef is a perfect adventure for any child who loves to eat and wants to learn to cook! Activities and cooking experiments allow aspiring chefs to explore the science behind cooking and try different foods, while learning cooking basics, safety techniques, and healthy eating. Chefs will bake, prep food, follow a recipe, stir-fry, sauté, use a slow cooker and griddle, discover changes in food properties, and learn how to use the tools of the trade. This is a course for beginning “Chefs”, and will include a variety of healthy entrees with chicken or beef, salads, vegetarian dishes, breads, and low sugar desserts! Campers will take home Kid Chef, the Foodie Kids Cookbook.

Bakers Delight – Gr. 3-8 Cost: $345/5 day camp

The best smell is bread, the best savor is salt, the best ingredients are local! What better way to celebrate our community and summer than to bake wonderful goodies from scratch using many fresh ingredients from local farms! From traditional dinner rolls to protein packed savory cottage cheese dill bread, whole wheat cinnamon rolls, and sweet potato biscuits, your child will learn the simplicity of making fresh bread. Add to that, savory quiche muffins, blueberry scones and red velvet cupcakes colored with beet juice make a bakers dream for gifting and eating! Your camper will have the experience of visiting a local farm stand to shop for fresh ingredients, and have the opportunity to hear local growers discuss how food is grown and why buying local helps our environment. Next we discover how to create basic white and yellow cake, along with healthy carrot cake and decadent fudge brownies. Is there more, you say? Oh yes, we finish the week off baking summertime fruit pies! Your child will go home planning to be the next great baking chef!

Game Design

RPG Game Maker – Gr. 4-8 Cost: $299/5 day camp

Make your role-playing games come to life! Our RPG Maker camp shows campers how to create their very own epic role-playing game where they will battle fierce monsters prowling in a dungeon. Campers will learn what RPG is, the history of RPG, all the basics, the character, and all aspects of the game. Terrific Scientific uses RPG Maker VXAce which features:

  •  A drag-drop interface
  • Library of characters
  • Tile-based environments
  • Enhanced map editor
  • Built-in character generator with custom sprites and faces
  • Custom items and weapons
  • Full inventory of weapons and armor

Once you have finished your project you can export your game to a portable EXE file that can be played on any Windows system. You can share it with your friends, your family, or even the Internet.

Minecraft 3D Supreme – Grades 3-6 Cost: $299/5 day camp

This camp is for both the novice and experienced camper who have been playing Minecraft. Minecraft™ has taken the world by storm with its block-building, digital game design that allows players to build, explore, create, collaborate, and even survive. With no set rules, you can build anything you can possibly imagine. During this week’s adventure, campers will learn different modes of playing. They will use cool mods as they escape monsters, build amazing structures, create maps, mine the world under their feet, climb the tallest mountains, and utilize robotic “turtles” to manipulate the vast world around them. They will learn real coding techniques to program their turtles to accomplish tasks while working as a team with other campers to unleash their creativity! Campers take on the real-world jobs of programmer, game designer, artist, and architect. NO Minecraft account is needed for THIS CAMP as we have licenses ready for use. Just come and learn the basics, as well as advanced techniques and new strategies of this great game!

Jr. Minecraft Modding  – Gr. 3-5 Cost $310/5 day camp

This camp can be taken repeatedly! Kids NEVER reach the end of modding projects Required: Experienced with Minecraft and interested in programming. Did you know that MinecraftTM was built using JavaTM code? In this camp, campers will build their own Minecraft servers in Java.  If your camper aspires to be the greatest Minecraft warrior of all time, this camp is for them.  While building a variety of “games within the game” using a code editor that supports both drag-and-drop and text based programming in a single environment, campers will learn valuable real world programming skills.  This camp is a brilliant way for kids to explore their creativity through real computing and have a blast sharing their mods with their friends in and out of camp! When this camp is taken repeatedly, kids are challenged to progress from drag-and-drop to text based programming, gradually stripping away the graphical support in phases to reveal and use the raw code underneath, using a trial-and-error approach. All campers ARE REQUIRED to have a Minecraft™ account for this class. Purchase a standard account and desktop version of Minecraft™ ($26.95) at minecraft.net/store. On the first day, campers must bring their login credentials for Minecraft to ensure a streamlined learning experience.

