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Summer Camps are here!  

First Things First: 
  • Read camp descriptions carefully to understand if this option is virtual, on-location, or on campus; Each camp is $25 
  • On-campus and on-location camps are subject to the latest COVID 19 safety guidelines
  • Read through our safety hightlights and full safety plan using the link below. 

Safety Highlights: 

  • Campers and staff are required to wear masks at all times. A new or clean mask is expected each day. 
  • Parents are expected to wear a mask at drop-off and pick-up. 
  • Campers and staff must bring their own water bottle (clearly labeled) each day.
  • Campers and staff must complete a health screening each day. 
  • Students who are ill or do not pass the heath screener will not be able to attend camp. 
  • Full Safety Plan 

Details and registration below.


Layered: Process Art Camp
Grades: K - 2, Virtual
June 21 - 24, 9:00 - 10:00 am


Whether it is clay to table, paint to canvas, or glue to paper, the moment materials interact, art is happening. You’ll explore the beauty in the process as you build layered projects that are a reflection of the experience. This camp will let you try familiar materials in a new way.
Camp Registration Closed 

Ready, Set, Code!
Grades: 3 -5, Virtual
June 21 - 24, 9:00 - 10:00 am

Using a combination of creativity, drag-and-drop coding, Makey Makey tools and lots of critical thinking, you’ll be problem-solving your way through limitless challenges in this camp experience!
Camp Registration Closed

Dungeons and Dragons
Grades: 5 - 8, Virtual
June 21 - 25, 9:00 am - Noon 

An interesting and potentially positive way in which COVID restrictions have changed our lives has been renewed interest in games. In particular, Dungeons & Dragons—the granddaddy of all fantasy-based, role-playing games—had its biggest year ever, with 2020 sales increasing by 33% and revenues approaching one trillion dollars. In this online camp, designed for novices and experienced players, you will experience the challenges and thrills of D&D as you explore ancient ruins, solve diabolical puzzles and mysteries, search for hidden treasures, and encounter menacing monsters. Besides improving play, you’ll also strengthen skills involving communication, collaboration, decision making, and problem solving. Learning, fun, and adventure await!

Camp Registration Closed 


Nature Explorers
Grades: 3 - 5, At Chippewa Nature Center, must have transportation 
June 28 - July 2, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm 

It’s time to get down and dirty and learn about the natural treasures in the woods, fields and ponds. You will become explorers as you discover the elements of the food web all around them. Beginning with the sun, you will complete challenges as you move through the energy cycle, exploring predators, prey, and decomposers along the way! Use the link below to apply for this experience. 

Camp Full


Launch
Grades: 4 - 6, On-campus CMU
June 28 - July 1, 9:00 am - Noon 

A blast from the past, this camp will allow you to watch your creations take flight as you 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.
Camp Full

Energizing Our World: All Things Solar Energy 
Grades: 3 - 6, Virtual
June 28 - July 1, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

What is Solar Energy? How does it work? Learn all about solar energy and how it’s part of our daily lives. In this fun, hands-on camp, you’ll participate in several activities in which you will create objects that are powered by solar energy. These activities will teach you how the sun can power the world around us!

Camp Registration Closed


Lights and Motors 
Grades: 6 - 8, On-campus CMU
June 28 - July 1, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Learn about electric motors, sensors, and lights by building your own electric cars, burglar alarms, auto flashlights, and air cannons. You'll build fun contraptions out of everyday items and in doing so learn about DC, servo, and stepper motors, LEDs and sensors as well as voltage, current, and basic circuitry.

Camp Full


Asychronous STEM Adventures  
Grades: K - 8, Pick-up Materials on campus, complete on your own
June 28 - July 1, Pick-up Times TBD
Cost: $25

We've prepared four asychronous activities that can be done as a family. Register now and pick-up your kit the week of June 28! Each kit contains materials and instructions for four activities! 

Full descriptions and registration are available by clicking here. 





 

Kinetic Camp  
Grades: 3 - 5, On-campus CMU
July 6 - 9, 9:00 am - Noon

A camper favorite, this camp will have you exploring how engineers incorporate movement into their designs as you push, pull, roll, glide, and stomp your way through a series of projects designed to focus on motion. Spend the week using 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. 

Camp Registration Full


Arduino Programming   
Grades: 6 - 8, On-campus CMU
July 6 - 9, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Learn basic text programming using Arduino Unos and electronics kits. You will program the Arduinos to listen to sensors and to control motors as you build remote-control laser pointers, auto fans, RFID lockboxes, and AI teddy bears. No prior programming experience is needed; code will be adjustable to all skill levels. Outcomes: 
  • understand the Uno hardware 
  •  understand basic text programming
  • understand control of sensors and motors 
  •  program Uno to control contraptions
Camp Full
Moving Masterpieces  
Grades: 4 - 6, On-campus CMU
July 12 - 16, 9:00 am - Noon

At this camp students will create a 3-dimensional kinetic art form. Campers will make a sculpture out of recycled materials based on a 2-dimensional picture. They will then animate their sculpture with lights and movement by coding an Arduino. The end of camp will culminate in an animated art gallery walk to celebrate our artistic interpretations. 

