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

2021 Summer CAMPS

CAMP REGISTRATION IS OPEN! 

 

TWO CAMP LOCATIONS for Grades 4-6:

  • Full-Day Camps- Providence School. Staggered Hours of Camp: 8:30-3:00pm or 9am-3:30pm. Our K-2 camps run from 9am-2pm. Check registration CAREFULLY for the times of the camp you registered for. Providence School is located at 3225 Calle Pinon, Santa Barbara.

  • Half-Day Camps – Art Explorers Studio. Staggered times will be: 8:30-12:30pm; or 1:00-5:00pm.Check registration CAREFULLY for the times of the camp you registered for. Art Explorers Studio is located at 5330 Debbie Rd, SB. directly off Patterson.

Due to COVID, we do not have before-care or after-care for our camps this year to prevent intermingling of groups of campers.

Register for more than one camp at the same time and receive our multi-camp discount of $10 per camp!  Our multi-sibling discount is $10 per sibling. Many campers attend several weeks of camp! Additional lab fees apply to some camps.

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Note: 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 ok.
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See CHART below for 2021 Summer CAMPS. 

All Camp descriptions are below but not offered every year.


 

Choose from 24 Different Camps Below in Science, Art, Engineering, Robotics, Movie Making, Programming & Game Design!

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2021 Weeks June 14-18 June 21-25 June 28-July 2 July 6-9 July 12-16 July 19-23 July 26-30
Gr. 4-6      Location:  Providence (PR)  and Art Explorers Studio (AE)
Creative Works              
Art Expedition I   PR          
Art Expedition II             PR
Famous Faces/Places PR            
Spectacular SuperHeroes       PR      
EXTREME Art     PR        
All Things Magical (Harry Potter)             PR
Manga Maker             PR
Sew for Fun   AE          
Couturier: Sewing/Pattern Making           AE  
Special Effects           PR  
Stop Motion Movie Making     PR   PR    
Programming & Game Design              
Teens & Tweens Code     AE        
Code & Design Games/Animate Stories       PR      
CoSpaces VR & AR         PR    
ROBLOX Modding       PR   PR  
RPG Game Maker PR         PR  
Video Game Maker w/Fusion       PR      
Minecraft Supreme   PR PR     PR  
Ultimate Minecraft Modding     PR       PR
 Engineering & Robotics              
Robot Builder PR            
Tinkering w/Robots, Gadgets. Giz       PR      
Mechatronics w/EV3           PR  
Science              
Secret Agent PR   PR        
Bio-Medical Engineer             PR
Chemistry Concoctions   PR         PR
Emergency Vet Tech I         PR    

Campers must bring water, snack, and lunch.  Please do not bring candy, sodas or other high sugar desserts. Thank you!

Creative Works (Art, Design, Sewing, Movie Making, Comics)

Art Potpourri – Gr.1-6

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!

Star Wars Galactic! Art Camp- Gr. 1-4

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!

Spectacular Superheroes! Art Camp- Gr. 2-5

Do you love superheroes and comic books? Do you imagine what it’s like to be in an Ironman suit, flying through Metropolis like Superman, or using the Lasso of Truth like Wonder Women? With this camp, we combine all of your favorite heroes (and villains!) into a week full of drawing, painting, sculpting, and more! Make a diorama of the Bat Cave, construct a glove with claws like Wolverine, paint a mask to keep your identity a secret, create magic weaponry, and even learn how to pencil and ink like professional comic book artists! Whether you’re an amazing avenger or an uncanny mutant, this camp is sure to be a lot of fun.

Art Expedition I – Gr. 3-6

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 that span the globe. Inspired by prehistoric cave drawings as well as Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian, African, North American and Australian cultures, campers create fun and exciting projects that bring together art and history from around the world!

Some examples include: Stonehenge sculpture, Inuit wood burning, Aboriginal animal paintings, Mayan metal masks, Egyptian Scarabs and lots more!

Art Expedition II  – Gr.3-6

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.   

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.

