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Summer 2017 Course Descriptions !

Note there is Before Care 7:00am-9:00am and After Care 3:00pm-6:00pm for summer campers in grades K-8

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We are working to bring you many new programs. Updates to the summer programs are being made daily. Do you want us to send you updates? Send an email to the Youth Programs Director.

Check out some of our NEW Camps for Summer 2017. http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/youthsummer2017/supplemental.html

2017 Summer Youth Programs Course Descriptions for camps we offered in 2016 and which will again occur in 2017 are listed below. Review these in addition to the new camps available by clicking on the link above.

Registration for summer is scheduled to open late February/early March.

The schedule is not quite ready for publication. This page provides listings and links to a posting of planned camps with dates, times, etc. There may be slight variations when the final schedule is released. Add yourself to the list for updates and contact us if you have concerns or questions.

3-2-1 Blast Off!
Germantown, week of 7/3, & Rockville week of 7/24, grades 2-6, 9:00am-3:00pm

This action-packed week will focus solely on rockets and the physics of rocket flight. After learning the model rocket safety code, you will build a number of different rockets and participate in the launching, mission control, propulsion, and recovery of the rockets you build. Campers will be divided into three groups: altitude trackers, launch preparation, and launchers. Every camper will have an opportunity to try all three. Offered in conjunction with Mad Science of Washington. 

A Sticky Situation: Duct Tape Art
Week of 7/10, grades 4-6, 9:00am-noon

Duct tape, an art material? Yes it is! This is your chance to explore the many uses for duct tape and how you can use it to create your very own artwork. We’ll use duct tape to create 2-D and 3-D fine art pieces—both functional and nonfunctional. Learn to make items like flowers, bags, and wallets, as well as other 3-D sculptures and 2-D collages. No previous experience is necessary. The sky is the limit! Instructor: Cynthia J. Smidt, BA Art History, BA Art Education, UMCP 

Advanced Placement Readiness
Week of 7/17, grades 9-12, time 9:00-noon

Prepare for taking Advanced Placement courses. Analyze articles, essay prompts, and sample responses, and heighten your comfort with the testing situation. Learn to support your opinions using text and data. Using logical thinking, enhance your awareness of the structure of your arguments and avoid fallacies in reasoning. Practice time-management skills. Learn ways to use calendars to make more effective use of your time. Add rhetorical strategies to your repertoire of testing skills and improve your understanding of standards found in Advanced Placement courses. Instructor: Jennifer Bauer 

After Care for Summer Youth Programs

After Care offers caretaking services for children after the summer program day ends. The children are provided with a safe and relaxed environment in which to enjoy a variety of activities. Staff continuously strive to keep the program activities flexible and appealing. There are a limited number of spaces available, and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Aggressive Learning I for High School Students
Week of 7/31-8/11, Grades 9-12, 9:00am-noon

Are you a successful high school student? Are you afraid of feeling overwhelmed with the amount of homework in high school? You study hard but you don’t make the grades that you achieved in middle school? If you are experiencing this type of frustration, you should take this course. Learn strategies from an IRT and Team Leader. Learn how to better manage your time, trick your teachers, and work smarter. You are already working hard—now learn how to study efficiently and experience success. Don’t fail simply because you’re transitioning into High School. Instructor: Don Milner, Milner Educational Consulting

Aggressive Learning I for Middle School Students
Week of 6/26, grades 6-8, 9:00am - noon

Are you a successful middle school student? Feeling overwhelmed with the amount of homework? You study hard and you still aren’t making the grades that you feel you can? If you are experiencing this type of frustration, take this course. Learn strategies from an IRT and Team Leader. Learn how to better manage your time and work smarter. You are already working hard! Learn how to study efficiently and experience success in middle school. Instructor: Don Milner, Milner Educational Consulting

Aggressive Learning II for High School Students
Week of 7/31-8/11, grades 9-12, 1:00pm - 4:00pm 

This course is specially designed for students who have had or are currently enrolled in Aggressive Learning I. Learning objectives reinforce the study skills taught in Aggressive Learning I and give specific study strategies for each core content area, like science, math, social studies, English, and foreign language. Learn tried and true study strategies that help you improve your academic standing. Learn the science behind learning and what motivates you to learn new information. Instructor: Don Milner, Milner Educational Consulting

Aggressive Learning II for Middle School Students
Week of 6/26, grades 6-8, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

This course is specially designed for students who have had, or are currently enrolled in, Aggressive Learning I. Learning objectives reinforce the study skills taught in Aggressive Learning I and give specific study strategies for each core content area, like science, math, social studies, English, and foreign language. Learn tried and true study strategies that help you improve your academic standing. Learn the science behind learning and what motivates you to learn new information. Instructor: Don Milner, Milner Educational Consulting 

Algebra I
Grades 6-8, weeks of 7/10 or 7/24 or 8/7

For students who will take Algebra I in the upcoming school year. Topics covered include exponents and radicals, linear equations and inequalities, ratio and proportion, systems of linear equations, factoring quadratics, completing the square, and the quadratic formula. Instructor: Yang Academy

Algebra II
Grades 8-10, weeks of 7/10 or 7/24 or 8/7, 1:00pm - 4:00

For students who will take Algebra II, Algebra II with Analysis, IB AAF in the upcoming school year. Topics include linear equations, systems of equations, quadratics, clever factorizations, complex numbers, graphing, functions, sequences and series, special functions, exponents and logarithms. Instructor:Yang Academy , Prerequisite: Algebra I.

All About Technology
Week of 7/10, 1:00pm - 4:00pm or week of 7/17, 9:00am - noon, Ages 7-10 years

Fun, exciting and challenging activities await you as you are introduced to a variety of relevant technologies. Learn to build circuits as well as building and programming robotic devices. Use a Global Positioning System to play a high-tech game of hide and seek. Practice skills such as orienteering, treasure hunting, and waymarking--better known as Geocaching. Discover the FUNdamentals of technology. Offered in conjunction with Goldsmith Educatation LLC.

App Adventures! The Next Level
BLACK ROCKET, week of 7/24, age 11-14, 9:00am - noon, age 8-10, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Continue your quest to make the next viral app! Whether you want to move past the basic techniques learned in App Attack or want to jump right in, we are ready for you! Choose from a selection of different web-based (HTML5) mobile apps and explore more in-depth programming concepts. Student-created apps will be accessible on a Black Rocket site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. Publishing to App Stores not included. No prior experience is necessary and students do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take the class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in conjunction with Black Rocket.

