Morning Workshops

There are two periods in the Morning Workshops. Campers choose one class for each period from our Workshop options based on their grade level at the start of the previous school year. Please refer to the chart for the times that the classes are offered for your child’s grade level, or  click here for a printer-friendly version.

1. Science Magic

Instructor: Michael Donovan

Session 1

Grades K-1: 9:00

Grades 2-3: 10:30

Grab your safety goggles and imaginations and get ready for a little science lab magic. In this hands-on class, students will learn the scientific principles behind everyday phenomenon. We will ask “how, “why and “what if” as we walk across raw eggs, explode a watermelon with just a rubber band, set money on fire without damaging the bill, turn water instantly into ice, make an egg bounce, make a lemon erupt like a volcano, create heat-sensitive color-changing slime, and many more experiments. This class allows curious students to think creatively, problem solve and draw conclusions while discovering the magic behind science.

2. New – Weird and Wacky Experiments

Instructor: STEM Staff

Session 2

Grades K-1: 9:00

Grades 2-3: 10:30

Be a nutty professor and join us in the science lab for weird and wacky experiments! We will discover what makes popcorn pop, soda fizz, ice cream melt, form Oobleck and more! Through hands-on experimentation, Campers in this lab will explore the “how”, “why” and “what-if” of scientific principles. Young experimenters will learn skills for problem solving, creative thinking, decision making, measuring and classifying materials. We will address of basic scientific concepts by combining kitchen chemistry, nature, a little bit of magic and lots of fun!

3. New – Viva Mexico

Instructor: Kenya Paterra

Session 1

Grades K-2: 9:00

Come and explore the beautiful art, culture and language of Mexico. Curious students will learn about the history and importance of the Aztecs, create an Aztec calendar and learn Spanish vocabulary words related to the calendar and weather. We will experience las fiestas in Mexico where Piñatas originated and all of the wonderful foods and games that are played at a fiesta! Finally, we will talk about Spanish artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and create original projects based upon their paintings and murals.

4. New – If You Give a Moose

Instructor: Kenya Paterra

Session 1

Grades K-2: 10:30

Everyone loves Laura Numeroff’s books “If You Give A Mouse a Cookie,” If You Give a Pig a Party”, “If you give a Moose a Muffin” and many more. Reading her stories highlighting comedy, fantasy, friendship, kindness and generosity we will create animal and food art from the books utilizing different mediums. Through model magic, paint, paper, markers and more we will design cupcakes and muffins, pig masks, mosaic mice, and even some of our own stories and characters!

5. New – Bling and Books

Instructor: Sarah Weissman

Session 2

Grades K-2: 9:00

Is it possible to combine jewelry making and literature? We think it is an inventive approach to let stories inspire jewelry crafting. For example, campers will create “gold cuff” bracelets and learn how to hammer metal sparked by the story of King Midas and his Golden Touch. Royal crowns will be crafted based on prince and princess fairy tales. Clay beads and pendants will result from how “every piece of clay is a piece of someone’s life.” Challenge campers bling boxes will be filled with their book inspired creations.

6. New – Where the Wild Things Are

Instructor: Sarah Weissman

Session 2

Grades K-2: 10:30

Everyone loves a good, fun monster tale! This monster inspired art class will allow campers to read and explore books about monsters and adventures of all kinds like “Where The Wild Things Are”, “Go Away Big Green Monster”, “Glad Monster/Sad Monster”, “Monster Mess”, “Love Monster”, “Some Monsters Are Different” and more! Monsters can be colorful, furry, sparkly, cuddly, slimy and anything you can imagine. Join our classroom “wild rumpus” as we will create all kind of original, fantastical monsters and artwork including one eyed monster rocks!

7. New – A Bug’s Life

Instructor: Allan Pearlman

Session 1

Grades 2-3: 9:00

Grades K-1: 10:30

Ugh! A bug! Bugs don’t bug us! Are you just ”buggy” about the lives of insects?
Then come join us we explore the amazing world of entomology. This course will be an exciting hands-on approach to studying insects. Watch caterpillars grow into colorful lively butterflies! Observe a ladybug lay egg on a leaf. Experience the incredible process of how silkworms produce silk. Fun activities include going on an insect hunt, constructing your own butterfly house, creating an insect book, designing a bug mobile, a bug game and more.

8. New – Rebel Girls

Instructor: Sara Teimor Charles

Session 1

Grades 1-3: 10:30

Once upon a time, a girl dreamed of becoming a rocket scientist, a C.E.O, and the President of the United States. That time is now – let’s explore some of the powerful and extraordinary girls and women of the world and create our own illustrated rebel girls / girl power stories. You will learn about inspirational women as well as write and illustrate a story that is important to you.

