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STEM Camps

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Innovation can help our region STEAM ahead.

Advancing Innovative ideas has always been a cornerstone of America’s prosperity. Through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) learning opportunities, many youth discover careers they may have not thought about, that can be creative and fun paths leading 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 emPowerU programs including those featuring Lego® Robotics, Lego® Build, computer coding, fun science experiments, fiber arts, and more.

STEAM Camps for Kids by emPowerU®

LEGO® WeDo 2.0/Mindstorm 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, science and collaborative skills, your students are sure to enjoy these challenging yet rewarding camp experiences!  Our 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 the settings, tools, and activities that promote creativity, engineering design, science and mathematics. Students are encouraged to involve themselves in real world investigations, problem solving, and make assumptions and predictions. 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.

Learn what it takes to build your own video game worlds. Design and build your own games from start to finish by connecting Lego-like 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.



 Impact our region’s future economy by investing in our youth today.

If you are interested in helping Heartland Foundation expand its ability to provide STEAM resources and activities throughout the heart of the heartland, please donate now to our ign!te Investment Campaign and designate your gift to STEAM Xploratorium. For more information about the specific program features, please contact 816.271.7200 or info@heartlandfoundation.org.


Heartland Foundation is proud to have recently become a Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Partner.