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

Summer Camps 2017

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.


Classes with a session number beginning with "SP" and displayed in red text were added after the brochure was printed. If you wish to enroll your student in one of these classes, simply write in the session number on your registration form.

This list last updated June 20, 2017.

Quick List of Camps

Camps in magenta were added after our brochure was printed. You will have to manually add the camp # to your order form to sign up for these.

Camps whose names are struck through have been cancelled.

June 19 - 23
I-A: Computer Take-Apart ($250) I-B: Virtual Realities ($250)
June 26 - 30
II-A: Kiswahili Language and Cooking ($250) II-B: Creative Arts in African Culture ($250) II-C: Build Your Own 3D Printer ($525)
July 3 - 7
NO CAMP — Independence Day Week
July 10 - 14
III-A: Computer-Aided Design for 3D Printing ($250) III-B: Patterns and Print: Cloth Creation ($250) III-C: Symmetry in Nature ($250)
SP-1: Cooking from Spain and Venezuela ($250)
July 17 - 21
IV-A: Origami Geometry ($250) IV-B: Japanese Painting and Prose ($250)
SP-2: Spanish Immersion Course ($250)
July 24 - 28
V-A: Behind the Scenes ($250) V-B: SPACE in Art ($250) V-C: Chess for All Levels ($250)
SP-3: Growing Seeds ($250)
July 31 - August 4
VI-A: Theater and Acting Camp ($500)
VI-B: Explorations in Ceramics ($250) VI-C: Fencing and Fun Sports ($250)
August 7 - 11
VI-A cont.: Theater and Acting Camp ($500)
VII-A: SMART Center Scientific Research ($350) VII-B Architecture and Design ($250)
SP-4: Stampin' for Birthdays and Holidays with Mrs. D ($250)
August 14 - 18
VIII-A: Game Design ($250) VIII-B: Flora and Fauna ($250)
August 21 - 25
IX-A: Drawing and Mapping the Visual World ($250)

Computer Take Apart ($250)

Session I-A: June 19 - 23

Instructor:  Dr. Reef Morse—Graduate of the University of California, Davis, Biophysics Prof. Emeritus of Illinois State University, President of Scientific Software Services, Director of the SMART Ctr for scientific research and Computer Programming Instructor at Steppingstone School, Dr. Morse loves unfolding the secrets of computers with students.

If you want to understand how computers, hard drives, CD’s and printers work, this is the class for you. We have the tools and the know how to take apart almost anything to figure out how it was made and how it works.  Bring your old and unwanted computer equipment, and we will have computers, printers (laser and ink jets), scanners, and other IT paraphernalia to satisfy your desire to learn by disassembling.

Virtual Realities: Comic and 3D Art ($250)

Session I-B: June 19 - 23

Instructor:  Paula Schubatis is a Detroit - based artist, designer, educator, marathon runner, and world traveler. Her educational philosophy is inspired by her travels, her artwork, and a keen interest in math and science. Schubatis received a BFA from The University off Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design in 2013.

Students will learn different ways of constructing alternative realities, including comics, narratives, and 3D installation art. They will also discover various artists and designers creating virtual realities, including surrealist artists, installation artists, computer programmers, and video gamers. 

Kiswahili Language and Cooking ($250)

Session II-A: Jun 26 - 30

Instructor:  Sarah Thomas—A graduate of Grand Valley University who has a passion for international education. She has been teaching mathematics and psychology in Tanzania for the last three years.

Learn the basics of speaking Kiswahili, a key language spoken mainly in the central and eastern parts of Africa. Students will enhance this learning by cooking traditional Tanzanian cuisine and discovering fun regional games.

Creative Arts in African Culture ($250)

Session II-B: June 26 - 30

Instructor:  Paula Schubatis—see Session I-B bio

This week, we will learn about the roles of Art, Craft, and performance in African Cultures throughout the world. We will work in found object sculpture, drawing, painting, sound, and performance.

Build Your Own 3D Printer ($525)

Ages 11+ or with the approval of the instructor

Please note your experience on the registration form.

Session II-C: June 26 - 30

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


You've undoubtedly seen 3D printers around and thought about how cool they are. What would you say if you could build your own? If this thought excites you, then this is the camp for you! All supplies will be provided for this unique opportunity.

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.