2019 Middle School Summer Camps
To register for our programs, please go to: https://apps.ideal-logic.com/stemacademy
Please note: We no longer do program transfers with KidSpirit.
NEW: Due to weather-related school-year extensions in some school districts, there are some changes to the first week of the middle school camps schedule.
iINVENT Camp! * Full-Week Version * Entering Grades 6-8 * June 17-21 * 9:00am-4:00pm on M-Th; 9:00am-3:00pm on Friday * $290 * iINVENT is an invention camp geared towards Middle School students. iINVENT consists of engineering design challenges, invention projects, and team-building activities. Students will use "Human Centered Design" to create things worth inventing, alongside college mentors in small groups. In iINVENT, students will be challenged to navigate unique obstacles with Edison robots, create circuits, improve existing designs, market inventions, and document their invention process. Families are strongly encouraged to attend from 2:00-3:00pm on Friday to see what students have created! NEEDS-BASED SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CAMP!
iINVENT Camp! * 3-Day Version (abbreviated activities compared to full-week version to accommodate those with extended school year conflicts) * Entering Grades 6-8 * June 19-21 * 9:00am-4:00pm on W &Th; 9:00am-3:00pm on Friday * $180 * iINVENT is an invention camp geared towards Middle School students. iINVENT consists of engineering design challenges, invention projects, and team-building activities. Students will use "Human Centered Design" to create things worth inventing, alongside college mentors in small groups. In iINVENT, students will be challenged to navigate unique obstacles with Edison robots, create circuits, and improve existing designs. NEEDS-BASED SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CAMP!
Biochemistry Camp * Entering Grades 7-9 * June 24-28 * 9-NOON * $150 * Come learn about the vital and varied roles of proteins in all living things. Students will engage in glowing, explosive, and other exciting hands-on activities to investigate the diverse world of proteins. Activities will include engineering proteins, exploring the insides of proteins, growing protein crystals, and much more!
Computational Biology Camp * Entering Grades 7-9 * July 8-12 * 1-4PM * $150 * Come to the “dry lab” and see how scientists use computers to learn about biology! After all, not all scientific research is done in experimental laboratories. DNA molecules are too small to study with a microscope, but we can see them in detail with the help of computers! In this camp, you’ll get to contribute to the world’s scientific knowledge by playing fun computer games to solve structural puzzles about real RNA and protein molecules. After learning some Python programming by writing text-based games, you’ll have the skills to become “molecular architects” and build proteins by using their genetic codes. You’ll also learn many other ways that computers help scientists solve the world’s mysteries! No prior programming knowledge required. NEEDS-BASED SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CAMP!
Wild About Wildlife Camp * Entering Grades 6-9 * July 15-19 * 9AM-Noon (M/F) & 9-2:30PM (Tu/W/Th) * $185 * Are you a budding biologist wondering about the animals in your backyard? Join biologists from OSU’s Fisheries and Wildlife department to discover the wonders of the natural world! In this camp, students will learn how scientists study wildlife and fisheries both in the lab and in the field. Campers will explore the wetlands, forests, and streams in western Oregon to identify, sample, and learn about native species and habitats. Planned excursions include, but are not limited to, trips to the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), the Oregon Coast, and William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge. During these activities we will discuss species biology, conservation, and management, and factors that shape populations and ecosystems. Note: Camp hours are extended (9am-2:30pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to accommodate travel to field and research sites. Drop-off and pick up will be at the OSU campus, but students will travel in OSU vans to natural areas in or near Corvallis and Newport during camp hours. NEEDS-BASED SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CAMP!
Engineering Camp * Entering Grades 6-9 * July 22-26 * 9AM-4PM * $290 * Students will spend a week exploring the many careers available in the field of engineering. Hands-on activities each day will feature: solar cars, chemical reaction cars, reverse engineering, bioenergy, water purification, 3D design & printing, and field trips to various campus facilities which may include the Wave Lab or the Radiation Center! Students will work in both labs and classrooms as they design, construct, and test models that focus on sustainable product design and renewable energy. Families are strongly encouraged to attend student presentations from 3:00-4:00pm on Friday, July 26!
Sketch Up Camp * Entering Grades 6-8 * July 29-Aug 2 * 9AM-NOON * $150 * Design the room or house of your dreams using Sketch Up, a simple and easy to use 3D modeling tool. The software allows you to zoom in and out while you use a variety of drawing tools to alter existing objects or create new ones. You will be able to use a variety of shapes, apply textures, and add many other details until your design is complete. You can also save your work and continue working on it at home! No previous technology experience required.
ActivityBots Camp * Entering Grades 6-9 * July 29-Aug 2 * 1-4PM * $150 * Can a car drive itself? With sensors and smarts, of course! Using the ActivityBot 360 robot kits, students will learn how to build and code a robot that is smart enough to make its way around a room on its own. Using easy-to-understand BlocklyProp graphical programs and easy-to-follow online examples, even students with no mechanical, electrical, or coding experience can successfully build circuits and a robot, and code it to do amazing things! Each team of two will work together to move their robot through remote control navigation, while learning about touch, visible light, infrared light, and ultrasonic sensors.
Fun with Math Camp! * Entering Grades 6-8 * Aug 5-9 * 9-Noon * $150 * Math is everywhere! In this camp, students will explore the many facets of math in the world through interactive and creative explorations. We will weave art, logic, patterns, and games together with the expansive world of mathematics. All skill and experience levels welcome! NEEDS-BASED SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CAMP!
Intro to Programming: Code.org for Beginners * Entering Grades 6-8 * Aug 5-9 * 1-4PM * $150 * Curious about coding? In this course, students will begin learning about topics that coding languages have in common through an intuitive language called Blockly. The drag and drop functionality allows true beginners to start their journey into coding as soon as the first day of camp. Students will solve puzzles with conditionals, create games using events, and draw with repeat loops. Note: Students who were enrolled in Exploratory at Linus Pauling Middle School or Cheldelin Middle School are likely to find this camp repetitive.
STEM Machines Camp * Entering Grades 6-8 * Aug 5-9 * 1-4PM * $150 * Working in pairs, in the spirit of cooperation and exploration, students will be guided through STEM problem-solving tasks to design machines to solve some of today’s real-world problems. As the week progresses so will the challenges. This camp does not use computers or iPads, but instead focuses on the mechanical side of machine design and the use of battery packs, using the Lego Education Powered Machines platform. Camp will accommodate a variety of skill levels, from beginning to advanced.