Core Element Announces Hands-On STEM Summer Camp For Students, Teachers

NEW ORLEANS – Core Element, a local nonprofit promoting quality teaching in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), will host three, one-week Hands-On STEM Summer Camp sessions for students and teachers.

         The hands-on camps will be held July 11 – July 29, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Tulane University Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology. 

         Each weeklong, interactive STEM camp will pair students and teachers who will learn and work side-by-side as they explore LEGO® WeDo Robotics, LEGO EV3 Robotics and Advanced LEGO EV3 Robotics.

         This is the third year for Core Element’s popular Hands-On STEM Summer Camps. An advanced robotics camp for students with EV3 programming experience will be offered to help students take their robotics skills to the next level. Moreover, a third week of camp was added this year to introduce younger students, ages 7-9, to robotics, electronics, and programming using LEGO® WeDo, Little Bits, and Makey Makey.

         “It is critically important to give young children opportunities to develop foundational STEM skills,” says Jan Brenan, Executive Director of Core Element. “We are excited to offer a beginner Robotics camp for young students, ages 7-9. This early introduction to Robotics will not only spark students’ curiosity and excitement, but will help elementary school teachers learn ways to integrate hands-on STEM learning into the classroom. We hope to fuel a future generation of robotics teams from the excitement of our camp.”

         The Core Element summer camps offer a unique, integrated model of training teachers while engaging students in hands-on STEM activities. Working in teams, students develop critical skills in reasoning, analytical thinking, leadership and teambuilding. Teachers receive “on the job training” and interactive professional development that helps them to be more effective in the classroom.

         “It is important for students to understand why science and math are important and get engaged in the learning process,” said Brenan. “To be effective in the classroom, teachers need to involve students in STEM activities that are fun and interesting.”

         During each camp, students also learn about STEM careers and the importance of math and science proficiency, an increasingly critical skill for current and future jobs. Students have the opportunity to meet with local STEM professionals to discover how to equate interest in math or science into possible careers, learn general job requirements for a specific career path, and gain an understanding of the scope and variety of STEM career possibilities.

         The 2016 Core Element Hands-On STEM Summer Camp sessions include:


Session I – Junior Robotics Camp: LEGO® WeDo, Little Bits, and Makey Makey

(Ages 7 to 9)

July 11 – 15, 2016; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Young scientists will program and design WEDO robotic projects. Learn to design with Little Bits to create inventions. Transform everyday objects into versatile touch-pad controllers using Makey Makey. This camp is for beginners. No prior electronics experience is necessary.


Session II – LEGO™ EV3 Robotics

(Ages 10-13)

July 18 – 22, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Design, build and program autonomous robots. Learn and apply engineering and

scientific technology. Use new and developed skills to complete tasks with the robot.


Session III – Advanced LEGO™ EV3 Robotics

(For Students with PRIOR EV3 Programming Experience)

July 25-29, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Learn advanced techniques to better design, build and program autonomous robots. Improve skills to use EV3 sensors and motors to complete tasks. Discover building techniques to develop more efficient attachments. Learn to problem-solve best approaches to mission tasks. For students with prior EV3 programming experience.

         Core Element’s Hands-On STEM Summer Camp is held in partnership with the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering and Loyola University New Orleans and sponsored by IEEE Foundation, Lockheed Martin, Schlumberger, ATMOS Energy, Entergy Louisiana, and Antares Technical Solutions.

         There is no cost for teachers to participate, however a $25 registration fee is required.

         The Core Element Hands-On STEM Summer Camps cost $350 per student for a weeklong session.

         A limited number of full and partial student scholarships are available.

         Download and complete a scholarship application here.

         Online registration for students and teachers is now open.



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