Summer Camp: Lego and Robotics

Lego and Robotics

To foster interest in engineering, Lego-Robotics Camps are designed to introduce basic programming concepts to children entering K to G4 through a series of extremely engaging robotics projects.  Powered by LabVIEW, a user-friendly icon based, graphical drag and drop programming environment is used to implement the curriculum. Besides programming, building executive skills, problem solving, as well as team building are also essential objectives of the camp.
Students are divided into lower and upper groups, entering K-G2 and G2-4, respectively. Students entering G2 with previous Lego experience are good candidates to join the upper grade group.  The camps operate from 6/15 to 8/14.  All camps are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Extended care, with structured indoor and outdoor activities, is available during before-camp and after-camp hours. Please see Daily Schedule for more details.

K-G2 Camps

Pre-Programming (6/15-6/19)

Through projects, demonstrations, and games, students will be introduced to basic engineering and programming concepts.  Mechanical science principles related to gears, levers, pulleys, wheels, and axles will be introduced to campers through the exciting Lego building projects.  Basic design concepts and building techniques, which is the basic essential of robotics, will be introduced.  Youngsters will learn to read graphic instructions and guided to apply those concepts to program their robots.

Jr. Lego-Robotics: Adventures Stories (6/29-7/2)

The engineer apprentice will learn to read programming icons, and follow graphic instructions to create working models for the robotic projects, namely, Airplane Rescue, Giant Escape, and Sailboat Storm.  To enhance their robotics-related science concepts, they will also be given ample opportunities to work with simple machines, such as gears, wheels, axles, levers, and pulleys.

Jr. Lego-Robotics: Wild Animals (7/20-7/24)

The engineer apprentice will learn to read programming icons, and follow graphic instructions to create working models for the robotic projects, namely, Hungry Alligator, Roaring Lion, and Flying Bird.  To enhance their robotics-related science concepts, they will also be given ample opportunities to work with simple machines, such as gears, wheels, axles, levers, and pulleys.

Jr. Lego-Robotics: Soccer Player (8/3-8/7)

The engineer apprentice will learn to read programming icons, and follow graphic instructions to create working models for the robotic projects, namely, Goal Kicker, Goalkeeper, and Cheerful Fans.  To enhance their robotics-related science concepts, they will also be given ample opportunities to work with simple machines, such as gears, wheels, axles, levers, and pulleys.

G2-4 Camps

Introduction to Programming (6/15-6/19)

The engineering design process is the key concept to introduce through observing and investigating simple machines: gears, wheels, axles, levers and pulleys.  They will learn about the functions of different basic Lego bricks and how to use them to build proportional, balanced, well simulated robotic designs. The junior engineers will learn to program, design, and create a working model with the icon-based Lego software, powered by LabView.

Lego-Robotics: Adventures Stories (6/29-7/2)

Application of the engineering design process would be introduced and strengthened through problem solving for robotic characters in the themes of the Airplane Rescue, Giant Escape, and Sailboat Storm. The junior engineers will learn to program, design, and create a working model with the icon-based Lego software, powered by LabView.  They will be guided to hone their robotics skills through more in-depth exploration of essential simple machines of gears, wheels, axles, levers, and pulleys.

Lego-Robotics: Wild Animals (7/13-7/17)

Application of the engineering design process would be introduced and strengthened through problem solving for robotic characters of the Hungry Alligator, Roaring Lion, and Flying Bird. The junior engineers will learn to program, design, and create a working model with the icon-based Lego software, powered by LabView.  They will be guided to hone their robotics skills through more in-depth exploration of essential simple machines of gears, wheels, axles, levers, and pulleys.

Lego-Robotics: Soccer Player (7/27-7/31)

Application of the engineering design process would be introduced and strengthened through problem solving for robotic characters of the Goal Kicker, Goalkeeper, and Cheerful Fans. The junior engineers will learn to program, design, and create a working model with the icon-based Lego software, powered by LabView.  They will be guided to hone their robotics skills through more in-depth exploration of essential simple machines of gears, wheels, axles, levers, and pulleys.

