Aug 5-9 5-6 9am- Noon STEAM Academy
7-9 12:30-3:30 Fly with Me: Rockets
9-12 Full Day (9AM-3PM) Bionic Bike
Aug 12-16 7-9 9am- Noon Wizarding World Adventure
9-12 12:30-3:30 Fly with Me: Rockets
12-15 Full Day (9AM-3PM) Bionic Bike

Glencoe Park District

999 Green Bay Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022


STEAM Academy


This week long STEAM camp lets students engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math! They will participate in fundamental learning activities throughout the week and will then apply their learnings to build a final project at the end of camp. Students will learn about light mixing and how to change the colors of programmable LEDs, and they will use Arduino microcomputers to control an ultrasonic sensor to make their projects interactive. They will use sandpaper, paint and other art supplies to customize a wooden template and complete other cool art projects. The best part is, all of the art and electronics will come together at the end, and the students will be able to code their electric art to light up, play different sounds, and even move when people approach it! At the very end, the students will take their fully-functional creations home to show their families.

What the TinkRers take home:

All their projects.

Ages: Rising K & 1st Graders (5 & 6 yr)

Date: Aug 5-9

Max: 12 Students

Fly with Me: Rockets


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. They will assemble all the pieces of their rocket, 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, students will learn all about the science behind Newton’s Laws that allows 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. Students will also delve into history behind rockets and space shuttles and about the mechanism of how model rocket engines work to propel the rockets into air. They will also experiment with different engine strengths that can propel the rockets and will launch their rockets multiple times throughout the 2 weeks, 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 design

Ages 7-9, 9-12

Date: Aug 5-9, Aug 12-16

Bionic Bike


Hey TinkRers! It’s time to add some high tech to your bicycle and bring it into the modern age! In this week long project, students will bring their bikes to camp and give them some amazing new capabilities with a computer device that they can program and attach to their bikes. They’ll program program the device to act as:

A digital speedometer: Measure how fast the bike is going and what distance they traveled

A burglar alarm: An alarm will go off if anybody moves your bike and can only be turned off with a secret code

A high-brightness LED flashlight: Lights up the road ahead and flashes so that the bikers are easier to see at night

Students will work with the latest technology to build their bike devices, such as Arduino microcontrollers, and they will learn how to wire it together and program it themselves. Finally, to test the device, the students will hit the road and go on bike rides to see how well it works! They will securely attach the device to their bikes and will take it home at the end of the week! TinkRers will bring their bike to camp on Monday and will take home at the end of the camp on Friday. They will be taking bike rides with counselors to test their devices.

What the TinkRers take home:

All the bionic components they design

Ages 9-12, 12-15

Dates: Aug 5-9, 12-16

Max: 12 Students

Wizarding World Adventure


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 TinkRers take home:

Their Goblet of Fire, and any other project that they make.

Ages 7-9

Date: Aug 12-16

Max: 12 Students