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Overview

Acera’s April Vacation Camp will run from Tuesday, April 21 through Friday, April 24, 2020.

Learn how to draw and explore in Virtual Reality, solve a challenge in Puzzle Pals or Math Club, create your own Digital Vacation, Video Game, or Film, and more! 

You can browse our offerings by SCHEDULE, FULL DAY, MORNING, and AFTERNOON program via the tabs above. 

Register for April 2020 Vacation Camps.

Questions? Contact us at office@aceraschool.org

Timing:

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)

Pricing:

Half Day: $75

Full Day: $140-$160

FINANCIAL AID:

Limited financial aid through Acera’s Reed Hollett Scholarship Fund is available and awarded based on demonstrated need. Please email us at summercamp@aceratest.wpengine.com to request a Scholarship Application.

Our Approach

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.

Full Day Programs

 

Artistic Expeditions
Ages 12+
Cost: $160/day

Take a journey through the world of art that’s right in our backyard! These full day camps offer  students guided excursions to an array of museums, from the well-known museums of Boston to the hidden jewels of the city’s suburbs.

Transportation, admission to galleries and/or museums, and art supplies are included in the camp price, but explorers may bring extra funds for souvenirs and snacks.

Artistic Expeditions: City Slickers
Offered Tuesday and Thursday, April 21 and 23
Register

With professional artist and art educator Kyle Browne (www.kylebrowne.com) as your expert guide, uncover aesthetic gems in the urban playground of Boston. From our journey’s origin at the Oak Grove MBTA station, we’ll venture to places where art is made, displayed, and shared within the arts community. Visits may include studios, galleries, museums, as well as opportunities for us to recharge, reflect, and make art of our own. Connect with other creative spirits in this enriching artistic adventure! Please note: The City Slickers itinerary will not repeat itself, offering new experiences for the kids who join Kyle on both days.

Artistic Expeditions: Off the Beaten Path
Offered Wednesday and Friday, April 22 and 24
Register

In this variation of Artistic Expeditions, students will depart with Kyle from Acera and travel by car to galleries, studios, and museums not easily reached by public transportation. Here, again, kids will have the opportunity to meet and talk to real people of the art world, and take time to create works of their own. Please note: The Off the Beaten Path itinerary will not repeat itself, offering new experiences for the kids who join Kyle on both days. 

Parents and guardians: if you are you interested in chaperoning and driving during one or both days of “Off the Beaten Path” in order to accommodate a few extra campers, please contact Faith at enrichment@aceraschool.org.

 

Live Action Role Play (LARP) 
Cost: $140/day
Offered Tuesday through Thursday, April 21-23
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This camp is 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

TUESDAY, April 21

 

Backyard Ninjas
Ages 4-7
Register

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
Register

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!

 

Chess Camp
Ages 7-10
Register

This is a fun camp 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. Participate in a low pressure class tournament, all designed to stoke a love for the game.

 

Video Editing Workshop
Ages 7-10
Register

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.

 

Culinary Creations
Ages 7+
Register

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!

 

Drawing in Virtual Reality 
10-14
Register

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: Kara Williams, Acera school counselor

 

WEDNESDAY, April 22

 

Songwriting Studio 
Ages 4-7
Register

Do you like to sing, hum, or write funny rhymes? Or to mix the tune from a classic song, and rewrite the lyrics? In this class, you’ll learn how to craft a song, record and edit it in Garageband, and create original music! If you play guitar, violin, ukulele, or another instrument bring it along! Instructor: Dylan Foley, a musician, instrument maker, and tinkerer with a degree in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music

 

Outdoor Club
Ages 7-10
Register

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!

 

Collage and Craft Party
Ages 7-10
Register

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!

 

Math Club
Ages 7-10
Register

Do you love logic games, puzzles, and figuring things out? Spend the afternoon in Math Club! All levels are welcome in this friendly and supportive atmosphere. Kids will tackle fun and fascinating challenges as individuals and in group challenges; you’ve never had so much fun playing with numbers!

 

Minecraft Workshop
Ages 7+
Register

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. 

 

Culinary Creations
Ages 7+
Register

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!

 

Long-From Improv
Ages 10-14
Register

Ready to up your improv game? Try this longer version of the 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.

 

THURSDAY, April 23

 

Block Building Masters 
Ages 4-7
Register

Young students take on building challenges while learning about math, geometry, architectural design, and more. Patience, perseverance, and teamwork are tested here to make an exquisite, life-sized elaborate structure! Instructor: Dylan Foley, Acera songwriting teacher, instrument maker, and tinkerer 

 

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

 

Collage and Craft Party
Ages 7-10
Register

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!

 

Engineering with Found Objects
Ages 7-10
Register

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.)

 

Culinary Creations
Ages 7+
Register

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!

 

Chess Camp
Ages 10-14
Register

This is a fun camp 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. Participate in a low pressure class tournament, all designed to stoke a love for the game.

