STEM Camps

STEM camps combine science, technology, engineering, and math concepts and allow campers to imagine, create, and explore the design-and-build process. These hands-on offerings encourage campers to engage in group collaboration and to learn by “doing,” building essential skills for school and for life. Learn how to design an app, fly a drone, explore coding, or build a robot in one of these exciting camp offerings.

List of 6 items.

  • 3D Printing – Digital Design Camp

    Do you like working on computers? Would you like to learn how to design a three-dimensional movable robot? Then this camp is for you! In this brand new camp, we will learn about 3D printing, how and why we use it, and complete several project-based activities that are fun, interactive, and engaging.

    Director
    This camp will be taught by Juliet Fajardo, who teaches New Media, Digital Art, and 3D Animation at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

    Dates:August 13 – August 17
    Time:9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Ages:10 – 14
    Cost:

     $410 per week for registration 4/1 or later (includes lunch and snack)
  • Coding for Kids (2 SPACES AVAILABLE)

    Do you like computers? Do you know how to code or are you interested in learning how to code? Then this is the camp for you! If you have an idea for a game, animation, or interactive art and need the skills to make your dream come alive, then you’ve come to the right place. This camp will introduce a variety of coding languages and teach key concepts, including loops, conditionals, and variables. You will use these tools to design, prototype, play, test, and have fun! 

    Director
    Karen Kolkka is a graduate of the MAT program at The University of the Arts and has a bachelor of fine arts in ceramics from UArts as well. She is an artist as well as an art and technology educator, and she gets a sparkle in her eyes whenever she is engaged in cultivating creativity and encouraging exploration.
     


    Dates:August 6 – August 10
    Time:9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Ages:9 – 13
    Cost:

    $410 per week for registration 4/1 or later (includes lunch and snack)
  • Drones – GoPro and Video Filmmaking Camp (COURSE IS FULL. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)

    Do you like technology? Do you like computers? Would you like to use a drone to create your own film or video? Then this camp is for you!

    Director 
               
    Dr. Ellen Fishman-Johnson is the director of The Arts and New Media at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. Dr. F-J is an accomplished composer and new media artist (YouTube-efjcomposer), and was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2007.

    Dates:June 18 – June 22
    Time:9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Ages:10 – 14
    Cost: 

    $415 per week for registration 4/1 or later (includes lunch and snack)
  • Engineering Works!

    Week of June 25 (Ages 8 – 10) 
    Week of July 23 (Ages 7 – 9) 

    Do you like to make things that do things? Thats engineering! While at Engineering Works!, campers will spend the day designing, building, and testing a range of fun items, including solar cars, bottle rockets, catapults, and airplanes. If you like science and have a creative mind, then this camp is for you!

    Director
    Erik Dreisbach has been teaching science at SCH for the past 15 years, both in the Upper School and in Middle School for Girls. He has a passion for teaching campers engineering by doing hands-on learning and making science come to life. When not teaching kids science, he enjoys cooking, building Legos with his kids, and coaching youth soccer.
     

    Dates:

    June 25 – June 29 (Ages 8 – 10)
    July 23 – July 27 (Ages 7 – 9)
    Time:9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Ages:According to attendance week
    Cost:

    $390 per week for registration 4/1 or later (includes lunch and snack)
  • Make It Happen! (COURSE IS FULL. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)

    During this camp, we will explore the science and art behind tinkering. Each day, we will explore difficult tinkering challenges. Some of the challenges might include taking apart and redesigning toys, making pop-up cards that light up, using motors to create drawing “bots,” making a city completely out of cardboard, designing a new type of instrument, or creating a useable product out of duct tape. We will provide you with the challenge, materials, and guidance, but your imagination can take the projects into your own creative direction. Get ready for a week of making, building, and fun.  
     
    Director
    The camp will be led by Mary Ann Domanska. Mary Ann has been teaching at SCH for 15 years. She is also the author of the middle-grade novel, Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer. She has been a presenter for ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), NCGS (National Coalition of Girls’ Schools), and PDK (Phi Delta Kappa, International). She loved being a Girl Scout leader for six years and represented the U.S. for the WAGGGS Northern Hemisphere Leadership Conference. She’s looking forward to her third year as director of Make It Happen.

    Dates:July 30 – August 3
    Time:9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Ages:7 – 9
    Cost: 

    $375 per week for registration 4/1 or later (includes lunch and snack)
  • Science and Robotics Camp

    This wildly popular camp is back again this summer with more fun robotics challenges and a new twist! Each camp day will have two parts: half of each day will be spent in the state-of-the-art Robotics Lab at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy; the other half of the day will be spent exploring physics by building something fun! We’ll build rockets. We’ll make gliders. We’ll build towers. We’ll drop an egg off a platform and have it fall safely to the ground in a parachute. The sky is the limit! If you have a young scientist and robotics engineer in your home, this is the place for him or her to be this summer.

    Directors            
    The camp will be led by members of the SCH science faculty and coaches of SCH’s award-winning FIRST Lego League Jr. team.

    Dates: July 9 – July 13 (FULL FOR 7-9 YEAR OLDS. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)
    July 16 – July 20 (FULL FOR 7-9 YEAR OLDS.  REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Ages: 7 – 12
    Cost: 

    $435 per week for registration 4/1 or later (includes lunch and snack)