App Attack! Make Your First Game App
BLACK ROCKET week of 6/26, age 8-10 9:00am - noon, age 11-14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app! Using a specialized game development tool, explore the world of web-based mobile apps. In addition to learning the basics of mobile app design and game development, you will also see firsthand how the world of Apps publishing functions. Student-created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. Publishing to App Stores not included. No prior experience is necessary and you do not need to own a smart phone or tablet to take the class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in conjunction with Black Rocket.

Arcade Invention Lab, tbd

Design and build electronics essentials - light, security and communication - using found and repurposed electronics, motors, LED’s, and maker materials. Explore soldering, take-aparts and electronics hacks. Offered in conjunction with FutureMakers.

Baking "Boot Camp" Tiny Chefs information tba

Move beyond the basics and stretch your baking repertoire to include things like biscuits, muffins, cupcakes, fruit tarts, and dessert sauces. Students will also learn measurements and equivalents, as well as basic techniques like folding, whisking, and rolling during this week. Offered in conjunction with Tiny Chefs. 

Before Care for Summer Youth Programs

Before Care offers caretaking services for children before the summer program day begins. The children are provided with a safe and relaxed environment in which to enjoy a variety of activities. Staff continuously strive to keep the program activities flexible and appealing. There are a limited number of spaces available, and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Big Brain Machine Shop, tba

The Makerspace is an essential tool- and material-based exploration lab for emerging tinkerers, inventors, artists and engineers ready to activate STEM thinking, design and fabrication skills! Cut, drill, fuse, form and shape cardboard, foam, wood, plastics and electronic components. Build big and small to complete a series of tool and material design challenges focusing on experimentation, exploration, free building and iteration. Offered in conjunction with FutureMakers.

Calculus
Week of 8/14, grades 10-12, 9:00am - noon

For students who will take AP Calculus (AB or BC) in the upcoming school year. Topics covered include continuity, limits, derivatives of functions, and their applications. Instructor: Yang Academy, Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus. 

Cartooning, Comics, and Manga
Week of 8/7, grades 5-8, 9:00am - noon

Explore the many forms of cartoon drawings (caricatures, one-panel sight gags, editorial cartoons), comic strips/books (superhero comics, adventurous illustrations, westerns, sci-fi, and detective comics), long-form illustrated narratives (graphic novels, non-fiction subjects), and Japanese manga. Apply your powers of observation and imagination to a variety of projects: creating original characters, designing pages, drawing caricatures, making flip books, and developing a comic strip/book. You will be encouraged to experiment with various drawing media and techniques. Instructor: Ellen Vartanoff

Chemistry Creations
Week of 7/3 or 7/17, grades 5-6, 9:00am - noon

Every kitchen has a fully stocked laboratory! Explore the magic of changing colors, liberating gases, and see how chemical reactions can identify unknowns. Compare exothermic and endothermic reactions, investigate capillary action through chromatography experiments, test various liquids for pH, and build a titration system for determining Vitamin C. Discover the world of polymers and have fun with viscosity, solubility, and making home-made play putty in your own mini-lab. Offered in conjunction with Big Learning.

Chin Up, Girl!
Week of 8/7, grades 6-8, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Young STRONG ladies...discover your voice, what you stand for, what you believe in, and what truly makes you happy. Build confidence through self-expression and personal connections. Learn strategies to ease school stress, embrace leadership, and promote healthy friendships. Build mental and physical strength by exercising the mind and body: learn yoga, dance, gymnastics, aerobics, and group mediation alongside the instructor, Natalie Blank, a certified personal trainer, dance teacher, and CrossFit coach, who will motivate you to keep your chin up, girl! 

Chopped, Tiny Chefs, tba

Never have food challenge reality shows been so popular and Chopped! is a favorite here at Tiny and Gourmet Chefs! We like it so much we decided to base a whole week long camp on the concept. Our version has the added twist of focusing on different cuisines every day of camp. So, each day, you will be presented with a basket with 3 or 4 ingredients, which reflect these different cuisines—French, Italian, Mexican, Asian and “All-American”. Using those ingredients and working within those cuisines, you will be challenged to make mouthwatering specialties, traditional favorites and explore new ingredients, tastes and combinations. Offered in conjunction with Tiny Chefs.

Circuit Fundamentals and Creation
Week of 7/3 or 8/7, ages 11-16, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Electronics are an integral part of our daily life but do you know what is inside of them? In this beginning class on electricity and electric circuits you will explore just that. In this solder free class, explore a multitude of different circuits using lights, sounds, sensors, radio waves and Boolean logic. Learn to use volt meters, read and write electrical diagrams as well as build a working AM/FM radio to take home. Offered in conjunction with Goldsmith Education LLC.

Circus Camp, information tba

Step Right Up….Step Right Up…Be Amazed, and Be Amused, and Be Excited to see what life is like under the Big Top! Take a turn on a tight wire! Walk on stilts! Learn to juggle! Explore the world of a circus performer—the traditions and the feel of being under the Big Top. Take part in a non-competitive and challenging art form that combines physical activity with cultural arts. Activities include acrobatics, juggling, improvisation, stilt walking, tight wire, and other circus experiences. Improvements in hand/eye coordination, balance, and self-confidence are just some of the benefits of this camp. Instructor: Michael Rosman, a graduate of Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus Clown College and veteran of many circus performances in both traditional American and Cirque style shows. Michael and his coaches have more than 20 years of experience teaching circus skills. Sneakers and comfortable clothing requires. Offered in conjunction with Michael Rosman’s Circus Camp Stars. 

Code Breakers
Week of 8/7, ages 11-14 at 9:00am - noon or ages 8-10 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Calling all future coders, programmers, & designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and daily design challenges and be on your way to becoming the next tech star! Whether you want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in his bedroom, this course has the essentials you need to begin your journey. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in conjunction with Black Rocket.

