Science, Engineering, and Design Campers are grouped into Juniors (rising grades 4- 5) and Seniors (rising grades 6 - 8). Please see courses offered and weeks available below.
Science, Engineering, and Design Camp does not include swim instruction or field trips.
2D to 3D with TinkerCad
Campers will design and fabricate custom 3D models. Campers will learn how to design in 3D using a software program called Tinkercad. Campers will also learn how to prepare their custom designs for 3D printing.
Building A Lunar Colony
If humans continue to deplete resources on planet Earth, will there come a time when we need to create a settlement somewhere else in our solar system? In this course, students will explore what it might take to set up a moon colony – what materials they will need to bring, how the very different lunar environment might impact the way they live, and what challenges they would face to survive on the Moon. Students will investigate impacts of the lunar environment and construct models of possible colonies to meet specific criteria and constraints.
In this course, students learn how law enforcement uses science to catch criminals. Students will become members of a crime scene unit and learn how to process a crime scene, gather evidence, and analyze data. They will learn about fingerprints, fibers, hair, dental impressions, tool marks, blood spatter, and much more.
Dream It, Make It with MIT APP Inventor
Using MIT’s App Inventor, campers will build their own apps without prior coding experience. The App Inventor encourages campers to become innovative creators and intuitive users of technology. Campers will learn basic concepts of coding and how to design and build an app of their choosing.
Graphic Design: Manga
In this course, Japanese manga artist Misako will introduce campers to various types of facial and body expressions drawn in the style of manga! Campers will create their own characters and learn how to draw with different media. Campers will design their own poster using the characters that they have created and will use Adobe Photoshop to design and print a poster.
Inputs and Outputs
In this engineering and design course, campers will learn how to invent, design, and prototype using inputs and outputs. Campers will also learn about circuitry, micro-controllers, and soldering.
Invent With LittleBits
Do you have what it takes to be an inventor? Do you love the challenge of dreaming up ideas to solve problems in your life? We will brainstorm, plan, design, prototype, and build inventions using littleBits, magnetic, easy-to-use, electronic building blocks. We will use sensors to make our ideas come alive through interactivity, learn about input and output controls, and understand how technology is used in existing real world inventions.
What is it really like to be a physician or surgeon? In this course, students will investigate how the body works by participating in a range of hands-on activities, such as dissections and construction of life-sized physiological system maps (skeletal, nervous, circulatory, immune). Students will conduct simulated surgeries, perform biopsies, and learn how to suture. They will also learn about important medical and surgical breakthroughs and practice the type of problem-based learning taught in medical school.
Animation allows campers to express their artistry and ingenuity without the constraints of traditional video making. Campers will learn the filmmaking process, which will help them move from basic concepts to creating a short scene. They will apply the core concepts of stop-motion animation to design elaborate stories that can be captured with simple digital tools.
What Can You Make With a Micro:bit!
The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can use to make your own inventions. Make a robot, create a musical instrument, program an invention to solve a problem, design and code an interactive game. We will program the Micro:bit and build using cardboard and other craft materials. Let your imagination run wild!