SuperSTEM Camps

SuperSTEM Camps
Innovation Academy
SuperStem Camps

The Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools’ SuperSTEM Camps offer innovative, hands-on learning experiences that engage and challenge students and incorporate human-centered design thinking. Camps are taught primarily by student designers and teachers from the Innovation Center, and offer a wide-range of fun STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) activities.

All camps will be online. Camp schedule and descriptions are available. Registration is open! We look forward to having you in our camps! 

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3-Day SuperSTEM Camps
Ages: 9-12

Become a Mad Scientist!

  • Become a Mad Scientist!
    June 17-19 OR June 22-24, 8:30 - 11:30 (WebEx 8:30 -9:30)
    "Train to become the next Mad Scientist! Explore, experiment, and experience physics and chemistry. Get messy, mix potions, and realize your potential as a futuristic scientist!"

    This course will require additional materials. Please reference the materials list below for all of the needs. Additionally, as part of this camp, there will be a 1 hour online video conference (WebEx) each day of the camp at the specified time listed above for interaction, logistics, and question/answer with the instructor, a course in schoology, and self-driven work for students.

    *In addition to the materials list, you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at berngen_eric@svvsd.org and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.

Introduction to AR Design with CoSpaces

  • Introduction to AR Design with CoSpaces
    June 10-12 OR June 24-26, 8:30 - 9:30
    Have you heard of CoSpaces? It’s a fun way to create an AR experience. An introduction and in depth exploration of CoSpaces. You get to use your imagination and a combination of programming, graphic design, and storytelling to build a 3-D space.

    As part of this camp, there will be a 1 hour online video conference (WebEx) each day of the camp at the specified time listed above for interaction, logistics, and question/answer with the instructor, a course in schoology, and self-driven work for students.

    *For this camp you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at berngen_eric@svvsd.org and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.

Makey Makey-Circuits & Switches

  • Makey Makey-Circuits & Switches
    June 8-10 OR June 17-19 9:30 - 12:30 (Webex 9:30 - 10:30)
    In this class, students will explore Makey Makey electronics to create multiple musical instruments as well as their very own singing star! Common household materials as well as Makey Makey electronics come together to produce a most magical concert! In order to do this camp, you will need a Makey Makey Kit. You can find a link to the kit in the equipment/materials list below. We have a discount code that can be applied to the kit as well.

    This course will require additional materials. Please reference the materials list below for all of the needs. Additionally, as part of this camp, there will be a 1 hour online video conference (WebEx) each day of the camp at the specified time listed above for interaction, logistics, and question/answer with the instructor, a course in schoology, and self-driven work for students.

    *In addition to the materials list, you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at berngen_eric@svvsd.org and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.

Mini Shark Tank! -Turn $5 into More $$

  • Mini Shark Tank! -Turn $5 into More $$
    June 10-12 OR June 15-17, 8:30-9:30
    Want to learn the How to start your own business? Come experience creating your idea, learn how to make it a business, your $5 Challenge budget-BUY, and participating in Pitching!

    This course will require additional materials. Please reference the materials list below for all of the needs. Additionally, as part of this camp, there will be a 1 hour online video conference (WebEx) each day of the camp at the specified time listed above for interaction, logistics, and question/answer with the instructor, a course in schoology, and self-driven work for students.

    *In addition to the materials list, you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at berngen_eric@svvsd.org and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.

Ocean First Institute- Title: The Wild World of Sharks

  • Ocean First Institute- Title: The Wild World of Sharks
    June 22-24, 12:30-1:30
    Sharks are magnificent, but misunderstood creatures. This program highlights the diversity of shark species, their unique adaptations and current conservation research. Students will learn more about sharks through fun activities highlighting shark identification, tooth and jaw morphology, shark anatomy, sensory systems and current research techniques.

    *For this camp you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at berngen_eric@svvsd.org and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.

Stylin' Superhero

  • Stylin' Superhero
    June 17 - 19th, 8:30 - 11:30 (Webex 8:30 - 9:30), OR June 24th - 26th, 9:30 - 12:30 (Webex 9:30 - 10:30)
    Have you ever dreamed of becoming a superhero? In this class, you will combine art with technology to create your very own superhero outfit and plush sidekick. You will learn basic sewing and circuit skills. As a superhero, your cover can not be blown, make your superhero mask to keep your identity a secret.

    This course will require additional materials. Please reference the materials list below for all of the needs. Additionally, as part of this camp, there will be a 1 hour online video conference (WebEx) each day of the camp at the specified time listed above for interaction, logistics, and question/answer with the instructor, a course in schoology, and self-driven work for students.

    *In addition to the materials list, you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at berngen_eric@svvsd.org and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.

Sustaining Earth

  • Sustaining Earth
    June 8-10 OR June 15-17, 8:30 - 11:30 (WebEx 8:30 - 9:30)
    You’re returning to Earth from your spaceship with your peers in 3020, after figuring out that it is viable for humans to live there again. Can you figure out a plan to ensure the future survival of humans and the environment, and not make the same mistakes as your ancestors 1,000 years ago? Explore land, water and air.

