Summer Day Camps
Summer Camps 2017
iSPACE ignites imaginations and transforms campers into robotics engineers and rocket scientists! In our engaging, hands-on summer day camps, we spark interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Our camps are held at Scarlet Oaks in Sharonville and we have camps for all ages and levels.
This year we are pleased to present a new camp option for each age group! We have two new robotics camps for the younger ones using Terrapin’s Blue Bot and LEGO’s WeDo 2.0 (their newest robotics platform) – Buggin’ Out Robotics for the K-1 crowd, Co-Robotics (Collaborative Robotics) for the grades 2-3 group, respectively. For the older ones, grades 4-5 campers will get All Charged Up! for electricity and optics, grades 6-8 campers will design and create in 3D Design for Mars Rovers, and grades 8+ can go code crazy in Java Boot Camp!
Yearly favorites will be included as well for the LEGO maniacs in our crowd. In LEGO DUPLO “Not So Simple” Machines and LEGO Engineering campers will use motors, gears, pulleys, wheels and axles to create radical creations. Our extensive LEGO camps include WeDo Robotics, RoboBlast, Deep Space Bots, Bio-bots, TETRIX Robotics and more. Our programs range from chomping alligators to in-depth robotics building and programming.
We can’t forget our exciting Rockets and Science camps! Radical Rockets is an action-packed favorite! While launching water bottle rockets, we bet campers won’t even notice how wet they are as they watch their rocket soar high. In our Astronaut Training Challenge, campers build rockets, investigate the G’s in gravity and explore the “ups and downs” astronauts encounter while working and living in space. Get Your Game On transforms campers into authentic video game designers. And returning this year is STAR Readers “Moonbase Crisis” which includes a highly acclaimed iMISSION! We have a variety of camps that are sure to please a variety of interests!
REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 15, 2017. See camp selections below to start planning for Summer of 2017!
Entering Grades K-1 – REGISTER!
Grades K-1 sessions run from 9am – Noon, Monday – Friday Campers (K-1) should bring a small healthy snack and water bottle each day. Cost: $200
“Not So Simple” Machines (LEGO® DUPLO®)
June 5-9, July 10-14, or July 24-28
Even the youngest campers will enjoy exploring engineering skills and architectural design as they build cool, creative and crazy contraptions with LEGO DUPLO elements. Connect these hands-on building adventures with children’s literature and this camp will be cranking out some serious fun!
Buggin’ Out Robotics
June 12-16, July 10-14, or July 31-Aug 4
NEW! Grab your antenna and wings as you embark on a different Bee-Bot adventure each day. Stories, science experiences plus programming a Bee-Bot robot all add up to a hive full of fun! Bee-Bots, designed for the younger robotic enthusiast, will send campers on an exciting journey each day to explore Dino-Bots, Farm-Bots, Bug-Bots and more! Get ready for a buzzing great time!
Three Bears in Space
June 19-23 or July 17-21
Join our three space bears, Gemini, Mercury and Apollo as they explore the wonders of our Universe and space exploration. They’ll help campers create their own constellation, probe into planetary science, train like an astronaut, test and design B.E.A.R. (Bear Egress And Recovery) parachutes and celebrate with campers as they launch their own rocket!
June 26-30 or August 7-11
Scientist, scientist what do you see? I see bubbling solutions, buzzing insects, rainbows of color and so much more looking at me! Junior scientists will explore a different science topic each day based on the books of award winning children’s author, Eric Carle. Finding the science in beloved literature, such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar or The Mixed-Up Chameleon engages even the youngest scientist through experiments, activities, and science related crafts!
Entering Grades 2-3 – REGISTER!
Grades 2-3 sessions run from 9am – 2pm, Monday – Friday Campers should bring a small healthy snack, water bottle and lunch each day. Cost: $275
LEGO® WeDo Robotics
June 5-9, June 19-23, or August 7-11
Lions and tigers and planes, oh my! Planes? That’s right… airplanes. Campers go on a wild adventure as they build robotic models and use computers to add sounds and actions that will bring the models to life. Ready for more? Special add-on kits expand the WeDo adventure. Look out! This summer is going to be filled with roaring lions, chomping alligators, dancing birds and a whole lot more LEGO® fun!
