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April Camp is Tuesday, April 21 through Friday, April 24

We hope you and your loved ones are all staying safe & well. Thank you for your patience as we’ve prepared and adapted our April programming.

Our enrichment teaching team is committed to bringing you a robust and highly engaging set of remote learning options for April Vacation Camp. Based on the successes and lessons learned from Acera’s pilot of remote after-school classes, April camps will provide an experience of fun, connection, and creativity for your children during this challenging time. View a sampling of morning and afternoon camps in the tabs above; the form below has our full camp roster.

The google form below enables families to reserve one of our limited spots with payment logistics being handled separately (registration will be based on our usual rate of $75 per half day, and $420 for the 3-day LARP camp). The google form also outlines the program as a whole, discusses some logistical points, and shares the class schedule. If you’d like to opt into remote April Vacation Camp, please thoroughly read and complete the form below for each of your children.  

Link to Remote April Vacation Camp Enrollment Form

Timing:

AM Camps, $75 each: 9:00am-12:00pm with snack break from 10:30am-11:00am.

PM Camps, $75 each: 1:00pm-4:00pm with snack break from 2:30pm-3:00pm.

3-DAY, FULL DAY Camps, $420 total: 9:00am-4:00pm with 2 snack breaks & 1 lunch break.

We are prioritizing small classes in order to maximize student engagement in the novel video format, and to ensure that all students have access to high-quality teacher support. Reserve your spot today!

Questions? Contact us at enrichment@aceraschool.org

 

Full Day Programs

 

Live Action Role Play (LARP) 
Cost: $420
Tuesday through Thursday, April 21-23
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This camp is a three-day LARP adventure with a continuous storyline; it will be divided into two sessions, one serving ages 8-10 and the other ages 11+

Have you ever wanted to seek treasure and uncover the secrets of the universe? Battle brutal bandits, gruesome goblins and unworldly undead? Do you have what it takes to slay dragons, find your way through the dungeon and claim the ancient treasure? Step into an interactive theater world, armed with sword and sorcery. Be the hero! 

Morning Programs

 

Living Room Ninjas
Ages 4-7
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Sometimes, students have the best ideas: “What if we combine escape-room type challenges, team building and American Ninja Warrior in one?” they asked. Can we do that? Yes we can! Join us for fun challenges that will allow you to move, problem solve and make friends, and build both your mental and physical strengths!

 

Terrarium Making
Ages 7-10
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Bring the outdoors inside with a Terrarium, a “fishtank” for the land! Become a backyard naturalist as you collect and learn to care for plants, small animals and fungi from the local environment. Take your terrarium home and let the wonder continue!

 

Video Editing Workshop
Ages 7-10
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Do you want to learn how to shoot, edit and produce your own short video? Do you have story ideas for films you would like to make? In this camp, students learn and apply some of the basics of filmmaking, from storyboarding to script writing to filming and editing. At the end of the camp, students will have their very own film to share with friends and family! Participants must have a Mac computer or tablet with iMovie. 

 

Culinary Creations
Ages 7+
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Do you love to cook? In this hands-on culinary adventure, the gastronomically inclined will sharpen their skills and understanding of basic cooking principles. Once we hone the basics, we’ll get to work making dough you can bake and snacks you can eat. Experiment with different spices, textures, and flavors to make something truly your own! Chefs of all skill levels welcome. Please note: this half-day class is offered every morning during April vacation, and we’ll be cooking up something new each day for kids who join us for more than session!

 

Minecraft Workshop
Ages 7+
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Whether you’re a seasoned software designer or just love to get lost playing in a virtual world, this Minecraft Workshop is the perfect place to level up your skills. Our Minecraft campers will build extravagant block-worlds, develop new coding skills, and befriend other crafty adventurers. 

 

Short-From Improv
Ages 10-14
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Ready to up your improv game? Try this version of comedy art! With purpose-driven improvisation games and finely tuned exercises, students will build a toolbox of scenic initiation techniques to help scenes start off with a bang. You’ll also explore group scenes and scenework. Boost your comedic confidence and enjoy hours of team-building fun in this improv camp.

 

Architectural Designers
Ages 4-7
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Young students take on building challenges while learning about math, geometry, architectural design, and more. Instructor: Dylan Foley, Acera songwriting teacher, instrument maker, and tinkerer 

 

 

Digital Game Design
Ages 7-10
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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. Choose from 5 different basic game types to customize with your own style, and create your own game in less than 3 hours!