Video Game Maker with Multimedia Fusion- Gr. 2-5 Cost: $299/5 day camp

This is the camp to take for those that want their creativity to run wild and create a video game that others want to play. Terrific Scientific uses Fusion 2.5 from Clickteam to teach campers how to build two-dimensional video games. This software provides an easy-to-use game-authoring environment that allows campers to create many types of computer games, screen savers, and other applications. Campers will get started with a Space Shooter Game where they learn how to create moving backgrounds, add scores and lives, design instructions and titles, create waves of enemies, and transition screens. Later in the week, campers will learn how to create Maze and Platform Games.

Programming

Intro to Programming – Gr. 1-3 Cost: $299/5 day camp

Campers will be using a software program from MIT called Scratch. The program was designed for children, and teaches them the basics of programing as they create animated stories, video games, and interactive artwork. Using colorful programming blocks, campers drag and “snap” together the blocks to make a character (Sprite) walk, speak, play music, or interact with other sprites. Since computer programming is considered the new literacy, young people now have an opportunity to put together multimedia programs without any previous programming knowledge. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.

*NEW Dash & Dot Programmer  – Gr 1-4 Cost $325/ 5 day camp

Our NEWEST addition of Robots! Meet “Dash and Dot” and experience a whole different way of programming robots. Using games with animation and stories, kids learn to program these bots with light, sound, sensors, and movement, understand the basics of coding, and are introduced to the world of computer science fundamentals. Programming is thought to be the next language that all campers need to learn and we make it fun!

Programming with Alice – Gr. 3-6 Cost: $299/5 day camp

Alice is an exciting, innovative, and educational software from Carnegie Mellon Institute designed to be a student’s first exposure to object-oriented programming. With a gallery of 3D characters and scenery, students learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated stories, movies, simple games, and even virtual pets! These 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students animate the objects and program interactions between characters and their world. In the interactive interface, students drag and drop graphic tiles to create a program, where they learn the relationship between the programming statements and the behavior of objects in their animation.

Robotics & Engineering

*NEW Build Trains, Gadgets & Gizmos  Gr. 3-6 Cost: $345/5 day camp

Girls and Boys, do you love to build, create and discover how things work? Then come to this hands-on camp to build your own Maglev Train while learning about magnetic levitation technology and the world’s fastest train with zero pollution. Construct a Salt Water Fuel Vehicle and discover how this eco-friendly technology works and creates electricity. Acquire solar power knowledge and learn about mechanical transmissions as you build the T4 Transforming Solar Robot in 4 different modes: Android, Insecta, T-Rex & Vehicle. Then create your own machine of the future that is eco-friendly! Discover science & technology now and in the future! Take home all projects.

Space Engineer – Gr. 2-4 Cost: $305/5 day camp

Using LEGO® bricks, campers will design and build structures and space vehicles for living on far away planets. Campers will utilize a variety of LEGO® bricks including motors, gears, lights, and sensors. Space Engineer includes instruction on the Earth, Moon, stars, and planets as well as the scientific topics of force, friction, simple machines, and gravity. Campers will join the crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to learn about propulsion, friction and more. Projects include: a rotating satellite, space buggy, a stunning spaceship, terrestrial homes that can withstand alien atmospheres and a host of other exciting projects. Campers will build and launch two Estes Rockets as they learn about the physics of Space Travel. This is a camp your child won’t want to miss!

Robot Builder – Gr. 4-6 Cost: $355/5 day camp

Campers will learn about the science of robotics with historical information, discoveries and advances in robot technology. Newton’s Laws will be emphasized all week and each camper will receive three robot kits to build. Campers will be able to take home their remote controlled robots at the end of the week! This year, Terrific Scientific will be featuring our Hydraulic Arm Robot kit and our T-4 Solar Robot. In addition to building these projects, campers will learn how to solder with our LED Robot Blinker. The skills learned such as wiring, gear building, and soldering will allow campers to go on to more sophisticated robot creation. Hydraulic Arm Robot WOW! How does this equate to fun? Your children will have total command and visual manipulation using the science principles of a Hydraulic system and its application. Easy to follow instructions with detailed graphic illustrations pave the way for successful and satisfying kit building. Campers can boost their understanding of engineering, math, science, and technology learning (STEM). The T-4 is Solar Robot Kit is an innovative solar powered science kit that can transform into 4 different robot modes. With renewable energy sources having such an important role in our world, there is no better time to start children on the path to learning basic concepts behind these technologies.

