Children and Youth Summer Programs

2017 Community Education Summer Day Camps
Join us for fun filled day camps. Camp run M-F 9-4 and take place on the campus of Plymouth State University. For additional Information please visit https://www.plymouth.edu/community-education/children-and-youth-summer-programs/ or contact Rachelle Lyons, rllyons@plymouth.edu or Nina Domina ( 603)535-3271

SUMMER SCIENCE EXPLORERS
Instructor: Dr. Mike Son
Dates: June 26th-30th
Times: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: students enter 1st-3rd grade
Cost: $375
Location: Boyd Science Center Lab
The world is full of amazing and mysterious things, and we all have questions about the different things we see, hear, taste, smell, and feel. Now is your chance to ask those questions as we explore the world around us, finding answers through science. Science is everywhere you look. Go ahead, look closer. Join us for a week-long science camp designed to introduce students entering grades 1 through 3 to the wonderful science world. We’ll explore everything from how seeds grow into plants, to live animals right here in Boyd, to the black magic of chemistry, to the invisible world of what germs really are. Bring your curiosity and your questions to a research lab in Boyd Science Camp.
Register here: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=24197

JR. LEGO ENGINEERING CAMP
Instructors: Kelsey Gadwah
Dates: July 10th-14th
Times: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: Going into grades 2 and 3
Cost: $325
Location: On Campus TBD
Our focus for this camp includes using advanced Lego parts, being presented with challenging model builds, and having lots of fun. Lessons will explore the use of mechanical lifts, nets, drills, ramps, and more. Campers will learn about working in partnership with fellow participants and experiment with power systems, sequence and control, pressure prototyping, kinetic and potential energy. If this sounds too serious, don’t worry! We balance the day with walking field trips, including an outing to our Ice Arena. Our campers leave tired and excited for more. Spaces are limited.
Register here: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=24179

LEGO ENGINEERING CAMP
Instructors: Kelsey Gadwah
Dates: June 26th-30th
Times: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: Going into grades 4 and 5
Cost: $325
Location: On Campus TBD
Campers will be challenged to use science, engineering, problem solving, critical thinking skills and ingenuity to solve a variety of challenges using Lego systems that include solar power, simple machines, pneumatics and more. Campers will explore the world of sequence, logic and physics through design builds and real world challenges. The end of the week will culminate with an introduction to Lego Mindstorm robotics and a showcase for parents. Spaces are limited.
Register here: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=24198

MINDSTORM MADNESS CAMP
Instructor: Kelsey Gadwah
Dates: July 30th -August 4th
Times: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: Going into grades 6 and 7
Cost: $325
Location: On Campus TBD

Join us for a week of science, engineering and fun! Using the LEGO Mindstorms, campers will work in teams, learning to build and program robots. Teams will be challenged to solve real-world problems with their ‘bots, in both cooperative and competitive challenges. The week will culminate with a grand challenge designed to showcase the ingenuity and engineering skills of the campers! There will be new builds and lots of experimentation, so returning campers will find new and engaging challenges. Spaces are limited.
Register here: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=24178

THEATRICAL COMBAT CAMP
Instructor: Jim Gleich
Dates: August 7th-11th
Times: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: Entering 5th, 6th, and 7th grades
Cost: $225
Location: Silver Hall Dance Studio
Jim Gleich has been involved with theater for many years and has intensely studied the art of theatrical/stage combat. These are specialized techniques designed to create the illusion of physical combat without causing harm to the performers. The term is also used informally to describe fight choreography for film and television. It is a common field of study for actors and dancers and is closely related to the practice of stunts. Campers will be learning the basic skills of Hand-to-Hand combat, rolling, simple falls, choreography notation/analysis, stage combat history, and introduction to single sword techniques. All students will perform their class fight each day at the end of class. Students should wear comfortable clothing and bring a pad and pencil for notes.
Register here: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=24199

Theatrical Combat Camp for Adults
Instructor: Jim Gleich
Dates: Monday through Friday, August 7th -11th
Times: 4:15 – 6:00
Ages: 15 and over
Cost: $95
Location: Silver Hall Dance Studio
Jim Gleich has been involved with theatre for many years and has intensely studied the art of theatrical/stage combat. These are specialized techniques designed to create the illusion of physical combat without causing harm to the performers. The term is also used informally to describe fight choreography for film and television. It is a common field of study for actors and dancers and is closely related to the practice of stunts. Participants will be learning the basic skills of Hand-to-Hand combat, rolling, simple falls, choreography notation/analysis, stage combat history, and introduction to single sword techniques. Students should wear comfortable clothing and bring a pad and pencil for notes.
Register here: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=24200

 

MINDFLIGHT 2017 July 16th-21st
Secrets of the Universe, Seen and Unseen…
Mindflight is a six day, five night residential program offering interdisciplinary experiences. Mindflight is open to motivated students currently entering the 7th, 8th and 9th grades. Student stay on Plymouth State University’s campus and are immersed in a living learning community that combines academic and social enrichment. This year’s sessions include:
Video Ventures
Ted White, Instructor

Students will work in small teams to create short but potent video sequences. The 2017 Mindflight theme focuses on illuminating the unseen world before our eyes and integrates various techniques involved in planning, shooting, and editing for video. Students will receive instruction in the conceptual and technological tools needed to employ video as an expressive medium and learn a variety of camera and editing techniques to convey their stories.

Acting and Absolute Theatre!
Fran Page, Instructor

Break the boundaries and popular assumptions of what theatre is in our everyday life! Students will explore diverse theatre styles including basic movements and play-making. During this program our participants will collaborate with one another in creating a new and exciting piece of theatre!

Seeing the Unseen: Art and Science Collide!
Kimberly Ritchie, Instructor

Students will create magical prints by looking for the unseen in natural objects. We will start with guided nature walks, collecting natural materials along the way and exploring science through the examination of the objects. Students will make creative images that will be matted to be framed or shared, and we will form an accordion Art and Natural Science Artist Book with our prints. Students will work in the photography dark room on cloudy days and on sunny days they will expose and develop their prints using objects outdoors and sunlight. Seeing this process happen naturally is super exciting to experience!

Forensics
Dr. Anil Waghe, Instructor

In Forensics, campers will learn about collecting and analyzing various types of criminal evidence. They will also better understand the important role science plays in today’s criminal investigations. Included (but not limited to) techniques are: Infrared Spectroscopic analysis of polymers, hair and fiber analysis, latent fingerprint visualization method and lifting prints, blood spatter and Luminol identification. These techniques will be used to crack an unsolved arson case.

Computer Programming
Susan Schwartz, Instructor

Students will use Alice, an innovative programming environment to support the creation of 3D animations. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student’s first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn of the unseen fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects. Susan Schwartz chose Alice because campers can continue using the program to share with others after getting home from camp. In addition, campers can work with Alice before coming to Mindflight. http://www.alice.org

Dates: July 16th –July 21at
Location: Plymouth State University
Cost: $675 (includes all activities, lodging and meals)
Register here: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=23842

For more information on this year’s camp Rachelle Lyons at rllyons@plymouth.edu. or Nina Domina at (603) 535 3271