Virtual STEM and Computer Science - Virtual Camps - McDonogh School

Virtual STEM and Computer Science

Coding for Beginners: Design Your Own Game (Grade 5-8)

Ages: Entering Grade 5-8
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Dates: Session I: July 6-10; Session II: July 13-17
Tuition: $200 per session
Technical Requirements: Computer, wifi, Google Docs, Zoom, Code.org account (free!)
Instructor: Wendy Van Norden

Want to design and program a game of your very own? This is your chance! Students will use Blockly, a beginner-friendly programming language, to explore the foundations of computer science and game design. They will also learn why coding is important in the “real world” and how it is used in a variety of industries, including agriculture, medicine, and cybersecurity!

By the end of this course, students will have a foundation of basic coding skills and have made at least one interactive game! More experienced coders will be able to reinforce their current skills and take on tougher projects, such as app design. All will walk away with project ideas they can continue working on beyond the course based on their individual interests. This course intends to act as a launching off point for students and to open their eyes to the lifelong, creative opportunities that coding can offer them!

This course is led by Wendy Van Norden, eighth grade science and robotics teacher at McDonogh School.
 

Combining Fairy Tales with Engineering and Art Projects (Grade 1-3) - CLOSED

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Ages: Entering Grade 1-3
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 
Dates: August 3-7
Tuition: $200
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom
Instructor: Mary Catherine Irving

Each morning, I will read a fairy tale and the campers will do a variety of art and engineering projects related to the story. The campers will build and paint homes for the 3 Little Pigs, construct a tall beanstalk, learn about bridges and make one strong enough to hold 3 Billy Goats, and much more!

Dream Playground Design (Grade 1-3) - CLOSED

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Ages: Entering Grade 1-3
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (with project work in between)
Dates: July 13-17
Tuition: $300
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom
Instructor: Mary Catherine Irving

Your job is to create a dream playground, filled with exciting equipment that will keep kids coming back for years to come. We will focus on accessibility issues for children with special needs.

The children will study playgrounds around the world, with a lens on accessibility, to create a playground to accomodate everyone out of materials found around the home.

Eagle Math Enrichment (Grade 4-6)

Ages: Entering Grade 4-6
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 
Dates: July 13-17
Tuition: $200
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom
Instructor: Caitlin Sullivan

Do you enjoy the thrill of overcoming math challenges? Are you eager to stretch your math brain this summer while having lots of fun? If you answered “yes" to these questions, this is the place for you!

In this course, young mathematicians will be exposed to a variety of challenging problems. Students will develop flexibility in solving non-routine problems with multiple solution paths. Our problems will prepare students to exceed the rigors of a core curriculum by developing higher-order problem-solving skills. Each day, we will use MOEMS “Mathematical Olympiads” problems (from the grades 4-6 division), in addition to other enrichment experiences and games, to learn new strategies and practice perseverance. This challenging course is sure to stimulate enthusiasm and love for math!

Fair Shares: A Mathematics Course (Grade 3-5)

Ages: Entering Grade 3-5
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 
Dates: July 6 - 10 (additional weeks may be added if there is interest)
Tuition: $200
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom
Instructor: Caitlin Sullivan

In this course, a math workshop environment will support the development of a growth mindset in each learner. Rich, authentic contexts will provide a backdrop for fostering the use of mathematical models as thinking tools, tenacious problem solving, and the reading and writing of mathematical arguments.

The focus of this course is the introduction of fractions. We will begin with a story that sets the stage for a series of investigations. Students will explore the connection between division and fractions, as well as ways to compare fractional amounts. Students will learn to make ratio tables and bar models to develop a deeper understanding of equivalent fractions. All along the way, children will be pushed to justify their thinking and critique the reasoning of others.

With daily opportunities to practice computational fluency as well as engage in “Math Congress” meetings, students will enjoy sharpening their skills while expanding their problem-solving strategies.

Note: The context for this unit assumes that students have had some prior experience with arrays for multiplication and division, as well as basic partitive (fair sharing) and quotative (subtraction) division with whole numbers.
 

Java/OOP Introduction (Grade 10-12)

Ages: Entering Grade 10-12
Hours: 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Dates: June 22- July 24 (25-day session)
Tuition: $750
Technical Requirements: Computer, Wifi, Zoom
Required Materials: We will use CodeHS and other online platforms.
Instructor: Joe Thompson

Students will be introduced to Java and get a significant head start on AP Java.

