Our mission is to use science, technology and engineering to develop persistent curiosity and to show that knowledge is empowering.
We have two camps this year:
The camps are an opportunity for students to experience learning in ways that are not supported by the formal school curriculum:
Students are invited to come build exciting models and learn about science and engineering from our engineers. Courses illustrate real-world applications of physics principles. Each course is five days long.
July 1st–July 19th and July 29th-August 16th, 9am–4pm daily, grades 3–12
Iridescent Science Studio—890 Garrison Ave, Bronx NY 10474
Join us this summer as we explore science, technology, engineering, and design in an interactive, hands-on manner—and use what we learn to invent new things! Students will be mentored by scientists, engineers, older students, and their peers throughout the summer, having lots of support in their explorations.
Campers will work in small, mixed-age groups alongside high school students and mentors. They will have support to pursue their wild ideas and crazy inventions as they grow comfortable with learning new content through use of the engineering design process.
Students entering grades 3–8 will spend 3 weeks immersed in hands-on science and engineering. They will first explore flight by viewing bird bones at the ANMH and completing designs such as walk along gliders and kites from household items. Students will then turn to mechanisms that power moving parts, building their knowledge through creation of shadow boxes with characters capable of movement. Finally, we’ll adapt Iridescent’s Technovation curriculum into a week-long mobile phone application coding experience. High School students will teach and mentor the younger students and have the opportunity to continue working on the ongoing Solar Powered Ice Cream Cart project.
The four-week LA summer camp is open only to students from the Iridescent family of schools. Note that three of the sessions are full.
Animals as our Engineering Inspiration
July 16 – 20, 2012 Ages: 6-9
When attempting to create man-made flying machines, both Leonardo da Vinci and the Wright brothers studied the way birds fly! Today, scientists and engineers continue to study animals to get inspiration for new inventions and technologies. Children will learn how animals are inspiring new technologies from airplanes to wind turbines. Hands-on projects allow children to practice bio-inspired engineering!
Musical Instrument Engineering
July 23 – 27, 2012 Ages 6-9
Musical instruments create sound by vibrating in different ways. Children will investigate the physics of sound using musical instruments that they create. They will learn how sound is made and how sound travels through different materials.
July 30- August 3, 2012 Ages 13+
The underwater robotics course involves SeaPerch robots which are remotely operated underwater vehicles. The SeaPerch Program (http://seaperch.org/index), created by the MIT Sea Grant Program allows students to build underwater robots for various research activities.
August 6 – 10, 2012 Ages: 8-12
Playful Inventions is an approach to using new technologies that integrates art, science, and engineering. The goal is to enable children to create, invent, and explore.This course will teach computer programming using the PicoCricket Kit. Participants will design and program their own artistic creations with lights, sound, music, and motion.
LA camps run Monday – Friday from 9am-3pm. The cost is $300 per week.
Camps will be held at the Iridescent Science Studio – 553 W. 23rd Street, LA 90007