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Camps are supported in part by a generous donation from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

To download and print a full list of summer camps, click here.

Summer At-A-Glance
  • June:

    June 18 - 20 BioTech: 6 - 8th grade
    June 24 - 28 Environmental Entrepreneur: 4 - 5th grade
    June 24 - 28 Game On!: 8 - 9th grade

  •   July:

       July 8 - 11 STEAM Camp: K - 1st grade
       July 8 - 11 Nature MAKEr: 2 - 3rd grade
       July 8 - 11 Makerspace Camp: 4 - 5th grade - FULL
       July 8 - 11 Drone Camp:  6 - 8th grade-  FULL
       July 15 - 18 Literate: K - 1st grade
       July 15 - 18 Animal Actions: 2 - 3rd grade
       July 15 - 18 Tinkering: 4 - 5th grade - FULL
       July 15 - 18 Arduino Electronics: 6 - 8th grade- FULL
       July 15 - 18 Come Code with Us!: 3 - 4th grade
       July 22 - 25 Engineering and Design: 6 - 8th grade - FULL
       July 22 - 25 Propelled: 4 - 6th grade- FULL
       July 29 - August 1 Kinetic Camp: 4 - 5th grade


  • August:

    July 29 - August 1 Kinetic Camp: 4 - 5th grade
    August 5 - 9 Launch: 4 - 5th grade
    August 12 - 16 What If: an exploration into solar power: 4 - 6th grade
    August 12 - 16 Build a Better Book



  • STEAM Camp

    Kindergarten - 1st Grade
    July 8 - 11
    Instructor: Amy Hindbaugh Marr
    9:00 - Noon; EHS 115
    Cost: $50
    Put your problem-solving skills to the test during this four-day camp. Our youngest makers will explore engineering, art, and collaboration as they tackle an open-ended challenge each day. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.

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    Literate

    Kindergarten - 1st grade
    July 15 - 18

    Instructor: Amy Hindbaugh Marr
    9:00 - Noon; EHS 115
    Cost: $50
    STEM and Literacy join forces during this exciting week of camp. This week, campers will compare two stories, find the common problem, then use problem solving skills to design a unique solution. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.

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    Nature MAKEr

    2 - 3rd grade
    July 8 - 11

    Instructor: Marilyn Lindsay
    9:00 - Noon; EHS 129
    Cost: $50

    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. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.

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    Animal Actions

    2 - 3rd grade
    July 15- 18
    Instructor: Amanda Strawn
    9:00 - Noon; EHS 129
    Cost $50

    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. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.

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    Nature MAKEr

    2 - 3rd grade
    July 8 - 11

    Instructor: Marilyn Lindsay
    9:00 - Noon; EHS 129
    Cost: $50

    Use observational skills, inquiry, and exploration to discover the wonders right outside the door. Students will look at plants and insects to discover the amazing science that can be found in their own backyard. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.

    Register

    Animal Actions

    2 - 3rd grade
    July 15- 18
    Instructor: Amanda Strawn
    9:00 - Noon; EHS 129
    Cost $50

    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. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.

    Register

    Come Code with Us!

    3- 4th grade
    July 15- 18
    Instructor: Amanda Strawn
    1 :00 - 4:00pm; EHS 131
    Cost $50

    We know that everyone can learn to code!  Find out in this camp specifically designed for our first coders. Use CS First materials to create unique designs and watch your code come to life on screen! Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.

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    Environmental Entrepreneurs

    4- 5th Grade
    June 24 - 28
    Instructor: Kelly Peterson
    9:00 - Noon; EHS 134
    Cost: $50
    Carbon is on the loose and our environment's future is at stake! Campers will take on the real-world challenge of developing a prototype to capture and contain excess carbon. This process will have students collaborating, designing logos, marketing, and pitching their ideas to an authentic audience. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.

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    Makerspace

    4 - 5th grade
    July 8 - 11

    Instructor: Amy Weber
    9:00 - Noon; EHS 134
    Cost: $50
    Makerspaces are designed for open-ended exploration and creativity. This camp is design to allow campers the freedom and time to MAKE. Campers will learn how to use tools and solve-problems through making. Using wood, drills, dowels, recycled materials and more, students will create a design based on a theme. They will practice looking at problems and tools through a designer's perspective, think about how materials can help communicate an idea, and have time to execute their plan. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.

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    Tinkering

    4- 5th grade
    July 15 - 18

    Instructor: Amy Weber
    9:00 - Noon; EHS 134
    Cost: $50

    Campers will exercise their minds repurposing materials, exploring basic circuitry to solve problems, and discovering unexpected ways to use familiar suppliies.Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.
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    Kinetic Camp

    4 - 5th grade
    July 29- August 1
    Instructor: Amy Weber
    9:00 - Noon; EHS 134
    Cost $50

    A favorite from last year, this camp allows students to 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. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.

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    Propelled - FULL

    4 - 6th grade
    July 22- 25
    Instructor: Kiel Henderson
    9:00 - Noon; EHS 134
    Cost $50

    Explore the science of what makes things float in this summer camp. Campers will test buoyancy and learn about the science of propulsion as they create designs that will float! Campers will test how these designs move, and propel themselves through water. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.

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    Launch

    4 - 5th grade
    August 5- 9
    Instructors: Kim June and Pam Engel
    9:00 - Noon; EHS 134
    Cost $50

    Participants will watch their creations take flight as they learn how to design, prototype, build, and test a rocket. This camp is perfect for anyone who is interested in building, flight, motion, and design. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.

