Work with your hands and expand your mind this summer at

Ranken’s Summer Adventure Academies.

Can’t wait for summer to unfold?

Check out Ranken’s Summer Adventure Academies for rising middle and high school students! Students get fun, hands-on experiences with technology, and learn about career paths in technical industries.

The academies are held in July at Ranken’s St. Louis and Wentzville locations. Each program encourages students to design, create, think and work through hands-on activities. Over the course of their program, students complete a project and often get to take home their unique creations.

Scholarships now available! For more information, contact: Barbara Bragg at bebragg@ranken.edu or (314) 286-4822.

Click on the links below to register!

Please note: registration fees are non-refundable.

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  • Week 1 – Middle School Camps - For Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders

    July 10 – 14, 2017, 9AM to 3PM

    All A-Bots Robots – Robots may be the future of technology, and they are definitely fun to make and program! Students will develop their engineering and technology skills using NXT robots, gears, motors, and sensors while building a robot to maneuver through an obstacle course.

    Advanced Robotics – This camp is designed for students who have prior robotics experience either through Ranken’s All A-Bot Robots camp or participation on an FLL team. Students will design & build robotic manipulators (arms, masts, shooters, and grippers) using the TETRIX Prime building set. Students will develop engineering skills to control their robots autonomously by remote control.

    Aviation Technology – Students will get an introduction to aircraft maintenance, the joys of flight, and what it takes to keep ’em flying. We’ll explore careers available to aviators, experience the thrill of flying in an actual airplane, build & launch model rockets, fly balsa gliders, and have fun team building!

    Design & Build @ TechShop – Students will learn the basics of operating a full array of tools and machines at TechShop. Using digital design software, students will design & create logos with a variety of materials using laser cutters, 3D printers, desktop CNC mills, and more. Students will gain a solid understanding of what it takes to go from idea to design to creation and be certified to use these tools at TechShop for future projects. This camp will be held at TechShop, 4260 Forest Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108. Students will need to bring a packed lunch and provide their own transportation.

    Design & Build for Girls @ TechShop – Students will learn the basics of operating a full array of tools and machines at TechShop. Using digital design software, students will design & create logos with a variety of materials using laser cutters, 3D printers, desktop CNC mills, and more. Students will gain a solid understanding of what it takes to go from idea to design to creation and be certified to use these tools at TechShop for future projects. This camp will be held at TechShop, 4260 Forest Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108. Students will need to bring a packed lunch and provide their own transportation.

    Design and Engineering – Dream, design, and engineer it! Learn manufacturing processes from blueprints and design to prototype production and quality control! Explore how your idea can come to life with Mastercam and Solidworks software. Students will suse state-of-the-art Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machines to mahine and assemble projects and experience 3D printing.

    EV3 Robotics & Racing @ the Academy of Racing – The first half of the day, students race electric-powered racing karts learning basic principles like “the line,” acceleration, braking, & race craft. Campers will work with LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 in the afternoon, building, programming, and testing their solutions based on real-life robotics technology.

    Heavy Metals – Use raw metal to create your own designs! Participants will learn the fundamentals of welding, from simple techniques to more complex ones. By the end of the camp, students will design and fabricate their very own creative concept, learn some basic blacksmith skills, explore Oxy fuel cutting, how to operate a drill press, and walk away with a metal masterpiece.

    Studio to Street – Calling all girls! Interested in jewelry design and creating wearable art?  Students will use a variety of materials such as glass, clay and metal to make pendants, earrings and bracelets. Students will gain real world experiences by working with small businesses and local artists.

    Summer Racers – Want to know how a real race team works?   Our summer racers will build their own car, practice team building skills, and learn about automotive careers.  Students will learn how a go-kart works, how to use tools, how pit stops win a race, and how to drive a real go-kart safely!

    Website Design – Learn how to design your very own website and present your ideas to the world! Interactive web activities will engage each student in the popular fundamentals of web design, using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

  • Week 2 – Middle School Camps (Wentzville)

    July 17 – 21, 2017, 9AM to 3PM

    All A-Bot Robots – Robots may be the future of technology, and they are definitely fun to make and program!  Students will develop their engineering and technology skills using NXT robots, gears, motors, and sensors while building a robot to maneuver through an obstacle course.

    Android App Inventor – App Inventor lets you develop applications for Android phones or tablets. This workshop will teach what App Inventor is, how it is used, and how the free associated software can be loaded onto a computer.  Students will create several apps, including Magic 8-Ball, and Mole Mash

    (clone of Whac-a-Mole).

