Summer Camps

SUMMER CAMP 2019 - Learn. Invent. Lead.

A true medley of excitement and learning, unique options you will not find anywhere else in Charlotte!!!

Full Day & Half Day options available

Best Coaches

Spacious Rooms

Small Camp Sizes

(no more than 15 per group)

Our camps are all about a healthy combination of fun and learning in the summer. Campers look forward to each day of learning with eagerness and excitement.

New this year:

Coding & Tech: Virtual Reality applications, 3D printing, High School programs in AP Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning plus all new games and apps.

Entrepreneurship: A  greater focus on learning how to build highly responsive professional company web sites, in addition the usual exciting startup journey.

Public Speaking: Units on Government and UN simulation, Mock Trial

Science Innovations: Units on environmental science, heavy duty bottle rockets that go up hundreds of feet, advanced (but safe) biology experiments.

Engineering & Machines: Roller Coaster designs, hydraulics & pneumatics.

Escape Room: A totally new problem solving unit where student have to go all in with their logical thinking and problem solving skills

In our multi-platform technology camps, campers can choose to do more projects in any of the technology platform offered that week.​

In addition to our rich camp content, during breaks we take our campers outside on grassy fields and get sunlight while we play fun games like dodge ball, beach-ball and even fly mini drones. We sometimes have picnic style lunches outside (under a shade). Never a dull moment in our summer camps.

We make learning fun and promise tons of smiles!!

Camp Descriptions

All our technology camps are customized for Beginners and Advanced programmers with a variety of challenges based on prior programming experience of campers...each week has new programs and challenges so repeat campers will get all new materials every week.

AP Computer Science with Java

This unique program will mirror the content covered in the first two years of Computer Science Undergrad, while maintaining an appropriate pace of instruction that will be manageable by students in high school.

Starting with the content of AP Computer Science (High School), the curriculum will then take students into depths of object oriented programming, algorithms, data structures and more, transforming them into early computer scientists. They will cover many topics taught in Computer Science undergrad which will give them an edge in the college application process plus a significant advantage over peers when they actually set foot into college.

Coding is just a small part of Computer Science and this program will take students deep into areas of computer science and engineering like algorithm analysis, performance optimization etc. Truly mirroring what is taught in Computer Science undergrad.

We have developed this program in partnership with Computer Science professors from some of the top universities in the country.

Students required to have at least 12 months of prior programming experience

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with Python

This is a course designed for your child in Grades 9 or higher who is demonstrating immense passion for technology and computer science. A unique course to give students an early introduction to the fundamentals of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, the breakthrough advancements in the field of Data Science.

Students will code in Python and apply statistical concepts to pattern recognition and build self learning prediction and classification models. The pacing of the course assumes no prior experience with the topic and will patiently go deep into the cutting edge domain of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Content covered is usually taught in undergrad Computer Science.

Students required to have at least 12 months of prior programming experience

Entrepreneurship: A startup journey    
Campers will live an action packed journey of entrepreneurship as they learn advanced web development skills and build a responsive company website highlighting their product or service innovation. They will build advertising campaigns, design their organization structure and build their first cash flow and profit&loss spreadsheet.

They will also launch an actual live marketing campaign to raise money for a local charity. Students will learn the art of cold calling and after researching the charity and the supported cause they will launch an actual social media and calling campaign to raise money the cause.

On the final day, Campers will present their business to their peers highlighting their creative product or service innovation including all associated aspects of Marketing, Operations, Finance and People strategies.

Skills they will hone and learn in this camp:

  • Advanced web development skills in building highly responsive websites
  • Cold calling and sales techniques as part of their fundraising efforts
  • Presentation skills
  • Spreadsheet management
  • Online ad design

Game and Animation Programming in Scratch         
Campers build games, animations and applications using MIT's Scratch platform and see creations come to life immediately in front of their eyes. Campers will build a myriad of different games from Space pursuits to Wizard battles.... Innovative Ball games to logic puzzles using the simple yet amazingly powerful Scratch Platform. Challenges to keep both Beginner and Advanced programmers engaged and learning.

Advanced: Our Advanced Scratch program boasts a highly engaging curriculum designed for experienced programmers. If you think Scratch is just simple block coding, think again. In the Advanced Game Programming curriculum, your experienced programmer child will learn many sophisticated algorithms to build ultimate challenging games like the Harry Potter Wizarding battle, the Wingardium Leviosa where you cast custom spells based on custom waves of the wand and much more. A great program to learn advanced Game Design logic in a very comfortable platform designed by MIT.

