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Engineering for Kids, Summer Camp

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Engineering for Kids

At Engineering For Kids we believe that children are natural born engineers who have unlimited imaginations and unbridled enthusiasm.  We offer fun, hands-on learning for children ages 4 to 12.  Our activities range from building flashlights and rockets to programming video games and robots.  The variety of programming is extraordinary!

AM Session: 9:00am – Noon              PM Session: 12:30 – 3:30pm             

*Sign Up for both AM and PM Sessions and lunch time care (Noon – 12:30pm) is included.

Ages 5 - 7

June 26 – June 30
AM Session     Jr Pirate Academy
Arg Matey! Come join Kelvin’s crew as we sail the ocean blue searching for buried treasure. Join us as students build their very own pirate ship, go fishing for treasure, and work together in Kelvin’s crew to create a delicious treat that is more precious than gold. Hop aboard the Green Ghost and set sail as we explore The Engineering of Pirates!
PM Session     Jr Camp Kelvin
Pack your bags and lace up your hiking boots engineers, because at Camp Kelvin, we are engineering designs to help us explore the great outdoors. Build a tent, design waterproof clothing, engineer your own survival pack and more! Join us for a week of fun and adventure where everyone goes home a happy camper!

July 24 – 28

AM Session     Jr Space Pioneers                                                           
Embark on a fun journey to space with Scratch! Send an astronaut to the moon and defend your moon base from space rocks. Learn how to use Scratch to create and program sprites, backdrops and basic scripts. Create a new program each day, leave with evidence of your wild space adventure, and be inspired to explore the universe of programming as a Space Pioneer.
PM Session     Jr Hardware Engineering: Scratch with Makey Makey
When your favorite song comes on the radio do you sit quiet or do you dance around and play the air drum solo? In Musical Adventures With Scratch and Makey Makey, we are going to explore how different sounds are created and we will create our own interpretations of common musical instruments like drums, piano, guitar, and even a recorder, and we will create our very own dancing program, all through the use of Makey Makey and Scratch to bring our music to life! The last day will end with a bang, or at least a great mini concert from our students!

August 21 – 25
AM Session     Jr Mechanical Engineering: Widgets, Gadgets, and Toys                    
The Jr Mechanical Engineering classes introduce our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of energy, materials, and movement. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct their own roller coasters, catapults, cars, and more.
PM Session     Jr Aerospace Engineering: Taking to the Skies           
The Jr Aerospace Engineering classes introduce our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of aircraft and spacecraft design. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct airplanes, rockets, helicopters, and more.

August 28 – September 1
AM Session     Jr Twisted Fairy Tales

Ever wonder how we got to the Happily Ever After in traditional fairy tales? Students will explore a few fairy tales from different points of view and engage in activities to investigate solutions for each fairy tale’s obstacles. In the Twisted Fairy Tales Camp, we will design a getaway vehicle for the heroine from Kate and the Beanstalk, help The Three Billy Goats Fluff devise a method to cross the bridge quietly and not wake the Troll, and construct an edible reef entirely from candy to protect The Three Little Fish from the Big Bad Shark! Join us as we explore the Engineering of Fairy Tales!
PM Session     Jr Under Construction
Put on your hard hats engineers and join us for our Engineering of Cities! In this program, students work hard to apply their knowledge of construction to save the beach from erosion and build their very own city from the ground up. From roads and tunnels to buildings and skyscrapers, students discover that no job is too tough for an Engineering for Kids engineer!

Ages 8 - 14
June 26 – June 30
AM Session     Minecraft EDU: Traveling into the Future                  
Minecraft EDU: Traveling into the Future: This program will immerse students in the expansive world of Minecraft and will challenge student’s ingenuity and problem solving skills as they navigate through several engineering challenges. Students will learn how to use teamwork and manage resources like an engineer in the real world. Building in Minecraft allows students to experiment with designs and materials, all without the risk associated with building structures in reality.
PM Session     Electronic Game Design: Platform Games – Ninja Attack!
Video games are everywhere and in almost every form you can imagine! In Electronic Game Design: Ninja Attack!, we will create our own version of a platform game set in a dojo that we will defend from a ninja attack! We will use the Engineering Design Process to create a storyboard to outline the rules of play and characters for our game.

July 24 – 28
AM Session     Missions & Mechanics                                                   
This week of camp is all about the missions and mechanics of NASA's Mars Rovers. Students will take an in-depth look at how the rovers safely land at carefully selected sites on the surface of Mars to carry-out scientifIc investigations. Students will closely examine the anatomy, tools, and technology the rovers are equipped with in order to understand how their work  continues to deepen our understanding of the Red Planet. Each day, classes will use EFK's Engineering Design Process to engage in exciting, hands-on STEM challenges with real- world connections to NASA And mechanical engineering.
PM Session     App Medieval Mayhem                                 
In medieval times, there were a huge number of engineering innovations. Crossbows, drawbridges, towers, cranes, the compass, and more were invented during those times. The lands then were ruled by feudal courts in a castle, with each castle having a great deal of land around it that was ruled by the lords and ladies of the castle. Because owning land meant more power, many lords and ladies went to battle with other lords and ladies, trying to take their castle and control their land. This led to many incredible devices being engineered, such as catapults. Students will be split into groups forming their own feudal court of lords and ladies. They will try to beat out the other teams in various challenges to show their prowess and be crowned kings and queens of the land with the Engineering for Kids Crown.
August 21 – 25
AM Session     Heroes Week
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s...Heroes Week! Students will join other engineers their age as they seek ways to protect the world and save mankind in the process. They will join a league of heroes and will compete against other leagues by performing engineering-related challenges, such as saving an ecosystem from a potentially lethal oil spill. Only one group will end the week as the ultimate league of super heroes!
PM Session     Power and Energy
In The Engineering of Power and Energy, students will explore electrical, environmental, marine, and mechanical engineering. They will explore harnessing energy, directional energy transformation, the relationships between potential energy and kinetic energy, and electrical circuitry.
August 28 – September 1
AM Session     Sail the Seas
Avast, me maties! Hop aboard and join the crew as students work together to design a ship, sail the sea and be the first to find buried treasure. During this week, students will explore the ideas of buoyancy and surface area as they design their pirate ships, set sail, and retrieve sunken treasure! So what do you say; Are ye’ ready to sail the seas?
PM Session     Out of this World
During this camp, students will explore 3 fields of engineering: aerospace, civil, and chemical. Collaborating with their Space State teams, they will design and construct a variety of projects that will enable mankind to safely inhabit the moon.

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