Skip to main content

For Middle School Students Entering 7th & 8th Grades

The Ramapo Explorers-STEM Middle School Academic Camp focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning activities while having fun!

The program, for middle school girls and boys entering 7th and 8th grades, explores STEM topics that advance the students’ problem-solving, critical thinking and teamwork abilities. Students in 6th grade may apply by special recommendation only.

The academic courses are taught by highly qualified certified middle school teachers and are supported by trained college-age counselors who are often teacher education majors. There is an activities supervision ratio of 10-to-1 (or less).

Location

Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah

2016 Dates

Session 1: July 5-15 (no classes Mon., July 4)
Session 2: July 18-29
Session 3: August 1-12

Times

Full Day (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) or Individual Class Options
Early Drop-off (7:30-8:29 a.m.) & Late Pick-up (3-6 p.m.)
Regular Drop-off (8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.)

Morning or afternoon STEM classes may be combined with the Ramapo Explorers-Theater Camp

2016 Deadlines-updated on 5/9:

Register & Pay Tuition by April 8 – Save $25!

Session 1 Payment deadline: May 15
Session 2 Payment deadline: June 1
Session 3 Payment deadline: June 15

Class descriptions:

Click below to open

Session 1, July 5-8 & July 11-15, 2016

3-D Drafting Design, Forensic Intelligence, Recreation, Physics Encounters, Bio-Inspired Computing

No Class Monday, July 4

7:30-8:29 a.m.
Early Drop Off

Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Website:
www.ramapo.edu/map/

8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
Regular Drop Off

Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Website:
www.ramapo.edu/map/

Section A: 9:00-9:50 a.m.
Section B: 10:00-10:50 a.m.DSC_0053lr
3D Drafting Design!
Join the Maker Revolution and start drafting in three dimensions! Using Google Sketch up, students learn common CAD (Computer Aided Design) tools and techniques. Start with simple boxes, spheres, and pipes and learn to rotate, stretch, and scale these shapes in a 3D environment. Then, combine the shapes to build rooms, houses, castles, skyscrapers, gears, cars, planes, towns – whatever you can imagine! Drafting in 3D is a perfect beginner class for students interested in 21st Century careers in game design, prototype engineering, medical implant modeling, computer innovation and more.

Section A: 10:00-10:50 a.m.
Section B: 9:00-9:50 a.m.
Forensic Intelligence!
By conducting hands-on science experiments within the ever-increasingly popular field of forensic science, classmate groupings are motivated to gather intelligence by applying their investigative and problem-solving skills to solve various mock crimes. Learn about means, motive and opportunity while exploring the fundamentals of fingerprinting, blood spatter analysis, and forensic document examination. Using paper chromatography, reveal the underlying composition of four suspects’ pens and apply the same scientific process on a ransom note to identify the perpetrators! Will you close your cases? Or will you need to gather more evidence?

Sections A and B: 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Recreation/Fitness!

Under the supervision of the CPR-certified recreation teacher and college-age counselors, organized and free play recreational and fitness activities help bring balance to the mind and body! Indoor and outdoor options each day. Indoor game lounge includes air hockey, billiards, electronic & board games, chess, cards, and more. Outdoor spaces and courts offer basketball, handball, sand volleyball and other fun recreational activities. Each week, there are “lifeguard on duty” optional swim days in the sparkling Ramapo College Olympic size pool!

12:00-12:50 p.m.
Lunch  Available for purchase on site: $7.65 all you can eat lunch or choose a la carte or bring your own.

Section A: 1:00-1:50 p.m.CrimeSceneInvestigatino
Section B: 2:00-2:50 p.m.
Physics Encounters!
Students enhance their natural problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork abilities through hands-on projects in the physical sciences covering topics such as motion, energy conservation, sound, light, and engineering by design. At what angle will my makeshift catapult launch a projectile the farthest? What is the best shock-absorbing material that will prevent an egg from cracking when dropped? What is the best way I can use candy to build the tallest, freestanding structure? How can I make a marble roll down a ramp the slowest? Can I use sound waves to navigate my way through a maze? Students apply science and mathematical concepts to answer these questions and more!