Web site Design and Development
Campers learn HTML and Rapid Development tools to build a fully functioning and live website with multi page navigation, embedded pictures, videos, links to internal and external pages etc. They will learn all the basic skills needed to be able to build any kind of website in the future with many practical uses (like organizing their study links, managing calendars and events to share with parents etc).

Advanced: Advanced students will branch out into learning and applying Cascading Style Sheets in their website.

Robotics                                                                
Program light and color sensing Ozobots to solve multiple fun challenges. Program many logical challenges with the Lego EV3 Mindstorm integrating multiple sensors and motors.
A free form camp for beginners and advanced programmers to learn the fundamentals and complex algorithms of robotics and developing innovative movements, applications and solutions to challenges. Campers can expect challenges they have never seen before that can only be solved using their keen Vulcan sense of logic and programming prowess.

When code interacts with moving mechanical part of a robot there is invariable a loss of efficiency. Your child will learn advanced programming techniques to minimize efficiency loss and increase effectiveness of the robot in completing tasks and challenges. Prepare to be amazed with this unique and most prolific Robotics camp, you will not find the likes of anywhere else.

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Mobile Apps - Beginner / Advanced
Campers design and develop fully functional mobile apps and games that they can install on their phones plus share with family and friends. Using simple yet powerful tools, campers proudly design and develop fully functional Android apps. They will amaze you with their creativity in this program that has campers building all new apps at both beginner and advanced levels. Students will become self sufficient in building apps and various inbuilt phone sensors like accelerometer, orientation sensor, GPS, camera etc. Our students have branched out to win many coding competitions and published apps on the app store. Your child will come out of this camp with sufficient exposure and knowledge to continue their journey independently and build many mobile apps with practical use.

Electronic Circuit Design and Programming - Beginner / Advanced
Rising Grades 5+: Design and Configure fully functioning electronic circuits on Arduino and program using the all powerful C language to make functioning prototypes of consumer utility products and games.
Rising Grades 1- 4: Design fully functioning electronic circuits while learning the fundamentals of coding using logic blocks. Not only will campers get exposure to Science and Technology but will apply their creativity as they apply the fundamentals of electronics in designing practical circuits.
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​Game and Application Development in Python
Campers learn one of the most popular professional programming platforms today as they develop Games and Applications using Python. This is a beginner friendly camp for students in rising grades 6 and up, but also suitable for rising 5th graders with prior programming experience. Campers will start their journey on one of the most prolific computer programming platforms that are used by professionals in many industries as they design many graphic games and applications.

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​Animation Movies using Scratch          
Campers pour their imagination into their creative work of fiction while building an animated movie using MITs Scratch programming platform. They learn about the nuances of computer graphics and creating movements, special effects and smooth story lines using the Scratch platform. Humor, Sci-fi, Animal Kingdom...possibilities are endless. A unique camp combining Computer Programming, Storytelling and Film making.

Game and Application Development in Javascript
Campers build multiple interactive games and applications as they learn one of the most powerful web scripting languages. This camp will give them a real world flavor of what goes behind many of the web applications they experience in their daily lives. Plus they will leave the camp with enough knowledge to continue their learning at home in their path to become independent programmers. Campers will build many visual and interactive applications and games in Javascript.

3D Game and Virtual Reality Development in Unity            
The ultimate game development platform. Campers will build simple but high-quality 3D games in Unity and C-Sharp, that can be installed and played across mobile devices, desktop or the web. This is one of the most popular platform to build 3D games. Complete package to build games with cutting edge cinematic graphics, animations and rich functional integrations. Campers will also learn the essentials of a Virtual Reality application and associated coding techniques. It will be fascinating!!
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Engineering and Machines 
Creativity should be unbridled. This camp will bring out the creative builder in your child with gears, pulleys, motorized movements for campers to create working prototypes of moving robots, machines, innovative vehicles and much more. Campers will learn the basics of engineering components and motions, transforming between different degrees of motion and then apply those concepts to design and build innovative structures and vehicles. Campers will also design physical roller coaster tracks and learn about forces & motion and energy transfer. In addition, campers will also design virtual roller coasters and visualize their constructed ride in 3D with a VR viewer.

Science Innovations 
A science program like none other. Campers will learn many science concepts that they often take for granted while conducting safe experiments to enhance their learning journey of curiosity and exploration. A program designed by STEM professionals, it's a innovative combination of experimentation based learning, collaborative discussions and asking a whole bunch of WHY's, HOW's, WHAT-IF's. If you have a curious child, our Science camp will lead them into a fantastic learning journey.

