Oakland University Summer STEM Camps – OU School of Engineering and Computer Science week-long summer camps for kids grades K-12.
Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, in partnership with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is excited to offer a variety of STEM camps that will get your child interested in STEM concepts and careers. Students in these camps will spend a week doing fun, engaging, hands-on experiments and activities. Many different types of STEM camps including Engineering Exploration which covers five types of engineering and more specific camps like Alternative Energy, Adventures in Coding, and STEM Entrepreneurship are available.
Oakland University Summer STEM Camps 2022 Ages / Grades
Oakland University Summer STEM Camps are available for students entering K through 12 grades in the fall of 2022.
Grade levels are described as
- Kindergarten Camp grades K-2nd
- Elementary School: entering grades 3-5
- Middle School: entering grades 6-8
- High School: entering grades 9-12
Oakland University Summer STEM Camps 2022
Week-long camps are Monday through Friday, 8a to 3p, After Camp Care 3p to 5p for an additional $15 charge
Please see the Oakland University Engineering Center website for complete descriptions.
NEW Kindergarten Science Adventurer Camp – 2nd camp (K – 2nd Grade)
Dates – June 13th – 17th , July 11th to 15th , August 8-12
Description: In this camp, children will be exposed to numerous areas of engineering and sciences. They will partake in thermodynamics, physics, natural sciences, and engineering through developmentally appropriate activities, such as how do bubbles come to be, taking care of our planet, dirt won’t hurt, and other activities that explore the natural world around us. Students will learn to be creative and have fun while still engaging in STEM.
Alternative Energy Elementary June 20 to June 24, Middle School – August 8 to August 12 , Highschool – July 25 to July 29
Students will construct wind turbines, solar cells, anemometers, and other forms of alternative energy. Students will discuss what energy management is and how it is used in different buildings and companies. They will then relay what they’ve learned to their schools and homes.
Engineering Exploration Elementary – June 27 to July 1 / Engineering Exploration Middle School – August 1 to August 5 / Engineering Exploration High School – June 20 to June 24
This camp is designed for students who are new to our summer camps and want to learn about the full variety of core STEM concepts. Different types of engineering are introduced each day in a hands-on, student-centered manner. Students will spend each day performing lab experiments and activities designed to give them a broad view of the different types of engineering offered at Oakland University.
Elementary Coding Camp – June 27 to July 1
This is an introductory coding course for elementary students (entering 3rd-5th grades in Fall 2022). Students will begin using Scratch and Tynker to learn the fundamentals of coding. They will begin with basic coding skills such as designing a maze and work their way up to learning how to design games, edit games, and also learn about possible careers in coding for the future.
Computer Science Middle and High School – July 25 to 29
This camp is designed for students who have an interest in computer science. Students will learn computer programming, website coding and development, app development for mobile devices, and video game design. Modules will include straight programming as well as GUI object-oriented programming. Students will be able to unleash their creativity in open-ended exercises and to take their creations home with them on a memory stick.
Minecraft Basic – Elementary and Middle School – June 20 to 24, July 11 to 15
This course is for students who are only somewhat familiar with Minecraft, either from using it online or in a video game. Students will spend each day in a lab playing the game, but with an educational component to each challenge. For instance, the concept of distributed loads through trusses will be introduced before a bridge-building challenge, etc. Students will be encouraged to share what they created at the end of each day.
Adventures in Coding Middle & High School Students – July 18 to July 22 and August 8 to 12
Students will learn computer programming, website coding and development, and video game design. Modules will include straight programming as well as GUI object-oriented programming. Students will be able to unleash their creativity in open-ended exercises throughout the week.
Bioengineering Elementary –July 25 to July 29, Middle School – July 27 to July 1, High School August 1 to August 5
Students will get an overview of what Bioengineering is and how it is used in the real world. Modules will include making a model hand and a virus simulation activity.
Chemical Engineering Elementary School July 25 to July 29 / Chemical Engineering Middle School July 27 to July 1 / Chemical Engineering High School August 1 to August 5
Students will get an overview of what Chemical Engineering is and how to properly use lab equipment. With a degree in Chemical Engineering one can obtain a position in a wide array of industries (i.e. oil and gas, energy, food, plastics). Modules will include slime, volcanoes, and bath.
Programming Electro-Mechanical Gadgets Camp – (8th Grade to 12 Grade)
Dates: June 27 – July 1 and July 5- July 8
This is camp will focus on microprocessor programming including binary coding, simple programming, microprocessor control, interface technology, wiring, and interfacing with simple electrical and mechanical gadgets.
Ground Robotics – Elementary Dates: June 13 to June 17 and July 5 to July 8
Ground Robotics- Middle School Dates: June 20th to June 24th and July 11th to July 15th
This introductory-level camp is for students who are new to robotics. Students will work with Ozobots, Lego Mindstorm, VEX IQ, and EDR Robots depending on grade level and capability.
Goblin Car Part 1 Camp (5th and 6th Grade) Dates: August 1 to August 5
Description: Students will design and build from the ground up a single-seat electric race car.
Goblin Car Part 2 Camp (5th and 6th Grade) Dates: August 8 to August 12
Description: Goblin car camp, part 1, will build the Goblin car. In part 2, students will take what was done in Part 1 and expand upon it.
Oakland University Summer STEM Camps 2022 Math Camps
Equations in Math Elementary – August 1 to August 5
This course is inspired by and designed for elementary students (entering 3-5th grades in Fall 2021). Students will explore math concepts that are CCSS aligned and are found on the M-Step. Concepts include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions. Methods taught include multiplication arrays, story problems, input-output tables, and other math reasoning concepts.
Analytical and Creative Problem-Solving for High School Students – June 13 to 17
The instructor will encourage students to develop new tactics in approaching and solving problems. Students will spend half the day solving analytical problems, such as STEM story problems and cryptography, and creative problem scenarios, such as puzzles, riddles, and other open-ended challenges.
Analytical and Creative Problem-Solving for Middle School Students – July 18 to July 22
Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will encourage students to develop new tactics in problem solving with analytical and creative challenges.
Math and Physics Middle School – July 25 to July 29 / Math and Physics High School –July 5 to July 8
This camp is designed around Mechanical Engineering concepts. Students will learn various concepts of physics, such as the laws of motion, force, acceleration, velocity and energy conversion and conservation. They will use these ideas to construct their own working static and dynamic mechanical structures such as, bridges, catapults, and hydraulic machines.
Oakland University Summer STEM – Camp Invention
Camp Invention – K to 5th – July 18 to July 22
Campers find their own unique voice and discover sound waves in action through reverse engineering, then market their extraordinary inventions with friends as creative entrepreneurs.
Oakland University Summer STEM Camps 2022 Cost
Cost per camp is $425 , After Camp Care – $15 Additional Charge
Register for Oakland University Summer Stem Camps beginning February 14, 2022 at oakland.edu/secs/outreach-programs/
Oakland University Engineering Center
115 Library Dr
Rochester, MI 48309
For more info on Oakland University Summer STEM Camps, visit oakland.edu/secs/outreach-programs/