The SPARK program is designed to spark creativity and innovation in elementary and middle school students. Students will explore exciting topics of their choosing in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. The foundation set during these programs will follow students for a lifetime.
Audience: Entering Grades 4-6
Dates: See below for specific programs.
Junior Robotics Challenge (Grades 5 & 6)
Build and program robots using the Lego Mindstorm platform! During this program, you will learn about mechanical and software design, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. As part of a team, you will work together to program and build your robot to move, line track, navigate obstacles and pick up and transport objects. Face off against other teams in a friendly competition and learn how to make your robot rise to the challenge! *We suggest that participants take this program OR Robo-Code Challenge, since parts of the curriculum is the same.
Session Dates: June 22-26, July 6-10, July 13-17(girls), August 3-7
Learn to Code (Grades 5 & 6)
This program offers campers the opportunity to explore a variety of coding tools through hands-on projects. We will use block-based programming languages to create interactive stories, animations, and games, and microcontrollers to build devices that can interact with the world around us."
Session Dates: July 13-17, July 20-24
Music Technology (Grade 6)
Through project-oriented instruction in our state-of-the-art music lab, participants will learn how to compose, perform, and record music using interactive music software instead of traditional instruments. In addition to creating their own original pieces, participants will collaborate with others in the program. Advanced topics will include studio effects, processes, and production techniques to create original compositions.
Session Dates: July 20-24
Physicspalooza (Grades 5 & 6)
Participants discover the fun side of physics and develop a new appreciation for the universe through dynamic demonstrations like debunking science fiction films and experiments with lights, lasers, and sound, and hands-on activities like tug-of-war and water rocket competitions. These fun activities will take place both indoors and outdoors, so be sure to pack sunscreen and sunglasses!
Session Dates: July 20-24
Robo-Code Challenge (Grades 4 - 6)
Spend your week in small teams, building, programming, and testing Ozbots and Lego MINDSTORMS robots. The focus of this program will be on creativity and teamwork. Participants will learn how to make robots move, line track, navigate obstacles, and even transport objects. *We suggest that participants take this program OR Junior Robotics Challenge, since parts of the curriculum is the same.
Session Dates: August 3-7 (grade 4)
Session Dates: July 27-31 (grades 5 & 6)
Video Game Design (Grade 5 & 6)
Participants explore virtual reality by designing their own video games! In this exciting program, participants will learn the foundations of video game level design, programming concepts, and interactive media, while building video games. They will partake in game development projects in 2D and 3D environments, allowing ideas and creativity to run wild. No previous experience is required.
Session Dates: July 27-31
Women in Science (Grade 5 & 6)
Young women come together to learn how careers in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) are collaborative, creative, and help address a variety of social issues. Participants will rotate through multiple hands-on workshops each day, presented by female role models including WPI faculty, graduate students, and industry professionals. Participants receive a hands on experience, and work in WPI's labs.
Session Dates: June 22-26