Junior Scholars

Junior Scholars

Ages: Rising 2nd through 6th Grade students

Program Dates:

June 26 – 30
July 10 – 14
July 17 – 21
July 24 – 28
July 31 – August 4
August 7 – 11

Cost:

Full Day, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., $500 per week
Half Day, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., $300 per week
AM and PM Extended Day Available from 7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sample Daily Schedule:

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Junior Scholars AM Course or Sports/Swim
11:30 a.m. Dismissal for Half Day Junior Scholars (no lunch)
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Community Building
12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Junior Scholars PM Course or Sports/Swim

Junior Scholar Course Offerings

June 26 – 30 – Week 1

Engineering and Sustainable Energy (gr. 4-6) AM
Summer scholars will learn about alternative and sustainable sources of energy.  Students will study and construct devices which model solar, wind, and hydroelectric energy, among others.  The course will feature hands-on activities and the chance to test and demonstrate the various devices.  Through the course, students will experience first-hand the engineering process.
Through the Lens: Photography (gr. 5-6) AM
Come join our group as we explore basic photography and camera techniques through hands-on activities! Each day you will learn new ways to improve your photographs through fun exercises in portraiture, landscape / architecture and abstract photography.  Junior Scholars will also participate in photography scavenger hunts and other contests designed to focus on the fun that photography can bring to our lives.  Choose your best photograph and display them in a frame that you make yourself. Each student will also build a mini-portfolio of their 10 favorite photographs.
Seeing Like an Artist ( gr. 2-4) AM 1*
Students will take inspiration from renowned artists such as; Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse, and a variety of prominent artists as we explore a multitude of artistic mediums and elements found in nature. This class will guide students through techniques in painting, drawing, sketching, and collage to create works of art while tapping into each student’s creativity and imagination.
Seeing Like an Artist (gr. 5-6) AM 2*
Students will take inspiration from renowned artists such as; Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse, and a variety of prominent artists as we explore a multitude of artistic mediums and elements found in nature. This class will guide students through techniques in painting, drawing, sketching, and collage to create works of art while tapping into each student’s creativity and imagination.
Guinea Pig Palooza (gr. 2-4) AM 2*
Come have fun at the Guinea Pig Palooza! Guinea pig lovers work in teams to create innovations that help guinea pigs socialize better, avoid cardiovascular disease, and keep their brains stimulated. You’ll try out your prototypes on actual guinea pigs and have plenty of time to hold and play with the guinea pigs as well!

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July 3 – 7 NO PROGRAMS – HOLIDAY WEEK

July 10-14 – Week 2

Clubhouse Architecture (gr. 4-7) AM
Learn the principles of architecture and design while building mini-sized forts, clubhouses, and swinging creations. Classes are held in the Moorestown Friends School woods where you will use your creativity and imagination to construct and decorate your structures using a wide variety of natural materials. Teamwork will be emphasized throughout the process. On the last day of class, you will host an open house of your spaces and a marshmallow roast. Please note that this class takes place outdoors rain or shine.
Go Green: Engineering Recycled Racers (gr. 4-5) AM
Go Green: Engineering Recycled Racers, is part of the Engineering Adventures curriculum developed by the Museum of Science, Boston.  Engineering Adventures introduces children to engineering and engineering design process.  Throughout this unit, children will learn about green engineering and work to engineer toy race cars made out of recycled materials.  The unit is set in a real-world context: children will learn about the recycling culture in Senegal and the toys children make there.
Creative Moviemaking (gr. 6-8) AM
Description: TBA
A Seussical Adventure (gr. 2-4) AM
Explore the world of Dr. Seuss through the world of science and art! Each day discover one of Dr. Seuss’ wondrous books by conducting science experiments, creating art projects and engaging in STEM activities that match the themes of the books. Meet characters such as Bartholomew and create the famous green Oobleck that from that fell from the sky. Discover Ten Apples Up on Top and try to build a structure that will hold as many apples as possible! Join in on the fun world of Seuss while engaging in science and art activities!
LEGO Design Build Robotics (gr. 5-6) AM
Explore your creativity while learning about architecture, robotics, engineering, and design using LEGO bricks and LEGO WeDo, Mindstorms, or EV3 Robotics systems (depending upon level or prior experience). Each day, you are presented with individual and team building competitions that require you to problem solve, plan, build, test, and evaluate. You will also have time for free building your own creations! All students will improve their critical thinking skills, fine motor abilities, and develop teamwork and communication skills. (Challenges are not the same in other Lego Design courses, and students may register for multiple courses if they wish.)
Latin American Cooking (gr. 4-6) AM
This course will introduce you to famous dishes from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Colombia, and Ecuador. Everyday we will learn a brief history of a country, prepare a dish from that country and then enjoy what we have cooked together. Just as traditional families from those countries do. Participants will be able to download the recipes from that day to prepare at home. ¡Buen Provecho!
Handwork Day Camp (gr. 2-4) PM
Picture your child in the care of energetic and imaginative counselors exploring the world of needle-arts. At Handwork Day Camp, you’ll find campers sharing stories and laughs while working on a wide array of unique projects. Our goal is to teach useful skills such as hand-sewing, embroidery, knitting, weaving, needle-felting and much more! Campers are always free to express themselves and are enveloped in creativity and fun. Whether refining skills or learning brand new ones, our camp is sure to delight. Join the fun with Summer 2017’s fresh new curriculum with different projects every week! No previous experience necessary.

