AM PROGRAMS (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
AM: Local Ecology and Nature Journaling (8+)
E.O. Wilson, the famous biologist, was 13 when he made a significant discovery: a non-native insect species, potentially threatening agriculture, was spreading in his Alabama hometown in 1942. He’d found it by looking closely at the little things that escape others’ notice: fire ants! There is a busy, complex web of life happening all around us, and we will use this week to take a closer look. We will spend our mornings in the woods, learning to identify animal signs and species, and examining the traits and adaptations of different organisms, while investigating the complex systems at play. We will learn the art of nature journaling, in the tradition of the great naturalists, using techniques including observational drawings, descriptive notes, data collections and reflections. Most importantly, we will discover ourselves in relation to the natural world. Who knows what we’ll find! Instructor: Kim Machnik, Acera Upper Elementary Teacher $275
There is no end to what you can build in Minecraft — but here are many tricks to get your world to look like you want it to! Every day of this week, we will be learning a few new things, from how to make a medieval castle to creating complex villages. This session will be run in creative mode. Participants must bring a computer with Minecraft installed on it (a limited number of Macbooks are available to rent for the week, please check in with us via firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.) Instructor: Suzana Somers, Acera Tech Specialist and STEM Teacher $275 This session is now FULL. Check on registration form to be waitlisted.
Learn to build a summer camp favorite: You get to measure and hammer and saw and tinker all day, and by the end of the week, voila, you’ve made a bird house! No prior woodworking experience required, our staff will teach new students basic carpentry skills. Instructor: Marie Delaney, Furniture Maker and Acera Construction Coach. $325
Are you passionate about dance and do you love creating your own choreographies? Do you want to find your own, unique way of telling a story through dance? Every day, we will do both classic dance stretches & warm ups, and creative choreographic exercises using words, images, sound and music to inspire us — from dancing the word “wiggle” to embodying the artwork of, say, Kandinsky. As the week progresses, students will create an original dance, alone or in groups. Unlike more traditional dance classes, this workshop is not about learning a specific technique such as ballet or tap, but about providing adolescents with the environment and inspiration to connect with their emerging self through movement and music. Instructor: Vanessa Roman, Acera Mindfulness, Theater and Dance Teacher. $275
Why buy cool metal figurines if you can make them yourself? In this introduction to the art of metal casting, you will learn how to make different types of molds and create your own unique metal figures and artwork — imaginary creatures, animals, pendants, flowers, or any other creation you want to try out. We’ll be experimenting with clay, plaster, rubber and sand casts, and explore best ways to melt and work with molten metal. Instructor: Mark Weinzierl, Acera Physics/Science Teacher $350 This session is now FULL. Check on registration form to be waitlisted.
Do you like to shoot hoops? Do you like to throw balls? Have you wondered why different objects fly differently? Or maybe it just looks like they do? In this session, you will build a (safe!) projectile shooter of your choice (think woodwork, PVC pipes and foam balls) and start shooting balls to study their trajectory, and the role gravity plays in how projectiles move (or should we say, fall?) Who said physics couldn’t be fun? Instructor: Adam Rosell, Acera Creativity Morning construction coach. $300 This session is now FULL. Check on registration form to be waitlisted.
PM PROGRAMS (12 to 4 p.m.)
Everybody can buy an alarm clock. How about making one? Learn about design choices, engineering solutions and electronics in this fun workshop that mixes woodshop work with engineering club explorations. Instructor: Mark Weinzierl, Acera Physics/Science Teacher $300
What makes objects fly? How do you transform energy into motion? What are the differences, when it comes to mechanisms to lift off the ground and stay in the air, between a helicopter, a kite, and a glider? In this session, students will make prototypes of all three while learning about the physics of flying. Instructor: Adam Rosell, Acera Creativity Morning construction coach. $300 This session is now FULL. Check on registration form to be waitlisted.
Do you love to express yourself through movement? Are you passionate about dance and do you love creating your own dances? Join us for a week full of classic dance stretches, warm ups, and across the floors as well as creative choreographic exercises using words, images, sound and music to inspire us! Imagine dancing the word “wiggle” or moving to the sound of a locomotive or embodying the artwork of Kandinsky. Unlike more traditional dance classes, this workshop is not about learning a specific technique such as ballet or tap, but about allowing children to connect with their creativity and confidence to be themselves through movement and music. It’s perfect for movers and shakers! Instructor: Vanessa Roman, Acera Mindfulness, Theater and Dance Teacher. $275
Do you like to play “Pokemon Go” or similar games? Then join us to make your own augmented reality game, using the same technology as “Pokemon Go”! We will be working in TaleBlazer, a browser-based program that uses visual, block-based scripting language (much like Scratch.) Students will learn all the steps involved in creating a game that interacts with their environment. Requirements: Students need a computer with Java up-to-date (no Chromebooks, sorry). (A limited number of Macbooks are available to rent for the week, please check in with us via email@example.com to inquire.) Instructor: Suzana Somers, Acera Tech Specialist and STEM Teacher. $275 This program is now FULL. Check on registration form to be waitlisted.
Try your hand at bead and jewelry making! We’ll be using Sculpey clay as well as other materials to make many different, unique and artful objects. Bring your ideas and show off your creations at the end of the week. Earrings, bracelets, puppet heads, objets d’art — so many possibilities! Students will receive a toolkit to work with and take home at the end of the week. Instructor: Chris Woodard, Acera Art Teacher $275