Robotics & Mechanisms (8/10-8/14)

The engineering design process is the key concept to introduce, through observing and investigating simple machines: gears, wheels, axles, levers and pulleys.  They will learn about the functions of different basic Lego bricks and how to use them to build proportional, balanced, well simulated robotic designs. The junior engineers will learn to program, design, and create a working model with the icon-based Lego software, powered by LabView.

Summer Camp: Writing-Public Speaking

Writing-Public Speaking

The biggest goal for the Writing-Public Speaking Camps is to foster the love of writing. To attain this goal, high interest topics are used and interactive activities are adopted to create a fun-filled learning environment. While learning basic academic skills is a very important goal, students are encouraged to use their imaginations and think out of the box.
Through practices and production of their writing projects, students build confidence and experience high level senses of achievement, which are the keys for the love of writing. Basic public speaking skills are included as part of the curriculum. The Writing-Speaking camps are designed for students entering G2-4.  The summer camps operate from June 16 to August 15, and each week covers a different theme. All Writing-Speech Camps are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Extended care with structured indoor and outdoor activities is available to cover before-camp and after-camp hours, respectively.  For details, please refer to the Daily Schedule.

G2-4 Camps

Engaging Story and Creative Prop (7/13-7/17)

Participants will learn about the story components, such as the plot, character, setting, and conflict.  Applying what they have learned, they will create an interesting story and tell it in front of an audience.  Through discussion and practice, they will hone their skills to engage the audience by using various tones of voice, expression, body language, as well as prop making.  It’s all about becoming a creative writer, an engaging storyteller, and a skillful prop maker!

Speech Writing & Public Speaking (7/20-7/24)

Introduces students to the tips of effective public speaking.  Students will choose a topic and become his/her own speech writer.  Lessons and activities are designed to train children to become observant, build confidence for speaking in public, and apply the basic speaking skills through practice.

Expository Writing and Media Presentation (8/3-8/7)

Researching a topic of their choice, students will learn essential research skills, such as, note taking, using graphic organizers, and producing summaries.  Based on their research, they will then create a slide project and give a 2-min oral presentation.

Persuade through a Commercial (8/10-8/14)

This is a course integrating writing and public speaking skills.  Through creation of a commercial, students will learn relevant persuasive writing skills, such as exercising word choice, analyzing audience, and presenting supportive reasons.  After completing their writing, students will be guided to deliver the commercial.  Through the delivery, students will learn how to control voice tones, use body language, and build confidence against stage flight.

Summer Camp: Hands-on Science (K – G4)

Hands-on Science

The Hands-on Science Camps are designed for children entering K to G1 as well as G2 to G4. Building the critical thinking behind the scientific process is the goal: hypothesizing, observing, data gathering, data analyzing, and drawing conclusion.  This goal will be achieved by exploring different exciting science topics through engaging hands-on learning. Their hands and minds will be fully engaged. The Hands-on Science camps operate from June 16 through August 15; all the camps are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Extended care with structured indoor and outdoor activities is available during the before- (8a-9a) and after-camp (3p-6p) hours.

K-G1 Camps

Bubble Engineering (6/22-6/26)

Children flourish and their curiosity is leveraged as a motivation to learn when they’re allowed to explore without the restrictions of tidiness.  In a safe environment, little ones are encouraged to scientific explorations and guided to learn the facts, principles, and concepts of properties of matters through hands-on experimentation on how bubbles work.  This is a fun and enjoyable camps that would open up the interests of further science discovery and learning.