Master Robotics Engineer EV3– Gr. 4-6 Cost: $310/5 day camp

Includes entry level & experienced campers in robotics & programming . Utilizing the LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 Base Set and Software, your team will overcome robotic engineering challenges throughout the week! Combining the versatility of the LEGO building system (the most sophisticated microcomputer brick ever made by LEGO Education) and intuitive drag-and-drop EV3 software, this course will have you and your team programming and engineering robots from day one.

Science

New Galaxy Quest  – Grades 2-5 Cost $325/5 day camp

Join us as we race across the Milky Way and observe our amazing universe. With twenty hands-on projects and Universe Sandbox’s virtual planetarium game on your computer, this is a camp unlike any other! Combining technology and fun activities your child will be talking about this for a long time!

  • Kids learn about astronomy: stars, planets, galaxies
  • Kids learn about astrophysics: how all these heavenly bodies work

Sample projects: Experiment with screaming balloon rockets! Build a sun dial and construct a telescope! Model our solar system and create a glow in the dark Saturn! Launch an airburst rocket! Make and use a star finder! Use solar glasses and design a UV bracelet, and …so much more! Using computer simulation: discover how planets look and the beauty of our universe, learn how solar systems are balanced and easily disturbed, try out different planet sizes and examine the effects of gravity. What happens if you make two galaxies collide or if your asteroid crashes into Earth? So much to explore and discover!

Marine Science Gr. 2-5 Cost $305/5 day camp

When you picture a marine biologist, what comes to mind? Do you think about studying sharks, turtles, plants and algae, or habitats, ocean health, and sea travel? Dive into our hands-on ocean adventure as we explore these many facets of marine biology and oceanography! Learn which marine life live in the five biomes of the ocean and how animals migrate. Discover the cleverness of an octopus, race a squid, learn to eat like a whale, build your own submarine, and examine tiny life under the microscope. Learn about early sea travelers and treasures of the sea. Explore why penguins wear those little tuxedos, how otters eat clams, and discover the endless uses of seaweed! Create waves, explore tsunamis, clean an oil spill and learn about gyres of plastic in the open sea, all while learning the importance of the ocean to our world.

Emergency Medicine Gr. 3-6 Cost: $305/ 5 day camp

Campers will learn about important life saving techniques including first aid and CPR. They will learn about bacteria and disease, participate in numerous hands-on projects including using medical instruments, triage and diagnosis, and how to give a shot. We explore the structures and physiology of the amazing human body and learn what an EMT does when treating a patient. Activities and experiments explore emergency medicine background, vital signs, anatomy, field medicine and medical science.

*NEW CSI- Forensic Scientist – Gr. 3-6 Cost: $335/5 day camp

Campers will solve crimes that would unravel any student: Kidnapped Cookies and Missing Mascots! They have only five days to solve both crimes or be left without treats for Family Day. Campers will participate in the cases from evidence collection to trial. They will process mock crime scenes using “real world” techniques and equipment, then analyze evidence used in the forensic laboratory. Campers will learn how Biology, Chemistry and Physics play a major role in the investigation! Activities include collecting and documenting evidence, fingerprint developing and lifting, soil, powder, bite mark, fiber, and DNA analysis, blood analysis, chromatography, and language and handwriting analysis! Campers will meet real professional Crime Scene Investigators and K-9 Handlers. ** Please note: we do our best to schedule professionals for this camp, but we are often subject to their busy schedules. Sometimes there are cancellations. When that happens, we have alternate activities for the campers.

*NEW CSI- Forensics Investigator II – Gr 5-8 Cost: $335/5 day camp

As advanced forensic scientists, campers will delve into and attempt to solve a real murder case dating back to 1842! They will also gather and analyze evidence for a number of fictitious crime scenes, use luminal and UV light to detect the presence of blood when the crime scene has been “cleaned”, complete a blood splatter analysis, take crime scene photographs, and complete a drug and poison analysis. Campers will also gather insects from a rotting carcass (pork chop) as they discover how CSI’s use their entomology skills to determine time of death. Campers MUST bring an inexpensive digital camera to camp.

Emergency Vet Tech I  – Gr. 3-6 Cost: $335/5 day camp

Does your child LOVE animals?  Does he or she dream of becoming a veterinarian?  Sign them up!  This camp will give campers the inside scoop on the exciting world of Veterinary Medicine. Hands-on projects and lessons will give campers the opportunity to learn what veterinary medicine is all about.  Campers will meet practitioners in the field and learn what they love most about their career and what it takes to succeed! Each camper will receive their very own veterinarian kit! *Campers will also be involved in three dissection activities: Sheep Heart, Owl Pellet, and Crayfish. Sample Topics: 
Animal Behavior; Cancer research in animals; Learning Clinical Procedures; Preparation for a Career in Veterinary Medicine; First aid and Dentistry care; Diseases and Parasites.

