Discovery Camp – Entering Grades 1 – 3

Fessenden Summer Camps

Discovery Camp – Entering Grades 1-3
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Previously known as STEM Camp, Discovery Camp is where 21st century learning comes to life in exciting and hands-on ways.  Instructors facilitate projects and activities that encourage young campers to create and explore the Sciences and Technologies. Campers learn how to navigate various devices and software applications and apply what they learn to projects that meet their interests. Our goal is to help campers understand how to appropriately utilize technology as a way to solve problems.

Through hands-on tinkering and immersion, communication, and collaboration, campers discover 21st century skills in a fun camp environment.  The instructors in the Ciongoli Center for Innovation, all of whom are experienced educators at The Fessenden School, provide age-appropriate instruction in a way that makes the concepts readily understandable for young minds.  Campers will gain familiarity with maker concepts such as programming, robotics, engineering, multimedia, and design, and gain essential skills that they can carry with them through life.

We strive to have a balance of ages, and a mix of boys and girls, in our Discovery Camp weeks.  This impacts the number of spaces available for a given age or gender in the camp.

Features of Discovery Camp include:

  • State-of-the art facility and equipment, including 3D printers and laser cutters
  • Instruction in cutting-edge technology and craftsmanship by experienced teachers
  • Use of well-known toys and applications to explore the basics of engineering, design, and modeling
  • A daily schedule that includes outdoor time and free swim


9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

June Sessions- June 17-21 *No Camp on Wednesday, June 19th*



A full day of hands-on Science and Technology. Great for campers who want a focused scientific exploration and innovation. Includes free swim time and outdoor recreation time for all campers.


Discovery + DAY CAMP 
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Week 1 – June 24-28
Week 7 – August 5-9

Requires a minimum of two consecutive weeks of enrollment (which can be a combination of Plus Camp weeks and/or Day Camp weeks) during the Summer Core Weeks (weeks 1-8).

Campers spend half of the day exploring the Sciences, Technology, and Mathematics. The other half of the day is spent doing fun filled Day Camp activities such as free swim, archery, and woodworking!


Meet the Discovery Camp Director!

Souad Belcaid

Discovery Camp Director

Souad Belcaid is the Lower School Science teacher and CCI instructor at Fessenden. In 2007, she received a Teacher of the Year Award after having taught in the Milton Public Schools’ French immersion program for 12 years. In 2015, she was nominated for the Global Teacher Prize, established by the Varkey Foundation. She has a master’s degree in Education and Technology. She also has a Math Specialist in International School Program certificate and a CAGS certificate in Curriculum and Instructional Strategies.

Her approach focuses on problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity, enabling students to understand the world’s challenges, complexity, and interdependence. She firmly believes that STEM-based education teaches kids more than just the basics of science and math. Focusing on hands-on learning with real-world applications helps develop a wide range of skills, such as creativity and skills for the 21st century.