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SUMMER PROGRAM 2021: Elementary & Middle School

Pokemon Engineering

$235

with Play-Well TEKnologies

Calendar Jul 26, 2021 at 8:30 am

Agesfor students entering Kindergarten through 2nd grade

Time: 8:45 - 12:00

Join Ash and Pikachu as you build, capture, train, and explore the vast world of Pokémon with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts. Design your own Poké Balls, explore the Kanto region, and fly with Charizard. Explore engineering through the fun world of Pokémon with the guidance of a Play-Well instructor.

Daily Schedule

  • 9:00  First LEGO meeting
  • 9:15  LEGO projects and programming
  • 10:30 Break time
  • 10:45 LEGO programming resumes
  • 12:00 Dismissal for morning students. 
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch & Outdoor recess for students registered for POKEMON ENGINEERING and Intro to Graphic Novel & Comic Book Art afternoon class. 

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.

This summer we will be taking very specific safety precautions to ensure the health of students and staff: requiring all students and staff to wear masks, socially distance and routinely wash hands, keeping each classroom size lower than usual, daily health screenings, and emphasizing outdoor class as much as possible. Outdoor class time will occur under a large tent or on our expansive playground.

Full Course

Advanced Graphic Novel & Comic Book Art

$230

with Rob Kimmel

Calendar Jul 26, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Ages: Entering grades 5, 6 & 7

Time: 8:30-12:00

If you like comics, you can make comics! Graphic novels and comic book storytelling are great vehicles for young people to discover the writer within themselves. In one week, you’ll learn techniques to create characters and experiment with ways to tell stories through the combination of words and images. Turn a doodle into a character. Add a second doodle and they can have a conversation. Put them in a panel and you have a scene. Draw a second panel and you have started a comic. Instructors introduce the idea of storytelling through images (both as readers and as creators), sequential art, and the concept of character as the defining force in stories.

Schedule:

  • 8:45 Class begins
  • 12:00 Dismissal for morning students. 
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch & Outdoor recess for students registered for ADVANCED GRAPHIC NOVEL & COMIC BOOK ART and POKEMON MASTER ENGINEERING afternoon class.

Rob Kimmel is an illustrator, graphic designer, and educator. He has an MFA in writing for children from Simmons University, and taught at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He is rarely seen without a pencil in hand! Born and raised in Chicago, Rob worked in the theater for several years and has traveled extensively from North Africa to South Asia. These varied experiences flavor his approach to art and writing. He has taught at the MSN Summer Program for the last six years.

This summer we will be taking very specific safety precautions to ensure the health of students and staff: requiring all students and staff to wear masks, socially distance and routinely wash hands, keeping each classroom size lower than usual, daily health screenings, and emphasizing outdoor class as much as possible. Outdoor class time will occur under a large tent or on our expansive playground.

Full Course

Intro to Graphic Novels & Comic Book Art

$230

with Rob Kimmel

Calendar Jul 26, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

Ages: Entering grades 2, 3 and 4

Time: 1:00-4:00

If you like comics, you can make comics! Graphic novels and comic book storytelling are great vehicles for young people to discover the writer within themselves. In one week, you’ll learn techniques to create characters and experiment with ways to tell stories through the combination of words and images. Turn a doodle into a character. Add a second doodle and they can have a conversation. Put them in a panel and you have a scene. Draw a second panel and you have started a comic. Instructors introduce the idea of storytelling through images (both as readers and as creators), sequential art, and the concept of character as the defining force in stories. 

Schedule:

  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch & Outdoor recess for students registered for POKEMON ENGINEERING and Intro to Graphic Novel & Comic Book Art afternoon class
  • 1:00 Afternoon students arrive. Class begins.
  • 4:00 Dismissal    

Rob Kimmel is an illustrator, graphic designer, and educator. He has an MFA in writing for children from Simmons University, and taught at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He is rarely seen without a pencil in hand! Born and raised in Chicago, Rob worked in the theater for several years and has traveled extensively from North Africa to South Asia. These varied experiences flavor his approach to art and writing. He has taught at the MSN Summer Program for the last six years.

This summer we will be taking very specific safety precautions to ensure the health of students and staff: requiring all students and staff to wear masks, socially distance and routinely wash hands, keeping each classroom size lower than usual, daily health screenings, and emphasizing outdoor class as much as possible. Outdoor class time will occur under a large tent or on our expansive playground.

