Gr. 4-5 Camps: Art, Engineering, Science & Technology

2024 Summer STEAM CAMPS


CAMP REGISTRATION Opens February 3rd, 8am!

See CHART below for camp descriptions/dates.

Early Bird Registration with $25 off per camp is from February 2nd- February 25th .
Register for more than one camp at the same time and receive our multi-camp discount of $10 per camp! Sibling discount is an additional $10 off. 

Camp Dates: June 17-August 8th, 2024.  Hours: 9am-3:30pm

K-8 Camp LOCATION: Bishop Diego School, 4000 La Colina Rd


  • Morning drop off is between 8:20-8:55. Camp pick-up is from 3:30-3:45pm.
  • Aftercare is available from 3:30-5:00pm Monday-Thursday and must be signed up for in advance.
  • NEW this SUMMER: HOT lunch available with both vegetarian and meat option daily! $25 per week.

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CHART for Gr. 4-5 Summer STEAM CAMPS 

These Camps are for RISING 4th-5th graders. Please do not enroll your child for a camp that requires a higher grade level than your child is entering. All Camp descriptions are below but not offered every year.

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2024 Weeks June 17-21 June 24-28 July 1-5 July 8-12   July 15-19 July 22-26 July 29-Aug 2 Aug 5-9
Gr. 4-5      Location:  Bishop Diego School, (BD), 4000 La Colina Rd. Santa Barbara
Creative Works                
Art Potpourri  Gr. 2-6             X  
Famous Faces/Places Gr. 2-6     X          
Fantastic Beasts Gr. 2-6         X      
Pokemon Stop Motion Gr. 3-6     X          
EXTREME Art Gr. 4-8   X       X    
All Things (Harry Potter) Magical Gr. 3-8             X  
Manga Maker Gr. 4-8           X    
Mini-Theatre Gr. 4-8 X       X      
Intro to Sketching Gr. 5-8               X
Digital Art Gr. 5-8     X          
Art Expedition Gr. 2-6       X        
Sew for Fun Gr. 2-4   X            
Great Masters Gr. 2-6 X              
Engineering & Robotics                
Space Engineer Gr. 2-4         X     X
Toy Inventor Gr. 4-8   X            
Kerbal Space Program & Cosmic Projects       X        
VEX Robot Squad Gr. 4-8   X     X     X
Architectural Engineering Gr. 5-8               X
Game Design & Programming                
Beginning Minecraft Gr. 1-4 X X X        
Minecraft Dungeons Stop Motion         X    
Code & Design w/ SCRATCH Gr. 2-4 X           X  
Minecraft Supreme Gr. 3-8     X X   X    
Ultimate Minecraft Modding Gr. 4-8       X   X    
Roblox Modding Gr. 4-8         X     X
RPG Game Maker Gr. 4-8 X              
JavaScript Programming  Gr. 4-8     X       X  
Intro to Java Gr. 5-8 X         X    
Spore + Alien Crafts Gr 4-8   X         X  
Video Game Fusion Gr. 5-8     X        
Secret Agent Gr. 2-4       X       X
Medical Mania Gr. 4-6           X    
Vet Tech  Gr. 4-6         X      
Bio-Medical Engineer Gr. 4-8             X  
Special Effects Gr. 4-8   X            
Stop Motion Animation Gr. 4-8                
Engineering Food Gr. 4-8       X       X


Creative Works (Art, Sewing, Comics, Theatre)


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Gr. 2-6

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.

Great Masters of the World! – Gr. 2-6        

Design, draw, build, paint, construct, engineer and sculpt as you explore the great artists, designers and architects of the world while creating your own distinctive flair! Travel throughout time as you experiment with thick paints like Van Gogh, go wild with clay a la Pablo Picasso, design 3D Nevelson sculptures, experience first-hand the challenge of doing Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings, discover the playful art of Matisse, and create the amazing works of Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keefe. Learn design engineering skills to build architect Julia Morgan’s Hearst castle and imaginative fairground rides, construct a prototype flying machine like Leonardo da Vinci, create 3D abstract architectural designs, and fashion rescue bots via Robin Murphy. This camp offers hands-on projects while combining art, architecture and engineering!

