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We are excited to announce that we are hosting a series of Virtual STEM Camps available starting at $98 per camp for the entire household. 

The COVID-19 response restrictions, our commitment to safety, and guidance from local and state leadership has made it necessary to re-task our traditional in-person STEM camps, which are hosted at schools and NOVA campuses, to a virtual format this summer. 

Our Virtual STEM Camps will provide opportunities for students to explore STEM and the engineering design process from home. The curriculum includes some hands-on projects coding with micro:bit and scratch, VEX robotics, fabrication and cybersecurity tools. Camps are offered for elementary (rising 3rd grade) to high school (rising seniors) students in daily 1-2 hour online sessions throughout the summer. With fewer contact hours the cost to participants will be reduced and we will host camps per household instead of per student making them more affordable for the entire family.

Looking forward to seeing you online this summer!

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Virtual STEM Camp 20 General Info

  • One-week camps start at $98 plus the cost of materials
  • Instructional cost is per household, only need to pay extra for cost of materials 
  • Camps are 1-2 weeks long with 1-3 hour of instruction daily
  • Select camps will provided technical support prior to camp for software downloads.
  • Robotics and Scratch 1 & 3, sign-up closes the Sunday before the camp starts. All other camps sign-up closes on Sunday the week prior to allow time for materials to be shipped

Virtual STEM Camp 20 Grade Level Chart

This Grade Level Chart will help you find a camp suitable for your child.

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Virtual STEM Camp 20 Tracks

Coding (Grades 3-8)

Students will learn about coding, the engineering design process and data collection. This hybrid offering puts micro:bit in students hands to use as a tool around the house while telling stories in scratch on  collecting data with a variety of sensors. With three levels of learning in micro:bit and scratch, students will be prepared to create projects and continue to engage in STEM.

Level 1 - Scratch

Cost $98

Participants learn to code using Scratch, an introductory visual programming language. Working through a series of coding activities, students will develop a fluency in the basic techniques of coding. No prior experience required. 5 sessions / 90 minutes each.

Level 1 - Micro:bit

Cost $98 (micro:bit at additional cost $30 each)

During this camp, students will be introduced to coding through the Micro:bit, a credit-card sized computer. Through exploring the sensors built into the micro:bit, students will create a basic portable personal assistant. Participants must purchase their own micro:bit either through the registration system or through the listed vendors below. 5 sessions / 90 minutes each.

Level 1 - Combined Scratch / Micro:bit

Cost $186 (micro:bit at additional cost $30 each)

Combining both introductory Scratch and micro:bit curricula, participants will spend mornings learning to code using Scratch and afternoons designing tools using the micro:bit’s sensors. Working through a series of coding activities in Scratch, students will develop a fluency in the basic techniques of coding. Through exploring the sensors built into the micro:bit, students will create a basic portable personal assistant. Participants must purchase their own micro:bit either through the registration system or through the listed vendors below. No prior experience required. 10 sessions / 90 minutes each.

Level 2 - Scratch / Micro:bit

Cost $98 (micro:bit at additional cost $30 each)

Participants will learn to use the micro:bit to control on-screen sprites and animations in Scratch. Using these technologies together, participants will design, code, and test their own games. Participants must have a micro:bit and have completed one of SySTEMic’s level 1 camps, or have a similar level of skill. The micro:bit can be purchased either through the registration system or through the listed vendors below. 4 sessions / 2 hours each.

Level 3 - Advanced Scratch

Cost $98

This camp extends the coding techniques learned during level 1 and level 2 SySTEMic camps. Students will create simulations using basic artificial intelligence. Participants must have completed a level 1 or level 2 coding camp or have an equivalent level of skill. 5 sessions / 90 minutes each.

Level 3 - Micro:Maqueen

Cost $98 (micro:bit and micro:maqueen at additional cost $30 each)

The micro:Maqueen is a small mobile robot designed to serve as an introductory platform for competitive robotics. During this camp, participants will assemble, code, and test the Maqueen, extending their programming and computational thinking skills. In order to participate in this camp, students must have completed one of SySTEMic’s Micro:bit camps or have an equivalent level of skill. Participants must purchase their own micro:bit and micro:Maqueen either through the registration system or through the listed vendors below. 5 sessions / 90 minutes each.

Vendors for Micro:Bit and Micro:Maqueen

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Amazon

Sparkfun

Adafruit

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VEX Robotics (Grades 4-10)

VIQC and VRC. In the VEX IQ Challenge game, students will learn how to analyze, create an engineering notebook, and code in blocks utilizing a virtual robot and online programming software. In the VEX Robotics Competition Camp students will learn how to approach the yearly challenge through the engineering design process. Students will learn to code in VEX Code text and work on CAD assembly to prototype their robot. These skills will prepare students for yearly competitions.

