Classes, Camps & Events

Winter-Spring 2020

Register for our After-School STEM/Engineering Club.  ALL NEW LESSONS each session.

The Engineering For Kids STEM Club introduces students to a new, hands-on, lesson every week from various engineering disciplines. For each lesson, students focus on developing 21st Century skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and peer collaboration. These life skills provide students with the confidence to approach challenges in their lives and realize that they can succeed in almost anything! Engineering for Kids has a library of 300+ individual lessons which continues to grow so we never have to repeat lessons.

Registration info for HCA & OLL: Classes are on WAITLIST status until they meet the minimum number of students.  Proceed with registration as normal to secure your slot. Payment requests will be sent when the class is confirmed to run.

 

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3D Printing: Intro to Engineering

Students will be learning the ropes of 3D modeling and printing. They will use 3D pens to understand printing in plastic and learn to use CAD software (computer-aided design).  Students will use the Engineering Design Process to design tools to solve engineering problems like improving a paddleboat, building a stronger bridge, creating new dragster wheels and more.  Their design solutions will be 3D printed and tested in class.

Recommended for 3-8

3D Printing: Build Your Own Robot

Students will be learning the ropes of 3D modeling and printing. They will use 3D pens to understand printing in plastic and use CAD software (computer-aided design)  to design parts for their robot to be 3D printed.  At the end of the week, they will have a dc-motor-powered robot to take home.

Recommended for 3-8

Coding: Computer Building with Minecraft

Learn how to build a computer, and prepare your kids for a lifetime of building technology! Build. Program. Play. As kids build and progress through the games, they develop both technical skills and approaches that lead to inventive solutions. Engineering For Kids will coach you through this learning system which teaches kids hardware engineering and programming through a combination of an engaging storyline, physical building, and the Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft. *Campers do not take home the computers.

Recommended for 3-8

Coding: Creative Game Design Camp

Game Design is a multifaceted discipline that has many requirements beyond simply coding. This class dives into the creative aspects of Game Design as students come up with their own stories to tell through the medium of a platforming game. Students will do worldbuilding activities to ensure their games have a cohesive theme and vision as they create their characters and levels. All of these will culminate in a class-wide arcade day, where students will get to show off their games to the entire class!

Recommended for 3-8

Coding: Take Flight with UAV Drones

Take to the skies with mini drones! Housing a thrilling, hands-on aerial robotics platform, this camp is the perfect introduction to the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In this indoor camp, safety is a priority as students learn to fly and explore the real-world applications of drones. Students will master basic piloting skills, program their drone to fly on its own, and use the Engineering Design Process to problem solve. Putting critical thinking to the test, the camp also has students brainstorm ways drones could be used for good, sketching out their ideas for new and innovative drones and uses.

Recommended for 3-8

Coding: Web Apps

App development has increased manifold in the past 5 years due to lower costs and easier access to essential tools, so give your engineer the knowledge to stay ahead in today’s technological society. We’re offering a unique experience in which students get to code, test, and create their own apps in real-time using an easy-to-understand format. The best part about this program is that they’ll be able to save their created apps right to their (or your own) devices for play anywhere, anytime!

Recommended for 3-8

Coding: Scratch 3.0: Basic Games

Scratch 3.0 has landed, so stay ahead of the curve with this introduction class. In Coding in Scratch 3.0: Basic Games, students learn the fundamentals of computer programming by seeing how to build their own games.  Coding theory is taught through practical tasks, so students don't just learn how computer code works; they learn why it's done that way. Jumpy Monkey shows them how to simulate gravity in their games, or they can give Dog's Dinner a try to learn about collision detection. What's more, this new version of Scratch will also let you code and play games on tablets, and play the games you create on smart phones!

Recommended for 3-7

Coding: Scratch 3.0: Basic Projects

Get kids building exciting computer projects, such as animations, games, and mini-movies. This class is a fun introduction to Scratch 3.0, a free computer coding programming language. Kids create a space unicorn game, a multiplayer game of chance, learn to use the text to speech feature and more! This new version of Scratch will also let you code and play games on tablets, and play the games you create on smart phones.