The Scientific Mind for Tomorrow’s World (7/6-7/10)

Science would not be fun if students are only introduced to facts and theories.  So this camp is designed to use a totally different approach: Inquiry-based Learning!  This learning process starts with hypothesizing, observation, drawing inferences, making conclusion, and generalization.  Based on the curriculum and lessons of Exploratorium, a science and art museum in San Francisco, the topics of scientific investigations focus on light, sound, and perception.  The highlight of the camp is a field-trip to the museum, where they will see the exhibit in person.  Equipped with the science knowledge acquired in the camp, the trip will make the learning experience doubly enriched and memorable.

Me and My Body (7/13-7/17)

The heart’s for pumping, the brain’s for thinking;
The nose’s for breathing,  the legs are for running;
What other parts of the body help me stay a healthy being?
Learning about the body and having fun!

Young Scientists; Old Bones (7/27-7/31)

All about dinosaurs, dig, dig, and dig! Dig out the very old bones;
Learn about herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores; Be amazed by the gigantic reptiles: how they roamed the earth and how they became extinct!  Through this exciting archeological journey, children will learn about general concepts of animal and geological sciences.

Treasure Hunt of the Geologist (8/10-8/14)

Rocks & minerals, large and small;
Some are sparkly, some are dull;
Measuring weighing, observing and recording;
Will learn about the scientific process, in and out

G2-4 Camps

Bubble Engineering (6/22-6/26)

Children flourish and their curiosity is leveraged as a motivation to learn when they’re allowed to explore without the restrictions of tidiness.  In a safe environment, little ones are encouraged to scientific explorations and guided to learn the facts, principles, and concepts of properties of matters through hands-on experimentation on how bubbles work.  This is a fun and enjoyable camps that would open up the interests of further science discovery and learning.

The Scientific Mind for Tomorrow’s World (7/6-7/10)

Science would not be fun if students are only introduced to facts and theories.  So this camp is designed to use a totally different approach: Inquiry-based Learning!  This learning process starts with hypothesizing, observation, drawing inferences, making conclusion, and generalization.  Based on the curriculum and lessons of Exploratorium, a science and art museum in San Francisco, the topics of scientific investigations focus on light, sound, and perception.  The highlight of the camp is a field-trip to the museum, where they will see the exhibit in person.  Equipped with the science knowledge acquired in the camp, the trip will make the learning experience doubly enriched and memorable.

Force, Motion, and Invention (7/20-7/24)

Students will learn about force and motion when having fun building Lego projects of gears, axles, levers, and pulleys.  Aligned with the Common Core State Standards, this curriculum integrates the content of science and math through engaging activities involving observation, reasoning, prediction, and critical thinking.  The Simple Machines curriculum is an excellent solution for introducing students to physical science concepts while promoting teamwork and foster creativity through building and invention.

Magnets, Motors, & Circuits (8/3-8/7)

Through engaging in hands-on fun activities and “electric circuit games”, participants are learning how electric circuits work and appreciate how broadly it has enhanced our quality of life.  Participants will be amazed to discover how the electricity in their home works, how switches control the electricity to the lights, and how series and parallel circuits affect electricity.  Applying how electricity and magnetism can be used to make each other, our youth will be very busy creating an energy source for motors using electro-magnetic concepts.

Communication Through Technology and Art

Communication thru Technology and Art

Communication should not be limited by words.  Effective communication is more than just gathering of words but arises from the critical thinking underlying them.  Communication through Technology and Art – This series of camps is about building the critical thinking that facilitates effective communication in spite of our youngsters being in the early stages of language development.  Through these theme-based camp curricula, technology and art is used as a tool to help children strengthen critical thinking, which is essential for organizing thoughts, communicating ideas, and self-expression. 
Through engaging activities and projects, participants are guided to explore and learn the various ways that technology and art could enhance communication, productivity and fun.  From digital animation and art projects, the camps will bring the participants to a new level of technology and art sophistication.
Camp curricula are designed for lower and upper grades, K-G2 and G3-4, respectively.  All communication camps are full-day from 9:oo a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Optional extended care with structured indoor and outdoor activities is available during before- (8a-9a) and after-camp (3p-6p) hours.

