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. New – Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Instructor: Michael Donovan

Session 1

Grades K-1: 9:00

Grades 2-4: 10:30

Modern transportation has changed how people work and live. Have you ever wondered how an airplane flies or a boat floats? Join us on a fast paced journey as we create various forms of transportation and learn the scientific principles behind them. Campers will be introduced to STEM concepts and learn about the scientific process – making a hypothesis, predicting, experimenting, and drawing conclusions. Basic engineering and physics will be applied to construction of soap box derby cars, boats, planes, trains, rocket ships, and more! All powered by rubber bands, propellers, hydraulics, and imagination!

Supply Fee: $25

2. Bubblemania

Instructor: Michael Donovan

Session 2

Grades K-1: 9:00

Bubbles are beautiful, fun and fascinating! This simple thin film of soapy water can be the source of so much learning and laughter. In this hands-on creative class we will discuss the science of bubbles and why they are always ultimately spheres. We are going to blow bubbles, put bubbles inside of bubbles, make our own bubble recipes, create colorful rainbow bubbles, design bubble art, make unbreakable bubbles and we are even going to put YOU in a bubble! The sky is the limit in Bubblemania!

3. The Artist’s Palette

Instructor: Lida Zimmerman

Session 1

Grades K-2: 9:00

An art palette is full of life! Red roars, blue whispers, and yellow yells about the possibilities and appreciation of color you can achieve. You will be creating rainbows, jungles, landscapes and still life with your new understanding of color theory as a means of self expression. Our art projects will include various mediums such as paint, crayons, colored pencils, cut paper and pastels. We will look at the works of great artists like Picasso, Pollack, Van Gogh and Monet, and explore how their unique ways of using color have made their works special. There will be an exhibition to showcase the children’s art. Remember Da Vinci produced his first masterpiece at age 18… so you will have a head start!

4. New – Silly Superheroes

Instructor: Lida Zimmerman

Session 1

Grades K-2: 10:30

We all know reading gives you superpowers. This silly superhero art class will allow campers to read and explore books about superheroes of all kinds like Captain Underpants, My First Book of Girlpower, Superhero School, Sparrowboy, Awesome Dawson, Ladybug Girl and more! Now think about the superhero you were meant to be and using all kinds of art materials, bring them to life from cape to boots! You can be any size, gender, race, or speak any language and still have great superpowers… now let’s save the world!

5. New – Hundred Acre Wood

Instructor: Lida Zimmerman

Session 2

Grades K-2: 9:00

Join us in the Hundred Acre Wood as we explore the wonderful world created by A.A. Milne and his beautifully crafted books and characters. Winnie the Pooh is a beloved bear known in his books and movies to be a talented poet, friendly, thoughtful, clever and always hungry! We will explore these themes and illustrations of Winnie the Pooh and his friends Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and Owl. We will work with various art materials and decorations such as paint, markers, pastels, papers to recreate the characters we love and create some adventures of our own.

6. New – Science Magic

Instructor: Michael Donovan

Session 2

Grades 1-3: 10:30

Join us in our Challenge science lab as we ask ‘how,” “why,” and “what if ” while performing many exciting science experiments! We will explore scientific principles as we bend water, make slime, grow very special bean plants, turn ice into glue, grow rock candy, put you inside of a giant soap bubble and so much more! Chemistry is all about reactions and what influences them. This class allows curious students to think creative- ly, problem solve and draw conclusions. Grab your safety goggles, imaginations and a little lab magic because together we will bring science to life!

7. Dr. Goodbody

Instructor: Allan Pearlman

Session 1

Grades 2-4: 9:00

Grades K-1: 10:30

Your body is an incredible machine composed of thousands of working parts. In this class we will explore all of the different ways your body functions to keep you alive. You will learn life science: bones (an adult has 206) and how they keep you standing, muscles, nervous, circulatory systems and more. Understand why you get dizzy when you spin around, check your blood pressure and see how you fare in our senses, lung capacity and reflex challenges. Make your own model of edible internal organs. We will schedule an exciting ambulance tour (complete with EKG machine, stretchers, blood pressure and bandaging) as part of our emergency medical experience.

8. New – Mad Hatters

Instructor: Lida Zimmerman

Session 2

Grades K-2: 10:30

Travel with us into the creative, magical and fantastical world of hats! There are so many children’s books about hats – they can be simple or complicated, they can transform the wearer to any place, time or culture as they playfully sit on the top of your head. Hats are fun and can be a perfect fit! In this imaginative art class, we will explore hats and caps in children’s literature such as: My Lucky Hat, Old Hat New Hat, Caps For Sale, The Cat in the Hat, The Magic Hat, Jennie’s Hat, and more. We will spend our time creating our own stories with the most spectacularly original, tall, wide, colorful, silly, sparkly, anything you can think of hats and caps of our own! Perfect for our Silly Hat Day Parade.