 

FRIDAY, April 24

 

Architectural Designers
Ages 4-7
Register

Our youngest builders are challenged to fabricate towering cathedrals, elaborate animal homes, porous hives, and more! Using math, geometry, and teamwork, students will build with a wide array of blocks, characters, and craft materials to make imagined structures a reality.

 

Terrarium Making
Ages 7-10
Register

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!

 

Collage and Craft Party
Ages 7-10
Register

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!

 

Games and Probability
Ages 7-10
Register

Do you love board games like Settlers of Catan? Do you want to increase your likelihood of winning AND have more fun while playing? Level up your game play by applying concepts of game theory and strategy. We’ll have lots of games to choose from, plus you can bring your favorites from home and unlock new exciting ways to play!

 

Culinary Creations
Ages 7+
Register

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!

 

Going Further with Scratch
Ages 9+
Register

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
Register

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

TUESDAY, April 21

 

Block Building Masters 
Ages 4-7
Register

Young students take on building challenges while learning about math, geometry, architectural design, and more. Patience, perseverance, and teamwork are tested here to make an exquisite, life-sized elaborate structure! Instructor: Dylan Foley, Acera songwriting teacher, instrument maker, and tinkerer 

 

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

 

Engineering with Found Objects
Ages 7-10
Register

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.)

 

Chess Camp
Ages 7-10
Register

This is a fun camp 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. Participate in a low pressure class tournament, all designed to stoke a love for the game.

 

Rube Goldberg Machines
Ages 7+
Register

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
Register

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.

 

WEDNESDAY, April 22

 

Forts, Fantasy, and Friends
Ages 4-7
Register

There are magical creatures out there, from fairies to brownies to trolls to narcoblixes… We better be equipped and well-trained when we meet them! This program is for everyone ready to jump times zones, step through portals into the otherworld, enter preserves of magical creatures, and all around leave realism behind. We’ll build a clever fort in our nature playground (it will have all the right protections so invisible invaders can’t enter), make costumes and other props we need, design our own characters, and spend our time in a world only we can imagine together.

 

Drawing in Virtual Reality 
7-10
Register

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: Kara Williams, Acera school counselor

 

Games and Probability
Ages 7-10
Register

Do you love board games like Settlers of Catan? Do you want to increase your likelihood of winning AND have more fun while playing? Level up your game play by applying concepts of game theory and strategy. We’ll have lots of games to choose from, plus you can bring your favorites from home and unlock new exciting ways to play!

 

Collage and Craft Party
Ages 7-10
Register

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!

 

Rube Goldberg Machines
Ages 7+
Register

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!

 

Improv Intensive
Ages 8-12
Register

If laughter is the best medicine, then this class is just what the doctor ordered! With purpose-driven “shortform” 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 “longform” scenework. Boost your comedic confidence and enjoy hours of team-building fun in this improv camp. 

 

Tiny Horticulture
Ages 10-14
Register

You won’t look at plants the same way after this miniature gardening workshop. Through building your tiny plant home, you’ll learn about the complexities of soil chemistry, photosynthesis, and plant life cycles. 

 

THURSDAY, April 23

 

Puzzle Pals
Ages 4-7
Register

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
Register

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!

 

Games and Probability
Ages 7-10
Register

Do you love board games like Settlers of Catan? Do you want to increase your likelihood of winning AND have more fun while playing? Level up your game play by applying concepts of game theory and strategy. We’ll have lots of games to choose from, plus you can bring your favorites from home and unlock new exciting ways to play!

 

Collage and Craft Party
Ages 7-10
Register

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!

 

Rube Goldberg Machines
Ages 7+
Register

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!

 

Digital Vacation: Photoshop Yourself Around the World
Ages 10-14
Register

Imagine yourself in a far off land… Then, through the digital “magic” of Photoshop, you can look at the pictures of yourself visiting! We’ll learn to use green screen technology and photoshop to create extraordinary images of ourselves doing impossible things, visiting places we could never go, or maybe just lounging on the best beach ever. It’s up to you!

 

FRIDAY, April 24

 

Forts, Fantasy, and Friends
Ages 4-7
Register

There are magical creatures out there, from fairies to brownies to trolls to narcoblixes… We better be equipped and well-trained when we meet them! This program is for everyone ready to jump times zones, step through portals into the otherworld, enter preserves of magical creatures, and all around leave realism behind. We’ll build a clever fort in our nature playground (it will have all the right protections so invisible invaders can’t enter), make costumes and other props we need, design our own characters, and spend our time in a world only we can imagine together.

 

Chess Camp
Ages 7-10
Register

This is a fun camp 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. Participate in a low pressure class tournament, all designed to stoke a love for the game.

 

Collage and Craft Party
Ages 7-10
Register

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!

 

Film Club
Ages 7-10
Register

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.

 

Rube Goldberg Machines
Ages 7+
Register

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!

 

Introduction to Coding with Python
Ages 9+
Register

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. 

 

Tiny Horticulture
Ages 10-14
Register

You won’t look at plants the same way after this miniature gardening workshop. Through building your tiny plant home, you’ll learn about the complexities of soil chemistry, photosynthesis, and plant life cycles.