Ages 12-14

Ages 12-14

2018 Class Schedule, Descriptions, and Fees: Ages 12-14

All classes are listed by date and time.
Registration closes one week prior to class start date.

 

Morning Sessions: 9:00 a.m. - Noon 
Afternoon Sessions: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
All-Day Sessions: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Week 1 (June 11-15)

Week 2 (June 18-22)

Week 3 (June 25-29)

Week 4 (July 9-13)

Week 5 (July 16-20)

Week 6 (July 23-27)
 


Week 1 (June 11-15)

 

Star Wars and the Roman Empire

Whether a film critic or a history buff, this class is for you. You’ll discover the history behind Star Wars and its creator, George Lucas. Learn how the plot of Star Wars mimics real-life history in Rome roughly 2,000 years ago. This class will recognize and discuss the huge impact this film had in the world not only in the late 1970s but also upon its return as another huge hit in the 1990s. Join us as we delve into history, and may the force be with you! Please note that Rebel Alliance or Galactic Empire attire is optional!

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Dan Quiggle

10 years and up, June 11-15, mornings

 

The Art of Beach Glass Jewelry and Crafts

Learn wire wrapping techniques to create jewelry and other crafts from materials found during your journey to the shores of Lake Erie. Design pendants, stepping stones, wind chimes and other beautiful creations using beach glass, beads and other natural items.

Price: $ 95

Instructor: Maureen Beck

10 years and up, June 11-15, mornings

 

Sea Perch - Underwater Robotics ALL DAY

Participate in this all day marine engineering course developed by the Office of Naval Research and the MIT Sea Grant Program. Learn how to build a simple remotely operated vehicle (ROV) constructed of PVC pipe, including a propulsion system and tethered controller. Investigate concepts of buoyancy submarine design and ocean exploration while learning construction techniques including soldering, frame assembly, wiring, and waterproofing thrusters. Scientific applications involve biological sampling and water sampling with Sea Perch units. Participants will each take home the ROV they built.

Price: $ 250

Instructor: Paul Semrau and Todd Talbot

12 years and up, June 11-15, All Day 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Yoga, Zumba, and Healthy You

An important part of being healthy is achieving energy balance: eating and drinking (energy in) to provide the right amount of fuel our bodies need for healthy growth, everyday living, and physical activity (energy out). Participants will focus on both of these energies through daily YOGA, ZUMBA, and discussions on body image and eating well. Our motto will be "Everything in Moderation". A yoga mat will be given to each participant to keep.

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Lisa Pearson

10 years and up, June 11-15, afternoons

 

The Art of Beach Glass Jewelry and Crafts

Learn wire wrapping techniques to create jewelry and other crafts from materials found during your journey to the shores of Lake Erie. Design pendants, stepping stones, wind chimes and other beautiful creations using beach glass, beads and other natural items.

Price: $ 95

Instructor: Maureen Beck

10 years and up, June 11-15, afternoons

 

Week 2 (June 18-22)

 

When the Whole World Was at War

Are you a history buff? Did your grandparents or great-grandparents live through World War II? Join us as we travel back in time to examine this profound period in history. We'll examine the risks, the “what ifs,” and the major players—Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin. We'll research Nazi propaganda, the Holocaust, and weapons of mass destruction. You'll have an opportunity to voice your opinion during class debate. We'll even build our own plane and hold our own mock trial!

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Dan Quiggle

10 years and up, June 18-22, mornings

 

Intro to DC Circuits

Perhaps nothing is more representative of modern technological culture than electronic devices. But how do these mysterious "black boxes" really work? This course represents an overview of the fundamentals of DC circuits, simple components like resistors, capacitors, and transistors. Participants will also design and test simple circuits on breadboards, which they will take home at the end of the week. Basic familiarity with algebra and one variable in a simple equation is assumed for this course.

Price: $ 105

Instructor: Todd Talbot

10 years and up, June 18-22, mornings

 

Cooking Cuisines of the World NEW

Taste the world in five days. Learn to cook traditional meals from different places around the world. Immerse into other cultures as you prepare cuisines from different places in Europe and Asia, fully equipped with dinner and dessert. Please make sure to explicitly list if your child has food allergies.

