Week 1 — June 11-15


Live Action Role Play (LARP) (10-15)

Have you ever wanted to seek treasure and uncover the secrets of the universe? Battle brutal bandits, gruesome goblins and unworldly undead? Do you have what it takes to slay dragons, find your way through the dungeon and claim the ancient treasure? Step into an interactive theater world, armed with sword and sorcery. Become the hero you have always dreamed of and save the lands of Etheraz from the great shadow! Students may sign up for any number of weeks of LARP. Led by LARP Adventure Program ($535)

AM PROGRAMS  (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

AM: Flying Machines, Drones & How the Snotbot is Saving Whales (9+)

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 glider, and a drone? In this session, students will make prototypes of flying objects — and fly some drones — while learning about the physics of flying. We’ll also explore real-world applications of these devices, for example the Gloucester-based Ocean Alliance and its Snotbot, a drone that is changing the way we research whales. Instructor: Adam Rosell, Acera Creativity Morning construction coach. $325

AM: Metal Casting (10-15)

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. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted. 

AM: Data Analysis in PokemonGo (8+)

Have you played Pokemon Go? In this class, we’ll venture outdoors to PokeStops nearby Acera to answer questions including: How long does it take for a new Pokemon to appear? What is the numerical effect of a lure module? We will record data of every Pokemon that we encounter in our weekly journey, and spend some time each day importing that data explore cool trends, such as the relationship between player level and a Pokemon’s combat power, and distribution graphs of a given Pokemon’s combat power. Instructor: Ben Feng, Acera Math teacher $295

AM: Chemistry: Become A Potions Master (7-10)

Wish you could take a class with Professor Snape? We’ve borrowed some inspiration from the Hogwarts curriculum: Boil-Cure Potion, Swelling Solution, Antidote to Uncommon Poisons, Wit-Sharpening Potion. Come learn some chemistry while exploring awe-inspiring potions for 21st century wizardry in Acera’s Science Lab (our potions dungeon). Instructor: Kristen Nichols, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Graphic Designer & Curriculum Creator $295 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.  

PM PROGRAMS (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

PM: Games & Probability (10-15)

Play classic games and discover how mathematical thinking can help you make decisions when you play! In this class, we will learn mathematic strategies to a variety of popular board games with an emphasis on game theory, probability, logic, and deduction. Students will also learn about resource management, trading strategies, and cooperation and collaboration within games. Games studied and played include: Tic-Tac-Toe, Rummy, Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and Forbidden Island. Instructor: Ben Feng, Acera Math Teacher $295

PM: Tabletop Game Design (8+)
Discover how to design and develop a fun and expressive tabletop (board/card) game. Working in a small team, learn the basics of good game design while practicing the cycle of prototype-test-refine, just like the pros! Employ creativity, collaboration, and systems-thinking in putting your own twist on familiar game styles; document and reflect on your progress along the way. If you like, take some of your game online, working in Scratch or other programs. End the session by presenting a playable prototype that will amaze and delight your friends! Instructor: Danny Fain, Game Designer and Acera After School teacher $295

PM: SEEDS: Light & Crystal Design (7-10)

What happens when crystal beads and circuits come together? Magic. Explore the properties of light — such as reflection and refraction — while creating with both crystals and lights. You can make the coolest designer lamp or chandelier, or something else entirely. One of our students made a glowing crystal-enhanced tree! You bring your ideas, we’ll show you how to make them come alive. Instructor: Kristen Nichols, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Graphic Designer & Curriculum Creator $350

PM: Where Wizards, Witches & fairies Live: Design and Build a Mini-World (7+)
Do you like wonderous places where small creatures live, wizards and witches and fairies and trolls and who knows who else? Do you like to make things with your hands and create houses and mountains and stories as you go? In this session, we will be working with both found objects — such as bark, sticks, moss — and other supplies — think clay, cardboard, string — to make fantastical mini-worlds. And we’ll sculpt some little people to inhabit them! Instructor: Mark Lyman, Acera Creativity Morning and Afterschool teacher $295

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