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Youth Summer 2016 Programs listed by week:
Course Descriptions June 27 July 5 July 11 July 18 .
Online Registrations July 25 Aug. 1 Aug. 8 Aug. 15 .
Online Classes Before / After Care GT Form Medication .

Note there is Before Care 7:00am-9:00am and After Care 3:00pm-6:00pm for summer campers in grades K-8 on all campuses for an additional fee.

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2016 Summer Youth Programs Course Descriptions.
Registration for summer is scheduled to open on February 16th.

3-2-1 Blast Off!

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

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

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 

Advanced Robotics- The Ultimate Experience

Build different robotic creatures, vehicles and robots, and then test them for speed, strength, and endurance. You will use tires, motors, gears, wires and controllers to move these robots across the floor. Make several trial runs, and then modify your designs to increase your robots performance. Test your robot in Sumo battles, tugs-of-war, and vehicle distance timings, etc. In this is Advanced Robotics camp, your level of learning and creativity will produce some of the best "Free Building Robots."  Offered in conjunction with Sciensational Workshops for Kids.

Adventures in Mathematics

This fun-filled basic math adventure boosts your basic math skills and confidence while you have fun. Learn math tricks, play games, explore online math games, and create palindromes with addition. See how simple strategies can help with basic facts and word problems. Learn tricks to help you memorize those pesky multiplication facts. Instructor: Terri Miller 

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 for High School Athletes

Learn how to stay ON your team and OFF the ineligibility list...So you made the team! That’s great! This year is going to be a breakout season for you except you may not be academically eligible. Your Coach, Parents, Teachers, and Peers are expecting you to start next season but you struggle academically during the off season. Maybe you aren’t struggling to be academically eligible but you are thinking about playing sports in college. Any of this sounds familiar? If you answered yes then you should sign up for this class and learn how to learn. In addition, find out how study skills can help you in College. Instructor: Don Milner

Aggressive Learning I for High School Students

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

Aggressive Learning I for Middle School Students

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

Aggressive Learning II for High School Students 

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

Aggressive Learning II for Middle School Students

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 

Algebra I

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: Liqiu Yang or Zenia Yang

Algebra II

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: Liqiu Yang or Zenia Yang Prerequisite: Algebra I.

All About Technology

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.

Amazing 4 in 1 Robot

Build your own interchangeable robot to take home with four unique modes. It is truly a four-in-one motorized robot kit. Learn how the different gears work as you are building. You will be build the Cricket--a joy on six legs; the Beast -- a master of bi-pedal movement (You better not get in its way!); and the Trailer -- the little engine that could move forward thanks to its motorized transmission. Finally, the best of all, Grandpa-Bot Robot. It has huge eyes and is everyone’s favorite bobble-headed, gear driven family member. Gain confidence, self-esteem, and celebrate as you are the architect that built it. Have fun, learn, and have hands on experience the Sciensational way! Robots built in this camp are not taken home. Offered in conjunction with Sciensational Workshop for Kids

App Adventures! The Next Level

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

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

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.

Architectural Design: An Introduction

Explore the design and construction of residential and commercial buildings. Review the historical aspects of civil engineering and architecture as well as current innovations being made in the industry today. This math and science based class aligns with the new federal education initiative of promoting S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in today’s classrooms. This class is also a project-based course which allows you to become a problem solver and learn from others’ ideas. Students will apply these skills by using the REVIT Architecture program. This program is used today by architecture firms across the world. Instructor: Marcus Lee 

Baking "Boot Camp"

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.

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.

Biotechnology and Diversity

Biotechnology and diversity of organisms go hand in hand. Biotechnology allows scientists to establish diversity. In recent times, biotechnology techniques have enabled crime solving, paternity testing, cloning of cells leading to reproduction without male gametes, production of insulin for diabetics, and growth factors. Learn to extract DNA and solve paternity puzzles using agarose gel electrophoresis/DNA fingerprinting. Solve other genetic problems and bone mysteries. Master microscope use and care and discover the various organisms that share our planet. Develop critical thinking as you study world cultures through video workshops. Instructor: Dr. Ijeoma Otigbou 

Calculus

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: Liqiu Yang or Zenia Yang Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus. 

Cartooning, Comics, and Manga

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: Malina Owens

Chemistry Creations

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!

