Courses Offered

2017 MSMS Middle School Summer Enrichment Camp Offerings

(Rising 7th and 8th Grade Students - June 11 - 16)

 

Blast Off: Study motion and forces by building and launching rockets from simple materials. Work in a team to solve problems, keeping a lab notebook filled with your data and observations.

Convergent Media: Making quality media does not have to be hard. Do you like making videos? Have you ever wanted to create your own blog that is both nice to look at and interesting for people to read? Students taking this course will have the opportunity to learn basic video editing techniques across a variety of software solutions, basic picture manipulation, how to write like a journalist quickly and professionally, and how to create original web content.  

Crash Course in Robotics: Do you like robots? Do you dream of being a roboticist? In this course, students will learn the basics of computer-aided design (CAD) by building robots ranging from a simple 4-wheel robot to a miniature Segway-style balancing robot. Students will also be introduced to, and be able to explore, computer programming as they play with the robots.

Engineering and Teamwork: Discover the engineering process and foster your teamwork skills through hands-on activities. Students will work with new partners each day to create cargo containers, a mountainous road, a payload mover, and bore through Mount MSMS. 

Exploring Science with Programming: Are you a deep thinker? Do you have a knack for puzzles? In this course, students will learn about problem solving and algorithm design (the steps to solve a problem) by creating various scientific simulations from subjects such as physics and biology.  Examples of projects can include simulating the trajectory of a projectile and calculating the probability that a specific trait will appear when breeding plants.

Life in a Drop of Water:  Life in a Drop of Water aims to create awareness and wonder of the microbial “Zoo” that exists around (and inside) us but that we can’t see with our naked eyes. It is designed for students interested in exploring unusual and alien-like life forms starting by observing the tiniest bacteria living in our mouth, going through a journey to the micro-Jungle that exists in a drop of water with prey and predators, and ending with the observation of tardigrades (water-bears), the only living form on earth capable of surviving in outer space!

The Math of Money: How much space does money really take? How do we make money from money? Does what you start with really matter? Learn about the math of money from your pocket to the global stage as you solve problems, play games (world poverty Monopoly, anyone?), and run a mock store. 

The Math of Flight: Get ready to discover the basic physics behind flight by designing, building, and testing model aircraft.  Students will learn about the engineering process and work in teams to create gliders, propeller systems, and other aircraft.

Mathematical Discoveries: Have you ever wondered how pi was discovered?  How did Pythagoras establish his renowned Pythagorean Theorem?  How did ancient civilizations use different number systems?  In this course, students will explore famous mathematical problems of the past, recreate the historical context, and discover solutions to these problems for themselves.    

No-Experienced-Needed Coding: Looking for all students who are interested in computer programming or playing with Robots but have little to no experience. Learn how to program the Sphero Robot and challenge yourself to guide the Sphero through 5 challenging courses/obstacles.

Positively Medieval: This course blends history, math, science, technology, and the arts to provide students with a one-of-a-kind perspective into medieval life. Topics for the week will include papermaking, fiber production, weaponry, and medieval math. 

Puzzled: Learn to beat puzzles from around the world from Japanese number puzzles like KenKen and Sudoku and American cryptograms. Work and write logic puzzles like famous British puzzle writer Martin Gardner and the infamous Bart Simpson. We will also consider construction puzzles including tangrams and pentominoes. 

Trading Places: Trade the present for the past and explore many of the trades found in the medieval period.  Learn about torque and twist when you make a rope, grind stones to make paint, and examine fleece scales for feltmaking.  Also included are herbal remedies, making incense and essential oils.

Visual Programming: Are you a visual learner? Would you like to learn about Instagram filters? Are you interested in cinematic special effects? If so, then get ready to dive into the world of computer science through creating programs, such as drawing fractals and manipulating image pixels. 

“What is your Dream?” Civil Rights Course: On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed to the world that he had a Dream. His dream involved civil rights for all. The Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s was a turbulent time, a time that proclaimed change needed to come. Field trips, guest speakers, and the music of the time will make this class come alive to the participant. Using readings, speeches, music, and videos, students will discuss and write about the Civil Rights Movement. The final project will be students writing and presenting their version of “I Have a Dream.”

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2017 MSMS Summer Enrichment Camp Offerings

(Rising 9th and 10th Grade Students - June 18 - 23)

Apps for Good: Design and build an Android app to meet a real-world problem. No programming experience needed! This class is taught by a math teacher interested in problem solving using technology.

Convergent Media: Making quality media does not have to be hard. Do you like making videos? Have you ever wanted to create your own blog that is both nice to look at and interesting for people to read? Students taking this course will have the opportunity to learn basic video editing techniques across a variety of software solutions, basic picture manipulation, how to write like a journalist quickly and professionally, and how to create original web content.  