9. New – Numbers Games

Instructor: Sabra Rivel

Session 1

Grades 2-3: 9:00

Grades K-1: 10:30

It’s amazing what you can do with a deck of cards and a few dice… Sharpen your pencils and master your numbers skills with an engaging hands-on curriculum. In this mathematically focused class campers will be challenged through playing games, solving logic puzzles, brain teasers, group problem solving and riddles. Design your own exciting “mathtastic” interactive board game to share with classmates, friends and family!

10. The Illusionist

Instructor: Joseph Fields

Session 1&2

Grades 1-3: 10:30

Have you ever wanted to make a coin disappear, read someone else’s mind, make solid objects pass through each other or cause a rope cut in two to magically restore itself? Learn how to do this and much more by joining renowned magician Joseph Fields to uncover magic’s biggest secrets, fool your friends and be the life of the party. The delightful art of balloon sculpture will also be taught. Transform yourself into an illusionist with your personalized magic briefcase full of tricks!

Magic Fee: $40

11. Checkmate 1

Instructor: Anatoly Tonkonogy

Session 1&2

All Grades: 9:00

An introduction to the exciting world of chess. Chess enables children to develop and enhance their skills in discipline, concentration and patience. Students will learn basic opening, middlegame, and endgame strategies and how to achieve a proper coordination of pieces. Chess notation will be taught in order to review games. Instruction will establish an appropriate balance between lecture, discussion and structured play. As a special learning opportunity the Russian language will be introduced as it relates to chess play. Remember, chess makes you smart!

12. LEGOTech Junior

Instructor: John Fitzsimmons

Session 1&2

Grades K-2: 9:00

Use Legos as the inspiration to construct, investigate and communicate like little Einsteins. Students will use models to predict, observe, measure and collect data, experiencing forces, motion, energy, mechanisms and magnetism first hand. They will develop complex problem solving skills and understand the interaction between forces and motion, measurement, energy, speed (velocity) and weight (mass). This course will introduce campers to simple machines concepts while building teamwork and communication skills. They will discover basic physical science concepts such as gears, pulleys, levers, and wheels and axles through observation, reasoning, prediction, and critical thinking.

Lego Fee: $25

13. LEGOTech

Instructor: John Fitzsimmons

Session 1&2

Grades 2-4: 10:30

Do you want to know how things work? Do you ask the question “why” often? Do you dream of tomorrow? Then come and enjoy “Lego’s Simple and Motorized Mechanisms.” This course is designed to give campers an understanding of machines, mechanisms, structures, and mechanical advantage. You will explore the world of technology by studying and building projects that use renewable and alternative energy sources such as wind, solar power, water and your own body. You will investigate energy supply, transfer, accumulation, conversion and consumption through hands-on activities and exciting real life models. You are the engineer, you design, you build, you turn your dreams into reality.

14. New – NASA Space Science

Instructor: Lori Stratton

Session 2

Grades 2-3: 9:00

Grades K-1: 10:30

Go to the moon and beyond as we learn what it is like to live on the International Space Station. Through interactive STEAM based challenges we will discover not only how astronauts live and work in space, but also how NASA Scientists got them there. We will go back in time and learn about the early days of the Space Program where you will become engineers and mathematicians to calculate space flight trajectories. Attend Astronaut Boot Camp and learn what it is like to live in a micro-gravity environment. Imagine where we are going next as we explore together!

15. New – Digital Comics

Instructor: Kenya Paterra

Session 2

Grades 3-4: 9:00

Grades 1-2: 10:30

Digital graphic comics and stories are extremely popular with campers of all ages! In this engaging digital storytelling class we will read, write and illustrate our own comics and designs. You don’t have to be an artist as there is themed art from you to pick from, incredible animation and loads of templates to start story building with! If you have an idea, you can quickly create visually dazzling content for your story. Create and animate your characters, word balloons, sound effects and bring your original stories to life on screen!

16. Little Fashionistas

Instructor: Ying Su

Session 2

Grades 1-3: 10:30

For all the little aspiring fashion designers, this is the perfect class for you! A professional designer will teach techniques of fashion including illustration, creating mood boards, working with fabric swatches and colors, and basic sewing. Campers will work creatively and technically while having fun and creating their own style! At the end of the program, all students will have their mood boards, and one-of-a-kind tote bag and t-shirt to add to their collections.