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

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

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

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

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 Macromedia Flash

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

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

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 

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) Using Autodesk Inventor

Learn to develop 3-D solids, parts, and assemblies using Autodesk Inventor. Explore the basics of CADD as a replacement for drawing and designing with pencil and paper. Start by drawing, editing, and refining simple objects, and progress to highly complex three-dimensional, interactive models. Autodesk Inventor is the engineering and manufacturing software used by Montgomery County Public Schools for all engineering programs. Students will be using Autodesk Inventor to utilize the skills listed above. Instructor: Marcus Lee 

Cooking it Up with Kids

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

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 Engineering Workshop

Work with an advanced three dimensional construction kit that is yours to keep and take home. Design and build simple or complex models of a vehicle, a robot or buildings. You'll receive your own 3-volt geared motor to power up a moveable Radar Surveyor. Learn the many ways you can make your motor run. Hands-on is the only way, so prepare to build from directions, and from your own imagination! Offered in conjunction with Sciensational Workshops for Kids

Creative Speaking and Writing

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 

Creative Speaking and Writing

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

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.

Digital Art with Photoshop

Learn painting and drawing techniques in Photoshop. Master digital image manipulations, retouching, applications of filters, and picture preparation for the web. Instructor: Anatol Woolf 

Digital Fab Lab Camp

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

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 Arts with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

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 

Digital Photo Editing

Learn how to use PhotoShop for digital photo editing. Learn to modify and correct your photos using Photoshop tools like Eyedropper, blur and spot healing brush, etc. to edit digital images. Topics will include use of tools, layers, filters, photo color correction, and file formats. Work on several projects creating and editing images. No previous experience with Photoshop is required. Instructor: Anatol Woolf

Digital Storytellers

From the Hunger Games to Harry Potter we all love a great story. Whether you want to rewrite the ending to Star Wars, add yourself to a Divergent tale, or create a new adventure about your friends - any topic is possible in this class! Start with a concept, design the storyboard, add some dialogue, and watch as the characters in your imagination come to life in your first graphic novel! 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.

Dissecting Computer Technology

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

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

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

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

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 

Egyptian Dig -Buried Treasure Digs

Learn about Egyptian life and discover the amazing science of Archaeology as you excavate using tools like real archaeologists. You will uncover ancient artifacts such as a scarab, a hieroglyphic tablet, an ankh symbol, and a jackal. The artifacts are yours to keep. Create one of two sand sculptures for display using wet sand, and make a pyramid as well as a sphinx. Let’s go back in time with a hands-on archaeological experience, and even take home a booklet! Offered in conjunction with Sciensational Workshops for Kids.

Electric Art & Engineering Studio

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.

Electronic Lab

Learn about electronics in the best way possible by experimenting with and taking home your own Electronic Lab Kit. Learn to build a super race car engine sound, electric fan, motion detector, power microphone, trombone sounds, space war sounds, and so many more neat projects. That's not all. It is not just about building. You'll learn about direct current, what it is, and which materials conduct electricity. Learn what happens when you place batteries in series, and what resistors and capacitors do, and so much more. Better yet, make your own battery. Make a mind reading game, a musical doorbell, and a lie detector. Control electronic currents by the clap of your hands, and much, much more. Yes, it is fun, hands-on, and educational. Students will be grouped by age. Offered in conjunction with Sciensational Workshops for Kids.

Elementary Engineering

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®

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 

Engineering An Introduction

Invention is the process of turning ideas and imagination into devices and systems. Innovation is the process of modifying an existing product or system to improve it. Learn to design, construct, test, and evaluate a model. Refine and modify your original ideas to perfect the model. Explore the steps involved in design, and experiment with the different sequences used to create design. Instructor: Ebony Glover 

Etiquette and Character Education and Enrichment

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

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

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

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

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

Financial Fittne$$ for Teens

Have you ever wanted to buy an iPod, iPad, or a video game, but couldn’t afford it? Here is your chance to learn how to use your allowance wisely, buy the things you want, and still have money in the bank! Participate with your friends in many exciting activities, including financial bingo and Jeopardy. Play skill-building board games like Real-World Math which unlocks your goal-setting, savings, and money management skills. On the last day, show what you’ve learned by competing with your classmates in Team Financial Horse Race. Invest in this special program today and learn to manage your money like an expert. This dynamic program meets State and National Personal Finance Standards. Offered in conjunction with Youth Leadership Training Academy.