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

Artist or Engineer? BOTH…sewing is design thinking at its finest! No experience needed. 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 leather, and learn sewing techniques, campers will also increase their math, design & engineering skills. Using hand-sewing techniques and various sewing machine stitches, campers create custom projects throughout the week: reversable hat, felted stuffed animal, house shoes, Chef’s Apron, art smock, oven mitt, zipper bag, 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 camp.

Great Masters of the World! – Gr. 2-5           

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!

Fantastic Beasts of the Mythical World – Gr. 4-8

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

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           

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!

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 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!

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

Stop Motion – Gr. 3- 6

Stop Motion Explosion (includes license, webcam, materials to take home) Gr. 3-6. Stop motion animation is an incredibly fun, hands-on way for kids to make amazing films and is a filming technique in which objects (such as clay models) are photographed in a series of slightly different positions so that the objects seem to move. The process of creating an animation includes research, script writing, voice acting, storyboarding, model making and painting. It gives children the opportunity to use their skills to be part of the storytelling process.  Using ZU3D software and webcams, 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.

Campers will receive and take home their own Stop Motion Animation Kit: includes two everlasting software licenses, animation webcam, green screen, modelling clay, mini-set background and handbook. Stop-motion animation software is complete with a library of sound effects, music, artwork and effects, used on PC, Mac OSX and iPads. A flash drive for camper’s video creations is also included.

Manga Maker Comics – Gr. 5-8

Make your own high-quality comics and manga using ComiPo manga software!  Campers can easily create their own unique stories and situations using the library of 3D character models! Throughout the week, you will also learn real world Manga drawing techniques and look at examples of Japanese manga. 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. 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
  • Drawing manga characters
  • 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 such as environment, social justice, etc.

Culinary Arts & Food Science

Foodie Camp  – Gr. 4-8

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

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. 1-4

Campers will learn about aerospace engineering in a hands-on, real-world context. They will join the crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS), explore the work NASA scientists and engineers do, and learn about the Earth, Moon, stars and planets. With Lego WeDo bricks and the engineering design process, campers build robots and rovers used in outer space, as they learn about propulsion, friction, force, and gravity, and the Mars rover Curiosity which landed on Mars in 2012. Throughout the week, they will engineer simple machines and build and launch two Estes Rockets while discovering the physics of Space Travel. Make way for the final frontier… this is a camp your child won’t want to miss!

Projects include: a rotating satellite, space buggy, a stunning spaceship, terrestrial homes that can withstand alien atmospheres and a host of other exciting projects.

Tinkering w/Robots, Gadgets & Gizmos Gr. 4-6

In this camp, girls and boys learn about the intersection of art, science and technology. Campers discover the concepts of mechanical design and robot technology through constructing DIY gadgets and gizmos, exploring a robot’s mechanical movement and machine intelligence, and fashioning soft circuits and kinetic sculptures. The skills learned such as crafting, tinkering, assembly, wire welding/shaping, and circuitry will allow campers to go on to build more sophisticated DIY and robot creations. 

Campers will:

  • Construct RE/CO Robot, an off-roading robot equipped with an infrared sensor and artificial intelligence. It is controlled wirelessly, and its tank-like tracks are perfect for rugged conditions. With the wireless remote control, RE/CO Robot can access new play modes like storytelling, singing, dancing, and even programming! Children can enjoy guiding RE/CO Robot over all sorts of terrain or allow the friendly robot to lead the way, using its infrared sensor to find a clear path, in patrol mode.
  • Create DIY projects:
    • Craft fabric wearables with fashion soft circuits and wire welding
    • Shape and weld wire into expressive kinetic sculptures powered by small motors 
  • Design independent electronic projects with “lil Bits and Makey-Makey

Campers take home: RE/CO, fashion soft wearables, and motorized kinetic sculptures!

Robot Builder – Gr. 4-6

In this camp, boys and girls will learn the concepts of robot and mechanical design technology through robot building and assembly, soldering circuits, and constructing gadgets and gizmos. The skills learned such as crafting, wiring, mechanical assembly, soldering, and problem solving will allow campers to go on to more sophisticated robot creation.

