Experiential STEM Summer Camp Packages for Grades K-8

Learning Undefeated’s Young Science Explorers Program engages learners with hands-on investigations that explore a wide range of science, technology, engineering, and math topics. Each day, campers are introduced to a different STEM topic that they explore through demonstrations, experiments and games. Developed by professional science educators, and refined over a decade, more than 5,000 campers have completed the Young Science Explorers Program since its launch in 2009.

Three camp packages are available for summer 2023. Each package includes 10 hours of age-appropriate content, beautifully designed materials, all necessary activity supplies, plus BONUS activities such as hands-on demo ideas and STEM games.

2023 Camp Packages Now Available!

Includes 10 hours of age-appropriate content, beautifully designed materials, all necessary activity supplies, plus BONUS activities such as hands-on demo ideas and STEM games. Activities in this camp include:

  • Edible Rock Candy: Students explore the concept of super saturation as they work to make their own edible rock candy
  • Jack & the Beanstalk: Students use the engineering design process to build a tower that can support a figurine “Jack” and survive a high-speed windstorm
  • Super Slime: Students learn about polymers as they make and decorate their own slime in this popular activity
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs: Students use the engineering design process to build the best possible shelter for a figurine pig that can survive the wrath of the big bad wolf
  • MYO Ice Cream: Students learn to follow a protocol, take exact measurements and the impact of changing temperature on states of matter as they work towards a tasty frozen treat
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Students use the engineering design process to design a structure that’s just right.Structures must meet certain height requirements and support the weight of a bear figurine.
  • Invisible Ink: Students are introduced to chemical reactions as they explore different methods for using and interpreting coded invisible messages
  • Magnets Push, Magnets Pull: Students learn about the properties of magnets and use the engineering design process to build a three-dimensional maze that can be solved with the use of magnet
  • Mini lava lamps: Students learn about density as they work to make a lava lamp out of water and vegetable oil
  • Marshmallow Spaghetti Bridge: Students use the engineering design process to build a bridge that can support a certain amount of weight

Includes 10 hours of age-appropriate content focused on a different STEM topic each day, plus beautifully designed materials, all necessary activity supplies, plus BONUS activities such as hands-on demo ideas and STEM games.

DAY ONE: WHAT IS STEM?

  • Students dispel misconceptions about the field as they draw what they think of when they think of when they hear the word “scientist.”
  • Ice Melting Blocks: Students learn about the scientific process as they explore thermal conductivity, making a hypothesis about which materials will melt ice the fastest
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Students learn about the importance of PPE when working in the lab, decorate lab coats, and practice “gowning up” for an experiment

DAY TWO: BIOLOGY

  • DNA Ladders: Students learn about the structure of DNA and make models out of candy
  • DNA Extraction: Students explore the scientific method as they extract DNA from fruit
  • Biomimicry: Students use the engineering design process to design a prosthesis based on designs found in nature

DAY THREE: CHEMISTRY

  • Chemical & Physical Changes: Students explore chemical and physical changes by mixing various substances that result in a variety of reactions
  • Bottle Rocket Truck: Students use the engineering design process to design a truck and propulsion system based on their knowledge of chemical and physical changes

DAY FOUR: PHYSICS

  • Rolling Rovers: Students design a model rover that is capable of traveling over the varied terrain found on Mars
  • Balloon Rockets: Students explore Newton’s 2nd and 3rd laws of motion by creating a self-propelled rocket
  • Egg Drop Challenge: Students use the engineering design process to create a container that can safely harbor a fragile egg during a drop

DAY FIVE: ENGINEERING

  • Paper Strength and Gumdrop Challenge: Students explore the use of shapes and identify which structures are the strongest to support engineering design
  • Circuits: Students use the engineering design process to create a simple robot that lights up, produces sound, and moves on its own

Includes 10 hours of age-appropriate content focused on a different STEM topic each day, plus beautifully designed materials, all necessary activity supplies, plus BONUS activities such as hands-on demo ideas and STEM games.

DAY ONE: WHAT IS STEM?

  • Ice Melting Blocks: Students learn about the scientific process as they explore thermal conductivity, making a hypothesis about which materials will melt ice the fastest
  • Black Box Challenge:Students use the scientific method to identify what’s inside an opaque container without looking inside
  • Crime Solvers: Students use forensics skills and techniques to decipher evidence left behind at a crime scene

DAY TWO: BIOLOGY

  • DNA Extraction: Students extract DNA from fruit and their own cheek cells
  • Not-so-Secret Code: Students work to translate coded materials similar to how transcription makes an RNA copy of a gene’s DNA sequence

DAY THREE: CHEMISTRY

  • Chemical & Physical Changes: Students explore chemical and physical changes by mixing various substances that result in a variety of reactions
  • Identify that Powder: Students work to identify unknown substances by the chemical properties of each substance
  • Bottle Rocket Truck: Students use the engineering design process to design a truck and propulsion system based on their knowledge of chemical and physical changes

DAY FOUR: PHYSICS

  • Rolling Rovers: Students design a model rover that is capable of traveling over the varied terrain found on Mars
  • Space Capsule Challenge: Students use the engineering design process to create a space capsule for an astronaut. Teams compete to determine whose capsule will endure the least amount of force on impact

DAY FIVE: ENGINEERING

  • Cookie Monster Manufacturing: Students work in teams as they race to produce identical “cookies”as they learn about manufacturing concepts and quality control
  • Water Tower Challenge: Students use the engineering design process to design a mechanism for transporting water from one location to another using a limited budget and supplies

One-time camp licensing fee includes:

  • Unlimited use of one five-day camp curriculum for calendar year 2023
  • Platinum training & technical support package
    • Learning Undefeated’s professional educators guide your counselors every step of the way with detailed, individualized instruction
    • Four hours of virtual training for your camp counselors, including orientation and activity demonstrations
    • We make it easy for your staff: absolutely no science experience is necessary!
  • Two instructor manuals
  • All materials and activity supplies for 500 campers. Supplies for additional campers may be purchased separately in units of 250.
  • Unlimited live phone support, Monday – Friday 9 AM to 3 PM Eastern Time (June through August)

About Learning Undefeated

Nonprofit organization Learning Undefeated is driving race and gender equity in STEM through experiential and deep-impact learning experiences for students from under resourced communities. Best known for its fleet of traveling STEM laboratories, Learning Undefeated’s flagship STEM education program has prepared more than 1.3 million K-12 students for STEM careers since 2003, through hands-on content exploration, game-based learning, summer camps, and talent development programs.

In 2022, Learning Undefeated’s shipping container based Drop Anywhere Lab won the Best of STEM Awards in the Social Impact: Promoting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion category. Learning Undefeated also operates several other celebrated STEM education programs including custom curriculum development and STEM disaster recovery education.