Camp Explore Classes

Beginning Piano Class

9:00 am -10:15 am

Grades 3-8 (no experience at keyboard)

This is a perfect introduction to the piano! By the end of the week, students will have a strong understanding of the fundamentals and be able to play a simple song for parents’ night. Space is limited to six students so register early

Instructor: Dr. Stanislava Varshavski is a Pianist who has captured the top prize at numerous national and international competitions, including the most prestigious competition for piano duos—the Murray Dranoff International Piano Competition in Miami, Florida.

Intermediate Piano Class

10:45 am -12:00 noon

Grades 3-8 (1-3 years’ experience at the keyboard)

Have a love of the piano and 1 to 3 years of experience? Grow as a musician and have fun with other young music enthusiasts. Intermediate Piano is limited to 6 students so register early!

Instructor: Dr. Stanislava Varshavski is a Pianist who has captured the top prize at numerous national and international competitions, including the most prestigious competition for piano duos—the Murray Dranoff International Piano Competition in Miami, Florida.

The Superhero Project

9:00-10:15 am

Grade 3-5

Create your own superhero costume as we learn about real life heroes and explore positive personal character traits and values.  Students will also star in their own superhero photo shoot.    

Instructor: Tara Wachowski, School and Community Outreach Coordinator at Silver Lake College

Pressure Plus

10:45 am -12:00 noon

Grades 3-5

Learn about Pressure!  Make and observe a tornado bottle.  Design and test a ship like the Titanic. Determine how pressure affects temperature, and use pressure for launching balloon copters and rockets

Instructor: Sister Margaret Ann Wallander, Associate Professor Education, Physical and Earth Science Silver Lake College

Nature Word Art

10:45 am -12:00 noon

Grades 3-4

We’re getting creative with nature!  We’ll explore the outdoors in search of “letters” by choosing leaves, rocks, and sticks to create a one-of-a-kind work of art. For a unique display, glue your materials to a wood frame and hang with wire.

Instructor: Cassie Hebert, Silver Lake College Studio Art Graduate

Poetry and Songwriting: An Interactive Music-Making Workshop:

9:00 am -12:00 noon

(Also offered as individual classes: Poetry Focus at 9:00 am -10:15 am and Songwriting Focus at 10:45 am -12:00 noon)

Grades 5-8

This hands-on, interactive workshop will give students the chance to write poetry inspired by nature walks, artwork, memories, and even scents. Students will then transform poems into song lyrics, creating melodies, harmonies, and rhythms that help them express themselves through music.  We’ll celebrate our creations by sharing our poems and songs with friends and family on the last night of camp!

Instructors: Emilie Lindemann is a poet and an assistant professor of English at Silver Lake College. Her sister Bethany Lindemann is a singer-songwriter who has performed her music at a variety of festivals as a solo artist and as a lead vocalist and guitarist for bands Cato Falls and Villainess.

Poetry Focus: An Interactive Music-Making Workshop:

9:00 am -10:15 am

Grades 5-8

See "Poetry and Songwriting: An Interactive Music-Making Workshop"

Book Art

9:00-10:15

Grades 5-8

Bring your story to life!  Create an exciting scene that appears to take shape right out of a book.  By using pages of books, magazines, and other found materials, we’ll design a 3D literary world.

Instructor: Cassie Hebert, Silver Lake College Studio Art Graduate

Songwriting Focus: An Interactive Music-Making Workshop:

10:15 am -12:00 noon

Grades 5-8

See "Poetry and Songwriting: An Interactive Music-Making Workshop"

Think Like a Computer!

10:45-12:00

Grade 5-8

Have you ever wondered how computers work or think?  If so, here is your chance to explore the language of computers with digital numbers and logic to solve problems quickly.  Learn to determine someone’s birth date, color by number, create a card flip mystery, and other skills when you think like a computer!

Instructor: Sister Christine Stoller, Associate Professor, Math and Computer Science

Matter Matters

9:00-10:15

Grades 6-8

Collect evidence of matter that accelerates…bends…collides…dissolves… evaporates and floats.. Then, partner with famous scientists to discover:

  • How to blow up an 8 ft. bag with a single breath
  • What causes matter to move
  • How to visualize magnetic and electrical fields
  • Why forces always exist in pairs
  • How thrust vs. gravity interact in the flight of rockets

Instructor: Sister Margaret Ann Wallander, Associate Professor Education, Physical and Earth Science Silver Lake College

 

 

 

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