Computer Animation with Adobe
Week of 7/3 or 7/10 or 7/24 or 8/7 grades 6-8, 9:00am - noon

Learn how to draw and animate using Adobe Flash CS6, a very popular web-based animation software. Learn about the tools of the trade for graphic and web designers. Get hands-on experience using top-of-the-line software to create frame-by-frame animations and “tweened” animations with sound and special effects. Learn basic animation concepts and procedures used by professional animators such as easing in, pose-to-pose animating, and straight-through animation. Learn about character design and illustration to create your own character in an animation. Instructor: John Overman

Computer Programming I
Week of 6/26 to 7/7, grades 6-8, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Use the MIT-developed programming language, Scratch, to investigate the foundations of computer programming. Through the creation of a variety of applications and games, you will learn essential common programming structures that can be applied to any future languages that you learn. An emphasis is placed on balancing rigor and fun, and you will have many opportunities to flex your creative muscles in the creation of your programs. By the end of camp, you will design a large-scale program of your own, and have the opportunity to share your application with the outside world over the Internet! Instructor: David Hill

Computer Programming II
Week of 7/10 grades 6-8, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Use the programming language, Visual Basic, to create a variety of applications and games, building on the foundational tools of programming introduced in Computer Programming 1. Learn the organizational advantages to using a visual programming language, and begin to work with writing your own code rather than dragging and dropping commands as you did in Scratch. Learn to deal with the syntax errors that this new freedom creates, and move on to explore the large ‘toolbox’ that Visual Basic provides its programmers. Emphasis is placed on creating applications that solve real-world programming problems, and you will have the opportunity to create a large-scale game or application of your own to complete the class. Prerequisite: Computer Programming 1 or Algebra I. Instructor David Hill 

Cooking it Up with Kids, Tiny Chefs information tba

Learn to use fractions and measurement concepts, vocabulary, and reading to perform a task and complete a set of directions for a recipe. Create a wonderful snack or meal without using an oven, while reinforcing math and reading concepts and strategies. Get a copy of each recipe made in class to take home and make again later. These recipes can be used as an after school snack or fun for the whole family to make together. Learn the proper way to handle food and utensils to keep safe. Note: There will be no use of raw foods or sharp objects in this class. Instructor: Terri Miller

Creative Design and Robotics
BLACK ROCKET, week of 7/10, age 11-14 9:00am -noon, age 8-10, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

The world of the future belongs to…Robots! In this cutting edge class, learn the fundamentals of motorized mechanisms, design principles, sensors, and sound activation. Separate fact from fantasy by designing and building prototypes of task oriented robots. Learn problem solving to improve how your robots function in a series of design challenges. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in conjunction with Black Rocket.

Creative Speaking and Writing
Weeks of 6/26 to 7/7 (2wks) grades 5-8, week of 7/31 to 8/4 (1wk), grades 4-5, weeks of 8/7 to 8/18 (2wks), grades 5-8, all times 9:00am - 3:00pm

Learn to create an impressive presentation that informs, persuades, inspires, and conveys a compelling message. Through practice and feedback, master the techniques for delivering consistent, successful presentations. Create powerful visual aids to add impact, and learn the tools and techniques needed to grab and hold the interest of an audience. Overcome your public speaking fears and gain confidence to deliver polished presentations of any kind. Instructor: Nekesha Price 

Cupcake Wars, Tiny Chefs, information tba

Cupcakes are all the rage and it’s a trend that’s clearly here to stay! If you’ve ever been curious about how the pros make those cupcakes so precious and ornate, and if competition is your middle name, then this is the week for you! We’ll spend three days on cupcake basics-measuring, mixing, baking, and frosting, and then finish the week with two days of baking battle! Small teams will face off with one another to compete for the title of “Best Cupcake!” May the best cupcake win! Offered in conjunction with Tiny Chefs.

Cybercamp at MC
Germantown Campus, week of 7/17, grades 9-12, 9:00am - 1:00pm

The NEW Montgomery College Cybersecurity Lab is holding its first Cybersecurity Summer Camp. Come experience the fun of learning about the cybersecurity principles that are relevant and applicable to everyday life. Learn the importance of cyber safety and how to protect your personal devices and information from outside threats. Explore cybersecurity career opportunities, and discuss cyber ethics, online safety, how computers work, and cyber threats. On the last day, participate in a mock cyber defense competition. Don't miss this exciting program. It's an experience you won't forget. Instructor: Joseph Roundy

Digital Fab Lab Camp
Week of 7/10, grades 6-8, 9:00am - 4:00pm, week of 7/17, grades 9-12, 9:00am - 4:00pm

The Montgomery College Fab Lab is holding its annual Digital Fab Lab Summer Camp. Using the college’s state-of-the-art machine tools, explore 3D printing (with support material), laser cutting, vinyl cutting, and woodworking capabilities. Learn the proper and safe methods for using these tools to fabricate…“almost anything.” Use SolidWorks, CorelDraw, and Inkscape software to program your chosen objects and create them using several different materials, including wood, acrylics, vinyl and plastics. Join us and learn to bring your ideas to “life.” Pre-requisites: Good math skills. Basic knowledge of computers.   Instructor: David Carrington

Digital Game Design and Creation I
Week of 7/10 or 7/17 or 8/7 or 8/14, grades 6-8, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn to design your own interactive digital computer game using GameMaker software. Learn how gaming environments, sprites interactive actions are created to design your own game from concept to final product. Share your games with other students while playing new games and learning about the different types of games. Learn the basic principles of good game design while polishing your skills in computer imaging. Instructor: John Overman 

Digital Graphics with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
Week of 7/3 or 7/24 from 1:00pm -4:00pm, week of 7/17 or 8/14 from 9:00am - noon, grades 6-8

Explore contemporary digital art techniques for creating prints and art for the web. Learn to use imaging tools and processes to create modern graphics, illustrations, and commercial / advertising art. An introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Illustrator CS6 will include layers, tools, and file formats. Learn to import and export files from devices like scanners and cameras and create original images. Students will leave with a printed portfolio of work. Instructor: John Overman 

Dissecting Computer Technology
Week of 7/31 9:00am - noon, week of 8/14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, ages 10-16

Sure you know how to use your computer, but do you know how it works? What is an I/O port? What is a motherboard? How does the memory work with the hard drive? Learn to take a working computer apart, examine the pieces, and put it back together! Will it still work? That is up to you! find out why those disks are called "floppies" when they are hard. Also explore the evolution of personal computing and what tomorrow may hold for technology. Offered in conjunction with Goldsmith Education LLC. 

