Dates: June 11-August 10
The Middle School Enrichment program offers opportunities for academically motivated students to design their own day from science to creative writing and forensics. There is something for everyone! Campers can experience a new activity every week.
Baseball Literature. Are you tired of reading the same, tired plots filled with people in love, or good guys and bad guys fighting, or dragons devouring knights? If so, join us for an exploration of something different: baseball! Come read and discuss the literature that grows out of the Great American Pastime. Students will strengthen their thinking skills while reading fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and history--all centered around the sport of baseball!
Chess. Checkmate! Join us for a week of the ultimate strategy game and improve your skills in the game of chess. Both beginners and experienced players are welcome to learn, play, and improve their knowledge of the game of kings.
Curious Chemistry. Have you ever wondered how movie sets make it snow when it's hot outside? Or how actors can be covered in broken glass without having a scratch on them? Why is a marshmallow fluffy and a gummy bear squishy? Join us as we use the fundamentals of chemistry to create movie special effects, solve a crime, and make sweet treats like candy and ice cream even better!
Darkroom Photography. Picture this! Take a break from the fast-paced world around you and focus on taking the perfect photograph. Using real film cameras, students will learn to compose a shot, properly expose and focus an image, and then develop that image in a darkroom. Students will also learn the proper handling, storage, and use of the film chemicals and the various pieces of equipment that help bring their creativity to life. All students will leave with an 8x10 photo that they shot and developed.
Digital Media. Come investigate the art of digital media production! Join us as we explore the process of production and learn how to use video editing software like Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere. Students will use state-of-the-art HD video cameras to create their own music videos, short films, and new stories.
Drones. Come fly with us! Multirotor aircraft, known commonly as drones, are a hit worldwide. With some as big as tables and others smaller than a book, drones have quickly claimed the hearts of enthusiasts of all ages! In this class, students will explore the fascinating world of drones including flight controls, area of operations, and safety guidelines.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Explore Newt Scamander’s enchanted suitcase, and prepare for a magical voyage of your own! Join us as we create wands, test our wizarding skills, and use resources only found in the realm of Harry Potter. Who knows? We may learn a thing or two about the Muggle world on our adventure!
Fantasy Literature. Want to escape into a world where the young are the strong and only they can experience the power that the world has to offer? If so, join us as we explore the fascinating realm of fantasy literature. Students will dive deeply into the fantasy genre and create their own story in which they face their challenges, find their empowerment, and prevail above all.
Flash Fiction, Vines, and YouTube Narratives. Ever posted a story on social media? What makes a story a story? The answer may surprise you! Come join us as we explore non-traditional methods of storytelling including flash fiction, Vines, and YouTube narratives. By understanding what makes a story profound or meaningful to a wide audience today, we may discover the key to understanding traditional stories.
Forensics and Data Modeling. There’s a mystery afoot! Who stole the diamond and then killed the gardner? Grab your detective’s badge and join us! Students will have the opportunity to apply their math knowledge to solve a crime; we will collect data and build a profile of the “unsub” using data modeling techniques and predictive analysis. If you want to have fun applying mathematics to real life, come help us crack the case!
Intro to Shakespeare. Get a head start on all things Shakespeare! In this fun introduction to Shakespeare, students will have a chance to increase their reading confidence, language development, and appreciation of the classics. We will delve into the life of Shakespeare, explore Shakespearean insults, learn about iambic pentameter, and examine and perform some selections from Shakespeare's plays.
Math Mindwinders. Ready to look at math from a different angle? Compete in games that explore the fascinating world of mathematics. Work as a team to solve perplexing puzzles and brain teasers in order to gather clues to unlock a mystery box; learn math magic tricks that will amaze your family and friends.
Mayhem and Monsters. Do you love ghost stories? Do you believe in the boogeyman? Are you afraid of the dark? Have you ever experienced a haunting? Here’s the chance to share your story. Learn the art of storytelling from around the world with frequently told urban legends, myths, and folktales.
Middle School Ready. Students will brush off summer cobwebs and review essential strategies that lead to success! Topics covered include such Middle School executive skill expectations as time management, organizational skills, study aids and strategies, planner usage, how to navigate eLearning and Backpack, and goal setting.
Additionally, students will apply critical thinking, close reading, and annotation skills to short stories, review their summer math packets, and practice document-based analysis in preparation for the upcoming school year. Begin the school year READY!
Mirror, Mirror. When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Making a plan for the future must begin within; you must know what you want, how to achieve it, and how to accept the infinite development of humanity and the importance of self-reflection. Through self-reflection and identification of our strengths, we will learn how to create a real goal program that works.
No Escape. You have one hour to free yourself from a locked room. All you have are your wits and the help of your teammates to guide you. The room holds the key, but can you find it in time? Join us as we explore a variety of puzzles and mind games while learning what it means to collaborate well. Put your strengths to the ultimate test in this unique Escape Room experience.
Once Upon a Time. You’re never too old for fairytales! One of the oldest forms of storytelling, fairy tales provide the perfect platform from which we can view and question the world around us. Join us as we explore characterization and imagery and their roles in the development of the modern day hero and villain. Students will strengthen their critical thinking skills while they participate in writing and project-based activities.
Science of Sports. What happens when sports and science collide? Through the use of creative education, sports, and exercise activities, students will develop critical-thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills that will advance all areas of their learning. Additionally, students will explore real-world connections to areas such as biomechanics, engineering, exercise physiology, and other areas of science, mathematics, and technology.
Stranger Things. Do you like spooky stories and scary movies? If so, join us as we explore the world of ghosts and extraterrestrials through the works of the masters of horror and science fiction: Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, Rod Serling, and Ray Bradbury. You will even try your hand at creating terrifying tales using the same techniques and elements!
The Play’s the Thing. From the Top….Take 1! Join us as we discover the world of the play. Find your inner actor and director as we explore great works of literature.
Visual Poetry. What happens when poetry and art meet? Join us as we discover the answer to that question, and create something new and unique while learning the craft of poetry. Conducted primarily in a workshop method, participants will explore the rhythm of language and create found and visual poems from existing texts including novels, newspapers, and magazines.
Yoga & Mindfulness. Get the gift of yoga this summer! Join our certified children’s yoga instructor as she coaches and guides you toward a more balanced, peaceful you! You will learn basic yoga poses and explore the overall benefits of this ancient practice. Through play and storytelling, you will learn the importance of breath, patience, mindfulness, and listening. The positive skills practiced in this course will improve all facets of students’ lives.