Silver Knights now teaches chess camps, coding camps, and engineering camps! Camps are one week long, and most have half day and full day options, and some have the option to do two different subjects, like chess and coding! Campers will take breaks for snacks and fresh air, and full-day campers have lunch and recess from 12:00 – 1:00.
Spend a week playing and learning at Chess Camp! We've taught tens of thousands of children including national champions, but most students are beginners looking to learn and have fun! Campers are broken up in groups by skill level. Each camper receives a T-shirt and a tournament-style chess set. Activities include learning the rules, openings, tactics, endgames, studying master games, and playing lots of games against other students.
In Silver Knights Coding Camp, children learn to create stories, games, and animations using a visual programming language called Scratch. It’s as easy to use as snapping together building blocks! With Scratch, children learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Projects like mazes and platform games make learning logic, coding, and animation fun and creative! Our curriculum teaches new coders the basics while challenging more experienced coders to create increasingly complex programs. Silver Knights provides a laptop for every child. At the end of the week, each child takes home a T-shirt and a USB with all their programs on it!
In Engineering Camp, students explore engineering through collaborative, hands-on activities using the Engineering Design Process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve). Each camper gets a T-shirt at the end of the week. There are three different engineering camps:
Rockets and Rovers: Students will use the EDP to build air powered rockets and rovers to explore the planets and moons of our solar system. Kids will learn about the trade-offs and variables involved in making rockets, including weight, air resistance, and shape.
To the Rescue - Aid Drop: Monsoon rains can cause severe flooding that cuts people off from important supplies. Kids will design and make aid drop packages, parachutes, and canopies that can be dropped from an aircraft and protect what's inside.
Hop to It - Mechanical Engineering: In this camp, we'll learn about invasive species like the cane toad - what they are, why they're bad for native species, and how to engineer a series of humane traps to catch them!