K-G2 Camps

Communication thru Tech: Magic of Bubbles (7/7-7/11)

Bubbles have a natural magic on children.  It is an easy game to play and the ever-changing bubbles are fun to chase.  It boosts imaginations and fosters creativity.    This camp is designed to leverage this natural love as a springboard to expand vocabularies, communicate their fascinations, express inner feelings, and create funny stories through the use of technology.  Through the process of having fun, students sharpen their tools for communication as well as confidence for self expression.  This camp is for students entering G1-2 only.

Communication thru Tech: Space Adventure (7/13-7/17)

Through learning about “space”, children will be introduced to both creative and expository writing.   Technology is used as a tool of communication to explain what they have learned as well as create their own stories.   While having tremendous fun, they are working hard to narrate their adventures, expanding vocabularies, organizing information, and putting story events into logical sequence.  At the end of the camp, students would be very proud to show off their digital story book and a science report!  This curriculum is designed for students entering G1 and G2 only.

Communication thru Art: Love to Write through Drawing  (8/3-8/7)

Children are spontaneous to express their thoughts and feelings through drawing before language development has matured.  Drawing also directs their attention to the details of their environment and enhances their visualization of events.  The process helps the brain make connections among small bits of information and organize them into a bigger picture, which is the critical thinking that is essential to build writing skills.  This curriculum is suitable for students entering K to G2.

G3-4 Camps

Communication thru Tech: Magic of Bubbles (7/7-7/11)

This camp adopts a theme-based curriculum with a target to build scientific communication skills.  Blowing bubbles could be an easy game but the process of experimenting and identifying the most effective bubble reciepes would definitely build critical thinking and scientific mind.  To complete the ultimate objective for this camp, the students will be coached to communicate the scientific scientific concepts and process through describing, explaining, labeling, recording, and making conclusions.

Summer Camp: Visual Art (K – G4)

Visual Art

Art is  everywhere around our children’s lives. Creativity and art skills are nurtured through the exploration of medium. Draw, paint, knead, build, etch, twist, and most importantly, create!
Children will explore different art media and learn 2-dimensional(2-D) & 3-dimensional(3-D) design concepts.  They will bring home numerous art productions that they will take pride after the enjoyable and memorable learning process.  Most importantly, their imagination is actualized when they see the wonders of their art projects come to life!
Students are divided into lower and upper groups for K-G1 and G2-4, respectively.  The camps operate from June 16 through August 15.  All the camps are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Extended care with structured indoor and outdoor activities is available as needed to cover the before-camp and after-camp hours. Please refer to Daily Schedulefor details.

K-G1 Camps

Creative Little Hands and Fingers (6/15-6/19)

Kinesthetic learners will thrive and get the full benefits from this camp!  Playing with small objects always make their little hands and fingers very happy, and artistic creation generates plenty of excitement!
In the camp, children get to experiment with objects of a variety of textures and forms: clay, wood, collage, sand, beads, fabric, flour and more…  Art skills are taught and developed through learning about color coordination, design, and the use of different tools.

The Painting Lab (6/29-7/2, 8/10-8/14)

Pastel, acrylic, water color, tempera;
Use brushes, stamps, foams, and even fingers!
Paint on paper, canvas, rocks, beads, and more…
Students are given options to focus on projects of a variety of themes and different challenge levels.  This is a non-sequential, repeatable curriculum for youth who are interested in attending both sessions.

Lines, Shapes, & Picture: Introductory Drawing (7/20-7/24)

This is an integration of art and geometry, analysis of pictures and objects made of different shapes.  By joining lines and visualizing placement of circles, ovals, rectangles to form new objects, beginning artists can start to create their pictures and art products.  Students will be exposed to different media: crayons, color pencils, pastels, carbon, markers, and more!  Themes will revolve around animals and people.

