Summer Camps

Summer Camp Registration begins April 30, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. (EDT)

Registrations are based on a first come, first serve basis.

Summer Camps 2018

Robotic critters, cracking the secret code, flying drones, kayaking on the Elizabeth River, and all kinds of other activities keep the STARBASE Victory halls and classrooms full during our summer camps. STARBASE Summer Camps were among the best opportunities for Portsmouth students to learn while having fun.  Thanks to our donors and the incredible staff, we have been able to grow the summer program to 24 total weeks of new experiences.

Our voluntary summer camps for Portsmouth Public Schools are offered at no charge to parents with a minimal registration fee. Parents will need to provide transportation to and from camp as well as lunch daily.  Totally funded by STARBASE, each summer camp runs for four consecutive days and includes an exciting field trip. Camps are developed as an expansion of the school year program so that students will continue their engagement in STEM education. Approximately 345 students sign up, first come first serve, for the camps targeted to preparation for the next grade level and to support the future activities of the STEM Pathways.

Here is the lineup for 2018:

LEGO®WeDO Camp (Rising Grade 4):  The campers build and program “robotic critters” capable of performing tasks. The camp will include a field trip to the Virginia Zoo.

Code Trekkers Camp (Rising Grade 5): Campers will decode secret messages around Olde Towne Portsmouth using GPS units and the help of their teammates. The goal – find their agent before time runs out. Camp will also feature a paid lunch at Roger Brown’s restaurant.

Eco-Cadets (Rising Grade 6): Campers will engage in a variety of ecological activities including testing water quality, kayaking, and bird watching.

Drone City (Rising Grade 7): Campers will learn to fly and code drones while participating in challenging obstacle courses.

PPS Coders (Rising Grades 5 – 7): Campers will learn the basics of computer coding, developing programs as they see real programmers in action.

FromOneHandToAnother @ STARBASE (Rising Grades 5 -7): FOHTA is a maker camp that will focus on using littleBits electronics to create display signs for small business in Portsmouth, VA. Students will learn computer coding, design, dream mapping, and goal setting as part of this unique new camp. This camp will be three weeks in length and is funded in part with a generous support of FromOneHandToAnother.

Project Guts (Rising Grades 8 – 9): Project Guts (Growing up Thinking Scientifically) teaches middle school students basic concepts in modeling and simulation. By combining hands-on labs and computer modeling simulations, students will gain a deeper understanding of complex adaptive ecosystems (flyers available from your science teacher).

Download our Camp Flyer