2017 STEM Programs
For Elementary Students
Lego WeDo 2.0 & Tynker Programming I (rising grades 2 to 4)
NEW ROBOTICS KIT! This camp is designed to engage elementary students in the science, technology, and engineering fields. Students work in pairs on themed projects such as rescue helicopter, bee pollinator, recycling trucks, and earthquake simulators. They use motors, sensors, and a variety of mechanical elements to build, modify, and program to bring their creations to life. Students will also be introduced to Tynker Programming, a visual computer language used to create games and animations on a simple drag-and-drop environment. They will learn the basics of programming language such as sequences of commands, conditional structures, and loops. Students will exercise creativity, problem solving, and critical and logical thinking while working collaboratively, sharing experiences, and completing several hands-on activities.
Lego EV3 Robotics (rising grades 3 to 5)
Students will use the Lego Mindstorms EV3 elements to program their robots to solve a series of challenges every day. They will work in pairs to build with motors of different powers, sensors (touch, ultrasonic, gyro, and color), and program the robot to move and turn accurately, use sensors to detect obstacles and objects of different colors, and play fun games with friends. Lessons will cover topics in computer science, technology, engineering, and math. Campers will learn the fundamentals of programming blocks such as loops, conditional operations, and the use of variables to store sensor values. After mastering the basics of Lego EV3 building and programming, students will be immersed in a series of challenges called Zero Waste: recycling, composting, salvaging, repurposing, sorting, and cleaning up. They will create and test several designs and programs, and collaborate and communicate with other to successfully complete these challenges.
NEW! Makerspace & Tynker Programming II (rising grades 3 to 5)
Designed for elementary students, this camp will encourage students to design, experiment, invent, and build several hands-on projects by immersing in a collaborative learning environment where kids come together to create things. Students will be divided in small groups and rotate through several Makerspace stations where they can create a “bubblebot” and a pinball machine using LittleBits electronics; program Ozobots using paper and markers to solve fun mazes; create a banana piano and paper remote control using Makey Makey; and build numerous projects using Lego Technic motors and sensors. In the afternoon, students will learn Tynker Programming, a visual programming language similar to Scratch from MIT and Alice from CMU. They will learn the basics of computer programming by creating games, puzzles, and animations in a creative, interactive, and fun environment. This program will promote a challenging environment where students will develop problem solving, critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and computer programming skills.