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Amped Physics 1: Rockets, Ballistics & Collisions

This week-long course for rising sixth- through eighth-grade campers serves as an introduction to an algebra-based course in physics. Topics covered include Newtonian mechanics, kinematics, and momentum. In labs, students learn to collect quantitative data, measure and analyze error, and graph datasets. Students will build a range of devices such as rockets and racetracks for model car collisions. The material covered will also include a crash course into math basics such as scientific notation, significant figures, the use of exponents, and how to graph datasets. By the end of the course, campers will identify variables that lead to successful rocket launches, determine speeds of a ballistic, and change impact force in a variety of collisions.

Weeks
Grades
6th-8th

Week 4: July 8-12

Week 5: July 15-19

Week 6: July 22-26

Price
$500

Amped Physics 2: Energy & Electric Motors 

This week long course for rising sixth through eighth grade students serves as an introduction to an algebra-based course in physics. Topics covered include energy, electricity and magnetism, and circuits. Campers start the course by learning about the various forms of energy and energy transfer. Using this knowledge they will learn how to determine the speed of an arrow by using a ballistic pendulum. Later in the course, we will explore Ohm's Law as we build various circuits, prior to learning about magnetism and how to build functioning electric motors. This inquiry based approach to physics allows campers to collect quantitative data, as well as measure and analyze error and graph datasets.

Weeks
Grades
6th-8th

Week 4: July 8-12

Week 5: July 15-19

Week 6: July 22-26

Price
$500

Coding & Development

Become a coder and developer! Campers will learn the fundamentals of Computer Science and the Java language. Java has been used to create games (Minecraft) and business applications. It is a highly valued, necessary component in the world’s most common operating systems. No previous experience in coding is required. Campers will work in groups and independently to gain new skill in this fundamental programming language.

Weeks
Grades
6th-8th

Week 4: July 8-12

Week 5: July 15-19

Week 6: July 22-26

Price
$500

Forensics Crime Solvers

Why CSI? The field of CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) is responsible for accurately processing crime scenes through the collection and identification of evidence. During the course, we will explore the role of the crime scene investigator and the evolution of forensics in the field of criminal justice. We will learn the importance of “how:” techniques of evidence-gathering such as fingerprints, impressions, hair analysis, interviewing, and of “why:” accuracy of analysis, chain of custody, and criminal law of CSI. We will use a mock crime scene to apply the “how” techniques and we will learn to analyze the evidence and incorporate the framework we learned in the “why” of CSI to solve the crime.

Weeks
Grades
6th-8th

Week 4: July 8-12

Week 5: July 15-19

Week 6: July 22-26

Price
$500

Robotics

In Robotics, campers will mix popsicle sticks, LEDs, glue, servos, cardboard, ultrasonic range finders, and feathers to make craft-style robots that move, dance, and interact. We will learn essential programming concepts like loops and conditionals using a drag-and-drop style programming environment designed for education. We will also use robotic components like motors and sensors to allow the computer to interact with the physical world. Using creativity and teamwork, we will build colorful, funny, and exciting robotic creatures with friends. This class is appropriate for absolute beginners with no programming experience.

Weeks
Grades
6th-8th

Week 4: July 8-12

Week 5: July 15-19

Week 6: July 22-26

Price
$500
Weeks
Grades
6th-8th

Week 4: July 8-12

Week 5: July 15-19

Week 6: July 22-26

Price
$500

STEAM-FEST

For STEAM-FEST, we will bring together STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and the Arts to take on a variety of individual and group projects. Challenges will involve motion, lights, and making. This week of fun, hands-on science and art will seriously stretch campers’ brains. We will learn to code games and interactive stories in Scratch, build scribble machines, create paper circuits, make and race balloon-propelled cars, and much more! This will be an extravaganza of fun hands-on activities that will activate creativity while expanding knowledge in the STEM and art areas. Projects include exciting labs and projects in physics, chemistry, biology, and computing, including engineering games, the chemistry of food, game coding, and dissections. STEAM-FEST offers light preparation for freshman year science and draws on learning from Middle School science classes. The camp includes everything students love about science class without the homework, deadlines, and tests.