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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, grades 3-8) Grade levels are defined as entering grades in Fall 2019.

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: 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 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: 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 6: 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 6: 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 7: Underwater ROVs Part 1 (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.

Week 8: Underwater ROVs - Part 2 (Grades 3-8) (Must also register for Week 7 - Part 1)
Reflecting on skills and lessons learned during Week 7, campers return to use their new understanding to design, and build new underwater ROVs from their very own custom specifications.

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

Week 3 CARNIVAL
During Week 3, we are open and running camp on Thursday, July 4th! The day will run on a special schedule with a midday all-camps CARNIVAL to include: a BBQ lunch, freshly spun cotton candy, mobile music theater, titanic and iceberg challenge, bubble soccer, a bounce house, an obstacle course, basketball frenzy, a dunk tank, and carnival games! Campers must be registered for camp during Week 3 to participate in the camp carnival.

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. 2019 Update: Swimming is available all eight weeks of camp.

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. Menus are provided in the Parent Welcome Packet and in the Document Center. 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 Swim Lessons
  • 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.
  • Swim Lessons are offered for Grades 1-5 as group lessons by the week after the camp day and last 35 minutes. Campers are picked up at Cranbrook's Williams Natatorium
  • These options can be combined to meet your needs. For example, you can choose the 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.

Staff, Training, and Accreditation
The camp includes a Director, an Assistant Director, Instructors, and Counselors. Each group has one or two counselors who remain with the campers throughout the day and take them to each of the instructional areas. All staff are trained by the Director of Special and Summer Programs, the Camp Nurses, Public Safety, and other internal departments. The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association to ensure the highest standards in safety, training, and programming. Staff are offered annual professional development and certification. The camp is also licensed through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Tuition and Fees
  • Tuition: Full (8 Weeks) $2730, Half (4 Weeks) $1490, Partial (1 Week) $415
  • Fees: Rush Enrollment if within 21 days prior to start of session $35
  • Discounts: Additional Sessions ($40 each)
  • Includes: Lunch, AM/PM Snacks, Camp T-shirt
  • Options: Extended Care ($75/week AM, $95/week PM), Transportation Service ($45/way/week), Swim Lessons ($75/week), Monthly Payment Plan (no fee)
For more information on the Schools’ camps, request information or contact Special and Summer Programs at summer@cranbrook.edu or (248) 645-3674.

*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.

Contact Us

PO Box 801
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
(248) 645-3000