STEM Camp at Notre Dame
We inspire elementary school children to discover how exciting science can be!
July 21 to 25
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Studies show that students begin to lose interest in the sciences during the middle to late years of elementary school. Notre Dame’s STEM summer camp is designed to help students maintain and expand their budding interests in science, technology, engineering and math.
Each day, campers will be introduced to a new STEM concept focused on the Chesapeake Bay and will participate in hands-on learning. But it’s not all science—there is also time for swimming, team building, crafts and lunch!
A Day in the Life of a Camper
The Chesapeake Bay is Maryland’s jewel, a unique and vibrant ecosystem rich in history and natural beauty. Campers will experience the Bay through five full days of STEM activities focused on biology, engineering, technology, mathematics and sustainability. Each day will focus on a specific content area and will tie into the overall theme of “Our Chesapeake Bay.”
A typical day in the life of our campers might look like this:
|10:45-11:45||Engineering Activity Continues|
|12:00-1:00||Lunch and Free Play|
|1:00-3:00||Conclusion of Engineering Activity|
|3:00-3:30||Outreach with Maryland Science Center|
|3:30-4:00||Arts and Crafts|
Campers are placed in small groups across grade levels with a lead counselor who works with the group throughout the week. Counselors are pre-service or in-service teachers enrolled in a School of Education degree program at Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Dr. Juliann Dupuis is an Assistant Professor of Science Education at NDMU’s School of Education. She has over 15 years of experience working with and teaching at the elementary, secondary and university levels and over 10 years in content development and teacher enhancement programs in science education. Currently she works as a facilitator for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to teach environmental education curricula and as a facilitator of the Engineering is Elementary curriculum from the Boston Museum of Science. Previously Juliann has been an instructor for the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts as well as a formal science educator in the middle school classroom, educating hundreds of children. Dr. Dupuis will be overseeing the camp and organizing the curriculum and instructors. Juliann will be teaching the Environmental Science portion of the week.
Lisa Pallett is an Assistant Professor at NDMU who specializes in elementary mathematics instruction. She will be present each day and will help to ensure that the camp runs smoothly by helping to coordinate various activities and supervisor the daily camp counselors. Lisa will be teaching the Math portion of the week.
Ryan Schaaf is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at the Notre Dame of Maryland University and a Faculty Associate for the Johns Hopkins University School of Education Graduate Program. Before higher education, Ryan was a 3rd grade public school teacher, instructional leader, curriculum designer, and a technology integration specialist. Ryan will be teaching the Technology portion of the week.
Ann Czapski teaches at St. John Regional Catholic School in Frederick, MD. She teaches middle school math, PreAlgebra, and Algebra I. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Mount St. Mary's University and will graduate in Spring 2014 with a Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching STEM. She has experience supervising middle school students for a week long camp at North Bay Adventure in Maryland. Ann will be teaching the Engineering portion of the week.
Erin McKavitt teaches at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Towson, Md. She teaches middle school math and science. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Mount St. Mary's University and will graduate in Spring 2014 with a Masters of Arts in Leadership in Teaching STEM. She has experience as a camp counselor at the United States Naval Academy Summer Camp in Annapolis, MD. Erin will be co-teaching the Environmental Science portion of the week
Ashley Naiditch is a 4th grade teacher at John Ruhrah Elementary Middle School in Baltimore City where she has been teaching for four years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish and a Certificate in Women's Studies from University of Maryland, College Park and will graduate in Spring 2014 with a Masters of Arts in Leadership in Teaching STEM. Ashley has experience working as a nanny for children of all needs from ages 1-17 and has worked in Jewish pre-school camps with special needs students in Baltimore County. Ashley will be teaching the Science portion of the week.
Activities Director- Kristin Rich is a teacher in the OperationTEACH program at Notre Dame of Maryland University. OperationTEACH is a program focused on building a Catholic community, professional development, and spirituality. Kristin specializes in minority education having attended an all-girls catholic high school and worked at a camp for under privileged girls in the St. Louis area called Camp Sherwood Forest. Her undergraduate degree focuses on psychology and education. As a kindergarten teacher, Kristin routinely conducts arts and crafts projects with her students. Along with being a kindergarten teacher, Kristin is also a coach for Girls on the Run, which is a program for 3-5 grade girls focused on building self-confidence and strategies for having a positive self-image and act as a leader for Rainbows, which is a program for students in any grade level who are going through life changes.
Time and place: STEM camp is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Camp activities end at 3 p.m. to allow time for swimming, crafts and other activities.
Food: Snacks and lunch will be provided for campers throughout the week. Please send a reusable water bottle with your camper each day.
Clothing: Campers should wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for walking, running and playing games. A bathing suit and towel are necessary if campers wish to participate in water activities. Certified lifeguards and staff will be present at the pool.
Medical: Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are responsible for all medical expenses. Notre Dame of Maryland does not provide medical insurance.
These forms need to be filled out and returned prior to the start of camp.
Payment and Fees
Camp tuition is $500. ($100 non-refundable deposit is due by June 21; balance due by July 12, 2014.)
Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis. Don’t delay!
To reserve space for your child:
- Register online. $100 deposit due upon registration. You will be sent a link with the confirmation of your payment that will allow you to go back and pay the balance before July 12. You can also mail in the balance of your tuition by July 12 following the instructions below. You can also pay in full online upon registration.
- Submit the registration form and a non-refundable $100 deposit per camper by June 21. Submit balance by July 12.
Make checks payable to Notre Dame of Maryland University and include child’s name on memo line of check. Please note for your tax records: NDMU Federal Tax ID number is 52-0591641.
Return registration form and deposit to:
Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210-2404
Notre Dame of Maryland University reserves the right to dismiss any camper, without refund, for behavior deemed disruptive to the effective operation of the camp.