Famous Faces & Places- Gr. 2-6 

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!

Pokémon & Stop Motion – Grades 3-6

Welcome Trainers! Do you love the world of Pokémon and animation? Learn to draw, paint, and create your favorite Pokémon characters, sculpt them to life from clay, and make your own Pokémon stop motion video. Stop motion animation is a fun filming technique in which objects (such as clay figures) are photographed in a series of slightly different positions so that the objects seem to move. Using ZU3D software and webcams, campers create their own video full of action and suspense, learn storyboard techniques, character development, film angles, lighting, special effects, and methods to add titles and rolling credits!

Pokémon Characters you create in this camp include: Lugia, Alolan Vulpix, Poké Ball, Leafeon, Ditto, Squirtle, Charmander, Bulbasaur and Pikachu.  For extra fun, we encourage you to bring your own Pokémon cards and battle with other trainers at break or lunch times.

Take home ZU3D Stop Motion Animation Kit: software licenses, webcam, green screen, modeling clay, mini-set background, and handbook. A flash drive for camper’s video creations is also included.

All Things (Harry Potter) Magical – Gr. 3-8

The legend lives on…come join us for the time of your life as we celebrate Harry’s Birthday this week! 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!

Art Expedition II – Gr. 2-5

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.   

Art Potpourri – Gr. 2-5

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!

Sew For Fun!Gr. 2-4

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.

EXTREME Art! – Gr. 4-8           

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!

Manga Maker Comics – Gr. 4-8

Make your own high-quality Manga Comics using ComiPo manga software!  Campers can easily create their own unique stories and situations using the library of 3D character models! Explore narrative elements, like point of view, character expressions, and social justice themes such as environment, healthcare, human rights, gun safety or world hunger. Throughout the week, you will learn Manga drawing techniques and look at examples of Japanese Manga. Create comics full of action and suspense by building a story arc with a beginning, middle, and end. 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 Manga Comic come to life.

Intro to Sketching – Gr. 5-8

Sketching is something you can do anywhere anytime with just a pad and pencil. Sketching is freehand drawing that focuses on capturing the essence rather than going into details and it takes patience to learn! Students will explore proportion, perspective, light and shadow as they sketch basic shapes in life drawing. Learning to draw the cube, the cylinder and the sphere are fundamental shapes artists need to know. Discover different mark making methods and how to use soft and hard graphite pencils and a blending stick. Each student will take home their sketch book with their showcase of sketches as well as their drawing pencils.

Mini-Theatre Stop Motion Movie Making – Gr. 4-8

Explore the world of theatre as you build a mini theatre, light up the stage, design background scenes, create your own plays, develop animal characters full of action and suspense, and film your own animation movie using ZU3D software and webcams! Learn storyboard techniques, point of view, film angles, lighting, special effects, and discover the many career-related roles in the world of theatre. Bring your imagination and love of creating stories to camp!

  • As an Engineer, build a model Proscenium Arch theatreand learn about different types of theatres.
  • As a Lighting Designer, create a light box to control colors, location, brightness of lights, and set mood.
  • As a Playwriter, create acts for your plays with the characters and scenes. Cut out the charming animal characters, sloth, frog, mouse, alien bean and develop roles to play in the Western, Superheroes and Medieval background scenes.
  • As a Scenic Designer, envision the stage with the three background scenesto carry out plays.
  • As a Scenic Artist, complete the Medieval Sceneas it would be done on a large backdrop in a theatre, draw and color the
  • As a Movie Director, make your own stop motion film of this engaging theatre and cast of characters using ZU3D animation software.

Take Home: Mini-Theatre model, a light box, background scenes, characters, and the ZU3D Stop Motion Animation Kit with software licenses, webcam, green screen, modeling clay, mini-set background, and handbook. A flash drive for camper’s film is included.