Fashion Fee: $30

17. New – “Shrek The Musical Jr.”

Anne Pasquale, Artistic Director
Regina Talbot, Musical Director

Session 1

Grades 1-4: 9:00

Grades 5-9: 10:30

Join our cast that begins it’s story in a far away swamp as we tell the tale of everyone’s favorite green Ogre. Shrek leads a cast of fairytale misfits on a musical adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance! The forest comes to life as Shrek travels with Donkey and Lord Farquaad on his way to save Princess Fiona. Our exciting musical numbers include, “I’m a Believer,” “Big, Bright, Beautiful World,” “Make a Move” and more. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek The Musical Jr. is a wildly fun adventure story with a powerful message for all. At the conclusion of the session, parents and campers will join us for our spectacular production.

Script, score, costume and materials fee: $50

18. New – “Matilda, the True Story”

Anne Pasquale, Artistic Director

Session 2

Grades 1-4: 9:00

Grades 5-9: 10:30

Adapted from the book by Roald Dahl for the stage by Mr. Lazarus of TpT, this dramatic presentation tells the beloved story of Matilda, the girl that could not be stopped. Join the cast of classmates as we weave the tale of how a young girl prevented from going to school discovers her telekinetic powers! Bring to life her magical meeting with her beloved Mrs. Honey and the horrible Ms. Trunchbull. We will sing and dance to various pop tunes such as “Heroes” by Alesso, “Read the Book” (original lyrics sung to the tune of “Shake it Off”) “Just Eat It” by Weird Al Yankovic and “We’re not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister… At the conclusion of the session, parents and campers will join us for our spectacular production.

Script, score, costume and materials fee: $50

19. Invention Convention

Instructor: Hudson Apotheker

Session 1

Grades 1-3: 9:00

Grades 4-6: 10:30

What does a trampoline, a popsicle, a pair of earmuffs, Braille and the precursor to the television set all have in common? They were all invented by kids! Invention Convention exposes campers to many useful gadgets, inventions and projects that will inspire them to realize that anything is possible! Can your egg survive a drop out of a window? Who can make a projectile launcher that fires the farthest? How can we create a brand new sport? Can we make a bridge out of cardboard that supports over 300 pounds? Take a wild and inventive journey from conception through the patent process and so much more.

20. Gizmos and Gadgets

Instructor: STEM Staff

Session 1&2

Grades 2-5: 10:30

Using the littieBits Gizmos and Gadgets Kit, students will be given a toolbox as big as their imagination. littleBits encourage students to play and experiment through active experience, enabling them to construct knowledge that can be applied to real life situations. Motors, wheels, lights, switches, servos, buzzers, even the tools to build a remote control – snap it all together to spark creativity and fun. From remote control racecars to automatic bubble blowing devices to a wireless doorbell, the possibilities are limitless. Students will start inventing the minute they open the box and bring their kits home to continue inventing. Develop creativity and engineering skills as you reinvent the world around you.

Gizmos & Gadget Fee: $180

21. Gizmos and Gadgets Code Kit

Instructor: STEM Staff

Session 1

Grades 4-9: 9:00

Advanced students will be able to integrate Arduino programming with their Gizmos and Gadgets kit for a richer experience. There are three inputs and three outputs so you can program advanced hardware interactions or communicate with software. Students will start inventing the minute they open the box and bring their kits home to continue inventing. Build, code, communicate and create!

Gizmos & Gadget Code Kit Fee: $250

22. Photo Finish

Instructor: Liz Steger-Hartzman

Session 1&2

Grades 3-9: 9:00

This exciting class will teach the fundamentals of basic digital photography to capture images throughout the camp setting. Campers are required to have a charged digital camera or cell phone camera each day in class and Liz will teach you all you need to know to develop your photographic eye. Class time will be spent learning technique, shooting pictures and working in Photoshop to design photographic layouts. The class will design and produce a published “Challenge Camp Photo Magazine” and each camper will receive a personal digital portfolio featuring their best work.

23. Fun with Photoshop

Instructor: Liz Steger-Hartzman

Session 1&2

Grades 3-9: 10:30

Have you ever wondered how funny pictures are made? Have you seen a cat’s head looking natural on a person’s body? What about the imperfect photo made perfect? In this class you will learn about all of the tools to enhance your pictures and make fun photos. Topics include basic image editing, transformation, retouching, enhancement, and compositing taught by a professional photographer. Campers will work on their own portfolios and participate in group projects. We will be working in Photoshop CC and students participating in Photo Finish or National Geographic will learn advanced techniques.

24. New – Super Sleuth

Instructor: Allan Pearlman

Session 2

Grades 3-5: 9:00

Detectives find and examine the clues at a crime scene. It is your job as an investigator and member of the forensic team to determine the value of criminal evidence by testing blood, residue, inks, fingerprints, footprints, fibers and more. All your observational skills and instincts will be needed as you collect and record evidence to draw logical (and sometimes out of the box) conclusions. Using science to gather clues and brains to solve crimes is great forensic fun!

