Camp Themes 2017

2017 SCITECH KIDS SCIENCE CAMP WEEKLY THEMES

SciTech Kids provides a unique hands-on learning experience that builds STEAM skills in a program that is fun and educational. Students engage with scientists, technologists, and designers, in the areas of gaming, electronics, coding, wearable technology and photography.

Here’s just a brief glimpse of the some of the different themes and activities we will cover with our campers ages 4-15, this summer. Each Week, campers will be immersed in activities that involve biology, chemistry, physics and earth science. Remember,these are a only a glimpse of what our kids will be doing, not everthing. We need to keep some things under wraps. Lunch, snack and all scientific supplies are always included. 

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Weekly Themes for 2017

Scitech Explorers (Ages 4-5)
Adventurers (Ages 6-8)

WEEK 1 (JUNE 12 - 16, 2017)

Space: 3, 2, 1 Blast Off

This summer, you’ll be lifting off to outer space. Build and launch your own rocket while learning the science behind the design and flight of rockets. Learn what it’s like to live onboard the International Space Station and explore the wonders of the universe. 

WEEK 2 (JUNE 19 - 24, 2017)

Designing Cities and Parks

Ever wonder how cities are designed? Kids get directly involved in urban planning concepts and neighborhood problem-solving activities. Budding urban planners make maps, go on field trips to places in the city where planners’ ideas have been built, re-design their own neighborhoods using 3D models. Then visit Governors Island’s newly completed park and public space, The Hills, and go down the longest slide in NYC. 

WEEK 3 (JUNE 26 - 30, 2017)

Ready, Set, Code

Have your child learn to code while developing critical thinking skills. Kids learn to design their own games or animate stories using a variety of age-appropriate programs. By the end of the week, your child will be a computer programming whiz. 


WEEK 4 (JULY 5 - 7, 2017)

The Science of Superheroes

Ever wonder how our favorite superheroes perform their superhuman feat?  Learn the science behind their feats and how superheroes gain superpowers.  For the doodler or illustrator, campers will learn drawing techniques and create their own comic poster. 

WEEK 5 (JULY 10 - 14, 2017)

Wild Wetlands

Budding naturalists will explore the rich biodiversity of wetland habitats. With microscopes, nets and binoculars, they’ll look in the water, under rocks and even in the mud to develop an understanding of the diverse wildlife that lives around us. 

WEEK 6 (JULY 17 - 21, 2017)

BOTS That Rock

Campers will learn to build and program robots.They'll learn how circuits work and the basics of computer programming to change how the robot moves. These cool robots fuse play with programming for kids of all ages as they learn how to code. This session is experiential learning at its best since they get to take home their newly build robot

WEEK 7 (JULY 24 - 28, 2017)

Terminal Velocity

What is terminal velocity and how can we describe the motion of a falling object? Campers will conduct experiments to learn about the science behind motion. They’ll fly kites, paper airplanes, and rockets to bring the laws of motion to life.   

 

WEEK 8 (JULY 31- August 4, 2017)

The World of 3D Printing

Kids are fascinated by 3D printing and the possibilities of what it can do. Campers will use age-appropriate software to design and print a variety of objects. Campers will also use 3D pens to create amazing structures as they learn STEM skills and improve their motor skills. 

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WEEK 9 (August 7- 11, 2017)

Ready, Set, Code

Have your child learn to code while developing critical thinking skills. Kids learn to design their own games or robots using a variety of age-appropriate programs. By the end of the week, your child will be a computer programming whiz. 

WEEK 10 (August 14- 18, 2017)

Meet the Microbes

Microbes lurk everywhere but how do we identify them? Examine these tiny organisms under microscopes and explore the diversity of microbes right under our noses. Kids will also build an origami, paper-based microscope that is equal in quality to conventional microscopes to explore their environment. 

