All i2 Camp Courses

Bioplastics

Topic: Challenges of Engineering

Developed By: Engineering is Elementary, Museum of Science Boston

Plastics are all around us, from the rubber in our shoe soles to the linings of our cell phone cases and even in the artificial turf we play on. But where do plastics come from and how are they engineered to fill so many functions? In this course, you will explore exciting new polymers that use environmentally friendly, biodegradable ingredients from plants to replace traditional plastic processing. Your challenge will be to put your chemical engineering skills to work as you engineer bioplastics from corn, tapioca and even algae to create novel materials for your own unique applications.

Location: Choose From Left Menu Sr Camp

Designing Computing Systems

Topic: Challenges of Engineering

Developed By: Mark Saul and Phil Dituri, Center for Mathematical Talent at NYU Courant

How we represent numbers can shape how we think about them. In this course we will look at different cultures and languages to see what their numerical systems can teach us. With this information you will consider how numbers are represented in computers and how computers do arithmetic.

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Digital Game Design

Topic: Challenges of Engineering

Developed By: MIT Edgerton Center

Creating a game on a computer allows you to be an artist, sound designer, programmer and storyteller all at once, with room to express yourself in any of those areas. In this course, you will learn how to think about game design, and then build a game of your own using StarLogo Nova, an online tool that lets you create and share 3D games. Creativity is more important than past programming experience for this course.

Location: Choose From Left Menu Sr Camp

Engineering Design Workshop I

Topic: Challenges of Engineering

Developed By: MIT Edgerton Center

Explore how engineers design and build our magical modern world. In this course we will learn about the process of engineering design, first in a series of engineering challenges, and then by designing and building your own underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Underwater games and challenges will test just how well your ROV performs. (2 week course)

Location: Choose From Left Menu Sr Camp

Engineering Design Workshop II

Topic: Challenges of Engineering

Developed By: MIT Edgerton Center

Explore how engineers design and build our magical modern world. In this course we will learn about the process of engineering design, first in a series of engineering challenges, and then by designing and building your own underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Underwater games and challenges will test just how well your ROV performs. (2 week course)

Location: Choose From Left Menu Sr Camp

Nanotechnology

Topic: Challenges of Engineering

Developed By: National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network at Georgia Tech

Nanotechnology is one of the most important and exciting STEM fields. In this course discover what is unique and important about the nanoworld through hands-on activities such as discovering how a gecko can walk up a wall and if a liquid can be magnetic. The week will conclude by using what you learned about the nanoscale to design a new nanoproduct based on how nature uses nanotechnology.

Location: Choose From Left Menu Sr Camp

The Physics of Photography

Topic: Challenges of Engineering

Developed By: MIT Edgerton Center

Has anyone ever told you to think outside the box? In this course, you will be thinking inside and outside the box, as you make your own pinhole cameras out of boxes that take pictures. Add a splash of physics to explain the nature of light, and you have the fundamentals of photography. Develop photos and learn how the chemicals interact with nascent images to bring the photos to life on paper.

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Rocketry

Topic: Challenges of Engineering

Developed By: MIT Edgerton Center

Using state-of-the-art computer aided design (CAD) software, in this course you will design, build, and launch your own rockets. You will use electronic altimeters and remote airborne cameras to record their flights and then through analysis and testing, continuously improve the performance of your rockets.

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DNA Barcoding

Topic: Genetics, DNA & The Human Body

Developed By: DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

In this course, you will be given "unknown" samples of organisms from local stores, restaurants and the great outdoors. You will attempt to identify each species using traditional techniques such as morphology, then DNA barcodes will be produced to confirm if the original identification was correct. A comparison of modern DNA barcoding techniques with traditional taxonomic identification methods will highlight the benefits of combining the "old" with the "new." (Campers are required to take Fun with DNA before enrolling in this course.)