25. Wall Street

Instructor: Sid Jain

Session 1

Grades 3-5: 10:30

In this general introduction to Wall Street class students will gain insight into the functioning of the stock market and what role it plays in the economy. Understanding what stocks are, the types that exist and how investing works is explored. We will discuss the day to day functioning of Wall Street and the stock market from differing perspectives and outcomes. Campers will pick a few stocks, learn about each of them and create a group portfolio. The fun continues as we review our purchases while learning to use the tools available to assist in our decisions to buy, sell or hold each stock! We will continue to evaluate our portfolio and discuss the latest news and economic developments that impact our investments.

26. New – Swimming with Sharks

Instructor: Sid Jain

Session 2

Grades 3-5: 9:00

Grades 5-9: 10:30

Have you ever wanted to run your own business and make your own design, plan, price and sales decisions…here is your chance! Campers will enter the shark tank and become entrepreneurs building an idea from scratch and ending with a business plan. You’ll be challenged from concept to generation of a product or service including marketing and advertising. After honing your analytical, logical and communication skills, you’ll confidently present your plan to “investors” from Wall Street and raise play-money. Learning practical and operational aspects of the stock market, campers will determine the most viable businesses. Entrepreneurs will also brainstorm ideas for games and services for the annual Challenge Cares Carnival. Running the “show” takes creative talent and great enthusiasm. We need planners, organizers, decision makers and salespeople as we discuss costs and potential profits, decorate the carnival space, plan marketing/advertising strategies and ensure fun is had by all. Money raised will be used for charitable entity chosen by Challenge Camp. Last year’s class donated over $2,300 for LitWorld Foundation.

27. Wonders of the World

Instructor: Ana Saura

Session 1

Grades 3-9: 9:00

Take an artistic and architectural tour of the world’s 7 New Wonders designated in 2007. From Petra in 7000BC to Christ The Redeemer in 1922, we will discuss the civilizations, architectural timelines and importance of these wonders as each student will choose which to build: Chichen Itza in Mexico, The Great Wall in China, The Taj Mahal in India, Machu Picchu in Peru, The Colosseum in Italy, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, and Petra in Jordan. We will begin with concepts of ratio and proportion and end with a scale model. Materials will consist of foam board, wood, clay, wire, color and more. The design and construction of an existing wonder is a special project which represents seven symbols of global unity that respect, honor and celebrate our planets cultural diversity.

28. Into the Woods

Instructor: Ana Saura

Session 1

Grades 3-9: 10:30

If you can imagine a mysterious forest filled with giant trees of winding branches and human-like forms, then you can sculpt it. Using clay and different sculpting methods such as additive and subtractive, students will be inspired by the beautiful physical and natural world around us to design imaginative tree sculptures. Picasso, Emily Carr and a myriad of artists have been inspired by trees and forests. We will examine their work, express our own feelings and
create an amazing sculpture!

29. New – Sunday in the Park

Instructor: Ana Saura

Session 2

Grades 3-9: 9:00

Your artistic masterpiece begins with a landscape sketch of country skies, African mountains, Tuscan Sunflowers or the French hills. You will sketch, color and paint your scene onto a boards and papers using many bold, beautiful colors and creative techniques! Then we will use a paper hole puncher to create a Dot to Dot painting giving the painting a pointillistic texture look in the style of George – Pierre Seurat , Paul Signac , Camille Pissarro or Chuck Close.

30. New – Mixed Media

Instructor: Ana Saura

Session 2

Grades 3-9: 10:30

This mixed media style of painting will take you to tropical countries like Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico and the Caribbean. Based on Paul Gauguin paintings, your art will POP out of the canvas as we build them up with plaster. After sketching, coloring and transferring your idea to a canvas board, we start building and molding plaster into 3-D shapes of what was drawn. When the plaster has dried we will paint with an acrylic wash and a finishing varnish to complete your fabulous works!

31. How Things Work

Instructor: Michael Donovan

Session 2

Grades 4-6: 9:00

Grades 2-4: 10:30

We all wonder how the important inventions and modern conveniences in our lives seem to work, how someone’s ideas can be harnessed into a very useful piece of technology or invention. What are the mechanisms involved in a combination lock or a bicycle? Why does a magnet attract and how is a battery like your very own micro power plant? How does a piano, remote control, fire extinguisher, roller coaster or all of that sunscreen that our parents make us wear actually work? These questions will be explored thorough scientific principals and physics of motion, inertia, velocity, force and more. This class will also involve a team design and engineering challenge called “Junk in the Box.” Your goal is to create an engineering marvel out of your teams box of junk. You will test, experiment, innovate, invent and present to the class exactly how your invention “works.”