Crash Course in Robotics: Do you like robots? Do you dream of being a roboticist? In this course, students will learn the basics of computer-aided design (CAD) by building robots ranging from a simple 4-wheel robot to a miniature Segway-style balancing robot. Students will also be introduced to, and be able to, explore computer programming as they play with the robots.

Crypto-Craze: Have you ever wondered how to create a secret code for a message so it is easy to decode but difficult to crack? This course will familiarize students with commonly used cryptography terms, guide students through encoding and decoding messages as well as introduce various encryption techniques such as Caesar cipher and public key encryption. Students will use mathematics with matrices to decode messages. Students will also be able to develop their own secret codes and have their fellow classmates try to crack the codes using mathematics. This course will also discuss the history of coding in various themes. By the end of this course, students will gain better reasoning and problem solving abilities. Students will be able to reason and use logic at higher levels and gain a greater conceptual understanding of mathematics.

Engineering and Teamwork: Discover the engineering process and foster your teamwork skills through hands-on activities. Students will work with new partners each day to create cargo containers, a mountainous road, a payload mover, and bore through Mount MSMS. 

Exploring Science with Programming: Are you a deep thinker? Do you have a knack for puzzles? In this course, students will learn about problem solving and algorithm design (the steps to solve a problem) by creating various scientific simulations from subjects such as physics and biology.  Examples of projects can include simulating the trajectory of a projectile and calculating the probability that a specific trait will appear when breeding plants.

Going Global: Explore the concept of normal from a global statistics perspective. How much food is normal? How much education is normal? How might we work towards a new global definition of normal? We will explore statistics and challenge viewpoints as we grapple with the issues of global poverty and education. This is not a math course, but we will use math to explore the fairness of the world around us.

Life in a Drop of WaterLife in a Drop of Water aims to create awareness and wonder of the microbial “Zoo” that exists around (and inside) us but that we can’t see with our naked eyes. It is designed for students interested in exploring unusual and alien-like life forms starting by observing the tiniest bacteria living in our mouth, going through a journey to the micro-Jungle that exists in a drop of water with prey and predators, and ending with the observation of tardigrades (water-bears), the only living form on earth capable of surviving in outer space!

Math Art: Is there math in art? Find patterns, symmetry, transformations, and equations in the visuals arts. Each day will focus on one patterns, symmetry, and transformations in Frieze patterns, tessellations, Origami, string art, and more.

The Math of Flight: Get ready to discover the basic physics behind flight by designing, building, and testing model aircraft.  Students will learn about the engineering process and work in teams to create gliders, propeller systems, and other aircraft.

Mathematical Discoveries: Have you ever wondered how pi was discovered?  How did Pythagoras establish his renowned Pythagorean Theorem?  How did ancient civilizations use different number systems?  In this course, students will explore famous mathematical problems of the past, recreate the historical context, and discover solutions to these problems for themselves.    

No-Experience-Needed Coding: Looking for all students who are interested in computer programming or playing with Robots but have little to no experience. Learn how to program the Sphero Robot and challenge yourself to guide the Sphero through 5 challenging courses/obstacles.

Positively Medieval: This course blends history, math, science, technology, and the arts to provide students with a one-of-a-kind perspective into medieval life. Topics for the week will include papermaking, fiber production, weaponry, and medieval math. 

Russian Kaleidoscope: It spans more territory than any other country on earth, and its history and culture are endlessly fascinating. Come explore Russia! You'll delve into the past, learning about such figures as Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Rasputin, and Lenin. You'll follow the real Anastasia and her sisters -- daughters of the last tsar -- before they meet their dreadful fate in a basement in Ekaterinburg. You'll experience the sights and sounds of Russia through her treasure trove of music, dance and visual art. Along the way, you'll learn the Russian alphabet, learn a few words in Russian, and learn a Russian folk song.  You'll create your own nesting doll. Before you go home, you'll receive a reading list of books about Russia that will help you continue exploring on your own.

Trading Places: Trade the present for the past and explore many of the trades found in the medieval period.  Learn about torque and twist when you make a rope, grind stones to make paint, and examine fleece scales for feltmaking.  Also included are herbal remedies, making incense and essential oils.

Visual Programming: Are you a visual learner? Would you like to learn about Instagram filters? Are you interested in cinematic special effects? If so, then get ready to dive into the world of computer science through creating programs, such as drawing fractals and manipulating image pixels. 

“What is your Dream?” Civil Rights Course: On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed to the world that he had a Dream. His dream involved civil rights for all. The Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s was a turbulent time, a time that proclaimed change needed to come. Field trips, guest speakers, and the music of the time will make this class come alive to the participant. Using readings, speeches, music, and videos, students will discuss and write about the Civil Rights Movement. The final project will be students writing and presenting their version of “I Have a Dream.”

WWII Battle Board Games: Have you ever wanted to know about the battles of WWII? Have you ever wanted to design your own board game? These two learning opportunities will be combined into a lively class.