Gr.1-4 Summer Courses

2017 G&T Summer Academy Grades 1-4 Course Schedule

Course Schedule can be viewed at http://www.montclair.edu/gifted/our-programs/summer/.  You can also download the course descriptions as a PDF MSU G&T 2017 Summer Academy Course Descriptions.

Einstein Hour

All Academy students will participate in the Einstein Hour makerspace. This course will involve groups of up to five students who will build a solution to a design challenge. Students will apply the engineering design process to Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve by collaborating to brainstorm, model, build, test, and modify their solution. Students are encouraged to use information, resources, and project work from their other courses to assist with completing their Einstein Hour project.

Gr. 1-2 (Please note that you will choose a community, e.g., Jr. Scientists, and take all the courses contained in the community. Half-day students will be assigned with the two courses that are running in the morning within the community chosen.)

Jr. Scientists courses:

Chemistry: Ready, Set, React

Calling all potion masters! This course will show you how chemical reactions rule the universe. Explore what makes bread to rise, cars to drive, and stars to explode. Class activities will focus on introducing students to chemical reactions while applying creativity, communication, collaboration, and observation skills.

Pet Care 101

Do you love pets? This course will show you how to properly care for our favorite, furry family members. Explore best practices for dogs and cats, along with a few exotic species like lizards and birds. Students may be exposed to a trained, gentle dog or cat as part of the course activities. Students who are allergic to or are afraid of dogs and cats (and other popular pets) are discouraged from enrolling in this course.

Sparkle and Shine

Are you attracted to gems that sparkle? Do you ever wonder how they are made? This course will show you how minerals found deep within the Earth become sparkly, shiny items from jewelry to coins. Explore which mountain chain's formation gave us most of our rubies, which minerals are the most rare, and how we manage to cut the world's hardest mineral: diamonds! 

Jr. Tech Trailblazers courses:

Scratch Jr.

Calling all digital storytellers! This introductory programming and creative writing course is designed to challenge students to create stories using the Scratch Jr app. Students will explore the elements of storymaking while also learning programming logic.

Rainbow Electronics

Do you love taking things apart and putting them back together? Explore the basic principles of electronics using resources such as Little Bits. You will work in groups and individually on challenging electronics activities that promote problem solving, collaboration, communication, and the engineering design process. Electronic inventions developed in class may include a vehicle and a throwing arm.

Digital Puzzle Design

Do you love puzzles? Do you want to create your own puzzles? In this class, you will develop conceptual and visual problem-solving skills and graphic design skills related to the creative organization of space and representation of information. In order to design your own puzzle, you must inquire, question, explore, and experiment. We will use a variety of jigsaw puzzle creator and picture puzzle maker to help you design the puzzles you like!

Jr. Rising Stars courses:

Artist's Canvas

Are you a Van Gogh or a Picasso? Whatever your style, find your inner artist through this extension of Painting Techniques. Explore the history of art through the evolution of painting techniques. Guidance will be provided by an experienced artist. You will complete painted works modeled after the style(s) of your choice.

Create Your Own Commercial

“Quiet on the set!” It begins with a product followed by brainstorming ideas for selling a product. Storyboards are created, scripts are written, actors are cast, and well, you’ll have to take this course to find out how to and actually create a commercial. Come prepared to learn the ins and outtakes of commercial production.

Future Pop Star

Pop Stars are a triple threat on stage. They can sing, dance, and act. Join us to practice your pop star vocals and moves. Learn how to interact with one another while singing and dancing to bring a “show” or an “act” to life. We will focus on projection of voice, timing in music, and stage presence. Do you have the skills to sing and dance at the same time? 

Jr. Explorers courses:

Passport to the World

Do children around the world have to go to school? Do you know how other children your age spend their time? Using virtual means, we are going to travel across the continents to investigate how children your age (and adults) live, learn, work, and play. What continent and country would you like to explore?

Clay Apprentices

Put on your smocks and roll up your sleeves! You will be sculpting with clay and learning about clay art in other cultures. Your masterpieces may include pottery, figurines, and other items of your choice.

Creepy Crawlers

Creepy CRAWLIES! Yikes! Cool! Gross! Let’s work together and discover how cool insects really are! Can you imagine walking around with eight legs? Would you be faster and more powerful? We will work as scientists, researchers and investigators to gain a greater understanding of the tiny creatures we see every day. Come and discover why bees dance, observe the growth of silkworms and/or beetles, and explore the lifecycle of the butterfly!

Arts & Recreation courses:

G&T Chorale

Do you like to sing? Do you like to sing with your friends? In this course we'll sing fun songs with great melodies, harmonies, and fascinating rhythms! We'll have a chance to present a mini-concert.

Painting Techniques

Painting can be rewarding, challenging, and fun! Join your fellow aspiring artists in learning painting techniques and forms of painting. As an artist, you will learn how to express your ideas through a powerful, visual language.

Yoga

The practice of yoga makes the body strong and flexible. Learn about the history of yoga and how it originated and has changed over the years. In this class, you will learn yoga poses to tone the whole body, strengthen muscles, improve posture, and increase your energy. Play fun, interactive games that incorporate yoga poses.

Soccer

GOAL! Soccer is a staple in many countries around the world, testing players on their coordination, speed, strategy, and team play. The excitement and preparation for the World Cup alone puts people all over the world abuzz. We will be outside to practice techniques and strategies, skills and drills, and learn the rules of the game. This sport helps players increase coordination, agility, and endurance.

Disc Olympics

Prepare for the ultimate showdown of disc sports! You will design and play some of the many games that involve discs: disc golf challenges, ultimate Frisbee, and other challenging games. During Disc Olympics, you will learn proper techniques for throwing, catching, and aiming discs. At the end of the three weeks we will have a day of challenges, tricks, and the ultimate Disc Olympics showdown!