  • Week 2 – High School Camps - For Rising 9th and 10th Graders

    July 17 – 21, 2017, 9AM to 3PM

    Airbrushing Paint FX – Brighten up a dull summer at our custom automotive painting and airbrushing camp! Students will learn popular airbrushing techniques, starting with basic hands-on airbrush exercises. Whether it’s on the hood of a car, or a canvas, this camp lets you channel your inner artist.

    Boot-Up Computer Camp – Students will learn about the latest computers and operating systems, how they work and how to apply that knowledge into a real-world networking environment. Working both individually and in small groups, students will complete hands-on class projects.

    Design and Engineering – Dream, design, and engineer it!  Learn manufacturing processes from blueprints and design to prototype production and quality control! Explore how your idea can come to life with Mastercam and Solidworks software. Students will use state-of-the-art Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machines to machine and assemble projects and experience 3D printing.

    EV3 Robotics & Racing @ the Academy of Racing – The first half of the day, students race electric-powered racing karts learning basic principles like “the line,” acceleration, braking, & race craft. Campers will work with LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 in the afternoon, building, programming, and testing their solutions based on real-life robotics technology.

    Heavy Metals – Use raw metal to create your own designs! Students will learn the fundamentals of welding, from simple techniques to more complex ones. By the end of the camp, students will design and fabricate their very own creative concept, learn some basic blacksmith work, and walk away with a metal masterpiece.

    TETRIX Robotics Technology – Build your own robot and apply engineering design principles while expanding your technical building and logical thinking skills.  Learn programming design and how input/output devices can affect the behavior of a robot. A robotic challenge will test your skills.

    Turn 4 RC Race Engineering – Students model a motorsports team while working to optimize the performance of a FastTrack RC (remote control) Car through inspection and modifications (just like the real race team professionals do). Take the challenge!

    Women in Engineering – Experience the fun and excitement of solving engineering challenges on a team of like-minded young women.  Discover how you can use your unique talents to find satisfaction in engineering.

  • Week 2 – High School Camps - For Rising 11th and 12th Graders

    July 17 – 21, 2017, 9AM to 3PM

    Adventures in Architecture – Participants will experience architecture and the built environment through designing, sketching, drafting, and model building. Get hands-on experience through hand sketching, laser cutting, and computer aided drafting.

    Drone Aerial Systems – You’ve seen them, you heard about them and you have read about them. Now learn to fly one. Yes, learn to fly and video record with one of today’s hottest hobbies. In this camp you will learn practical real world uses for drones. Learn to fly through an obstacle course and video record your own flight on the Ranken campus.

  • Junior/Senior Summer Academies

    Eligibility:  Students who will be enrolled as a high school junior or senior during the fall of 2017 and meet Ranken day school placement requirements in reading and math. The Missouri SuperMileage Challenge is available to Missouri students only.

     

    Essential Information Technology Skills

    This course will take your existing knowledge and experience with computer software and hardware as a foundation to assist in an in-depth study of personal computers. In this course, you will acquire the essential skills that will allow you to build, configure, install, upgrade, repair, and troubleshoot computer hardware. Students will also learn the foundation of using CSS to build a functional websites/webpage. The course will also provide students with the knowledge to setup and configure wireless networks.

    Dates: Monday through Friday, July 24 – August 4, 2017, 8:30AM–3:00PM, attendance is mandatory

     

    Missouri SuperMileage Challenge Team:  Competition Vehicle Design, Fabrication, and Testing

    Students will complete a team-driven challenge that allows practical experience in the design, fabrication, and testing of a student driven vehicle.  Students will learn to keep an engineering notebook to form the basis for the design of the vehicle – overall size, shape and selection of materials for the chassis, wheels, tires, steering, suspension, brakes, battery and engine.  Fabrication of the vehicle will take place in various shops on campus (welding, automotive, and machine shops).  Final vehicle test runs will be made in preparation for the mileage-based competition which will be held mid-April, 2017, in Warrensburg, MO.

    Dates: Monday through Friday, July 24 – August 4, 2017, 8:30AM-3:00PM, attendance is mandatory

    Continues:  Ongoing twice monthly (or as necessary) Saturday team meetings from September to the mid-April 2018 competition.

For more information, contact:

Barbara Bragg
bebragg@ranken.edu
(314) 286-4822

Please note: registration fees are non-refundable.

ONLY
$95
For a full week of fun!

Includes lunch, snacks, tools, equipment and fun projects with experienced instructors!

 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1104090. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.