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STEM, When I grow up!

What is STEM? Why all the fuss over STEM?

As a mother of two small children, I have about 10.1 million things to worry about. Did I remember to put my daughter’s sweater in her backpack? Were there enough pull-ups in my son’s school bag? What are we doing for dinner tonight? Is there a soccer game this weekend, or a dance rehearsal? Oh, wait, summer starts in less than two weeks! What are the kids doing for the summer?! Then comes the hours and hours of internet searching and flyer filtering for which camps will be fun AND keep their brains working until school starts again.

As a working professional, I want to make sure my kids are in a safe environment all day, since Momma has to work (and Dad too)!  With today’s economy, no matter what class – upper, lower, middle, we all want to stretch that dollar, while exposing our children to the best of the best (especially when it comes to education). So which of the hundreds of camps do I pick? In comes STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

STEM is not just another buzz word, it is ‘the’ buzz word.  STEM fields are the professional and corresponding academic disciplines that fall under Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  Due to the national and state research which reflects our STEM workforce is in crisis, most states have a large push to increase “STEM” literacy.  In mommy terms – our kids, who are already very tech savvy (iPhone savvy!), are not necessarily building on their science, math and definitely not their engineering knowledge. The state of Florida created a Florida STEM Council, STEMflorida, Inc., to focus on STEM education in partnership with private and public companies, as well as education groups. From Florida’s small businesses to our large fortune 500 companies — we will always be in need for STEM professionals, and unfortunately what America is doing today is not cutting it. But we want to do better.

There is a vast amount of local and national resources that parents can take advantage of, to help their children position themselves to be successful. One in particular is a program named Engineering For Kids.  They offer enrichment classes, camps, and events in a fun way to wheel in our children to understand the fundamentals of engineering. At the root of engineering is problem solving, a lifelong transferrable skill we require to be independent and successful. Engineering For Kids teachers coach your child to help increase their reflective thinking skills, a skill which comes natural to many gifted and talented students.

During this summer in the Central Florida area, Engineering For Kids is offering camps at several locations.  Locations include: Foreign Language Immersion Prep Academy in Celebration, where your child can participate in two camps in one, as half of the day they spend in a full immersion language class (Mandarin, Spanish, or French), and the other half of the day they are in STEM classes. Lake Mary Prep in Lake Mary and Rollins College in Winter Park, where your child can design their own video game, program their LEGO Robots to battle, build a roller coaster, and for our girls – there is a Beauty & Brains, GIRLS ONLY camp! For those heading out to the beach for a closer-to-home vacation, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, where your child will design and build their own shelter and flashlight to help get them through Survivor: Engineer’s Cove camp!

Check out these exciting camps offered this summer in Central Florida by Engineering for Kids.

The Amazing Race, STEM Edition: with Foreign Language Immersion

Location: Foreign Language Immersion Prep, 1530 Celebration Blvd., Ste. 103, Celebration, FL 34747
Camp Dates:  6/9 through 8/15
Camp Times: FULL Day: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Free early drop off at 7 a.m.; Afternoon extended care available 4-6 p.m.
Grade or Age of Campers: 2 Separate Camps for PK4 to 2nd graders and 3rd to 7th graders
Cost: $299 Full Day. Free early drop off.
Description: TWO CAMPS in ONE! Our Amazing Race will take us to try new things from trying different food to speaking foreign languages, designing a car to building a rocket that flies 50 to 200 feet high! Half of the day you will work on engineering challenges such as building your own airplane, hot air balloon, helicopter, parachute, paddleboat, or having to create clean water, build and program a robot to retrieve water from a well or to launch a glider.  These challenges are related in some manner to the country wherein they are located or its culture. The other half of the day you will not only acquire or build upon Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese language skills, but also learn about different countries and cultures across the world through plays, art, and festivals! Spaces are limited due to low student to teacher ratios, so sign up fast!
Business or Instructor: Engineering for Kids Teachers & The Foreign Language Immersion School teachers, who are native speakers of Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese.
Website (Phone): www.engineeringforkids.com/centralflorida (321-348-7801) and www.languageimmersionschool.com (321-939-4177)

The STEM Camp:
Game Design, Robotics, Amusement Parks, Wreck-It Week, Heroes Week, Beauty&Brains

Location: Lake Mary Preparatory, 650 Rantoul Ln., Lake Mary, FL 32746
Camp Dates: 3 WEEKS ONLY: 7/07 – 7/11;  7/21 – 7/25;  7/28 – 8/01
Camp Times: Half Day: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., FULL Day: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Grade or Age of Campers: 3 Separate Camps for PK4 to 2nd grade; 3rd to 5th grade; 6th to 8th grade
Cost: $199 Half Day; $285 Full Day.  Full Day sibling or multi-week discounts available.
Description: Welcome to a world of innovation, imagination and fun! THE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) CAMP offers a different theme each week where you will design, build, test and compete in various engineering related challenges. Themes such as: How Amusing – Ah, the thrill of an amusement park…zipping around on racecars, zooming through the loops of a rollercoaster and enjoying a cold, refreshing ice cream treat at the end of a hot, sticky day; Da Vinci EV3 Robots, where you will program the latest generation of LEGO® robots to solve similar challenges Leonardo da Vinci faced, such as retrieving water from a well, launching a glider, and even draw; Game Design Your Way, where you will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create your own platform video game that you get to take home and play, such as a Mario-type game; these themes, corresponding dates, and more are described on our registration website. Free T-Shirt for all campers! Spaces are limited due to low student to teacher ratios, so sign up fast!
Website: www.engineeringforkids.com/centralflorida

The STEM Camp: Game Design, Robotics, Amusement Parks, Wreck-It Week, Out of this World, Beauty&Brains

Location: Rollins College Hauck Hall, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789
Camp Dates: 6/16 through 8/8. No camp week of July 4th.
Camp Times: Half Day: 9-11:45 a.m., FULL Day: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Extended Care Available: 7:30-9 a.m., 3-5:30 p.m.
Grade or Age of Campers: 3 Separate Camps for PK4-2nd graders; 3rd to 5th graders; 6th to 8th graders (4 Weeks Only)
Cost: $234 Half Day; $330 Full Day. Full Day sibling or multi-week discounts available.
Description: Welcome to a world of innovation, imagination and fun! THE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) CAMP offers a different theme each week where you will design, build, test and compete in various engineering related challenges. Themes such as: How Amusing – Ah, the thrill of an amusement park…zipping around on racecars, zooming through the loops of a rollercoaster and enjoying a cold, refreshing ice cream treat at the end of a hot, sticky day; Da Vinci EV3 Robots, where you will program the latest generation of LEGO® robots to solve similar challenges Leonardo da Vinci faced, such as retrieving water from a well, launching a glider, and even draw; Game Design Your Way, where you will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create your own platform video game that you get to take home and play, such as a Mario-type game; these themes, corresponding dates, and more are described on our registration website. Free T-Shirt for all campers! Spaces are limited due to low student to teacher ratios, so sign up fast!
Business or Instructor: Engineering for Kids Teachers
Website: www.engineeringforkids.com/centralflorida

The Central Florida area owners of Engineering For Kids, are three mothers with backgrounds in engineering, education (HS Integrated Physics and Chemistry Teacher and Child Development), technology, science (NASA), epidemiology, and marketing. Their mission is to make a difference in your child’s life by exposing them to the world of engineering!

Engineering For Kids offers an educational brain sport experience through high-interest, hands-on, brains-on courses! Your children will further develop their reflective thinking and problem solving skills at a very young age through this program. www.engineeringforkids.com/centralflorida

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