What a wonderful summer at the schoolhouse! Though we were required to serve a much smaller group of campers during the pandemic, we brought exciting new curricula which kept our rising third through eighth graders excited about further developing their STEM skills!
Thank you to our donors and the incredible staff. Our voluntary summer camps for Portsmouth Public Schools are offered at no charge to parents with a minimal registration fee. Parents provide transportation to and from camp. Camps are developed as an expansion of the school year program so that students will continue their engagement in STEM education.
Watch for news about our STARBASE Summer Camp program. Registration usually starts in April.
LEGO WeDo Robotics Camp (rising 4th graders)
WeDo Campers travel to the VA Zoo to study animal behavior and habitat. They then program robotic animals and create digital dioramas of the animal habitats.
CODE TREKKERS (rising 5th graders)
A secret agent is on the move! Somewhere in Old Towne Portsmouth an agent of national security has intelligence information that must be kept secret. Clues are hidden in and around the city but can only be decoded by the Code Trekkers! How will the Code Trekkers find the clues? Campers will employ skills in decoding cyphers to track the secret agent and to learn his/her secrets.
Eco-Cadets (rising 6th graders)
Eco-Cadets see green in all that they do! Campers explore the local ecosystem and develop expertise as environmental stewards as they kayak, create gyotaku fish printing, test and document water quality, and practice aspects of environmental stewardship.
Drone Squad (rising 7th graders)
Drone Squad campers are tasked with facilitating the colonization of Mars. They will build and launch model rockets, pilot drones, and code Sphero rovers. Engineering design and computer science is the focus of this camp as students are introduced to drone and sphero rover technologies, and research the growing world of careers in the STEM discipline.
PPScoders (rising 5th-7th graders)
PPS Coders use Code.org, Spheros, and littleBits to learn the basics of coding, develop student-made computer programs, and explore career opportunities in computer science.