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Overview

Welcome to Acera’s summer program. Our STEAM camp will run from June 11 to August 24, 2018 (NOTE: No camp during the week of July 4th.) Click on acerasummercamp.org  and find full program descriptions, faculty and prices for 161 amazing offerings. Yes, that’s right, 161 morning, afternoon or full day programs. Because, you know, who wants to do the same thing every week?! Registration is now open, and you will be able to register and pay online this year.  (Also check out our February vacation program!)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  

We will have all your favorites, from wood shop & engineering sessions with Ms. Marie and Mr. Josh to Songwriting & Music Video Making with Mr. Anthony to Outdoor Survival & Metal Casting with Mr. Mark to Robotics, Toy Hacking & Fashion Tech in the SEEDS Studiolab to the Physics of Projectiles & Flying Machines with Mr. Adam — and, of course, Raft Building! After a successful pilot last year, we will also have some favorites — such as Woodworking Jr. — and a few new offerings for students 5-7 years old.

Discounts
  1. Early Bird Registration: You will get 20 percent off if you register by midnight, Feb. 28, 2018
  2. After Feb. 28, 2018, you will get 10 percent off for booking a morning and afternoon program in the same week.

 

New this summer:
  • Chemistry: Become A Potions Master (7-10): What we can all learn from Severus Snape — a Harry Potter-inspired week of chemistry experimentation and fun.
  • Pirate Adventures (8+): From money systems & trade routes then and now to sowing your own pirate outfit to designing your own products to ‘sell’ on those trade routes — a week that combines history, adventure, economics, storytelling, making & design.
  • Make An Origami Chair With Flair (10-15): Where students can build an Origami-inspired chair out of renewable resources, learning 3D design principles with our resident architect Estee Hill.
  • Build Your Own Pinball Machine (8-12): Where students will build a pinball machine in the wood shop with Ms. Marie in the morning, and design and add electronic components, including lights, in the afternoon with Ms. Alisha.
  • Plus Introduction to 3D Design & Printing, Enchanted Electronics, Make A Musical in Scratch, Space Explorations, The Science of Wood, Physical Computing Clubhouse, Studio Photography, Comedy Productions, Dance: Hip Hop & Choreography, Aliens in Space: Exobiology and many more!
  • GirlPower Series: Girls-only STEM skill-building, artistic expression and leadership via offerings in Programming, Fashion Tech, Women’s History & More
  • Food Systems Series: Children 10-15 learn about historical, scientific, and cultural meanings of food while exploring spices, chocolate, cooking and design growing structures for a real world urban farm

 

Principal Investigator Series (ages 12-17)

You asked, so we made it happen: This summer, we are excited to offer a new track of programs for older Middle School and younger High School Students. Our Young Investigator Series for students 12-17 years old provides access to a few select college-level courses we created based on programs we run during the school year, and building on our school’s collaborations with Tufts, MIT and a new research initiative at Brigham & Women’s. These courses feature cutting-edge science and design experiences, such as:

  • Gene Editing. Students learn how to edit genes in the lab using the revolutionary new technique called CRISPR. This is something so unusual in a middle school that NPR and other media reported about it. Check out this story from the science show The Pulse!
  • Designing Wearables to Track Health & Wellbeing. The skin — a complex, multilayered system that holds our body together and our largest organ — is at the center of this product design course. Students will use design thinking to create wearables that use the skin to detect health and inform us about our wellbeing. They will explore the topic of hacking health and get introduced to physical computing, experimenting with health sensors and trackers. They will design, test, refine and present their products, culminating in a final design review.
  • Introduction to Programming in Virtual Reality. Students learn about Virtual Reality, the technology and the principles behind it, such as optics, displays, tracking and major hardware platforms. They will work in teams to program a VR application. Students will be challenged to collaborate, investigate and create in teams, similar to how app developers work in the real world.
  • A two-week Research Internship with our resident neuroscientist. Students will work on a research project, just like graduate students in a scientist’s lab. We piloted this approach last year and as a result, two students — one current and one former Acera student now in High School — not only created a VR intervention that aims at mitigating fear of public speaking, but will be presenting their work at the Learn Launch conference on Boston in February 2018.

