Innovation Camps

The Westtown School Innovation Camps open a world of truly innovative science experiences for students of all ages. Our programs offer an  inquiry-driven, immersive learning environment in the lab, on campus, and in the world. Attending students learn by working in collaborative teams to create innovative solutions that generate authentic products.

Our programs inspire and nurture student’s creativity both independently and collaboratively, a hallmark of a Westtown education.

We promote investigation. Our programs thrive on student-driven inquiry, where students, not teachers, steer the direction of projects, problem solving at every turn. Westtown School provides a platform for growth, achievement and real innovation.

Chemistry of Reactions and Explosions │ Rising 6 - 8

June 26 – 30 & July 10-14

9 AM – 12 PM


This course offers an introduction to chemistry including the atom, the Periodic Table of Elements, reactivity of certain elements, and reaction types. We will be doing multiple lab activities designed to help understand why and how elements react. We will safely examine different flammable and explosive reactions discussing the chemistry behind these exciting demonstrations.

Arduino Circuit Design/Code │ Rising 6 - 8

June 26 – July 7, 2017

1:00 – 4:00 PM


Students will build electric circuits to develop an understanding of circuit behavior. Through an inquiry approach, they will discover the relationship between circuit design and circuit function. They will learn the Arduino Development Environment to write and upload program code to an Arduino Uno microprocessor to receive and interpret data. Students will design and build sensor circuitry and coding structures to understand how robots interact with their environment. The culmination of the course will be the construction of a microprocessor controlled quad-copter.

Lego Robotic Innovations | Rising 3 - 6

June 26 – July 7, 2017

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Using the “New smarter, stronger LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3”, students will learn the basics of robotic design, how sensors work and how to integrate them into robotic design. Along the way, students will get an introduction to basic programming that will allow their robots to move and interact with their environments. Read more about EV3

Newton and the Physics of Crashes | Grades rising 6-8

July 3-7, 2017

9:00 AM – 12:00PM


This course offers an introduction to the laws of gravity and motion discovered by Isaac Newton.  Students will test each law through lab activities while constructing and testing devices specifically designed to survive falls and crashes.  Students will use their knowledge of forces and different simple machines to construct a Rube Goldberg device capable of exerting forces and performing everyday tasks.

Lightsaber Construction | Grades rising 4th - 8th

June 26 – 30, 2017

July 3 – 7, 2017

July 10 – 14, 2017

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Lunch included

Learn to build a Lightsaber from the ground up, using top quality components; airplane grade aluminum, rechargeable ion batteries, powerful LEDs, tunable USB sound boards and a dojo quality plastic “blade”.  Students will learn how to read wiring diagrams, solder components, connect USB sound boards to software programs to tune your sound and learn proper saber handling techniques with a professional martial arts instructor. To top it off, you take your saber home at the end of the week. During the registration process you will pick out your own light color.
Price of class includes all materials


For information on the National Young Innovators Conference (rising 7th – 10th grade) click HERE