    This course will require additional materials. Please reference the materials list below for all of the needs. Additionally, as part of this camp, there will be a 1 hour online video conference (WebEx) each day of the camp at the specified time listed above for interaction, logistics, and question/answer with the instructor, a course in schoology, and self-driven work for students.

    *In addition to the materials list, you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at berngen_eric@svvsd.org and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.
Ages 13-17

AI: Power the Future!

  • AI: Power the Future!
    June 22-24, 12:00-3:00
    AI (Artificial Intelligence) is here to stay. Our personal lives see even greater impacts including revolutions: self-driving cars, digital assistants, transportation, social media, and online shopping. This camp will explore the many facets of AI needed to understand and succeed in the modern world including: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, Basics of Data in AI, and Ethics.

    *For this camp, you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at berngen_eric@svvsd.org and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.

    *This class will consist of a 3 hour online video conference (WebEx) each day of the camp at the specified time listed above for interaction, logistics, and question/answer with the instructor and student aides, a course in schoology, and self-driven work for students.

Learn about AI with AI in a Box and Cozmo Bot

  • Learn about AI with AI in a Box and Cozmo Bot
    June 22-24, 8:30-11:30
    This camp is for students aged 12 - 14.

    AI (Artificial Intelligence) is everywhere, from search engines to video streaming services and from your house to your school. Let's embrace it to do great things. AI-In-A-Box exposes you to many of the applications for AI. You will also program a friendly robot named Cozmo to perform six AI applications: object recognition, facial recognition, speech recognition, speech generation, object manipulation, and landmark-based navigation. On the last day, you will use your newfound skills to compete with others to create the coolest application of AI. A Cozmo robot will be lent out to students that sign up for the camp. The robot/device pick up day will be May 29th between the hours of 8:00 - 11:00. The robots will need to be returned back to the Innovation Center on June 29th between the hours of 8:00 - 11:00. If the robots are in disrepair upon return, we will assess a $150 Cozmo replacement fee.

    As part of this camp, there will be a 3 hour online video conference (WebEx) each day of the camp at the specified time listed above for interaction, logistics, and question/answer with the instructor, a course in schoology, and self-driven work for students.

    *For this camp you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at berngen_eric@svvsd.org and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.

Sustainable Business-Learn the Ins & Outs!

  • Sustainable Business-Learn the Ins & Outs!
    June 10-12 OR June 15-17, 12:30 - 1:30
    How does Starbucks reduce their carbon footprint in the world? Can you help solve real business case challenges? This camp explores different ways businesses can be sustainable and how companies can make a difference to our environments. Learn presentation skills, financial issues, and meet with a few business experts. A case solution competition will be a part of this experience.

    As part of this camp, there will be a 1 hour online video conference (WebEx) each day of the camp at the specified time listed above for interaction, logistics, and question/answer with the instructor, a course in schoology, and self-driven work for students.

    *For this camp, you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at berngen_eric@svvsd.org and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.
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5 Day Innovation Center-Northrop Grumman-CU Boulder SuperSTEM Camps
Middle School Students

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

  • Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
    July 13-17 - 9:00 - 3:00
    Interested in learning about cybersecurity? This week-long virtual summer course introduces students to cybersecurity and concludes with a national cybersecurity competition for middle and high school students. The virtual course is designed for students who have not previously participated in cybersecurity competitions and have not previously taken a cybersecurity course. Some experience in computer science is helpful but not required. The camp is based on the national CyberPatriot program. Topics will range from how and why to set passwords to setting security policies in both Windows and Unix. By the conclusion of the course, you will be familiar with cybersecurity, be able to apply the concepts to both Windows and Unix operating systems, and will have the opportunity to test your skills against other beginning teams from around the country in a CyberPatriot competition.

    Students will be expected to run a virtual machine on their device. Most laptops and desktops should work and the camp will walk students through the virtual machine (VM) installation process. Details will be shared in early June.

    Questions? Contact Dr. Dan Massey (Daniel.Massey@colorado.edu)
    *This class will consist of a combination of three synchronous sessions during the day and asynchronous work sessions.

    Synchronous sessions will include:
    9:00-9:45 a.m. Daily overview, guest speakers
    12:30-1:00 p.m. Post-lunch review, guest speakers
    2:45-3:00 p.m. Daily wrap-up

    Asynchronous sessions will vary from track to track. Instructors will share details 1 week before the camps begin.

    *For this camp you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at berngen_eric@svvsd.org and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.

Robotics & Space Exploration

  • Robotics & Space Exploration
    July 13-17 - 9:00 - 3:00
    Just over 50 years ago this year, humans first walked on the surface of the moon. It has been a while since the last lunar landing, but there is growing interest both in returning to the moon as well as colonizing Mars. Come learn about the science of planetary exploration through robotics by designing and building robots for a Mars or lunar mission.

    This course is oriented primarily towards middle school and early high school students.

