Future engineers full STEAM ahead!
STEAM summer camp enrollment is open for middle and high schoolers looking to unleash their inner engineer
Middle and high schoolers interested in becoming future engineers are invited to tinker, explore, invent and dream big at Arizona State University’s engineering-oriented summer camps hosted by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Camps are taught by local, STEM-focused schoolteachers and faculty and staff across the Fulton Schools.
Foldable Robotics Day Camp
The Foldable Robotics Day Camp provides participating students the opportunity to work in groups of two or four to prototype, ideate, build and synthesize a bio-inspired mobile robot using the principles of origami. Students will learn to program a microcontroller using Python and gain skills in programmable cutting using a 2D plotting cutter. This weeklong, project-based camp will emphasize problem identification, problem-solving, brainstorming, rapid prototyping, teamwork and communication skills.
On the last day of camp, students will present their work to their classmates and families during a showcase.
All camp participants will receive a toolkit for continued learning after camp concludes that includes a programmable microcontroller, breadboard, wire, scissors, tape, stapler, cardboard and other materials.
- Target ages and grades: 12- to 17-year-olds in seventh through 11th grades.
- Camp dates and times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, June 12, to Friday, June 16.
- Location: ASU’s Polytechnic campus.
- Camp fee: $275 per student if enrolled before Monday, May 15; $300 per student if enrolled after Monday, May 15.
The Foldable Robotics Day Camp was designed by Daniel Aukes, an assistant professor of engineering who teaches in the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks. Aukes’ research investigates the nexus of design, manufacturing and data-driven decision-making to develop robots that can operate in niche environments, with a focus on affordability and accessibility. The camp will be taught by Aukes and STEM teachers from local school districts.
STEAMpunk Machines in Motion Camp
The weeklong STEAMpunk Machines in Motion Camp is a project-based camp that offers students the opportunity to design steampunk-themed machines and costumes with help from expert instructors. Steampunk is a design form that incorporates technology inspired by science fiction.
Students will be introduced to the engineering design process using basic science, technology, engineering, arts and math, or STEAM, concepts. The programming promotes the application of problem identification, problem-solving, brainstorming, rapid prototyping, teamwork and communication skills. Instructional content will consist of mechanical movement design, electric circuits, genre-specific aesthetics, retro-futuristic storytelling, programming and computational thinking. Students will gain experience working in both an engineering design studio and an on-campus makerspace.
At the camp’s conclusion, participants will present their project to their families and take home their finished machines.
- Target ages and grades: 14- to 18-year-olds in eighth through 12th grades.
- Camp dates and times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, June 12, to Friday, June 16.
- Location: ASU’s Polytechnic campus.
- Camp fee: $100 per student.
Chain-Reaction STEAM Machines + Storytelling Camp
The Chain-Reaction STEAM Machines + Storytelling Camp is a project-based camp that offers an introduction to the engineering design process through STEAM concepts via simple machines, electric circuits, programming and computational thinking, music and storytelling. The curriculum will emphasize problem identification, problem-solving, brainstorming, rapid prototyping, teamwork and communication.
At the camp’s conclusion, students will be able to construct a giant, thematic chain-reaction machine and perform an oral story describing the machine.
- Target ages and grades: 12- to 15-year-olds in seventh through ninth grades.
- Camp dates and times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, June 12, to Thursday, June 15.
- Location: South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute Guadalupe Center in the town of Guadalupe, Arizona.
- Camp fee: $20 per student.
The STEAMpunk Machines in Motion Camp and Chain-Reaction STEAM Machines + Storytelling Camp were designed by Shawn Jordan, an associate professor who teaches in the engineering education systems and design graduate program at The Polytechnic School and is also a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU. His lab, the STEAM Labs Center for K–12 Research and Engagement, centers its work around innovating engineering design education, K–12 engineering education, human-centered design, STEM storytelling and culturally relevant curricula.