Below, you can find information on our philosophy, and what to expect at our 2018 STEAM summer camp. Write us at summercamp@aceraschool.org if you have questions. Or call us at 781-729-3489.

Acera’s summer programs are so unique, the PBS Design Squad team keeps coming back to film them. In the two episodes below featuring our Catapult Building and Raft Building sessions, hear and watch our students design, engineer and create at Acera!

 

About the Acera Summer STEAM Camp
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
Discounts will be announced with the schedule and program offerings in late January 2018.

Schedule
Our summer program will run for 11 weeks, from June 11 through August 24, 2018.

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 (8 to 9 am) and Late pick up (4 to 6 pm) will be available.

Schedule

2018 SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE

Here it is, our 2018 Summer STEAM camp schedule. 161 engaging, creative, unique and fun classes, spread out over 10 weeks. (No classes the week of July 4th this year.)  You will find full class descriptions plus information on faculty and prices at acerasummercamp.org

(Ages in parenthesis.)

Week 1 – June 11-15

FULL DAY

  • Live Action Role Play (LARP) (10+)

AM: Morning 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

  • Flying Machines, Drones, & How the Snot Bot is Saving Whales (9+)
  • Metal Casting (10+)
  • Data Analysis in PokemonGO (8+)
  • Creativity Meets Chemistry: Become Your Own Potion Master (7-10)

PM: Afternoon 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

  • Games and Probability (10-15)
  • Tabletop Game Design (8-12)
  • SEEDS: Lights & Crystal Design (7-10)
  • Where Wizards, Witches, & Fairies Live: Design & Build a Mini World (7-10)

 

Week 2 – June 18-22  

FULL DAY

  • Naturalist’s Guide to Outdoor Survival (8+)

AM: Morning 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

  • Molecular Biology Lab: Gene Editing (12-17)
  • Woodshop: Moon Calendar (10-15)
  • Augmented Reality Game Design (8-12)
  • World Jewelry Workshop (7-10)
  • Physics Design Challenges (7-10)
  • Adventure Club (7-10)

PM: Afternoon 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

  • Wearables to track health & wellbeing (12-17)
  • Soap Box Design Challenge (10-15)
  • TableTop Role Play (D&D) (10-15)
  • Science for Curious Kids: Biology (7-10)
  • Backyard Ninjas (7-10)
  • Hack, Repurpose, Reinvent: Engineering with Found Objects (7-10)

 

Week 3 – June 25-29  

AM: Morning 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

  • Make Your Own Bullet Journal (10-15)
  • Metal Casting (10+)
  • Advanced Printmaking (10-15)
  • Games For Strategic Thinkers (8+)
  • Physics of Projectiles (8+)
  • Neighborhood Ecology & Nature Journaling (7-10)
  • Forts, Fantasy, Friends (7-10)
  • World Jewelry Workshop (7-10)
  • Song Writing with Mr. Gene (6-9)

PM: Afternoon 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

  • Soap Box Design Challenge (10-15)
  • TableTop Role Play (D&D) (10-15)
  • Printmaking (8+)
  • Comedy: Skits, Stand-up & More (8+)
  • Backyard Ninjas (7-10)
  • Dip, Dye, Dunk, Dress: Fun with Fiber Art (7-10)
  • Woodworking Jr. (6-8)
  • Science of Wood (7-10)

 

NO CAMP WEEK 4 (Week of July 4)

Week 5 – July 9-13 

FULL DAY

  • Research Internship Week I (12-17)
  • LARP (10+)

AM: Morning 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

  • Metal Casting (10-15)
  • Food Systems: Edible Plants & Spice Mysteries (10-15)
  • Advanced Printmaking (10-15)
  • Comedy: Make Your Own Song Parody (8+)
  • Science of Wood (7-10)
  • Make a Rube Goldberg Machine with Props & Robots (7-10)
  • Make a Music Box (7-10)
  • Science for Curious Kids: Chemistry (7-10)
  • Messy Art (5-7)

PM: Afternoon 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

  • Molecular Biology Lab: Gene Editing (12-17)
  • Woodshop: Intermediate Woodworking (11-15)
  • Fluid Dynamics (9+)
  • Improv Theater (8+)
  • Film Making Club (7-10)
  • Printmaking (7-10)
  • Young Explorers: Lights and the Cosmos (8-12)
  • Fairy & Troll House Construction (5-7)

