Summer at St. Luke's




designLab Camp - Grades 5-8

Instructors:
Kimberly Gerardi
Michael Mitchell

Please contact Michael Mitchell with questions regarding designLab Camp.


Courses and Dates Available:

List of 6 items.

  • Animation/VR

     
    July 15-19
    9:00am - 12:00pm
     (Rising 5th-8th graders)


    Cost: $400
    Space is limited.
     
    In this one week exploration led by designLab faculty Kimberly Gerardi, students will explore a variety of ways that animation has changed over time. Students will learn how to create paper flip books, zoetropes, stop motion animations, holograms, and virtual reality spaces. Students will be required to draw, therefore an interest in illustration is encouraged. This class is appropriate for middle school-aged students.

    Lunch is included for campers doing both morning and afternoon sessions.

    Please contact Michael Mitchell with questions regarding designLab Camp.

  • Introduction to App Design

    August 5-9
    9:00am - 12:00pm
    (Rising 5th-12th graders)

    Cost: $350
    Space is limited.
     
    Have you ever wanted to design your own app, but have no idea where to start? In this one-week summer experience led by designLab Director Michael Mitchell, students will learn how to use App Inventor through a series of guided templates that will teach them the fundamentals of application design and give them the confidence to continue developing beyond their experience on the Hilltop. From their website: MIT App Inventor is an intuitive, visual programming environment that allows everyone – even children – to build fully functional apps for smartphones and tablets. Those new to MIT App Inventor can have a simple first app up and running in less than 30 minutes. And what's more, our blocks-based tool facilitates the creation of complex, high-impact apps in significantly less time than traditional programming environments. This camp assumes (and prefers) little to no software and/or hardware background.

    Please contact Michael Mitchell with questions regarding designLab Camp.
  • Introduction to Furniture Design

    August 19-23
    9:00am - 12:00pm
    (Rising 5th-12th graders)

    Cost: $400
    Space is limited.

     
    Spend a week in the St. Luke's designLab exploring the intersection of art, design, prototyping, and fabrication! In this one-week summer experience led by designLab Director Michael Mitchell, students will follow the engineering design process in order to design and build a custom piece of furniture. Through the process, students will learn how to use CAD software to create prototypes using modern fabrication tools such as a CO2 laser and a CNC router. This camp assumes (and prefers) little to no software and/or hardware background, and the cost of the camp includes materials so that each student can take home their furniture!

    Please contact Michael Mitchell with questions regarding designLab Camp.
  • Intro to Physical Computing & the "Internet of Things"

    August 12-16
    9:00am - 12:00pm
    (Rising 5th-12th graders)

    Cost: $400
    Space is limited.


     
    Wouldn’t it be cool if you could build a device that dispenses a treat for your pet while you were away at school? In this one-week summer experience led by designLab Director Michael Mitchell, students will learn more about physical computing (the intersection of software and hardware) and the “internet of things” (connecting devices through the internet) through exploring various projects that connect the physical world to the digital world in playfully creative ways. Through a series of tutorials and small projects, students will develop their creative problem-solving ability while also learning about the fundamentals of circuitry and programming. This camp assumes (and prefers) little to no software and/or hardware background, and the cost of the camp includes an Arduino kit plus extras to take home!

    Please contact Michael Mitchell with questions regarding designLab Camp.
  • Live Green

    Live Green
    June 17-21
    9:00am-3:30pm
    Grades: 5th-8th

    Cost: $700
    Lunch is included
    Space is limited
     
    In this one-week exploration led by designLab faculty Kimberly Gerardi, students will build a wonderful green environment simulated by clean energy sources technologies. Students will tinker with solar panels, water wheels, irrigation methods, wind turbines, and hydroponic growth to help our youngest engineers develop an understanding of how clean energy can impact our Earth. Equally, students will identify how common practices such as farming, irrigation, destruction of habitats, and current power sources are harmful to our planet on a much larger scale than we know. This foundational look at Earth Science may ignite our students to make more informed choices when selecting healthy foods, using plastic bags or chemicals, and help them spread the word on saving our planet. This course is appropriate for middle school-aged students, and the cost of the camp includes materials so that each student can take home a component of the green environment.

    Lunch is included for campers doing both morning and afternoon sessions.

    Please contact 
    Michael Mitchell with questions regarding designLab Camp.
  • Take It Apart: Reverse Engineering

     
    July 15-19
    12:30-3:30pm
    (Rising 5th-8th graders)

    COST: $350
    Space is limited.

    Lunch is included for any Take It Apart camper who participated in another Summer at St. Luke's course/camp in the morning (on the same day). 
    In this one week exploration led by designLab faculty Kimberly Gerardi, students will open up small electronics such as toy trains and old telephones to see what is inside. Reverse engineering is a fun way for students to identify parts of a circuit, understand how they function, and harvest parts for building new circuits. Soldering and tinkering will be explored in this fun and satisfying dismantling of everyday things. This class is appropriate for middle school-aged students.

    Please contact Michael Mitchell with questions regarding designLab Camp.


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Imagine a place where you can meet new people, have fun and learn something entirely new such as … Creating an interactive canvas with conductive paint, using clean energy to build a green environment, and designing furniture with modern fabrication equipment. designLab Camps offer seven inventive programs for grades 5-12. The programs take place in St. Luke’s designLab—a new 3,500 square foot space for exploration. Here, problems become projects and challenges are transformed into solutions. Thinkers become makers and along the way, ideas take shape, empowering students to go beyond screens and into real-world applications. designLab features nine 3D printers, a CO2 laser cutter, small and large CNC routers, and a brand new, fully-stocked woodshop. designLab offers a flexible environment where the physical space adapts to user needs. It comes equipped with plenty of whiteboard space and post-it notes for brainstorming—a critical step in idea generation and problem solving.

Science camp,  STEM, engineering, app design, environment and clean energy exploration, high tech art ... What will you innovate this summer?
 


St. Luke’s School is a secular private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.