Camps For Ages 12-14

2018 Camp Offerings

for Ages 12-14

June 4-8 - Fabrication Camp

We will introduce your camper to the world of digital fabrication, where they can produce in the real world whatever they can imagine and create on a computer! We will work with powerful 2D and 3D design software that is appropriate for kids, but still able to make complex objects. Then we will teach your child to produce their designs on a variety of digital fabrication machines, including 3D printers, paper plotters / cutters, and a CNC machine. Participants will take home all of their creations!

June 11-15- Build and Code your own Computer using Python

Campers will assemble their own computer (which they will take home with them at the end of the week) including a screen, keyboard and mouse, and a Raspberry Pi board to act as its CPU. After assembling the computer, campers will use the Python programming language to create their own games, and to expand their computer so it can interact with circuits they build themselves.  Students will learn the basics of interacting with other devices online so that they can code their computers to be part of the Internet of Things (IOT) and communicate with phones, tablets, and other connected devices. By the end of the week, campers will have the experience and resources to continue creating with their new computer at home.

June 18-22- Microprocessors & Robotics with Javascript

Campers will dive into the world of programmable microprocessors this week, and will learn how to use MakeCode and Javascript to program them. Projects will include creating simple games using buttons and sensors on the microprocessor board, creating art and music using speakers and LEDs attached to the board, and even using the board as the “brain” for a small robot and remote control system that we will use in various challenges and competitions. At the end of the week, campers will bring all of their projects, including the robot, home with them so that the fun and exploration can continue.

June 25-29- Intro to VexIQ Robotics

Campers with engage in a series of fun and challenging projects and competitions using the VEX IQ robotics system to build and code their own robotic creations. Using the same building systems and programming language (ROBOTC) our competitive teams use in the fall, campers will learn mechanical and drive systems needed to create robots that move, grab, and lift objects guided by remote control or autonomous code.  The robots abilities will be extended through the use of sensors which can be coded to measure angle, distance, color, and sense touch to extend the robot’s abilities and complete more complex tasks.  This camp is a great starting place for kids who wish to join competitive VEX Robotics competitions on their school teams or on teams we sponsor through Young Makers Lab.

July 2-6- Rocketry

We will introduce your camper to the science and fun of rocketry! During the week of camp, we will build a variety of rockets using air, water, and chemical propellants. Participants will build their own launch platform to take home, along with the four rockets they will build during the week! In addition, they will learn about the math and science behind rocketry by using a simulation software to predict the flight of rockets they build, along with the Kerbal Space Program software to simulate and launch life size rockets to orbit and beyond!

July 9-13 - Drone Camp

Too often kids are given toy drones as a gift, they get flown a few times, and then either they break or end up buried under all of the other toys that have become boring. Our Drone Camp will turn the toy drones into tools, while adding to the fun! Campers will learn to fly and even program their drones while participating in a challenging sequence of missions and competitions with fellow campers. We will even teach campers to maintain and fix their drones so that when the week ends and the drones come home they will be used over and over.
Price includes a drone to take home and extra propellers.

July 16-20 - Fabrication Camp

We will introduce your camper to the world of digital fabrication, where they can produce in the real world whatever they can imagine and create on a computer! We will work with powerful 2D and 3D design software that is appropriate for kids, but still able to make complex objects. Then we will teach your child to produce their designs on a variety of digital fabrication machines, including 3D printers, paper plotters / cutters, and a CNC machine. Participants will take home all of their creations!

July 23-27 - Digital Media Production

Campers will learn to use DSLR cameras to capture beautiful photographs. We will dabble in lighting techniques, rule of thirds, leading lines, and even photo editing techniques. We will also work in Photoshop & Final Cut Pro.

July 30-August 3 - Web Building Camp

Campers will learn to use the web to tell rich, interconnect stories using blogging, graphic design, animation and a wide variety of skills. We will teach the beginning levels of HTML, CSS and Javascript languages, as well as helping kids develop good clean graphic design skills!

August 6-10 - Competitive VexIQ Robotics

This camp is designed for campers who have attended our Introduction to VEX Robotics camp, or who have already learned VEX by competing in a previous season’s challenge at Young Makers Lab or at school. Campers will get access to the 2018-2019 VEX IQ Challenge Board and design robots to meet the new challenges. Advanced instruction will be tailored to campers needs in the design process. The goals of this week are to help campers extend their building and coding abilities using the VEX IQ Robotics system, and to give them a head start in designing robots to meet this year’s VEX IQ Challenge. The week will conclude in a mini-tournament on Friday for campers to test their building, coding, and driving skills.

August 13-17 - Competitive VexIQ Robotics

This camp is designed for campers who have attended our Introduction to VEX Robotics camp, or who have already learned VEX by competing in a previous season’s challenge at Young Makers Lab or at school. Campers will get access to the 2018-2019 VEX IQ Challenge Board and design robots to meet the new challenges. Advanced instruction will be tailored to campers needs in the design process. The goals of this week are to help campers extend their building and coding abilities using the VEX IQ Robotics system, and to give them a head start in designing robots to meet this year’s VEX IQ Challenge. The week will conclude in a mini-tournament on Friday for campers to test their building, coding, and driving skills.

Why STEM for ages 12-14?

These courses are part building and part programming. Your children love building things. They love using tools and making things work. In these camps your children will have ample opportunity to build, repair, and rebuild. Then they get to program!

Programming is a highly technical endeavor but it doesn't have to be boring. Our instructors make learning programming easy, fun, and intuitive. Your children will practice story telling, storyboarding, problem solving and creativity.

Computer Programming is the language that will separate your children from the rest.