Robotics

Cool Kids Summer Camps around Newport News, VA

Here is my list of 2013 summer camps for Newport News, VA.   I have heard good things about them all, but the ones I expand on are ones I have personal experience with.

  • Camp Invention (at Christopher Newport University) –  My kids have attended this camp for the last 7 years and have loved it.  My son has aged out, but my daughter will attend.  I love it because it encourages them to think outside the box, while inventing  — and they love it.  They come home wanting to take everything apart and create new things.  For kids who have aged out of Camp Invention, Menchville High School’s award winning FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, Triple Helix, holds their Robo Camp  at the same time at Christopher Newport University.  It’s nice to have something for the older and younger children at the same time and same location.
  • Triple Helix Robo Camp (at Christopher Newport University) – is run by Menchville High School’s award winning FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, Triple Helix. The funds from this camp support the Triple Helix FRC Team. As a FIRST Lego League (FLL) team coach, I have looked into the costs of running an FRC team and its huge. The Robo Camp uses LEGO Mindstorm robotics.
  • The Governor’s School for Science and Technology Summer Camps – include various computer and science camp offerings.  Last year a new robotics camp was added and it is put on by the NASA Knights FRC team, another award winning FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team.
  • VMASC Summer Camps – are held at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis,  and Simulation Center in Suffolk, VA. They offer a 3DModeling camp, game development camps, and robotics camps.
  • VA Air and Space Museum Summer Camps
  • Chesapeake Experience Kayak Camps – both my kids attended kayak camps last summer and both loved it. My daughter, who was skeptical, only signed up for the 2-day camp and wished she had done the whole week camp. This year they both wanted to do the week long camps. The camps fill up quickly, so hurry if you are interested.
  • Virginia Living Museum Summer Camps
  • Jamestown 4-H Camp – another outdoorsy camp we are considering.  Kids spend the week away from home at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center.
  • PFAC Summer Art Ventures – Go to the bottom of this PFAC page to see the list of all the Summer Art Ventures camps.   These are 1/2 day camps.   My kids are especially interested in the clay camps.  They have attended other camps here before and really enjoyed them.
  • Starving Artist Studio Art Camp – TBA. My daughter attended this camp last year and really enjoyed it. The summer camp information has yet to be posted.
  • Hampton Roads Academy Summer Programs
  • William and Mary Summer Enrichment Program
  • The folks at Chesapeake Experience Kayak Camps sent me this information about the Seaford Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program. I thought it might be worth mentioning, although I have no experience with this camp.