Price: $ 90

Instructor: Alexa Phelps

10 years and up, June 18-22, mornings

 

Intermediate Robotics

Are you ready for the next robotics challenge? Intermediate robotics will focus on design, motion, structure, power, sensors, and programming involved in building robots. Two robotics platforms will be used: Mindstorm and Vex Robotics kits.

Price: $ 90

Instructor: Paul Semrau

11 years and up, June 18-22, afternoons

 

Batters and Doughs Galore! NEW

Bring on the batter and dough! Discover how to make a variety of baked goods from brownie batter to pizza dough. Learn intermediate kitchen skills as we make multiple breads and desserts.. *Peanuts may be used in cooking classes*

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Julie Vavreck

10 years and up, June 18-22, afternoons

 

Blast off to Mars! NEW

Discover NASA's plan to colonize and live on Mars. Build different types of rockets, rovers, habitat modules and learn about space using several STEM concepts including Newton's laws of motion and gravitation, technological experimentation, the design process and more.

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Nathan Benzel

10 years and up, June 18-22, afternoons

 

Week 3 (June 25-29)

 

Sewing 101

Learn the skill of hand and machine sewing while creating unique works of art. Learn how to thread a needle and operate a sewing machine as you experience how fun sewing projects can be.

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Melissa Weismiller

10 years and up, June 25-29, mornings

 

It's My Business; Be an Entrepreneur with Junior Achievement

If entrepreneurship is behind our country's economic success, then what's behind entrepreneurship itself? Can someone learn to think and act like an entrepreneur? Most definitely. This Junior Achievement program teaches students the four key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs: believing in themselves; filling a need; knowing their customer and product; and being creative and innovative.

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Dale Shatto

10 years and up, June 25-29, mornings

 

Roller Coaster Physics

Why do we like to ride rollercoasters? Many people think it’s for the thrill of speed. But for most people it's actually the twists, turns, drops and spins that keep us in line for hours to experience mere minutes of excitement. Learn about forces, energy transformation and mass relationship using the K'Nex building system to construct a large rollercoaster. Experience first-hand the design considerations in building a safe but thrilling ride. A behind the scenes trip to Waldameer will be the capstone of the course.

Price: $ 90

Instructor: Todd Talbot

10 years and up, June 25-29, mornings

 

Video Game Design; Creative Coding and Programming

Learn coding and programming skills to create your own games and animations. Create a digital story and maze game with characters. Discover how every action requires a command and script and learn to identify how these concepts are used in every day life.

Price: $ 90

Instructor: Matt Greene

10 years and up, June 25-29, mornings

 

Engineering with Rube Goldberg STEAM Machines

Using the STEAM Machines program, participants will be challenged to learn and apply the engineering design process to build chain reaction STEAM Machines in a project-based, cooperative learning environment. This course will teach participants real-world engineering skills, provide experience with systems thinking and multi-team collaboration, and create a pathway to better understand careers in engineering.

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Todd Talbot

10 years and up, June 25-29, afternoons

 

I'm a Civil Engineer! NEW

Discover the exciting world of Civil Engineering by using the engineering process of researching, designing, building and testing your own bridge designs. You will enter an exciting week of becoming a Civil Engineer and learn the important roles they play.

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Staci Blakeslee

10 years and up, June 25-29, afternoons

 

Ultimate Frisbee STEM Style NEW

Learn a healthy, coed lifestyle sport, while using physics and mathematics to pass the flying disc to teammates. This course will provide an overview and introduction to the sport of ultimate Frisbee. Participants will learn a variety of throws using angles and wind speed. Participants will also learn the rules of the game and person to person and zone defense strategy skills to be successful. Ultimate is a fun non-contact sport that everyone can play and enjoy. All players will learn about Spirit of the Game, and how this can apply to all sports and everyday life.