9. New – Junior Architects

Instructor: Karen Domingo-Moran

Session 2

Grades K-2: 9:00

Calling all junior architects! What do you think buildings, communities and cities will look like in the future? In this program students will be introduced to basic architectural concepts such as scale and proportion. Campers will strengthen their spatial thinking by working on 2d -3d challenges and solving design problems individually and as a team through incorporating math skills. They will design and construct their own futuristic building which we will then combine with our fellow campers as part of our visionary community.

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 1-3: 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 is 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 3-4: 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 – Galaxy Quest Junior

Instructor: Sid Jain

Session 1

Grades K-2: 10:30

What do we as humans and scientists know about astronomy, the solar system and what it is made of? We will discuss the contributions of Aristotle, Newton and Einstein as we craft our own planets and solar systems. We will learn about suns, moons and eclipses and try to guess how many moons are orbiting around Jupiter, Saturn and our own planet, Earth! We will learn about what stars really are and how they are discovered and examined by space probes and telescopes. We will ask if life really can exist on other planets… and create models and drawings of what they may look like. We will all have an exciting opportunity to attend a nighttime observatory with our parents! This class is a wonderful way to learn more about our and other galaxies in the universe!

15. New – My Green Thumb

Instructor: Hudson Apotheker

Session 2

Grades 2-3: 9:00

Grades K-1: 10:30

Grow your knowledge of biology, math, agriculture and botany through gardening. We will discuss all the elements of a garden from soil to minerals, organisms and ecosystems. Dissect the parts of a flower to understand each element and how they interact and lead to photosynthesis and plant growth. We will examine how the environment affects plant growth and health as we learn about greenhouses and composting while deciding what herbs and plants we would like to select. Experiment with pH, salinity, nitrate levels, capillary action, make chia pets and more. Best of all we will create our own individual gardens to take home and transplant into our backyards!

16. New – 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: $25

17. New – “The Lion King”

Anne Pasquale, Artistic Director
Regina Talbot, Musical Director

Session 1

Grades 1-4: 9:00

Grades 5-9: 10:30

Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now, you have the opportunity to be part this one-of-a-kind musical, featuring unforgettable music and exhilarating choreography, at Challenge Camp! The African Savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki, Mufasa, Scar, Nala and a comical cast of animals as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. Our outstanding musical numbers include: “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” “Hakuna Matata,” “Circle of Life,” and “Can you Feel the Love Tonight”! 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 – “Peter Pan”

Anne Pasquale, Artistic Director

Session 2

Grades 1-4: 9:00

Grades 5-9: 10:30

Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved family favorites of all time. Peter and his mischievous sidekick Tinkerbell meet the Darling children late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey to Neverland. In the adventure of a lifetime the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook. Featuring the iconic songs “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land,” Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up. 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. New – Math-letics

Instructor: Sabra Rivel

Session 1

Grades 3-4: 9:00

Grades 1-2: 10:30

It’s amazing what you can do with a deck of cards and a few dice… Master your math skills with an engaging hands-on curriculum. In this mathematically focused class campers will be challenged through playing games, solving logic puzzles, brain teasers, riddles and fantasy baseball. Sharpen your pencils and your math skills while utilizing your critical thinking skills to solve real world challenges and work with fellow campers on group problem solving. Make math fun while you improve your skills and become a “math-lete” in four fabulous weeks.

21. New – Boom! Pow! Wow! Comics and Graphic Novels

Instructor: Sabra Rivel

Session 2

Grades 2-4: 9:00

Grades 4-6: 10:30

Do you want to know what happens inside of a real courtroom? Who are the people involved and what are their duties? Do you think you would make a great lawyer…or even a Judge? What do witnesses and jurors have to do? In this action-packed course you will learn courtroom trial procedures and portray the defendants, lawyers, judges and witnesses in our dramatic courtroom simulations.

22. Photo Finish

Instructor: Liz Steger-Hartzman

Session 1

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. New – 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. National Geographic

Instructor: Liz Steger-Hartzman

Session 2

Grades 3-9: 9:00

Learn from the experts about nature photography. In this class we will study different methods and techniques that National Geographic photographers use to create the most spectacular photographs in the world… just peek into their magazine or website photos! Campers are required to have a charged digital camera or cell phone camera each day in class and will take photos of plants, trees, animals, insects, water, landscape and any natural beauty we uncover on campus. We will study photo editing and how to select your best photos with a detailed eye and use our learned techniques to create a nature photography portfolio to take home highlighting your work.

