Summer Camp 2017

Course Descriptions

Academics: Choose 2

Basic Math Review (6th graders): If you need some extra help reviewing and strengthening your math fundamentals, then this class is for you. If arithmetic, fractions and decimals, number types, and percentages are all giving you more trouble than you would like, then come and receive expert assistance from our brilliant teachers! Basic math concepts and their applications will become second nature. Bonus!  You will craft your own math book (complete with illustrations) from all the work you have completed.  A special, 3D printed item will accompany your book.

Intro to Algebra & Geometry (7th-8th graders): The introduction to big-league mathematics starts with algebra and geometry. Understand all the fundamental concepts, such as variables, inequalities, polynomials, functions, polygons, angles, and the Pythagorean theorem through the instruction of our great teachers. Do all of this in a stress and worry free environment that only supports and augments your learning, hence allowing you to truly enjoy perfecting new knowledge. 3D printed items will accompany at least one of your favorite geometrical structures.

Speed Math (6th graders): Become as proficient as a calculating computer! Learn and review essential math concepts in a fun, nontraditional way that will invigorate your mind. Do this through practicing timed problem solving and playing math games; and, be more incentivized to show your prowess by being able to win prizes for your work! Moreover, do all this in a very encouraging, supportive, and as stress-free as you can find environment.

Exploring Biology (6th graders): Learn about the basic nature of all life that exists in our world and even in our universe! Execute lab experiments with microscopes and microslide photographic viewing sets and be able to see the concepts you learned take effect in the real world. Lab experiments and actual applications is what this class will focus on, not boring and mundane lectures that most people have in mind concerning a science class. Therefore, this class will be very intriguing and entertaining to all who apply. Come and have terrific, scientific fun in this class!

Grammar Review (6th-8th graders): Do you see yourself not utilizing your full potential in regard to your writing skills? If so, then come and join this class! Review and refresh your understanding of basic grammar mechanics concepts, writing styles, sentence structure, and parts of speech.  Topics will be completely your own, making it all the more personal to you and, therefore, more entertaining. You’ll be ready for excellent high school-level writing! All writing will be bound into your own, personal, keepsake book.

Creative Writing and Book Binding (7th-8th graders): Spend a week truly enjoying creative writing through learning the ins-and-outs of book writing and publishing! All who attend this class will tap into their vast imagination by developing their own, original characters , settings, intricate plot lines, and themes. You will learn the nature of character development, creative writing, editing, illustrating, and actual book-binding. At the end of the week, you will take home your own hard-covered short story that you worked on the entire week!

TJ/SAT/PSAT Prep (7th-8th graders): This course is designed to build the skills and confidence that you will need to score well on the verbal and mathematics portions on standardized, admissions, and placement tests. If you desire to apply to the Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology, this course will focus on specific areas of the academic requirements for admission. These include, but are not limited to, mathematics and verbal reasoning, writing well-crafted essays, and high-tech study strategies. All of these topics are essential for one to be quite competent in in order to flourish at rigorous academic institutions. Take the opportunity to become experts in these topics through the instruction of our expert professors.

Reading the Classics (6th – 8th):   Learn what the private schools are teaching! Cannot afford a private school?  Now is your chance to get a private school – level education…in summer camp! Improve your taste in literature, while increasing your vocabulary skills!  There is a LOT to be learned beyond Harry Potter.  Classics reading will increase your test scores, and your general understanding of Western Culture.  From Plato to the moderns, you will go to the head of your class, not just in English class, but in all classes.  This course is PARTICULARLY important for any student planning on applying to ANY gifted program as well as doing well in high school!  However, this is NOT just for gifted students…it is for any student who desires to broaden their education and improve their language arts and writing abilities.

Poetry Forum:  (all ages)  From Haiku to Byron!  Study the great poets and then start crafting your own!  Learn the basics of rhyme and meter, theme, and diction, then start composing!  You will be in charge of the “Summer Camp Literary Magazine” with the poetry students heading the magazine team.  Original art and photography work will be submitted to complement your poetic  works.  All will be bound for a keepsake not just for the Poetry Forum students, but for all attendees of the summer camp session.  Let’s do it!

