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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

2017 Dates

Each session is two weeks.

Session 1: July 10-21
Session 2: July 24-August 4
Session 3: August 7-18

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

2017 Deadlines

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

Session 1 Payment requested: May 15

Session 2 Payment requested: June 1
Session 3 Payment requested: June 15

2017 Class Descriptions

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Session 1, July 10-21, 2017

Discovering Computer Science, Robot Quick Builds, 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 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.

Discovering Computer Science!
In this introduction to the very broad field of computer science, students explore real world problems and how computer science methods, techniques, and technologies are used to solve problems that are presented in our everyday lives. Students will use the computer as a medium for creativity, communication, and problem solving while learning about how exciting challenges are met through computer programming, data analysis, and decision-making. Computer science itself will be defined, and students will dive deeper into various aspects while learning to implement (code) solutions to the problems discussed in the class.

Discovering Computer Science Class Outline.pdf

Section A: 10:00-10:50 a.m.
Section B: 9:00-9:50 a.m.
Robot Quick Builds!
Students form teams in a race to apply mathematical and scientific learning to solve various hardware and software robotic challenges! Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robotic kits and software, each day, students follow a set of plans to quickly build a simple robot, then engineer their own design to use those builds to solve problems. Have your robot calculate the volume of an aquarium to see how many sharks will fit, adjust gears on a vehicle for maximum power or speed, try to build a robot ninja to surprise a robot guard, and more! Touch, light, sound and ultrasonic sensors allow your robot to perceive and interact with its surroundings. Strengthen your logic and learn to program using the NXT icon-based programming language as you and your team build a robot to tackle these challenges!

Robot Quick Builds Class Outline.pdf

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: $7.81 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.

Aerospace Engineering Class Outline.pdf

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.

Digital Song Creation Class Outline.pdf

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 24-August 4, 2017

Computer Graphics with Processing, Medicines to Market, Alternative Energy, Digital Electronics Using Arduino

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.
Computer Graphics with Processing!
Have you ever wondered how computer graphics in TV, movies, and video games are created? Students in this class use the Processing programming language to create sophisticated computer graphics. You will learn to create moving images, 3D images, and interactive images that respond to mouseand keyboard input. All projects are completed using the easy-to-learn but powerful Processing computer language that is based on Python. No previous knowledge of programming is required. And, students take home their own unique projects!

Computer Graphics with Processing Class Outline.pdf

Section A: 10:00-10:50 a.m.
Section B: 9:00-9:50 a.m.
Medicines to Market!
Have you ever wondered how many tests and how many years are spent researching the medicines and vitamins we take every day? In Medicines to Market we will scientifically test a new potential medicine that uses Lily Juice to determine if it is safe for human consumption. Working in teams and using a special educational laboratory kit, students will determine the threshold at which the medicine becomes toxic for humans versus being beneficial. Critical thinking will be applied as students learn about labeling requirements and the guidelines governing the marketing and sale of pharmaceuticals.

Medicines to Market Class Outline.pdf

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: $7.81 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 isimportant 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!

Alternative Energy Class Outline.pdf

Section A: 2:00-2:50 p.m.
Section B: 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Digital Electronics Using Arduino!
If you have ever wanted to take apart a flashlight or a radio to see how it worked, you will enjoy building your own digital device that uses lights,speakers, sensors, and buttons to interact with the world. Using an Arduino, a small micro-controller (computer chip) that is used by millions of students and hobbyists to build custom-made electronic devices, students build a fully functioning digital device out of electrical components and program the Arduino to run the device. Projects include displaying graphics using LED’s, using sensors to monitor the environment, and controlling motors to move objects around. This class emphasizes both hands-on skills for building digital circuits and coding skills for programming the Arduino controller, yet no previous knowledge of electronics or programming is required. The class is ideal for students who are interested in engineering, programming, or both.

Digital Electronics Using Arduino Class Outline.pdf

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 7-18, 2017

Lego WaterBotics®, Robotics Rumble, 3D Drafting Design, STEM Meets Art

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.
Lego WaterBotics®!
Students dive into engineering design with science and technology that takes robotics to new depths! WaterBotics® is an innovative, underwater robotics program designed by Stevens Institute of Technology that challenges students to design, build, program, test, and redesign underwater robots made of LEGO® and other parts. Have fun designing fully functional underwater robots. Work through a series of four missions set in real-world contexts.

Waterbotics Class Outline.pdf

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!

Robotics Rumble Class Outline.pdf

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: $7.81 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.
3D Drafting Design!
Join the Maker Revolution and start drafting in three dimensions!
Using Google SketchUp, 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! This is a perfect beginner class for students interested in 21st Century careers in game design, prototype engineering, medical implant modeling, computer innovation and more.

