Food for Thought: Engineering Ice Cream – Deborah Carter-Bruvik

In Food for Thought: Engineering Ice Cream, scholars began the week exploring the engineering design process by taking on a number of  team challenges.First, young engineers created a Spaghetti Tower that needed to hold up a marshmallow. This was followed by a discussion about food technology, which lead us to  exploring how astronauts eat  in space.This included some actual testing of real  Space Ice Cream. Yummy! The next challenge was designing a way  to eat cereal underwater. Did you know that there are  actually underwater hotels? Some of us didn’t, but we learned about it this week. Finally, teams were introduced to what it means to be a Process Engineer, and scholars practiced this by engaging in the Rice Crispy Treats challenge. For the remainder of the week, teams will practice their process engineering skills by investigating the steps to make ice cream (varying ingredients, flavors and colors). In addition, groups will imagine and create a package that will keep their ice cream cold.   

Minecraft-Engineering – Matt Wartenberg

This week in Minecraft Engineering, our scholars learned how to pass an electrical signal along a multitude of circuits, and looked inside the wiring diagram of a calculator. This week’s activities have led up to the planning and construction of an automated amusement park. The last two days of our class will end with the planning and building of a single automated Smart Home, with a fully wired up electrical grid, power management, and combination locks!

LEGO WeDo Robotics – Mike Romea

It has been pleasure working with your children this week in our Lego WeDo- build and design class here at MFS Summer Scholars. This week has been all about building your child’s interest in engineering and programming through robotics. They eagerly jumped in and were off building and programming in no time. The kids have loved testing out the diverse options and felt so proud when finally achieved success.  Be it a race car or Rover, earth quake simulator or robotic arm we have been able to explore scientific principles in addition to our engineering and programming. Lego robotics is a wonderful opportunity for children to take intellectual risks.  Each day we have reinforced that perseverance and hard work truly pay off.  Add in critical thinking skills and collaboration and you have a formula for a wonderful week.Below I have included two links for possible gift ideas that may interest your children.
The first is the Lego WeDo 2.0 we used in class.
The second is a very cool robot/programming option called Sphero.  
 I hope they enjoyed our week together.  

To Infinity: Life Beyond the Blue Marble – Kaitlin Kelly

To infinity, and beyond! This week students have been busy studying all things space.  Each day has focused on a specific space topic beginning with the planets.  Students measured the distance of each planet from the sun using scaled measurements and toilet paper!  Neptune is very far away! On Tuesday, we studied Earth’s Moon.  We created the phases of the moon using Oreo cookies, molded moon rocks, and simulated how craters are created on the moon. Wednesday we will focus on constellations by building them with marshmallows and toothpicks.  We will also look at galaxies and create galaxy slime.  Thursday will be all about rocketing into outer space and building alka seltzer rockets and Friday we will take a look at what it is like to be an astronaut! The students energy and enthusiasm about space has been out of this world!

Handwork Day Camp – Handwork Staff

This week at Handwork Day Camp, we’ve really been making some great creative strides! So far, we’ve learned two kinds of sewing stitches, and used them to make some unique embroidered nametags; we also used these skills, combined with some yarn weaving, to make bright, stuffed cupcakes. In the upcoming few days, we will be stitching together stuffed raccoons or foxes, while learning and using other new skills such as wonder-knitting, kumihimo, needle-felting, and so on. It’s going to be a blast!

More than a Horse, of Course – Jessica Durdin

More than a Horse, of course has started off well with a variety of information all about horses! We are examining the anatomy of a horse, creating our own model horse, discussing the different breeds and learning the proper care and grooming they need.  We are preparing ourselves so we are ready to take what we have learned into action as we visit the stables on Thursday to groom and interact with a real horse. Creativity, teamwork and exploring have been our main themes this week as we learn about these fantastic animals together!

Through the Lens: Photography – John Trunkwalter

Monday and Tuesday we did introductions, talked about what we wanted to accomplish based upon the student’s interest. So far we have explored our campus focusing on nature, and creative ways to look at subjects. We also managed to do some spontaneous photos of the class  running through the giant sprinklers on the athletic fields. Coming up we have architecture photography today, and for the remainder of the week we will focus on portraiture. Students will bring in their costumes on Thursday to create a story for their portraits. Friday we will wrap up our week with decorating a small picture frame.