Other activities include:
  • Meeting scientists and/or business professionals who study or incorporate these scientific themes within their lives.
  • Writing, drawing and documenting activities and experiments in their science journal.
  • Playing sports using innovative gadgets or toys in Central Park
Scitech Investigators (Ages 9-12)
Techies (Ages 13-15)

SciTech Kids' goal is to empower our older campers to be Makers of technology rather than consumers while incorporating other aspects of science and the great outdoors. Each Week, our theme includes both digital and physical components. This format ensures that our campers have ample amounts of screen time in front of our various digital media as well as ensuring they will participate in other hands-on STEAM topics such as architecture, engineering or science. Campers will also spend time outdoors to test designed projects such as flying powered paper airplanes.

WEEK 1 (JUNE 12 - 16, 2017)

Drones: Build, Hack, Fly

Explore the many facets of drones as they build their own aerial flying machine!  Kids learn the capability of drones, flight, design, and programming from drone experts. No prior experience is necessary as they challenge both their motor skills and creative mind. This theme is experiential learning at its best!

WEEK 2 (JUNE 19 - 23, 2017)

Urban Planning: Designing Cities

Design a city and take on the role of an urban planner. Kids are first tasked to build a city with green and open public spaces.  Next, they solve design challenges with the purpose of creating clean, safe environments. Then they learn why design matters while redesigning cities as they gain hands-on experience with physical 3D model making, design iteration, and computer modeling. The week culminates with a visit to Governors Island’s newly completed public space, The Hills.

WEEK 3 (JUNE 26 - 30, 2017)

Next Stop...Mars

Like the book Martians, imagine that you’re stranded on Mars. How would you survive?  Kids build a Mars rover, solar-powered cars, grow potatoes using a chamber modeled on NASA’s Lunar Plant Growth Chamber and conduct cool, chemical reactions as you transform Mars into an environment where humans can live. 

WEEK 4 (JULY 5 - 7, 2017)

Kids Who Code

Become a computer scientist and learn computer languages such as Javascript and Python to program, design and animate stories and video games.

WEEK 5 (JULY 10 - 14, 2017)

3D Modeling and Printing

Kids are fascinated by 3D printing and the possibilities of what it can do. Kids will use modeling softwares to design and print a variety of 3D objects and walk away with a thorough understanding of the printing process. They will also use 3D pens to create amazing structures as they learn STEM skills and improve their motor skills. 

WEEK 6 (JULY 17 - 21, 2017)

Robotics

Sharpen your robotics and coding skills as you build and program your own robots. Some robots will have arduino compatibility, allowing them to create moveable robots that light up and respond to sound and motion. These robots fuse play with various programming (including Tynker, Hopscotch, and Python) to prototype gadgets kids can dream up to create and share stories, animations and games.

WEEK 7 (JULY 24 - 28, 2017)

Design Your Own Game

Design video games you have always dreamed of. Create your own characters and build challenging platform levels that include traps, coins, powerups, and spikes and more. Once your game is ready, you'll be able to share your game with other gamers online for the world to see. After your digital product is created, then build a physical video game using a gameboard, pixel by pixel, in a grid using blocks. Capture the game with an app and ultimately build an entire world around your hero.

WEEK 8 (JULY 31- August 4, 2017)

Paper Circuit

Learn tricks of the trade about circuitry and electronics with tiny LEDs, batteries, sensors, and even microcontrollers, to make instant circuits that light up or animate your projects. If you want to build cool, electronic circuits but don’t want to use a soldering iron then this technology is the way to go.

WEEK 9 (August 7- 11, 2017)

3D Modeling and Printing

Kids are fascinated by 3D printing and the possibilities of what it can do. Campers will use modeling softwares to design and print a variety of 3D objects and observe the printing process. Campers will also use 3D pens to create amazing structures as they learn STEM skills and improve their motor skills. 

WEEK 10 (August 14 - 18, 2017)

Sonic Science of Hamilton

Sound plays a crucial role in Broadway musicals like Hamilton.  It involves a surprising amount of math and science from sketching ideas, creating computer-generated 3D models of the theater and an understanding of the paths sound travels around the venue where Hamilton is performed. Become a sound designer and learn what it takes to create and manipulate sound in a theatre. Budding designers will also make musical instruments and an amplifier for their instruments. 

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