- Grade 9
- Grade 6-8
- Grade 3-5
- K - Grade 2
Frequently Asked Questions
When is it running in 2017?
Innovation Station runs for two weeks from July 17 - July 28th. Students can register for one week or both!
Why this camp?
Unlike other camps, Mount Olive School District runs this program to increase kids' interest levels in the STEAM fields, not to make a profit. As a result, we invest every penny of the tuition back into the teacher salaries and costs of materials, lunches, and transportation. Left over materials and supplies then get infused into our K-12 curriculum. In this way, we enrich the summer of the students while also improving our educational program during the school year.
My child has already done the camp, what are you changing to make it new and exciting?
We introduced all new courses this summer and have different theme days and programs. We are also having it at the high school, so everything is new and fresh for the kids.
Who will teach the program?
Each course that your child attends will have a certificated teacher that has a background in what they are teaching. Because they are certificated teachers, they understand the unique social and emotional needs of this age group as well as how to motivate campers through hands-on activities.
Will there be free busing for Mt. Olive residents?
Yes, there will! Just like last year, if your child resides in Mt. Olive, transportation will be provided free of charge.
Will lunch be included?
Yes, lunch is included! However, you have the option of bringing your own lunch to camp if you choose.
What if kids from outside of Mount Olive want to attend?
All are welcome to participate! There are no limits on the number of campers that would like to register; however, busing will only be available within Mount Olive.
Are there field trips?
Yes, there will be field trips! We plan to take campers on small outings that will help them learn in a hands-on way!
Will there be homework?
Absolutely not, unless it is telling your parents how wonderful your experience was during the day!
I have a special needs child who wants to attend. What supports do you offer?
Special education services will not be provided during the summer program. All children entering grades K-9 are invited, but all campers will receive the same level of services. However, our counselors are certified teachers and can make reasonable accommodations to help a variety of learners have a great experience.
My child can’t come the second week, can they come for just one week?
Absolutely! Each week has two exciting modules that your child can attend individually. Attend one week or two, the choice is yours!
Where do I go to sign my child up and pay for the program?
Click on the "Register Here" link above. Registration begins February 15th and ends firmly on June 1, 2017.
Will there be a nurse?
Yes, there will be a nurse!
Mount Olive Robotics Team Camp
This exciting one week camp gets incoming freshman ready to be the leaders of our high school robotics team. Students will learn the basics of programming, robot design, and fabrication.
Drone Building and Racing
This exciting course teaches students how to construct and design their own quad-copter. Using special VR goggles, they can then race their drones in the first person as they learn to control and fly them up to 35 miles an hour! Sure to be an amazing experience that prepares them for a very real future of increased drone use!
Other Worlds: Virtual Reality, Microscopic & Beyond
This exciting session shows how people are using virtual and augmented reality in the real world. From the Oculus Rift to making 360 dgree videos, campers will learn all about this exciting new technology! Additionally, they will learn about the microscopic world of protists to see how other worlds are not only digitally created, but actually are all around us.
The VEX Robotic Challenge
Get ready for hands-on, minds-on! What a great way to expose students to STEAM education! Simple snap-together pieces allows students to collaborate and problem-solve as they, build, test, and tweak their robots. Students will then use their robots to compete with their peer's robots. From motors to the programming, the campers are in control. This course creates a fun, teamwork-driven environment as students learn how science, technology, engineering, art, and math are all interwoven with each other in the building of their VEX robots.
High Ropes Challenge Course
Zip lines, belaying off of walls, and more! This is the experience of a lifetime! Learn the physics of the high ropes course and the importance of teamwork! In this course, students are challenged to know more about themselves and their peers in a brand new way. They learn to trust themselves and their peers, problem solve collaboratively, build their creative drive, and encourage each other to take risks by climbing walls, jumping into space and flying across a zip line nearly 30 feet in the air! Experienced instructors guide students through every challenge that is guaranteed to give them a great time, as well as develop and invigorate their leadership and communication skills. The excitement and thrill are sure to keep you coming back for more!
Every child is a maker! Whether it as a future engineer or fashion designer, students engage in projects that foster imagination, problem solving, teamwork, as well as strengthen their skills and talents. Students will learn about and engage in design thinking as they prototype, test and redesign their projects in our brand new Maker Space. They not only learn the value of teamwork, they also learn to embrace the notion of "do-overs" as these lead to the refinement of a piece. Creativity and innovation are at the forefront as students navigate and celebrate the power of possibility.
Who doesn't relish a day in the woods or at a lake? Kids will learn all about bushcraft and the animals that live in nature around our schools and the amazing ways we coincide with nature. The Native American population of the Lenni Lenape survived using just the world around them, and our kids will learn their secrets of foraging and animal and plant identification.
There is nothing like being able to say, "I programmed a robot!" That is exactly what students will learn. They will learn about programming as they program their own robotic spheres (spheros), humanoid robots, and even learn about how the high school students' program and control their large robots for Mount Olive Robotics Team!
The Science of Art
Students learn how science is used to create amazing art as they throw their own pots and watch how chemical reactions can create amazing art forms in nature.
Let's Build It
Experience the world of Minecraft with LEGO® bricks. Students will face new crafting challenges each day, building models and key elements from the popular Minecraft game! Then, they will use our very own Minecraft server where the kids can recreate their lego designs in the virtual world! More advanced projects and challenges will involve the use of K'Nex as they build their own robots and machines!
Zoo Cool Science
Students learn all about animals and what it takes to care for them as they go on exciting field trips and even take care of their own zoo at the high school. From the Turtle Back Zoo in Essex County to a trip to the Lakota Wolf Preserve, students will go on exciting field trips and behind the scenes tours of what it takes to care for animals. They will also visit local farms and learn about domesticated farm animals and how this important industry creates food for our families.
The Science of Art
Children will learn that art is everywhere and science is in everything as they make amazing and beautiful art work using plants from nature, learn about the colors of the rainbow and how to create them from the environment, and even how to do amazing chemistry experiments that result in amazing art pieces that they can take home and share with their families. This hands-on and activity-based class is all about making art come alive through the use of science!
Remote Controlled Everything
This isn't the remote control cars we used! Instead, kids will be controlling highly advanced remote control cars that stay on the track automatically and can disable one another using the Anki Overdrive system. Classroom size tracks will be created and each child will be outfitting their own racers as they learn how sensors and programming help keep their cars on the track. Additionally, kids can learn how to fly drones using special flight simulators and even use remote controlled boats in our new one-thousand gallon tank. From simple remote controlled trucks to the most advanced smart-tracks such as Anki Overdrive, kids will learn how to control all sorts of vehicles and compete in amazing challenges on land, sea, and even in the air!