Summer Programs

Summer of Innovation
Grade Levels: 1-12
Frequently Asked Questions: for Parents and Teachers

Announcement: Thanks everyone for a great summer! We hope you can join us again next year.

Overview

Wings of Eagles Discovery Center is proud to work together with GST BOCES to offer unique learning opportunities for children and young adults during the summer months through the Summer of Innovation program. Read More...

Our organizations have a common goal to provide students with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills that are essential to their success in the future. We encourage students to take new courses to increase their skill sets and students may participate in more than one program, however, students who participated last year can choose to repeat courses if they wish to expand upon the skills learned.

Information about other GST BOCES summer programs can be found at http://www.gstboces.org/summerofinnovation/index.cfm

Wings of Eagles will be charging $50 per half-day week long program per student and $100 per full-day week long program per student (Students will need to bring a packed lunch for full-day programs). The registration fee is a non-refundable fee that must be paid at the time of registration. A limited number of Needs-Based Scholarships are available. Read More...

If you think your child qualifies for a Needs-Based scholarship, please contact Nicole Burt at 607-377-1878.

2016 Programs by Grade Level

All programs will be held at Wings of Eagles Discovery Center unless otherwise indicated.
Courses are listed by the grade your student will enter in the Fall of 2016
Class sizes will be restricted to 24 students per course.

Grades 1-2

  • Little Engineers in Training!
    • Are you curious about how things work? You can use your own imagination and creativity during this week using LEGO’s Simple Machines and other hands on activities. Come explore with us!


Grades 3-4

  • Marvelous Machines
    • Did you know that you were born an engineer? Do you like to build things, take them apart and figure out how they work? This program gives you a chance to design, create and improve the things that you engineer. This program is designed by the Boston Museum of Science and includes many hands on experiments and activities. Such fun!


Grades 4-6

  • RCX Robotics
    • RCX Robotics are an earlier generation of the NXT Mindstorm Robotics. RCX is a team activity designed to strengthen your student’s teamwork skills, communication skills, computer programming and problem solving skills. Your robot can use simple math commands to achieve these tasks. Failure is actually encouraged in RCX. Remember if Thomas Edison had not failed thousands of times, we wouldn’t have the light bulb today. Therefore, as your students fail, they are actually learning and one day will succeed.


Grades 4-8

  • Active Worlds
    • Do you like to play RPG video games? Have you ever wanted to build your own 3-Dimensional world inside a computer? Would you like to help save the Astronauts trapped in space on the International Space Station? Then this program is for you!. The online virtual world will be supported with Hands on and Engaging experiments.
  • Fun With Science
    • Household products are curiously inspiring: With a splash of food coloring and a teaspoon each of liquid starch and glue we can concoct an elastic, slimy glob technically known as a “non-Newtonian fluid. We even make our own bubble gum! Come out and enjoy our course in the hands on and edible.


Grades 5-8

  • Aviation
    • Hop into the pilot seat, learn the basics of aviation; take the controls and get ready to learn the basics behind flight. We will build airplanes and learn using actual flight simulators. This non-stop action is great for students that love video games and science.
  • BIO Energy
    • Wings of Eagles is taking the lead on bioenergy. We are exploring and meeting energy and product needs in sustainable ways through agriculture. Did you know that algae can actually fly a plane? Did you ever think about building a battery using a lemon? Come build an algae bioreactor with us and create an anaerobic digester out of food scraps. Lots of hands on activities during this fun filled week.
  • NXT Mindstorms Robotics
    • Do you love the Disney / Pixar movie WALL•E? Do you like to build things using LEGOs? Have you ever thought about programing your own robot? If you answer yes to these questions our LEGO Robotics course is for you! This introductory course introduces students to the basics of LEGO Robotics. Students will work in teams to design, build and program their own robots. Students will be involved with programming their robots through several challenges.
  • NXT Mindstorms Robotics – Advanced
    • This advanced course allows students to further explore lessons using NXT LEGO Robotics. Students will work in teams to design, build and program their own robots. Students MUST have completed a program either at Wings of Eagles or in their school in order to be eligible to enroll in this program.
  • Rocketry
    • Rockets are the oldest form of self-contained vehicles in existence. Early rockets were in use more than two thousand years ago. Over a long and exciting history, rockets have evolved from simple tubes filled with black powder into mighty vehicles capable of launching a spacecraft out into the galaxy. Few experiences can compare with the excitement and thrill of watching a rocket-powered vehicle, such as the Space Shuttle, thunder into space. Dreams of rocket flight to distant worlds fire the imagination of both children and adults. Come to Wings of Eagles and learn the science behind rockets. Be ready to build and fly your very own rocket.


Grades 7-9

  • Underwater Robotics
    • Do you like to build robots? Have you ever seen a ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle)? Learn how to build an ROV and then see how it works underwater. ROV’s are usually used for ocean exploration and research as well as being used by the Gas industry for oil and gas drilling and support. ROVs are unoccupied vehicles that can explore a variety of locations in the water and are piloted by someone on shore or on a boat. Some are even used for crime scene investigation and homeland security.


Grades 7-12

  • VEX Robotics
    • Do you like to build things that move? Are you fascinated by the Mars Rovers? Have you ever thought about programming your own robot? Students will learn to use Intellitek EasyC and Boot Camp software and will work together using robotics content to strengthen their creative and problem solving skills. These robots are made of metal and definitely are the wave of the future. No prior knowledge necessary.