Grades 3-4

July 13-24 from 12:30 to 5:30 pm

Open to students who will complete third or fourth grade this spring.  These classes offer a creative educational experience with limited enrollment, snack time, a guest speaker, and Brain Games.

Students will take two classes.

Course Descriptions

Catching the Wind
Engineering—Kristi Ward (Wind)

Mechanical engineering involves the design of anything with moving parts. In this course, we will think like mechanical engineers—and also use their understanding of air as wind—to design and create wind-powered machines. We will be introduced to wind turbines that generate renewable energy and study how common machines such as mechanical pencils and egg beaters work. Then we will use mechanical engineering skills to design sailboats and windmills that catch the wind. Come engineer with us!

Food for Thought
English & Science—Darlene Kirkpatrick (Food)

Have you ever wondered why your parents want you to stop pushing your food around your plate? Do you think about all the different types of food we eat and where they originated? Why do so many life events center on food? In our class, we will explore the language of food, through the play of words and writing, while incorporating experiments to explain the science behind the food we eat. Belly up to the table and join me for a buffet of fun!

Mummies, Mysteries, and More
History—Karen Moss (Mysteries)

Pack your bags and get your passport! Our journey to ancient Egypt will take us down the Nile to explore secret passageways to the Pharaohs’ tombs. Meet King Tut, some ancient gods, and a few mummies who will drop by. Enjoy your trip while creating artful memories of your visit!

POP! Pop Art, Comic Books, and Superheroes
Art & Writing—Katie Short (POP!)

Ever wish you could be a superhero? Well, in this class, you CAN! We will study Pop Art and research artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg. After looking at the characteristics of comic books, you will create an original comic complete with a superhero! Packed with drawing, painting, and printmaking, this class is sure to spark your creativity!

Ready, Set, Act!
Theater—Johnny Passmore (Act)

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Shakespeare
This exciting course contains plays, skits, and research activities with an innovative twist. Humorous skits and plays are just a jumping-off point for research and creativity for everyone. Learn about theater terminology, famous stage actors, and theater history! Reread texts and practice fluency to be the best performer you can be. Welcome to the Summer Laureate stage!

Secrets & Spies: American Revolution
US History—Jill Wright (Spies)

War, secret missions, and spies! Have you ever heard of the Boston Tea Party? Are you curious about the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere? I bet you even think you know everything there is to know about George Washington. Get ready to be surprised! Come investigate one of history’s most intriguing wars, The American Revolution. Don’t miss out on making disappearing ink and solving your own spy mysteries!

Starry Nights
Astronomy—Misty Dixon (Starry)

Can you believe that viewing the stars and planets could land you in JAIL? Did you know that a star saved lives? How about that stars could tell time? Approach the dangerous profession of astronomy, discover the legends and myths behind the planets, and investigate the connections between the stars and rainbows. Come on this journey through the heavens and learn about the nighttime sky. It will be an out of this world experience!

Time-Travel Math
Math—Tara Meacham (Time)

Do you enjoy solving riddles? Would you like to discover how math can help create art? Then, come travel back in time with fictional math whizzes Harriet and Thomas and join Leonardo da Vinci, Dutch artist M.C. Escher, and ancient Egyptian architect Imhotep, on a mission to answer a timeless riddle: How can we solve everyday problems using math? We will be doing such things as learning from the ancient Egyptians about area and perimeter. Come along as we explore advanced geometry concepts through an adventure-filled travel back in time.