Summer Programs


REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2018 STEM SUMMER CAMP SEASON.
Please check back next May for the 2019 STEM Summer Camp dates!

These 2018 Summer STEM Camps provided opportunities for students to further their education beyond the classroom. Students learned real skills that can be directly applied to STEM careers and education.

LEGO Robotics Camp | Engineering Camp | Drone Camp | Cyber Camp | Arduino Camp | ROPES Camp 


The following STEM Summer Camps were offered for the 2018 year:

LEGO Robotics Camp

LEGO Robotics CampThis program is currently underway. Please check back next May for 2019 datesLEGO 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 25 - Friday, June 29, 2018
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.
Where a grade is stated rather than an age, your child must be entering that grade this Fall.


Engineering Camp**

Engineering CampThis program is now over. Please check back next May for 2019 dates!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 A*: Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 13, 2018 
SESSION B*: Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 2018
Time: M-Th, 9 am - 4 pm & Friday, 9 am - 12 noon
Place: Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome NY
Cost: $100; Scholarships available 
Age Group: Grades 6th - 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.
Where a grade is stated rather than an age, your child must be entering that grade this Fall.


Small UAS/Drone Camp 1.0

Drone Camp 1.0This camp has now ended. Please check back in May 2019 for new camp dates!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 or Spire Drone's Drone Safety Guide) 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:
SESSION A*: Monday, July 16 - Friday, July 20, 2018 THIS SESSION IS SOLD OUT!
SESSION B*: Monday, August 6 - Friday, August 10, 2018
Time: Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm & Friday, 9 am - 12 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.
Where a grade is stated rather than an age, your child must be entering that grade this Fall.


Cyber Camp 2.0

Cyber Camp 2.0This camp is now over. Please check back in May 2019Cyber 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

Dates: Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3, 2018
Time: M-Th, 9 am - 4 pm & Friday, 9 am - 12 noon
Place: Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome NY
Cost: $100; Scholarships available 
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.
Where a grade is stated rather than an age, your child must be entering that grade this Fall.


Arduino Camp

This camp has now ended. Please check back next May for 2019 camp dates!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, August 6 - Friday, August 10, 2018
Time: M-Th, 9 am - 4 pm & Friday, 9 am - 12 noon
Place: Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome NY
Cost: $100; Scholarships available 
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.
Where a grade is stated rather than an age, your child must be entering that grade this Fall.


ROPES Entrepreneur Camp

ROPES CampThis camp has now ended, please check back next May for the 2019 STEM Camp dates!While attending the ROPES (Rome Opportunity Program for Entrepreneur Students) Camp, students will be immersed in entrepreneurial and innovative thinking. Students will learn the basics of building a startup, meet scientists from the Air Force Research Laboratory, as well as local entrepreneurs, develop an entrepreneurial idea, and create a virtual startup. The program will conclude with a “Demo Day”, where the students will pitch their startup ideas, and which families are welcome to attend!

Dates: Monday, August 13 - Friday, August 17, 2018
Time: Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm & Friday, 9 am - 2 pm
Place: Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome NY
Cost: THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT! 
Age Group: Grades 6th - 9th
Max Class Size: 10 students

View the flyer

Children can only participate in those camps designed for their age group.
There are no exceptions.
Where a grade is stated rather than an age, your child must be entering that grade this Fall.


LEGO Robotics Camp | Engineering Camp | Drone Camp | Cyber Camp | Arduino Camp | ROPES Camp