    July 13-17, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Open to middle students from any Colorado school
    This class is geared towards students with some basic experience with either coding or robotics, but no expertise in either is required.

    *This class will consist of a combination of three synchronous sessions during the day and asynchronous work sessions.

    Synchronous sessions will include:
    9:00-9:45 a.m. Daily overview, guest speakers
    12:30-1:00 p.m. Post-lunch review, guest speakers
    2:45-3:00 p.m. Daily wrap-up

    Asynchronous sessions will vary from track to track. Instructors will share details 1 week before the camps begin.

    *For this camp you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at berngen_eric@svvsd.org and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.
High School Students

Advanced Cybersecurity

  • Advanced Cybersecurity
    July 13-17 - 9:00 - 3:00
    This week-long course is designed for high school students with cybersecurity experience. Students who have taken a cybersecurity course or participated on a competitive cybersecurity team will be challenged to take their skills to the next level. The course will challenge students to better understand cryptographic techniques, apply adversarial thinking to scenarios, identify and manage risk, and improve the cybersecurity of both traditional IT systems and the growing set of Internet of Things devices.
    Open to only high school students from any Colorado school
    Participants must have prior experience with Cybersecurity through the participation on a competitive CyberPatriot team, completion of a high cybersecurity course, or other documented experience in cybersecurity.
    Instruction by educators from the University of Colorado and St. Vrain Valley School District

    Questions? Contact Dr. Dan Massey (Daniel.Massey@colorado.edu)

    *This class will consist of a combination of three synchronous sessions during the day and asynchronous work sessions.

    Synchronous sessions will include:
    9:00-9:45 a.m. Daily overview, guest speakers
    12:30-1:00 p.m. Post-lunch review, guest speakers
    2:45-3:00 p.m. Daily wrap-up

    Asynchronous sessions will vary from track to track. Instructors will share details 1 week before the camps begin.

    *For this camp you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at berngen_eric@svvsd.org and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

  • Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
    July 13-17 - 9:00 - 3:00
    Interested in learning about cybersecurity? This week-long virtual summer course introduces students to cybersecurity and concludes with a national cybersecurity competition for middle and high school students. The virtual course is designed for students who have not previously participated in cybersecurity competitions and have not previously taken a cybersecurity course. Some experience in computer science is helpful but not required. The camp is based on the national CyberPatriot program. Topics will range from how and why to set passwords to setting security policies in both Windows and Unix. By the conclusion of the course, you will be familiar with cybersecurity, be able to apply the concepts to both Windows and Unix operating systems, and will have the opportunity to test your skills against other beginning teams from around the country in a CyberPatriot competition.

    Students will be expected to run a virtual machine on their device. Most laptops and desktops should work and the camp will walk students through the virtual machine (VM) installation process. Details will be shared in early June.

    Questions? Contact Dr. Dan Massey (Daniel.Massey@colorado.edu)
    *This class will consist of a combination of three synchronous sessions during the day and asynchronous work sessions.

    Synchronous sessions will include:
    9:00-9:45 a.m. Daily overview, guest speakers
    12:30-1:00 p.m. Post-lunch review, guest speakers
    2:45-3:00 p.m. Daily wrap-up

    Asynchronous sessions will vary from track to track. Instructors will share details 1 week before the camps begin.

    *For this camp you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at berngen_eric@svvsd.org and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.

Introduction to Machine Learning

  • Introduction to Machine Learning
    July 13-17 - 9:00 - 3:00
    According to jobs website LinkedIn, Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialist and Data Scientist are the top emerging jobs for 2020, and colleges are scrambling to add degree programs in these fields. What are AI, machine learning (ML), and data science? These are the ideas and algorithms that enable self-driving cars, and teach music apps like Pandora to predict what music you like. Data scientists program computers to find patterns that humans themselves cannot find.

    The core techniques are based on statistics and computer programming. This class, taught by faculty and students from CU's Applied Mathematics and Computer Science departments (and part of CU's new Statistics and Data Science major), is a fast-paced introduction to Python programming, statistics and ML algorithms, and involves hands-on analysis of real-world datasets, concluding with the development of a 20 Questions Game. Curriculum is geared toward advanced high school students, preferably with some prior experience programming.

    Due to COVID-19, this year the course will follow a Coursera curriculum, with our instructors presenting and answering questions online. Students may optionally pay for an official Coursera certificate (usually $50).

    Open to high school students from any Colorado school
    Participants should have prior experience with computer programming

    Questions? Contact Dr. Stephen Becker (stephen.becker@colorado.edu, 303-492-0662)

    *This class will consist of a combination of three synchronous sessions during the day and asynchronous work sessions.

    Synchronous sessions will include:
    9:00-9:45 a.m. Daily overview, guest speakers
    12:30-1:00 p.m. Post-lunch review, guest speakers
    2:45-3:00 p.m. Daily wrap-up

    Asynchronous sessions will vary from track to track. Instructors will share details 1 week before the camps begin.

    *For this camp you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at berngen_eric@svvsd.org and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.