Lorain County Community College and the Patsie C. and Dolores Jeneė Campana Center for Ideation and Invention are excited to host kids summer camps focusing on STEAM, the STEM fields, science, technology, engineering and math, plus the arts.
“All the STEAM camps and experiences are designed to provide youth from pre-k through the teen years with fun and engaging project-based learning experiences in the new technologies,” Joan Perch, program and outreach coordinator of The Patsie C. and Dolores Jeneė Campana Center for Ideation and Invention, said. “These technologies are rapidly becoming embedded in every aspect of our world and lives, and will play a bigger role in the future.”
FireFish STEAM Academy, Rosie’s Girls, College for Kids and Teens, and the already-full Young Women and Young Men in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math camps are scheduled. “Middle school and teen participants in these camps also gain awareness about careers in growing fields that they might not otherwise considered, and that they now might want to explore,” Perch said.
Perch is excited to once again work with community kids in the FireFish STEAM Academy summer camp experience for teens 16 to 18 years old. As part of LCCC’s College for Kids and Teens Summer of Making initiative at the Patsie C. and Dolores Jeneė Campana Center for Ideation and Invention, the six-week summer academy for income eligible high schoolers runs July 5 through August 18. Students are paid for their work through Ohio Means Jobs and the training is offered in the LCCC Fab Lab (a collection of machines and tools used to conceptualize, design, develop, fabricate and test a wide variety of objects) and downtown Lorain. The intensive arts apprentice workforce development is headed by artist Jim Gundlach.
A camp highlight for the teens is they get to create the centerpiece of the FireFish Festival from scratch. This year’s feature is a giant STEAMpunk FireFish. The academy is sponsored by the LCCC Foundation, Nordson, with support from OH-Makes @LCCC, Senator Sherrod Brown and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. FireFish STEAM partners also include FireFish Arts, HHW Ohio, LCCC Campana Center for Ideation and Invention, Ohio Means Jobs Youth Employment Program, Lorain City Schools, Save Our Children and Lorain County Boys and Girls Club.
Additionally, Rosie’s Girls one-week summer camp for middle schoolers will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday from July 24 to 28 at the Patsie C. and Dolores Jeneė Campana Center for Ideation and Invention. Like the other camps, its focus is on STEAM, as well as the trades, and is part of the Summer of Making.
The camp helps girls develop grit and confidence by exploring hands-on arts, the fab lab, advanced technology and trades-related activities, as they meet and work with role models in diverse career fields and enjoy creative art activities with professional artist and educator Ann Bort. Girls going into grades six, seven and eight will learn the skills of designers, carpenters, engineers and more as they create, invent, design and build individual and cooperative STEAM projects in a supportive environment. Enrollment is limited to 24 girls. For more information or to register, call (440) 366-4093 or email CFK@lorainccc.edu. The cost is $175 per student. Camp partners include the LCCC Foundation, HHW Ohio, FireFish Arts and LCCC College for Kids.
College for Kids and Teens also hosts a variety of technology-related classes and an early August Tech Corps Coding Camp for high schoolers. Summer classes include those in computer gaming for students going into third grade or higher, html web classes for grades six and up and raspberry pi program writing.
“Students can participate in activities that allow them to try new things or improve skills they already have,” Children’s Learning Center coordinator Michele Henes said. “They can explore new areas that they think might be interesting and broaden horizons. Camps and classes keep the brain fit during the off school months. Not to mention that they meet new friends and learn in a different environment.”
For more information or to register, call (440) 366-4093, email CFK@lorainccc.edu or visit www.lorainccc.edu/kids.
Co-ed Young Women and Young Men in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Summer Camp is already fully booked and runs July 11 through 21. Students entering middle school will gain experience in hands-on science experiments, explore nature, learn foreign language and design Lego-robotic vehicles. The camp is presented by LCCC’s University Partnership and eLearning Department and sponsored by the AAUW.