Elementary School Programs

SSA Summer provides a nurturing, supportive and fun experience for elementary school-aged children entering grades PK-5. Sports camps, focus camps and traditional day camps offer an endless array of choices and opportunities.

Day Camp Discovery (K-5)

Shady Side Academy Elementary Summer Camp Students Swimming

One of the oldest (and most fun) traditional day camps in the Pittsburgh area, Day Camp Discovery offers a complete program of activities for children entering grades K-5. New this year, we will be offering flexible one-week enrollments as well as STEAM related activities with our media arts, science and arts & crafts program areas. Our camp community is focused on providing a developmentally appropriate, safe and warm environment for all campers. With an attentive and well-trained staff, we've infused Day Camp Discovery with opportunities for creativity, autonomy, resilience, empathy and a sense of community.

Campers are grouped into co-ed squads by grade. With kids from more than 40 schools (and several countries), campers have the chance to make lifelong friendships. Kids enjoy a full day of activities, from swimming to media arts to outdoor adventure. Special activities complement regular programming and include competition days, Friday picnic dance parties and more. Lunch is included, and bus transportation is available.

2019 Dates & Rates

Location: SSA Senior School, Fox Chapel

Ages: Children entering grades K-5 in 2019-2020

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Week 1: June 17-21
Week 2:
June 24-28
Week 3
: July 1-5 (closed July 4)
Week 4: July 8-12
Week 5: July 15-19
Week 6: July 22-26

One Week: $375
Two Weeks: $745
Three Weeks: $1,095
Four Weeks: $1,450
Five Weeks: $1,810
Six Weeks: $1,995

After-Care: $10 per day, available until 6 p.m.

Lunch included, free before-care beginning at 7:30 a.m. included, busing available.

Activities

Elementary Student reading at Shady Side Summer Camp

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Farm Visits
  • Fitness and Aerobics
  • Media Arts
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Science
  • Sports (Basketball, Soccer, Tennis)
  • Swimming
  • Theater Spotlight

A Typical Day at Day Camp Discovery

  • 7:30 a.m. – Before-Care
    Early-arriving campers gather in the camp office.
  • 8:30-8:45 a.m. – Arrival
    The gym fills with the sounds of kids playing and laughing as campers arrive via cars and buses.
  • 9 a.m. – Morning Meeting
    Our camp director welcomes campers and staff, takes attendance and explains the schedule for the day.
  • 9:15 a.m. – Morning Activities
    Campers rotate through three activity periods with their squads. Tennis, soccer and outdoor adventure are awesome ways to spend a cool morning outside!
  • Noon – Lunch
    Campers and staff gather in the dining hall for family-style lunch. Our on-site caterer prepares a delicious and nutritious hot meal each day, with vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives.
  • 1:20 p.m. – Afternoon Activities
    Squads enjoy two additional activity periods – it's a great time to swim or make a film in media arts! With a fully rotating schedule, we make sure campers have a chance to enjoy all of the activities at Day Camp Discovery!
  • 3:45 p.m. Afternoon Meeting
    Campers gather in the gym to hear highlights from the day, take part in a game or contest and prepare for dismissal.
  • 4 p.m. – Dismissal
    Campers head out to cars and buses after a fun and fulfilling day of camp.
  • 4:15-6 p.m. – After-Care
    For parents who need a little more time, we offer after-care for an additional fee. Campers relax in our air-conditioned lounge while watching kid-friendly movies, playing board games and working on art projects.

East End Explorers Day Camp (PK-2)

Elementary school campers at East End Explorers Day CampEast End Explorers Day Camp offers fun, age-appropriate activities on our Junior School campus in Point Breeze for kids entering grades PK-2. The camp offers age-based programming in both full- and half-day sessions, and includes lunch.

Campers enjoy traditional day camp experiences such as water play and outside games as well as safe, fun adventures in the city. Our convenient East End location allows campers to easily visit trails and museums in the same day. It's the best of both worlds!

Each week has its own theme, coupled with daily opportunities for educational enrichment. In addition to daily water games and outdoor play, campers will excavate fossils, solve mysteries, make movies and more!

