About stem camps

During the summer months, an abundance of campers fill IALR’s hallways and classrooms where they learn and experience STEM firsthand. IALR also provides camp opportunities throughout the school year on non-school days including winter and spring breaks. 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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summer camps

We are gearing up for an exciting summer at IALR! Registration or summer camps will open March 20, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. You can register for camps by clicking on the links below. 

COST
The cost for each camp is $125. This includes lunch, snacks, supplies, and a shirt. You may pay by credit card when you register, credit card information cannot be given over the phone. If you are paying by check/money order, please make them payable to “IALR” and mail to:

IALR
Attn: Dana Silicki
150 Slayton Ave.
Danville, VA 24540

REQUIRED FORMS
When you register, you will receive an email with required camp forms attached. These must be returned, with payment, within five business days of your registration or you may lose your child’s spot in camp. This will be enforced to be fair to students on waiting lists as many camps quickly fill up.

If you would like to apply for a camp scholarship, please register for the camp, fill out, and return the scholarship application within five business days. Your child’s spot will be reserved while scholarship applications are being reviewed.

REFUNDS
Refunds will be given only with a two-week (14 calendar days) notice prior to the start date of the SSA camp for which you wish to cancel registration. The advance notice must be sent via email to dana.silicki@ialr.org. No exceptions will be made to this policy.

IALR reserves the right to cancel any SSA camp. If a camp is cancelled, a refund will be issued and electronic notification will be made to all paid registrants.

Registration for each camp will close one week prior to the start date.

CAMPER ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE
Camp activities are from 8:30AM – 4:30PM. Participants must be signed in and out daily. Participants should arrive no earlier than 8:15AM and must be picked up no later than 4:40PM.

LUNCH MENU

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

CHICKEN TENDERS (3)
MASHED POTATOES
STEAMED CORN
JELLO PARFAIT
WATER/SWEET TEA

2 HOT DOGS
FRENCH FRIES
BABY CARROTS WITH RANCH DRESSING
FRESH FRUIT SALAD
WATER/SWEET TEA

TOSSED SALAD
BAKED ZITI
APPLESAUCE
CHOCOLATE BROWNIE
WATER/SWEET TEA

CHICKEN AND CHEESE QUESADILLAS
RICE
PEACH CUPS
CINNAMON CHURROS
WATER/SWEET TEA

GARDEN SALAD
PERSONAL PEPPERONI PIZZA
GARLIC BREAD
COOKIES
WATER/SWEET TEA

*We can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and peanut allergies. We ask that anything beyond those listed, the camper brings their own lunch. Please do not send sodas.


June 3-7, 2019
Rising 6-9th Graders
Participants: 20

DRONE STEAM ACADEMY
Instructors: Samantha Smith-Herndon & Bruce Waller

The sky is the limit. This camp will allow students the opportunity to have concrete examples of how STEM concepts are applied and used in the real world while using drones in instructional activities. Learn what it takes to become a drone pilot! Pilot, code, and fly drones in this interactive drone academy. Test your precision: fun art challenges will be incorporated into this camp using drone technology.

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June 10-14, 2019
Rising 2-5th Graders
Participants: 40

*Please note this is a 2-in-1 camp

STEM JOURNEY
Instructor: Faye Brandon

Come, let’s explore the magnificent journey of S.T.E.M! Do you enjoy programming, creating movies, building structures, scavenger hunts, creating rainbows, and lots more? Are you in search of new, exciting adventures daily? If so, join us and experience a journey you will not forget! 

WILDLIFE IN MOTION
Instructor: Sharon Spain

How do you get around? Learn about animals that slither, crawl and fly. Explore interesting animals and their habitats. Use your creativity and work on crafts, read stories, and conduct experiments like your favorite scientists!

