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STEM Summer Camp 2015

STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College is a program for high school students who will be freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors in the Fall of 2015. We are looking for students who want to strengthen and expand their scientific knowledge and have fun!!! A variety of science and engineering concepts will be introduced through hands-on experiments.

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STEM Summer Camp Schedule

*** Registration opens February 2nd at noon ***
  Week 0 Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
  June 22 - 25 June 29 - July 2 July 6 - 9 July 13 - 16 July 20 - 23
  9 am - Noon 1 pm - 4 pm 9 am - Noon 1 pm - 4 pm 9 am - Noon 1 pm - 4 pm 9 am - Noon 1 pm - 4 pm 9 am - Noon 1 pm - 4 pm
Amusement Park Physis     X X            
Astronomy             X   X  
Biotechnology X X X X            
Build an App           X   X    
Forensic Technology X X                
Nanotechnology         X X X X X X
The Chemistry of Cooking X       X          
3D Modeling and Printing X X X X X X X X X X
Optics         X X        
Multi-media Programming     X     X        
Animation       X X          

Session Descriptions

Amusement Park Physics

We will start out with lab activities, one introduced the idea of energy conservation and the other centripetal force. Students used kits to build their own roller coasters, first following the directions with the kit and then making their own designs. Throughout the week we used worksheets to determine speeds and forces, using energy conservation and centripetal force.


The students will have hands-on activities on "optics and telescopes", "Light, Color & Spectra", "Sunspots", "Model comets" and a trip to Foothill's Observatory.


Biotechnology is the manipulation of living things, or their parts, to benefit society. This session will focus on skills and technologies utilized in the biotech industry. All activities will hands on with practical applications.

Build an App


Forensic Technology

This 4-day camp will engage the students in documenting a crime scene that involves physical evidence in the form of DNA, blood spatter, trace evidence, firearms, skeletal remains, and fingerprints. Students will process these forms of evidence in the laboratory and present their findings in the form of a mock trial to determine the guilt or innocence of the suspect.


NANO Camp provides a hands-on introduction to nanotechnology with demonstrations and experiments in self-assembly, nanoparticles, building nanocarbon models, preparing thin films, and assembling a small fuel cell. All students will learn to operate a tabletop Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Atomic Force Microscope (SEM).

The Chemistry of Cooking

Acid and bases, enzymes and proteins, crystals and gels. Chemical reactions take place everyday in your kitchen. Learn about the science of cooking as we experiment with cookies, root beer, and more in this ultimate “play with your food” session. (Please contact the program administrator regarding any food-related allergies in advance.)

3D Modeling and Printing

Students in the 3D printing session will learn how to transform their ideas into digital models using Autodesk design and engineering software. They will also create a physical model that they can take home using a MakerBot 3D printer. This session is ideal for students interested in creating their own robotics parts, personalized items or figurines.


In this session we'll look at many aspects of light. We'll play with lenses and mirrors, explore color, understand diffraction, learn about atomic spectra and discover how light can tell us about some of the secrets of the universe.

Multi-media Programming




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