Welcome to Acera’s summer program!
Our STEAM camp will run from June 10 to August 23. (NOTE: No camp during the week of July 4th.), enabling kids ages 5 to 17 to tackle enticing challenges —from fashion technology to physical computing, gondola building to vlogging —individually and in groups. Sessions run in mornings, afternoons, or for full days.
Expanded offerings for 5-7 year olds include: Carnival Design, Toy Making, Advanced Block Building, Backyard Ninjas, and more. For 12-17 year olds, Acera offers college-level, mini-courses in sciences, history, and politics through the Young Investigator Series.
If you’re new to Acera, read on to find information on our philosophy, and what to expect at our STEAM summer camp.
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?
All children ages 5 through 17 may attend. There is no testing or formal application process for our summer program, and enrollment at Acera’s Sept-June day school is not required. Participants must be able to work successfully both independently and in group settings.
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.
Curiosity, creativity and innovation come alive at Acera’s Summer Camp! Immersed in STEAM-rich experiences, students (5-17) envision, design, build, experiment, program, film, paint, compose and perform in our fully equipped Innovation Lab. Activities are led by experienced educators with backgrounds in engineering, science, and the arts.
Scroll down the page to search our camp offerings by age, date, activity, or full/half day programs. You may also view a PDF of the calendar here.
Adam Rosell, Woodshop Teacher
Alisha Panjwani-Collins, SEEDS Studio Lab Manager & Research Practitioner
B.Sc., Fashion Design, Annamalai University
M.S., Media Arts and Sciences, Media Lab, MIT
Alexis Daniels, Enrichment Program Manager
B.A. Anthropology, Community Health, Fine Art, Tufts University
M.S. Occupational Therapy, Tufts University
Alyssa Colby, Middle School 1 Core Teacher
M.A. Teaching University of Maine, Orono
M.A. Philosophy Brandeis University
B.A. Wheaton College
Brianna Shaughnessy, Science Teacher and Kelp Enthusiast
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Massachusetts
M.S. Marine Sciences, Northeastern
B.A. Biology, Wheaton College
Camila Garcia Enriquez, Visual Arts Teacher
M.Ed Harvard Graduate School of Education
B.A. Visual Arts Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana Cuba
Danny Fain, Computer Science & Games Specialist
S.B. Geoscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Teacher Education Program, with emphasis in Math and Science teaching
Several Workshops in Design and Development of Digital and Video Games, Team-Based Design, and Multimedia Visualization
David Alsdorf, Technology & Narrative Specialist
M.Ed, Early Childhood Education, Lesley University
A.B. Religion, Reed College
David Olson, Technology Specialist / EQ Coach
M.Ed. Lesley University
B.A. Anthropology, University of Massachusetts
Dylan Foley, Music, Video Production, and Instrument Building Teacher
B.A. Music Production & Engineering, Berklee College of Music
Esteé Hill, Architect Specialist
MAT Tufts University
BAR, University of Cape Town South Africa
Faith Blake, Science Teacher
M.A. Education, Secondary Certification in Biology and Chemistry, Stanford University
B.A. Biology, Tufts University
Jenifer Demko, Lower Elementary Core Teacher
Tufts University, M.A.T. Child Development
Simmons College, B.A. Communications
Montessori Institute of San Diego, Primary Teacher Certificate
Jordan Daniels, Philosophy Instructor
Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy, Emory University
M.A. Philosophy, The New School for Social Research
Josh Briggs, Engineering, Woodshop, & Math Specialist
B.S. Engineering & Environmental Science, University of Notre Dame, 1996
B.A. History, University of Notre Dame, 1996
M.S. Civil Engineering, University of New Hampshire, 2006
Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), Massachusetts, 2012
Kacie Brown, Theater Director and Instructor
BFA , University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Kara Williams, School Counselor and Student Support & Services Manager
B.A., Theatre, Eastern Connecticut State University
M.A., School Counseling, University of Saint Joseph
Kim Machnik, Middle School Bridge Core Teacher
MS Ecological Learning and Teaching, Lesley University
B.A. International and Global Studies, Brandeis University
Kyle Browne, Acera STEAM Instructor
BFA , Communications Design, Pratt Institute
MEd, Arts, Community and Education, Lesley University
MFA, Interdisciplinary Art, School of Visual Arts
Marie Delaney, Woodshop Teacher & Innovation Lab Manager
Certificate in Furniture and Cabinet Making, North Bennet Street School
Michael Hirsch, Science Lab Manager
B.S., Molecular Biology, Clark University
M.A.T. Biology, Salem State University
Nicole Notaro, Upper Elementary Core Teacher
B.A., Child Development, Tufts University
M.Ed., Education and Child Development, Tufts University
Rachel Kramer, Math Specialist
B.S. Engineering and Applied Math Tufts University
Vered Brooks, Middle School 1 Core Teacher
M.Ed., Lesley University
B.A., Literature, Bennington College
Registration is now open for Acera STEAM Summer Camp! REGISTER HERE
We require a deposit of $100 per session 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, 2019. After May 1, registrations must be accompanied by payment in full.
Please note that enrollment is not complete until paid for and approved by Acera Staff.
You can pay your deposit or tuition via our website, or by check. If you are uncertain about the deposit/tuition amount you owe, contact email@example.com and we will confirm your deposit due, and total tuition.