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June 17-21, 2019
Rising 7-9th Graders
Participants: 20

LEARNING WITH LEGO ROBOTICS
Instructor: Phillip Ashby

We are excited to share with you and your child the world of Lego Robotics! We will take learning in a completely new direction, as this camp focuses on promoting creative problem solving and enabling your child to become a critical thinker and creator of the future. Using the LEGO MINDSTORM, campers will be able to build and program a custom Lego robot. They will begin by using the Lego Digital Designer to create custom, Lego creations with specific parts or attributes and then create them using the Lego MINDSTORM Kits. Campers will also be able to build their Lego Robot Educator. They will complete fun challenges ranging from movement based to advanced sensor challenges using their robots.

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June 24-28, 2019
Rising 3-6th Graders
Participants: 40

*Please note this is a 2-in-1 camp

LEARNING WITH LEGO ROBOTICS
Instructor: Phillip Ashby

We are excited to share with you and your child the world of Lego Robotics! We will take learning in a completely new direction, as this camp focuses on promoting creative problem solving and enabling your child to become a critical thinker and creator of the future. Using the LEGO MINDSTORM, campers will be able to build and program a custom Lego robot. They will begin by using the Lego Digital Designer to create custom, Lego creations with specific parts or attributes and then create them using the Lego MINDSTORM Kits. Campers will also be able to build their Lego Robot Educator. They will complete fun challenges ranging from movement based to advanced sensor challenges using their robots.

CODING
Instructor: Sydney Edwards

Campers will learn basic and advanced coding skills using a variety of coding programs. They will use creativity and critical-thinking skills to complete challenges and free exploration activities. Great for beginner to intermediate coders.

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July 8-12, 2019
Rising 6-9th Graders
Participants: 20

MINECRAFT AND MAKERSPACE
Instructor: Sydney Edwards

From beginners to experienced players, this camp offers opportunities for students to use their creativity to build and design in the Minecraft and real world. There will be many opportunities to create, explore, learn, and have fun. Activities will include challenges to enhance problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, as well as free exploration. This camp will provide students with gaming and engineering skills to enhance their knowledge of Minecraft and computer science.

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July 15-19, 2019
Rising 2-6th Graders
Participants: 40

*Please note this is a 2-in-1 camp

MINECRAFT
Instructor: Sydney Edwards

From beginners to experienced players, this camp offers opportunities for students to use their creativity to build and design in the Minecraft world. Activities will include challenges to enhance problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, as well as free exploration. This camp will provide students with gaming and engineering skills to enhance their knowledge of Minecraft and computer science.

UNDER THE SEA
Instructor: Sharon Spain

Explore life under the sea and their habitats. Use your creativity and work on crafts, read stories, and learn about aquatic ecosystems.

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July 22-26, 2019
Rising 5-9th Graders
Participants: 20

CONSERVATION AND CONSTRUCTION
Instructor: Tara Stafford

Combine two interests in one camp! Would you like to learn more about wildlife management and conservation? Like tinkering and designing new projects? Participate in design challenges like Rube Goldberg machines and designing derby boxcars. Learn how to design and 3D print using Tinkercad. Also, participate in Project Wild and VDGIF activities to learn more about wildlife and our environment. You might even be able to combine both and design and build items for wildlife in need!

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July 22-23, 2019
5-8 Year Olds
Participants: 25

4-H CLOVERBUD CAMP
Instructors: Mandi Dolan, Daniel Hale, and 4-H Teens

Each day will have a different focus. Daily themes include: Horticulture, Arts and Expression, and Science and Technology. Students will participate in songs, games, and hands-on activities which promote healthy development, life skills, and most of all fun! 

Brochure

To register for this camp, please contact Mandi Dolan at 434.432.7770 or mandi@vt.edu.


July 29-August 2, 2019
Rising 2-5th Graders
Participants: 20

STEAM ESCAPE ROOM
Instructors: AmeriCorps members

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math! What’s it all about? Come design projects, experiments, and show your artistic skills. Fun, hands-on activities introduce you to many different concepts incorporating STEM into your everyday lives. Conquer challenges to reach new levels in a STEM Escape Room! Who knew learning could be so much fun? 

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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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