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

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Captivate S.T.E.A.M. Camp Jr. is a full-day (9 am – 4 pm), camp for ages 8-10 which incorporates science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics and P.E. into the activities for each week. A morning half day option (technology only) OR an afternoon half day option (science and art only) are available. 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.

2017 Themes for Captivate S.T.E.A.M. Camps Jr.

Kitchen Chemistry (week 1)

Explore sugar, starches, proteins and fats through fun, safe kitchen experiments. Delight in making several chemical reactions using simple household ingredients from your own kitchen. Investigate the chemical reaction when you burn sugar. Test the pH of different foods and drinks using cabbage juice indicator. Create lovely pieces of art painted with plant pigments. 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 and Google apps.

Space Odyssey (week 2)

Embark on a space odyssey from planet Earth through the spiral Milky Way Galaxy and beyond. Measure out a scale model of the solar system and explore the planets, moons and asteroids that comprise it. Learn about different types of stars and their life cycle and make a spectroscope and a telescope to take home. Hear the mythological stories behind the figures of the constellations, and create a constellation viewer of your own. Paint stunning paintings of nebulae, planets or galaxies. Create a model of the moon and the meteor impacts that have pitted the moon’s surface. 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 and Google apps.

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Do you like bright colors? Are you fascinated by optical illusions? This is the camp for you! Discover reflection and refraction through a variety of experiments and explore some fun optical illusions that will make your head spin. Experiment with colored glasses and create a hidden message, and create a Benham disc to take home. Use your knowledge of mirrors and reflection to make a colorful kaleidoscope. 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 and Google apps.

Geology Rocks (week 4)

Are you fascinated by gorgeous crystals and rocks? Are your curious about earthquakes? Learn to identify common minerals and rocks based on their physical properties, such as color, streak and hardness. Use a key to identify real fossil specimens and make a model of a trace fossil to take home. Model the rock cycle using play dough. Explore the science of earthquakes, plate tectonics, volcanoes, and explore why the Bay Area is due for the next “big one”. 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 and Google apps.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Each S.T.E.A.M. camp includes at least two hours of technology, where campers are recommended to bring their own device in order to participate in activities. While we recommend BYOD options, some equipment will be provided by the camp.

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

  • June 26 – 30: Kitchen Chemistry
  • July 3 – 7: Space Odyssey
  • July 10 – 14: Light, Color and Optical Illusions
  • July 17 – 21: Geology Rocks!
  • Note: The fees will be prorated the week of July 4th due to the holiday

Fees (per week)

  • Full Day (9:00 am– 4:00 pm): $439
  • Extended Care (8:00 am– 5:00 pm): $99
  • Morning Program (9:00 am– 12:00 pm): $293
  • Afternoon Program (1:00 pm– 4:00 pm): $293

Location

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

Sample Daily Schedule

8:00 – 9:00: AM Extended Care (additional fee)
8:45 – 9:00: Drop-off/ Sign-In for Campers
9:00 – 11:30: Technology
11:30 – 12:30: PE (outside)
12:30– 1:30: Lunch and Recess (outside)
1:30 – 2:30: Science
2:30 – 3:00: Free Choice Recreation
3:00 – 4:00 Art
4:00: Dismissal
4:00 – 5:00: PM Extended Care (additional fee)