STEM Camp – Hamilton
With two convenient locations, STEM Camp Hamilton is the summer camp you’ve been looking for. Our creative program allows children ages 5-13 to learn life-changing skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math while having a great time and making friends. Campers will collaborate, create, code and build through fun activities that ignite their curiosity and improve their understanding of the sciences.
What STEM Parents Can Expect
At our camp, it’s easy to engage kids with science. Our rotating weekly themes include wizards, robots, video games and, of course, Jedi Knights. We ignite kids’ curiosity with popular culture, but they’re sold by the fun challenges, hands-on activities and computer-based learning. Did we mention robots? Yes, we have robots! No child will get bored when their options include coding with robots, building in Minecraft or solving fun design problems. Each week brings a new theme and every day offers new challenges!
STEM Camp’s Mission
Our mission is both simple and ambitious: To expand STEM knowledge among Canada’s youth and give them a fantastic time in the process. At STEM Camp, we understand that these fields are the future of our economy. Our children need these skills to succeed, to get jobs, to grow and to engage with the world around them. These aren’t just skills for good jobs, they are how children become curious, passionate and productive adults. In our program, they will learn they have all the potential they need to change the world.
Check out some of the activities that have taken place at STEM Camp Hamilton!
Celebrating Women and Girls in STEM Fields!
The importance of attracting girls to STEM fields got a boost on CTV News Edmonton, which interviewed tech expert Lisa Chang on how parents can instill a passion for science in their daughters.
The segment, produced ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, featured science-focused toys that parents can buy for their girls, and included a recommendation for STEM Camp.
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES: Ways to Continue STEM Learning!
Most adults remember Bill Nye’s iconic television show, but his modern show “Bill Nye Saves the World,” is great for high schoolers looking for a fun way to continue learning about science from an absolute legend!
This site has an abundance of great ideas for science projects for children of all ages, from grade school through high school. They have videos, articles, project ideas, and complicated challenges for advanced learners. Lots of good stuff to check out here.
ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY
Code.org has a mission: promoting diversity in the computer science community. With creative and fun coding activities, many with offline options for children who lack internet access, this is a great option if you have a child at any age who shows an interest in coding. Sponsors of Code.org include Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Google — probably a good sign.
Created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, Scratch is an innovative approach to teaching students to create animations, games and other interactive media. We use it at Hamilton STEM Camp! But the site for Scratch allows students to continue applying their coding skills with projects and challenges stretching across several disciplines. It’s probably best for middle schoolers.
Math lessons using games! What’s not to like? This is a great start for grade schoolers showing an interest in math, but could work for some older students, as the site also has some advanced lessons in probability and algebra.
HAMILTON STEM CAMP BLOG POSTS
HOW YOUR CHILD CAN PREPARE FOR STEM CAMP
STEM Camp Hamilton involves both hands-on and computer-based activities. Hands-on activities include engineering design challenges, science experiments, and coding and robotics programs featuring camper’s favourite robots, Edisons, and Ozobots.
This summer, campers are required to bring their own laptop or tablet to camp which they will use to code Edison robots and the new Micro:bit!
Computer-based activities also utilize programs such as Scratch and Minecraft for campers to code, build, and further explore the wonderful world of STEM.
We encourage in-coming campers to experiment with either Scratch or Minecraft before coming to camp! This will give them a headstart as we explore the many fun ways of learning coding with these programs.