Dive into Summer Writing
Week of 7/3, grades 1-3, 9:00am - noon

A fun filled writing camp that will help increase your vocabulary and aid in composition writing. Learn basic grammar, write in daily journals, create a book review and play language arts hands-on games. Instructor: Anita Blank

Drawing 101, tba

Join us to learn all about observational drawing techniques and concepts, with an emphasis on understanding its formal language and the fundamentals of artistic expression. Draw still-life, landscape, and life models from observation with a focus towards realism. Enhance your understanding of realism with the exploration and development of the 3D forms on paper using color, charcoal, and graphite. Color theory, linear perspective, compositional structure, figure/ground relationships, visual perception, spatial concepts, and critical thinking skills will all be addressed. Demonstrations, PowerPoint lectures, group and individual critiques will be given throughout the course. Mediums used include graphite, charcoal, and colored pencils. We will cover a wide variety of techniques but the main emphasis will be placed on encouraging and nourishing personal growth and creativity. Instructor: Malina Owens

Drawing for the Drawer: Connecting the Hand to the Brain, tba

Drawing is a universal form of communication. In this class we’ll discuss how the physiology of the human eye/brain shapes our perception. Learn how binocular vision, depth of field, and rod and cone distribution all influence how we see the world. Find out how saccadic movement of the eye—the quick restless scanning from point to point—allows us to search for the things that are most useful or meaningful and filter out distractions. Study the fundamentals of the many different dialects there are in drawing from charcoal to pen and ink, from drawing life to image reproduction. This will help you in the development of your own personal language that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. Instructor: Marynell Curtis 

Effective Writing
Week of 6/26, grades 4-6, 9:00am - noon

Writing is one of the most important skills needed to succeed academically. Learn some of the practical skills for effective writing. Practice writing and gain confidence in recognizing and correcting grammatical errors and understanding the fundamentals of sentence structure, punctuation, and word usage. Learn techniques for generating divergent ideas for compositions and story writing. Instructor: Anita Blank 

Electric Art & Engineering Studio, tba

Dream, design and construct electrified kinetic sculptures, eccentric structures, and your own amazing advanced creations in our makerspace. Cut wood, vacuum form plastic, drill, slice foam, add motors and electronics! Perfect for artists, tinkerers and budding engineers. Offered in conjunction with FutureMakers.

Electronics: Design & Innovation Lab
Week of 7/10, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, or 8/7, 9:00am - noon, Ages 12-15

Design and build electronics essentials - light, security and communication - using found and repurposed electronics, motors, LED’s, and maker materials. Explore soldering, take-aparts and electronics hacks. Offered in conjunction with FutureMakers.

Elementary Engineering
Week of 6/26 or 7/24 or 8/7, ages 7-10 , 9:00am - noon

This exciting hands-on engineering class uses Lego Education building materials. Working in teams, you'll learn the basics of engineering and simple machines. Learn the concepts of pulleys, levers, gears and more. From this foundation you'll move on to compound machines and motorized vehicles and robotic creations. Put their new knowledge to work creating your own mechanized designs. Creatively solve challenges using concepts learned in class. Last, but not least, become an inventor using light and sound sensors, pulleys, wheels, levers, and gears, all at your command. Offered in conjunction with Goldsmith Education LLC. 

Engineering FUNdamentals Using LEGO®, tba

Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGOs! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level. Offered in conjunction with Play-Well Teknologies 

Etiquette and Character Education and Enrichment
Week of 6/26, grades 3-5, Boys 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Girls 9:00am - noon.
Week of 7/10, grades 6-9, Boys 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Girls 9:00am - noon.
Week of 7/17, gradse 10-12, Boys 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Girls 9:00am - noon.

The middle grades can be a time of awkwardness and curiosity. This hands-on, fun and exciting program gives girls/boys the information and practice needed to push through these years and be prepared for the events high school will bring. Girls/Boys will learn how to greet and introduce people, properly shake hands, maintain confident posture, dress appropriately for various occasions, show respect and courtesy to other people, communicate appropriately via phone, text, and social media, be a good sport, improve dining skills, and more! Offered in conjunction with the Etiquette School of Maryland. 

Eureka! The Inventor's Camp, tba

Creative Contraption Warning! This is a camp designed for you—the Inventor! Overcome a series of challenges using basic materials, simple machines, tips from world famous inventors, and the most important thing of all: your mind. With a little bit of ingenuity you’ll construct catapults and forts and then lay siege, fabricate a winning Egg Drop design, construct a dancing robot, and assemble a working light saber to take home. While Thomas Edison said invention is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration, this camp is 100% fun! Offered in conjunction with Mad Science of Washington. 

Everyone's a Star
Week of 7/10, grades K-4, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Experience firsthand what it’s like to work with a team to put on a play that’s fun and educational at the same time. Go through auditioning, rehearsing, creating costumes, putting on makeup, gathering props, building sets and, finally, performing—all within the boundaries of fun and direction. Each student gets an on-stage part, and is part of the performance process. Fun guaranteed! ACTORS: Please dress comfortably for each rehearsal; wear shoes that have backs (for safety); and bring a small, healthy snack (ex. fruit or pretzels) and a water bottle with your name on it. Instructor: Natalie Blank 

Experience the Smithsonian
Week of 7/24, ages 8-12, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Explore the most amazing and free art museums of washington DC! Travel by subway to the American Art Museum, the National gallery of Art, the Air and Space and the Natural History Museum, just to name a few. We'll talk about cultural themes and elements of art, such as color and texture and shape. We'll also take advantage of museum educational programs. So bring your lunch and wear your walking shoes as we visit two museums a day!  Instructor: Mary Margaret Delaney

Explore the Magic of Reading, Writing, and Technology
Week of 7/3, grades 4-5, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Authors of children’s books often include hidden meanings, a mystery, amazing facts, or an interesting effect through art. Come explore these fascinating books by a variety of authors including Chris Van Alsburg, Eric Carle, and Mary Pope Osbourne. Improve your reading and writing skills while adding a touch of technology to enhance your author study. Plus create your own 3-D board game based on your favorite book! Instructor: Natalie Blank

Forensic Fundamentals: Biology, Chemistry, and Crime
Week of 6/26, grades 1-6, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Mad Science introduces you to the foundations of forensics as you learn about organs, cells and chemistry! Discover how the science behind life can help you solve a crime. Discover the secrets behind batteries and design marshmallow molecules! Conduct electricity and power a Mad Science whirligig. Experience blood pumping through the heart and air moving through the lungs. Use ooey-gooey ingredients to build a model cell and use your own traits to decode and decipher your DNA. Finally, apply what you learn and apply some crime scene skills to solve a sticky crime! In conjunction with Mad Science of Washington 

Game Labs, BLACK ROCKET
Week of 8/14 , ages 8-10 , ages 11-14, times tba

For students who will take geometry or honors geometry in the upcoming school year. Topics covered include properties of two- and three-dimensional geometric shapes and development of mathematical arguments about geometric relationships. Instructor: Yang Academy

Geometry
Week of 6/26 or 7/17 or 7/31 or 8/14, grades 7-9, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

For students who will take geometry or honors geometry in the upcoming school year. Topics covered include properties of two- and three-dimensional geometric shapes and development of mathematical arguments about geometric relationships. Instructor: Yang Academy

Gurl Power (at Takoma Park/ Silver Spring Campus)
Week of 6/26 or 7/10, Girls Only, grades 6-8, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Explore the wonderful world of the Internet. Create and publish a website with your signature personality! Design with pro tools like Adobe Dreamweaver® and Adobe Photoshop®, as well as Wacom® pen tablets. Make your Web site come alive with animations created in the powerful motion graphics world of Adobe Flash®. Create stunning, high-resolution 3D game environments and characters. Using the intuitive tool set featured in Autodesk Maya®, the software package used in top game development and film studios, build your own 3D models and characters, and receive an introduction to character animation. Instructor: Jo Doerrman 

Intermediate Engineering and Robotics
Week of 7/10, ages 11-14, 9:00am - noon

Engineering technology is a great way to introduce a budding young scientific mind to the future of a high-technology world! Work in team to become technology experts. Concepts of force, measurement, construction, design and much more will be reinforced. You will be challenged to create unique machines using your knowledge of technology and design. Come learn how to do some amazing things with technology. Offered in conjunction with Goldsmith Education LLC. 

