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

Monday to Friday morning (9:00 to noon) or afternoon (12:30 to 3:30)

Cost is $300/student.

Cost is $250/student for July 5th (short week from Tue to Fri)

 

 

  Session   Program  

Grade

(fall 2022)

Seats available
A. 6/06-6/10 (9:00 to noon)   Lego Robotics for Competition   4,5,6 FULL
B. 6/06-6/10 (12:30 to 3:30)   Cool Projects with Lego Mindstorms   4,5,6 FULL
C. 6/13-6/17 (9:00 to noon)   STEM with SPIKE Prime Essential   3,4 FULL
D. 6/13-6/17 (12:30 to 3:30)   Scratch Programming   3,4 FULL
E. 6/20-6/24 (9:00 to noon)   Design and Build with Lego WeDo   1,2 FULL
F. 6/20-6/24 (12:30 to 3:30)   Fundamentals of STEM with VEX GO   2,3 FULL
G. 6/27-7/1 (9:00 to noon)   VEX IQ Robotics   6,7,8 1
H. 6/27-7/1 (12:30 to 3:30)   Python Programming   6,7,8 FULL
I. 7/05-7/08 (9:00 to noon)   Lego Robotics for Competition (**)   4,5,6 FULL
J. 7/05-7/08 (12:30 to 3:30)   Cool Projects with Lego Mindstorms (**)   4,5,6 FULL
K. 7/11-7/15 (9:00 to noon)   Design and Buid with Lego SPIKE Prime   3,4 FULL
L. 7/11-7/15 (12:30 to 3:30)   STEM with SPIKE Prime Essential   2,3 FULL
M. 7/18-7/22 (9:00 to noon)   Lego Robotics for Competition   4,5,6 FULL
N. 7/18-7/22 (12:30 to 3:30)   Python Programming for Grade 5   5 FULL
O. 7/25-7/29 (9:00 to noon) (*)   Advanced Robotics for New Team (by invitation only)     Invitation
P. 7/25-7/29 (12:30 to 3:30)   Python Programming   6,7,8 FULL
Q. 8/1-8/5 (9:00 to noon) (*)   Advanced Robotics for Nifty Ninjas (by invitation only)     Invitation
R. 8/1-8/5 (12:30 to 3:30) (*)   Advanced Robotics for Three Rivers (by invitation only)     Invitation
S. 8/8-8/12 (9:00 to noon) (*)   Advanced Robotics for Infinite Loop (by invitation only)     Invitation
T. 8/8-8/12 (12:30 to 3:30) (*)   Advanced Robotics for Yinz Girlz (by invitation only)     Invitation

 

(*) Advanced Robotics for Competition is by invitation only

(**) This program will be offered from Tuesday to Friday. Cost is $250

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

STEM with SPIKE Prime Essentials

for grades 3 and 4 

This program is designed for elementary school students to engage them in hands-on experiments with the new SPIKE Prime Essential Lego Set. They will learn concepts of STEM while using motors, sensors and lego elements to solve challenges. Students will use the Lego Spike Essential App to experiment with block-based coding similar to Scratch and develop coding proficiency.This program will promote a challenging environment where students will develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and computer programming skills.

Scratch Programming

 

Students in this camp will be exposed to Scratch, a visual programming language that allows students to create their own interactive stories, games and animations. As students design Scratch projects, they learn to think creatively and reason systematically.  They will learn computer programming concepts such as loops, conditional and logic operations, variables, and functions. This program will promote a challenging environment where students will develop problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and computer programming skills..

 

LEGO Robotics for Competition

for grades 4, 5 and 6

 

This program introduces students to the exciting world of robotics. Students will use the Lego Mindstorms elements to program their robots to solve a series of challenges everyday. They will build using motors of different power and experiment with touch, distance, gyro, and color sensors to play fun games such as sumo wrestling. Lessons will cover topics in computer science, technology, engineering, math, and science. Campers will learn fundamentals of programming blocks such as loops, conditional operations, and the use of variables to store sensor values. After mastering the basics of building and programming, students will be immersed in a series of challenges similar to the First Lego League Challenges. 

Cool Projects with Lego Mindstorms

for grades 4, 5 and 6

 

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. 

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. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Design and Build with Lego

for grades 3 and 4

 

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 projects such as break dancers, test and improve different grabber designs, build a safe deposit box and experiment with different ways to code by adding unique passwords.  They will learn computer programming concepts by experiments with sensors, conditional statements, loops, and the use of variables. This program will promote creativity, communication, critical thinking while students work collaboratively to find solutions.

 

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.

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.

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