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SUMMER PROGRAM 2021: Elementary & Middle School

CORE ENGINEERING: Adventures in STEM with LEGO®

$235

with Play-Well TEKnologies

Calendar Jul 6, 2021 at 9 am

Agesfor students entering Kindergarten through 2nd grade

Time: 8:45 to 12:00

Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Tunnel Boring Machines, Stilt Houses and Teacup Rides. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.

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. 

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.

Payment plan available: $90 deposit plus 4 payments of $36.25, paid every four weeks.

CORE ENGINEERING: STEM Explorations with LEGO®

$235

with Play-Well TEKnologies

Calendar Jul 6, 2021 at 1 pm

Agesfor students entering 3rd grade to 6th grade

Time: 1:00 - 4:00

Master your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as elaborate Houseboats, heavy duty Forklifts, and Big Ben Clocktowers! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.

Daily Schedule

  • 1:00 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.

Payment plan available: $90 deposit plus 2 payments of $72.50, paid every four weeks.

Film & Videography

$375

with Tom Knight

Calendar Jul 12, 2021 at 8:30 am, runs for 1 week

For students entering grades 1, 2, & 3

Time: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Lights! Camera! Action! Participants will learn camera operation, directing, and editing, as well as writing and acting.  The focus will be giving students the tools and skills they need to pursue their passions and interests through film. On Day 1, we start by making music videos, then through the week we'll create other shorts like commercials, trailers, and interviews, as well as a longer narrative film.  The last day of class will feature 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 sixth year teaching in the MSN Summer Program.

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.

Payment plan available: $125 deposit plus 4 payments of $62.50, paid every four weeks.

Advanced Film & Videography: DOCUMENTARY & MORE!

$375

with Tom Knight

Calendar Jul 19, 2021 at 8:30 am, runs for 1 week

For students entering grades 4, 5, 6 & 7

Time: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

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 sixth year teaching in the MSN Summer Program.

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.

Payment plan available: $125 deposit plus 4 payments of $62.50, paid every two weeks.

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. 

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.

Payment plan available: $90 deposit plus 5 payments of $29.00, paid every four weeks.

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

Graphic novels and comic book storytelling are great vehicles for young people to discover the writer within themselves. In one week, students create their own illustrated narrative, telling a story with words and pictures. While working toward this goal, instructors introduce the idea of storytelling through images (both as readers and as creators), sequential art (which can apply to picture books, comics, and film), the concept of character as the defining force in stories, and techniques for inventing and developing characters, exploring motivations and relationships.

Rob Kimmel is an illustrator, graphic designer and educator. After years of working in Brooklyn and teaching at Pratt Institute, Rob’s studio is now in a Northampton industrial building that once made “non-explosive” combs. 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 writing. He also maintains a blog focused on creative parenting, wandermonster.com. He returns for his sixth year leading this program.

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.

Payment plan available: $76 deposit plus 5 payments of $30.80, paid every four weeks.

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

Graphic novels and comic book storytelling are great vehicles for young people to discover the writer within themselves. In one week, students create their own illustrated narrative, telling a story with words and pictures. While working toward this goal, instructors introduce the idea of storytelling through images (both as readers and as creators), sequential art (which can apply to picture books, comics, and film), the concept of character as the defining force in stories, and techniques for inventing and developing characters, exploring motivations and relationships.

Rob Kimmel is an illustrator, graphic designer and educator. After years of working in Brooklyn and teaching at Pratt Institute, Rob’s studio is now in a Northampton industrial building that once made “non-explosive” combs. 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 writing. He also maintains a blog focused on creative parenting, wandermonster.com. He returns for his fifth year leading this program.

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.

Payment plan available: $76 deposit plus 5 payments of $30.80, paid every four weeks.

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

  • 1:00 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.

Payment plan available: $90 deposit plus 2 payments of $72.50, paid every four weeks.




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