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 take place at the Innovation Center. Free lunch supervision is provided for campers attending morning and afternoon sessions on the same day. Limited scholarships are available - contact the Innovation Center for details.

Below you will find descriptions for all of the camps that we offer. To register for the camps, please click the button below.

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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 PM
    Train to become the next Mad Scientist! Explore, experiment, and experience physics, chemistry, codes and deciphers. Get messy, mix potions, and OH NO they realize your potential and are scared you will take over the world…day 3 you must escape the laboratory!

Introduction to AR design with Merge Cubes

  • Introduction to AR design with Merge Cubes
    June 10-12 OR June 24-26, OR June 29-July 1, 8:30-11:30
    Have you heard of Merge cubes? A fun way to create an AR experience. An introduction and in depth exploration of Merge cubes. You get to use your imagination and a combination of programming, graphic design, and storytelling to build a 3-D space.

Makey Makey-Circuits & Switches

  • Makey Makey-Circuits & Switches
    June 8-10 OR June 17-19 12:00-3:00
    This electronics and coding-centered class will focus on using Scratch-based coding, Makey Makey Innovation Kits, and an electronics makerspace, to provide opportunities for learners to design, create and test their own tech-centered innovations.

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

  • Mini Shark Tank! -Turn $5 into More $$
    June 10-12 OR June 15-17, 8:30-11:30
    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, participating in Pitching and win a PRIZE!

Mission to Mars

  • Mission to Mars
    June 10-12 OR June 17-19 OR June 24-26, 8:30-11:30 p.m.
    Have you ever dreamed of sending a robot into outer space? Learn how we use robots to explore space as well as how humans plan to colonize Mars! You will use the Vex IQ robotic system to create your own Mars Lander to explore the Martian terrain. You will design, build, and program your own robot to complete a Mars themed mission.

Misty Robots - Bring a Robot to Life!

  • Misty Robots - Bring a Robot to Life!
    Ages: 9-12 - June 22-24 - 12:00-3:00 // Ages: 13-17 - June 15-17 - 12:00-3:00
    Robots are magic. The opportunity for them to do useful things is large but has been limited to the world of roboticists. Now with Misty II, students can learn how to unleash their potential by bringing the magic of robots to life. Misty provides a new world of opportunities with robots for business, personal, research and educational use. She’s purpose-built for developers, has the tools and docs you need to easily build her skills, and is readily extensible via third-party APIs, hardware modifications, and additional sensors. This camp will teach students the tools to start developing their own skills on the Misty II platform and implement them in the 3-Day camp. Students will learn to create skills for room mapping, social assistive robots and concierge robots. No coding experience necessary to join. **Limited availability of 15 students per camp.

Ocean First Institute- Title: The Wild World of Sharks

  • Ocean First Institute- Title: The Wild World of Sharks
    June 22-24, 12:00-3:00
    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 hands on activities highlighting shark identification, tooth and jaw morphology, shark anatomy, sensory systems and current research techniques.

Program COZMOS the robot using AI in a Box

  • Program COZMOS the robot using AI in a Box
    June 22-24, 8:30-11:30
    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 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.

Sparkfun Electronic Circuits

  • Sparkfun Electronic Circuits
    June 10-12 OR June17-19, 12:00-3:00
    Lights! Camera! Action! Come learn how electricity flows by exploring circuits. In this class you will explore various techniques using electronic snap circuits, squishy circuits, and paper circuits. Your final project will be a movie masterpiece. The Sparkfun Paper circuit robot can be the main actor and use stop motion to create a movie.

Stylin' Superhero

  • Stylin' Superhero
    June 15-17, 8:30-11:30 OR June 24-26, 12:00-3:00
    Have you ever dreamed of becoming a superhero? In this class, you will combine art with technology to create your very own superhero mask and plush sidekick. You will learn basic sewing and circuit skills. Learn the basics of E-textiles, how we can use them and where they are in the world. As a superhero, your cover can not be blown, make your superhero mask to keep your identity a secret.

Sustaining Earth

  • Sustaining Earth
    June 8-10 OR June 15-17, 8:30-11:30
    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?
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, Collection/Processing, Use of Algorithms, and Ethics.

