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Camps at Engineering For Kids of Boise Metro

The Fun, Educational Camp Your Child Is Bound to Enjoy!

At Engineering For Kids, our camps are carefully structured to provide your child with the enrichment he or she needs to grow and thrive. Our camps run in the spring, winter, and summer for your convenience. Our programs come in many varieties to accommodate your schedule, such as half-day camps, full-day camps, and holiday break camps. We also host camps on scheduled days off for reasons such as professional work days, teacher conference days, etc.

Just a few of these beneficial opportunities include:
  • Teamwork: Most of our camps schedule fun and engaging teamwork activities that teach children the value of investing in others.
  • Resilience and motivation: Our challenging programs help to teach kids how to keep trying. This also helps them feel accomplished when they succeed, which develops their will to learn.
  • Decision-making: Our uniquely structured activities help children establish and build upon great decision-making skills, which can help build confidence.

In addition, the wide range of activities and classes that we offer encourage children to try new things, which is a beneficial skill that can be applied in several instances throughout adulthood.

2018 Summer Camps

Robotics and Coding for Girls (ages 8-14)

*This camp is designed to encourage girls to explore the fun world of Robotics and
Coding.*

Price: $240

Dates, Time, and Location:
Tuesday June 5 - Friday June 8
9am-4pm
JUMP Boise, 5th floor at The Loft: 1000 W Myrtle St. Boise, ID 83702

Activity 1: Robotics 101
Students will learn how robots are used in the real world and how they are controlled.
Students will understand the mechanics of VEX IQ Robots by building them with the
goal to accomplish different tasks. Ultrasonic, light, and gyro sensors will help the robot
navigate. Students will be challenged to write codes to control a fully functional VEX IQ
Robot.

In this activity, students will:

  • Understand the Engineering Design Process to design, build, and test a robot.
  • Understand how coding a robot can help it navigate through obstacles.
  • Understand how SONAR is used in real-world applications. Students will learn
  • how an ultrasonic sensor will help their VEX IQ Robot travel by bouncing sound off
  • of objects.
  • Understand how light sensors are used in real-world applications. Students will
  • use a light sensor to help their VEX IQ Robot travel by recognizing colored tracks.
  • Understand the concepts of traction, power-to-weight ratio, and center of
  • gravity to build a VEX IQ Robot capable of competing in Tug of War and Sumo Wrestling.

Activity 2: Mission to Mars
How do robots help us explore unknown planets like Mars? In this activity, students will
understand how NASA uses robots to explore other planets. Students will utilize the
skills learned in Robotics 101 to accomplish new and complex challenges, much like Mars
Rovers do. New programming commands will be introduced during this lesson, giving
students the opportunity to take their coding knowledge to a new level. Students will
modify their VEX IQ Robots, and then code them to complete numerous tasks.
In this activity, students will:

  • Design a VEX IQ Robot that is capable of launching a mini rover from a launch pad
  • to a target area.
  • Program a VEX IQ Robot to navigate through unknown areas and over different
  • surfaces.
  • Program a VEX IQ Robot to seek shelter when meteoroids fall on Mars.
  • Program a VEX IQ Robot to look for water, and retrieve water samples.
  • Develop a design for a program using touch sensors.
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Environmental and Marine Engineering (Ages 4-7)

Price: $220

Dates, Times, and Locations:
Tuesday June 19 - Friday June 22
9am-4pm
JUMP Boise, 5th floor at The Loft: 1000 W Myrtle St. Boise, ID 83702


Monday July 9 - Friday July 13
9am-3:30pm
Parkcenter Montessori, 649 E Parkcenter Blvd, Boise, ID 83706


Monday July 30 - Friday August 3
9am-3:30pm
Friendship Square, 610 Reserve St, Boise, ID 83702


Activity 1: Camp Kelvin
Summer is here, and it is a perfect time to learn how engineers explore the great
outdoors. So pack your bags and lace up your hiking boots engineers, because at Camp
Kelvin, we are engineering ways to help us explore the great outdoors. Build a tent,
design waterproof clothing, engineer your own survival pack and more! Join us for an
adventure where everyone goes home a happy camper!


In this activity, students will:

  • Understand what humans need for survival and create their own survival kits.
  • Design and build a shelter by understanding weak and strong structures.
  • Study and test different materials against water to engineer a poncho.
  • Understand how to use sun's energy to heat materials and build a solar oven.
  • Design and build a magnifying glass and a working compass.

Activity 2: Pirate Academy
Pirates have to engineer ways to build up their ship, load it up, and sail around the world.
Sometimes buried treasures aren't found on an island but in a dark cavern far below the
ocean's surface. In this activity, students will explore marine engineering as they design
their own boat and sails, and design ways to dive deep into the ocean to retrieve a
buried treasure.

