Summer at Walker's

STEAM into Summer

Expand your knowledge with our unique summer STEAM courses!

This week-long day camp will include hands-on courses engineered for girls entering 5th-9th grades to explore STEAM topics. The program runs from Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants will take one course in the morning and one course in the afternoon.

Drop-off is between 8:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Lunch and snacks are included. There will also be a series of activities during the hour-long lunch block including hiking, a campus tour, outdoor games, and more. Pickup will be between 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. 

On the last day, there will be an exposition of learning and ice cream social from 2:30-3:30 p.m. where parents and guardians are invited to view their students’ work.

For more information, please contact Maureen Lamb at or +1-860-408-4313.

Program Director

This program is directed by Walker’s own Dean of Faculty and Dean of Academic Technology and Innovative Pedagogy Maureen Lamb. Maureen brings over ten years of summer academic experience to The Ethel Walker School. She previously worked in summer programs at Kingswood Oxford, Westminster, and Cushing Academy.

Maureen has also works as a Google Certified Trainer and educational consultant with districts across the country, and she teaches graduate courses in Language and Latin pedagogy and instructional technology with Idioma Education and Consulting. She teaches courses for the National Humanities Center and served on the Teacher Advisory Council from 2020-2021. She has been recognized for her work as the CT Council of Language Teachers Language Teacher of the Year 2017, the New England Council of Foreign Languages Mead Fellow, the Classical Association of New England Weincke Award, the American Classical League Elizabeth Watkins Award, and received a Fulbright to study for a summer at the American Academy in Rome. She is dedicated to creating an inclusive classroom environment, to using technology to enhance the student experience, and to making Classics comprehensible. Maureen is excited to bring this summer academic program to Walker’s.

Maureen Lamb

Course Descriptions

Aviation, Aerospace, and Paper Airplanes!

In this summer enrichment course, students will explore the basics of flight through a STEAM lens. Students will learn about the history of aviation and the impact of women on the industry, participate in engineering challenges, and learn about some of the basics of aviation, including navigation and the physics of flight. Each day will include connections to math, science, engineering, and history. The course will culminate in a project where students get to build and test their own aviation designs.

LEGO Robotics Workshop: Unleashing Creativity with Mindstorms

The LEGO Robotics Workshop: Unleashing Creativity with Mindstorms is an exciting adventure tailored for middle schoolers who are curious about robotics and love to create. Throughout this hands-on course, students will dive into the world of robotics, learning how to build and program their own robots using colorful LEGO Mindstorms kits. Guided by their imagination and teamwork, they will tackle fun challenges and explore the magic of coding, mechanical design, and problem-solving. This workshop offers a supportive and engaging environment where students can unleash their creativity, build confidence, and discover their potential as future leaders in technology and engineering. Join us for an unforgettable journey where students can bring their ideas to life and shine as STEM innovators!

Roller Coaster Engineering 

Want to design and build your own roller coaster? In this hands-on course, students will learn how to create their own four-(or more!)-foot-tall marble track roller coaster with every feature they can imagine – zigzags, loop-the-loops, funnels, merges, switchbacks, half-pipes, and more. The roller coasters will be made out of nothing more than cardstock and tape, which will give students lots of flexibility to experiment and tinker. The end goal will be to make roller coasters that successfully bring a handful of marbles through multiple pathways to the bottom of the track. Along the way, students will build skills in teamwork, troubleshooting, and the engineering design process. 

Taylor Swift and Feminism

In this class, we are all about the feminist evolution of the one and only Taylor Swift through her songs, interviews, and music videos. Traveling a musical journey through her massively successful Eras tour, we will cover her full discography from Taylor Swift the album to Midnights; analyzing her lyrical content for examples of girlhood, adolescence, and themes of empowerment and persistence. We will also examine her reclamation of her name, identity, and songs through the re-recording of past albums as a deliberate feminist act. How is Taylor Swift “fearless” and how can students be, too? If you are #Swiftie through and through, and want to spend a week examining all things about your favorite singer, take Taylor Swift and Feminism!