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Engineering Prosthetic Devices

Topic: Genetics, DNA & The Human Body

Developed By: Engineering is Elementary, Museum of Science Boston

Today, people can regain the function of a missing limb, such as a hand or leg, with the aid of a prosthetic device. Using what we’ve learned from these technologies, engineers have created prosthetic devices for animals, such as dogs, horses, sea turtles and dolphins. Considering important factors such as comfort, durability and functionality, in this course you will have the opportunity to engineer prosthetic devices for a variety of species. The week will culminate with groups using their biomechanical engineering skills to design a prosthetic tail for a unique species of fish.

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Forensic Detectives

Topic: Genetics, DNA & The Human Body

Developed By: DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

With the popularity of shows such as CSI, the true nature of forensic science is often glamorized. Although DNA fingerprinting is useful for forensic scientists, it certainly isn’t the only method used to solve crimes. Through a series of forensic labs and activities, in this course you will use techniques employed by real experts to analyze a "crime scene" and collect and analyze evidence, such as fibers, fingerprints, footprints, hair, and blood; investigate how forensic anthropology can be used to identify victims; and perform a real DNA fingerprint with your own DNA.

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Fun with DNA

Topic: Genetics, DNA & The Human Body

Developed By: DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

In this course you will be immersed in an environment designed to increase genetic literacy, encourage critical and creative thinking, and spark interest in the field of biotechnology. You will construct cell and DNA models; use compound microscopes to view various cell types; extract DNA from your own cells and from plants; use stereo microscopes to observe mutations in fruit flies; and genetically engineer bacteria cells with firefly genes. And have fun in a laboratory!

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Pharmacology

Topic: Genetics, DNA & The Human Body

Developed By: Tara Sanfilippo, The Chapin School

As junior pharmacologists, in this course we will investigate the mechanism of action, chemistry and effects of drugs and chemical agents within living organisms. These investigations will include observing the therapeutic and toxicological actions of drugs such as caffeine, nicotine, vitamins, and antibiotics on humans, animals and microorganisms, often with surprising results.

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Surgical Techniques

Topic: Genetics, DNA & The Human Body

Developed By: New York Hall of Science

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a physician or surgeon? In this course, you will investigate how the body works by participating in a range of hands-on activities, such as dissections and construction of life-sized physiological system maps (skeletal, nervous, circulatory, immune). You will conduct simulated surgeries, perform biopsies, and learn how to suture. You will also learn about important medical/surgical breakthroughs and famous medical marvels throughout history.

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Ancient Sharks: Modern Science

Topic: Our Transforming World

Developed By: American Museum of Natural History

Step into the shoes of paleontologists to investigate ancient shark fossils and discover what extinct shark species may have looked like. In this course you will learn what fossils can tell us about the past, and how we learn about extinct animals by studying their living relatives. Through hands-on activities, you will explore shark diversity, and study the traits of living sharks to learn what adaptations different species have undergone. You will then synthesize scientific evidence to infer what an extinct animal looked like, and finally design a 3D scientific digital model based on those inferences.

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Engineering Ice Cream

Topic: Our Transforming World

Developed By: Engineering is Elementary, Museum of Science Boston

Everyone across the world needs to eat. As populations grow and we learn more about science and engineering, the way we produce and gather our food can change drastically. Urban agriculture is now in vogue, as community gardens have sprung up all over cities and the advances in hydroponics and aeroponics have taken root. In this course, you will explore the future of food and food production culminating in creating a summertime treat.

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The Evolution Institute

Topic: Our Transforming World

Developed By: American Museum of Natural History

Did you know that we share our planet with over 5 million species? In this course you will explore the amazing diversity of life by investigating the genetic and physical evidence for evolution, learning how to classify species, conducting ecological surveys, and building phylogenetic trees. By the end of the week, you will be able to describe how scientists determine the evolutionary relationships between species, as well as how to identify new species.

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Exploring Ecological Systems

Topic: Our Transforming World

Developed By: National Audubon Society

In this course you will learn about birds as a jumping off point for ecological understanding. During the week you will help birds and the habitat they depend on through hands-on conservation projects. Activities will include local environmental monitoring, the implementation of habitat improvement (constructing and erecting nest boxes), and getting involved in a national citizen science initiative.

