Senior Scholars

MFS Senior Scholars

Ages: Rising 7th through 10th Grade students

Program Dates:

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

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. Senior Scholars Course or Sports/Swim
11:30 a.m. Dismissal for Half Day Senior 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. Senior Scholars PM Course, continuation of Full Day (FD) Course, or Sports/Swim

Senior Scholar Course Offerings

June 26 – 30 – Week 1

Mock Trial #1 (gr. 7-10) FD - Week 1

Scholars will take a case from a series of assumed facts to a jury’s decision. Through research and collaborative work, students will learn about the legal system, the role of the prosecution and defense in trial cases, and how to properly prepare and present oral arguments. The class will culminate in a mock trial simulation with prosecution, defense, and witnesses. The students will develop skills which will be useful in the creation of supported arguments for high school discussion and debate.

*Please note that this is a full day course.

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July 3 – 7 NO PROGRAMS – HOLIDAY WEEK

July 10 – 14 – Week 2

Clubhouse Architecture (gr. 4-7) AM

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). Please note that this class takes place outdoors rain or shine. Please dress appropriately.

Creative Moviemaking (gr. 6-8) AM
Storyboard, direct, and edit short movies using cutting-edge equipment, cameras and software such as iPads, green screens, iMacs, and iMovie 11.  Scholars will combine creativity with interesting shooting and storytelling techniques to level up their video creation skills.
Model United Nations (gr. 7-10) AM

Scholars will prepare for a Model United Nations committee session.  They will learn the process for debate in Model UN, develop position papers based on the perspective of a specific country, and will conclude the week with a full-day session to pass UN resolutions addressing a problem of our day. Whether addressing the Ebola crisis in West Africa, confronting ISIS aggression in the Middle East, or encouraging the expansion of women’s rights in India, students acquire skills for success in Model UN competitions as well as knowledge of current events and a better understanding of how global issues are addressed.

Project Engineering (gr. 7-10) FD

Get ready for complete project engagement! Students will build working wind turbines, solar powered race cars, balsa wood bridges, and learn to work on a CAD program. Access to the MFS 3D printer will allow students to print their own designs. The week would not be complete without a good egg-drop competition, of course.

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July 17 – 21 – Week 3

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). Please note that this class takes place outdoors rain or shine. Please dress appropriately.

2-D Animation (gr. 6-8) AM

Whether you are drawn to cel, stop motion, or computer animation, there is something for you in this workshop.  Start with traditional materials like paper and clay or go for something techie like green screens or manipulating images in Adobe Photoshop.  Combine them with your creativity, a camera or scanner and iMovie, and learn to animate just about anything!

Playwright Workshop (gr. 9-10) PM

Do you enjoy creative writing? acting? directing? drama? people-watching? If you like any of the aforementioned, you will most certainly enjoy playwriting. Beginning with shorter exercises to build a repertoire of playwriting techniques, by the end of this class you will have constructed your own short one-act play, ready for the stage.

Mock Trial #2 (gr. 7-10) FD

Scholars will take a case from a series of assumed facts to a jury’s decision. Through research and collaborative work, students will learn about the legal system, the role of the prosecution and defense in trial cases, and how to properly prepare and present oral arguments. The class will culminate in a mock trial simulation with prosecution, defense, and witnesses. The students will develop skills which will be useful in the creation of supported arguments for high school discussion and debate.

*Please note that this is a full day course.

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July 24 – 28 – Week 4

Creative Moviemaking (gr. 9-10) AM

Storyboard, direct, and edit short movies using cutting-edge equipment, cameras and software such as iPads, green screens, iMacs, and iMovie 11.  Scholars will combine creativity with interesting shooting and storytelling techniques to level up their video creation skills.  More experienced moviemakers may choose to edit with Adobe CC Premiere Pro.

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!

