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STEM Camp at Notre Dame

We inspire elementary and middle school children to discover how exciting science can be!

In the summer of 2016, we will be running two weeks of STEM Camp. Week one will be from June 27 to July 1st, and the theme will be "Survivor!" Week two will be from July 18 to July 22, and the theme will be "Animals."

Check back for details on STEM Camp 2016 soon!

View last year's brochure

Note: Last year, all slots for student entering grades 3–5 were filled. Be sure to apply early to ensure a spot!

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 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

Space exploration is an exciting and fascinating topic for students of all ages. Living in Maryland makes this topic very accessible as a real life exploration with all of the resources and business partners at our fingertips! Campers will experience space exploration through five full days of STEM activities focused on science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. Each day will focus on a specific content area and will tie into the overall theme of “Explorations Through Space.”

A typical day in the life of our campers might look like this:

8:30-9:30 Team Building
9:30-10:30 Engineering Activity
10:30-10:45 Snack
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
4:00-5:00 Swimming

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.

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.

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.

Ann Czapski is a middle school math teacher at St. John Regional Catholic School in Frederick, MD.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Mount St. Mary's University and a Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching STEM from Notre Dame of Maryland University.  She has experience as a counselor and educator for the NDMU STEM Camp last summer.

Erin McKavitt teaches at Flint Hill School in Oakton, VA. She teaches middle school Pre-Algebra. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Mount St. Mary's University and a Masters of Arts in Leadership in Teaching STEM from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She has experience as a camp counselor at the United States Naval Academy Summer Camp in Annapolis, MD.

Ed Svec is a Physical Education teacher at Edgewood Middle School.  He is currently pursuing a Master's in STEM Education at Notre Dame of Maryland University, and specializes in incorporating STEM into the Physical Education curriculum.  He coaches his school's Science Olympiad team, which competed in the State Tournament at Johns Hopkins University two years in a row.  He also has three years’ experience as a camp leader in Baltimore County for ages 6-15.

Robert Shank teaches at Abingdon Elementary School in Harford County MD. He teaches elementary physical education K-5. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Towson University and will graduate with a Masters of Arts in Leadership in Teaching STEM from Notre Dame University. He has experience working with students in large groups and is very excited for the team building and engineering activities.

Activities Director Abigail Klair has a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Design with a focus in Photography from Stevenson University (2012) and will graduate in Spring 2015 with a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She just completed her internship experience at Hillcrest Elementary School in Catonsville, Maryland. She plans to pursue a Masters of Arts in Leadership in Teaching STEM soon after graduation.


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 insurancJuliann

For advance information, contact:

Dr. Juliann Dupuis