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Hope College Summer Science and Engineering Camps!

Get ready for 2016 - Here's what we have planned!

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Camp Registration
Register for the grade entering in Fall 2016

3D Bio-Materials
Did you know engineers are working to make bio-materials in the lab to improve health and fitness? Did you know many new-tech materials are derived from plants and animals? Explore cool properties of bio-materials and make a few in the lab.

3D Modeling and Printing
3D printers are invading every field:  toys, cars, food, homebuilding and even medical.  Now  is the time to find out what it is all about.  In this class you will learn how to not only draw and design your own creations using free CAD software (Sketchup2015), but you will also bring your creations to life using a 3D printer.
Arduino:  Electronics and Programming
Small electronic chips that run secret programs are hidden in everyday items.  The Arduino is a platform that bridges the gap between electronics and software.  In this class you will not only learn basic programming and electronics but also build devises that are hidden and can run secret codes.  *Participants will take home an Arduino and parts kit at the end of the session.

Art 2D & 3D II  
This camp takes old favorites and combines them with new projects while exploring the elements and principles of 2D and 3D art through the mediums of watercolor, graphite, colored pencils, wood, clay and metals.   

Beach Wheelchair Construction
Join the Lakeshore Makers in constructing a specially designed wheelchair that can be used on the beach. All materials included and all chairs constructed will be donated to Ottawa County for use by disabled residents on area beaches. 

Classic Cartooning
A Googenius Camp 

Learn the basics of cartoon strip and panel development. Create characters, add expressions and learn inking techniques. A treasury will be assembled at the end of the class. Returnees will be challenged. 

Club Vet 
Explore the exciting world of animal science and care. If you want to own a pet, be a vet or work/volunteer in a pet related job, then definitely come learn about animal habitats, nutrition and health care.  

Club Vet Safari
Explore the awesome world of animals as we expand our study of our furry, feathered and scaled friends across the globe (think Lion King or Madagascar).   If you’ve wanted to be a Safari Guide, Vet, Zookeeper or start your own pet business…this is the camp for you! 

Coding and Circuits
Create your own web pages by learning the structure and coding behind all those cool features you enjoy. Then take a break from the screen to create fun electronics gadgets for your room by learning the basic principles behind standard electrical devices.

Comics, Manga & Graphic Novels 
A Googenius Camp 

Meets Monday-Friday
Hone your graphic story telling skills and create a collective graphic novel. Comic book, manga and basic graphic novel illustrations highlighted.  Returnees welcome for more advanced exercises and a final project.  

Crazy Chemistry
Solids, liquids and gasses-oh my.  Polymers, pH and density-no lie.  Come explore chemistry like never before with hands-on, exciting experiments and activities designed to satisfy both blooming and budding scientists.  Who doesn’t like liquid nitrogen, dry ice, alka seltzer rockets, flubber and so much more?

Creepy Crawlies
Hakuna Matata is the theme for this camp as we explore the awesome world of bugs from butterflies to beetles, spiders to wasps and things in between.

How do modern day detectives put the pieces of crime scene puzzles together? Find out the tricks and high-tech gadgets used as you solve an all-new crime.  Topics covered are:  Fingerprinting, DNA analysis, blood typing and more.

Disgusting Dissection
Discover animals from the inside out.  Apply dissection techniques to organisms such as rats, earthworms, crayfish, and cow eyes, hearts and lungs.

Disgusting Dissection II
Don't let the little ones have all the fun - new disgusting dissection for middle school students. Explore larger animals and the biology within.

Despicable Science
Wobble into the world of those fun-loving, trouble makers we know as the Minions! Campers will investigate illumination, communications, character traits as well as energy transfers (because as we know, Minions are always making things happen). Oh, and of course, we will do things with BANANAS!! 

Energy For the Future 
Renewable energy is talked about all around us but do you know how solar, wind, water, bio and hydrothermal energy is produced? Join us and we’ll explore the benefits, science and engineering behind these renewable sources. 

Fantastic Flight
Master the forces of flight as you discover the secrets of flying animals, hot air balloons, airplanes, helicopters and launch your own A8 engine rocket.

Green It!
You can make a difference in your environment. Learn how to make simple green roofs, smart insulation, natural filters and more to make your house and neighborhood a more sustainable place to live. 

Hammer Time
Grab your hard hats and strap on your tool belts as we discover the science behind tools, materials and machinery. Let's get excited about the world of construction.

You know that great idea you have? The one you’ve drawn in the notebook by your bed? Well let’s get it into motion! Study how cool things like cell phones and joysticks work, then apply those lessons to bringing your own creations to life.

