STEM At Camp

What is STEM?

Traditionally, STEM incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Throughout camp programs at Howard County Conservancy, we also integrate Arts into so many of our activities, turning traditional STEM planning into STEAM!

  magnifying glassSTEM Missions of the Week 2022

WEEK 1: GREEN STEM CAMP

CATAPULT CHALLENGE –
Take on an engineering challenge which will involve building a powerful catapult and a sturdy fort! Campers will experiment with creative designs and learn which ones work best as they attempt to knock down the other team’s fort.

WEEK 2: SOARING THROUGH THE SKIES

PAPER AIRPLANE COMPETITION –
There are many ways to build a paper airplane, but which one works best? Brainstorm new methods by changing the size, shape, or weight of the plane. Compete to see which model flies highest, farthest, and longest!

WEEK 3: FOREST FRIENDS

TALLEST TOWER MISSION –
Get ready to build the tallest tower you can! What’s the catch? You can only use paper, and your tower must support a heavy weight at the top! Take inspiration from some of the world’s largest structures in order to design a tall and sturdy tower.

WEEK 4: AQUATIC ADVENTURES

RECYCLED RAFTS –
Set out to sea by creating a boat out of recycled materials! Campers will learn about how buoyancy and weight affect the way their boats float, and then test which designs are more successful as they travel down the stream.

WEEK 5: SLITHER AND SLIME

EGG DROP CHALLENGE –
Many animals have unique methods of protecting themselves, like a turtle’s hard shell. Campers will invent their own protective vessel for an egg and put it to the test in an Egg Drop Challenge! See which strategies and designs can keep the egg from cracking under the pressure.

How does STEM/STEAM fit into Camp?

We have always focused on science and nature at Camp, and we love to investigate over the course of our sessions and summer! This year’s STEM Mission of the Week (MotW) will highlight the ways in which Campers use technology to solve problems, work together to design and test engineered structures and devices, and leverage mathematical reasoning to conduct science experiments.

We find many imaginative ways to incorporate STEM into our daily planning; i.e. instead of a chemistry demonstration, Campers may participate in a Potion Class! We encourage hands-on investigative learning.

WEEK 6: SURVIVE IT!

SHELTERING AGAINST THE ELEMENTS –
Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? Learn new survival skills as you try to outlast the elements. Campers will use natural materials to construct miniature shelters and will measure their durability against wind, rain, and extreme weather.

WEEK 7: PLANET PROTECTORS

ANTI-RACE MARBLE RUN –
Test your problem solving skills with the task of an anti-race! What twists and turns can you add to this marble run to give your team the slowest time. Use recycled materials to construct a lengthy track for your marble to travel on. How slow can you go?

WEEK 8: BUGGIN’ OUT

KEEP YOUR BOAT AFLOAT –
How do boats float when they are so heavy? Campers will learn more about buoyancy as they build their own boats and work to make them hold as much weight as possible!

WEEK 9: INTO THE WILD

ECOSYSTEM EXPLORERS –
Explore the Conservancy and pick an ecosystem to recreate! Campers will combine science and art in this fun craft as they create a model of their chosen ecosystem which will include plants, animals, and more.

WEEK 10: TRAILBLAZERS

BOTTLE ROCKET BLAST OFF –
Get ready for blastoff! Use a bottle rocket launcher and discover through various experiments what causes the bottle to launch the furthest while learning about concepts like air pressure & gravity.

How does STEM/STEAM fit into Camp?

We have always focused on science and nature at Camp, and we love to investigate over the course of our sessions and summer! This year’s STEM Mission of the Week (MotW) will highlight the ways in which Campers use technology to solve problems, work together to design and test engineered structures and devices, and leverage mathematical reasoning to conduct science experiments.

We find many imaginative ways to incorporate STEM into our daily planning; i.e. instead of a chemistry demonstration, Campers may participate in a Potion Class! We encourage hands-on investigative learning.

 

2022 Session Info coming soon!

  magnifying glassSTEM Missions of the Week

WEEK 1: GREEN STEM CAMP

RECYCLED RAFTS –
Take on the role of an engineer and create a barge out of recycled materials. Campers will conduct tests to determine if their design can withstand the elements. Discover how buoyancy and weight affect the way your boat floats- will your creation make it down the stream?

WEEK 2: MARVELOUS MAMMALS

ECOSYSTEM SUPERHEROS –
What do you know about the superheroes of your ecosystem? Learn about animal engineers as you create web maps showing how superhero mammals help other species. Can you invent a device to help these mammals along their journey to improve their homes?

WEEK 3: BRANCHING OUT

ARBORISTS IN TRAINING –
Become an arborist in training as you learn about the unsung heroes of our natural world- trees! Sketch out protective designs that can shield young saplings against natural and predatory elements. Create a 3-D tree life cycle to test the success of your device.

WEEK 4: COME FLY WITH ME

EGG DROP CHALLENGE –
What gives an animal the ability to fly? Test out this theory as you create a protective vessel for your egg in the Egg Drop Challenge! See what designs protect the egg from cracking under the pressure.

WEEK 5: STREAM SLEUTHS

STREAM SCIENTISTS –
Take on the role of an engineer and create a barge out of recycled materials. Campers will conduct tests to determine if their design can withstand the elements. Discover how buoyancy and weight affect the way your boat floats- will your creation make it down the stream?

WEEK 6: SURVIVE IT!

SHELTERING AGAINST THE ELEMENTS –
Test out your survival skills as you simulate “roughing” the elements. Create miniature shelters out of natural materials and test the effectiveness against various weather conditions the natural world can produce.

WEEK 7: ROCKIN’ REPTILES

LETTERBOXING CHALLENGE –
Navigate through camp as you carve, stamp, and map out the hiding spots of our reptile friends through the Letterboxing Challenge. See who can find the most boxes and sign in with your signature stamp.

WEEK 8: DIRT DETECTIVES

DIGGING UP DISCOVERIES –
Become an arborist in training as you learn about the unsung heroes of our natural world- trees! Sketch out protective designs that can shield young saplings against natural and predatory elements. Create a 3-D tree life cycle to test the success of your device.

WEEK 9: BACKWOODS EXPLORERS

RIVER RAPID RACERS –
Head into the great outdoors and discover what building supplies the forest has to offer! Use natural materials to design and build a stick boat to race down the stream in an aquatic challenge. Learn about the interdependence of the Conservancy’s forest ecosystem as you construct your river racer.

WEEK 10: FOREST FORENSICS

ECOSYSTEM EXPLORERS –
What mystery can you uncover when investigating the Conservancy’s forest. Observe what animals live among the trees and build a dynamic energy pyramid including all the organisms you identify. Zoom in on the smallest of habitats and see how many creatures can live off a single leaf.