Science East’s 2015 summer camp season is officially underway, as campers began RoboLab. This week, children ages 8-11 will be learning how to build and program robots and video games, using some of the latest technology. It’s not all high-tech though – campers will also participate in a series of “unplugged” games, to gain a better understanding of what’s happening inside your computer.
“When we think about computers, we often don’t think about the processes that are happening,” says Director of Education, Karen Matheson. “We like to play games that don’t use computers to teach some of the things that computers do, such as error checking and sorting. Unplugged games are a great way to visualize what’s happening inside a computer, and it helps kids develop a new way of thinking.”
Science East is also introducing a new Mini Mak-r camp this summer that will encourage campers to be creative as they problem-solve, tinker and invent.
“Makerspaces are becoming very popular collaborative places for people to work together on unique solutions for different problems and scenarios,” says educator Kayoe Stewart. “Mini Mak-r takes that concept and makes it not only kid-friendly, but kid-driven.”
Science East summer camps cover a variety of topics, and are available for children ages 4 to 14. Most Science East camps will be held at Science East Science Centre in Fredericton, however off-site Robotics camps will also be held in St. Stephen (July 20-24), Bathurst (July 13-17; Aug 17-21) and Saint John (Aug 4-7).
Full schedule for Fredericton and Saint John camps
(Please contact Science East for details on Bathurst and St. Stephen camps)