Yearly Curriculum

Each summer, two grades, each with five classes of 20 students rotate through each of the projects throughout the two week camp.

Summer 2019 Projects

  • Oil Spill Cleanup

    • Students learn about the damage oil spills can cause, how to prevent them, and how to clean up the environment in the event of a spill.​

  • Circuits​

    • Students work to create different types of circuits, and learn about the advantages and drawbacks of different designs, as well as how they are used in everyday electronics.

  • DNA

    • The students learn about the functions of DNA, and then head to the lab to condense DNA from strawberries.​

  • Gravity

    • In this project, students learn about basic Newtonian Physics, and how to observe and interfere with the force of gravity.​

  • Chemical Reactions

    • In the lab, students will learn basic chemistry and test their knowledge by producing sugar crystals.

  • Paper Plane Aerodynamics

    • By experimenting with different types of paper planes, students learn about aerodynamics, drag, and streamlining.​

  • Space

    • Students learn about basic astronomy and space travel. ​They will then explore how astronauts can breathe in space, using electrolysis to produce oxygen and hydrogen gas from water.

  • States of Matter

    • Students learn how the states of matter are present in all objects, and how changes in energy can cause changes in state.​ They then apply these principles by creating ice cream without using a freezer.

  • Lego WeDo 2.0

    • The students work in teams to create and code Lego cars to go as fast as possible. At the end of the project, teams race their cars to see whose is the fastest.

  • Magnetism

    • Students learn the basics of magnetic forces through a series of simple and engaging projects.  Simple motors will provide an example of the application of science to real-world problems.

  • Extreme Weather

    • This project teaches students the science behind meteorology and extreme weather patterns, such as tsunamis and hurricanes, and engineering’s role in preparing for them.

  • Bridge Building

    • Students learn about structural integrity and compete to build the strongest and most stable bridge.

  • Earthquake Towers 

    • Students learn about civil engineering and geometry to understand how structures are strengthened to withstand natural disasters.

  • Dinosaurs

    • A lesson in science and the history of life including a model excavation performed by the students.

  • Egg Drop

    • Students learn about physical principles like gravity and shock to protect an egg dropped from a substantial height using designs made by the students.

  • Plants

    • Students learn how plants grow, plant seeds and take home their new plant.

  • Roller Coasters

    • This project challenges the students' creative and pragmatic qualities and learn about static and kinetic energy.

  • Boats

    • Students learn about what sinks and floats, options for designs and how engineering takes "tweaking" a design to make a great, wind powered boat.

  • Rube Goldberg Machines

    • We encourage the students' creativity by building "machines" and learn about the transfer of energy.

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