2019 Dates & Rates

Location: SSA Junior School, Point Breeze

Ages: Children entering grades PK-2 in 2019-2020

Times: Full-day 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; half-day 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Week 1: June 17-21
Week 2:
June 24-June 28
Week 3
: July 1-5 (closed July 4)
Week 4: July 8-12
Week 5: July 15-19
Week 6: July 22-26

Full Summer, Full-Day: $1,995
Full Summer, Half-Day: $1,395
Weekly Session, Full-Day: $375
Weekly Session, Half-Day: $260

After Care: $10 per day, available until 6 p.m.

Lunch is included. Free before-care begins at 8 a.m. Bus transportation is NOT available.

Weekly Themes

Counselor and camper working together on arts and crafts

Campers have age-appropriate activities related to a weekly theme.

Week 1: 2018 Wilderness Explorers - 2019 TBD

Week 2: 2018 Silly Scientists - 2019 TBD

Week 3: 2018 Red, White and Blue - 2019 TBD

Week 4: 2018 Art Adventures - 2019 TBD

Week 5: 2018 Fairytales & Magical Lands - 2019 TBD

Week 6: 2018 Summer Celebration - 2019 TBD

A Typical Day at East End Explorers

  • 8 a.m. – Before-Care
    Early-riser campers gather in the Junior School gymnasium.
  • 9 a.m. – Arrival
    The gym and outdoor field begin to fill with the sounds of children playing as campers arrive from parent drop-off.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Morning Meeting
    Counselors gather their squads, take attendance and explain the day's schedule.
  • 9:30-11:45 a.m. – Morning Activities
    Campers alternate between thematic programming, enrichment classes and a mid-morning snack to keep their minds and bellies full.
  • 11:45 a.m. – Lunch
    Our community gathers in the cafeteria (or PK building) with lunch served family-style. Our on-site caterer prepares a delicious and nutritious meal each day, offering vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives.
  • 12:45 p.m. – Half-Day Dismissal
    Our half-day campers head home after an exciting morning.
  • 1:15-3:45 p.m. – Afternoon Activities
    Full-day campers enjoy two additional activities each afternoon. More time to enjoy deeper learning about the theme of the week, splash around with water toys or lounge in the outdoor wading pools!
  • 3:45 p.m. – Afternoon Meeting
    Campers and staff gather in the gym to hear highlights from the day, take part in a silly game or contest, and prepare for dismissal.
  • 4 p.m. – Dismissal
    Campers and staff head outside to cars after a fun and fulfilling day of camp.
  • 4-6 p.m. – After-Care
    For parents who need a little more time to pick up their kids, East End Explorers Day Camp offers after-care to continue the fun!

Sports Camps (K-8)

Baseball playerSSA Summer offers plenty of sports camps to pique the athletic interests of kids entering grades K-8. All camps are one week in length and directed by SSA coaches, ensuring the programs remain developmentally appropriate.

Our coed camps welcome boys and girls of all ability levels. From beginners looking to try a sport for the first time, to intermediate players looking to enhance their skills, SSA sports camps provide kids with a fun and exciting opportunity to learn from great coaches and players! As an added benefit, each camp includes a swim period, giving young athletes a chance to cool off in the summer heat!

2019 Dates & Rates

Ice hockey playerLocation: SSA Senior School, Fox Chapel

Ages: Varies by sport (see below)

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Boys and Girls Tennis: June 10-14 (grades K-5)
  • Boys and Girls Basketball Camp: June 10-14 (grades 2-6)
  • Boys and Girls Golf Camp: July 29 - Aug. 2 (grades 4-8)
  • Boys and Girls Ice Hockey: Aug. 5-9 (grades K-8)

Ice Hockey: $400 - must provide own equipment
Golf: $550 - must provide own clubs
All Other Sports Camps: $385

After Care: $10 per day, available until 6 p.m.*

Lunch, free before-care at 7:30 a.m.*, and daily swim period included. Busing available.

*No before- or after-care June 10-14

2019 Sports Camps

Boys and Girls Tennis Camp

June 10-14, grades K-5

Tennis pro Mark Haffner has been running a tennis camp at Shady Side for more than seven years. Campers will learn basic front-hand and backhand skills, practice serves, learn game strategy and have a blast with the best kids' tennis coach around!

