Summer Design and STEM Camp

We offer summer STEM camps for grades K-12! Our morning half day camp sessions are for students in grades K-2, and new this year we are offering 3 weeks of afternoon LEGO Engineering challenges for students ages 6-10. Full day STEM camp sessions are offered for ages 8 and up in areas of STEM and design. Our Engineering, Technology and Design Academy provides individual topics at advanced levels for experienced students wanting deeper guidance and learning. Scroll down for details on all our summer offerings. Read our summer camp details for forms, camp location, deposit and cancellation policies, and more. We offer Tuition Assistance – please ask!

IMPORTANT DATES
Early registration pricing for STEM & Design Camp ends: Friday May 15, 2020 by 11:59 pm. See pricing below.
Full payment deadline for all camp (not Academy) registrations: Sunday June 28, 2020 by 11:59 pm. Unless arranged otherwise, registrations not fully paid by the deadline will be cancelled with no refunds.

IMPORTANT E-MAIL REQUIREMENT!
You must add camp@roboticsandbeyond.org to your approved email contacts list. If this is not done you may miss important information and lose your registration for the camp.

REGISTRATION SYSTEM
We have an online registration system. If you have not registered for any programs with us, you will need to create a new account along with a new profile for each child. It should only take a few minutes! You can access the registration system by selecting the Register Now button on this page. Please read our FAQ for more information.

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STEM & DESIGN CAMP


Ages 8-16 | July 13-17; July 20-24; July 27-31 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm | Cost: Early registration $400 ($440 after 5/15/20)

Robotics And Beyond does not hold a typical summer STEM camp. Rather than working intensely on a single topic for an entire week, students choose multiple topics for the week, with instruction on each topic every day. We offer many topics in robotics, computer science, graphic design, mechanical design and fabrication, and videography. This is a full day camp. VIEW OUR 2020 TOPICS.

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Campers work on up to four topics in a week of camp in four period-blocks on each day.

All topics are taught in the New Milford CT High School Library and some classrooms. The high ceilings, skylights and courtyard of the library result in a highly creative space. Our instructors are former high school and college students and adult professionals with career experience. Campers gain perspective on careers and education paths to those careers and work closely with role models who are excellent role models and great sources of information.

Arrangements can be made for late pickup on all days of camp, until 6 pm, at a cost of $10/hour.

ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY & DESIGN ACADEMY


Ages 13-18 | August 3-7 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Cost: TBD

To assist advanced students in their interests, we have created the Engineering, Technology and Design Academy, offering advanced levels of coding, design, robotics and control systems. The Academy level topics will involve advanced high school and early college level concepts and skills. The topics will be appropriate for experienced middle and high school students and college students wanting to refresh or add to skills and understanding. Students must meet prerequisite abilities in topics chosen. Younger students may be allowed by permission. 2020 ACADEMY TOPICS COMING SOON!

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Details for our summer Academy coming soon.

JUNIOR STEM CAMP


Grades K-2 | July 13-17, 9:30 am-12:00 pm; July 20-24, 9:00-11:30 am | Cost: $200

Our Junior STEM Camp is offered as half day morning sessions (2.5 hours). Please note the different start times for each week! Maximum 10 junior campers per session. If you would like an afternoon option, please scroll down and read about our new afternoon LEGO Engineering Challenges!

This camp is comprised of hands-on, computer-free activities. Each session of Junior STEM Camp focuses on different themes/activities in areas of physics, engineering, and more. We also offer new activities each summer so that our returning campers are exposed to new experiences. Please note that there is no robotics programming during these sessions but it is offered in our Junior Coding week.

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In our Junior STEM Camp, younger students work and play in projects specially designed for their age and skill levels but which all use and develop hand-eye coordination, creative thinking, problem solving, and introduction to concepts of physics, engineering, design, robotics and other areas. Although they have their own space, these younger students are in the same overall space as the older campers and they benefit tremendously from the exposure to older age groups and the great range of projects underway. Many parents, of both younger and older students, have told us that this broad integration of age, skill and project type is what they find most unusual and what they most appreciate and value about the camp. Please note that there is no robotics programming during these weeks but it is offered in our Junior Coding week.

Our daily schedule starts with about 30 minutes of free play time, then we switch to fun group activities, take a snack break, finish up our group activity and/or end the day with a little more free play time.

