Our Favorite Summer Studio 2018 Classes
Our classes cover a broad range of topics, from academics to robotics and sports to exploratory day trips, and are offered to campers in rising preschool through grade 8. Below are samplings of some of our campers’ favorites from Summer Studio 2018. The Summer Studio 2019 catalog will be available in late December 2018.
Bicycling 101: Let’s Go for a Ride
New and transitioning bike-riders learned how to balance, steer, start, and stop a bike with confidence, along with basic road safety rules.
Books 4 Cooks
From selected children’s books, young chefs connected cooking concepts and themes to create culinary masterpieces. Some recipes included scones from Paddington Bearand spaghetti and meatballs from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Campers learned the basics of cupcake creation, including measuring, mixing, baking, and frosting. The week finished with students competing for the title of “Best Cupcake.”
Design & Build: Furniture
Campers in this class used principles of math, science, architecture, and engineering to create and build a functional and structurally sound table. Campers also learned to safely and accurately measure, cut, and join all materials using hand tools.
Dissection Obsession: The Anatomy of Species
Campers investigated various specimens to gain familiarity with skeletal structures, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and organ tissues. Utilizing dissection tools, campers learned important techniques for exploring anatomy and compared anatomical structures and system functions of different species.
This hands-on course provided campers with an opportunity to learn how to code, operate, and fly drone robots. Students worked in teams to compete in daily missions for the end-of-week challenge.
This destination camp allowed students to explore their imagination from pop culture to puppetry. Campers mingled with the stars at Madame Tussauds, watched stories come to life at Adventure Theatre, and participated in a show at Imagination Stage.
Executive Function: Study Skills & Organization
Students in this class developed a personal organization system that incorporated all aspects of their day -- from tracking upcoming assignments and after-school commitments to staying on top of day-to-day needs. This course allowed students to set and accomplish goals based upon their learning style and method for studying.
Campers learned basic gymnastic skills, body awareness, strength, and flexibility in this high-energy class. Young gymnasts mastered the five ways to roll, practiced balances such as headstands or handstands, and put them all together into a sequence.
littleBits: Droid Inventor
In this class, campers manipulated easy-to-use electronic circuits called littleBits to create their own droid. Through daily missions, campers learned the functions of each bit, including how to navigate their surroundings in force mode and interact with other droids in race mode.
Young scientists were introduced to concepts of the microscope as they explored atoms, molecules, DNA, and forms of germs. Campers created models and performed experiments to examine evidence and the effects of what they can see under magnification.
Students explored musical theater by performing in a mini-musical that included singing, acting, and choreography. Campers practiced singing skills, stage presence, and vocal projection as they learned popular songs from movies.
Service Learning: The Community Partnership Project
The Community Partnership Project provided a way for students to address community needs through enriching service learning. Campers learned how community partners and organizations make a difference by joining a different one each day, including Arlington Free Clinic or Doorways.
Shenandoah Summer Adventure
Campers became field scientists through outdoor adventure activities, including hiking to the rim of the highest waterfall in Virginia and taking part in a service learning project at the Piedmont Environmental Council. During this overnight adventure, campers stayed at the Shenandoah River State Park.