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Middle School Summer Camps

Middle school summer camp combines enrichment, academic and internship opportunities. Prep for the upcoming season with week-long sports camps, join our tech camps in the 601 Dolores Innovation Lab, or savor the study of culinary arts with our food and agricultural sciences program. You can also get a jump start on getting your student prepared for high school entrance exams with our SSAT camp.

REGISTER HERE. You will be redirected to UltraCamp, our online camp management website. There, you can create an account and log in to make reservations (based on availability of the current camp sessions) and also make camp payments. Should you have any questions, please contact Charles DiRicco at (415) 416-6315.

Session I: June 18-22

Drone Mission Mania (Rising 6th-8th graders)
It’s all about drone missions as campers will learn the basics of drone technology and safety before taking to the air to fly and code the drones through an abundance of missions. Throughout the week, instructors will pose various challenges that the campers must solve using drones. Missions include Connect 4, Drone Basketball, King Kong, International Space Station Drone Docking, Harry The Hiker, and more. Students work all week long to prepare for the most enjoyable part of the week: the Ultimate Drone Games where students collaborate, strategize, and create their own drone missions and then compete against one another. Participants will use the SWIFT programming language to accomplish many of these missions. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program.

Session II: June 25-29

Drone Racing and Obstacle Course Challenge (Rising 6th-8th graders)
This program is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Flight squads post up against one another in friendly competition when they race themselves and the clock. Students first maneuver the drone through creative obstacle courses before taking on the challenge of flying for speed. Participants contribute fully in this program as they design and help build the the obstacle course in preparation for the final day’s activities and competition. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying are included in this program.  

 

Session III: July 2-6 (No camp July 4)

Cuisine and Culture Series (Rising 6th-8th graders)
Do you ever wonder how history shapes our diets? If so, don’t miss out on this culture and cooking class, which highlights culture, geography, and cooking traditions from around the world. Students will study a specific region each day, focusing on people, geography, history, and lifestyle. Students will discuss the meals they are preparing, shop for groceries, and finally prepare and enjoy the dish!

Session IV: July 9-13

Science of Cooking: Molecular Gastronomy (Rising 6th-8th graders)
"Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are." — Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (French Gastronome).  

We will begin to unravel the art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food. We’ll learn about high-quality ingredients (what makes them of "high quality?") and when and where we should use them. We’ll learn how to choose great produce and we’ll cook and eat great food! Each day we’ll travel somewhere new and learn about culture and culinary traditions.

Session V: July 16-20

Ingredient-Based Cooking (Rising 6th-8th graders)
Seasoning food and balancing flavors is an art. Identifying herbs and spices and knowing when to use them always makes your cooking game stronger. In this cooking class, we will focus on the versatility of ingredients. We’ll start with a base recipe and see how it changes when different elements and ingredients are introduced.

Session VI: July 23-27

Adventures in Science (Rising 5th - 7th graders)
Do you have a love for science? Do you want to learn more and more about the structures and behaviors of the natural and physical world? Become a mad scientist this summer! Mix chemicals, make marble roller coasters, launch paper rockets, and more!

VII: July 30-August 3

Personal Essay Writing (Rising 7th-8th graders)
We will discuss and learn about the fundamental components of personal essay writing and also participate in activities to unlock the personal and creative stories that each student will need in this part of the application process.

For the past 13 years, I have made writing a personal statement essay part of the eighth grade humanities curriculum, and I will continue to do so. This camp will help incoming seventh and eighth graders get a head start on the process and, more importantly, work on brainstorming a good topic that both shows how well the student can write and gives the admissions director a sense of who the student is. We will be taking walks throughout the city, playing games, writing journal entries, and having Socratic Dialogues in order to work on our own stories.

Session VIII: August 6-August 10

Creative Writing with Terry Ashkinos (Rising 6th-8th graders)
This program will focus on the craft of the short story, in addition to providing other creative writing opportunities. The first part of your day will consist of reading short stories, building reading comprehension skills, and identifying the common traits of the medium. In addition, you’ll spend time writing short stories in a workshop model. The second part of each day will be a "field" experience to inspire creative writing. Among many possible options, you might be challenged to write poetry inspired by a trip on Bart or to create biographical vignettes about people you observe in a local park. This is the perfect program for all writers, whether you’re an emerging writer or a writer who already has an idea in mind and is ready to put pen to paper.