Join us this summer for ONE or TWO weeks of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! The Summer STEAM Experience runs June 11-15 and July 9-13, with unique sessions and experiences in each week. Students entering grades 9 to 12 in fall 2023 are invited to explore career paths with UW-Stout faculty experts in a campus setting. Dorm stays, camp activities, and a college student panel will provide well-rounded experiences that highlight the value of creative and critical thinking.
Register for one or both weeks!
Week 1: June 11-15
Sessions: Video Game Design, 3D Animation, Video Production, Web Design, 3D Printing, & Digital Storytelling
Video Production - Session Instructor: Jonny Wheeler
Have you ever wanted to make a movie? You can learn how to tell a story using video from development to the big screen. We’ll start by applying narrative structure to a script and planning the shots. Then we’ll dive into capturing professional-quality video. With guidance in pacing, we’ll cut shots together using industry-standard software. At the end of the week, we will watch your short films on the big screen in Stout’s historic Harvey Hall Theatre.
3D Animation - Session Instructor: Jesse Woodward
To infinity…and beyond! Campers will produce 3D animations using the same software that is currently being used at Disney Animation Studios. After learning the basics of the software, we will jump right into animating. We will explore professional techniques and follow the 12 principles of animation to produce believable and fun animations! By the end, the campers will have worked together to produce an animated short film that will be featured online.
Web Design - Session Instructor: Kris Isaacson
We browse websites every day, but have you ever wanted to make one of your own? We’ll start by looking at websites to learn about design and layout best practices. Then we’ll brainstorm ideas for your own website project and prepare simple wireframes to serve as a guide. While learning HTML and CSS — the building blocks of web development — you’ll work with a team to code pages of a website, create content, and find and edit images. By the end of camp, you’ll have an interactive, multi-page website to share with friends and family.
Video Game Design - Session Instructor: Karl Koehle
Level up your skills and get started on realizing the game of your dreams! Learn the end-to-end process of creating video games and the many skills needed to bring them to life using the same techniques and tools as the pros. Begin the week exploring the foundation of game creation—planning the fun—by sketching levels and character designs. Proceed to build a game by adding art, animation, programming logic, and sound effects. At week’s end, playtest the fun with your class, family, and friends to get your game ready for all the world to play!
Explore 3D Printing & More - Session Instructors: Wei Zheng & Alex Jordan
Have you ever wanted to create your own game tokens, picture frames, or dryland hockey pucks? Do you want to learn 3D printing? This session teaches you to design and manufacture plastic/wood products. Learn injection molding, extrusion, 3D printing, thermoforming, wood cutting/finishing, and more in a state-of-the-art lab. This is a fantastic way to explore the high-demand Plastics Engineering profession.
Digital Storytelling - Session Instructor: Mitch Ogden
Take your stories to the next level! Digital storytelling blends creative writing, story exploration, and media production together into many different forms. Our workshop will feature web-based interactive stories (choose-your-own-adventure), gamification of stories, digital audio stories (call them podcasts or audiobooks if you like), and multimedia stories. We’ll generate lots of story ideas and construct different digital stories each day.
Week 2: July 9-13
Sessions: Interior Design, Enameling on Metal: Grit, Gloss, and Finish, Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Unhackable Quantum Codes, Genetics/DNA Analysis
Industrial Design/Product Design – Session Instructor: Jennifer Astwood
We will be designing lights with lasers! This session involves creating new designs for lights. Students will become immersed in the design process! They will sketch ideas, and create cardboard/paper sketch models of their ideas for their light concepts. In addition to building prototypes with their hands, they will also learn digital tools in Adobe Illustrator to create their concepts for the laser cutter and engraver. This gives students the ability to create lighting prototypes using the laser cutter and engraver. At the end of the week, students will take home a light that they designed.
Enameling on Metal: Grit, Gloss, and Finish - Session Instructor: Rose Schlemmer
Enameling is an historic technique where fine powdered glass is fired at high temperatures and fused to the metal surface. In this class, we will begin with the basics of how to enamel on metal and work our way through a few different techniques such as sgraffito, stencils, image decals, and champlevé, etc. Students will be able to make several enamel samples then design and create an artwork of their own.
Furniture Design - Session Instructor: Cassie Savela
Campers will get a taste of what it's like to be a Furniture Designer and create drawings of their very own custom table, chair, or bench. This class is jam packed with fun activities that will teach students about the design process, ergonomics, design sketching and ideation, materials, sourcing, 3D modeling software, drafting, and more. Students will produce a set of 2D and 3D technical drawings by hand that show exactly how their custom wood furniture piece could be built. Notes, sketches, and technical drawings will be collected into a personalized 10-15 page process book and presented at the Camper Showcase.
Interior Design - Session Instructor: Julie Peterson
Learn what real interior designers do! Campers will design a living space for their favorite celebrity. While designing this space, you will learn about project programming, the design process, space planning, and how to create a color palette. You will learn about and choose finishes and furniture for your celebrity space. You will hand draw your floor plans, compose imagery boards, and create a presentation for your project. We will also show current student work and interior design projects from around the world.
Unhackable Quantum Codes - Session Instructor: Todd Zimmerman
How can quantum computers hack all your old passwords? How can quantum cryptography be used to make an unhackable code? We’ll explore how messages are encrypted and how code cracking normally works. Then we’ll explore the basic ideas of quantum mechanics and see how a quantum computer can be used to hack most codes. Finally we’ll explore how we can create an unbreakable code using a quantum system. You’ll create a poster or presentation to show off what you did during the week.
Genetics/DNA analysis - Session Instructor: Michael Bessert
How do we use DNA to solve problems? Campers will explore the world of molecular biology by collecting specimens from the field, extracting and quantifying DNA, then using various techniques to copy and study it. Campers will learn how to set up polymerase chain reactions, gel electrophoresis separation, and analyze DNA in various ways to answer questions and solve problems. Campers will gain hands-on experience using the following equipment: micropipettes, high-speed centrifuges, electrophoresis tanks, spectrophotometers, fluorescent imagers, and even a DNA sequencer. These techniques help us answer questions about everything from population studies to forensic identification to medical screening.
All Campers will receive:
24 hours of instruction/lab time in UW-Stout classrooms or labs
Instruction by UW-Stout faculty
10 to 1 camper to counselor ratio
Camper showcase celebration for families and friends on Thursday, June 15th or July 13, 2023 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
$475.00 overnight camper registration fee includes:
Staying in one of UW-Stout's campus dormitories, linens provided.
All meals on campus
'College life' experiences
Nightly camp activities include video and board games, UW-Stout Challenge course, crafts, movies, and more.
$ 325.00 day camper registration fee includes:
Experience college but stay at home.
Sunday afternoon activities, pick-up at 5:00 p.m.
Monday to Thursday day camper drop off is 8:15 AM and pick up is 4:00 PM
Cafeteria lunches included.