2016 Summer Camp program

Math and Science Summer Program

The CERDEC Math and Science Summer Program uses a fun, hands-on approach to learning, which enhances your child’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The curriculum for each session is structured to help entry-level students achieve this goal. All programs are taught by state-certified teachers.

The CERDEC Math and Science Summer Camp is a one-week introductory STEM program providing students with hands-on learning in science and engineering, featuring topics such as circuits, sensors, robotics, and flight & rocketry. (Grades 5-10). The program, which is designed by CERDEC outreach and taught by licensed HCPS teachers, is intended as a gateway program for those students without a strong pre-existing interest in STEM. The goal of the program is to provide students with a interactive experience that will introduce them to STEM concepts in a low-stress, open environment.

The CERDEC Math and Science Camp is designated as a camp in “good standing” by the license board of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).

Notice of Application Process
Please make note of the below and follow the instructions carefully as they could impact whether your student’s application is properly processed.
  • Individuals registering multiple students must enter all students on one application. This application will be tied to your email address which may only be used once. For that reason, you will only be able to submit one application per email address. Be sure to include all campers on your application, as you will not be able to go in and add campers at a later date.
  • Once you have completed and submitted your application, you will receive an automatically generated confirmation email. Depending on your email server and security settings, this email may go to your SPAM folder. If you do not see the email in your inbox, please check your SPAM or Junk mail folder.
  • This email represents confirmation that your application was received, it is not confirmation of acceptance to the program. Notification regarding your application status will be sent out on or before March 20, 2019.
As always, applications will be processed on a strict First Come – First Served basis, with placement preference given to children of current military members.

Application will be available here beginning Monday February 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Applications will close February 18, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

Please click the link below for full, step-by-step application instructions.

We look forward to seeing you this summer at the 2019 CERDEC Math and Science Summer Camp.

***Applications without student information will not be processed
***Additional students cannot be added to a submitted application
***Please make sure all applications are complete before submitting

Applications for the CERDEC Math and Science Summer Camp will be available for two weeks beginning on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

Applications are accepted on a strict first come, first served basis with priority placement for children of current military members. Spaces fill quickly, often within hours of opening. Apply early.

Natural Disasters and Bridges: Shark Tank Edition!

July 29 - August 2


Entering 9th and 10th Grades

Bridges are required to do so much more than get people from Point “A” to Point “B”. They must account for types of traffic, frequency of use, the environment in which they are being built, and of course… for weather and natural disasters. For this reason, bridge construction is a complex, multi-discipline effort involving skills related to several engineering disciplines including geology, computer science, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering.

Campers will have the opportunity to work in small groups to understand the significance of bridges and the impact that natural disasters have on these structures. They will combine motivation, cohesive team building, leadership and creativity to support one another. Campers will work to research, design and develop a new bridge concept while focusing on a specific natural disaster. Campers will simulate the research, development and marketing process while presenting their designs to a small panel.

Lego MindStorm Robotics: Mars Rover Challenge

Aug. 5-9


Entering 5th and 6th Grades

Campers will have the opportunity to work in small groups, learning to program LEGO robotics while solving a multitude of renewable energy challenges that are based on real- world problems. Campers will combine math, physics, mechanics, and programming skills to help them complete the given challenges. LEGO Mindstorm emphasizes strategic problem solving, communication, group cohesiveness, and critical thinking, which can be used beyond STEM. Campers will learn through fun hands on activities, while watching their creations come alive.

Sports and Science: Let’s Play Ball!

Aug. 12-16


Entering 7th and 8th Grades

Some of the most heart-pounding scenes in movies and television are based in science and engineering. Whether it’s a mission to mars, a new form of artificial intelligence or a superhero saving the world, STEM is at the heart of many of popular culture’s greatest moments. Students will work together to look at the various scientific and engineering principles shown on film and discover how they translate in the real world.