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Food Chemistry

Topic: Our Transforming World

Developed By: Teachers College, Columbia University

Explore the structural and functional properties of food through hands-on experiments and cooking labs. You will test different binders, emulsions and proteins through the real-world applications of making cheese, cooking your own pasta from scratch, and creating salad dressings. You will also explore the biology involved in growing the plants we eat through sprouting seeds and creating your own compost box. By the end of this course you will have the skills and knowledge to critically analyze our food system and make food choices that will keep you – and the planet – healthy.

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Oceanography

Topic: Our Transforming World

Developed By: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Most of Earth's surface is one vast, connected ocean, a life-support system — providing oxygen, transporting heat and helping create the climate for life — from microscopic plankton to huge whales, from coasts to mountains, and from equator to poles. In this course you will explore how oceanographers study the ocean's global circulation by building a model of a drifting float and following real-time data from a worldwide network of ocean instruments. Using the latest oceanographic technologies and tools, you will observe and gain an understanding of how the physics of the ocean impacts our lives.

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Toxin Trackers

Topic: Our Transforming World

Developed By: MIT Edgerton Center

Do you ever think about the pollution in our air, water or soil? Do you wonder what it's doing to our health? Do you want to do something to help? In this course, you'll become part of a pollution investigation unit, helping to monitor local pollution levels and informing your fellow campers (and the public) of your findings. You’ll use a computer game and hands-on activities to learn about the different kinds of pollution, how they affect human health, and what you can do to help people live healthier lives.

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Exploring Energy & Design Thinking

Topic: The Science of Smart Cities

Developed By: REDlab, Stanford University

Join us for a design thinking adventure solving challenges around harnessing sustainable energy, energy efficiency, and global energy issues. You will develop design thinking skills as you tackle energy challenges. Simulate coal energy extractions and learn how water energy is converted from potential to kinetic energy. You will make working solar ovens, wind turbines, and design an energy-efficient house. Get charged up about human-centered innovation.

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Outbreak Alert! Pandemic Response

Topic: The Science of Smart Cities

Developed By: Engineering is Elementary, Museum of Science Boston

Was it just a bad flu season? Within days, hospitals were overrun. The infection quickly spread into a global pandemic with millions of people seriously ill. Schools and businesses closed, and people were not allowed out of their homes. What would you do? In this course, you will explore how we can prepare for outbreaks of highly contagious diseases in a world where we are more connected than ever. You will consider real-life and fictional epidemics — Spanish Flu, the Black Plague, and even zombies — to engineer and test a system to respond to an outbreak and prevent a pandemic.

Location: Choose From Left Menu Sr Camp

Redesigning Urban Landscapes

Topic: The Science of Smart Cities

Developed By: Engineering is Elementary, Museum of Science Boston

After a storm, as the clouds clear and the winds die down, dirty storm-water runoff drains into our waterways, damaging our ecosystem and our drinking water. With the possibility of a greater number of powerful storms in a changing environment, this problem seems poised to pose a greater and greater threat to our society. But we can make a difference. In this course, your will use your creativity and problem-solving skills to engineer an improved local landscape to reduce runoff, prevent polluted waters and help our cities to survive.

Location: Choose From Left Menu Sr Camp

Vertical Farming

Topic: The Science of Smart Cities

Developed By: Engineering is Elementary, Museum of Science Boston

As the population grows and cities become more crowded, how can we be sure that people have access to the food they need? Some experts believe that farms stacked in levels like skyscrapers are the answer. Engineers are working to design sustainable indoor farms that could provide food for urban populations year-round. In this course, you will learn about food issues affecting urban areas and engineer your own model vertical farm.

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Astrophysics & Robotic Telescopes

Topic: Time, Space & Other Dimensions

Developed By: Marilyn Doerr, PhD and Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

The field of astronomy is exploding as new technologies make even the most amateur star-gazer a part of the astrophysics team. In this course, you will control a set of robotic telescopes developed by astrophysicists and engineers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. You will have images sent to you on your laptop and then use special software to sharpen and examine those photos. You will also do labs on how telescopes work and on the role of light and color in astronomy.

