CURRICULUM FOR SUMMER CAMP 2018
- APPRENTICE GROUP: 7 – 10 years old
- MASTER GROUP: 11 – 14 years old
- JUNIOR GROUP (Minicamp): 4 – 6 years old
STEM-ISTEK FULL DAY SUMMER CAMP (10:00 – 18:00)
WEEKS 1 AND 2
Lessons will be mixed. One day Masters will attend EV3 Robotics and the next day, Bionic Engineering, changing places with Apprentice.
- NEW! “EV3 ROBOTICS: KELVIN’S FACTORY”: The most classical application for robotics is in factories and assembling lines, where robots can accomplish tasks too monotonous, too precise or too dangerous for humans. Using Lego Mindstorms, kids will build and program robots to help them to pick, sort and transport different materials, learning the basics of automatized manufacturing.
- Ball Conveyor: kids will build and program a robotic system that moves a ball 90 degrees from one location to another.
- Pick and Place: kids will build and program a robotic system that can pick up the Cuboid from one location and place it in another location.
- Plot-bot: kids will build and program a robot that can move itself in a pattern that forms a repeatable shape.
- Sorter-bot:kids will build and program a robotic system that can identify at least three different colors of LEGO elements and sort them into separate locations.
- Arm with a pen: kids will build and program a robotic system that manufactures:a robot that draws a pattern, performs the task accurately and is able to repeat the task.
- NEW! “ENGINEERS TO THE RESCUE!”:When there is a real world problem, you can count on an engineer to solve it! Our young innovators will learn and apply principles of mechatronics, bionics and structural engineering when they createan ecological human-powered flashlight, explore how earthquakes affect buildings, and build a prototype of prosthetic for persons with disabilities.
- Eco-flashlight:In disaster and limited access zones, electricity and batteries may be very hard to find. Our young engineers will build a flashlight that works by “human power”, thanks to the electricity generated when a crank is rotated.
- Sustainable Design Challenge – Cardboard Chair:Ecodesign is to create products with special consideration for the environmental impacts of the product during its whole lifecycle. Kids will use their creativity and teamwork skills to complete the challenge of creating a chair, using cardboard as main material. The chair must resist the weight of an adult sitting over it.
- Seismic-simulator: To avoid disasters and the loss of human lives, civil engineers must design their buildings to resist the violent vibrations during earthquakes. Our young structural engineers will build an earthquake simulator, to test the sturdiness of their buildings.
- Prosthetic Arm: in thelast two lessons of this module, kids will become biomedical engineers and address a critical real world problem: accessibility for persons with disabilities, like people who have lost a limb (amputees). Through hands-on activities, children will understand the limitations amputees face in their daily life, build a prototype for a prosthetic arm and then test it with different materials for effectivity.
WEEKS 3 AND 4
Lessons will be mixed. One day Masters will attend Minecraft and the next day, Engineering, changing places with Apprentice.
- NEW!“SCIENCE ADVENTURES WITH MINECRAFT EDU”: Minecraft is a game that let players create unique worlds with amazing structures, and it’s recognized by Microsoft as a powerful pedagogical tool for problem-based learning and education in any curricular topic. This time, our young engineers will learn about the work of paleontologists and dig up a dinosaur fossil, travel inside the human body and discover how respiratory and cardiovascular system work(this lesson complements the “Lungs and Heart mechanics” engineering lesson), work to preserve a Rainforest ecosystem; and at the end, they will explore the molecular world developed by the University of Hull and the Royal Society of Chemistry of United Kingdom, challenging their teamwork skills and English knowledge.
- Surviving Minecraft: introduction about Minecraft Edu: gameplay, rules and crafting.
- Inside the Human Body: Emphasis in Biology,kids will explore how the respiratory system and the cardiovascular system interact to provide the human body with oxygen.
- Hunting Fossils: Emphasis in Paleontology,kids will carefully unearth a dinosaur fossil.
- Save the Rainforest: Emphasis in Ecology, kids will be challenged to protect the rainforest against deforestation.
- Molecular World:Emphasis in Chemistry, kids will fly through giant molecules, exploring their atomic composition.
- NEW! “ENGINEERING: PHYSICS IN ACTION!”:Using the Engineering Design Process andprinciples of hydraulics, civil engineering, biology and physics, kids will build their own drawbridge and electrical wobble-bot, learn about conservation of momentum and energy with a Newton’s Cradle, play with trajectories in a portable Basketball game; and understand how mechanics are involved when the human heart pumps blood and the lungs interchange air, in a complementary activity to the “Inside the Human Body” lesson of Minecraft Edu “Science Adventures”
- Basketball Game:Kids will build an addictive mini-basketball game, where they will explore concepts like accuracy, consistency, angles and tension while trying their best shot to score.
- Heart and Lungs Mechanics: kids will create models of the heart and the lungs to explore how muscles can pump and circulate fluids inside the human body.
- Wobblebot: students will build a robot that looks like is dancing, applying concepts of electrical circuits, inertia, friction, vibration and robot aesthetics.
- Draw Bridge: Using hydraulic principles and civil engineering, kids will build a draw bridge that elevates its deck to allow cargo ships to pass under it.
- Newton’s Cradle: students will build this mesmerizing game that demonstrates the principle of conservation of momentum and energy.
JUNIOR MINI SUMMER CAMP (11:00 – 13:00)
- NEW! WEEK 1: “JUNIOR ROBOTICS: HARRY POTTER’S WIZARDRY WORLD”(Age: 4-6 years): This class is a perfect mixture of fun and learning, using LEGO® WeDo™ Robots. Using LEGO® bricks, students will build fantastic creatures like Griffins, Ogres and Trolls, create a magic box that only can be opened by a magic wand and play in a Wizardry game. They also learn how to program and operate their creations using a laptop computer.
- Wizard’s Game
- Double Headed Ogre
- Magic Chest
- Magic Carpet
EXTRA: Spinning Trolls
- WEEK 2:“JUNIOR CHEMICAL ENGINEERING”(Age: 4-6 years):this class introduce our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of solids, liquids, and solutions. Students investigate the properties of several crazy concoctions and make their own samples of bubbles, play dough, flub, and more.
- Bubble Bliss and Foaming Fun
- Primary Colors, Cromatography and Secret Inkers
- Presto-Chango Dough and Flub
- Lift Off (App. Chemical Engineering)
- Ice Cream (App. Chemical Engineering)
- NEW! WEEK 3: “JUNIOR ROBOTICS: TO THE INFINITY AND BEYOND!”(Age: 4-6 years): This class is a perfect mixture of fun and learning, using LEGO® WeDo™ Robots. Using LEGO® bricks, students will build an UFO, Martians, a cosmonaut and other space creations. They also learn how to program and operate their creations using a laptop computer.
- Flying Saucer
- Mars Bug
EXTRA: AT-ST Walker
- WEEK 4: “JUNIOR INVENTOR’S WORKSHOP”(Age: 4-6 years): We have opened up the workshop for a week of fun, creativity, and of course, engineering! Kids will invent new machines and explore creative design solutions using the Engineering Design Process. Discover how a wind-up toy works and design your own Drawing Robot, your Animation Station, Kinetic Sand and more!
- Animation Station
- A-maze-ing / Foosball
- Kinetic Sand / Signal Horn