 

Gr. 3-4 (Please note that you will choose a community, e.g., Scientists, and take all the courses contained in the community. Half-day students will be assigned with the two courses that are running in the morning within the community chosen.)

Scientists courses:

Ninja Physics

Do you find yourself calculating how to jump, roll, or climb over obstacles? Do you love parkour, martial arts, or American Ninja Warrior? Join us as we examine the physics behind human motion. Find out how to choose the best angle, velocity, and placement for various movements. Be prepared to both calculate and demonstrate throughout this interactive class. Hi-ya!

Jr. Vets: Pet Care and First Aid

Do you love animals? Are you thinking about becoming a veterinarian? Students will explore the characteristics and behaviors of dogs, cats, and other pets. They will learn about and practice giving emergency first aid as well as preventative care: how to identify and prevent food poisoning, and many other techniques used by animal health professionals. Students may be exposed to a trained, gentle dog or cat as part of the course activities. Students who are allergic to or are afraid of dogs and cats (and other popular pets) are discouraged from enrolling in this course.

High Tech Minerals

Ever wonder where they find the minerals used to make cell phones? Or cars? This course will show you how minerals found deep within the Earth become skyscrapers, cars, computers, and other objects. Explore the mining process, how mineral availability affects production, and how we manage to cut diamonds, the world's hardest mineral.

Tech Trailblazer courses:

Ruby Programming

This introductory programming class uses Ruby, a dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. It has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write. You will learn how to write programs that perform simple tasks. You will gain insight into the mind of a computer programmer as well as a basis for further education in software development. Advanced students may create more complex programs or attempt a Ruby on Rails project.

Tech Innovators

Your work matters! We challenge you to identify a real-life problem in your world, and then engineer real change! You will identify problems, brainstorm possible solutions, and use the engineering design process to plan, create, and improve your invention, and then present it to potential investors.

Digital Nonogram Design

Nonograms, also known as picture crosswords, are picture logic puzzles in which cells in a grid must be colored or left blank according to numbers at the side of the grid to reveal a hidden picture. Come to this class and discover how numbers are a form of discrete tomography and reveal a hidden image in a fun and challenging puzzles! You will be able to design your own colorful nonograms using grid paper and grid software. This is a perfect course for those who wants to bring in their logic thinking ability, analytical ability, and creativity! 

Rising Star courses:

Artist's Canvas

Are you a Pollock or a Picasso? Whatever your style, find your inner artist through this class. You will explore the possibilities of realism, representation and abstraction. You will also develop an awareness of and an appreciation for the major movements in painting that are the foundation of contemporary painting. As an artist, you will learn how to express your ideas through a powerful, visual language. You will complete painted works modeled after the style(s) of your choice.

Digital Media Design

How does a video go from idea to the latest BatDad Vine or Star Wars film? Explore how digital media is produced and distributed across different platforms. Work collaboratively and individually on digital media projects. Explore how digital content continues to change how society is informed and entertained.

Write, Compose, Perform

Be prepared to bring your pens, creative minds, and music instinct to this class! You will use your writing skills and creativity to write lyrics and compose music. After that you will be able to perform your music and lyrics through singing, dancing, or playing a musical instrument! Take this course if you love music and dance and want to use your imagination and creativity!

Explorers courses:

Globonauts

Calling all Globonauts! Do children around the world have to go to school? Do you know how other children your age spend their time? Using virtual means, we are going to travel across the continents to investigate how children your age (and adults) live, learn, work, and play. What continent and country would you like to explore?

Clay Masters

We will be working with clay! Create sculptures, pottery, jewelry, and learn about how different cultures use clay. We will be working on coiling to create vessels, creating pinch pots, and ultimately creating small sculptures. This class will be using self-hardening clay to create masterpieces.

Superhero Insects

How do insects perform heroic feats of strength? What tricks or traits could we borrow from insects to become superhuman? You will explore the world of insects to investigate how they do super things every day.

Arts & Recreation courses:

Videogame Design

Make you own original games with a powerful, easy-to-use design tool and a library of hundreds of sprites! In this class, you will use Gamestar Mechanic to design your own video game. You will go on quests that power up your game design skills and let you earn items you can use to make your own games. No programming skills are required! Bring your creativity and problem-solving skills and come to this recreational and rewarding class!

Calligraphy and Penmanship

Calligraphy has a unique history in art and writing. Calligraphy is a formal form of writing and has been used by knights in castles, authors, artists, and is still used today. In this class you will learn basic calligraphy techniques for writing and art. Learn how to create beautiful line work for handwriting, and create works of art using calligraphy ink.

Chess

This chess course is designed for anyone interested in chess, at any level of skill. By the end of the course, you will demonstrate mastery of rules, strategy, opening analysis, endgames, analysis of a famous game, and variations of chess. You will also be able to analyze chess using standard terminology.

Disc Olympics

Prepare for the ultimate showdown of disc sports! You will design and play some of the many games that involve discs: disc golf challenges, ultimate Frisbee, and other challenging games. During Disc Olympics, you will learn proper techniques for throwing, catching, and aiming discs. At the end of the three weeks we will have a day of challenges, tricks, and the ultimate Disc Olympics showdown!

Soccer

GOAL! Soccer is a staple in many countries around the world, testing players on their coordination, speed, strategy, and team play. The excitement and preparation for the World Cup alone puts people all over the world abuzz. We will be outside to practice techniques and strategies, skills and drills, and learn the rules of the game. This sport helps players increase coordination, agility, and endurance.