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Colonizing the Moon

Topic: Time, Space & Other Dimensions

Developed By: Marilyn Doerr, PhD

Can we live and work away from Earth? Will we have to as our own planet runs out of resources? In this course, we will explore what it might take to set up a Moon colony – what materials we bring with us, what we will do there, how we will eat, what we will wear. You will construct models of these possible colonies and learn more about the geology and topography of the Moon to help you decide the best places to build and house those first colonies.

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Geometric Properties

Topic: Time, Space & Other Dimensions

Developed By: Mark Saul and Phil Dituri, Center for Mathematical Talent at NYU Courant

In this course you will explore symmetry and other topics in geometry through hands-on activities using paper folding, string compasses, and MIRA devices. Your work will build towards a deeper understanding of the geometric properties of figures and shape, providing a different view of the many objects you encounter everyday.

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Is that Logical?

Topic: Time, Space & Other Dimensions

Developed By: Mark Saul and Sian Zelbo, Center for Mathematical Talent at NYU Courant

While all of mathematics is logic-driven, in this course we will explore areas of mathematics in which logic takes center stage. How can you tell whether a set of data is real or faked? How can we know, without ever being there, that two people in Wichita, Kansas must have the same number of hairs on their heads? You will learn how logic leads us from simple mathematical ideas to surprising results.

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Science Fiction Workshop

Topic: Time, Space & Other Dimensions

Developed By: Marilyn Doerr

Write your own science fiction, learn some of the history of science fiction writing, explore the techniques of good science fiction writing, and publish your own story in a class-wide journal. With all the amazing recent discoveries in astrophysics and astronomy, you will have many fantastic ideas to choose from. This is a course for writers interested in science and for would-be scientists interested in imagining the future.

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The Search for Life on Mars

Topic: Time, Space & Other Dimensions

Developed By: Marilyn Doerr

The Mars rover Curiosity has now been on Mars since summer 2012, moving significant distances and collecting and analyzing rock samples at different sites. What have we learned from Curiosity’s travels? Has it found signs of life on the planet? What do those findings say about the possibility of past or current life on the planet? In this course you will consider the significant role Mars may play in the future of space travel and space colonization.

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Topology, Shapes & Spaces

Topic: Time, Space & Other Dimensions

Developed By: Mark Saul and Sian Zelbo, Center for Mathematical Talent at NYU Courant

A topological look at the world will stretch the imagination and go well beyond the geometry you learn in school. The symmetries in simple objects lead to puzzles and games, then to deeper mathematical concepts. New geometrical worlds have unexpected properties. In some of these worlds, quadrilaterals can exist, but not rectangles, or the value of pi is not constant. In still others, lines can “cross” but not intersect. In this course, you will begin to visit these strange worlds, which offer new insights about your own.

Location: Choose From Left Menu Sr Camp

Tracking the 4th Dimension

Topic: Time, Space & Other Dimensions

Developed By: Engineering is Elementary, Museum of Science Boston

Did you ever notice that sometimes time flies and other times it crawls? It’s difficult to measure time without an engineered device to help us. Engineers have created technologies to solve this problem throughout the course of history. In this course, you will create timekeeping devices inspired by ancient water timers and sundials and modern mechanical clocks. You will design your own time-tracking devices from non-traditional materials in order to accurately measure various periods of time over the course of the week.

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BOSE: Science of Sound, Music & Motion

Topic: Robotics & Electronics

Developed By: BOSE Corporation

Explore sound, motion and music with a range of technologies. In this course you will use magnets, wire coils and amplifiers to build working speaker systems and motors. With your speakers and motors, you will create kinetic sculptures that dance to music, and finally you will develop your own animations and movies using a strobe light system.