Introduction to Sewing
Takoma Park Campus, week of 8/7, ages 9-16, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Learn how to use a sewing machine in this intensive 5-day camp. Learn to sew some basic yet fun projects, and how to make some essential hand-stitches. Also learn about different fibers and materials, how to use a pattern, and other fundamental sewing skills. All materials and machines will be provided. Instructor: Anne LeVeque

It's Up for Debate
Weeks of 7/26 - 7/7 (2wks), grades 6-8, time tba

Learn the many skills and procedures for holding an orderly and lively debate. Learn to conduct research that will help you to present an informed argument. Learn how to properly support and defend a point of view. View an argument from all sides, not merely from a single perspective. Practice public speaking and learn to work successfully in a group environment. Instructor: Kraig Bauer 

JAVA Programming Introduction
Weeks of 7/3 - 7/14 (2wks), grades 9-12, 9:00am - noon

Learn Java programming in Montgomery College’s hands-on computer labs. Learn Object Oriented Programming (OOP) essentials and use Java’s Software Development Kit (JDK) to compile and run programs. Topics include data types, operators, loops, classes, objects, methods, arrays, and class inheritance. Use AWT and Java Swing packages to develop Graphical User Interface (GUI) web applications, including event listeners, text boxes, radio buttons, check boxes, menus, and images. Instructor-led in-class exercises and textbook exercises will be emphasized for hands-on teaching of programming skills. Prerequisites: Grades 9–12 AP students; Algebra skills. Basic knowledge of computers (starting programs, saving files). Interests in science and computing. Instructor: Stephen Sell 

Joy of Art: Who's Your Dada? Early 20th Century Art
Takoma Park, week of 7/24, grades 1-6, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Who’s Your Dada? – Early 20th century art will inspire us to create works of ‘found art’ and surreal visions. We'll paint, sculpt, and draw strange and beautiful things, while we learn about artists like Duchamp, Ernst, Dali, and Magritte.   Instructors: Anne LeVeque

Junior Writing Institute, information tba

Do you want your child to develop or expand their love of writing while building greater confidence? Learn strategies and tricks to make writing fun and more creative? Explore all types of writing including narratives, fictional stories and poetic techniques. Learn to construct more complex sentences through the use of specific questioning. Word choice, including the use of adjectives and adverbs will be developed and strengthened along with the use of pictures and their surroundings to develop greater sensory word vocabulary. Interesting and new approaches to paragraph structure and development will also be taught. At the end of two weeks, you'll go home with a portfolio of writing strategies and completed writing pieces! Instructors: Natalie Barna and Katie Sims, National Board Certified Teachers acknowledged as outstanding teachers of writing.

Keyboarding for Microcomputers
Week of 6/26, grades 3-4, 9:00am - noon
Week of 7/17, grades 7-9, 9:00am - noon
Week of 8/7, grades 5-6, 9:00am - noon

It’s never too soon to learn basic keyboarding skills. Don’t get caught in the “hunt-and-peck” method trap! Learn correct finger positions so you will be an efficient computer operator. One student per IBM-compatible computer. Instructor: Jodi Mailman 

Keys to Algebra Success
Week of 6/26 - 7/7 (2wks) or 7/31 - 8/10 (2wks), grades 7-9, 9:00am - noon

Develop the skills needed to be successful in Algebra I, and learn test taking strategies for the HSA/PARCC assessment. Both are Maryland State high school graduation requirements. Learn such skills as how to solve equations, rules related to patterns and functions, evaluating expressions, and graphing. Develop problem solving and risk taking strategies needed to "attack" real world math situations. Instructor: Nicole Turner

Knowledge College, new name: Science Mysteries
Rockville campus, week of 7/10, grades 1-6, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Germantown Campus, week of 7/26, grades 1-6, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Takoma Park / Silver Spring, week of July 31, grades 1 -6, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Mad Science explores mysteries of earth, space, sports, secret codes, and the animal world. As a young astronauts, you will explore the mysteries of the solar system and learn how astronauts llive and work in space. Use Morse code, and many more, to send secret messages to your friends. Learn the basics about water pollution, acid rain, and the benefits of solar energy. Get in touch with nature by recycling your own garbage you will get to make your very own paper to take home and learning about what football players, scientists, and ballet dancers have in common. Offered in conjunction with Mad Science of Washington. 

Legal Eagles I: Trial by Jury
Week of 8/7, grades 7-9, 1:00apm - 4:00pm
Week of 7/17, grades 7-9, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Week of 7/31, grades 7-9, , 9:00am - noon

Imagine for a moment you were going to determine whether or not someone is innocent or guilty. Take turns being a prosecutor, judge, and jury in this intriguing introduction to law and the court system. Within this course you get to hear cases, present testimony, and decide the verdict in a mock trial. To do this however, you will learn the basics of being a lawyer and the tools and tactics that they use. In this course, you will become familiar with identifying problems with legal arguments, how to use evidence to prove your case, the art of debate, and how to interpret different laws to defend your clients. Additionally, you will also learn some of the stranger laws that are still on the books and how they got to be there. Instructor: Paul Kio 

Legal Eagles II: Advanced Trial by Jury
tba 

Updated description coming. Imagine for a moment you were going to determine whether or not someone is innocent or guilty. Take turns being a prosecutor, judge, and jury in this intriguing introduction to law and the court system. Within this course you get to hear cases, present testimony, and decide the verdict in a mock trial. To do this however, you will learn the basics of being a lawyer and the tools and tactics that they use. In this course, you will become familiar with identifying problems with legal arguments, how to use evidence to prove your case, the art of debate, and how to interpret different laws to defend your clients. Additionally, you will also learn some of the stranger laws that are still on the books and how they got to be there. Instructor: Paul Kio

LEGO® Comics, Design Your Own Adventure! (new BLACK ROCKET)
Week of 8/14, ages 11-14, 9:00am - noon and ages 8-10, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Make your LEGOs come to life!.Full description coming soon. Offered in conjunction with Black Rocket.

