Middle School Summer Camp Overview

The Project SYNCERE Middle School Summer STEM Camp was designed for students who have a sincere interest in learning how to apply math and science skills to solve "real-world" problems. It was created to give students the opportunity to engage in engineering topics and to better prepare them for pursuing STEM-related careers.

Students spend each day learning how to apply math and science concepts by completing various engineering projects. There are six (6) separate sessions, each lasting one week. Each session will incorporate a different engineering project, with the intent to expose students to the various areas of concentration in engineering and provide them an enhanced set of skills that will prepare them for the 21st century.

Offering an educational and interactive summer program for middle school students is just one of the steps Project SYNCERE is taking to fulfill its mission of developing young minds. By focusing our services on middle school students, it is our hope that participants learn the importance and benefits of higher education and STEM careers, to become the next generation of leaders, innovators, and engineers.


Camp Details

  • Grades: Incoming 6th, 7th, 8th Graders
  • Dates: June 26 - August 4  
  • Days of week: Monday - Friday
  • Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Lunch: Provided
  • Field Trips: 1 per week
  • Location: Olive Harvey College - 10001 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60628

    Typical Camp Day




    Students Arrive/Morning Activity


    Intro to Engineering Activity


    Engineering Plan/Brainstorm


    Physical Activity




    Engineering Plan/Build




    Engineering Build


    Day Recap

    2017 Sessions

    Session 1: (June 26 – June 30) Registration & Regular Payment Due By: June 12th

    Computer Science: Decoding the Self-Driving Car

    During this session, students will dive into the technology of self-driving vehicles and learn the computer science behind the wheel.  Using RobotC and LegoMindstorms, students will work in teams, to design, build and test solutions to several automotive related coding challenges.  Challenges will include, remote start, traffic lights, automated navigation, and three-point turns.

    Session 2: (July 3 – July 7) Registration & Regular Payment Due By: June 19th

    Robotics: Swept Away Challenge *No class July 4th

    During this session, students will work as Mechanical Engineers to design remote controlled robots to compete in a fast-paced game simulation known as the Swept-Away Challenge. The Vex Robotics Design System offers students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

    Session 3: (July 10 – July 14) Registration & Regular Payment Due By: June 26th

    Climate Design Challenge: Engineering Homes

    During this session, students will explore the impact of extreme climate on homes built in various regions around the world. The project will challenge students to research and design homes to survive these various climate conditions and document their results.  For example, they will build a house that can withstand extreme heat and the wind or one that does not get washed away during the monsoon season. 

    Session 4: (July 17 – July 21) Registration & Regular Payment Due By: July 3rd

    Environmental Engineering: Designing Water Filtration Systems

    During this session, students will work in groups to design and build a model pipe and filtration system to demonstrate how water can be recycled within a city. They will use data to inform their design decisions and use engineering design principals to explain how they determined the best design to complete the challenge.

    Session 5: (July 24 – July 28) Registration & Regular Payment Due By: July 10th

    Robotics: Underwater Robotics Design Challenge

    During this session, students will use Lego Mindstorms NXT Power Functions to creatively adapt and apply programming and problem-solving skills to build robots that can solve underwater challenges. Lego Robotics teaches students how to build and program robots using a drag and drop interface.

    Session 6: (July 31 – Aug 4) Registration & Regular Payment Due By: July 17th

    Amusement Park Science: Engineering Fun!

    During this session, students will work in teams to design, built and test their concept for an amusement park.  Using KNEX Education, students will be engaged and energized as they experience the interrelationships and further their knowledge and understanding of the science, technology, engineering and math concepts associated with their favorite amusement park rides.

    Registration Process

    • Please fill out all the required fields on the REGISTRATION FORM
    • Pay the $50.00 deposit
    • Late registrations & payments will be accepted upon available space left


    Phone: 773.982.8261

    Email: apps@projectsyncere.org

    Rates & Payments


    • Early-Bird Rate: $250 per week 
    • 6-Week Pre-Pay Discount: $1375 
    • Regular Rate: $275 per week
    • Registration Deposit: $50 (Non-refundable, due at time of registration)

    Income Based Rates: 

    A limited number of discounted weekly spaces (per child) are available based on income and family size. Discounted spaces are subject to availability and may range from $150-$225 per week. To request the discounted fee, please click and download the "Discount Fee Request Formcomplete, and fax to 856-997-9294 or email to apps@projectsyncere.org with the required documents.

    Payment Schedule:
    Early Bird Deadline: May 5th
    6-Week Pre-Pay Discount Deadline: June 12th
    *To receive discounts, all sessions must be paid in full by the deadline.

    Regular rate weekly fees are due two weeks prior to your camp:

    • Week 1: Monies Due by June 12th
    • Week 2: Monies Due by June 19th
    • Week 3: Monies Due by June 26th
    • Week 4: Monies Due by July 3rd
    • Week 5: Monies Due by July 10th
    • Week 6: Monies Due by July 17th

    Mailed/In-Person Payments
    Project SYNCERE
    9012 S. Stony Island Ave
    Chicago, IL 60617

    Online Payment Link


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