Although the MSSM STEM Summer Camp prides itself on hands-on learning, we have put together a collection of live sessions and recorded videos in a variety of areas. You can watch them as many times as you’d like and follow along with the projects. There will be a daily challenge using popsicle sticks if you choose to follow those projects. If you do follow them and film them, you can upload them to FlipGrid and we can see them and share them. All that will be included with each relevant video.
There are three live classes happening Monday, July 13th, through Friday, July 17th. The first one is Calculus in a Week Holy Smokes and is taught by James Robertson, an MSSM math teacher. He has taught this class at camp for a few years and knows how to water down the subject so that middle school aged campers can follow. It gives them a preview of what’s to come in the future for the education. The second one is Introduction to Programming. There are a dozen different programming languages to teach, but this one (Processing) balances ease, simple installation, and immediate results. The final one, which filled up right away because it has limited spaces, is The Case for Covid. It is taught by an external group that has taught it before to this age group and had good success. It will be in the afternoon and take up two hours a day.
We are also working with UNICEF Kid Power to give access to 75 of their videos about so many topics from basketball shots to making bracelets to many in between. Those links will come daily in the emails during camp. All of this content will stay on the site after camp is over, so come back and spread the word and continue learning. It’s part of our charter to do outreach for the state of Maine and something we are more than happy to oblige.
Finally, when we open registration for the 2021 camp (around October), those students that enroll early can join in a weekly (or bi-weekly) online class (or classes) about various topics. One is the Arduino, a small affordable prototyping device allowing you to create virtually anything. Apart from paying the $100 non-refundable deposit for camp, there will be no fees related to the online sessions.
Below you will see a video about the regular on-campus STEM Summer camp.