Section A: 2:00-2:50 p.m.
Section B: 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Bio-inspired Computing!
Did you know that observing animal behavior can help solve computer science-related problems? Students are introduced to the notion of biologically inspired computing in a fast-moving case study format. Classmates describe and discuss a problem, generate initial solutions, observe nature (videos), and apply what they learn to design and implement a new solution to the problem. All solutions to the case study problems are implemented on the computer using the Scratch programming platform. From identifying foraging strategies for robots to the decision-making strategies of larger groups, the observation of animal behavior will lead the class to applicable computer science solutions.

3:00-6:00 p.m.
Regular Pick Up 3:00-3:15 p.m. & Late Pick Up
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Website: www.ramapo.edu/map/

Session 2, July 18-22 & July 25-29, 2016

Engineering a NASA Outpost, Science Meets Art, Recreation, Alternative Energy, Brain Explorations

7:30-8:29 a.m.
Early Drop Off
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Website: www.ramapo.edu/map/

8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
Regular Drop Off

Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Website: www.ramapo.edu/map/

Section A: 9:00-9:50 a.m
Section B: 10:00-10:50 a.m.
Engineering a NASA Outpost!
Students work collaboratively on a number of engineering design challenges inspired by NASA’s upcoming mission to designIMG_0573-lr and establish an outpost station on the Moon in the year 2020. Students work in teams to brainstorm, design and build “equipment” to help astronauts land safely on the moon and transport materials around a satellite while building their outpost stations. Simple reusable materials are used in these engaging challenges to allow students to apply the engineering design process and core science concepts while encouraging their interests in space exploration and the engineering field. Each activity is distinct and is designed to spark a desire to solve challenging problems while applying teamwork abilities and critical thinking skills.

Section A: 10:00-10:50 a.m.
Section B: 9:00-9:50 a.m.
Science Meets Art!
This class combines science, technology, engineering, math, and art while practicing vital 21st Century skills aligned with the new Common Core standards. Each day, students collaborate to investigate a topic, think critically, apply themselves, and discover their inner innovative scientist as they explore the close connection between science and art through imaginative hands-on science experiments! Leap into a lesson about force and motion using the traditional Japanese art of origami. Paint your way through states of matter with watercolor mixing trials. Explore music and sound as you devise original instruments. Decode optical illusions and fabricate your own unique thaumatropes. Fly into engineering with original kite designs you invent. Tessellations, bubble prints, and the golden ratio round out the scientific inquiry activities you’ll enjoy!

Sections A and B: 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Recreation/Fitness! 

Under the supervision of the CPR-certified recreation teacher and college-age counselors, organized and free play recreational and fitness activities help bring balance to the mind and body! Indoor and outdoor options each day. Indoor game lounge includes air hockey, billiards, electronic & board games, chess, cards, and more. Outdoor spaces and courts offer basketball, handball, sand volleyball and other fun recreational activities. Each week, there are “lifeguard on duty” optional swim days in the sparkling Ramapo College Olympic size pool!

12:00-12:50 p.m.
Lunch  Available for purchase on site: $7.65 all you can eat lunch or choose a la carte or bring your own.

Section A: 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Section B: 2:00-2:50 p.m.
Alternative Energy!
Have you ever wondered how scientists identify energy sources? As the U.S. toils to reduce its reliance on traditional fossil fuels to create energy, it is important to consider and harness alternative forms of energy. Wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, nuclear, biomass and fossil fuels are considered. Work in groups to apply your critical thinking and problem-solving skills to design and build various alternative energy projects. Relying on topographic mapping, design a successful wind turbine and measure the energy you create. Combine knowledge about environmental architecture with the science of how Earth interacts with the sun and build your very own passive solar home. Add water to your efforts, and see what additional energy you can create and measure!

