Captivate S.T.E.A.M. Camp Jr.

Registration for 2019 be available by December 15, 2018.

Captivate S.T.E.A.M. Camp Jr. is a full-day (9 am – 4 pm), camp for ages 7-10 which incorporates science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics and P.E. into the activities for each week. Our camp inspires each child with individualized attention and problem solving projects, and our camp is kept intentionally small so that children can build relationships with each other and the staff. We maintain a 1:16 staff to student ratio.

2019 Themes for Captivate S.T.E.A.M. Camps Jr.

  • June 17 – 21: Explore Mars – The Red Planet
  • June 24 – 28: Slime Time!
  • July 8 – 12: From Gems to Jewelry (minerals, rocks & fossils)
  • July 15 – 19: Maker Space – Inventor’s Workshop (new projects)

Explore Mars – The Red Planet

Explore our “sister planet”, Mars. This planet has fascinated humans for thousands of years and has inspired many science fiction stories about “Martians”. In this camp, you will explore some of the famous topographic features of Mars, such as enormous volcanoes and deep, intricate channels. You will have to choose the best landing site for your simulated Mars Rover mission and explain the reasoning behind your choice. Build a model of the Mars Rover in a fun stem lab and test the Rover on different Martian “terrain”. The Mars Exploration Program (MEP), which was formed by NASA in 1993, is a long-term effort to explore the planet Mars. Learn about the MEP’s use of orbital spacecraft, landers, and Mars rovers to explore the climate, geology, and resources of Mars, as well as possible evidence of life on the planet. Discover how NASA scientists are now working on how to pull off a possible future mission of a human traveling one day to Mars.

Slime Time

Are you fascinated by slime? In this camp, we will make a variety of different recipes of slime. Some will be stretchy, some will be bouncy, some will be fluffy and some will even glow in the dark. We will also explore the chemistry of polymers and why slime behaves the way it does. Students will engage in technology-based activities and centers that may include: video editing with WeVideo, Makey Makey, virtual reality, stop animation, video game design with Scratch, computer programming with Raspberry Pi, Dash and Dot, augmented reality.

From Gems to Jewelry

This camp is a fun mix of Science and Art. Minerals are formed naturally and exhibit amazing crystal structures and brilliant colors. Learn how to identify common minerals based on their physical properties, such as color, streak, cleavage, crystal structure and hardness. Learn to use picture keys to identify some common rocks and fossils. The best part of this camp is that students will create either key chains or jewelry from mineral beads to have a wonderful keepsake from camp.

Maker Space – NEW Projects for 2019

week4eAre you a problem solver? Put on your thinking cap to design and build a prototype of an invention to solve a problem. You will have different challenges to compete in for your designs. This camp emphasizes the engineering process of designing, testing, error analysis, and then re-designing. If you like to build things, this is the camp for you! Students will engage in technology-based activities and centers that may include: video editing with WeVideo, Makey Makey, virtual reality, stop animation, video game design with Scratch, computer programming with Raspberry Pi, Dash and Dot, and augmented reality.

Fees

Please see the Fees page.

Location

Milikin Basics+ Elementary School
615 Hobart Terrace
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Sample Daily Schedule

chemistry captivate steam8:00 – 9:00: Extended Care
9:00 – 9:30: Free Play, Team Building, Overview
9:30 – 10:30: Art
10:30 – 11:00: Snack & Break (Recess)
11:00 – 12:00: Science
12:00 – 12:30: Lunch & Recess (Main Playground)
12:30 – 1:00: Math Problems or Video
1:00 – 1:45: STEM Challenge
2:00 – 2:45: PE
3:00 – 3:45: TECH Exploration Stations
3:45 – 4:00: End of Day Share Out and Reflections
4:00 – 5:00: Extended Care

Note: Schedule may vary based on activities