LEGO® Films and Stop Action! (Black Rocket)

Make your LEGOs come to life! Bring in your favorite action figures or LEGOs and create a short film with your friends. Whether you want to recreate a scene from Star Wars or design a world of your own, this class brings your dreams to the screen. Students will need to bring in LEGOs or action figures from home, but all other equipment is provided. Student-created films will be available on a password-protected website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in conjunction with Black Rocket.

Magic of Line Drawing, tba

Learn the basic concepts of line drawing while working with still life objects. Gain confidence using a variety of materials, and explore techniques of form, shape, and perspective using angle and curve lines to develop contour and continuous contour to free line blind contour that gives tone and structure to still life objects. Instructor: MaryNell Curtis

Make Your First Video Game (BLACK Rocket)
Week of 7/31, ages 11-14, 9:00am - noon, ages 8-10, 1:00pm - 4:0pm

Try this new version of a Black Rocket classic! Learn to develop a game concept that goes well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2D game design classes. Learn the physics behind 3-D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling flow of gameplay, and storytelling. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in teams for most of the program. Offered in conjunction with Black Rocket.

Maker Labs: Make Your First 3-D Creation (Black Rocket)
Week of 7/24, ages 8-10, 9:00am - noon, ages 11-14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Calling all boys and girls who want to be the designers of the future! In this class if you can dream it you can make it - create your first action figure, design custom jewelry, or make a new toy! Using professional-level modeling software, kids will sculpt, texture, and render their own 3D creation. No prior experience is necessary and 3D designs will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. 3D printing is not included, but can be purchased separately through a 3rd party company. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in conjunction with Black Rocket.

Making 3-D Models
Week of 7/10, grades 7-9, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

The Game industry, world-wide is now over a $100 Billion strong, and continues to grow at a rate of 10% a year. The future looks very bright in the production of new game material. So do you want to be a game maker? Do you have any idea of what is involved in the production of games? Do you know if you have any of the skills needed? Here is your chance to find out. Learn the four elements of making a good game: 1) an idea, 2) a character, 3) programming to create behavior and movement, and 4) voices and sounds. Learn to work with some of these components to create objects and characters. Add some sound and maybe some motion. It would be good if you have had Algebra and are not afraid to sketch. Instructor: Calvin Edwards

Master Your Presentations
Week of 7/10, grades 3-5, 9:00am - noon

Wow your classmates! Learn to write and present your speeches using the latest technology. Working individually and in small groups. Learn to inform, persuade, and entertain while mastering Microsoft PowerPoint, Publisher, and inspiration software. Instructor: Anita Blank 

Mastering Writing Techniques
Week of 7/3, grades 4-5, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Are you an avid reader or a serious writer? Do you want an opportunity to master your writing skills? This course will teach you the techniques you need. Examine samples of children’s books by famous writers. Learn how they use figurative language to create masterful works of art. Share ideas and critique works by your peers. Then, create your very own masterpiece. Instructor: Anita Blank 

Mathematics in the Real World, tba

Learn the importance of using mathematics in the real world through the project based learning (PBL). Examine math and how it relates to the real world by learning about checking and savings accounts, how to write checks and balance a checkbook using a check ledger. Discuss the benefits of a savings and establishing a savings account. Complete two major projects, one completed by the whole class and the second one selected from two options offered. Write your reflections at the end of the projects, stating what was learned, your likes and dislikes, and your struggles. Instructor: Nicole Turner

Minecraft Animators (Black Rocket)
Week of 7/31, age 8-10, 9:00am - noon, ages 11-14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Bring your favorite Minecraft characters to life in an animated short film! Learn how studios like Pixar and Disney make movies like Inside Out and Frozen using techniques like keyframing, tweening, texturing, and animating rigged 3D models! Student projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. You do not need to own a Minecraft account to use the software in this class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in conjunction with Black Rocket.

Minecraft Designers (Black Rocket)
Week of 6/26, age 11-14, 9:00am - noon, age 8-10, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

If you love the game Minecraft, but always wanted to design your own characters and buildings for your games, then this class is for you! Learn the basics of creating 3-D modeling using a new software to design your very own objects, create skins for characters and import them into your favorite Minecraft games. To access your project at home, you must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Parent e-mail address is required to use 3-D modeling software. Students will work in teams for most of the program. Offered in conjunction with Black Rocket.

Minecraft Modders (Black Rocket)
Week of 7/10, ages 8-10, 9:00am - noon, ages 11-14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and the foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mod! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Student projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. To access their project at home, students must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Students will work in teams for most of the program. Offered in conjunction with Black Rocket.

Model Airplanes- Bridge Building - Electronic Gadgets

Build your own rubber-powered model airplane. Use your model as a learning tool in aerospace education, or just have fun building a sound airplane that actually flies when assembled. Design and build model bridges, and join in a bridge building contest to see which bridge can hold the most weight. Learn simple engineering skills, and build 6 electronic projects, including a patrol car siren, burglar alarm and morse code transmitter. Bring a little imagination and get ready to “Fly with Sciensational Workshops.” Offered in conjunction with Sciensational Workshops for Kids.

Mysteries in History
Week of 7/17, grades 6-8, 9:00am - noon, or week of 7/31, grades 6-8, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Who built Stonehenge and why? Where are the Seven Wonders of the World, and who decided they were wonderful? What happened to the people of Easter Island? How did the Egyptians build the pyramids without using pulleys? These and other mysterious events in history make learning an exciting process and introduce you to intriguing events from the past. This class is a historic version of “Unsolved Mysteries” and promises to be just as entertaining. Instructor: Paul Kio

Pre-Algebra
Week of 6/26 or 7/17 or 7/31 or 8/14, grades 5-7, 9:00am - noon

Topics covered include order of operations, decimals, fractions, percents, pattern, relations, and introduction to functions. Questions from Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools, MATHCOUNTS, and AMC 8 are also covered in class. Instructor: Liqiu Yang or Zenia Yang

Pre-Calculus
Week of 8/14, grades 9-11, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

For students who will take Pre-Calculus, honors Pre-Calculus, IB Pre-Calculus, or IB Math Studies. Topics covered include trigonometry, vectors, sequences, and series. Instructor: Liqiu Yang or Zenia Yang Prerequisite: Algebra II. 

