STEM Camp: Camps and Institutes

STEM: Students currently in grades 3-5 and 8-9 are eligible for our exciting STEM summer camps.

STEM Camp is designed to give students the opportunity to explore engineering careers and technology as they rotate through different classes over a one week program.

Topics of Interest

Grades 3-5

  • Everyday Engineering: No matter the problem, all engineers must follow the Engineering Design Process (EDP). Each day students get a new challenge that they need to work through to solve using their skills and knowledge of the EDP.
  • Newtonian Motion: Students build and test (Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion) a glider and propeller driven vehicle. Then students conduct scientific experiments with their projects to understand inertia, friction, aerodynamics, and thrust.
  • Exploring Electricity: Students learn the basics of electricity and programming. They use conductive and non-conductive clay along with electronic components to build basic circuits. They will also learn basic programming skills by working with Micro:bits.
  • Medieval Engineering: CATAPULTS, PROJECTILES, AND CASTLES, OH MY!!!  Students explore, build and test a catapult used in the medieval times. The catapults complete a variety of tasks, including hitting different targets. Students learn about elasticity, trajectory, motion, potential and kinetic energy.

Grades 8-9

  • Submersible ROV: Students dive into the world of underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Activities include assembling, basic electronics and soldering, coding, testing, and competing in an underwater challenge!


Students in grades 3-5 and grades 8-9 (during the 2018-19 school year) are eligible for STEM summer camps. (Students currently in grades 6-7 may attend Tech Adventure Camp.)

All students are welcome:

  • FCPS students.
  • Students enrolled in private schools.
  • Students who are home schooled.
  • Non-Fairfax County residents.

Program Information

Dates and Times

  • Session 1: June 24 - June 28, 2019
  • Session 2: July 8 - July 12, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Students cannot register for both sessions. Session 2 is a repeat of Session 1.


Fairfax High School


FCPS Food Services provides lunch for $3.50 or students may bring a lunch from home. FCPS students can use their school accounts or pay with cash. Non-FCPS students can pay with cash.

Starting June 11, view the lunch menu by school location. Vending machines are available.



There is bus transportation from FCPS high schools and middle schools outside of the Fairfax High School pyramid. Transportation to and from these schools is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. The confirmation email sent after registering includes the bus schedule.


Registration will be open from February 4 to June 23, 2019.

Non-FCPS students must provide a copy of the following documents which can be emailed to or mailed to:

FCPS-ACE, Department A
6815 Edsall Rd,
Springfield, VA 22151

  • Birth certificate.
  • Medical evidence of immunization.
  • The most recent 2018-19 school report card.


Reduced fee and tuition waivers are not available.



All students must deliver the appropriate form(s) to school the first day of the camp:

Extended Day Classes

Adult and Community Education (ACE) offers academic and enrichment classes at Fairfax High School from 2:30-5:30 p.m. after camp ends for the day. These classes are an extra cost, and student pick-up at 5:30 p.m. is the responsibility of the parent.