VEX IQ Challenge Camp

Cost $196

Participants will utilize the engineering process to conceptualize a design of their own VEX IQ robot and document in an engineering notebook. Students will learn about different drive trains, lift and intake systems/mechanisms and mechanical advantages using gear ratios. They will be programming a virtual robot in VEXcode VR and learn about different coding techniques such as loops and functions. They will also be discussing game strategy for the new VEX IQ Challenge game Rise Above.

VEX Robotics Competition Camp

Cost $196

Participants will utilize the engineering process to conceptualize a design of their own VEX robot and document in an engineering notebook. Students will learn about different drive trains, lift and intake systems/mechanisms and mechanical advantages using gear ratios. They will be programming a virtual robot in VEXcode VR and learn about different coding techniques. Students will be discussing game strategy for the new VEX Robotics Competition game Change Up.

Cybersecurity (Grades 9-12)

High school students interested in exploring the Cybersecurity domains and furthering their knowledge of human security, computer hacking, digital safeguarding of applications, and secure communication will find much to learn through this track. Three camps will be offered, providing students the opportunity to select the topic(s) that meet their interests. Each camp will feature activities and labs to engage students, including labs offered by the Virginia Cyber Range.

Foundations of Cybersecurity

Cost $98

This camp will explore the basic foundations of cybersecurity, including but not limited to personal and home security, operating system security, threats and vulnerabilities. Virginia Cyber Range’s Introduction to Cybersecurity for High School Students and K12 Educators will serve as the model for this camp. Physical and virtual assessment activities will engage students throughout the week.

Ethical Hacking & Digital Forensics

Cost $98

This camp will explore ethical hacking, also known as penetration testing, and digital forensics to conduct examinations of computer systems. A variety of online labs and resources will provide students hands-on experience exploring these important cyber controls to ensure secure environments.

Network Security & Encryption

Cost $98

This camp will explore the fundamentals of network security using UNIX/Linux and Windows environments and will feature a “Capture The Flag” assessment. Students will also explore the world of cyber defense and cryptography using puzzles and labs to learn about cipher techniques and what makes for strong encryption.

Fabrication Junior (Grades 4-7)

Students will utilize free software to engage in a variety of camp offerings that allow students to design and make their products utilizing 3D printers, laser engravers and etextiles in a makerspace. These hybrid camps are intended to engage students in the design process. Students will be mailed a starter kit to create a project or their finished product. Students need a PC or laptop computer (not a phone or iPad) with a webcam and ideally a mouse in order to participate.

Level 1 camps provide an opportunity for participants to explore a variety of ways of designing and making items and learning about related technology. These camps provide an introduction and background skills for the more specific Level 2 Fabrication camps. Level 2 camps provide a more immersive exploration of a specific maker process from design to fabrication. They build upon skills developed in the Level 1 camp and allow the participant to choose an area(s) of interest that was sparked during that previous session. Completion of a Level 1 camp is required before participating in a Level 2.

Fabrication Junior - Level 1

Cost: $148 (materials & shipping included - additional material packs $50 each)

This camp is for rising 4-7 graders that want to explore various ways to design and make items. This introduction to fabrication involves using design software, completing hands-on challenges and learning about fabrication tools such as 3D printers and laser engravers. Students will be designing items that will be produced in the NOVA Fab Lab and shipped to them after the camp. In addition, participants will receive a STEM materials kit (included in the price of the camp) before the camp starts. You can purchase additional kits during the registration process.

Sample Activities:

  • Create an LED Emoji with fabric, circuitry and a switch.
  • Design and create a glider to solve a challenge.
  • Design a personalized light switch cover.

Fabrication Junior - Level 2: 3D Printing

Cost: $123 (materials & shipping included - additional material packs $25 each)

Participants will further their design skills by creating their own 3D project. More advanced skills in CAD design and the engineering design process will be covered. Their final design will be 3D printed by the NOVA Fab Lab and mailed to the participant (material and shipping is included in the price of the camp). You can purchase additional kits during the registration process. For 4-7 graders and completion of a Level 1 Fabrication camp prior to this session is required.

Fabrication Junior - Level 2: Laser Cutting/Engraving

Cost: $123 (materials & shipping included - additional material packs $25 each)

Participants will learn how to design products in Inkscape in preparation to be laser engraved. Inkscape is a free vector-based software program that allows for creation and editing of computer graphics. Students will be able to choose their designs they want laser engraved by the NOVA Fab Lab, and those items will be fabricated and mailed to the participant (material and shipping is included in the price of the camp). You can purchase additional kits during the registration process. For 4-7 graders and completion of a Level 1 Fabrication camp prior to this session is required.

Sample Activities:

· Create a personalized picture frame insert.

· Create personalized cupcake or wedding cake toppers.

