STARBASE Summer Camps are Back!

We are excited to announce that we will be holding our summer camps at the schoolhouse this summer. Though there will be fewer campers in each group to follow the Virginia and Portsmouth Public Schools guidelines for safety of students, we are ready to engage campers in exciting hands-on STEM fun! STARBASE Summer Camps are 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 develop many new experiences and extensions of what they have learned during the school year.

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. Totally funded by STARBASE, each summer camp runs multiple 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 182 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.

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 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.