Recommended for 2-5

Coding: Scratch 3.0: Projects

Scratch 3.0 has landed, so stay ahead of the curve with this class. In Coding in Scratch 3.0: Projects, students will get familiar with Scratch 3.0 as difficult coding concepts become fun and easy to understand as budding programmers build their own projects.  Make a Dino Dance Party or create your own electronic birthday cards. Build games, simulations, and mind-bending graphics as you discover the awesome things computer programmers can do with Scratch 3.0.  This class will give students a solid understanding of programming, preparing them to create their own projects from scratch, and even move on to more complex programming languages like Python.  What's more, this new version of Scratch will also let you code and play games on tablets, and play the games you create on smart phones!

Recommended for 4-7

Jr Coding: Scratch Jr

Programming and coding are becoming necessary skills for various fields of engineering. Many of today's engineers spend most of their time in front of a computer: processing, analyzing, and extracting data to help them design, test and improve products and tools. With coding and programming knowledge, today’s engineers can work faster and come up with more creative design solutions that otherwise would be out of reach without programming. Scratch Jr introduces children to programming in a logical way by opening the door to the world of programming. Just as any student can be an engineer, any student can program!

Recommended for K-3

Jr STEM: Engineering in The Great Outdoors

Pack your bags and lace up your hiking boots engineers, because at Camp Kelvin, we are engineering designs to help us explore the great outdoors. Construct a tent, engineer your own survival pack, make smores in your own solar oven and more! Join us for a week of fun and adventure where everyone goes home a happy camper!

Recommended for K-3

Jr STEM: Engineering in The Ocean

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Let's go visit our friends in the bottom of the ocean and learn about marine life.   Explore saltwater density,  learn about beach erosion, make sand slime, save the coral reef and more! Join us for a week of fun and adventure where everyone goes home an ocean lover!

Recommended for K-4

Jr STEM: Full Speed Ahead

Zero to sixty in two seconds?! How fast can an object go without compromising safety? Students in this camp will work with their Pit Crew to design and build things that go fast such as cars, roller coasters, zip lines and rockets. On your mark, get set, Go!

Recommended for K-4

Jr STEM: Going Bananaas Toylab

The Minions are opening up their lab for a week of fun experiments and inventions!  Every day, students use the Engineering Design Process to create a new toy like an oozeball, foostastic toy, kaleidoscope, magnet maze and more! Students develop 21st Century skills like problem-solving, critical thinking and cooperation while having fun!

Recommended for K-3

Jr STEM: Inventors Workshop

What’s the difference between a scientist and an engineer? Engineers invent things to solve problems! We have opened up the workshop for a week of fun, creativity, and of course --engineering! Students will invent new machines and explore creative design solutions using the Engineering Design Process. Discover how a wind-up toy works and design your own drawing robot inside the Engineering For Kids Jr Inventor’s Workshop.

Recommended for K-4

Jr STEM: MinecraftEdu: Building Cities

In MinecraftEDU worlds designed exclusively for Engineering For Kids, students will work as teams and scout out an area to build their own shelters, working together to gather the necessary resources to engineer new structures that will withstand an imminent catastrophe on earth.   Students will learn how to use teamwork and manage resources like an engineer in the real world. Building in Minecraft allows students to experiment with designs and materials, all without the risks associated with building structures in reality. This class is perfect for students who have never used Minecraft or are beginners.

Recommended for K-3

Jr STEM: Science Doll Camp

Bring your favorite doll with you to camp and let’s have some STEM fun! This camp gives girls a chance to share their love for their dolls and build friendships, memories and teamwork. Young girls are exposed to different engineering fields and learn that you can be a girl and love science too!

Recommended for K-4

Jr STEM: Science of Superpowers

The world of comic books is full of heroes, villains, challenges and triumphs — and the heroes need help! Ready to see just what it takes to be super? In this camp, students answer the call for aid by dissecting superhero skill-sets to uncover the science behind super powers. Through a week of hands-on exercises and projects, students fly alongside Superman, sling webs with Spider-Man and recognize the real-life heroes of our world.

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Jr STEM: Wings, Wheels & Sails

Who doesn’t love to travel? Did you know that engineers are involved in designing different modes of transportation as well as inventing tools that aid in travel? During this camp, students will get their passports and travel to a new country every day by a different means – by land, water or air. Create your own rolling rambler, understand what makes boats float, fly your own helicopter and more!

Recommended for K-3

Jr STEM: Wreck-It Week

Smash! Crash! BOOM! Students in this camp enjoy building and breaking! They will use the Engineering Design Process to create a wrecking ball, a catapult,  constructing safety mechanisms to protect a raw egg from impact and more! Put on your hard hats and safety goggles and join the fun!

