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Brainwave Summer Camps 2019

Our S.T.E.A.M. summer day camps offer fun learning experiences for 6 to 14 year-old campers, as we get the creative juices flowing in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics projects.



All Brainwave Summer Camps require campers to bring a packed lunch, snacks, a refillable water bottle, and bug spray. Campers will be provided frequent outdoor activity breaks and a morning snack break, lunch break, and afternoon snack break throughout the course of each day.



  • Beginner's Stop Motion

  • 8-12 yrs old
  • Week: June 17-21
  • Week Pricing: $365
  • Day Pricing: $75*

One part creation, one part production, all parts fun! Using any materials on hand (e.g., LEGO or clay), campers will combine their power of storytelling with image-capture technology. They will create videos in which their creations interact with each other through the power of stop-motion animation. Instructors will help campers develop short storyboards, set up the video camera, and use the animation software. At the end of class, we will email campers their videos. Develop all your STEAM skills as you produce a visual masterpiece.

Watch a 2018 Camp Stop Motion Masterpiece!

* Join us for as few or as many days as you'd like this week!

  • FULL/CLOSED: Adventurecraft Jr.

  • Minecraft Camp
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  • 7-9 yrs old
  • Week: June 24 - June 28
  • Pricing: $365

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.

  • Rocket Science

  • Aerospace Simulation Engineering
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  • 8-12 yrs old
  • Week: July 1-5 (closed Thu., July 4)
  • Pricing: $295

Join us as we learn about aerospace engineering, and design a rocket that can reach the atmosphere and beyond. Using the game Kerbal Space Program, students will learn about key design principles, such as overall shape, when to disconnect sections, and how much fuel to take. Using what they've learned, students will split into teams to command their own missions to space. It actually is rocket science!

  • Practical Python

  • Video Games, Encryption, and More
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  • 10-14 yrs old
  • Weeks: July 8-12
  • Pricing: $365

Python is a programming language specifically designed for ease of readability, and as such is a great way to introduce campers to the wider world of coding. While veterans of coding languages such as Scratch may quickly recognise some of Python’s constructs and layout, the format is simple enough that even someone with little to no experience can understand it fairly quickly. Campers will be introduced to the language, and learn how to code in it through different projects, such as making a program to encrypt messages, or even building a text-based adventure game!

Requirements: Must have taken an introductory programming course including Scratch.

  • FULL/CLOSED: Animation Alive!

  • Combining Scratch Jr. & Sculpture
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  • 6-8 yrs old, entering grade 1 or higher
  • Weeks: July 15-19
  • Pricing: $365

Our STEAM camp strives to engage the left and right brains! Campers will learn how to bring original, colorful characters to life through software coding and sculpture! Painting and 3D building techniques will be demonstrated, and each camper will create their own project. Early in the week kids will be introduced to coding via Scratch Jr to create their own animations, and later in the week they will build sculptures out of balloons and papier-mâché.

This is a STEAM fusion camp, offered in partnership with The Painted Turtle Art Studio. Learn more about The Painted Turtle's art camps:

Painted Turtle Art Camps & Courses
  • Sculpture Alive!

  • Combining Coding & Art
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  • 9-14 yrs old
  • Week: July 15-19
  • Pricing: $365

This STEAM camp combines art with technology as we will be creating sculptures to interact with coded computer programs. Build a papier-mâché guitar and create an interface to actually hear the notes played on the comptuer! Our week will be broken up into two segments - early in the week kids build sculptures using balloons, papier-mâché, and conductive materials. The later half of the week kids will enhance their coding knowledge with Scratch to create their own program. Our final day will fuse the two together and campers will be able to control their program with their sculptures!

This is a STEAM fusion camp, offered in partnership with The Painted Turtle Art Studio. Learn more about The Painted Turtle's art camps:

Painted Turtle Art Camps & Courses
  • Beyond Commands

  • Programming Minecraft with Python
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  • 9-14 yrs old
  • Week: July 22-26
  • Pricing: $365

There are many ways to change the way Minecraft runs with the in-built command system. You can give players items, change night to day, and teleport players great distances, just to name a few. In this camp, we won't be using normal Minecraft commands - instead, we'll be programming new commands from outside of Minecraft with the coding language Python. Campers will learn how to properly structure their code, how to form loops to repeat actions, and how to interact with Minecraft to create buildings instantly, create a teleporting tour of their world, and even program a curse that creates water everywhere they step!

    Introduction to JAVA Programming

  • 10-14 yrs old
  • Weeks: July 29-August 2
  • Pricing: $365

"Java is an object-oriented software programming language and computing platform that drives the core functions of many technologies today, such as Android, Minecraft, and web/desktop applications development. In this camp, students will learn how to set up a development environment, and to design and organize code in an object-oriented manner. We will introduce basic concepts of objects, classes, inheritance, interfaces, and packages within the syntax of the Java programming language. We will use the Eclipse IDE. As with our other STEAM camps, we will have frequent outdoor breaks in between the programming sessions.

