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Registration for Acera’s 2020-21 Remote After School Enrichment Programs is now open!

Our fully remote programs are open to all kids ages 5 and older. We offer experiments for curious scientists, skill building for programmers and artists, and rich discussions for rising philosophers, all taught by specialist educators with passion and field-based expertise. Watch our video with Enrichment Director Faith Blake, and School Director Courtney Dickinson, describe Acera’s approach to remote enrichment. 

Acera’s Remote After School programs meet once per week from 3:30-5:30pm and are offered on a trimester basis. In the 2020-21 school year, the schedule of trimesters is as follows:

  • Trimester 1: September 8 through December 4
  • Trimester 2: December 7 through March 12
  • Trimester 3: March 17 through June 11

Pricing

The cost for our afternoon programs is $30 per day; or $270-390 per trimester.

REGISTER for After School Enrichment

Questions? Email us at enrichment@aceraschool.org

SCHEDULE

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
Junior Engineering Design Challenge: Ages 5-8Imagination Vacation (Trimester 1 only): Ages 5-8Junior Roleplaying Games: Ages 5-8Elements of Art: Ages 5-8Digital Game Design: Ages 8+
International Dance: Ages 6-9Theater Onstage and Offstage: Ages 7-10Photoshop Pros (Trimester 1 only): Ages 7-10Mechanical Creatures: Ages 7-10Engineering for Human Needs: 11-15
Intro to LEGO Robotics: Ages 7-10 Kitchen Kids: Ages 7-10Creative Computing: Ages 8+Stop Motion Animation: Ages 7-10
Science Investigators: Ages 7-10Chess Club: Ages 7+Intermediate Programming Applications: Ages 12+Fuzzy Smart Friends: Ages 8-12
LARP Adventure Program (Live Action Role Play): Ages 10+Dungeon & Dragons: Ages 10+Philosophy Salon: Ages 13+Language is Power: Ages 10-14
Photography Studio: Ages 10-14Intermediate Woodworking: Ages 10+Model UN Club: Ages 10+

MONDAY

Junior Engineering Design Challenge 
Ages 5-8  REGISTER

Young students take on building challenges while learning about math, geometry, architectural design, and more. Patience, perseverance, and teamwork are cultivated through various challenges with diverse materials that build critical thinking, planning, and creative problem solving for young engineers! Instructor: Dylan Foley, Acera songwriting teacher and cooking enthusiast

 

Fitness at Acera: International Dance
Ages 6-9  REGISTER

Explore the vibrant and diverse languages of dance in this taste tester class! Journey from Bhutanese, Russian, and Latin dance to ballet, hip-hop, modern dance, and more. Learn along the way what dances speak to you most, and how this helps you understand your unique self and what you want to express and share with the world. These classes will include learning brand new choreography, creating your own choreography, exploring improvisational movement, and different dance styles each trimester – repeat students welcome! Instructor: Anastasia Sokolova, Dancer and Mindful Movement Instructor

 

Science Investigators
Ages 7-10  REGISTER

Scientists are learners, observers, analysts, and explorers! Students will engage in inquiry-based investigations of complex scientific phenomena, using their senses and critical thinking skills to observe and describe their discoveries. Each trimester, we will dive into a different corners of scientific investigation, such as: chemistry, biology, physics, and ecology. There is no prior knowledge of science needed, just a passion for the subject matter! Instructor: Alison Earnhart, Science Teacher 

 

 

Intro to LEGO Robotics
Ages 7-10  REGISTER

Designed for those with little or no robotics experience, students will discover what’s possible with the LEGO WeDo Robotics kit. Registration fee includes a WeDo Robotics kit (retail value $210) that is yours to keep! Already have a WeDo kit? Inquire about class discount by emailing enrichment@aceraschool.org. Instructor: Samidha Kinikar, Mechanical Engineer and Makerspace Teacher

 

Live Action Role Play
Ages 10+  REGISTER

Have you ever wanted to seek hordes of treasure, and uncover ancient secrets? Or battle brutal bandits, gruesome goblins, and deadly dragons? Find your way through the dungeon, past the traps and the shadows, and claim the magical artifact? Students will be able to explore our original world of Etheraz with their friends without leaving home!

