Summer Programs

2017 STEM Summer Camp Registration will open on Monday, May 1, 11:00 am.

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  |  Engineering Camp  |  LEGO Robotics Camp
Small UAS / Drone Camp 1.0  |  Small UAS / Drone Camp 2.0

 

The following STEM Summer Camps will be offered for the 2017 year.

Arduino Camp

Registration begins May 1

 

 

Arduino 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: $100; Scholarships available
Target Group: Grades 8th - 12th
Max Class Size: 20 students

REGISTER NOW!  |  View the Arduino Camp flyer


Engineering Camp**

Registration May 1

 

 

While 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
SESSION 2*: Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: M-Th, 9 am - 4 pm & Friday, 9 am - 12 noon
Place: Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome NY
Cost: $100; Scholarships available
Target 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. 

**PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Students are unable to repeat this camp, if previously attended.

REGISTER NOW!  |  View the Engineering Camp flyer


LEGO Robotics Camp

Registration May 1

 

 

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: $100; Scholarships available
Target Group: Grades 5th - 8th
Max Class Size: 20 students

REGISTER NOW!  |  View the LEGO Robotics Camp flyer


Small UAS / Drone Camp 1.0 *

Registration Opens May 1

 

 

This 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: $100; Scholarships available
Target 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)

REGISTER NOW!  |  View the Drone Camp 1.0 flyer


Small UAS / Drone Camp 2.0 * (Advanced)

Register May 1

 

 

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
Target Group: Ages 16-18
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)

REGISTER NOW!  |  View the Drone Camp 2.0 flyer


Arduino Camp  |  Engineering Camp  |  LEGO Robotics Camp
Small UAS / Drone Camp 1.0  |  Small UAS / Drone Camp 2.0