32. Recording: In Session with GarageBand

Instructor: Jim Weingast

Session 1

Grades 5-9: 9:00

What do Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber and The Rolling Stones all have in common? They make music in a recording studio. With modern technology, you and your classmates can write and record your own CD’s or MP3’s from the Challenge Camp music room. You will learn the secrets of the music industry… that you can write, record, produce and distribute your own music from your home with GarageBand. We will record songs, make a CD and upload your music to YouTube. No musical experience is necessary however, students are encouraged to bring their own instruments and abilities to class. We will use our combined musical and creative talents to record popular and original songs that we will compose together! Whether you want to be the next Jimmy Page, Jack White or Lady Gaga, this class is awesome! Musicians will learn to record and produce their own CD as a final project.

33. Rock Star

Instructor: Jim Weingast

Session 1

Grades 3-9: 10:30

Have you ever wanted to be in a rock and roll band? This class is an ensemble course providing instruction for musicians who wish to experience all facets of playing, rehearsing and performing with a rock band. The typical lineup of a band is rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass and drums with a vocalist. Other instruments can be added to any band – keyboard players, fiddle players, horns, and auxiliary percussion players to increase the soundscape of the music. Challenge Camp provides amplification for guitarists, a bassist, a drum set, a keyboard and a P.A. for lead and backup vocals. This course is recommended for campers with musical training and a willingness to bring their own instruments. The culmination of rock band class will include a performance for fellow campers and production of their own CD as a final project.

34. Satellite Radio

Instructor: Jim Weingast

Session 2

Grades 2-4: 9:00

Grades 5-9: 10:30

Tune in to the coolest radio station riding the airwaves. Campers will create their own radio show featuring talk radio, interviews, sports broadcasts and spinning tunes. Musicians will perform “live in our studio.” We will explore the history of radio from the great shows of old to current Satellite radio technology. You will learn creative secrets of audio effects and the “business” of radio. The Campers will write, produce and record original broadcasts as well as podcasts. The Satellite Radio broadcast crew will even create “commercials.” This class is hands-on, interactive, fun and educational. Camp Broadcasters will learn to record and produce their own CD as a final project.

35. New – Quiz Kids

Instructor: Frederic Katz

Session 1

Grades 2-4: 9:00

Grades 5-9: 10:30

How much do you know about Star Wars, Harry Potter, American Presidents, Baseball, Music, Geography, Literature and Science? Amaze your classmates with your correct answers in our competitive and fun games of trivia knowledge! You will field our questions on a variety of subjects and have the chance to stump your classmates by writing some of your own. Campers will work in teams to win prizes and be the champions of the day, week and entire camp session. Join us for this fun, fast-paced experience that will test your knowledge of academic subjects, pop culture, current events and more!

36. New – Drone Flight School

Instructor: Ramon Torres

Session 1

Grades 3-9: 10:30

Our beginning drone class will explore the various uses of drones. They can be used for delivery, surveillance and security, aerial photography, filmmaking and more. We will discuss safe and responsible drone operation and local laws that apply. Campers will then fly their pre-assembled drones using Line of Sight (LOS) techniques. With practice, our new drone pilots will fly through obstacles and learn advanced flying techniques. Each camper will take home their own fully-functional drone.

Drone Fee: $300

37. New – Home Design Within Reach

Instructor: Sara Teimor Charles

Session 2

Grades 3-6: 10:30

If you could live in any house, what would it look like? Would it have a huge slide, a giant library, or a big trampoline? After studying home design, scale, proportion, and various architectural styles campers will build their own dream houses using various new and recycled materials. After construction is complete, we will decorate, embellish, and personalize our homes according to our own style. We will exhibit our dream homes as part of our imaginative new community.

38. The Illusionist 2

Instructor: Joseph Fields

Session 1&2

Grades 4-9: 9:00

Would you like to perform like Criss Angel, David Blaine, Penn & Teller and David Copperfield? If you do, this is your chance to discover the magic secrets that these and many other professionals use to baffle audiences worldwide. Join Joseph Fields this summer and learn the secrets, the sleight of hand and the proverbial tricks of the trade that helped make these professionals famous. Imagination, individuality and creativity will be encouraged to develop a personal magical act with polished showmanship. Extraordinary and advanced balloon sculpture techniques will be learned! Advanced magical secrets of illusion, levitation and sleight-of-hand will highlight this course as well as presentation and performance before an audience. Enhance your skills and transform yourself into a master illusionist with your personalized magic briefcase full of tricks.

