In our newly added STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Education Camps we strive to connect campers with the changing world of technology. Our STEAM Camps will enable campers to explore the fields of engineering, computer science and mixed media arts. With the variety of camp themes and age specific classes, campers are able to excel in a safe and fun environment.
Future Stars Engineering and Design Courses:
Engineering and Design (Ages 8-15)
Director: Dan Tappin
- In this course, participants are exposed to engineering by building projects and solving problems. They will also be exposed to materials processing by etching a custom image onto glass. Learn about structures and mechanical engineering by building rockets, mouse trap powered cars, and trebuchets. The week is ended by designing an image and creating a vinyl stencil that will be used to sandblast a piece of glassware that they can take home. This is an exciting class with no limits but the creativity, resourcefulness and dedication of the participant.
Dan graduated with a B.S. in Technology Education from SUNY Oswego in 2007 and has been teaching High School Technology at Mt. Sinai High School since 2008. Currently the faculty advisor to the Multimedia Club, Yearbook Club and also serves as the Director of the Summer Golf Camp. In addition, he has served as the advisor to the Robotics Club and Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach.
Future Stars Drawing and Mixed Media Art Courses:
Technical Drawing & Painting (Ages 7-15)
- Utilize observational drawing – use of pencils and pens to create sketches for completed compositions. Compositions will be completed using pencil, pen, colored pencil, markers, and/or watercolors. All projects will be student directed in the development of a likable subject matter to create a final product.
Mixed Media Arts: 3D Art Made from Reclaimed Objects (Ages 8-15)
Director: Andrea Trapani
- Utilize recycled/reclaimed materials like cardboard, bottles, or cans with non-art functions placed into an art context to create mixed media 3 dimensional sculptures. Mixed media like pencil, colored pencil, markers, acrylic paint, and watercolors will be made available as well to add to any creation. Students will have the freedom to develop a range of works that all start from the ordinary to become extraordinary.
Andrea has been teaching Art at Mount Sinai High School for 14 years after completing her Masters in Secondary Education at Dowling College. Her lifelong passion and dedication for art stems from her early years of glue sticks and glitter to college at Salisbury University. She is continuing to learn about being an artist and has always found an interest in creating. She loves the idea of taking an idea and exploring options with different mediums like painting, drawing, photography, or collage. She believes art is all about the desire and the heart to take chances. The process is more exciting than the product, but when you can take ownership of something you have created, that’s priceless. You will find she is eager to make a mess, make something she is proud of, and pass on the methods to anyone who is interested. In her time away from the classroom she enjoys her family and friends, painting, drawing, and photography. If the weather is just right she will walk, kayak, or play tennis too. If she needs a break she will read or watch some of her favorite TV like anything HGTV. More importantly she looks forward to a new experiences. She is eager to being a part of the Summer Enrichment at St. Joseph’s College.
Future Stars Computer Science Courses:
Tera Bits (Ages 14-17)
Mega Bits (Ages 10-13)
- Learn and explore programming using Python, Processing and App Inventor.
- Use Python to quickly develop programs. Students with focus on algorithm development, since Python is so user friendly algorithms to be developed will include the use of ifs, loops, strings, functions.
- Use Processing to create interactive Graphics and animations. We will create 2D and 3D images and make them move using arrays.
- Create apps for your android phone, using App Inventor. We will implement several apps like Magic 8 Ball, Alarm Clock, Calculator, Whack-a-Mole, and Space Invaders.
Little Bits (Ages 5-9)
- Develop creatively using MIT’s Scratch by creating animations, stories, and computer games, like Maze and Pong.
- Use the graphical world of Scratch. There is a library of sprites available along with costumes, and you can create your own sprites and use many different backgrounds or create your own.
- Investigate the many commands and scripts available in Scratch, including events (when) for interactivity, control structures (if blocks and loops), sounds, movements, using variables, and using timers.
Director: Carolyn Bellacera
- Create interactive games and stories easily using Code Studio.
- Learn to use technology, becoming ready for our technologically-infused world where knowing how to read, write and code will be necessary.
- Have fun and engage in computer science activities (such as sequencing, decision making, looping, algorithm development, function creation and binary code) that build logical thinking and problem solving skills. Activities will be unplugged and also on the computer using Code Studio.
Carolyn has been involved in the computer programming industry for over 30 years. She has been a Computer Science teacher at Mt Sinai High school for the last 18 years, teaching many courses/languages, for example, Visual Basic, C++, Java, Computer Animation, App Development, AP Computer Science A. Prior to teaching, she was a computer programmer for 13 years. Her last two years working in industry were at Arrow Electronics and before that she worked at Grumman Data Systems for 11 years (both on Long Island). Her undergraduate degree is in Computer Science, which she received from New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY in 1984.
