Our programs engage students in interactive activities designed to reinforce state standards for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) education. Students will be immersed in variety of topics that help them to create, design, build, move and learn! We will also take the fun outdoors to learn team sports and summer water fun.
For detail information on summer camp sessions and cost, please see JollyPlace Summer Steam Camps details.
Two groups: Discovery Explorers (3-6 years) and Daring Adventures (6-10 years).
This summer JollyPlace will have three sessions:
JP STEAM Session I: Science & Math Camp (Week 1 to Week 4: June 5th – June 30th)
JP STEAM Session II: Technology & Engineering Camp (Week 5 to Week 8: July 3rd – July 28th)
JP STEAM Session III: Art & Geography Camp (Week 9 to Week 11: July 31st – Aug 18th)
Note: Parents can choose individual weeks between all three sessions and customize camps around kid needs & summer vacation plan. Session themes of both groups will be same but the difficulty level will be different.
Week 1: Science and Math – Fitness Fun/Human Body
Campers will have fun exploring all scientific aspects related to human movements. They will discover the many ways their bodies can move with music and fitness through a variety of activities to explore mathematical properties of measurements and human biology! Camp sessions will focus on visual-motor games and fine-motor tasks that incorporate fun movement lessons on distance, weight, length and speed to develop understanding of correlation of weights and measurements on building coordination and strength for the foundational human body skills. This includes examining the important roles of gravity on our earthbound movements, hands-on construction of human skeleton from model bones, looking at different movements in human body, discovering the musculature that connects bones and joints, and how the muscles work together to generate movements.
Week 2: Science and Math – Veggie Tales/Nutrition Food Study
Kitchen Chemistry –Students will satisfy their appetite while discovering the scientific principles behind the texture, flavor and consistency of their favorite snacks and baked-goods! They will experiment with things they can actually eat. Campers will also learn where food comes from and grow and grow small garden. Through hands-on activities, children will investigate the chemical characteristics of yeast dough to make light fluffy pancakes, crystalizing process of sugar, and study properties of heat and matter needed to mold sweet treats. They will go home with knowledge on sustainable gardening and recipes on how to make tasty treats in their science lab – home kitchen!
Week 3: Science and Math – Reptiles & Dinosaurs Dig Paleontologist World
Campers experience the mystery and science of a paleontological dig and learn how to use the realistic tools to carefully extract a dinosaur skeleton, learn bone excavation techniques and preparation of the site. They will also explore the timelines of prehistoric life and their modern look alike – reptiles and their habitats. Finally students will learn inner workings of Earth as they create their own erupting volcanos and examine fascinating geodes – prehistoric minerals trapped in lava for millions of years.
Week 5: Technology and Engineering – Construction Workshop Tomorrow land
Construction Workshop offers campers opportunity to build dynamic earth-friendly, large scale projects made from biodegradable resources, recyclables and things that end up in landfills. Projects promote positive cooperation and teamwork as campers learn the value of working together for better solutions. Activities will focus on creative processes of conception, drafting, drawing, designing and building skills as the kids invent and build the different eco-friendly structures. Campers will also explore on topics like environmental protection, natural resources and learn recycling matters.
Week 6: Technology and Engineering – Transportation Machines in Motion
Through constructing and experimenting with model simple machines, campers will comprehend the fundamental laws of mechanical physics on transportation including gravity, force and acceleration. Students start by building small models, such as a fixed pulley, to learn about basic forces and simple machines. We will investigate how machines work and find examples in everyday life. The campers will also have an opportunity to build more complex machines that are present in land, air and water transportation such as car, train, sail boat and plane. At end of the week campers will enter their cars into Pine Derby Car Race Competition. The camp is fun, hands on approach to learn and understand the most fundamental physics equations and learn about amazing real-world applications for physics.
Week 7: Technology and Engineering – Solar System Astronomy
Solar System/Astrology camp provides an interactive set of learning experiences that center on the scale, exploration, and composition of the planets, moons, and galaxies. Campers will create scale models of the solar system and investigate magnetism through rotation and revolution of objects within the solar system. They will also create galaxy art and work on “My place in universe” project. Lastly, campers will become astronauts in training and through cooperative learning, problem solving and hands-on experiences build a space shuttle.
Week 9: Art and Geography – Suitcase Journeys Landmarks of the World
Suitcase Journeys Camp is all about traveling around the world and exploring art, food and famous landmarks of a new country each day. Campers will have hands on opportunities to learn the country culture and architecture through fun building projects, tasty snacks and original art masterworks. Art projects will include variety of art mediums like sculpting, watercolors, collage and origami accordingly to their cultural significance. We will complete the week with Show and Tell presentation, where all the students will share their memorable traveling experience and a souvenir.
Week 10: Art and Geography – Under the Sea Earth Landforms
Under the Sea Camp includes equal parts imagination, art and science as campers learn facts about the ocean habitat and wildlife and create their own under the sea worlds. They will explore the composition of oceans and create their own landforms for different landforms such a cape, island or bay. Furthermore they will learn about oceans most majestic occupants: sharks and whales and their importance on oceans ecosystem. Kids will have a WAVE of fun that infuses movement, creative expression, scientific learning, and water themed art.
Week 11: Art and Geography – Let’s Go Camping into the Wild
During “Let’s go camping” – students will participate in variety of outdoor activities that focus on nature exploration and wilderness. Campers learn surviving skills like tracking, primitive skills, and using all of the senses to understand the plants, animals, and environment around them. Campers will learn how to prepare nutritious snacks for nature walks, have fun spotting animal footprints and build a tent.