Summer Programs

These 2016 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  |  Cyber Camp 2.0  |  Engineering Camp
Engineering Camp II  |  LEGO Robotics Camp  |  Small UAS / Drone Camp 


The following STEM Summer Camps will be offered for the 2016 year.

Arduino Camp

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 18 - Friday, July 22, 2016
Time: Daily, 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $100; Scholarships available
Target Group: Grades 8th - 12th

View the Arduino Camp flyer

Cyber Camp 2.0

Cyber Camp 2.0's objective is to prepare students to remotely defend a website (bank, Amazon, Facebook, etc.) that is under attack. Cyber Camp 2.0 begins with students learning computer virtualization and basic Linux commands, and ends with a capstone “live fire” event in which several members of the community try to take over the student’s web page.

Topics covered include:

  • Virtualization
  • Cyber Defense
  • Linux
  • Internet Services & Management
  • Capstone Event
  • Review of Cyber Camp 1.0

Dates: Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5, 2016
Time: Daily, 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $100; Scholarships available
Target Group: Grades 8th - 12th

View the Cyber 2.0 Camp flyer

Engineering Camp I

While attending Engineering Camp I*, 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: Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15, 2016
Time: Daily, 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: This Program is SOLD OUT!
Target Group: Grades 6th - 8th

*Please Take Note: Students are unable to repeat this camp, if previously attended.

View the Engineering Camp I flyer

Engineering Camp II

While attending Engineering Camp II*, a more advanced camp than Engineering Camp I, students will have an opportunity to gain more insight and fine tune their engineering skills.

Topics covered include:

  • Review of Engineering Camp I
  • Engineering Processes and Teamwork
  • Topics in Software Engineering
  • Topics in Mechanical Engineering

At this camp, students will:

  • Learn about how computers “think” and experiment with writing their own code
  • Learn about mechanical systems and experiment with various structures and devices
  • Learn about how real engineering projects are run and experience the process themselves
  • Complete a team capstone project to engineer and create a product of their own design

Dates: Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29, 2016
Time: Daily, 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $100; Scholarships available
Target Group: Grades 6th - 9th

*Please Take Note:
(1) Students may repeat this camp, but must have previously attended Engineering Camp I.
(2) Students may take both, E1 & E2, in the same year, provided they are old enough for E2.

View the Engineering Camp II flyer

LEGO Robotics Camp

LEGO 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 27 - Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: Daily, 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: This Program is SOLD OUT!
Target Group: Grades 5th - 8th

View the LEGO Robotics Camp flyer

Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) / Drone Camp*

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 18 - Friday, July 22, 2016 SOLD OUT
OR Monday, August 8 - Friday, August 12, 2016 SOLD OUT
Time: Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm; Friday, 9 am - 2 pm
Cost: This Program is SOLD OUT!
Target Group: Ages 13-18

*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 – Griffiss International Airport – Main Terminal
  • Day 2 - 4 – MVCC sUAS Lab (Utica Campus)
  • Day 5 – Griffiss International Airport – Nose Dock/Hanger 785

View the Drone Camp flyer

This camp was made possible by a grant from The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties and the Rosamond G. Childs Fund.




Arduino Camp  |  Cyber Camp 2.0  |  Engineering Camp 
Engineering Camp II  |  LEGO Robotics Camp  |  Small UAS / Drone Camp