Future Stars 3D Building with Minecraft:
3D Building with Minecraft (Ages 7-15)
Director: Ryan Hecht
- These days, the mainstream world has realized the potential of Minecraft as a tool to inspire a new generation of computer scientists, programmers, and engineers in a world where demand for these fields is growing, and as such many educational aides relating to the game have been developed. My specific plans for this camp are still up in the air, but I intend to use LearnToMod’s block-based visual programming language (similar to MIT’s AppInventor) to teach basic programming concepts, such as variables, functions, loops, conditionals, boolean logic, and more through creating modifications to the game Minecraft. Students will be able to see the effects of the code they wrote in game, giving them visual feedback to help them learn. Towards the end, I may try and show how the “code” they wrote throughout the week translates to real code in practical programming languages in an effort to inspire learning on their part after the conclusion of the camp.
Ryan Hecht is a Computer Science student at Brown University in the Class of 2020 with an interest in pursuing a career in software engineering. Although computer science and programming are among the topics about which he is most passionate today, his passion grew from a seemingly tangential interest: the video game Minecraft. He began by creating a multiplayer server for himself and friends, and create software to augment their experience. Nowadays, when he's not at Future Stars he runs a large multiplayer server that has seen over 85,000 unique guests.
Future Stars Lego Robotics:
Lego Robotics (Ages 7-15)
Partnered with RoboMindTech
- From robotics learning primer, to robotics engineering challenges, and then into Recreational Sports, this is an ideal camp for children to exercise their mind to learn science & technology via robotics in the morning and balance with sports activities in the afternoon. From building LEGO machines to LEGO robots, campers begin each day with a Robotics primer learning workshop and then immerse into theme based robotics engineering project challenges like LEGO Catapult, LEGO Sumo/Battle Robot , LEGO Game Challenges and more.
Future Stars Summer Camps will partner with RoboMindTech for Summer 2018, an award winning center for Science & Technology Education, with locations in Queens and Long Island. RoboMindTech instructors will teach and implement their curricula and programming for LEGO Robotics, just as they do at our other camp sites across Long Island.
|A Typical Day
||STEAM Session 1
||Recreational Swim period
STEAM Session 2
|Boys & Girls
**Typical Day Activities/Sports/Times Subject to Change
Camps and Programs
Future Stars Summer Camps at St. Joseph's College offers premier programs. Summer 2018 will offer a variety of program options for campers from Kindergarten to 16 years old.
Sports camp programs include: Tennis, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Lacrosse, Flag Football, Multi-Sports, Softball, Field Hockey, Cheerleading and Volleyball. Specialty camp programs include: Magic and Dance. S.T.E.A.M Education programs include; FS Engineering & Design, Draw & Paint, Mega Bits-Coding Concepts, Tera Bits-App/Video Game Design, 3D Building w/ Minecraft and Robotics. Our Rising Stars program is a specialty program for younger campers ages 2.5-5.
About the Facility
St. Joseph's College on Long Island located in Patchogue at 155 West Roe Boulevard is spread over a 30-acre lakeside campus comfortably located on the South Shore of Easter Long Island.
The John A. Danzi Athletic Center contains a number of outstanding features for camp use including: 25-yard heated swimming pool, strength training room, aerobics/dance room, basketball courts, volleyball courts, elevated track (1/12 mile), state-of-the-art fitness room, men’s and women’s locker rooms and lavatories.
The new 25-acre outdoor field complex will be the focal point for many of our sport specific programs. The Danzi Stadium Includes a 400-meter all-weather track (six-lane turns, eight-lane straights), long jump pits, high jump and pole vault areas, synthetic turf field for soccer and lacrosse and a grandstand. Gregg Alfano Field features a synthetic turf infield, clay pitcher’s mound, natural grass outfield that reaches 403 feet in center field, bleachers and dugouts. The Softball Stadium Includes a clay infield, a natural grass outfield that reaches 210 feet to dead center and dugouts. The facility also includes six new Deco Turf tennis courts.
Future Stars Summer Camp programs have exclusive use of the athletic facilities on campus during the summer. Campers have the option for the camp lunch which is a full buffet in the campus dining hall and includes a variety of daily hot and cold healthy choices. For those children that choose to bring their own lunch, the lunches will be refrigerated and delivered to the campers at lunch time. All campers have the option for a daily recreational swim period under the supervision of our certified water safety instructors and lifeguards (please note that Little Stars campers have instructional swim).
John Mees has been chosen as the new Future Stars Site Director for St Joe’s. He has uniquely qualified himself after serving as director of our sports camp package in Southampton for 10 years. During his tenure in Southampton, John designed the curriculum and organized the staff for a site that hosted as many as 300 campers a day. Prior to joining Future Stars, John served as a tennis camp director.
John received his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, and went on to earn master’s degrees from both the University of Connecticut and Stony Brook University. Currently, John serves as Spanish teacher at Mount Sinai High School, where he coaches both golf and basketball. John currently lives in Sayville with his wife.
Dates and Rates
Summer 2018 programs will run from June 25th to August 17th. Flexible weekly scheduling is available. Each camp week is Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. Pricing is time sensitive as outlined below.
|All Camp Programs
(except where noted)
|S.T.E.A.M. Education Programs
Rising Stars Half Day (9 am- 2 pm)
Rising Stars Full Day (9 am- 4 pm)
For details of dates and rates of all programs click below to download the Application Form:
St. Joseph's Application
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