Boys and Girls Basketball Camp

June 10-14, grades 2-6

SSA varsity basketball coach David Vadnais welcomes all future hoops stars for a week of fun and training. From shooting and ball-handling to defense and strategy, Coach Vadnais and his staff will work with kids on fundamental skills.

Boys and Girls Golf Camp

July 29 - Aug. 2, grades 4-8

SSA varsity coach Mark Hessler will take beginning and immediate golfers and prepare them for the next level. Golfers will spend mornings at the Pine Creek driving range honing their short game, putting and driving skills, while competing in fun skills games for prizes! After lunch, golfers will head to the Fox course at Pittsburgh North to play nine holes. Coach-to-golfer ratio is 4:1. Current varsity coaches, college golfers and a few pros will coach this camp. Must have own clubs and provide own equipment.

Boys and Girls Ice Hockey Camp

Aug. 5-9, grades K-8

SSA boys prep hockey coach Jonathan Johnson and his staff lead two simultaneous ice hockey camps in our McKnight Hockey Center. The beginners' camp focuses on the fundamental skills necessary to play hockey. The advanced camp focuses on conditioning, strength and refinement of skills for the more experienced player. Players must provide their own equipment: helmet with full face mask, should pads, elbow pads, hockey gloves, hockey pants, hockey jock, shin pads, skates and a stick.

Summer School (2-5)

Campers working on an iPadShady Side Academy offers Summer School courses to meet the needs and interests of elementary school students entering grades 2-5. Courses reinforce learning from the prior school year and prepare students for the challenges of the school year ahead.

Language arts and mathematics classes enrich the academic experience through hands-on engagement with subject material and close, working relationships with teachers. Class sizes range from 5-14 students and are assigned by grade level and ability. Classes will follow a two-week session model with projects and activities culminating in that time frame. The entire summer equates to three two-week sessions. Each 45-50 minute class period is typically followed by daily homework assignments, including weekends, to deepen understanding and prepare for the next day of learning. We recognize that summer is a time for play, and our aim is to provide students the opportunity to bolster their academic skills in a supportive and engaging environment.

Need full-day child care? Our Stay & Play option pairs Summer School classes with Day Camp Discovery for a full day of learning and fun! See below for details.

2019 Dates & Rates

Location: SSA Senior School, Fox Chapel

Ages: Children entering grades 2-5 in 2019-2020

SSA Stay and Play (School + Camp): June 17 - July 26, 8:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Times for Courses: 8:45 a.m. – 11:55 am, specific times TBD by May 30

One Course + Stay & Play: $2,520
Two Courses + Stay & Play: $3,020
Individual Courses Only: $1,000 each

Lunch included for Stay & Play students only.

*Times subject to change for courses

Bi-weekly enrollments available at a minimium. Please contact summerprograms@shadysideacademy.org if you need accommodations to your schedule and for more information.


Stay & Play

Need full-day child care? Your kid will enjoy the best of both worlds when you register for SSA Stay & Play! Kids enroll in six weeks of Summer School, and when they're not in class they enjoy the rest of day in Day Camp Discovery! This option is only available for the entire six-week session. Lunch and free before-care is included. Busing and after-care are available for an extra fee.

Progress Reports

Progress reports are issued at the end of the fully completed six-week summer session to provide parents with individualized and detailed feedback on their child's experience. In addition, teachers provide parents with a checklist after four weeks to keep them informed about their child's coursework with individualized comments as needed. Classroom teachers keep the Summer School Director up to date on student progress with teaching goals, instructions, and expectations individualized.

Summer Focus on Reading - Elementary Language Arts

The Summer Focus on Reading class builds upon and encourages our students' love for reading and storytelling. Students will seek to address "summer reading loss" through daily reading and written response, which helps significantly with reading comprehension and vocabulary growth.

Students read books from Shady Side Academy's summer reading lists and other age appropriate library selections. The selected books provide opportunities to discuss the literary elements of setting, characters and plot. Students learn to discern a story’s main ideas and to discover literary signposts that point to significant moments within the narrative. Since the focus of each two-week session is on a specific book, writing will be focused on identification of literary elements, signposts, and summaries. These are hands-on courses that meet students at their current level and help prepare them for the challenges of the school year ahead.