Magic Fee: $50

39. Checkmate 2

Instructor: Antatoly Tonkonogy

Session 1&2

All Grades: 10:30

Intermediate

Suitable for students who have already acquired a working knowledge of chess. The course will focus on methods of attack and defense, on long term strategic planning as well as tactics and combinations. Students will learn useful skills such as pattern recognition, calculating and analyzing. Classroom lectures will emphasize the elements of logical thinking through a series of chess puzzles. As a special learning opportunity the Russian language will be added as it relates to chess play.

40. New – Her-Story

Instructor: Sara Teimor Charles

Session 1

Grades 4-9 9:00

Women have always made incredible achievements but they have often been left out of history. Together, we will learn the stories of women who made a profound difference in their societies and changed the world. Then, you will become a historian, specializing in the life of one amazing woman, and create a place setting for our collective class project inspired by Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party installation at the Brooklyn Museum, each setting commemorating an important woman in history. At the conclusion of our session, students will live “her-story” by explaining their design and giving a voice to these inspirational women.

41. New – Civics Rocks!

Instructor: Sara Teimor Charles

Session 2

Grades 4-9: 9:00

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…these are the rights that all Americans possess. But how does our government put these ideals into action? In this class, we will become the government. You will serve as Congress people from the state of your choice. You will research and propose a bill about an issue that is important to you like the environment, schools, or health care. As a member of the House of Representatives, you will explore how a bill becomes a law and engage in passionate debate. Get ready to civically engage! Who knows…will one of you become the future President of the United States of America?

42. Opening Bell

Instructor: Sid Jain

Session 1

Grades 5-9: 9:00

In this introduction to Wall Street and the Stock Market class, students will build a stock portfolio and compete for the “best stock picker at Challenge Camp” bragging rights. After watching the Opening Bell at the NYSE and NASDAQ each day, our work begins! We will discuss a general understanding of stocks and cover the analytical and operating aspects of the stock market. We will begin by evaluating and selecting and buying stocks. We will review our stocks daily and debate our purchases while learning to use the tools available to assist in our decisions to buy, sell or hold each stock within our individual portfolios. By understanding how the stock market works, we will know the pros and cons of investing and how to buy low and sell high!

43. Challenge Film Academy

Instructor: Tony Ely

Session 1

Grades 6-9: 9:00

Grades 3-5: 10:30

Why sit at home watching movies when you could be making them yourself? At the Challenge Film Academy, beginning and experienced students will participate in the full process of constructing an original, professional Short Film. Led by a professional Director, campers will be a part of a high quality team effort to brainstorm ideas, storyboard, location scout, shoot, direct and act in their very own class creation. The campers will help determine costumes, props, credits and all aspects of the creative process. We will also discuss and learn how to pull their film together through editing using Premiere Pro. Popcorn and reviews will accompany our film premiere!

Film Fee: $50

44. New – Fashion Forward Wearable Tech

Instructor: Ying Su

Session 2

Grades 3-9: 9:00

Do you have interest in learning the art of fashion design from a professional designer? Join us in the fashion studio to discover the latest fashion trends including modern designs and wearable LED technology. Learn to put together fashion design ideas/concepts, work with design tools and fashion art supplies to illustrate your ideas! You will work with fabric and colors to come up with your own collection on mood boards. This imaginative course combines both creative and technical aspects of fashion design to create your own beautiful skirt and LED purse making your own unique statement to the world.

Fashion Fee: $30

45. New – Radical Chemistry

Instructor: STEM Staff

Session 2

Grades 5-9: 9:00

Grades 3-5: 10:30

In this course we will learn about how chemistry plays a role in our everyday life. We will learn about crystallization by studying rock candy, exothermic reactions by making elephant’s toothpaste and acid base reactions by blowing up a balloon with a water bottle. Have you ever wondered how an egg would look without it’s shell or what type of fruit is the most acidic? Young scientists can join us in the lab for an enlightening, hands-on experience and see the world with amazement and wonder!

46. Challenge Makerspace

Instructor: Hudson Apotheker

Session 2

Grades 3-5: 9:00

Grades 5-9: 10:30

Are you eager to create, want to experiment, and excited about new possibilities? Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they engage in science, engineering and tinkering. In this project based STEM class campers will work in collaborative setting and build invaluable problem solving skills. Example projects may include building catapults, pendulums, a stomp rocket, a fruit piano, a radio and more.

