Steppingstone School
30250 Grand River
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
phone: 248-957-8200

Camp Descriptions & Calendar

Steppingstone Summer Day Camps are open to the public.

For a great summer experience, sign up today!

Your child’s brain benefits from stimulation all year, not just from September to June. Steppingstone’s Summer Day Camp is ready to fill your child’s need for quality, guided enrichment and fun throughout the summer. Recreation is combined with learning in a relaxed, caring, and safe environment that provides diverse and challenging activities.

Steppingstone’s program is unique because it offers children the opportunity to choose the theme week they wish to attend while those children who enroll for the whole summer are provided with a new and exciting topic every week. The small student to teacher ratio allows for a high degree of individual attention. Children are placed in developmentally appropriate learning groups consisting of 8–12 children per instructor.

Our program was designed by Kiyo A. Morse, Head of Steppingstone School, and is run by a professional staff assisted by caring camp instructors. Summer is just around the corner and registering for Steppingstone’s Summer Camp is the best way to start your great summer experience.

Computer-Aided Design for 3D Printing ($250)

Session III-A: July 10 - 14

Instructor:  Dr. Reef Morse—see session I-A bio

Learn to use Steppingstone's 3D printers by designing and printing with Cubify. Learn how to calibrate a printer and how such factors as bed leveling and extrusion temperatures affect print quality. This is a great follow-up class for those enrolled in "Build Your Own 3D Printer."

Patterns and Print: Cloth Creation ($250)

Session III-B: July 10–14

Instructor:  Paula Schubatis—see session I-B bio

Students will explore the relationships between mathematical sequences and pattern and collaborate with the “Symmetry in Nature” group, in the context of Islamic arts and tessellations. Students will learn weaving techniques and printmaking, as well as discover how to make their own natural dyes and cloths. 

Symmetry in Nature ($250)

Session III-C: July 10 - 14

Instructor:  Sarah Thomas—see Session II-A bio

Combining math and natural elements, students will discover all the symmetry that exists in our world. Crafts, such as kaleidoscopes, will be created. Students will also work with the "Patterns and Print" group to design their own tesselations for printing.

Cooking from Spain and Venezuela ($250)

Session SP-1: July 10 - 14

Instructor:  Dr. Tulio Rondon—born in Venezuela, is currently the cello professor at the University of Wisconson - Eau Claire. An avid cook of international food, he dedicates his free time to promoting and teaching young people healthy eating with great flavors and fun.

Come and learn how to make wonderful dishes from Spain and Venezuela while exploring the unique cultural and historical origins of each recipe. These two countries maintain a great culinary relationship and heritage that dates back to the 17th century. In this class, you will learn how to cook delicious dishes to take home to your family and also a bit about Spanish and Latin American culture.

Origami Geometry ($250)

Session IV-A: July 17 - 21

Instructor:  Sarah Thomas—see Session II-A bio

Students will explore the mathematical concepts of geometry through the ancient Japanese art of origami. They will learn how to fold papers to create verious shapes and designs using angles, symmetry, and transformations to design unique paper creations. This camp is perfect for those interested in both math and art.

Japanese Painting and Prose ($250)

Session IV-B: July 17 - 21

Instructor:  Paula Schubatis—see Session I-B bio

Students will experiment with intersections of visual and written language. They will study Japanese watercolor, haiku poetry, and calligraphy. Students will work with a variety of media, including watercolor painting, acrylic painting, and sculpture. 

Spanish Immersion Course ($250)

Session SP-2: July 17 - 21

Instructor:  Dr. Tulio Rondon—see Session SP-1 bio

Learn beginning Spanish in a highly engaging class, with music and games. Singing out of tune and a desire to have lots of fun is required.

Behind the Scenes ($250)

Session V-A: Jul 24 - 28

Instructor:  Natalie Gaines—A student at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, currently studying Biochemistry. She enjoys taking screen arts classes and prior to college, she studied film techniques and plot line construction. She ran Steppingstone’s 2015 summer camp, "Lights, Camera, Action!"

This summer, learn how to master the magic of movies by creating your own short film.  Students will collaborate to create an original plot, characters, and script.  We will also be learning about basic film technique, green screening, and special effects.  At the end of the week, family and friends will be invited to see the premiere showing - popcorn included!

SPACE in Art ($250)

Session V-B: Jul 24 - 28

Instructor:  Paula Schubats—See Session I-B bio

Space, what is it? This week will be all about discovering space in art. Students will explore the intersections of found object sculpture and celestial bodies in relation to movement, sound, color theory, time travel, and radio waves. 

Chess for All Levels ($250)

Session V-C: Jul 24 - 28

Instructor: Fred Kung—A United States Chess Federation member and Class A rated player. He has taught chess camps the last five years and is a retired math/science teacher who continues to substitute in the Ann Arbor school system, tutors math, science, and chess, and runs additional chess camps in the SE Michigan area.

