STEM Camps

New for summer of 2018! Cranbrook is excited to announce 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 5-9) Grade levels are defined as entering grades in Fall 2018.

STEM campers tinker in the world of STEM by engaging in modules developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Edgerton Center*. Modules may include App Inventor, Digital Game Design, Electronics Engineering and Design, Techno Threads, Rocketry, Ecodetectives, Physics of Photography, Kinetic Sculpture, Be an Energy Engineer, Underwater ROVs, 3D Printing, and Skitterbots. Actual offerings are provided below.

Modules Offered by Week in 2018:

Week 1: Kinetic Sculpture (Grades 5-9)
Kinetic sculptures are sculptures that 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 5-6)
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: Physics of Photography (Grades 7-9)
Campers explore the physics behind photography, including light and optics, pinhole cameras, emulsion, and more, during this week long hands-on module.

Week 3: Digital Game Design & Skitterbots (Grades 5-9)
Game Design: Campers take on the jobs of programmers and game designers as they work together to complete programming challenges, understand 3 dimensional design, and build a video game.
Skitterbots: Campers delve into the world of electrical engineering, as they use a circuit board, wires, and a motor, to build a device that responds to external stimuli.

Week 4: App Inventor (Grades 5-6)
Creativity flows freely this week as campers explore mobile app development, learn important coding basics, and use their imagination to plan and build their very own apps.

Week 4: 3D Printing of Beginners (Grade 7-9)
Campers spend the week learning the ins and outs of the 3D printing process, from visualization, to design and digital modeling (and of course, actual printing). Using 3D design software and a 3D printer, campers will sketch, design, and print their very own pop-charms.

Week 5: Be an Energy Engineer (Grades 5-6)
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: Rocketry (Grades 7-9)
“It’s definitely rocket science!” This week, campers get to 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 Engineering and Design (Grade 5-6)
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: Techno Threads (Grades 7-9)
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 7: Underwater ROVs - Part 1 (Grades 5-9)
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 5-9) (Must also register for 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.

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. 2018 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, Bus 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.
  • Bus 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 bused 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 Bus 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 (Week 3 $375)
  • Fees: Rush Enrollment if within 21 days prior to start of session $35 (one time per camper per season)
  • Discounts: $50 each additional session (auto)
  • Includes: Lunch, AM/PM Snacks, Camp T-shirt
  • Options: Extended Care ($75/week AM, $95/week PM), Bus Service ($90/week or $45/week one-way), Swim Lessons ($75/week), Monthly Payment Plan (free)
Note: Option prices are prorated for the week of July 2 since camp is closed on July 4.

For more information on the Schools’ camps, request information or contact Special and Summer Programs at 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, with financial support from

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