Couturier: Sewing & Pattern Making- Gr. 4-8

Sewing is design thinking at its finest, both artist and engineer!  Our young couturiers will learn to translate an idea to a design on paper, sew by hand and on a machine as they convert 2D ideas to 3D projects. As they draft patterns, construct with different fabrics, and learn sewing techniques, campers will increase their math, spatial cognition, and engineering skills. Using hand-sewing techniques and various sewing machine stitches, campers create custom projects throughout the week: beanie, tunic, costume, house shoes, Chef’s Apron, tote bag, oven mitt, zipper bag, pillow with applique and more! Sewing machines, fabric, and all sewing tools are provided. Our young couturiers will take home their fashion creations and their sewing kit! Maximum of 10 students per their fashion creations and their sewing kit! Maximum of 10 students per camp.


Engineering, Robotics & Technology


Space Engineer – Gr. 2-4

Five, four, three, two, one…Blast Off! Have you ever wondered how rockets get into outer space? Or maybe you’re curious about how rovers and robots are used on Mars and in space exploration? Then this is the camp for you! Throughout the week campers will be tracking the International Space Station while learning about the Solar System, design and launch stomp rockets as they learn about propulsion, friction, force, gravity, and aerodynamics, and build two beginner-level Estes model rockets that they get to take home! Using Lego WeDo2, they will create brick models of a Satellite, Mars Rover, Lunar Lander, Spaceship, and lots more! Campers will also make their own “space gloves” and investigate how space suits are made safe from the environments astronaut’s encounter. Make way for the final frontier… this is a camp your child will not want to miss!

Toy Inventor! Gr. 4-8

Eager to create your own toys, entertainment, or just love making things? Come immerse yourself in our Toy Inventor’s camp as you construct playful models like a music machine, Peeps boat, wire figures w/clay, wood crafts and balloon tennis. Create a shell masterpiece, make Japanese Kokeshi wooden figures, weave a basket and sew a plushie mascot. Assemble a Meta Transforming 4 model Robot…all to take home! Using KEVA planks, build structures, cities and parks and discover clever skill and chance games played long ago. No need for Mattel, Hasbro, or video games here!

Engineering Gadgets & Gizmos Gr. 4-8

Girls and boys, join us to discover the intersection of design, engineering, structures, and technology! Campers construct DIY projects like gum drop structures, a hot air balloon and rockets, plus their own gadget from scrap materials. Make musical instruments and learn about sound waves and frequencies; assemble a Cybercrawler robot and program it; construct a clock and a light box. Build to your heart’s content: sculptures, structures, and contraptions like spirals, parks, trains, boats, and ball runs from Keva planks. And…finally discover crazy circuitry as you use Makey Makey to complete electrical circuits with odd items – like playdough, bananas, or liquids! The skills learned such as crafting, tinkering, assembly, building, design, and electronics allow YOU to go on to build more sophisticated inventions, creations, and masterpieces!

VEX Robot Squad Gr. 4-8

In Robo Squad…girls & boys discover the world of robotics, engineering, and coding with VEX robotics! Build your VEX “bot” from the ground up with snap-based rods, beams, and planks, code it on a computer for autonomous driving or drive it with a remote controller like an RC car, while learning VEX VR programming techniques and effective structural design. Students will also learn to code a virtual robot using VEXcode VR Premium. Teams then construct and program their ‘bots to compete with other exciting game-based challenges and obstacle courses like Castle Crasher, BattleBot Challenge, Robot Freeze Tag, BotSoccer, Tug of War and Clawbot. So much fun…too little time! VEX allows for creative freedom and encourages teamwork, leadership, passion, and problem-solving among students. YOU can be a coder, a coach, a designer, and a creative thinker. Learn, Build, Compete!