Section A: 2:00-2:50 p.m.
Section B: 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Brain Explorations!
The scientific study of the brain and nervous system known as neuroscience is speedily growing and students in this class are invited to explore the wonder of the human brain! Through in-class demonstrations and hands-on, team-oriented activities, students will build a brain model and learn to identify the regions of the brain and describe what they do. Along the journey you will learn about cognitive neuroscience, topics in CIPL Explorers 7.18.13 30lrneuroscience that relate to your own life and cognitions. You will consider the brain’s amazing network of 100 billion nerve cells (or neurons) and their impressive ability to gather and transmit electrochemical signals that affect your sleep, dreams, motor skills, memory, emotions, taste, touch, smell, sight and much more.

3:00-6:00 p.m.
Regular Pick Up 3:00-3:15 p.m. & Late Pick Up
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Website: www.ramapo.edu/map/

Session 3, August 1-12, 2016

Energize Your Math, Robotics Rumble, Recreation, Aerospace Engineering, Digital Song Creation

7:30-8:29 a.m.
Early Drop Off

Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Website: www.ramapo.edu/map/

8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
Regular Drop Off

Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Student Center parking lot or Parking Garage; see campus map on Website: www.ramapo.edu/map/

Section A: 9:00-9:50 a.m.
Section B: 10:00-10:50 a.m.
Energize Your Math!
Build your brainpower, perseverance, and concentration while engaging in interactive mathematical challenges that are applicable to everyday life. Hands-on activities encourage students to sharpen their problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork skills. As districts across the country adopt the new Common Core Standards, math instruction is shifting to students learning to apply math in a practical, collaborative, and problem-solving oriented setting. Energize Your Math will foster confidence and a deeper understanding of mathematics!

Section A: 10:00-10:50 a.m.
Section B: 9:00-9:50 a.m.
Robotics Rumble!
Students form teams to apply mathematical and scientific learning to solve various hardware and software robotic challenges using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robotic kits and software! Transcend a maze. Move cargo. Gear-up for building the speediest robotic dragster. Follow a set of plans or engineer your own design. Integrate touch, light, sound and ultrasonic sensors to allow your robot to perceive and interact with its surroundings. Strengthen your logic and guide your robot with the MINDSTORMS® icon-based programming language. Showcase your problem-solving skills in designing, building and programming as you strive to take the lead in robotic team challenges!

11:00-11:50 a.m.
Recreation/Fitness! CIPL Explorers 7.11.12 lr
Under the supervision of the CPR-certified recreation teacher and college-age counselors, organized and free play recreational and fitness activities help bring balance to the mind and body! Indoor and outdoor options each day. Indoor game lounge includes air hockey, billiards, electronic & board games, chess, cards, and more. Outdoor spaces and courts offer basketball, handball, sand volleyball and other fun recreational activities. Each week, there are “lifeguard on duty” optional swim days in the sparkling Ramapo College Olympic size pool!

12:00-12:50 p.m.
Lunch  Available for purchase on site: $7.65 all you can eat lunch or choose a la carte or bring your own.

Section A: 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Section B: 2:00-2:50 p.m.
Aerospace Engineering!
Since the ancient Chinese,
humankind has been obsessed with rockets. In Aerospace Engineering, students learn about rockets in theory and practice, from Robert Goddard to Space X’s Dragon. Each day, after a brief lesson on the history, physics or chemistry of rockets, students engineer and build their own model rockets. Starting with a basic kit, students sand, glue and paint a custom rocket. Then outdoors, and with all safety protocols in play, students launch their rocket hundreds of feet in the air! Assuming a safe recovery, students are able to launch multiple times staging their first footprints toward the stars.

Section A: 2:00-2:50 p.m.
Section B: 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Digital Song Creation!
Through creative and technical teamwork activities, students create music and digitally engineer their own original audio tracks! Learn about song themes and compose lyrics. Analyze and decompose musical elements of your favorite songs and artists. Digitally record and mix beats and music using Logic Pro software. Through this highly interdisciplinary engineering process, participants also have the opportunity to develop innovation, leadership, creativity, troubleshooting, and presentation skills.

