Engineering and Sustainable Energy: Michael Avilés

Our class started off the week by learning about what it to means to be an engineer – a scientific problem-solver.  We spent some time Monday learning about the engineering method to solve a problem, which involves clearly defining the goal, and then brainstorming and designing a solution. After carefully taking notes in engineering journals, the team then moves onto the BTER step:  Build, Test, Evaluate, Redesign.

On Monday the class challenge was to build a tower using only 6 sheets of paper and 2 feet of masking tape.  The groups came up with a number of clever ideas, and the towers met the goal of each team.  On Tuesday and Wednesday we will begin exploring balloon-powered vehicles.  After that we will move on to building and testing solar-powered vehicles.

Families are welcome to drop in on Friday when we will be completing tasks with the solar-powered vehicles!


Through the Lens Photography: John Trunkwalter

Wow! This class is overflowing with creative energy. And it is all photography related.
We begin each day with a conversation centered on a quote by a famous photographer. There is a strong sense of camaraderie with the kids, and everyone participates in this classroom discussion. This quote then serves as a theme for our daily photography session.
Monday and Tuesday we spent time outside with our cameras exploring nature and conducting a scavenger hunt (in this case for yellow, linear objects to photograph).
Wednesday we will again spend time outdoors focusing on landscape and architecture photography.
Thursday will be our indoor portraiture session. The students have been discussing a theme for a group portrait. Please be sure that they come to class with their wardrobe and props for this exercise.
Friday we will be finalizing their keepsake portfolios.


Seeing Like an Artist: Sharon Uibel

The art room has been buzzing!! We jumped right in with form, line, and paint mixtures!

Day 1 we found the horizon line in our work , mixed tints with saturated colors and a touch of white! Some students explored Claude Monet’s “Boats” while ours created line and texture with “Fire Dragons”!

We continued to explore these concepts within the structure of paint mixtures and form in our pieces entitled  “Trees at Sunset” and “Neon Owls at Night”.

These concepts will be ever present in all our creations throughout the week! At the end of each lesson we sign our work like the artists we are!!


Guinea Pig Palooza: Jess Durdin

This week in Guinea Pig Palooza we are learning all about… you guessed it… Guinea Pigs! We even have our own female to observe, hold, and learn about! We have been enjoying many activities that help expand our understanding and experience with this animal.
We have used model clay figures that are an exact representation of our own “Caramel” along with our Observation Journal, diagrams and other games. Our highlight of the week is the “obstacle course” that the two teams that our group has been divided into are working on for our Guinea Pig to exercise on and explore!
At the end of this week we will be rehoming the Guinea Pig, so if you are interested in adopting this cute creature (supplies not included) let Martha Cameron know!


Swimming: Joshua Ponter

At the swimming program we know that kids come to us with all different levels of ability and comfort levels in the water. We like to begin by assessing everybody for skills and confidence in their ability to swim and play safely in the pool and surrounding area.

We have been working with some of the less experienced swimmer to improve their skills with concerns towards safety, as well as the more advanced swimmer focusing on technique and stroke mechanics. While reinforcing the pool rules, we make sure we include plenty of time for group play activities, where the swimmers can enjoy practicing their decision making skills and exercising teamwork.

By the end of the week it is my hope that most of the campers will have the ability to feel comfortable and secure in a pool setting, having made strides towards becoming able and confident swimmers, so as to make the water a fun and safe place to grow.


Youth Tennis: Alvaro Gonzalez

The youth tennis campers have been having a lot of fun this week learning and practicing the game of tennis! Monday the scholars worked on their rallies. Tuesday they learned to serve the ball and volley close to the net. Wednesday the students continued to practice their serves close to the net, but expanded on this skill by learning and practicing how to return a serve.

Thursday the students will learn tactics of the game and Friday we will finish the week of with fun games that use a culmination of all the skills the scholars have learned!