Architectural Engineering- Gr. 5-8

Don your hard hats and get hands-on creativity flowing as you learn the complexities of designing structures from buildings to bridges. Investigate how ancient architectural breakthroughs led to the fundamental design elements of today. From walls and arches to post-and-lintel building techniques, use hands-on manipulatives to inspect and duplicate design elements from around the globe. Replicate some of history’s most famous designs, then uncover how different societies made the stylistic, artful, and structural aspects of construction and architecture. With new buildings reaching higher into the sky, architects and engineers are constantly working through questions of structure and style. Campers will develop an understanding of the real-world applications of architecture, gaining an appreciation for the structures they see every day!


Game Design & Programming


Code, Design & Animate with SCRATCH- Gr. 2-5

Love coding? Kids discover SCRATCH, a coding language designed for young kids that uses colorful programming blocks, quirky graphics, and fun sounds to drag and “snap” together blocks to make a character (sprite) walk, speak, play music, or interact with other sprites. With a rich library of built-in features createanimated stories, interactive movies, games, and use the art block to create images, illustrations, and sculptures. Campers learn fundamental coding concepts such as sequences, loops, conditionals, variables, and functions as they learn to think creatively and reason logically.
Scratch never ends, students can take it continually and develop more skill and sophisticated projects! 

Minecraft Dungeons & Stop Motion Animation Gr 3-5.  

Minecraft Dungeons is an action-adventure game inspired by classic dungeon crawlers, where you’ll constantly discover new tools and items that will help you defeat a ruthless swarm of new-and-nasty mobs. You’ll fight or flee through canyons, swamps and – of course – mines! Campers gather movie inspiration from Minecraft Dungeons to create their own Stop Motion Animation video using Minecraft Movie Creator kits. Stop motion animation is a fun filming technique in which objects (such as mini figures) are photographed in a series of slightly different positions so that the objects seem to move.Then using ZU3D software and webcams, campers will create their own Stop Motion Video with mini-figures Steve, Alex, Creeper, Charged Creeper and Enderman, full of action and suspense. Learn storyboard techniques, character development, film angles, lighting, special effects, and methods to add titles and rolling credits!

Take home ZU3D Stop Motion Animation Kit: software licenses, webcam, green screen, modeling clay, mini-set background, and handbook. A flash drive for camper’s video creations is also included.

JavaScript Programming – Grades 4-8

Learn to program in JavaScript with a focus on creativity and confidence, a next level up from SCRATCH! Utilizing a video coding platform and web programming language designed for tweens & teens, students create videos, games, graphics, animation, filters, and their own “meme”. As they create, students see a thumbnail of the project and code behind it side-by-side. As they make changes to the code, they can see the effect in the thumbnail. A very exciting and fun way to learn to program! Students gain problem solving skills and learn about the core programming concepts of sequence, functions, variables, and objects.

Spore Digital Game + Alien Crafts – Gr. 4-8

Discover the wonders of SPORE, a real-time life simulation, digital science game, where you as the player create and nurture your own alien species. From microscopic to macrocosmic life, mold your species through five stages of life: Cell Stage, Creature Stage, Tribal Stage, Civilization Stage, and Space Stage. The fate of your creatures lies in your hands as your actions in each stage will affect the conditions of the next. A secret to the game: Happiness matters! Cooperative actions will form strong allyships while fighting triggers conflict. Learn how cultures develop by interacting with foreign civilizations while developing your own. How will you navigate YOUR galactic adventure?

Projects to add to the fun: Create some favorite aliens to take home. Let your imagination run wild as you venture into other worlds. Draw and paint the Phylorm Villain, design a Zentangle Spaceship, make a Che-F droid, and launch a Cosmic Rocket. So much fantasy to enjoy!

RPG VXAce Game Maker – Gr. 4-8

This never ending game, RPG Maker VXAce, 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! 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. Flash Drive is included.

