In our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Education Camp we strive to connect campers with the changing world of technology. In a partnership with MacInspires, campers utilize Apple software to develop and create works of art while learning new skills. Our STEAM Camp will capture 3D printing, programming and robotics, as well as video production. With the variety of camp themes and age specific classes, campers are able to excel in a safe and fun environment.
STEAM Camp Summer 2017 Themes:
Session 2: Game Design Coding (June 26 - June 30)
Learn how to create your own video games while learning about computer logic and design! Every child plays video games, but how many know the amazing work put into creating them? This course will open campers minds up to the wonderful world of design and programming by learning about logic, variables, functions, optimization, and much more without the frustrations of traditional coding.
Scratch Jr, Scratch (Ages 8-10)
Using the wonderful visual based coding platform Scratch, campers will create their own unique video games after completing a series of challenges to recreate games similar to pong, asteroid and more.
Advanced Scratch, Java, Python (Ages 11-14)
Campers design and develop their own game able to be uploaded to the Apple App Store. By recreating common games similar to Angry Bird campers learn hands on how games are coded and built. Once campers have a stronger hold on the programming they will be challenged to conceive and build their own game!
Session 3: Robotics (July 3 - July 7)
Robots are motoring into our lives more and more with each year. This week campers will learn how to control robots to do various tasks through logical thinking and code! All robots must be programmed in order to function correctly. Campers will go through a series of challenges in order to experience all that robots often feature, such as drive functionality, distance, color & light sensing, audio capabilities and more!
Cubelets and Dash & Dot (Ages 8-10)
Campers ages 8 through 10 use three robots all with their own personalities, features and educational benefits. Cubelets are small medical robots that most be snapped together in order to become a functioning robot. Dash & Dot robots have an amazing amount of sensors, enabling us to have lots of fun with unique challenges. mBots must be built to function, allowing campers the experience of constructing their own robot.
Lego Robotics/Mindstorms/mBots (Ages 11-14)
Complex robots that perform in car factories and the like are programmed to do the same task over and over again. With Lego EV3 Robotics campers can recreate similar robotic functions by building an apparatus and coding it. Lego EV3 Educational kids come with enough Lego to create dozens of robots, from a pick and sort machine to a pet dog, and a computer powerful enough to perform the complex operations.
Session 4: Minecraft (July 10 - July 14)
Minecraft offers an educational work like no other. Imagine if you can task a group of people to build a pyramid… It would be tough in real life, impossible maybe, but not in Minecraft! Campers can work together in the world to achieve complex goals such as building a working underwater town. Many rules of physics in the real world apply in Minecraft, so the journey to complete a challenge is both fun and education.
Minecraft Challenge (Ages 8-10)
Minecraft Challenge - Campers learn how to create a specific type of helper in Minecraft to assist them with accomplishing a series of challenges! This helper can be sent off on a task, returning items to you and more... Through Game-based learning campers problem solve, learn patience and the core foundation of computer programming – Logic. Logic circuits are used to perform all the internal operations of a computer. This is not your average Minecraft, campers will have fun exploring new aspects of Minecraft while learning computer logic and coding.
Minecraft Modding (Ages 11-14)
Beneath the hood of Minecraft is a fascinating set of codes we are able to modify to create unique characters and properties in the game. This class introduces campers to Game Modding by being guided in setting up Minecraft servers and building Minecraft mods. campers will learn to add items, custom blocks or creatures by first design the graphics, then modifying Java code to build and set functions for their original creations. campers edit Java templates in order to learn the fundamentals of the language without getting overwhelmed and bored with typing hundreds of lines of code. In the process, campers learn important concepts of computer programming, such as how to instantiate new objects, run loops and call methods.
Session 5: 3D Design (July 17 - July 21)
Campers learn the basics of 3D design and printing by applying math, science, art and technology skills in a fun way. Campers start by creating a house, anything from their future home to lunar dwellings. Then, campers work to master 3D printing and design skills by creating a product, toy or model. Exploring their creativity campers produce anything from recreations of their favorite driod to a stand for their tablet, whatever their minds can come up with! This week offers a great introduction to get excited about the possibilities of 3D printing and technology!
MakerBot Print, TinkerCad (Ages 8-14)
There are dozens and dozens of Computer Aiden Design programs to create 3D objects. Ages 8 through 14 will all experience three apps - Blokify, MakerBot PrintShop, and TinkerCad. Blokify allows people to create simple 3D objects similar to Minecraft, with square blocks. PrintShop is a fun app that allows campers to create their own rings, medals vases and more. TinkerCAD has the most flexibility and options, allowing campers to create almost anything they can imagine! Each camper will receive their own print from each of the programs.