Flight Pilot

  • Flight Pilot
    June 8-10, 8:30 - 11:30 OR June 8-10, 12:00-3:00, OR June 15-17, 8:30-11:30 OR June 15-17, 12:00-3:00
    Have you wanted to try flying? Could this be a career or awesome hobby? The opportunity to try your skills at flying using our many flight simulators. This will be hands on learning about flight, take-offs and landings, not to mention a variety of flight experiences. **Limited availability of 14 students per camp.

Fly High! Aerospace Engineering Design Challenge

  • Fly High! Aerospace Engineering Design Challenge
    Dates: July 13-17, Time: 9:00-3:30
    Did you know scientists use kites to conduct research?! The Integrated Teaching and Learning Program (ITLP) team of the CU Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Science is partnering with SVVSD staff on an interactive aerospace engineering design camp. During this 5-day camp, student teams will integrate engineering and environmental science content via a design challenge to deploy remote sensing and atmospheric data collection sensors using NASA Aerokats & Rover Education Network (AREN) AeroPod kite technology. The ITLP aims to broaden participation in engineering, and we encourage students from underrepresented groups to participate in this unique aviation experience!

Humanoid Robotics with NAO

  • Humanoid Robotics with NAO
    June 24–26 OR June 29–July 1, 12:00–3:00 p.m.
    Campers will learn all about the NAO interactive robot. You will get hands-on experience with programming this amazing 2-foot-tall robot! By the end of the camp each of you will be able to make the robot dance or play a game with you. Let’s have some fun…**Limited availability of 14 students per camp.

Misty Robots - Bring a Robot to Life!

  • Misty Robots - Bring a Robot to Life!
    Ages: 9-12 - June 22-24 - 12:00-3:00 // Ages: 13-17 - June 15-17 - 12:00-3:00
    Robots are magic. The opportunity for them to do useful things is large but has been limited to the world of roboticists. Now with Misty II, students can learn how to unleash their potential by bringing the magic of robots to life. Misty provides a new world of opportunities with robots for business, personal, research and educational use. She’s purpose-built for developers, has the tools and docs you need to easily build her skills, and is readily extensible via third-party APIs, hardware modifications, and additional sensors. This camp will teach students the tools to start developing their own skills on the Misty II platform and implement them in the 3-Day camp. Students will learn to create skills for room mapping, social assistive robots and concierge robots. No coding experience necessary to join. **Limited availability of 15 students per camp.

Sustainable Business-Learn the Ins & Outs!

  • Sustainable Business-Learn the Ins & Outs!
    June 10-12 OR June 15-17, 12:00-3:00
    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 and the team winners will walk away with Prizes.
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5-Day SuperSTEM Camps
Middle School Students

Cybersecurity Principles and Practice

  • Cybersecurity Principles and Practice
    July 13-17 - 9:00-3:30
    Already have some cybersecurity experience and interested in improving your knowledge? This week-long summer course is designed for middle and high school students who have competed in a CyberPatriot competition or have previous exposure to cybersecurity through course work or other activities. The course combines hands on challenges with conceptual concepts. According to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, a cybersecurity plan should include identification of key assets, deployment of protection mechanisms, detection for when protection fails, techniques to respond to incidents, and a way to recover back to a secure state. For students already on a CyberPatriot team, this course can help your team become more competitive and helps you better understand a broader range of cybersecurity issues.

    - Open to middle and high school students from any Colorado school
    - Participants should have no or little prior experience with Cybersecurity and/or Cyberpatriots
    - Includes a field trip to the University of Colorado-Boulder campus

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

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

  • Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
    July 13-17 - 9:00-3:30
    Interested in learning about cybersecurity? This week-long summer course introduces students to cybersecurity and concludes with a national cybersecurity competition for middle and high school students. The 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.

    - Open to middle and high school students from any Colorado school
    - Participants must have some prior experience with Cybersecurity through the CyberPatriot program or through cybersecurity concepts in courses or projects.
    - Instruction by graduate students and educators from the University of Colorado and St. Vrain Valley School District
    - Includes a field trip to the University of Colorado-Boulder campus

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

Robotics & Space Exploration

  • Robotics & Space Exploration
    July 13-17 - 9:00-3:30
    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.