Pre-Engineering FUNdamentals Using LEGO®, tba

Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO®! Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes, and motorized cars-and use special pieces to create your own unique design! Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. This is an ideal way to prepare for the challenge of the Engineering FUNdamentals course. Offered in conjunction with Play-Well Teknologies.

Psych: What it All Means
Week of 7/10, grades 5-9, 9:00am - noon

The taste of watermelon—the memory of your birthday—the wonder of optical illusions—the meaning of dreams—understanding this is all made possible through psychology. In this hands-on class, learn the regions of the brain and construct a model brain. Discover and test the functions of the five senses. Create optical illusions, learn the stages of sleep, and explore the meaning of dreams. Learn ways to improve your memory and discover techniques to train people and pets. It all happens here in “Psych: What It All Means.” Don’t miss it! Instructor: Jennifer Bauer 

Python: A Practical Introduction to Programming
Weeks of 6/26 to 7/7(2wks), grades 9-12, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn to program with Python. Python is an open-source, contemporary programming language that is widely used not only in colleges and high schools to teach introductory programming, but also in development of software and cyber-security programs, among other things. Learn to solve problems and apply standard programming concepts such as variables, math operators, data types, decisions, loops, functions, objects, Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs), and modules. Develop, games, random functions, graphic animations and other programs in this hands-on class. Prerequisites: Grades 9–12, GT, Algebra skills.Basic knowledge of computers (starting programs, saving files). Interests in science and computing. Instructor: Stephen Sell.

Reading Adventures
Week of 7/24, grades 1-3, time tba

Travel to many exciting places through the magic of books. Reading, vocabulary, and comprehension skills will be increased through discussions, writing, and art projects. Come journey through the adventures of reading! Instructor: Natalie Blank 

Reading for the SAT/ACT
Week of 7/10, grades 9-12, 9:00am - noon

Prepare for the reading section of the SAT and ACT. Analyze typical SAT/ACT reading prompts and sample responses. Heighten your comfort with the testing situation, and enhance your confidence and speed in reading. Learn the common types of questions asked and how to best answer them. Add rhetorical strategies to your repertoire of reading skills and improve your understanding of Standard English usage through direct instruction and practice. Instructor: Kraig Bauer

Red Hot Robots
Week of 7/3 or 7/10, grades 2-6, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Learn about the uses of robots in the world. Spend time playing with our super-cool, red-hot robots. Use your skills to build your very own working robot to take home to “live” with you. Topics you will explore during this fun five-day camp include robot concepts, robot basics, robot building, red-hot robots, and robotic science. These are only a sample of some of the activities that you will be doing each day. The topics will not necessarily follow this order, but each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp. Offered in conjunction with Mad Science of Washington. 

Robotics with Mindstorm
Week of 7/3, ages 11-14, 9:00am - noon

Do you know what a robot is capable of doing? Get ready to take control! You will build robots, program them to accomplish tasks, respond to external stimuli, and overcome challenges. Using the NXT brick from Lego(TM), you will control the robot using NXT programming language and software programming techniques. Experience the challenges of navigation, avoiding and climbing over obstacles, and moving objects. Offered in conjunction with Goldsmith Education LLC. 

Rockin' Engineers, tba

Construct, build, and propel yourself through this exciting hands-on STEM adventure! Explore engineering and architecture professions through roller coaster design and bridge construction while learning about Newton’s laws of motion, forces, and energy. Build your own geodesic dome, test the trajectory of a launching catapult, and observe an air powered rocket soar through the sky! Learn about architectural marvels from the leaning tower of Pisa to the tallest tower in Dubai then construct towers, life-size tipis, miniature greenhouses, and together stretch your understanding of what makes structures strong! Offered in conjunction with Big Learning

SAT/ACT Writing: Multiple Choice and Essay Skills
Week of 6/26 to 7/7 (2wks), grades 9-12, 9:00am - noon

Prepare for the multiple choice writing and essay sections of the SAT and ACT. Learn the writing skills tested by the SAT/ACT. Heighten your comfort with the testing situation. Analyze the new SAT/ACT essay prompts and sample responses, Learn to support your opinions by using your own experiences and readings to accomplish the task of writing to a persuasive prompt. Using logical thinking, enhance your awareness of the structure of your arguments and avoid fallacies in reasoning. Practice writing the parts of an essay, composing entire essays, and revising and evaluating your own writing and that of your peers. Increase your ability to write in timed situations. Add rhetorical strategies to your repertoire of writing skills and improve your understanding of standard English usage through direct instruction and practice. All of this to improve scores on the multiple choice and essay sections of both the SAT and ACT tests. Instructor: Jenn Bauer

Science in Motion!
Takoma Park Campus, week of 7/17, grades 1-6, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Discover how things move with science. Take apart pellets to see what an owl cannot digest! View the world through a camera obscura that you make yourself. Join a team of camper engineers and build bridges, domes, cubes, and pyramids. Assemble and control pulleys, levers, catapults, and simple machines. Make your own sidewalk chalk, crystal gardens, and chromatography dyed T-shirt. Offered in conjunction with Mad Science of Washington. 

Secret Agent Lab
Week of 7/17 or 7/24, grades 1-6, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Suspects! Schematics! and Sleuths! Connect the dots using science to help solve a crime in this hands-on investigation of the science of sleuthing. Uncover the science involved in evidence gathering and analysis and fingerprinting detection. Enhance your recall and observation skills and learn how to use spy equipment. Offered in conjunction with Mad Science of Washington. 

Senior Writing Institute, tba

Explore various forms of story structure, paragraph organization, figurative language, poetry, and idea development including the use of a personal writer’s notebook. Master strategies and techniques which will expand and enhance their writing pieces. Instructors: Natalie Barna and Katie Sims, National Board Certified Teachers acknowledged as outstanding teachers of writing 

Snack Attack, tba

Push the limits on the snack concept and prepare a variety of wholesome, delicious, and unique nibbles. This is not your mother’s PB&J! Chefs will prepare a variety of bite-sized munchies like chicken salad cups, homemade granola bars, veggie nachos, roasted red pepper hummus with homemade pita chips, and more. No one will go hungry this week! Offered in conjunction with Tiny Chefs.

SOS for High School Students
Week of 7/17 -7/28 (2wks) or 7/31-8/11 (2wks) or 8/14 (1wk), grades 9-12, Evening class 5:00pm - 7:00pm,

Learning good study habits now will lay the groundwork for successful work habits as an adult. SOS is designed to provide background knowledge, resource materials, and suggestions that will relieve academic distress and help you optimize your success as a lifelong learner. This course is academic relief at your fingertips! Learn to use academic and practical tools to increase your likelihood for success, including organizational tools, time management techniques, test preparation and test-taking strategies, note-taking guidance, and personal responsibility tips. 

