STEM

Maker Camp

When: June 26-30
Age level: Grades 4-8
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $225
Instructor: Mrs. Tanya Godsey, Independence Fifth-Grade Teacher
Do you enjoy making things? Are you always wondering how complicated things work? If so, this is the camp for you! Each day, you will learn how to make new things, such as rainbow spectroscopes, catapults, and marble drop boards. On the last day, be prepared to create a new “maker” invention of your choosing.

BizMovie

(maximum 18 participants)
When: June 26-30
Age level: Grades 4-8
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $250
Instructor: Ms. Sarah Gilmore, Summer at Independence Assistant Director and Fourth-Grade Teacher
BizMovie teaches children the basics of entrepreneurship and business while encouraging them to explore technology by creating their own animated movies. During this project-based learning (PBL) experience, students work in teams of six to start and run their own movie production companies. For campers with limited computer skills, BizMovie can be a fun introduction to technology, and for others, this experience can help to build computer animation fluency. This program is entirely student-driven. Campers determine all aspects of their group's movie production company; they create the concept for their movie, storyboard and produce it, create and execute a marketing campaign, and sell tickets to an audience. The program culminates with a Box Office Day, where students present their movie previews and sell tickets to a group of peers and adults. Moviegoers enjoy watching the student-created films and give constructive feedback.

Count Me In: A Math STEM Camp for Girls **LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE**

(maximum 12 participants per section)
When: June 26-30
Age level: Grades 1-3
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $250
Instructor: Mrs. Terri Shockley, Independence Fifth-Grade Teacher
The founders of Count Me In know that you want your daughter feeling confident about math and able to recognize the unique way that girls play and learn. This camp will help them accomplish both. For more information, visit their website at http://www.countmeinmath.com.

Nature Trackers

(maximum 16 participants)
When: July 10-14
Age level: Grades 1-4
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $225
Instructor: Mrs. Jessica Copeland, Independence Middle School Science Teacher
Nature Trackers is a fun way to explore the outdoors and experience nature! Each day, we will be playing nature games and exploring the different nature areas at our beautiful 90-acre campus. Nature Trackers will also be learning about how to be good environmental citizens by taking care of the outdoor world around them.

Science Explorers: Far Out Space Academy **very limited space available**

(maximum 23 participants)
When: July 10-14
Age level: Ages 7-11
Times: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $400 (full day) or $250 (half day)
Instructor: Science Explorers staff
3…2…1… BLAST OFF to discovering space and flight! Half-day campers will explore the stars and constellations as they take an out-of-this-world sky tour in our homemade planetarium. Prepare for lift-off as you build and launch your own rocket while learning about Newton’s Laws of Motion. Then, complete a mission to Mars as you design and build your own model space station. Full-day campers will continue to use their astronaut wits as we build air powered nano-rovers, make craters and dry ice comets, and work in engineering teams to construct space capsules that will be used to launch “eggstronauts”! Come join us on our mission through outer space!

Take Flight: Design, Print, and Fly Your Own 3D Glider

(maximum 20 participants)
When: July 17-21
Age level: Grades 4-8
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $250
Instructor: Mr. Jonas Raab, Independence Technology Education Teacher
If you have a spirit for adventure, enjoy working with computers, and enjoy building things, this camp is for you. Come along on our adventure to build the perfect flying machine. Campers will design and print airplane-type gliders and fly them, with a special award going to the one that flies the farthest distance and the longest time. We will use online design software and the school’s 3D printer to create our gliders.

Science Explorers: Take a Dive **very limited space available**

(maximum 23 participants)
When: July 17-21
Age level: Ages 7-11
Times: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $400 (full day) or $250 (half day)
Instructor: Science Explorers staff
Dive into the world of marine biology and oceanography! In our half-day camp, you’ll dissect a real shark, participate in a fisherman’s challenge, examine the anatomy of a fish, learn the ancient technique of gyotaku, or “fish rubbing,” learn to survive at sea with a homemade solar still, create a kelp forest, and make your own submarine. Stay for the full-day camp and come face-to-face with some unique sea creatures! You’ll complete a squid dissection, bring to life genuine Triassic Triops, conduct a whale adaptations lab, and examine many weird wonders that live under the sea!

Messy Mixtures

(maximum 15 participants)
When: July 17-21
Age level: 3 years old-Kindergarten
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $225
Instructors: Mrs. Jane Fouracre, Independence Early Childhood Teacher, and Mrs. Barb Scarpone, Independence Kindergarten Teacher
LET’S GET MESSY!! Oozy, gooey, squishy, slimy fun! This camp lets children make a mess…on purpose! During this hands-on camp, campers will learn how to make their own slime and goop from ingredients found in the home (with supervision, of course)! Dress for the mess! We will even create a few messy snacks to eat during camp!

Digital Animation and 3D Printing **limited space available**

(maximum 18 participants)
When: July 31-August 4
Age level: Grades 5-8
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $250
Instructors: Ms. Sarah Gilmore, Summer at Independence Assistant Director and Fourth-Grade Teacher, and Mrs. Cathy Bair, Librarian
Join us for a week of digital animation, 3D printing, and a guaranteed good time! Using GoAnimate, campers will be exposed to professional-grade software and the art of digital storytelling. Campers will have the opportunity to explore, design, and create within 3D printing software, as well. Each child will leave with his or her own 3D-printed project at the end of the week. No experience is necessary to join in the fun!

Oceanography **SOLD OUT**

(maximum 20 participants)
When: August 7-11
Age level: Grades 4-8
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $400
Instructor: Mrs. Heather Watt, Independence Lower School Science Teacher
Oceanography Camp is designed to emphasize environmental discovery and exploration. This camp is offered to fourth- through eighth-grade students who are curious about the ocean and the world around them. This hands-on program seeks to raise awareness about marine environments and stimulate an interest in the sciences through a variety of fun and engaging activities such as snorkeling, salt marsh exploration, beach and island ecology, and ocean life studies. This camp also includes visits to a local aquarium, wildlife refuges, and of course…the beach! Campers can be added to the Wait List through Online Registration.

Create Your Own Video Game

(maximum 24 participants)
When: August 7-11
Age level: Grades 4-8
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $200
Instructor: Mr. Jonas Raab, Independence Technology Education Teacher
Have you ever wondered about the inner workings of a video game? Do you find yourself thinking, “How do they do that?” Would you like to learn? If so, you are perfect for this camp. Get ready to explore coding and learn how to create your own video game. No prior experience is necessary, and there will be more advanced opportunities and projects for more experienced programmers.