2018 Summer Camps



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  • ​Engineering Camp
  • 9 a.m. to noon | June 18-21
    Appropriate for students entering 4th- 6th grade in fall 2018
    Taught by Michelle Vanhala, Tecumseh High School chemistry instructor.

    Engineering Camp teaches fourth through sixth grade students problem solving and creativity through engineering. Students will be challenged to design and build working models in a variety of scenarios and situations. Concepts include the engineering process, forces and motion, simple machines, and simple circuits. This camp will be jam-packed with hands on activities to engage any young engineer from the first minute to the last.

    Cost is $50, A t-shirt and daily snack are provided.


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  • The Unofficial Guide to Wizardry: The Science Behind the Magic
  • 1 to 4 p.m. | June 19-21
    Appropriate for students entering 7th - 8th grade in fall 2018
    Taught by Michelle Vanhala, Tecumseh High School chemistry instructor

    Explore the wizarding world and what brings your favorite characters to life with this three-day camp. Students take a closer look at the science behind the magic as they learn about basic chemistry and physics concepts.

    Cost is $35, due the first day of camp. Camp t-shirt provided.

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  • Outdoor Engineering
  • 9 a.m. - Noon | June 25 - 29
    Appropriate for students entering 4th - 6th grade in fall 2018
    Taught by Kim June & Pam Engel, Teachers at Pine Avenue, Alma MI

    Taking engineering to the next level, this camp will allow students to work on some classic engineering projects on a much larger scale. Students will look at proportion and design skills as they create projects such as a paint catapult.

    Cost is $50, due the first day of camp. Camp t-shirt provided.

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  • Drone Camp (Select one of two sessions)
  • June 25 - 29
    Taught by Dr. Dru Wilson, CMU engineering faculty
    Appropriate for students entering 6th - 8th grade in fall 2018

    SESSION I: ​ 9 a.m. - noon in the ET Building

    SESSION II:  1 - 4 p.m . in the ET Building


    Students learn about the use of drones in the following contexts: commercially, as a sport or hobby and in research. Students will design and build a drone throughout the week and will learn to fly drones in a safe manner.

    Cost is $50. A t-shirt and daily snacks provided.

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  • Literacy Alive: Automated Books  
  • 9 a.m. to noon | July 9 - 13
    Appropriate for students entering 5th - 7th grade
    Taught by Wendy Hoyle and Lisa Zimmer, 6th grade teachers, Mount Pleasant Middle School

    Make a scene from your favorite book or comic come alive as you use robotics and coding to automate scenery and characters. Students will choose their favorite story or scene, design a set and characters, and then animate their work using Hummingbird Robotics. Students will combine elements for fiction with 3-dimensional and automated creations for a one-of-a-kind literary experience. 

    Cost is $50, t-shirt and daily snack provided.

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    Open Make Extension Available:

    Stay until 3:00pm Monday - Thursday for Open Make! No direct instruction will be offered, but students can continue to work on their projects from camp or work with and use a variety of makerspace materials with staff guidance. Lunch is provided. Cost $25

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  • Summer Science and Math Camps
  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. | July 16-19 and July 23-26 
    Appropriate for students K-3rd  | See below for sections and ages 


    K - 1st: Mini-Makers and Coders | 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
    Taught by Amy Hindbaugh-Marr, Ithaca Public Schools STEAM Teacher

    Our youngest students will spend the weeking learning the basics of coding and making. Using various robots, games, and tools, students will understand the basic command language of coding while exploring math concepts such as patterns, shapes, and numbers. This camp will be hands-on and filled with fun; perfect for the curious and creative K-1st grader.

    1st - 2nd: Natural Scientists | 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
    Marilyn Lindsey, 3-4 Grade Teacher, Renaissance Public Schools
    Use observational skills, inquiry, and exploration to discover the wonders right outside the door. Students will look at plants, insects, and discover the amazing science that can be found in their own backyard.


    2nd  - 3rd: If You Build It | 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
    Kari Bell, 2th Grade Teacher, Alma Schools
    Prepare to get creative with this building and engineering camp. Students will use a variety of building tools to 
    solve challenges and puzzles.  Students will learn to work in teams, test their designs, and make their ideas into a reality using given materials.