3D Drafting Design Class Outline.pdf

Section A: 2:00-2:50 p.m.
Section B: 1:00-1:50 p.m.
STEM Meets Art!
Applying creativity and innovation in imaginative hands-on projects, students experience how scientific inquiry meets art. Practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills as you discover how light functions in photography and visions by creating a camera obscura. Examine how light interacts with objects to create shadows by creating your own miniature silhouette puppets. Unlock your inner animator with 3D stop motion clay animation. Decode optical illusions and create your own mathematical tessellations. Collaborate with teammates on how music and sound affects the creation of line, rhythm and movement in art. Apply the principles of engineering as you design your own original Calder inspired mobile.

STEM Meets Art  Course Outline.pdf

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

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Ramapo Explorers-STEM – 2017 Fees

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

Explorers-STEM Summer 2017 Fees

Each session is two (2) weeks.

$925 – 2-weeks, full-day from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

$30 – Registration Fee (non-refundable)

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

*Individual Class Sessions, if space permits: 

$220 – 1 Individual Class

$410 – 2 Individual Class

$590 – 3 Individual Class

$755 – 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 Affiliates Discount = $40

Ramapo Explorers-STEM – 2017 Forms
Ramapo Explorers-STEM – 2017 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 10-21
    Payment requested by May 15
    100% refund by June 1
    50% refund by June 15
    No refund after June 15
  • Explorers-STEM: Session 2 – July 24-August 4
    Payment requested by June 1
    100% refund by June 15
    50% refund by July 1
    No refund after July 1
  • Explorers-STEM: Session 3 – August 7-18
    Payment requested 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.

2017 Teacher Biographies

Session One: July 10-21, 2017

Discovering Computer Science!
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.

Robot Quick Builds!
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!
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.

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.

Session Two: July 24-August 4, 2017

Computer Graphics with Processing!
Matthew Caulfield has undergraduate degrees in math and physics from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a Master’s in physics from UC Davis. He is currently a teacher at Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, NJ. He teaches math, physics, and several different computer science courses, including AP Computer Science and Computer Science for Engineers. Mr. Caulfield likes programming in Python, C++, C#, and Java. He is especially interested in modeling, numerical methods, and of course data analysis.

Medicines to Market!
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.

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.

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.

Digital Electronics Using Arduino!
Matthew Caulfield has undergraduate degrees in math and physics from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a Master’s in physics from UC Davis. He is currently a teacher at Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, NJ. He teaches math, physics, and several different computer science courses, including AP Computer Science and Computer Science for Engineers. Mr. Caulfield likes programming in Python, C++, C#, and Java. He is especially interested in modeling, numerical methods, and of course data analysis.

Session Three: August 7-18, 2017

Lego WaterBotics®!
Erin Esteves teaches middle school STEM and has taught 5th-8th grade science.  In addition she has been a Girl Scout leader for 6 years as well as a teacher at Nature Camp at Morris County Parks in summers. Ms. Esteves served 11 years as an environmental scientist in the environmental consulting and engineering industry. She received her BS in Environmental Science and her Master of Science Degree in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University, Cook College.

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!
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.

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.

STEM Meets Art!
Patrizia Proscia, artist teacher, holds a B.A. Degree in Visual Arts and Elementary Education from Ramapo College and a M.A. degree in Art Education from Boston University. Ms. Proscia has been a visual arts teacher for ten years, teaching in both the public and private sector. She is certified in both Art K-12 and Elementary Education. Ms. Proscia currently teaches High School Art in Bergen County specializing in all levels of studio art including AP Studio Art, Design and Digital Photography. She is a practicing artist working in all media of fine art including batik and photography and is also the owner and operator of For the Love of Art, Art & Photography Studio in Garnerville, NY.

2017 Camp Counselor Profiles

Leanne Cunetta is a junior 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.

Andrew Farleigh is currently a senior at Ramapo College pursuing a degree in mathematics and minoring in psychology. He enjoys working with others and has focused much of his previous experience into tutoring other students in various math fields, psychology, and Latin. Andrew has also worked as a tutor with students through Chegg for the past year. In the future, Andrew aims to enter the field of psychometrics while simultaneously pursuing a graduate degree.

Leah Lindstrom is currently a sophomore in the Honors College of Ramapo College of New Jersey. Majoring in history, her future plans are to obtain her master’s degree, conduct research, and become a professor. She has four years of experience as a camp counselor and lifeguard for middle school students. She also tutored throughout her high school career. She loves being a counselor, as well as educating.

Emilie McLaughlin is a rising senior studying math at New York University with minors in physics and art. She has worked at summer camps since 8th grade both in Westwood and at Ramapo Country Day Camp. She has also volunteered with the NYC branch of Girls on the Run.

Kaitlin Reilly is a May 2016 Ramapo College graduate with a BS in Biology. She is currently at Ramapo working towards her K-12 teaching certification, as well as her mathematics certification, and will be student teaching 8th grade science in the fall. In addition, Kaitlin has experience working as a substitute teacher for all grade levels in several nearby school districts. In the future, Kaitlin plans to be a middle school science teacher.

