2019 STEM Application

The Child and Family Studies Laboratory provides a summer enrichment camp for children who have completed 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 15 children per session with a public school teacher hired to teach each camp with the support from two BYU students. 

For those who attended in previous years, our wonderful STEM teacher, Miss Jenni, will not be joining us this year.  She will welcome her first child (a daughter) in April!  We are grateful for all her efforts to start and teach our STEM camps for the past 5 years!  Kacy Carr is her replacement.  Kacy graduated from BYU in Early Childhood in 2016.  She worked in the CFSL for many years as a preschool aide, post-kindergarten teacher, and STEM teacher.  She has been teaching 1st grade for the past 4 years. 

Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  The cost for each camp is $90. A payment link will automatically be sent to you at the conclusion of the registration process. Payment for each session must be completed at that time in order to guarantee your spot.  Should plans change, please notify the CFSL office one week prior to the start of camp to receive a full refund.

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)

 

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DESCRIPTION OF STEM 2019 SESSIONS:

 

Session 1: Coding and WeDo/Circuits and Wires: May 28 - May 31 (4 days)

AM Session 1 Coding and LEGO WeDo

PM Session 1 Circuits, Wires, and Little Bits

  • For children who just completed grades 2-4
  • This session is offered again in Session 6 but the classes are reversed.
  • We offer 2 different camps this week so children can save their work all week rather than break it apart each day.

LEGO WeDO: This class is a basic, level 1, introduction to coding. We will discover what it means to code and program.  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: 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. 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 2 - Things That Move: June 3 – June 7

  • 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 catapults, airplanes, parachutes, rockets, and more.

 

Session 3 - Kitchen Stem: June 10 - June 14

  • 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 - Construction and Design: June 17 - June 21

  • For children who just completed grades 1-4
  • This session is offered again in Session 10

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 5 - Light and Color: June 24 – June 28

  • 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 6 - Coding and WeDo/Circuits and Wires: July 1– July 5 (4 days)

AM Session 6 Circuits, Wires, and Little Bits

PM Session 6 Coding and LEGO WeDo

  • For children who just completed grades 2-4
  • No school on July 4th
  • This session is a duplicate of Session 1 but the classes are reversed.
  • We offer 2 different camps this week so children can save their work all week rather than break it apart each day.

LEGO WeDO: This class is a basic, level 1, introduction to coding. We will discover what it means to code and program.  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: 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. 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 7 - Contraptions and Simple Machines: July 8 -  July 12

  • For children who just completed grades 1-4
  • This session is offered again in Session 11

We will explore 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 construct automata that move and spin several pieces with the movement of one handle. 

 

 Session 8 - Chemical/Physical Changes: July 15 - July 19

  • 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 discover which things are acids and bases and how they react. We will play with food, metals, flubber, and slime. We will make bath bombs and rockets. Everyone will get to participate in hands on chemistry experiments together. 

 

 Session 9: Digital Media: July 22 – July 26 (4 days)

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

We will introduce and explore editing photography and video. How does adjusting light before and after affect an image? How does adjusting sequencing and speed affect messages and quality?  Join us as we explore the variables that affect digital media’s effectiveness. Experiment with digital media in this collaborative camp, as we participate in various challenges.

 

Session 10 - Construction and Design: July 29 - August 2

  • For children who just completed grades 1-4
  • This is a duplicate of Session 4.

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 11 - Contraptions and Simple Machines: August 5 -  August 9

  • For children who just completed grades 1-4
  • This is a duplicate of Session 7.

We will explore 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 construct automata that move and spin several pieces with the movement of one handle.