About
Virtual Summer Session

Rising Grades 6–8

Course Descriptions

List of 11 items.

  • Lights! Camera! Action!

    How does an idea become a real movie? We'll follow the process of a Hollywood production as we create our own film masterpieces! We'll learn camera techniques, lighting, script-writing, acting for film and editing, as we take our ideas from concept to completion. Whether your interest is behind or in front of the camera, your creativity will come to life on the screen!

    Taught by Director of Theatre Mr. Warfel

    Available Weeks
    Week 1 – 7/6 – 7/10

    Fees
    $75 per Week
  • Virtual Zebrafish Genetics

    Working with the University of Pennsylvania, we will learn the basics of genetics, how it is used to study diseases in zebrafish and then applied to the study of human diseases. We will be learning about zebrafish and predicting heredity in zebrafish throughout the week and will get to hear from a scientific researcher at Penn about the study and care of these animals.

    Led by Science Teacher Ms. Lewis

    This session is for Grades 4 - 6 

    Available Weeks
    Week 1 – 7/6 – 7/10

    Fees
    $75 per Week
  • Solve It! Problem Solving Using Design Thinking

    If you love the DREAM Lab or are an innovator, this session is for you. In this fun, interactive session, you’ll choose your own problem to work through using the process of design thinking. You will have the opportunity to use whatever materials and programs you have to help solve your problem. This can mean anything from cardboard and duct tape to coding and Tinkercad. You decide how far you want to take it. Join us to work through the next problem you want to solve.

    Taught by Math and Computer Science Teacher Mr. Potten

    Available Weeks
    Week 1 – 7/6 – 7/10

    Fees
    $75 per Week; Materials Fee $15
  • The World Politics Game (Two-Week Session)

    If you enjoy strategy games, Model UN or aspire to rule the world — this is the course for you. Participants will learn the principles of diplomacy and international relations first hand by taking charge of the foreign policy of a fictional nation. In a series of simulations, players will trade, build alliances and balance economic development and military spending to meet individual and group objectives.

    Taught by History Teacher Dr. Biss

    Available Weeks
    This is a two-week session:
    Week 1 – 7/6 – 7/10
    Week 2 – 7/13 – 7/17

    Fees
    $75 per Week; Materials Fee $20
  • The Perfect Blend of Art & Math: Desmos

    Have you ever wondered what the secret is to creating spectacular art? Mathematics plays an undeniable role in creating just about every genre of art. In this course, you will investigate how math and art are linked using graphs of functions. To reinforce your knowledge of the functions and maximize their creativity, you will learn to design and create sketches using the graph of different functions.

    Taught by Math Teacher Mr. Campbell

    Available Weeks
    Week 3 – 7/20 – 7/24
    Fees
    $75 per Week
  • Creating Together from Afar

    Thinking like an artist is a skill! So let's rise to the challenge. Each class, we will be introduced to an art challenge that exercises creative thinking strategies. These art prompts will also honor ways in which art can be used as a means of reflection for daily life. We are going to upcycle, recycle and use nontraditional everyday objects that we never even thought were possible as tools for creating.

    Taught by Art Teacher Ms. Konopka

    Available Weeks
    Week 1 – 7/6 – 7/10
    Fees
    $75 per Week
  • A Cappella Arranging

    If you love Pitch Perfect or Pentatonix and want to become a part of the "aca-world" in a new and exciting way, take this course on a cappella arranging. You will pick an appropriate song of their choice and apply the basics of music theory to transform it into their own special a cappella arrangement. Some music literacy skill and access to a computer and the internet is required for this course 

    Taught by Music Teacher Ms. Hagon-Kerr.

    Available Weeks
    Week 2 – 7/13 – 7/17

    Fees
    $75 per Week
  • The Power of Sport

    Did you know 80% of Fortune 500 female execs played competitive sports at some point in their life? Did you know that despite their success, the U.S. women's soccer team is still fighting for equal pay? Learn how women's sports have evolved and the challenges still faced by female athletes today. We'll examine the mental, emotional and physical effects of sports, explore the ways sports can bring a community together, as well as see how sports skills are transferable to everyday life.

    Taught by MS/US Counselor Ms Koster
    Available Weeks
    Week 2 – 7/13 – 7/17

    Fees
    $75 per Week
  • Falafel, Flan and Frangipane: Exploring Our Families’ Stories Through Food

    What are your favorite foods? When did you first eat them? Do you know where the food comes from? Is it used on regular days or only on special occasions? These are only some of the questions we will research during this course. In this session, you will use anthropological tools to explore food and the many roles it plays in cultures around the world. You will conduct interviews, take life histories, create memory menus, produce a personal recipe book and more.

    Taught by Social Studies Teacher Ms. Ameisen

    Available Weeks
    Week 3 – 7/20 – 7/24

    Fees
    $75 per Week
  • Monster of the Week

    “Monster of the Week” brings you into the world of roleplaying games. Employing an easy to learn set of rules, you will develop unique characters to roleplay and face imaginative challenges whose outcome depends on the roll of the dice. You will play the game as a group and then work on your own on creative writing projects inspired by the events of that day’s gaming session. We will share stories, collaborate and learn valuable writing techniques for creative fiction as well as narrative writing used in History classes.

    Taught by History Teacher Dr. Bunn

    Available Weeks
    Week 3 – 7/20 – 7/24
    Fees
    $75 per Week
  • You're a Writer!

    Have you ever dreamed of being a writer? Whether you've written countless stories or you've never written at all, this camp is for you! Throughout the week, we'll explore various types of writing to build proficiency and comfort. We'll explore our creative voice and take risks by experimenting with different writing styles that will carry over to the classroom.

    Taught by English Teacher Ms. Zemaitis

    Available Weeks
    Week 4 – 7/27 – 7/31

    Fees
    $75 per Week

SCHEDULE

Monday – Friday

9:30 a.m. to Noon

Summer 2020

Week 1 – July 6 – 10
Week 2 – July 13 – 17
Week 3 – July 20 – 24
Week 4 – July 27 – 31