STEAM & Innovation Camps - Summer 2020

  • STEMRox  
    Summer STEAM Week
    Dive head first into STEAM in this interactive, hands-on summer instructional camp! Students will be exposed to the basic building blocks and principles of STEAM by exploring a new STEAM based topic each day. While each day will start with an introduction of the day's topic, students who have STEAM experience may move to more advanced projects at the instructor's discretion. So whether you are new to STEAM or have already had it at EMS, this camp offers something for all experience levels!
    The Sessions will cover:
    • 3-D Design (Monday) - Come learn about 3-D Design and prototyping! Students will learn the basics of 3-D Design and how products get brought to life from their initial idea. Students will experience first hand the role of an industrial designer, and get to 3D print their creations!... Advanced students will be given a design challenge and be responsible for creating and printing their own prototypes.
    • Coding/Video Game Design (Tuesday) - Students will learn about the basics of coding and start to control characters through various online coding challenges. Students will then take that knowledge about what makes a good game, and learn how to create their own video game on Scratch (an online program developed by MIT -
    • Electronics (Wednesday) - Students will learn the basics of electronics, including different types of electrical components and what they are used for. Students will then be introduced to Adafruit’s Circuit Playground Express and learn how to control electricity through coding! We will wrap the day up by building our own small electrical project for students to bring home.
    • Robotics (Thursday) - Students will be introduced to the Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics system and learn the basics of how to program autonomous machines. Students will then use these new skills to complete a variety of robotic challenges… Our more advanced students will be tasked with honing their robotics skills through building custom robot mechanisms designed to complete custom challenges. All students will end the day competing in our own version of BattleBots!
    • Engineering and Mechanics (Friday) - Students will be thrust into the role of an Engineer and work in small teams to create innovative solutions and compete against other campers. We will start by learning the Engineering process as well as how to solve real-world problems. Competitions will vary in skill and complexity so that all campers feel challenged.
    DATES/TIMES: July 13-July 17, 2020 (Monday-Friday)
       Morning Section - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (4 Hours)
       Afternoon Section - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (4 Hours)
    LOCATION: Eisenhower Middle School, EMS STEAM Lab Room 31
    AGES/GRADES:  Grades 6+
       $200 for three (3) sessions (choose the topics your child is interested in)
       $275 for five (5) sessions 
    Difficulty registering?
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    Summer Innovation Week
    ** Available to students who either 1) have taken STEAM at EMS/other school, or 2) were a camper of STEAM Week in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020. **
    Innovation Week was designed for students who have a previous background of STEAM. Innovation Week will focus on bringing ideas to life! Students will spend the week actively building, brainstorming, and prototyping in an attempt to take their ideas from concept to reality!
    The week will start by giving a quick refresher/reinforcing basic STEAM concepts and then introduce the week's project. The instructor will act as a STEAM Mentor for students, teaching them best practices and helping to facilitate student innovation. Students will work with microcontrollers (such as Arduino's and Adafruit's Circuit Playground), 3-D printers, small electronics (motors and lights), and more to help build their ideas! 
    DATES/TIMES: July 20-July 24, 2020 (Monday-Friday) - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (4 Hours)
    LOCATION: Eisenhower Middle School, EMS STEAM Lab Room 31
    AGES/GRADES: Grades 6+  

    $225 for the week if present during Week 1
    $275 for the week if new during Week 2
    Difficulty registering?
    Try using Google Chrome or Firefox or click here to download a registration form
    INSTRUCTOR: STEM Rox - Phil Moskowitz is a Roxbury Alumni and is currently the STEAM Teacher at Eisenhower Middle School. At EMS, he serves as the advisor for the Robotics and STEAM Club as well as the Solar Car Team. He is also the coach for the STEMRox Rumblebots, Team 11253 in the First Tech Challenge Robotics Competition. Mr. Moskowitz has recently been re-appointed to Pitsco's Teacher Advisory Group for 2019 after serving on the panel for the first time last year. The focus of this group is to increase STEM education and the products available in a variety of skill levels for teachers and students.
    Under Mr. Moskowitz's guidance, EMS has won the Junior Solar Spring Invitational at Picatinny Arsenal the past five years (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019); going on to represent Picatinny at the Junior Solar Sprint National Races in 2015 (Dallas, TX-6th Place), 2016 (Nashville, TN), 2017 (Orlando, FL-5th Place), and 2018 (Atlanta, GA-20th Place). This year he also helped coach the STEMRox Rumblebots FTC Team to a very successful season finishing 1st, 4th, 4th, and 5th in their four competitions this season.

    The camp will also feature established STEAM students who have shown exceptional skills across various STEAM topics and will help to mentor our campers.

    The Roxbury Community School is self-sufficient and a course/program must pay for itself. If there are not enough registrants, the course/program will be canceled. The Coordinator reserves the right to remove from class those individuals who have not paid tuition.  
    There are no refunds for winter, spring, summer, or fall courses/camps AFTER the program starts. All cancellations must be received in writing to at least seven days prior to the start of the class for a refund. After that date, there will be no refunds. 
    If you have questions or problems regarding this program or registration, please email