2017 Classroom Schedule/Locations

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Session 1, Section A:

Two Weeks: Mon.-Fri., July 10-14 & Mon.-Fri., July 17-21, 2017

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)

8:30-8:45 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.
Discovering Computer Science!
Teacher: Benjamin Fine
Adler Center, AC-109

10:00-10:50 a.m.
Robot Quick Builds!
Teacher: Alex Ivchenko
Laurel Lab 1 and 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 (Purchase on-site $7.81 all you can eat lunch, choose a la carte, or bring own)
Scott Student Center, Lower Level

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

2:00-2:50 p.m.
Digital Song Creation!
Teacher: Ilias Sefalkas
Laurel Lab 1 and 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 1, Section B:

Two Weeks: Mon.-Fri., July 10-14 & Mon.-Fri., July 17-21, 2017

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)

8:30-8:45 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)

9:00-9:50 a.m.
Robot Quick Builds!
Teacher: Alex Ivchenko
Laurel Lab 1 and Laurel Hall 006

10:00-10:50 a.m.
Discovering Computer Science!
Teacher: Benjamin Fine
Adler Center, AC-109

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 (Purchase on-site $7.81 all you can eat lunch, choose a la carte, or bring own)
Scott Student Center, Lower Level

1:00-1:50 p.m.
Digital Song Creation! (tentative)
Teacher: Jessica Franko
Laurel Lab 1 and Laurel Hall 006

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)


Session 2, Section A: 

Two Weeks: Mon.-Fri., July 24-28 and July 31-August 4, 2017

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)

8:30-8:45 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

9:00-9:50 a.m.
Computer Graphics & Processing!
Teacher: Matthew Caulfield
Laurel Lab 1 and Laurel Hall 004

10:00-10:50 a.m.
Medicines to Market!
Teacher: Rebecca Jost
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 (Purchase on-site $7.81 all you can eat lunch, choose a la carte, or bring own)
Scott Student Center, Lower Level

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

2:00-2:50 p.m.
Digital Electronics Using Arduino!
Teacher: Matthew Caulfield
Laurel Lab 1 and 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)


Session 2, Section B: 

Two Weeks: Mon.-Fri., July 24-28 and July 31-August 4, 2017

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)

8:30-8:45 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

9:00-9:50 a.m.
Medicines to Market!
Teacher: Rebecca Jost
Laurel Hall 006

10:00-10:50 a.m.
Computer Graphics & Processing!
Teacher: Matthew Caulfield
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 (Purchase on site $7.81 all you can eat lunch, a la carte, or bring your own)
Scott Student Center, Lower Level

1:00-1:50 p.m.
Digital Electronics Using Arduino!
Teacher: Matthew Caulfield
Laurel Lab 1 and 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)

 


Session 3, Section A: 

Two Weeks: Mon.-Fri., August 7-11 and 14-18, 2017

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)

8:30-8:45 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)

9:00-9:50 a.m.
Lego WaterBotics®!
Teacher: Erin Esteves
Academic Complex, Room A-105

10:00-10:50 a.m.
Robotics Rumble!
Teacher: Alex Ivchenko
Laurel Lab 1 and Laurel Hall 006

11:00-11:50 a.m.
Recreation/Fitness!
Teacher: Sheila Morgan
Varying Indoor/Outdoor Campus Locations
(optional swimming on Tuesdays & Fridays, 1st week only)

Noon-12:50 p.m.
Lunch (Purchase on-site $7.81 all you can eat lunch, choose a la carte, or bring own)
Scott Student Center, Lower Level

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

2:00-2:50 p.m.
STEM Meets Art!
Teacher: Patrizia Proscia
Academic Complex, Room A-218

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)


Session 3, Section B: 

Two Weeks: Mon.-Fri., August 7-11 and 14-18, 2017

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)

8:30-8:45 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)

9:00-9:50 a.m.
Robotics Rumble!
Teacher: Alex Ivchenko
Laurel Lab 1 and Laurel Hall 006

10:00-10:50 a.m.
Lego Water Botics!
Teacher: Erin Esteves
Academic Complex, Room A-105

11:00-11:50 a.m.
Recreation/Fitness!
Teacher: Sheila Morgan
Varying Indoor/Outdoor Campus Locations
(optional swimming on Tuesdays & Fridays, 1st week only)

Noon-12:50 p.m.
Lunch (Purchase on-site $7.81 all you can eat lunch, choose a la carte, or bring own)
Scott Student Center, Lower Level

1:00-1:50 p.m.
STEM Meets Art!
Teacher: Patrizia Proscia
Academic Complex, Room A-218

2:00-2:50 p.m.
3D Drafting Design!
Teacher: Alex Ivchenko
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)

 To print all 3 sessions, click here: ExplorersClassroomsSummer17

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What age group may participate?
The program is designed for students who are entering 7th and 8th grades in the fall. An entering 6th grader may attend upon submission of a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor. There is a form available on the website for this purpose. Click open “Ramapo Explorers—Forms” just beneath the subhead entitled “Additional Information.” Or, you may enter the email for the teacher or guidance counselor directly into the online registration system for “Entering 6th Grader Registration” and the form is automatically sent to your contact and they will be able to return it electronically as well.

