Hands-on, Dynamic STEM Summer Camps from Engineering for Kids

This article is sponsored by Engineering for Kids/Chicagoland.

This summer, instead of sending your children to camp to play, why not give their brains a workout too? The following camps are still available in July and August of 2018.

Hinsdale/Burr Ridge

Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13
Engineering of Travel (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ready, Set, Drones! (ages 8-13): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20
Let’s Make Toys (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Build a Computer/Minecraft (ages 8-13): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
Science of Superpowers (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Claymation Camp (ages 8-13): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3
Inventor’s Workshop (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Minecraft Modding (ages 8-13): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
EV3 Robotics (ages 8-13): 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Downers Grove

Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13
Inventor’s Workshop (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Claymation Camp (ages 8-13): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20
Pirates Adventures (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Game On! Coding Your Own Roblox Games (ages 8-13): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
Let’s Make Toys (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Engineering Olympiad (ages 8-13): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3
Magic Beans (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Forensic Engineers (ages 8-13): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10
Engineering of Travel (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Minecraft Modding (ages 8-13): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monday, August 13 – Friday, August 17
Zoo Camp (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Build a Computer/Minecraft (ages 8-13): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Oak Lawn

Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13
Pirate Adventures (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Build A Computer/Raspberry Pi Minecraft (ages 8-14): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
Twisted Fairy Tales (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Minecraft Modding (ages 8-14): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3
Aviation Week (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Coding Roblox Games (ages 8-14): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10
Science of Superpowers (ages 4-7): 8:30 – 11:30 am

Orland Park

Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13
Game On! Coding Roblox (ages 8-14): 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Zoo Camp (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Game On! Code Your Own Roblox Games (ages 8-13): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The A in STEAM, Art Enrichment (ages 4-13): 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20
Minecraft Modding (ages 8-14): 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
Junior Scratch – Space Pioneers (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Minecraft Modding (ages 8-13): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The A in STEAM, Art Enrichment (ages 4-13): 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3
Engineering of Travel (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Coding Games With Scratch (ages 8-13): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The A in STEAM, Art Enrichment (ages 4-13): 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10
Build a Computer/Raspberry Pi Minecraft (ages 8-14): 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Inventor’s Workshop (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
EV3 Robotics (ages 8-13): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The A in STEAM, Art Enrichment (ages 4-13): 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Monday, August 13 – Friday, August 17
Science of Superpowers (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Claymation Camp (ages 8-13): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The A in STEAM, Art Enrichment (ages 4-13): 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Frankfort

Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
Zoo Camp (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3
Science of Superpowers (ages 4-7): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

At the STEM camps offered by Engineering for Kids/Chicagoland, the sky’s the limit. This summer, nine weeks of specialized camps will focus on science, technology, engineering and math to give children ages 4-14 years old hands-on dynamic experiences that they won’t find anywhere else.

Does your child like to take things apart and put them back together? Are they curious about what makes a superhero a superhero? Do they like to play Minecraft or Roblox? Do they want to learn to program and fly drones?  Are they fans of Claymation videos?  If so, Engineering for Kids has a STEM camp for them! STEM camps are intended to let kids stretch their creative muscles, ask questions, conduct experiments and see how science comes to life.  They will have a blast designing video games, building rockets, making movies, and much more.

Camps begin the week of June 18, 2018 with unique topics covered each week. The camps will be held in the La Grange, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Frankfort, and Orland Park areas.

To learn more about all of the Engineering for Kids week-long camps and to register, visit www.efk-stem.com or keep reading because we have the details on some of their camps below so you can get a taste of what they offer!

*Inside info: If you sign-up for their emails, you’ll receive a promo code that will give you a $20 discount on a camp enrollment! Also, if you have multiple children enrolling in their summer camps, there is a discount for that as well. Just call (708) 250-5858 or email info@EFK-STEM.com and ask them for details.

Engineering for Kids Summer Camp Overview by Age Group

STEM Summer Camps for Ages 4-7

Aviation Week
Budding engineers will be introduced to the basic concepts of engineering as it relates to the science of aircraft and spacecraft. They’ll design and construct their own rockets, parachutes and hot air balloons, which they get to keep.

Science of Superpowers
In this freshly redesigned favorite, students dissect superhero skill-sets to uncover the science behind super powers. Through exercises in biology, engineering and technology, students fly alongside Superman, sling webs with Spider-Man and recognize the real-life heroes of our world.

Junior Scratch -Coding
In this Scratch program, students work together to create their own games, art and musical instruments while exploring coding foundations.

Inventor’s Workshop
Students will invent new machines, bring creations to life with littleBits electronic building blocks and explore creative design solutions using the Engineering Design Process.

Pirates Adventures
Cast-off into the seven seas as students work together to navigate its treacherous depths, engaging in STEM-focused experiments, hands-on design trials and engaging group discussions.

STEM Summer Camps for Ages 8-14

Coding Games With Scratch
In this coding adventure, students create fun animated stories and games while learning essential programming concepts with MIT’s Scratch programming software. No previous programming knowledge needed.

Ready, Set, Drone
Housing a hands-on aerial robotics platform, this camp is an introduction to the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Students learn basic piloting skills, construct an obstacle course to fly through and stage a final race to showcase their cumulative knowledge.

Forensic Engineers
Using principles of investigative science and forensic engineering, students will analyze evidence in the simulated crime scene using math, science and technology.

Claymation Camp
This camp contains everything students need to create their own stop-motion movies, including top-quality clay, fun-to-use software, adorable cameras and amazing curriculum that turns anyone into a filmmaker.

Game On! Code Your Own ROBLOX Games
Roblox is one of the fastest-growing game creation platforms on the planet, with more than 60 million players per month and top developers making over $1 million a year. Learn how to use Roblox Studio to create your own 3D worlds and then use LUA to code game mechanics.

Minecraft Modding
Build your own customized Minecraft world with real Java code! Create ‘mods’ that control how your Minecraft game behaves and battle zombies and creepers by crafting code with software from Code Kingdoms! No prior Minecraft experience necessary.

Zoo Camp
Traverse tricky terrain, shake claws with lobsters and design ecosystems in this life science camp. Discover the diversity of wildlife adaptations, the differences in habitats and what’s necessary for each biome’s survival.

Build a Computer/Minecraft Coding
As kids build Piper and progress through the games, they develop both technical skills and approaches that lead to inventive solutions. This camp teaches engineering and programming through a combination of engaging storyline, physical building and Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft.


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