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Hayden Weaver

10 years and up, June 25-29, afternoons

 

Young People's Chorus of Erie Camp NEW

Penn State Behrend's Young People’s Chorus camp will focus on developing singers’ voices through interactive workshops and expert instruction. The week includes fast-paced choral rehearsals and age-appropriate music theory classes geared toward beginning/intermediate singers and those new to singing in a choir.

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Gabrielle Dietrich

7-13 years, June 25-29, afternoons

 

Week 4 (July 9-13)

 

Engineering Explorers with 3D Printers

Explore plastics, software, electrical and materials engineering fields. Participants will utilize CAD programming and Makerbot 3D Printers to design products in the one of the fastest growing fields in technology. They will also experiment with Thermoforming, learn how to stress-test multiple materials and discover how to turn everyday objects into touch pads for a week of fun engineering exploration

Price: $ 105

Instructor: Patrick Byrnes

10 years and up, July 9-13, mornings

 

Christmas Baking in July

Design and bake a gingerbread house display and create classic Christmas cookies. Learn advanced design and decorating techniques as you Celebrate Christmas baking in July!

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Julie Vavreck

10 years and up, July 9-13, mornings

 

Video Game Design; Creative Coding and Programming

Learn coding and programming skills to create your own games and animations. Create a digital story and maze game with characters. Discover how every action requires a command and script and learn to identify how these concepts are used in every day life.

Price: $ 90

Instructor: Matt Greene

10 years and up, July 9-13, mornings

 

Aspiring Educators - Career Exploration NEW

Calling all future teachers! Interested in exploring the wonderful world of teaching? Pull up a chair and learn teaching techniques and lesson planning. Discover which teaching subject ignites your passion. Explore child development and how the brain learns. Develop stage presence, public speaking skills, time-management, and so much more. Participants will even have the opportunity to teach a mini-lesson to a small group of young students. It is never too early to ignite the spark in young teachers, so they become college, career and classroom ready!

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Alexa Phelps

10 years and up, July 9-13, mornings

 

Improv

Join us as we play some classic improv games and exercises geared for young actors. These games will help you build your ability to think fast whether you are on stage or in a classroom and learn about theatre in a fun and hilarious way. This class will culminate in a performance modeled after the improv based show "Whose Line is it Anyway." This fun performance might even draw in the audience to participate!

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Steve O'Donnell

10 years and up, July 9-13, afternoons

 

Ultimate Field Trip - Career Exploration NEW

Spend the week touring local employers and exploring several career occupations. Some of the field trips will include the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks, Erie Insurance and Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Career professionals will also visit the class and include a teacher, pharmacist, and faculty members from various Penn State Departments. At the conclusion of the week, students will have a better idea of what they need to pursue their top career choice.

Price: $ 115

Instructor: Matt Greene

11 years and up, July 9-13, afternoons

 

Engineering Explorers with 3D Printers

Explore plastics, software, electrical and materials engineering fields. Participants will utilize CAD programming and Makerbot 3D Printers to design products in the one of the fastest growing fields in technology. They will also experiment with Thermoforming, learn how to stress-test multiple materials and discover how to turn everyday objects into touch pads for a week of fun engineering exploration

Price: $ 105

Instructor: Patrick Byrnes

10 years and up, July 9-13, afternoons

 

Intermediate Robotics

Are you ready for the next robotics challenge? Intermediate robotics will focus on design, motion, structure, power, sensors, and programming involved in building robots. Two robotics platforms will be used: Mindstorm and Vex Robotics kits.

Price: $ 90

Instructor: Paul Semrau

11 years and up, July 9-13, afternoons

 

Week 5 (July 16-20)

 

CSI-Crime Scene Investigations!

Learn how science is used to solve crime by using experimental techniques in a laboratory-based setting. Participants will analyze evidence such as hair, fibers, fingerprints, blood, and blood splatter. Death and decay, shoe impressions, handwriting, and ink analysis will also be studied. Participants will learn laboratory-based techniques used to solve crimes.

