2018-2019 School Year

About the S.T.E.M. Camp

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp is a free program offered to all fifth grade students in the Mount Vernon School District. We provide stimulating science and engineering activities that introduce real-world problem solving skills. In addition to providing a fun learning environment, we also provide free snack and transportation home to all participating students. 

STEM Camp runs at each elementary school in the MVSD for 3 weeks during the school year, from Monday through Thursday, 2 hours after school. The first hour is spent participating in hands-on science activities such as programming robots, making oobleck, or dissecting owl pellets. The second hour consists of an engineering challenge where students will compete to make bridges, towers, boats and more! 

STEM Camp is a place for students to express their creativity, learn alongside their peers and explore all the possibilities that a STEM education has to offer.  

The STEM Camp will provide 5th graders with the opportunity to 1) practice the ‘Scientific Process’ through experimentation 2) hone their engineering skills by working in teams to solve real world problems, and 3) learn about Computer Science as well as new forms of Technology!

 

When is the S.T.E.M. Camp?

The STEM Camp runs for 3 weeks, Monday-Thursday for 2 hours after school. The Camp will be facilitated at each one of the six elementary schools on the following tentative dates: 

  • Centennial: October 15th - November 1st
  • Jefferson: November 26th - December 13th
  • Lincoln: January 7th - January 24th
  • Little Mountain: February 4th - February 21st
  • Washington: March 4th - March 21st 
  • Madison: April 8th - April 25th 

Snacks, and Bus Transportation are provided to Camp Attendees

 

Camp Format

Each week follows a theme that aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards of Washington State. Tentative themes for this years camp include activities that focus on Systems of Earth and Space, Matter and Energy, and Forces and Interactions. 

Each day students will complete either a science or technology project and then compete with the entire group in an Engineering challenge. 

Next Generation Science Standards

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Camp Schedule

Camp Schedule

 

CAMP Curriculum

The activities put on by the STEM camp are designed to address specific Next Generation Science Standards.

Generally, the activities focus on getting students comfortable with the ‘Engineering Design Process’, and actively using such science terms as, constraints, variables, hypotheses, theory and result.

Week One - Week one of STEM camp is centered around earth systems, stars and the solar system. 

Whats Gravity Got to Do With it?

Sphero

After calculating and determining their own mass, students will investigate how much they would weigh on other planets, as well as measure how far they could jump.

Learn about orbital motion with Sphero and program your robot to replicate planetary rotation and revolution.

 

 

Classifying Stars

Snap Circuits

Students will learn about classifying stars and then work in groups to classify and document 5 stars based on their size, temperature, brightness and color.

By building open and closed circuits, students will learn the basic components of an electronic circuit, how these components work within ‘constraints’ and ‘criteria’ to do work and how to build different types of circuits to accomplish particular tasks.

 

 

Week Two  - Week two of STEM camp is centered on energy, matter and it's interactions. We also continue to discover technology through block based programming.

How to Make a Bouncy Ball

Sphero

Students will learn about Polymers and how they are made by experimenting with different recipes to create the perfect Bouncy Ball!

Design and test a contraption for Sphero to carry a load of pennies across a small body of water. Using an engineering method, consider buoyancy, density, surface area, and what types of materials float in water.

Goo-Day (Non-Newtonian Fluids)

Scratch Coding

What is a liquid? Solid? Gas? What is viscosity? What is the definition of a Newtonian fluid? Why is Oobleck a non- newtonian fluid?

Learn the fundamentals of computer science through a block based programming language. Create a Scratch Coding account, get comfortable with Scratch commands and explore existing projects.

 

Week three - Week three of STEM camp focuses on chemical process as well as energy transfer in the environment. We also continue to discover technology through block-based computer programming.
 

Chemical versus Physical Change

Sphero

Students will conduct different investigations to distinguish whether a physical or chemical change happens to certain types of matter.

Program Sphero to navigate your own original maze. To complete this challenge, you must gather data about the best route through a maze and figure out how to build a program so Sphero can successfully navigate through the mayhem.

Private Eye/Owl Pellets

Scratch Coding

Students will use the dissection of owl pellets to explore food chains and energy transfer in ecosystems.