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Program Overview

The Computer Camp at Brooks School focuses on STEM education, offering campers ages 8 to 13 the opportunity to solve problems with hands-on activities and state-of-the-art technology. Campers will be engaged through the use of LEGO robotics, computer programming, multimedia communication, engineering design challenges, and STEM design briefs, while still enjoying a traditional camp experience with outdoor activities like swimming, tennis, and games.



The 21st century workplace requires a highly skilled workforce capable of collaborating, problem solving, innovating and working under constraints to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. The demand for skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, and math is growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%.

The philosophy of Brooks School’s Computer Camp is to offer campers, entering 3rd-8th grade, the opportunity to explore the wide variety of ways in which STEM is applied in the real world. Our unique curriculum engages students through a variety of hands-on activities that encourage creative problem solving, technical innovation and teamwork to find solutions to real-world problems, preparing them to take full advantage of STEM opportunities in higher education. Campers will have available to them state-of-the-art technology.


Computer Camp is divided into three groups according to the age and grade of the camper. These groups are led by experienced counselors who remain with their group throughout the day.

Ages
(by 6/25/18)
Grades Entering
Group A 8-10 3rd-4th
Group B 10-12 5th-6th
Group C 12-14 7th-8th


Curriculum Snapshot

Over the course of a week, campers enrolled in Computer Camp follow the engineering design process to tackle a real-world problem using the STEM disciplines. The instructional blocks allow the students time to identify the problem, research solutions, bring their ideas to life through engineering and continue to improve upon their solution through the use of the robotics lab, multimedia studio and engineering lab.

Breaks and recreational time allows the campers an opportunity to stretch, burn off energy and to socialize in a setting outside the classroom walls. Campers are accompanied and led by a highly qualified staff at all times.


Session I: Highways and roads are an important part of any city’s infrastructure. Highway planning involves the estimation of current and future traffic volumes on a road network. Highway engineers work to predict all possible impacts of highway systems; some considerations are the number of users, travel time and safety. Highway engineers must also consider the adverse effects on the environment, such as noise pollution, air pollution and water pollution. A city has just approved the construction of a new road to the beach, but residents are afraid it will cause significant damage to the wetlands and increase the numbers of accidents with the wildlife that live there. You are a highway engineer who has been hired by the city to research, design and construct a model of this elevated beach road.

Session II: Mines can bring great wealth and prosperity to a community; unfortunately old abandoned mines can also pollute land and groundwater. To prevent pollution, states require mines to be reclaimed. Mine reclamation is the process of restoring land after a mine has closed by smoothing the earth’s surface, planting trees and grass and cleaning up waste. Recently, a mining company has finished extracting coal from their mine. As part of the reclamation process, you have been hired, as the mine engineer, to lead this project. You will design a model robotic device to push and plow the earth to return the mine site to its natural state.

Session III: Smart cities are looking into reducing parking issues that cause street congestion and wasted time for drivers searching for spaces. Without parking, cities cannot grow. Cities have many different options when it comes to parking from lots to garages. In cities, like Boston, where space is limited parking garages are generally the best option. But, before construction starts on any new building, an architect and structural engineer will work together to draw a plan. After the plan is completed a small model is made of the building. This model then can be tested to make sure it is safe to build. You are a structural engineer who is competing against other designers to build the next big parking garage in Boston. The garage needs to be able to hold the heavy weight of the cars, be easy for people to navigate and hold as many vehicles as possible.

Session IV: The Port of Boston is the oldest active port in the western hemisphere and has changed a great deal over the past 400 years. Vessels entering Boston now have access to four different terminals, each one serving a different purpose, whether for cruise ships, fishing vessels or cargo ships. Conley Terminal is used specifically for cargo ships. But Conley Terminal is old and the ships that arrive here are becoming larger and larger. The more cargo the ship can hold, the more money the company that owns the ship will make. There are plans to expand Conley Terminal to handle some of the world’s biggest ships. Today’s largest container ships can hold 15,000 containers; this is enough to transport 745 million bananas. Bigger ships are also far less damaging to the environment when compared to the energy used to move goods by plane or truck, a ship emits fewer greenhouse gases. You are a naval engineer and will design and build a new type of cargo ship that is capable of carrying large amounts of cargo.

Session V: Apollo 17 was the final mission of the Apollo Lunar Landing Program; it was the sixth and last landing of humans on the moon. NASA is beginning a new program that will take humans back to the moon by the year 2025. For this program, NASA is developing various prototypes of lunar habitats to be placed in an outpost on the moon. Prior to building the lunar outpost, astronauts will need rovers to drive across the moon’s surface to carry supplies to their outpost. You are a NASA engineer and will design a rover prototype for this future Lunar Mission.

Session VI: Moving objects from one location to another can be a difficult task. Objects may be too heavy for a human to move. Objects might need to move to a location that is impossible for a human to reach. People or objects might need to travel such long distances it would be impossible to make the journey without assistance. All of these situations require an output of work. Simple and compound machines were developed to make this work easier and more efficient. Working as a mechanical engineer, you will develop a compound machine for a client, such as a firefighter, dog catcher, or construction worker that will make their work easier by moving an object from one location to another.

Session VII: Farms are an important part of our food supply. You may not realize it, but everyone on earth depends on farms for their food. Farmers face a multitude of challenges from severe weather, insects to the high cost of operating. Another obstacle is the lack of water. With this year’s dry summer, farmers across the country will have to manually water their crops, but this is not easy. Agricultural engineers specialize in developing ways to improve our farms and our food supply for the future. As an agricultural engineer, you will use traditional practices and knowledge to help find a modern solution that improves the way farmers irrigate their crops.