3:00-6:00 p.m.
Regular Pick Up 3:00-3:15 p.m. & Late Pick Up
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Website: www.ramapo.edu/map/

Additional Information:

Click below to open

Ramapo Explorers – Fees

Inclusive of Class Instruction, Counselors/Supervision, Computers, Equipment, Ramapo T-shirt
Breakfast and Lunch Available for Purchase on Campus or Bring Your Own

Explorers-STEM Summer 2016 Fees

Session 1 Fees (9 days): Payment deadline May 15

$805 Full-day, each 2-week session from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

$25 Registration Fee (non-refundable)

Early Drop Off: $10/day       Late Pick-up: $10/day

*If space permits: 

$195 – 1 Individual Class

$360 – 2 Individual Class

$515 – 3 Individual Class

$655 – 4 Individual Class

*Each individual 50-minute class selection is by space availability only; notification is made after full day program is finalized (approximately 2 weeks prior to session start date).

Sibling, Bring a Friend, Returning Camper Discount = $20 (only one $20 discount applies)

Ramapo Alumni, Employee & Student Discount = $40

Sessions 2 and 3 (10 days each): Session 2 Payment deadline June 1 & Session 3 June 15

$895 Full-day, each 2-week session from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

$25 Registration Fee (non-refundable)

Early Drop Off: $10/day       Late Pick-up: $10/day

*If space permits: 

$215 – 1 Individual Class

$400 – 2 Individual Class

$575 – 3 Individual Class

$735 – 4 Individual Class

*Each individual 50-minute class selection is by space availability only; notification is made after full day program is finalized (approximately 2 weeks prior to session start date).

Sibling, Bring a Friend, Returning Camper Discount = $20

Ramapo Alumni, Employee & Student Discount = $40

Ramapo Explorers – Forms

Completed forms may be emailed to cipl@ramapo.edu
or faxed to 201-684-7277.

Ramapo Explorers – Policies

Cancellation Policy

Ramapo College reserves the right to cancel any program or course due to limited enrollment, lack of facilities or unanticipated unavailability of faculty. Full tuition and registration fee will be fully refunded when a course or program is cancelled.

Teachers/Instructors & Daily Schedule

Ramapo College reserves the right to substitute teachers/instructors and alter the daily schedule if necessary.

Refund Policy

Refunds for withdrawals from the program will be issued only when notification is submitted in writing to the Center for Innovative and Professional Learning, as follows:

  • Explorers-STEM: Session 1 – July 5-15
    Payment deadline by May 15
    100% refund by June 1
    50% refund by June 15
    No refund after June 15
  • Explorers-STEM: Session 2 – July 18-29
    Payment deadline by June 1
    100% refund by June 15
    50% refund by July 1
    No refund after July 1
  • Explorers-STEM: Session 3 – August 1-12
    Payment deadline by June 15
    100% refund by July 1
    50% refund by July 15
    No refund after July 15

Medicine

No medication may be administered by any Ramapo Explorers-STEM Camp staff.

Disability Accommodations

To request disability-related accommodations, please call (201) 684-7370 or e-mail cipl@ramapo.edu.

2016 Teacher Biographies

Session One: July 5-15, 2016

3D Drafting Design!
Alex Ivchenko
has been teaching technology at David E. Owens Middle School in New Milford since 2004. Currently, he teaches 4 courses, focusing on computer applications, computer graphics, digital filmmaking and robotics. His New Milford peers have recognized him for incorporating the newest trends, such as 3-dimensional CAD (Computer Aided Design), in his lessons. Mr. Ivchenko holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Montclair State University.

Forensics Intelligence!
Michael Valentino has been a middle school science teacher for the past 11 years. Having taught 7th and 8th grade general science in Teaneck for 9 years, and now currently in his second year working at Glen Rock Middle School teaching 6th grade science, Michael is experienced at creating a wide variety of engaging science lessons that are both inquiry-based and student-centered. Mr. Valentino has a BS in Biology from Montclair State University and an MS in Educational Technology from Ramapo College. In addition to teaching, Michael has been a Foundations Teacher Trainer, responsible for training new teachers entering public schools and has also written and implemented curriculum for Forensic Science and STEM elective courses.