 

Computer Animation (gr. 4-6) PM
Starting with traditional materials like paper and clay, advancing to green screens, digital image manipulation in Adobe Photoshop, and 3D computer animation using Blender. Students will work in a variety of animation mediums including claymation, paper cut outs, looping gifs, enhanced live action, and Pixar style 3D animation. Combining these styles & tools with your creativity, a camera, and iMovie, and you can learn to animate just about anything!  Students who took Animation last summer will move onto more advanced techniques. The week will culminate in an animated film festival, and students will be sent home with a digital reel of their work. Come make your dreams a reality!
Hamster Haven (gr. 2-4) PM
Engage in city planning for hamsters! You will first observe hamsters and learn about their needs. Then, through projects and discussion, you will work to discover what makes a community and how the careful planning of a city can impact its residents. Finally, you will collaborate with your teammates to build a city exclusively for live hamsters. Throughout the process, students will engage in design-thinking concepts such as defining the problem, generating ideas, prototyping, and implementation.
Silk Screening (gr. 5-6) PM
Have you ever wanted to design your own clothing? Have a logo that you’re looking to brand? Have a band that you need to make t-shirts for? In this class, you will learn the techniques of silk screening and create a final series of printed wearable products.

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July 17 – 21 – Week 3

Food for Thought: Engineering Ice Cream (gr. 5-6) AM
Food For Thought: Engineering Ice Cream, is part of the Engineering Everywhere curriculum developed by the Museum of Science, Boston. Through this unit, youth will be introduced to engineering and Engineering Design Process as they work together to engineer a process for making ice cream. The unit will engage youth in hands-on, real world engineering experiences.
Sew Many Projects, So Little Time (gr. 4-6) AM
Join the fun in learning beginning sewing skills.  Students will start with hand stitching, creating small projects such as a small pillow cover (with buttons) and a pin cushion. By the second class, most will move on to working with a sewing machine. During this week-long class, optional projects will include a reversible market bag and a standard pillowcase.  A supply list will be provided before the first session.
2-D Animation (gr. 6-8) AM
Description:  coming soon
Minecraft – Engineering (gr. 5-6) AM
Learn the basics of electricity, wiring, and machinery using the game Minecraft! Harnessing the power of redstone, a resource available in the game, students will learn to create switches, circuitry, and simple machines. Exploring these concepts through Minecraft allows you to more readily visualize and understand them. By the end of the class, you will have developed a working knowledge of how to create functional circuitry as well as an understanding of the basics of engineering.
LEGO WeDo Robotics (gr. 2-4) AM
Explore your creativity while learning about architecture, robotics, engineering, and design using LEGO bricks. Each day, Junior Scholars are presented with individual and team building challenges that require you to problem solve, plan, build, test, and evaluate. You will also have time for free building your own creations! All students improve their critical thinking skills, fine motor abilities, and develop teamwork and communication skills.
To Infinity: Life Beyond the Blue Marble (gr. 2-4) AM
Delve into a world beyond Earth with this course designed to help students discover and investigate life beyond the blue planet. Students will investigate how the Moon’s craters were formed, be able to design and assemble their own rockets made from recycled materials and create their own constellation scopes. Come join in on the exploration as the class goes to infinity and beyond!
Amusement Park Physics (gr. 2-4) AM
Work in teams to design and construct a working model of an amusement park! Explore elementary concepts of physics while you design your own marble roller coasters and build amusement park games. Using concepts such as conservation of energy and centripetal force, learn first hand what it takes to make a working roller coaster. On the final day the park will open and students will be running their game stands, demonstrating their rides, and even “selling” concessions. Who knew learning could be so much fun!?
Clubhouse Architecture (gr. 4-7) PM
Further your understanding of the principles of architecture and design! Junior Scholars participate in team challenges that require the use of natural materials and your ingenuity to solve problems (for example, building a system to get from one hut to another without touching the ground). Participation in Clubhouse Architecture I is preferable, but not required. Please note that this class takes place outdoors rain or shine.
Handwork Day Camp (gr. 2-4) PM
Picture your child in the care of energetic and imaginative counselors exploring the world of needle-arts. At Handwork Day Camp, you’ll find campers sharing stories and laughs while working on a wide array of unique projects. Our goal is to teach useful skills such as hand-sewing, embroidery, knitting, weaving, needle-felting and much more! Campers are always free to express themselves and are enveloped in creativity and fun. Whether refining skills or learning brand new ones, our camp is sure to delight. Join the fun with Summer 2017’s fresh new curriculum with different projects every week! No previous experience necessary.
STEM Adventures (gr. 2-4) PM
Join in the thrill of experimentation and discovery with this week long adventure in design science! Students will engage in fun and exciting design challenges, developing multidisciplinary creative thinking, and imaginative problem solving skills. Students will have an absolute blast creating and testing their prototypes in the MFS makerspace, all while gaining first hand experience of the academic principles of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
More Than a Horse, Of Course (gr. 2-4) PM
This exciting look into horses will examine these wonderful animals in a number of ways.  Students will explore the anatomy of a horse (did you know they have 205 bones?!), learn about health and grooming, investigate different riding styles, and more.  A field trip to a local farm will allow for up close investigation of horses and their environments.
Through the Lens: Photography (gr. 5-6) PM
Come join our group as we explore basic photography and camera techniques through hands-on activities!  Each day you will learn new ways to improve your photographs through fun exercises in portraiture, landscape / architecture and abstract photography.  Junior Scholars will also participate in photography scavenger hunts and other contests designed to focus on the fun that photography can bring to our lives.  Choose your best photograph and display them in a frame that you make yourself. Each student will also build a mini-portfolio of their 10 favorite photographs.
Printmaking (gr. 5-6) PM
Ever wondered how Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns made their printed artwork? Learn relief printmaking techniques and transform your ideas into a series of multi-layered linoleum prints.

