Register Now - STEM Summer Camps 2022

Ashburn, Herndon and Gaithersburg

Your camper will love:

  • Learning foundational STEM concepts 
  • Personalized instruction and pace
  • Our experienced and caring teachers 
  • Hands-on projects to present to family and friends
  • Indoor and outdoor activities, challenges and social time

At Mindframe summer camps, students learn how to think and work like real engineers, scientists, creative designers, and developers.  For Summer 2022 we are excited to offer onsite camps at Ashburn, Herndon, and Gaithersburg.  Virtual camps available for grades 6-12.

Summer Camps 2022 - Registration Now Open

Voted Best Summer Camp !

Northern Virginia Magazine 2022

Parent Testimonials

This is the second year that my son attended one of the camps and he is always excited about this place.
They employ great instructors & the environment is very stimulating. I recommend this place for anyone looking for quality STEM education for their kids.

Abijeet

My daughter just finished raspberry pi computer engineering camp. She built two working games that she devised and programmed herself. I haven’t seen her this happy or mentally satisfied in a long time!

Amanda

Summer Camps 2022

Gr 1 - 3 Summer Camps

For rising grades 1-3 onsite camps are available at Ashburn, Herndon, and Gaithersburg.

Gr 4 - 6 Summer Camps

For rising grades 4-6, summer camps are available at Ashburn, Herndon, and Gaithersburg.

Gr 6 - 12 Summer Camps

For rising grades 6-12, summer camps are available Ashburn, Herndon, and Gaithersburg.

Summer 2022 Locations

Ashburn VA

Mindframe Education
44933 George Washington Blvd. Suite 160
Ashburn, VA 20147

Herndon VA

St. Joseph School
750 Peachtree St.
Herndon, VA 20170

Gaithersburg MD

Covenant Life School
7503 Muncaster Mill Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Summer 2022 Prices

Camp Tuition (weekly)

  • Full Day – $375 
  • Half Day – $255 
  • Flex Day / Drop In – $85 / day

Camp Hours

  • Full Day: 8:30am – 4:00pm 
  • AM Half Day: 8:30am – 12:00pm
  • PM Half Day: 12:30am – 4:00pm 
  • After Care: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Flex Days – Need a camp only on Tuesdays and Thursdays?  Or just Mondays?  Our flex-day option allows you to pick the summer camp days you would like your children to attend. 

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Grades 1 - 3 (rising) - Summer Camps 2022



Ages 6 - 9

Ashburn | Herndon | Gaithersburg

Summer 2022 - Gr 1-3 Camp Themes

LEGO Engineering

Students will take their LEGO building skills to a whole new level! Learn the process of designing, building, and pairing models with technology to make everyday tasks easier. Create moving machines and participate in engineering challenges!

Inventors and Engineers

Students will explore the world of engineering and put their skills to work as they invent tools never seen before! Combining imagination and design, students will learn to turn their ideas into reality. Participate in fun projects while learning teamwork and problem solving skills!

Ocean Explorers

Students will take a deep dive into the different parts of the ocean exploring everything from the fish that swim in it to its various levels. We will take a closer look at oceanic habitats including lakes, rivers, oceans, and wells. Learn how life is deep under the sea!

Animal Kingdom

Students will explore the animal kingdom and its beWILDering diversity! Learn about creatures in various animal groups, including mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. Discover what animals eat and how they survive while taking a trip outdoors to see what animals you may find!

All Things Science

Students will explore a variety of sciences, participate in experiments, and learn about science through hands-on projects. With the entire realm of science at our fingertips, we will explore where and how science exists in our everyday lives! From the tiny microorganisms roaming around on our hands to the chemistry involved in baking a cake, get ready to discover ALL things science!

Digital Arts & Stop Motion Animation

Students use their curiosity and creativity as they create their own characters, props, and sets for their stop motion animation.

Artists Workshop

Students will engage in enriching art activities that introduce them to the world of STEAM. Students learn to problem solve and collaborate to create works of art they are proud of!

Character Creation & Illustration

Students learn the fundamentals of character design as they explore an artist's use of imagination to communicate characteristics, traits, and physical features. Students will learn the methods to convey emotion and feelings through color and shape as they bring their characters to life through animations.

