Core Element’s unique summer camp model engages both students and teachers as they discover how to build and program robots and learn to code using popular web-based technologies.

Working together in teams, Core Element’s Hands-On STEM Summer Camp sessions help students develop critical skills in reasoning, analytical thinking, leadership and team building. Students also meet local STEM professionals who help them equate their interest in math or science with possible STEM careers.

Teachers who attend the camp work and learn as “students.” This hands-on professional development opportunity will help teachers integrate Louisiana’s new science standards and create hands-on, minds-on STEM experiences for the classroom. During robotics camp sessions, teachers also learn how to develop a robotics team at their school to participate in robotics competitions.

The Core Element Hands-On STEM Summer Camp fee is $350 per student for a week-long session with a $25 non-refundable deposit required at the time of registration. Final payment of the balance ($325) will be due by May 25, 2018.

Register for Hands-On STEM Camp HERE.

There is no cost for teachers to participate, however a $25 registration fee is required. The teacher registration fee will be returned to teachers at the completion of the camp(s). Teachers, register HERE.

A limited number of full and partial, need-based student scholarships are also available. To complete and submit a scholarship application, click HERE.

To learn more about Core Element’s Hands-On Summer STEM Camps, contact Tracey Zelden at 504-280-5715 or email

Thanks to our camp sponsors: Shell, Lockheed Martin, ATMOS Energy, Entergy, Antares Technology Solutions, Inc., M S Benbow & Associates, Laitram, LLOG, Boh Bros Construction Co., LLC, OCS BBS, and The University of New Orleans.

Session 1:

Junior STEM Camp: Coding / Robotics (Grades 3 – 5) | June 11 – 15, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Coding is the new literacy! Campers will learn basic computational thinking through:

Scratch programming language – Animation and Game design!

  • Campers will program interactive stories, games, and animations.
  • Scratch helps promote creative thinking, systematic reasoning, and working collaboratively.
  • Scratch is a project of the MIT Media Lab.

Ozobot Evo Robot – Use Drawing and Color to Code!

  • Campers will learn how to create block-based programs using the Ozobot Evo Robot and OzoBlockly programming.
  • Campers will create autonomous behavior and complex programs while learning robotics and programming with a hands-on approach.

Jr. STEM Camp: Coding/Robotics will promote computational thinking and social skills. Campers will  create, experiment, test, revise ideas, and reflect. Through creative play, campers will gain a deeper understanding of the coding process and develop important social skills such as communication, collaboration, and teamwork!

Activities will include a mix of guided and self-directed learning in a fun and active environment! Register HERE.

Session 2:

Coding Camp (Grades 6-11) | June 18-22, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Learn coding through Web Game Programming!

Students need no prior programming experience—just an interest in learning coding!  Great experience for students interested in coding, computer game development, robotics, and more.

Students will:

  • Design, program, and launch their own web games.
  • Deploy their creations to the internet to share with friends.
  • Create their own 2d sprite sheets and sound effects for use in their game.
  • Learn the fundamentals of computer programming by making games.
  • Use popular web technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Canvas.
  • Develop algorithms that define a game’s rules and logic.
  • Learn the common architecture of a video game from the ground up.
  • Team-based programming projects!

Register HERE.

Session 3:

Junior STEM Camp (Grades 3-5) | June 25-29, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Campers will utilize different STEM applications to introduce engineering and programming skills and develop teamwork and critical-thinking skills.

WEDO™ Robotics Campers will use LEGO™ WEDO robotics kits to explore robotics while they build working models that incorporate working motors and sensors; program their models to complete specific tasks, and explore theme-based activities as they develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

littleBits™ Campers will explore electronics, circuits and creative design with littleBits electronic modules. The littleBits platform of electronic building blocks is comprised of color-coded electronic modules for specific functions (like motion, lights, sound, sensors, and internet connectivity) that snap together to make larger circuits. Campers will engage in projects that develop STEM literacy and critical thinking skills and foster creativity.

Register HERE.

Session 4:

Introduction to EV3 Robotics (Grades 4 – 8) | July 16-20, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Campers will learn how to build and program autonomous robots using LEGO™ EV3™ robots and MINDSTORMS™ Education Software. Participants in this weeklong session will get instruction and hands-on practice with activities that will allow them to build and program robots. Campers will get information, tips, and ideas on how to enhance their team competition experiences and work in small teams to promote FIRST© Lego League’s signature set of Core Values. Register HERE.

Session 5:

Arduino Microcomputer Programming (Grades 6-11) | July 23-27, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Interested in coding, computers, and engineering?

Core Element’s Hands-On STEM Arduino Camp will take a in-depth look into electrical engineering and hardware code to pursue automation using the Arduino electrical engineering prototyping platform.

Campers will use controllers to operate lights, motors and LEDs, and then test engineering skills in a series of competitive challenges to discover how engineering and programming work together to make new and exciting inventions a reality. Plus, campers will also learn to work with printed circuit board design and fabrication, surface mount components, creating prototype designs on a breadboard and designing their own applications for the Arduino projects.

This is a highly instructional camp will dive into the world of automation and is an excellent opportunity for students interested in robotics or might be robotics team members.

Learn more about Arduino, HERE.

Register HERE.


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Promoting Quality Teaching

University of New Orleans
UNO TRAC Center, Suite 227
University of New Orleans Lakefront
New Orleans, LA 70122

Jan Brenan
Executive Director

Tracey Zelden, M.S., Ed.S.
Director of Education

Michelle Mangum
Administrative Assistant

Greater New Orleans STEM Initiative
dba Core Element
P O Box 6123
Metairie, LA 70009