Elementary Mathematics

Elementary math classes are hands-on, skills-based, engaging courses that meet students at their current level and help prepare them for the challenges of the next school year. Through projects, play and problem-solving activities, students bolster their math skills and passion for the subject.

The use of the Math in Focus curriculum (Singapore Math) bolsters mathematical stamina and understanding. Students entering grade 2 will be led through the concrete-to-pictorial-to-abstract progression, while students entering grades 3-5 will learn problem-solving using bar modeling.

We recommend enrolling your child in the course most closely aligned with the math course he or she will be taking in the 2019-2020 school year. For most students this is their grade level for the 2019-2020 year.

Focus Camps (K-5)

Camper painting at Focus CampJoin us for Shady Side Academy’s weeklong Focus Camps! Each fun and exciting camp is focused on specific skills to further develop your child's mind, body and spirit - from arts to science to sports and games!

Creative activities and fun games supplement the learning process, all while enjoying life on our beautiful Senior School campus. Also, in conjunction with The Handwork Studio, we are proud to offer a hands-on, project-based camp.

Instructed by Shady Side Academy coaches and teachers, and SSA Summer staff, Focus Camps are the perfect start or end to the summer!

2019 Dates & Rates

Student sewing at Focus CampLocation: SSA Senior School, Fox Chapel

Ages: Varies by program, see below

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Week I: June 10-14*

  • Ovation Drama Camp (grades K-5)
  • Drobots STEM Camps (grades 1-5)
  • Chess Camp (grades 1-6)
  • Passport to Mindfulness I (grades K-5)

Week II: July 29 - Aug. 2

  • The Handwork Studio Camp (grades K-5)
  • Drobots Stem Camps (grades K-5)
  • Passport to Mindfulness II (grades K-5)
Camper working with LEGO robotics

Week III: Aug. 5-9

  • Sports & Games (grades K-5)
  • The Handwork Studio Camp (grades K-5)
  • Drobots STEM Camps (grades K-5)
  • Chess Camp (grades 1-6)

The Handwork Studio Day Camp: $490
Drone STEM Camps: $425
All Other Focus Camps: $385

After-Care: $10 per day, available until 6 p.m.*

Lunch, free before-care at 7:30 a.m.*, and daily swim period option are included. Busing is available.

*No before- or after-care June 10-14

2019 Focus Camps

Drobots STEM Camps

Weekly Programs June 10-August 9, grades K-5,

Click the New! Drobots STEM Camps (K-5) tab at the top of the page for more information and a list of K-5 camp offerings.

Drobots Company was originally founded by a small group of parents, educators, visionaries and do-it-yourself engineers. The mission was and still is to inspire students to reduce time in front of a computer screen and instead utilize drone technology in a setting that promotes collaborative project-based learning in a positive educational environment. Hence, the company trademark slogan, Where Technology Meets Fresh Air™.

At Drobots we create flexible experiences that shift students between the excitement and hands-on activities of our indoor activities and the freedom and exploration of the outdoors. Participants utilize imagination, hand-eye coordination and STEM applications to conquer challenges and missions – all in a team-oriented environment. Under the umbrella of a friendly competitive and gamified teaching and learning methodology, participants collaborate in a team setting to deconstruct challenges and then solve them.

Ovation Drama Camp

Week I (June 10-14), grades K-5

If you just can't wait to be a star, take the stage with some singing, dancing and acting! Taught by Senior and Middle School drama staff, students will create a set, make their own costumes, learn some songs and dances, and perform for an audience of friends and family on the last day of the camp.

Passport to Mindfulness

Week I or Week II (June 10-14 or July 29 - Aug. 2), grades K-5

Campers will experientially "travel" to 10 different countries from India to Peru while trying a variety of contemplative practices. Folk tales, art projects, nature walks, yoga, cuisine from different countries and music are just some of the activities involved! This is a truly unique camp combining world cultures, art and fun learning!

Chess Camp

Week I or Week III (June 10-14 or Aug. 5-9), grades 1-6

Whether brand new to chess, or already a checkmate champion, your child can learn more about the royal game at the Chess Camp. Led by USCF National Master Ben Johnson, the camp will feature daily interactive chess lessons, but also fun activities like team chess, chess puzzles and chess trivia. Chess teaches higher order thinking skills and sportsmanship, so chess camp is a great way to help your child stay sharp over the summer. Chess sets are provided for use at the camp.