Our staff will be guiding participants through the process of creating characters for an interactive story. Students will need to flex their critical thinking muscles (and math skills) to get their characters out of sticky situations! Creative writing, arts, and crafts will also be encouraged to help the story along.  Led by LARP Adventure Program‘s Zelmore Heroes Academy

 

Photography Studio
Ages 10+  REGISTER

Build your photography portfolio as you master the use of cameras as powerful tools to create beautiful images. Learn foundational concepts such as aperture, shutter speed, focal depth, composition and more! Instructor: Jack Blake, Professional Photographer with 40+ years experience

 

 

TUESDAY

 

Imagination Vacation
Ages 5-8  REGISTER

Using a variety of interesting materials delivered to you from Acera and the Beautiful Stuff Project, students will explore their ideas and share their perspectives through open ended, hands-on projects that encourage design, creativity, free spirited imagination and fun! Instructor: Marcy Sacks, Creator of Kids Media, Artist, Designer, and Comedian

 

Theater: Onstage and Off
Ages 7-10  REGISTER

Hone your performance skills while also exploring backstage elements of theater, such as prop and costume making! Instructor: Vanessa Roman, Theater Teacher

 

 

 

Kitchen Kids 
Ages 7-10  REGISTER

How does what we eat reflect who we are? Why do some cultures eat with chopsticks, others on banana leaves? Through a tour of food history, geography, and biology, deepen your knowledge and skills in the kitchen! Each class will explore concepts through hands-on cooking classes, ending in taste testing. Instructor: Dylan Foley, Acera songwriting teacher and cooking enthusiast

 

Chess Club
Ages 7+  REGISTER

This is a great (and fun!) class for emerging and intermediate chess players. Learn strategies and habits of mind that apply to chess and beyond. Work with teams to solve chess puzzles, and participate in a low-pressure class tournament, all designed to stoke an enduring love for the game! Instructor: Sam Kitchen, Acera School Counselor 

 

D&D: Dungeons & Dragons Role Play
Ages 10+  REGISTER

Create a character and dive into the fascinating world of Dungeons & Dragons. We’ll work together to solve mysteries, slay horrible beasts, and tell a fantastic story together. Experienced and new players are always welcome, as each story is new and unique, and designed to fit the characters and their players. Instructor, Vered Brooks, Acera middle school teacher

 

 

Woodshop: Intermediate Woodworking
Ages 10+  REGISTER

You bring your passion, experience and tools, and we’ll supply the boards, fasteners and glue! Build the small to medium projects you like with remote guidance from an experienced woodworking instructor. Student-driven project examples might include skateboards, cutting boards, boxes, low stools and wooden games. The Instructor is available for live support for design review, project planning and skill demonstrations. You do the work on your home workbench or sturdy work table. Wifi and Zoom video showing your project required for where you will do your woodworking. Some woodworking experience required. Instructor: Josh Briggs, Acera woodshop, engineering and math teacher

WEDNESDAY

 

Junior Role Playing Games
Ages 5-8  REGISTER

Team up with your friends to create characters, invent stories, and explore new imaginary worlds in this roleplaying club! These D&D-inspired games are adapted for younger players. Instructor: Dylan Foley, Acera songwriting teacher, instrument maker and cooking enthusiast

 

 

 

Photoshop Pros (Trimester 1 only)
Ages 7-10  REGISTER

What stories can be told with an altered image? From photojournalism to science, silly animations to graphic design, photo editing is a useful tool across the board. Using GIMP and Photoshop, you’ll learn the basics and have the chance to create the extraordinary! Instructor: Chris Dale, Acera Creativity Morning Teacher

 

Creative Computing Club
Ages 8+  REGISTER

In this class, students will work with a variety of digital tools to both express themselves and develop their computational thinking skills. Emphasis will be on creating easily-shared products and experiences, using tools such as Scratch, Snap, or Trinket. Collaborative work is encouraged! Instructor: Danny Fain, Acera Computer Science and Games Specialist

Minimum equipment requirements:
One of the following devices, with a recently-updated version of Chrome or Firefox web browser:

  • Chromebook
  • Macbook (Mac OS 10.12 or newer)
  • Windows10 computer

Recommended equipment:
Either of the following, with a recent version of Chrome or Firefox web browser:

  • Macbook (Mac OS 10.14 or newer)
  • Windows10 computer

Either of the following hand-held devices, with wifi (mobile call/data not necessary) and built-in gyroscope sensor:

  • Android phone (OS version 8 or newer)
  • iPhone (iOS version 8 or newer)

A phone-based VR headset; some models available for under $25. Acera will provide recommendations, and reimburse up to $25 of the cost of a compatible VR headset.

