Engineering Academy open to ALL students entering grades 4-8
The Apollo High School Engineering Academy is hosting a series of summer Tech Camps designed to prepare students for higher-level science, technology, engineering and mathematics classes (STEM). Cost of each camp is $100 and includes summer school lunch, T-shirt and supplies. If a student attends more than one camp, cost for second and subsequent camps is $90 each.
Sessions are open to ALL students who will be in grades 4-8 next year and are not limited to DCPS students. Morning sessions are scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon and afternoon sessions are from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 19-23. (If there is enough interest, sections may also be added for June 26-30.) All camps are located at Apollo High School, 2280 Tamarack Road. Students must provide their own transportation.
“The critical thinking, creative problem-solving and collaboration skills that campers learn at these camps will benefit them for a lifetime,” said camp director Steven May, who also serves as engineering and technology instructor at Apollo High School.
The camp schedule and class descriptions are listed below. Camps will be the week of June 19-23. (If there is enough interest, sections may be added for June 26-30.)
STEM – 8 a.m. to noon (grades 4-8)
New and exciting activities await you! Though at first glance it may appear to be all fun and games, this summertime camp experience prepares students for high school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classes. The critical thinking, creative problem-solving and collaboration skills that campers learn at STEM Camp will benefit them for a lifetime.
VEX Robotics – 8 a.m. to noon (grades 6-8)
Campers (grades 6-8) will be given an introduction to the world of VEX Robotics through the use of robots designed specifically for beginners to robotics. Campers will learn what all of the parts are available in VEX Robotics and how each one works. Then campers will be given a series of challenges to program on a test bed and a mobile robot. The finale challenge is to program a robot to be controlled remotely with an X-Box style controller in order to play laser tag with the flashlights and light sensors. Included in this camp, students will receive a take home VEX HEXBug Robotics kit to put together and keep. This kit is included in the price of the camp.
Minecraft – 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (grades 4-8)
This camp involves a sandbox independent video game in which students use educational technology tools to build lands and structures from around the world.
Programming with Dash and Dot – 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (grades 4-6)
Campers (grades 4-6) will learn to program using Dash and Dot. Dash and Dot are real robots that teach campers to code while they play. Campers will use android tablets to remotely program Dash to sing, dance and navigate all around the classroom. Sensors on the robot allow them to react to the environment around them, including the campers themselves. Dash and Dot will present campers with hundreds of projects, challenges, and puzzles as well as endless possibilities for freeform play as we learn to code over the course of the week.
To register for sessions or find more information about the camp and to watch informational videos about each session, visit http://ea-techcamps.weebly.com/
Registration is accepted until the first day of camp (space permitting). Fees must be paid upon registration.
For more information, contact Steven May at firstname.lastname@example.org