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Summer At-A-Glance

  July:
  
   7/13 - 7/16          Making SENSE of Stories and Art: Grades K-2
   7/13 - 7/16          Coding Can Be Fun!: Grades 3-4
   7/13 - 7/16          What will you MaKey MaKey?: Grades 4-5
   7/13 - 7/17          Telling Your (Digital) Story: Grades 6-8
   7/21                     Working with Wire and Shadow (A): Grade K-3
   7/23                    Working with Wire and Shadow (B): Grade K-3
   7/20 - 7/23        Harness the Wind with Sail Cars: Grades 4-5
   7/27 - 7/30         Biodiversity with Pokémon Go! (C): Grades 3-5
   7/27 - 7/30         Biodiversity with Pokémon Go! (D): Grades 3-5
   7/27 - 7/30         Mixed Media Projects for Families
   7/27 - 7/30         All About Arduino: Grades 6-8
   7/27 - 7/31          Dungeons & Dragons: Grades 5-8



Nature Walks with Bailey

Grades: 1-8
Dates: Every Wednesday from June 24 - August 12 | 1PM
Dates: Every Thursday from June 25 - August 13 | 9AM
Mentor: Bailey Birman, STEM Education Scholar
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access

Tune in weekly on our Facebook page to take a virtual walk with our returning summer camp mentor, Bailey Birman. Not only will these walks highlight unique parts of the community, each week there will be a specific nature focus such as trees, wildflowers, or plant adaptations. Finally, a nature-inspired art activity will provide the perfect invitation to get outdoors and find ways to create!

Fun with Physics

Grades: 5-9
Dates: Every Thursday from June 25 - August 13 | 1PM
Dates: Open Office Hours every Friday from June 26 - August 14 | 11AM
Mentor: Tristan Howard, STEM Education Scholar
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access

Tune in weekly on our Facebook page to see a variety of activities that incorporate elements of physics. These recorded videos may provide excitement and encourage your young scientist to explore the world around them. As a follow-up to these recorded videos, students will have a chance to bring their questions or enjoy extended activities during Tristan's open office hours on Fridays at 11AM.

"Scratch"-ing the Surface of Coding (Session A)

Grades: 4 - 5
Dates: June 22 - 25 | 9AM - 10AM
Instructor: Amy Weber, Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Teacher
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access; Scratch account

Students will have the opportunity to participate in coding challenges on the web-based coding platform, Scratch! By developing new programs or remixing others, students will have the opportunity to engage at whatever level they are most comfortable - from beginner to advanced.
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"Scratch"-ing the Surface of Coding (Session B)

Grades: 4 - 5
Dates: June 22 - 25 | 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Instructor: Amy Weber, Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Teacher
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access; Scratch account

Students will have the opportunity to participate in coding challenges on the web-based coding platform, Scratch! By developing new programs or remixing others, students will have the opportunity to engage at whatever level they are most comfortable - from beginner to advanced.

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Beginner Blogging for Digital Writers

Grades: 6 - 8
Dates: June 22 - 26 | 2PM - 3PM
Instructor: Amanda Cornwell, CMU Staff 
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet Access

Students will learn about digital citizenship and blogging guidelines through collaborating as digital writers on a camp blog. Daily writing invitations along with off-line activities that may generate ideas for future blog posts are among some of the activities this virtual experience will include. This is most appropriate for students with a general interest in writing.

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LEGO Challenges 

Grades: 1 - 8
Dates: June 29 - July 2 | Check in each morning
Instructor: Amy Weber, Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Teacher
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access, LEGOs

Participants will log on to access the LEGO build challenge video which will be posted early each morning. Design and build at your convenience and share a picture or video of your creation. To add to the fun, check out what others have built and offer them feedback or ask questions about their design.

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Biodiversity with Pokémon Go! (Session A)

Grades: 3 - 5
Dates: June 29 - July 2 | 9:30AM - 10:15AM
Instructors: Simon Fikse & Hannah Mills, Alma & Gladwin Public Schools Teachers 
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access; Device with Cellular Data; Pokémon Go app

In a combination of online meetings and offline activities, participants will practice their observational skills in both real and virtual settings. With instructor-provided guidance that takes advantage of the learning power of games, students will seek out flora and fauna (plants and animals) in their own backyard as well as in the virtual environment of Pokémon Go! 

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Biodiversity with Pokémon Go! (Session B)

Grades: 3 - 5
Dates: June 29 - July 2 | 11:00AM - 11:45AM
Instructors: Simon Fikse & Hannah Mills, Alma & Gladwin Public Schools Teachers 
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access; Device with Cellular Data; Pokémon Go app

In a combination of online meetings and offline activities, participants will practice their observational skills in both real and virtual settings. With instructor-provided guidance that takes advantage of the learning power of games, students will seek out flora and fauna (plants and animals) in their own backyard as well as in the virtual environment of Pokémon Go

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Movie Magic: Foley Sound Creation

Grades: 6- 8
Dates: June 29 - July 2 | 10AM - 11AM
Instructor: Jessica Lewakowski, CMU Staff
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access

Have you ever wondered how movies create their sound effects? Did you know that the sound of horse hooves is actually made from a coconut? Take a look behind the curtain and discover how movie sound magic is made! Between loud crashes, dinosaur calls, and magical powers, participants will learn the basics of sound design and sound effect creation. Using a variety of household objects, students will design, create, and record a soundscape for a short movie clip they will present at the end of the week. Bring your creativity!

