Summer NexGen Design Lab 2019

For Summer 2019, we have created four advanced design weeks for students 5th through 8th grade. Depending on the center, our older students can choose between between our NexGen Design Lab and our Innovators Camp. Students who are not entering 5th grade in the Fall of 2019 are not eligible for this camp, but are welcome to register in our Innovators Camp occurring simultaneously for kids up to age 12.


Design My Own Mobile Laptop (Offered at our South Loop Center)  – Let’s face it, technology has been taking over our future for quite some time, and it’s about time that we offered an introduction to the fascinating world of Electrical Engineering in this camp for the kid who can’t keep their hands off of our phones, iPads, and computers. Students will learn and explore logic design, advanced circuits using breadboards, and build their understanding of power electronics. Through thoughtful design, and with consideration of space, heat, style, and functionality, students will use a nascent technology, Raspberry Pi design their very own working mobile computer. Students will take home a functional laptop with some software and games for their in-home summer enjoyment.

Advanced Chemistry and Slime Lab (Offered at South Loop, Lincoln Park, Northbrook, & Greenlake Centers. Dates vary by location) - Nearly every kid loves an explosion. Whether it’s the physical reaction of a volcano, or the chemical reaction of polymers that make slimes, our students need a real chemistry lab to introduce and advance their understanding of ratios, volume, acids, bases, and chemical engineering. Our students can watch a million videos on making the latest puffer slime on YouTube, so this is an opportunity for kids to spend the time to learn the real science and amazing chemistry behind the experiments that we love. Students will take home and uniquely design their own Chemistry and Slime Lab, complete with chemicals, packaging and safe storage tech so they can experiment at home without ruining your home.

Remote Controlled Cars (Offered at Northbrook, Seattle, and Lincoln Park Centers. Dates vary by location) – Cars are such a big part of our lives from taking us to school to transporting our food to the grocery store. In this NexGen Design Lab students will learn engineering design and electronic control. This is all new project design camp, where we are going to make real remote controlled cars with motors powering the wheels, steering, and an actual remote control. Remote control cars are cool, but making your own with a custom designed body is next level cool. This camp will feature kids using real power tools, cutting, sanding raw materials, painting, and engineering solutions to innovate the cars with features that students desire. On Day 5 of camp we will test the cars on a KSL racetrack to better understand design trade offs and see in real time the rewards of their creativity and hard work.   

Bioengineering, Medicine & Robotic Arm Design (Offered at our South Loop, Lincoln Park, Northbrook, & Greenlake Centers) - Our kids will design our future, so for this innovation busting NexGen Design Lab, we will explore the engineering design of bionics, bioengineering, and sports medicine. If your child is into medicine or mechanics, then they will get a blast in this camp that will result in the design of a functional bioengineered mechanical arm that they can control.  Each day kids will receive a modern medical marvel that will challenge their critical thinking, as we work through the physics of how robotics can be applied to medicine.  This all new NexGen Design Lab for 5th-8th graders only, and will include at least one major dissection to go along with working with real tools to design their mechanical robotic arm.  The class will NOT focus on the electronics, but rather the associated bionics and physics that help connect to our human physiology.  Any students that are not at least in 5th grade, will automatically be re-enrolled in our Innovators Camp. 


Why are you adding these weeks of design and project camp?  We are always tinkering and want to create new, fun, and challenging material for our students. Parents have requested we offer a project based progressive camp for older students at KSL. In response to those requests, we have created our NexGen Design Lab which we will initially be offering to 5th to 8th graders. There will be two major design projects where our students Design, Build, and Test their creations. Students can freely choose between our NexGen Design Lab and our regularly offered Innovators Camp offered for the entire summer.