Core Element’s week-long Hands-On STEM Summer Camp sessions explore robotics, coding, engineering, computer science more! Each hands-on camp helps students develop critical skills in reasoning, analytical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, and team building.  Campers also meet local STEM professionals who help them understand how to match their interest in math or science with a variety of promising and lucrative STEM careers.

Camps are held Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily at the UNO Oliver St. Pe’ TRAC Center. Each session fee is $350 with a $25 non-refundable registration fee paid at the time of registration.  Out of This World ASTRO CAMP™ is $175 with a $25 non-refundable registration fee. Final payment of the balance ($325) will be due by May 1, 2019.

Teachers who attend Core Element’s Hands-On STEM Summer Camps work and learn as “students.” This free hands-on professional development opportunity helps teachers create hands-on, minds-on STEM experiences in their classrooms.

A limited number of need-based scholarships for students are available.  To apply, click HERE.

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

For additional information and to register, click HERE.

To make your FINAL CAMP PAYMENT, click HERE.

June 10 - 14, 2019

Ready, Set, CODE!  |  Grades 6-11

Learn to code!  Use popular web-based technologies to design, program, and launch your very own web games complete with graphics and sound effects. Plus, develop algorithms to define game rules and logic. Then deploy your creations to the internet to share with friends. No prior coding experience necessary.

Register here.

June 17 - 21, 2019

SOLD OUT – CYBER SLEUTH Science Lab – Explore the Digital World  | Grades 7 – 12

Be a Digital Forensic Investigator!  Investigate and solve real-world cyber mysteries. Immerse yourself in the process of scientific inquiry. Explore computer science concepts and develop technology, engineering, mathematics, and digital literacy skills.  Plus, learn about careers in Digital Forensic Science and Cybersecurity.

Presented by Digital Forensic Solutions through a grant from the National Science Foundation. 

Register here.

July 8 - 12, 2019

Out of This World ASTRO CAMP™  |  Grades 5 – 8

Team up to learn the basics of engineering, rocketry, and more with NASA’S out of the world ASTRO CAMP™.  Work in teams to complete missions. Learn about space explorations through hands-on activities and discover pathways to rewarding NASA STEM careers.

*Out of This World ASTRO CAMP™ is $175 plus a $25 non-refundable registration fee.

Register here.

July 15 - 19, 2019

SOLD OUT – Junior STEM Camp – Scratch Programming, Ozobot and Lego WEDO Robotics & littleBits Circuitry  |  Grades 3 – 5

Calling all future engineers and scientists! Use popular programs to explore robotics, programming, electronics, and more! Use LEGO™ WEDO to build working models that use motors and sensors and program tasks.  Learn electronics, circuits and creative design using littleBits electronic building blocks.  No prior experience is needed to participate.

Register here.

July 22 - 26, 2019

Mission Possible!  Introduction to EV3™ Robotics for grades 4-8  |  Grades 4 – 8

Build and program autonomous robots using LEGO™ EV3™ robots and MINDSTORMS™ education software. Work in teams to learn and share tips and new skills, and complete challenging tasks to enhance the team competition experience. On the final day of camp, campers show off their new skills in a robotics competition.

Register here.

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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