Amusement Park Physics – Griffin Kidd

In Amusement Park Physics the students have been learning about potential and kinetic energy and energy transformations, forces such as gravity and tension, and the best ways to make an object change direction. They have then taken this new knowledge and used it to build models of many amusement park rides, (mostly roller coasters)! At the end of the week, on Friday, we will have the grand opening of our amusement park featuring the models of rides they have designed and built as well as carnival games and a concession stand! We look forward to seeing you and showing off all of their hard work on Friday between 10:30 am and 11:30 am in the Lower School Room 4.

2-D Animation – Diana Day

Our 2D animators have been working hard.  We started off Monday with a brief overview of the history of 2D animation, and then they jumped right into Adobe Photoshop to create an animated GIF.  If you would like to see the GIFs, Scholars are welcome to bring a USB drive from home to save them; alternatively, just email me at, and I’d be happy to provide you a link where you can view their work.  Today some wanted to continue working on GIFs, but others chose to create claymations; it’s a labor intensive process, but our Scholars stuck with it for the whole morning!  The claymations will probably take the rest of the week to shoot and edit.

STEM Adventures – Bob Campbell

We’ve had a wonderful time this week performing all sorts of design science in our STEM Adventures makerspace! So far the students have built and launched paper air rockets, created a mentos/soda pop projectile, completed an egg drop challenge, built geodesic structures using marshmallows & toothpicks, created a load bearing buoyant vehicle, and engineered a bridge. We have a busy rest of the week ahead of us, in which we will design and create paper towers, domino chain reactions, a house of cards, catapults, solar ovens, and ice cream. I’ve had a blast so far this week and hopefully the kids have as well!

Clubhouse Architecture – Steve Wells

What a great 1st two days for clubhouse adventure. The first thing we did was to learn what poison ivy looked like and to stay far away of anything suspicious. After we discussed what we could do the students went to the work site we would use to build our dream, The scholars were asked what type of structure they wanted to build- great imagination as the opinions rolled in– A Schoolhouse- A Pizza Parlor and A Museum and some others. What the construction team decided was A RAILROAD STATION!! On Tuesday we went to the woods and broke into groups- Site Cleaners and A team gathering materials.  We were able to accomplish the task of finding most everything we need. We will now begin to build our train station during the rest of the week. We are all excited to see how it goes!!

Basketball – Jaime Waterhouse

We are off to a great start in Basketball Clinic this week! Junior and Senior Scholars have been practicing dribbling, passing, and shooting skills. Scholars have learned different dribbling moves, types of passes, how to perfect their shot through form shooting, and have improved their skills through daily challenges. We have applied the words hard work and being resilient to the game of basketball. Our word of the day for Wednesday is selfless. Scholars will continue to work on the skills they have learned as well as lay ups, jump shots, footwork, triple threat position, and discuss the positions on the court during a game. We are looking forward to a great rest of the week in Basketball Clinic!

Soccer – Jake Dowiak

During our third week of camp, we have turned our focus to passing technique. The campers have spent an extensive amount of time working on using the correct part of their foot to strike a ball, learning which parts give them the most control and accuracy. We have taken part in a number of games and relay races that force the campers to be accurate with their passes while also learning to properly communicate with their teammates. We will continue to work on these skills through repetition until our campers have a mastery of their passing skills!

Tennis – Omar 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!

Swim – Joshua Ponter

It’s already week 3 at the swimming program! It’s going so fast! I can hardly believe the summer is halfway over, but that doesn’t mean we are done practicing. We have been lucky enough to have some great weather so far, which means we have had lots of time in the pool. We all know though that there is still always room for improvement. Almost everyone has gotten to the point where they can now swim in the deep end safely. While we are still honing some skills for some of our little guys we are also learning flip-turns, different strokes, and building endurance. Yesterday we swam more than 20 laps with the afternoon class. By Friday we hope to make that 60. That’s more than 2000 feet without stopping!