The Handwork Studio Day Camp

Week II or III (July 29 - Aug.2 or Aug. 5-9), grades K-5

Picture your child in the care of energetic and imaginative counselors exploring the world of needle-arts. At Handwork Day Camp, you’ll find campers sharing stories and laughs while working on a wide array of unique projects. Our goal is to teach useful skills such as, hand-sewing, embroidery, knitting, weaving, needle-felting and much more! Campers are always free to express themselves and are enveloped in creativity and fun. Whether refining skills or learning brand new ones, our camp is sure to delight. Join the fun with Summer 2019's fresh new curriculum with different projects every week!

Sports & Games!

Week III (Aug. 5-9), grades K-5

This multi-sport camp offers basic guided instruction and semi-competitive play in sports including tennis, soccer, basketball and track & field. Recreational sports such as kickball, dodgeball and volleyball will complement “training” sessions. All campers will get a chance to relax and recuperate in our beautiful indoor pool.

A Typical Day at Focus Camp

Camper drawing

  • 7:30 a.m. – Before-Care
    Our early-riser campers gather in the camp office.
  • 8:45 a.m. – Arrival
    The gym begins to fill with the sounds of play as campers arrive from parent drop-off and bus transportation.
  • 9 a.m. – Morning Meeting
    Each camp's lead counselor welcomes campers, takes attendance and explains the day's schedule.
  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Morning Activities
    Campers move to their Focus Camp locations and begin with introductory and team-building activities. Instructors focus on teaching new skills and honing old ones that will culminate in a final project or activity.
  • 12 p.m. – Lunch and Recess
    Our community gathers in the Dining Hall with lunch served family-style. A period of free play follows on the quad.
  • 1:20-3:45 p.m. – Afternoon Activities
    A period of swim and/or gym games is also offered for older campers.
  • 3:45 p.m. – Afternoon Meeting
    Campers and staff gather in the gym to get ready for dismissal and reflect on the awesome day!
  • 4 p.m. – Dismissal
    Campers head outside to cars and buses after a fun and fulfilling day of camp.
  • 4-6 p.m. – After-Care
    For parents who need a little more time to pick up their kids, we offer after-care. Campers relax in our air-conditioned lounge area, watch kid-friendly movies, play board games and work on art projects.

NEW! Drobots STEM Camps (K-5)

Drobots Company was originally founded by a small group of parents, educators, visionaries and do-it-yourself engineers. The mission was and still is to inspire students to reduce time in front of a computer screen and instead utilize drone technology in a setting that promotes collaborative project-based learning in a positive educational environment. Hence, the company trademark slogan, Where Technology Meets Fresh Air™.

At Drobots we create flexible experiences that shift students between the excitement and hands-on activities of our indoor activities and the freedom and exploration of the outdoors. Participants utilize imagination, hand-eye coordination and STEM applications to conquer challenges and missions – all in a team-oriented environment. Under the umbrella of a friendly competitive and gamified teaching and learning methodology, participants collaborate in a team setting to deconstruct challenges and then solve them. Browse our Elementary School offerings below!


Location: SSA Senior School School, Fox Chapel

Ages: Kids entering grades K-5 in 2019-2020, see program specific grade levels below.

Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

When: Weekly sessions June 10-August 9

Cost: $425, specific programs require prior purchase of software

After Care: $10 per day, available until 6 p.m.*

Cost includes lunch, free before care at 7:30 a.m.* Busing available.

*No before- or after-care June 10-14

2019 Drobots STEM Camps Grades K-5

June 10-14, Junior Drone Pilots, grades 1-2

Grades 1-2

Junior Drone Pilots is specifically designed for campers with little to no experience flying drones. We use the safest and most reliable drone products on the market, including the Parrot™ drones for enhanced safety and most of all, fun. Campers will learn the basics of drone technology and safety before taking to the air. Through the use of iPad flight simulators and clear instructions on basic flying maneuvers, young Drobots’ pilots will experience a program filled with excitement, games, challenges, and learning. Campers work all week long to prepare for the most enjoyable part of the week: the Ultimate Drone Games that include events such as: Tic-Tac-Drone, Drone Darts, Duck-Duck-Drone, and more. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program.

