AM PROGRAMS (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
AM: Math Art (7-10)
Explore the creative side of math! Ever wondered how to draw a curve using only straight lines? Interested in tessellations and the art of M.C. Escher? Want to know what a fractal is? In this session, you will create cool art while learning about mathematical concepts. Instructor: Robyn Deakins, Acera Math and Cross Classroom teacher. $275 This program is now FULL. Check on registration form to be waitlisted.
AM: Hamilton & Hip Hop (10-15)
You may know all the words to “Alexander Hamilton’ or ‘Helpless’ or ‘My Shot.’ You may be working on getting the entire LaFayette rap from ‘Guns’n ships’ straight, knowing it’s the fastest rap on Broadway, at 19 words per second. You may have seen the WGBH documentary about the musical and its creator Lin Manuel Miranda, hoping for insights into how he made this magic thing. Or you may just like singing along to the musical! If Hamilton and Hip Hop are your thing, join Acera teacher and acclaimed Hip Hop artist Anthony Reynolds (here is his latest album on NPR) for a week of exploring what makes this musical great, and how you can get started on composing your own rhymes and rhythms. Adapt a historic theme or take your observations about the world around you to your own lyrics, and play with music, words and sounds to create your own songs. Instructor: Anthony Reynolds, Acera Art and Music Teacher $275
AM: The Physics of Projectiles (9+)
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 teacher. $300
AM: SEEDS Meets Architecture: Light Science, Light Architecture (7+)
How do you paint with shadows and light? Come construct and choreograph scenes from your imagination in new and mind-blowing ways! Together, we will create an interactive light space where materials, light, and motion come together to delight, and inspire. We will combine conventional construction materials with liquids and gels, and use these as the physical materials that we project against. We will also use a spin table and other fun motion inducing devices to activate our scenes while we project different light sources onto the objects, creating surprising effects. Topics covered include motion set design, light projection and manipulation, RGB vs. primary color models, light painting, the physics of light, and more. Students will work individually and collaboratively. We’ll look at the inspiring work of creative thinkers and makers such as Olaf Elisson and Rashad Alakbarov. Instructors: Alisha Panjwani, Acera SEEDS StudioLab & Estee Hill architect and educator. $350
AM: Building Faster Pinewood Derby Cars (7-10)
It’s easy to get a kit and make a wooden Pinewood Derby toy car from a box. But can you make one from scratch? And find out along the way what slows cars down, and what can make them faster? Maybe wood isn’t the best material? Can you make a faster race car out of a soda bottle? Join us for an exploration of materials, acceleration mechanisms, and speed. And race your creations at the end of the week! Instructor: Mark Weinzierl, Acera Physics/Science Teacher $300 This program is now FULL. Check on registration form to be waitlisted.
AM: Outdoor Explorations: The Science of Rocks (10+)
Let’s use one of our great local resources to explore geology in an outdoor environment: In this program, we will be hiking in the Fells, and as we go along, study the rocks right under our feet! Learn methods of rock identification (far beyond color & texture), find former quarries hidden in the woods, and then return to Acera for further studies, and to explore and learn about non-native rocks, crystals & shells from Ms. Nic’s expansive collection. Instructor: Nicole Notaro, Acera Upper Elementary Teacher. $300 This program is now FULL. Check on registration form to be waitlisted.
PM PROGRAMS (12 to 4 p.m.)
PM: Building Faster Pinewood Derby Cars (10+)
It’s easy to get a kit and make a wooden Pinewood Derby toy car from a box. You’ve probably made a few. But can you make one from scratch? And find out what slows cars down, and what can make them faster? Maybe wood isn’t the best material? Can you make a faster race car out of a soda bottle? Join us for an exploration of materials, acceleration mechanisms, and speed. And race your creations at the end of the week! Instructor: Mark Weinzierl, Acera Physics/Science Teacher
PM: Flying Machines (8+)
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 program is now FULL. Check on registration form to be waitlisted.
PM: Mural Art (8+)
Walls can be just walls – or they can be canvases for us to create art together, to let forms and colors liven up our public spaces, and build community through visual engagement. Join us to bring your personality, creativity and art to our Acera mural wall! Create original work to add to our mural, and develop your artistic skills while spending time outdoors. Instructor: Anthony Reynolds, Acera Art and Music Teacher $275
PM: SEEDS in the Fells: Hacking Nature (11-15)
What if a leaf could speak? What if insects could create a symphony? Can we weave a dress with grass and LED lights that would express rain forecasts? Join us for a creative exploration of both nature and physical computing. We will be actively collaborating with nature to design powerful projects, and make art with leaves, twigs, pebbles, flowers, soil as well as electromagnets, conductive foil, LED lights, sensors, micro controllers, and more. Activities will include: Leaf speakers, Grass weaving with conductive tape, Drawdio, Makey Makey, and a Mushroom microcontroller. Instructors: Alisha Panjwani, Acera SEEDS StudioLab founder, design and educator, and Malcolm Campbell, Acera counselor and assistant director. $350
PM: Architecture Series: Hidden Cities (7-10)
How do empty spaces relate to the objects around them? Can we hide something to reveal something? In this session, students will envision, design and cast an imaginary city or place. They will explore positive and negative space in design, mold making, scan, and the tactile qualities of various materials. Instructor: Estee Hill, architect and educator. $325
PM: Storytelling in iMovie (7-10)
Do you want to learn how to shoot, edit and produce your own videos? Do you have story ideas for films you would like to make? Would you like to play with green screens, iMovie, Garageband and other tools to make cool film clips to share with your friends? In this session, students move beyond the scripted capacities of Instagram or Musica.ly to understand and apply some of the basics of film making, from story boarding to script writing to video production and editing, to creating their own accompanying music in Garageband. Students will present their films on the last day. Participants must bring a Mac computer (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: Acera counselor and Creativity Morning teacher Kara Williams. $275
PM: Band Jam: School of Rock (7+)
Would you like to learn how to play an instrument? Do you play one already and are looking to jam with others? Join us for a week of playing, exploring and creating music together. Instructor: Acera Director of Operations, STEM teacher and musician Dean Ellerton. $275