Session VIII: All communities across Massachusetts are impacted by severe weather. In Springfield in 2011 strong tornadoes left 500 people homeless. In 2016 a drought caused rivers, lakes and wells to dry up and forced towns to implement water restrictions. In 2010 hurricane Earl caused a large amount of damage along the coast from tidal flooding, high winds, and heavy rainfall. The Blizzard of 2013 required the Governor to ban all traffic in Massachusetts after parts of the state received up to 30 inches of snow. You are a meteorological engineer for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) challenged with creating a robotic device that will help people in Massachusetts stay safe before, during or after a weather disaster.

Session Dates

Session I
Highway Engineers
June 25June 29
Session II*
Mining Engineers
July 2July 6
Session III
Structural Engineers
July 9July 13
Session IV
Naval Engineers
July 16July 20
Session V
NASA Engineers
July 23July 27
Session VI
Mechanical Engineers
July 30August 3
Session VII
Agricultural Engineers
August 6August 10
Session VIII
Meterological Engineers
August 13August 17

*No camp July 4

Special Events Calendar

Extended Day

Overview

The morning Extended Day Program begins at 7:00 AM. Drop-off and check-in are held at the playground. Brooks School Day Camp staff members provide supervision. At 8:30 AM campers join their regular camp groups. In the case of rain, Extended Day will take place in the Athletic Center.

The afternoon Extended Day Program begins at 4:00 PM and ends at 6:00 PM. Supervised free swim, playground activities and a snack are provided. Again, in case of rain, the Extended Day Program will take place in the Athletic Center.

Campers must be picked up by 6:00 PM in front of the Summer Programs Office. Parents are required to show proper identification and sign campers out with the Extended Day Supervisor before leaving. There is a late fee for pick-ups after 6:00 PM.

If your needs change for the Extended Day program, requests must be made in writing to the Summer Programs Office.

Rates

Morning Or Afternoon Extended Day - $20.00 per visit

After 6:00PM Late Charge
- $20.00 per 10 Minutes

Transportation

Overview

Did you know, riding a bus is the safest way for children to get to and from school. It’s safer than walking, riding a bike or even riding in the family car. School buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury.

For this reason, Brooks School Summer Programs offers convenient one-way and round-trip transportation throughout the Merrimack Valley and North Shore. This service provides families with a convenient and reliable option when making plans for the summer.

At Brooks, we recognize that putting your child on a bus requires a great deal of trust. When choosing to utilize our transportation service you can be confident that we put your child’s safety first. Our approach to safety is multi layered, which is why we have partnered with NRT Transportation. NRT invests in training, technology and equipment to ensure that they exceed industry standards.

Our partnership with NRT means state-of-the-art safety features for your child.

  • High-definition GPS systems, providing exact location and speed of a school bus at any time.
  • Child Check-Mate System® is an on-board electronic reminder system that reminds drivers to check for sleeping children before leaving the bus.
  • Flashing lights and extended stop arms warn motorists that children are boarding or unloading.
  • Buses that are digitally monitored by four (4) cameras located throughout the vehicle.
  • Well-anchored seats with high backs and heavy padding create a protective seating area.
  • Drivers who are highly trained professionals with specialized training in student behavior management, loading and unloading, security and emergency medical procedures.

Rates

Round Trip:$90 per week
One Way:$45 per week

Bus Routes

Andover/North Andover

8:00/4:43-Chandler Road & River Road (Red Bus)

8:03/4:40-Woodhill Middle School (Red Bus)

8:03/4:34-South School (Blue Bus)

8:06/4:37-St. Roberts Church (Red Bus)

8:07/4:32-Town Market-429 South Main Street (Green Bus)

8:09/4:30-Route 125 & Gould Road (Green Bus)

8:10/4:33-Haggetts Pond Road & Lowell Street (Red Bus)

8:11/4:28-Extended Stay America (Red Bus)

8:12/4:28-Duck Pond-Argilla Road & Andover Road (Blue Bus)

8:14/4:25-Route 125 & Salem Street (Green Bus)

8:15/4:25-Chestnut Street & Whittier Street (Blue Bus)

8:20/4:19-West Parish Church (Blue Bus)

8:20/4:19-Amberville Road & Turnpike Street (Purple Bus)

8:24/4:16-Holly Ridge Road & Johnson Street (Green Bus)

8:25/4:16-Haverhill Street & North Main Street (Blue Bus)

8:29/4:13-Salem Street & Summer Street (Green Bus)

8:34/4:08-Chadwick Street & Sutton Street (Red Bus)

Lawrence

8:22/4:20-Bellesini Academy (Yellow Bus)

8:23/4:17-Esperanza Academy (Yellow Bus)

8:27/4:14-Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence (Yellow Bus)

Lynnfield

7:57/4:43-Shopping Plaza, 16 Centre Court (Purple Bus)

Methuen

8:14/4:28-The Loop Methuen, 90 Pleasant Valley Street (Yellow Bus)

Reading/North Reading

7:42/4:56-Summer Avenue & Fairview Avenue (Purple Bus)

8:08/4:32-Foley Drive & Haverhill Street (Purple Bus)

Wakefield

7:47/4:50-Wakefield Business Park, 607 North Avenue (Purple Bus)


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