Creative Writing: Storybook Creation

Make your imagination come to life! Students will learn to take the fire breathing dragons and rainbow unicorns that wander their minds and turn them into characters of a real life story book. Get ready to learn the basics of writing and story elements while having fun!

Jr. Coding & Robotics

Students will their engineering skills to build and bring their very own robots to life! Learn to code as you use your creations to move objects to and from space stations on the moon, complete mazes, and score goals in a soccer tournament!

Jr. Game Design & Coding

Students will learn the fundamentals of coding to create games using CodeSpark and Minecraft Education. Students will work on creating levels, developing story design, and coding. By the end of this camp, students will love watching their creative ideas come to life!

Journey Into Space

Students learn about the challenges of living in space and how astronauts overcome them. Discuss the science behind rockets and explore the planets in our galaxy. Participate in astronaut training, building rockets, completing planet drawings and moon phase diagrams, and designing your very own constellation!

Intrepid Detectives

Get ready to put your sleuthing skills to the test! Explore what it means to be a detective and see what it takes to be a secret agent.  Learn to decipher messages, crack codes and make your own invisible ink! Use your detective skills to examine a model crime scene and search for evidence. Perform experiments, lift fingerprints, create impressions, use logic and critical thinking skills to distinguish identities of different objects with a microscope.

Summer 2022 - Gr 1-3 Camps

Gr 1-3 camps include two STEM themes. First theme is AM session (9a-12p) and second theme is PM session (1p-4p).

Gr 1-3 Ashburn - 2022 Schedule

Gr 1-3 Ashburn 2022

WeekCamp Themes
June 16 - 17STEM Camp
June 20 - 24 LEGO Engineering
Ocean Explorers & Animal Kingdom
June 27 - July 1 Jr. Coding & Robotics
Digital Arts
July 5 - 8
(4 days)
All Things Science
Inventors and Engineers
July 11 - 15Jr. Game Design & Coding
Artists Workshop
July 18 - 22 LEGO Engineering
Creative Writing
July 25 - 29 Character Creation & Illustration
All Things Science
August 1 - 5Inventors and Engineers
Digital Arts & Stop Motion Animation
August 8 - 12LEGO Engineering
Journey Into Space
August 15 - 19Jr. Coding & Robotics
All Things Science
August 23 - 25
(3 days)
STEM Camp

Gr 1-3 Herndon - 2022 Schedule

Gr 1-3 Herndon 2022

WeekCamp Themes
June 20 - 24 Jr. Coding & Robotics
Digital Arts
June 27 - July 1 LEGO Engineering
Creative Writing
July 5 - 8
(4 days)
Journey Into Space
Character Creation & Illustration
July 11 - 15Inventors and Engineers
Digital Arts & Stop Motion Animation
July 18 - 22 Jr. Game Design & Coding
All Things Science
July 25 - 29 Artists Workshop
Intrepid Detectives
August 1 - 5LEGO Engineering
Journey Into Space
August 8 - 12Jr. Coding & Robotics
Digital Arts
August 15 - 19Inventors and Engineers
Creative Writing

Gr 1-3 Gaithersburg MD - 2022 Schedule

Gr 1-3 Gaithersburg MD 2022

WeekCamp Themes
June 27 - July 1 All Things Science
Creative Writing
July 5 - 8
(4 days)
Inventors and Engineers
Digital Arts & Stop Motion Animation
July 11 - 15Journey Into Space
LEGO Engineering
July 18 - 22 Jr. Coding & Robotics
Animal Kingdom
July 25 - 29 Jr. Game Design & Coding
Ocean Explorers
August 1 - 5All Things Science
Artists Workshop
August 8 - 12Inventors and Engineers
Digital Arts

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Grades 4 - 6 (rising) - Summer Camps



Ages 9 - 12

Ashburn | Herndon | Gaithersburg

Science

Forensic Science & Genetic Analysis

Students will discover the basis of all hereditary information as they dive into DNA and its use in the genetic makeup of almost all living things. With great diversity in genes amongst humans, learn to use key differences, including fingerprints, to participate in the analysis of evidence in various crime scene investigations.