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July 24 – 28 – Week 4

Seeing Like an Artist (gr. 2-4) AM 1*
Students will take inspiration from renowned artists such as; Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse, and a variety of prominent artists as we explore a multitude of artistic mediums and elements found in nature. This class will guide students through techniques in painting, drawing, sketching, and collage to create works of art while tapping into each student’s creativity and imagination.
Seeing Like an Artist (gr. 5-6) AM 2*
Students will take inspiration from renowned artists such as; Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse, and a variety of prominent artists as we explore a multitude of artistic mediums and elements found in nature. This class will guide students through techniques in painting, drawing, sketching, and collage to create works of art while tapping into each student’s creativity and imagination.
Sew Many Projects, So Little Time (gr. 4-6) AM
Join the fun in learning beginning sewing skills.  Students will start with hand stitching, creating small projects such as a small pillow cover (with buttons) and a pin cushion. By the second class, most will move on to working with a sewing machine. During this week-long class, optional projects will include a reversible market bag and a standard pillowcase.  A supply list will be provided before the first session.
Minecraft – Architecture (gr. 5-6) AM
Using the wildly popular game Minecraft, learn how buildings are imagined, designed, and assembled. You will draft and design physical blueprints which are then used to create structures in the Minecraft world. Learn about resource management by gathering the natural resources available in the game in order to actualize your designs. By the end of the class, Minecraft Architects have a better appreciation for the critical thinking skills necessary in visualizing architecture and design.
Woodworking, Building & Construction (gr. 2-4) AM
Come experience a woodworking project from start to finish.  Working from a template, children will chart a project from the drafting stage through completion.  Along the way they will collaborate with a woodworking expert, learn how to glue pieces together to form solid bonds, and use a cordless screwdriver.  This project will allow children space to individualize their creation by adding detail and decoration.
Endangered Species (gr. 2-4) AM
Could you imagine a world without polar bears, gorillas or giant pandas? These animals, among many others, are in danger of becoming extinct. In this class, students will research various endangered species and using their knowledge, students will vote on one animal to save. They will conduct a fundraiser, using handmade products featuring the chosen species, to help adopt the endangered animal through the World Wildlife Fund. Join in to learn about the importance of these creatures and help in the conservation of these beautiful animals that deserve a home on our planet!
Field and Gym Sports: The Science behind Excellence (gr. 4-8) AM
Why are some swimmers and runners so fast? How can some people throw so powerfully and accurately? Why do some people jump so high and far? If these questions keep you awake at night, then join us to learn about the science of sports! Junior Scholars conduct experiments about force, trajectory, and leverage. They test their athletic abilities using skills and science that track their progress each jump, kick, and step!
Science Olympiad (gr. 4-5) AM
Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of science education, increasing male, female and minority interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by students.  Students will work in cooperative learning groups taking part in various science challenges. Events will include Barge Building, Straw Egg Drop, Mystery Architecture, Bridge Building, Pastamobile and Picture This.
Elementary Coding with Robotics (gr. 2-4) PM
Step into the future with this thrilling adventure in computer science and technology! Students will advance their already prodigious understanding of digital devices and apply their knowledge in a constructive and creative way. Students will learn coding and programming in a fun and intuitive way, allowing them to begin designing and creating their own games and apps. This class is designed for all skill levels, so whether your child is already a coding prodigy, or completely new to the concept, there will be plenty of fun for everyone. Don’t just play on your digital devices, program them!
Handwork Day Camp (gr. 2-4) PM
Picture your child in the care of energetic and imaginative counselors exploring the world of needle-arts. At Handwork Day Camp, you’ll find campers sharing stories and laughs while working on a wide array of unique projects. Our goal is to teach useful skills such as hand-sewing, embroidery, knitting, weaving, needle-felting and much more! Campers are always free to express themselves and are enveloped in creativity and fun. Whether refining skills or learning brand new ones, our camp is sure to delight. Join the fun with Summer 2017’s fresh new curriculum with different projects every week! No previous experience necessary.
Musical Theater (gr. 4-6) FD
