Gr. 4-6: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math

2019 Summer STEAM Camps – Grades 4-6

 

Register NOW for Early Bird Discount!

$25 off EACH camp. Discount ends February 19, 2019. There is an additional $10 off for multi-session (2 or more) and $10 off for multi-person when registering at the same time. 

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Registrations are for ENTERING 4th-6th graders.

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Camp Locations: Vieja Valley School, 434 Nogal Drive, Santa Barbara.

Hours of Camp: 9:00am-3:30. Before Care 8:00am & After Care 3:30-5:00. No aftercare on Fridays. Before care $20p/wk (4 days) and $32 aftercare per week (4 days).

Note: Camps on this page are for children entering 4th-6th grade. Please do not enroll your child for a camp that requires a higher grade level than your child is entering. We try very hard to keep our camps and campers matched at the appropriate social maturity level, reading skill ability, and curriculum content. However, if your child is older and wants to take a camp listed in the next younger category, that is fine.

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Choose from 31 Different Camps Below in Science, Art, Engineering, Robotics, Movie Making, Programming & Game Design!

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  June 10-14 June 17-21 June 24-28 July 1-5 July 8-12 July 15-19 July 22-26 July 29- Aug 2 August 5-9
Gr. 4-6      Location:   Vieja Valley School (VV)        Star * next to camp name indicate they are new this year.
Art                  
*Famous Faces/Places     VV     VV      
*Art Expedition II VV               VV
*Art Potpourri   VV           VV  
Star Wars Galactic         VV        
EXTREME Art   VV              
Fantastic Beasts       VV          
All Things Magical (Harry Potter)               VV  
Sew for Fun               VV  
Culinary Arts/Food Science                  
*Foodie Camp   VV     VV   VV    
Bakers Delight VV   VV     VV   VV  
Game Design                  
Beginning Minecraft Adventures   VV         VV    
Minecraft Supreme   VV         VV    
Jr. Minecraft Modding       VV   VV      
Sr. Minecraft Modding       VV   VV      
RPG Game Maker VV         VV      
Video Game Maker   VV           VV  
Programming                  
*ArcadeCamp Scratch     VV            
Programming with Scratch       VV       VV  
 Engineering & Robotics                  
*Imagineering2 VV       VV        
*Future World w/ EV3         VV        
Space Engineer         VV     VV  
Masters Engineer/Tech     VV       VV    
Science                  
*Future Surgeon           VV      
*EXTREME Phenomenon         VV   VV    
*Marine Biologist       VV         VV
Experience the Cosmos         VV     VV  
CSI- Forensic Scientist   VV              
Emergency Vet Tech I     VV            
Advanced Emergency Vet               VV  
 Movie Making & Special Effects                  
Special Effects VV       VV        
Stop Motion   VV       VV      

Art

Art Potpourri – Gr.1-6 (new projects)
Cost: $345/5 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 Famous Face/Famous Places – Gr. 1-6
Cost $345/5 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 Art Expedition II – Gr. 1-6
Cost: $345/5 day camp

Grab your passport and head out on a bold art adventure! Using clay, watercolor, acrylics, charcoal, oil pastels, sand art, scratch art, foil and metal, wood and paper, we will draw, paint, sculpt, and construct 2D and 3D art projects. Inspired by the cultures of Tahiti, New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Philippines, India, Japan, and Korea, campers create fun and exciting projects that bring together art and history from around the world!

Some examples include: Maori masks, Koi windsock designs, Taiko drummers and Poi/Hula dancer paintings, Origami, sculpture, Batik creations, Gauguin landscape, and lots more.

Star Wars Galactic! – Gr. 2-6
Cost: $345/5 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!

Fantastic Beasts of the Mythical World – Gr. 4-8
Cost $345/5 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.

All Things (Harry Potter) Magical & Mystical – Gr. 4-8
Cost: $345/5 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, and design a broom. 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 (new projects!)
Cost: $345/5 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!

Sew For Fun!Gr. 3-6
Cost: $380 5/day camp ($345 + $35 lab fee)

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, play cape and mask, pillowcase, and more! Sewing machines, fabric, and all sewing tools are provided. Students will take home their own personal sewing kit. Maximum of 10 students per camp.

