AM PROGRAMS (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
AM: Woodshop: Make Your Own Skateboard (11-15)
Always wanted to make your own Skateboard? Join us, and design and build your own mold to customize your deck shape. Then build the deck using a modern laminating process using your mold, hardwood veneers, wood glue and a vacuum press. This produces a deck as strong and attractive as most commercially available skateboard decks. After final shaping with woodworking tools, students may paint or otherwise decorate their decks. Add trucks, wheels, hardware and grip tape to complete your own skateboard and test it out on the playground! (Note: base materials provided, students can bring additional materials to customize, e.g. a specific set of wheels, at their own cost.) Instructor: Josh Briggs, Acera engineering and math teacher, wood shop manager $350 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.
AM: Biomimicry in Architecture: Lamp Edition (10-15)
Nature is loaded with beautifully packaged structures that we can use as inspiration to create novel designs. In this workshop, you will design and build a light fixture inspired by organic forms found in flora and architecture structures. To kick off our biomimicry exploration we will do basic plant dissection in the studio and look at ways in which designers have made the leap from natural object to a refined product made for man. You will be guided through the design process and learn some useful construction tricks along the way. For this project, your pallet includes cardstock, vellum, paper, flexible plywood sheets, balsa wood, reed. Allow your imagination to bloom, create your own unique light fitting! Instructor: Acera Staff
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: Dylan Foley, a musician, instrument maker, and tinkerer with a degree in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music
AM: Physical Computing Clubhouse (8-12)
This course offers an introduction to the Scratch programmable medium, in which children can make art, animations, stories and games. In addition to Scratch, the clubhouse will introduce children to several technologies that allow Scratch to connect with the physical environment. These technologies include MakeyMakey (replace computer keys with fruits and vegetables), PicoBoard (use readings from a light sensor, potentiometer slider, on/off switches, etc. as inputs to your Scratch project), and LEGO WeDO (program a LEGO creation with Scratch using a small motor, or control a Scratch project using LEGO bricks). David Alsdorf, TUFTS Center for Engineering Education and Outreach teacher, researcher, curriculum developer and artist This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.
AM: Neighborhood Ecology & Nature Journaling (7-10)
AM: Woodshop: Wooden Games (7-10)
Learn woodworking or improve your skills while making a Pucket slingshot hockey board! Students will use basic woodshop tools and learn how to plan and carry out their project. No prior woodworking experience required. Instructor: Marie Delaney, Acera Arts & Construction Coach $350 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.
AM: Dance: Hip Hop & Choreography (7-10)
Do you love to express yourself through movement? Are you passionate about Hip Hop and do you love creating your own routines? Join us for a week full of grooves & moves. We’ll start with basic steps and see where we want to take it from there: Locking, popping, funk, Electric Boogaloo, Old School, New Wave or Hip Pop — we’ll try it out! Hip Hop being the art of freestyling, this workshop is not about learning a specific technique, but about connecting with the music and movement inside of you. It’s perfect for movers and shakers! Instructor: Vanessa Roman, Acera Mindfulness, Theater and Dance Teacher. $295
AM: Design and Making Challenges (5-7)
Can you make a light saber out of paper, tape and some pins? How sturdy is it? How about constructing a telephone system with cups and strings? We bet you can do it! In this session, we will follow young kids’ natural desire to inquire, experiment, build and make while honing their problem-solving and design-thinking skills, providing new challenges, prompts and puzzles each day. In the process of getting creative, kids will learn about diverse subjects such as biology, structural engineering, math, ecology and electronics. We’re certain they’ll come up with design solutions we didn’t even anticipate! Instructor: Jenifer Demko, Acera Lower Elementary Teacher $350
PM PROGRAMS (12 to 4 p.m.)
PM: Styles, Profiles, Power: Leadership Workshop (12-17)
We all know leadership is important — in sports, in school, in life. But how do you become an effective leader? How can you inspire and engage others to share your goals, from not giving up in a game to having a positive impact on your community to advocating for change? And what is leadership from within? This program is as much an experience as it is a workshop: Join us to discuss articles about the importance of EQ in today’s world, 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. (This program is for students going into grades 7 – 12.) Instructor: Vanessa Roman, Acera Mindfulness, Theater and Math teacher $325
PM: Woodshop: Build a Longbow (11-15)
One of last summer’s woodshop hits: In this session, you will create and build your own wooden longbow! Since wood is not an engineered material and has inconsistencies, great care is taken in selecting high quality hardwood lumber as the raw material for the bow staves. After cutting your bow staves to rough shape with the band saw, you will spend much of your time shaping wood with traditional woodworking tools. You will then be able to gradually flex the bow through a process called tillering, and then you can string and test the bow. There is always the risk of the bow breaking, so students are encouraged to follow an ambitious schedule that allows time at the end for making another bow if necessary. All skill levels are welcome. Instructor: Josh Briggs, Acera Engineering Teacher and Woodshop Manager $350 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.
PM: Advanced Physical Computing (10-15)
In addition to Scratch, this advanced class will introduce children to several technologies that allow Scratch to connect with the physical environment. These technologies include MakeyMakey (replace computer keys with fruits and vegetables), PicoBoard (use readings from a light sensor, potentiometer slider, on/off switches and the like as inputs to your Scratch project), and LEGO WeDO (program a LEGO creation with Scratch using a small motor, or control a Scratch project using LEGO bricks). Students will work in depth on 1-2 projects over the course of the week, and develop expertise in one or two of the physical computing technologies (MakeyMakey, WeDo 2.0, PicoBoard). Instructor: David Alsdorf, TUFTS Center for Engineering Education and Outreach teacher, researcher, curriculum developer and artist $325
PM: Music Video Workshop (8+)
Record an original song and film and edit your own music video in one week! In this session, students will select or compose and record a song, then script and film a video. They will edit and re-shoot as needed, and learn how to work with programs such as Garageband and iMovie to create a piece of musical art they will have forever! Instructor: Dylan Foley, musician, instrument maker, and tinkerer with a degree in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music $295 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.
Here is an example from a previous summer video workshop:
PM: Woodshop: Make a Wooden Self Portrait (7-10)
How do you make a wooden self portrait? Can that even be done without years of carving experience? Why, yes, if you get to work with our woodshop magician and trained furniture maker Marie Delaney! in this workshop, she will show students a simplified version of marquetry, a traditional woordworking technique that requires using thin pieces of wooden veneer to make art. Instructor: Marie Delaney, Acera Arts & Construction Coach $325 Cancelled!
PM: 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: Cancelled!
PM: SEEDS: Enchanted Electronics (7-10)
PM: Icky, Sticky, Ewy, Gooey:Messy Science (5-7)
What can we learn from an animal’s scat (poop)? How far can germs travel when you sneeze? In this session, students will investigate aspects of our bodies and the natural world that are slimy, icky, and just plain gross! Students will experiment with materials of different textures and properties, observe natural processes with messy results, and create models to help them demonstrate their understanding. Join us for a fun way of learning about science & the world! Instructor: Jenifer Demko, Acera Lower Elementary teacher $350 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.