At SchoolAmanda Vaden
A girl drives her Sphero BOLT in a pool as part of a STEM Summer Camp activity.

When you think of summer camp what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Canoeing and archery, eating s’mores, telling ghost stories, and making memories? Absolutely. A STEM summer camp isn’t much different in that you can bond with peers that are interested in the same activities while making fun memories that will last a lifetime. 

Here at Sphero, we believe fun learning shouldn’t stop even when the school year comes to an end. In fact, we think summer is the perfect time to challenge kids with fun STEAM activities to avoid summer “brain drain.” 

Whether you have an hour, a week, or more to commit to a STEM summer camp this year, we offer guides with a range of challenges and activities that can be done individually or with friends. 

We asked Kendra Werner, Sphero’s Education Program Manager, about why she believes STEM summer camps are important and how you can get started. Let’s dive in and learn more about how you can host a STEM summer camp this year with Sphero and littleBits!

Why are STEM summer camps important?

When you host or participate in a STEM summer camp, campers engage in increasingly complex challenges that flex their critical thinking, creative confidence, teamwork, and other technical STEM skills, like coding. 

Kendra explains that STEM summer camps provide an opportunity for a diverse range of kids to engage in STEM learning. But STEM camps aren’t just for kids who want to be engineers,  computer scientists, or mathematicians. They serve kids of all backgrounds, abilities, and interests by providing the space for creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving skills to flourish. Every kid can become a creator or inventor at a STEM summer camp.  

She adds that beyond the traditional classroom, kids can explore and learn at their own pace while connecting their personal interests to STEM. STEM camps provide a flexible and scalable learning environment and remove the common barrier that is fear of failure in the classroom

STEM summer camps empower kids with the confidence and skills to tackle challenges at school and beyond.

Sphero Summer Camp Activities

A girl and her dad play with a Sphero BOLT at home.

The Sphero Summer Camp Guide includes a suite of resources, including 30+ hours of instructional STEAM and Computer Science content, to make your summer camp easy to implement and engaging for campers of all ages. We know no two camps are the same, so dive into the resources available in the guide to prep and customize your programming:

  • Camp Materials 
  • Curriculum Overview 
  • Sample Schedules 
  • Tips and Troubleshooting 
  • Resources

Get the full Sphero Summer Camp Guide for free here.

littleBits Summer Camp Activities

A girl and boy celebrate their littleBits invention in the library at school.

The littleBits Summer Camp Guide includes a suite of resources, including 40+ hours of instructional STEAM content, to make your summer camp easy to implement and engaging for campers of all ages. We know no two camps are the same, so dive into the resources available in the guide to prep and customize your programming:

  • Camp Materials 
  • Curriculum Overview 
  • littleBits Invention Cycle 
  • littleBits Invention Log 
  • Invention Advising Tips 
  • Tips and Troubleshooting 
  • Facilitator Resources

Get the full littleBits Summer Camp Guide for free here

Gear up for a summer of STEM with Sphero and littleBits 

Ready to take the next step in planning your own STEM summer camp? Sphero BOLT and the littleBits STEAM+ Kit are the ideal solutions for your campers’ creations and work hand-in-hand with the summer camp guides. 

If you’re looking for a custom solution, or have additional questions on how to get started, contact a Sphero specialist today. Happy camping! 

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