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Acera Vacation Camp, February 18 to 21, 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! 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 FULL DAY, MORNING, and AFTERNOON programs via the tabs below. Questions? Contact us at office@aceraschool.org

Register online for February 2020 camps.

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

FINANCIAL AID:

Limited financial aid through Acera’s Reed Hollett Scholarship Fund is available and awarded based on demonstrated need. Please email us at enrichment@aceraschool.org 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.

Browse by Schedule

View the full February 2020 Vacation Camp schedule here.

Register for February Camp online.

Full class descriptions and registration links are available in other sections.

 

Full Day Programs

Live Action Role Play (LARP) 

Offered Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 18-20
$140/day
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! Led by LARP Adventure Program 

Register

Morning Programs

TUESDAY, Feb. 18

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 Vacation: Photoshop Yourself Around the World
Ages 7-10
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!

 

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!

 

 

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.

 

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, Feb. 19

Classroom 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! 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!

 

 

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.

 

 

Communicating with Confidence
For girls ages 7-10
Register

Be Brave, Not Perfect is a new book by Founder and CEO of national non-profit Girls Who Code and New York Times bestselling author Reshma Saujani. In that spirit, we invite girls to find their own unique voice in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Through structured games and activities, girls discover that they have something to say – and the confidence to say it!

 

Film Club
Ages 10-14
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.

 

 

THURSDAY, Feb. 20

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

 

 

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!

 

Playscapes
Ages 7-10
Register

Playing boosts your creativity, improves the way your brain functions, improves your relationships with your friends as you work with others, negotiate, and compromise. In this class, you’ll think about new spaces, installations, and forms of play, as you creatively devise some community-building fun!

 

 

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 10-14
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!

 

FRIDAY, Feb. 21

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.

 

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!

 

 

Vlogging 
Ages 7-10
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)

 

Introduction to Coding with Scratch
Ages 9+
Register

Does the idea of making your own digital “Choose Your Own Adventure” story sound exciting? You can build it in Scratch! In this class, we will learn the basics of block-based coding with Scratch – a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations – and will work individually and in small groups to code a “choose your own adventure”/interactive story.

 

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!

Afternoon Programs

TUESDAY, Feb 18

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

 

 

Vlogging 
Ages 7-10
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)

 

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!

 

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 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, Feb 19

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.

 

 

Digital Vacation: Photoshop Yourself Around the World
Ages 7-10
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!

 

Drawing in Virtual Reality 
Ages 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

 

 

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!

 

 

How to Write a Movie or TV Show
Ages 10-14
Register

Most of us have a favorite movie or TV show that we never get tired of watching. Why is it a favorite? Is it the dialogue? The plot? The fast pace? In this fun and engaging session, kids will learn how to turn a cool idea into a compelling story with a real script, from formatting and dialogue to knowing when and how to break up the action into multiple scenes.

 

THURSDAY, Feb. 20

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!

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

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!

 

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.

 

 

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)

FRIDAY, Feb. 21

Classroom 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! Dylan Foley, Acera songwriting teacher, instrument maker, and tinkerer 

 

Film Club
Ages 10-14
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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Digital Game Design
Ages 10-14
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!

 

 

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