    - 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.
    - Includes a field trip to the University of Colorado-Boulder campus

Xilinx PYNQ Coding Boot Camp

  • Xilinx PYNQ Coding Boot Camp
    July 27-31 - 9:00-3:30
    The SVVSD Innovation Center is partnering with Xilinx to offer a week-long bootcamp on programming with embedded platforms. The bootcamp will focus on Xilinx's PYNQ Z-2 board. Xilinx employees will be providing training and supporting teams during the hackathon. Participants will learn the basics of using the PYNQ board, then work on teams to compete in a fun hackathon. Below is a schedule of the week:
    Schedule:

    Days 1-2: Training on PYNQ board. All participants will receive a PYNQ Z-2 board to use during the bootcamp. They will keep this board after the camp.

    Days 3-4: Hackathon - Participants will form teams of 3-4 and design solutions focused on a yet-to-be-identified theme (last year's was "Smarter and Adaptive Schools"

    Day 5: Culminating Bootcamp event at Xilinx facility, including pitches to judges.

    Students grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend. Teachers are also invited to attend and can receive professional development credit.
High School Students

Advanced Cybersecurity

  • Advanced Cybersecurity
    July 13-17 - 9:00-3:30
    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
    - Includes a field trip to the University of Colorado-Boulder campus

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

Cybersecurity Principles and Practice

  • Cybersecurity Principles and Practice
    July 13-17 - 9:00-3:30
    Already have some cybersecurity experience and interested in improving your knowledge? This week-long summer course is designed for middle and high school students who have competed in a CyberPatriot competition or have previous exposure to cybersecurity through course work or other activities. The course combines hands on challenges with conceptual concepts. According to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, a cybersecurity plan should include identification of key assets, deployment of protection mechanisms, detection for when protection fails, techniques to respond to incidents, and a way to recover back to a secure state. For students already on a CyberPatriot team, this course can help your team become more competitive and helps you better understand a broader range of cybersecurity issues.

    - Open to middle and high school students from any Colorado school
    - Participants should have no or little prior experience with Cybersecurity and/or Cyberpatriots
    - Includes a field trip to the University of Colorado-Boulder campus

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

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

  • Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
    July 13-17 - 9:00-3:30
    Interested in learning about cybersecurity? This week-long summer course introduces students to cybersecurity and concludes with a national cybersecurity competition for middle and high school students. The 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.

    - Open to middle and high school students from any Colorado school
    - Participants must have some prior experience with Cybersecurity through the CyberPatriot program or through cybersecurity concepts in courses or projects.
    - Instruction by graduate students and educators from the University of Colorado and St. Vrain Valley School District
    - Includes a field trip to the University of Colorado-Boulder campus

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

Introduction to Machine Learning

  • Introduction to Machine Learning
    July 13-17 - 9:00-3:30
    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 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.

    - Open to high school students from any Colorado school
    - Participants should have prior experience with computer programming
    - Includes a field trip to the University of Colorado-Boulder campus

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

Xilinx PYNQ Coding Boot Camp

  • Xilinx PYNQ Coding Boot Camp
    July 27-31 - 9:00-3:30
    The SVVSD Innovation Center is partnering with Xilinx to offer a week-long bootcamp on programming with embedded platforms. The bootcamp will focus on Xilinx's PYNQ Z-2 board. Xilinx employees will be providing training and supporting teams during the hackathon. Participants will learn the basics of using the PYNQ board, then work on teams to compete in a fun hackathon. Below is a schedule of the week:
    Schedule:

    Days 1-2: Training on PYNQ board. All participants will receive a PYNQ Z-2 board to use during the bootcamp. They will keep this board after the camp.

    Days 3-4: Hackathon - Participants will form teams of 3-4 and design solutions focused on a yet-to-be-identified theme (last year's was "Smarter and Adaptive Schools"

    Day 5: Culminating Bootcamp event at Xilinx facility, including pitches to judges.

    Students grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend. Teachers are also invited to attend and can receive professional development credit.