Register



Mission Impossible: Who Did It? July    
Grades: 3 - 6, Virtual
July 12 - 15, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Put on your detective hat and learn all about forensic science by learning the techniques used by detectives and lab technicians as mysteries are solved each day. This camp is filled with hands-on mystery activities that will challenge and hone your critical thinking skills.

Register


Hooked on Design   
Grades: 5 - 8, On-Campus CMU 
July 12 - 15, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

In this in-person camp experience you’ll learn about the lost art of locker hooking, a technique that is a cross between crochet and latch hook. In addition to learning the process, you will plan, design, and create both a small project set and a large design that will put your math skills to work! Most materials, including assorted colors of yarn, are included in the cost of registration and will be available prior to the start of camp.

Camp Full


Naturalist in Training- Scientist    
Grades: 6 - 8, at Chippewa Nature Center, must provide transporation
July 12 -  16, 9:30 - 3:30 pm

Naturalists in Training will have you exploring science through a variety of projects. Research an ecosystems' biodiversity using citizen science, perform a stream study in the river, and train with a CNC naturalist on the care and handling of native animals..Use the link below to apply for this experience

Camp Full


eARTh Explorers   
Grades: K - 2, Virtual
July 19 - 22, 9:00 - 10:00 am

In this virtual camp experience you’ll engage in a series of nature-inspired activities geared toward creativity, discovery, and a sense of appreciation for the environment. Get your grown-up involved, embrace the mess, and have them follow your lead as you construct and connect! Most materials are included in the cost of registration and will be available prior to the start of camp.

Creating with LEGO Spike Prime   
Grades: 3 - 5, On-campus CMU
July 19 - 22, 9:00 - Noon

Using a combination of creativity, drag-and-drop coding, LEGOs and lots of critical thinking, you’ll be problem-solving your way through limitless challenges in this in-person camp experience!

Register


Toy Hackers   
Grades: 6 - 8, On-campus CMU
July 19 -  22, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

What happens when you have the tools and the parts, but the directions are up to you? Take the raw materials and your own imagination to design a toy or figurine. Use CAD design to customize your toy with a one-of-a-kind 3D printing add-on.

Camp Full


Catapults   
Grades: 4 - 6, On-campus CMU
July 26 - 29, 9:00 - Noon

Take engineering to the next level as you explore a larger-scale class engineering project. You will consider proportion and design to create a project that will soar.

Camp Full

3D Adventures: Designing with TinkerCAD  
Grades: 5 - 8, Virtual
July 26 - 29, 9:00 - 10:00 am

Explore the world of 3D and design in this fun, engaging summer camp. You will learn how 3D printing works, explore the 3D modeling program (TinkerCAD), and print your own 3D designs. You will use critical thinking as you consider how to move your design from concept through the computer-aided design to a custom 3D printed product.








LEGO Sound Machine   
Grades: 4 - 6, On-campus CMU
August 2 - 5, 9:00 - Noon

In this in-person camp experience, you’ll consider how you might construct different LEGO-powered machines by exploring ways to connect and technic pieces that allow for movement. From sound and rhythm to everyday activities, test the limits of your imagination with your different designs! Most materials are included in the cost of registration and will be available prior to the start of camp. 

Camp Full


Mission Impossible: Who Did It? August   
Grades: 3 - 6, Virtual
August 2 - 5, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Put on your detective hat and learn all about forensic science by learning the techniques used by detectives and lab technicians as mysteries are solved each day. This camp is filled with hands-on mystery activities that will challenge and hone your critical thinking skills. *This camp will have a similar feel to the July Mission Impossible Camp, but will include a few new activities with a different mystery to solve!

Myth Busters   
Grades: 6 - 8 On-campus CMU
August 2 - 6, 9:00 - Noon OR 1:00 - 4:00 pm

According to the MythBusters television website, the goal is “to uncover the truth behind popular myths and legends, mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to create their own signature style of explosive experimentation.” You will “investigate” two myths each day to determine if they are true. Working in teams, you’ll creatively develop a method to test and analyze each myth to determine if it is confirmed, plausible, or busted!


Build a Better Book 
Grades: 5 - 8 On-campus CMU
August 9 - 12, 9:00 - Noon

In this in-person camp experience you’ll learn about using maker materials, tools, and skills to create accessible books or games for individuals who are blind or have visual impairments. Whether designing 3D printed game pieces, developing audio enhancements to a text, or designing tactile graphics we are confident you will leave with a greater sense of what it means to support others in meaningful ways as a maker. Submit your application to participate!


Adventures in Space
Grades: 5 - 8 Virtual 
August 9 - 12, 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

Engineers are an integral part of making space travel possible. In this camp, you will learn all about space exploration with hands-on, engaging activities. Take on the mindset of an engineer as you study space and consider what humans would need to live on the moon.






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