25. New – Wall Street

Instructor: Sid Jain

Session 2

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. Junior Entrepreneur

Instructor: Michael Hirsh

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! Junior Entrepreneurs in training will be challenged from concept to generation of a product or service to marketing and advertising. Campers also brainstorm ideas for games and services that will be a hit at the annual Challenge Cares Carnival. Running the “show” takes creative talent and great enthusiasm. We need planners, organizers, decision makers, booth designers, artists and convincing salespeople. Campers discuss costs and potential profits, decorate the carnival space, plan marketing/advertising strategies and set guidelines for all activities. Drawing inspiration from current philanthropic companies like TOMS shoes, Newman’s Own, Ben & Jerry’s and Yoplait, your company will donate all profits to a worthy charity that benefits children. Last year’s class donated over $2,600 with our Challenge Cares Carnival to the Food Bank for Westchester.

27. CITYscapes

Instructor: Ana Saura

Session 1

Grades 3-9: 9:00

Create your own three-dimensional artwork à la Charles Fazzino! After being introduced to magnificent Mayan, European and Asian architectural styles, you will design an imaginary city and using this fascinating technique, will create a cityscape that will literally POP off the page! This program integrates an appreciation of architecture with learning how to design, plan and produce 3-D art.

28. New – Cirque de Sculpture

Instructor: Ana Saura

Session 1

Grades 3-9: 10:30

This new and unique circus inspired wire sculpture class will allow you to create lions, tigers, horses, clowns, acrobats, high wire acts or any circus performers you can imagine. Your creations will be reflected in the works of Calder, Giacometti, Picasso & Rodin. With soft and flexible aluminum wire and colored tapes, you’ll bring your modern line drawings to life in a three dimensional circus. You’ll experiment with context, outline, contour twisting and crimping of wire enhancing your artistic ability and vision while learning alteration of form, shape, angles, relationship of lines and movement. Projects will be mounted on wood that you will sand, stain and varnish. Catch hold of the wire and create your own man on the flying trapeze!

29. New – Glorious Galapagos

Instructor: Allan Pearlman

Session 2

Grades 5-9: 9:00

Grades 2-4: 10:30

Travel to the Galapagos Islands for a science adventure of a lifetime. We will build models to see how the islands were created and learn who first discovered them. We will study and make models of the core 10 species including blue-footed boobies, tortoises, and marine iguanas found only in the Galapagos. How did Darwin’s observations of these animals result in the theory of evolution? Through projects and activities that will illustrate the concepts of adaptation, variation, and natural selection, campers will learn why these islands must be protected as a global treasure.

30. New – Gizmos and Gadgets

Instructor: Abi Subramanian

Session 2

Grades 2-5: 9:00

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

31. New – Gizmos and Gadgets with Arduino

Instructor: Abi Subramanian

Session 2

Grades 4-9: 10:30

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 Fee with Arduino: $180+$70

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. Sumo Robotics

Instructor: STEM Staff

Session 1

Grades 5-9: 9:00

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

36. Homegrown Drones

Instructor: Adam Thiessen

Session 1

Grades 3-5: 9:00

Grades 5-9: 10:30

What’s all the buzz? Drone technology and it’s applications are front page news. A drone is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. In this course we will explore drone structures through the building of our own devices and learning how to operate them. They can be used to deliver goods, for surveillance and security, aerial photography, filmmaking and more. We will address the political aspects pertaining to 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.

Drone Fee: $375

37. Battle Bots

Instructor: Adam Thiessen

Session 2

Grades 5-9: 9:00

Game on automaton! Have you ever competed in an robot-against- robot challenge? In this course we will learn to design robots to meet a predetermined objective and then compete against each other in achieving that task. We will explore the basics of mechanical, electrical and programming structures to create our own individual solutions to the problems presented. Each camper will gain engineering skills through efforts to conceive, test, adjust, retest and evolve a fully-functional competitive robot. Each participant will take home their device for continued fun and learning!

Robot Fee: $350

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 – Weird Science

Instructor: Alexandra Romero

Session 2

Grades 3-5: 9:00

Grades 5-9: 10:30

Chemistry is life… there are hundreds of chemical reactions going on inside your body right now! Chemistry helps explain what all the stuff around us is and where it comes from. Everything you see, hear, smell and touch involves Chemistry and matter. In this lab science course we will perform experiments on polymers by making bouncing balls, study chromatography in candy and extract iron from cereal. We will study cabbage pH paper, make flubber to introduce organic compounds and continue studying chemical reactions by making quick sand and more. Young scientists can join us in the lab this summer for an enlightening, hands-on experience and see the world with amazement and wonder!