Flight Academy

Calling all pilots! As a Mad Science flight cadet in training, you will discover how airplanes fly. Test your airplane's performance in a wind tunnel. Build your own kite, stunt plane and model rocket. Ride the air on a Hovercraft. Discover how hot air balloons, blimps and parachutes work. Offered in conjunction with Mad Science of Washington 

Flying Machine Construction Lab

Design, build, and launch zipline racers, prop copters, glide and high powered air rockets! Use real hands-on engineering real tools and materials to take home four unique, high quality flying machines. Offered in conjunction with FutureMakers

Forensic Fundamentals: Biology, Chemistry, and Crime

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 

French: Cooking and Games

A fun course where you will learn to prepare and taste French and Francophone dishes, make a digital French cookbook, and play games that help you to learn French and use spoken French. Mixed levels of French. As in the Montessori model, mixing levels challenges all levels, beginners to advanced. There will be one session a day of a grammar lesson for the various levels of French in the class. 

French: Stories, Dramatic Storytelling, and Games

This course uses games and storytelling to teach French oral grammar and vocabulary of interest to middle school students. You will play games together and participate in drama and storytelling games while enjoying the process of learning French. Mixed levels. As in the Montessori model, mixing levels challenges all students, beginners to advanced. Each day there will be one session of a grammar lesson for the various levels of French in the class. 

French: Stories, Puppetry, and Games

This course uses games and storytelling to teach French oral grammar and vocabulary of interest to first to third graders. You will play games together and participate in drama, storytelling and puppetry games while enjoying the process of learning French. Mixed levels. As in the Montessori model, mixing levels challenges all students, beginners to advanced. Grammar and vocabulary will be taught throughout the day through social games and dramatic exercises throughout the day. Children may not be aware of having a “lesson!” 

G2: Girl Gamers Club

Hang out with friends, have fun, and learn key S.T.E.M. skills in this one of a kind class! Candy Crush, Facebook, and Instagram were all built by people who understand the foundations of design and technology. In this class learn the basic elements of 2D Game Design. Each day will have a tech challenge and a profile of the female stars of the tech world. Student games will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers, Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in conjunction with Black Rocket.

Geometric Animals

Join us to explore methods of creating an animal collage. Practice drawing techniques with a variety of pencils, marker, charcoal pencil, colored pencils, and conte. Instructor: Myra Maslowsky 

Geometry

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: Liqiu Yang or Zenia Yang

Germantown Baseball Summer Camp

The Montgomery College Germantown Baseball Camp stresses the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, pitching, throwing, base running, and all of the important aspects of the game. All levels of abilities are welcome. Teamwork and sportsmanship will be stressed. Campers will be placed with their appropriate level of play. Come join us at Raptor’s Park for an exciting week of baseball, swimming, games, and fun. Head Coach: Dan Rascher

Germantown Basketball Skills Camp

The Germantown Basketball Skills camp is for boys and girls, from beginner to advanced varsity high school athletes, who wish to work on the fundamental skills of the game of basketball. Shooting, ball handling, defense, and conditioning will all be covered each day to help develop the skills needed to enjoy the game of basketball at any level. Head Coach Stu Wilson

Greek Gods and Mythology

Explore the world of ancient Greek gods, goddesses, and mythology. Interact with the ancient stories the Greeks created to explain the world and humans. Compare and contrast the ancient world with our world today. Examine the beliefs and values of the ancient world and explore how these have changed over time. You will be able to use your own creativity as you discover the characteristics of the ancient Greek mythology and create your own myth for modern times. Instructor: Robyn Pincus

Gurl Power

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 

Harry Potter- Join Our Magical Mystery Tour

All aboard for lots of hands-on fun. Join in the escapades of Harry and his friends. Play quidditch, make an edible wand, and brew some fantastic potions to drink. Let's create and watch some amazing chemical reactions. Watch a mirage appear (you won't believe it!); find out where the sorting hat will place you; make cool crystals; experiment with colored magic sand; and see a mysterious glowing ball. Join us where the magic of science, art, and literature meet. Harry, Ron, and Hermoine are waiting for your arrival! Offered in conjunction with Sciensational Workshops for Kids

Hovercraft - Design Your Own Vehicle - Egg Drop Car

Do you want to design and build things that you create- not just a model you purchase? Well this is the place for you. Build and keep an air powered Hover Craft that defies gravity. Once it's up and moving, then using your creativity, control its direction. Build and take home your own car. Using materials provided, build a super car powered by more than one source of energy. This can be one crazy looking vehicle. Also build an Egg Drop Car - a gravity vehicle that can cushion a raw egg when dropped from a high height. Learn about Laws of Motion, Energy, Air Pressure, Friction, Lift, Speed and Acceleration. You are never too young to learn and have fun in a Sciensational hands-on way. Offered in conjunction with Sciensational Workshops for Kids.

