STEM Summer Camps
Grades: K-8th (Camps are broken up by grade levels: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8)
Please sure to register your child for the grade they will be entering for the 2017-2018 school year
Rates: Member: $235 per week (must be a VASC Member to qualify) Non-member: $250 per week (some weeks may vary)
Schedule: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Before care: $30 8-9 a.m. | Aftercare: $80 3:00-5:30 p.m. | Both: $100
Lunch: $8 per day /$35 per week, $5 discount if you purchase lunch when you book your camp - Jason’s Deli- M-Th, Fri Pizza
Please be sure to fill out the registration form.
Be sure to register your child(ren) for the grade they will be entering for the 2017/2018 school year.
All activities are subject to change.
Start Your Engines I (K- 1st) & II (2nd- 3rd)
Do you enjoy going fast? If so, this week of engineering excellence is for you! Design your own racecar and see how fast it can travel, while learning the science behind the racecar itself. Explore the world of speed, learn about force and motion, and build your own engineering marvels. Yes, all in one week!
Max Speed I (4th- 5th) & II (6th- 8th)
Live life on the fast track and explore the world of engineering race cars! How much force does it take to stop a race car? How fast is Supersonic? What are Newton’s Laws of Motion and how do they apply to cars on a racetrack? Discover the answers while you design your own race car model and learn about the exciting world of high-speed vehicles.
July 3 – 7th (No camp July 4)
Science Explorers I (K- 1st) & II (2nd- 3rd)
Calling all explorers! Explode Pop Rock candy, create sneezy snot, build an edible car and create loop-de-loops as you design a coaster – all while learning the science behind the fun. Explore a different science discipline each day by performing experiments and how those disciplines are used to study the Earth.
Science Explorers III (4th- 5th) & IV (6th- 8th)
Explore Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, and Engineering through hands-on experiments for each type of science. See the Earth as you have never seen it before with NASA Earth+, World Wind, and many more 3D imaging modules. Experience extreme weather, terrestrial creatures, plate tectonics, and all the dynamic and Earth-shattering phenomenon that occur on our home planet. Find out what makes our planet so unique!
July 10 – 14
Robo-Camp I (K- 1st) & II (2nd- 3rd)
Enter the robot revolution! Robots galore for young scientists to explore and use; see how robots are everywhere in our daily lives. Discover the basics of robotics, the simple machines that make a robot work, and how robots are used to explore space. Venture into the fun world of programming with some robot fun, and make your own tiny buzzing bot to take home!
Intro to NASA Robotics I (4th- 5th) & II (6th- 8th)
Enter the robot revolution! Robots galore for young scientists to explore and use and see how robots are everywhere in our daily lives. Find out what a robot really is when you build your own robot in our NASA Robotics Lab. Experiment with different types of robots. Enjoy programming robot races, while also learning about NASA’s latest and coolest space tech. Discover the interesting ways robots our used in our world and in space!
July 17 – 21
Astronaut Academy I (K- 1st) & II (2nd- 3rd)
Have you ever wanted to see the dark side of the moon? What do you imagine an alien would look like? Train to be an astronaut as you explore living, working and playing in space. Learn more about the Earth, Moon, Sun and beyond. Gear up with your own space helmet creation and experience what the astronauts eat (Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream). Space, here you come!
Bound for Mars I (4th- 5th) & II (6th- 8th)
Ever since man first looked up to the skies, we have been interested in the stars. Tour the universe as you move from the planets and moons of our solar system, and extend outward to the stars in the Milky Way. Pack your bags for a trip to the Red Planet! What do you need to survive on Mars? Find out what Curiosity has taught us about the Red Planet and learn the challenges of exploring a planet with a rover. Build your own Mars rover and practice landing your rover safely when participating in an egg drop competition!
July 24 – 28
Blast Off! I (K- 1st) & II (2nd- 3rd)
Space may be the final frontier, but getting there requires rockets! Become a rocketeer when you try your hand at rocket science. Design a Solar System mural, create edible rockets, launch soda bottle rockets, AND build your own stomp rockets to challenge friends for highest lift-off!
Blast Off III (4th- 5th) & IV (6th- 8th)
Space may be the final frontier, but getting there requires rockets! Become a rocketeer when you try your hand at rocket science. Experiment with types of fuel to see which causes the biggest blast, create edible rockets, AND build your own stomp rockets to challenge friends for highest lift-off!
July 31 – Aug 4th
Kooky Contraptions (K-1) & Gadgets and Gizmos (2-3)
Discover the world of simple machines by using them to design and create amazing contraptions. Build a marble run while being introduced to “Rube Goldberg” and chain reactions. Gear up your imagination as you explore the world of force and motion. Perform science experiments to investigate gravity and friction. Predict and test how gravity will make objects move as you conduct experiments with ramps. Construct a “kooky contraption” with teammates that will perform a secret task using rolling balls, domino bricks, catapults, weights, levers, water wheels and more!
Engineer It! I (4th- 5th) & II (6th- 8th)
Explore engineering from simple machines to complex designs within the world of Rube Goldberg. Take into account multiple physics principles as you build your own Rube Goldberg Machine. From your basic marble run to a high tech “switcheroo,” work as a team to design and build a machine to perform a secret task. Experiment with forces to observe Newton’s Laws of Motion in action. Experiment with the forces of friction to discover how it resists movement as we do work. Meet engineers and learn how they design, implement, and test ideas of their own. Put your know-how to the test… Can you hit your target?
Aug 7 – 11
Wright Flight Adventure I (K- 1st) & II (2nd- 3rd)
It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s the science of flight! Earn your wings as you explore the world of flight. Compare different types of flying machines such as kites, balloons, and helicopters. Construct and test your own airplane as you learn about the important contributions the Wright brothers made and the four principles of flight. Design, create, and land your own parachute. See whose airplane can fly the farthest when you compete in a paper airplane contest.
Flight Lab I (4th- 5th) & II (6th- 8th)
It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s the science of flight! Take an aviation adventure as you explore the world of flight. Our Mysteries of Flight demonstration will show you first hand the forces of flight. Explore the effects of thermals on natural flight, and learn how to overcome coastal winds. Test your skills with the Smart Skies interactive program to see if you could become an Air Traffic Controller. Learn to read a flight chart, review flight characteristics, and find out what a day in the life of a pilot is all about from a present day airline pilot. Engage in aviation fun while learning about some of coolest aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems being developed by NASA engineers and scientists.
Aug 14 – 18
And a “LittleBit” More Robotics… I (K- 1st) & II (2nd- 3rd)
July 10th- 14th Robotics Camp Not Required, But Encouraged
Be a part of NASA’s robotic movement! Create your own Martian using LittleBits and hear all about current robotic exploration on Mars. Discover what you can do with a little know how, a lot of imagination – and maybe some Lego Robotics!
Advanced NASA Robotics I (4th- 5th) & II (6th- 8th)
July 10th- 14th Robotics Camp Not Required, But Encouraged
Be a part of NASA’s robotic movement! What are NASA scientists and engineers creating? How are robots utilized in our world and in space? Can you engineer your own Mars Rover? Answer all these questions during this week of advanced robotics adventures. Investigate the world of 3D printing and learn how astronauts are using a 3D printer on the International Space Station. Jump into Lego Robotics and discover all the programming behind the scenes!