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

Captivate S.T.E.A.M. Camp Plus is a full day program for ages 10-13 which incorporates all the elements of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) and daily P.E. A morning half day option (science and art only) OR an afternoon half day option (technology only) are available. This middle school program challenges children with higher level scientific and technologic investigations.

2017 Themes for Captivate S.T.E.A.M. Camp Plus

Marine Biology (week 1)

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, starfish, squid and fish.

Art: Students will create stunning artwork inspired by the marine organisms we observe in lab.

Technology: Stop Motion Animation
Become a producer and director! Learn about conceptualizing, story- boarding, and creating a stop motion animation. You will have an opportunity to start with a script and visualize your idea. Then move to create backdrops and end with a video. You can choose to add an audio or even an narration to make it personal.

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.

Polymer Chemistry and Plastics (week 2)

Science: Plastic products are a part of our everyday life. Do you know that plastics originally come from crude oil? In this class, students will create a variety of polymers, test the density of different plastics, investigate the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and explore some of the harmful effects of plastics on the environment.

Art: Students will “upcycle” plastic materials to create 3D modern art.

Technology: Robotics
In this week, students will have the opportunity to program robots to conduct basic simple tasks including following a line, follow a light source, obstacle avoidance. The week will conclude with robotic completion between individual teams.

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

Genetics (week 3)

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 plant material. 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!

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

Technology: Game Creation
Have you wondered how Flappy Bird or Mario were created? Learn how to create basic games using Scratch! The skills learned in Scratch can be applied to basic programming languages like Python, and Java.

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.

Anatomy and Physiology (week 4)

Science: Students will compare and contrast human anatomy with the anatomy of a variety of organisms that we will be dissecting. In this course, students will dissect a cow eyeball, chicken wing, sheep heart and frog. We will also use technology in the form of computer animations to explore human anatomy.

Art: Students will create a clay sculpture of the internal organs of an organism of their choice.

Technology: The technology strand this week students will revolve around anatomy simulations and virtual reality or augmented reality using iPads as well as work with some Google applications in the computer lab. (BYOD-iPad recommended for this component)

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

  • June 26 – 30: Marine Biology
  • July 3 – 7: Polymer Chemistry and Plastics
  • July 10 – 14: Genetics
  • July 17 – 21: Anatomy and Physiology

Fees (per week)

  • Full Day (9:00 am – 4:00 pm): $584 (jncludes $25 lab fee)
  • Extended Care (8:00 am – 5:00 pm): $99
  • Morning Program (9:00 am – 12:00 pm): $389 (includes $25 lab fee)
  • Afternoon Program (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm): $389
  • Note: The fees will be prorated the week of July 4th due to the holiday

Location

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

 

Sample Daily Schedule

8:00 – 9:00: AM Extended Care (additional charge)
8:45 – 9:00: Drop-off/ Sign-In for Campers
9:00 – 10:00 Science
10:00 – 10:30 Free Choice Recreation
10:30 – 11:30 Art
11:30 – 12:30: PE (outside)
12:30 – 1:30: Lunch and Recess (outside)
1:30 – 3:30: Technology
3:30 – 4:00: Technology Exploration Stations
4:00 – 5:00 PM Extended Care (additional charge)

Note: Schedule may vary based on activities