STEM Summer Camp

STEM Transportation Summer Camp

Community College of Philadelphia will be offering two Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Transportation Summer Camp sessions this summer geared towards 6-8th graders.

Please read this page in its entirety. It contains important information about the camps and your child’s exciting learning experience.

We are holding two separate week long camps this year, the dates are:

The week of August 12th (girls only) and the week of August 19th (co-ed).

Note, if your child is in high school, check out our CCP ACE program.

Hours and Location

Camp hours are 9am to 3pm Monday - Friday.

The camp is located in the Auto Tech center at the Community College of Philadelphia. It is part of the West regional college campus.

The address for the Auto Tech center is:
4731 Ludlow Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139

There is a free surface parking lot next to the Auto Tech building.

NOTE: THE CAMP DOES NOT TAKE PLACE AT THE MAIN CAMPUS LOCATION AT 1700 SPRING GARDEN.

Please note, our primary contact method is VIA email. Please check your email often for camp updates are verification of signup.

Safety and Hands On Learning

Safety is our number one priority. Your child will be given safety glasses for lab activities and vehicle maintenance tours. "Closed toe" shoes must be worn for the camp, this means no flip-flops, sandals, or heels may be worn at any time. There is quite a bit of walking on some of the tours, please make sure the shoes are comfortable and safe.

Appropriate dress is shorts and t-shirts. Please do not wear excessive baggy or loose clothing as it is considered a safety hazard in many of the shop areas. Long hair should be tucked inside a baseball cap. Students are responsible for all personal items they bring to the camp. We cannot provide a locker or storage device for personal items.

You camp attendee must stay with the main group at all times. Lab experiments will have detailed and complete safety briefings.

"Horseplay" or failure to follow safety rules will result in your camp attendee being asked to leave for the remainder of the camp.

In addition to educational seminars and field trips, students will be building electric educational model car kits. One is an electric four-wheel-drive chassis and the other is a small electric dune buggy. Light modeling kit skills are recommended, but not required. Students will be handling small screws, parts, and simple hand tools such as screwdrivers and pliers. These models use real world examples of design technologies used in full size production vehicles.

Safety and Hands On Learning
Safety and Hands On Learning

Food/Lunch

Lunch will be provided for your child. You will have menu choices on the signup form. Lunch will include a sandwich, chips, desert, fruit, and a bottle of water. If your child requires anything additional or in place of the lunch provided they must bring it themselves. Backpacks or small cooler is OK to bring on the field trips or into the classroom.

Field Trips

Students will ride in a charted bus to and from all camp field trips. If rain is in the forecast, please have them bring a rain jacket, or poncho. Some of the field trips include quite a bit of walking that is outdoors or in industrial areas. Please ensure your child has safe comfortable clothing for the day and footwear (no open toed shoes).

Agenda
Agenda
Agenda

Tentative Agenda

WEEK OF AUGUST 12th - "Girls in STEM"  The main focus is on the future of young women in STEM transportation fields and highlighting women in other traditional male dominated roles.  Planned highlights will include visiting an auto shop run by women, live demonstrations and a visit from a female master welder.  (Note: this camp week is excusive to girls)

Monday. - Introductions, "How cars work", "What is transportation", "What are fossil fuels", "What are greenhouse gasses", starting our model car kits, and light hands on automotive lab.

Tuesday - Field trip to the Simeone Automotive Museum, Lunch, tour of a local Nissan dealership.

Wednesday - Tour of SEPTA Bus garage and Girls Auto Clinic

Thursday – "How gear ratios work", "How electric motors and circuits work", Visit to Carvana vehicle processing facility.

Friday – Visit and welding demonstration from "The Iron Lady", light hands on Automotive Lab, finishing up our model car projects, game/quiz with prizes.

WEEK OF AUGUST 19th - "Co-Ed – Boys and Girls in STEM"  The main focus is on the future of young people in STEM transportation fields.

Monday. - Introductions, "How cars work", "What is transportation", "What are fossil fuels", "What are greenhouse gasses", starting our model car kits, and light hands on Automotive Lab.

Tuesday - Field trip to the Simeone Automotive Museum, Lunch, tour of a local Nissan dealership.

Wednesday - Tour of SEPTA Bus garage and Philadelphia Police and Fire service garage.

Thursday – "How gear ratios work", "How electric motors and circuits work", Visit to Carvana vehicle processing facility.

Friday – Light hands on Automotive Lab, finishing our model car projects, game/quiz with prizes.

Photographs and Media

The camp attendee may be photographed for college promotional materials or to simply document the camp. If the photographs are used for public purposes you will be contacted, if you have any objections please let us know as soon as possible. The camper’s personal information would not accompany the photograph. Last year we had several media outlets come, visit the class, and run local news stories about the camp and events.

Cost

The cost for one week of STEM Transportation Camp is $50 per student, and it includes all field trips, daily lunch and a model cars. Please note, payment is due at time of sign up. Signup is on the following page.

Contact Us

For questions or additional information, please contact Daniel Reed, assistant professor and curriculum coordinator of the Automotive Technology program, at dreed@ccp.edu.