Preparing young innovators for future STEM jobs

Summer Camps will be offered in-person at MySTEM Academy Center, 10850 Perry Highway, Wexford PA 15090

Maximum of 8 students due to COVID-19. Students will not share equipment or computers (tablets).

Monday to Friday morning (9:00 to noon), afternoon (12:30 to 3:30), or evening (4:00 to 7:00)

Cost is $250/student. 10% discount to siblings.



  Session   Program  


(fall 2021)

Seats available
M. 7/26-7/30 (9:00 to noon)   SPIKE Prime Lego Robotics   3 & 4 FULL
N. 7/26-7/30 (12:30 to 3:30)   Cool Projects with Lego Mindstorms   4 & 5 1
O. 8/02-8/06 (9:00 to noon)   Advanced Robotics for Competition for team BOT (*)     invitation
P. 8/02-8/06 (12:30 to 3:30)   Build and Design with Lego WeDo 2.0   1 & 2 2
Q. 8/09-8/13 (9:00 to noon)   Advanced Robotics for Competition for Yinz Girlz (*)     invitation
R. 8/09-8/13 (12:30 to 3:30)   Advanced Robotics for Competition for New Team (*)     invitation
S. 8/16-8/20 (9:00 to noon)   Advanced Robotics for Competition for SportSTEAM (*)     invitation

(*) Advanced Robotics for Competition is by invitation only

(**) From Tuesday to Friday due to 4th of July holiday. Cost is $200.


Design and Build with Lego WeDo

For grades 1 and 2 


This program is designed to engage elementary students in science, technology, and engineering fields. Each student will have one Lego WeDo kit and a programming device. They will work on themed projects such as racing cars, bee pollinators, recycling trucks, and earthquake simulators. Students use motors, sensors, and a variety of mechanical elements to build, modify and program to bring their creations to life.  Students will exercise creativity, problem-solving, and critical and logical thinking while completing several hands-on activities.


Video Game Design

for grades 5 and 6


In this camp, students will create fully functional games in just a few hours. Using intuitive icon-based software, they create their world with characters and use the built-in functions to add movements and experiment with actions. For example, they can choose how objects react when they collide with each other or when the player presses a key on the keyboard; they can program when to score or lose a life, play sounds, or use physics properties. By following simple steps on creating games, students can quickly master the basics and use their knowledge and creativity to create sophisticated games. Students will practice computer programming and reasoning skills.

Fundamentals of STEM with VEX GO

for grades 2 and 3


In this program, students will learn the fundamentals of STEM through fun, hands-on activities using the VEQ GO kit. Each student will have one kit with motors, sensors, and over a hundred pieces to bring their creations to life. They will also learn how to use the block-based App to code their projects to move. STEM Lessons will include the creation of a chain reaction machine, a maze for marbles, lunar rover, spirograph, fish for multiplication facts, ramp races, and others. This program promotes creativity and collaboration while exploring patterns and logical thinking.


Coding with Lego EV3

for grades 4 and 5 

This program introduces students to the exciting world of robotics. Each student will have a Lego EV3 robot, a 2020 MacBook Air laptop, a challenge mat, and will experiment with visual programming blocks to solve missions on a challenge mat. Students will learn how to program robots to perform simple movements such as moving forward, backward, turning and using an arm to collect pieces on the challenge mat. They will then use the ultrasonic, gyro and color sensors to program robots to react to the environment and make decisions. 

SPIKE Prime LEGO Robotics

for grades 3 and 4


This program is designed to engage elementary school students in science, engineering, robotics, and coding. Students will build and program autonomous robots with the new SPIKE Prime LEGO set. Each student will have a Lego SPIKE set with over 500 pieces and a programming device. They will learn how to program the robot to move around and solve several challenges every day. Students will also experiment with building and programming arms to collect, transport, lift, and deposit using Scratch block coding. This program will promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Cool Projects with Lego Mindstorms

for grades 3, 4 and 5


In this program, students will build cool projects using Lego elements, motors and sensors. Each student will have a Lego Mindstorms kit with over 500 pieces, and build cool projects such as shooting hoops robot, lifting gripper, a humanoid robot, or another project of their choice. They will connect their creation to the block programming App to make their project move and react to the environment with the use of sensors. This program will promote a challenging environment where students will develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and computer programming skills. Level 1 is for grades 3 & 4. Level 2 is for grades 4 & 5.

VEX IQ Robotics

for grades 6, 7 and 8


This program will engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). They will build a robot using the VEX IQ elements, including the touch, distance, color, gyro, and touch LED sensors. Students will learn how to program using the VEXcode IQ programming blocks to solve the VEX IQ Challenge Rise Above. The Challenge is played on a 6’ x 8’ rectangular field where robots take the field to score as many points as possible. Each student will have a VEX IQ super kit with over 800 pieces and a Mac Pro computer to create codes. It will include the use of conditional statements, Boolean operations, loops, functions, and how to use sensor feedback to control the robot’s motion. 


Design and Build with Lego

for grades 1 and 2


In this program, students will be introduced to hands-on STEM projects to discover physical science and engineering. They will experiment with forces, motion, and build several mechanisms and machines using Lego motors to make their creation move. This program will promote creativity, communication, critical thinking while students work collaboratively to find solutions. It will be offered from Tuesday 7/6 to Friday 7/9 from 9:00 to noon. The cost is $200.


Website and Video Editing

grades 5 & 6


In this program, students will learn how to create professional-looking videos by choosing clips, then adding titles, backgrounds, transitions, music, effects and placing them over the storyboard elements. Students can use green-screen effects to place them in exotic places or create split-screen and picture-in-picture effects to act as TV reporters. They can also add built-in sound effects or record their voiceover.

Students will learn how to create webpages, screens, and interfaces, and add their finalized movies to integrate them into their customized website. They will develop skills in both design and programming.

Advanced Robotics for Competition


This program is designed for middle school students who want to be part of a robotics competition team. They will be challenged to think like scientists and engineers to build, test, and program an autonomous robot to solve a set of missions in a thematic Robot Game. They will learn the fundamentals of LEGO Technic elements, motors, and sensors to build a robot taking into consideration the center of gravity, torque, gearing, and appropriate balance of speed and strength. Robots will be submitted to several accuracy tests to identify improvement cycles where alternatives are considered, tested, and the designs are improved. Students will learn advanced programming such as proportional control, debugging, and decision-making techniques. Advanced Robotics for Competition is open to students who have taken the MySTEM classes in the past and have been recommended to register for this camp.


Python Programming

grades 6 & 7 & 8


This camp is recommended for middle school students interested in learning basic programming in Python. Python is a high-level, object-oriented, easy-to-use syntax programming language perfect for beginners. Students will be challenged to solve several mini-projects using programming concepts such as data types, variables, operators, conditional statements, and functions. Python is growing in popularity in several application fields such as machine learning, web development, automation, and other computer science areas.


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