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STEAM and Coding Virtual Summer Camps (US)

Need something to keep your kids busy this summer? Join our week-long STEAM and Coding camps!

Each camp consists of five sessions, starting on Monday and ending on Friday. Students will engage in 1.5 hours of live instruction and 1.5 hours of structured, self-paced learning daily.

The lessons are led by our team of Education Consultants and will help students develop their computational thinking and problem-solving skills. All camp lessons are NGSS and CSTA aligned.

Students will be divided into 3 groups, composed of different knowledge levels. All levels of knowledge are welcomed.

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Camp Summary

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Ages 5 to 14

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July and August 2020

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Monday to Friday
3 hours of material each day

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From $175 to $250

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SAM Scouts K-2 (Beginner)

Students will analyze patterns and algorithms, develop systems with sequences and simple loops, and use their computational thinking skills to evaluate the functionality of their systems.

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Blocky Bandits Grades 3-5 (Intermediate)

Students will compare, refine, and iterate multiple algorithms to determine the most effective solution, create systems that use conditionals and loops, and decompose a system or algorithm into its working parts to debug and ensure it runs as intended.

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Workbench Warriors Grades 6-8 (Advanced)

Students will learn about the functionality of computing systems with various software and hardware, use pseudocodes to solve complex problems such as algorithms, design and refine systems with compound conditionals, and create procedures with parameters to organize code and make it accessible.

Students in this advanced group will focus on block-based coding.

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Meet the Summer Camp Instructors

Emily Deffenbaugh, Grades K-2 Instructor

Emily is a 14-year elementary teacher turned Education Consultant for SAM Labs. She received her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction, graduating with High Distinction at Northern Arizona University.

Her background includes teaching Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 4th grade, as well as training fellow education staff members in integrating STEAM across content areas to help truly prepare our students for their future careers. She is thrilled to share how SAM Labs can be implemented across grade levels as a way to promote computational thinking and bring coding to life!


Mackenzie Meixner, Grades 3-5 Instructor

Mackenzie taught for 4 years prior to becoming an Education Consultant with SAM Labs. She received her BS in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with High Distinction from Relay Graduate School of Education, with a Masters degree in General and Special Childhood Education.

Mackenzie is passionate about integrating PBL into STEM instruction, and modifying content and instruction to meet the needs of all learners. She has led the team on creating the Summer Camp Series and is excited about the camp-themed fun we have planned for the kids!


Jennifer Byrom, Grades 3-5 Instructor

Jennifer previously taught for 6 years before becoming an education consultant for SAM Labs. She received degrees in Elementary Education with a focus on world history, as well as Curriculum Development and Instruction, graduating with top honors from Michigan State University. She also managed the elementary Destination Imagination team which focused on developing all aspects of STEAM, developed K-2 units of study, and trained fellow educators on best literacy practices.

She is excited to step back into a teaching role, leading activities that promote computational thinking and share in the fun that comes with creating and programming a system.


Ashli Crepsac Maholland, Grades 6-8 Instructor

Ashli has been teaching for five years and has taught standard biology, IGCSE biology, and honors biology at the high school level in Charlotte, NC. During our 8 weeks of STEAM and Coding, Ashli taught the 6th-8th grade students and she will be leading our 6th-8th grade Workbench Warriors during our summer camp. While she was teaching in the classroom she wrote a biology curriculum for English learners, was a member of the personalized learning team, was varsity cheerleading coach, and held the role of the science department chair.

She has enjoyed working with the 6th-8th graders and can't wait to share her excitement and love of block-based coding with students this summer!