Q: When do you require payment?
Recommended payment deadlines are posted on the website, approximately midway down.
Payment deadlines are recommended as follows for holding a seat for your child:
Session 1, May 15
Session 2, June 1
Session 3, June 15

Q: What is the refund policy?
Refunds for withdrawals from the program are issued only when notification is submitted in writing to the Center for Innovative and Professional Learning at cipl@ramapo.edu. The refund deadlines are listed on the website. Click open “Ramapo Explorers—Policies” found near the bottom of the website under the subhead entitled “Additional Information.”

Q: How can I combine the STEM Camp and the Theater Camp to make it a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) experience?
Morning or afternoon STEM classes may be combined with the Ramapo Explorers-Theater Camp to create a full-day STEAM experience. Register and pay the registration fees and tuition for the selected morning or afternoon classes individually at each website. Registration for two STEM classes plus Recreation in the morning (9:00-11:50 a.m.) plus an afternoon Theater class (1-4 p.m.) equates to a full day program. Registration for one morning Theater class (9 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) plus two afternoon STEM classes (1:00-2:50 p.m.) also equates to a full day program.

Q: What if my child wants to attend a number of individual classes vs. the full day camp?
Simply select the classes in the online registration form and make at least the minimum payment of $25. In the middle of June, we will let you know whether we have space in the camp to be able to enroll your child in individual classes vs. the full day. If we do not have space for the individual class enrollees, we will refund any payments you have made including the $25 registration fee.

Q: What type of supervision is there in the program?
Each 50-minute class has one Teacher and up to two Camp Counselors/Teacher’s Aides assigned to maintain a minimum activities supervision ratio of 10-to-1 (more often it is less). This means that each child is well-accompanied and well-supervised from the moment of drop off to the moment of pick-up.

Q: How does lunch work?
Lunch is at noon each day. Middle school students are accompanied and supervised by the counselors at the dining facilities. All students are welcome to bring lunch in a thermal container (there is no refrigeration) or purchase lunch a la carte at The Atrium (Mon.-Thurs. only) or at $7.81 (includes the tax) at the all-you-can-eat Trustees Pavilion, whichever facility is open each day due to possible construction changes.

Q: What if I need Early Drop Off or Late Pick Up, and when do I pay it?
When you complete your online registration for the camp, you may directly select the number of dates you desire Early Drop Off and/or Late Pick Up and pay the fees online along with the tuition. If you decide later that you would like these options, please call the CIPL office at 201.684.7370 so that the dates and payments may be recorded into your account (you will not be able to return on your own in the system to select the dates or pay for them once you have registered for the program). You may also email those requests in writing to cipl@ramapo.edu, and an invoice will be given to you at the end of the camp program to be paid by credit card by calling the office or by check no later than the last day of the program.

Q: What if I pre-pay for Early Drop Off or Late Pick Up, but do not use it?
In order to receive a refund, you must make the request in writing to cipl@ramapo.edu. If you paid by credit card, the full number of days not used for Early Drop Off and/or Late Pick Up will be refunded directly back to your credit card. If you paid by check, please allow up to two weeks from the date of your email or the last date your child attends camp (whichever is later) for a check from the state of New Jersey to be processed.

Q: Where do I park for drop off and pick up? Do I need a parking pass?
Parking is at the Parking Garage. A parking pass with instructions on how to drive to the Parking Garage will be emailed to you just prior to the start of camp.

Q: Where do I drop off and pick up?
Drop off and pick up take place at the Linden Hall Lounge. Students must be signed in, and signed out, each day.

Q: Who do I call if I have a question?
The CIPL Office is open for phone calls, emails and visitors Monday-Thursday during the summer, 8:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m., 201.684.7370, cipl@ramapo.edu. For urgent matters only, Monday-Thursday between 5:15 and 6:00 p.m., or on Fridays 8 a.m.-6 p.m., please contact Public Safety at 201.684.7432. Give the public safety officer your contact information, and ask they contact Rosa Diaz-Mulryan, AVP for CIPL (Center for Innovative and Professional Learning), on her cell with your message. Public Safety has the AVP’s cell number on the college’s Emergency Contact Listing. The AVP will return your call via cell. The AVP is also able to contact the Counselors/Teacher’s Aides and Teachers via their cells.

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