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

Registration for 2019 be available by December 15, 2018.

Captivate S.T.E.A.M. Camp Plus. is a full-day (9 am – 4 pm), camp for ages 10-13 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. This middle school program challenges children with higher level scientific and technologic investigations. We maintain a 1:16 staff to student ratio.

2019 Themes for Captivate S.T.E.A.M. Camp Plus

  • June 17 – 21: Genetics
  • June 24 – 28: Crime Scene Chemistry – Solve a Murder
  • July 8 – 12: Neuroscience (Brain anatomy)
  • July 15 – 19: Marine Biology

Genetics

Science: Do you know the reason why you look and act the way you do? A lot of it is simply due to your inherited genes. Explore the fascinating DNA molecule through hands-on investigations. Look back into the history of the discovery of the DNA molecule and the human genome project. Students will engage in laboratory work to extract DNA from strawberries and bananas.. Students will match chromosomes and use a computer simulation to build a DNA molecule. Build a 3D origami model of the DNA that demonstrates base pair matching. Unravel this remarkable double helix macromolecule!

Art: Students will create a self portrait showing their inherited genetic traits.

Technology Exploration Stations: Students will engage in technology-based activities and centers that may include: video editing with WeVideo, Makey Makey, virtual reality, video game design with Scratch, computer programming with Raspberry Pi, Green Screen and Google apps.

Crime Scene Chemistry – Solve a Murder

Science: Are you an aspiring crime scene investigator? Through experimentation and keen observation, students will collect clues to try to solve a terrible crime — a murder. Detective skills will include hair and fiber analysis, lifting and analyzing fingerprints, ink chromatography, shoe print analysis and more. Learn to use UV light to see the invisible, and match evidence on the body to the possible murder weapon. Investigate all the clues to figure out the cause of death, which can sometimes be elusive.

Art: Students will design art and write poetry for the obituary column in order to honor the deceased victim.

Technology Exploration Stations: Students will engage in technology-based activities and centers that may include: video editing with WeVideo, Makey Makey, virtual reality, video game design with Scratch, computer programming with Raspberry Pi, and Green Screen.

Neuroscience

Science: Students will learn about the external and internal anatomy of the brain and will create a brain hat. Students will conduct experiments that involve “optical illusions” that trick the brain. The culminating activity for this camp is the dissection of a real sheep’s brain. How cool is that?!

Art: Students will create a piece of modern art which represents the right and left hemispheres of their own brain/personality. They will also make a scientific diagram of a neuron, or nerve cell, which transmits electrical impulses through the brain and nervous system.

Technology Exploration Stations: Students will engage in technology-based activities and centers that may include: video editing with WeVideo, Makey Makey, virtual reality, video game design with Scratch, computer programming with Raspberry Pi, Green Screen and Google apps.

Marine Biology

Science: Students will dissect and investigate several marine organisms in terms of their anatomy, classification, adaptations for survival, and the ecosystems in which they live. Specimens will include: oyster or clam, starfish, squid and perch (fish). 4 dissections in a week makes this a truly remarkable (and unique) camp!

Art: Students will create stunning artwork inspired by the marine organisms they observe in lab. The artists will make a clay sculpture of tide pool invertebrates and will paint a stunning watercolor of seashells.

Technology Exploration Stations: Students will engage in technology-based activities and centers that may include: video editing with WeVideo, Makey Makey, virtual reality, video game design with Scratch, computer programming with Raspberry Pi, Green Screen and Google apps.

Fees

Please see the Fees page.

Location

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

Sample Daily Schedule

8:00 – 9:00: Extended Care
9:00 – 9:30: Free Play, Team Building, Overview
9:30 – 10:30: Science Lab
10:30 – 11:00: Snack & Break (Recess)
11:00 – 12:00: Fine Arts
12:00 – 12:30: Lunch & Recess (Main Playground)
12:30 -1 :00: Math Problems or Educational Video
1:00 – 1:45: STEM Challenge
2:00 – 2:45: Technology Exploration Stations
3:00 – 3:45: PE
3:45 – 4:00: End of Day Share Out and Reflections
4:00 – 5:00: Extended Care

Note: Schedule may vary based on activities