NOVA SySTEMic Solutions introduces thousands of students to STEM through summer camps designed for elementary through high school students. The camps focus on hands-on project based learning that provides students an excellent opportunity to explore STEM fields.
At NOVA we are confident that early exposure to STEM fields will help your child find a lasting passion for STEM that begins in secondary school and can be realized at NOVA through one of many Certificate or Degree programs of study.
Summer STEM Camp Registration
To learn more about and register for each camp please click through the dropdown menus below. You can also download a camp description PDF here: 2016 Summer STEM Camp Descriptions
- CAD/3D Printing
Robotics is inspiring and celebrated by STEM students like an athletic event! It also incorporates all 4 of the STEM disciplines. At our robotics camps students build, program and drive a robot on LEGO EV3, VEX IQ and VEX EDR platforms. In addition to developing skills in computer programming, engineering and science, students also collaborate as a team while using creativity and critical thinking to problem solve. LEGO EV3 is for rising 3rd to 5th graders, VEX IQ camps cover 4th to 8th graders and VEX EDR camps are for rising 6th to 12th graders. Cool robots and fun challenges make this a camp both exciting and educational!
Robotics introduces students to engineering, Computer Science and Project Management, which are available at NOVA.
LEGO EV3 Robotics Camp
This one week camp is planned for rising 3rd through 5th grade students. In pairs, they will build an autonomous robot to carry out pre-designed missions. Students will design, build, and program a LEGO EV3 robot that will operate autonomously to compete against other camp teams in competitions such as the SumoBot Challenge and the Maze Challenge. Additional activities such as science experiments, may also be integrated throughout the week. Students will learn project management in a team setting, how to build with the LEGO EV3 platform, and basic programming of the EV3 system. The teams will compete in a final competition on Friday morning.
VEX IQ Robotics Camp
This one week camp is for rising 4th through 8th graders. In pairs, students will build an autonomous robot to carry out pre-designed missions. Students will design, build, and program a VEX IQ robot that will operate autonomously and via remote control to compete against other camp teams in competitions such as the SumoBot Challenge and the Maze Challenge. In this camp the students will code in RobotC to integrate sensor feedback into their autonomous code. Students will learn project management in a team setting, how to build with the VEX IQ system, and basic programming of the robot. The teams will compete in a final competition on Friday morning.
VEX 1 Robotics Camp
This one week camp introduces rising 6th through 12th grade students to competitive robotics through the VEX EDR robotics design system. This camp is ideal for students interested in coding and robotics. In pairs, students will build and program a robot to operate on a field by remote control and autonomously. Students will learn basic computer programming in RobotC by completing sensor integrated challenges throughout the week. The teams will compete in a final camp competition Friday morning.
The thrill of watching a rocket you built launch 1000 feet in the air is awesome! We offer Rocketry Camps for rising 7th through 12th graders, who will learn the basics of rocketry and how they work. Students will utilize RockSim (a simulation for building and launching) and will have the opportunity to launch several rockets into the summer sky!
Rocketry includes mathematics and physics. Many high schoolers enroll at NOVA to take math in the summer or through dual enrollment.
This one week camp will introduce rising 7th through 12th grade students to rocketry. During the camp, students will learn the basics of rocketry and how they work, rocketry safety as well as building and launching several rockets. Students will also learn how to use RockSim, a simulation tool for building and launching rockets. The camp will have a field trip to safely launch their competition sized rocket on Friday.
Most products we use today involve 3D printing during the design process. This camp explores how 3D graphics and 3D printing are revolutionizing how designers, artists and engineers create products and tools. Rising 9th through 12th grade students will gain the skills to bring their design ideas to life by using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to create their own 3D printed objects. This is a cutting edge camp that will keep them inspired!
CAD coursework is available at NOVA for credit or through workforce development.
CAD/3D Printing Skills Camp
This camp is for rising 9th through 12th grade students and explores how significant innovations in the areas of 3D computer graphics and 3D printing technologies are revolutionizing how designers, artists, and engineers create products and tools. Students will learn an overview of modern 3D design and modeling techniques and also explore the range of printing and prototyping technologies in use today. The mission of this 3D Printing and Engineering Design Course is intended to provide students with the tools to bring design ideas to life. Imagining a concept in your mind is just the beginning. A product may then be brought to life through the application of advanced engineering tools like Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CAD) and 3D printing. By the end of the camp, students will have gained hands-on experience creating their own designs and shaping the creative process to final printed production. This camp is 3 hours a day for 2 weeks.
As our lives become more and more dependent on technology, programming is becoming the new literacy. Programmers are in high demand in the workforce and our programming camp provides rising 4th through 6th and 9th through 12th grade students a platform to begin and also enhance their programming skills. Students in 4th through 6th grade engage in programming interactive stories, games and animations while students in 9th through 12th grade will work with Arduino boards to combine different components, like LEDs, motors and sensors, and program them to solve different tasks. Students will come away with a basic understanding of programming and have the tools to pave their way to future success!
Computer Science at NOVA allows students to earn industry certications and pursue courses for credit or through workforce development.
Scratch Programming Camp
This one week half-day camp is for rising 4th through 6th graders. Students will use the basic concepts of the Scratch programming language to develop creative stories, animations, simulations, and games. Students will work on individual projects and collaborate on group projects. Students will learn about computational thinking skills such as sequencing, loops, conditionals, and operators. Students will learn about computation practices such as iterating, testing, debugging, and reusing. Students will create, personalize, share, and reflect upon their own projects throughout the week. Students will also be focusing on math skills throughout the week as well.
Programming Skills Course
This camp will provide students in rising 9th through 12th grade with new skills in programming and electronics engineering. The goal of this camp is to shift focus away from simply using electronics to understanding how they work by programming them! Students will learn to work with an Arduino Board to combine components like LEDs, motors, and sensors. Students will also learn how to program starting with the very basics, turning on and off an LED, to more sophisticated situations like maneuvering a car. We will use real life examples to help students understand the importance of the skills taught in camp. This camp is 3 hours a day for 2 weeks.
The four domains of national security are land, sea, air, and space. Now there's a fifth – Cyber! Cybersecurity is a critical and booming field for STEM students to aspire to and excel in. For rising 9th through 12th graders our camp provides students with hands-on Cybersecurity activities through networking, attack/defense strategies and competitions.
Governor McAuliffe has issued the challenge for VA to become the "capital for Cybersecurity." Engaging in this discipline early is the key to success. Cybersecurity students are helping protect the future!
This one week camp is for rising 9th through 12th graders and will introduce the students to the world of Cybersecurity. This camp is designed to provide students with knowledge and hands-on experience in cybersecurity and introduce them to the many career opportunities in the growing field. The camp will increase students’ knowledge of networking and computer security including attack and defense strategies, all through tutorials, hands-on activities and will culminate with a mock competition towards the end of the camp. Students must bring their own laptop with the minimum specifications: an i5 or comparable AMD processor (NO Macs/Apple based laptops), 6 GB of RAM and 20 GB free hard drive space available.
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Summer STEM Camp Schedule
Camps are one week, Monday through Friday except for the Skills Camps (CAD/3D Printing and
Programming) which are Monday through Friday over two weeks. Click each box below to see the
schedule of camps in each region. To compare the schedule of all three regions you can click the
following link to download a PDF: 2016 Summer STEM Camp Schedule
STEM Camps in Arlington/Alexandria/Falls church
To view and register for the many STEM camps in the Arlington/Alexandria/Falls Church Area in
partnership with local schools and STEM education organizations please click the following link:
Arlington/Alexandria/Falls Church STEM camps