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Far Brook STEAM Summer Camp

Summer 2016

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics
Session 1: June 13-17
Session 2: June 20-24
Hours: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Cost: $450 per week, includes all supplies
Program Coordinator: Chris Murphy
Staff: Mike Chodroff, Deborah Wraight-Costa

Far Brook is offering a two-week STEAM Summer Camp in June, open to our enrolled students who will enter Grades 3-7 in the fall. This pilot program will be fun, hands-on, collaborative, and project-based, giving our campers an opportunity to further explore and develop their passion for science and engineering. Participants will be exposed to a broad range of activities including 3D printing and design, hydroponic gardening, designing and racing solar-powered cars, and computer programming. Students may register for either one or two weeks. Detailed course descriptions follow.

Session 1: Engineering Prosthetic Devices - Gr. 3-4

Open to Students Entering Grades 3-4
Teacher: Chris Murphy

Today, people can regain the function of a missing limb, such as a hand or leg, with the aid of a prosthetic device. Using what we’ve learned from these technologies, engineers have created prosthetic devices for animals, such as dogs, horses, sea turtles, and dolphins. Using the i2 Learning curriculum, campers will problem solve, collaborate, and grapple with a variety of interdisciplinary challenges, with a particular focus on biomedical engineering. Considering important factors such as comfort, durability, and functionality, campers will work in small groups and apply the Engineering Design Process to build, test, and iterate prosthetic devices for both animals and humans. Time will be given for several prototypes to be created to meet specific challenges.

Highlights include: Creating a flotation device for a dog/ engineering a life vest; engineering a model prosthetic leg for an elephant; building a model prosthetic hand to meet the need of clients; making a prosthetic bird beak; engineering a prosthetic fish tail; 3D printing a prosthetic

Session 1: Solar Powered Machines - Gr. 5-7

Open to Students Entering Grades 5-7
Teacher: Mike Chodroff

Summertime means fun in the sun, and this week will be no exception. Participants in this session will be focused on harnessing solar rays and converting them into usable energy in order to power a variety of hand-built machines. Campers will have the opportunity to design and construct their own solar cars, while learning about the engineering design process, creating aerodynamic bodies, and applying the physics of gears, axles, and wheels. Campers will also plan and build a solar cooker in which they will try baking some snacks. Apply your sunblock and get ready to capture free energy from 93 million miles away!

Highlights include: Exploring alternative energy; engineering; gearing ratios; solar cars; and solar cookers.

Session 2: Aquaponics - Gr. 3-4

Open to Students Entering Grades 3-4
Teacher: Mike Chodroff

What do you get when you create a system using water, plants, and aquatic creatures? Why aquaponics of course! Throughout the week, participants will create a variety of habitats that will help campers to understand the symbiotic relationship between different organisms and elements in our world. Using everyday materials and items created on a 3D printer, campers will construct different types of self-contained biospheres in order to support and sustain life. They will be exposed to the foundations of several branches of science including biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science. Spend a week of your summer aquafarming in the new Far Brook greenhouse.

Highlights include: Exploring aquaponics, aquarium/fish, agriculture, hydroponics, bottle biology ecocolumns, 3Dponics; designing and creating a hydroponics system.

Session 2: Computer Programming - Gr. 5-7

Open to Students Entering Grades 5-7
Teacher: Chris Murphy

Computers are everywhere! They’ve revolutionized almost every aspect of life over the past 50 years. Everything from fashion, to manufacturing, to sports have been changed by computers and programming. This week will allow campers to further explore the world of computer programming. Each camper will learn to program a tiny microcomputer which can read sensors and output commands, such as lighting an LED or making a speaker buzz!

Highlights include: Exploring simple circuits, LEDs, resistors, batteries; using block-based programming with BlocklyDuino, Arduino microcontroller, and Lego robotics; 3D printing, creating a wearable electronic device.


i2 Learning - Engineering Prosthetics

Solar Machines


Computer Programming


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