Summer STEM & Innovation Camps 2021

Presented by Kent State University’s Research Center for Educational Technology & Bio-Med Science Academy


Summer STEM & Innovation Camps will be hosted at the Rootstown Campus of Bio-Med Science Academy located at 4211 St. Rt. 44, Rootstown, Ohio. Get Directions.

To ensure a safe experience for campers and instructors, face coverings are required at all times. Families are asked to practice social distancing when dropping off and picking up their child from camp.

Camp Fee:

  • $125 per camp through May 31
  • $150 per camp after May 31

Registration: To register for any of the programs in the listing, please note the two-step registration process. Registration is not final until both steps have been completed. Please ensure that registration is completed with the name of the child participating in the program(s) instead of the parent or guardian's name. Please use your child's enrolling grade for 2021-2022 


Program Listing

Summer STEM & Innovation Camps


List of Programs:


Full STEAM Ahead with LEGO® SPIKE™ Prime

LEGO® SPIKE™ Prime is LEGO’s new go-to STEAM learning tool that provides hands-on building and programming with an intuitive drag-and-drop coding language based on Scratch. Campers will not only learn block programming but also have opportunities to explore text-based coding with Python to program their SPIKE Prime models. Campers will have the opportunity to build various models throughout the camp. In compliance with health and safety guidelines for COVID-19, campers will build and program individually with a SPIKE Prime set.

Grade: 6+
Date: June 21-24, 2021; 9-11:30 a.m.
Camp Fee

Instructor: Robert Lane


Programming & Robotics with LEGO® WeDo 2.0

Campers will develop STEM skills for engineering and robotics as they build & program LEGO models to have movement and special effects using the LEGO® WeDo™ 2.0 system. In compliance with health and safety guidelines for COVID-19, campers will build and program individually with a LEGO kit.

Grade: 3+
Date: June 21-24, 2021; 1-3:30 p.m.
Camp Fee

Instructor: Thomas McNeal


Introduction to JavaScript with Bitsbox

Campers will design their own digital games with Bitsbox, an online application that uses a simplified version of the JavaScript programming language. In compliance with health and safety guidelines for COVID-19, 1:1 devices will be provided to campers for programming.

Grade: 3+
Date: July 12-15, 2021; 9-11:30 a.m.
Camp Fee

Instructor: Thomas McNeal


Build and Program Your Own mBot Robot

Campers will explore robotics and develop logical thinking and design skills as the instructor leads them step-by-step to build & program the mBot robot. During the construction process, campers will learn about robotic machinery including motors, sensors, and “The Brain”/control board. Campers will learn visual and text-based programming as they work with free apps to control their robots. In compliance with health and safety guidelines for COVID-19, campers will build and program individually with a mBot device.

Grade: 4+
Date: July 19-22, 2021; 9-11:30 a.m.
Camp Fee

Instructor: Thomas McNeal


Video Game Design with RPG Maker MV

RPG Maker MV is a game engine used by artists and gamers to create animated digital games. Campers will apply their artistic abilities within the RPG Maker MV platform to create their own worlds, characters, and adventures as they build their own digital game. In compliance with health and safety guidelines for COVID-19, 1:1 devices will be provided to campers for programming.

Grade: 4+
Date: July 26-29, 2021; 9-11:30 a.m.
Camp Fee

Instructor: Thomas McNeal


Tynkering with LEGO WeDo Robotics and Drones

Campers will learn to use the Tynker app to program drones and LEGO WeDo™ models. In compliance with health and safety guidelines for COVID-19, 1:1 devices will be provided to campers for programming.

Grade: 3+
Date: July 26-29, 2021; 1-3:30 p.m.
Camp Fee

Instructor: Thomas McNeal


Step 1: Registration Form

Register for Summer STEM & Innovation Camps Here


Additional Notes:

  • Complete one registration form per student per program. 
  • Refundable registration fees for cancellations made 5 business days prior to program start. 

Please ensure that registration is completed with the name of the child participating in the program(s) instead of the parent or guardian's namePlease use your child's enrolling grade for 2021-2022 

Please complete registration Step 2 and submit the program registration fee via credit card. Payment can also be submitted via check.

For assistance with registration payment, please contact Judi Cash at jcash11@kent.edu

Step 2: Registration Fee Payment

Submit Payment for Your Registration Fee via Credit Card Here

  • $125 per camp through May 31
  • $150 per camp after May 31 

Please ensure that registration is completed with the name of the child participating in the program(s) instead of the parent or guardian's name. Please use your child's enrolling grade for 2021-2022 

For assistance with registration payment, please contact Judi Cash at jcash11@kent.edu

Safety Protocols: To ensure a safe experience for campers and instructors, face coverings are recommended indoors for all people who are not fully vaccinated, including children ages 2 and older. Families are asked to practice social distancing when dropping off and picking up their children from camp.

Cancellations: Cancellations must be made at least five business days prior to the program start date in order to receive a full refund of the registration fee. Cancellations must be submitted via email to rcet@kent.edu.

For additional questions about the programs, please email rcet@kent.edu.

For assistance with registration payment, please contact Judi Cash at jcash11@kent.edu