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ROBOTICS

Robotics at Extreme STEAM Science Kids Camp

Robotics Camp Topics Include:

  • Designing and building a Robot
  • Programming your Robot
  • Using Sensors
  • Challenges: The Maze, Sumobots

Extreme STEAM Science Kids offers a sequential approach to the study of robotics. Starting with Cubelets and Kibo robots, progressing to Dash, Lego Mindstorms and VEX IQ robots, and finally advancing to Arduino-based rovers, and Humanoid Robots like DARwin Mini and Meccanoid G15 KS, students will learn:

  • Mechanical Systems (motors and servos)
  • Electrical Systems (Power supplies, circuits)
  • Introduction to Programming (Driving, Mapping)
  • Introduction to Sensors (Ultrasonic, Sound, Light, Touch, etc.)
  • Advanced Programming (Logic Statements, Variables)

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Computer Science at Extreme STEAM Science Kids Camp

Computer Programming, or Coding, has been identified as essential skill for 21st century living.  According to Douglas Rushkoff, Digital Literacy Advocate of CodeAcademy – the founders of the Hour of Code-  “Code literacy is a requirement for participation in a digital world.”  At Extreme STEAM Science Kids, we introduce students to coding both in our Robotics laboratory, as well as our coding room.  Students will learn to develop an understanding of coding through the creation of:

  • Digital Games and Stories
  • Digital and Stop-Motion Animation
  • Programming using Scratch, from M.I.T’s Media Lab
  • Digital Blogs and Websites

NEW FOR 2016: MINECRAFT!

“…Minecraft is an open world that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem solving.” Minecraft can also be used to teach different STEM subjects as well as art and poetry.

ENGINEERING

Engineering at Extreme STEAM Science Kids Camp

Engineering Topics Include:

  • Introduction to the Engineering and the Design Process
  • Styrofoam Car Design
  • Roller Coasters
  • Bridge Design

Extreme STEAM Science Kids will be engaged in the Engineering Design process in our problem-based learning curriculum. Students will brain-storm, design, build, test and evaluate their designs in a variety of projects as diverse as:

  • Bridge Design
  • Roller Coasters
  • Boat Building
  • Rockets
  • Car Design
    And Much More

LIFE, PHYSICAL AND EARTH SCIENCE

Science at Extreme STEAM Science Kids Camp

Science Topics Include:

  • The Scientific Method
  • Topics in Biology: DNA, Ecosystems, Anatomy
  • Topics in Chemistry: Chemical Reactions
  • Topics in Earth Science: Weather, Geology
  • Topics in Physics: Motion, Forces

Whether it’s Earth and Space, Physics, Chemistry, or Life Sciences, students at Extreme STEAM Science Kids are actively engaged in the Scientific Method, approaching each new topic in Science as an opportunity to hypothesize and test their understandings in the way Science was meant to be practiced. Students will conduct experiments such as:

  • Dissections
  • DNA Extraction
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Newton’s Laws
  • Geology
  • Meteorology

MATHEMATICS

Mathematics at Extreme STEAM Science Kids Camp

The study of Mathematics is not simply memorizing rote problem solving. Mathematics at Extreme STEAM Science Kids opens the doors to a world of Math as making meaning and revealing patterns in our universe. Students will be engaged in challenging activities involving:

  • Patterns and Sequencing
  • Fractals
  • Geometry
  • Logic
  • Graphical Representations
  • Symmetry

ARTISTIC DESIGN

Artistic Design at Extreme STEAM Science Kids Camp

Heckscher Museum of Art is the “A” in STEAM at Extreme STEAM Science Kids

Three days each week, professional Museum Educators will give campers the opportunity to explore the close connections between science and art.  They will develop innovative thinking and problem solving skills. Campers will be able to analyze and approach artwork from multiple perspectives.  They will collaborate and learn from friends.  Art allows campers to imagine, investigate, create, and reflect. Looking closely at works of art, they will be encouraged to notice details, ask questions, and create meaning .Young artists will have the opportunity to experiment in a variety of media throughout the summer, creating open-ended projects that will develop their imaginations. Art projects will also directly relate to Extreme STEAM curriculum and will meet NY State learning Standards for the Arts. Campers will also visit the Heckscher Museum galleries which will be a perfect introduction to the Museum experience. Museum Educators will guide students to make observations, find evidence to support their opinions, and develop visual literacy.

Partnering with Art Educators from Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, NY, our program in Art enhances our students abilities in:

  • Design
  • Balance
  • Positive and Negative Space
  • Aesthetic Values
  • Art Appreciation

THE CAVE

The Cave at Extreme STEAM Science Kids Camp

At Extreme STEAM Science Kids headquarters, on the beautiful campus of Park Shore Country Day Camp and Pre-school, we’re privileged to have access to “The Cave” – A State-of-the-Art Marine and Reptile Science Lab featuring an 8 ft salt water touch tank, two 180 gallon tanks for a variety of salt and freshwater fish, geckos, blue-tongued skinks, bearded dragons, corn snakes, and so much more.  Students at our summer and after school classes spend time in the Cave as an active marine and reptile laboratory.  The Cave is designed to feel like a dark grotto, filled with fish and fauna, exciting students curiosity about the natural world.