Summer Programs

Sycamore’s summer camps and classes have been a tradition since the school’s founding in 1985.  And, once again, we are thrilled to provide a variety of exciting and enriching summer programs for the students of Sycamore School this upcoming 2021 summer season.
 
Our summer program offerings are designed to help students discover and explore new topics and interests, build confidence and creativity, and keep their academic skills sharp.  With the instruction of many Sycamore faculty and staff members, as well as a few of our trusted community partners, students will grow, learn, and have an awesome time during camps and classes that are not to be missed.

Thank you to all of our students and families for a great 2021 summer season!  Information regarding Sycamore's Summer Programs for next summer will be posted here in February, 2022.
 
For any questions regarding summer programs, please feel free to contact summerprograms@sycamoreschool.org.

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  • Week 7: July 19th - July 23rd

    8:30 - 11:30 AM

    Tiny Tinkerers

    July 19 - July 23, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Pre-K and K, Cost $180. Come design, build, concoct, discover, and play!! Incoming Pre-K and Kindergarten students will spend the week learning how to take risks, solve problems, and persevere as they tinker.  Each day, students will challenge themselves as they use various materials to solve problems. Be ready for some innovation and fun! Instructor: Catherine Kirkendall
    July 19 - July 23, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Pre-K and K, Cost $180 PLUS $25 lab fee. Come learn about dinosaurs, rare birds, mazes, and other exciting topics. Then, build these creations in clay! Students will combine clay, glass, and the pottery wheel each day to create 5 AWESOME projects to go along with their learning.  No experience is required for this amazing experience. (All projects will be fired and returned to school for pick-up 4 weeks after camp.) Instructor: Jeremy South, Ripple Mobile Arts.
    July 12 – July 23, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades 5 though 8, cost $180 for one week, $325 for both weeks.  Mr. Tormoehlen and Mr. Fischer have worked together to develop this camp over the last 10 years and most of our instructors have been teaching with us since the beginning. It is our most popular offering with well over 100 students attending last year.  The camps primary focus is to teach students math problem solving skills.  We focus on general problem solving techniques, but also teach specific lessons on material not often taught in a traditional classroom.  This camp is also designed to help students wanting to improve in math competitions.    The core curriculum comes from a variety of popular middle school math contests, with a primary focus on MATHCOUNTS and AMC 8.    It is not designed for students needing to stay sharp over the summer, but rather for students that want to tackle problems that they normally do not see in traditional math classrooms.  The camp has five sections for the different levels of students.  This year, for the first time, we are introducing two new non-competition sections that will focus on general problem solving and be designed around fun, interactive problem solving activities.  The goal will be to encourage a love of mathematical thinking and learn some problem solving skills and techniques along the way. 

    July 12 – July 23, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades 5 through 8, Cost: $180 for one week, $325 for both weeks. Students will take the rolls of astronaut, mission scientist, spacecraft technician, medical officer, flight control leader, mission analyst, and more.  After training for these positions, the team will conduct a simulated space flight in Sycamore’s Space Shuttle Simulator.  While in the simulation, the astronauts will conduct science experiments and solve problems thrown at them by mission control personnel.  Students will not only learn about the Space Shuttle, but they will also be challenged to solve real world problems, learn to work as a team, and learn valuable communication skills.   

    1:00 - 4:00 PM

    July 19 - July 23, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 1 and 2, Cost $180. Math minds unite! Join Mrs. Williams in this amazing opportunity as she teaches logic and math skills through math games, puzzle solving, and math projects. If your child loves math, or if your child would like some extra practice using math skills, then this is the camp to choose. Instructor: Jennifer Williams
    July 19 - July 23, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 1 through 6, Cost $180 PLUS $25 lab fee. Learn about dinosaurs, rare birds, mazes, and other exciting topics, then build these creations in clay! Students will combine clay, glass, and the pottery wheel each day to create 5 awesome projects to go along with their learning. No experience is required for this fantastic experience. (All projects will be fired and returned to school for pick-up 4 weeks after camp.) Instructor: Jeremy South, Ripple Mobile Arts
    July 12 – July 22, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Grades 6 through 8, Cost: $144 for one week, $260 for both weeks.  This course offers a gentle introduction to fundamental computer science concepts using the Python programming language. Emphasis will be placed on developing problem-solving skills to create software programs and several hands-on activities will be incorporated throughout the course to reinforce concepts and promote active learning. Key concepts that will be covered include variables, expressions, decision-making, loops and functions.  This course will help establish the foundation for students to participate in CS competitions in high school.  No prior experience is necessary and beginners are encouraged to attend.  Week 2 will pick up where week 1 leaves off.  Note this camp does not meet on Friday afternoon.
    July 12 – July 22, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Grades 6 through 8, Cost: $144 for one week, $260 for both weeks.  Students will learn both basic and advanced building concepts involving VEX IQ components.  Programming with sensors, driving robots, and practicing good engineering notebook techniques will all be a focus.  In addition, students will have time to build and test out robots with the new VEX IQ game. Analyzing strategy and understanding key rule changes for the 2021-2022 VEX IQ season will be an important part of both weeks.  Each week will end with a competition and a chance to reflect on their current design.  Note this camp does not meet on Friday afternoon.
  • Week 8: July 26th - July 30th

    8:30 - 11:30 AM

    July 12 - July 16 OR July 26 - July 30, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 6 through 8, Cost $180.
    Cooking is nothing more than applied chemistry (and maybe a little physics). In this exciting camp, students will explore the chemistry behind some basic foods and make delicious edibles as well. Be ready for it… the instructor definitely has a sweet tooth.  The two weeks will be identical. Instructor: Dr. Sam Wendel 

    July 26 - July 30, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 4 through 8, Cost $180. Lights! Camera! Action! Starting with nothing but a notebook and pencil, students will work together to create their own original short play. Everything from character development to set design to costuming to theater lighting and sound skills will all be explored. And the culminating event… an actual performance! Students will love this experience both in and behind the spotlight. Join today! Instructor: Jeff Eastman

    July 26 – July 30, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grade 5, Cost $180.  Are you ready to start 5th grade?  Are you worried about keeping track of your assignments and staying organized while switching classrooms all day?  Maybe you are just a little worried about finding your classrooms. Are you new to Sycamore and wanting to get settled in before school starts? This camp is all about getting ready for a smooth transition to middle school. 
    During this camp you will: practice your keyboarding skills, improve organization and time-management skills, learn about executive skills and how they impact performance,
    find out how to use self-management and improve your success, and make new friends and connect with classmates.  Don’t worry -  it won’t be all work and no play.  We have time for games, competitions, and decorating your locker! Instructor: Lori Henderson