ORANGETOWN, N.Y. – South Orangetown Central School District (SOCSD) welcomed more than 225 students to the first SOCSD Summer STEAM camp on Tuesday, July 5 at South Orangetown Middle School.
Students in first through ninth grades will spend two weeks immersed in areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Seventeen teachers from all grades are teaching courses such as kitchen chemistry, fairy tale engineering, Rube Goldberg inventions, physics of sports, biology, coding, 3D printing and more. Students are grouped by age and take three-hour long courses each day.
The youngest campers are participating in fairytale engineering (designing solutions to problems characters face in fairytales) Rube Goldberg’s invention convention, all about birds (bird watching and learning about bird adaptations), technology (Lego robotics and stop motion films), kitchen chemistry (making ice cream, butter, sink and float experiments, etc.), and “I’m Deserted on an Island…” (engineering solutions to being stranded on an island).
Incoming third through fifth graders are taking courses in biology (bottle ecosystems, fingerprinting and parts of the blood), engineering and design process (making windmills, airplanes etc.), kitchen chemistry, the physics of sports inventions and designs (catapults and pom-pom drop races) and technology (coding).
The oldest campers are taking four two-week long courses in physics (marble roller coaster design and projectile launchers), force and motion studies (airplanes, egg drops, etc.), biology (dissection, fingerprinting, DNA extraction etc.) and technology (art and math design programs, coding and robotics).
Campers will display their finished projects on the last day of camp on Friday.