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Academic Summer Camps

Location:

515 Loudon Road
Loudonville, NY, 12211
United States

Phone:

518-782-6654
Dates: 
07/19/2018
07/20/2018
07/23/2018
Time: 
varies
Price: 
varies

Ages

9-12 years Teenagers
Contact name: 
Lynn Rogers
Email address: 
Each summer, hundreds of young people from the Capital Region gather at Siena College to enjoy a variety of camp experiences, make new friends, and learn new skills while having fun. Classes include Reading, Math, Electronic Music Lab, Minecraft, and Robotics.

Week of June 25:

GALACTICRAFT

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages:  9-14
Tuition: $300
Curious about space? With Galacticraft we’ll go to the moon, to mars and even an asteroid, and we’ll create our own space station. We’ll use Minecraft to build machines to go to space, and discuss questions like: How does a rocket work? What is the third law of Newton and how could you relate this law to rocket science? How does motion work in space? We’ll also discuss what we need to survive in space and facts about the moon, planets and space in general. There is so much science to discuss with this mod!!


ELECTRONIC MUSIC

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages:  9-14
Tuition:  $300
Are you interested in computer music production? In this class we do a series of hands-on projects and challenges designed to promote creativity, problem solving and to develop technical abilities. You will learn about MIDI, digital audio, microphones, looping, mixing, effects, DIY musical instruments and more! You will even have a copy of your production to take home.



Week of July 2

DEVELOPING GAMES

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages:  9-14
Tuition:  $250 
Want to design and develop your own game? This is the camp for you! Learn how to make fun and creative single and multi-player games with professional, industry-leading game software. At the end of the week you will have a thorough working knowledge of the software, basic interactive programming and game logic. All skill levels welcome. No experience required!


ESCAPE ROOM

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages:  9-14
Tuition:  $250
Do you enjoy a challenge? Do you think you can outsmart your friends? Participants of this camp will need to be clever, resourceful and strategic. Just like the wildly popular escape rooms, students will be tasked with solving puzzles, cracking codes and deciphering clues in order to “escape” the room. In addition to becoming escape artists, students will get a chance to show off their creativity by designing their very own interactive room. It will be the perfect opportunity to strengthen problem solving, team building, and analytical thinking skills.


FLOSS DESKTOPS

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages:  10-16
Tuition:  $250
Are you curious about what’s inside a computer? Through hands-on experience you will refurbish a computer to bring home.  You will make repairs, wipe hard drives, install open source software and learn about open source programs and apps by selecting your own projects.  In addition, through a video game, you will learn about digital media types, external computer accessories, internet functionality, email protocol and terminology, boolean search logic, network functionality and setup, home network setup, internet safety and protection.


MULTIPLAYER SERVERS AND MINECRAFT MODS

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages:  9-14
Tuition:  $250
Get ready for a multiplayer Minecraft environment where you need to survive along with your friends and at the same time create an industrialized village. In this class you’ll craft amazing machines and create machine systems you’ll need to find sources of energy. And you can have your own robot to help you.




Week of July 9

DRAWING WITH JAVA PROGRAMMING

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages:  13-18
Tuition:  $300
Discover the fun and power of being able to program!  In this camp, you will write programs that create interesting, beautiful personalized drawings while learning the basics of Java.  Topics covered include classes, objects, methods, variables, selection, and looping.  No prior Java programming experience needed.   This camp is a great head start for anyone planning to take an AP computer science course.  Prerequisite:  Completed high school Algebra 1 course.


PHYSICS IN MINECRAFT

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages:  9-14
Tuition:  $300
Learn how physics works in Minecraft.  Explore cannons, momentum, roller coasters, energy, locomotion, redstone, quantum mechanics, and more.


RASPBERRY PI

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages:  10-16
Tuition:  $300
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized computer that costs between $5 and $35. It's available anywhere in the world, and can function as a proper desktop computer or be used to build smart devices. In this class you learn the Linux operating system, Python programming language, how to use the GPIO inputs and outputs to control lights and sounds, a program called Motion for video capture and recording, and more with this inexpensive Linux computer.


