Programs

STEM 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!

 

JUNIOR (K-3)

INTERACTIVE ENGINEERING

Jr Aerospace Engineering: Taking to the Skies: The Junior Aerospace Engineering camp introduces our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of aircraft and spacecraft design. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct airplanes, rockets, hot air balloons, and more.

Jr Chemical Engineering : Crazy Concoctions: The Junior Chemical Engineering camp introduces our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of solids, liquids, and solutions. Students investigate the properties of several crazy concoctions and make their own samples of bubbles, play dough, flub, and more.

Jr Civil Engineering: Fun Foundations: Building a house to withstand the Big, Bad Wolf is where the fun begins in Junior Civil. This camp is cen- tered on exploring the concepts of building and construction through hands-on exploration and design. Students explore the engineering behind sky scrapers, bridges, roads, and more in this fun and engaging experience.

Jr Environmental: Thinking Green: Are you ready to get down and dirty searching for solutions to some of our biggest environmental prob- lems? In Junior Environmental, students ponder some truly “hot” environmental issues. Students in this camp save endangered animals, help plants grow and create protection from the sun’s heat. By investi- gating natural process like erosion, animal adaptations, and plant growth; we discover ways that we as engineers can be inspired by the world around us to take on all sorts of challenges.

Jr Industrial Engineering: Fun Factory: The Junior Industrial Engineering camp introduces our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of simple machinery, cooperative building, and the assembly line process. Through open and focused explo- ration, students explore and construct simple machines and then use an assembly line process to pro- duce a delicious treat!

Jr Marine Engineering: Set Sail: What causes something to sink or float? How can engineers help explore and protect the ocean below? These questions and more are all explored in Junior Marine. In this camp, students explore the concepts of marine engineering and mechanics, harnessing the power of water, and discovering designs that help us make the impossible, possible.

Jr Mechanical Engineering Toys: Let's Make Toys: The Junior Mechanical Engineering-Toys camp introduces our youngest engineers to fundamental con- cepts of energy, materials, and movement. Students explore and construct six different toys throughout this unit, including spinners, magical boomerang cans, wind-up whirligigs, and more.

Jr Mechanical Engineering: Widgets and Gadgets: The Junior Mechanical Engineering camp introduces our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of energy, materials, and movement. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct their own roller coasters, catapults, cars, and more.

JR ROBOTICS

Jr Robotics: Adventure Stories: This camp is a perfect mixture of fun and learning, using LEGO® WeDoTM Robots. Using LEGO® bricks, students build an airplane rescue, a giant escape, and a sailboat storm. They also learn how to program and operate their creations using a laptop computer.

Jr Robotics: Amazing Mechanisms: This camp is a perfect mixture of fun and learning, using LEGO® WeDoTM Robots. Using LEGO® bricks, students build a dancing bird, a smart spinner, and a drumming monkey. They also learn how to program and operate their creations using a laptop computer.

Jr Robotics: Wild Animals: This camp is a perfect mixture of fun and learning, using LEGO® WeDoTM Robots. Using LEGO® bricks, students build a hungry alligator, a flying bird, and a roaring lion. They also learn how to program and operate their creations using a laptop computer.

Jr Robotics: Play Soccer: This camp is a perfect mixture of fun and learning, using LEGO® WeDoTM Robots. Using LEGO® bricks, students build a goal kicker, a goal keeper, and cheerful fans. They also learn how to program and operate their creations using a laptop computer.

 

JR CODING

Jr MinecraftEdu: Building Cities (NEW!): 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.

Jr Coding in Scratch: Sports in Action (NEW!): 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 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!

Jr Coding in Scratch: Medieval Times (NEW!): 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 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!

 

THEMED STEM SUMMER CAMPS

Unleash Your Wild Side (NEW!): Investigate the diversity of the planet as globe-trotting artists! From the arctic to the high desert, revel in the complexities of different ecosystems through creative, hands-on projects that inspect the science of the most intricate environments of the globe. Leave no rock unturned as students report back on the unique aspects of the places and creatures they encounter that day. They’ll cultivate art and language skills, promote global awareness and spark a love for STEAM as they work alongside the flora, fauna, wild beasts and incredible cultures of the Earth! 