Recreation/Fitness!
Adam Tinter
 is a Health and Physical Education teacher in Newark with more than 10 years of teaching and coaching experience. With a high passion for sports, Mr. Tinter serves his school district as Head Track Coach and has coached for a multitude of other sports at the youth level. Mr. Tinter is experienced at organizing fun, exciting, competitive, and non-competitive activities that engage students of varying athletic ability. Mr. Tinter is also an alumnus of Ramapo College where he earned his BA in Fine Arts. He also holds his MAT with a concentration in Health and Physical Education from Montclair State University and his MSW from Edinboro University.

Physics Encounters!
Michael Valentino has been a middle school science teacher for the past 11 years. Having taught 7th and 8th grade general science in Teaneck for 9 years, and now currently in his second year working at Glen Rock Middle School teaching 6th grade science, Michael is experienced at creating a wide variety of engaging science lessons that are both inquiry-based and student-centered. Mr. Valentino has a BS in Biology from Montclair State University and an MS in Educational Technology from Ramapo College. In addition to teaching, Michael has been a Foundations Teacher Trainer, responsible for training new teachers entering public schools and has also written and implemented curriculum for Forensic Science and STEM elective courses.

Bio-inspired Computing!
Benjamin Fine is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Ramapo College. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Texas A&M University and his BS in Computer Science from the University of South Carolina. His research aims to analyze, understand, model, and control distributed systems that display social behaviors. He has published papers on biologically inspired multiple robot systems, group manipulation using static environments, robotic theater, sensing requirements for flocking motions in homogeneous groups, and on the current state of flocking and swarming literature. Other research interest includes computer science and music education. Dr. Fine is inspired to bring STEM learning to younger students to help them gain an early appreciation for how the sciences and technology interrelate.

Session Two: July 18-29, 2016

Engineering a NASA Outpost!
Jessica Marrotte teaches 7th grade Integrated Science at Glen Rock Middle School where she is also co-advisor of the science club and an active member in her school district. Ms. Marrotte has previous summer camp experience teaching middle school students astronomy and physics. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an educational honor society, and holds a BA in Journalism from Penn State and a Master’s in Teaching Earth Science from Montclair State University. She has a passion for learning about environmental issues and sharing that knowledge with her students.

Science Meets Art!
Michele Megna is a Ramapo College graduate with a Visual Arts degree and a NJ Teacher’s Certification. In Fall 2013, she completed her student teaching at Hubbard Elementary School in Ramsey, NJ where she gained valuable classroom experience. Since then, she has taught 1st and 3rd grade at Hubbard.  Ms. Megna has organized and conducted a 10-week after-school art class at Father English Community Center, Paterson, NJ and has also served as a Science Fair judge at Bergen Arts & Science Charter School in Garfield, NJ. Most recognized for her artwork and creativity, Ms. Megna has a talent for explaining difficult concepts through visual imaging. Her passion for art is seen in her imaginative and innovative applications of the Common Core Standards in a science-based curriculum that focuses on technology, collaboration, and problem-solving lessons covering physical science, earth science, biology, chemistry, geology and more.

Recreation/Fitness!
Adam Tinter
 is a Health and Physical Education teacher in Newark with more than 10 years of teaching and coaching experience. With a high passion for sports, Mr. Tinter serves his school district as Head Track Coach and has coached for a multitude of other sports at the youth level. Mr. Tinter is experienced at organizing fun, exciting, competitive, and non-competitive activities that engage students of varying athletic ability. Mr. Tinter is also an alumnus of Ramapo College where he earned his BA in Fine Arts. He also holds his MAT with a concentration in Health and Physical Education from Montclair State University and his MSW from Edinboro University.

Alternative Energy!
Rebecca (Becky) Jost has been teaching at the Wayne Outdoor Lab for the past 3 years. Ms. Jost also teaches world sustainability as an adjunct professor at Ramapo College and is one of the STEM program facilitators for grades 6-8 in Little Ferry. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Ramapo College, and a Masters of Arts in Sustainability Studies with a focus in recycling and waste management also from Ramapo College. Active in her community, Ms. Jost has taught at the Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndhurst and at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, and has served as a volunteer at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Brain Explorations!
David Chun has been teaching psychology and neuroscience courses for over 10 years. He has worked with middle school and high school students and currently works with college students at Nyack College in Rockland County. David has a passion for helping students understand the role of psychology and neuroscience in everyday life, and works toward providing hands-on opportunities for learning. David has a BA in Engineering from Rutgers University and a MA and PhD in Psychology from the University of California at Davis.

