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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 Physics     Sold Out Open            
Animation     Open Open Open Open Open Open Open Open
Astronomy             Open   Open  
Biotechnology Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out            
Build an App           Sold Out   Sold Out    
Build a City     Open Open Open Open Open Open    
Forensic Technology Sold Out Sold Out                
Nanotechnology         Open Sold Out Open Open Open Open
Optics         Open Open        
The Chemistry of Cooking Open       Open          
3D Modeling and Printing Open Open Open Open Open Open Open Open Open Open
Video Game Design Open Open Open Open Open Open Open Open Open Open

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.


In this session, students will explore the tools for creating basic 3D animations with pre-made characters and environments. This will teach them essential skills such as storyboarding, keyframing, and basic rendering using the open source 3D modelling/animation software Blender. They will be presented with several default characters and props that the students can animate to their liking, which will allow students to jump right into the process of planning, posing, and animating these characters in a short animated sequence. At the end of the course they will be able to take home their own animation.


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

Together we will build an application using the latest web technologies like JavaScript and HTML5. Our app will be hosted on the web, which you and your friends can interact with. We will learn how to use D3.js, which is used to design interactive visualizations. Check out examples at

Build a City

If you have an interest in architectural design, urban planning or civil engineering this class is for you. In small teams you’ll build a miniature city with 3D buildings you design & print. Bring a hard hat!

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).


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.

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.)

Video Game Design

During this camp session, students will work on a developing a video game of their own using GameMaker. Artwork and audio will also be provided to students for use in their video games. At the end of the camp session, students will be able to put their work on a web page for everyone else to view and play.

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.

Program Logistics


To register for the STEM Summer Camp, complete Steps 1 and 2.

Step 1: Submit Your Information

  • Click the Registration Form button to fill out the form
  • When you are finished press the Submit button located at the bottom of the form and then proceed to Step 2

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Step 2: Make Payment or Apply for a Scholarship

  • Click the Pay Now button to make your payment. If you are applying for a scholarship skip this step.
  • To apply for a scholarship click the Scholarship Request button
    • Fill out the form and then click the Submit button located at the bottom of the form

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