Construction Zone: Put on your hard hats engineers and join us for our The Engineering of Cities! In this camp, students work hard to apply their knowledge of construction to save the beach from erosion and build their very own city from the ground up. From roads and tunnels to buildings and skyscrapers, students discover that no job’s too tough for an Engineering for Kids engineer!

The Science of Superpowers (NEW!):  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 in biology, engineering and technology, students fly alongside Superman, sling webs with Spider-Man and recognize the real-life heroes of our world. Dive head first into the pages of comic books where collaboration, communication and community awareness reign supreme.

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.

Zoo Camp (NEW!): Traverse tricky terrain, shake claws with lobsters and design ecosystems in this life science camp! Discover the diversity of wildlife adaptations, the differences in habitats and what’s necessary for each biome’s survival. Focusing on specific environments, students travel from the sands of the Sahara to the peaks of the Himalayas in search of unique and complex creatures. Redesigned and improved for 2017, Zoo camp delivers an engaging, hands-on experience around the Earth’s biospheres and the vital roles animals play in them.

Sports Science Camp (NEW!): AWith near-perfect pitches, swings, kicks, strokes and sprints, an athlete’s skills come down to countless hours of practice and a whole lot of science. Designed to excite students by bringing STEM into their favorite activities, this camp thrives on action-packed learning experiences. Each day, learners investigate the mechanics of a different movement, connecting STEM concepts, like force, motion and the influence of gravity, to the movement of their own bodies. What does friction have to do with soccer? Why would a football player need to know about unbalanced forces? How would an Olympian hold up against a kangaroo in the long jump? Answer these questions and so much more in Sports Science Camp!

Magic Beans Camp (NEW!): From Jack and the Beanstalk to the golden touch of King Midas, fairy tales have always engaged and captured imaginations. In Magic Beans, exotic, far-away lands, magical powers and the eternal theme of good versus evil come to life in thrilling engineering, language arts and collaborative communication challenges. Inside the world of princesses and wizards, students boost fluency, vocabulary and comprehension as they act out different folktales. Engaging in manipulative-based engineering activities, they’ll work together to build the characters and stage props needed throughout camp. Every day, sprinkle in some imagination, a handful of magic and let fiction fly in Magic Beans Camp.

Science Girl Doll Camp:  The Adventure Continues (NEW!):  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. All new projects like a working boomerang, catapult, cool chemical concoctions and more!

It’s Electric! (NEW!): Have you ever dreamed about seeing your name in lights? During this camp, students will explore the basic concepts of Electrical Engineering through fun and interactive lessons. They will learn about magnets, circuits and even create their very own marquee!

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!

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!

 

APPRENTICE/MASTER (3-6/8)

INTERACTIVE ENGINEERING

Aerospace Engineering: Up, Up, and Away: 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!

Chemical Engineering: Mix It Up: During our Chemical Engineering camp, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine various mixtures and solutions with different chemical properties. They develop solutions to clean up an oil spill, synthesize their own rocket fuel, and investigate the secrets behind color pigmentation.

Civil Engineering: Building Up: During our Civil Engineering camp, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine a balsawood bridge designed to withstand the greatest force. They examine several different types of bridge designs and discover how the forces of tension, compression, bending, torsion, and shear are distributed throughout their structures.

Electrical Engineering: Electrified: During our Electrical Engineering camp, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine basic electronics and circuits. Students experiment with Snap Circuits® to discover the capabilities of major electronic components. In addition, students build their own flashlights and explore the world of magnetic energy by building their own Magnetic Levitation vehicle.

Environmental Engineering: Go Green: During our Environmental Engineering camp, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine basic solutions related to alternative energy and environmental issues. They learn principles behind crafting efficient wind-powered machines and discover how those machines can be used to help reduce the use of fossil fuels. During the culminating project, students test different materials to discover which ones most effectively clean up after an oil spill.

Hardware Engineering - Get Wired with Makey Makey: 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.

Industrial Engineering: A-Line Productions: During the Industrial Engineering camp, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine efficient systems for production. Students explore foundational concepts of industrial engineering such as: assembly lines, safety, stamping, sorting and distributing materials. Students see just how fun and creative industrial engineering can be as they create their own ice cream factory and 3-D copies of designs.