 

Week 6 – July 16-20

FULL DAY

  • Research Internship Week I (12-17)

AM: Morning 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

  • Biomimicry in Architecture: Lamp Edition (10-15)
  • Woodshop: Build Your Own Skateboard (11-15)
  • Hamilton & Hip Hop (10-15)
  • Physical Computing Clubhouse (8-12)
  • Neighborhood Ecology & Nature Journaling (7-10)
  • Woodshop: Wooden Games (7-10)
  • Music and Storytelling in Scratch (7-10)
  • Dance: Hip Hop & Choreography (7-10)
  • Messy Science (5-7)

PM: Afternoon 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

  • Leadership Workshop (12-17)
  • Woodshop: Build a Longbow (11-15)
  • Advanced Physical Computing (10-15)
  • Music Video Workshop (8+)
  • Make a Wooden Self Portrait (7-10)
  • Experiential Art (7-10)
  • Pop-up Play Pods (7-10)
  • SEEDS: Enchanted Electronics (7-10)
  • Messy Science (5-7)

 

Week 7 – July 23-27 

FULL DAY

  • STEAM Outings (7+)

AM: Morning 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

  • Food Systems: The Story Of Chocolate (11-15)
  • 3D Modeling in Maya (10-15)
  • GirlPower Series: Creative Dance & Choreography (10-15)
  • Illuminated Architecture (8-11)
  • Mural Art (7+)
  • Robotics: Game Design with Pico Boards (7-10)
  • SEEDS: Lights & Crystal Design (7-10)
  • Fairy & Troll House Construction (5-7)

PM: Afternoon 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

  • GirlPower Series: Her Story, My Story, Our Story (10-15)
  • Mysterious Materials/Illuminated Architecture (11-15)
  • LEGO Robotics (9+)
  • Drums to Strings: Instrument Making Workshop (8+)
  • Music and Storytelling in Scratch (7-10)
  • Backyard Ninjas (7-10)
  • Printmaking Jr. (5-7)

 

Week 8 – July 30-August 3

FULL DAY

  • Designing for Eastie Farm: A Real-World Urban Farming Challenge (10-15)

AM: Morning 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

  • The Hunger Games, The Giver, 1984: Dystopia in Fiction & Film (12-17, Young Investigator Series)
  • Drawing & Sculpting in 3D and VR (10-14)
  • Comedy: Skits, Stand-up & More (8+)
  • SEEDS: DIY Robotic Toys (8+)
  • Chess Camp (7+)
  • Printmaking (7-10) Arts
  • Biology through Play: Systems of the Human Body (7-9)
  • Woodworking Jr. (6-8)
  • Messy Science (5-7)

PM: Afternoon 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

  • Intro to Programming in VR (12-17)
  • Marshmallow Crossbows (11-15)
  • TableTop Role Play (D&D) (10-15)
  • Music Video Workshop (8+)
  • Yoga, Mindfulness & Nature Explorations (7+)
  • Aliens in Space: Exobiology and the Future of Life (8-12)
  • Printmaking (7-10)
  • Fantastical Creations & Stop Motion Animation (7-10)
  • SEEDS: Start Making (7-10)
  • Design & Making Challenges (5-7)

 

Week 9 – August 6-10   

FULL DAY

  • Photography (10-15)
  • Make Your Own Pinball Machine! (8-12)

AM: Morning 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

  • Wearables to Track Health & Wellbeing (12-17)
  • Architecture: Build an Origami-Inspired Chair (11-15)
  • Drawing & Sculpting in 3D and VR (10-14)
  • Music and Storytelling in Scratch (7-10)
  • Pirate Adventures (8+)
  • SEEDS: Start Making (7-10)
  • School of Rock (7-10)
  • World Jewelry Workshop (7-10)

PM: Afternoon 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

  • Intro to Programming in VR (12-17)
  • Debate Club (10-15)
  • Young Explorers: Lights and the Cosmos (8-12)
  • Music Production: Make YO Album in a Week (8+)
  • Biology through Play: Systems of the Human Body (7-9)
  • Biomimicry in Architecture: design & Build Like Nature (7-10)
  • Woodshop: Wooden Games (7-10)
  • Design & Build a LEGO World (6-9)

