Camps at Engineering For Kids of Central Virginia
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.
Engineering for Kids of Central Virginia Camps
ENGINEERING FOR KIDS SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMSRegister For Camps
- Where: Pump It Up of Hanover
- 9555 Kings Charter Dr, Ashland, VA 23060
- Who: Amazing fun and creative kids ages 5-14
- Cost: $185
JUNE 24 – JUNE 28: AEROSPACE ENGINEERING – OUT OF THIS WORLD!
As an Aerospace Engineer, the campers will get to explore straw rockets, airplanes, parachutes, and water bottle rockets! They will use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine a variety of flying machines. The campers will plan and build a straw rocket to land in a target zone or fly the farthest distance, and use air and water to propel a bottle rocket 40 feet in the air! Get a firsthand look at the basic mechanics of flight by constructing a foam flyer and whirligig and testing the different components that allow it to stay airborne the longest! Design a parachute for a test jumper that must descend gracefully after being dropped from various heights. Campers will learn the importance of aerodynamics and material selection as they use the engineering design process to create a world of fun!
JULY 8 – JULY 12: MINECRAFT TRAVELING INTO FUTURE
Join us in an apocalyptic future, one where the Earth has been ravaged by a series of natural disasters. Each day, students will rely on the engineering design process to solve a series of challenges such as building a city on a series of islands, escaping from a bunker on Mt. Everest, and even building a rocket to land on the moon! Through application of engineering principles, students solve numerous challenges as they make their virtual world of Minecraft a safe place for humanity once again.
JULY 15 – JULY 19: CHEMICAL ENGINEERING – CRAZY CONCOCTIONS
Do you like to mix ingredients and create your own interesting concoctions? Then this camp is for you! You will have a chance to examine how the physical and chemical properties of materials can change as you create your own play-dough in the Making Lots of Dough activity! During the Chromatography session you will analyze chemical properties of ink and see how one color can be separated into the primary colors that create it. You will also have a chance to use your artistic side to create a Sun Painting using only sun print paper, an object of your choice, and the ultra violet rays of the sun! And last, but not least, you will make your own Ice Cream! Observe how ice absorbs energy to melt and how particles added to water will lower the freezing point. Plus – you get to take the recipe home so you can make ice cream any time you want! Come and join your friends for exploring the chemical and physical properties of materials in a fun and hands-on setting!
JULY 22 – JULY 26: INTRO TO GAME DESIGNING USING SCRATCH JUNIOR
Scratch Jr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves -- then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life. The campers will be building a new game every day, and will get to take all the games home on the last day of the camp.
JULY 29 – AUGUST 2: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING – AMAZING MECHANISMS
This camp will introduce the campers to basics of energy, traction, aerodynamics, and durability while constructing various mechanical systems. The campers will use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and improve a variety of machines and mechanical systems while constructing marble runs, roller coasters that loop, candy catapults, air powered dragster, rubber band racers and much more. They will also get to build fun toys like poppers, buzzers etc. while learning the basics behind how they work.
AUGUST 5 – AUGUST 9: 3D PRINTING – MINECRAFT CREATIONS
3D printing is a fun, exciting new world where design has married technology to produce a fascinating array of possibilities that are truly changing the world in myriad ways. In this camp, the campers will explore the basic concept of 3D printing, and computer-aided design or CAD to bring their most awesome Minecraft creations to life! Campers will take their Minecraft design out of the world of Minecraft and learn how to extrude it into a 3D model that can then be modified to be printed in 3D.
AUGUST 12– AUGUST 16: ROBOTICS – ROBO GAMES
Robots have the ability to go places and do specific tasks that humans either cannot perform, or do not wish to perform. Robots have been sent into space, programmed to explore the depths of the ocean floor, and have performed precise medical procedures. In this camp, students will begin to investigate the world of building and programming using LEGO® MINDSTORM robots to complete specific tasks. The campers will first build a basic robot and then program the robots to play different games like Carnival Toss, Paddleball Smash ‘em, RoboRacer, Ultrasonic Hide & Seek and more. May the best robot win!
AUGUST 19– AUGUST 23: ELECTRONIC GAME DESIGN – NINJA WARRIORS
What’s more fun than playing an interactive electronic game? Writing one! During this camp, students will create their own games, graphics, and motions, while exploring coding foundations. We will create our own version of the game to defend against Ninja Attack. The campers will be able to access their games at the end of the camp by downloading them onto a flash drive to take home. This class is great for introducing kids to coding and to spark their interest in more advanced skills in computer programming.