Co-Botics! (Collaborative Robotics)
June 12-16 or July 17-21
NEW! Are you ready to go to Mars? What about into the middle of a Hurricane? Get your sense of adventure ready as we explore the benefits of humans and robots working together! Using LEGO’s NEW WeDo 2.0 Robotics kits, campers will build and program their way through dangerous situations while exploring exciting places from Mars to the depths of Earth’s Oceans!
LEGO® Engineering FUNdamentals
June 26-30 or July 31-Aug 4
Is your camper a LEGO® maniac? Campers will use motors, gears, pulleys, levers, wheels and axles to create radical creations. They will love the fact that they are learning engineering and teamwork skills while having an awesome time making new friends who share their love of building with LEGO® elements. Make plans for building some fun this summer!
SMArt (Science Meets Art)
What happens when a camper’s inner Picasso meets their inner Einstein? The combination will cause reactions that will be filled with oohs and ahhs! Campers will not only discover that science is fun (and messy), but also how science plays an important part in the process of creating art and toys as they design one-of-a-kind masterpieces!
Astronaut Training Challenge
iSPACE challenges campers to take on the role of an “astronaut in training” as they explore rocketry, investigate forces of flight, and discover what it takes to stay healthy and safe while living and working in space. Campers can train like an astronaut and still be home in time for dinner!
LEGO® WeDo II “Build a Zoo
What would you do if you ran the zoo? Campers will be challenged to expand prior WeDo building and programming skills as they encounter some wild new LEGO WeDo robotic models. In addition to using WeDo software, campers will have the chance to get even more creative with coding by using Scratch to bring the zoo to life. (Previous WeDo building and programming experience is strongly suggested.)
Entering Grades 4-5 – REGISTER!
Grades 4-5 sessions run from 9am – 2pm, Monday through Friday Campers should bring a small healthy snack, water bottle and lunch each day. Cost: $275
NXT Challenge “Smart Cars” (LEGO® NXT Robots)
June 5-9 or July 10-14
Look Ma – no hands! Self-driving cars are no longer science fiction! Campers take on the roles of engineer and computer programmer to build and design autonomous cars that can navigate roads and park themselves. There will be no need for crash-test dummies in this NXT LEGO robot ultimate driving experience!
LEGO® MARS TREK
NASA is preparing to visit Mars! What kind of mechanisms will be used to propel NASA’s new launch vehicle, SLS (Space Launch System)? How will the new “Martians” maintain power once they arrive? Campers will build and use LEGO models and investigate how pneumatics, hydraulics, solar and wind energy could be used to help astronauts arrive and survive on Mars!
RoboBlast (LEGO® EV3 Robots)
June 19-23, June 26-30, or July 24-28
Calling all cadets! Enlist in this exciting adventure where campers will work in teams to build and program LEGO® MINDSTORM EV3 robots. Combining LEGO robots, daily robotic challenges, a rocket, and new friends is sure to make this camp a blast!
Amusement Park Antics
Campers will don their hard hats and work as engineers to design, build and test roller coasters. They will test drive customized mouse-trap cars and create the ultimate drop zone experience with an egg as the payload! Warning: constructing knowledge of Newton’s Laws of Motion and how forces work has never been more amusing!
STAR Readers “Moonbase Crisis”
July 31-Aug 4
Seeking readers with a love for space science! Campers will enjoy interactive activities based on the plot of the book, Star Challengers Moonbase Crisis. They will build and launch various rockets, program LEGO® lunar-bots, and participate in an exciting iMISSION, our interactive simulation where campers take on the role of a scientist/engineer living and working on a lunar base! (Note: A copy of the book will be provided for camper’s use during the session.)
