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Cost: $495 per week.
Camp includes:

  • All food is included! Lunch, morning and afternoon snacks.
  • safety equipment (safety glasses, gloves, etc.)
  • lab notebooks.
  • SMILE T-shirt and bag at beginning of each program.
  • all experiment supplies.
  • by request: before and after care available ($15 per week for before or after care, $30 per week for before and after care).

Best of SMILE 1

This week long camp is comprised of some of the best and popular experiments from the past years of SMILE Camp. Campers will explore a wide variety of subjects including physics, chemistry, and numerous engineering fields through hands on experimentation. Each day, campers will engage in two experiments in the morning and two experiments in the afternoon. Some examples include: growing metallic crystals, electromagnetism, redox reactions, metal casting, working glass, thermite reactions, and exploring the world at 77 Kelvin with liquid nitrogen. Campers will walk away with the know-how to take their academic knowledge, merge with the real world, and take fun science to the next level!

Sessions Available:

Rising 6th graders through 8th graders:

  • Track Out 1: May 15 - May 19
  • Track Out 2: May 22 - May 15
  • Track Out 3: May 30 - June 2

Rising 6th graders through 10th graders:

  • Week 0: June 5 - June 9
  • Week 1: June 12 – June 16
  • Week 2: June 19 - June 23
  • Week 3: June 26 - June 30
  • Week 4: July 3, July 5 - July 7 **Note: No Camp on July 4
  • Week 5: July 10 - July 14
  • Week 6: July 17 - July 21
  • Week 7: July 24 - July 28
  • Week 8: July 31 - August 4
  • Week 9: August 7 - August 11

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Best of SMILE 2

For those campers which have attended the "Best of SMILE 1," this camp continues that path with a variety of favorites which are more challenging than the last. Experiments will include 3D printing and prototyping, growing bacteria cultures, clock reactions, chemiluminescence and electroluminescence. Liquid crystals, the secret behind LCD screens, will be created and the nature of ferrofluid will be explored. This camp has everything from molecular gastronomy in the form of spherification to molding a spoon out of gallium.

Sessions Available:

Rising 6th graders through 7th graders:

  • Week 0: June 6 - June 10
  • Week 2: June 19 - June 23
  • Week 5: July 10 - July 14
  • Week 8: July 31 - August 4
  • Week 9: August 7 - August 11

Rising 8th graders and up:

  • Week 1: June 12 – June 16
  • Week 6: July 17 - July 21

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Best of SMILE 3

For those campers which have attended the “Best of SMILE 1 and 2,” this camp continues that path with a variety of favorites which are more challenging than the last.

Sessions Available:

Rising 6th graders through 7th graders:

  • Week 3: June 26 - June 30

Rising 8th graders and up:

  • Week 7: July 24 - July 28

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3D Printing and Modeling Software

This camp will be a full week of designing and printing in 3D. 3D printers have changed the way we develop prototypes and new technologies. Campers have weeklong access to multiple 3D printers and a 3D modeling technology. We will teach campers how to use a 3D modeling package to make designs which they will then print in 3D. Early in the week, we will show campers how to download classic designs from the internet and print them while learning how to use the 3D printers. Later in the week, campers will be designing their own models to print as well as completing challenges given to them by the instructors to demonstrate important topics in 3D printing and design in general. Campers will also use a 3D scanner to scan objects to replicate them or edit and then print their edited scans. Campers will take home all of their designs and builds.

