STEM Application

The Child and Family Studies Laboratory provides a summer enrichment camp for children having complete grades 1-4 to focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). We offer an engaging, hands-on science and math curriculum based on the Utah Science State Core. Enrollment is limited to 12 children per session with a public school teacher hired to teach each camp with the support from two BYU students.

Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Each session is offered in the morning and afternoon.  The times are as follows:

AM session: 8:30 - 11:00 (Monday - Friday)

PM Session 1:00 - 3:30 (Monday - Friday)

(Sessions 7, 8, and 9 are shortened 4-day sessions. Please see the descriptions below.)

The cost of tuition is $80. Payment for each session will be completed immediately after you apply through a link emailed to you at the conclusion of the registration process.

Registration will begin on Tuesday, January 10th at 9:00 a.m.

 

Click Here to Register

 

DESCRIPTION OF STEM 2018 SESSIONS:

  
Session 1 - Things That Move: June 4 – June 8

  • For children who just completed grades 1-4 


This week, kids will engage in creating vehicles that move in different ways.  We will construct vehicles that roll, float, and fly.  Everyone will be encouraged to design their own vehicles based on challenge rules.  We will learn about roller coasters, catapults, airplanes, rockets, and more.

Session 2 - Construction and Design: June 11 - June 15 

  • For children who just completed grades 1-4

 
In this camp kids will be challenged to design and build different creations to fit different challenges.  They will discover how to build the best towers for height, bridges that bear the most weight, and houses that can survive an earthquake. They will use geometry and measurement to work as civil engineers and design and build their own bridges.  They will be able to identify how geometry affects bridge design and function and apply that knowledge to the design and construction of a bridge.
 
Session 3 - Kitchen Stem: June 18 - June 22

  • For children who just completed grades 1-4 

For the kitchen scientist who wants to know “what if” and would rather play with their food!  Do different pans make a difference in how a cake bakes?  What does yeast do?  Do different ingredients affect how cookies turn out?  Do different foods freeze at different times?  How does food change when it’s cooked?  We will answer these questions and many more as we explore STEM in the kitchen.
 

Session 4 - Light and Color: June 25 – June 29

  • For children who just completed grades 1-4

 
This week we will explore what is behind color.  What is black?  What is white light?  We will explore chromatography to find out if the people who make black pens mix different colors to make black.  We will see what happens when light is refracted and understand more about the color spectrum.  Also, we will find out how paint and light mix differently to create various shades of colors.

 Session 5 - Contraptions and Simple Machines: July 9 -  July 13

  • For children who just completed grades 1-4


We will be exploring the six types of simple machines: levers, pulleys, ramps, gears, wheels and axles. We will build contraptions to solve various problems using these pieces.  We will also be constructing automata that move and spin several pieces with the movement of one handle. 

 
Session 6 - Chemical/Physical Changes: July 16 - July 20

  • For children who just completed grades 1-4

 
We will look at the chemical and physical properties of objects as we learn about changes that are reversible and irreversible.  We will play with food, polymers, bouncy balls, metals, flubber, and bouncing eggs.   Everyone will get to participate in hands on chemistry experiments together.
 

 
Session 7 - Circuits and Wires: July 23 – July 27

  • For children who just completed grades 2-4
  • No school on July 24th

 
What is electricity?  In this introductory course, we will experiment with batteries, wires and bulbs to learn about electrons, electricity and power.   We will build with snap circuits, squishy circuits, and paper circuits.  We will build moving robots with simple everyday materials. 
 

Session 8 - July 30 - Aug 2

AM Session 8 LEGO WeDo

PM Session 8 Little Bits

  • For children who just completed grades 2-4

LEGO WeDO: We will introduce some robotics fundamentals using the LEGO WeDo system.  We will work together to learn basic programming skills, simple engineering concepts, and the names of robot components.  Children will have a chance to think creatively as they build working models and develop the vocabulary and communication skills to explain how the model works.  They will also be able to brainstorm new ideas and bring some of them to fruition.

Little Bits: Students will use Little Bits, which are magnetic circuits pre-wired to function as mechanical or electronic pieces.  We will learn about circuits, and then figure out how to let electronics bring our imaginations to life.  Artwork will be enhanced with this creative, inventive twist to engineering.  (Here is a video link to learn more about little bits:  http://littlebits.cc/intro )

 

Session 9 – Aug 6 - Aug 9

AM Session 8 Little Bits

PM Session 8 LEGO WeDo

  • For children who just completed grades 2-4

Little Bits: Students will use Little Bits, which are magnetic circuits pre-wired to function as mechanical or electronic pieces.  We will learn about circuits, and then figure out how to let electronics bring our imaginations to life.  Artwork will be enhanced with this creative, inventive twist to engineering.  (Here is a video link to learn more about little bits:  http://littlebits.cc/intro )

LEGO WeDO: This week we will introduce some robotics fundamentals using the LEGO WeDo system.  We will work together to learn basic programming skills, simple engineering concepts, and the names of robot components.  Children will have a chance to think creatively as they build working models and develop the vocabulary and communication skills to explain how the model works.  They will also be able to brainstorm new ideas and bring some of them to fruition.