Intensive Creative Writing Workshop

Taught by an authentic, award winning author/illustrator who has published 17 titles, this Intensive Creative Writing Workshop is designed to introduce enthusiastic, self-motivated young writers to new concepts in writing which allow them to express themselves as creatively as possible. Learn new ideas about developing imagery, rhythm and voice from your own experiences and imagination. Above all, gain a lifetime love of writing as well as ways of viewing what you read from the perspectives of writers. You'll focus on the genre of writing of your choice, and pursue and develop creative ideas through writing games, computer time and critiques. Prior to the class, you will be sent one of the author’s books as a jumping off point for questions and discussions. Discover how authors approach writing and what it takes to publish a book. Instructor: Sallie Lowenstein has been publishing for more than 20 years and writing for most of her life. Her novels and picture books are illustrated, because she is also a fine artist with works in museums and private collections around the world. In addition to writing and illustrating, she designs and typesets books, runs ongoing private young writers workshops, and speaks about art and writing across the country

Intermediate Engineering and Robotic

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

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

Introductory Theatre

Have you ever been to a movie and thought: I want to act! Or have you ever wanted to write? Well here is your chance! Introductory Theater is designed to teach you basic acting techniques. Join us to learn basic skills related to acting and playwriting—including voice, movement, characterization, and improvisation techniques. Learn how to work as an ensemble as you perform in your very own play! So, if you have thought about learning to act, this is the class for you! Instructor: Stacey Brooks

It's Up for Debate

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 

JAMZ Basketball Camp

The Montgomery College JAMZ Basketball Camp stresses the fundamentals of all of the important aspects of the game: speed, agility, footwork, conditioning, offensive and defensive ball handling, shooting, passing, and dribbling. All levels of abilities are welcome. Preparation, dedication, hard work, teamwork, and sportsmanship will be stressed. Come join us for an exciting week of basketball, games, and fun. Head Coach James Fowlkes

JAVA Programming Introduction

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: Action Art

Make art through movement and art that moves. Rube Goldberg and Alexander Calder will be just two of our inspirations as we create art that moves and shakes. Jackson Pollack inspires us to move while we make art.  Instructors: Anne LeVeque and Marty Milam

Joy of Art: Comics Camp

Create your own superhero and learn all about the origin and history of comics, otherwise known as serial art. Examine ancient Egyptian wall art, medieval tapestries, and other forms of serial art and how they influenced the 20th century phenomenon of comic books. Learn about web comics, manga, and other contemporary comic styles. Most importantly, we will MAKE comics! Instructors: Anne LeVeque and Marty Milam

Joy of Art Medieval Fantasy

Join us as we hunt the White Stag, fight fierce dragons, and search for the elusive Unicorn. European art of the Middle Ages will inspire us to make our own coats of arms, tapestries, tabards, veils and royal crowns. Instructors: Anne LeVeque and Marty Milam  

Joy of Art: World of Puppets

Learn about Sock puppets, papier-mâché figures, and marionettes! Make a variety of puppets using different materials, and create a backdrop so we can put on a fun puppet show. Every culture and tradition has a form of puppets, and we will explore the world’s puppetry traditions. Instructors: Anne LeVeque and Marty Milam 

Joy of Art: Who's Your Dada? Early 20th Century Art

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 and Marty Milam  

Junior Writing Institute

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

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

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

Kindergarten Readiness

Get yourself ready for kindergarten! Review letters, sounds, counting, and beginning reading skills. Boost your readiness and enhance your skills with fun, hands-on activities. Daily classroom behavior will also be taught. KINDERGARTEN HERE WE COME! Instructor: Lauren Day

Knowledge College

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: Trial by Jury

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® Films and Stop Action!