Sessions Available:

Rising 6th graders through 8th graders:

  • Track Out 1: May 15 - May 19
  • Track Out 2: May 22 - May 15
  • Track Out 3: May 30 - June 2

Rising 6th graders through 10th graders:

  • Week 4: July 3, July 5 - July 77 **Note: No Camp on July 4

Rising 6th graders through 7th graders:

  • Week 1: June 12 – June 16
  • Week 2: June 19 - June 23
  • Week 6: July 17 - July 21
  • Week 7: July 24 - July 28
  • Week 9: August 7 - August 11

Rising 8th graders and up:

  • Week 0: June 6 - June 10

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Rocketry

This camp will cover all things rocketry.  We will build and launch a variety of rockets – small, medium, and large. We will build some commercial kits and follow with a camper custom design. Students will explore the science of rocketry through building rockets and follow experiments which include: design elements, aerodynamic concepts, and engines. We will measure lift, drag, thrust, and the effect of different airfoil shapes using wind tunnels. Campers will keep all the rockets that they build.

Sessions Available:

Rising 6th graders through 7th graders:

  • Week 0: June 6 - June 10
  • Week 1: June 12 – June 16
  • Week 3: June 26 - June 30

Rising 8th graders and up:

  • Week 2: June 19 - June 23

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Robotics

Complete the VEX Robotics Challenge of the School Year. Design, build, program and test your robot in the Ring!

Sessions Available:

Rising 6th graders through 7th graders:

  • Week 5: July 10 - July 14
  • Week 6: July 17 - July 21
  • Week 8: July 31 - August 4
  • Week 9: August 7 - August 11

Rising 8th graders and up:

  • Week 7: July 24 - July 28

Mobile App Development and Design

Have you ever wanted to program your own mobile phone app? Learn how to program your own using Android as the testing platform. We start with the basics and build up to accessing the device sensors. We supply the computers and android tablets to test and run the the code. Participants can load their programs on their own devices. We use a full featured educational software that uses block programming which allows program success without the hassle of syntax errors. Campers will be given a flash drive containing their work at the end of the week so that they can continue on their projects as well as build new projects after camp.

Sessions Available:

Rising 6th graders through 8th graders:

  • Track Out 2: May 22 - May 26

Rising 6th graders through 7th graders:

  • Week 0: June 6 - June 10
  • Week 2: June 19 - June 23
  • Week 7: July 24 - July 28
  • Week 9: August 7 - August 11

Rising 6th graders through 10th graders:

  • Week 4: July 3, July 5 - July 7 **Note: No Camp on July 4

Rising 8th graders and up:

  • Week 6: July 17 - July 21

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Minecraft Pi

Explore the world of Minecraft on Raspberry Pi using Python! Campers will learn how to code in Python and see the effect of their scripts in the Minecraft world in real time. The program curriculum is driven by projects that use fundamental programing logic and structure to push Minecraft to it's limits

Rising 6th graders through 6th graders:

  • Track Out 1: May 15 - May 19
  • Track Out 2: May 22 - May 15
  • Track Out 3: May 30 - June 2

Rising 6th graders through 7th graders:

  • Week 1: June 12 – June 16
  • Week 5: July 10 - July 14
  • Week 8: July 31 - August 4

Rising 8th graders and up:

  • Week 3: June 26 - June 30

Raspberry Pi

Not just an Hour of Code:  Raspberry Pi is a self contained mini computer system that runs on Python. Campers will learn how to utilize the Raspberry Pi platform to build projects and devices with a variety of functionality. Campers will keep their Raspberry Pi device and project materials at the end of the week.

Rising 6th graders through 7th graders:

  • Week 1: June 12 – June 16
  • Week 3: June 26 - June 30
  • Week 6: July 17 - July 21

Rising 8th graders and up:

  • Week 8: July 31 - August 4

Programming Micro-controller - Arduino!

This camp will cover all things Arduino. What these affordable programmable controllers can do is amazing. We will use the Arduino platform to build multiple projects which will build skills in project design and assembly, circuitry, and programming. Campers will gain an understanding of how to utilize the Arduino platform so they know where to go and how to do their own projects. Campers will keep the projects they build including the Arduino board and components which they can utilize to build future projects of their own design.

