Launch Summer Camps
Math & Science FUNdamentals
Spark your child's math and science interests! During the Launch Math & Science FUNdamentals Camps children explore exciting Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) principles every day of the week. Through active participation in fun, age-appropriate craft-building, science projects, technology demonstrations, and math games, campers develop a love and appreciation for the world of STEM.
Launch Math & Science FUNdamentals camps are designed for our smallest scientists and mightiest mini-mathematicians. Read below to learn about the four engaging half day camps offered:
Jr. STEM Explorers
Explorers abound! Through game play campers learn to read calendars and sequence days and months. Number, color, and shape patterns are all the rage as we explore where these patterns are found in nature. Campers dive into the world of tech by learning what it means to code! While using computers children learn to drag and drop, order commands, and compile a set of instructions in order to create their very own computer programs! Lastly, we investigate science topics such as density, gravity, and fossils.
The Answer is STEM!
It’s time to ask lots of questions! How big is a foot? How long is ten seconds? Kids play games that help them develop a sense of space and time. What causes friction? Campers explore sources of friction by racing their derby car creations on different surfaces. How do I create my very own computer animation? Our youngest campers get to unleash their inner programmer using MIT’s Scratch Jr. tablet-based software.
STEM All Around Us!
Real-world math and science! Campers set out on a pretend "shopping spree" while learning to differentiate coins and recall their values. Sports games are used to demonstrate the concept of subtraction during group activities. Campers explore the science behind planting seeds, build catapults to learn about projectile motion, and construct shadow theaters to discover the principles of light. Finally, the group is introduced to robotics and the art of programming using a robot developed specifically for computer science education by Carnegie Mellon's CREATE lab.
Putting STEM Into Action!
It’s time to think and do like real scientists! From plotting farm animal bar graphs to identifying symmetry, campers explore advanced math concepts! The mini-scientists learn what it means to hypothesize, experiment, record data, and ask questions. Through hands-on activities the little electrical engineers learn all about the flow of electricity by creating their own light up circuits! Lastly, future biology majors explore human anatomy by creating their own hand “x-ray” and campers are trained as architects to design the floor plans for their very own dream home.
Lunch Bunch Program
Hungry for more fun? The Lunch Bunch Program is designed to offer a lunchtime option for the time period between the AM and PM camp sessions (11:30 AM to 1:00 PM). Campers enrolled in a full day of camp (both AM and PM sessions) may stay through lunch by registering for the program (otherwise children must be picked-up at the end of the AM session and brought back at the start of the PM session). During Lunch Bunch campers eat lunch and play organized group games supervised by Launch instructors. The Lunch Bunch Program takes place in a recreational area within the same building where camp is held. Please note, Launch does not provide lunch meals and all food must be supplied by parents. This convenient and engaging add-on is available for an additional $50 per week.