Our Camp

Welcome to the Acera School’s STEAM Camp website!

Launched in 2015, our summer program extends the rich STEAM learning experiences available at our school to the summer months. Open to both Acera and non-Acera students in elementary and middle school, our program offers unique opportunities for STEAM exploration and growth, and engages students in hands-on, contextual learning across disciplines.

Where else can 5-year-olds learn early woodworking skills, including how to work with hammers, nails, saws? Where else can you build a raft from scratch in a week, and race it on the Upper Mystic River? Or design and run your own synthetic biology experiments in a lab with a real Boston biotech scientist? And where else do experienced, lead classroom teachers stick around after the end of school to teach engaging, high-quality, STEAM-rich summer camp sessions?

#OnlyAtAcera

On this site, you will find over 100 sessions to explore, running between June 12 and August 25, 2017. Offerings are listed by week, and to get an overview, you can check out the complete schedule. You can read more about our fabulous teachers and find out about registration details. And below, you can find information on our philosophy for this STEAM camp, and what to expect.

Write us at summercamp@aceraschool.org if you have questions. Or call us at 781-729-3489. And we hope to see you this summer at Acera!

Overview

The Acera Summer STEAM Camp is a creativity-based arts and sciences day camp where children can nurture their natural desire to inquire, create, and innovate. With emphases on critical thought, creative problem solving, and integration of content areas, our diverse program offerings inspire all types of learners and thinkers. Our staff consists of professionals with significant experience in the classroom and in their own fields of expertise. Among them are award winners, active research scientists, and working artists. We believe in offering high caliber, authentic, engaging instruction, as much during the summer as during our school year program.

What To Expect

Our STEAM Summer Camp is designed to challenge students of all ages and learning styles. Participants should expect to tackle difficult, enticing problems, individually and in groups. They should anticipate taking the time to incorporate new techniques as they create unique works of art or design experimental protocols or novel engineering solutions.

Who Is Eligible?

  • Children ages 5 through 15 who have never applied to Acera’s school year program.
  • Current Acera day school and after school students, of all ages.
  • Children who have been accepted for the 2017-2018 school year, or waitlisted.

There is no testing or formal application process for our summer program. Participants must be able to work successfully both independently and in group settings.

Discounts

  • There is a 20% discount for students who sign up by February 27, 2017.
  • There is a 10% discount for students who enroll for both a morning and an afternoon session in the same week. (This does not apply to full-day programs.)
  • NOTE: Only one discount applies.

Schedule

Our summer program runs for 11 weeks, from June 12 through August 25, 2017.

While we have a few full day offerings, most programs run as either morning or afternoon sessions. Morning sessions run from 9 a.m to 1 p.m (including lunch and outdoor recess.) Afternoon sessions run from 12 p.m./noon to 4 p.m.  (including lunch and outdoor recess.)

Students are welcome to mix and match their sessions as fits their interests and schedules, for as many weeks as they like. Enrollment may be for a morning or an afternoon session, or both, in any given week.

Lunch & Snack

Acera STEAM Camp does NOT provide lunch and snacks. Please send your child with a bag lunch, snacks, & water bottle.

A Typical Day

8 am- 9 am Early Drop Off (extra fee)

9 am- 10:30 am Morning Session

10:30 am- 11 am Outdoor Play

11 am- 12 pm Morning Session Continued

12 pm Afternoon-only students arrive

12 pm- 1 pm Lunch and Outdoor Games

1 pm Morning-only students depart

1 pm- 2:30 pm Afternoon Session

2:30 pm- 3 pm Outdoor Play

3 pm- 4 pm Afternoon Session Continued

4 pm- 6 pm Extended Day (extra fee)

Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up

Early drop off will be available for $10 per student per day. Students may be dropped off at the playground at 8 am.

Late pickup will be available for $10 per student per day. Students signed up for late pickup may be picked up any time between 4 pm at 6 pm.