Earth Science

Students will dive into the earth’s core as they discover the origin of different rocks and minerals, the plate tectonics, and the formation of earth’s geographic features including mountains and lakes. Rock the world of science as you simulate weather patterns and create a plan to give back to the planet by reducing your carbon footprint and preventing climate change!
Image of SpaceX Rocket

Rocket Science & Physics of Flight

Blast off into outer space with your very own, personal rocket. Create rockets using a wide range materials and learning to measure trajectory angles. Learn about Newton’s Laws of Motion and the various forces acting upon rockets, airplanes, and even birds as they soar through the sky.

Game Design

Minecraft Modding & Coding

Students learn to design and code mods for Minecraft using Learn to Mod and Minecraft Education. They will gain an understanding of fundamentals of Javascript programming while creating their own fun, creative Minecraft mods and textures.

Roblox Game Design

In this camp, students will use Roblox’s built-in editor to design and create their own 3D worlds. Students will learn 3D game design fundamentals, create and publish their games to Roblox website.

2D Game Design with Flowlab

Students learn the fundamentals of 2D game design and how to design and create 2D sprite-art game using FlowLab and GameMaker. Students create a 2D world, characters, and art assets and utilize them to create a fun, interactive 2D game.

Communication

Creative Writing

Creative writing and presenting is a skill that all students should have. In this camp, students will learn how to capture any audience and win them over through their creative writing and presentation skills. We’ve got the secrets and the students have the ideas. Put them together and the students will learn to love the art of creative writing and public speaking.

Debate Camp

Learn the art of winning any argument that comes your way with evidence and rationale. The secrets behind persuasive writing, public speaking, and presentation all in one. This fun class is an opportunity to participate in research and public speaking, while strengthening critical thinking and teamwork skills!

Coding & Robotics

Scratch Coding & EV3 Robotics

Students learn the basics of programming using Scratch. Students will learn how to use variables, lops, conditional statements, boolean logic and how to incorporate physical world’s elements into their Scratch projects. Students will also learn how to build and program LEGO EV3 robots by working in teams to complete robot missions.

Python Programming

Students learn core programming concepts using Python. Students will learn basic syntax, structure, and process of writing programs in Python. Students will work on real world projects.

Computer Engineering with Raspberry Pi

This course teaches students core concepts in computer science and shows them how to create simple, practical applications and scripts using Python. By the end of this camp, students will be familiar with Raspberry Pi, a single board computer designed for educational use. They’ll also understand the inner-workings of computer engineering and how to use code to interface with hardware devices.

Digital Arts

Movie Masters: Video Production

Students will learn the processes of making a film and learn about each part of the creative process: pre-production, production, and post production. Students will work as a team to create their own original short film or video. By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of the creative process for movie making and will premiere their very own production.

3D Modeling & Printing

Students will make their own 3D creations with clay then create it digitally. Students will learn how to create 3D objects and structures. They will gain an understanding of TinkerCAD and Blender, and SketchUp. At the end of this course, students will take home their very own 3D printed creations and a valuable 21st century skill.

Digital Music Production

Using professional software and equipment, students will be able to learn the basics to creating and recording tracks to make their own song.

YouTube Video Making

Students will learn how to create original videos and their own channel; Adobe Suite, from Photoshop and Animate to Premiere

Digital Illustration & Character Design

Students will learn the process of creating characters based on client briefs for different types of stories. Students will learn different character styles (American comic book, Japanese Manga, American cartoon style, etc.) to understand how culture affects character design. By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of the process of following a client brief and creating designs based off of them, and have set of original characters.

Summer 2022 - Gr 4-6 Camps

Gr 4-6 Ashburn - 2022 Schedule

Gr 4-6 Ashburn 2022

WeekCamp Themes
June 16 - 17STEM Camp
June 20 - 24 Minecraft Modding & Coding
June 27 - July 1 Coding & Robotics
July 5 - 8
(4 days)
Debate & Creative Writing
July 11 - 15Roblox Game Design
July 18 - 22 Python Programming
July 25 - 29 YouTube Video Making
August 1 - 5Coding & Robotics
August 8 - 12Minecraft Modding & Coding
August 15 - 19Character Design and Animation
August 23 - 25
(3 days)
Roblox Game Design