Maker Fee: $100

47. Grand Prix

Instructor: STEM Staff

Session 1

Grades 5-9: 9:00

Prepare to break into the world of Real Radio Control. We will build an introductory model car which will feature powerful electric motors, actual suspensions and rechargeable batteries for “never-ending” fun in competition. Materials fee includes: 1/10th scale radio control model car, 2 channel radio, 2 rechargeable batteries, AC/DC Battery charger, paint, and necessary tools. Assembly, finishing, customizing, tuning up and participating in competitions are just a few of the skills you will learn in this unlimited world of radio control modeling. www.tamiyausa.com

Supply Fee: $300

48. Off Road Racers

Instructor: STEM Staff

Session 1

Grades 5-9: 10:30

Take racing Off Road in this Radio Control model building class. We will build a 4WD Buggy model car featuring powerful electric motors, a double wishbone suspension, and fiberglass shock towers to take your racing off road! Materials fee includes: 1/10th scale radio control model off road buggy, 2 channel radio, 2 rechargeable batteries, AC/DC Battery charger, paint, and necessary tools. Assembly, finishing, customizing, tuning up and participating in competitions are just a few of the skills you will learn in building this radio controlled off road racer. www.tamiyausa.com

Supply Fee: $300

49. CSI Challenge

Instructor: Allan Pearlman

Session 2

Grades 5-9: 10:30

How do crime scene investigators gather and analyze evidence for criminal cases? Journey into the world of police detective and forensic scientist as we explore fingerprints, forged documents, hair and fiber, trace evidence, bones, blood, bullets, drugs and poisons, arson, DNA and more. Get ready to hunt for clues in order to apprehend the guilty and absolve the innocent. All of your observation skills will be needed as you collect and record evidence and draw conclusions necessary to solve the crime. Match wits with criminals as you find out “whodunit!”

50. New – Blender 3D Simulations

Instructor: Marc Russell

Session 2

Grades 4-9: 9:00

Blender is a powerful 3D computer graphics software toolset which is used to create animated films, physics simulations, video games and so much more. Using Blender, you can create an impossible scene by controlling and animating physics: Quickly build a tower just to knock it down and watch how it falls from any angle, Pour water into a glass cup and get the perfect, photo-realistic picture as it splashes out, Write your name in big 3D letters and then hit it with a wrecking ball – smashing it into a million pieces! Computer creativity and imagination is all you need to produce endless animated possibilities.

51. Sumo Robotics

Instructor: Marc Russell

Session 1

Grades 5-9: 10:30

Bring the fascinating world of robotics, engineering and electronics alive. The students in this challenging class will learn about gears, motors, tools and components used in modern electronic devices. Then they will perform intricate soldering and assembly of mechanical and electronic parts to complete their own Sumovore Mini Sumo Robot; www.solarbotics.com/product/k_sv/. This powerful and speedy robot, using brainboards and six sensors, tracks opposing robots while staying in our class sumo ring. Get ready to battle your classmates in the Great Mini Sumo Games! Students will keep their tool kit and assembled Sumovore robot.

Robot Fee: $160

52. New – FPV Drone Racing

Instructor: Ramon Torres

Session 1

Grades 5-9: 9:00

In this exciting technical course we will build a First Person View (FPV) Racing Drone. Soldering and programming are taught as an important part of this assembly process. Campers will learn how to fly from a FPV, as if you were in the cockpit and practice flying and racing techniques, including races of our own! We will address safe and ethical uses of drones and learn to be responsible drone operators and owners. Each camper will assemble and keep their own fully-functional drone and FPV goggles.

Technology Fee: $500

53. Minecraft: Challenge Camp Edition

Instructor: Geoffrey Byrne

Session 2

Grades 4-9: 9:00

Minecraft combines ultra simple graphics and game play coupled with multi player in several different modes accessible to learn at different levels. Journey from simple game play, to more complex world creation and server hosting. Students will work together to create their own procedurally generated world with an almost infinite combination or primitive mechanical devices, electrical circuits, and logic gates built with an in-game materials known as Redstone. Using teamwork to create a world from the ground up, Minecraft will serve as a gateway to enlighten students how to safely and securely utilize technology involved in game creation. Through cooperative play, campers students will learn subtle life lessons about rules to be followed which affect their gameplay both on and offline. Many aspects of the computer science and information systems worlds will be introduced including but not limited to software programming, overall concepts and principles of networking and the hardware required in building these seemingly complex systems.

Please have a current Minecraft account prior to the start of camp.

54. StarCraft

Instructor: Geoffrey Byrne

Session 1

Grades 4-9: 9:00

StarCraft is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game set in a fictitious timeline during the Earth’s 25th century, the game revolves around three species fighting for dominance in a distant part of the Milky Way galaxy known as the Koprulu Sector. Industry journalists have praised StarCraft as one of the best, most important and popular PC video games of all time! The game has been lauded for pioneering the use of unique factions in real-time strategy in a compelling story. Students will be instructed on the basic gameplay utilizing the storymode, as well as class LAN student vs student simulations. Advanced gameplay including micro-ing units, advanced structures and strategies will be executed. Students will play in a tournament setting and ultimately be tested against the StarCraft Master himself, Mr. Geoff… Good Luck!

