2018 STEAM Summer Camps

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Great News!  Insights is hosting multiple science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) summer camps at UTEP throughout the summer of 2018.  Our camps provide a fun engaging environment for your kids to dive into in hands-on activities.  They’re a great way to keep your kids engaged this summer and get ready for the start of the school year.  All Insights STEAM summer camps are designed and run by certified teachers with the help of UTEP students training to become Math and Science teachers.  Students will learn problem solving skills as they tackle challenges with real world connections.  We offer four great STEAM summer camps:

 


Drone Programming Summer Camp

1 week, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

July 30th – Aug 3rd

Ages 10-14 (5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders)

Location: UTEP Engineering Building

Thanks to a collaborative partnership with NMSU’s Physical Science Laboratory and the Federal Aviation Administration, Insights will offer a week-long summer camp teaching students how to program, operate, and fly unmanned vehicles like robots and drones.  Fully engaged students will solve problems using new skills in programming, aviation, and 3D printing.  2017 drone programming camps held at NMSU were a huge success; Insights’ 2018 camps held at UTEP will provide the same great hands-on STEAM learning experience for El Paso.   $115 for the entire week, campers need to bring their own lunch.

 


Zootopia STEAM Summer Camp

1 week, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Aug 6th – 10th

Suggested ages 9-11 (4th and 5th graders)

Location: UTEP’s Centennial Museum and Desert Gardens

Jump into the world of animals and zoos through a variety of STEAM lessons and activities! Campers will craft a scale model replicating some of El Paso Zoo’s most popular animal attractions, play BINGO while identifying biomes from around the world, and adapt their own “bird beaks” to eat the most candy. Campers will also explore what makes up the world animals live in by identifying the non-living parts of our environment, role-playing photosynthesis, creating an edible rock cycle, and much more. $100 for the entire week, campers need to bring their own lunch.

Academic Subjects Covered (TEKs):

Math:

Campers will:

    • Fractions: Add and subtract fractions with equal denominators
    • Fractions: Represent and solve the multiplication of whole numbers by fractions
    • Financial literacy: Balance a simple budget while taking into account cost of materials
    • Financial literacy: Distinguish between fixed and variable expenses
    • Operations: Solve two step problems involving multiplication and division
    • Applications: Apply their math knowledge to identify population growth and decrease in animal populations
    • Geometry: Calculate the volume of a rectangular prism
    • Geometry: Measure and calculate the perimeter of rectangles and squares as well as other polygonal shapes
    • Measurement: Solve one- and two- step problems using data from a table
    • Measurement: Solve problems that deal with length measurements
Science:

Campers will:

    • Biology: Identify the different systems of a plant and their functions, relating them to human systems and functions
    • Biology: Review and extend their knowledge on how plants adapt to different environments
    • Biology: Understand and act out the process of photosynthesis
    • Biology: Recognize what an animal needs to live (living and nonliving factors)
    • Biology: Distinguish between producers and consumers, based off of how they get their food
    • Biology: Explore and illustrate the life cycles of living organisms such as insects
    • Biology: Explore how characteristics are passed from parent to offspring
    • Biology: Compare the structure and function of different animals that help them survive in their environment
    • Ecology: Model the flow of energy in an ecosystem by creating a food web
    • Ecology: Explore how the changes in an environment can disrupt a food chain
    • Geology: Investigate and model the rock cycle
    • Geology: Distinguish between weather and climate as well as how climate distinguishes ecosystems

 


 

Time Warp! STEAM Summer Camp

1 week, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

July 23rd – 27th

Suggested ages 11-14 (6th, 7th, and 8th graders)

Location: UTEP’s Geological Science Building

Travel on a virtual time machine with STEAM activities that go back to the age of the dinosaurs and to the future of space travel! Going millions of years into the past, campers will learn how fossils were formed and make their own, measure life-size footprints and calculate whether or not they could outrun a dinosaur, and design a dinosaur starting with DNA from a mosquito trapped in “amber” Jell-O. Blasting into the future, campers will create and launch their very own rockets, travel through constellations by using the Pythagorean Theorem, freeze their own meteor ice cream, and much more. $100 for the entire week, campers need to bring their own lunch.

