Design With Purpose

Ages: entering grades 5 through 8 in September 2019
Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

At Beaver, the design process is all about finding new ways to improve the world around us. As our campers develop new skills and collaborate with their peers, real world challenges present them with endless opportunities to tap into their own creativity. Through our new series of week long immersive experiences, campers will develop new skills in design, engineering and fabrication based in Beaver’s new Research and Design Center.

PET Designs: Prototyping, Engineering, and Technology 

Let your imagination guide you in Beaver’s ultimate pet design challenge. Work as part of a team in Beaver’s new Research and Design Center to dream up and fabricate an invention that will improve the lives of animals in your home or at a shelter. Will it be a robotic toy? Automated feeding? Creative communication systems? Campers will work together to research, design, prototype, and create their own ideas. Through this week long experience, campers will utilize the design thinking process as they develop skills in engineering, simple machines, circuitry, and much more. Daily challenges will inspire campers to combine creative materials to develop their ingenious new inventions. Find your inner inventor and discover that anything is possible when it comes to helping animals!

Go Baby Go!

Beaver is teaming up with Go Baby Go! and Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy to custom modify battery powered ride-on cars for children with limited mobility. Campers will work together in teams to design, customize, and build each car to meet the specific needs of an individual child. 

Early in the week, each team will meet their assigned family and learn about the unique needs of their “little driver” and then be guided by physical therapists from Boston Children’s Hospital as they develop their specific designs. Then they’ll head into the workshop to rewire the car’s electrical system, develop unique supports and harnesses, and hack the accelerator and ignition. By the end of the week, the little drivers will speed off in their very own car, able to zoom around and play in ways that weren’t possible before. Develop teamwork, empathy, and engineering skills as you spend the week building more than just a car.

Sample Daily Schedule

Time Activity
8:30-9:00 am Drop-off
9:00-9:45am Team design challenge
10:00-11:30am “Empathy Adventure” across campus
11:30-12:00pm Lunch on our outdoor terrace provided by Beaver
12:00-12:30pm Recreational time
12:30-2:00pm Prototype construction and testing
2:00-3:00pm Group feedback, redesign suggestions, and modifications
3:00-3:45pm Cool off with an afternoon free swim
3:45-4:00pm Pick-up

2019 Session Dates & Tuition

Session Dates Tuition
Week 3 – PET Designs July 8 – 12 $TBD
Week 4 – Go Baby Go!  July 15 – 19 $TBD

Includes daily lunch and snack


Sibling and 8-Week Discounts available

Extended Day

Want more camp? You’ve got it. Our Extended Day programs are available to all Design With Purpose campers for an additional fee. Enroll by the week or the day; whatever works best for you. For more info, click here.

  • 7:30-8:30 am – Drop off your camper up to an hour earlier than the regular drop-off at 8:30 am.
  • 4:00-6:00 pm – Extend your camper’s day as late as possible to give them full access to more activities.

Bus Transportation

Why not let someone else be the chauffeur? We’ll safely shuttle your camper to and from Beaver by bus. For more info, click here.