A few highlights:

Physics:

  • Deep dive into airplanes and flights
  • Design and build bottle rockets with water as fuel and learn the intricacies involved in making a stable flight and recovery systems
  • Experiment and learn the unique properties and differences between Newtonian and Non Newtonian Fluids
  • Electromagnetism and it's practical applications in generating supporting and opposing forces

Chemistry

  • Chromatography
  • Creating Slime
  • Explore properties of metals and electrolyte interactions to create electricity
  • Environmental science like water purification, cleansing of oil spills etc

Biology

  • DNA extraction and model building
  • Safe Bacteria cultures

Creative Writing and Math Problem Solving Camp 
Give your child a significant head start to the next school year with our camps that are designed to stimulate creative thinking, fun and learning by building skills and strategies on Math problem solving and Creative Writing.

Our Math camp is unique and innovative...like none other your child has experienced...it's really a problem solving camp. Your child will be in highly engaging classrooms, developing problem solving fundamentals and Math Olympiad strategies, developing critical thinking skills along the way. This is not a camp where your child will get bored with repetition, quite the contrary!!!. Our Math camp is one that campers look forward to every day, filled with logical and creative challenges to excite their fertile minds.

In the Creative Writing program, campers will swim through the imagination filled world of creative writing on a variety of topics. Students will create works of fiction, poetry, argumentative pieces as they learn intricacies of planning, superior language style and develop effective and creative written communication skills.

Every week, the topics will be different. The variety of our programs are designed to keep campers challenged whether they attend one or multiple weeks.

Weeks of July 29, Aug 5, Aug 12: We will gear up your child for their upcoming school year and advance them in Math and Reading to give them a significant advantage when they re-start school.

Public Speaking and Oratory

Bringing to our campers, the award winning program designed by expert coach Mr. Harrow of Ardrey Kell High. The Ardrey Kell teams under the coaching by Mr. Harrow have won many national awards including

  • Top Speaker at the 2016 World Debate Invitational
  • National Runner Up in Oral Presentations of Literature at the 2015 National Speech Championship Tournament
  • Overall Excellence in Forensics at the 2016 Grand National Forensics Tournament by being named one of the top 5 overall schools in the country
  • 6 back-to-back State Championships at the Tarheel Forensic League State Championship Tournament

Students will develop the great habits and strategies of timed eye contact, projection, effective body language, art of inflection and enunciation. They will develop the art of organizing and pacing their thoughts in a more effective delivery.

Highlights of specific weeks

Week of July 8th - Government and UN:

Students will act as the UN representatives of a particular country as they research and present their country's case on a pertient issue that is relevant for the country they represent. They will need to develop negotiation strategies and deliver influential speeches to present their case and get the best possible outcome for their country.

Week of July 22nd - Mock Trial:

Students will review a factual legal case and prepare their trial strategy either as the prosecution or the defense. They will role play a witness, lead prosecutor, defense attorney etc as they work with their team to win the case for their client.

Have your child get an early start in developing their command over speech, the confidence to stand in front of a crowd and lead the journey of mastering one of the most important skills in life.

Escape Room

A custom and age appropriate escape room game where students have to put on their best logical thinking and problem solving hat to crack codes, interpret clues and work as a team to chart their escape from the room. There will be locks to open, treasures to hunt, code to write and even interact with robots to get to freedom. Our escape room will challenge campers to take risks, think outside the box while sitting in a box (hmmm....). We will rock your creative world with this rocking new camp!!

Camp Schedule

Lunch care provided and FREE for full day camps

 
Morning (9AM - 12PM)
Rising 5th graders+
  • Web Design & Development
  • + Games and Applications in Javascript
Rising Grades 1-4
  • Game and Application programming in Scratch
  • + Robotics with Ozobots
 
Afternoon (1PM - 4PM)
All Grades
  • Public Speaking & Oratory: Impromptu/Original Oratory/Humorous
  • + Escape Room

 

Morning (9AM - 12PM)
Rising Grades 5+
  • Game Programming in Python
  • +Electronic Circuits & Coding in C
Rising Grades 1-4
  • Web Design & Development
  • + Robotics: Lego EV3 Mindstorm

 

Afternoon (1PM - 4PM)
All Grades
  • Science Innovations
  • + Creative Writing: Mystery

 

Morning (9AM - 12PM)
Rising Grades 5+
  • Entrepreneurship: A Startup journey
Rising Grades 1+
  • Engineering & Machines
  • + Electronic Circuits & Coding

 

