STEAM Outings (7+)
Boston is a hub of science, technology and the arts. So, let’s go explore some of what the city — and it’s surroundings — have to offer! Every day, we’ll take our backpacks and head out on a new adventure, such as visiting a science lab at MIT or getting behind the scenes of the Puppet Theatre in Brookline or exploring the history of the Boston Harbor Island with a trip to Spectacle Island… (Details for each day will be confirmed later this spring.) If you like exploring places and its people, join us! Instructors: Kara Wiliams and Ana Luti, Acera counseling team $600
AM PROGRAMS (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
AM: Food Systems: The Story Of Chocolate (11-15)
What is chocolate? Where does it come from, and who does the work to grow it? What are the steps involved in transforming it, from bean to bar? In this week long multidisciplinary Chocolate Camp, students will learn about the historical, scientific, and cultural meanings of this “food of the gods;” learn to ask critical questions about fairness in global food supply chains; and become skilled bakers using this delectable treat. Classes will involve field-trips to Taza Chocolate Factory and to The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, where students will experience hands-on cooking classes using state-of-the-art equipment. Instructor: Alexis Daniels, Educator, Culinary Instructor, and Acera Enrichment Program Manager $350 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.
AM: 3D Modeling in Maya (10-15)
Wonder how animators create their iconic characters and landscapes in films such as The Golden Compass, Harry Potter, or The Chronicles of Narnia? Maya 3D computer animation software is one powerful tool behind the jaw-dropping animated fur, lava, foam, cloth, and other stunning visuals. In this session for beginner animators, learn how to model, render, color, texture, and animate elements of your own digital world. Students are encouraged to bring their own computers, so that they can continue their projects beyond the week of camp. (A limited number of spare computers are available upon request.) Instructor: Mark Lyman, Acera Creativity morning and afterschool coach $325 Cancelled!
AM: Illuminated Architecture (8-11)
Ever seen liquid cement turn into solid concrete? How do empty spaces relate to the objects around them? The challenge is to create an intriguing architectural form that can be cast as a cement mold and then turned into a functional object: a lamp. We will explore positive negative space in design through mold making as well as ways in which we can incorporate light into a structure. Cement work is science, structure, and design. Topics covered include working with concrete, mold making, aesthetics of form making, tactile qualities of materials and basic electric wiring for a lamp. Instructor: co-taught by Alta Paloma, Acera woodshop teacher and former occupational therapist, and Camila Garcia Enriquez, creative artist and educator with a Master’s in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education $350
AM: Mural Art (7+) Arts
Walls can be just walls – or they can be canvases for us to create art together, to let forms and colors liven up our public spaces, and build community through visual engagement. Join us to bring your personality, creativity and art to our Acera mural wall! Create original work to add to our mural, and develop your artistic skills while spending time outdoors. Instructor: Vanessa Roman, Acera Mindfulness, Art, Theater and Dance Teacher $295
AM: Robotics: Game Design with Pico Boards (7-10)
Develop games for Scratch using a sensor board (the PicoBoard) that integrates physical stimuli such as light and sound, as well as information from switches, sliders, and more! This session is designed to be both an introduction to Scratch as well as an introduction to the PicoBoard. Instructor: David Alsdorf, TUFTS Center for Engineering Education and Outreach teacher, researcher, curriculum developer and artist $325 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.
AM: SEEDS: Lights & 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 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.
AM: Fairy & Troll House Construction (5-7)
Wood, wire, rocks, and gems will be used to create tree houses, bridges, ladders, gardens and playgrounds for fancifully fairies and tipsy trolls. Start collecting bark, moss, acorns, and seed pods now that we will turn into furniture, and accessories for our tiny constructions! Instructor: Jenifer Demko, Acera Lower Elementary Teacher $325
PM PROGRAMS (12 to 4 p.m.)
PM: GirlPower Series: Her Story, My Story, Our Story (10-15)
This class gives female campers a chance to explore the power of story, particularly the power of women and girl’s stories throughout history, leading up to them discovering and sharing their own stories. Campers will look at powerful women and their works of art such as Emma Watson, Alicia Keys, Maya Angelou, Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo, and Amma Asante and then experiment with different mediums (film, music, writing, visual art ) to tell their story. This class will be a celebration of women, autobiographical art and story! Instructor: Vanessa Roman, Acera Mindfulness, Theater and Dance Teacher $295 No longer enrolling.
PM: Mysterious Materials & Illuminated Architecture (11-15)
Ever seen liquid cement turn into solid concrete? How do empty spaces relate to the objects around them? In this workshop, we will explore the unique design opportunities when using concrete as a medium. To kick off the process we’ll create some small use objects that experiment with texture and ways in which it influences our perception of an object. We will explore positive negative space in design through mold making as well as ways in which we can incorporate light into a structure. The final challenge is to create a mold that can be cast as a cement form and then turned into a functional object: a lamp. Instructor: co-taught by Alta Paloma, Acera woodshop teacher and former occupational therapist, and Camila Garcia Enriquez, creative artist and educator with a Master’s in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education $350
PM: LEGO Robotics (9+)
Calling all aspiring LEGO designers! Using programmable LEGO Mindstorms kits, you’ll get to work like LEGO engineers and marketers for a week, collaborating in small teams to design and prototype one-of-a-kind robotic toys that have never existed before! Yours will be toys built by kids, with kids, for kids. If you have a MacBook of any kind, please bring it. (Note: Students will NOT be able to take home the robots they make. Students CAN bring their own LEGO kit to build with and take home – just let us know this when you register.) Instructor: David Alsdorf, TUFTS Center for Engineering Education and Outreach teacher, researcher, curriculum developer and artist $325 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.
PM: Drums to Strings: Instrument Making Workshop (8+)
In this class, we will make homemade instruments using traditional and improvised parts. From percussion to stringed instruments, campers will design their unique instrument, use the available supplies, and assemble it! After making revisions and decorating, the young musicians will learn to tune their creations. Then the campers will create original compositions and perform them at the culminating end-of-the-week concert! Instructor: Dylan Foley, a musician, instrument maker, and tinkerer with a degree in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music $295
PM: Music and Storytelling with Sound in Scratch (7-10)
What are your favorite sounds? Leaves crunching, waves crashing, children giggling – each evokes a rich feeling of time and place. In this class, we will record and explore everyday sounds, rhythmic or not. Using Scratch-based computer programming, we will hone our skills in storyboarding, coding, and sound editing to create an interactive art project about our astonishing auditory world! No prior experience in Scratch is required. Bring your inventiveness and listening ears. Instructor: Rachel Kramer, Tufts Center for Engineering Education Outreach, Applied Mathematics & Engineering Teacher $295
PM: Backyard Ninjas (7-10)
Sometimes, students have the best ideas: What if we combine escape-room type challenges, team building and American Ninja Warrior in one, they asked. Can we do that? Yes we can! Join us for a week of fun challenges that will allow you to move, problem solve and make friends, and build both your mental and physical strength! Instructor: Mark Lyman, Acera Creativity Morning and After school coach $295 This program is now FULL. Choose this class on the registration form if you would like to be waitlisted.
PM: Printmaking Jr. (5-7)
Explore a wide array of print making techniques designed especially for our youngest campers. Colorful mono-prints, exotic nature printing, dynamic rubber band and string surfaces, and bubble wrap overlay prints will be explored each day. Expect to get messy, and we will be working inside and on the playground! Instructor: Jenifer Demko, Acera Lower Elementary teacher $350 One spot left!