Campers will:

  • Build the CyberCrawler Robot’s smart coding kit. Using the technology on-board, challenge several levels of thinking skills: simple and basic (forward, backward, left turn, and right turn) with each command powering the robot for timed intervals. Use mathematical time measurement distance coding methodology to travel from point A to B. Graduating to the next level, apply advanced reasoning skills by designing obstacles or maze courses. With a capacity of 64 tasks, CyberCrawler teaches the joy of coding.
  • Build 6, a TOTALLY green fun project kit powered by natural light. Create a walking robot, street roller, bottle yacht, drummer robot or flying bird. Build and play in an eco-friendly way using recycled materials and solar energy.
  • Learn to solder the LED Robot Blinker
  • Design independent electronic projects with Cubelets and “lil Bits

The CyberCrawler Robot, Eco.6, and Robot Blinker all go home with the camper at the end of the week.

Deep Space Explorers – Gr. 4-6

Camp Deep Space takes campers to the edge of the universe on a mission to make a distant planet habitable for humans. As aerospace engineers, campers will use LEGO®MINDSTORMS, TERRAFORMERS software and curriculum, along with videos and animations, to go on missions, program LEGO®NXT bots, tackle building challenges, learn about materials engineering and hone their robotic and project planning skills. Campers will design space gloves to protect against three space hazards: cold temperatures, impact, and dangerous dust. As an extra bonus, campers construct and launch two of their very own Estes Rockets. We are on our way to the final frontier!

TERRAFORMERS Curriculum is developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robot Academy.

Mechantronics with EV3 – Gr. 4-8

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, soccer games, and other fun projects. Throughout the week, they 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!

Game Design & Programming

Programming with Dash & Dot – Gr. 1-4

Experience a whole different way of programming using “Dash & Dot” robots. These adorable bots will dance, talk, move through an obstacle course, learn sequences, and more as they follow the programs that you create for them. Using 4 different apps, games with animation and stories, in-app puzzles, and Scratch Jr., campers learn block based coding and tackle a series of fun, real world challenges that develop their ability to solve problems and understand how programming works. Each day includes non-screenbased activities such as building and constructing models and learning about circuitry. Programming sequences, loops, conditions, variables, and events are all important Computer Science concepts that kids need to learn and we make it fun!

Code and Design Games & Animate Stories- Gr. 2-4

Campers discover 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. As campers create with Scratch and Codespark, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. They learn computer science sequences, loops, conditions, variable, and functions.

CoSpaces VR & AR – Gr. 3-6

CoSpaces Edu enables students to build, code and explore their own creations in Virtual or Augmented Reality, while demonstrating their learnings and developing essential digital skills. Creating in CoSpaces Edu is a simple drag and drop process using a variety of creation features including 3D objects, building blocks, block-based coding and much more. CoSpaces Edu’s visual coding language CoBlocks is ideal for young coders and a great introduction to computational thinking.

Teens & Tweens Code – Gr. 4-8

Utilizing both JavaScript and Python self-paced software through a video coding platform, campers learn coding as they create videos, games, graphics, animation and chatbots. The scaffolded tutorials guide students to create a diverse portfolio of work. As campers learn concepts and complete a level, they unlock the tools to the next level. 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. Once done, projects can be shared in the online community or via social media. Both JavaScript and Python are important programming languages to learn for the budding engineer or programmer!

ROBLOX Game Design & Modding – Gr. 4-8

Become a coding Ninja! Learn to make your own Roblox games first using drag and drop programming. Then learn to write real Lua code to create more advanced games and 3D worlds. Publish, share and play online with friends and the world on any platform from console to mobile. Coding for curious minds! Campers will learn more advanced coding and programming while using Roblox. They will be creating more advanced games in the Roblox Studio using Lua, learning to use loops and the random math function to develop a full Roblox game!

RPG Game Maker – Gr. 4-8

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.

Video Game Maker with Multimedia Fusion – Gr. 3-6

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.

Minecraft Supreme – Gr. 3-7

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 in class use. 

HOWEVER, campers may use their own Minecraft account if they bring their login credentials with them. Otherwise we will provide Minecraft accounts for in-class use. To purchase your own Minecraft™ account use this link: minecraft.net/store  Purchase a JAVA edition for desktop version of Minecraft™ ($26.95.

