Summer camp is a time for children to explore new interests, make friends, and create memories that last a lifetime. While traditional camp activities like swimming, hiking, and arts and crafts are always popular, there’s an emerging trend that’s capturing the imagination of young campers: building remote-controlled (RC) cars. This hands-on activity not only provides endless entertainment but also offers a myriad of educational benefits, making it a perfect fit for summer camp programs focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.

This Summer, Fundemonium is offering four RC Summer Camps to fit the skill level and availability of multiple campers. Whether your child is interested in building their first RC car or an advanced 4-wheel drive racer, if they have a couple of days or a full week to participate, Fundemonium has the perfect Summer Camp.

STEM Learning in Action

boy building a slash at RC CampAt the heart of building an RC car lies the application of STEM principles. Campers engage in hands-on learning as they delve into the mechanics of motors, gears, and circuits. From understanding how electricity powers the motor to learning about gear ratios for optimal performance, building an RC car offers a practical way for children to apply scientific concepts they may have only encountered in textbooks. As they troubleshoot issues and fine-tune their creations, campers develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for success in any STEM field.

Mechanical Assembly and Hands-On Experience

One of the most rewarding aspects of building an RC car is the opportunity for campers to get their hands dirty – both figuratively and literally. Through the process of assembling the various components of the car, children learn about basic mechanical principles such as friction, torque, and force. By following step-by-step instructions and using tools like screwdrivers and pliers, campers gain confidence in their ability to work with their hands and see tangible results from their efforts.

Creativity Unleashed: Painting and Customization

Spring RC Camp 2018Building an RC car isn’t just about nuts and bolts; it’s also a chance for campers to unleash their creativity. From choosing the design and color scheme to adding custom decals and accessories, campers have the freedom to personalize their RC cars to reflect their unique style and personality. This creative aspect of the activity not only fosters self-expression but also encourages campers to think outside the box and explore innovative solutions to design challenges.

Learning Repair and Maintenance Skills

Inevitably, as with any mechanical device, RC cars may encounter issues or require maintenance over time. Building an RC car provides an excellent opportunity for campers to learn basic repair and troubleshooting skills. Whether it’s fixing a loose screw, replacing a worn-out gear, or diagnosing an electrical problem, campers develop resilience and resourcefulness as they overcome obstacles and keep their creations running smoothly.

The Thrill of Racing: Putting Skills to the Test

RC Camp 2018 CompleteThe culmination of building an RC car is undoubtedly the thrill of racing. Campers eagerly put their creations to the test as they compete against their peers on custom-built tracks or obstacle courses. Racing not only adds an element of excitement and friendly competition but also reinforces the importance of precision, control, and strategy. As campers fine-tune their driving skills and optimize their cars for speed and performance, they experience firsthand the exhilarating intersection of STEM and recreation.

Have a FUN and Memorable Summer Experience that Lasts

Building an RC car at summer camp offers a unique blend of fun, learning, and creativity. From STEM education to hands-on assembly, painting, repair, and racing, this activity provides a holistic learning experience that engages campers on multiple levels. As they work collaboratively, problem-solve, and unleash their imagination, children not only develop valuable skills but also foster a lifelong passion for discovery and innovation. So, rev up your engines and get ready for an unforgettable summer camp experience!

Read More about Fundemonium RC Summer Camps and Sign Up!

In all of the Fundemonium RC Summer Camps, kids assemble a fast RC car, decorate it, learn to fix it, race it, and take home a fully functioning RC car that the built!

Click the links below to read more about the camps and choose the time and skill level that is right for your child.

Beginner 2-Wheel Drive RC Twilight Camp

Thursday-Friday, June 13 – June 14 5:30pm-8:30pm, $329.99

This camp features the 2-wheel drive Gorgon monster tuck. It is an easy to assemble kit perfect for the first time builder. The twilight camp is two evenings making it easy to bring your kids after work or other day camps.

Basic 2-Wheel Drive RC Camp

Monday-Friday, June 24 – June 28 10am-1pm, $389.99

This camp features the Tamiya classic Holiday Buggy kit. A realistic 2-wheel drive kit with classic dune buggy styling. This is a great choice for kids with some mechanical skills (like building LEGO kits or science kits) who are building their first RC car kit.

Advanced 4-Wheel Drive RC Camp

Camp Plasma EdgeMonday-Friday, July 15 – July 19 10am-2pm; $499.99

This camp features the Tamiya Plasma Edge II 4-wheel drive racing buggy kit. This camp is for kids who have built or repaired RC cars before and are ready for a greater challenge.

Beginner 2-Wheel Drive RC Morning Camp

Thursday-Friday, August 8 – August 9 10am-1pm, $329.99

This camp features the 2-wheel drive Gorgon monster tuck. It is an easy to assemble kit perfect for the first time builder. The morning camp is two days making it easy to bring your kids at the start of the day and pick them up at lunch time.