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Jerald Fenner

10 years and up, July 16-20, mornings

 

Advanced Drawing

This class is designed to give the young artist a better grasp on drawing more realistic. We will work with pencils and colored pencils. Shading, perspective, and texture techniques will be introduced to create realistic looking fur, wood surfaces and metal.

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Tami Hritzay

10 years and up, July 16-20, mornings

 

The Great Cake Bake

Go baking crazy! We'll design an all edible display with the theme of your choice. This class will use basic kitchen skills while learning advanced design and decorating techniques and take baking a simple cake to a new level. Participants will experience day to day bakery operations with a visit to a local bakery. *Peanuts may be used in cooking classes*

Price: $ 170

Instructor: Julie Vavreck

11 years and up, July 16-20, All Day 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

3D Video Game Design with Kodu

Learn the key elements of 3D game design. Use Kodu Game Lab to program characters and objects with character behaviors expressed in physical terms. Build 3D worlds while creating your own video game.

Price: $ 105

Instructor: Amber Wildfire

12 years and up, July 16-20, afternoons

 

Penn Lake Writing Marathon NEW

Come join national writing fellows and explore unique and creative writing genres! Together we will write pieces in several genres such as six word memoirs, newspaper blackout poetry, golden shovel poems, digital picture writing compositions, and more! Participants will create a multi-writing publication piece which will be celebrated at a publishing party and the end of the week.

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Lisa Ciecierski

8 years and up, July 16-20, afternoons

 

Week 6 (July 23-27)

 

Become a Champion Engineer

Participants will learn to use engineering principles to take on a variety of exciting engineering challenges and test their solutions in competitive games. Participants will win prizes for whomever creates the catapult that flings marshmallows the farthest, makes a hovercraft that glides closest to the target, or builds the tower that stands the tallest. There will be multiple challenges everyday as boys and girls win points toward the Champion Engineer Award at the week's end.

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Brian and Catherine Devore

10 years and up, July 23-27, mornings

 

CSI-Crime Scene Investigations!

Learn how science is used to solve crime by using experimental techniques in a laboratory-based setting. Participants will analyze evidence such as hair, fibers, fingerprints, blood, and blood splatter. Death and decay, shoe impressions, handwriting, and ink analysis will also be studied. Participants will learn laboratory-based techniques used to solve crimes.

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Jerald Fenner

10 years and up, July 23-27, mornings

 

Music Technology and Mixing Tracks NEW

Learn and explore music technology! Learn how to read, write, and compose music as well as create mixed tracks. Explore different music technology websites and gain a basic understanding of music notation and a knowledge of how to create and compose music and mixed tracks on these music technology websites.

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Chris Williams

10 years and up, July 23-27, mornings

 

Introduction to RC Quadcopters and Aerial Photography

How do drones work? What can you do with them? Come Learn how to operate your own quadcopter and see the possibilities. Students will receive a Dromida KODU HD Quadcopter with camera in the class and learn to fly it, take pictures and video. Learn how to use a computer flight simulator to practice flying. Participants will take home their Quadcopters at the end of the week.

Price: $ 150

Instructor: Brian and Catherine Devore

10 years and up, July 23-27, afternoons

 

Live Like a Viking! NEW

Throw off the shackles of civilization and go aviking with us! We seek brave hearted young men and women (yes... women went aviking as well) to learn and explore Like A Viking. We’ll Build Like A Viking! Play Like A Viking! Cook Like A Viking! Talk Like A Viking! Raid sheep Like A Viking! (Well... maybe not raid sheep!) Any verb you want....We’ll Viking it.

Price: $ 85

Instructor: TJ Laffan

10 years and up, July 23-27, afternoons

 

Summer Fitness University NEW

Fitness can be FUN! Learn how to set goals, train, and get in shape! This class will involve machine weight exercises, sprint routines, distance running, body weight exercises and more. Students will learn a variety of exercises while tracking and improving their overall fitness. Participants will gain a basic understanding of how to organize a training program where they track and progress through various exercises. Participants will receive an exercise mat and towel and are asked to wear athletic shoes and bring a water bottle.

Price: $ 85

Instructor: Chris Williams

10 years and up, July 23-27, afternoons