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).
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.
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.
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.