Session Three: August 1-12, 2016

Energize Your Math!
Nicole Ferlise 
began her career as a mathematics specialist in Bogota Public Schools and currently teaches seventh grade mathematics for New Milford Public Schools. Ms. Ferlise graduated magna cum laude from Ramapo College in 2009 with a BA in Psychology and holds dual teacher certifications as an elementary generalist and middle school mathematics specialist. She recently completed her MEd at William Paterson University in the “Teaching Children Mathematics” Program and is currently studying educational leadership.  She has a passion for making mathematics fun and “real world-relatable” for every student.

Robotics Rumble!
Alex Ivchenko
has been teaching technology at David E. Owens Middle School in New Milford since 2004. Currently, he teaches 4 courses, focusing on computer applications, computer graphics, digital filmmaking and robotics. His New Milford peers have recognized him for incorporating the newest trends, such as 3-dimensional CAD (Computer Aided Design), in his lessons. Mr. Ivchenko holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Montclair State University.

Recreation/Fitness!
Sheila Morgan has more than 10 years experience working in the Ramsey School District. Over the last eight years, Ms. Morgan has held the position of assistant varsity field hockey coach for the Ramsey Varsity Field Hockey Team. She is certified in CPR by the American Red Cross and is trained in the latest AED training. She is also EPI-pen trained for youth and adult doses. Sheila holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary/Special Education.

Aerospace Engineering!
Alex Ivchenko has been teaching technology at David E. Owens Middle School in New Milford since 2004. Currently, he teaches 4 courses, focusing on computer applications, computer graphics, digital filmmaking and robotics. His New Milford peers have recognized him for incorporating the newest trends, such as 3-dimensional CAD (Computer Aided Design), in his lessons. Mr. Ivchenko holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Montclair State University.

 Digital Song Creation!
Jessica Franko is a STEAM curriculum developer and Middle School Science teacher specializing in Problem-Based Learning.  Ms. Franko earned her BS in Communication from Cornell University and subsequently studied in the AAS Graphic Design program at Parsons School for Design.  She is an NPTNJ Alternate Route teacher working toward an MA in Instructional Technology at New Jersey City University and was awarded the women’s Opportunity Fund fellowship in 2014 to complete the Web Development Immersive program at General Assembly. Ms. Franko practices martial arts and is an avid obstacle course racer.  She is a contributor for the Spartan Edge initiative that works to develop grit and problem-solving skills in students.

 

2016 Camp Counselor Profiles

Jacob Boyle is a rising sophomore at The College of New Jersey majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Physics. He has worked with children before through the Boy Scouts of America, for which he was a Senior Patrol Leader and Eagle Scout, as well as through FIRST Robotics, in which he ran camps and events for kids in the Jr. FIRST Lego League as well as FIRST Lego League. He is also currently a science and mathematics peer tutor at The College of New Jersey.

Leanne Cunetta is a rising sophomore at the University of Delaware. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. Leanne has experience as a mathematics and science tutor for students at the middle school and high school level. She also has experience as an assistant dance teacher at her local high school dance studio where she assisted students ranging in age from 5 to 13. Her plans for the future are to become a high school mathematics teacher.

Victoria Della Sala is set to be an August 2016 Ramapo College graduate with a BA in Psychology. During her time at Ramapo, her honors include Dean’s List, and presenting her research in psychology at the school’s Scholar’s Day event. After this summer, she will be moving to Silicon Valley in California, and will begin working towards a California teaching credential, along with a Masters Degree in Education. Her previous experience with children includes nine years of coaching a local cheerleading team, and one year of working at Walt Disney World as an Activities Host. After completing her teaching credential, Victoria hopes to teach middle school science.

