This year’s summer camp will feature biweekly themes investigating the world around us through hands-on creation and imagination. S.T.E.A.M. principles are integrated into all of our curriculum. Our campers will participate in exciting activities, science-based experiments and investigations weekly. They will develop problem-solving skills through critical-thinking projects specific to each featured subject, including, coding, cooking, playing chess, outdoor activities, creating videos and much more!
From pollution detectors and time capsules, to discovering the concepts of computer science, and architecture and design, children will be active participants in their learning. During the course of each biweekly subject, students will create art and participate in science experiments based on the weekly concept. Creative writing projects will be compiled at the end of the summer into a classroom book.
This will be accomplished through classroom activities, experiments, virtual field journeys and our exclusive Speaker SeriesTM. Experts will deliver insightful presentations to our students and put the biweekly topics into a real-world context. The speakers will demonstrate to our children the importance of understanding their world and how their creativity and imagination can impact and change it for the better.
You can be assured your children will enjoy a safe, engaging and fun summer camp experience this year! Many children have experienced social and emotional challenges due to the isolation of the pandemic. Our curriculum and programming will help your child stay socially connected, participate in healthy and physical activities, and emphasize emotional self-care by practicing mindfulness, yoga, and spending quality time with friends!
Unlike some other summer options, Stepping Stone School has been a TX licensed early care and education provider, adhering to all state regulations for over 41 years. We have remained open since the pandemic began, and have many proven layers of safety and health precautions in place!
Swim Lessons Available at Various Campuses.
Campers at Stepping Stone School will also participate in our unique Young Entrepreneur and PhilanthropistTM program. Children will participate in multiple philanthropic and service projects throughout the summer, particularly concentrating on recognizing our essential workers and assisting our communities.
All of this and more awaits your child at The BraineryTM!
VIRTUAL LEARNING GAP?
We have the answer!
Academic Support while having fun with friends!
We invite your school age children to enroll in the Stepping Stone School Summer Program at The Brainery™ where they will engage their #CREATIVEMODE™
EARTH SCHOOL • PAST PRESENT FUTURE • CRACKING THE CODE • GEO GENIUS
DREAM IT, DESIGN IT, DO IT • WELLNESS WORKSHOP
Supporting your child’s Social & Emotional well-being!
Communities of Character™
The Brainery™ summer camp offers a series of compassion and character-building activities to accompany each lesson plan. Research demonstrates helping others is key to happiness. There will also be activities each week dedicated to growing the kindness, empathy, and character of our campers. Your children will also have an opportunity to participate in guided reflective thinking each day.
Every activity your child participates in at The Brainery™ will further their knowledge, increase their curiosity, peak their imagination and move them forward in their development.
The Atelier™ is a unique and innovative concept designed specifically by Stepping Stone School to expand the artistic and design opportunities for our children. Created for ages three and up, The Atelier™ raises the bar of Early Care and Education experiences beyond anything offered elsewhere.
The experience goes beyond the mere provision of materials. It focuses on the inner creative genius inherent in all children and provides them with character and creative role models, allowing them to set goals and ascend to the highest levels of their creative potential. By pairing information with imagination, our children will be offered a priceless opportunity to exponentially expand their creativity, problem solving capabilities and the harmonizing of their ideas with others.
Leader of the Week:
Sir David Attenborough
English broadcaster and natural historian. He is best known for writing and presenting the nine natural history documentary series forming the Life collection that together constitute a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on Earth.
PAST PRESENT FUTURE
Leader of the Week:
Leonardo Da Vinci
Italian Renaissaince polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. Da Vinci’s most famous works are the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.
CRACKING THE CODE
June 28th – July 9th
Leader of the Week:
American computer scientist and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral. One of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, she was a pioneer of computer programming who invented one of the first linkers.
July 12th – 23rd
Leader of the Week:
English writer, traveller, political officer, administrator, and archaelogist who explored, mapped, and became highly influential to British imperial policy-making due to her knowledge and contacts built up through extensive travels in Syria, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor and Arabia.
DREAM IT, DESIGN IT, DO IT
July 26th – August 6th
Leader of the Week:
American poet and activist. In 2007 Gorman was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate, and graduated Cum Laude from Harvard in 2020, and delivered her poem “The Hill We Climb” at the Inauguration of President Joe Biden in 2021.
August 9th – 20th
Leader of the Week
American Neurosurgeon, medical reporter and writer. He serves as an associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and at the Emory University School of Medicine, and is Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN.
Out of an abundance of caution and due to the restrictions of COVID-19, Stepping Stone School will hold limited off-site field journeys this summer. Most of the field journeys will be “outdoor” activities in July and August.
In addition, we have developed an astounding array of "Virtual Field Journeys" along with Zoom presentations by professionals in the areas of study and a few on-site presentations as well. Your children will be exploring relevant videos and exciting on-line tours and activities that will take them on trips to enhance their knowledge, imagination and creativity!
Young Entrepreneurs & PhilanthropistsTM
Stepping Stone School is proud to incorporate entrepreneurship and philanthropy into our summer camp program. Over the course of the summer, the children will participate in philanthropic and community-based activities.
To date, our young philanthropists have donated over $80,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Scotty's House in College Station.
Voted Best in Childcare for 22 years by Austin Family Magazine!
Science Documenting and predicting; observing the environment and phenomena; building a water filter; charting magnet races; exploring the solar system.
Technology Multimedia projects/filming interviews; using the HATCH interactive SMART board; recording a story on a computer; building solar ovens, turbines and anemometers.
Engineering Planning and building a tower; designing a picture using precut shapes; building paper boats and planes, creating a marble maze.
Arts Designing with mixed media; drawing blueprints for a castle; painting modern art with shapes and textures; creating a new alphabet.
Math Creating origami; measuring long jumps; cooking; counting money; graphing science experiments; predicting patterns; making tallies to count blueberries.