Questions? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 781-729-3489.
Acera Summer Internships for High School Students
We seek generous, patient, creative youth who want to develop their leadership skills in a non-profit school with a start-up “feel.” Our interns serve as support in the classroom and during free times, modeling responsible behavior and engagement in the learning process. Based on age and experience, outgoing 8th-12th grade students may be eligible for either the Acera Mentorship Program or the Acera Education Leadership Program.
Objectives and Eligibility
Acera Mentorship Program:
The Acera Mentorship Program supports young High School students (outgoing 8th, 9th or 10th grades) in the transition from childhood to adolescence. Interns grow their skills in perspective-taking and group leadership in an inspiring and innovative environment. All interns participate in weekly workshops led by School Counselors and Managers to grow their skills, identify their strengths or areas of improvement, and engage in reflective problem-solving. Interns assist Teacher Entrepreneurs in their STEAM classes, both participating and taking on greater responsibility as merited. Mentees are expected to work a minimum of 2 weeks of the summer. Fee for program: 50% of listed class tuition
Acera Education Leadership Program:
The Acera Education Leadership Program is available to students (typically outgoing 11th or 12th graders) who have completed the Mentorship Program or have references that show the individual’s ability to take on work independently. This program offers interns opportunities to coach younger interns, apprentice with specialized Teacher Entrepreneurs, and take on greater responsibility. Throughout the summer, interns will participate in weekly leadership workshops and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of Counselors, School Administrators, Artists, Musicians, Scientists, and other professionals. Prior interns have reported that this internship helped them develop new social skills, refine areas of interest for college, deepen their self-awareness, and have fun! Leaders are expected to work for a minimum of 4 weeks of the summer. Additional roles for Education Leadership interns may be modified based on applicants’ strengths and interests, administrators’ needs, as well as the teaching styles of Teacher Mentors. No fee for program. Paid internships may be available, if intern takes on administrative or woodshop assistant roles.
About Intern Program Managers:
Vanessa Roman – Prior to joining Acera, Vanessa was a Yoga Instructor. At Acera for 6 years, she ran the Kinetic Math class for young students, Human Sexuality for the Middle School, Theatre Arts for all ages during Creativity Morning, and Friendship Skill-Building during recess. She returns to us this summer from Providence, Rhode Island! Vanessa specializes in mindfulness and coaching students be their best selves.
Kara Williams – Kara’s experience includes education and work in Theatre, Financial Aid, and most recently School Counseling. After earning her M.A. in School Counseling at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT, Kara moved to Massachusetts. Kara appreciates the opportunity of working in the environment that Acera provides where she is able to interact with and help students. Kara is creative, organized, and excited to help in the many facets that her role at Acera includes.
Alexis Daniels – Before joining Acera, Alexis worked as an Occupational Therapist and culinary instructor, founded an urban farm, and led a study abroad program for college students across the globe. She supported students’ emotional well-being and facilitated weekly community building sessions, to create an authentic space for group reflection, development of identity, and conflict resolution.
Pricing & Policies
Class prices include all materials and lab fees, and an Acera T-shirt! Prices vary by class (“Search Courses”).
EXTENDED DAY OPTIONS
Early Drop-Off is available, beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $5 per day, or $25 per week.
Late Pick-Up is available between 4 and 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per day, or $50 per week.
Bus transportation is not available at this time. However, you may indicate your interest during online registration to join a carpool list (as driver or rider). Your information will be shared with other families interested in car-pooling, based on geographic proximity.
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. When we begin a waitlist, we will do our best to find an instructor to increase the class size.
Changes and Cancellations: $100 deposit per class is non-refundable. If you need to switch weeks of camp, we will do our best to try to place your child into a new session. If there are no options available that work, we will issue you a refund of the session amount, less the deposit. The latest you can cancel a camp session is June 1, 2019.
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 (including deposit).
No refund or reduction in fees is possible for a child who arrives late, leaves early, or attends part of a session due to illness (other than hospital stay).
For those who pre-registered, if payment in full is not received by May 1st, your camper’s registration may be cancelled. For enrollments made after May 1, tuition is due in full at time of enrollment. You must pay your camp balance before starting your session. The Acera Staff appreciates your efforts to communicate changes, deletions, or additions to your camper’s registration.
Lunch & Snack: Acera STEAM Camp does NOT provide lunch and snacks. Please send your child with a bag lunch, snacks, & water bottle.
Student Ages: We aim to be flexible with our age requirement for classes (for example, if your child is turning 7 in September and wants to join a 7-10 class). If you have questions, please contact email@example.com.
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.
Laptop/Extra Fees: Some sessions require extensive laptop use. If you are unable to send your child to school with a personal laptop, you will have the option to rent a laptop (more information available in May). Additionally, a few courses (i.e. Make Your Own Gondola and SEEDS Computational Critters) utilize technology that is NOT included in the base price. If students would like to keep these items (such as micro:bit), a materials fee will be assessed and payment can be made at the end of the week.
Removal from camp: Decisions about participation in STEAM camp are made at the discretion of the instructor and the Enrichment Programs Manager. If a student is not able to participate in a safe and productive way, or if the teacher 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.
Limited financial aid is available and awarded based on demonstrated need. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Scholarship Application. The deadline for this request is Aprill 1st, 2019.