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.
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.
Architectural Model Making
Campers will learn how architects create scale models of their designs. Campers will learn a variety of construction techniques and will produce an architectural model of a building of their own design.
Building Fantastic Sidekicks
What would your fantastic sidekick be if you were a rocket scientist, a gardener, or an alien? Dream and build the most unexpected sidekicks using electronic building blocks, hacking boards, LEDs, motors, wheels, and all the art and craft materials you can imagine! At the end of the week, campers will have a Walk of Fame with their sidekicks, showing them off to the world!
In this forensic science 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.
Innovation, prototyping, experimenting, and risk-taking - these are some of the 21st century skills and mindsets young learners need for the future. But when do we ever get a chance to learn this? This course aims to give students a chance to experience the innovation and product design process through a series of challenges. They will be pushed to experience all steps of the design process and learn strategies for rapid prototyping, experimenting, risk-taking, and refining. Along the way, they learn to stretch their risk-taking muscles and know that "failure" is part of the learning process. They will experience the role of playfulness, discipline, and structure in innovation processes and come away with real-life collaboration skills they will use for a lifetime.
In this engineering and design course, campers will learn how to invent, design, and prototype using inputs and outputs and a variety of digital fabrication tools. Campers will also learn about circuitry, micro-controllers, and soldering.
In this engineering course, campers will learn how to invent, design, and prototype using a variety of inputs and outputs. Campers will also learn about circuitry, soldering and working with microcontrollers.
Using MIT’s Scratch programming platform, campers will create and code digital games with animated graphics and sound effects. Campers will develop skills in designing games, novel engineering, and computational thinking. No prior coding experience is required.
Hacking Smart Toys
Short Course Description: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and smart DIY sensors! How would you hack these creative technologies to build your own smart toys for the underwater world, a secret oasis, or the tiniest bug on the planet? Campers will learn the fundamentals in coding, electronics, and fabrication techniques while dreaming and building original toys to play with and share with their friends!
Intro to Graphic Design
In this graphic design course, campers will learn how to design with the Adobe Creative Suite. Campers will be introduced to the basics of typography, logo design, manipulating colors, and working with grids. Campers will produce their own magazine or brand/and advertising. No prior graphic design experience necessary.
Microcontrollers are pocket-sized computers that allow people of all ages to make their own inventions. Invent a robot, build a musical instrument, program an invention to solve a problem, design and code an interactive game. Campers will learn how to program with a variety of microcontrollers and prototype inventions using digital fabrication tools.
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.