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Arcola ES - STEM Summer Camps 20156

Turn Summer Breaks into Summer Breakthroughs with Mindframe!

Our STEM-focused summer camps combine fun and learning in one unforgettable experience that teaches students how to think and work like real engineers, scientists, creative designers, and developers. Students get work on cool projects, engage in fun, hands-on activities, and develop real-world products and digital creations.

Check out our exciting STEM camps at Arcola Elementary School for rising grades 1-6

Arcola Elementary School
41740 Tall Cedar Pkwy
Aldie, VA 20105

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Robotics & Visual Programming

Grades:
1 – 3 (rising)
In this camp, students will learn to build and program robots using LEGO WeDo kits. Students will use sensors, and motors to create different robots and use an easy-to-use visual programming tool to program their robots. In the second half of the day, students will then enhance their programming skills using a visual programming tool such as Tynker and Scratch.  This camp is a great introduction to robotics and programming.

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Science & Engineering Lab

Grades: 3 – 6 (rising)

Taking Flight!  In this camp, students will design and build a variety of aircraft.  From a vessel designed to safely land two marshmallow Martians on Earth to building a catapult, kids will be actively engaged in learning about the engineering and physics of aircraft.  In this camp, the students will also learn about the weather and the relationship between weather and aircraft.  From designing and building wind vanes and harnessing wind to exploring hurricanes and tornadoes, students will conduct a variety of scientific experiments to better understand Mother Nature.

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Monster Machines Engineering Camp

Grades: 1 -3 (rising)
Duration: 4 days
Cost: $280

Monster Machines!  Kids will become engineers as they invent a variety of machines using concepts from simple and compound machines.  From designing a vehicle for safely dropping an egg to building their own roller coaster models, kids will be actively engaged in a wide range of hands-on engineering activities. 

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Robotics with Mindstorms EV3

Grades: 3 – 6 (rising)
Duration: 4 days
Cost: $280

Using LEGO Mindstorms, students will have fun building robots.  Students will work both individually and in small teams to explore key concepts such as: gear rations, locomotion and energy.  Students will learn how to control robots by putting them through a series of real-world challenges.  The camp will culminate when students share their new skills by demonstrating their robots to friends and family. 

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Mad Scientists and Math Wizards Camp

Grades: 1 – 3 (rising)

Calling all Mad Scientists and Math Wizards!  Join us for a week of ooey gooey science experiments and mystifying math problems.  Students will explore chemistry through a variety of science experiments including making elephant toothpaste and glow-in-the-dark slime!  Students will also try their hand at algebra…yes, algebra, through a kid friendly, hands-on approach of balancing objects and understanding the importance of “x.”  Students will be actively learning while having fun! 

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3D Game Design & Modding with Minecraft

Grades: 3 – 6 (rising)

In this game design course, students learn how to customize Minecraft to create their own ‘mods’, and world adventure maps. Students explore the creative side of game making by creating their own games and worlds inside of Minecraft.  At the end of camp, students will participate in a fun, exciting Minecraft tournament!

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Robotics and Visual Programming

Grades: 1 – 3 (rising)

In this camp, students will learn to build and program robots using LEGO WeDo kits. Students will use sensors, and motors to create different robots and use an easy-to-use visual programming tool to program their robots. In the second half of the day, students will then enhance their programming skills using a visual programming tool such as Tynker and Scratch.  This camp is a great introduction to robotics and programming.

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Programming and Mobile App Development

Grades: 3 – 6 (rising)

In this fun camp, students will learn how to create fully functional mobile apps by using MIT’s App Inventor, an easy-to-use visual programming tool.  Students will also learn fundamental programming concepts using Scratch, another visual programming tool.  This is a great introduction to real-world programming that will get students to put their imagination to work and create many fun and useful programs and mobile apps.

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Stop Motion Animation and Movie Making

Grades: 1 – 3 (rising)

Students will use their creativity to first create a storyboard then use either LEGOs, blocks, or  clay to mold their story characters as well as their backgrounds. Students will record their stop motion animation.  This course also introduces students to digital filmmaking, from story development to video editing, and everything in between.

