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MySTEM Academy 2024 Summer Camps

10850 Perry Highway, Wexford PA, 15090

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

Cost is $350/student.

 

  Session   Program  

Grade

(spring 2024)

Seats available
  A. 6/10 to 6/14 (9:00 to noon)   Introduction to Lego Robotics   4 & 5  
  B. 6/10 to 6/14 (12:30 to 3:30)   Game Design and Programming   5 & 6  
  C. 6/17 to 6/21 (9:00 to noon)   SPIKE Essential and BricQ Motion   1 & 2  
  D. 6/17 to 6/21 (12:30 to 3:30)   Scratch Programming   2 & 3  
  E. 6/24 to 6/28 (9:00 to noon)   Advanced Robotics for Competition   invitation  
  F. 6/24 to 6/28 (12:30 to 3:30)   VEX IQ Robotics   5 & 6  
  G. 7/08 to 7/12 (9:00 to noon)   Design and Build with SPIKE Prime   3 & 4  
  H. 7/08 to 7/12 (12:30 to 3:30)   STEM with VEX GO   2 & 3  
  I. 7/15 to 7/19 (9:00 to noon)   Cool Projects with Mindstorms   4-6  
  J. 7/15 to 7/19 (12:30 to 3:30)   TBD   4 & 5  
  K. 7/22 to 7/26 (9:00 to noon)   Python for Grade 5   5  
  L. 7/22 to 7/26 (12:30 to 3:30)   Advanced Robotics for Competition   invitation  
  O. 8/5 to 8/09 (9:00 to noon)   Advanced Robotics for New Team by invitation only   invitation  
  P. 8/5 to 8/09 (12:30 to 3:30)   Advanced Robotics for Gold and Black by invitation only   invitation  
  Q. 8/12 to 8/16 (9:00 to noon)   Advanced Robotics for Competition Veterans by invitation   invitation  
  R. 8/12 to 8/16 (12:30 to 3:30)   Advanced Robotics for Competition Veterans by invitation   invitation  
             

(*) Advanced Robotics is by invitation only

If a session is sold out, please register for the waiting list. We plan to open a new session on the week of July 24th according to the waiting list.

SPIKE Essential and BrickQ Motion

for grades 1 & 2

 

This program is designed for elementary school students to engage them in hands-on experiments with the Lego SPIKE Essential and BrickQ Motion Sets. They will learn concepts of STEM while using motors, sensors, and Lego elements to create themed projects, such as rides in an amusement park, arcade games, cable cars, helicopters, and more.
Students will study physical science through the BricQ Motion set and experiment with forces, motion, and interactions. They will build tightrope walkers, sail cars, relay races, bobsled, and weight lift projects. This program will promote a challenging environment where students develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and computer programming skills. 

 

Scratch Programming for

grades 2 & 3

 

Students in this camp will create interactive stories, games, and animations using Scratch, a visual programming language developed by MIT. Students will learn to think creatively and reason systematically and learn computer programming concepts such as loops, conditional and logic operations, variables, and functions. This program will promote a challenging environment where students develop problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, and computer programming skills. 

 

Introduction to LEGO Robotics

for grades 4 & 5

 

This program will engage students in science, engineering, and coding and introduce them to the world of robotics. Each student will program an autonomous robot and solve different challenges every day. They will experiment with building and programming arms to collect, transport, lift, and deposit items to different locations. Students will also learn to use sensors to detect color, line following, and navigate a maze by avoiding obstacles. This program will promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills while learning advanced coding skills.
 

Cool Projects with Mindstorms for grades 4, 5 & 6

 

This program is designed for students who enjoy building with Lego technic elements, motors, and sensors. Each student will have a Lego Mindstorms kit with over 500 pieces and create projects such as a basketball shooting hoops robot, a lifting gripper, a humanoid robot, or other projects of their choice. They will connect their creation to the block programming App to make them move and react to the environment using sensors. This program will promote a challenging environment where students will develop building skills and basics of computer programming. 

VEX IQ Robotics for grades 5 & 6

 

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 to program using the VEX code IQ programming blocks to solve the 2023-2024 VEX IQ Full Volume Game. 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 computer to create codes, including the use of conditional statements, Boolean operations, loops, functions, and how to use sensor feedback to control the robot’s motion. 

 

Python Programming

grades 5

 

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 by invitation only

 

This program is designed for middle school students who want to be part of a robotics competition team and have completed MySTEM Academy Lego Robotics. 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 and tested, and the designs are improved. Students will learn advanced programming concepts like proportional control, debugging, and decision-making techniques. Advanced Robotics 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 & 4

 

In this program, students will be introduced to hands-on STEM projects to discover physical science and engineering. They will experiment with forces and motion and build several projects, such as break dancers, different grabbers, a safe deposit box, and others. Students will code to make their creations move and use the color, touch, and ultrasonic sensors. They will learn computer programming concepts such as conditional statements, loops, and the use of variables. This program will promote creativity, communication, and critical thinking while students work collaboratively to find solutions.

Game Design and Programming

for grades 5 & 6

 

In this camp, students will create fully functional games in just a few hours. Using an intuitive icon-based environment, they make their world with characters and use the built-in functions to add movements and animation. For example, students can choose how objects react when they collide with each other or when the player presses a key on the keyboard; they can change the direction of a character when it reaches a boundary, they can program when to score or lose a life, play sounds, or use physics properties. By following simple steps to create games, even beginner students can quickly master the basics and use their knowledge and creativity to develop sophisticated gaming environments.

STEM with VEX GO for grades 2 & 3

 

In this program, students will be introduced to hands-on STEM projects to allow them to apply technology, science, math, and engineering skills as they enjoy a 21st-century learning experience. For example,  students will build and code a Hero Robot to move and collect samples, a Spirograph to create original artwork, and experiment with the Robot Arm to learn what robotic arms can do and how they work!

VEXcode allows students to start coding quickly and easily through an easy-to-use block code. This program will promote creativity, communication, and critical thinking while students work collaboratively to find solutions.
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