Week 11 — August 21-25

FULL DAY (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Videogame Design (11-15)
Have you dreamed of designing and developing your own videogame? Working in a small team (just like the pros!), you will learn the basic elements of game design, brainstorm game ideas, try them out with a tabletop mock-up, use an appropriate computer-based tool/engine to make a digital prototype, playtest, and finish the week with a show-and-tell “pitch” presentation. Students have the opportunity to use a familiar tool such as Scratch, or to learn a more advanced one such as StarLogo or Stencyl (each student brings their own laptop). Instructor: Danny Fain, STEM teacher, Game Designer and Acera After School teacher. $550

 

AM PROGRAMS  (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

AM: Biology through Play: Systems of the Human Body (7-9)

How do our body parts work together? What is the immune system? How do our heart and lungs work together to help us stay alive? In this session, students will explore different systems of the body, including the skeletal, muscular, sensory, and immune systems, through games and exploration and will practice diagnosing and “treating” common ailments. Instructor: Hannah DeRusha, Acera Lower Elementary Teacher $300

AM: Awareness, Agency & Self-Advocacy: The Power of Identity (11-15)

Who are you? What are your gifts? How do you connect to the community around you? What kind of change do you want to make in the world? How can you go about making that change? This workshop is a focused week of empowering youth by having them look inside and see the relationship they have with the world around them. Now more than ever, young people can develop their unique voice and bring it into the public sphere.  Instructor: Vanessa Roman, Acera Mindfulness, Theater and Leadership teacher. $275

AM: Woodshop: Treasure Chest (7-10)

This is the perfect project to keep your summer treasures hidden from intruders, curious siblings, even parents: Make your own, Pirate-style treasure chest! You will learn how to plan a construction project, and how to use hammers, coping saws and a mitre saw, and other basic woodworking skills, with the help of our experienced teachers.  Instructor: Marie Delaney, Acera Arts & Construction Coach $325

AM: Intro to Podcasting (8+)

Description to come. Instructor: Suzana Somers, Acera Tech Specialist and STEM teacher $275

AM: Architecture Series: Illuminated Architecture (11-15)

Ever seen liquid cement turn into solid concrete? How do empty spaces relate to the objects around them? The challenge is to create an intriguing architectural form that can be cast as a cement mold and then turned into a functional object: a lamp. We will explore positive/negative space in design through mold making as well as ways in which we can incorporate light into a structure. Cement work is science, structure, and design. Topics covered include working with concrete, mold making, aesthetics of form making, tactile qualities of materials and basic electric wiring for a lamp. Instructor: Estee Hill, Acera Creativity Morning teacher, architect and educator. $325


PM PROGRAMS (12 to 4 p.m.)

PM: Icky, Sticky, Ewy, Gooey: Messy Science (6-8)

What can we learn from an animal’s scat (poop)? How far can germs travel when you sneeze? In this session, students will investigate aspects of our bodies and natural world that are slimy, icky, and just plain gross! Students will experiment with materials of different textures and properties, observe natural processes with messy results, and create models to help them demonstrate their understanding. Join us for a fun way of learning about science & the world! Instructor: Hannah DeRusha, Acera Lower Elementary teacher $300

PM: Woodshop: Build a Marshmallow Crossbow (11-15)

Are you ready for a construction challenge? Build a crossbow-style marshmallow shooter, and see if you can shoot the farthest at the end of the week! In this session, we’ll not just learn some important construction skills. In teams, we will also use design thinking methods to create, and prototyping to test and refine our ideas for the best shooting mechanisms. Parents, join us on the last day for a fun contest in the school playground! Instructor: Marie Delaney, Acera Arts & Construction Coach $325

PM: Lego Robotics (8-12)

Description to come. Instructor: Suzana Somers, Acera Tech Specialist and STEM teacher $300

PM: Astronomy (11-15)

What can we observe in the sky? There will be a partial eclipse of the sun on Aug 21, at 2:30 in the afternoon, and we’ll watch it with a pinhole telescope! (Weather permitting.) During this week, we will also figure out the size of the moon using similar triangles and a photo; we’ll make a scale model of the solar system and describe what life would be like on different planets; we’ll be designing our own planets, and learning about the life cycle of a star. Astronomy usually involves a huge amount of physics, so we’ll explore both via concepts and hands-on activities. Instructor: Debbie Seidell, Acera Math Specialist $300

PM: Architecture Series: Illuminated Architecture (7-10)

Ever seen liquid cement turn into solid concrete? How do empty spaces relate to the objects around them? The challenge is to create an intriguing architectural form that can be cast as a cement mold and then turned into a functional object: a lamp. We will explore positive/negative space in design through mold making as well as ways in which we can incorporate light into a structure. Cement work is science, structure, and design. Topics covered include working with concrete, mold making, aesthetics of form making, tactile qualities of materials and basic electric wiring for a lamp. Instructor: Estee Hill, Acera Creativity Morning teacher, architect and educator. $325

 

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