Work together to produce a mini-musical, experiencing many facets of musical production (acting, singing, dancing, staging, costume design, and set and prop creation). Come prepared to work hard and get creative as each daily session will flow between the performance and production aspects of a musical.  Rehearsals include vocal warm-ups and techniques, acting games, and work on music and scenes for performance. In order to be successful, students will need to put in some work at home each day toward memorization of lines. At the end of the week, students present their performance for family and friends. *Please note that this is a Full-Day course.

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July 31 – August 4 – Week 5

Minecraft – Architecture (gr. 2-4) AM
Learn the basics of electricity, wiring, and machinery using the game Minecraft! Harnessing the power of redstone, a resource available in the game, students will learn to create switches, circuitry, and simple machines. Exploring these concepts through Minecraft allows you to more readily visualize and understand them. By the end of the class, you will have developed a working knowledge of how to create functional circuitry as well as an understanding of the basics of engineering.
A Bug’s Life (gr. 2-4) AM
Spend time outside (field, woods, and pond) learning about insects, arachnids, and worms. Junior Scholars collect specimens and examine them under the microscope, draw and classify them, build insect hotels, and do fascinating experiments to investigate behavior. You’ll also have visits from a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach and other special guests!
Lifecycle of a Dollar (gr. 2-4) AM
What is the true value of a dollar in America and where does it travel?  Students will learn about where and how the dollar bill is printed and then explore where it can be spent or saved, and how money affects the world around us. A walking field trip to a local bank will be on the agenda. Finally, you’ll have an answer for “Why do I have to learn math?”
Electrify It! (gr. 4-6) AM
Through the use of batteries, LED’s and conductive materials students will create electric circuits with a personal flair.  Let this be your introduction to electrical engineering.  Make a constellation light up picture for your room…create a treasure chest with an alarm that goes off when someone tries to access your treasure…make your own unique stuffed monster with scary eyes that glow. Participants will work with various tools, batteries, LED lights, and other supplies provided by the school. These supplies will not be available to take home – no additional fees incurred.
Icky Sticky Science (gr. 2-4) AM
Get ready to get messy! In this course, students will explore science through hands on science experiments. Have fun making homemade play dough, icky snot, and bouncy goo! Students will enjoy getting messy while learning about the scientific process! Don’t forget a smock or old tee-shirt for this class!
Seeing Like an Artist (gr. 2-4) PM 1*
Students will take inspiration from renowned artists such as; Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse, and a variety of prominent artists as we explore a multitude of artistic mediums and elements found in nature. This class will guide students through techniques in painting, drawing, sketching, and collage to create works of art while tapping into each student’s creativity and imagination.
Seeing Like an Artist (gr. 5-6) PM 2*
Students will take inspiration from renowned artists such as; Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse, and a variety of prominent artists as we explore a multitude of artistic mediums and elements found in nature. This class will guide students through techniques in painting, drawing, sketching, and collage to create works of art while tapping into each student’s creativity and imagination.
Ecocrafting: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (gr. 6-8) PM
In the true spirit of reusing students will recycle materials including plastic bags, plastic bottles, fabric strips and old t shirts to create unique and useful items ranging from  flower pots, reusable grocery bags, throw rugs, earth buddies, and terrariums, thereby reducing their impact on the environment.  Environmental stewardship will be emphasized.
Graphic Artistry (gr. 4-6) PM
Join us in combining your technological minds with your creative artistic flair in this graphic art class! Students work on various projects, including designing images suitable for printing on our large-scale poster printers! Learn the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop CS6, including how to use filters, layers, masks, and other tools necessary in graphic design. After this week-long course, students bring home a variety of digital art projects to begin their design portfolio!
Intro to Film and TV (gr. 4-9) FD
This is Wickline Casting’s original course that started 18 years ago.  Your children will work as cast and crew teams in this cool class/camp. Kids learn basic levels of acting, directing and operating the camera. Script writing, storyboarding and improvisation will also be introduced.  They will work on lots of projects as commercials, film scenes, music videos and public service announcements. Each day is different as they create their very own original projects.  They will truly learn the basics of the biz. Kathy Wickline, CSA (www.wicklinecasting.com) is a top casting director of TV and Film right here in Philadelphia and has selected real life projects for kids to enjoy while being introduced to this industry. (All footage is sent to a professional editor and parents have the option to order a USB after camp, as a keepsake.)