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BugBots: Programming Mini-Robots

Topic: Robotics & Electronics

Developed By: Wyss Institute at Harvard

Learn the fundamentals of how to tell computers and robots what to do -- and what you can do when they don't do it -- in this introduction to computer programming and robotics. Campers will use a graphical programming language and a unique small robot to learn about programming principles, debugging, sensors, motors, feedback, and behavior-based robotics. You'll program your robot to act like an insect and find its way through an unfamiliar maze. Campers will be able to take home their robot at the end of the week.

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Building an Interactive, Friendly Monster

Topic: Robotics & Electronics

Developed By: High-Low Tech, MIT Media Lab

Have you ever wanted your stuffed animals or other toys to come alive? Now they can! In this course, work with fabric and electronics to make your own interactive friend. You will use conductive thread, felt, lights, speakers and sensors, to make a soft and cuddly monster that responds to you. Learn how to use programming to make your creature play music and glow at your command.

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Fundamentals of Electronics I

Topic: Robotics & Electronics

Developed By: MIT Edgerton Center

Get a hands on education in what goes on inside the the world of electronics. In this course different sensor, logic and output "Doo-bobs" will be used to explore electronics from input to output, and to interact with heat, light, sound and touch, among other things. Parents -- prepare for anything from sound-activated light shows to animated toys showing up at home. (Two week course)

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Fundamentals of Electronics II

Topic: Robotics & Electronics

Developed By: MIT Edgerton Center

Get a hands on education in what goes on inside the the world of electronics. In this course different sensor, logic and output "Doo-bobs" will be used to explore electronics from input to output, and to interact with heat, light, sound and touch, among other things. Parents -- prepare for anything from sound-activated light shows to animated toys showing up at home. (Two week course)

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Robotics I

Topic: Robotics & Electronics

Developed By: Nate Piper, The Roxbury Latin School

Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT 2.0 technology, in this course you will learn how to build different robots and program them to move. You will work with motors and sensors, and explore how light, touch, sound, ultrasonic, color and accelerometer sensors can enhance our robots. You will model real-life mechanisms and use creativity, logic and problem-solving skills. Invent your own robots, and find out how exciting it can be to bring the digital world of computers into our physical world.

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Robotics II: Manufacturing

Topic: Robotics & Electronics

Developed By: Nate Piper, The Roxbury Latin School

Have you ever wondered about who makes the machines that make all our “stuff,” and how they work? You will learn about our world of manufacturing, and the ever-increasing role that robots play in the process. Teams of campers will collaborate to design and build a multi-robot assembly-line style BuilderBot, which will be tasked with building a new LEGO object. (Campers must take Robotics I or have previous experience with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT 2.0 technology to enroll.)

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Robotics II: Medicine

Topic: Robotics & Electronics

Developed By: Nate Piper, The Roxbury Latin School

Medical robotics has been and will continue to be a fast-growing and critical field of study. You will investigate the current uses of robotics in medicine, and learn how robots are helping people, simplifying procedures, and saving lives all over the world. You will design, build and program robots that emulate surgical robots and personal-care robots to provide assistance to patients in need. (Campers must take Robotics I or have previous experience with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT 2.0 technology to enroll.)

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Robotics II: Space

Topic: Robotics & Electronics

Developed By: Nate Piper, The Roxbury Latin School

Robots are being used in space every day — from the Mars Rover to the robotic arm on the International Space Station. In this course you will learn about the currently deployed robots in space and the unique challenges that the robots’ designers and engineers face. Building upon the skills and experience gained in Robotics I, you will design, build, and program a RoverBot, tasked with completing a variety of challenges on a faraway planet. (Campers must take Robotics I or have previous experience with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT 2.0 technology.)

Location: Choose From Left Menu Sr Camp

Techno-Threads

Topic: Robotics & Electronics

Developed By: MIT Edgerton Center

Technology is everywhere -- it's not only in the devices we use but now it's in the clothes we wear. Create your own "smart clothes" by adding lights, switches, and sensors; and explore how light flows through fiber optic fabric! Leave with more knowledge about electronics, art, and wearable technology, as well as a personalized piece of your own clothing.

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