Culinary Arts & Food Science

*NEW Foodie Camp  – Gr. 4-8
Cost: $390 ($345/5 day camp plus $45 Lab Fee)

Are you a food lover, someone who is interested in food adventures, making dishes from scratch and using organic ingredients from local farms? Then prepare for the unusual, Foodie Camp is the perfect experience for any kid who loves to eat, wants to try different foods, and discover essential cooking techniques! Our “foodie” recipes teach aspiring young chefs to follow a recipe, cook, bake, sauté, stir-fry, make baguettes, soufflés, crepes, and decadent desserts, create a classic French roux for many uses, and discover vegetables they did not know they liked! For extra fun, campers will learn the art of pickling and preserving, what to do with lots of lemons, the intricacies of how “chocolate” is made, and how to “churn” butter. Using local organic ingredients, we will make healthy entrees, vegetable & salad dishes, and lower sugar desserts from scratch. Throughout the week, campers will sip freshly made ginger root tea as they discover the art of cooking, learn kitchen safety and clean-up skills. Campers take home their recipe cards. On the last day of camp, parents come to eat goodies prepared just for them! Older and younger students are placed in respective age groups.

Bakers Delight – Gr. 4-8
Cost: $380/5 day camp 
($345/5 day camp plus $35 Lab Fee)

The best smell is bread, the best savor is salt, the best ingredients are fresh! What better way to celebrate summer than to bake wonderful goodies from scratch using fresh ingredients! 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 empanadas and quiche muffins, fruit scones, turnovers, popovers, and cupcakes. Next we discover how to create basic white and yellow cake, make flaky pie crusts, and last but not least decadent fudge brownies! Is there more, you say? Oh yes, we will sip fresh ginger root tea as we finish the week off baking summertime fruit cobbler! Throughout the week, campers discover the art of baking and learn kitchen safety and clean-up skills. Your child will go home with their recipes planning to be the next great baking chef! On the last day of camp, parents come to eat goodies prepared just for them! Older and younger students are placed in age respective groups.

Engineering, Robotics & Technology

Space Engineer – Gr. 2-4
Cost: $345/5 day camp

Make way for the final frontier… as campers design and build structures and space vehicles for living on far away planets! Space Engineer includes instruction on the Earth, Moon, stars, and planets. With Lego WeDo bricks and StarCampWeDo software,kids create programable robots used in outer space, as well as learn about force, friction, simple machines, and gravity. 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 join the crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to learn about propulsion, friction and more. Campers 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!

*NEW Imagineering2- Gr. 4-6
Cost: $345/5 day camp

What makes Imagineering2 camp fun? Designing, inventing, building, programming, and imagining how to solve real world problems and future challenges! No experience needed! This camp is designed to inspire inventors and engineers of the future and encourage campers to stretch their creative muscle. Instructors present challenges and our young creators invent machines, build and construct 3D models, learn coding, and apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering and architecture. Using a wide variety of plugged and unplugged materials including Lego WeDo2™, Scratch 3.0, KEVA and KNEX, campers designa bot to assist someone with limited abilities or a rover that can rescue people, build a robot to play your favorite sport or create a mythical creature, invent a fantasy or quake machine, construct a bot to explore space or a machine to clean up the plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean, erect sculptures, towers and contraptions, and challenge other bots to a Sumo wrestle. Imagineers progress through a set of challenges that integrate computer science, mechanical and electronics engineering, invention literacy and technology,while prompting design thinking, communication and teamwork. So much mind-bending fun and too little time!

*NEW Robot Builder – Gr. 5-8
Cost: $385/5 day camp (includes $60 lab fee)

Have you ever wondered how robots actually work? In this camp, you will learn the concepts of science and design technology through robot building and assembly, soldering circuits and constructing imaginative projects. The skills learned such as wiring, gear building, mechanical assembly, soldering, design and problem solving will allow campers to go on to more sophisticated robot creation. This year we will build the 3-in-1 All Terrain Robot (ATR) , construct the Dodeca 12 in 1 SolarHydraulic Robot Kit, solder our LED Robot Blinker, and design independent projects with K’NEX Maker Space, Cublets, and imagination. On Friday, campers will display and present their robots at Family Open House.

The 3-in-1 All Terrain Robot (ATR), is a multi-function tracked mobile robotic kit. Utilize different track modules and make your robot transform into 3 amazing variations: the forklift, rover, and gripper. Using the wired controller, command the robot to move forward, backward, turn, grip and lift anything up to 100g. Campers take this robot home.

Dodeca 12 in 1 SolarHydraulicRobot’s gear box is powered by direct sunlight and a hydraulic transmission. No batteries are required. With Dodeca, campers are able to actively learn two forms of alternative energy while they create and use their infinite imagination.  Dodeca has 12 exciting forms that can be separated in two animated building modes: Automotive (Buggy, Obstacle Avoiding Rover, Excavator, Forklift) and Animals (Elephant, Pterosaurs, Monkey, Ostrich, T-Rex, Crocodile, Scorpion, Dog-Walker).Campers take this robot home.