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

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 3-D Video Game

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

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

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

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

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

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

MC Cybercamp

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

Minecraft Animators

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

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

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.

Mo Willems: Reading, Writing, Art!

Jump into the world of Mo Willems! You'll examine a variety of mentor texts including the Pigeon Series, Elephant and Piggie, and Knufflebunny! Learn to create your own story lines and books just like the author himself! Instructor Lauren Day

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.

My Money MatterZ-I

Jump-start into lifelong financial responsibility! Boost yourself above most adults by discovering money smarts in this activity-packed class. Learn basic economics: how to make and spend money, how it works in the real world, and what it’s good for. Develop personal responsibility and practical knowledge while having fun with games, stories, and big ideas, like human capital and opportunity cost. Now is the best time to begin understanding money to create a lifetime of financial peace. Sign up now and bring your friends along too! This dynamic program meets State and National Personal Finance Standards. Offered in conjunction with Youth Leadership Training Academy

Mysteries in History

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

Paint-A-Rama

Come and make a splash in the art world while you learn drawing and painting basics, tricks, and techniques. Let your imagination fly and your creativity shine through as we experiment with watercolor and acrylic paints. We’ll create amazing realistic paintings, mosaics, and musical paintings! All you’ll need to bring is your enthusiasm and a smock. Instructor: Cynthia J. Smidt, BA Art History, BA Art Education, UMCP 

Painting with Acrylic

Join us to learn about classical and contemporary painting, techniques and concepts. Develop an understanding of its formal language and the fundamentals of artistic expression. Learn to paint from still-life, landscape, and life models from observation. Create abstract and pop art works, and explore color theory, linear perspective, compositional structure, figure/ground relationships, visual perception, and spatial concepts. Analyze major painting styles and movements based on painting techniques. Experience personal growth and enhanced creativity while improving your critical thinking skills. Instructor: Malina Owens

Painting with Watercolors

Join us to learn all about classical and contemporary painting, techniques and concepts, with an emphasis on the understanding its formal language and the fundamentals of artistic expression. Paint still-life, landscape, and life models from observation with a focus towards realism, contrasted by the exploration and creation of abstract works. Color theory, linear perspective, compositional structure, figure/ground relationships, visual perception, spatial concepts, and critical thinking skills will all be addressed. Study and analyze major painting styles and movements based on painting techniques. Demonstrations, PowerPoint lectures, group and individual critiques will be given throughout the course. Watercolor is the medium for this class. The main emphasis will be placed on encouraging and nourishing personal growth and creativity. The number of artworks completed is based on the personal pace of the student artists. This is a great course for building your portfolio for Magnet Programs and College admissions. Instructor: Malina Owens

Poetry Palooza!

Explore the world of poetry by discovering how other poets develop their writing and engaging in the process of writing your own poetry! Review and reinforce poetic devices by working with other students as you interact with published poetry. Each day, explore different types of poetry, such as Shakespearian Sonnet, Haiku, Pantoum, Acrostic, Sestina, Lyric, Concrete Poems, Narrative Poems, Cinquain. Learn to focus on using multiple poetic devices as you create your own poems in the different forms of poetry. By the end of the session, you'll be able to show off your poetic flare by creating your own book of poetry! Instructor: Robyn Pincus

Pre-Algebra

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

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®

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

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

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 AP students; Algebra skills.Basic knowledge of computers (starting programs, saving files). Interests in science and computing. Instructor: Stephen Sell.

Reading Adventures

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

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

Reading Made Fun

This course is designed to help 1st graders and 2nd graders review grade level concepts by providing opportunities for students to strengthen basic reading skills and minimize summer reading loss. Using hands-on manipulatives, as well as a variety of other resources, learn appropriate print concepts, and strengthen phonological awareness and word analysis skills. Parents will be provided with resources to help students maintain grade level skills. Instructor: Jetheda Merritt

Red Hot Robots

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 NXT

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

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

Rockville Tennis Camp

Students will be taught fundamentals and strategies depending on their level of play. We will include tennis drills, games, and match play. Please dress comfortably with tennis shoes, hats, and sunscreen. Bring a tennis racket and a water bottle; balls will be provided. Some rackets are available for sale. Come to the tennis courts at the Rockville campus prepared to learn tennis for a lifetime of fun. Students are grouped by age. All tennis classes will be taught by Montgomery College men’s and women’s tennis coach and USPTA pro Bob Finney, and his staff. For more information, call Bob at 202-680-3268 or e-mail at RFtennis4u2@yahoo.com. 