  • Cardboard Quest

  • Tournament of the Elder Tree
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  • 7-9 yrs old & 10-14 yrs old
  • Week: July 29-August 2
  • Pricing: $365

Step into another world as your wits are put to the test! This is our most comprehensive STEAM adventure, where campers will build their 21st Century skills with 5th Century inspiration! We will come together to collaborate on customizing flags, as well as design and build structures and armor from the finest cardboard in the land. Campers will then participate in a variety of cooperative and competitive activities, to test their creations against the rigors of action and adventure.

View a fun video from one of our past Cardboard Engineering camps.

  • Cardboard Engineering

  • Kinetic and Structural Design
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  • 10-14 yrs old
  • Weeks: August 5-9
  • Pricing: $365

Who says you need fancy materials to design and experiment? We will embark on adventures that will challenge our scientific, engineering, creative, and physical abilities. Campers may be asked to build a boat out entirely out of cardboard, and to up the ante, they'll also have to test it themselves! One day we might learn about trebuchets, and launch water balloons out of our very own (made entirely out of cardboard!) Several of the design challenges will be team-focused as well, promoting and inspiring collaboration and cooperation.

  • STEAM Jr. Camp

  • 6-8 yrs old, entering grade 1 or higher
  • Week: August 5-9
  • Pricing: $365

Throughout this week, we will cover different aspects of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in this cornucopia of STEAM learning activities. Campers will learn how to program their own art, animations, and games using Scratch Jr.; to engineer a STEAMbot using Lego Robotics; to create art that uses math concepts; and to use their skills in scientific deduction as we go on a detective mystery. So put on your thinking cap and get a good night's rest because it is going to be a busy, fun week!

  • FULL/CLOSED: Minecraft Pixel Art

  • 7-9 yrs old
  • Week: August 12-16
  • Pricing: $365

Who says art needs to have curved lines and smooth color gradients to look fantastic? In this camp, students will take an image of their choice, learn how to convert it into a pixelated form, and rebuild it into an enormous mural in Minecraft with colored wool. Campers will take a break from the computers to make 2D and 3D forms of pixelated art. Projects will be created using paint, fuse beads, and other fun craft materials. At the end of the week, each student will have not only a virtual statue garden of 2D pixel art creations, but also fantastic wall art and sculptures. We will provide instructions on how to access the Minecraft creations so they can continue their digital artistry at home.

  • Minecraft Survival Build Challenges

  • 9-14 yrs old
  • Week: August 19-23
  • Pricing: $365

Calling all builders, miners, and deep divers - we need your Minecraft expertise. Join us, and rise to the occasion, as we challenge campers to work together to build an underwater dome, a castle, or even a village in the sky! There's just one catch; all these challenges will be done in Survival Mode. That means no flying, no commands, and no infinite blocks. Attendees will work together on a Minecraft Survival Server as a single group to plan out their design, find a suitable build location, collect resources, fight off monsters, and work around other design challenges and problems that arise during construction.


All camps are subject to change or cancellation, should a minimum enrollment not be met. There are no refunds or reductions once a participant is registered for any reason, unless The Enrichment Center @ 2nd Nature Academy cancels a camp, whereupon all participants will be informed in advance and payment will be refunded.

More STEAM summer offerings!

The STEAM fun doesn't stop here for summer 2019! Check out what our sister program, The Painted Turtle Art Studio, is offering:


Registration Materials & Fee

To register, all campers must submit the following:

  • TNOT Summer Camps Registration Packet (applies to all TNOT camps)
  • Physician’s Well-child Physical Form (from pediatrician)
  • Current immunization records (from pediatrician)
  • Payment for cost of camps
  • Once-annual $25 registration fee*

We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards. Credit card transactions may only be made in person, on campus. A 3% processing fee is imposed on all credit card transactions. A $40.00 processing fee will be charged for all returned checks.

We accept all major credit cards.

 


Extended Day Care*

  • Times: 7:30am-9:00am / 4:00-6:00pm
  • Pricing: $80 additional per week

Discounts do not apply to before/after care.


Summer 2019 Discounts:

Camp Lovewell | Cultivating Wild Camps | STEAM Brainwave Camps | The Painted Turtle Art Camps

  • Early registration: Register and PAY IN FULL for 2 or more weeks per camper by March 31, 2019 and receive 5% off of camp rates. Any additional weeks added after March 31st are not subject to the discount.
  • Full summer: Enroll for the full summer (9 weeks) per camper and receive a 5% discount off of camp rates. Must PAY IN FULL by June 1, 2019.
  • Sibling discount: Receive a 5% discount off of camp rates for the second child if both children attend 4+ weeks of camp. Must be PAID IN FULL by June 1, 2019.

Only one discount per family. Discounts may not be combined. Sibling discount applies to the lower rate. *Discounts do not apply to registration fees or extended care.