Masters of Engineering & Technology – Gr. 5-8
Cost: $345/5 day camp

Using Lego Mindstorms EV3, design, create, build, tinker, test, and refine a variety of robots, machines and engineering projects. Campers build and program robots designed to perform endless challenges such as a Self-Driving Car, Sound Machine, Spirograph, Catapult, SumoBots, and other challenges. Learn the basics of design and engineering concepts while constructing mazes, egg-drop vehicles, and other fun projects. Throughout the week, campers progress through a set of challenges and projects that fully integrate science, technology, engineering, and programming, while prompting creative problem solving, communication, and teamwork. They learn to program and code sequences, loops, parallelism, events, conditionals, operators, data, all important concepts in computer science. So much creative, analytical, and mind-bending fun!

*NEW FutureWorld w/EV3 – Gr. 5-8
Cost: $345/5 day camp

Enrollment REQUIRES some experience with EV3.
If you love building and programming with Lego Mindstorms EV3, then join us to discover how robotics and technology can transform cities, factories and industries for the future. We will build and program machines, instruments, vehicles, and power stations. Some of our projects include: solar plant, helicopter, wind turbine, vending machine, scissor lift, flight simulator, anemometer, sorting machine, music box, and much more!While creating these intricately designed robot models, students learn how math, physics and extraordinary machines can bring exciting goals within reach.

Game Design & Programming

Programming with Scratch – Gr. 3-6
Cost: $335/5 day camp

Campers will be using Scratch, a software program from MIT. 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 ArcadeCAMP Scratch – Gr. 4-8
Cost $345 5/day camp

This is the camp to take for those that want their creativity to run wild using Scratch! Campers will take their game development and programming to another level. As they create games based on classics such as Pong, Frogger, Snake or Tetris, campers will use what they learn to create their own computer games! Participation in Programming with Scratch is encouraged but not required to register for this camp.

RPG Game Maker – Gr. 4-8
Cost: $345/5 day camp

Our RPG Maker camp shows campers how to create their very own epic role-playing game in the classic 2D game style like Zelda, Pokemon, Final Fanasy, and Dragon Quest! Create your fantasy adventure with playable zones and maps, develop characters with interactions and dialogue to fill your world, create allies and implement enemy encounters…all to achieve your ultimate quest! RPG Maker focuses on developing a story and creative worlds instead of mechanics and game physics, so that campers jump into creating their adventure immediately. Campers learn what RPG is, the history of RPG, all the basics, the character, and all aspects of the game. Make your role-playing games come to life! We use 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 world 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.

Beginning Minecraft Adventures – Gr. 1-4
Cost: $335 /5 day camp; $268 /4 day camp

NO experience needed. Think Minecraft is just a video game? Think again. Create, explore, and put your problem-solving skills to the test. Let’s pretend you’re alone in a mysterious new world, full of hidden dangers. You have only minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you. What do you do? What we teach you might just save your life! Learn how to find resources; make a shelter; craft tools, armor, and weapons, and protect yourself from monsters. Campers also create their own adventure map as design, production, and test playing guide them. Campers learn how to work as a team as they take on the real-world jobs of programmer, game designer, artist, and architect. There are two modes of the game. The scenario above describes the survival mode. There is also a creative mode where there are no monsters and you will be able to fly around and have unlimited resources to build amazing creations and buildings. What kind of adventure you choose will be up to you!

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.

Minecraft Supreme – Gr. 3-6
Cost: $335 /5 day camp; $268 /4 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.

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.

Jr. Minecraft Modding – Gr. 3-6
Cost $345/5 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. 3-6
Cost: $345/5 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.

Sr. Minecraft Modding – Gr. 6-9
Cost $345 5/day camp

This camp can be taken repeatedly! Kids NEVER reach the end of modding projects. Requirement: Experienced with Minecraft and interested in coding. Programming is power!  Get a head start in life by developing invaluable coding skills with Minecraft.  Our camp will teach you to use JavaTM code to control your own MinecraftTM server, build mods and design your own ‘games within the game’.  This camp provides a foundation in fundamental concepts like algorithms, data types, variables and loops.  Coders become digital creators with real world skills that are transferable to the next phase of their programming development.  They will learn to apply raw code using a trial and error approach with graphical support when needed, an approach which is central to STEM subjects.  The unique code editor allows campers to learn at their own pace while participating in a group setting. Campers can share their mods with their friends in and out of camp! When this camp is taken multiple times, campers pick up where they left off and are challenged to write more complex code and build more mods.

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.

