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Summer At-A-Glance

  • June:

    6/15 - 6/18        Dungeons & Dragons (FULL DAY): Grades 5-8 - EVENT CANCELED
    6/15 - 6/18        Animal Actions (AM): Grades 3-4 - EVENT CANCELED
    6/15 - 6/18        Come Code with Us! (PM): Grades 3-4 - EVENT CANCELED
    6/22 - 6/25      STEM in Sports (FULL DAY): Grades 4-5 - EVENT CANCELED
    6/22 - 6/26      All Things Animated (AM): Grades 6-9 - EVENT CANCELED
    6/23 - 6/25      Forensic Detectives Camp (PM): Grades 6-9 - EVENT CANCELED
    6/29 - 7/02      Hydro Battle Bots (AM): Grades 4-5
    6/29 - 7/02      pro{ACTIVE} (PM): Grades 4-5
    6/29 - 7/02      Movie Magic: Foley Sound Creation: Grades 6-8

  •   July:
      
       7/13 - 7/16          Sense, Play, Make (AM): Grades K-2
       7/13 - 7/16          Nature MAKErs (AM): Grades 2-3
       7/13 - 7/16          Robotics (AM): Grades 3-4
       7/13 - 7/16          MakerSpace (AM): Grades 4-5
       7/13 - 7/16          Coasters and Contraptions (AM): Grades 6-8
       7/20 - 7/23        STEM in Sports (FULL DAY): Grades 4-5
       7/20 - 7/24        Underwater Robotics (AM): Grade 6-9
       7/27 - 7/30        pro{ACTIVE} (AM): Grades 3-5 
       7/27 - 7/31         Arduino Electronics (AM): Grades 6-8
       7/27 - 7/30        Cardboard Boats (PM): Grades 6-8

  • August:

    8/03 - 8/06      Tinkering (AM): Grades 4-5
    8/03 - 8/06      Kinetic (PM): Grades 4-5
    8/03 - 8/07      Full-Scale Fabrication (AM): Grades 6-9
    8/10 - 8/13        Business Simulation (FULL DAY): Grades 7-10
    8/17 - 8/21        Build a Better Book (AM): Grades 4-8




  • Dungeons & Dragons: Learn, Play, Make  (FULL DAY)  - EVENT CANCELED

    Grades: 5 - 8
    Dates: June 15 - 18 | 9AM - 4PM; June 19 | 9AM - 12PM
    Instructor: Kevin Cunningham, CMU Faculty
    Location: EHS 134
    Cost: $72 | lunch included
    The Netflix series Stranger Things has generated renewed interest in Dungeons & Dragons, the granddaddy of all fantasy-based, role-playing games. In this camp 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 in CMU's makerspace to produce a variety of gaming items, including miniature figures, maps and adventures, and other aids to enhance their D&D experience. Camp will meet for four full days, with the final day of camp meeting just 9AM - 12PM. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child.

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    Animal Actions (AM)EVENT CANCELED

    Grades: 3 -4
    Dates: June 15 - 18 | 9AM - 12PM
    Instructor: Amanda Strawn, DeWitt Public Schools Teacher
    Location: EHS 134
    Cost: $37
    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 original creature that is specially suited to survive in a specific environment. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child.

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    Come Code with Us! (PM) - EVENT CANCELED

    Grades: 3 -4
    Dates: June 15 - 18 | 1PM - 4PM
    Instructor: Amanda Strawn, DeWitt Public Schools Teacher
    Location: EHS 134
    Cost: $37
    We know that everyone can learn to code! Find out in this camp specifically designed for our first coders. Use CS First curriculum to create unique designs and watch your code come to life on screen! Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child.

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    STEM in Sports (FULL DAY) - EVENT CANCELED

    Grades: 4 - 5
    Dates: June 22- 25 | 9AM - 4PM
    Instructor: Kiel Henderson, Meridian Public Schools Teacher
    Location: EHS 134
    Cost $66 | lunch included

    This camp will be a great blend of athletic and academic! Students will not only play a variety of sports such as putt-putt and disc golf, but also learn a bit more about the science behind sports. Students will explore how different variables impact performance, accuracy, and efficiency in some of their favorite games. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 

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    All Things Animated: Production for Young Animators (AM) - EVENT CANCELED

    Grades: 6 - 9
    Dates: June 22 - 26 | 9AM - 12PM
    Instructor: Steve Leeper, CMU Faculty
    Location: EHS 134
    Cost $45
    Career Focus 

    If you can move it, draw it, print it, or sculpt it, there's a good chance we can animate it! Join us for this 4-day, hands-on animation workshop where we will combine old-school analog tools with cutting-edge digital technology to explore animation in a variety of shapes and sizes. No need for prior experience. Just bring a curious mind and a willingness to try new things. We'll put them both to good use! Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 

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    Forensic BioScience Detectives Camp (PM) - EVENT CANCELED