Marine Engineering: Making Waves: During the Marine Engineering camp, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine several types of marine based devices and vehicles. Students construct working prototypes that teach and reinforce the concepts of above water transportation, underwater exploration, and harnessing the power of water. They gain exposure to careers in naval, ocean, and marine engineering as well as naval architecture.

Mechanical Engineering: Master Machines: During the Mechanical Engineering camp, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine a variety of machines and mechanical systems. Students learn basics of fluid mechanics, simple machines, and other design and engineering concepts while constructing roller coasters, egg-drop vehicles, and an incredibly fast air powered dragster they keep at the end of the course.

 

ROBOTICS

Robotics: Envirobots: During the LEGO® Rescue EnviroBots, students design and program robots to help accomplish environmentally friendly tasks. By creating robots that can transfer nuclear waste, mine raw minerals, and deliver food and goods more efficiently, they will be sure to contribute to a more sustainable environment.

Robotics: Mission to Mars: During the LEGO® Robotics Mission to Mars camp, students design and program robots to explore an unknown planet, find safe shelter, and collect soil samples from the planet. Students use LEGO® Robotics and computers to learn principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.

Robotics: Ocean Missions: During the LEGO® Robotics Ocean Missions camp, students design and program robots to protect the ocean and ocean life by releasing a dolphin into the ocean, fixing a broken pipeline, and maintaining an oil platform. Students use LEGO® Robotics and computers to learn principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.

Robotics: Rescue Robots: During the LEGO® Rescue Robots camp, students design and program robots to respond to simulated disaster situations such as moving rubble and retrieving targets. Students use LEGO® Robotics and computers to learn principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.

Robotics: Robo Battles: During the LEGO® Robo Battles camp, students create, program, and control robots designed to perform challenges such as the SumoBots Challenge, Jousting Challenge, and the Catapult Challenge. Students use LEGO® Robotics and computers to learn principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.

Robotics: Robot Surgeons: During the LEGO® Robot Surgeons camp, students design and program robots to function as medical robots by accomplishing a task that would cure a disease or address an issue within a human organ. Students use LEGO® Robotics and computers to learn principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.

Robotics: Robotic Olympics: During the LEGO® Robotics Olympics camp, students design and program 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.

Robotics: Robo Games: This Robotics: RoboGames curriculum is designed to introduce students to the world of not only building, but also programming basic robots. In this unit, students will design their robots to play games like Carnival Toss, Paddleball, and Ultrasonic Hide and Seek.

 

TECHNOLOGY & CODING

3D Printing & CAD Modeling: Students will be learning the ropes of 3D modeling and printing. They will get to use 3D pens to understand printing in plastic. We'll learn to use CAD software (computer-aided design) through specially crafted lessons and even students go home with files they can send to a 3rd party 3D printer service.

Computer Building With Minecraft & Raspberry Pi: Learn how to build a computer with Piper, the computer that prepares kids for a lifetime of building technology! Build. Program. Play. As kids build Piper 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.

Coding Drones Camp (NEW!): 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 while exploring the real-world applications of drones. Campers go through Droneology, the online drone education platform, master basic piloting skills, construct an obstacle course to fly through and stage a final race to showcase their cumulative knowledge. 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 drone uses.

Creative Game Design Camp (NEW!): Calling all future writers, artists, designers and game developers! Students in this collaborative class enjoy storyboarding their games with character, enemy and plot development. Using Bloxels, they will turn their interactive stories and physical creations into a digital video game. They will use Bloxels game board and blocks to create the characters, levels, and other art for their games. They capture all of their creations using the Bloxels App, where they edit and customize everything - what it looks like and how elements interact and behave, which turns it all into a fun playable game on the tablet.

Tech Masters (NEW!): Technology has become an essential part of our everyday lives, from the lights in our homes to our phones, tablets, and computers and so much more! During the Tech Masters Camp engineers will learn the basics of 3D design, animation, coding games, circuitry with Arduino & more! Join us for a Tech filled week of fun!

Coding with Scratch 1: Intro to Scratch: 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

Coding with Scratch 2: 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. Kids can even test their coding knowledge with written vocabulary and programming quizzes at the end of each project.