Ultimate Minecraft Modding – Gr. 2-7

Required: Experienced with Minecraft and interested in programming.  Campers will be divided into 2 age groups: Gr. 2-4 and Gr. 5-8. This MODDING camp can be taken repeatedly! Kids NEVER reach the end. When taken multiple times, campers are challenged to write more complex code and build more mods, all NEW.

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! Kids are challenged to progress from drag-and-drop to text-based programming, and the unique code editor allows campers to learn at their own pace while participating in a group. This camp provides a foundation in fundamental concepts like algorithms, data types, variables and loops. 

Campers may use their own Minecraft account if they bring their login credentials with them. Otherwise we will provide Minecraft and Modding accounts for in-class use. To purchase your own Minecraft™ account use this link: minecraft.net/store  Purchase a JAVA edition for desktop version of Minecraft™ ($26.95.

Science

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!

Future Surgeon – Gr. 4-6

Campers learn about the life of surgeons, how operations are performed, and are exposed to 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 learn about surgical procedures, investigate the structures, physiology and variations of the human body, examine causes and treatment of disease, heart surgery and emergency medicine, review herbal medicine and healthy choices for food/ lifestyle.

Projects include:  Sheep heart dissection, setting broken bones, designing a knee brace, suturing a wound, building a lung model, learning first aid techniques and splinting, discovering bacteria, 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.

CSI- Forensics – Gr. 4-8

Our CSI Campers will 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.  Campers projects include: DNA tests, finger prints and lip prints, blood typing, microscopy, hair and fiber analysis, chromatography and handwriting analysis.

Campers will use composite facial reconstruction software, as well as test out crime scene search patterns, and learn how teeth impart critical information for investigators. Our young investigators will discover, 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. Campers 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.

Advanced CSI Investigator – Gr. 5-8

This camp is guaranteed to enhance problem solving and critical thinking skills! Elementary, My Dear Watson! Just like Sherlock Holmes, our forensic CSI campers will delve into and attempt to solve a real crime case dating back to 1842! They will 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. To add to the intrigue, CSI campers play out the role of investigators, witnesses and suspects as they work together to solve this crime. Using composite picture software, they recreate their own face or others and learn how Americans Most Wanted uses software to generate faces of suspects and victims. Discover how CSI’s use their entomology skills to determine time of death and how crime scene search patterns are used.

Campers MUST bring an inexpensive digital camera to camp.

Bio-Medical Engineer – Gr. 4-8

Would you like to design a prosthetic limb, fight the next virus pandemic or learn how helmets keep our brains from turning to mashed Jello? Then join us for a fun, hands-on-learning experience in biology, medicine and engineering while solving a variety of medical cases. As an engineering medical team, campers prepare for the outbreak of a highly contagious disease and plan their pandemic response by creating an antiviral to stop the unknown virus. Then as biomechanical 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 finally, they create a helmet design for a crash-test dummy and discover how it works to protect the brain when skating, biking, boarding or playing ball. This camp teaches an inquiry-based design process and guides students through problem solving as they work through open-ended problems creatively!

Chemistry Concoctions – Gr. 5-8

Campers spend the week conducting more than 25 fascinating and fun chemistry experiments. Emphasis is on safety, chemistry history, proper use of chemistry lab equipment, and an introductory understanding of chemical symbols and reactions. This camp is a great way to prepare for high school and even college chemistry. Experiments include: metal flame tests, paper chromatography races, fluorescent polymer slime production, litmus indicator solutions, electricity in a test tube, a boat that runs on soap, and many more!

Emergency Vet Tech – Gr. 4-8

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 participate in a health exam and observe teeth brushing of a dog, learn what vets 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: Frog, 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. 5-8

In this camp, your young Veterinarian will delve further into animal diseases and emergency conditions, perform a mammal heart dissection, investigate animal dentistry and skin conditions, learn how to give an injection to an orange, recognize stress and pain in animals, and perform a rat dissection and neutering procedure.

Campers will practice suturing on a suture glove, examine abnormal blood slides under a microscope, discover what causes a horse to “founder” or an animal to “bloat”, learn about parasites, and understand the types of broken bones and how to set them. This camp takes Veterinary Medicine to the next level!

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