Week 10 — August 13-17


Raft Challenge: Design It, Build It, Test It! (10-14)

In this unique team challenge, design and build your own raft, then test it on Upper Mystic Lake! The design of the basic raft components will be provided, including flotation, deck and outriggers. Build the basic components efficiently and there will be time to customize your design for steering and propulsion. Acera staff will provide guidance on basic carpentry skills, completing building tasks in a construction environment, and boating basics and safety. The student team will drive the customized design and testing of the raft. Transportation, life jackets and power boat support will be provided on race day. Students should be competent swimmers and comfortable in and around open water. Instructors: Josh Briggs, Acera Woodshop manager and Engineering Teacher; Marie Delaney, Acera Craft Construction coach and furniture maker; Malcom Campbell, Acera school counselor and assistant director  $775

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: GirlPower Series: Electronic Fashion Tech (10-15)

Description to follow. Instructor: Alisha Panjwani, Acera Design Learning and STEM TeacherPreneur. $350

AM: Political Science: Fake News, Real Deals — Deciphering Politics & Government (10-15)

Description to follow. Instructor: Vered Brooks, Acera Middle School Teacher  $295

AM: Pop-up Play Pods (7-10)

Cardboard is lightweight, low-cost, reusable and recyclable – how can we use these material properties to design unique shelters? In this workshop, you will learn how to work creatively around basic restrictions and constraints in designing and making mobile pop up play spaces. The design process investigates the roles of function, aesthetics, ergonomics, and fun! in product design and you get to take home your very own play pod! Instructor: Estee Hill, Architect and Acera Cross Classroom Teacher $350

AM: The Art & Science of Cooking (7-10)

How is cooking art, and how is it science? In this hands-on culinary adventure, the gastronomically inclined will sharpen their technical skills (including use of knives and other tools in the kitchen) and understanding of basic cooking principles. Once we hone the basics, we’ll ask probing questions about how and why things work in the kitchen. From the science of olfaction to gluten formation in pasta dough, we’ll gain a deeper understanding of how to create delicious and beautiful dishes. Instructor: Alexis Daniels, educator, culinary instructor and Acera Enrichment Programs Manager $350

AM: Dip, Dye, Dunk, Dress: Fun with Fiber Art (7-10)

Ready to get messy with fabrics & colors? Let’s taking sowing and making things out of fabrics to a whole new level. We’ll try out dies and fun ways to alter our fabrics, then make clothes, cloaks, coats and more out of them. By the end of the week, you’ll be able to wear your own art! Instructor: Anna Luti, Acera counseling team $325

AM: Aliens in Space: Exobiology and the Future of Life (8-12)

Description to follow. Instructor:  $325

AM: Where Wizards, Witches & Fairies Live: Design & Build a Mini World (7-10)

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



PM PROGRAMS (12 to 4 p.m.)

PM: Architecture: Build an Origami-Inspired Chair (11-15)

How would you design a chair? Simple problems can have complex solutions. Design and build a modular chair inspired by origami and using renewable resources. In this class you’ll learn 3D design principles to imagine your own chair and to construct and finish it with renewable materials. Instructor: Estee Hill, Architect and Acera Cross Classroom Teacher $350

PM: GirlPower Series: General Programing for Art & Design (10+)

Description to follow. Instructor: Alisha Panjwani, Acera Design Learning and STEM TeacherPreneur $325

PM: Fluid Dynamics (9+)

Description to follow. Instructor: Nicole Notaro, Acera Upper Elementary Teacher

PM: Pirate Adventures (8+)

From money systems & trade routes then and now to sowing your own pirate outfit to designing your own products to ‘sell’ on those trade routes — a week that combines history, adventure, economics, storytelling, making & design. Instructor: Kara Williams, Acera Counselor  $325

PM: SEEDS: DIY Robotic Toys (8+)

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. Last summer, one student made a remote-controlled, propeller-driven rolling brown mouse with blinking eyes (it followed its maker around.) Let’s see what you will make! Instructor: Chris Dale, Acera Creativity Morning and Afterschool teacher $350

PM: Fantastical Creations & Stop Motion Animation (7-10)

When painting and set design meet: Build a canvas frame the way you want it and then create an imaginary multidimensional scene on it! Paint a dungeon, a fairy land, a dragon habitat, a race track – anything you envision – and then build it out and turn it into a lively three-dimensional piece using found and natural materials (you can bring your own objects, too.) Hang your unique art work at home, or use it for puppetry and stop animation movie projects! Instructor: Mark Lyman, Acera Creativity Morning and Afterschool Coach $295

PM: SEEDS: Start Making (7-10)

Calling all creators! Make interactive musical instruments using Scratch and Makey Makey kits. Paint with light. Sculpt a character in a 3D design program, then 3D print it. Create a simple robot that makes its own art. Design a wearable computing project. Then use any of these skills you just learned and bring them together in a creation entirely your own! This session introduces the basics of circuitry, coding, crafting, 3D printing and engineering – based on Alisha’s latest book, Start Making!  $350


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