Explora Summer Camps

Following on from the success of last year’s Explora STEM Camp for Girls, we’re excited to announce

that Twirl will be hosting FOUR new Explora camps this year, for boys and girls 2nd – 5th grade!

Some of you have already received flyers to give to your 3rd-5th graders- Please note that due to

popular demand, we have ADDED A MINI INVENTORS CAMP, for 2nd-3rd grade!  The

exciting camp description is below, as well as in the attached flyer and will take place on

July 27th- 30th!

Below (as well as on the attached flyer) are the Twirl camp dates!

June 8 – June 11: Explora Robotask Force for 4th and 5th Grades at Twirl

June 22 – 25: Explora Mini Inventors 2nd and 3rd Grade Camp at Twirl

June 29 – July 2: Explora Robotask Force for 3rd – 5th Grade Girls Camp at Twirl

July 27th – 30th: Explora Mini Inventors 2nd and 3rd Grade Camp at Twirl

These camps have been specially created to allow children to explore in-depth some of the topics

featured at the Invent-Event. They will get to make, tinker, build, create and program using a

variety of technologies and materials that bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to life.

There are four camps in total. All camps will take place Monday – Thursday, from 9am – 4pm and

the fee is $150 plus tax, per camper. Some tuition assistance is available. Space is limited and

early registration is recommended. This is a great opportunity for your child to enjoy a summer

camp here in Taos filled with hands-on inquiry and discovery of STEM topics in a fun and

collaborative environment guided by experienced Explora science educators. For more information

and to request an application form, contact camps@twirltaos.org or call 575 751 1402. Alternatively,

download an application form here.

June 8 – June 11: Explora Robotask Force for 4th and 5th Grades at Twirl

Campers will explore the wonderful world of robotics and programming. During this camp you will:

  • Investigate the Science of energy and motion while designing a robotic system of your own.
  • Get comfortable with Technology using sensors and microcontrollers that respond to touch,
  • light & sound.
  • Engineer and re-engineer robot bodies to compete in challenges.
  • Use human intelligence to program robots while applying Mathematics to solve a variety of
  • problems.

Outline Camp Schedule. These are some of the topics you might explore.

Think like a robot: Experiment with Pico Blocks, Arduino Microcontrollers, Little Bits, Arduino

Lilypads and others to learn the basics of programming computers and robots. Find out how

machines use electronic connections to interact with other machines and people. Explore basic

electricity using motors, prototype boards, and conductive thread.

Build robotic systems: Create a ping pong ball thrower, then add a sensor to turn it off and on.

Using motors, sensors, and LEDs, re-engineer old electronics and recycled materials into a robot

of your design. Test your results by having your robot interact with other robots or computer sensors.

Build your own simulated Minecraft world with recycled materials and use your robot to explore and

search for the things you need!

June 22 – 25 & July 27-30: Explora Mini Inventors 2nd and 3rd Grade Camp at Twirl

Make, tinker, build, discover, create and program! Explore hands-on a variety of technologies and

materials that bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to life in a fun way.

On Day 1, campers will be introduced to the inventing mindset and how a typical design and build

process works; they will explore different materials and see how they influence the design process;

on day 2, they will explore chain reactions and discover hands-on what makes good design when

building buildings; day 3 they will make their own circuits and build and wire a model house;

finally, on day 4 they will get to build all kinds of fun machines and wind-up toys, the culmination of

their learning.

June 29 – July 2: Explora Robotask Force for 3rd – 5th Grade Girls Camp at Twirl

The same Robotask Force camp outline and curriculum as above. This camp is designed to allow

girls campers to explore the wonderful world of robotics and programming in an environment that

encourages them to take the lead in their STEM learning.

Have a great month of May!
Twirl Team
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