    Grades: 6 - 9
    Dates: June 23 - 25 | 1PM - 4PM
    Instructor: Toby West, Wilson Talent Center Teacher
    Location: EHS 134
    Cost $28.50
    Career Focus


    Ever wondered how science is used to solve a crime? Interested in learning lab skills used by scientists? This camp may be just the ticket! Learn advanced laboratory skills and scientific reasoning all while investigating a mock crime scene. Over the course of three days, participants will use chemistry, math, and biology to collaborate with fellow campers to help solve the crime!  Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 

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    Hydro Battle Bots (AM) - EVENT CANCELED

    Grades: 4 -5
    Dates: June 29 - July 2 | 9AM - 12PM
    Instructors: Pam Engel and Kim June, Alma Public Schools Teachers
    Location: EHS 134
    Cost $37 

    Participants will design and build a hydraulic battle bot that will go head-to-head with other battle bots created throughout the camp. Students will need to use their powers of observation, engineering, math, and science to create the perfect lean, mean, fighting machine. Let's get ready to battle!!!!! Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 

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    pro{ACTIVE} (PM)

    Grades: 4 - 5
    Dates: June 29 - July 2 | 1PM - 4PM
    Instructors: Simon Fikse & Hannah Mills, Alma & Gladwin Public Schools Teachers
    Location: EHS 134
    Cost $37 

    This camp is the perfect fit for kids who like a little bit of everything. Whether it's learning about the benefits of an active lifestyle, using math skills to solve real-world life and fitness problems, or building and coding a Lego robot to complete a variety of ACTIVE tasks, this is a camp for everyone! Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 

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    Movie Magic: Foley Sound Creation (AM)

    Grades: 6 - 8
    Dates: June 29 - July 2 | 9AM - 12PM
    Instructors: Jessica Lewakowski, CMU Staff
    Location: EHS 134
    Cost $37 

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


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    Sense • Play • Make (AM)

    Grades: K - 2
    Dates: July 13 - 16 | 9AM - 12PM
    Location: EHS 134
    Instructor: Ashley O'Neil, Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Teacher
    Cost: $37 

    Campers 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. In this child-led environment, campers will be encouraged to try the process of making with mixed media, sculpture, painting, and more. 
    Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 
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    Nature MAKEr (AM)

    Grades: 2 - 3
    Dates: July 13 - 16 | 9AM - 12PM
    Location: EHS 134
    Instructor: Marilyn Lindsay, Renaissance Public School Academy Teacher
    Cost: $37

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

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    Robotics (AM)

    Grades: 3 - 4
    Dates: July 13 - 16 | 9AM - 12PM
    Location: EHS 134
    Instructor: Brian DeJong, CMU Faculty
    Cost: $37

    Want to improve the world? Students will explore real-world challenge using robots by building and teaching robots to navigate mazes, assist the disabled, deliver supplies, and more! They will use both Edison mobile robots and LEGO Mindstorm kits. No prior experience is necessary. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 

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    MakerSpace (AM)

    Grades: 4 - 5
    Dates: July 13 - 16 | 9AM - 12PM
    Location: EHS 134
    Instructor: Amy Weber, Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Teacher
    Cost: $37

    Makerspaces are designed for open-ended exploration and creativity. This camp is designed to allow campers the freedom and time to MAKE. Students 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 specific theme. They will practice looking at problems and tools from a designer's perspective, think about how materials can help communicate an idea, and take advantage of their time and resources to execute their plan. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 

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    Coasters & Contraptions (AM)

    Grades: 6 - 8
    Dates: July 13 - 16 | 9AM - 12PM
    Location: EHS 134
    Instructors: Simon Fikse & Hannah Mills, Alma & Gladwin Public Schools Teachers
    Cost: $37

    What could incline planes, marbles, balloon, and cranks have in common? Those are just a few of the possible materials or simple machines students may choose to construct marble roller coasters and contraptions. Participants will find inspiration in many places including the work of Rube Goldberg. This camp will combine creativity and curiosity as students engage with everything from engineering to beginning physics concepts. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 

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    STEM in Sports (FULL DAY)

    Grades: 4 - 5
    Dates: July 20 - 23 | 9AM - 4PM
    Location: EHS 134
    Instructor: Kiel Henderson, Midland Public Schools Teacher
    Cost: $66 | lunch included

    A repeat of the experience offered to students in June, this camp will be a great blend of athletic and academic! Students will not only play a variety of sports such as putt-putt and disc golf, but also learn a bit more about the science behind sports. Students will explore how different variables impact performance, accuracy, and efficiency in some of their favorite games. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 

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    Underwater Robotics for Water Monitoring (AM)

    Grades: 6 - 9
    Dates: July 20 - 24 | 9AM - 12PM
    Location: EHS 134
    Instructor: Andy Mahon, CMU Faculty
    Cost: $45
    Career Focus