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Making SENSE of Stories and Art

Grades: K - 2
Dates: July 13 - 16 | 9AM - 10AM
Instructor: Ashley O'Neil, CMU Staff
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access; Stories and Art Camp Kit (available for curbside pick-up at the Education and Human Services Building for all participants. Shipping materials may also be requested - see above for details and potential costs.) 

Students participating in this program will explore the world and express themselves through their senses by experimenting with touch, sound, pressure, movement, and light to create a variety of art projects. 
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Coding Can Be Fun!

Grades: 3 - 4
Dates: July 13 - 16 | 9AM-10AM (Zoom), 10-11:30 Open Work, 11:30-NOON (Zoom)
Instructor: Brian DeJong, CMU Faculty 
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Separate Monitor or HDMI TV; Device with Internet access; Boolean Box Kit (available for curbside pick-up at the Education and Human Services Building for all participants. Shipping materials may also be requested - see above for details and potential costs.) 

Want to see how coding and electronics can be fun? This program is an introduction to computer science and electronics using Scratch programming and the BooleanGirl kits. Each kit is a "build-it-yourself computer designed by girls for everyone." We will be writing our own computer games and building our own light displays. The kits are rated, "OMG, SO COOL!" by a knowledgable local 4th grader. No prior experience necessary, and participants keep the kits!

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What Will You MaKey MaKey?

Grades: 4 - 5
Dates: July 13 - 16 | 9AM - 10AM
Instructor: Amy Weber, Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Teacher 
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Computer with USB port and Internet access; Makey-Makey Kit (available for curbside pick-up at the Education and Human Services Building for all participants. Shipping materials may also be requested - see above for details and potential costs.) 

Students will review basic circuitry concepts and learn to connect a Makey Makey to a computer. In addition to the Makey Makey extending the functionality of the keyboard that enables students to use a variety of conductive materials as switches, they will also be invited to participate in various challenges that they will have an opportunity to share with other participants. 

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Telling Your (Digital) Story

Grades: 6 - 8
Dates: July 13 - 17 | 10AM - 12PM
Instructor: Troy Hicks, CMU Faculty 
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access

As we reflect on what we have experienced and learned from the first half of 2020, this workshop will invite writers to compose their own digital stories. Beginning with the video editing capabilities of Adobe Spark and exploring additional tools, we will create our own stories of resilience and hope that we can share with family, friends, and the world. 

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Working with Wire and Shadow (Session A)

Grades: K - 3
Dates: July 21 | 9AM - 10AM
Instructor: Ashley O'Neil, CMU Staff
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access; Working with Wire and Shadow Kit (available for curbside pick-up at the Education and Human Services Building for all participants. Shipping materials may also be requested - see above for details and potential costs.) 

Participants in this single-day maker experience will explore the properties of shadow and light as they construct their own unique rotating display of wire and other assorted materials such as opaque, translucent, and transparent beads. 

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Working with Wire and Shadow (Session B)

Grades: K - 3
Dates: July 23 | 9AM - 10AM
Instructor: Ashley O'Neil, CMU Staff
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access; Working with Wire and Shadow Kit (available for curbside pick-up at the Education and Human Services Building for all participants. Shipping materials may also be requested - see above for details and potential costs.) 

To potentially reach more students and families, we are offering a second session of this same single-day maker experience. Once again, students will explore the properties of shadow and light as they construct their own unique rotating display of wire and other assorted materials such as opaque, translucent, and transparent beads

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Harness the Wind with Sail Cars

Grades: 4 - 5
Dates: July 20 - 23 | 9AM - 10AM
Instructor: Amy Weber, Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Teacher 
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access; Sail Car Supplies Kit (available for curbside pick-up at the Education and Human Services Building for all participants. Shipping materials may also be requested - see above for details and potential costs.) 

Looking for a program that encourages students to get up and go? Look no further! Students will log on to learn possible ways to harness the power of wind and hear tips about developing a functional vehicle. Using creativity and ingenuity, students will construct and test their sail cars, making revisions and modifications to improve performance. To demonstrate their efforts and celebrate their hard work, students will log back on to share their creations! 

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Biodiversity with Pokémon Go! (Session C)

Grades: 3 - 5
Dates: July 27 - 30 | 9:30AM - 10:15AM
Instructors: Simon Fikse & Hannah Mills, Alma & Gladwin Public Schools Teachers 
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access; Device with Cellular Data; Pokémon Go app; Nature Observer Kit (available for curbside pick-up at the Education and Human Services Building for all participants. Shipping materials may also be requested - see above for details and potential costs.) 

