Advanced STEM Camps

Advanced STEM camps are designed for students in incoming 7th - 12th grade. We offer a variety of camps for all experience levels. All camps are designed for introductory and intermediate level students. With the exception of the VEX Robotics Competition camp, all camps are 1:1. This means students will work independently and have their own robot kit/materials. 

Grades: Incoming 7th - Incoming 12th

Location: Claremont McKenna College - Kravis Center

Camp Name Dates Cost
Rugged Robotics I 6/17 - 6/20  $450
VEX Competition Prep 6/24 - 6/27  $450
Electronics & Coding in C 7/8 - 7/11  $450
Makers Workshop 7/15 - 7/18  $450
Arduino Robotics with ArdiBot 7/22 - 7/25  $550*

 *these camps include a robot that is optional to purchase as a take-home kit. Due to the high expense of these materials and kits, the program cost is also more expense than other Advanced camps. With an additional $50, you can purchase the kit used in camp and take it home.

Day/Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

All camps run Monday - Thursday. Friday Tinker Day is available for separate registration. 

Extended Care: AM and PM extended care options are available from 7:30 AM to 9 AM & 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Descriptions of Each Advanced Camp


Rugged Robotics I

Students build with metallic structural components, learn to assemble using tools such as screwdrivers and wrenches, collect and utilize data with analog & digital sensors, connect everything together with wiring, and program their creations in an introductory format of C code – RobotC. Students will build an experimental panel of their own design to practice their RobotC skills. Then, students will build the ClawBot - a large robot that features a chassis, sensors, and a programmable claw. 

This camp is perfect for students that are moving up from "Discover" level camps from last year or for students middle school students that have attended sessions at STEM Center - Claremont. 

 VEX Competition Prep

Take your programming skills to the next level by learning to create your own functions to make your code more efficient. Optimize your builds with encoders on DC motors and design your own complete robot from the ground up. 

This camp is designed to prepare students for the upcoming VEX Robotics Competition season, which runs from July - January. To prepare students, camp participants will:

  • Review the 2019 VEX game challenge
  • Design and build a robot that can accomplish certain tasks
  • Efficiently code the robot in RobotC 
  • Work in groups of 2-3 to simulate working in a real team environment

Electronics & Coding in C 

Circuits run the world - literally! Understanding the flow of electricity, current, and resistance is essential to circuits and technology. In this camp, students will:

  • Be introduced to the breadboard
  • Learn basic electronic components
  • Light up an LED
  • Determine the size of resistors based on color-bands
  • Program in Arduino C
  • Create a final project

This is a great introductory camp for students interested in taking Unity, Arduino, or Raspberry Pi camps.

Makers Workshop 

Join our Makers Workshop to learn how to use tools, make DIY crafty robots, and create your own custom inventions. This camp explores everything from Computer Aided Design (CAD) to wearable electronics & design. Projects include 3D printed keychains,  game designs, laser cutting, and unique final projects. We highly recommend this high-energy, project-oriented class for anyone interested in exploring the world of STEM and inventions!

  • 3D Modeling & Laser Cutting - DIY your own items by 3D modeling and printing them, or using the laser cutter
  • Hammer & Nail Art - learn how to use tools in a safe environment and then take home your own wood & art creations
  • Wearable Design & Fashion - design your own light-up clothes by using conductive thread, LEDs, and sensors
  • Coding & Game Design - code your own game that features a strong role model

Arduino Robotics with ArdiBot 

Build your own robot from ground-up, program it in Arduino, and then have the option of taking it home! The ArdiBot is a comprehensive robotics learning platform based on Arduino technology. The kit includes everything you need to get started. It comes with a power management board and a uniquely designed breakout board. Coding experience is enhanced by the board’s push-button and potentiometer. The ArdiBot enables beginners to learn programming without complicated wiring. It also lets intermediate and advanced users develop their own circuits through the breadboard. 

Students will work individually in this camp as they build, assemble, and code the ArdiBot. Upon completing the course, students have the option to take home their robot for an additional $25. This allows students to continue their learning process at home!