Academic Camp Grades 3-8
Virtual Reality on Mobile Devices (Grades 6-8) – New Class for 2018!
The future is here, mobile photo and video class in VR! We will capture stills and video sharing moments with virtual reality technology (VR). This VR course will take us all around campus as we explore sight and sound in every direction and in 3D! Everyday students will be given a new assignment to explore scenery and sound everywhere and collecting these assets and preparing them to be viewed on VR equipment where they can relive these captured moments over and over! VR viewers will be provided in class.
CLASS REQUIREMENT: Student must have and bring a mobile device with a camera either Android or IOS with a cellular data plan in order to download the VR app.
Chorale for the 21st Century – Singing! (Grades 3-5) – New Class for 2018!
In this class students will get to explore a centuries old musical tradition via the lens of modern music! Chorale music typically consists of hymns set to music and harmonized for four voices which is then sung by a choir, a la Johann Sebastian Bach. In this class, however, instead of using the classical repertoire as established by masters like Bach, we will sing from the canon of more recent, popular artists in an attempt to bridge the gap between this age old music and our modern times!
Band Camp (Grades 6-8) – New Class for 2018!
In this class students will get the opportunity to partake in making music with their peers! For most people, music is an integral part of life. There is almost always music playing wherever you are, in your car, on television, at the supermarket, on your phone, you name it! Music is incredibly pervasive and can be enjoyed by anyone. One of the most enjoyable elements of music is getting to create it with with other people. This class will explore getting the opportunity to create music with others, no previous experience necessary!
3D Printing & Product Design – Maker Space (Grades 6-8)
The precursors to the Star Trek Replicator are found in today’s Makerspaces, and the most common of all is the 3D Printer. In this hands on Maker Camp students will learn not only how to use a 3D Printer, but more importantly, how to use CAD software to design 3D Models ready to print. First, to get the basics, students will model and print a chess piece of their own design. Then we’ll move into more open ended product design. Students will learn the Design Thinking Process as they create an original prototype as their final project!
Art (Grades 3-8)
There are multiple dimensions of art and this class will explore many of them. Students will learn basic clay hand building techniques that have been used for centuries to create ceramic vessels and sculptures, discover how to mix colors, learn different color combinations, explore what colors can say, and improve drawings skills. Drawing and shading techniques will be taught using pencils and other media.
The Bee! (Grades 5 – 8)
This class will offer students a fun way to build their vocabulary and begin to understand the meaning of words based on the root word it was derived from. The class will conclude with the Summer @ ARHS Spelling Bee; a Champion will be crowned.
The Crusader Capitalist (Grades 7 – 8)
Capitalism is making the world a smaller place. International trade has companies in the U.S., China, Germany and many other countries doing business together, but all this international trade began as a simple idea that someone worked on in their garage, backyard or living room. You know you have a great idea for a product or service that can make you the next Steve Jobs. Come to Riordan this summer and see what it takes to make that idea/dream a reality. You will learn the business basics from finding out who will be interested in buying your product, to selling your product and learning what it takes to swim in the “Shark Tank” and get investors to give you money to sell your product on a larger scale. Come and bring out the Crusader Capitalist in you, and swim with the sharks with no fear.
Elementary Math – Select from Grade 3 – Grade 4 – Grade 5 and Grade 6
Our elementary math courses provide fun-filled basic math adventures boosting basic math skills and confidence while having fun. Students will learn math tricks, play games, explore online math games, and create palindromes with addition. See how simple strategies can help with basic facts and word problems. Learn tricks to help you memorize those pesky multiplication facts.
Environmental Geography (Grades 7-8)
This course will focus on Earth’s physical components and processes and how they effect us. It will cover a range of physical geography including plate tectonics, soil formation and erosion, and the hydrologic cycle, as well as topics directly relatable to environmental science like global climate change.
Italian – Ciao, Italia! (Grades 3-8)
This summer, we will learn how to “parliamo italiano!” Come join us as we learn the beautiful Italian language – the language of artists, musicians, engineers, explorers, and chefs! We’ll cover the basics, including pronunciation, the alphabet, household and school terms, animals, colors, and FOOD. We’ll also learn some useful conversational phrases and questions, and lots of interesting fun facts about Italy. Bring your excitement and your appetite for languages!
Journalism (Grades 6-8)
Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury said, “Journalism keeps you planted in the earth.” Today, more than ever, writing, and especially journalistic writing, which requires research, writing and editing, is a must have skill for all students. Despite (or perhaps because of) advancements in technology, all students need basic writing skills. This class will get your student started and include the basics of journalism, including, brainstorming for ideas, knowing the difference between importance and interest, news writing, sports writing, opinion writing, feature writing, researching, interviewing, editing, and finally, publishing. The culmination of the class will be the publication of a student-produced newspaper with stories and photos by the students. Taught by a 15-year veteran of teaching high school journalism, this class is a must for anyone who would like to write for his or her school newspaper now, the award-winning Riordan paper, The Crusader, in the near future, or wants to improve his or her writing skills in general. The class will take place in an atmosphere that is a combination of a classroom and newsroom, and will include exploration of the campus to look for story ideas.