Students will practice their observational skills in their own backyard! In a combination of online meetings and offline activities, students will learn about the flora and fauna (plants and animals) all around them. Through the Pokémon Go, augmented reality app, students will have on- and offline adventures! 

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Biodiversity with Pokémon Go! (Session D)

Grades: 3 - 5
Dates: July 27 - 30 | 11:00AM - 11:45AM
Instructors: Simon Fikse & Hannah Mills, Alma & Gladwin Public Schools Teachers 
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access; Device with Cellular Data; Pokémon Go app; Nature Observer Kit (available for curbside pick-up at the Education and Human Services Building for all participants. Shipping materials may also be requested - see above for details and potential costs.) 

Students will practice their observational skills in their own backyard! In a combination of online meetings and offline activities, students will learn about the flora and fauna (plants and animals) all around them. Through the Pokémon Go, augmented reality app, students will have on- and offline adventures! 

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Mixed Media Projects for Families

Grades: 1 - 8
Dates: July 27 - 30 | 9AM - 10AM
Instructor: Ashley O'Neil, CMU Staff
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access; Mixed Media Kit (available for curbside pick-up at the Education and Human Services Building for all participants. Shipping materials may also be requested - see above for details and potential costs.) 

Students aren't the only ones invited to make! In this program, families are encouraged to collaborate as they create. Throughout the week, the instructor will share various prompts that include a collection of different materials intended to expose students to different sizes, shapes, and textures. Leading up to this experience, it may be helpful for families to save a few items such as net produce bags, old socks, and other items with unique textures. 
In addition to these process-oriented activities, this program aims to provide children experiences that allow for parents and siblings to engage them in conversation and inquiry.

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All About Arduino

Grades: 6 - 8
Dates: July 27 - 30 | 9AM-10AM (Zoom), 10-11:30 Open Work, 11:30-NOON (Zoom)
Instructor: Brian DeJong, CMU Faculty
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access, Arduino Elegoo kit (available for curbside pick-up at the Education and Human Services Building for all participants. Shipping materials may also be requested - see above for details and potential costs.)

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 program, 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 necessary; they will start with the basics.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Learn, Play, Make

Grades: 5 - 8
Dates: July 27 - 31 | 9AM-12PM and 1PM-4PM (M-Th) | 9AM-12PM (F)*
Instructor: Kevin Cunningham, CMU Faculty
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access; Dungeons & Dragons Starter Kit; Supplemental Materials Kit (available for curbside pick-up at the Education and Human Services Building for all participants. Shipping materials may also be requested - see above for details and potential costs.) 


The Netflix series Stranger Things has generated renewed interest in Dungeons & Dragons, the granddaddy of all fantasy-based, role-playing games. In this program for novices and experienced players, participants will collaboratively explore ancient ruins, search for hidden treasures, and encounter menacing monsters. Students will also use their creativity and imagination to produce a variety of gaming items, including miniature figures, maps and adventures, and other aids to enhance their D&D experience.

*Specific information regarding the schedule will be shared by the instructor. Each session may be broken down into hour-long instructional segments combined with open work time, and 2-hour periods of gameplay.

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LEGO Challenges

Grades: 1-8
Dates: August 3 - 6 | Check in each morning
Instructor: Amy Weber, Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Teacher
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device to access daily building challenge; LEGOs

Participants will log on to access the LEGO build challenge video which will be posted early each morning. Design and build at your convenience and share a picture or video of your creation. To add to the fun, check out what others have built and offer them feedback or ask questions about their design. 
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Pinball Design Camp

Grades: 4 - 6
Dates: August 3 - 6 | 9AM-10AM
Instructor: Jessica Lewakowski, CMU Staff 
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Device with Internet access; Pinball Design Kit (available for curbside pick-up at the Education and Human Services Building for all participants. Shipping materials may also be requested - see above for details and potential costs.) 

Join us in learning all about simple machines as we design, build, and test some amazing contraptions! Students will explore pulleys, levers, wheels and axles, and incline planes and examine the way gravity and friction can potentially impact the performance of these simple machines. By the end of the week, students will demonstrate their understanding of these various simple machine through the creation of a fully-functional cardboard pinball machine to enjoy for the rest of the summer!

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Relief Carving Camp

Grades: 6 - 8
Dates: August 3 - 6 | 1PM - 2PM
Instructor: Amanda Cornwell, CMU Staff 
Cost: FREE
Materials Needed: Computer with Internet access; Printer; Relief Carving Kit (available for curbside pick-up at the Education and Human Services Building for all participants. Shipping materials may also be requested - see above for details and potential costs.) 

Students will learn the basics of relief carving and the considerations required to create original rubber stamps. This experience involves the use of sharp carving tools and adult supervision is recommended whenever students are working on their projects. With plenty of opportunities for practice, participants will create either several versions of a similar stamp or a variety of different designs that they will then use to display in a few unique ways. After learning how the basics and practicing relief prints made of foam and carved out of rubber, students will explore the possibilities of using these same tools to chip-carve a basswood block to develop a 3D carving.

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The work of the Center for Excellence in STEM Education is generously supported in part by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.