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Youth Empowerment: How to be Anti-Racist

$375

with Tiffany Jewell

Calendar Jul 13, 2020 at 8:30 am

Ages: For rising 4th through 8th graders.

Spend a week learning how to wake up, take action, and do the work of anti-racism. This week long program will empower young folks to share time and space with one another and work together. Through guided activities and journal prompts the participants will explore the various aspects of their social identities, examine privilege, power, and oppression, and begin to understand their personal role in society. We’ll focus on building community, the history of racism and anti-racism, and working in solidarity to make a plan to stand up and respond to racism.

Tiffany Jewell is a biracial twin, mama, writer and Montessori educator. She spends her time baking bread, building LEGOS, watching British detective shows, and dreaming up how she can dismantle white supremacy. She has been working at the Montessori School of Northampton for 14 years and serves on the founding board of Montessori for Social Justice. Tiffany has traveled the country for the past few years presenting her social justice curriculum to other educators and is so excited to be sharing this with students! Her first book for young adults, This Book Is Anti-Racist was published in early 2020. 

Art Quest

$300

with Barbara Neulinger

Calendar Jul 20, 2020 at 8:30 am, runs for 1 week

Ages: For students entering grades 2nd through 6th grades

Closed Friday, July 3 in observance of Independance Day.

This summer, set out on an adventurous week loaded with a variety of fun and challenging art projects. Our work will include tie dye with traditional and less traditional types of patterns.  We will paint on watercolor paper exploring abstract art and representational approaches with brightly colored inks, and make sculptures with clay. We will also use collage to play with scale and content, creating unexpected combinations of objects, people, animals, and places. 

Barbara Neulinger has been a painter and art educator for over 20 years. She has taught art at the primary, elementary, middle school, high school and college level and has been the art teacher at the Montessori School of Northampton since 2001. She received her MFA in painting from Indiana University. Barbara has exhibited her in art work New York City, Boston, Mexico City, and Lecce, Italy, and locally at the Oresman Gallery, Smith College, and at the Hampden Gallery, UMass. In addition to teaching art, Barbara works as an architectural color consultant:  barbaraneulingercolor.com

Jedi Engineering

$235

with Play-Well TEKnologies

Calendar Jul 20, 2020 at 8:30 am

Agesfor students entering Kindergarten through 2nd grade

The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles with LEGO® materials as we construct the Ewok Village on Endor, fly through space on our X-Wings, and defend the Echo Base on Hoth. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire!

Daily Schedule

  • 8:45-9:00 Arrival and greeting
  • 9:00  First LEGO meeting
  • 9:15  LEGO projects and programming
  • 10:30 Outside break time
  • 10:45 LEGO programming resumes
  • 12:00 Dismissal. PLEASE NOTE: Students registered for the 1:00 pm afternoon program stay for lunch & outdoor recess.

Play-Well TEKnologies was founded in 1997 and has run LEGO® building system programs for summer camps and after schools all across the country. Through the use of fun-filled LEGO® engineering and architectural projects, Play-Well helps children learn problem-solving skills and self-reliance while fostering creative expression.

Nature Writing Workshop (advanced)

$200

with Drew Egan

Calendar Jul 20, 2020 at 8:30 am, runs for 1 week

Ages: for students entering 3rd through 5th grade

Curious about the natural world? Bugs, rivers, and snakes? Well, take time to smell the flowers and write about it! This workshop will give you time to see, smell, feel, listen, and taste the experiences of our outdoor world. Then, with teacher-guided prompts and periods of free writing, you can doodle, write, and record your observations through a nature journal. Other experiences include reading nature poems, engaging with science research, and learning about nature writers. You will be able to complete and share a creative piece of your choosing.

Sign up for this program and JEDI Master Engineering with LEGO® Materials (1:00-4:00) for a full day of programming starting at 8:30 and ending at 4:00.

