AVERY COONLEY SCHOOL SUMMER CAMPS

1400 Maple Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515

SCHEDULE

GRADE SESSION 1 SESSION 2 SESSION 3
June 17 - June 28 July 1 - July 12 July 15 - July 26
K STEAM Academy
Grade 1 Galaxy Droids Fly with Me: Rockets You are a Wizard!
Grade 2-3 SpaceBots Rocket Control Center Wizarding World Quest
Grade 4-5 Game of Drones Wizarding World Adventure
Grade 4-6 Make-a-Bot
Grade 6-8 Code-a-Bot Architect-a-City
 

STEAM Academy

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Date: June 17 - June 28

Code your own electric art! Students will choose and customize a wooden façade and will attach electronics to their art piece to make it light up, play different sounds, and move when people approach it! Students will explore light mixing and how to change the colors of programmable LEDs, and will learn how to program microcomputers to control an ultrasonic sensor to make their projects interactive. Best of all, students will take their fully-functional creations home to show their families! 

What the students will take home: Their personal electric art pieces they create

Grades: K

Max Students: 12


Galaxy Droids!

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Date: June 17 - June 28

Join us in this highly unique robotics camp designed for our young learners with a focus on developing problem-solving and pre-coding skills through hands-on STEAM enrichment activities. Students start by learning about robots: What are robots? What can they do? How are they used? Using this knowledge, students, will then begin building a their very own Star Wars-inspired droid. The droid will be equipped with an Arduino microcontroller, lights, sounds, sensors, and a remote control that students will learn to program using our specially-designed app. Along the way, students will learn the basics of circuitry, how a motor works, the science of light, the science of sound, and much more. Best of all, students will take home their droids at the end of the camp so the fun can continue! 

What the students will take home: Fully functional droid robot

Grades: 1

Max Students: 12


SpaceBots

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Date: June 17 - June 28

Join us in this highly unique robotics camp which combines fun, enrichment, and plenty of hands-on STEAM activities. Students start by learning about what robots are and where they are used. Students then roll-up their sleeves and get to work on building, wiring electronics, coding, and customizing their own Star Wars-inspired robotic droid. Students will learn fundamental electronics & programming skills as they create a fully-functioning, remote-controlled droid that moves, flashes lights, and plays droid-like sounds. Along the way, students, will improve their problem-solving skills as they attack and solve a variety of robotic and programming challenges. Best of all, students will take home their droids at the end of the camp so the fun can continue! 

What the students will take home: Personal fully programmed droid robots

Grades: 2-3

Max Students: 12


Make-a-Bot

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Date: June 17 - June 28

For those who have interest on the “making” side of robots, be sure to check out this highly unique robotics experience!  In this camp, students will focus heavily on the building side of robotics as they create robots that move and perform tasks of their choosing! Students in this camp will leverage the full capabilities of ACS Makerspace to design, fabricate, and assemble their very own robot using CAD software and a combination of 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling toolsets. Once they complete their robotic-chassis design, students will add electronics which will include motors, micro-computers, lights, and music players. Once fully assembled, they will code their robot to move via a remote control, and best of all, they will take their robots home with them at the end! 

What the students will take home: Personal fully functioning robots

Grades: 4-6

Max Students: 12


Fly with Me: Rockets

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Date: July 15 - July 26

3..2..1...LIFTOFF! Students will have a blast as they build and launch their very own fully-functional and reusable rockets in this special camp focused on flight. The students will assemble all the pieces of their rocket kits step by step, personalize them using paint and vinyl, and then watch as they soar over 500 feet in the air! But how does a rocket fly up that high? Well, the students will learn all about the science behind Newton’s Laws and how they allow a rocket to lift off the ground, and they will participate in exciting experiments that mimic Newton’s Laws in action during a rocket launch. The students will learn about the history behind rockets and space shuttles and about the mechanism of how model rocket engines work to propel the rockets into the air. They will also experiment to see just how high different engine strengths can propel the rockets (weather permitting). Of course, the students will be able to launch their rockets multiple times throughout the week, and we will even attach a camera to an instructor rocket to see the view from 500 feet in the air! This camp is perfect for students who like to shoot for the stars, so come fly with us! 

What the TinkRers take home: Their fully-functioning rockets that they build

Grades: 1

Max Students: 12


Rocket Control Center

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Date: July 15 - July 26

Students will have a blast as they build and launch their very own fully-functional and customized rockets in this special camp focused on flight. Students will have the freedom to develop multiple prototypes of rockets to better understand how changes in design affect the rocket’s performance. Students will also delve into history behind rockets and space shuttles and mechanisms of propulsion. They will participate in exciting experiments that mimic Newton’s Laws in action during the multiple rocket launches throughout the 2 weeks with various engine strengths.  At the end, students will take their rockets home!

