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WINTER CAMP DATES: 6 Saturdays, January 11th – February 15th, 2020

Registration Fee: $150.00

SCHEDULE: 9:00am - 12:00pm, each Saturday, Memorial Hall, JMU

* Additional Inclement weather date, February 22, 2020


Elementary Sessions  Middle Sessions

Elementary Sessions

Cook the Books (Grades K - 3): FULL Students in K-3rd, are invited to "Cook the Books" with a reading specialist! Every day, students will read and discuss a book featuring something delicious, like pancakes or pretzels. After reading, we will explore the kitchen to create our own custom food, while incorporating games and activities all inspired by and related to each weeks book!

* Allergy Warning: Students will be working in a kitchen that stores ingredients that may contain allergens, like peanuts, tree nuts etc. Recipes may also include gluten or gelatin products. 

Coding: Scratch Programming (Grades 4 - 6): This class lets students design their own interactive stories, games and animations while learning basic coding concepts. They will learn how to make characters move around the screen, interact with other characters and respond to sound effects. 

Theatre Arts-Young Explorers of Drama (Grades 1 - 4): FULL Let your imagination run wild as students learn the basics of theatre. Join us, as we work together as an ensemble to explore vocal and physical awareness, character development, improvisation, and storytelling by playing fun, theatre games and exercises. Throughout class you will engage in dramatic role playing to solve problems, building your skills in the arts, and develop confidence. Showcase your skills in a short final performance for family and friends!

Jr. Dancing Dukes (Grades 3 - 6): Come Dance with the JMU Dancing Dukes!! Classes will begin with a warm up and stretch along with learning the basics of dance technique. Following we will be teaching different styles of dance, consisting of jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and other types. Students of all levels are welcome to join to learn more about the importance of expressing yourself, moving your body, and staying healthy in a fun way!

Lego Engineering (Grades 1 - 5)FULL This class is for young Lego enthusiasts who are ready to delve into the world of engineering and computer coding. Participants will work in teams to build and program their Lego creations using the We-Do Lego curriculum. Each day, students will be presented with a different challenge designed to spark their creativity and put their technical problem solving skills to work.

*In Partnership with Explore More Children's Museum. 

3D Art (Grades 3 - 5): In this 3D art class, students will explore using both contemporary and classic mediums, while creating sculpture and collage pieces, out of a variety of materials, from foil, to joint compound and clay. Several modern artists will be featured. The final class will feature an "art show" of each students work on display!

Journalism for Elementary School students (Grades 2 - 5): Students will learn the basic elements of news and feature reporting, using social media for journalistic purposes, how to tell stories with video, photography, layout and design. The course will include hands on reporting and production. 

Photography for Elementary School Students (Grades 3 -5): FULL Students will learn to operate a DSLR camera by taking lots and lots of photos as they shoot local events. We will explore elements of photo composition and the basic tools of Photoshop in order to edit photos prior to publishing photo galleries. 

Mystery Box Art (Grades 2 - 6): Come one, come all, to this fantastic show of art, where every day is new and exciting! Each Saturday will feature a different mystery box of art, which will reveal that day's art challenge. From animals, to fairies and flowers too. This one is sure to suit all of your young and budding artists alike!

Exploring Endangered Animals (Grades 3 - 5): Come explore endangered animals in this hands-on class. Each Saturday will focus on one endangered animal. Join the fun, as students learn about elephants, sea turtles, gorillas, blue whales, pandas and polar bears. Students will research each animal and document what they learn in a scrapbook, while also, creating a craft, solving a design challenge using recycled materials, playing games and enjoying an animal themed snack. Students will also help develop a plan, to advertise and raise money to donate to help save an endangered animal!

Peace Camp for Kids (Grades 3 - 5):Cancelled Does your child love helping others or want to learn more about helping others? Then "Peace Camp for Kids" is for them! Children will learn about mindfulness, gratitude, how to mend friendships, explore empathy and create hospitality through learning about tolerance. Activities will include learning and practicing mindfulness strategies, engaging in literature discussions and journal reflections, creating art for expression, participating in role playing as well as constructing a group community service project!

