About stem camps

IALR also provides camp opportunities throughout the school year on non-school days including winter and spring breaks and during the summer. In collaboration with several partners, IALR offers a variety of STEM-related camps for students in grades PreK-12. The camps allow students to explore STEM topics in fun and engaging settings.

Some of the former popular camps included drones and Minecraft. Students used drones in instructional activities, learning concrete examples of how STEM concepts are applied and used in the real world. Using the computer program Minecraft to explore concepts of history, science and math, students recreated Jamestown and explored ecosystems. Other camp topics have included: forensic science, chemistry, cybersecurity, astronomy and robotics.

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Dana Silicki

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2020 Summer Online camps

CAMP REGISTRATION STARTS MAY 1 at 10:30AM

New this year, we are partnering with Black Rocket to offer online camps.  These camps will take place 100% online.  Please pay attention to technology needs for each camp you are registering for.  As these camps are all online, they will not be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions which may still be in place.

COST
The cost for each camp is $75.

Maximum number of participants for each camp is 8.

Please make sure to pay attention to the camp times for each age group as they vary slightly each week.  Please make sure to watch your email, you will receive more information directly from Black Rocket prior to each course with zoom links and additional information pertaining to your camp(s).

Technology requirements for each course can also be found at https://blackrocket.com/online-tech-specs


ROBLOX® Makers

June 8 – 12
9:30am – 12:30pm each day for 11-14 year olds
1:30pm – 4:30pm each day for 8-11 year olds

Unlock the power of ROBLOX® Studio, the world creation tool used by real-world ROBLOX® developers! Learn how to build 3D models and create an adventure in your ROBLOX® world. Bring characters to life with unique animations you design.  Student-created projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.  

*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.  

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Minecraft® Modders

June 15 – 19
9:30am – 12:30pm each day for 8-11 year olds
1:30pm – 4:30pm each day for 11-14 year olds

Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students must own a Java version of Minecraft to take this class. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible.

*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.  Purchase Minecraft Java Edition

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Make Your First Video Game!

June 22 – 26
9:30am – 12:30pm each day for 8-11 year olds
1:30pm – 4:30pm each day for 11-14 year olds

If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers, Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

*Compatible with Windows OS only.

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3D Game Design with Unity

June 29 – July 3
9:30am – 12:30pm each day for 8-11 year olds
1:30pm – 4:30pm each day for 11-14 year olds

Are you ready to take your game design skills to another level? With Unity, an industry-grade design software, aspiring game designers will learn level editing, 3D modeling, impactful gameplay creation, as well as how to utilize scripts and variables. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

*This requires a 64-bit operating system. 
*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

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Minecraft® Redstone Engineers

July 6-10
9:30am – 12:30pm each day for 11-14 year olds
1:30pm – 4:30pm each day for 8-11 year olds

Take the next step beyond simply “playing” Minecraft and become a true Redstone engineer. Expand your Redstone knowledge by constructing your own carnival with a variety of mini-games, roller coasters, and attractions powered by Redstone. Learn how to use Command and Structure blocks to incorporate them into your builds. Activate your skills and take your Minecraft structures to the next level! Students must own a Java version of Minecraft to take this class. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible.

*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Purchase Minecraft Java Edition

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Pokémon® Masters: Designers & 3D Makers Unite!

July 13-17
9:30am – 12:30pm each day for 11-14 year olds
1:30pm – 4:30pm each day for 8-11 year olds

Calling all boys and girls who want to be the designers of the future! In this class, if you can dream it, you can make it! Begin by creating your own digital Pokemon-style custom playing card game. Progress onto designing action figures, jewelry, and toys in professional-level modeling software. Learn how to prepare a model for 3D printing and create a design portfolio to showcase your work! No prior experience is necessary and 3D designs will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.

*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

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Inventor’s League – Prototyping for the Future!

July 20-24
9:30am – 12:30pm each day for 8-11 year olds
1:30pm – 4:30pm each day for 11-14 year olds

Become an inventor of the future! Learn ‘rapid prototyping’ and problem solving as you conceptualize and design a product to solve a critical global issue. Each day begins with inspirational profiles of young inventors, such as the eleven-year-old who coded a robot to find victims of natural disasters. Next, research a problem to tackle in medicine, architecture, the environment, or a topic of your choosing. Once your vision is complete, learn how to draft 2D designs, create 3D models, and develop a website to pitch your ideas to the class. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.

*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

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Code Your Own Adventure! Interactive Storytelling

July 27-31
9:30am – 12:30pm each day for 8-11 year olds
1:30pm – 4:30pm each day for 11-14 year olds

Watch as the characters in your imagination come to life in this unique course that blends classic storytelling with animation techniques and coding. Start with a concept, design the characters, and choose not just one ending, but many! Learn how to create your own text-based adventure games with variables, conditional logic, images, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.

*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

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How to Sign Up

For more information or if you would like to be added to a mailing list to learn about upcoming STEM camps, please contact Dana Silicki.

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