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Design Crew
Grades: 5-8

Are you up to the challenge? Join our Design Crew for your chance to create and compete! In Camp EDMO™’s  Design Crew, campers will engage in different design challenges each day as they are taken through the cycle of the engineering design process, from idea to prototype. They’ll learn each part of this process and how problems are solved through different applications of design elements.

21st Century & SEL Skill Focus: Collaboration, Problem Solving, Initiative, Responsibility, Empathy. Learn more about other skills we build through The EDMO Method™.

Sample Projects

Heavy Lifting

Heavy Lifting

Campers will work in teams to build a crane that can lift as much weight as possible. Campers will be tasked to design the crane for a variety of applications. Some cranes may be used in construction of buildings, some could be used on docks to help deliver shipping containers, while others could be used in the construction of mass transit systems.

Campers will learn how to collaborate with different team members to work their way through a design prompt. Campers will learn the mechanics of cranes and how hydraulic systems enable cranes to lift heavy objects.

Fill Up the Cup

Fill Up the Cup

In this Design Challenge, campers will work in collaborative teams to design a machine that can kick a ball into a cup using a pendulum, rubber band, or combination of the two. They will then take their designs to the next level by designing a feature that will self feed the balls into the machine!

Campers will learn how to work collaboratively to solve a problem. Campers will also learn about the physics concepts of motion and force and how they apply to the construction of their kicking machine.  

Paddle Power

Paddle Power

Campers will be working individually to build a boat that can power itself across a container of water using only a paddle as its’ power source. Once campers have successfully powered their boat across the water, they will then be tasked to successfully transport a payload across that same span.

Campers will learn how potential mechanical energy is transformed into usable kinetic energy and how paddle boats employ this as a power source. Campers will also learn about the concept of buoyancy and how to successfully transport weight using a paddle boat.

Sample Schedule

  • A Day in the Life...

Some kids thrive on routines and harmony. Others not so much. Good news! We’ve found the secret recipe that works for all EDMO campers!

Day/Time Click Each Activity Below to Learn More
8:00-9:00AM AM Program

During our EDMO PRO AM Program, campers will have time in the “Hang Time” room with access to music, games, computers, and maker supplies.  The AM Program allows campers time to engage and wake up for the day.

8:50-9:00AM Drop-Off

Be greeted by name or a high five by a professional staff member…dressed in a mermaid costume or a Viking hat. In a hurry? Pull up and we’ll open the door for you. In no rush? Park your car, come right in and shake your counselor’s fin.

9:00-9:30AM Opening Huddle

Your morning Huddle will get your gears spinning and your thoughts pumping.  Get to know your fellow campers and jump start the day with games, high fives and jokes.

9:30-10:30AM Lab 1

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects.

10:30-10:45AM Snack

Active minds lead to hungry bellies! Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack for your camper every morning…with no nuts of course! Remember: If you ordered a delicious lunch you automatically receive a healthy morning snack!

10:45-11:15AM Real Time

Each day EDMO PRO campers will have 20-30 minutes of team and leadership building.

11:15AM-12:15PM Lab 2

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects.

12:15-12:45PM Lunch

Add a delicious lunch each day. It’s a snap! Just click/check the lunch box on your enrollment form and a quality lunch will be delivered to camp daily. Rather pack your own lunch? Please just do not bring any products that contain: cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, pine nuts, walnuts or heaven forbid, the “‘Mother of All Nut Allergies”—the peanut.

12:45-1:20PM Hang Time

Each day EDMO PRO campers will have 20-30 minutes of free choice time. EDMO PRO campers can spend time outside playing games and will also be able to spend time in the “Hang Time” room with access to music, games, computers, and maker supplies.  

1:20-2:40PM Lab 3

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects.

2:40-3:00PM Closing Huddle

Closing Huddle is your daily wrap up!  This is the part of the day when you can really let your campy side out with songs, skits and improv! Make sure you save all of your projects before you’re rolling on the floor laughing! #roll

3:00-3:15PM Pick-Up

Have your camper check themselves out and/or pull up or walk up, whichever you fancy. Either way we’ll make a point to let you know something special about your child’s day.Pull up or walk up, whichever you fancy. Look out for our daily email from the Camp Director detailing the activities at your camp location, along with a reminder to visit EDMO At Home to see what to look forward to tomorrow and suggested activities, books, websites, museum exhibitions, and more ways to keep the curiosity going.

3:15-6:00PM PM Extended Day, PM Snack & Free Play

During our EDMO PRO PM Program, campers are given time to have snack and free play before continuing structured enrichment projects. Enrichment projects will follow the program theme of the week. EDMO PRO campers will also have the option to spend time in the “Hang Time” room with access to music, games, computers, and maker supplies.  

“My kids' minds are engaged at EDMO and they also have plenty of summer fun. I like that because they don't feel like I'm sending them to school for the summer but they still get intellectual stimulation. ”
– Eve G., 5th Grade, Alameda Parent