    With threats of invasive and threatened, endangered species, climate change, ocean acidification, and sea level rise, there is an urgent need for extensive monitoring of marine and freshwater systems both globally and locally. Understanding the use and ability to create low-cost, open-source underwater ROV and monitoring technology will empower the next generation of students, citizen scientists, educators, and researchers working in aquatic systems, where entire research projects can be conducted for less than the cost of a commercial instrument. Participants in this camp will gain hands-on experience with underwater robotics, building aquatic monitoring technology, and they will learn about the future of surveillance in aquatic and marine systems. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 

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    pro{ACTIVE} (AM)

    Grades: 3 - 5
    Dates: July 27 - 30 | 9AM - 12PM
    Location: EHS 134
    Instructors: Simon Fikse & Hannah Mills, Alma & Gladwin Public Schools Teachers
    Cost: $37

    A repeat of the experience offered to students in June, this camp is the perfect fit for kids who like a little bit of everything. Whether it's learning about the benefits of an active lifestyle, using math skills to solve real-world life and fitness problems, or building and coding a Lego robot to complete a variety of ACTIVE tasks, this is a camp for everyone!   Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 

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    Arduino (AM)

    Grades: 6 - 8
    Dates: July 27 - 31 | 9AM - 12PM
    Location: EHS 134
    Instructor: Brian DeJong, CMU Faculty
    Cost: $45

    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 circuitsm power motors, and program Arduino Unos. No prior experience is necessary; they will start with the basics. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 

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    Cardboard Boats (PM)

    Grades: 6 - 8
    Dates: July 27 - 30 | 1PM - 4PM
    Location: EHS 134
    Instructor: Brian DeJong, CMU Faculty
    Cost: $37


    Want to build with cardboard and duct tape? Students will design, build, and decorate life-sized cardboard boats, and then pilot them across CMU's pond. Creativity is required. Students will learn about buoyancy, drag and friction, construction, safety, and the solution to all of life's engineering problems: more duct tape. Lifejackets will be provided and life guard will be on duty. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 

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    Tinkering (AM)

    Grades: 4 - 5
    Dates: August 3 - 6 | 9AM - 12PM
    Location: EHS 134
    Instructor: Amy Weber, Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Teacher
    Cost: $37

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

    Grades: 4 - 5
    Dates: August 3 - 6 | 1PM - 4PM
    Location: EHS 134
    Instructor: Amy Weber, Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Teacher
    Cost: $37


    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 related challenge. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 

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    Full-Scale Fabrication (AM)

    Grades: 6 - 9
    Dates: August 3 - 7 | 9AM - 12PM
    Location: ET 128
    Instructor: Dru Wilson, CMU Faculty
    Cost: $45
    Career Focus

    Have you wondered how everyday products are made? Participants in this camp will be guided through the manufacturing process resulting in their own, unique, one-of-a-kind products. In the engineering lab, students will learn various aspects of manufacturing and have opportunities to do the work of engineers such as operating different equipment like a plastics thermoformer, a CNC router, a CNC plasma cutter, an injection molder, and a metals foundry. Each student will also mix expansion foam and make their own fiberglass composite clipboard. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 

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    Business Simulation (FULL DAY)

    Grades: 7 - 10
    Dates: August 10 - 13 | 9AM - 4PM
    Location: EHS 134
    Instructors: Dr. Susan Helser, Dr. Anil Kumar, Dr. Vishal Shah
    Kevin McCarron, Stephen Tracy, CMU Faculty
    Cost: $66 | lunch included
    Career Focus

    Wondering how to turn technology skills into a potential career? Students will gain hands-on experience and expand their academic horizons in diverse careers in this immersive camp experience. Led by The Business Information Systems Department in the College of Business Administration at Central Michigan University students will engage in a variety of competitve simulation challenges that incorporate complex fields such as data analytics, enterprise computing, cybersecurity, and project management. T-shirt, lunch and snack will be provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 

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    Build a Better Book (AM)

    Grades: 4 - 8
    Dates: August 17 - 21 | 9AM - 12PM
    Location: Veteran's Memorial Library and EHS 134
    Instructors: Amanda Cornwell, Christie Folsom, and Andrea Graham, CMU and Chippewa River District Library Staff
    Cost: Free (Students must Apply)

    This unique experience will challenge students to be aware of the world around them the ways in which all individuals access activities from reading and writing to sports, family game nights, and even maker technologies such as laser cutting and 3D printing. Modeled after the Build a Better Book initiative which began as an NSF grant project at CU Boulder, students will seek to enhance any number of academic or extracurricular activities to make them more accessible for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. 

    As indicated above, this experience is a shared partnership between the Center for Excellence in STEM Education and the Chippewa River District Library. Families will be given more detailed information and a daily schedule as the camp dates draw closer. Daily snack and t-shirt provided; please send a refillable water bottle with your child. 
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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.