2021 Summer STEM Camp Dates
- Date 7/5 - 7/9, 2021: Flight and Aeronautical Engineering - topics include history of aviation, pilot training process, airplanes, instrumentation, aerodynamics, weather theory, navigation, and safety. Instructor: J. Gregory Jolda, Lt. Col, USAF - retired, University of Maine at Augusta
- Date 7/12 - 7/16, 2021: 3D Printing and Physics in Sports - topics include history of athletics, MCI Makerspace, kinematics, velocity, technical drawing, introduction to engineering design, energy, momentum and impulse, and adaptive sports equipment design. Instructor: Lincoln Robinson, Maine Central Institute
- Date 7/19 - 7/23, 2021: Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living - topics include sustainability, “footprints,” soil testing, composting, hydroponics, green building, solar energy, and wind energy. Instructor: Adam Pomeroy, Maine Central Institute
- Date 7/26 - 7/30, 2021: Robotics and AI - learn about engineering and programming using the LEGO MindStorms Robotics Kit. Instructor(s): Billy Wall and Thomas Bickford of Maine Robotics
- Date 8/2 - 8/6, 2021: Health Sciences and Medical Engineering - participate in a variety of hands-on learning opportunities, including CPR/First Aid training and visits to university facilities with local medical experts.
Check in/Check out
Day Camp runs Monday through Friday: check in begins at 8:00 a.m. on the first day of camp. Day campers report to the Chuck & Helen Cianchette Math & Science Center (MCI campus map).
Stay Overnight Camp begins on the Sunday before the start of camp. Campers check in to MCI dorm between 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and check out on the Sunday after camp by 10:00 a.m.
Click links below to open and print forms. Send completed forms to Scott Giallombardo, Maine Central Institute, 295 Main Street, Pittsfield, ME 04967.
Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living
Mr. Pomeroy has been a part of the MCI community for over 12 years. He enjoys that his family is part of MCI and the greater Pittsfield community as well. Mr. Pomeroy loves teaching science, which has included various courses: AP Environmental Science, College Preparatory Environmental Science, Intro to Design, Intro to Engineering, College Preparatory Biology, General Biology, College Preparatory Earth and Space Science, General Earth and Space Science, Sustainable Living, Botany, and AutoCad 1 and 2. He also coaches football and lacrosse. Mr. Pomeroy's favorite scientist is, "Neil Degrasse Tyson because of his extensive use of the sciences, his desire to educate the population about various aspects and misconceptions, and his dedication to promoting the sciences. He loves to teach science because"it is constantly changing, relevant to all of us, and doesn't have to confine us to the classroom".
3D Printing and Physics
Mr. Robinson was born and raised in Dover-Foxcroft, ME. He currently lives in Pittsfield with his wife Amanda, and son Marcus. Mr. Robinson attended college at the University of Maine at Farmington where he played Men's Rugby. He also worked at Sugarloaf Mountain during his time at UMF. This will be Mr. Robinson's 10th year working at MCI. He has taught various courses, which includes AP Physics, College Preparatory Physics, Physics in Sports, General Physics, Intro to Design, Intro to Engineering, College Preparatory Earth and Space Science, and General Earth and Space Science. He currently serves as the assistant coach for the football and track and field teams. In his free time he enjoys fishing, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, camping, and traveling with his family. Mr. Robinson's favorite scientist is Benjamin Franklin. "Some of my favorite lab demos occur during our study of electricity with the use of a Van de Graaff generator. If you get the chance to visit the Museum of Science in Boston, attending the Lightning Show is a MUST"!
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
As director of Maine Robotics, Tom puts a lot of his background to work. He started his career out of college as a middle school math and science teacher here in Maine. The next twenty years saw him moving back and forth between the educational and technology world. Tom holds degrees in biology and biomedical engineering and has been programming computers since high school. For the past twenty years, Tom has been working to bring fun, problem solving, and intrigue of technology education to the children and teachers of Maine. With summer camps, school year competitions, and workshops, he has worked with over 24,000 Maine youth and adults in those years. While still working as the director, Tom is also the main educator behind the Build Your Own Computer Camp.
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Billy started his working career as a bench technician at the Jacksonville (Florida) operation of a regional radio paging company, and worked through a succession of roles and company names until leaving as a network operations manager for Verizon Wireless in Orlando. After more than two decades in telecommunications, he had to answer the question "What do I want to be when I grow up?", and decided to become a math teacher, in part because he remembered how much fun he had working with his crazy junior high school math teacher, who raved about "the beauty of the number system." He moved to Maine, got a mathematics degree at USM, and has been in the classroom ever since, teaching math and coaching math enrichment during the school year, and leading camps for Maine Robotics in the summer. He taught 11 years at Central High School in Corinth, spent a semester at Maine Connections Academy, and is now in the Math Lab at Freeport High School. Amazingly, school districts and Maine Robotics continue to pay him money to have fun working with students!
Aviation & Aeronautical Engineering
J. Gregory Jolda, LtCol, USAF (Ret) is a retired United States Air Force Command Pilot. During his career with the USAF, he accumulated more than 3,100 flying hours in four USAF Operational Aircraft – the T-33, T-37, C-130E, and the T-38. Highlights of his career include over 360 hours as fighter pilot in the T-33, over 600 hours in the T-37 (USAF Primary Jet Trainer) with over 450 hours as Instructor Pilot. He then earned his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. Following graduate school, he served as Group Chief, Advanced Systems Avionics Group, Wright Aeronautical Labs, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Following his assignment at Wright Patterson, he was assigned as aircraft commander of the C -130, stationed at Yokota AB, Japan, where he supported the airlift of troops and equipment throughout the Pacific Theater of Operations. As C-130 pilot, he flew over 1120 hours. After flying the C-130, he served as Instructor Pilot, T-38
Flight Commander, and Chief of Academics for the 64th Flying Training Wing, Reese Air Force Base, Texas. He has over 770 hours in the T- 38 with over 600 hours as Instructor pilot. His final Air Force assignment was as Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Unites States Military Academy, West Point, NY.
Following his military career, Mr. Jolda continued to fly general aviation aircraft. He holds an FAA Commercial Pilot License, Single and Multi-Engine Land, with Instrument Rating and L-382 Type Rating. He is a Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument, and Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) for the Cirrus aircraft. He has over 600 hours in general aviation with over 350 hours as instructor pilot.
Currently, he serves as Aviation Program Coordinator, University of Maine at Augusta, where he directs the training for the aviation students at the university. He provides flight instruction to students from pre-solo through commercial. He teaches courses in Flight Dynamics, Human Factors, Flight Safety and Private Pilot Ground training. Additionally, he has been known to teach courses such as Oracle Structured Query Language (SQL) and Programming Language, SQL (PLSql).