STEM Communication Summer Camps

In the fast-paced professional world, future STEM leaders are challenged more than ever to communicate effectively in different circumstances, whether they be in a robotics competition, science fair, math olympiad, engineering fair, or similar events. Whether it is presenting a new innovation, elaborating on an industry trend or focusing on a scientific breakthrough, our students need to be able to communicate their STEM findings in a constructive manner. Focusing on empowering tomorrow's leaders, the Capitol Debate STEM Communication program is a distinct and innovative, two-week camp aimed at providing students the unique opportunity to improve their presentation skills and polish their delivery.

Our two-week program will provide students with the proper mindset, skillset, toolset and critical communication skills needed for success in STEM fields and competitions. To this end, we offer a wide range of structured experiences designed to: build trust, facilitate effective communication; promote wellness, leadership, self-respect, tolerance, and personal insight.

Our Youth Leadership Program is filled with distinctive experiences, cohort focus groups, hands-on exercises, interactive lectures and workshops designed to bring these concepts to life. Our students learn to work together to develop and inspire effective change in their own lives, their communities and the lives of those around them.

Curriculum

Our STEM Communications camp provides students with the tools to become formidable leaders within STEM fields. Our program focuses on core communications, analytical research, critical thinking, and mathematical modeling skills. Students are encouraged to bring their past research and projects (i.e. innovative ideas or research) to our program. At camp, students will work with their cohort review group to prepare and deliver presentations at the conclusion of our program which aim to persuade, educate, and inform their audiences.

The Capitol Debate STEM Communication Program will introduce campers to techniques specifically designed to identify, nurture and strengthen the leader which reside within them. We will share the most current and effective communication skills being used today and prepare them for the real-world work in STEM fields and life experiences in which they will soon find themselves. Our goal is to educate, arm and develop STEM leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities and to foster relationships among students from different ethnic, religious, and national backgrounds.

Skills and Areas of Focus

  • Developing a Presentation
  • Producing an Educational Presentation focused on STEM concepts
  • Problem solving skills
  • Teamwork and team building skills
  • Confidence building techniques
  • Public Speaking skills
  • Goal setting
  • Persuasion
  • Decision making skills
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Stimulate idea development
  • Self expression

Summer Camp: A Life Changing Experience

Not only will Capitol Debate students learn new skills through our programs; they will feel an increase in self-worth, learn critical thinking skills and improve public speaking and communication skills with their peers. Two weeks at camp will result in lifelong friendships and memories that will resonate with our students throughout their academic, personal and professional careers. Campers return to our program year after year because of how life-changing our Summer Debate Camps prove to be. Our parents will tell you themselves that they proudly stand by their investment in Capitol Debate because of the impact it has had on their families.

Practice & Application

The most effective way to implement new ideas, concepts and strategies into a student's life is to put them into practice immediately. We realize that our campers are being lectured during the entire school year. Our goal is for campers to have a transformational experience and the Capitol Debate STEM Communication Camp accomplishes this through exciting, hands-on exercises, fun team-building exercises and distinct, interactive experiences designed to promote growth, leadership, and enjoyment. Afterall, it is summer camp, not summer school.

Focus Areas for Week 1: Presentation Skills, Introducing the Theme, Rotating between STEM labs, Focusing on Public Speaking basics, and deciding on their topic by refining their 3 proposed topics (Study Hall Stations based on cohorts/topics).
Focus Areas for Week 2: Refining presentations, Focus on their GOAL, Delivering a Story or Changing the Audience's Mind, Cohort Feedback Sessions, Recording Presentations, Peer Review, and Cohort Competitions.

Sample Schedule

    Here is a sample daily schedule for this program:
  • 7:30 a.m. - Overnight Campers rise and shine! We offer an expansive breakfast in the campus dining hall, which includes eggs, pancakes, orange juice, cereal, waffles, yogurt and fruit.
  • 8:30 a.m. - Commuters arrive and sign in at designated location.
  • 8:45 a.m. - Morning Announcements and review of activities for the day.
  • 9:00 a.m. - Skill lessons such as Defining STEM Communication: Students brainstorm for a list of who they believe are leaders in STEM fields and topics they would like to research. They then analyze and discuss the common characteristics amongst them.
  • 10:00 a.m. - Small group exercises such as Self-Identification: Students share their STEM presentation topic amongst their peers and work on their presentations in cohort groups. This activity is followed by identifying why they believe such students to be leaders and what characteristics they appear to have in common.
  • 11:00 a.m. - Elective Course
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch at campus dining hall for overnight students and commuters.
  • 1:00 p.m. - Lab time: Hands-on instruction in public speaking, goal setting, prioritizing and identifying evidence of their chosen topic.
  • 2:30 p.m. - Free time: Join a game of basketball, swim, shoot pool, play foosball, soccer, video games, frisbee or watch TV on the big screen!
  • 3:30 p.m. - Cohort Group Peer Review where students work with each other to assess their projects and receive critiques on their research.
  • 5:00 p.m. - Dinner buffet style for overnight students and commuters.
  • 6:30 p.m. - Office Hours: Student's will be able to go back in the classroom to work on their presentations or skills they may need additional assistance with. It's a great opportunity for students to work individually with the camp staff.
  • 7:00 p.m. - Commuters Depart
  • 8:00 p.m. - Activities in dorm, ice breaker socials, movies, and games.
  • 10:00 p.m. - Room check and curfew.

Please note that all payments are nonrefundable. Should cancellation be necessary, full credit will be provided up to 1 year from the date of the event, if written notice of cancellation is provided prior to May 1st for camps and at least two weeks for other programs. Any add-ons, tournament or fees paid cannot be refunded and are non-transferrable. Summer camp cancellations received after May 1st or programs cancellations after two weeks prior to program starting must also be made in writing and will follow the cancellation credit timetables. For more details please visit our Terms, Policies, and Conditions page.