BAM! Enrichment Courses
BAM! (Because Academics Matter) is a joint academic summer enrichment venture between Oakland Catholic High School and Central Catholic High School for girls and boys entering the 7th and 8th grades. Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to participate in shorter, 3-hour long BAM! camp sessions on Saturday mornings.
The BAM! (Because Academics Matter) Summer Enrichment Program, our two-week summer academics program for boys entering 7th and 8th grades, will return on Saturday mornings throughout the year. Each 4-hour long session will cover a different topic - register your son for one session or all four!
All BAM! Saturday sessions will take place at Central Catholic High School.
See Dates and Descriptions Below!
Hands-on STEM Skills
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Materials all around us can be used to build curiosity machines from simple daily life objects.
Students in this class will gain an understanding of basic simple machines, evaluate the mechanical advantage of simple machines and will even design compound machines!
Students will be challenged to build a machine that can do a particular task. This design challenge competition will teach students some of the most important STEM skills such as idea generation, motor skills, understanding of abstract concepts, and teamwork. Students will work in groups of 4 to build a curiosity machine, similar to a Rube Goldberg machine which is a complex contraption designed to achieve a simple task.
This workshop is totally hands-on, plus it encourages students to flex their STEM muscles!
BAM! (Because Academics Matter) is a great way to get a glimpse into the academic programs at Central Catholic High School. Students who visit Central Catholic for the BAM! summer camp often enjoy the courses so much, they return next year or in the fall for additional courses.
Throughout the school year, Central Catholic will host several shorter BAM! workshops, called BAM! Saturdays. See below for more information.
BAM! concentrates on developing the writing and math skills that are crucial to a successful academic career in a fun and engaging way. In addition, campers have the option to choose their own electives from coures ranging from robotics to theater.