Week 3 - Engineering Camp (June 20 – 24)

  • Have you ever wondered how things work? Here in engineering camp we will explore engineering and design concepts with fun, hands-on activities! Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) should be taught in an interactive way, and we do just that! This week our campers will design solar powered cars, build their very own wind turbines and soar to new heights as they fly both paper airplanes and drones! Add to that some fun with electronics and programming of Arduino microcontrollers and you have a week that will inspire kids to dream about their future!
    Below is a sample schedule of what we plan to offer this summer for Week 3. All classes, activities and outings are subject to change and we will do our best to provide the best possible program for your children!
    Week 3 - Engineering Camp
    • Popsicle Stick Bridge Design Competition – Calling all structural engineers! Can you build a popsicle stick bridge capable of supporting over 50 pounds? Put your design skills to the challenge as we find the best of the best in bridge design! We will look at a variety of different support systems used in modern day bridges, including truss, arch and suspension bridges.
    • Energy Car Creations – The automotive industry is primed for new and innovative vehicle designs! Using Professor Bunsen’s OneCar energy vehicles we will combine electric motors, balloons, a mousetrap, solar panels, a propeller, and air compression to power our vehicles. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about renewable energy in a fun hands-on approach!
    • Egg Drop Competition – Can you save Humpty Dumpty? Campers will receive a bag of identical craft supplies to create a device capable of protecting an egg falling from a two story building. We can’t wait to see all your amazing designs! The concepts of gravity, force and impulse will all be explored along with the conservation of momentum and energy.
    • Aviation Addicts – This class will feature a cool paper airplane competition. Prizes will be awarded for both the longest duration flight and longest distance flight. Learn how to make your own rubber band launcher to take your planes to new heights! 
    • Complete the Circuit – Campers will use Arduino microcontrollers with the Hummingbird Duo to power LEDs, motors, servos, sensors and a variety of other electrical components. They will learn basic programming skills as well using both Snap from UC Berkeley and Scratch from MIT. Both programs feature a drag and drop interface to create loops and other programming functions. Campers will learn how to spin the motors, turn on the lights and use sensors to turn the components off and on. They might even have a chance to create their own video game controlled by the electrical components.
    • Can you Handle the Pressure? – Campers will explore a variety of pressure experiments, including balloon powered hovercrafts, stomp rockets, diet coke with Mentos fountains, a ping pong ball hovering over a hair dryer, the egg in a bottle demo, the candle suction demo, and more! Aluminum cans will be crushed right before their eyes using nothing but steam and cold water.
    • Wind Turbines – Renewable energy resources are on the rise and with it comes the need for future engineers! But just how much power can a wind turbine produce? It all depends on your wind turbine blade design. We will use Kidwind Wind Turbines along with Vernier Logger Pro software to measure the power output of the Turbine. Campers will cut out their own wind blades adjusting its curvature, size and angle in an effort to produce the highest power output.
    • Motion Detector Mayhem – Come explore the world of motion detectors as we learn how to plot position, velocity and acceleration curves using Vernier’s Logger Pro software. Campers will have a blast moving back and forth as they try to match their motion to the position-time graphs. This interactive program allows children to see how speeding up and slowing down directly affects the angle of their graphs and introduces them to the concepts of slopes, independent and dependent variables.