Emily Harmon recently graduated from Ramapo College in January with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics Education. Emily has been working with children for many years, including tutoring students in grades 1-10 and student teaching in a 5th grade mathematics classroom. This past spring, she had the opportunity to complete two maternity leave positions. One as a seventh and eighth grade math teacher, and the other as a 5th grade teacher. She worked as a counselor at the Ramapo Explorers– STEM Camp last summer and is excited to be back!

Kathrina Pacheco is a May 2015 Ramapo College graduate with a BS in Mathematics and is also a certified K-12 teacher in New Jersey.  She completed her student teaching working with 6th grade math students at Fieldstone Middle School in Montvale, NJ.  In addition, Kathrina has experience working as a substitute teacher, a mathematics tutor, and as a grader in a Kumon Math and Reading Center, assisting students ages 4-15.  She also previously worked as a counselor/teacher’s aide for the Explorers-STEM Camp.  In the future, Kathrina plans to be a middle school math teacher.

 

2016 Classroom Schedule/Locations

To print all 3 sessions, click here: ExplorersClassroomsSum16

Session 1, Section A:

Two Weeks: Tues.-Fri., July 5-8 & Mon.-Fri., July 11-15, 2016

7:30-8:29 a.m.
Early Drop Off
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html)

8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
Regular Drop Off
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html

9:00-9:50 a.m.
3-D Drafting Design!
Teacher: Alex Ivchenko
Laurel Lab 1 and Laurel Hall 004

10:00-10:50 a.m.
Forensic Intelligence!
Teacher: Michael Valentino
Laurel 006

11:00-11:50 a.m.
Recreation/Fitness!
Teacher: Adam Tinter
Varying Indoor/Outdoor Campus Locations (optional swimming on Tuesdays & Fridays)

Noon-12:50 p.m.
Lunch Available for purchase on site: $7.65 all you can eat lunch or choose a la carte or bring your own

1:00-1:50 p.m.
Physics Encounters!
Teacher: Michael Valentino
Laurel 006

2:00-2:50 p.m.
Bio-inspired Computing!
Teacher: Benjamin Fine
Laurel Lab 1 and Laurel Hall 004

3:00-6:00 p.m.
Regular & Late Pick Up
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html)


Session 1, Section B:

Two Weeks: Tues.-Fri., July 5-8 & Mon.-Fri., July 11-15, 2016

7:30-8:29 a.m.
Early Drop Off
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html)

8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
Regular Drop Off
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html

9:00-9:50 a.m.
Forensic Intelligence!
Teacher: Michael Valentino
Laurel 006

10:00-10:50 a.m.
3-D Drafting Design!
Teacher: Alex Ivchenko
Laurel Lab 1 and Laurel Hall 004

11:00-11:50 a.m.
Recreation/Fitness!
Teacher: Adam Tinter
Varying Indoor/Outdoor Campus Locations (optional swimming on Tuesdays & Fridays)

Noon-12:50 p.m.
Lunch Available for purchase on site: $7.65 all you can eat lunch or choose a la carte or bring your own

1:00-1:50 p.m.
Bio-inspired Computing!
Teacher: Benjamin Fine
Laurel Lab 1 and Laurel Hall 004

2:00-2:50 p.m.
Physics Encounters!
Teacher: Michael Valentino
Laurel 006

3:00-6:00 p.m.
Regular & Late Pick Up
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html)


Session 2, Section A: 

Two Weeks: Mon.-Fri., July 18-19, 2016

7:30-8:29 a.m.
Early Drop Off
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html)

8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
Regular Drop Off
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html

9:00-9:50 a.m.
Engineering a NASA Outpost!
Teacher: Jessica Marrotte
Laurel Hall 004

10:00-10:50 a.m.
Science Meets Art!
Teacher: Michele Megna
Laurel Hall 006

11:00-11:50 a.m.
Recreation/Fitness!
Teacher: Adam Tinter
Varying Indoor/Outdoor Campus Locations (optional swimming on Tuesdays & Fridays)

Noon-12:50 p.m.
Lunch Available for purchase on site: $7.65 all you can eat lunch or choose a la carte or bring your own

