Summer Programs

These 2017 Summer STEM Camps provide opportunities for students to further their education beyond the classroom. Students learn real skills that can be directly applied to STEM careers and education.

Arduino Camp (SOLD OUT)  |  Engineering Camp (SOLD OUT)
LEGO Robotics Camp (SOLD OUT)  |  Small UAS / Drone Camp 1.0 (SOLD OUT)
Small UAS / Drone Camp 2.0

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Please register by clicking on the "Register Now!" button. Fill out and submit application, then proceed to the "Pay Now" button in the right hand column to make payment.


The following STEM Summer Camps are being offered for the 2017 year.

Arduino Camp

Sorry, Arduino Camp is sold outArduino Camp is focused on basic programming and electronics. It teaches students to think critically about a problem, to solve tasks with a systematic approach, and to work with engineering disciplines. Arduino Camp starts teaching the basics of programming a microcontroller, debugging, hooking up sensors, and basic circuits. The capstone event involves the students developing their own system design and building it. The best part is, the students get to keep their Arduino boards after the camp!

Topics covered include:

  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Input/Output Devices
  • Basic Voltage & Current Calculations
  • Various Other Electronic Principles

Dates: Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4, 2017
Time: M-Th, 9 am - 4 pm & Friday, 9 am - 12 noon
Place: Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome NY
Cost: THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT
Age Group: Grades 8th - 12th
Max Class Size: 20 students

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Children can only participate in those camps designed for their age group. There are no exceptions.


Engineering Camp**

**PLEASE TAKE NOTE: STUDENTS ARE UNABLE TO REPEAT THIS CAMP, IF PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED.

Sorry, Engineering Camp is Sold outWhile attending Engineering Camp, students will engage in lateral thinking puzzles, guided lab experiments, and open-ended design challenges to learn about what real engineering is and how to do it.

Topics covered include:

  • Simple Machines
  • Archimedes’ Principle
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Basic Electronics
  • DC Hobby Motors

At this camp, students will:

  • Find out how engineers make things move, float, glow, and spin
  • Experiment with levers, boats, parachutes, light bulbs, motors, propellers, gears, and more
  • Get to be the engineer as they build and test their own solutions to real design problems
  • Learn to build cool stuff with materials they can find around their homes

Dates:
SESSION 1*: Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14, 2017  (SOLD OUT)
SESSION 2*: Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2017 (SOLD OUT)
Time: M-Th, 9 am - 4 pm & Friday, 9 am - 12 noon
Place: Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome NY
Cost: THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT
Age Group: Grades 6th - 8th
Max Class Size: 20 students

*PLEASE TAKE NOTE: There are two (2) sessions of the same camp, offered on different dates. Please choose your desired week, when registering. (SESSION 1 IS SOLD OUT)

**PLEASE TAKE NOTE: STUDENTS ARE UNABLE TO REPEAT THIS CAMP, IF PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED.

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Children can only participate in those camps designed for their age group. There are no exceptions.


LEGO Robotics Camp

Sorry, this program is sold out

LEGO RoboticsLEGO Robotics Camp will teach students how to build LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots, using curriculum from the LEGO Education department. Students will learn how to complete a robot build, attach sensors, attach motors, use gears, and program the robots.

Topics covered include:

  • How to use gear ratios
  • Locomotion and energy
  • How to build and control a robot while putting it through a series of real world challenges
  • Building individual and teamwork skills

Dates: Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30, 2017
Time: M-Th, 9 am - 4 pm & Friday, 9 am - 12 noon
Place: Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome NY
Cost: THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT
Age Group: Grades 5th - 8th
Max Class Size: 20 students

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Children can only participate in those camps designed for their age group. There are no exceptions.


Small UAS / Drone Camp 1.0 *

Sorry, this camp is sold outThis camp will focus on UAS concepts that combine classroom training with hands-on experience. The classroom instruction will focus on the safety of use (FAA’s Know Before You Fly Initiative) and scientific principles of flight. Students will assemble a quadcopter and learn the science of aerodynamics and radio-controlled vehicles. The hands-on approach contributes to students’ understanding of concepts, promotes discovery, and develops problem-solving skills. The activities in this program are designed to give students a competitive advantage to entering aviation fields by giving them a solid foundation of science, mathematics, and communication skills, and introducing them to cutting-edge aircraft technologies. The camp will close on Friday with a Capstone event where the students will fly their drone through an obstacle course. The camp has been designed to excite students’ interest in STEM, focusing on aviation and the high-growth field of unmanned aerial systems, and will introduce students to the local employment opportunities in UAS and aviation fields.

Topics covered include:

  • Safety of use
  • UAS concepts
  • Promotion of discovery
  • Scientific principles of flight
  • Development of problem-solving skills
  • Classroom training with hands-on experience
  • Introduction to cutting-edge aircraft technologies
  • Science of aerodynamics & radio-controlled vehicles
  • Solid foundation of science, mathematics, & communication skills
  • Introduction to local employment opportunities in UAS & aviation fields

Dates: Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm & Friday, 9 am - 2 pm
Cost: THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT
Age Group: Ages 13-18
Max Class Size: 20 students

*Class Location(s):
Class location will depend on the day, however, parents will pick up their child at the location they dropped them off on that given day. The following are the Drop off and Pick up locations:

  • Day 1 – NY UAS Test Site Operations Center (Rome)
  • Day 2 - 4 – MVCC sUAS Lab (Utica Campus, Academic Building, Room AB220)
  • Day 5 – NY UAS Test Site Nose Dock (Past Bernie Bus, Rome)

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Children can only participate in those camps designed for their age group. There are no exceptions.


Small UAS / Drone Camp 2.0 * (Advanced)

This camp will focus on advanced UAS concepts that combine classroom training with hands-on experience. The advanced activities in this program are designed to give students a competitive advantage to entering aviation fields by giving them a solid foundation of science, mathematics, and communication skills, and introducing them to cutting-edge aircraft technologies. The camp will close on Friday with a Capstone event where the students will fly their drone through an obstacle course. The camp has been designed to excite students’ interest in STEM, focusing on aviation and the high-growth field of unmanned aerial systems, and will introduce students to the local employment opportunities in UAS and aviation fields.

Topics covered include:

  • UAS Piloting Skills
  • Complete UAS Build and Flight Test
  • Autonomous Mission Control, Execution and Data Analysis
  • Autopilot Setup, Programming and Test using a Ground Control Station
  • Mission Data Analysis from UAS Telemetry
  • Analysis and Discussion of UAS Flight Mode Capabilities

Dates: Monday, August 7 - Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm & Friday, 9 am - 2 pm
Cost: $100; Scholarships available
Age Group: Ages 14-18
Max Class Size: 20 students

*Class Location(s):
Class location will depend on the day, however, parents will pick up their child at the location they dropped them off on that given day. The following are the Drop off and Pick up locations:

  • Day 1 – NY UAS Test Site Operations Center (Rome)
  • Day 2 - 4 – MVCC sUAS Lab (Utica Campus, Academic Building, Room AB220)
  • Day 5 – NY UAS Test Site Nose Dock (Past Bernie Bus, Rome)

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Children can only participate in those camps designed for their age group. There are no exceptions.


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Arduino Camp (SOLD OUT)  |  Engineering Camp (SOLD OUT)
LEGO Robotics Camp (SOLD OUT)  |  Small UAS / Drone Camp 1.0 (SOLD OUT)
Small UAS / Drone Camp 2.0