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Captivate S.T.E.A.M. Camp Plus. is a full-day (9:00 am – 3:00 pm), camp for ages 10-13 which incorporates science, technology, engineering, art, 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 technological investigations and some themes include dissections. We maintain a 1:16 staff-to-student ratio. Minimum enrollment to hold camp: 14.
2020 Themes for Captivate S.T.E.A.M. Camp Plus
- June 15 – 19: Anatomy and Physiology
- June 22 – 26: Physics: Kinetics and Motion
- June 29 – July 3: Environmental Science in the Bay Area
- July 6 – 10: CSI – Arson
- July 13 – 17: Bioengineering
Anatomy and Physiology
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. Students will create amazing art inspired by the incredible human form. The program also includes PE, STEM Engineering challenges and Technology Exploration in order to produce a well-rounded S.T.E.A.M. curriculum.
Physics: Kinetics and Motion
Physics is PHUN! It’s the science that makes things move! Students will learn about Sir Isaac Newton, the Father of Mechanics, and will explore Newton’s 3 laws of motion. Design and build a marble run with certain design criteria that must be met, and collect data on the time it takes to complete the course. Through trials and tribulations, students will modify and adapt their design to increase the speed of the marble through the course. The Captivate Derby is a fun culminating activity where students test their car prototypes in a competition for prizes. Last, students will build a working model of a catapult and use it to hurl frozen peas at each other in the ultimate food fight.
Environmental Science in the Bay Area
Students will solve a simulated “Bay Area” environmental mystery and learn about the sometimes devastating impact of humans on the environment. Through scientific experiments and investigations, including tests for water quality, looking at biological indicator species, pH investigations, and more, students will delve into the world of environmental science. The art is congruent with the Science projects, challenging campers to create a variety of environmentally-inspired art projects to motivate others as a call to action in our community. The program also includes PE, STEM Engineering challenges and Technology Exploration in order to produce a well-rounded S.T.E.A.M. curriculum.
CSI — Arson
Are you an aspiring crime scene investigator? Fire and arson investigators examine the physical attributes of a fire scene and identify and collect physical evidence from the scene. Through experimentation and keen observation, students will collect clues to try to determine if the cause of the fire accidental or deliberate, natural or man made. Detective skills will include fingerprinting, flame tests for elements, chromatographic analysis for accelerants, footprint analysis, incendiary devices, specific burn patterns, any of which may indicate criminal activity. The program also includes PE, STEM Engineering challenges and Technology Exploration in order to produce a well-rounded S.T.E.A.M. curriculum.
In Bioengineering, students will explore this cutting-edge hybrid field of study. Science meets Engineering as you have to create a prototype to solve a physical challenge for a particular disability. Students will plan, investigate, research, draw a sketch, and then will attempt to create a working model of their bioengineering product. Students will discuss practical examples of bioengineering products such as the pacemaker, cranial helmets, and various examples of prosthetics. The art projects will compliment the science in this innovative Bioengineering camp. IF you like biology, engineering and design, all wrapped together, this is the camp for you. The program also includes PE, STEM Engineering challenges and Technology Exploration in order to produce a well-rounded S.T.E.A.M. curriculum.
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Millikin Basics+ Elementary School
Santa Clara Unified School District
615 Hobart Terrace
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Sample Daily Schedule
Drop-off Window: 8:45 to 9:00 AM
Pick-up Window: 2:45 to 3:00 PM
8:00 – 9:00: Extended Care
9:00 – 9:30: Recreation & morning meeting
9:30 – 10:30: PE
10:30 – 11:00: Snack & Break (Recess)
11:00 – 12:00: Science
12:00 – 12:45: Lunch
12:45 -1 :00: Math Problems or Educational Video
1:00 – 2:00: STEM Challenge or Technology Exploration Stations
2:00 – 3:00: Art
3:00 – 6:00: Extended Care
Note: Schedule may vary based on activities