STEM Boot Camp for Middle School Students
Thursdays: September 13 - November 15, 2018  | 
9: 30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: $120.00 per student. Lunch included
Scholarships and Sibling Discount Available

Science- NASCAR Institute:  Electricity and Engines
Technology- Joey Schoop :   Web Design and Video Animation
Engineering- Caleb Hedges:  Bridges and Lunar Landers
Math -            Mari Fitz-Wynn:  Build a City

Wake County Agriculture Extension Building
4001 Carya Drive, Suite E
Raleigh, North Carolina 27610
Register: [email protected]  or online:

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STEM  BOOT Camp 2017


The first Creating Connections Conference, hosted by Heart for Home School Ministries, Inc., was held on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Church of the Holy Cross in Raleigh, NC. 
Read about our second annual conference by clicking on the Connect the Dot families link.

This interactive and innovative conference provided an opportunity for parents to participate in workshops with their children, as well as with other families. The students enjoyed a mini hands-on STEAM Camp while the parents connected with other parents. The message we heard all throughout the day was that the Creating Connections Conference had just what families were looking for!  


  1. Ari Brown
    Ari Brown
  2. Gerry Coleman
    Gerry Coleman
  3. Michelle Doeffinger
    Michelle Doeffinger
  4. Joey Schoop
    Joey Schoop
  5. Mari Fitz-Wynn
    Mari Fitz-Wynn
Ginger Bentley
The founder of Kidsperiences, where kids learn from other kids some of the daily skills needed to become successes themselves. Ginger is an author of Entrepreneurship Guide for the Ultimate Kid.

Deborah Withey
An award-winning art director, designer, and illustrator whose designs and imaginative conceptual illustrations grace the pages of publications throughout the world. Outside of publishing, Deb works as an Art for Welling practitioner and is a passionate teacher, leading workshops and courses for all ages and abilities in printmaking, color theory, willow sculpture, illustration, design -- anything that inspires the creativity within us. She divides her time on both sides of the sea, living and working in the UK and here in Raleigh, NC. 
Twitter: @cheeseanpickles
On the web:

Noa Ronen, PCC, Keynote Speaker
An inspirational presenter, speaker, coach, mentor, trainer, and business consultant. She is also a leadership and transition coach. A native of Israel, Noa brings an international perspective to her work. Her coaching style is direct, honest, and still caring. She is passionate about creating bridges between people and she does this work with individuals, executives, global leaders, and business owners across the board.  She currently serves as the President of the ICF Raleigh Area chapter.

Ari Brown
A sophomore studying atmospheric sciences and meteorology at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC, Ari completed high school as a homeschooler in 2015. He has also been a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol since 2010, where he was chosen to participate in an exchange program with Japan in 2014. Ari plans to pursue a career in meteorological research.

Michelle Doeffinger
A veteran homeschool mom of four, wife to Richard, and a grandma. She is the Generations Homeschool Group Director, and has served in this capacity for the past 4 years.

Gerry Coleman
Gerry is a man who is passionate about his country and the constitution. For the past 12 plus years, he’s taught the Institute on the Constitution to students and adults. He resides in Raleigh with his wife Wynne.

Joey Schoop
Joey is web developer and search engine optimization specialist for ChannelAdvisor in Morrisville, NC.  He is the husband of Amy Shoop and the father of four busy children; he enjoys running an occasional 5K.

David and Valissa Moore
David and Valissa Moore have been married for more than 30 years.  They have been homeschooling for over 19 years and have graduated two of their three children.  As pastors, they both have demanding schedules but have learned how to create a healthy balance in order to successfully homeschool their children.  |

Noah and Vanessa Paulsen
Noah and Vanessa Paulsen call Raleigh, North Carolina their home. They have been married 18 years and are blessed with a beautiful daughter named Emma Rose. They are currently self-employed, homeschool, and love spending time with family.
Mari Fitz-Wynn
President and Co-founder of Heart for Home School Ministries, Inc.
A veteran home educator, author, speaker, and the architect of the Connect the D.O.T.S (Days of Teaching School) Challenge.

Two Tracks for Home Educators      
  1. Home School and Resources
  2. Family Relationships: Connecting and Bonding
Student Track                                  
  1. Meet the Constitution
  2. Mini STEAM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
  3. Art for K-5

8:00 am: Check in and Registration

8:45 am: Welcome

9:00 am: Family Interactive Workshop session, Noa Ronen, PCC 
What Does Creating Connections Mean to You? 
Get a dose of energy in this interactive opening session as you and your family discover great ways for you to bring your best and gain the most to Create Connections during this conference.


Connecting to a Support group and Other Resources -Doefinger
9:30 am

Come find out how to choose a home school support group, what to look for, or how to start a group. There’s a myriad of resources to help you home school better -- come find out where to begin.

Connecting Teaching and Learning Styles: Still Trying to Figure It Out? -Fitz-Wynn
10:30 am
How your child learns is just as important as how you teach.

Pursuing Organization -Doefinger
11:30 am

There are those who are "messies" and there are those who have a “place for everything and everything in its place" -- and sometimes they are a little of both! Join this lively discussion on how to achieve a comfortable level of organization in your home school.

Lunch 12:30 pm

Helping Your Child to Transition from Middle School to High School and College -Fitz-Wynn
1:00 pm
All students face the same emotions, feelings, and thoughts to a lesser or greater degree -- whether they are home schooled, in private school, or in public school. There are plenty of tips and advice in this workshop to help your students accept school change or life challenges. 


“Me Time" for Everyone -Moores
9:30 am
Staying connected as a family and yet enjoying down time is a challenge but not an impossible task.

Communicate and Stay Connected -Paulsens
10:30 am
Communication is key to keeping the family culture and dynamic in check.

Connect the Dots and Be Financially Savvy -Bently and Fitz-Wynn
11:30 am
Smart budgeting for home school families -- from clothing, classes, and curriculum, to combining field trips and vacations.

Lunch 12:30 pm

Balance -Moores
1:00 pm
Families need to establish a balance between when school is in and school is out, when they are on activity overload, and when to add something else to the schedule.
Trust the Journey -Noa Ronen, PCC
2:00 pm
At times, it might feel that although we made the right decision to follow our heart, nothing feels right. How can we break that feeling of isolation and support ourselves when it seems like no one gets us? Join Keynote Speaker Noa Ronen to discover how you can connect the dots between different areas of your life, by learning how to trust the journey without knowing the results. You will leave this presentation having the best support team next to you.


Printmaking with shapes (K-5) -Withey 

9:30 am
Using textures- such as leaves and natural finds

Science (Middle School/High School) -Brown

9:30 am

Collage with ink and tissue paper (K-5) -Withey

10:30 am

Meet the Constitution (Middle school/high school) -Coleman

10:30 am
An interactive discussion on the US Constitution

Printmaking with shapes, Part 2 (K-5) 
11:30 am

Technology (Middle School/ High school) -
11:30 am
​Beginning Website Development
Come learn the basics of setting up your own domain name, installing website structure, and learn how to create your own beautifully designed website

Lunch 12:30 pm

Willow with tissue lanterns (All ages parents and students) -
1:00 pm