Session 6: Stop Motion/Filmmaking (July 24 - July 28)
Become a Director, Camera Operator, Screenwriter...and the whole rest of the cast too! Learn the process of creating a properly produced video using iMovie, storyboards and lots of imagination. All proper stories, even commercials, have a beginning, middle, end, key characters, and important actions. Storyboard drawing and script writing help us to create these elements and the proper setting and narrative. To assist with developing a project that can be done within the class time, we offer ideas we know can be completed with the given time. Campers will finish the films with original soundtracks and effects, like green screening, transitions and merging sounds, leaving with a finished short that will be sure to entertain family and friends and the skills and knowledge to continue exploring and making more videos!
Stop Motion Animation (Ages 8-10)
Ages 8 through 10 experience the amazing world of Stop Motion Animation used to create some of our favorite movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Wallace and Gromit! By creating a scene and taking photos ever time an object is moved slightly, combining those images together you get a moving image… a movie! Using Lego, puppets, and basically anything else, campers will create original stories told through stop motion.
iMovie Filmmaking (Ages 11-14)
After recreating a parody commercial and music video campers ages 11 to 14 will conceive and create their own films, commercials or news stories. Recreating a commercial and music video teaches campers different angles to shoot in, editing terms and techniques, audio syncing, transitions and more. Most importantly the projects encourage teamwork as movies are rarely made by one person, giving campers a real world experience of working together on a creative project.
|A Typical Day
||STEAM Session 1
||Recreational Swim period
STEAM Session 2
|Ages 8-16 Boys & Girls June 26- July 28
**Typical Day Activities/Sports/Times Subject to Change
Camps and Programs
Future Stars Summer Camps at SUNY Purchase offer several Sports & Specialty camp programs. Summer 2017 will offer over 20 program options for campers from kindergarten to 16 years old.
Sports camp programs include: Tennis, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Lacrosse, Flag Football, Chess, Adventure, Football, Multi-Sports, Swim, Diving, Softball, Field Hockey and Volleyball. Specialty camp programs include; Circus Arts, Magic, Academic, Engineering for kids (STEM program), STEAM Education, Horseback Riding, and Cheerleading. Our Rising Stars program is a specialty program for younger campers entering grades Kindergarten-1st.
About the Facility
SUNY Purchase is a sprawling 500 acre campus in the heart of Westchester County with state of the art facilities. Just minutes from the Greenwich border and 23 miles from Manhattan the campus is easily accessible from all major highways. Door-to-door transportation is available from most surrounding areas including Manhattan and Riverdale.
The facilities include a brand new lighted turf baseball complex, new lighted turf football/soccer field, NCAA regulation softball field, and several full size soccer fields. Additionally, there are acres of training fields expertly maintained. ---- 14 deco tennis courts (6 lighted), 3 full indoor and 4 outdoor basketball courts.
The indoor facilities utilized include the swimming pool, diving well with 3 meter and 1 meter boards, aerobics studios, locker rooms, analysis rooms, 3 gymnasiums, racquetball/squash courts, and more.
In addition to the grounds, we utilize program specific training equipment for each program (i.e., trampolines with harnesses, batting cages and pitching machines, sport specific target training, radar gun, video, and much more).
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Future Stars Summer Camp programs have exclusive use of the athletic facilities on campus during the summer. Campers have the option for the camp lunch which is a full buffet in the campus dining hall and includes a variety of daily hot and cold choices. For those children that choose to bring their own lunch, the lunches will be refrigerated and delivered to the kids at lunch time. All campers have the option for a daily recreational swim period under the supervision of our certified water safety instructors and lifeguards (please note that Rising Stars campers have instructional swim). Door-to-Door bus service is available for an additional charge for campers in Manhattan, Riverdale, Westchester County, Greenwich, CT, and beyond by arrangement. Please contact the camp office for transportation specifics.
Jordan Snider has been the Site Director for Future Stars at Purchase College since 1993. Jordan has also seen the camps from the perspective of being a camper when growing up. He graduated from Rollins College with a BA in Psychology, and also has an MBA from the Stern School of Business, NYU. Jordan was an NCAA Tennis Championship winner during his collegiate years. As a USPTA certified tennis pro, he has coached and directed tennis programs in Westchester for 11 years. His Business and Sports experience make him uniquely qualified to direct programs.
Dates & Rates
Summer 2017 programs will run from June 19th to August 25th. Flexible weekly scheduling is available. Each camp week is Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. Pricing is time sensitive as outlined below.
All Camp Programs
(except where noted)
| $645 / wk
Tennis Camp, STEAM &
| $745 / wk
| $775 / wk
| $845 / wk
Transportation is available from most surrounding areas in Westchester and Fairfield for $200 per week or from Manhattan and Riverdale for $235 per week. Early drop-off and/or late-pick-up are also available for an additional $50 per week. Early enrollment discounts are offered throughout the year, along with sibling discounts for campers enrolling for 3 or more weeks. Team or Group discounts are also available. Please call our office at (914) 273-8500 for current details on discount offers.
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