Virtual Summer Camps
2020 Virtual Camps Schedule
STEM Center USA cares deeply about the health and wellness of our students, staff, and community. Due to the current state of unpredictability and along with CDC and recommendations, we have decided to switch our June camps over to strictly virtual offerings. We love summer camps and the magic that comes along with it. We know these are experiences your children look forward to and did not make these decisions lightly. We have been cautious about releasing virtual summer offerings as we have wanted to be fully confident we can provide meaningful, memorable experiences to our families.
We recognize the need to provide engaging activities for your children to experience in the summer. Now, more than ever, it’s important to provide experiences for your kids to look forward to. Over the last few months we have brainstormed, tested, and designed virtual summer camps that we believe your family will love!
Junior STEM At-Home Hybrid Camps
|Junior STEM: Robots on the Move||6/15-6/19||1st - 3rd||9 AM - 10:45 AM||$185||Full|
|Junior STEM: Coding with Ozobot||6/22-6/26||1st - 3rd||9 AM - 10:45 AM||$185||Open|
|Junior STEM: Animal Bot Adventures||6/29 - 7/3||1st - 3rd||9 AM - 10:45 AM||$185||Full|
Accompanying Robotics Kits
All Junior STEM camps include a physical, hands-on robotics portion within the virtual camp! For all homes within a 10 mile radius of our Claremont or Rancho Cucamonga centers, robotics kits will be dropped off the Saturday before camps. Kits will also be picked up the Saturday after camp. All drop-off and pick-ups will be pre-arranged with each family and curbside without any physical interaction to maintain social distancing.
Class Time & Independent Projects
Junior STEM at-home camps include 1.75 hours of daily, live instruction. Students will be given .5 to 1 hour of independent project time to complete on a daily basis. Independent work includes building, experimenting, and dismantling projects.
Discover STEM Virtual/Hybrid At-Home Camps
|Coding and Game Design with Scratch||6/8 - 6/12||3rd - 6th||1 PM - 3 PM||$275||Open|
|Discover Robotics with mBot||6/15 - 6/19||3rd - 6th||9 AM - 11 AM||$275*||Open|
|Coding and Game Design with Minecraft||6/22 - 6/26||3rd - 6th||1 PM - 3 PM||$275||Open|
|Create Your Own Virtual Reality||6/29 - 7/3||4th - 8th||1 PM - 3 PM||$295||Open|
Accompanying Robotics Kits (Based on Camp Topic)
Discover Robotics with EV3, Discover Robotics with mBot, and Create Your Own Virtual Reality include physical robotics materials.
For Discover Robotics with EV3, materials are dropped off the Saturday before camp and picked up the Saturday after camp. Homes must be within a 10 mi radius of our Claremont or Rancho Cucamonga centers. All drop-off and pick-ups will be pre-arranged with each family and curbside without any physical interaction.
Discover Robotics with mBot uses a take-home robot (the "mBot!") which students keep after camp. *The additional $55 material fee covers the cost of this kit. Kits will be dropped off the Saturday before camp.
Create Your Own Virtual Reality include a take-home VR headset that students will be able to experiment with throughout camp (phone not included) and keep when camp is over. Headsets will be dropped off the Saturday before camp.
Class Time & Independent Projects
All Discover STEM at-home camps include 2 hours of daily, live instruction. This period will include breaks for interactive games, student project showcases, and student socialization. Students will be assigned project work for them to do on their own after live instruction has ended. For our Discover camps, this typically covers ~1-2 hours of independent work. Students may complete these activities at their leisure throughout the day, so long as it's done before the next live session the following day.
Advanced STEM Virtual At-Home Camps
|Coding with Java||6/15 - 6/19||7th - 12th||1 PM - 3 PM||$295||Open|
|Fusion 360||6/22 - 6/26||6th - 12th||1 PM - 3 PM||$295||Open|
|Game Design with Unity||6/29 - 7/3||7th - 12th||1 PM - 3 PM||$295||Open|
Class Time & Independent Projects
All Advanced STEM at-home camps include 2 hours of daily, live instruction. This period will include breaks for interactive games, student project showcases, and student socialization. Students will be assigned project work for them to do on their own after live instructions is over. For our Advanced camps, this typically covers ~1.5 - 3 hours of independent work. Students may complete these activities at their leisure throughout the day, just before the next live session the following day.
Some other questions you may have...
What about camps in July and Augusts?
This June, we will provide online-only camps that may include physical robotics aspects based on the camp. At this point, we are not canceling any camps in July and August. We remain cautiously hopeful that we may be able to run these camps in a limited capacity. If this occurs, camps will be limited in size and various measures will be taken to protect our students and staff. If you are currently enrolled in a July or August camp, we will be reaching out to you later in May with updates.
What does a "virtual" day of camp look like?
Our online camps will include a Monday through Friday format with 1.75-2 hours of live online instructions from STEM Center USA staff. This period will include breaks for interactive games, student project showcases, and student socialization. Students will be assigned project work for them to do on their own after live instructions is over. Junior Camps will have limited independent project work (no more than 1 hour) while Discover and Advanced STEM Camps will have ~1-3 hours of independent work. We ask for parents to help ensure students complete their work before the next day's camp. It should be things they enjoy doing!!
We have been working with our center students virtually over the last few months and have also been listening to our students/parents about what is working best and not as well (including during other online school experiences). Some major thoughts as we converted an online format include:
- Student Project Showcases - we love seeing the pride in which students take when sharing their work. We value this component highly during in-person experiences and have found it even more necessary during our virtual experiences.
- Socialization & Student-to-Student Interactions - our kids are going through a lot right now. All of our sessions begin with opening icebreakers and an opportunity for students to chat with one another in a safe, facilitating virtual environment. Summer camp has always been a great place to meet new friends and strengthen bonds with current friends. We hope the same holds true this summer! Our virtual camps also include mini-breaks with interactive games for students to engage with one another. While traditional camps include games like sharks-and-minnows, freeze tag, and handball, our virtual camp games include games like Pictionary, riddles, and more! Leading positive, social interactions is a big part of the virtual summer camp experience.
- Class Size - our virtual camps will be limited to a maximum of 15 students per camp. We have participated in virtual courses over the last few months will class sizes ranging from 1:1 and up to 1:20. We strongly feel a maximum of 15 students per virtual camp allows us to meaningfully engage with each student, provide support to each student, and facilitate conversations safely and positively. Our minimum virtual camp sizes will be 7 students per camp.
- Screen Time - we know your kids are spending a significant amount of time on screens right now. By limiting live-screen hours, breaking up projects, and including physical project components as possible, we hope to efficiently use and spread screen time.