Junior STEAM Experience

Summer Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Experiences for Students Entering Grades 6-8
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Junior STEAM Experience

Do you enjoy science, technology, engineering, art, or math?  If so, then join us for the Junior STEAM Experience, June 18-22, 2023 at UW-Stout.  Students entering grades 6 to 8 will explore STEAM courses through hands-on activities and have time for fun and games.

This camp will follow UW-Stout's COVID-19 guidelines, safety requirements, and meeting protocols. See latest updates.

2022 STEAM Experiences

Interior Design

Track Leader: Nicolette Brehm

Learn what real interior designers do! Campers will design a living space for their favorite celebrity. While designing this space, you will learn about project programming, the design process, space planning, and how to create a color palette. You will learn about and choose finishes and furniture for your celebrity space. You will hand draw your floor plans, compose imagery boards, and create a presentation for your project. We will also show current student work and interior design projects from around the world.

Video Production

Track Leader: Jonny Wheeler

Have you ever wanted to make a movie? You can learn how to tell a story using video from development to the big screen. We’ll start by applying narrative structure to a script and planning the shots. Then we’ll dive into capturing professional-quality video. With guidance in pacing, we’ll cut shots together using industry-standard software. At the end of the week, we will watch your short films on the big screen in Stout’s historic Harvey Hall Theatre.

Comics: Creative Non-Fiction

Track Leaders: Mary Clime & Kate Roberts Edenborg

Love drawing and storytelling? You might just be a cartoonist! Campers will learn the ins and outs of writing, drawing, and producing an 8-page comic in this track. This collaborative project will go beyond the traditional superhero or newspaper comic by introducing creative non-fiction plot lines and honing your storytelling skills. Students will receive direction from both a comic artist and a non-fiction writer to create a unique comic book. 

The Art of Chain Making: Metalsmithing & Jewelry

Track Leader: Rose Schlemmer

Chain making is an ancient art practice in which wire is formed into small rings and woven together to create wearable objects that range from simple to complex. In this class, we will learn the basics of creating wire forms using hand tools, soldering, and different styles of chains using both metal wire and sheet metal.  Students will make several different chain samples then design and create a jewelry piece of their own.

Explore 3D Printing & More

Track Leaders: Wei Zheng & Alex Jordan

Have you ever wanted to create your own game tokens, picture frames, or dryland hockey pucks? Do you want to learn 3D printing? This track teaches you to design and manufacture plastic/wood products. Learn injection molding, extrusion, 3D printing, thermoforming, wood cutting/finishing, and more in a state-of-the-art lab. This is a fantastic way to explore the high-demand Plastics Engineering profession.



Registration Open March 2023!

Camp Dates: June 18-22, 2023
Register Here

Junior STEAM Experience Highlights

  • 16 hours of instruction/lab time
  • Instruction by UW-Stout faculty
  • Camp t-shirt
  • 10:1 camper to counselor ratio
  • Camper showcase celebration for families and friends on Thursday, June 22 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Overnight Camper Details

Registration: $450

In addition to Junior STEAM Experience highlights, registration includes:

  • Accommodations in a UW-Stout campus dormitories (linens included)
  • All meals on campus
  • 'College life' experiences
  • Evening camp activities, including video and board games, UW-Stout Challenge course, crafts, movies, and more.

Day Camper Details

Registration: $300

In addition to Junior STEAM Experience highlights, registration includes:

  • Sunday, June 19 afternoon activities
  • Lunch on campus (Monday-Thursday)

Drop-Off Time: 8:15 a.m.
Pick-Up Time: 4:00 p.m.

Additional STEAM Experience Information

Packing Lists
Bag for carrying project materials Bag for carrying project materials
Pens, Pencils, Paper Pens, Pencils, Paper
Phones are allowed but use during tracks is discouraged Phones are allowed but use during tracks is discouraged
Closed-Toe Shoes for Ropes Course Closed-Toe Shoes for Ropes Course
Clothes for 4 days  
Athletic Clothes (recommended)  
Comfortable Shoes  
Shower Shoes  
Alarm Clock  

Additional items overnight campers may bring:

Blankets Pillows Towel
Sunscreen Robe Slippers
Bug Spray Computers/Tablets Games
Housing Linen Provided

Pillow, blanket, linens, and towels are provided:

Camper Forms

Camper Forms:

Please complete the following two forms for each camper:

2022 Youth Event Health Form

Stout Adventures - Challenge Course Form

If your child has food allergies, please complete this form: Statement for Individuals with Food Allergies

Please email to profed@uwstout.edu or send to:

Professional Education Programs and Services
221 10th Ave East, Suite 140
Menomonie, WI 54751

Refunds and Attendee Substitutions Policy

All cancellation notices must be received in writing (email is acceptable). A full refund will be granted through June 8, 2022. Cancellations on or after June 9 and through June 17, 2022, will be granted less a $30.00 processing fee. No refunds will be made on or after June 18. Substitutions may be made any time prior to the start of the program.

Program changes and cancellation:
The university reserves the right to make changes in programs and activities or to cancel programs if enrollment criteria are not met or when conditions beyond its control prevail. Every effort will be made to contact each attendee if a program is not held for any reason. The university's liability is limited to the refund of the program fee.

Scholarship Information

Scholarships are available through the generosity of the following school districts:

Eau Claire Area School District
Children who live in the Eau Claire district or attend an ECASD school qualify for the ECASD Scholarship which covers the full cost of admission.

School District of Menomonie Area
Campers are able to register as day campers at no cost. The overnight camper fee is $150 for the full camp experience. Students must live within the School District of Menomonie Area to qualify.  

Additional Scholarships:

Other STEAM sponsors make it possible to cover the fees of additional campers.  If you are interested in applying for these scholarships please fill out this brief survey which will ask you to explain why you would like to attend camp and what that experience would mean to you.  Scholarship recipients will be notified within 10 days of applying.  

Grantsburg School District
Two individuals who attend the Grantsburg School District qualify for the Parker-Hannifin Scholarship which covers the full cost of admission. 

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More Information

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