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 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.

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)

What is wearable computing? Ever thought of transforming clothes into electronic and audio-visual displays? In this camp, we will make technologically embellished garments. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a skirt that lights-up when you dance or a shoe that sends a text message when you tap? We will explore physical computing in fashion context investigating display technology, wearability, and interactivity. This camp is based on the  collaborative research project, ‘Digitally Enchanted Wear’ that was presented at the Twelfth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions. Instructor: Acera Summer Staff $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: Acera Summer Staff $350 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.

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 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted. 

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 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.

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

If we were to discover aliens, would they look like the green men we see in movies, or would they be too small to see? Why could living things exist on some planets, but not others? We’ll learn about amazing creatures on Earth, and see what they teach us about life on other planets. Throughout, we’ll consider: what do we mean when we call something “alien”? Instructor: Acera Summer Staff $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 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.


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: Acera Summer Staff $350 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted. 

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

How might you make an owl whose eyes light up when it gets dark or a remote-controlled dancing frog? In this camp, you’ll program micro-controllers to make playful creatures that move, glow, change color, play music, and respond to their environment or your own commands. A microcontroller is a tiny, inexpensive computer that runs on batteries, fits in your pocket, and is good at interacting with the physical world through sensors (such as light sensors) and actuators (such as colored LED lights and motors). We’ll explore physical computing with the AdaFruit CircuitPlayground Express and BBC micro:bit. Instructor: Acera Summer Staff $325

PM: Fluid Dynamics (9+)

Fluid dynamics will be a week of experimentation and thinking on the subject with Nicole Notaro, one of our Upper Elementary teachers with a deep STEM bend. Main learning goals include: fluids are not liquids (air is a fluid!); the physical sciences are fun; how can we formulate questions that can be answered by science via the experiments we set up?; experiment design; confidence in inquiry as opposed to ‘having to know everything’. Students will explore why atmospheric pressure keeps us down (it’s not just gravity’s fault!), why boats float (really), why paper lanterns fly (nope, it’s not the heat) and other fun questions. Instructor: Nicole Notaro, Acera Upper Elementary Teacher 

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: Kristen Nichols, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Graphic Designer & Curriculum Creator $350 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.

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 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted. 

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 the latest book, Start Making! $350 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.


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