WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Engineering Explorations Summer Camp recently completed another successful season at West Orange High School, where various multileveled STEM projects and opportunities were offered to about 60 students each week over a span of three weeks in July.
Students involved in the camp, which provided different levels of instruction broken down into age groups, were able to keep all of their projects and documented their learning in their “engineering portfolios.”
Projects completed through Foundations of Stem—which was recommended for students ages 8 to 10—included a marble run, water-powered rockets, wind turbines and solar-powered fans. Engineering Design, recommended for students ages 8 to 15, had participants building solar-powered cars, model skyscrapers and roller coasters.
In 3D Prototyping and Graphic Design, recommended for ages 10-15, students designed their own T-shirts and sticker designs. In the Robotics: Fabrication and Programming course, recommended for students ages 12 and above, campers fabricated alarm circuits and robotic circuits and also learned Arduino programming.
During the outdoor “technology recess” periods, students flew quad-copter drones, drove RC cars, played vintage video games and examined the latest technologies including virtual reality.
“We strive to build not only academic skills but leadership skills as well,” said Ryan DelGuercio, camp founder and Supervisor of Technology and Engineering. "I was very happy with all the positive feedback on the camp. Our goal is to provide students with rigorous STEM content through hands-on learning, while at the same time making camp fun with the many different activities in our Technology Recess.”
Visit the Engineering Explorations website here.