Science

Experience the Cosmos – Gr. 2-5
Cost $345/5 day camp

Do you have a young rocket scientist in your family? Join us as we race across the Milky Way with twenty hands-on projects and a virtual planetarium game to explore the universe. Experiment with screaming balloon rockets, build a sun dial, construct a telescope and launch an airburst rocket! Using computer simulation, discover how planets look, 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? Model our solar system and create a glow in the dark Saturn, use solar glasses and design a UV bracelet! Campers learn about astronomy: stars, planets, galaxies, and about astrophysics: how all these heavenly bodies work. Combining technology and fun activities, your child will be talking about this camp for a long time!

*NEW EXTREME Phenomenon – Gr. 4-7
Cost: $345/ 5 day camp

Join us in our quest as we track down the wild natural phenomena that occurs in our world: avalanches, earthquakes, torrential rains, volcanos and tsunamis! Discover how avalanche engineering in Peru and earthquake engineering in Haiti help solve potential disasters through hands-on engineering design challenges based on real events. Create a model mountain and avalanche protection system, construct a working seismograph and earthquake proof structures, build and erupt a model volcano, design a tornado, test wind force, motion, and pressure, and lots more. In this camp you will learn about these remarkable events, how they happen, and the science and engineering that helps prevent disasters.

*NEW Future Surgeon – Gr. 4-6
Cost: $345/ 5 day camp

Campers learn about the life of surgeons, and are exposed to the important life saving techniques of first aid. Numerous hands-on projects include using medical instruments, triage and diagnosis, and how to give a shot. We will explore the structures and physiology of the amazing human body, learn about causes and treatment of cancer, heart surgery and emergency medicine, explore herbal medicine and healthy choices for food/ lifestyle.

Projects include:  Sheep heart dissection, setting broken bones, suturing a wound, building a lung model, learning first aid techniques and splinting, and examining pathology slides under a microscope.

Each camper will receive a stethoscope, dissection kit, first aid supplies and take their “Medical Boards” at the end of the week to receive their certificate.

*NEW Marine Biologist – Gr. 4-6
Cost: $345/5 day camp

Dive into our hands-on ocean adventure as we explore the many facets of marine biology and oceanography! Discover the cleverness of an octopus, study the lovable manatee, learn to eat like a whale, build a submarine, make ‘fish prints’, and examine tiny life under the microscope. On this special voyage, we will make maps and discover the secrets of early sea travelers (pirates) and treasures of the sea!  We will learn which marine life live in the five biomes of the ocean, how animals migrate, and the role of sea turtles in maintaining the health of the ocean. As we journey on, we will race a squid, learn about waves and tides, clean an oil spill, and inspect gyres (huge amounts of plastic waste) in the open sea. Before we return to land, we will discover how otters eat clams, why penguins wear those little tuxedos, and the endless uses of seaweed! Don’t miss this great adventure!

CSI- Forensics – Gr. 4-8
Cost: $345/5 day camp

Our CSI Camperswill solve crimes that would unravel any student and they only have 5 days to do it! Using several different cases, they will process mock crime scenes using “real world” techniques and equipment, and analyze evidence used in the forensic laboratory. They will create a clay model of a face and learn to use composite facial reconstruction software, as well as test out crime scene search patterns. Our young investigators will learn about, Frances Glessner Lee, known as “mother of forensic science”, who created composite crime scene models or dollhouses on a one-inch-to-one-foot scale to train law enforcement officials in forensic science. They will study their own miniature crime scene dollhouse as they learn to observe, classify, analyze, predict and draw conclusions based on the evidence they find to solve the crime.

Sample Projects: Crime scene analysis,collecting and documenting evidence, blood and fiber analysis, chromatography, fingerprints and lip prints, handwriting analysis, microscopy, and DNA Analysis.

Emergency Vet Tech – Gr. 4-6
Cost: $345/5 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.

Advanced Emergency Vet Tech – Gr. 5-9
Cost $345   5/day camp

Campers take veterinary medicine to the next level! 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, investigate animal dentistry, learn to recognize stress and pain in animals, and perform a rat dissection and neutering procedure. Delve further into animal emergency conditions and diseases, understand the types of broken bones and how to set them, and discover what causes a horse to ”founder” or an animal to “bloat”.

Special Effects & Movie Making

Special Effects – Gr. 4-8
Cost: $345/5 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!

Requirements: Bring 4g flash drive to camp to take your movie home!

Stop Motion – Gr. 3-6
Cost: $345/5 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 and Minecraft 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. Using ZU3D software and Minecraft apps, 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 learn to create stories full of action and suspense by building a story arc and exploring narrative elements, such as point of view, character expressions, and environments. They 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 Stephen Spielberg, your little director won’t want to miss this camp!

Requirements: Bring 4g flash drive to camp to take your movie home!

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