Writing for High School: (7th & 8th) Got all the junior high writing standards down? Well then you’re ready for the more intensive high school style of writing. Learn how to make great five-paragraph essays, persuasive essays with powerful thesis statements, use of proper (and eloquent) diction, sharpening of grammar mechanics, and correct citation of sources used to make the essays you write all the more powerful. You will write at least one essay a day on a laptop or computer and gain expert assistance from our instructors in refining the essays to near perfection. You’ll be making great, convincing essays like “nobody’s business” after you take this class!

Writing for Junior High: (6th & 7th) If you want to be a pro, standardized test taker, particularly on the writing sections, and gain admittance to schools like Thomas Jefferson or impress the private schools on the SSAT, then you must take this class. Our instructors will reveal to you exactly what a great essay entails for a standardized test and how you will “wow” admittance officers to great schools. You will become a writing pro once you complete this course. No more need to worry about your essays!

Exciting Project Options:  Choose 2 (afternoon)- All Ages

Culinary 3-D Printing –  Pancakes and Cupcakes – What’s better than 3-D printing? 3-D printing sweet treats you can actually eat, that’s what! Students will be able to learn about and use a PancakeBot, the world’s first pancake printer! Become a 3-D printing chef, decorating your creations and eating the final masterpieces here, at Cortona Academy.

Furniture Painting & Design –  Already pre-assembled wood works are ready and waiting for students to design their own artistic creations, including theme, color and stylistic design.  They will learn how to pre-finish their projects before instituting the actual artistic design, then will paint and finish the project for presentation at the Friday Project Party

Lego Robotics Mindstorm – These aren’t your parent’s Legos. Students will use hardware and software kits to design and build robots and watch them come to life. Program your creation to do simple tasks like moving objects or maneuvering through an obstacle course. Building robotics builds skills in Computer Science, Technology, Math and Engineering.

Wearable Electronics & Fashion Design – Students can be the star of their own fashion show  when textiles, art and electronics work together. Lily Pad is a small programmable circuit board sewn into clothing and accessories that can be used to create flashing lights and original designs. The Sochi Olympic Closing Ceremonies showcased this technology. Be inspired to wear something dazzling. Materials fee: $30 due first day of camp.

Knitting & Sewing: Art & Design – Sew good. Learn how to knit, and sew, then use your new skills to knit warm caps for preemie babies and chemo patients at local hospitals. Sew a fashionable tunic for yourself. Materials fee: $15 due first day of camp

3-D Printing:  Programming, Design, Digital Art – Be a part of the 3D print revolution by learning to design and print art, models, or anything you can imagine. Learn how to use “Digital Clay” to form your designs, or fuse mathematics and programming to make 3D math art. Learn Google “Sketch-Up’s” friendly and forgiving software. Want to create a dragon with three heads instead of one? A process called “mash-up” will teach you how to combine artwork with the digital process to create exciting new models that can be printed using the latest in 3D printing technology.  If you can model or scan it, you can create it on a photopoloymer Form 1 laser 3D printer.  Students will learn how to design and produce art and other projects using Makerbot 3D printers.

Knitting & Sewing: Art & Design – Sew good. Learn how to knit, and sew, then use your new skills to knit warm caps for preemie babies and chemo patients at local hospitals. Sew a fashionable tunic for yourself. Materials fee: $15 due first day of camp.

         ***  CHOOSE ONE –  “PRODUCTION”  ***

 This is a 16 hour course during the afternoons for passionate performers!

Drama, Music, and Dance Production (all ages): Unleash the creativity within you with our wonderfully entertaining class! Learn how to be part of a complete dramatic production, where you will assist in writing and producing a skit, picking a role to play, and being Director of the Day! If you choose this course then you cannot choose any other elective, as this course will encompass all five afternoons, from 1:15 – 4:30 p.m. to focus on the production.  This is in preparation for the Friday Project Party with parents and friends all invited!