Architecture Series: Kinetic Sculptures (11-15)
Why stand still when you can move and shake! Play is a very powerful force in design innovation and we are going to explore architecture that folds, stretches, collapses and expands. The challenge will be to create a structure that can give you the opportunity to manipulate its form through manual push/pull forces, whilst designing your space to have a particular ‘feel’. The final product will be a scaled model of a kinetic piece of architecture design. We will use age appropriate materials. Topics covered include: in/outside relationships of spaces, structural joints, forces, material properties, pulleys, crank, aesthetics of scale, proportion, and tactile qualities of materials. From design brief to construction, come envisage and realize your deployable, animated, adaptable, kinetic sculptures! Instructor: Estee Hill, Acera Creativity Morning teacher, architect and educator. $600
AM PROGRAMS (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
AM: Science for Curious Kids: Chemistry (7-10)
Why can’t you trust an atom? Because they make up everything… It’s a joke second and third grade students at Acera can’t stop telling, and we think it’s because they are having so much fun in our science lab figuring out how atoms actually do that (and why!). Join us for a session in basic chemistry for the youngest learners, where students will be able to run their own experiments and work like real scientists for a week. We’ll explore acid-based chemistry, electro-chemistry, and we’ll be doing some cool experiments exploring chemical reactions and their classifications. Be prepared to watch ink disappearing from paper! Instructor: Michael Hirsch, Acera Science Lab Manager, former biotech scientist and AP science teacher $375 — This program is now FULL. Let us know on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.
AM: Yoga, Mindfulness & The Arts (7-10)
Have you ever tried to build a sculpture out of rocks by balancing them in gravity defying angles? Have you explored your sense of rhythm, structure, repetition and art through nature mandalas? Join us for a very special week of explorations with our bodies and our minds. We will be sculpting, moving, stretching, noticing, questioning, and transforming, connecting with ourselves and the world around us, using both our intuition and our critical thinking skills. Instructor: Vanessa Roman, Acera Mindfulness, Theater and Dance Teacher $275
AM: Hamilton & Hip Hop (11-15)
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: SEEDS: Designing for Play (7-10)
Tinker with electronics and smart materials to design playful objects. Craft your own interactive projects by hacking electronic toys and using some of their sensors or mechanisms in new ways. Explore and investigate ways to make toys talk, interact, and communicate. Instructor: Alisha Panjwani, Acera Design Learning and STEM TeacherPreneur. $350
AM: Minecraft Build Challenge (5-7)
There is no end to what you can build in Minecraft — but you have to get started somewhere! In this session, students will learn the basics of Minecraft: Build a farm, build a stable, build a horse stable, build a rocket launcher out of redstone or build a house inside a mountain… 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
AM: Woodshop: Keep it Secret (9+)
It’s important to keep your valuables in a safe place. This week, you will learn how to make a hollow book safe and a chess/checkers board with a secret compartment that only you know how to open! Where else are you going to hide your pirate treasure map? Instructor: Mark Weinzierl, Acera Physic/Science teacher. $325
AM: Woodshop: Intermediate Woodworking I (11-15)
You know your basic construction skills and want to learn more. You want to make something original and beautiful, and dig in to craft a real piece of furniture. In this session, you can do that, and more! Make a Shaker-style table out of poplar wood, using traditional joinery, bringing your own creative touch to some of the detail work. Learn to work with advanced machine and hand tools. As you feel the wood transform in your hands, learn about the history of how furniture was made, all by hand, in colonial times. This is a two week program, students must enroll for week 7 and 8 to participate. Instructor: Marie Delaney, Acera Arts & Construction Coach $650 (for both weeks)
PM PROGRAMS (12 to 4 p.m.)
PM: Styles, Profiles, Power: Leadership Workshop (12-17)
We all know leadership is important. But how do you become an effective leader? How can you inspire and engage others to have a positive impact on your community? And what is leadership from within? This program is as much an experience as it is a workshop: Join us to discuss articles about emotional intelligence and study different approaches to leadership. Via role play and exercises, explore your own beliefs, strengths and weaknesses. Discover who you can become as a leader. (Candidates for this programs are students going into grades 7 – 12.) Instructors: Acera Founder & Director Courtney Dickinson, and Vanessa Roman, Acera Mindfulness, Theater and Math teacher. $275
PM: 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 This program is now FULL. Check on registration form to be waitlisted.
PM: Power of Percussion: Drum Camp (7+)
Drums are instruments accessible to all, regardless of prior musical training. Join us for a week of playful exploration of all we can do with drums! This session will be rooted in African Drumming, weaving in other styles. Ensemble playing gives a powerful boost to the body and mind! You will learn traditional rhythms and can compose your own. No prior experience required! Instructor: Anthony Reynolds, Acera Art and Music Teacher $275
PM: SEEDS: Food Hacks (11-15)
Do you play with your food? Have you ever thought of transforming your kitchen into a science lab or a workshop? Then join us for this fun week of collaborating on contraptions and cuisine, baking and gadget making. Project examples include food automata, solar powered heat sensitive smart coasters, 3D chocolate molds, light-up birthday cake with LED lights, edible origami, and edible printing. Instructor: Alisha Panjwani, Acera Design Learning and STEM TeacherPreneur. $350
PM: Molecular Biology Discoveries (10-15)
Somewhere in the small print of our cells, life happens. How does that work? How do scientists know DNA from RNA? Join us in Acera’s state-of-the-art science lab for a week of discoveries in 21st century molecular biology. Design and run your own experiments, working with DNA, RNA, proteins and enzymes. Explore with an experienced, real-world scientist. And yes, we say real-world because this will be as hands-on as things get in biotech labs around Kendall Square. Instructor: Michael Hirsch, Acera Science Lab Manager, former biotech scientist and AP science teacher $375
PM: Robotics Explorers (5-7)
How do robots work? How can you make them work for you? In this program, students will start with exploring basic robots and functions, for example with the Ozobot. Later in the week we’ll move to using a Scratch-based computer program to control the mBot Robot. Then we will build increasingly complicated mazes and try to steer our robots through! Instructor: Suzana Somers, Acera Tech Specialist and STEM Teacher $300 This class is now FULL. Check on registration form to be waitlisted.
PM: Metal Casting (10+)
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 program is now FULL. Check on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.