STARBASE Summer Camps: 2022 Favorites from the Past and New Ones Too!

STARBASE instructors are excited about all the plans for our Summer Camps and look forward to greeting our students to continue to expand their STEM skills! Of course, they just think they are having fun…and they are. Our camps are first come, first serve so be ready to register beginning Thursday, May 5th in the evening. See the descriptions for the camps below and download our flyer.

Camp Descriptions

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 ciphers 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, Spheros, and littleBits to learn the basics of coding, develop student-made computer programs, and explore career opportunities in computer science.

This camp is intended for students who have completed PPS Coders I. Campers will learn to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations, and share their creations with others in the online community. To showcase their work students will create an arcade to share virtually with family and friends.

Camp Answer (rising 8th graders)
Students will explore real-world environmental concerns and find innovative ways to solve them. This summer’s focus is the Beyond the Water Bottle: Microplastic Pollution Challenge. The goal of the camp is to make sure students explore the “end of life” stage of plastic and find solutions to limit this environmental concern. Students will create campaign products to include print & electronic advertisements and a commercial. Students will be immersed in daily activities like field trips, hands-on experiences, teamwork & skill building challenges, solution research, and much more.

PPS Oyster Project (rising 6th graders)
Students will explore the importance of oysters and restoration of the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. They will work to combat sea level rise through the creation of oyster reefs and educate the public about the importance of oysters through the creation of public service announcements and YouTube videos.

Kerbal Space at VMASC (rising 7th-8th graders)
Come explore the engineering challenges of space flight. You will apply your designs as a Kerbonaut, working with 3D printed rockets and designs. Camp location is off-site at VMASC (Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulaiton Center). Each camper will receive a copy of the software Kerbal Space Program to use on their home computer or game system after successfully completing the course. Due to the off-site location of this camp, STARBASE will not be able to provide a lunch each day.