Computer Fee: $50

55. Artificial Intelligence Gaming

Instructor: Surya Sangwan

Session 2

Grades 4-9: 9:00

Everybody loves fun and games! But while learning how to play games comes naturally to people, computers can’t just read the instructions like we can. Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. Researchers think it is the best way to make progress towards human-level AI, and in the past decade, machine learning has given us self-driving cars, practical speech recognition, and effective web search. This course will explore Artificial Intelligence through the lens of games as campers learn how to develop algorithms that will be implemented in code. On this journey to the future, campers will learn more about optimizing gameplay strategies and the fundamentals of machine learning.

56. New – Indie Game Maker

Instructor: Surya Sangwan

Session 1

Grades 4-9: 10:30

Calling all aspiring video game developers! Using the Unity game engine, students will work in teams to create a 2D platformer. This means that everything from sprite art to music will all be developed by them with free software tools like Piskel a simple drawing and animation tool, and Bosca Ceoil for audio production. The main goal of this course is to have students concentrate on the creative aspects of game development in order to make something that’s appealing and fun. While we will be using C# scripts to control the behavior of the objects on screen, students will modifying pre-written code provided by the instructor. Whether you have experience coding or not, all that is required is a little bit of creativity and a passion for video games.

57. PC Builders Academy

Instructor: Geoffrey Byrne

Session 1

Grades 4-9: 10:30

Ever wonder what it takes to actually assemble a personal computer? In this course we will learn about each component by tearing down and rebuilding used PC’s, then we will build our own from soup to nuts! Starting with a bare case, to the motherboard, to the operating system and software involved, we will fully assemble, operate, tweak, and build a new blazing fast PC! Campers will take home their own PC to replace that aging desktop at home.

Computer cost: $600

58. Printing the Future

Instructor: Marc Russell

Session 2

Grades 3-9: 10:30

Have you ever dreamed of being able to literally make anything you could imagine? Enter the realm of 3D printing! 3D printing is a technology where you create a 3D file using computer software and a machine makes that object, layer by layer, in plastic filament. The possibilities these machines enable in the art and STEM fields are endless. Campers will learn how to create their own individual 3D models using a variety of software including TinkerCad, Trimble Sketchup, and OpenSCAD with uses ranging from inventing to making art. Campers will take home their own printers and finally have the objects of their imagination.

Printer and Plastic Filament Fee: $350

59. 3D Printer Builders

Instructor: Marc Russell

Session 1

Grades 5-9: 9:00

Are you a Do- It Yourselfer, a Maker? Have you ever wanted to build your own 3D printer? In this class students will build, assemble, and test their very own 3D printers from the ground up. They will then learn how to design 3D objects to print, in the process learning some geometry and programming skills. The possibilities these machines enable in the art and STEM fields are endless. We will build a 3D printer that prints in biodegradable, non-toxic plastic. Learn to design 3D objects in the free Tinkercard, and print the students designs. Students will leave camp with an assembled 3D printer and the projects they have created.

3D Printer Kit and Plastic Filament Fee: $400

60. New – CyberSecurity 101

Instructor: Geoffrey Byrne

Session 2

Grades 5-9: 10:30

In this rapidly evolving technology environment, everyone needs to be cognizant of cybersecurity and its impact on all aspects of daily life. Cybersecurity focuses on protecting computers, networks, and information from unauthorized access or attacks. Through hands-on activities we will learn to be good digital citizens, and the best practices for staying safe online. We will be introduced to computer science principles and the architecture of online networks.

61. Counselor in Training (CIT)

Instructor: Marcy Geisser-Wolf

Session 1&2

Grades 9-10: 9:00-4:00

This course is an exceptional opportunity to learn and train to be a counselor in the Challenge Camp environment. The course meets daily and will involve such topics as: camper socialization, assistant teaching and coaching, building self-esteem, conflict resolution and more. Lunch is provided and the remainder of the day will be spent hands-on with our campers utilizing new skills. Session 1 CIT’s will receive full CPR and First Aid certification as part of this curriculum. This course is continuous for 7 weeks and will allow you to grow as an individual with an emphasis on achievement, maturity and responsibility. CIT candidates must be 15 years of age by June 15, 2017.

Course Fee: $1,000 Session 1 or 2
$1,750 Sessions 1 & 2