Oriental Cuisine and Beyond (Grades 3 - 5):Cancelled Virtually travel to China, Japan, Korea and other Asian countries seeing yourself making and tasting authentic Chinese dumplings, Dim Sum, Japanese Sushi, Teriyaki, Korean Barbeque, Kimchi: meanwhile imagining yourself flying kites on the Great Wall of China, climbing the top of Mount Fuji in Japan, and cruising around the Korean Peninsula. You might run into Chinese terracotta warriors from 2000 years ago, practice Kung Fu with Martial Arts masters talk to Sumo wrestlers in Japanese language and so many more happenings in the legendary land of Asia. 

Middle Sessions

Theatre Arts-Exploration through Creative Collaboration (Grades 5 - 8):CANCELLED Dive deep into your passions through this experiential learning experience. Students will engage in team-building exercises to build ensemble and learn how to synthesize a range of diverse ideas, as well as develop skills in improvisation, movement, and performance. This class uses drama as a tool for exploration and students are encouraged to stretch their creative muscles to devise a short original play. If you are interested in creating, designing, and performing original pieces of art, this class is for you!

Olympic Fencing (Grades 5 - 8):FULL Choose from beginner or advanced camps that focus on saber fencing, the fast-paced Olympic sport and the style loosely depicted in movies like the Three Musketeers and Pirates of the Caribbean. Camps will cover basic footwork, techniques and strategies, and culminates in a realistic fencing tournament! Take a giant LEAP forward learning how to fence! Fencing is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. Fencing has been the sport of swordplay for many centuries, which requires strength, speed, balance and a sharp mind. Students learning to fence improve inner discipline, have better fitness/coordination/flexibility and development of strategic thinking.

Mystery Box Art (Grades 2 - 6): Come one, come all, to this fantastic show of art, where every day is new and exciting! Each Saturday will feature a different mystery box of art, which will reveal that day's art challenge. From animals, to fairies and flowers too. This one is sure to suit all of your young and budding artists alike!

Journalism for Middle School Kids (Grades 6-8):Cancelled Students will learn different styles of writing including news, feature, opinion, review and sports. Classes will focus on using social media for reporting, videography, basic photography and principles of layout and design. Participants will be out in the field reporting on local happening and publishing their work. 

Photography for Middle School Kids (Grades 6-8): Students will learn how to operate a DSLR camera by shooting local events. We will explore elements of photo composition and lighting as well as the basic tools of Photoshop in order to edit photos prior to publishing photo galleries. Participants will learn tips and tricks to get a great photo every time. 

Jr. Dancing Dukes (Grades 3 - 6): Come Dance with the JMU Dancing Dukes!! Classes will begin with a warm up and stretch along with learning the basics of dance technique. Following we will be teaching different styles of dance, consisting of jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and other types. Students of all levels are welcome to join to learn more about the importance of expressing yourself, moving your body, and staying healthy in a fun way!

Coding: Python Programming (Grades 6 - 8): Discover a new world of creativity and self-expression using computer programming! Learn how to compose your own music, draw 2D graphics, and make robots dance. Come see why Python is the most popular language for teaching introductory computer science at top-ranked universities.  

Create your own App: App Inventor (Grades 6 - 8): Have you ever wanted to design your own mobile app? Come make fun projects that you can share with your family and friends! App Inventor is an intuitive, visual programming environment for building fully functional apps on smartphones, and tablets. This course will focus both on visual design as well as programming. No experience necessary. 

The Makery (Grades 6 - 8): Come explore "The Makery", located in Carrier Library! Students will explore the joy of making, through projects that blend digital and physical makings. Students will learn to use exciting technologies like 3D printing, virtual reality, electronics, and laser cutters, while also learning about problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking.

*(This class will take place in Carrier Library, not Memorial hall, with the other College For Kids class options. A 15 min. later start and end time, will be reflected for this session only) 

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