Traveling the World with Genius Architect (7/6-7/10)

Children’s mind do not have predispositions as adults’. They are therefore able to look at a problem from a new perspective and are more creative in coming up with a solution.
Taking a world tour of the famous world architectures, children will learn to about the 3-dimensional structure, design, and meanings. Modeling after the great architects and summoning their creativity, they will experiment with a variety of materials to build structures of their choice.   They also learn to solve problems in the creative processes during which they apply their knowledge to generate different solutions through team work and communication.  Their aesthetic horizon would be expanded by the field-trip to Exploratorium, the science and art museum in San Francisco.  “At Pier 15 on the downtown San Francisco waterfront, the Exploratorium is debuting scores of new art projects both inside and outside the building. Expansive outdoor space, state-of-the-art facilities, and wide-ranging themes of investigation allow for even greater possibilities for artistic exploration”, quoting the museum’s introduction.

Little Da Vinci Cracking the Art Code (7/27-7/31)

How to translate visual skills into pieces of Art? This camp is about strengthening perceptual skills and using lines, colors, shades, forms, textures and space to express the perception of scenes, objects and people.
Children are presented with drawings of different artists. They get to experience how real life visual experience can be transformed into a piece of drawings. The skills of sketching with pencil, using shadows, placing of objects and applying paint in art. The several art pieces that they created are also presented in our premier gallery at the end of the week so that children get to appreciate and own their accomplishments.
The curriculum is also enriched by a field trip to San Jose Art Museum.  In addition to appreciation of museum exhibits, they will participate in a camp related workshop led by the museum artist.

G2-4 Camps

Cartooning & Manga (6/15-6/19)

Any child who can make a stick figure can learn to create funny cartoons—whether he/she is a beginner or a sophisticated learner, this camp would be an entertaining and enriching art experience. The cartoonists will be given lots of hands-on opportunities to turn their creative ideas into delightfully drawn reality. A variety of styles, including Manga, will be introduced to the campers to demonstrate the forte of different cartooning artists.  But the budding artists are encouraged to boldly develop his/her style and build confidence in the course of learning guided by the instructor.

The Painting Lab (6/29-7/2)

Pastel, acrylic, water color, tempera;
Use brushes, stamps, foams, and even fingers!
Paint on paper, canvas, rocks, beads, and more…
Students are given options to focus on projects of a variety of themes and different challenge levels.  This is a non-sequential, repeatable curriculum for youth who are interested in attending both sessions.

Traveling the World with Genius Architect (7/6-7/10)

Children’s mind do not have predispositions as adults’. They are therefore able to look at a problem from a new perspective and are more creative in coming up with a solution.
Taking a world tour of the famous world architectures, children will learn to about the 3-dimensional structure, design, and meanings. Modeling after the great architects and summoning their creativity, they will experiment with a variety of materials to build structures of their choice.   They also learn to solve problems in the creative processes during which they apply their knowledge to generate different solutions through team work and communication.  Their aesthetic horizon would be expanded by the field-trip to Exploratorium, the science and art museum in San Francisco.  “At Pier 15 on the downtown San Francisco waterfront, the Exploratorium is debuting scores of new art projects both inside and outside the building. Expansive outdoor space, state-of-the-art facilities, and wide-ranging themes of investigation allow for even greater possibilities for artistic exploration”, quoting the museum’s introduction.

Little Da Vinci Cracking the Art Code (7/27-7/31)

How to translate visual skills into pieces of Art? This camp is about strengthening perceptual skills and using lines, colors, shades, forms, textures and space to express the perception of scenes, objects and people.
Children are presented with drawings of different artists. They get to experience how real life visual experience can be transformed into a piece of drawings. The skills of sketching with pencil, using shadows, placing of objects and applying paint in art. The several art pieces that they created are also presented in our premier gallery at the end of the week so that children get to appreciate and own their accomplishments.
The curriculum is also enriched by a field trip to San Jose Art Museum.  In addition to appreciation of museum exhibits, they will participate in a camp related workshop led by the museum artist.