Recommended for K-4

Jr STEM: Zoo Camp

Traverse tricky terrain, shake claws with lobsters and design ecosystems in this camp! Discover the diversity of wildlife adaptations, the differences in habitats and what’s necessary for each biome’s survival.  Zoo camp is filled with engaging, hands-on building and experiences and the vital roles animals play in them.

Recommended for K-3

Robotics: Robot Olympics

During the LEGO® Robotics Olympics camp, students work in pairs to design and program EV3 robots to compete in simulated Olympic events such as a sprinting in a race, throwing a basketball, and shooting a puck into a hockey goal. Students use LEGO® Robotics and computers to learn principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.

Recommended for 3-7

STEM: Aerospace Engineering

During our Aerospace Engineering camp, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine a variety of flying machines. They construct a shock absorbing system designed to protect two marshmallow astronauts in a lunar vehicle, create their own air-powered rockets, and assemble a hot air balloon model that actually takes flight! 

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STEM: Amazing Race

111 years ago airplanes had not even made their first flight, yet today we can fly to the other side of the world in 12 hours! It is thanks to advances in technology that we are able to explore so much of the world. Over the next few days teams will have to work together to see who is able to travel the farthest around the world. This trek around the world will require students to design their very own boat, plane, and even a rocket!

STEM: Disaster Engineering

Hurricanes, tornadoes, and other destructive weather events highlight the role of engineers in improving forecasts and reducing the toll from natural disasters. Join our Disaster Engineering camp to brainstorm ideas and then use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test and refine projects to avoid or minimize the impact of natural disasters like guiding search & rescue robots, measuring wind speeds and designing sturdier buildings.

Recommended for 3-8

STEM: Eggs-traordinary Olympics

Which came first, the chicken or egg-citing challenges? In this fast moving camp, students turn the study of motion and mass into hands-on projects and team challenges! They’ll spin, toss, race and design while studying the ideas of motion, such as velocity, speed and the major role gravity plays. Each day, learners use the Engineering Design Process to meet the challenges of Eggs-traordinary Olympics Camp head-on with for a whole lot of egg-streme fun!

Recommended for 3-8

STEM: Engineering For Good

Creative engineering with real impact! You have the power to design a better world! Join our Engineering for Good Camp to create an invention that makes a difference!  Invent ways to contain an oil spill, engineer a new beak for an injured eagle, build a wind turbine and more!  You will brainstorm ideas and then use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine your creations. On the last day, you create your own invention that will make a difference, present your unique product to your peers and explain what you’ve invented and how it can help make life better for the customer. Bring your passion for good and ideas to create a better world!

Recommended for 3-8

STEM: Engineering Wizards

The Ministry of Magic is inviting all aspiring wizards to this extraordinary camp.  Each day, students participate in engineering challenges to earn points for their houses like creating the farthest-reaching Golden Snitch Launcher and the fastest Gringott Cart to reach the vaults.  At the end of the week, the house with the most points is awarded the house cup, a great honour!

Recommended for 3-8

STEM: Engineer's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Have you ever wondered what you would do to save yourself from the zombie apocalypse? Students will find themselves the lone survivors of a zombie apocalypse and learn that the undead are coming to find them. The challenge is to stay alive until scientists find a cure. Be careful! One bite and you will become one of them. They will work in teams and use the Engineering Design Process to create projects to help them make the best choices for their own and their classmates’ survival.

Recommended for 3-8

STEM: Hardware Engineering

Imagine designing a piano using celery or a creating a custom digital training program. Now, envision playing video games using just your body, a bit of wire and your own imagination. In our hardware engineering program, students engineer their own customized video game controllers using a Makey Makey device and materials that can be found in just about any kitchen. Through application of circuitry, acoustical engineering and video game design, students discover new ways to interact with technology, all while creating unique designs in a fun collaborative environment. 

Recommended for 3-6

STEM: Momentum Madness

Zero to sixty in two seconds?! How fast can an object go without compromising safety? Students in this camp will work with their Pit Crew to design and build vehicles, such as dragsters, roller coasters and rockets. Fasten your seat belt, the race has begun!

Recommended for 3-7

STEM: Science of the Human Body & Biomedical Solut

The Science of the Human Body & Biomedical Solutions (NEW!)