Afternoon (1PM - 4PM)
All Grades
  • Public Speaking & Oratory: Impromptu/Original Oratory/ Humorous.
  • + Escape Room
Closed on July 4th
Morning (9AM - 12PM)
Rising Grades 5+
  • Advanced Robotics with Lego EV3 Mindstorm/Ozobots
  • + Advanced Game Algorithms with MIT's Scratch
Rising Grades 1+
  • Games and Animation Movies in Scratch
  • + 3D Design and Printing
 
Afternoon (1PM - 4PM)
All Grades
  • Science Innovations
  • + Creative Writing: Poetry
Rising Grades 9+ (prior programming experience expected)
  • Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning in Python

 

Morning (9AM - 12PM)
Rising Grades 5+
  • 3D Games and Virtual Reality coding in Unity and C-Sharp
Rising Grades 1-4
  • Engineering & Machines
  • + Science Innovations

 

Afternoon (1PM - 4PM)
Rising Grades 5+
  • Public Speaking: Government and UN
  • + Escape Room
Rising Grades 1-4
  • Public Speaking: Impromptu/ Original Oratory/ Humorous
  • + Escape Room

 

 
Morning (9AM - 12PM)
Rising Grades 5+
  • Game programming in Python
  • + Design and Code Mobile Apps
Rising Grades 1+
  • Electronics Circuits & Coding
  • + Animation Movies in Scratch
 
Afternoon (1PM - 4PM)
All Grades
  • Math Problem Solving
  • + Creative Writing: Persuasive
  • + Science Innovations
Rising Grades 9+ (prior programming experience expected)
  • AP Java programming: Fundamentals, Data Structures, Algorithms

 

Morning (9AM - 12PM)
Rising Grades 5+
  • Entrepreneurship: The Startup Journey
Rising Grades 1+
  • Robotics: Lego Mindstorm, Ozobots
  • + Simple Mobile Apps Design and Coding

 

Afternoon (1PM - 4PM)
Rising Grades 5+
  • Public Speaking: Mock Trial
  • + Science Innovations
Rising Grades 1-4
  • Public Speaking: Impromptu/ Original Oratory/ Humorous
  • + Science Innovations

 

Morning (9AM - 12PM)
Rising Grades 5+
  • Advanced Robotics
  • + Mobile App Design and Coding
Rising Grades 1+
  • Games and Animation Programming in Scratch + Web Design and Development
Afternoon (1PM - 4PM)
All Grades
  • School Prep: Math + Language Arts (Reading)
  • + Science Innovations

 

Morning (9AM - 12PM)
Rising Grades 5+
  • Web Design and Development
  • + Games and Applications programming in Javascript
Rising Grades 1-4
  • 3D Design and Printing + Ultimate Design & Maker Lab
Afternoon (1PM - 4PM)
All Grades
  • School Prep: Math + Language Arts (Reading)

 

Morning (9AM - 12PM)
Rising Grades 5+
  • 3D Design and Printing
  • + Ultimate Design and Maker Lab
Rising Grades 1-4
  • Ultimate Engineering: Robotics, Engineering & Machines, Science Innovations
Afternoon (1PM - 4PM)
All Grades
  • School Prep: Math + Language Arts (Reading)

Camp Pricing

Register by Feb 15th
  • Half day (Morning or Afternoon) camp, weekly price: $199
  • Full day, weekly price: $398
Register by Feb 28th
  • Half day (Morning or Afternoon) camp, weekly price: $209
  • Full day, weekly price: $418
Register by Mar 31st
  • Half day (Morning or Afternoon) camp, weekly price: $219
  • Full day, weekly price: $438
Register after Mar 31st
  • Half day (Morning or Afternoon) camp, weekly price: $229
  • Full day, weekly price: $458
July 1st week: 20% discount to above pricing

Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning (wk of July 1st): $209.

AP Computer Science plus with Java (wk of July 15): $249.
 

Lunch Care
  • Lunch care (12PM - 1PM): $40. Free for full day campers
  • Campers bring their own nut free lunch
After Camp Care available (4PM - 5PM)
  • see registration page for details
Discounts
  • Sibling discount if total camps registered across both siblings are 3 or less: 5%
  • Multi camp discounts
  • 5% discount if registering for 4 or more half day camps (total including siblings)
  • Additional 5% discount if registering for 8 or more half day camps (total including siblings)
  • Additional 5% discount if registering for 12 or more half day camps (total including siblings)
  • Additional 5% off for current Thinking Feet students who were enrolled in classes for at least 90 days through May 2018
  • Full refund if canceled at least 4 weeks prior to camp start. Please read our cancellation policy on the registration page
​Location
  • St.Francis United Methodist Church
  • 4200 McKee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28270