Course Descriptions

Grades 2 & 3  (Students must be 7 years old at start of camp)

Sports and Science A - Week 1 
We are going to jump right into the science of sports.  Using kinetic energy; get an understanding of how our body and brain work together; learn how exercise affects our heart rate; experiment with motion, weights, gradients and resistance; and even learn how fast a hockey puck travels across the ice.

Sports and Science B - Week 2
This course is independent of Sports and Science 1 (students do not have to take Sports and Science 1 in order to take Sports and Science 2)  Students will explore the science of sports learning about coordination, motion, and exercise in relation to our body.

Young Scientists - Week 1 
The Young Scientists will explore a broad range of science topics including kitchen chemistry; solids, liquids, and solutions; grow-beast measuring and graphing; basic science and elemental physics.  The students will investigate the properties of several crazy concoctions and create their own experiments.  Come prepared to get messy!

Young Engineers - Week 2
We will inspect different engineering disciplines and the elements of structures all around us.  Through hands-on challenges we will encourage creative problem solving and teamwork.  Our students will investigate the world of simple machines and assemble and control them using pulleys, levers, and catapults.

Grades 4, 5 & 6

Got Science?
Get your goggles and gloves and get ready to explore chemistry through hands-on inquiry experiments.  Campers will learn the importance of safety, proper use of lab equipment, taking measurements and using the scientific method.  Some experiments may include growing a crystal garden, design a floatation device, create LED circuits, fly balloon rockets, experiment with bouncing polymers, and much more!

Whodunit? 1
Calling all aspiring detectives...Grab your magnifying lens and let's investigate.  Solve a crime, learn to fingerprint and analyze fiber/hair and much more.  Take part in a mock crime scene, collect evidence and find out whodunit. 

Oceanography/Marine Biology 1
Join us in exploring three different marine communities (salt marshes, sandy shores and the rocky shoreline) along the Milford Point Audubon. Trips to the seashore will include using scientific equipment to collect water and specimen samples. Back at the laboratory we will set up our saltwater aquariums for observation, and take a look at the many organisms visible to the naked eye. A trip to the Norwalk Aquarium (Maritime Aquarium) towards the end of the second week, will add to our observations of the marine organisms found along the Milford Point Audubon.

STEM
Love to build, design and create?  You will get into gear by using principles of physics and math in order to engineer several different projects.  Some examples include Marble Run Coasters, Duct Tape Structures, and an Egg Drop Capsule.  Students will also learn to use technology to create Scooter bots and several projects from electronic Snap Kits.  Emphasis is placed on inventing, problem solving and troubleshooting.  

Junior Robotics  
Using LEGO Mindstorm EV3 and software, students will experiment and discover basic engineering basics, while building on teamwork and problem-solving skills.

E.S.P.N (Explore Sports, Physics and Nutrition) 
Tune into exploration of sports, physics and nutrition.  Students will learn about the physics and nutrition involved in sports activities through hands-on experiments.  The physics behind throwing a "curve ball", "jumping" to make that slam dunk, throwing a spiral pass and more will be explored.  The need for nutrition to enhance these activities will also be investigated. 

Grades 7, 8 & 9

Got More Science?
For the science enthusiast, further your explorations of chemistry and physics at an advanced level.  Students will design experiments to solve problems.  Thought-provoking projects will be done.  All experiments are designed with safety in mind.

Whodunit II
Put on your investigators cap and dig deeper into the world of forensics.  Experiments will deal with methods to link suspects, victim and crime scene.  Case studies and current events will be used and/or discussed..

Oceanography/Marine Biology II
Come investigate the Long Island Sound and all the organisms that both live and thrive there.  What's it like to live under the ocean water?  What animals and plants live there?  What life is found near the shore?  How do these animals survive and thrive daily?  These questions and others will be answered through hands-on activities, (lab dissections and specimen analysis).  Specimens will be observed in salt water tanks, set up by the students to replicate their natural environment.  Field trips to the seashore will allow for the exploration of the different marine communities found along the Long Island Sound.

Fact or Fiction? Mythbusters Revisited

This course will follow Adam Savage and Jaime Hyneman from the popular TV show Mythbusters through many of their most popular experiments. Students will use problem-solving skills and scientific knowledge to determine if the myth is “Busted” or “Confirmed”. Some of the myths we will explore are Mentos and Cola, Walking on Water, the “5 second rule”, and many more.  Students will be given the opportunity to create their own "Make-a-Myth", where students form their own myth and conduct an experiment to test it.  This course is perfect for students interested in science, as the scientific method will be followed thoroughly through each and every myth. 

Senior Robotics
This course is designed for the novice Robotics enthusiast.  Using teamwork and critical thinking, students will expand on the use and capabilities of LEGO Mindstorm EV3 and software.  

Physics of Hollywood 
Love to watch the movies?  By applying problem-solving techniques (some algebra) to a variety of movie clips, students in this class will learn how to use physics to judge "reality', as depicted in Hollywood movies.