Take a closer look at the science of the human body when you join our Biomedical Engineering camp! Through learning-by-doing experiences, you’ll begin to unravel the mysteries of the human body by running for a minute to measure heart rate, approximate energy expenditure and discover the importance of refueling with proper nutrition. You’ll explore how canes, artificial legs, and other therapeutic and assistive devices are developed; and identify the necessary tools to keep an injured heart going, such as balloon catheters, stents, and valves. You’ll use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine basic solutions related to insulation, artificial heart valves, prosthetics, surgical instruments, and diagnostic tools such as a model thermometer. Maintaining health and fitness is a lifelong endeavor, and before you know it, YOU will be the architect who supports healthy, comfortable living.

Recommended for 3-8

STEM: Survivor Island

Students will find themselves stranded on an abandoned island filled with perilous obstacles – dark caves, wild animals, cold temperatures, little food, and separation from the comforts of home. They will work collaboratively with their tribe members to compete against other tribes in specific engineering-related projects aimed at trying to survive the harsh island conditions and escape to their freedom. The tribe with the most points at the end of the week will claim the honor of being the winners of Survivor Island!

Recommended for 3-7

Coding Club: App Development

The Engineering For Kids CODING Club helps develop your child’s creativity, problem solving skills, teamwork and technology knowledge in an engaging, collaborative way though fun and practical challenges.  Each 4-wk session introduces students to a different coding activity to develop 21st Century skills and bring authentic learning as students get to build something that they can share with family and friends.

 

APP DEVELOPMENT

App design has exploded over the past 5 years due to lower costs and easier access to essential tools, so give your engineer the knowledge to stay ahead in today’s technological society. We’re offering a unique experience in which campers get to code in JavaScript, test, and create their own apps in real-time using an easy-to-understand format. The best part about this week is that they’ll be able to play their created apps right to their (or your own) devices for play anywhere, anytime!

Coding Club: Creative Game Design

The Engineering For Kids CODING Club helps develop your child’s creativity, problem solving skills, teamwork and technology knowledge in an engaging, collaborative way though fun and practical challenges.  Each 4-wk session introduces students to a different coding activity to develop 21st Century skills and bring authentic learning as students get to build something that they can share with family and friends.

 

CREATIVE GAME DESIGN

Calling all future writers, artists, designers and game developers! Students in this collaborative camp enjoy storyboarding their games with character, enemy and plot development.

In this class, they turn their interactive stories and physical creations into a digital video game. They will use a special game board and blocks to design the characters, levels, and other art for their games. They then capture their creations using a tablet app where they edit and customize their game.  Students will walk away with a fun playable game for tablets, and invaluable experience with logic and programming.

Coding Club: Scratch Basic Games

The Engineering For Kids CODING Club helps develop your child’s creativity, problem solving skills, teamwork and technology knowledge in an engaging, collaborative way though fun and practical challenges.  Each 4-wk session introduces students to a different coding activity to develop 21st Century skills and bring authentic learning as students get to build something that they can share with family and friends.

 

SCRATCH BASIC GAMES

Perfect for children who are new to coding, this class is a fun introduction to Scratch, a free computer coding programming language, that will take kids from playing games to creating them. Simple and logical instructions help kids make their own Scratch Cat soccer game, design a ghost hunt that features a flying witch, animate a bouncing melon, or build a game to test reaction speeds. Children then can share the finished games with friends to see how they score. 

Coding Club: Scratch Intro

Perfect for beginner coders, this class builds basic programming skills using Scratch, a free computer coding programming language, and will take kids from browsing to building. Projects and Skills Taught: Dancing Ballerina: animation; Rolling Dice: math, operators; Dodge the Dragon: sprites, scripts

Jr STEM/Engineering Club

The Engineering For Kids STEM Club introduces students to a new, hands-on, lesson every week from various engineering disciplines. For each lesson, students focus on developing 21st Century skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and peer collaboration. These life skills provide students with the confidence to approach challenges in their lives and realize that they can succeed in almost anything!

Jr STEM Club Extended

The Engineering For Kids STEM Club introduces students to a new, hands-on, lesson every week from various engineering disciplines. For each lesson, students focus on developing 21st Century skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and peer collaboration. These life skills provide students with the confidence to approach challenges in their lives and realize that they can succeed in almost anything!