Science Camps at the J are great for curious campers who want to learn, explore and figure out how things work and why. Kids will explore the wild world of science, from robots and rockets to glow in the dark ooze and computer programming, there's a lot to learn in summer 2013.
Led by the coaches and members of Big Brains Educations’ World Champion VEX Robotics Team and the Puget Sound Business Journal “Youth of the Year,” these camps are fun, exciting and educational. No boring lectures – just lots of hands-on experiments and discovery. With regard to success and failure, our motto is “Fall Forward Fast!”
Junior Games, Gizmos and Gadgets
Be a super spy! Make invisible ink and make and take home your own secret book and other "spy" goods. Use air and marshmallows as projectiles for your own spy devices.
Build and fly your own rockets right here at the J. We start with straw rockets, balloon-powered cars and simple gliders, and then graduate to high-flying bottle rockets and other surprises. Enjoy splashing, whooshing and zooming fun. Imagine building a rocket and shooting it 50 feet into the sky – you can make it happen and know why.
Junior Bigger, Stronger, Faster
July 1-5 (no camp on Thursday, July 4)
Can you build a bridge out of paper? How about the rollercoaster of your dreams? If it’s bigger, faster or stronger, we’ll build it, run it or launch it. Be ready to use your ingenuity and imagination to complete these challenges.
Junior Dr. X
Slime, elephant toothpaste and spinning tops... what do they have in common? Dr. X and crazy adventures. Learn about chemistry and physics in an engaging way with hands-on experiments and experiences.
Junior Lego© Building FULL - thank you!
Learn to build well-designed and executed structures. Taught by the First Lego© League and world champions VEX Robotics. Gears, pulleys and levers... build bigger, build better.
Junior Robots FULL - thank you!
Robots are what we do! Taught by First Lego© League and world champions VEX Robotics. Learn solid building and programming skills as you overcome challenge after challenge. Turn your summer into a robotic experience.
Lego© Animation: Robots FULL - thank you!
July 29-August 2
Create various robots out of Lego® pieces and bring them to life through stop-motion animation. Kids will learn how to operate a digital camera, construct props and backgrounds and plan a storyboard. On the last day, they use an iPad 2© to edit their video and sound effects on iMovie and create an original music score on Garage Band. Animation classes incorporate skills in basic math, science and language arts. View the class commercial and more than 1,000 student animations of various types on www.cancancancan.com.
July 29-August 2
Just for kids who want to design advanced robots and then send them into battle! We'll put together robots for sumo wrestling, tug of war, and rock 'em, sock 'em robots! Do you have the building and programming chops to battle to the top?
August 5-August 9
A camp that goes to new depths! We'll spend the week exploring buoyancy, pressure, vectors, navigation, and electrical wiring underwater. We'll send remote control submarines down deep. How low can you go?
NEW! Incredible Machines
August 12-August 16
Trebuchets and catapults are giant throwing devices perfect for throwing water balloons – great for August weather. We'll also take the most simple tasks and making the most complicated machines you can think of to do the jobs; these are called Rube Goldberg machines and we'll go crazy with them. We'll create wild new machines and have fun with old, old machines.
SJCC MI Campus – all sessions
3801 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island WA 98040
$299 per week
For more information contact SJCC Camp Director Mark Rosenberg at MarkR@sjcc.org or 206-388-0830.
What happens in Junior Rockets Camp?
Take a look at how Rockets campers blasted off:
What happens in Dr. X Camp?
Take a look at how Dr. X campers turned chemistry into art:
What happens in Rockets Camp?
Take a look at how campers went exploring:
What happens in Dr. Zap Camp?
Take a look at how campers made their own flashlights:
What happens in Games, Gizmos and Gadgets Camp?
Take a look at how campers played with the physics of propulsion: