Camps and Institutes: STEM Camp

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

Registration for all summer camps and institutes opens February 5, 2018.

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. Students currently in grades 3-5 and grades 8-9 are eligible for our exciting STEM summer camps. (Students in grades 6-7 may attend Tech Adventure Camp.)

Classes for students in grades 3-5:

  • 3D Design and Printing: Campers will learn the basics of magnetism combined with simple electrical circuits to design, build and test their own magnetic levitating vehicles using 3D printers. After working through the Engineering Design Process campers will be provided the opportunity to test their designs before racing against each other in a friendly competition.
  • Edible Science: As food scientists we will be exploring how chemical reactions make up some of our daily foods. Students will have hands-on experience creating edible race cars, gum, homemade marshmallows and ice cream!
  • Interactive Coding: Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple invention kit for beginners and experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between. At the end of camp students will be able to take home their Makey Makey!
  • Renewable Energy: Campers will explore renewable energy through the means of a variety of hands-on activities. Students will create and take home products like a solar powered car and other renewable energy devices. Using these devices students will learn how to go green and reduce their carbon footprint.

Class for students in grades 8-9:

  • Arduino in Action: Campers will learn about computer programming by constructing basic circuits and writing code. This code will activate sensors, electrical components, motors, etc. on an interactive rover.  Campers will be advancing their Arduino knowledge by working through a series of self-guided projects.

Transportation:

Bus transportation is provided from FCPS high schools and middle schools outside of the Lake Braddock pyramid. Transportation to and from these schools is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. The bus schedule is included in the confirmation email received after registration.

Registration Forms:

Please complete the appropriate form(s) and have your student deliver them to school the first day of the program.

Dates & Student Hours:

Session 1: June 25 - June 29, 2018

Session 2: July 9-July 13, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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

Location:

Lake Braddock Secondary School

Eligibility:

Students in grades 3-5 and grades 8-9 (during the 2017-2018 school year) are eligible for STEM summer camps. (Students currently in grades 6-7 may attend Tech Adventure Camp.)

FCPS students, county residents who are enrolled in private schools or home schooled, and non-Fairfax County residents are encouraged to register.

Tuition:

$275

Reduced fee and tuition waivers are not available for this elective program.

Registration:

February 5 - June 10, 2018

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

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

  • birth certificate
  • medical evidence of immunization
  • a most recent 2017-18 school report card

Lunch:

FCPS Food Services provides lunch for $3.25 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.

Extended Day Classes:

ACE (Adult and Community Education) will offer academically and enrichment focused week long classes at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 2:30-5:30 p.m. after STEM Camp ends for the day. These classes are an additional cost and student pick-up at 5:30 p.m. is the responsibility of the parent. Register for these camps at the same time you register for STEM Camp: K-6 and Secondary.

Contact:

tmin@fcps.edu