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Amped Physics : Rockets, Ballistics & Collisions

This course 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

Week 1:

June 15th-19th

Grades
6th-8th
Price
$550

Amped Physics : Energy & Electric Motors 

This course 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

Week 5:

July 13th-17th

Grades
6th-8th
Price
$550

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

Week 3:

June 29th-July 3rd

Grades
6th-8th
Price
$550

Forensics Crime Solvers

The field of Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) 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. Getting called to investigate a mock crime scene campers learn to apply the “how” techniques and learn to analyze the evidence and incorporate the forensics framework of tools to successfully solve the crime. This course partners with the Lafayette Police Department's Forensics Team.

Weeks

Week 6:

July 20th-24th

Grades
6th-8th
Price
$550

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

Week 2:

June 22nd-26th

Week 4:

July 4th-10th

Grades
6th-8th
Course

Battle Bots

Drone Technology & Fundamentals

Price
$550