Gr 4-6 Herndon - 2022 Schedule

Gr 4-6 Herndon 2022

WeekCamp Themes
June 20 - 24 Coding & Robotics
June 27 - July 1 Minecraft Modding & Coding
July 5 - 8
(4 days)
Digital Photography
July 11 - 15Character Design and Animation
July 18 - 22 Roblox Game Design
July 25 - 29 Python Programming
August 1 - 5Debate
August 8 - 12Coding & Robotics
August 15 - 19YouTube Video Making

Gr 4-6 Gaithersburg MD - 2022 Schedule

Gr 4-6 Gaithersburg MD 2022

WeekCamp Themes
June 27 - July 1 Creative Writing & Debate
July 5 - 8
(4 days)
Character Design and Animation
July 11 - 15Minecraft Modding & Coding
July 18 - 22 YouTube Video Making
July 25 - 29 Coding & Robotics
August 1 - 5Roblox Game Design
August 8 - 12Roblox Game Design

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Grades 6 - 12 (rising) - Summer Camps



Ages 11-17

Ashburn | Herndon | Gaithersburg

Programming

Python Programming

Students learn core programming concepts using Python. Students will learn basic syntax, structure, and process of writing programs in Python. Students will work on real world projects. The course offers intermediate to advanced level lessons for students that have some experience with Python.

Java Programming

Students will learn the basics of Java programming and will be introduced to object oriented programming. Student will learn concepts such as data types, conditional statements, loops, and array structures, and arrays. Students will learn how to use inheritance and polymorphism to create their own classes, or add to other classes.

Developer 101

Students will learn industry tools that can be applied to their own projects such as GIT, version control, Bash, Docker containers, and virtualization. At the end of this course, students will they will have created their own open-source program or app, and have the skills and knowledge to become a developer.

Computer Engineering with Raspberry Pi

In this hands-on camp, students will use Python programs to create programs on Raspberry Pi using GPIO and circuits.. Students will learn the fundamentals of computer engineering and be introduced to circuit design.

Machine Learning and Cryptography

Students will learn fundamental concepts of computer-based artificial intelligence and machine learning. Learn how to use data sets, probability, statistics with tools like Python and TensorFlow to program computers to perform tasks routinely done by humans. This is a great course for students with some programming experience who would like to take their learning to the next level.

Game Design

3D Game Design with Unreal Engine

Learn the concept of world building and 3D level design and create a first person game. Program all the mechanics of the game using Blueprint visual-programming. By the end of the course, students will know the process of game creation from prototyping, alpha testing, to final testing, and be familiar with 3D game design and will have built their very own 3D game.

Unity Game Design with C#

Design and develop a complete 3D game with the Unity Engine. Build design skills applicable to college and beyond while using C# to bring games to life. Dive into all aspects of game creation with a full development, implementing art, sound, and scripts to complete your game.

Fortnite Bootcamp

Students will learn all the necessary skills to gain victory including strategy, tactics, building. Includes creative and tournament play.

Digital Arts

Movie Production & Special Effects

Students will use their creativity to create their own short films and videos. Learn concepts of film making, story telling, video editing, and audio mixing. We will also explore the elements of production before, during and post. They will use these new concepts to transform their creative writing, set design, special effects, video, and audio editing techniques into their final projects.

3D Modeling & Printing with Blender

Students will learn how to create 3D objects and structures. They will gain an understanding of Blender and SketchUp. At the end of this course, students will take home their very own 3D printed creations and a valuable 21st century skill.

Digital Music Production

Using professional software and equipment, students will be able to learn the basics of digital music production to create and record tracks and produce their own original beats, tracks and songs.

YouTube Video Channel

Students will learn how to create original videos and their own channel; Adobe Suite, from Photoshop and Animate to Premiere

Digital Illustration & Character Design

Comic book production and illustration helps us create stories through still illustrations. Students will learn what goes into producing an original illustrations for comic books. Students will learn all processes, from concept to print. By the end of this course, students will have produced original illustrations and a short comic book.

Digital Animation

Animation takes us to worlds that are in our imagination. Students will start to understand the process of 2D and 3D animation and how to create animations that feel alive and have depth. Students will learn the key principles to animation and how to correctly apply them to create a smooth and cohesive animation. At the end of this course, students will have produced a variety of animations that show the skills that they have learned to move forward in their craft.