What the students will take home: Their personal rockets that they designed

Grades: 2-3

Max Students: 12


Game of Drones

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Date: July 15 - July 26

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and join us in this one-of-a-kind design, build and fly camp! In Game of Drones, students will build their very own quadcopters (drone with 4 propellers) from scratch and will learn about the science of flight and how each component of the quadcopter works. Each student will be testing and using brushed DC motors, flight-controller boards, wireless receivers, motor mounts, LEDs, and transmitters. They learn how to customize their drones using ACS Makerspace tool sets like 3D-printers, and once drone construction is finished, the students will polish their piloting skills as they learn to fly!  And the best part? They get to take home their drones and controllers to continue the fun! 

What the TinkRers take home: A fully-functional quadcopter and transmitter along with a primary and back-up battery (with charger) 

Grades: 4-5

Max Students: 12


Code-a-Bot

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Date: July 15 - July 26

In this unique camp, students will use the ACS makerspace to construct a robot from scratch and then spend considerable time coding it to perform a variety of tasks!  Students will start the camp by laser cutting their robot chassis out of wood and then will spend time integrating electronics onto it to make it come to life. That’s just the beginning of both the fun and enrichment though, as focus then will shift to coding!  Once the robots are up and running, students will spend time solving robotic challenges which will develop and hone their coding skills. Early challenges focus around object detection and avoidance as well as line following. As students become more comfortable with coding, challenges will increasingly focus on sensing the robot’s environment and reacting to it in a way to make decisions that incorporate motions, sound, and light. Along the way, students will learn about advanced sensors and use them as part of their challenges. This camp is a great course to enhance the problem-solving capabilities in a fun environment, and the students will take everything home with them once the camp ends! 

What students will take home: Personal fully programmed robots

Grades: 6-8

Max Students: 12


You're a Wizard!

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Date: July 1 - July 12

“You’re a wizard, Harry!” Come join TinkRworks in a camp where students will use science, technology, and their creativity to bring to life the wizarding world found in the popular book and movie series Harry Potter! In this camp, the newly inducted Hogwarts students will be divided into “houses” using a sorting hat and will then construct a working Goblet of Fire using a iPad App. The students will program their goblets to respond with flickering LED "fire" when something is placed in it, just like in the movies. The students will also use their skills to learn the art of Potion making, and in doing so will learn about the chemistry involved in making bubbling, color changing, and temperature changing “magic potions”. Finally, the wizards will create wizard crafts such as their very own magic wands! Come unleash your wizarding powers in this amazing TinkRworks experience and take your creations home! 

What the students take home: Their Goblets of Fire and other craft projects they create

Grades: 1

Max Students: 12


Wizarding World Quest

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Date: July 1 - July 12

Come join the Wizarding World, where students will use science, technology, and their creativity to bring the magical world found in the popular book and movie series Harry Potter to life! In this camp, newly inducted wizards will be sorted into houses by the infamous Sorting Hat and will be challenged with tasks of coding their own Goblet of Fire to flicker as something is placed inside and become masters of Potions chemistry. Students will take their magical skills to the next level by use green screen videography to transport them into the magical world and experience being under an invisibility cloak! Come unleash your wizarding powers in this amazing TinkRworks experience and take your creations home!

What the students will take home: Their Goblet of Fire and any art pieces they create

Grades: 2-3

Max Students: 12


Wizarding World Adventure

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Date: July 1 - July 12

Calling all witches and wizards! Come see what it would be like to be a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for a week. Students will use science, technology, and their creativity to bring the wizarding world found in the popular book and movie series Harry Potter to life! They will start their journey by getting sorted by a “Sorting Hat” into their Hogwarts houses. Once sorted, the newly inducted Hogwarts students will construct a working Goblet of Fire that will use an Arduino microcontroller board to control LED lights to react when something is placed into the goblet. Students will attend Potions class and learn about the chemistry involved in making bubbling, color changing, and temperature changing “magic potions”. Finally, the students will get to see the magic Invisibility Cloak become a reality through the use of green screen videography! Come unleash your wizarding powers in this amazing TinkRworks experience and take your goblet home!

What the students take home: Their Goblet of Fire, and any art pieces they create

Grades: 4-5

Max Students: 12


Architect-a-City

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Date: July 1 - July 12

Students will leverage the full capabilities of the ACS Makerspace to collaboratively produce a scaled version of a city, complete with buildings, roadways, people, and, of course, city noise and lights. Students will first brainstorm which iconic city they would like to bring to life, and will then determine which structures they would like to build. Once they’ve collectively agreed on a city plan, students will put on their design hats to layout their structures in computer-aided design (CAD) software and then fabricate these elements using a combination of 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling. After customizing their structures with paints and markers, students will add various electronic components such as MP3 (sound) generators, LED lights, and perhaps even light-sensitive sensors that can activate electronics to bring their final project to life. 

What the students take home: Any individual pieces they created for the model

Grades: 6-8

Max Students: 12