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Exploring STEM

This camp will give students several different options to explore how STEM is at work in the world around them.

Campers Entering Grades 7-9

Session 1: July 8-13, 2018 at NIU's Lorado Taft campus. Campers will choose one of the following tracks

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Session 2: July 15-20, 2018 at NIU's Lorado Taft Campus. Campers will choose one of the following tracks

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Session 3: July 22-27, 2018 at NIU's Main Campus. Campers will choose one of the following tracks

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Exploring STEM through Art

Create, make, and innovate! Take your creations to the next level by investigating the science behind making cool art. As artist scientists you will explore the chemistry of lithography; design, build and direct your own art video; and create some great paintings to take home using the science of density and the physics of gravity. We will explore the difference between art and science and find where the two intersect. This summer’s instructor for our artist scientists is Kate Powers, an NIU alumna in both fine arts and chemistry.


Exploring STEM through WaterBotics

Love robots? Try them underwater! Design and build your own robots using Lego Mindstorm software to operate bots made of LEGO and other components. Test your bot to the limit in a series of challenges while learning how to manipulate the robots under water. Campers will learn how to apply the engineering design process, use informational technology tools, and practice computer programming, all while honing the ability to think creatively and work in teams.


Exploring STEM through Chemistry

Let's get into the lab and explore chemistry! As research chemists we will learn about some of the newest and most exciting developments in the field of chemistry. Campers will learn about polymers and how to design their ideal polymer. We will also be solving a murder mystery using some impressive science hacks. Learn how to safely perform some chemistry "magic" to share with your friends and family and some tricks that are best done only in the lab. We'll be sure to end the week with a bang! This summer, our aspiring chemists' instructor will be Kate Powers, NIU alumna, an awesome educator, and experienced research chemist with a Master's degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of Alberta.


Exploring STEM through LEGO EV3 Robotics: Battle Bots

Learn the basics of creating a program, and see your program come to life! This is the perfect camp for students who would like to learn basic coding, and do not have any prior experience. Campers will learn to program several different types of robots using block-based programming, as well as learn how robots are used in the real world.


Exploring STEM through Engineering

Engineers are professional problem solvers! From building bridges to designing the circuits in your cell phone, engineers help create the future every day. Spend a week developing your problem solving skills by working on hands-on projects and fun challenges designed to spark your inner engineer!


Exploring STEM through Coding

Team up with fellow campers to complete in a series of challenges using technology and coding. See how big data, GIS, urban planning, and computer coding can impact decisions on the use of our parks and public spaces. Students will gain skills in coding, digital literacy, teambuilding, and leadership and enjoy the great outdoors at Lorado Taft.


Exploring STEM through Programming & Robotics

Learn the basics of creating a program, and see your program come to life! This is the perfect camp for those who would like to learn basic coding, and don’t have any prior experience. Campers will learn to program several different types of robots using block-based programming, as well as learn how robots are used in the real world.

 


Exploring STEM through SciFi

From space battles to super heroes, there’s a lot science in science fiction! This super-powered STEM camp will answer all the important questions like “Can radiation really give you super powers?” and “How do I build my own light saber?” Campers will explore the facts behind the fiction through hands-on activities and experiments and will even create their own short science fiction movies!


Exploring STEM through Lightning Bolts and Magnetic Fields

In this electrifying camp session, campers will investigate the science of electricity and magnetism through exciting hands-on activities and interactive projects. Campers will learn about electricity and circuits as they solder and construct their own electronic devices. They will also explore the phenomenon of magnetism as they experiment with homemade electromagnets and even create their own electric motors and generators.


Exploring STEM through Digital Arts

Explore the science of the selfie! Campers will get experience taking and editing digital photographs, as well as learn how to use those digital images in new and interesting ways. Campers will create several different types of digital artwork, and will even get to make their own stop motion animation.


Exploring STEM through Video Games

Why spend your summer playing video games, when you could learn how to make you own? Campers will use computer-based tools to design and prototype a playable video game while developing skills in complex problem solving, working in teams, project management, and using computer design software. 317-762-8727 or dcl@niu.edu.