 

Week 10 – August 13-17

FULL DAY  

  • LARP (10+)
  • Raft Building (10-15)

AM: Morning 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

  • GirlPower Series: Electronic Fashion Tech (10-15)
  • Political Science: Fake News, Real Deals — Deciphering Politics & Government (10-15)
  • Pop-up Play Pods (7-10)
  • The Art & Science of Cooking (7-10)
  • Dip, Dye, Dunk, Dress: Fun with Fiber Art (7-10)
  • Aliens in Space: Exobiology and the Future of Life (8-12)
  • Where Wizards, Witches & Fairies Live: Design & Build a Mini World (7-10)

PM: Afternoon 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

  • Architecture: Build an Origami-Inspired Chair (11-15)
  • GirlPower Series: General Programing for Art & Design (10+)
  • Fluid Dynamics (9+)
  • Pirate Adventures (8+)
  • SEEDS: DIY Robotic Toys (8+)
  • Fantastical Creations & Stop Motion Animation (7-10)
  • SEEDS: Start Making (7-10)

 

Week 11 – August 20-24  

FULL DAY

  • LARP (10+)
  • Video Game Design (10-15)

AM: Morning 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

  • 3D Design with Embedded Electronics (10+)
  • Soap Box Design Challenge (10-15)
  • Creativity Meets Chemistry: Become Your Own Potion Master (7-10)
  • Experiential Art (7-10)
  • Forts, Fantasy & Friends (7-10)
  • Hack, Repurpose, Reinvent: Engineering with Found Objects (7-10)
  • Science of Wood (7-10)

PM: Afternoon 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

  • SEEDS: Enchanted Electronics & Crystals (10-15)
  • SEEDS: DIY Business Design (8-12)
  • Physics of Projectiles (8+)
  • Dip, Dye, Dunk, Dress: Fun with Fiber Art (7-10)
  • Woodworking Jr. (6-8)

Registration

Registration for our summer 2018 STEAM camp is now open.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Questions? E-mail us at summercamp@aceraschool.org or call at 781-729-3489.

Pricing

  • Prices include all materials and lab fees.
  • Discounts will be announced with the launch of the 2018 program.
  • Early Drop-Off is available, beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $10 per day per child.
  • Late Pick-Up is available between 4 and 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per day per child.

Payments

  • We require a deposit of $100 per program a student is registering for. For example, for a morning and an afternoon session, even if in the same week, the deposit is $200. Deposits are due at time of enrollment.
  • Full tuition total is due by May 1, 2018. (After May 1, full tuition is due upon enrollment.)
  • Please note that enrollment is not complete until paid for and approved by Acera Staff.
  • You can pay your deposit or tuition by check, or via our website. If you are uncertain about the deposit/tuition amount you owe, just send us your registration form and we will confirm your deposit due, and total tuition.

Policies & Procedures

  • Once a session is fully enrolled, students can choose to be waitlisted. You can pick another session at the same time and switch should a slot become available; or just be waitlisted.
  • In the unlikely case a session does not fill, we reserve the right to cancel a specific offering. We will inform you at least four weeks ahead of the week the program is scheduled to run. Students will be able to switch into another session or receive a reimbursement.
  • Required paperwork: In addition to the registration form and payment each child will need to submit the following forms before the start their STEAM camp session.
  • Lunch & Snack: Acera STEAM Camp does NOT provide lunch and snacks. Please send your child with a bag lunch, snacks, & water bottle.
  • Removal from camp: Decisions about participation in STEAM camp are made at the discretion of the instructor and the Summer program Coordinator. If a student is not able to participate in a safe and productive way, or if the teach feels that the student is not engaging at a level appropriate for the program, the instructor may ask that s/he switch into a different session, or not return to the program. Refunds will not be provided for students removed from the program due to behavioral issues.
  • Late Fees: A late fee of $10 will be charged for parents who arrive late (after 1pm for AM sessions, after 4pm for afternoon sessions, or after 6pm for late pick up students) to pick up children.