Academic Subjects Covered (TEKs):

Math:

Campers will:

    • Equations: Write and then solve one variable, two-step equations to represent conditions within a specific problem
    • Equations: Solve expressions using the properties of operations and order of operations
    • Geometry: Use a model to explain the Pythagorean theorem
    • Geometry: Use the Pythagorean theorem to solve a problem (find the distance between 2 points)
    • Geometry: Identify the characteristics of an ellipse and use them to solve a problem
    • Geometry: Utilize the properties of reflection of a two dimensional shape on a coordinate plane
    • Graphing: Graph a quadratic equation using a table of ordered pairs
    • Proportionality: Solve a problem using a quantitative prediction based off of simple experiments
    • Proportions: Calculate unit rates from a real-world problem
Science:

Campers will:

    • Motion: Calculate average speed using distance and time measurements
    • Biology: Learn about and model the cell cycle in various ways (acting it out, creating it in a poster)
    • Biology: Describe DNA replication and follow the process of transcription and translation
    • Biology: Compare and predict adaptations of organisms to various ecosystems
    • Geology: Model the processes of fossil formation
    • Geology: Model the layers of the Earth
    • Geology: Relate plate tectonics to the formation of crustal features (like mountains) and geological events (like earthquakes)
    • Physics: Demonstrate how unbalanced forces change the speed or direction of an object in motion
    • Physics: Investigate Newton’s laws of inertia, force and acceleration, and action-reaction
    • Astronomy: Describe stars, planets, asteroids, and comets in terms of location and composition
    • Astronomy: Analyze the characteristics of Earth that allow life to exist: proximity to the sun, presence of water, composition of atmosphere
    • Astronomy: Understand that gravity governs the motion of the solar system and model the orbits that planets follow

 


Superhero Math and Science STEAM Summer Camp

1 week, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

July 30 – Aug 3rd

Suggested ages 11-14 (6th, 7th, and 8th graders)

Location: UTEP’s Aerospace Education Lab

Join a super-squad and fly into the world of superheroes, their stories and costumes, and your own super powers! Campers will try to outfly Superman (on scooters) and outrun the Flash, escape a super villain using lasers, mirrors, and the Law of Reflection, and play Frisbee with a new math hero called Super Slope. Campers will also experiment with human “super” powers of static electricity and our five senses, build their own web (radioactive spiders not included), and much more. Throughout the camp, kids will invent their own superhero, design their costume, and even calculate how much damage a superhero can cause when fighting a villain. $100 for the entire week, campers need to bring their own lunch.

Academic Subjects Covered (TEKs):

Math:
Pre-Algebra Focused!

Campers will:

    • Linear equations: Write two-variable linear equations
    • Linear equations: Determine the slope of a line given a table of values
    • Linear equations: Calculate the rate of change of a linear function algebraically in the context of a real-world problem
    • Linear proportional equations: Identify positive slope, negative slope, a slope of zero and undefined slope
    • Linear relationships: Apply their knowledge of linear equations to represent a line in the form of an equation, table, and graph
    • Geometry: Calculate the volume of rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, rectangular pyramids, and triangular pyramids as well as composite figures of those shapes
    • Geometry: Calculate the circumference and area of a circle
    • Geometry: Observe pi (π) as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter
    • Quadratic functions: Graph simple quadratic functions and recognize different effects on the parent function
    • Equations: Write and solve one variable, two-step equations to represent conditions within a specific problem
Science:

Campers will:

    • Motion: Calculate average speed using distance and time measurements as well as graph changes in motion
    • Body systems: Identify the main functions of the body systems of a human
    • Energy: Identify energy transformations in real-world examples
    • Chemistry: Describe the structure of an atom including electrons in the electron cloud and how they influence a substance’s properties
    • Physics: Demonstrate how unbalanced forces change the speed or direction of an object in motion
    • Physics: Investigate Newton’s laws of inertia, force and acceleration, and action-reaction
    • Physics: Compare and contrast kinetic and potential energy
    • Biology: Investigate the structures and function of organisms’ specific adaptations
    • Scientific Process: Conduct experiments while using scientific inquiry methods including formulating testable a hypothesis, making observations, and using a table to organize data and recognize patterns

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