SAT/ACT Writing: Multiple Choice and Essay Skills

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!

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

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

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 

Smart Money Counts- Financial Mapping for Your Future

Have you ever felt that the adult world is sometimes overwhelming and complicated? If so, this course is for you. It takes smart money management to confidently navigate through our complex world of consumerism, debt, credit, investments, and budgets. Now is a perfect time for you to develop the financial skills critical to mapping out a lifetime of financial independence. Join now and take advantage of this great opportunity! This program meets State and National Personal Finance Standards. Offered in conjunction with Youth Leaderhip Training Academy.

Smart Money for Savvy Teens I

Make your home in the world of investment and personal finance! You’ve heard that people make or lose millions in the stock market. Why and how? How do “individuals,” “bonds,” and “mutual funds” work? How can you use them to grow your money and secure your future? Explore these topics and more in a hands-on class designed to find the fun in financial fundamentals. Discover how sweet it is to taste the challenging, mystifying, exhilarating world of high stakes money. Don’t just sit there...sign up! This course meets State and National Personal Finance Standards.  Offered in conjunction with Youth Leaderhip Training Academy.

Snack Attack

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

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

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 

Spanish: Cooking and Games

A fun course where you will prepare and taste Spanish and Latin American dishes, make a digital Spanish cookbook, and play games that help you to learn Spanish and use spoken Spanish. Mixed levels of Spanish. As in the Montessori model, mixing levels challenges all students, beginners to advanced. There will be one session a day of a grammar lesson for the various levels of Spanish in the class.

Spanish: Dramatic Storytelling and Games

This course uses games and storytelling to teach Spanish oral grammar and vocabulary of interest to middle school students. You will play games together and participate in drama and storytelling games while enjoying the process of learning Spanish. Mixed levels. As in the Montessori model, mixing levels challenges all students, beginners to advanced. Each day there will be one session of a grammar lesson for the various levels of Spanish in the class. 

Spanish: Stories, Puppetry, and Games

This course uses games and storytelling to teach Spanish oral grammar and vocabulary of interest to first to third graders. You will play games together and participate in drama, storytelling and puppetry games while enjoying the process of learning Spanish. Mixed levels. As in the Montessori model, mixing levels challenges all students, beginners to advanced. Grammar and vocabulary will be taught throughout the day through social games and dramatic exercises throughout the day. Children may not be aware of having a “lesson!”

Spectacular Sculpture: Plaster, Clay, and Wire, Oh My!

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

Strings Summer Camp for Young Musicians - Junior Level

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

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

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 

Survival Electronics: Hack & Build

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.

The Makerspace: Tools, Tech and Tinkering

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.

Theatre Arts and Design

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 

Vehicle Invention Lab

Design, fabricate, and race original wooden cars and self-propelled rolling vehicles! Use real hand tools and makerspace materials in your take-home projects. Offered in conjunction with FutureMakers.

Web Design for Boys and Girls

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?

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

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: Tools to Tables

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 Club

Do you want to be a better writer—or would you just like to write more? If keeping up with school assignments doesn’t give you enough time to develop your creative side, join “The Club.” If you don’t have the self-confidence it takes to be a more successful writer, join “The Club.” Here you will have many varied opportunities to compose pieces that are fun and that meet your interests. Your club-mates will provide informal feedback, and your instructor will offer one-on-one conferences at whatever level you find helpful. All writing will be done during the class. Please bring a drink and a healthful snack—no peanuts, please. Instructor: Geraldine Knasko Green 

Writing Games and Digital Stories in the New Alice

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 

Young Artist Program

Using paint, colored pencils, crayons, tissue paper, inks, and other materials explore the principles and elements of design. Learn to use flexible rules and guidelines to add interest and uniqueness to your art work while developing your distinctive style. A playful line or unusual pattern can enhance your painting. Come ready to explore your compositions through line, movement, texture, tension, value, color, pattern, shape, contrast, harmony, repetition, gradation, and rhythm. Clay and bead work will also be featured in this workshop. Bring an old T-shirt as painting can be messy when having fun. Instructor: Myra  Maslowsky

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