· Create a personalized phone stand.

Fabrication Junior - Level 2: CNC Routing Made Easy

Cost: $123 (materials & shipping included - additional material packs $25 each)

During this 5-day camp, students will design a custom maze using InventablesTM free design software called EaselTM. The maze will eventually become a sealed and self-contained puzzle capturing an 1/8” ball bearing that travels through carved corridors. A clear acrylic top and designed bezel will capture the ball bearing, while simple fasteners will hold the unit together. The custom maze will be carved on our portable CNC machine and mailed as a kit for final assembly at home (material and shipping is included in the price of the camp). You can purchase additional kits during the registration process. For 4-7 graders and completion of a Level 1 Fabrication camp prior to this session is required.

Fabrication Senior (Grades 8-12)

Students will utilize free software to engage in a variety of camp oerings that allow students to design and make their products utilizing 3D printers, laser engravers and etextiles in a makerspace. These hybrid camps are intended to engage students in the design process. Students will be mailed a starter kit to create a project or their nished product. Students need a PC or laptop computer (not a phone or iPad) with a webcam and ideally a mouse in order to participate.

Level 1 camps provide an opportunity for participants to explore a variety of ways of designing and making items and learning about related technology. These camps provide an introduction and background skills for the more specic Level 2 Fabrication camps. Level 2 camps provide a more immersive exploration of a specic maker process from design to fabrication. They build upon skills developed in the Level 1 camp and allow the participant to choose an area(s) of interest that was sparked during that previous session. Completion of a Level 1 camp is required before participating in a Level 2.

Fabrication Senior - Level 1

Cost: $163 (materials & shipping included - additional material packs $65 each)

This camp is for rising 8–12 graders that want to explore various ways to design and make items. This introduction to fabrication involves using design software, completing hands-on challenges and learning about fabrication tools such as 3D printers and laser engravers. Students will be designing items that will be produced in the NOVA Fab Lab and shipped to them after the camp. In addition, participants will receive a STEM materials kit (included in the price of the camp) before the camp starts. You can purchase additional kits during the registration process.

Sample Activities:

  • Create an LED Emoji with fabric, circuitry, and a switch.
  • Build and test a solar car.
  • Design a personalized ink stamp and have it fabricated.

Fabrication Senior - Level 2: Laser Cutting/Engraving

Cost: $123 (materials & shipping included - additional material packs $25 each)

Participants will learn how to design products in Inkscape in preparation to be laser engraved. Inkscape is a free vector-based software program that allows for creation and editing of computer
graphics. Students will be able to choose their designs they want laser engraved by the NOVA Fab Lab, and those items will be fabricated and mailed to the participant (material and shipping is included in the price of the camp). You can purchase additional kits during the registration process. For 8-12 graders and completion of a Level 1 Fabrication camp prior to this session is required.

Sample Activities:

  • Create a personalized jewelry box or small storage container.
  • Create a custom jigsaw puzzle.

Fabrication Senior - Level 2: E-textiles

Cost: $123 (materials & shipping included - additional material packs $25 each)

Participants will learn about incorporating electronics into fabrics by designing their own carrying
bag. Students will learn to construct their bags, sew in electrical components including LED’s and switches, and finish the project to make it their own (material and shipping is included in the price of the camp). You can purchase additional kits during the registration process. On the last day, students will reflect on their design process and present their final projects to the group. In addition, students will learn how to use design software and the application of a laser in cutting fabric patterns. For 8-12 graders and completion of a Level 1 Fabrication camp prior to this session is required.

Fabrication Senior - Level 2: 3D Printing

Cost: $123 (materials & shipping included - additional material packs $25 each)

Participants will further their design skills by creating their own 3D project. Their final design will be 3D printed by the NOVA Fab Lab and mailed to the participant (material and shipping is included in the price of the camp). You can purchase additional kits during the registration process. More advanced skills in CAD design and the engineering design process will be covered. For 8-12 graders and completion of a Level 1 Fabrication camp prior to this session is required.

Fabrication Senior - Level 3: Engineering Challenge

Cost: $246 (materials & shipping included - additional material packs $50 each)

In this 10-day camp, students will be solving an in-depth problem/project-based challenge covering all aspects of the fabrication process. From initial concepts, designs, prototypes, revisions, and final production. The camp will cover several manufacturing and design tools such as 3D design, rapid prototyping, laser cutting & CNC routing. The participants will be shipped their final projects (materials and shipping are included in the price of the camp). You can purchase additional kits during the registration process. For 8-12 graders and completion of a Level 1 Fabrication camp prior to this session is required. 10 session / 90 minutes each

Virtual STEM Camp Schedule 2020

Coding
Coding
VEX Robotics
Robotics
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity
Fabrication
Fabrication
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