Summer Camp Questions & Answers

Why FIRSTEP?
What are the dates and times for the different summer camps?
Are lunch and snacks provided?
Where are you located?
How can I register?
Are there spots available?
Is it too late to sign up?
Does this camp qualify for a Boy Scout Robotics Merit Badge?

Why FIRSTEP?

Our mission is to inspire young people to be excited about math, science, technology, and engineering. The camp engages students in mentor-based experiments and hands-on projects that inspire innovation and foster an environment where learning is fun and engaging and anyone can be successful. The skills learned in just one week are only the "FIRSTEP" towards their bright and successful future.

Dates and Times

Full Day Camps


Camps
Dates
Times
Grade
Age
Cost
Location
Week 1(Full Day) June 19-23 8:00am - 5:00pm 1st - 4th 6-10 $300 Sidener Academy
Week 2 (Full Day) June 26-30 8:00am - 5:00pm 3rd - 6th 8-12 $300 Sidener Academy
Week 3 (Full Day) July 10-14 8:00am - 5:00pm 4th - 8th 9-14 $300 Sidener Academy
Week 4 (Full Day) July 17-21 8:00am - 5:00pm 3rd - 6th 8-12 $300 Sidener Academy

Half Day Camps


Camps
Dates
Times
Grade
Age
Cost
Location
Week 1(Half Day) June 19-23 8:00am - 12:00pm 1st - 4th 6-10 $165 Sidener Academy
Week 1(Half Day) June 19-23 1:00pm - 5:00pm 1st - 4th 6-10 $165 Sidener Academy
Week 2 (Half Day) June 26-30 8:00am - 12:00pm 3rd - 6th 8-12 $165 Sidener Academy
Week 2 (Half Day) June 26-30 1:00pm - 5:00pm 3rd - 6th 8-12 $165 Sidener Academy
Week 3 (Half Day) July 10-14 8:00am - 12:00pm 4th - 8th 9-14 $165 Sidener Academy
Week 3 (Half Day) July 10-14 1:00pm - 5:00pm 4th - 8th 9-14 $165 Sidener Academy
Week 4 (Half Day) July 17-21 8:00am - 12:00pm 3rd - 6th 8-12 $165 Sidener Academy
Week 4 (Half Day) July 17-21 1:00pm - 5:00pm 3rd - 6th 8-12 $165 Sidener Academy

Are there prerequisites for any of the sessions?

Absolutely not! We designed the camp so that a student could sign up for any week and still feel very comfortable with the material.

Do students have to go to a particular school/live in a particular area?

Absolutely not! FIRSTEP is open to different ages and grade levels no matter if they attend a public, private, or home school. We are aware that not every school has the capabilities of offering Engineering and Technology courses, especially at the elementary and middle school level. That is why we feel it is our privilege to offer to all students an opportunity of a lifetime to expose them to the fun side of engineering, the hands on part.

Are lunch and snacks provided?

We do not provide lunch during the camp, but students will have time between activities to eat snacks or lunch. The facilities have a refrigerator and drinking fountains for students to use.

Where are you located?

This year's summer camp will be located at Sidener Academy.

2424 Kessler Boulevard East Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46220

How can I register?

You can instantly reserve a spot for our camp on our Registration page. Please sign up fast, spots fill up quickly!

Are there spots available?

You will not be able to sign up for a student on the registration page if a week is full.

Is it too late to sign up?

You can sign up the day of the camp if there are still spots available, but spots fill up very quickly so register today to reserve your spot.

Does this camp qualify for a Boy Scout Robotics Merit Badge?

It sure does! If students sign up for the full day camp and complete both the Lego Robotic Challenge and VEX Robotic Challenge, the skills and projects completed in those two activities would qualify them for the Robotics Merit Badge. Our staff is registered as Merit Badge Counselors and certified to sign off for the Robotics Merit Badge.