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STEM Summer Camp 2016

The STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College is a program for high school and middle school students who are looking to strengthen and expand their scientific knowledge and have fun!!! A variety of science and engineering concepts will be introduced through hands-on experiments.

Download the flyer for STEM Summer Camp 2016 (pdf)

Registration now open!

High School
Students

Middle School
Students

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STEM Summer Camp High School Schedule

  Week 0 Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
  June 20 - 23 June 27 - 30 July 5 - 8 July 11 - 14 July 18 - 21
  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
3D Modeling and Printing            
Amusement Park Physics                  
Arduino            
Biotechnology            
Build a Web App        
Forensic Technology                
Java            
Nanotechnology    
Matlab            
The Chemistry of Cooking                
Video Game Design            

STEM Summer Camp Middle School Schedule

  Week 0 Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
  June 20 - 23 June 27 - 30 July 5 - 8 July 11 - 14 July 18 - 21
  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
3D Modeling and Printing          
Animation        
Arduino              
Build a Drone            
Roller Coaster Science        
Science of Human Movement          

Session Descriptions

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.

Amusement Park Physics

Students will build models of amusement park rides and discover the physics behind them: force, acceleration, energy, circular motion and freefall.

Animation

In this camp session students will learn how to bring computer graphics 3D characters to life. Using techniques employed by animators in major studios students will discover the fundamental principles of animation and how to apply them in their own creative work. With the guidance of the instructor, students will be able to take home their animations at the end of the week to share with friends and family.

Arduino

Middle School

Students in our Arduino session will learn basic programming and control skills to create:
  • music box
  • a light show

High School

Students in our Arduino session will learn basic programming and control skills to create:
  • alarm system for door
  • music box
  • temperature controller for fan
  • pressure sensor glove

Biotechnology

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 be hands on with practical applications.

Build a Drone

Have you ever wanted to build a drone? Are you curious to find out about individual components and make a custom cover using a 3D Printer? If you answered yes to any of these, then this session is for you!

Build a Web 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 https://github.com/mbostock/d3/wiki/Gallery.

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.

Java

This course will cover the fundamentals of programming and Java. We will make introduction to object oriented programming concepts and java basics. The topics that will be covered are:
  • Java development environment and IDE
  • Java basics, variables, operators, commenting
  • Functions, methods, objects
  • Logical operators
  • Arrays
  • Loops
  • Data structures
  • Debugging (if time permits)

Matlab

Matlab is a software package that is used extensively in school and in industry to perform complex mathematical calculations, and to build mathematical models of processes and products. In this class, we will learn the basics of the Matlab Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Matlab programming language fundamentals, how to write Matlab functions, and, if time permits, some simple graphics and file I/O. Throughout the class, we will be working on a simulation that involves random number generation.

Nanotechnology

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

Roller Coaster Science

~coming soon

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.)

The Science of Human Movement

In this summer camp we will have fun exploring all scientific aspects related to human movements. This includes examining the important roles gravity and Newton’s Law play for our earthbound movement, hands-on construction of human skeleton from model bones, looking at different movements in human body, discovering the musculature that connects bones and joints, and how the muscles work together to generate movements. Finally, we will assemble amusing Marionettes from DIY kits and learn how to manipulate them and make them dance and speak, thereby breath life forces into them!

Video Game Design

In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of modern video game design, and will apply them in the creation of their own 2D game. The course will teach concepts such as game prototyping, game testing, art creation, and level design. At the end of the course, they will be able to bring these games home to share with friends and family.

Program Logistics

Registration

  • Registration will open on February 1nd at noon
  • Students may register for any number of sessions
    • Note: Sessions are repeated (content remains the same)
  • Middle School students: entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in the Fall of 2016
  • High School students: entering 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the Fall of 2016

Registration now open!

High School
Students

Middle School
Students

Cost

  • Each session will cost $200 USD
  • Full and partial scholarships available for under-represented students from low income families.

Cancellations

  • Cancellations on or before May 27th, 2016 will require $25 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations after May 27th, 2016 are non-refundable.

More Information

Registration

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