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    What If: An Exploration into Solar Power

    4 - 6th grade
    August 12- 16
    Instructor: Kim June and Pam Engel
    9:00 - Noon; EHS 134
    Cost $50

    This camp will focus on the amazing power that we can harness from the sun. The week will culminate with the building of a solar power car. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.

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    Build a Better Book

    4 - 8th grade
    August 12 - 16
    Instructor: Ashley O'Neil
    9:00 - Noon; EHS 134
    Cost: Free (Students must Apply)

    Through this project, students will:
    • work with faculty and professionals
    • engage in various maker technologies, such as 3D printing, paper circuitry, and design thinking
    • participate in meaningful discussions and simulations to better understand their audience for the project.
    Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.
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    Build a Better Book

    4 - 8th grade
    August 12 - 16
    Instructor: Ashley O'Neil
    9 :00 - Noon; EHS 134
    Cost: Free (Students must Apply)

    Through this project, students will:

    • work with faculty and professionals
    • engage in various maker technologies, such as 3D printing, paper circuitry, and design thinking
    • participate in meaningful discussions and simulations to better understand their audience for the project.
    Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.
    Apply

    Game On!

     89th grade
    June 24- 28
    Instructor: Tony Morelli
    9 :00 - Noon; Pearce
    Cost: $50

    Pro-gaming is more than playing your favorite video games. In this camp, learn the strategies and collaborative skills that go into being a gamer. Participants will work on skills with and away from the controller.
    Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.


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    Drone Camp - FULL with Waitlists

    6 - 8-th grade
    July 8- 11
    Instructor: Dru Wilson
    9 :00 - Noon or 1:00 - 4:00pm; ET Building
    Cost: $50

    Students learn about the use of drones in the following contexts: commercially, as a sport or hobby and in research. Students will have an opportunity to fly several different drones, complete a "build a drone" kit, program a drone, and learn to fly drones in a safe manner. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.

    You may either add your child to the AM Camp WAITLIST or the PM Camp. On our registration page, there is no distinction betwen am/pm Drone Camps. As AM is FULL, please note that the ONLY option for registration is for PM and your child will be added to that section if registered.
    AM Waitlist

    PM Waitlist


    Arduino Electronics Camp - FULL

    6 - 8-th grade
    July 15- 18
    Instructor: Brian DeJong
    9 :00 - Noon; EHS 131
    Cost: $50or $75 with afternoon extension

    Want to build your own electronics? A remote-controlled door lock? A temperature-sensing cooling fan? An interactive teddy bear? An automatic nerf gun? In this class, participants will use sensors, motors, and microcontrollers to build circuits to control everyday things. They will learn how to connect circuits, power motors, and program Arduino Unos. No prior experience is necessary; they will start with the basics. An afternoon extension is available for this camp. Students can stay for lunch and work on open ended activities in the makerspace until 3pm for an additional fee of $25. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.

    Waitlist Full


    Engineering and Design- FULL

    6 - 8th grade
    July 22- 25
    Instructor: Brian DeJong
    9 :00 - Noon; EHS 131
    Cost: $50

    Want to improve the world? In this class, participants will apply hands-on engineering ideas to solve everyday problems. They will look at real-world mechanical, electrical, chemical, and environmental problems and solve them using math, science, and creativity. An afternoon extension is available for this camp. Students can stay for lunch and work on open ended activities in the makerspace until 3pm for an additional fee of $25.Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable waterbottle with your child.

    Waitlist Full

    BioTech

    6 - 8th grade
    June 18 - 20
    Instructor: Toby West
    1pm - 4pm; EHS 134
    Cost: $50

    Develop lab skills in a authentic and exciting way during this 3-day camp! Topics will include polymerase chain reaction and gel electrophoresis. Learn techniques used in the latest DNA technology!
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    STEM Summer Camps at the Library
    June 24 - 27
    These year we are pleased to announce a partnership with Chippewa River District Library. This partnership will allow us to bring several camps to local libraries. Informatino and registration will be handled through the CRDL. More information will be coming soon!   For questions, please contact Amanda Cornwell at cornw2a@cmich.edu.

    2019 Fashion Camp 
    June 24 - 28
    Fashion Merchandising is hosting a summer camp experience that is not to be missed! It is a week of exploring the world of fashion designtechniques including, trend forecasting, fashion illustration, sewing, dyeing, and styling. Find
    friends that share your same passion for fashion! The camp is run by faculty and ends with a fashion show showcasing student work. 
    The Center for Excellence in STEM Education is providing 5 scholarships for middle school students (7th and 8th graders) to attend this as a commuter camp, normally $500, for $100. Click here to learn more about the camp and use the link below to register. For questions, please contact Su Kyoung An at an1s@cmich.edu.

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    BEST Camp (Biology Experience: Species' Traits)
    June 24 - 27
    9:00 - 1:00pm
    Appropriate for grades 6 - 10
    Included: Snack, T-shirt
    Cost: Free
    In this camp, participants will investigate how genetics and evolution interact to determine the traits of different species and how those traits help each species survive and reproduce. Participants will each be introduced to the basic principles of genetics and evolution and will then apply these principles to an examination of the adaptations of their own assigned species. For questions, please contact Deb Linton at linto1dl@cmich.edu.

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