Online exercises in CodeHS.

A Little STEMinar (Grade 5-8)

Ages: Entering Grade 5-8
Hours: 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Dates: August 3-7 (additional weeks can be added if there is interest)
Tuition: $250
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Google Suite, Zoom
Required Materials: A list of materials will be sent after registration.
Instructor: Willie Little

STEM activities teach children more than science and mathematics concepts. Hands-on learning with real-world applications help instill innovation, creativity, media and technology literacy, productivity, social skills, communication, flexibility and initiative. Other skills attained through STEM education include problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, decision making, leadership, entrepreneurship, acceptance of failure and more.

The STEM activities in this course will give students a unique opportunity to perform daily challenges at home, but also connect virtually with a group of their peers. Some activities will be synchronous and others will be asynchronous. The course will have daily time where students will meet on Zoom to introduce the activity. Some activities will be completed during the 2.5-hour time period and others will be shared asynchronously using a variety of platforms, such as Loom, Adobe Spark, Google Suite and Flipgrid.

Daily Activities:

  • Design a Roller Coaster
  • Design a Catapult
  • Create a Rube Goldberg Device
  • Tower of Power (spaghetti and marshmallow towers)
  • Craft Stick Tower Challenges

Math Immersion (Grade 5-8)

Ages: Entering Grade 5-8
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Dates: Session I: July 6-10; Session II: July 13-17; Session III: July 20-24; Session IV: July 27-31
Tuition: $250
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom
Instructor: Kate Flint

Math can be fun and exciting! Students in this course will have the opportunity to grow their ability and understanding in fractions and decimals, rates/ratios/percents, algebraic expressions, and geometry basics. Campers will spend each week exploring one topic and receive small group instruction based on their unique abilities. Students can sign up for multiple weeks, with a different topic covered each session. 

  • Session I: fractions and decimals
  • Session II: rates/ratios/percents
  • Session III: algebraic expressions
  • Session IV: geometry basics

Students will build on their current knowledge of the topics to complete a real-world project each week. They will do more than just solve math problems. They will see how math is used in everyday life.

Middle School Math: Build Your Skills With Game-Based Learning (Grade 6-8)

Ages: Entering Grade 6-8
Hours: Session I: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.; Session II: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Dates: Session I July 27-31; Session II: August 10-14
Tuition: $200 per session
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom
Instructor: Wendy Van Norden

Do you like playing interactive games? Do you want to feel more confident in math class? This course aims to improve your math skills through games and play! Students will utilize several free, online resources to test their math knowledge, see where they can improve, and develop their skills in a fun way! Best of all, they will have access to these resources at home after the course to continue their progress throughout the summer. A wide range of concepts will be covered, many of which are common problem areas for middle school students including: effectively answering word problems, calculating with fractions, order of operations, converting decimals and percentages, interpreting graphs, and more. Each student will be challenged based on their grade and skill level!

By the end of this course, students will have learned strategies for solving tricky problems and all will walk away with several fun math resources they can use after the course to reinforce their math skills. At the end of the week, parents/guardians will be provided with individual feedback for how to continue supporting their child’s learning at home!

This course is led by Wendy Van Norden, eighth grade science and robotics teacher at McDonogh School. She is a certified math teacher and enjoys tutoring middle school students in the subject!
 

Ready, Set, Investigate (Grade 5-8) - CLOSED

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Ages: Entering Grade 5-8
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Dates: June 22-July 3 (additional weeks may be added if there is interest)
Tuition: $200 plus $25 materials fee
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom
Required Materials: Instructor will provide. 
Instructor: Gregg Kleiman

Let your questions be answered! In this course we will look at many different science concepts and unpack some of the mysteries of science. The course is designed to create learning experiences that engage young minds and let them explore some of the many facets of scientific concepts.

Each day we will be exploring a new scientific concept and see if we can unlock the many different aspects and wonders of science. Some of the concepts we will cover are intertia, perecents, atomic models, the rock cycle and many more. All our experiments will be hands-on and fully engaging to the students.

Shark Tank: Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation (Grade 5-8)

Ages: Entering Grade 5-8
Hours: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Dates: August 3-7 (additional weeks may be added if there is interest)
Tuition: $200
Technical Requirements: computer, wifi, Google Docs, Zoom, Flipgrid.com account (free!)
Instructor: Wendy Van Norden

Do you have a lot of creative ideas? Do you enjoy working with your hands and solving problems? If so, this is the course for you! Work alongside your teammates to explore the engineering design process, product design and development, and marketing. Solve daily challenges both individually and as a team, speak to experts in the engineering and marketing fields, and create a “pitch” for our Shark Tank panel! Don’t be shy, they won’t bite! The goal is to learn new skills and to have fun in the process.

