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Far Brook STEAM Summer Camp

Summer 2017

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics
Session 1: June 12-16
Session 2: June 19-23
Hours: 9:00 AM-2:30 PM
Early Registration, through May 8: $450 per week
Registration After May 8: $500 per week
Price includes all supplies and will be billed through TADS.
Program Coordinator: Chris Murphy
Teaching Staff: Mike Chodroff, Chris Murphy

Building on last year's very popular and successful pilot program, Far Brook is again offering a two-week STEAM Summer Camp in June, open to our enrolled students who will enter Grades 3-7 in the fall. STEAM Summer Camp is hands-on and project-based, giving our students an opportunity to further explore and develop their passion for science and engineering. Students may register for one or both weeks.

This year, STEAM campers will be exposed to a range of design-thinking activities while engaged in: creating Rube Goldberg machines and interactive board games; making their own miniature golf course; creating a sustainable garden; developing and marketing healthy products for the body.

If you are registering your chid, please also print out and complete the following forms and submit them to the School before the first day of camp. 


Detailed course descriptions follow.

Session 1: Go for the (Rube) Goldberg! Interactive Game Design - Gr. 3-4

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

Calling all game enthusiasts! Campers will create their own Rube Goldberg machines, interactive board games, and carnival games using microcontrollers, motors, lights and speakers. Over the course of the week, we will work on exploring actions and reactions in order to build interactive games. Campers will use Arduino, Makey-Makey, and the Scratch programing language to connect the physical with the digital. The week will conclude with a gaming expo where all of our creations will be on display and families are encouraged to try out the games!

Session 1: Green and Clean: Healthy Products - Gr. 5-7

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

What's really in your soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and lotion? Step into the lab to investigate the ingredients and chemistry behind products we all use everyday and how to create your own healthy versions. Spend the week as a young entrepreneur creating a product, fabricating the packaging, and carrying out the advertising and marketing campaign. Using the CAD program Tinkercad, participants will design the containers for their product and produce them on 3-D printers. Finally, students will use multimedia to design a variety of materials to help them advertise and market their creations. The week will culminate with a product fair where family members can sample the goods.

Session 2: Ready, Set, … Grow! Sustainable Gardening - Gr. 3-4

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

Every garden has a purpose. Imagine a garden at Far Brook: what would you want it to look like and where would you plant it? What if your Far Brook garden grew vegetables for your class to eat for snack? With sustainable practices as a guide, students will explore a variety of garden elements, such as garden plots, container plants, compost bins, and homes for birds and other pollinators. Over the course of the week, campers will conduct investigations, build a scaled model of their garden, and design and construct a few of these garden elements. Students will bring home their ideas and seedlings to continue their learning through the summer growing season. This program is modeled after the i2 Learning Urban Farming curriculum, used this spring in Middle School.

Session 2: Hole-in-One Miniature Golf - Gr. 5-7 (CLASS FULL)


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

STEAM campers will design, build (and play!) their own miniature golf course. With guidance, student will experience an end-to-end design process which includes: theming, drawing blueprints, choosing materials, and balancing a budget while building their own miniature golf hole. The golf course architects will be able to bring their courses to life with motors and lights. We will use a multitude of materials, including recycled cardboard, lumber, and some electronics to decorate and create a challenging (and fun!) set of links. The week will end with a Miniature Golf tournament that parents are welcome to visit and test out their putting skills!

Go for the (Rube)Goldberg! Interactive Game Design


Green and Clean: Healthy Products


Ready, Set, ...Grow! Sustainable Gardening


Hole-in-One Miniature Golf


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