Full Course

Pokeman Master Engineering

$235

with Play-Well TEKnologies

Calendar Jul 26, 2021 at 1 pm

Agesfor students entering 3rd grade to 5th grade

Time: 1:00 to 4:00

Start your training in Pallet Town and expand your Pokédex as you collect your favorite Pokémon with LEGO® materials. Surf with Blastoise, challenge Team Rocket, and earn badges from gym leaders on your way to the Pokémon League. Design and build as never before and explore your craziest ideas while learning about STEM concepts.

Daily Schedule

  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch & Outdoor recess for students registered for ADVANCED GRAPHIC NOVEL & COMIC BOOK ART and POKEMON MASTER ENGINEERING afternoon class.
  • 1:00 Afternoon students arrive. First LEGO meeting.
  • 1:15 LEGO projects and programming
  • 2:30 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.

This summer we will be taking very specific safety precautions to ensure the health of students and staff: requiring all students and staff to wear masks, socially distance and routinely wash hands, keeping each classroom size lower than usual, daily health screenings, and emphasizing outdoor class as much as possible. Outdoor class time will occur under a large tent or on our expansive playground.

Intro to Digital Animation with Holyoke Codes

$300

with Lissie Fein

Calendar Aug 2, 2021 at 8:45 am, runs for 1 week

AgesFor students entering 2nd through 5th grades.

Time: 8:45-12:00

Have fun this summer creating your own characters, stories, and games! With a few colorful blocks of Scratch code and some creativity you’ll be able to design your own character, animate it, and program it to talk, move, and have conversations. Add sound effects to make your projects even cooler.

Holyoke Codes is an organization dedicated to creating a fun learning environment for kids to get involved in coding, robotics, and technology. We provide access to resources and tools to develop technical skillsin an accessible, supportive environment while encouraging students to develop creativity, abstract thinking, systematic reasoning, collaborative working skills, and confidence.Through partnerships with afterschool programs we reach out to groups currently underrepresented in the technology industry, including people of color, low-income families, and girls.

This summer we will be taking very specific safety precautions to ensure the health of students and staff: requiring all students and staff to wear masks, socially distance and routinely wash hands, keeping each classroom size lower than usual, daily health screenings, and emphasizing outdoor class as much as possible. Outdoor class time will occur under a large tent or on our expansive playground.

Full Course

Code Week with Holyoke Codes

$300

with Lissie Fein

Calendar Aug 2, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

Ages: For students entering 5th through 8th grades.

Time: 1:00-4:00 pm

Learn to code video games, 3D Model, build and program robots, and other creative projects with code. Take your creative digital ideas to the next level!

Holyoke Codes is an organization dedicated to creating a fun learning environment for kids to get involved in coding, robotics, and technology. We provide access to resources and tools to develop technical skills in an accessible, supportive environment while encouraging students to develop creativity, abstract thinking, systematic reasoning, collaborative working skills, and confidence. Through partnerships with afterschool programs we reach out to groups currently underrepresented in the technology industry, including people of color, low-income families, and girls.

This summer we will be taking very specific safety precautions to ensure the health of students and staff: requiring all students and staff to wear masks, socially distance and routinely wash hands, keeping each classroom size lower than usual, daily health screenings, and emphasizing outdoor class as much as possible. Outdoor class time will occur under a large tent or on our expansive playground.

Outdoor Wilderness Adventures

$525

with Corey Hadden

Calendar Aug 9, 2021 at 8:30 am, runs for 1 week

Ages: entering grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8

Get out of town and off the beaten path and explore the natural areas of Western Mass by foot, boat, and rope. Activities may include rock climbing, canoeing, paddle boarding, and more. We'll help participants develop the craft of outdoor adventuring, tap their leadership skills, and emphasize community-building and having fun. Our staff has extensive outdoor leadership experience, having worked for Outward Bound and several other outdoor programs. The program will include an overnight trip at the end of the week.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of COVID-19 concerns parents may need to transport their children to each daily activity site, usually within 1/2 hour distance or less from our school.

Corey Hadden began teaching at a Montessori middle school eight years ago after working as an instructor for Outward Bound for over fifteen years. He has a Master’s in Education and his American Montessori Society Teaching Credential for Middle School. His outdoor certifications include the industry standards: Wildness First Responder, American Canoe Association Whitewater Instructor for Canoe and Swiftwater Rescue. He’s also an experienced rock climber and mountaineer and has climbed all over North and South America.

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