Summer Camp Programs for Your
School or Community Center
Available Summer 2020
For partners interested in bringing a Curious-on-Hudson camp to their location, we offer a series of weekly Design|Tinker|Explore camps for grades K-2. These camps can be held anywhere. Curious-on-Hudson provides all staff, materials, and plans.* Camps for grades K-2 are described below; each camp runs for 5 half-days. Camps may be combined for a full-day program.
*Please contact <[email protected]> you are interested in supplying your own educators for the camp with our curriculum.
Kids explore their human sides from a science point of view and make models, conduct experiments and dive into anatomy and physiology, genetics, biochemistry, the brain and more. They’ll also explore what makes us “human” and what machine-based artificial intelligence can do for us. The class will use robotics, labs, and computer simulations to learn about human physiology. Like all weeks of camp, we will have at least one coding exercise using Scratch.
Learn how to make simple toys that encompass fascinating aspects of science, technology and engineering. Take home projects abound in this session! We’ll also make a group project: Calder’s Circus, and learn about the artist and what he envisioned when he created this work. In addition, we’ll make a simple video game using Scratch and integrate a manual controller into our game.
Spend a week in the STEAM master’s studio learning how to think like DaVinci did by creating your own designs based on motifs from the DaVinci notebooks. The blend of art, science, technology and innovation are what this class is all about. Students will make a different take-home project each day based on a design challenge. In addition we will learn about DaVinci and create a short animation based on some aspect of DaVinci’s work or life using Scratch. We will take one DaVinci project and add some tech to it to give it a 21st century touch.
If learning about tech appeals to you, you’ll love this class, which teaches young people how to build simple circuits and make a variety of take-home projects that light up, use sensors, magnets or switches to make fun objects. Basic circuitry is taught in kid-friendly terms and kids design the “things” they build around their circuits. We’ll also do some coding and learn some programming logic using the code.org curriculum for inspiration.
This camp will use the NASA based student guide for projects that explore space and astronomy. The class will also use robotics to learn how to use logic to move about in space, much as the Mars Rover did and we’ll build our own space demonstration in Scratch, the coding platform that teaches young kids how to build simple animations and games.
This camp offers a combined experience of paleontology, archaeology and geology to learn how scientists explore the ancient world – long before we even existed. We’ll study dinosaurs, the Ice Age, glaciers, animals that pre-dated humans, and do some fossil digs and experiments that explore how this was all happening waaaay before out time. What made the mountains? Valleys? Why do some animals swim and others don’t? And where do we fit in all this natural history?
- A summer week to explore the visual world – from the phenomena of color to shapes, patterns and textures. Children make their own frescoes, landscape paintings, mosaics, 3D art and all of it goes home for you to keep and enjoy. While students in this program enjoy a visual learning experience, they are also learning how the way we visualize art and the world around us is affected by how and what we “see,” by exploring the intersection of science and art.