An exciting summer ahead for S.T.E.A.M. Academy!

S.T.E.A.M. Academy is designed with Middle and High School campers in mind. Participants will engage, experience, and explore a curriculum centered around S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) activities. This project-based approach leverages modern technology while encouraging creativity, teamwork and communication among our participants. Activities are offered in an inclusive learning environment, led by an experienced and motivated staff.

S.T.E.A.M. Academy offers:

  • Small class size
  • Individualized instruction
  • Group and individual Positive Behavior Support
  • Integrated social skills opportunities with every activity
  • On-site special guests
  • Weekly field trips!

This we’re exploring “Things that Go”! We will go behind the scenes in all we do to find out what makes things work. From humans to machines, we’ll investigate all the different ways we move, and how movement impacts the places we live, work, and play.

We’ll host many special on-site guests like the Ames Public Library Bookmobile, Can Play Sports (formerly Courage League Sports), Iowa State University’s FLEx program, and more! We’ll also hit the road and head to the Science Center of Iowa, Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, Story Theater Grand Opera House, and ISU’s CyBowl!

As we move through each week, participants will be capturing their best moments, coolest creations, and most interesting discoveries on video to create a S.T.E.A.M. Academy Highlight Reel to share at the end of camp!

Each session of camp is $250 and includes a t-shirt (one per camper, not per session), supplies, and entry to all off site field trips. Due to generous support from our community partners, financial assistance is available. A $150 deposit is required to secure your child’s spot. Once your application is submitted you will receive an email with a secure link to process the deposit payment (or directions for payment via cash/check). Register here: Summer 2022 Registration

S.T.E.A.M. Academy (6th-8th) Registration Application

Camp is held Monday-Friday, from 8:30am-12:30pm

The Plex Community Center / 5501 George Washington Carver Ave / Ames, IA

SessionsDescription
Session #1: June 20th – June 24thFrom designing a course and coding OZO bots to building baking soda rockets, this week we’ll be investigating different machines and how they ”GO”! We’ll begin recording this week for our highlight reel!  Special guests this week include visits from the Ames Public Library Bookmobile, Can Play Sports (formerly Courage League Sports), Kathy Vince Fitness, Iowa State University’s FLEx program, and Gilbert Fire and Rescue. We will head off site to visit the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad!
Session #2: June27th – July 1st

Shifting from machines to humans, this week we’ll be exploring how we move our own bodies in different and fun ways! Campers will compete in Minute to Win It games and challenge their minds with scavenger hunts, riddles and puzzles. We’ll continue to video and document our favorite moments for our end-of-camp highlight reel.  Special guests this week include visits from the Ames Public Library Bookmobile, Can Play Sports (formerly Courage League Sports), Kathy Vince Fitness, Iowa State University’s FLEx program and more! We will roll on over to ISU’s CyBowl for a chance to knock down a few pins and learn what happens behind the scenes! 

Session #3: July 11th – July 15th

We’re getting extra science-y this week and investigating power and energy and circuits!  Campers also try their hand at an engineering challenge with a catapult creation contest!  We will continue to document our activities and add to our highlight reel. Special guests this week include visits from the Ames Public Library Bookmobile, Can Play Sports (formerly Courage League Sports), Kathy Vince Fitness, Iowa State University’s FLEx program, and Paws & Effect! We will adventure off property to catch a movie at the historic Story Theater Grand Opera House.

FULL/WAITLIST: Session #4: July 18th – 22ndSession #4 is action-packed! Campers will try their hand at designing a structure to withstand the Earthquake Simulator Challenge and put their skills to the test creating a marble track roller coaster! We’ll also compile all of our video clips to develop our own Summer 2022 S.T.E.A.M. Academy Highlight Reel! Special guests this week include visits from the Ames Public Library Bookmobile, Can Play Sports (formerly Courage League Sports), Kathy Vince Fitness, Iowa State University’s FLEx program, and more! We will end the week with a trip to the Science Center of Iowa & picnic at the Union Park Splash Pad.