June 10-14, Ultimate Drone Obstacle Challenge, grades 3-5

Grades 3-5

Ultimate Drone Obstacle Challenge is specifically designed for both the novice and experienced drone enthusiasts. This is week is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Obstacle Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Campers will use iPads and remote controls to navigate the drone through short and long obstacle courses. Participants will also create the design and help build the the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activity and competition. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program.

June 10-14, Java Coding: Build Mods With Minecraft, grades 3-5

Grades 3-5

Join us for a week of fun and learning as campers learn Java, the most widely-used programming language in the world, including instantiation, methods, parameters, loops and more. Minecraft modding is a great way to learn programming, harness creativity, and enhance problem-solving skills while making your favorite game even better. Create super swords, obstacle courses and more without any limits! Using the full power of Java campers can take their Minecraft mods to the next level and learn the most popular programming language in the world at the same time! With Java, campers learn how to give items special powers, create new game modes, and modify the layout of the world. Campers will have the freedom to create whatever sparks their imagination! No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.

Note: Drobots believes in the educational philosophy that students learn best when collaborating with their peers. From a social standpoint, campers learn teamwork, cooperation, and the importance of sharing and implementing ideas. This philosophy has been supported by some the world’s leading educators and technologists and backed by extensive academic research. However, campers may ask to work by themselves upon request.

NOTICE: All campers are required to have a Minecraft™ account for this class. Purchase a standard account and desktop version of Minecraft™ ($26.95) at minecraft.net/store. Either a PC or Mac account will work for the camp week, but we suggest you choose the version that matches your home computer. Campers should bring their account login when they come to camp.

June 17-21, StemQuest: Aliens v. Wizards, grades 1-2

StemQuest unplugs campers from the computer screen in this action-packed, story-based program. Throughout the week campers will be constantly on the move as they experiment and play. StemQuest has intentionally extracted the wide-array of exhilarating challenges and mysteries from popular gaming apps and turned it all into a live adventure. Campers will use age-appropriate rovers, bots, drones, and autonomous creative technology to jump over walls, push down obstacles, lift up boulders, and navigate through galaxies. Teams of campers work together in indoor, outdoor and open-spaced “worlds” throughout the week. In doing so, campers utilize life skills such as: collaborative problem solving, design, and curiosity, to outwit, out-build, and out-smart the program instructor, The Wizard.

June 17-21, Roblox and 3D Game Development, grades 3-5

Roblox offers students the opportunity to actively engage in the creative process and learn fundamental coding, design, and entrepreneurial skills that will give them the confidence to excel in this week of camp and beyond. Campers will learn how to use the Roblox engine to create games using the Lua programming language. Our creation tools and educational content will be used to expose campers to unique skills as they collaborate in teams to design blueprints and test their games. In the end, all campers finish the week with a published title that can be shared with families and friends. No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.

Note: Drobots believes in the educational philosophy that students learn best when collaborating with their peers. From a social standpoint, campers learn teamwork, cooperation, and the importance of sharing and implementing ideas. This philosophy has been supported by some the world’s leading educators and technologists and backed by extensive academic research. However, campers may ask to work by themselves upon request.

June 24-28, STEM Fundamentals With LEGO, grades K-2

Gear up your engineering skills with an abundance of LEGO parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as Houseboats, Mini Golf Courses, Forklifts, and the London Tower Bridge. Design and build as never before in this new, full-day camp program for LEGO enthusiasts!

June 24-28, StemQuest: Clash Royale, grades 3-5

StemQuest unplugs campers from the computer screen in this narrative-based program. We have intentionally extracted the wide-array of exhilarating challenges and mysteries from gaming and esports and generated a live adventure. Campers will use rovers, bots, drones, and other autonomous creative technology to jump over obstacles, push down walls, lift up boulders, toss energy balls, and navigate through mazes. Teams of campers work together indoors, outdoors and in open-spaced “arenas” throughout the week, utilizing life skills such as: design and systems thinking, collaborative problem solving, curiosity, mindfulness, and imagination to outwit, out-build, and out-smart one another as well as the program instructor, The Wizard. Use your resources wisely to defend the kingdom and lead your clan to victory!