By the end of this course, students will have designed a product and created a prototype based on engineering design principles. They will also have learned about marketing strategies and the field of engineering through hands-on projects and guest speakers! Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to practice their teamwork, communication, and presentation skills in a welcoming, supportive environment.

This course is led by Wendy Van Norden, eighth-grade science and robotics teacher at McDonogh School. It is inspired by her favorite undergraduate engineering course at the University of Maryland!

STEM Challenges for Little Thinkers (Grade 1-4)

Ages: Entering Grade 1-4
Hours: Mondays and Fridays synchronous 1 hour; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays - asynchronous
Dates: June 22-August 21
Tuition: $40 per week
Technical Requirements: Computer/tablet, WiFi, Zoom
Instructor: Julie Everd

Do you have a curious child at home who is constantly tinkering with things? Do you have a child that looks at the world through a different lens? Children are amazed at the wonders they see around them, and often times, they come up with the most unique descriptions and answers to the world around them. Your budding STEM-minded child wants to delve deeper into "what makes the world tick," and this course will help them dissect and create new solutions to everyday problems by using the Engineering Design Process and the Scientific Method.

Using readily available materials, such as recyclables and common kitchen items, your child will investigate their environment by creating prototypes of new designs. From examining the strength of building materials to experimenting with states of matter, this course will encourage your child to think outside the box.

STEM challenges will be given at the start of the week, with a one-hour synchronous introduction on Monday. From there, your child will be free to create and explore the introduced engineering or science concept using the Engineering Design Process or Scientific Method. By the end of the week, the students will come back together to share their projects, which provides them the opportunity to explain their thinking verbally to a small group.

Each week, we will study a different science or engineering concept.

STEM Kits (Grade 5-8) - CLOSED

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Ages: Entering Grade 5-8
Hours: 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Dates: June 22-July 3 (additional weeks may be added if there is interest)
Tuition: $200, plus $25 materials fee
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom
Required Materials: Instructor will provide. 
Instructor: Gregg Kleiman

The design process is one of the keys to creative problem solving. The goal of this course is to build problem solving skills and to spark curiosity as well as to show that there usually isn't just one way to tackle a problem.

Each day we will dive head first into the world of STEM and engineering. You will receive a kit that contains all the materials needed to become fully immersed to complete some amazing builds. Some of which include pasta racecars, pool noodle rockets, and even a marshmallow launcher.

What Is My Coding Road? (Grade 8-12)

Ages: Entering Grade 8-12; Parents may participate
Hours: 45-minute, one-on-one consultation by appointment
Dates: July 8-17
Tuition: $20
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom
Instructor: Joe Thompson

We will discuss where you are with coding and where you might be headed. We will include creating a portfolio, what it takes to get internships, which certificates you can obtain and when, what to expect when you get to college, and how this all translates to your career. Professional opportunities for coders arise before you graduate from college.

Just getting started as a high school senior? You are way ahead of most students, who don't have access to any CS in high school. Hard-core eighth or ninth grader who wants to move at your own pace into advanced classes? I can lay out a path for you that will maximize return on the time and effort you have invested.

After our discussion you will be able to produce or start a coding-specific resume and portfolio which will help you gain opportunities. I will help you envision and shape your road for future coding success. You will hear about opportunities in Java, Cybersecurity, Mobile App Development, and Cloud Computing. We will discuss the benefits of chasing and obtaining certificates from CodeHS, Oracle Academy, Amazon Web Services, and Comp/TIA.

Appropriate high school courses are a help, but so is work outside typical high school courses.

Zoo Habitat Design (Grade 2-4) - CLOSED

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Ages: Entering Grade 2-4
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (with project work in between)
Dates: June 22-26
Tuition: $300
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom
Instructor: Mary Catherine Irving

How can you create a new exhibit for a zoo that fits a specific budget, but also provides an engaging area for the animals and easy viewing for the visitors? In this course, you will learn how designers create animal habitats. You will create a budget for your new zoo, design a habitat for an animal, and create it with art supplies and cardboard.

You will create an actual zoo habitat for your animals from recycled materials and art supplies.