While chess is a game, its mastery develops many skills. Planning, memory, creativity and competition are all needed and nurtured in learning to play the game well. Depending on skill level, students will be broken up into different groups to expand their knowledge.

Growing Seeds ($250)

Session SP-3: Jul 24 - 28

Instructor: Dr. Tulio Rondon—see Session SP-1 bio

Learn how to grow seeds from plants that will later provide you with nutritious food. Indoor and outdoor vegetable gardens.

Theater and Acting Camp ($500)

This is a two-week camp.

Session VI-A and VII-A: Jul 31 - Aug 11

Instructor:  Keiko Woods—A current teacher at Steppingstone and lover of theater.

Come explore the world of theater! Students will perform monologues, work on scripts, and play awesome improv games. We'll develop stage presence, build confidence and learn how to perform in front of an audience. The two-week camp will culminate in a sharing of our work.

Explorations in Ceramics ($250)

Session VI-B: Jul 31 - Aug 4

Instructor:  Paula Schubatis—see Session I-B bio

This week, students will learn basic hand-building ceramic techniques. They will explore the basic role and function of these objects in ancient and contemporary cultures, and learn about the chemistry behind the firing process and glazes.

Fencing and Fun Sports ($250)

Ages 8+ or with the approval of the instructor

Session VI-C: Jul 31 - Aug 4

Instructor:  Wojciech Radz—Born in 1977 in Warsaw, Poland.  He started coaching in 2002 as an assistant coach at Wayne State University.  Currently Mr. Radz is coaching classes at Renaisssance H.S. and teaching P.E. classes at North Pointe Academy).  He has a passion for teaching and coaching His philosophy is to introduce students to the sport of fencing where they will be guided to develop their skills on a recreational and competitive level.

Fencing is a fantastic mental and physical sport that teaches competition, respect, and self-discipline in a safe and fun environment. This camp is designed so that participants understand the fundamentals of fencing after one week of practice. When campers take a break from fencing, they will engage in lively and fun team sports such as kickball, capture the flag, tetherball, and basketball.

Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a water bottle (or 2) and tennis shoes. All fencing equipment is provided.

SMART Center Scientific Research ($350)

Grades 6 - 12 with approval of instructor

Must submit application form on SMART website

Session VI-A: July 31 - Aug 4

Instructor:  Dr. Morse—See Session I-A bio

The SMART Center gives middle and high school students an opportunity to perform research the same way professional scientists do. They will learn to use authentic magnetic resonance instrumentation to study their world. Upon graduating from this class, students can then use the lab for their own resarch and presentation. Students are mentored by Dr. Reef Morse, a physical biochemist with over 50 scientific publications.

Architecture and Design ($250)

Session VII-B: Aug 7 - 11

Instructor:  Paula Schubatis—see Session I-B bio

How do we interact, and produce the things that we use every day? Students will learn about contemporary architecture and design, and learn how to build and design everyday things. Students will work in ceramics, found objects, and drawing.

Stampin' for Birthdays and Holidays with Mrs. D ($250)

Session SP-IV Aug 7 - 11

Instructor: Shari Dudek-A graduate of Madonna University with an Elementary teaching degree, Mrs. Dudek is a certified and veteran teacher of elementary students. She has 8 years’ worth of experience in the classroom and has taught at Steppingstone’s summer camp each summer for many years.

Would your friends and family members appreciate a hand-stamped card and unique gift wrap for their birthdays? How would you like to make a fun little book to display your Halloween photos? Show someone they're appreciated with Thank You cards and gifts this Thanksgiving. How about a fun way to give someone a gift card for Christmas? Spread some love on Valentine's Day. Each day of camp will be dedicated to one of these special days. We will use rubber stamps, ink, decorative papers, punches, ribbons and other fun accessories to make our creations.

Game Design ($250)

Session VIII-A: Aug 14 - 18

Instructor:  Dr. Reef Morse—See Session I-A bio

Dr. Reef Morse is a retired physical biochemist with interests in science, computer interfacing and control, and robots. In this course, students will learn to use the Unity gaming platform to design and build games in both 2 and 3 dimensions.

Flora and Fauna ($250)

Session VIII-B: Aug 14 - 18

Instructor:  Paula Schubatis—see Session I-B bio

This week, we will study the mathematic and biological connections of nature and art through painting, drawing, and sculpture. We study the work of Renaissance artists such as Leonardo DaVinci, and concepts such as the Golden Ratio, the Fibonacci sequences, and other rules of proportion, as well as contemporary artists working in themes of nature.

Drawing and Mapping the Visual World ($250)

Session IX-B: Aug 21 - 25

Instructor:  Paula Schubatis—see Session I-B bio

What are the different ways which we study things around us? Students will learn various techniques of mapping and observation. We will explore mapping in three-dimensional space with sculpture and architecture, drafting, and traditional drawing techniques.