CLASS REQUIREMENT: Student must have and bring an iPad or tablet with a camera and access to Google Drive to this course.
The Magic of Computers (Grades 5 – 8)
This course will teach students about the basics of computing and move them through the many powerful applications available to create masterpieces. Students begin the course working on keyboarding, learning how to format and prepare documents and learning how to utilize the statistical tools of Excel. Students will learn the basics of Photoshop and InDesign as well as learn about many of the powerful tools and secret features that can be unlocked in both of these programs to produce a magazine layout.
Math – Pre-Algebra (Grade 7)
Recommended for most students entering Grade 7. This course strengthens the student’s foundation in fractions, decimals, percentages, and operations with negative numbers. Students will also learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide variable expressions.
Math – Algebra (Grade 8)
Recommended for most students entering Grade 8. This course is for students who will be taking algebra in the fall or who have taken some algebra already but did not study it in detail or did not fully understand it. Students will learn the distributive property, operations with variables, simplifying expressions, solving equations, basic word problems, and linear functions.
Public Speaking (Grades 5 – 8)
This course is an introduction to public speaking. Emphasis is placed on gaining experience as a speaker in front of an audience or as a member of a group. Students are instructed in form (posture, delivery, and diction) and content (choice of topic, organization, and development). Topics covered include informative, persuasive, and instructive speeches, formal readings, and group discussions.
Reading, Writing and Comprehension (Grades 3 – 4)
The Courage of Sarah Noble is a true story of a young girl and her father traveling to Milford Connecticut. You will discover how brave Sarah is when she finds out what children are saying about the Schaghticoke Indians and how she still interacts with them. Sarah teaches them how to survive, but will she be safe or befriend them or will the rumors be true? You will never forget this adventurous story with all the activities that I have planned for you. We will read, art project, skits, have large, small group discussions, work on note taking skills, reading fluency skills, speaking to a group, and working with others. Come join me on this exciting journey of Sarah Noble.
Reading, Writing and Comprehension (Grades 5 – 6)
Life is to short not to read short stories!!! Leap into 4 very thought-provoking but different short stories and learn how to write you own short story at the same time. Lets take this adventure of writing, reading, role play, small, large group work, art and watching different movie, and music videos. You will see how a short story can grab you and take you into another realm of thinking. Join me as we enter the short story zone!
Reading, Writing and Comprehension (Grades 7 – 8)
The Reading and Writing Workshop is designed to advance cognitive skills through directed reading activities that include: understanding key vocabulary words of assigned readings, answering questions about assigned readings, and generating written responses to assigned readings that reflect understanding as well as higher thinking skills.
Science (Grades 3 – 4) Mechanical Design
We will use a hands on approach to learn how simple machines like pulleys, ramps, and levers are used in the real world. We’ll also investigate how more complex machines work including bicycles, steam locomotives, transmissions, car engines, electric motors, and nuclear energy production. Students will participate in a final competition in which they design a project that accomplishes a given task using limited materials.
Science (Grades 5 – 6) Flight Science
This course explores the fascinating history and science of air travel. Students will use the principles of lift, thrust, and drag to create models and experimental designs for water powered rockets, model rockets, powered planes, gliders, helicopters, and blimps. Students will explore the first attempts at flight and learn concepts about high speed modern flight.
Science (Grades 7 – 8) Introduction to Electronics and Microcontrollers
You will learn how to design, build and program your own microcontroller, electronic boards, and robotics! This camp will introduce budding hackers to the all-powerful Arduino board, which will be used to make a multitude of different projects throughout the week including classic games like SimonSays and even mini robots that can interact with their own environment.
Sign Language (Grades 3 – 8)
Let’s Discover ASL hands on! We’ll explore the culture, learn the alphabet and phrases, have conversations, play games, and learn numbers, sign songs and more. You will become more confident each day that you’re in class. This will be a sensational class with lots of movement and a fantastic learning adventure!
Speed and Agility (Grades 3 – 8)
Speed and Agility Camp is designed to help students in all sports improve their overall speed, quickness and agility. Throughout five intense training sessions, athletes will work on improving speed, agility, lateral quickness, foot speed, rapid acceleration, and first step quickness. In addition to the training completed during the Speed and Agility Camp, students will be taught training exercises and drills that they can complete at home to continue their improvement in these areas.
Study Skills (Grades 5 – 8)
The emphasis of this course is on using practical and proven strategies to build better study skills. Organization methods and tips, listening skills, memorization techniques, time management, note-taking methods, test-taking strategies, and research skills are included. Individual learning styles, strengths, and weaknesses are considered throughout the course.