SOS for Middle School Students
Week of 6/26, grades 6-8, Evening class 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Learning good study habits now will lay the groundwork for successful work habits as an adult. SOS is designed to provide background knowledge, resource materials, and suggestions that will relieve academic distress and help you optimize your success as a lifelong learner. This course is academic relief at your fingertips! Learn to use academic and practical tools to increase your likelihood for success, including organizational tools, time management techniques, test preparation and test-taking strategies, note-taking guidance, and personal responsibility tips. Instructor: Don Milner 

Spectacular Sculpture: Plaster, Clay, and Wire, Oh My!
Week of 7/10, grades 6-9, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

If you like to experiment, this class is for you! Join us as we explore the stupendous world of sculpture and its many different forms! Learn to work with clay, wire, and plaster, just to name a few. Bring your imagination and a smock, and leave with your own precious works of art. Instructor: Cynthia J. Smidt, BA Art History, BA Art Education, UMCP

Star Wars Stop Animation
Week of 7/17, ages 8-10, 9:00am - noon

Black Rocket, description coming soon

Strings Summer Camp for Young Musicians - Junior Level, tbd

The Strings Summer Camp for Young Musicians- Junior Level will enhance students’ musicianship and technical ability through chamber music, coaching sessions, master classes, and daily recitals. In addition, the camp will include ensemble practice with faculty and orchestra rehearsals with Maestro Jorge Orozco. Musicians will also experience music history and theory through hands-on sessions. The camp will end with a concert open to the public on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 3:30 p.m., and will also have an honor recital in which selected students will perform with a pianist. Note: Music History content will be different from prior editions. Camp faculty: Jorge Orozco, Maria Montano, Pablo Saelzer, Seth Castleton, and Jamie Chimchiria, and Vasily Popov. Required: Participants must have taken private lessons for at least three years for violins and at least two years for viola, cello, and bass. All musicians should be able to read music. All participants should bring their own bag lunch and snacks (refrigeration is not available). 

Strings Summer Camp for Young Musicians - Senior Level, tbd

The Strings Summer Camp for Young Musicians Senior Level will enhance students’ musicianship and technical ability through chamber music coaching sessions, master classes, and daily recitals. In addition, the camp will include ensemble practice with faculty and orchestra rehearsals with Maestro Pablo Saelzer. Musicians will also experience music history and theory through hands-on sessions. The camp will end with a concert open to the public on Friday, July 1, 2016, and will also have an honor recital in which selected students will perform with a pianist. This year we will also hold a concerto competition for all participants. The winner will perform as a soloist in the Friday 3:30 p.m. concert, open to the public. Details for this competition will be posted on our website: stringsavenue.com .Note: Music History content will be different from prior editions. Camp faculty: Jorge Orozco, Maria Montano, Pablo Saelzer, Seth Castleton, and Jamie Chimchirian, and Vasily Popov. Required: Participants must have taken private lessons for at least five years for violins and at least four years for viola, cello, and bass. All musicians should be able to read music well. All participants should bring their own bag lunch and snacks (refrigeration is not available).

Super Software Mania
Week of 7/24, grades 5-6, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Do you want to maximize your time and effectiveness in school? Come learn about the three most commonly used programs in school and beyond—Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Learn to use these programs by creating your own fictional business in this exciting program! Design a budget for your business by finding real-world information on the web. Create flyers to advertise your business. Design a presentation about your business to show to potential ‘investors.’ Other topics like effectively searching the web and how to use image editing programs will also be covered. Instructor: David Hill 

Theatre Arts and Design
Week of 7/31, grades 5-8, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Have you ever seen a play and wondered how that amazing set was built? How those costumes were put together? How they made the makeup look so real? Have you ever wanted to try creating those things for yourself? Then, look no further! This course is designed for you! Explore the theatre arts and learn the basics of costumes, makeup, and scenery. Work on individual and group projects such as designing costumes for a play of your choice, putting on stage makeup, and drawing three-dimensional sets. A brief history of theatre will be given and you will be encouraged to develop both your skills and imagination. Instructor: Natalie Blank 

Video Game Animation
Week of 7/17, ages 11-14, 9:00am - noon, ages 8-10, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Black Rocket, description coming soon

Virtual Reality
Week of 8/7, ages 8-10, 9:00am - noon, ages 11-14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Black Rocket, description coming soon

Web Design for Boys and Girls
Week of 7/31 to 8/14 (2wks), grades 6-8, 9:00am - 3:00pm

The worlds of Web and visual arts collide in this cutting edge introductory course. Learn to make your own website and how to take professional pictures and import them to your site. Explore the basics of color theory and make your website pop with dynamic animations created in Adobe Flash. Create anything from a basic web page to an innovative, artistic site with interactive functions. Then publish your vision online to share with friends, family, our summer web camps and the world to see! In order to publish your projects on free web space, you will need an e-mail account prior to the first day of class. Please remember to keep your password in a safe place. Instructor: David Hill

Whose Line is it Anyway?
Week of 8/14, grades 5-8, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Improvisation uses teamwork, trust, acceptance of others, and a "Yes, and…" attitude. These skills not only apply to life, but also build character, creativity, and confidence. So get wacky, play exciting games, meet new friends, and learn the secrets behind great improv, as well as techniques to ace your future acting auditions. Actors will end the week with a “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” performance (based off the popular TV show) to showcase their new skills for family and friends. Instructor: Natelie Blank

Woodshop: Basics to Boxes
Week of 6/26 or 7/31, ages 8-11, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Master woodworking basics in three take-home projects: an elegant cutting board, a gift box, and an indestructible toolbox. Follow plans, measure, mark, cut, drill, shape, and finish with hand tools. Returning students create advanced projects! Offered in conjunction with FutureMakers.

Woodshop: Fundamentals of Furniture
Week of 6/26 or 7/31, ages 12-15, 9:00am - noon

Design and build a well-crafted table from plans you design. Safely and accurately measure, cut, join, and finish softwoods using hand tools. No prior experience required. Returning students build advanced projects! Offered in conjunction with FutureMakers.

Writing Games and Digital Stories in the New Alice
Week of 7/31, grades 7-9, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Create an animated digital video where you not only direct the action and design the story, but you also build the 3-D characters. Learn how to teach the character to behave on your video set, as you develop a script for the actions. All the while, you’ll be learning the newest and most advanced computer controllers with JAVA. The course material is supported by Adobe 3-D Studio MAX and Carnegie-Mellon’s software called ALICE. Instructor: Calvin Edwards 

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