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3D Game Design & Modding with Minecraft

Grades: 3 – 6 (rising)

In this game design course, students learn how to customize Minecraft to create their own ‘mods’, and world adventure maps. Students explore the creative side of game making by creating their own games and worlds inside of Minecraft.  At the end of camp, students will participate in a fun, exciting Minecraft tournament!

Learn More / Register

Monster Machines Engineering Camp

Grades: 1 – 3 (rising)

Monster Machines!  Kids will become engineers as they invent a variety of machines using concepts from simple and compound machines.  From designing a vehicle for safely dropping an egg to building their own roller coaster models, kids will be actively engaged in a wide range of fun, hands-on engineering projects and activities.

Learn More / Register

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Robotics with Mindstorms EV3

Grades: 3 – 6 (rising)

Using LEGO Mindstorms, students will have fun building robots.  Students will work both individually and in small teams to explore key concepts such as: gear rations, locomotion and energy.  Students will learn how to control robots by putting them through a series of real-world challenges.  The camp will culminate when students share their new skills by demonstrating their robots to friends and family.

Learn More / Register

Mad Scientists and Math Wizards Camp

Grades: 1 – 3 (rising)
Calling all Mad Scientists and Math Wizards!  Join us for a week of ooey gooey science experiments and mystifying math problems.  Students will explore chemistry through a variety of science experiments including making elephant toothpaste and glow-in-the-dark slime!  Students will also try their hand at algebra…yes, algebra, through a kid friendly, hands-on approach of balancing objects and understanding the importance of “x.”  Students will be actively learning while having fun!

Learn More / Register

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Intro to Programming with Python

Grades: 3 – 6 (rising)

In this camp, students will learn basic to intermediate programming concepts using Python.  Python is one of the most popular coding languages.  Students will learn the techniques, tools, and functions to build fully functional programs and games. Students will quickly learn to write their first program and create their own games in Python.

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Mindframe Summer Camps – Sample Day at Arcola ES

Beyond STEM skill development, students will socialize, make friends, and have fun!
Morning
8:30 am: Student check-in. Ice breakers.
9:00 am: Course instruction and project work. Let the STEM fun begin!
10:30am: Break and snack time (Indoor activities include music, board games, and team-building activities)
11:00am: Course instruction and project work.
12pm: Lunch time & break time (indoor and outdoor activities)
Afternoon
1pm: Back to the labs. Course instruction and project work
2:00pm: Break and snack time (Outdoor activities include yoga, frisbee, soccer, outdoor games)
3:00pm: Pickup time

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View / Download Arcola ES Summer Camp Flyer & Schedule

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Camp Duration: 5 days
Day / Time: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Extended Care: 4pm to 6pm (Pending)
Meals: Two healthy snacks included. Lunch not included.
8:1 Student to teacher ratio
Balanced Activities: All camps include fun break activities – indoors and outdoors, games, challenges and social time. 

Our summer camps combine fun & learning

  • Each camp includes instruction on the concepts and technologies, and fun, hands-on projects & activities
  • All camps include a variety of fun break activities, indoors and outdoors, including games, challenges, and social time
  • Students have access to real-world tools and the latest technologies
  • Through individual and group activities, they’ll take part in hands-on projects that give them the opportunity to see their learning in action
  • Students will grouped by age and/or skill level in each camp to allow students to learn and apply their new skills at a pace that’s suitable for them
  • They’ll be taught by tech-savvy, experienced designers, developers and engineers with expertise in their fields and a passion for teaching
  • As the camp comes to an end, they’ll present their new creations and show off their skills to family and friends

We had a great summer program in 2014, with over 200 students attending our STEM camps.

“Our daughter participated in the Robotics camp this past week and absolutely loved it. She learned so much and had fun. We look forward to exploring the programming camps later this summer as well as some of the after school activities during the school year. We are so excited to have a STEM focused program available to our children!”

“My daughter just finished raspberry pi computer engineering camp with a computer that she built and two working games (with lights, buttons, and sounds) that she devised and programmed herself. I haven’t seen her this happy or mentally satisfied in a long time! She is looking forward to her additional sessions this summer!”

– Summer camp 2014 parent testimonials