June 24-28, Digital Assistants: Hey Siri, Let's Build An AI, grades 3-5

The ultimate Artificial Intelligence (AI) camp. Can you tell the difference between a human and a robot? Learn about the design and programming behind modern digital assistant software like Alexa, Siri, and Cortana in this innovative camp. Students build their own artificial intelligence personality that can answer questions, complete requests, and chat about topics of their choosing using real HTML and JavaScript code. No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.Campers will be thrilled to bring home their digital portfolio at the end of the week and continue to work on their AI creation or to share with friends or family.

Note: Drobots believes in the educational philosophy that students learn best when collaborating with their peers. From a social standpoint, campers learn teamwork, cooperation, and the importance of sharing and implementing ideas. This philosophy has been supported by some the world’s leading educators and technologists and backed by extensive academic research. However, campers may ask to work by themselves upon request.

July 8-12, Ninjaneering with LEGO, grades K-2

Enter the world of Ninjago and become an apprentice Ninjaneer! Engineering and Ninjanuity are the focus of this new full-day themed camp for LEGO fanatics. Learn to build Trains, Helicopters, Treehouses, and Beam Bridges before moving on to Skull Trucks, Dragons, and Spijitzu Spinners from Ninjago City!

July 8-12, 3D Video Game Creation with Unity, grades 3-5

Learn to design video games like the pros using one of the world's most popular game development platforms, Unity. Build a unique game from the ground up by conceptualizing, designing, and then developing your ideas. Learn the fundamentals of C# in order to bring your games to life! Camper designs will be accessible post camp. No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.

Note: Drobots believes in the educational philosophy that students learn best when collaborating with their peers. From a social standpoint, campers learn teamwork, cooperation, and the importance of sharing and implementing ideas. This philosophy has been supported by some the world’s leading educators and technologists and backed by extensive academic research. However, campers may ask to work by themselves upon request.

July 8-12, Drone Escape and Rescue, grades 3-5

Drone search and rescue is a necessity for first responders around the world, adding a new layer of solutions to save lives across the globe. Now campers to can take part in and learn from simulated missions during this action-packed, creative, and educational program. Participants will learn to fly drones and rely on their rescue team to collect vital data in specific “rescue areas” to locate “victims” and safely rescue them. We use age-appropriate and cutting-edge technology methods available for creating plans, missions, and maps. Participants will also learn invaluable lessons on how to simply, quickly and accurately make informed and targeted suggestions for real-world positive applications.

July 15-19, Minecraft LEGO, grades K-2

Bring Minecraft to life using tens of thousands of LEGO parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as Snowmobiles, Catapults, and Merry-Go-Rounds. Then build a Portal to the Nether, Creepers, and Minecarts from the Minecraft universe! Engineer and craft innovative solutions in this exciting program.

July 15-19, Junior Minecraft, grades 2-4

Experience the wonderful world of Minecraft. Construct your own virtual world in a sandbox-like environment by using iPads to challenge your mind and create your own adventures. This fun and engaging camp will spark interests, foster creativity and help you maximize your learning potential. No prior experience with Minecraft or iPads necessary. All skill levels welcome.

July 15-19, Roblox Entrepreneur Imaginative Game Design, grades 3-5

Join us for a week of Roblox, one of the fastest-growing game programming platforms on the planet. In this course, campers use the Roblox Lua code to create 3D worlds. Roblox is an entertainment platform that allows camper to imagine, create, and play together across millions of user-created virtual worlds. Join the more than 60 million players per month and top developers making over $1 million a year. The types of gameplay on Roblox are just as limitless as the imagination of the campers themselves. Join us for a week of pure fun and learning: build the ultimate theme park, compete as a professional race car driver, star in a fashion show, become a superhero, or simply design a dream home. Campers will learn what makes a Roblox game a top hit and learn how to implement some of the same engagement and monetization strategies in their own work. In the end, all campers finish the week able to publish, share, and play games with friends on any platform from console to mobile. No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.