 

 

Found Object Creations
Ages 7-10
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Can you make a clock without using an electric motor — maybe utilizing water to move the handles? Can you design a vehicle from spare parts that can navigate a little obstacle course? Maybe you can repurpose a fan from an old computer to power its sail? In this program, we will be taking apart old, broken machines — computers, DVD players, household devices — and figure out what’s inside them. Then we’ll use the pieces that are functional (as originally intended but also in new ways!) and make something new, creative and fun out of them. You know, maybe a remote control that pushes a lever that opens a drawer that starts a marble… Bring your family’s broken things, and your imagination! (Old electronics only, no fluorescent bulbs or other items that can contain hazards.)

 

Going Further with Scratch
Ages 9+
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In this class, we will cover intermediate coding skills in Scratch, including functions and will work to code simulations of games, including chess, baseball, pinball, yahtzee, and tic tac toe. This “going further” class is great for students who have used Scratch before, including attending Acera’s “Introduction to Coding with Scratch” camp.

 

Vlogging 
Ages 10-14
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Eager to become YouTube famous, or have an important story to tell? Practice the ins-and-outs of visual blogging (i.e. “vlogging”) – including storytelling, content creation, video production, editing, and adding music or sound effects. From instructive how-tos to parodies, explore your ideas and find a voice as a vlogger! Participants must bring a Mac computer (a limited number of Macbooks are available to rent for the week, please check in with us via enrichment@aceraschool.org)

 

Afternoon Programs

 

Architectural Designers 
Ages 4-7
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Young students take on building challenges while learning about math, geometry, architectural design, and more. Instructor: Dylan Foley, Acera songwriting teacher, instrument maker, and tinkerer 

 

 

Digital Game Design
Ages 7-10
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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. Choose from 5 different basic game types to customize with your own style, and create your own game in less than 3 hours!

 

Found Object Creations
Ages 7-10
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Can you make a clock without using an electric motor — maybe utilizing water to move the handles? Can you design a vehicle from spare parts that can navigate a little obstacle course? Maybe you can repurpose a fan from an old computer to power its sail? In this program, we will be taking apart old, broken machines — computers, DVD players, household devices — and figure out what’s inside them. Then we’ll use the pieces that are functional (as originally intended but also in new ways!) and make something new, creative and fun out of them. You know, maybe a remote control that pushes a lever that opens a drawer that starts a marble… Bring your family’s broken things, and your imagination! (Old electronics only, no fluorescent bulbs or other items that can contain hazards.)

 

Rube Goldberg Machines
Ages 7+
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How many pulleys and levers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? As many as you want! The goal: complete a simple task in the most complicated and convoluted way possible. This class is ALL about exercising our creativity and imagination through science. We’ll be learning primarily about simple machines and how to use them effectively, but other physics games (such as the macaroni bridge) will be offered as well. Come create with us for multiple days of April vacation: we’ll engineer new designs each day of the week!

 

Video Editing Workshop
Ages 10-14
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Do you want to learn how to shoot, edit and produce your own short video? Do you have story ideas for films you would like to make? In this camp, students learn and apply some of the basics of filmmaking, from storyboarding to script writing to filming and editing. At the end of the camp, students will have their very own film to share with friends and family! Participants must have a Mac computer (a limited number of Macbooks are available to rent for the half-day, please check in with us via enrichment@aceraschool.org.

 

Collage and Craft Party
Ages 7-10
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Is there a space in your room that you’d love to fill with colorful art? Do you have a dream, and want to create something that will help you visualize achieving it? Do you love finding eye-catching photos and graphics in magazines and putting your own unique stamp on them? Join our Collage and Craft Party and spend the morning creating vision boards, cool collages, and art with your friends. Is there a craft you’re already working on at home? Bring it in and be inspired to finish it at Acera!

 

Puzzle Pals
Ages 4-7
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It’s so satisfying to solve a puzzle! In this camp, you’ll find head-scratching, mind-bending games and challenges that stretch the way you think. Make friends as you put your heads together to tackle puzzles and riddles, and work as a team to create one giant puzzle together!

 

Outdoor Club
Ages 7-10
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Come and see what adventures await in the great outdoors. How can humans survive in the wild? How do naturalists unlock the mysteries of ecosystems, weather, and geology? Campers will play with friends, appreciate the beauty of nature, and develop outdoor expertise. Alternate adventures will be planned in case of rain!

 

Introduction to Coding with Python
Ages 9+
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Students will learn the basics of coding in Python using Trinket. They will then apply those skills to code artistic designs, or build interactive games like hangman or a mad libs game. Deepen your critical thinking abilities as you design elegant code-based solutions.