Sessions Available:

Rising 6th graders through 8th graders:

  • Track Out 1: May 15 - May 19

Rising 6th graders through 7th graders:

  • Week 0: June 6 - June 10
  • Week 2: June 19 - June 23
  • Week 5: July 10 - July 14
  • Week 7: July 24 - July 28

Rising 8th graders and up:

  • Week 9: August 7 - August 11

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Internal Combustion Engines

This Camp is all about engines; from the most basic heat engines to the modern automobile engine.  Campers will be supplied with their very own engine assembly and tools.  With this, they will learn how to tear-down and rebuild a single cylinder motor, as well as troubleshoot any problems. This camp will also discuss how engines have become more efficient, and how the current designs can be improved for the future.  Campers will get to keep their engines at the end of the week, so the learning and exploring never ends!

***NEW: We have an I6 and V12 configuration engines to explore***

Sessions Available:

Rising 6th graders through 7th graders:

  • Week 1: June 12 – June 16
  • Week 6: July 17 - July 21

Rising 8th graders and up:

  • Week 2: June 19 - June 23

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Taste of Engineering

Thinking about being an engineer? What type of engineer do you want to be? Come explore different fields of engineering to help answer just that! We will apply the engineering design process to multiple fields of engineering to help campers discover the many different types of engineering paths that are available. Several fields include computer, mechanical, aerospace, and materials (and many more!). We will focus on 2 to 4 fields per day and explaining how all engineers use the same tool box of problem solving, creativity, math, and communication to accomplish different goals in the different fields.

Sessions Available:

Rising 6th graders and upth graders:

  • Week 1: June 12 – June 16
  • Week 3: June 26 - June 30
  • Week 6: July 17 - July 21

Rising 8th graders and up:

  • Week 5: July 10 - July 14
  • Week 9: August 7 - August 11

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Invent a Machine

Ever wonder how things are invented? It's recognizing a problem, addressing a problem, and finding a solution to a problem. Let's invent a machine to solve a problem. What's the problem? Find out for yourself and choose a problem to solve by collaborating with others.

Rising 6th graders through 7th graders:

  • Week 3: June 26 - June 30
  • Week 8: July 31 - August 4

Rising 8th graders and up:

  • Week 5: July 10 - July 14

Photography

Campers will learn the in’s and out’s of digital photography.  Starting with supplied cameras, campers will learn how to compose different images and adjust the camera settings to get the perfect picture.  We’re not done yet! There is a whole other side to digital photography that takes place behind the computer screen.  We will introduce the latest digital photo editing software and show campers how to edit the images they have taken. Campers will leave with a scrapbook of their work to show off.

Sessions Available:

Rising 6th graders and upth graders:

  • Week 2: June 19 - June 23
  • Week 7: July 24 - July 28

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Green Screen and Videography

After photography, what's next? It's altering the photograph and merging multiple photographs into a video to tell a story. Explore how green screens are used and how to professionally create videos.

Rising 6th graders and up:

  • Week 5: July 10 - July 14

Creative Writing

This camp fosters important cognitive and communication skills through the education and composition of poems, short stories, and other works. Creative Writing is perfect not only for those campers who have an affinity for the arts, but also for those looking to discover their artfulness. Campers will explore elements of creative writing such as character, plot, dialogue, conflict, figurative language, and more! By the end of the week, your camper will have authored his/her very own short story, complete with original illustrations and a hand-crafted cover.

Rising 6th graders through 7th graders: 

  • Week 6: July 17 - July 21

Data Sciences

The SMILE summer statistics camp is a unique, hands-on opportunity
for talented campers to learn and/or improve their data analysis skills using statistical analysis software and real-world data. The curriculum includes an overview of descriptive statistics, basic discrete and continuous distributions, and construction of statistical intervals for the mean based on a single sample. Campers will not only learn how to use statistics to explain the relationship between an outcome and one or more predictors, but also be exposed to examples of big data. While working with examples directly from the media, campers will acquire great statistical skills to employ in group projects.

Rising 9th graders through 10th graders:

  • Week 3: June 26 - June 30