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STEM Camps

Cranbrook is excited that it is one of a handful of camps in the nation offering STEM camp modules developed by the Edgerton Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As Cranbrook continues in its relationship with MIT, we are proud to be able to offer such a remarkable opportunity for your child through our day camps.

Each module is a week in length and is offered when available. Modules include App Inventor, Digital Game Design, Electronics Engineering and Design, Techno Threads, Rocketry, Eco Detectives, Physics of Photography, Kinetic Sculpture, Energy Engineer, Advanced Electronics, Underwater ROVs, 3D Printing, and Skitterbots.

About the Camps

(coed, entering grades 3-8 in Fall 2020)
Registration for Summer 2020 opens Monday, December 2


STEM campers tinker in the world of STEM by engaging in modules developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Edgerton Center*.

Week 1: Kinetic Sculptures (Grades 3-8)
Kinetic sculptures incorporate moving pieces. Art and science meet as campers explore movement, balance, and energy through design and creation with art supplies, recycled materials, and hardware during this exciting, hands-on inaugural week.

Week 2: Ecodetectives (Grades 3-5)
Campers become detectives and storytellers as they spend the week learning about ecosystems and the science of the natural world, in order to get to the bottom of a series of strange events in the fictitious city of Eyetooville.

Week 2: Techno Threads (Grades 6-8)
Campers learn about E-textiles, circuitry, and fiber optics through a series of hands on activities. At the end of the week, campers create their very own E-textile project to display in a camp showcase.

Week 3: Fundamentals of Electronics (Grades 3-8)
Campers are introduced to the fundamentals of electronics during this module as they explore the physics behind circuit design, resistors, batteries. Campers build a series of doo-bobs and finish the week with the knowledge and skills to create their own electronics projects at home.

Week 4: Electronics Engineer & Design (Grades 3-5)
Campers explore the science of circuits and electricity through motors, lights, speakers, and sensors. Campers connect these concepts in a final electronics project.

Week 4: 3D Printing for Beginners (Grades 6-8)
Campers spend the week learning the ins and outs of the 3D printing process, from visualization, to design, digital modeling, and actual printing. Using 3D design software and a 3D printer, campers sketch, design, and print their very own pop-charms.

Week 5: Be an Energy Engineer (Grades 3-5)
Campers start this very hands-on week exploring the energy within the world around them, and, using their own creativity, find unique ways to use this energy. Then, armed with their knew knowledge, campers team up to brainstorm and present ways to solve an energy crisis within the community.

Week 5: 3D Printing Advanced (Grades 6-8)
Campers dive deeper into the world of 3D printing with new design strategies and more challenging projects. 3D printing experience suggested.

Week 6: Rocketry (Grades 3-8)
“It’s definitely rocket science!” This week, campers build their own rockets from kits, explore the science behind rocket powered flight, and use CAD software to design and build a rocket from scratch.

Week 7: The Science of Photography (Grades 3-8)
Camper explore how artists manipulate light to make photographs, create their own working pinhole camera, and learn the science behind developing photographs.

Week 8: Underwater ROV’s (Grades 3-8)
Campers spend this week learning how underwater ROVs work, and the engineering design process; campers work in teams to build and test their very first basic
underwater ROV.

Note: Campers must have a general interest in STEM and offered sessions.

Open Swim
Campers swim twice a week at Cranbrook's Williams NatatoriumSwim tests are conducted on the first day. Campers who fail or prefer not to take the test are supplied with life jackets and remain in the shallow end of the pool. Campers are allowed to retake the test at any time. The Natatorium staff include a certified pool manager, certified lifeguards, and our trained camp staff who serve as lookouts.

Lunch, Snacks, and Allergies
Lunches and snacks are included in tuition and are provided by Chartwells Dining Services. They are a nut-free organization who cater Cranbrook Schools’ meals during the academic year. Special arrangements can be made for campers with food allergies. Lunches are served in the Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Boys Dining Hall.

Extended Care, Transportation Service, and After Camp Activities
  • Extended Care offers activities, games, and open time outside and in the gym as early as 7AM and as late as 6PM. Afternoon care includes a snack. Extended Care is located at Cranbrook Lower School Brookside. Campers are bused to/from camp each day. Extended Care is also a nice option for families with multiple children attending more than one of our camps to reduce the number of pick up points; parents/guardians simply pick up and drop off all children attending Extended Care at Brookside.
  • Transportation Service is available to shuttle campers to and from specific stops in Birmingham (8:10 AM / 3:45 PM), Rochester Hills (7:45 AM / 3:45 PM), Royal Oak (7:50 AM / 4:05 PM), Troy (8:10 AM / 4:10 PM), and West Bloomfield (7:45 AM / 3:45 PM). Campers not picked up in time will be transported to Extended Care.
  • After Camp Activities are available, such as group Swim Lessons, Chess, and Coding.
  • These options can be combined to meet your needs. For example, you can choose morning Transportation Service and afternoon Extended Care.
  • Logistical information for these additional options will be provided in the Parent Welcome Packet closer to the start of camp.
Communication & Photos
Parents/guardians are emailed a newsletter each week that includes a recap from the prior week, highlights for the following week, field trip information, updated group lists, lunch and snack menus, and merchandise available for sale. Daily camp photos are taken and posted in the Photo Gallery to view, post, and purchase.

Why Cranbrook Schools Summer Camps?
Each camp includes a dedicated Director, one or more Assistant Directors, an Office Administrator, Instructors, and Counselors. Each age-aligned group has one or two counselors who remain with the campers throughout the day and take them to each of the instructional areas.

The camps are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) and licensed through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

Each year, camp directors and assistant directors attend ACA’s Mid States Camp Conference in St. Charles, IL. Specialized activity instructors are sent to or are provided training for certification. Camp staff are paid above average industry-standard wages and they are provided lunch and annual wage increases. The camp nurses are members of the Association of Camp Nursing and attended their national conference. The director of all camps attends Michigan, Mid States, and the national conferences to ensure Cranbrook continues to be relevant, remain aware of national trends, and network with fellow youth development professionals. He also presents at these conferences and serves in professional volunteer roles such as the Community and Business Development Chair for ACA Michigan Local Council of Leaders and serves as an Associate Accreditation Visitor.

About Cranbrook Educational Community
Cranbrook is one of the world’s leading centers of education, science, and art. Comprising a graduate Academy of Art, contemporary Art Museum, House and Gardens, Institute of Science, and Pre-K through 12 independent college preparatory Schools, Cranbrook welcomes thousands of visitors, students, and campers to its campus each year.

Founded by Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth in 1904, Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus features the work of world-renowned architects such as Eliel Saarinen, Albert Kahn, Steven Holl, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Rafael Moneo, Peter Rose and sculptors Carl Milles, Marshall Fredericks and others. Critics have called Cranbrook "the most enchanted and enchanting setting in America" and in 1989, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Tuition and Fees
  • Tuition: Full $2730, Half $1490, Partial $415
  • Fees: Rush Enrollment within 21 days of session start date $35
  • Discounts: Early Enrollment until April 1 for Full/Half sessions $100/$50 (use code WEB20); Additional sessions $40 (automatic)
  • Includes: Lunch, AM & PM Snacks, Camp T-shirt
  • Options per Week: Extended Care (AM $75; PM $95); Transportation Service ($45/way); After Camp Activities ($75-$110); Monthly Payment Plan
Questions? Contact Special and Summer Programs at summer@cranbrook.edu, (248) 645-3674, or use our Contact Us form.

*MIT STEM K-12 Modules by MIT Edgerton Center are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on work at https://edgerton.mit.edu, with financial support from i2camps.org.