Summer Design and STEM Camp

We offer summer STEM camps for ages 5-18! Our Junior STEM camp is offered as half day sessions for ages 5-8. Full day STEM camp sessions are offered for ages 8 and up in areas of STEM and design. Our STEM and Design Academy provides individual topics at advanced levels for experienced students wanting deeper guidance and learning. Read our summer camp details for forms, camp location, deposit and cancellation policies, and more. We offer Tuition Assistance – please ask!

IMPORTANT DATES
Deadline for online registration for all camps: Sunday June 17, 2018 by 11:59 pm.

  • After that date, requests for registration must be made by email to camp@roboticsandbeyond.org and will require a $30 additional fee. Registration will be confirmed only after full payment for the camp has been received, unless by arrangement.

Full payment deadline: Sunday June 24, 2018 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.

STEM & DESIGN CAMP

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Ages 8-16 | Cost $400/week | July 2-6 (no July 4th): 9 am – 4 pm; July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27: 9 am – 3 pm

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 2-4 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.

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Campers work on up to four topics in a week of camp in four period-blocks on each day. On Fridays campers are able to pursue their own highest interests or explore topics they did not take during the week, show their projects to other campers and visitors, and attend presentations by guests from various fields in science, technology and design.

All topics are taught within view of each other in the 7,000 square foot space of the New Milford CT High School Library. The high ceilings, skylights and courtyard 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.

View the 2018 STEM & Design Camp Class Topics

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

STEM & DESIGN ACADEMY

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Ages 12-18 | Cost $200 | July 23-27, July 30-August 3 (tentative) | 3:30 – 5:30 pm

New this year! To assist advanced students in their interests, we have created the STEM 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. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

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The STEM & Design Academy, for advanced students, is a week-long program that combines instruction and optional Open Studio. The Academy is offered for the week of July 23-27 only.

The instruction will take place after the regular camp hours, Monday – Friday, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, for a total of 10 hours of instruction. All topics are taught during this time period so students can only take one topic.

View the 2018 Academy Topics now!

During regular camp hours, Academy students may attend Open Studio time. This time can be used to work on personal projects, collaborate with other Academy students, audit any ongoing class in the regular STEM & Design camp, get help from our staff, or even volunteer as mentors to campers when appropriate.

The STEM & Design Academy fee is $200, and Open Studio is $10/hour by prearrangement or a day-to-day option and payable at end of week.

JUNIOR STEM CAMP

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Ages 5-8 | Cost $200/half day | July 9-13: 9 am – 11:30 am only; July 16-20: 9 am – 11:30 am and 12:30 – 3 pm

Our Junior STEM Camp is offered as half day sessions (2.5 hours). Maximum 10 junior campers per session.

In order to try to accommodate families who may want to send a child for a full day or two consecutive weeks, we offer “A” and “B” sessions with alternating activities. We also offer new activities each summer so that our returning campers are exposed to new experiences.

  • Week 1 of camp we will do session “A” activities in the morning.
  • Week 2 of camp we will do session “B” activities in the morning and session “A” activities in the afternoon.

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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:

  • Experience a gentle introduction to the concepts of robotics and computer science with our very own Step Turn And Learn card game!
  • 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

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Ages 5-8 | Cost $200/half day | July 23-27: 9 am – 11:30 am only

Our Junior Coding Camp is offered as a half day session (2.5 hours). Maximum 8 junior campers.

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 and other programming-related exercises.

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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!

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