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August 7 – 11 – Week 6

Minecraft – Architecture (gr. 2-4) AM
Using the wildly popular game Minecraft, learn how buildings are imagined, designed, and assembled. You will draft and design physical blueprints which are then used to create structures in the Minecraft world. Learn about resource management by gathering the natural resources available in the game in order to actualize your designs. By the end of the class, Minecraft Architects have a better appreciation for the critical thinking skills necessary in visualizing architecture and design.
Digital Photography (gr. 2-4) AM
Learn techniques of digital photography and picture editing. Students will explore ideas of light and contrast, composition, angles, focus, linear structure, and more as they explore our 48 acre campus.  Participants will investigate a theme of their choosing using digital photography and editing tools.  This course will not only focus on techniques for taking photographs, but will also examine how to curate and edit using digital platforms.  iPads will be provided for the class.
Volcano Blast! (gr. 2-4) AM
Ever wonder why volcanoes erupt or how rocks and minerals form? Dig deeper into these questions as you learn about what is happening far below the earth’s surface. Students will build working models of volcanoes and the layers of the earth as they learn about what’s happening below their feet.

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*75-minute course – partnered with single block sports class (tennis, basketball, flag football, or swimming).

• Note: Course descriptions and teacher bios will be detailed in the online registration system. 
• Students may not sign up for PM classes only. Half Day participants attend AM only. (Senior Scholars is an exception.)
• Students may also enroll in sports camps including tennis, fencing, soccer, basketball, flag football, and swimming. Learn more here.
• A small portion of the day following lunch includes a Community Building activity which reflects an important element in the Moorestown Friends’ educational philosophy.
• BONUS: Pizza Friday (with popsicles) is offered during weeks 1, 3 and 6 as a camp-provided lunch.

NOTE: MFS reserves the right to change class times based on scheduling conflicts, and may cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment.

Junior Scholar participants enjoy a new schedule and age grouping this year to better serve their interest and allow teachers improved curriculum planning. This phase of development and growth requires hands on projects within the day so that learning and fun can be woven into each class. Master teachers plan class topics that stem from their own talents and passion. The difference is shown in exceptional classroom management, creative engagement, and unique problem-solving with students self-directing much of their achievements. Morning AND afternoon class choices are now available!

Further Questions?
Call Director of Auxiliary Programs Martha Cameron: (856) 914-4493 or email MFSscholars@mfriends.org.

Junior Scholars – Week 5

Amusement Park Physics - Griffin Kidd View photos of the class here. Dollars and Sense - Lisa Martin Some of the vocabulary and economic concepts we focused on during our Dollars & Sense Summer Scholars program were: goods and services, producers and consumers,...

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