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Summer STEAM Camp

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Summer 2018

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics
For students entering Grades 3-8 in the fall 

Session 1: June 11-15
Session 2: June 18-22
Session 3: June 25-29
Session 4: August 20-24

Hours: 8:30 AM-3:00 PM
$500 per week, includes all supplies.
Far Brook families can be billed through TADS.

Program Coordinator: Chris Murphy
Teaching Staff: Mike Chodroff, Chris Murphy, Rob Olazagasti, Rachel Walsh

Far Brook's popular Summer STEAM Camp is hands-on and project-based, giving students an opportunity to further explore and develop their passion for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. 

Detailed course descriptions follow.

Session 1 (June 11-15): Wild, Wild, Wetlands - Gr. 3-5

Open to Students Entering Grades 3-5
Teachers: Rachel Walsh and Chris Murphy


Could you survive and thrive in an ecosystem like our Wetlands? You and your group of “Far Brook Explorers” will wade in to discover the features of a wetlands environment and then collaborate on team “survival” challenges, using only the natural resources found here and some simple tools. Teams will use their design-thinking skills to consider and experience basic survival necessities like: building shelters; purifying dirty stream water; making fire from scratch; and constructing footwear. Are you up for the challenge? At the end of the week, campers will present their wilderness skills and design challenges.

Session 1 (June 11-15): STEAM Tank - Senior Edition - Gr. 6-8

Open to Students Entering Grades 6-8
Teacher: Mike Chodroff

Ever wonder how those products we can't live without make it to the stores? Take your idea from concept to creation in this fun one-week workshop that builds engineering and entrepreneurial skills, and ends with a lighthearted "Shark Tank"-like presentation of your product.

Session 2 (June 18-22): STEAM Tank - Junior Edition - Gr. 3-5

Open to Students Entering Grades 3-5
Teacher: Mike Chodroff

Ever wonder how those products we can't live without make it to the stores? Take your idea from concept to creation in this fun one-week workshop that builds engineering and entrepreneurial skills, and ends with a lighthearted "Shark Tank"-like presentation of your product.

Session 2 (June 18-22): STEAM Camp Studios Filmmaking - Gr. 6-8

Open to Students Entering Grades 6-8
Teacher: Chris Murphy

Aaand… action! Design Process thinking will take you from storyboard to digital "silver screen" in this new STEAM workshop. Students will write and produce their own variety show, creating characters, sketches, building sets and props, and using green screen technology on the iPad. You are the writer, director, cinematographer, composer, editor, and producer. The week ends with the STEAM Camp Film Festival.

Session 3 (June 25-29): Calder's Creations - Mobiles & Animation - Gr. 3-5

Open to Students Entering Grades 3-5
Teacher: Rob Olazagasti

Be inspired by Alexander Calder’s “Circus” and mobiles as you ‘upcycle’ materials and investigate math and engineering principles while building the members of a whimsical circus or designing a mobile. Students will use the 3-D printer, iPads, and learn how to use stop-motion animation to bring their creations to life.

Session 3 (June 25-29): Project Playhouse - Service Learning - Gr. 6-8

Open to Students Entering Grades 6-8
Teacher: Chris Murphy

It feels good to do good. Working with Far Brook’s woodshop teacher, you will be part of an elite creative team that will design and build a play structure to be donated to a pre-school program at a local school as part of a summer service learning initiative. Students will collaborate on designing, blueprinting, building, and decorating their play structure, using tools and materials from Far Brook’s woodshop and art studio, and also will explore the use of solar panels to provide electricity to their play structure.

Session 4 (August 20-24): Summer's End Tinkering Week - Gr. 3-8

Open to Students Entering Grades 3-8
Teacher: Chris Murphy

Crank up your creativity as summer winds down! Spend a fun-filled and imaginative week tinkering in Far Brook’s well-supplied woodshop and science lab makerspaces. Students will imagine, design and create projects using a variety of materials and tools – 3D-printers, woodshop tools, electronic kits, and robotics.



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