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Innovation can help our region STEAM ahead

Building on the success of the emPowerU civic engagement program, we offer youth summer camps that give kids access to quality STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) learning opportunities.

Advancing innovative ideas has always been a cornerstone of America’s prosperity.  Through STEAM activities, many youth discover creative and fun career paths that can lead to meaningful and profitable employment.

In addition to STEAM-related knowledge, skills and ideas, 21st century employers repeatedly voice the need for highly qualified and skilled workers with solid problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity skills along with the ability to work well with others.  These are all areas focused on in Heartland Foundation’s STEAM Camps for Kids by emPowerU.  We observe kids creating, discovering, collaborating, and testing out new ideas – whether building and programming their own robots, designing video games, or using their creative skills to explore the arts.

STEAM Camps for Kids by emPowerU are open to students entering grades 3-8.

Registration information for summer camps available in the early spring of each year

2017 STEAM Camps for Kids by emPowerU

  • LEGO® WeDo 2.0/Mindstorms EV3 Robotics Camps

Whether your want to introduce your student to the world of robotics or have a student with more advanced abilities, these LEGO® Robotics camps are fun and educational!  Featuring curriculums that foster the development of mathematics, engineering, creativity, and collaborative skills, your students are sure to enjoy these challenging yet rewarding camp experiences.  These 1/2 day camps are designed for students entering grades 3-8.

  •  LEGO® Build: Problem Solvers Camps

Dragsters, sweepers, windmills, and dogbots?!  Imagine solving real world problems by building powered LEGO® machines!  Our LEGO® Build camps enable students to work as young scientists, engineers, and designers by providing them with tools and activities that promote creativity, engineering, science and mathematics.  They design and make models and then observe the behaviors of these models; they reflect and redesign, record, and present their findings.  From simple creations to machines that utilize hydraulics and renewable energy, these camps are fun and challenging!

  • TYNKER Coding and Game Design Camps

Learn coding basics, build arcade mini-games, animations, and platformers.  Design and build your own games from start to finish by connecting code blocks. Build 2D game worlds, design animated heroes and villains, program game controls and motion, add music, and program game logic. At the end of the week, show off your own original games and play them with friends and family.  No prior programming experience required.

  • Fiber Arts STEAM Camp in King City, MO

Explore the science behind papermaking and natural dyes while creating fun art projects!  Open to students entering grades 3-4.