 

Intermediate Programming Applications
Ages 12+  REGISTER

Acera is offering an intermediate, project-based Python programming course. Students will design and complete individualized projects on a common topic chosen by the group at the start of each trimester. Possible topics include app development, controlling “Internet of Things” devices, machine learning, computer science theory, and computational math or physics. This course is intended for students ages twelve and up with at least six months’ experience in any written programming language. Instructor, David Lerner, Google software engineer

 

Philosophy Salon
Ages 13+  REGISTER

Develop your rigorous thinking and metacognitive skills in this informal and discussion-based program centered on readings from Plato’s dialogues. Instructor: Yonatan Schreiber, Acera Creativity Morning Teacher

 

THURSDAY

Elements of Art
Ages 5-8  REGISTER

Let’s get creative! In this class, kids will discover the visual science behind the principles and techniques of art. We’ll use silhouettes to learn about positive and negative space, explore illusions of depth through overlapping, work with unusual materials in natures to create mixed media, and discover how to make art out of any object around us! Instructor: Camilla Garcia Enriquez, Acera Visual Arts Teacher

 

Mechanical Creatures
Ages 7-10  REGISTER

Design machines that run, jump, flex, swim, and much more. We will explore different physical mechanisms as we create machines inspired by the movement of animals. Deepen your skills in physical prototyping, CAD (computer aided design), and 3-D printing as you design new creatures that move! Instructor: Tim Bilodeau, Acera Creativity Morning Teacher

 

Stop Motion Animation Studio
Ages 7-10  REGISTER

Stop motion animation is the filmmaking technique behind favorites such as Wallace and Gromit and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. In this inventive camp, participants will use stop motion animation to create special effects inspired by their own imagination! Instructor: Dylan Foley, Acera songwriting teacher, instrument maker and cooking enthusiast

 

Fuzzy Smart Friends
Ages 8-12  REGISTER

Create your own stuffed animals and program them to sense and respond to light, motion and sound. We will make 2D drawings 3D characters, add soft circuits, program microcontrollers and add electrical components to make friends from your imagination come to life! Instructor: Adrienne Jacobson, Design and Makerspace Teacher

 

Language is Power
Ages 10-14  REGISTER

This course will analyze the rhetorical strategies in political elections. The class will analyze the way candidates use language as a source of power and control by looking at campaign speeches and advertisements from past and present. As part of the course, students will break down historical examples and create their own speeches, editorials, and more. Instructor: Jamie Schefen, English, Filmmaking, and History Teacher

 

Model UN Club
Ages 10+  REGISTER

Explore the big challenges of our time and open up your mind as an emerging world citizen. Engage in deep discussions about current events. Get exposure to primary sources and formative ideas in the political science, governmental, historical and philosophical landscape. Each trimester, participate in Model UN conferences (costs included in registration fee) in which you take on the perspective and voice of different countries, focusing on current issues. Through this experience, come to understand historical perspectives on the relationships between nations, their different beliefs and viewpoints, and broaden your perspective on the world. Instructor: Vanessa Roman, Acera Pop Up School Teacher

FRIDAY

 

Digital Game Design (Trimester 1 only)
Ages 8+  REGISTER

Have you ever found yourself thinking, “This video game would be so much better if…”? Unlock your creative computer skills in the exciting world of digital game design. Learn the basics of game animation by designing your own game characters using Scratch. Choose from five different basic game types to customize with your own style, and create your own game! Instructor: Chris Dale, Acera Creativity Morning Teacher

 

Engineering for Human Needs
Ages 11-15  REGISTER

In this new and innovative class, students will collaborative on challenges designed to solve the problems of our time. Instructor: Adrienne Jacobson, Design and Makerspace Teacher