BAM! Courses

Below are last summer's course descriptions. Stay tuned for any 2019 updates!

OC's BAM! summer camp exposes participants to a multitude of different courses and topics, inspiring meaningful academic curiosity. Faculty deliver content in a non-traditional, fun, and entertaining manner to both engage and challenge campers. Each camper is enrolled in daily Writing and Math classes. These classes provide a great opportunity to practice already-refined skills while laying a solid foundation for more advanced, high school material.

Campers also select an elective each week (for a total of three classes a day), followed by a lunch period filled with new friendships and fun activities led by OC Students. Campers will see these subjects come to life through hands-on activities, real world problem solving, and collaborative activities. *Each week is independent of the other, but the consistent theme and flow is conducive to a two-week experience as well.

Register here! Read more about the elective options below.


Join this Makerspace elective and experience the robotics revolution! Campers work in groups using the LEGO Mindstorm EV3 robot kits and IPad controllers to program their own creations. Employing motors, sensors, gears, wheels, axles, and more, they design and build programmable robots. This course offers a better understanding of how technology works in real world applications.

This hands-on lab experience brings applied material engineering techniques to the classroom. Campers will work with metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites, and will develop a greater appreciation for the importance of these materials to everyday life. If you're an aspiring science buff, this lab-centered elective is the one for you!

Break out your problem solving skills to catch a mouse! Learn about the six simple machines (lever, inclined plane, wedge, wheel and axle, screw, pulley) and use them to build a Rube Goldberg contraption to catch the mouse. Participants will develop engineering and problem solving skills and have fun collaborating while they use as many simple machines as possible to build their device.

How do things fly? You will discover the answer to this question through the study and construction of paper, foam, and balsa wood airplanes. We will use these simply flying machines to illustrate how mathematics connects with physical science to describe the mystery of flight. Soar like an Eagle and create the optimal flying machine!

Cost: $100; Location: Central Catholic High School
Time: 1:15 PM - 3:45 PM WEEK ONE ONLY!

Learn the art of cartooning from Joe Wos. Mr. Wos has been the visiting resident cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum for over 15 years. You'll learn the basic storytelling and drawing skills needed to create cartoons and comical characters. Using easy-to-follow instructions, Mr. Wos will teach campers how to develop great characters using line, shapes, emotion, relationships, props, costume, setting and much more.

This is the perfect class for those wishing to refine their cartooning talents or for fans of cartoons looking to try their hand at creating their own characters!