KERBAL SPACE PROGRAM – LEARN ABOUT THE PHYSICS OF THE SPACE PROGRAM

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages:  9-14
Tuition:  $300
Kerbal Space Program is a space flight simulation video game where players direct a space program, staffed and crewed by humanoid aliens known as "Kerbals." Players assist the lovable-but-hapless Kerbals as they build rockets and carry out orbital missions.


NXT ROBOTICS

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages:  9-14
Tuition:  $300
Using the NXT robotics and the EV3 software, you’ll build your own robots and program them to perform the different challenges presented to you. Your robot may have to deliver a message or climb an obstacle or use its sensors or battle another robot. Each class will involve developing your building and coding skills to meet the week’s challenges.


COURTCAMP

9 AM - Noon
Ages:  13-18
Tuition:  $250
CourtCamp provides a fun yet challenging environment in which to develop critical thinking, logical reasoning, public speaking, and professional polish.  CourtCamp examines basic legal concepts, legal terminology, the American court system, and much more while focusing on a fictional case. Using that fictional case, CourtCampers prepare for a mock trial to be presented for family and friends on the last day of CourtCamp. Ideal for teens simply exploring, and for budding attorneys alike.  No prior experience or preparation necessary




Week of July 16

RESEARCH IN ASTRONOMY

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages:  13-18
Tuition:  $300
Interested in a future career in Astronomy? In this class, you'll learn how to manipulate real astronomical data by using an Astrophysics software program called TOPCAT to reach conclusions on a wide range of topics from planetary science to galaxy populations. If you are eager to learn about what lies beyond Earth, or just learn data science, this is the camp for you!!


FLOSS DESKTOPS

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages:  10-16
Tuition:  $300
Are you curious about what’s inside a computer? In this class, through hands-on experience you will refurbish a computer to bring home.  You will make repairs, wipe hard drives, install open source software and learn about open source programs and apps by selecting your own projects.  In addition, through a video game, you will learn about digital media types, external computer accessories, internet functionality, email protocol and terminology, boolean search logic, network functionality and setup, home network setup, and internet safety and protection.


MODING MINECRAFT IN MCEE

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages:  9-12
Tuition:  $300
How cool would it be if you could customize your Minecraft world? Maybe make it look like a candy world, or give special powers to a villager? Students can do all of these things in this class with Minecraft Education Edition. The sky is the limit.  You’ll also learn computer basic concepts like events, loops, variables, functions, etc. No previous coding experience is necessary.




Week of July 23

APP INVENTOR / AUGMENTED REALITY

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages:  9-16
Tuition:  $300
Do you want to design your own games and build apps? This class starts from the beginning. You are going to learn progressively to build different types of apps and you will learn programming concepts and terminology. No previous coding experience is necessary!


PROJECTS WITH ARDUINO

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages: 9-14
Tuition: $300
Do you want to build electronic projects? Arduino is an open-source platform with both a physical programmable circuit board and a piece of software that runs on your computer. It is used to write and upload computer code to the physical board. You will use the engineering design process to break down a problem, design a solution and finally build it.


GAME DESIGN

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages: 9-14
Tuition:  $300
Have you ever designed and developed your own game? Well this is your opportunity! Learn advanced techniques in game design using programs such as Gamemaker Studio or Construct 2. These programs are industry leading game engines. At the end of the week you will have a thorough working knowledge of the software and game logic.


CREATIVE WRITING/POETRY

1 PM - 4 PM
Ages: 12-17
Tuition:  $250
This camp will allow each student to unlock creativity that they don't even realize they have! Through the guided instruction, resources, and writing "tools" that each student will receive, this camp will expand their horizons and opportunities to enjoy various forms of poetry and/or short stories in a way that excites and relates to them, while building important academic skills. With few parameters or restrictions, students can choose which creative path they take, and they’ll be surprised at where it leads them.




Week of August 6

ROBOTICS

9 AM - 1 PM (Lunch included)
Ages:  9-14
Tuition:  $300
Robots are more common than you think. From crime fighting to medicine to growing our food, robots can make our lives safer and healthier.  Robots can also be very entertaining!   In this camp, you have the opportunity to build and program robots that solve interesting and fun problems. This camp is great for students who enjoy hands-on activities and have no robotics or programming experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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