Emergency Vet Tech II – Gr. 5-8 Cost: $345/5 day camp

Vet Tech I is NOT required for this camp. In this camp, your future Veterinarians will learn how to give an injection to an orange, practice suturing on a suture glove, perform a mammal heart dissection, conduct a rat dissection and neutering procedure, investigate animal dentistry, and delve further into animal emergency conditions and diseases.

*NEW Rocket Scientist– Gr. 5-8 Cost: $345/5 day camp

Campers experience the science and technology concepts behind space flight. Learning and experimenting with electrical circuits, a space flight simulation, architecture and building projects, and the physics of space travel, campers will design, experiment, and problem solve with computer programs and hands-on projects. Campers will be immersed in the following programs and kits:

  • Kerbel Space Program – Space travel simulation
  • Estes Rocketry – Real building and launching of rockets!
  • littleBits – Electrical engineering and how it applies to innovation
  • West Point Bridge Builder – Design software

Special Effects & Film Making

Special Effects –Gr. 3-6 Cost: $325/5 day camp

Campers learn the science behind Hollywood’s special effects and movie making. Learn various special effects make-up techniques working with the same materials used by professional make-up artists. These will simulate cuts, bruises, artificial blood, and old age. Activities will demonstrate concepts related to light, sound, perception, illusion, theatrical make-up and model building. One of the great features of this camp is that all campers will create (and take home!) a movie using techniques in Claymation and Stop-Motion Animation. Lessons include plot development, storyboarding, set building, filming, and sound effects. Is there a future movie director living in your house? This is a camp your child won’t want to miss! They will take home their very own special effects kit! Please have your moviemaker bring a 4G Flash Drive to camp to save their movie.

Stop Motion Explosion – Gr. 2-6 Cost: $305/5 day camp

Stop motion animation is an incredibly fun, hands-on way to make amazing films, using a variety of materials and objects such as clay, LEGO figures and other everyday materials. In this camp young filmmakers will learn the science of film and animation. Stop motion animation was first used in early films such as King Kong and the silent pictures especially when it came to special effects. We provide campers with storyboard techniques, script writing, set design ideas, character development, film angles, lighting, special effects, and methods to add titles and rolling credits. Campers will also learn how to use armature-based figures and are encouraged to bring their own mini props from home. If you are living with the next Steven Spielberg, your little director won’t want to miss this camp!

*NEW Pokémon & Stop Motion – Grades 2-6 Cost $305/5 day camp

Do you love the world of Pokemon and animation? Learn to draw, paint, and create your favorite Pokémon characters, sculpt them to life from clay, and make your own Pokemon film. Create stories full of action and suspense by building a story arc with a beginning, middle, and end. Explore narrative elements, such as point of view, character expressions, climax, environments and conclusion. Stop motion animation using ZU3D software is an incredibly fun, hands-on way to make amazing films, using clay and armature-based figures, Pokemon mini-characters and other everyday materials. We provide campers with storyboard techniques, script writing, set design ideas, character development, film angles, lighting, special effects, and methods to add titles and rolling credits. This camp is the perfect mixture of art & technology for aspiring artist and movie makers. For extra fun, we encourage you to bring your own Pokemon cards and battle with other trainers at break or lunch times. Requirements: Bring 4g flash drive to camp to take your movie home!

*NEW Manga Maker Comics Grades 4-6 Cost $310/5 day camp

Make your own high quality comics and manga using ComiPo manga software!  Users can easily create their own unique stories and situations simply by choosing and posing one of the 3D characters! Create stories full of action and suspense by building a story arc with a beginning, middle, and end. Explore narrative elements, such as point of view, character expressions, and environments. Once you have learned the basics, you will have the opportunity to expand your creativity level and teamwork skills by developing a group comic series to address world issues and concerns. With over 100 unique body poses and facial expressions to choose from, along with many background images, items, sound effects, word balloons… you have everything needed to make a visually impressive and professional looking comic come to life. You will learn about:

  • Developing a story line
  • Posing 3D character models and camera angles
  • Creating Background Images
  • Using Comic Marks and Sound Effects
  • Customizing Your 3D Character
  • Working as a team to develop ideas and create a group comic to address world issues

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