Note: Drobots believes in the educational philosophy that students learn best when collaborating with their peers. From a social standpoint, campers learn teamwork, cooperation, and the importance of sharing and implementing ideas. This philosophy has been supported by some the world’s leading educators and technologists and backed by extensive academic research. However, campers may ask to work by themselves upon request.

July 22-26, STEM Superhero, grades K-2

Save the world with Superheroes! Camper will start out building projects such as Tightrope Walkers, Space Shuttles, and an Igloo. Then build the hideouts and vehicles of your favorite caped crusaders, and learn what makes them not only Superheroes and Superheroines, but Superhero Engineers! Design, build, and save a city where ingenuity and imagination can solve any conflict in this engineering camp.

July 22-26, Digital Mythical Creatures, grades 3-5

Join us for a week of animation and digital creations. Whether you engineer a friendly digital unicorn or a super scary three-headed monkey dragon, campers will have a blast transforming their imagination into reality. Using real HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code, campers customize their animated creature to give it a unique personality, appearance, and behaviors. Students explore programming fundamentals in a creative camp to bring their designs to life and share them with family and friends long after camp ends.

July 29-Aug. 2, STEM Fundamentals with LEGO, grades K-2

Gear up your engineering skills with an abundance of LEGO parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as Houseboats, Mini Golf Courses, Forklifts, and the London Tower Bridge. Design and build as never before in this new, full-day camp program for LEGO enthusiasts!

July 29-Aug. 2, Mobile App Development, grades 3-5

Create an interactive mobile game that uses a smartphone's gyroscope to control characters through mazes and obstacles to find the goal! This camp focuses on the unique advantages of the mobile platform for development, teaches participants modern approaches in game design, and uses haptic and SFX feedback to enhance the game's feel. Students walk away with a robust mobile app that can be exported to a native app and downloaded by others. Camper-created apps will be accessible post camp and can be played on any computer or mobile device. No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.

Note: Drobots believes in the educational philosophy that students learn best when collaborating with their peers. From a social standpoint, campers learn teamwork, cooperation, and the importance of sharing and implementing ideas. This philosophy has been supported by some the world’s leading educators and technologists and backed by extensive academic research. However, campers may ask to work by themselves upon request.

Aug. 5-9, Jedi Engineering with LEGO, grades K-2

Prepare for a full-day LEGO camp packed with hands-on and minds-on STEM fun! Build projects inspired by cool machines close to home such as Cities, Garbage Trucks, and Catamarans. Then build X-Wings, Energy Catapults, and Defense Turrets from a galaxy far, far away! Learn about BOTH kinds of The Force in this new full-day themed engineering camp for LEGO fanatics!

Aug. 5-9, Junior Minecraft, grades 2-4

Experience the wonderful world of Minecraft. Construct your own virtual world in a sandbox-like environment by using iPads to challenge your mind and create your own adventures. This fun and engaging camp will spark interests, foster creativity and help you maximize your learning potential. No prior experience with Minecraft or iPads necessary. All skill levels welcome.

Aug. 5-9, Minecraft Survival Worlds, grades 3-5

Calling all beginners, intermediate or advanced Minecrafters. Campers learn how to build and engineer projects including: building to scale, mining materials, strategic planning and mapping, developing access points, preparing for the elements, and fireproofing structures. Campers will have the ability to learn about customizing maps and biomes in Minecraft™. Improve skills in survival mode and learn how to craft items that will help you survive, sustain, and prosper! Survival worlds vary based upon your level of experience. Prepare for an exciting week as campers accomplish exciting results building their one-of-a-kind Minecraft features! Camper-created projects will be accessible post camp. No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Note: Drobots believes in the educational philosophy that students learn best when collaborating with their peers. From a social standpoint, campers learn teamwork, cooperation, and the importance of sharing and implementing ideas. This philosophy has been supported by some the world’s leading educators and technologists and backed by extensive academic research. However, campers may ask to work by themselves upon request.

NOTICE: All campers are required to have a Minecraft™ account for this class. Purchase a standard account and desktop version of Minecraft™ ($26.95) at minecraft.net/store. Either a PC or Mac account will work for the camp week, but we suggest you choose the version that matches your home computer. Campers should bring their account login when they come to camp.

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