All Charged UP!
NEW! Get charged up and enLIGHTened about electricity and optics! Campers will go with the “flow” through electrical circuits and electromagnetism, as well as discover some incredible light tricks with optics. Did you know light can bend? How about making a target game using light and mirrors to “catch the monster?” Lights will shine, fans will spin, and alarms will buzz! This camp is sure to “shock” and amaze!
Entering Grades 6-8 – REGISTER!
Now open to 8th grade! Grades 6-8 sessions run from 9am – 2pm, Monday through Friday Campers should bring a small healthy snack, water bottle and lunch each day. Cost: $275
Deep Space Bots (LEGO® EV3 Robots)
June 5-9 or July 24-28
Travel to the edge of the universe in a robotic adventure that reveals a future when humankind will transform distant planets into livable habitats. Campers join Space Shuttle Entropy’s team as they investigate distant moons and planets. They will put their programming and engineering skills to work in this engaging robot adventure in deep space!
Bio-Bots (LEGO® NXT Robots)
June 12-16 or June 26-30
Discover where and why NASA looks to nature for answers when designing robots to explore our solar system and beyond. Campers will use creativity and maybe just a little “animal instinct” to engineer and program robotic creatures that will be hopping, slithering, and crawling throughout this wild robotic adventure.
Get Your Game On (Video Game Design)
June 19-23, July 17-21, or August 7-11
Campers are transformed into authentic video game designers as they learn and apply animation techniques and special tricks to create their own amazing versions of maze-based and platform computer games. They will develop programming prowess as well as a sense of pride when they get to share and play real video games that they design and program themselves!
Warning: Campers may get wet! While launching water bottle rockets, we bet campers won’t even notice how wet they are as they watch their rocket soar high in the sky. Then, it’s back to the drawing board to design an even better rocket. They’ll also build and launch air powered and solid fuel rockets. Creativity and teamwork makes for an action-packed week of radical rocketry fun!
3D Design for Mars Rovers
July 31-Aug 4
NEW! Design and print a 3D prototype to help Martian Rovers explore newly discovered caverns! Tight spaces with little room for humans, makes a great opportunity for campers to assist NASA. Campers will use their ingenuity as well as get a taste of real-world software, 3D modeling and 3D printing to complete the mission!
Entering Grades 8-12 – REGISTER!
Grades 8-12 sessions run from 9am – 2pm, Monday through Friday Campers should bring a small healthy snack, water bottle and lunch each day. Cost: $275
Get Your Game On II (Video Game Design)
Campers continue their Scratch programming journey begun in “Get Your Game On” as they learn and apply advanced animation techniques and tricks to create higher level computer games. They will boost their programming prowess as they create, share and play these more complex video games! (Previous Scratch programming experience is vital.)
TETRIX® Robotics “Tackling the Basics”
Campers will attack ROBOTC programming basics with the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robot controller. Experiences are expanded as they build a heavy-duty TETRIX® robot using aircraft grade aluminum parts and powerful drive motors. Campers that are serious about engineering or programming will enjoy tackling autonomous and remote control challenges.
Java Boot Camp
NEW! Interested in coding but don’t know where to begin? Always wondered what programming is all about? This is the camp for you! Java Boot Camp is a beginning intensive, hands-on experience with Java. Campers will explore the various technologies and environments in which Java applications are developed as well as write, compile, test and troubleshoot Java programs. FTC robotics teams can gain valuable Java skills to help with robot programming.
Cancellations and Refunds
There is a nonrefundable $50 cancellation fee. Request for cancellation/refunds must be received at least two weeks prior to the camp session start date. See Summer 2017 Camp Waiver for details. iSPACE reserves the right to cancel any camp session not meeting the minimum registration requirements. If this is necessary you will be contacted at least two weeks prior to the beginning of camp and your fees will be refunded in full.
Link to: 2017 Summer Camp Brochure
Link to: Summer 2017 Camp Parent Packet