Lego I
Welcome to the exciting world of Lego Robotics, NXT style. Get an introduction to machines, robot construction, programming and teamwork as your group builds robots and completes challenges. 

Lego II 
This camp is a continuation of the fundamentals of the NXT system (Lego I) with an increased emphasis on teamwork and problem solving.  All new robots and challenges will be used.

Lil’ Lady Lego
The science of simple machines, construction and forces meets the design and style of the new Friends Legos. Bring your friends for a great time to explore just how fun learning with Legos can be.  

Little Bits
Blink the light, run the motor, play the music – you are in control with these electronics that let you invent and create your own ideas. Learn the basics of electronics while making your own ideas happen. *Note: Due to the cost of materials, not all creations will be taken home. 

Math in Sports
The baseball lines up just shy of the foul line; the football just makes it through the goalpost; the soccer ball bends like Beckam’s shot – luck or skill? Are you up for the challenge of the math and physics that make the sports stars great?

Movie Making
Explore the world of digital video communication through the creativity & technology of movie making.  You’ll use digital video cameras; edit software & Mac computers to make your own movie.

Movie Making Plus
Get ready for cinema cameras, boom mics, and real experience of a serious film production.  This camp will upgrade your creativity and skills, and help you produce a movie at a higher level.

NXT Robotics
This Lego camp will use the NXT system to challenge your teamwork and creativity. More complex tasks will take your robotic skills higher. 

Pirates Cove
Explore the awesome world under the sea. Learn about the marine creatures that make their homes beneath the surface. See how they live, “breathe,” eat, survive & find some treasure too.   

Pre-Historic Planet
Discover the world of dinosaurs as we learn the types, where they lived and what they ate.  Explore rock formations, volcanoes, bones & fossils.  

Princess Science
Being a princess is not all tiaras and glittery gowns.  It takes a lot to run a kingdom.  Come explore the magical world of gems, color spectrums, flight and fashion through the eyes of science.  

Programming and Circuits
Electronics are all around us – want to learn to program them? Explore app inventor, simple programming logic and basic electronics. Build your own electronic circuits. 
Python Programming
Electronics are all around us – want to learn to program them? Explore app inventor, simple programming logic and basic electronics. Build your own electronic circuits.

Science of Art
Explore the awesome world of art as you create your own masterpieces and learn the science of painting, ceramics, printing, photography and sculpture.

Program your own stories, artwork, animation and more with this simple computer program “Scratch.” Explore the possibilities of computer science with this web-based platform then continue your creations at home after camp.

 Spy Club
Get ready to explore what it takes to be a Secret Agent and learn the science of undercover intelligence.  Basic training covers the theory and practice of surveillance, night-vision, stealth, perception/awareness, coding, self-defense, and critical thinking.

Super Science Sampler 
Looking for a mix?   This camp will have different themes each day from our K-2 camps….Club Vet, Creepy Crawlies, Prehistoric Planet, and Pirates Cove.

SuperHero Science 
Come to Superhero Science to discover the facts behind superpowers! We’ll cover everything from Iron Man’s flight skills to the biology of Hulk, to Wolverine’s incredible senses and Thor’s knowledge of the universe. Who knows…you might become a superhero yourself!     

The Science Behind MineCraft 
Come dig into the world of MindCraft as we uncover topics including circuits, gems and metals, biomes, animals, and much more.   

The Science of Star Wars Continues
Travel galaxies a long time ago and far, far, away.  We will explore force shields, photons, creatures, droids, and life forces. Build your own light saber and hovercraft and more during our weeklong Jedi training. 

Tykes Lego
Get ready to build awesome Lego structures as you are introduced to the science of simple machines, the mechanics of motion and the control of forces.

Uke Can Do It!
Learn to play the ukulele - an instrument for lifelong music-making. Students will strum their way through the week learning basic chords, notes and as many songs as they can.  The week will end with a short program to celebrate all we have learned.  Bound to be one of your favorite weeks of the summer! Join us in Hope’s new Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts. (No need to purchase a ukulele to participate. Ukuleles will be provided for registered campers to use during camp.)​

VideoGame Making
Learn to design and modify your own exciting arcade-style games...control characters, objects and outcomes as you increase the difficulty level and add features. (Not Mac compatible). Bring a 1GB flash drive or buy one at camp



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Email Susan Ipri Brown at explore@hope.edu with any questions.

Thanks to Hope College Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program, Heronwood Nature Station at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, the Outdoor Discovery Center, the Michigan Space Grant Consortium and the Michigan chapter of the Amerian Physical Society for their generous support of scholarships for these academies!