Be INNOVATIVE this Summer!

Engineers have the power to change the world one idea at a time. They dream up creative, practical solutions and work with teams of smart, inspiring people to address the Grand Challenges for Engineering facing us in the 21st Century. Help us inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) heroes by hosting an Innovation Camp and unlocking the fun of engineering.

STEM Innovation Camps will take place:
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Austin Discovery School Campus in East Austin
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Abercorn International School in Lakeway
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM | Freescale – Ed Bluestein Campus in East Austin - NEW LOCATION!
Stay tuned for additional locations!

All camps are being offered at a $325 per week rate.  Opportunity Grants now available (en español también)! Early drop-off / Late pick-up available upon request.

Summer 2014 offerings include:

Robotics

  • Junior FIRST® LEGO® League  |  "Disaster Blaster "

    Design and build challenge solutions using LEGO® elements

    Ages: 6-9 year olds

    Week(s) Offered:
    Week 4 (July 7 - 11)

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Game Design

  • Scratch Camp Junior  |  "Nature's Fury - ADS"

    Create stories, video games, and animations to share with others around the world

    Ages: 6 - 9 year olds

    Week(s) Offered:
    Week 3 (June 23 - 27)

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  • Scratch Camp Senior  |  "Disaster Blaster"

    Create stories, video games, and animations to share with others around the world

    Ages: 10 - 14 years old

    Week(s) Offered:
    Week 2 (June 16 - 20)

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  • Scratch Camp Junior  |  "[SOLD OUT] Nature's Fury- Abercorn"

    Create stories, video games, and animations to share with others around the world

    Ages: 6 - 9 year olds

    Week(s) Offered:
    Week 4 (July 7 - 11)

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Tinker Division

  • Maker Camp  |  "JUNIOR Edition"

    DIY, making, creating, crafting, hacking, tinkering, and discovery for students 6 - 9 years old

    Ages: 6 - 9 years old

    Week(s) Offered:
    Week 2 (June 16 - 20)

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  • Maker Camp  |  "Senior Edition"

    DIY, making, creating, crafting, hacking, tinkering, and discovery for students 10 - 14 years old

    Ages: 10 - 14 years old

    Week(s) Offered:
    Week 3 (June 23 - 27)

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Digital Worlds

  • [NEW] Future City  |  "Tomorrow's Transit - Freescale"

    SimCity™ Design

    Ages: 10 - 14 years old

    Week(s) Offered:
    Week 1 (June 9 - 13)

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  • [SOLD OUT] Minecraft  |  "Weather Up"

    Design a virtual world using Minecraft software and propose solutions natural disasters

    Ages: 10 - 14 years old

    Week(s) Offered:
    Week 4 (July 7 - 11)

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  • [SOLD OUT] Minecraft  |  "Weather Up - Freescale"

    Design a virtual world using Minecraft software and propose solutions for natural disasters

    Ages: 10 - 14 years old

    Week(s) Offered:
    Week 5 (July 14 - 18)

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Energy Explorers

  • Solar Racers  |  "Abercorn"

    Design, build, and race desktop solar cars

    Ages: 9 -12 year olds

    Week(s) Offered:
    Week 5 (July 14 - 18)

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Innovation Camps are designed to spark
an interest…

Innovation Camps, hosted by the STEM Council at Skillpoint Alliance, spark interest in STEM careers
through hands-on, project-based learning in robotics, solar design, making, 3D worlds and game design.
Campers work in teams to search for solutions, tackle challenging STEM content, design their own
creations, and showcase their finished product.

Students and teachers participate in:

  • team building activities;
  • instruction and experimentation;
  • project design;
  • guest speakers; and
  • field trips

Innovation Camps encourage parent and student interest in innovative, career-based STEM programs being offered in their communities; prepare teachers to implement rigorous, project-based learning techniques in a low-stakes environment; and provide summer mentoring and job opportunities for low-income high school students.

By hosting low-cost summer camps at high-tech companies, Skillpoint Alliance, or students’ neighborhood high schools, Innovation Camps remove barriers to participation in STEM activities for economically disadvantaged and at-risk students while actively addressing summer learning loss. By incorporating innovative, real-world design challenges and using industry-standard software tools, Innovation Camps pave the way for collaboration with local STEM industry partners and focus student career trajectories on the high tech jobs available in the region.

Skillpoint Alliance works directly with teachers, principals and district administrators to design, implement and evaluate these programs.  This flexible model allows educators to build the program that best fits their needs.  Training and materials provided leave the teacher equipped with activities, supplies and experience after participating.

Contact us for more information about offering an Innovation Summer Camp at your organization.