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Our Unique Program

Experience the joy of hands-on STEAM learning in this weekly summer camp designed for students in grades K - 8 who learn by doing. We take campers on learning adventures with weeks of STEAM activities, team-building exercises, and camper-run projects. As inventors-in-training, campers use their imagination, creativity, and engineering to prototype, build, and solve real-world problems. 

Each week follows a different theme, so participants choose one or more weeks depending on their interests and schedule. Join us for one or more weeks to build things that fly, soar, float, and grow!

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A special thank you to First Tech Federal Credit Union for your support in the 2022 STEAM Dream Camp.

What's unique about our STEAM Dream Camp?

RAFT STEAM Dream Camp

Credentialed Educators

Led by credentialed teachers and staff counselors versed in teaching STEAM activities with a student-teacher ratio of 10:1

RAFT STEAM Dream Camp

Kits and Curriculum Designed for Camp

Hands-on learning kits and activities emphasizing observation, creativity, experimentation, and problem solving

RAFT STEAM Dream Camp

Show & Tell Your Own STEAM Stories

Creative activities that invite students to integrate stories with learning experiences, crafting stories they will treasure

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Weekly Journey at a Glance

Found in Space

Found in Space is a week-long journey for campers to imagine themselves as inventors-in-training to tackle problems they are likely to face in space, like falling into gravity, exploring mysterious stars, and finding how big our solar system is as they design the ultimate intergalactic space station!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Orientation

STEAM Kit: Build rockets

Design challenge: Landing pads & targets

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Build devices that defy forces

Design challenge: Build devices that defy forces

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Build light separator

Design challenge: Design your space helmet

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Build solar system roundabout.

Design challenge: Sun measurer

Student project

Show and tell your story

STEAM Kit: Building flying objects for your next journey

Imagine your next adventure in storytelling

Autonomous Rover

Autonomous Rover is a week-long journey for campers to imagine themselves as engineers-in-training to develop and test the best design for an autonomous rover that can travel over rough terrain using multiple sources of power to race in a collaboratively designed obstacle course/race track. Campers will design their cars and race to the finish line!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Orientation

STEAM Kit: Car on a roll

Design challenge: Ramp it up!

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Floating in air

Design challenge: Bumpy terrain investigation

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Power up your car

Design challenge: Ways to speed up your car

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Car circuits

Design challenge: Electrify your car

Student project

Show and tell your story

STEAM Kit: Building cars for your next journey

Imagine your next adventure in storytelling

Life Force

Life Force is a week-long journey for campers to imagine themselves as biologists-in-training as they observe and investigate the biodiversity of Planet Earth and its interaction with the environment to develop the ideal habitat for specific organisms.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Orientation

STEAM Kit: Dying seed to new life

Design challenge: How things are held together

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Counting the Richness of Life

Design challenge: Casting seeds to the wind

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Capturing bugs

Design challenge: Nesting like a bird

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Bee a pollinator

Design challenge: Design your own pollinating plant

Student project

Show and tell your story

STEAM Kit: Amazing animal senses

Imagine your next adventure in storytelling

Watery World

Watery World is a week-long journey for campers to imagine themselves as hydrologists-in-training as they investigate aspects of water such as cohesion, adhesion, surface tension, capillary action, and buoyancy to develop the best aquarium ever!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Introduction to storytelling

STEAM Kit: Be compact as water

Design challenge: Inspired by water

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Water walk watch

Design challenge: Delivering drinking water

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Wired on the water

Design challenge: Water strider

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: What floats your boat?

Design challenge: Paddle Boat Engineering

Student project

Show and tell your story

STEAM Kit: Thinking Like a Real Survivor

Imagine your next adventure in storytelling

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FAQs

What should my camper expect for the daily schedule at camp?

Camp activity times are listed below (Please see our camp registration page for pick-up and drop-off times): 

Morning

9:00 - 9:45 Team Building Activity 

9:45 - 10:00 SNACK

10:00 - 11:00 STEAM Build

11:00 - 11:10 BREAK

11:10 - 12:00 STEAM Build / Challenge

Afternoon

12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH

1:00 - 1:50 STEAM Build / Challenge/ Game

1:50 - 2:00 BREAK

2:00 - 3:00 STEAM Team Project

Do you provide lunch and/or snacks?

Orchard Campus

Lunch will be provided at no cost for Orchard students. For non-Orchard students, lunch may be provided for $20.

Sacred Heart Campus

Lunch will not be provided.


If your child(ren) is bringing snacks and lunch, please make sure all food is nut-free. To ensure the safety of our campers and staff with allergies, our camp is nut-free.  We ask that campers and their parents/guardians please respect this policy and only bring lunches and snacks that are nut-free.

Do you offer summer camp in other locations?

We are planning to offer our summer camp at other sites. We will make the announcement with more details in the near future.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine required for campers?

Vaccination is not required for campers to attend the program. However, we highly recommend eligible campers be vaccinated for their safety and the safety of other campers.

What is the cancelation policy?

If you need to cancel your registration, your request must be in writing to summerprogram@raft.net before dates noted below to be considered for refunds. 

     Cancellations made:                         Will receive

     On or prior to May 5, 2023               90% refund 

     On or prior to June 2, 2023              50% refund

     After June 3, 2023                             No credit or refund

If RAFT cancels:

  • If we cancel due to state, county, or school health orders or mandates, you will receive a 90% refund to the original payment method and a 10% credit that can be used through August 31, 2025.
  • If we cancel for any other reason, you can choose between a 100% refund to the original payment method or a 100% credit that can be used through August 31, 2025.
  • If we cancel in the middle of a weekly session due to state, county, or school health orders or mandates, you will receive a prorated credit based on the number of days canceled in that week that can be used through August 31, 2025.

Contact Us

We're happy to answer any questions related to STEAM Dream Camp:

Student Programs
summerprogram@raft.net

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