Millennial Marketing (gr. 7-9) AM

In a world inundated with so many consumer choices of Starbucks vs Dunkin, iPhone vs Android, and Marvel vs DC, a brand must establish a meaningful identity and narrative to break through to its audience. This class will explore the question of how to successfully build relationships between brands and people. In this course, Senior Scholars will gain an understanding of the impactful role of marketing for today’s influential millennials by engaging in hands-on activities such as creating social media marketing campaigns, writing press releases, producing a photo/video gallery, and more. By the end of the week, Senior Scholars will integrate their knowledge to make a pitch to a board room of their peers about their creative marketing campaign that millennials will #love.

Social Action Through Community Service (gr. 8-10) FD
 Students will engage in a service learning experience where they explore the work of five different organizations that are serving different populations in need and then learn how best to support that work. Students will engage in about thirty hours of service during this week.
Sample Schedule (subject to change):
Monday – Camden Children’s Garden – working in abandoned lots that have been transformed into community gardens.
Tuesday – New Visions Homeless Day Shelter – serving lunch to homeless
Wednesday – Cathedral Kitchen – serving lunch to homeless
Thursday – Anna Sample House for Women and Children – organizing, working with children,
Friday – SEEDS of HOPE, Camden County Women’s Shelter, CK Cafe or the Center for Environmental Transformation – working on repairing/rebuilding homes.
Project Engineering (gr. 7-10) FD

Get ready for complete project engagement! Students will build working wind turbines, solar powered race cars, balsa wood bridges, and learn to work on a CAD program. Access to the MFS 3D printer will allow students to print their own designs. The week would not be complete without a good egg-drop competition, of course.

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July 31 – August 4 – Week 5

Blog Blog Blog: Tell Your Story with WordPress (gr. 8-10) AM

Scholars will share their personal stories by designing and launching their own blogs using WordPress.com.  Learn to write effective copy, create cool interactive features, and design beautiful graphics to make your blog posts exciting and attractive!

That’s Debatable (gr. 6-8) PM

Students will learn how to debate on a particular topics that are of interest to students today (school uniforms, screen time, etc). They will learn how to research pro/con side of arguments and then develop that argument information and learn how to respond composedly to different speakers. This class will give student’s the opportunity to familiarize themselves with diverse public speaking scenarios – from individual speeches to team debates – as well as the most effective and appropriate presentation techniques.

Ecocrafting: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (gr. 6-8) PM

Description: 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.

The Design of Coffee: An Engineering Approach (gr. 7-10) FD

Learn the principles and practice of brewing a truly excellent cup of coffee, while getting an introduction to chemical engineering.

The Design of Coffee provides an introduction to chemical engineering, as illustrated by the roasting and brewing of coffee. Hands-on coffee experiments demonstrate key engineering principles, including material balances, chemical kinetics, mass transfer, fluid mechanics, conservation of energy, and colloidal phenomena. The experiments lead to an engineering design competition where contestants strive to make the best tasting coffee using the least amount of energy – a classic engineering optimization problem, but one that is both fun and tasty!​

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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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. Exception for Playwright class. 
• 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.

Senior Scholar participants enjoy many advanced class options with teachers working across various disciplines such as the sciences, liberal arts, and more. Technology is the universal language! Everyone learns from each other through team projects and group work. This age group needs to be challenged and that’s what will happen on a daily basis. 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, afternoon, and full-day class choices are available! PM only registration acceptable for Playwright Class.

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

Senior Scholars – Week 4

Jewelry and Wearable Art - Michael Webster and Ashley Gilreath View photos of the class here. Engineering, Robotics, and Computer Applications - Griffin Kidd View photos of the class...

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Senior Scholars – Week 3

Model UN - Clark Thomson The Summer Scholars Model United Nation had an amazing week addressing the many issues brought on by the rise of ISIS.  The delegates in the General Assembly began reviewing a variety of issues including terror, territorial integrity of member...

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MFS Moorestown Friends School
110 E. Main Street ∙ Moorestown, NJ 08057
MFSscholars@mfriends.org ∙ (856) 914-4493