    2nd  - 3rd: Animal Action| 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
    Amanda Strawn, 2nd Grade Teacher, Dewitt Schools
    Students learn all about amazing animal adaptations. After understanding the traits and characteristics that make each animal unique for their habitat, students will design their own unique creature that is specially suited to survive in a special environment.

    Cost is $75, due the first day of camp. T-shirt and daily snack provided.

    Available in collaboration with Science, Mathematics, and Technology Center.

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  • ​Tinkering and Technology Camp
  • ​July 16 - 19 and 23 - 26| 9 a.m. to noon
    Appropriate for students entering 4th - 7th grade
    Instructors: Kevin Cunningham, CMU Education Faculty
    Kiel Henderson, 5th Grade Teacher, Sandford Meridian
    Becky Manika, 4th Grader teacher, Dewitt Schools
    Amy Weber, 5th Grade Teacher, Fancher School

    All students will rotate through the following camp options:
    1. Learning about circuits in multiple contexts with a goal of repurposing electronics.
    2. Students will use Makey Makeys and Scratch to create an interactive game or tool. Students using both coding and engineering to create a unique design.
    3. Engineering: students will be given a real-life problem and tasked with finding a solution to the problem using given supplies and the iterative
      engineering process.
    4. Digital Engineering and Games: students will use electronics and recycled materials to create a working arcade game.
    Cost is $75, t-shirt, daily snack included
    Students will rotate through each session over the eight camp days and  experience the “making” process and enhance problem-solving skills.
    *Please note that students might not leave with a finished product each day.

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  • Robotics
  • ​July 16 - 19 and 23 - 26 | 9 a.m. to noon
    Appropriate for students entering 6th - 8th grade
    Instructor: Brian DeJong, CMU Engineering Faculty

    Spend eight sessions coding and programming robots. Using block and Python coding, students will use Edison robots as a part of this camp. This camp will allow students to explore the robot's more complex capabilities.



    Cost is $75, t-shirt, daily snack included

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  • Digital Music Camp
  • ​July 30 - August 3 | 9 a.m. to noon
    Appropriate for students entering 6th - 8th grade
    Cost is $50, t-shirt, daily snack included
    Instructor: Jay Batzner, CMU Music Composition Faculty

    Spend the week learning how technology and coding can be used to make creative sounds and music. Students will use Sonic Pi and learn how computers can be coded to generate and manipulate sounds.

    Cost is $50, t-shirt, daily snack included

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    Open Make Extension Available:

    Stay until 3:00pm Monday - Thursday for Open Make! No direct instruction will be offered, but students can continue to work on their projects from camp or work with and use a variety of makerspace materials with staff guidance. Lunch is provided. Cost $25

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  • Kinetic Camp
  • ​August 6 - 10 | 9 a.m. to noon
    Appropriate for students entering 4th - 5th grade
    Cost is $50, t-shirt, daily snack included
    Instructor: Amy Weber, 5th Grade Teacher, Fancher School

    Experiment with how engineers incorporate movement into their designs. Students will use flight, pulleys, levers, wheels, and gears to make designs that can roll, turn, lift, spin, and fly. Each day will focus on a different type of movement and challenge.

    Cost is $50, t-shirt, daily snack included

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  • Bioscience Camp
  • ​August 6 - 9 | 9 a.m. to noon
    Appropriate for students entering 7th - 9th grade
    Instructor: Toby West, Instructor at BioSciences Careers Program, Ingham Intermediate School District

    This camp is perfect for the student looking for a lab science experience. Students will investigate applications of DNA science and microbiology during this four-day Biotech camp. Students will have the opportunity to use micropipettes, compound microscopes, DNA gel electrophoresis, gas chromatography, and centrifuge. This camp is not one to miss.

    Cost is $35, t-shirt, daily snack included

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    Open Make Extension Available:

    Stay until 3:00pm Monday - Thursday for Open Make! No direct instruction will be offered, but students can continue to work on their projects from camp or work with and use a variety of makerspace materials with staff guidance. Lunch is provided. Cost $25

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