In this activity, students will:

  • Explore the concepts of floating and sinking to design a boat capable of holding
  • different objects.
  • Understand how simple machines make work easier. Students will design their
  • own pulleys and levers.
  • Understand the parts of a sail boat. Students will test different materials to build
  • a sail boat that is powered by wind.
  • Study how fishing nets are designed to catch fish while protecting endangered sea turtles.
  • Study the concept of buoyancy and apply previous knowledge of material properties to design a Cartesian diver.

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Robotics Engineering and Coding (ages 8-14)

*Note: The curriculum for this camp is the same as “Robotics and Coding for Girls.” This
camp is co-ed.

Price: $240

Dates, Time, and Location:
Monday July 23 - Friday July 27
9am-3:30pm
Friendship Square, 610 Reserve St, Boise, ID 83702


Activity 1: Robotics 101
Students will learn how robots are used in the real world and how they are controlled.
Students will understand the mechanics of VEX IQ Robots by building them with the
goal to accomplish different tasks. Ultrasonic, light, and gyro sensors will help the robot
navigate. Students will be challenged to write codes to control a fully functional VEX IQ
Robot.

In this activity, students will:

  • Understand the Engineering Design Process to design, build, and test a robot.
  • Understand how coding a robot can help it navigate through obstacles.
  • Understand how SONAR is used in real-world applications. Students will learn how an ultrasonic sensor will help their VEX IQ Robot travel by bouncing sound off of objects.
  • Understand how light sensors are used in real-world applications. Students will use a light sensor to help their VEX IQ Robot travel by recognizing colored tracks.
  • Understand the concepts of traction, power-to-weight ratio, and center of gravity to build a VEX IQ Robot capable of competing in Tug of War and Sumo Wrestling.

Activity 2: Mission to Mars

How do robots help us explore unknown planets like Mars? In this activity, students will
understand how NASA uses robots to explore other planets. Students will utilize the
skills learned in Robotics 101 to accomplish new and complex challenges, much like Mars
Rovers do. New programming commands will be introduced during this lesson, giving
students the opportunity to take their coding knowledge to a new level. Students will
modify their VEX IQ Robots, and then code them to complete numerous tasks.

In this activity, students will:

  • Design a VEX IQ Robot that is capable of launching a mini rover from a launch pad to a target area.
  • Program a VEX IQ Robot to navigate through unknown areas and over different surfaces.
  • Program a VEX IQ Robot to seek shelter when meteoroids fall on Mars.
  • Program a VEX IQ Robot to look for water, and retrieve water samples.
  • Develop a design for a program using touch sensors.
Register Today


Aerospace Engineering and Robotics Coding (Ages 8-14)

Price: $240

Dates, Time, and Location:
Monday August 6 - Friday August 10
9am-3:30pm
Friendship Square, 610 Reserve St, Boise, ID 83702


Activity 1: Out of This World
Living on the moon is possible with the help of technology. Humans have already walked
on the moon. Student will explore aerospace engineering and will work in teams to
design, build, and test a variety of projects that will enable humans to safely inhabit the
moon.

In this activity, students will:

  • Understand the properties of flight and investigate how the overall design components of a rocket affect the trajectory and distance traveled.
  • Understand how potential and kinetic energy relate to the motion of objects and design a Lunar Lander by investigating how weight distribution can affect the landing.
  • Understand the structure of truss bridges and their weak and strong points.
  • Design an efficient truss bridge using limited materials.
  • Understand how different propellants affect flight duration, and discuss what role chemical composition plays in the flight of a liquid propellant-based aircraft.
  • Use the Engineering Design Process to design, build, and test a rocket powered by water and air only.


Activity 2: Robot Surgeons
Technology is advancing at a fast rate. As medical technology advances, engineers have
to think of ways to use the new technology to solve problems that may help save a
patient's life or bring them back to health. Robots are used in the medical industry for
surgery because they are precise, accurate, and versatile. Students will be given the
opportunity to design and build VEX IQ Robots that tackle medical issues.

In this activity, students will:

  • Build and code a VEX IQ Robot that can repair a broken bone.
  • Add attachments to their VEX IQ Robot and code it to remove harmful bacteria without disturbing good cells.
  • Modify their VEX IQ Robot to transport antibiotics to a patient.
  • Build and code a VEX IQ Robot capable of traveling through a "maze of arteries" and remove cancerous cells.
  • Design a VEX IQ Robot that can replace an infected human part with a healthy one.

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