2018 Challenges

Summer Spark is open to rising K – 6th graders. Weekly day camp sessions run from June 4th – August 10th.  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 4th – June 8th
Mission Possible: Can you build a case to protect a super-delicate secret package from bumps and drops? Can you build an airplane to carry that package safely over a raging sea? This week campers will team up as Secret Agents on a mission to transport high-value, sensitive packages across obstacles on their way to defuse ticking bombs!

June 11th – June 15th
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.

June 18th – June 22nd
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.

June 25th – June 29th
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 2nd – July 6th
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 9th – July 13th 
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.

July 16th – 20th
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.

July 23rd – July 27th
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 master 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 30th – August 3rd
Space Survival: If you crash-landed on an unknown planet, what would you do? Would you stay and build shelter, or would you fix your engine and design a new spaceship? This week, campers will race against the clock to create self-propelled spaceships and shelters for outer space survival

August 6th – August 10th
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.