Fun STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) group activities that we have done in previous years:

  • LEGO contraptions
  • Center of gravity
  • Simple machines
  • Learn about the strongest shapes used in engineering
  • Explore the world of fractals
  • Art and design projects, such as origami and SunArt pictures
  • Lots of free play time with Snap Circuits, LEGOs, and gears, just to name a few!

JUNIOR CODING CAMP


Grades K-2 | July 27-31 | 9:00 – 11:30 am | Cost: $200

Our Junior Coding Camp is offered as a half day morning session (2.5 hours). Maximum 8 junior campers. If you would like an afternoon option, please scroll down and read about our new afternoon LEGO Engineering Challenges!

Students will be introduced to programming concepts and vocabulary, as well as simple coding/programming instruction. Each camp day of this week will consist of “Unplugged”, or computer-free activities, such as our very own Step Turn And Learn card game, in addition to coding on the computer.

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Hands-on computer instruction, including Code.org, Scratch, and LEGO Mindstorms robotics. These are all “drag and drop” programs. No typing is required.

Our daily schedule starts with about 30 minutes of free play time, then we switch to group coding activities, take a snack break, finish up our group activity and/or end the day with a little more free play time.

This is a really fun, creative way to expose the younger students to the concepts of programming, logic, and problem solving!

Campers will also have free play time with:

  • Coding board games
  • Art and design projects, such as origami and Spirograph
  • Snap Circuits, LEGOs, and gears, just to name a few!

LEGO ENGINEERING CHALLENGES (NEW!)


Ages 6-10 | July 13-17; July 20-24; July 27-31 | 12:30 – 3:00 pm | Cost: $200

We are excited to offer this new afternoon option for younger campers! Each day will focus on various solutions to different challenges using LEGOs. Campers will have fun expanding their creativity and building skills. NOTE: This is also offered as a topic to kids 8+ who register for full day STEM & Design camp.

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Using basic LEGO parts, LEGO Technics and a wide range of other building materials, students will design solutions to a variety of challenges. Working alone, in pairs or as a group, students will be encouraged to let their curiousity lead them to innovative designs for each challenge. Designs will be as simple or complex as their imagination and materials will enable.

I would like to take a moment to thank your organization for all of the financial assistance you have extended to my family and specifically to my daughter S. Robotics and Beyond has been the high point of her summers for the past few years and she looks forward to being with other children her age with similar interests and abilities.

Parent of a 10th grade camper -

Thank you very much for soliciting our feedback. H. is happy to have made friends with another 10 year old whom she likes very much. She is enjoying all her classes, especially soldering, where she enjoys the content and very much enjoys the teacher. [She] mentioned that there are far more male teachers than female, so we told her that there is a future opportunity for her!  At dinner we talk about each of her classes and she enthusiastically shares her day with us. This is not the typical response after a day at school! Thank you for the very special opportunity that you have created for our children!  (I’m a former school board president (White Plains, NY) and very appreciative of educators!)

Parent of 10 year old girl in the RAB summer camp -

As always, my boys really enjoyed camp! N. maintains his enthusiasm for being a mentor (and for organizing LEGOs), which is significant as he tends to avoid interaction with “new” people…and almost always prefers to stay home rather than go out! I think this has been a great experience for him, developing his confidence and social skills as well as his knowledge of technology. If you have a need (or even just space) for him this week, N. would love to return to camp as a mentor/assistant. He says he has more LEGO organization to do—LOL! But he has always enjoyed teaching others about STEM, especially younger kids.

Parent of a 16 year old boy and mentor and 12 year old brother in RAB’s 2018 summer camps -

My son, B., just completed a week at this year’s summer camp, and I wanted to thank Mr. Chayka and the mentors and volunteers for their support. B. was very nervous about attending camp and was unsure whether he could stay the entire day. The combination of exciting workshops and attentive support helped him overcome that anxiety and really enjoy his time at camp. After the first day, he went from being wary of the camp experience to being excited to go. In fact, he had such a good time, he is looking at which classes he can take in the Fall.

Parent of a 13 year old boy in his first week of summer camp -

Thank you so much for letting me volunteer at the Junior Camp this summer! I really cannot accept the money you gave me. It was my pleasure to help out and it was a wonderful learning experience. Please consider this as a donation to RAB.

14 year old girl, former camper and 30 hour volunteer in our summer camp -

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