Kerbal Space Program & Cosmic Projects- Gr.5-8

Discover Kerbal, a space flight simulation video game staffed and crewed by green humanoid aliens known as “Kerbals”. Take charge of the space program and launch your crew into orbit and beyond (while keeping them alive) to explore moons and planets in the Kerbal solar system. Build rockets, planes, and vehicles each with their own function, assemble fully functional spacecraft that fly (or don’t) based on realistic aerodynamic and orbital physics. Dock spacecraft together to construct space stations and massive starships and set up communications networks to communicate between your spacecraft and Kerbal Space Center. The game features a realistic orbital physics engine, allowing for various real-life orbital maneuvers.

Cosmic Projects to add to the fun and take home: build a model Estes rocket, assemble a geoboard constellation, make a star finder, and create a galaxy in a jar. At the end of the mission, bake Galaxy Cookies together!

Video Game Maker with Fusion – Gr. 4-8

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. We use 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.

Minecraft Supreme – Gr. 3-8

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. Students take on the real-world jobs of programmer, game designer, artist, and architect. With no set rules, you can build anything you can possibly imagine. Students learn Creative and Survival modes of playing. They 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!
NO Minecraft account is needed for THIS CAMP as we have licenses ready for in-class use. With our licenses, campers can work in groups and interact with each other in their game. 

Ultimate Minecraft Modding – Gr. 4-8

Required: Experienced with Minecraft and interested in PROGRAMMING.  This MODDING camp can be taken repeatedly! Kids NEVER reach the end as campers are challenged to write more complex code and build more mods.

Did you know that Minecraft was built using Java code? If you aspire to be the greatest Minecraft warrior of all time, this camp is for you.  While building a variety of mods (games within the game) using a code editor that supports both drag-and-drop and text-based programming in a single environment, you learn valuable real-world programming skills. The code editor allows campers to learn at their own pace while participating in a group and teaches fundamental concepts like algorithms, data types, variables, and loops. Explore your creativity through real computing and have a blast sharing mods with your friends!
NO Minecraft or Modding account is needed for THIS CAMP as we have licenses ready for in-class use.With our licenses, campers can work in groups and interact with each other in their game. 

ROBLOX Modding & Game Design – Gr. 4-8

Become a coding Ninja! Learn to make your own Roblox games first using drag and drop programming and then learn to write real Lua code with its kid-friendly conventions to program more advanced games and 3D worlds. Code, test, and publish your own Roblox games. From building your own Obby to launching a tycoon game, we will teach you the skills you need to build games inside the Roblox platform. NO ROBLOX Modding accounts are needed for THIS CAMP as we have licenses ready for in class use.  




Secret Agent – Gr. 2-4

Everybody loves a good mystery. Mysteries can take us out of ourselves and lead us to explore the far reaches of our imagination. But mysteries don’t just happen in books or movies, “Who Dunnit” investigations happen in real life as well. Our young detectives will collect evidence and facts to find the culprit of a devious plot. Through hands-on projects, we will learn about forensic science and how detectives and forensic scientists use science and critical thinking to do their job. We will search for clues, collect and analyze evidence, draw reasonable conclusions and leave no stone unturned! In no time at all, you will be thinking like a detective.

Sample Projects include: spy decoder and missions, maze obstacle course, footprints, invisible ink, DNA, special agent badges and disguises, fingerprinting, and lots more!

Stop Motion Animation – Gr. 4-8

Stop motion animation is a fun, hands-on way to make amazing films, using a variety of objects, such as clay, LEGO mini-figures and other everyday materials. Aspiring young film makers discover the art & science of film and animation as they learn the filming technique in which objects are photographed in a series of slightly different positions so that the objects seem to move. Campers make armature-clay based characters or figures or bring their own mini props from home and learn how stop motion and special effects were used in early films and silent movies.

Using ZU3D software and webcams, students create their own video full of action and suspense, learn storyboard and set design techniques, character development, film angles, lighting, special effects, and methods to add titles and rolling credits! A flash drive for a camper’s video creations is included to take home.

Special Effects – Gr. 4-8

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 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!
A flash drive will be provided to take your project home!

