Brainwave Summer Camps
Our S.T.E.A.M. summer day camps offer fun learning experiences for 5 to 14 year-old campers, as we get the creative juices flowing in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics projects. Check back in early 2018 for our next slate of summer camp offerings or join our email list to get all the latest updates!
2017 Weekly Camps
Interested in what type of content you can look forward to in 2018? Check out what we were up to this past summer!
Adventurecraft Junior / Adventurecraft Masters
- Minecraft Camp
- 7-9 yrs old (Junior) & 10-14 yrs old (Masters)
Have you ever embarked on an adventure in Minecraft, fraught with puzzles and danger? Perhaps you've wanted to design your own adventure instead, and pit players against gauntlets of monsters through winding labyrinths. In Adventurecraft Junior, we will help campers to create their own mysteries for their friends to explore and teach some tips and tricks to make any normal room contain a monarch's hoard of secrets.
- Inventions with Paper (3-Day Holiday Week Camp)
- 8-12 yrs old
Paper is everywhere; in our printers, in our notebooks, and even strewn about our desks. These simple sheets serve as a host for our words, but they can also be so much more--a robot worm, an electricity generator, or even a structural dome. In this camp, we will create complex, scientific wonders from these familiar, simple sheets and bring them home to amaze.
Cardboard Kingdom / Cardboard Quest
- 1-Week Camp (Kingdom) / 2-Week Camp (Quest)
- 7-9 yrs old (Kingdom) / 10-14 yrs old (Quest)
Step into another world as your wits are put to the test! This is our most comprehensive STEAM adventure. Campers will build their 21st Century skills in this engineering and science camp, and no STEAM stone will be left unturned as we reclaim the forest from an evil overlord and his minions. We will come together to collaborate on customizing flags, as well as design and build structures from the finest cardboard in the land! From there, we will embark on adventures which will challenge our scientific, engineering, creative, and physical abilities. Clues will be presented that will require interpretation and decryption, as well as problems that will require campers to collaborate, research, design, and build solutions. Teams will have to outwit each other in order to be the one to reclaim the forest. At the end of this two-week adventure, we will celebrate the victors with a party!
This is our most multidisciplinary camp as we will incorporate art, natural and life sciences, mathematics and engineering into the two-week outdoor quest. View a fun video from 2016's Cardboard Crusaders camp.
- Scratch Jr. & LEGO® Stop Motion
- 5-7 yrs old
Children's playground games are wonderful backdrops for young campers to learn concepts in software programming and stop-motion animation. During the week, campers will enjoy the outdoors by playing games and then turn that fun into a video game, using Scratch Jr. and stop-motion animation! Campers will combine the creative power of LEGO® with image-capture technology to create stop-motion videos in which their creations assemble themselves or interact with each other. They will be guided through developing storyboards, setting up the video camera, and using animation software. At the end of class, students will take their videos home on a thumb drive.
Animation & Arcade
- 2-Part Series (Optional) Camp
- 8-12 yrs old
Scratch Animation (Part I)
Using Scratch, a programming language developed by MIT, our campers will learn and expand their programming skills by re-creating a book or movie of their own choosing. Specifically created to mirror the command structure of languages such as Python and C, Scratch helps kids write their own code with a simple layout and techniques that can be easily grasped by both newcomers and veterans. This class introduces basic concepts to students new to programming and builds on existing students who have intermediate level experience. This camp focuses more on the artistic aspect of computer programming. Campers will identify key events, re-create digital versions of main characters, develop a story board, and then translate into code. Projects are based on skill level of the individual student. We will then post their projects on the Scratch website (anonymously) for all to enjoy.
Scratch Arcade (Part II)
A continuation of the content from Scratch Animation, this camp is a fantastic way to build upon previously gained skillsets or to acquire brand new ones! Scratch Arcade can operate as Part II of the series or be taken as a standalone camp.
Using Scratch, a programming language developed by MIT, our campers will learn and expand their programming skills by re-creating their favorite board or video game. Specifically created to mirror the command structure of languages such as python and C, Scratch helps kids write their own code with a simple layout and techniques that can be easily grasped by both newcomers and veterans. This class introduces basic concepts to students new to programming and builds on existing students who have intermediate level experience. Campers will deconstruct key elements of their chosen game, develop the game physics, build the environment, and translate into code. Projects are based on skill level of the individual student. We will then post their projects on the Scratch website (anonymously) for all to enjoy.