REGISTRATION is now open for our February STEAM camp.
Learn how to draw and explore in Virtual Reality, solve a design challenge in our wood shop, create your own enchanted electronics projects, and more! We are ready for February vacation camp here at Acera, and hope you’ll join us! You can browse our offerings by SCHEDULE or by PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS, via the tabs above. Below you will find details about logistics and our approach. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-729-3489.
Acera Vacation Camp, February 20 to 23, 2018
AM session: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (students should bring a snack, lunch optional)
PM session: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. (students should bring a snack, lunch optional)
Full day: 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. (students should bring 2 snacks and a lunch)
Half Day: $70
Full Day: $120
All Week Half Day: $300
All Week Full Day: $550
At Acera, we believe that deep exploration of STEAM subjects should begin early. Our hands-on learning environment allows elementary and middle school children to nurture their natural desire to inquire, create, and innovate; and experiment with content and concepts usually reserved for older students–or not introduced during K-12 school years at all.
With emphases on critical thought, creative problem solving, and integration of content areas, our programs inspire all types of learners and thinkers. Students discover engineering, biotechnology, math, arts, theater, design, electronics, music, chemistry, physics, teamwork, friendships — and who they are: as individuals, learners, and collaborators.
What to Expect
Our STEAM Learning Lab 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.
Here’s an example of what a student made in a day in our SEEDS StudioLab during our 2017 vacation camps:
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Inside the Storybook: Mini Maker School (5-7)
Inspired by Jane Brett’s retelling of the Ukrainian folktale “The Mitten”, students explore the world inside (and outside) this and Brett’s other books through Making: Learn how to sew or knit, make some of the animals – or the trolls! — in her books using traditional and new crafting techniques (such as adding lights to felt or cardboard animals or building movable limbs), design and build a set to perform a story as a play, write songs to go along with it. This session combines storytelling and play-based creative engagement with early design education and making. And of course, there will be outdoor play time! Students can join for half or full days, one day or more. Instructor: Jenifer Demko, Acera Lower Elementary Teacher — Days offered: Tue, Wed, Thu. — Morning, afternoon or full day option. REGISTER HERE
Woodshop Design Challenge (7-10)
Can you build a structure strong enough to carry your weight? With limited materials? Can you create a structure so light it can fly far? Work in teams to design and build structures and shapes using diverse materials that maximize strength, stability, buoyancy and other forces in two day long challenges. Learn woodshop skills and physics while you design with others. Instructor: Adam Rosell, Acera Creativity Morning Coach — Days offered: Tue, Wed. — Full Day option, one or both days. REGISTER HERE
Paintings and Fantastical Creations in 3D (7-10)
When painting and set design meet: Build a canvas frame the way you want it and then create an imaginary multidimensional scene on it! Paint a dungeon, a fairy land, a dragon habitat, a race track – anything you envision – and then build it out and turn it into a lively three-dimensional piece using found and natural materials (you can bring your own objects, too.) Hang your unique art work at home, or use it for puppetry and stop animation movie projects! Instructor: Mark Lyman, Acera Creativity Morning and Afterschool Coach — Days offered: Tue, Wed. — Full day, or 2 half days REGISTER HERE
Storytelling, Theater and Friends! (7-10)
Theater, movie making and other forms of storytelling are great ways to get creative and make new friends! Put on a scene, film and cut a video clip, or bring your own ideas and make your story come to life. Build confidence in how to enter a group, work with others and have fun as part of a team. Instructor: Kara Williams, Acera school counselor and Acera Newsroom Coach — Days offered: Thu, Fri. — Full day, or 2 half days REGISTER HERE
SEEDS StudioLab: E-Fashion, Start Making!, Enchanted Electronics & More! (7+)
Join us for a week of creative explorations with new technologies! SEEDS stands for Science, Engineering, Esthetics, Design and Story. Each day, students can discover a different way to design, make and tell a story with their creations: Tuesday we will be making electronic fashion and wearables. Wednesday, we will be Designing for Play – hack an electronic toy, learn about its contents, and turn it into what you want it to be. Thursday, we will discover new ways to “Start Making!” based on Alisha’s popular Maker book with the same title. Friday, we will create Enchanted Electronics. Instructors: Alisha Panjwani, designer, educator and founder, Acera SEEDS Studiolab (Tuesday) and Chris Dale, Acera Creativity Morning and Afterschool Teacher (Tuesday through Friday.) — Days offered: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri. — Morning, afternoon or full day option. REGISTER HERE
Games & Probability (9-12)
Play classic games and discover how mathematical thinking can help you make decisions when you play! In this class, we will learn mathematic strategies to a variety of popular board games with an emphasis on game theory, probability, logic, and deduction. Students will also learn about resource management, trading strategies, and cooperation and collaboration within games. Games studied and played include: Tic-Tac-Toe, Rummy, Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and Forbidden Island. Instructor: Ben Feng, Acera Math Teacher. — This is a FULL WEEK program, students must enroll for the entire week, Tue-Fri. AM (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) REGISTER HERE
Sports & Statistics (11+)
February is a fantastic time to be a sports fan with the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Game and Winter Olympics all happening in the same month! Join us to look at the amazing numbers behind the Patriots’ success, analyze the numerical strengths of NBA All-Stars, and draft a fantasy baseball team using statistics from previous years applying topics in statistics, probability, and game theory. Instructor: Ben Feng, Acera Math Teacher. — This is a FULL WEEK program, students must enroll for the entire week, Tue-Fri. PM (12:30 to 4:30 p.m.) REGISTER HERE
Drawing in Virtual Reality (10-14)
Imagine you can draw not just on the piece of paper in front of you, but all around you. You can paint a house, and then make it bigger and walk inside to draw a living room, a kitchen, the family dog. It’s called 3D drawing, and made possible by VR technology. Join us during vacation week to try it out: Learn about how Virtual Reality works, and how you can use it to draw and create art in entirely new ways. No prior experience required. Instructor: Gus Halwani, Ph.D., Director of Research, Acera School — This is a FULL WEEK program, students must enroll for the entire week, Tue-Fri. AM (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) REGISTER HERE
Intro to Programming in Virtual Reality (12-18)
Are you interested in Virtual Reality, the technology and the principles behind it, such as optics, displays, tracking and major hardware platforms? Would you like to learn how to program a VR application? In this one-week class, students will learn how to design a virtual room and create a game in it. Next to learning about Virtual Reality and Programming for VR, students will be challenged to collaborate, investigate and create in teams, similar to how app developers work in the real world. Prior programming experience not required but a plus. Instructor: Gus Halwani, Ph.D., Director of Research, Acera School — This is a FULL WEEK program, students must enroll for the entire week, Tue-Fri. PM (12:30 to 4:30 p.m.) REGISTER HERE
Registration for Acera’s February STEAM camp is now open! Click here to enroll (please enroll one child at a time.)