PERIOD 1: 8:30 - 10 a.m.
The Art of Making (grades 6-8)|$225
Students use their hands and stretch their minds as they learn to employ computers, 3D printing, and laser cutting to bring their ideas into the physical world. Starting with small assignments designed to teach the basics of these 21st-century tools, students graduate to creating fun, useless inventions (Chindogu) that combine high- and low-tech materials and techniques. The course culminates with a virtual presentation of student work.
In a virtual setting:
Students will attend a daily video class meeting, during which all students and the teacher remain online, working on their own projects quietly, or participating in discussions or informational presentations.
Each student’s experience will be different in this class, based on their ideas, approaches, skills, and available tools and materials. To participate in the invention/making process, each student should have access to basic materials for attaching (for example, hot glue gun with glue sticks, string, wire, tape, wood glue, hammer/nails, screwdriver/screws, needle/thread); some cutting tools (for example, x-acto, scissors, knife); drawing supplies (paper, pencil, colored pencils, markers); additional materials (for example, wood scraps/dowels, fabric, foam, cardboard, construction paper, netting, egg cartons, plastic sheeting, corks, etc.); and a computer with dependable internet access. While the computer is a strict requirement, the other items can vary; the items in bold will be particularly useful.
Students will be shown a range of invention starters from Daiso from which they may choose. The instructor will purchase items for them (pick-up process from school TBD). These items will serve as the basis of their inventions. Each day students will work toward completing a final version of their invention, a process that will include direct instruction, teacher and peer feedback. Students will also use the school’s 3D printing and laser cutting facilities. They will produce designs at home and the instructor will produce them, making them available for pick-up from school. There will be no homework (although the instructor will post videos), and occasionally, students will be asked to put in optional extra work if it looks like they are at risk of failing to complete their invention by the end of the session.
Battles and Board Games (grades 6-8) (Class Canceled) |$225
Want to learn about military history but are bored by textbook descriptions and confusing maps? In this class, students use simple board games played through digital platforms to explore the history and tactics of some of America’s recent and historical conflicts.Try your hand at being history’s greatest commanders!
Center Stage (grades 6-8)|$225
Students embrace their creative sides and gain confidence in public speaking by acting, playing and performing in a casual and fun virtual environment. Students will learn warm-up and improvisational skills through theater games and perform in short scenes and video call skits. No auditions or prior experience required. The class will culminate with a virtual showcase for friends and family.
PERIOD 2: 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Classics and Comics (grades 6-8)|$225
A summer course for students looking to make their mark on literary classics and defining moments in history. Around the world, graphic novels, comic books, webcomics, and even Sunday comic strips all have lent themselves to telling engaging stories, both fiction and non-fiction. This class will read from selected passages and practice granting familiar stories new life through a combination of illustrations, panels, handwritten captions, and an onomatopoeia or two! Students will experience the power of storyboarding, learn the importance of first and second drafts and find their unique artistic voice. All levels of artistic ability are welcome!
Science FUNdamentals(grades 6-8)| $225
Students will explore a variety of science concepts from several fields (chemistry, biology and physics). All experiments will be designed using household items or easily acquired items, and a materials list will be provided in advance. Experiments will be safe and easy to perform, while still allowing students to have hands-on experiences. Every day will bring something new! Example topics include exploring osmosis, heat transfer, air resistance, friction, the chemistry of food, and the process of vision and optical illusions.
PERIOD 3: 12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Final Frontier: America’s Journey into Space (grades 6-8) (Class Canceled) |$225
More than 50 years ago, Americans landed on the Moon. In this class, students will learn about the bold and dangerous journey into space, starting with the Space Race and continuing to the present day of SpaceX and the International Space Station. Students will go beyond the present, to America’s new lunar program and even the vision of influential science fiction. Along the way, participants will watch movie clips on the space program, play games, digitally fly to the International Space Station and more!
Street Art (grades 6-8)|$225
Everyone will learn to appreciate and understand the role graffiti and public art has made in the development of culture. From cave painting to contemporary art, students will gain exposure and learn the techniques of “writerz script”, spray paint fonts, stencils and mural work. Art foundations of perspective, shading and color are taught along with the hands on art making. This class addresses concepts of amgituity and brings active art making into your daily life. Art kits/supplies will be available to students.
PERIOD 4: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Engineering Design (grades 6-8)|$225
Students will learn fundamental engineering concepts and basic construction methods through the process of design thinking. Multi-day collaborative projects will require students to stretch their minds and skill sets, creating solutions to design challenges while staying within parameters set at the outset. The class will be structured as battles against the limits of time, materials, size, weight, etc.. Towers, bridges, shelters, boats, how can you make your group’s ideas evolve toward their most successful versions?
In a virtual setting:
Students will attend a daily video class meeting, during which all students and the teacher, remain online, working on their own projects quietly, or participating in discussions or informational presentations.
Each student’s experience will be different in this class, based on their ideas and approaches to the challenges. To participate in the design/engineering process, each student should have access to a dedicated workspace so that projects-in-progress can remain intact between class meetings. Ideally, this workspace would be a flat table measuring two feet by three feet, located near their computer. The instructor will provide students with cardboard engineering kits (cost included in tuition). These kits would include most of the materials and tools needed for this class. In addition, string, blue tape, additional cardboard, and a hot glue gun/glue sticks will be important.
Each class will begin with a discussion focusing either on the introduction of a new challenge or a check-in on an ongoing challenge. Engineering concepts will also be presented. After the initial discussion, students will stay on the video call while they work on their design solutions. The instructor will be available to help problem-solve or to check in with students individually. Class sessions will also end with a short discussion including questions, successes and failures/improvements from their day’s work. There will be no homework, although the instructor will post videos of related content. Students are welcome to work on their projects between class sessions.
Laughing Out Loud: Introduction to Improvisation (grades 6-8) (Class Canceled) |$225
What makes you laugh? Do you like to make others laugh? Through modified improv games and exercises, students learn the elements of comedy improvisation while having fun creating an instant theater with trust and teamwork. Students will also study examples of professional improvisers and receive resources for optional individual practice. Students will build writing and performance skills while learning to “say yes” to their partners and that it’s okay to “fail big!” The course will culminate with a virtual, fully-improvised comedy performance that will truly demonstrate that they don't need a script to delight and impress!
Who am I? (grades 6-8) (Class Canceled) |$225
Students explore their identities—who they are and who they will grow up to be—through literature. Students begin this exploration by reading age-appropriate books and articles to introduce readers to the world, either as a mirror (to show characters in situations similar to their own), a window (to show them difference experiences from afar), or a door (inviting them to experience situations outside their own, with an eye toward diversity). This engaging course provides students with an opportunity to create their own stories that reflect their unique experiences and perspectives.