1:00-1:50 p.m.
Alternative Energy!
Teacher: Rebecca Jost
Laurel Hall 004

2:00-2:50 p.m.
Brain Explorations!
Teacher: David Chun
Laurel Hall 006

3:00-6:00 p.m.
Regular & Late Pick Up
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html)


Session 2, Section B: 

Two Weeks: Mon.-Fri., July 18-29, 2016

7:30-8:29 a.m.
Early Drop Off
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html)

8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
Regular Drop Off
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html

9:00-9:50 a.m.
Science Meets Art!
Teacher: Michele Megna
Laurel Hall 006

10:00-10:50 a.m.
Engineering a NASA Outpost!
Teacher: Jessica Marrotte
Laurel Hall 004

11:00-11:50 a.m.
Recreation/Fitness!
Teacher: Adam Tinter
Varying Indoor/Outdoor Campus Locations (optional swimming on Tuesdays & Fridays)

Noon-12:50 p.m.
Lunch Available for purchase on site: $7.65 all you can eat lunch or choose a la carte or bring your own

1:00-1:50 p.m.
Brain Explorations!
Teacher: David Chun
Laurel Hall 006

2:00-2:50 p.m.
Alternative Energy!
Teacher: Rebecca Jost
Laurel Hall 004

3:00-6:00 p.m.
Regular & Late Pick Up
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html)


Session 3, Section A: 

Two Weeks: Mon.-Fri., August 1-12, 2016

7:30-8:29 a.m.
Early Drop Off
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html)

8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
Regular Drop Off
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html

9:00-9:50 a.m.
Energize Your Math!
Teacher: Nicole Ferlise
Academic Complex, Room A-219

10:00-10:50 a.m.
Robotics Rumble!
Teacher: Alex Ivchenko
Laurel Lab 1 and Laurel Hall 004

11:00-11:50 a.m.
Recreation/Fitness!
Teacher: Adam Tinter (first week) & Sheila Morgan (second week)
Varying Indoor/Outdoor Campus Locations (optional swimming on Tuesdays & Fridays)

Noon-12:50 p.m.
Lunch Available for purchase on site: $7.65 all you can eat lunch or choose a la carte or bring your own

1:00-1:50 p.m.
Aerospace Engineering!
Teacher: Alex Ivchenko
Laurel Hall 004

2:00-2:50 p.m.
Digital Song Creation!
Teacher: Jessica Franko
Academic Complex, Room B-118

3:00-6:00 p.m.
Regular & Late Pick Up
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html)


Session 3, Section B: 

Two Weeks: Mon.-Fri., August 1-12, 2016

7:30-8:29 a.m.
Early Drop Off
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html)

8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
Regular Drop Off
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html

9:00-9:50 a.m.
Robotics Rumble!
Teacher: Alex Ivchenko
Laurel Lab 1 and Laurel 004

10:00-10:50 a.m.
Energize Your Math!
Teacher: Nicole Ferlise
Academic Complex, Room A-219

11:00-11:50 a.m.
Recreation/Fitness!
Teacher: Sheila Morgan
Varying Indoor/Outdoor Campus Locations (optional swimming on Tuesdays & Fridays)

Noon-12:50 p.m.
Lunch Available for purchase on site: $7.65 all you can eat lunch or choose a la carte or bring your own

1:00-1:50 p.m.
Digital Song Creation!
Teacher: Jessica Franko
Academic Complex, Room B-118

2:00-2:50 p.m.
Aerospace Engineering!
Teacher: Alex Ivchenko
Laurel Hall 004

3:00-6:00 p.m.
Regular & Late Pick Up
Linden Hall Lounge (located on 1st floor of the Linden Hall residential complex; short-term parking is in the Parking Deck; see campus map on Web site: www.ramapo.edu/map/index.html)

 


To print all 3 sessions, click here: ExplorersClassroomsSum16

Contacts

For more information about Ramapo College’s Ramapo Explorers STEM – Middle School Academic Camp offered through the Center for Innovative and Professional Learning, please contact:

Center for Innovative and Professional Learning (A-216)
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Phone: (201) 684-7370
Fax: (201) 684-7277
E-mail: cipl@ramapo.edu