Vet Tech – Gr. 4-6

Does your child LOVE animals?  Does she or he 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 participate in a health exam, observe teeth brushing of a dog, learn about common pet infections, parasites, and injuries, examine bacteria under a microscope, learn about first aid and practice splinting a “broken” limb on their stuffed animal! Campers will explore how to use the appropriate tools and dissect a: Frog, Owl Pellet, and Crayfish. Each camper will receive their very own veterinarian kit!

New! Medical Mania – Gr. 4-6

Join us to learn all about the thingamabob, whatchamacallit, doodad, thingamajig, and whatnot’s in the doctor’s office! Make NO bones about it; this camp is for the aspiring “doc” or bio-medical engineer. Learn the names and how to use medical instruments, give a shot, suture a banana, discover bacteria and explore germ theory, examine pathology slides under a microscope, make squishy brains and learn about mental well-being. Build a lung model, discover how food travels through body with a hands-on model of the digestive tract, and learn the structures of the heart and blood clots as you dissect a sheep’s heart. Investigate the structures, physiology, and variations of human anatomy and discover how our bodies act as a furnace, a filter, and a fancy computer!

New! Detective or CSI – Gr. 4-6

What is the difference between a detective and a crime scene investigator? What does a stolen bunny, a broken cookie jar, a dollhouse, and a footprint all have in common? Find out as you put your deductive reasoning skills to work solving crimes and mysteries that would unravel any student and you have only 5 days to do it!  Process mock crime scenes using “real world” techniques and equipment and analyze evidence used in the forensic laboratory. Discover Frances Glessner Lee, known as “mother of forensic science”, who created crime scene models or dollhouses to train law enforcement officials in forensic science. To add to the intrigue, play out the role of investigators, witnesses, and suspects as you work together to solve these crimes. Will you be able to discover who broke the cookie jar, figure out whose footprint was left at the crime scene, find the real bunny thief, and save Honey the Bunny before it’s too late?

Campers projects include: DNA tests, finger prints and lip prints, bite impression, blood typing, toxicology, microscopy, hair and fiber analysis, chromatography and DNA.

Engineering Food! Gr. 4-8

Campers will design and engineer a solar oven, ice cream, and vertical farm; create Gummy candy out of seaweed, test types of honey; and learn about composting for better food and soil. Using an inquiry-based design process, campers work through open-ended problems creatively.

  • Discover how ice cream gets to be so creamy and delicious and process engineers create and improve recipes to control the color, texture, flavor, and shelf life of a product.
  • Discover how ice cream gets to be so creamy and delicious and process engineers create and improve recipes to control the color, texture, flavor, and shelf life of a product.
  • Use natural flavors and colors from Beet juice powder and beta-carotene, to make and mold Gummies from seaweed powder!
  • Build a model vertical farm as a potential solution to food scarcity and imagine what the future could bring.
  • Test out composting indoors or outdoors and make side-by-side comparisons between different materials. Composting strengthens the soil, reduces waste, and promotes healthy plant growth.
  • Try out 4 different types of real honey and where it comes from. Food doesn’t grow in supermarkets!


New! Bio-Medical Engineer – Gr. 4-8

Would you like to design a prosthetic limb, learn how helmets keep our brains from turning to mashed Jell-O, turn plants to plastics, and stop a contagious disease? Then join us for an exciting hands-on-learning experience in biology, medicine, physiology, chemistry, and engineering while solving a variety of medical cases. As bio-mechanical engineers, campers discover how a prosthetic or artificial limb works as they design a model leg for an elephant, beak for an eagle and a prosthetic device for a fish; and engineer a helmet design for a crash-test dummy and discover how it works to protect the brain when skating, biking, or boarding!  As an engineering physiology team, campers create a response plan and design an antiviral to stop a highly contagious disease and unknown virus. Finally, as chemical engineers, discover how to engineer plants to plastics that are biodegradable! This camp teaches an inquiry-based design process and guides students through problem solving as they work through open-ended problems creatively!

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