2017 Challenges

Summer Spark is open to all rising 1st – 6th graders. Weekly day camp sessions run from June 12th – August 25th.  The day begins at 8:30am and ends at 3:30pm, with a flexible drop-off starting at 8:00am and extended hours available until 6:00pm.

June 12th – June 16th (Downtown)
Car-dboard Mechanics:
Can you build a car out of recycled materials? How about a track to race it on? This week campers will use two simple machines — wheel + axle and inclined plane — along with lots of imagination, to build cars and tracks.

June 19th – June 23rd (Downtown)
Structural Integrity: How high can your tower go? If you could only use two materials to build it, what would they be? How about for a bridge? How much weight can it hold? This week campers will take on a series of building challenges with limited resources and unlimited creativity.

June 26th – June 30th (Downtown)
Marble Rollercoasters:
Using a variety of household materials, campers will transform trash into treasure this week as they design, build, and refine marble runs. As they mater the basics, the challenge will increase. How long can you make it? Can the marble do a loop? Two? The challenges and solutions are endless, as is the creative output.

July 3rd – July 7th (Downtown)
Stop the Plop:
How do you protect a raw egg from cracking when dropped from various heights? What materials do you need? How does your design change if the egg has to be visible inside its container? This week campers will design, build, and test containers to try and avoid the plop, or rather splatter, of a raw egg hitting a hard surface.

July 10th – July 14th (Downtown)
Invention Convention: Can you design and build a machine that will pop a balloon? Set off an alarm? Knock over a cup? How many steps can you build into your design? This week campers will be presented with a series of invention challenges – or maybe come up with their own – that inspire them to persevere as they design, test, and tinker.

July 17th – July 21st (Downtown)
Take Flight:
What do you need to power a rocket? How do different folds in a paper airplane change its flight path? What other materials can you use to make a flying machine? This week campers will combine creative problem solving with simple materials to see if their flying machines take flight.

July 24th – July 28th (Downtown)
Medieval Construction: Can you build a castle with a working drawbridge? Can you design a catapult the fires accurately enough to defend against intruders? This week campers will use two simple machines — pulleys and levers — along with lots of imagination, to build defense systems for their castles.

July 31st – August 4th (Westlake)
Float the Boat:
Eureka! Can you design a boat using only recycled materials? Does it really float? How much weight can it hold? This week campers will become nautical engineers as they use their creative problem solving skills to design and build floating vessels out of simple materials.

August 7th – August 11th (Westlake)
Cardboard Arcade:
Calling all game makers! Do you like playing games? How creative can you be? This week campers will turn recycled materials into a functioning arcade and celebrate their accomplishments by playing each others’ games.

August 14th – August 18th (Westlake)
Invention Convention: Can you design and build a machine that will pop a balloon? Set off an alarm? Knock over a cup? How many steps can you build into your design? This week campers will be presented with a series of invention challenges – or maybe come up with their own – that inspire them to persevere as they design, test, and tinker.

August 21st – August 25th (Westlake)
Car-dboard Mechanics:
Can you build a car out of recycled materials? How about a track to race it on? This week campers will use two simple machines — wheel + axle and inclined plane — along with lots of imagination, to build cars and tracks.

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