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STEAM Camps for Kids by emPowerU

Mosaic Life Care Foundation hosts STEAM camps each summer at our two experiential learning labs, emPowerU in St. Joseph, Missouri, and Think Ahead Works in King City, Missouri.  The STEAM camps are a fun and engaging way for kids entering grades 3-8 to spend part of their summer.

Our STEAM programs are designed to create and develop an interest in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.  All sessions feature hands-on activities led by trained facilitators. Kids will build machines, vehicles, tools, contraptions, and robots. They learn how to use code to program their robots to perform a variety of maneuvers. If your child loves video games, they will love Tynker Camps where they will create and code their own video game.

2020 STEAM Camps, July 13-31

All summer STEAM Camps listed below are $125 per week.  Please complete the online registration form.


Our 2020 camp offerings include:

Coding Drones

July 13-17 | 9am-12pm | Grades 5-8

July 20-24 | 12:30-3:30pm | Grades 5-8 | Think Ahead Works

July 27-31 | 9am-12pm | Grades 5-8

Students will experience the thrill of flight and accomplishment as they learn to program Parrot drones using Tynker’s intuitive visual coding. They will pilot drones through extreme maneuvers, grasp objects, and fly aerial combat missions all through the power of code. Watch your child’s confidence soar as they learn to write programs that bridge the gap from the digital to the physical world.  Open to students entering grades 5-8.

LEGO® EV3 Robotics Camps

July 20-24 | 12:30-3:30pm | Grades 6-8

Lego MINDSTORMS EV3 Camps are a hands-on, fun way to engage students in the world of robotics.  Students are provided the resources to design, build, and program their creations which helps them develop essential skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.  Add-on kits are available for experienced EV3 campers to enable them to develop even more amazing robots.  Open to students entering grades 6-8.

 LEGO® Powered Machines & Mechanisms

July 20-24 | 9am-12pm | Grades 3-5

Our LEGO® Powered Machines & Mechanisms camps enable students to work as young scientists, engineers, and designers by providing them with tools and tasks that engage them in real-world investigations and problem-solving. They design and make models to solve problems, observe the behaviors of these models, reflect and redesign, record, and present their findings.  From simple creations to complex machines, these camps are fun and challenging! Open to students entering grades 3-5.

Advanced LEGO® Powered Machines & Mechanisms

July 13-17 | 12:30-3:30pm | Grades 5-8 | Think Ahead Works

Advanced Powered Machines & Mechanisms camps enable older students to explore design engineering with more advanced mechanisms, structures, and forces.  Students will utilize pneumatic and renewable energy kits as tools to help promote scientific inquiry.  This camp will present students with scientific and technical concepts in a motivating and fun way that encourages creativity and teamwork.  Open to students entering grades 5-8.

LEGO® WeDo 2.0

July 13-17 | 9am-12pm | Grades 3-5

July 20-24 | 12:30-3:30pm | Grades 3-5

July 20-24 | 9am-12pm | Grades 3-5 | Think Ahead Works

July 27-31 | 9am-12pm | Grades 3-5

Whether you want to introduce your student to the world of robotics or have a student with more advanced abilities, these LEGO®  WeDo Robotics camps remain a favorite of our younger students.  Featuring a diverse curriculum that allows students to explore a variety of concepts, these camps foster the development of mathematics, engineering, creativity, and collaborative skills.  Your students are sure to enjoy these challenging yet rewarding camps!  Open to students entering grades 3-5. 

 Science of Flight

July 13-17 | 9am-12pm | Grades 3-5

July 27-31 | 9am-12pm | Grades 3-5

This brand new camp is for those students who love hands-on learning and experimentation.  During camps, students will explore various aviation concepts, and then design and build models to observe these concepts in action.  Your students’ imagination and creativity are sure to reach new heights during this fun, interactive week!  Open to students entering grades 3-5.

TYNKER Coding and Game Design Camps

July 13-17 | 12:30-3:30pm | Grades 3-5

July 13-17 | 9am-12pm | Grades 3-5 | Think Ahead Works

July 20-24 | 9am-12pm | Grades 3-5 

July 27-31 | 12:30-3:30pm | Grades 3-5

Tynker coding camps empower students to create through the power of imagination.  As students learn coding at their own pace, they build game worlds, design animated heroes and villains, program game controls and motion, add music, and program game logic. This year, students will get to unleash their created mythical creatures in the Minecraft world and share them with friends and family at the end of the week.  No prior programming experience required. Open to students entering grades 3-5. Students get access to the online module for a full year!

Virtual Reality Explorers

July 13-17 | 12:30-3:30pm | Grades 6-8

July 20-24 | 9am-12pm | Grades 6-8

July 27-31 | 12:30-3:30pm | Grades 6-8

Virtual Reality is one of the most exciting and immersive learning technologies available.  During camp, students will be able to experience and explore a variety of topics and concepts. Whether it’s visiting Mars or another outer space destination, experiencing other cultures,  problem-solving in breathtaking new worlds, or creating three-dimensional art, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Open to students entering grades 6-8.

Mosaic Life Care Foundation is hosting Camp Invention this summer at our emPowerU Campus!

July 6 – 10, 2020
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Mosaic Life Care Foundation
emPowerU Campus
518 South 6th Street
St. Joseph, MO 64501

For children entering grades K–6

Camp Invention has a Counselor-in-Training Program for Grades 7-9 and a Leadership Intern Program for Grades 10-12 & College Students!

What former campers have said about our camps:

  • “The robots were really fun to program!” – Boston
  • “It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about programming and robots!” – Chanler
  • “I had tons of fun at this camp!  It is cool to work with robotics.” – Gavin
  • “I enjoyed this camp and I really learned a lot about coding.” – Max
  • “Fiber Arts was so much fun!  Let’s have more Fiber Arts Camps.” – Sofia

Registration information for summer camps is available in the early spring of each year.