Coding with Scratch 3: Basic Projects: Get kids building exciting computer projects, such as animations, games, and mini-movies. This class is a fun introduction to Scratch, a free computer coding programming language. Kids can light up the night sky with their own colorful messages and drawings or make their own music and become the ultimate DJ. They can create a digital portrait of a pet and customize the pictures with sounds and animations, or test their knowledge with a times tables quiz.

Coding with Scratch 4: Challenge: Perfect for budding computer whizzes who are ready to move on from coding beginner projects in Scratch, this class is filled with challenges utilizing the free computer coding programming language. Kids can make their own music, build more intricate computer games, and even use their webcam to be a part of their own projects. This workbook is filled with open-ended projects that use art, music, sound effects, and math and can be shared online with friends. Kids can even test their coding knowledge with written vocabulary and programming quizzes at the end of each challenge.

 

THEMED STEM SUMMER CAMPS

60 Second or Less Camp (NEW!): In this action-packed camp, Students channel their inner competitive spirit to complete 60 second challenges that reinforce specific STEM principles. From exploring energy conservation by rolling marbles over tape to understanding the power of air pressure by making cups fly, each day, learners utilize household items and micro-challenges to demonstrate the expansive world of STEM. As the challenges in 60 Seconds or Less Camp become progressively more difficult, students need to think fast, move quickly and apply the real-world principles they’ve learned in order to earn the honor of being called a true STEM champion!

Disaster Engineering (NEW!): 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.

Eggs-traordinary Physics Camp (NEW!): Which came first, the chicken or egg-citing physics challenges? In this fast moving camp, students turn the study of motion and mass into hands-on projects and team building challenges! They’ll spin, toss, race and design while studying the ideas of motion, such as velocity, speed and the major role gravity plays. These egg-cellent activities are not only engaging, but they provide valuable reinforcement of the physics concepts students often struggle with. Each day, learners meet the challenges of Eggs-traordinary Physics Camp head-on with teamwork, application-based learning, active demonstrations and a whole lot of egg-streme fun!

Famous Architecture Camp (NEW!): Enter the world of famous structures and design in Famous Architecture Around the World! Travel the globe learning how ancient architectural breakthroughs led to the fundamental design elements we know today. From walls and arches to post-and-lintel building techniques, use bricks each day to construct and learn how similar design elements evolved at the same time in different societies around the world. After the foundation’s been poured, discover and replicate some of the most famous structures in history while learning how different societies tackled the stylistic, artful and structural considerations of construction and architecture. Put your hands to work and construct a love for STEM in Famous Architecture Around the World!

Ocean Exploration Camp (NEW!): In this incredible camp, students journey from the tropics to the poles, inspect arctic food webs, simulate coral reef adaptations and survey everything from the great river deltas to the Mariana Trench. They collaborate to bring the California sea otter back from the brink of extinction and track great white sharks across the open ocean, learning and answering important sea-dwelling questions about the variety of the oceans and the differences in ecosystems. Through action-packed activities, learners discover the physical and geological sciences that underpin all ocean life like density, buoyancy, heat transfer, plate tectonics and the water cycle. In Ocean Exploration Camp, STEM education is your oyster!

Traveling Artists Camp (NEW!): Survey the world of art by carving totem poles in the Pacific Northwest, crafting Aztec masks in the heart of Mexico and experimenting with the artistic traditions of history. In this thrilling camp, students get creative examining the STEM processes that make art possible, like the delicate balance of water tension involved in Japanese Suminagashi paper or the cultural traditions and paleontology of Chinese “dragons”. This camp was developed by an artist and art educator in order to embody the true insight of a creative mind. In Traveling Artist Camp, explore the different cultures of the world through the depth of their history, legacy and incredible works of art!

Treasure Hunters (NEW!): Jump on board and join the crew to work together to explore everyday engineering challenges to find buried treasure. During this week we focus on mechanical and marine engineering. Campers will explore the ideas of buoyancy and surface area as they design their pirate ships, the sails for their ships, and a system to retrieve sunken treasures! So what do you say; Are you ready to sail the seas? Being a Treasure Hunter involves more than just searching for buried treasure. Our Engineering For Kids campers have to engineer ways to build their ship, load it up and sail around the world. Sometimes, buried treasure isn’t found on an island but in a dark cavern far below the ocean’s surface. Campers take home the projects they build.

Survivor Island: Students in this camp 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 Survivor Island's winner!