Schedule:

  • 8:30-9:00 Arrival and greeting
  • 9:00  Beginning of workshop
  • 10:30 Outside break time
  • 10:45 Programming resumes
  • 12:00 Dismissal. PLEASE NOTE: Students registered for JEDI Master Engineering with LEGO® Materials (1:00-4:00) stay for lunch & outdoor recess from 12:00 to 1:00.

Jedi Master Engineering

$235

with Play-Well TEKnologies

Calendar Jul 20, 2020 at 1 pm

Agesfor students entering 3rd grade to 5th grade

The Force is strong in this advanced engineering course for young Jedi! Use the force and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts to raise your X-Wing from the Dagobah swamp, challenge the AT-AT walkers on Hoth, and fly the Millennium Falcon through the Kessel Run. Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while you explore a galaxy, far, far away.

Daily Schedule

  • 12:00 Lunch & Outdoor recess for students registered for morning and afternoon classes
  • 1:00 Afternoon registrants arrive. First LEGO meeting 
  • 1:15 LEGO projects and programming
  • 2:30 Outside break time
  • 2:45 LEGO programming resumes
  • 4:00 Dismissal

Play-Well TEKnologies was founded in 1997 and has run LEGO® building system programs for summer camps and after schools all across the country. Through the use of fun-filled LEGO® engineering and architectural projects, Play-Well helps children learn problem-solving skills and self-reliance while fostering creative expression.

Nature Writing Workshop (intro)

$200

with Drew Egan

Calendar Jul 20, 2020 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

Ages: for students entering Kindergarten through 2nd grade

Curious about the natural world? Bugs, rivers, and snakes? Well, take time to smell the flowers and write about it! This workshop will give you time to see, smell, feel, listen, and taste the experiences of our outdoor world. Then, with teacher-guided prompts and periods of free writing, you can doodle, write, and record your observations through a nature journal. Other experiences include reading nature poems, engaging with science research, and learning about nature writers. You will be able to complete and share a creative piece of your choosing.

Sign up for this program and JEDI Engineering with LEGO® Materials (8:30-12:00) for a full day of programming starting at 8:30 and ending at 4:00.

Schedule:

  • 12:00 Lunch & Outdoor recess for students registered for JEDI Engineering and Writer's Workshop: Intro
  • 1:00 Afternoon registrants arrive. Workshop begins.
  • 2:30 Outside break time
  • 2:45 Programming resumes
  • 4:00 Dismissal 
Payment plan available: $67 deposit plus 1 payment of $133.00, paid every four weeks.

Advanced Film & Videography: DOCUMENTARY & MORE!

$375

with Tom Knight

Calendar Jul 27, 2020 at 8:30 am, runs for 1 week

Ages: For student entering 4th through 7th grades

Students will learn more advanced techniques of filmmaking to create documentaries, and recreating a scene from a TV show or movie. We’ll be working on skills like creating a script with other writers, recording good audio, interviewing techniques, shooting B-Roll, reverse angle shots for dialogue,  and editing with iMovie. Everyone will have opportunities to try their hand at all aspects of the process in front of and behind the camera. The last day of class will be the premiere of the films created during the week.

Tom Knight is a videographer and filmmaker who loves teaching. Besides making videos for musicians and web sites, Tom is also a puppeteer and songwriter and has been performing regularly at schools, libraries and festivals for over 25 years. To learn more about Tom Knight go to TomKnight.com or view his video “Elephant’s Lullaby” on YouTube. This is his fifth year teaching in the MSN Summer Program.

Musical Theater Workshop

$375

with Drew Egan

Calendar Jul 27, 2020 at 8:30 am, runs for 1 week

Ages: For students entering 1st through 4th grades

Like to sing, dance, and collaborate with a group of friends? This workshop will give you a chance to express yourself, at your comfort level, through different hands-on activities within the form of musical theatre. Be prepared for theatre games with movement, group singing, improvisation, and creativity. We will discuss plot, story, character development, emotional resonance, and expression. Other experiences include listening to and watching clips of classic or contemporary musical theatre, sharing and performing ideas, and creative writing.





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