Communication

Debate Camp

Creative writing and presenting is a skill that all students should have. In this camp, students will learn how to capture any audience and win them over through their creative writing and presentation skills. We’ve got the secrets and the students have the ideas. Put them together and the students will learn to love the art of creative writing and public speaking.

Summer 2022 - Gr 6-12 Camps

Gr 6-12 Ashburn - 2022 Schedule

Gr 6-12 Ashburn 2022

WeekCamp Themes
June 20 - 24 Character Design & Animation
June 27 - July 1 Python Programming
July 5 - 8
(4 days)
Blockchain and Crypto 101
July 11 - 15Graphic Design and Illustration
July 18 - 22 YouTube Video Making
July 25 - 29 Java Programming
August 1 - 53D Game Design
August 8 - 12Machine Learning & Cryptography
August 15 - 19Debate
August 23 - 25
(3 days)
Intro to Stock Market Investing

Gr 6-12 Herndon - 2022 Schedule

Gr 6-12 Herndon 2022

WeekCamp Themes
June 20 - 24 YouTube Video Making
June 27 - July 1 3D Game Design
July 5 - 8
(4 days)
Character Design & Animation
July 11 - 15Python Programming
July 18 - 22 Debate
July 25 - 29 Graphic Design and Illustration
August 1 - 5Java Programming
August 8 - 12Intro to Stock Market Investing
August 15 - 19Digital Photography

Gr 6-12 Gaithersburg MD - 2022 Schedule

Gr 6-12 Gaithersburg MD 2022

WeekCamp Themes
June 27 - July 1 Java Programming
July 5 - 8
(4 days)
Graphic Design and Illustration
July 11 - 15YouTube Video Making
July 18 - 22 Character Design & Animation
July 25 - 29 Python Programming
August 1 - 53D Game Design
August 8 - 12Machine Learning & Cryptography

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Sample Day at Camp

Morning
  • 8:30am–9:00am: Drop off
  • 9:00am–9:15am: Full Day & AM Half Day student check-in
  • 9:15am: Course instruction & project work; let the STEM fun begin!
  • 10:30am: Break & snack time
  • 12:00pm: Lunch; AM Half Day student pick up
Afternoon
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm: PM Half Day student check-in
  • 1:00pm: Course instruction & project work
  • 2:30pm: Break & snack time
  • 3:00pm: Course instruction & project work
  • 4:00pm: Full Day & PM Half Day student pick up
  • 4:15pm: PM Extended Care
  • 4:15pm-5:00pm: Academic Tutoring
  • 6:00pm: Extended care student pick up

Covid Safety Precautions

To ensure the safety of our students and staff, we follow these safety precautions for onsite camps:

Social distancing during student drop-off & pickup (parents will queue outside and one family will be allowed in at a time)
Grouping students in small sections of no more than 8 students
Regular cleaning of high-touch surface areas
Students will separated during class and have their own supplies, computers, etc
Regular hand washing breaks
Wearing protective coverings

Online Summer Camps and Tutoring Available

For Summer 2021, Mindframe will offer online camps and private tutoring options.

Online camps will use a “follow-the-leader” method of teaching using everyday household items such as Legos. Computer-based programs such as TinkerCAD, Minecraft, Scratch, Python will also be offered and taught by our staff.

You can customize a summer program that works best for you.  Select any option – onsite camps, online camps, classes, or private 1:1 tutoring.  Contact us to learn more about our summer learning options.  

FAQs


How can I add PM extended care (4p-6p) ?

Yes, you can add extended care for the entire week or for a single day. Send us an email with the request, and we will add it to your order.

How change or cancel my student’s summer camp ?

All changes to summer camp orders must be done via email. There is no charge for changing summer camps for same price. Just let us know via email about the change, and we will take care of it. There is a $95 non-refundable fee for each cancelled camp. There are no refunds for summer camps after June 1st. Store credit is provided for cancelled camps less $95 fee.

How does tutoring work during summer camp day?

Private tutoring sessions are available as an add-on option for any summer camp day. Tutoring sessions are conducted between 4:00pm – 5:00pm. Session options are discounted for summer camp students – 30 mins ($25), 45 mins ($35), 60 mins ($45).