41. New – Galaxy Quest

Instructor: Sid Jain

Session 1

Grades 3-5: 9:00

During this course, we will discuss the development of humanity’s understanding of the solar system, examining contributions by Aristotle, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Einstein and others. What makes Earth different from all other planets? What is NASA and what have they discovered about Mars’ suitability for life? How has knowledge about Pluto been transformed by NASA’s 2015 flyby? What are super moons, eclipses, asteroids and comets and how do they affect our future? We will discuss the discovery of over 2000 exoplanets around stars other than the sun as well as other exciting discoveries by the Hubble Telescope and the Kepler Mission. We create our own solar system incorporating all we have learned about the Milky Way, planets, moons, stars and other galaxies. We will debate if life really can exist on other planets and when humans will be able to visit them! Finally, will all have an exciting opportunity to attend a nighttime observatory with our parents!

42. New – Opening Bell

Instructor: Sid Jain

Session 2

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. New – 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 – Catwalk Couture

Instructor: Ying Su

Session 2

Grades 4-9: 9:00

Do you have interest in learning the art of fashion design from a professional designer? Join us in the fashion studio for this comprehensive course for aspiring designers. Learn to put together fashion design ideas/concepts, work with design tools and fashion art supplies to illustrate your ideas! You’ll work with fabric and colors to come up with your own collection on mood boards. Campers will also learn basic draping and working with a dressform to create a basic bodice and skirt. This imaginative course mixes both creative and technical aspects of fashion design to create your own couture collection.

Fashion Fee: $25

45. New – Skyscraping Structures

Instructor: Karen Domingo-Moran

Session 2

Grades 3-6: 10:30

Skyscrapers have brought architecture to great heights and are being built in different shapes and sizes around the world. You will experience architecture’s encompassing STEM aspects from plan to construction of your own supertall structure! In this class you will learn about 3d form-making, use math to design your structure, and build your own skyscraper model! Compose your plan and elevations while exploring other innovative designs of famous skyscrapers. Students will be introduced to architecture principles and learn about the design process. Get ready for a fun creative challenge and marvel as we wire up and light your architectural masterpieces – the sky is the limit!

46. New – Challenge Makerspace

Instructor: STEM Staff

Session 1

Grades 4-9: 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: $75

47. Grand Prix

Instructor: Jeffery Allen

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: $350

48. New – Off Road Racers

Instructor: Jeffery Allen

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: $350

49. New – Homegrown Drones

Instructor: Adam Thiessen

Session 2

Grades 5-9: 10:30

Let’s keep flying! This course is an advancement past the first Homegrown Drones course. In version 2.0 each camper will assemble a fully FPV (flight by video) capable drone and learn to pilot this craft through “first-person view.” Using the latest video goggle technology, we will fly our drones from the perspective of being in the cockpit. See what a pilot on board the craft would see and navigate your drone! We will expand our focus on the political aspects pertaining to safe and ethical uses of drones and further learn to be responsible drone owners and operators. Each camper will assemble and keep their own fully-functional FPV drone and vision equipment.

Drone Fee: $500

50. New – Artificial Intelligence Gaming

Instructor: Walter Squires

Session 1

Grades 4-9: 10:30

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.

51. New – Stop Motion Animation

Instructor: Walter Squires

Session 2

Grades 4-9: 9:00

Have you ever watched a movie like the “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, “Chicken Run” or “Coraline” and wondered how they made it? Now you can learn how! In this hands-on animation class, campers will be exploring film making through the lens of Stop Motion. Campers will create storyboards and then be introduced to a number of stop motion animation techniques that will allow them to bring their ideas to life in a short film!

Technology Fee: $50

52. Minecraft: Challenge Camp Edition

Instructor: Geoffrey Byrne

Session 1

Grades 4-9: 9:00

Session 2

Grades 4-9: 10:30

Minecraft combines ultra simple graphics and game play coupled with multi player in several different modes accessible to learn at different levels. This class will take students 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 about technology involved in game creation and how to safely and securely utilize it while playing. Through cooperative play, campers learn there are rules to be followed which affect both their gameplay both on and offline. Students will learn subtle life lessons when they realize that, even though Minecraft feels real to them, it is just a simulation. 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.

53. StarCraft

Instructor: Geoffrey Byrne

Session 2

Grades 4-9: 9:00

A childhood favorite of the instructor, StarCraft is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game developed and released for Microsoft Windows in 1998! 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. Many industry journalists have praised StarCraft as one of the best, most important and popular PC video games of all time! The game has been praised for pioneering the use of unique factions in real-time strategy gameplay and for 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 to the max 1v1 with the StarCraft Master himself, Mr. Geoff…Good Luck!

Computer Fee: $50

54. 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

55. Printing the Future

Instructor: Walter Squires

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: $400

56. 3D Printer Builders

Instructor: Walter Squires

Session 1

Grades 6-9: 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: $450

57. 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