Junior STEM Camps

We are thrilled to provide 6 unique Junior STEM camps this year! Each week is unique and open to new and returning students. The camps are designed for students to do all weeks or just one! AM Extended care options are available from 7:30 AM to 9 AM.

Grades: Incoming 1st - Incoming 3rd

Program Cost: $250


  • Claremont McKenna - Kravis Center
  • STEM Center USA Rancho Cucamonga Creativity Center

Why Junior STEM

It's time to bring designs to life...that means programming! Junior STEM introduces students to the world of robotics through building and coding activities! Junior STEMers program their creations using an easy-to-comprehend graphical programming interface that lays the foundation of programming logic. Coding at this age means introducing students to logical flowcharts and a variation of parameters (ex. movement requires attention to direction, speed, and duration). 

What Makes Junior STEM Special

Junior STEM is the perfect camp for kids interested in robotics, building, and coding! Whether your kid is interested in cars, animals, super hero characters, or dinosaurs, our camps have it all. Activities are designed with new and returning students in mind. This means we have projects that set a strong foundation in terminology and building concepts for our new students, while at the same time providing exciting new builds for our returning students. Each week will provide new builds, so students can take multiple camps throughout the summer, or just one! Key features of Junior STEM include: 

  • Introduction to graphical coding
  • Usage of sensors
  • Experiential learning - figure things out by physically trying it out
  • High-energy camp atmosphere for young inventors and creators
  • Engaging and themed robot designs 
  • Learning to share and partner in groups of two
  • Learning to work in a team and set goals
  • Introduction to technology and using an iPad
  • Outdoor play at Claremont McKenna in a safe, supervised campus
  • Camp sizes with a max of 18 students

Students will pair up with another student for their robot builds. We highly encourage teamwork and actively work with students to teach them how to properly communicate and share with their partners. At this age, learning good teamwork skills is crucial! Robotics is the perfect way to mix teamwork, play, and learning. 

Sample Outline of the Day

So what will your child be doing at camp? Here's a sample outline of the day to give you a glimpse into camp life!

Estimated Time Activity
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Ice Breakers and Introduction to the Day
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Intro to Terminology and Build the Spy Robot
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Snack Break and Games Outside
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Introduction to iPad and Programming Interface
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Programming Challenge 
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Snack Break and Games Outside
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Introduction to Motion Sensor
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Programming Challenge and Demo
11:45 AM - 11:55 AM Summary Time - Complete Worksheet
11:55 AM - 12:00 PM Parent Showcase 

Each day will feature a building activity, coding challenge, and mini design challenge. Challenge include squishy circuits, circuit card designs, programming Dash, scratch Jr projects, and more. At the end of each day, parents will be invited into the classroom to see the activities and hear their kids' "summaries!" 

Junior STEM Camp Topics

  • Building and Programming with Lego WeDo 2.0
  • Vocabulary such as: beams, axles, gears, beams, plates, etc.
  • Introduction to the motion and tilt sensor
  • Introduction to Squishy Circuits
  • Coding with Scratch Jr
  • Themed robot builds including dinosaurs, droids, and animals!

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