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 Welcome to Our Intensives for 4th-8th Grade Campers!

Our Half-Day Intensives are now open for registration! 
Please explore our 2017 offerings!

Our intensives are designed to be rigorous and engaging, showcasing the best of Nueva's "learn by doing" philosophy. Each offering aims to provide students unique opportunities to explore academic passions in greater depth while working with Nueva teachers, students, visiting educators, and industry experts. Campers will experience Nueva's constructivist, project and inquiry based learning environment, and cultivate new skills and interests.


These three-hour daily classes are offered in the morning and/or afternoon to students entering grades 4-8. Additionally, campers can take part in a half day of our regular camp program.

 

New to Nueva Summer? Register here:

https://nuevasummer.campmanagement.com/enroll

Returning to Nueva Summer in 2017? Please follow this link to the Parent Dashboard:

https://nuevasummer.campmanagement.com/campers

 

Here are the offerings we have planned so far for this summer!

2017 Offerings:

   

4th-8th Grade

4th-5th Grade

5th-8th Grade

6th-8th Grade

Week One

6/26-6/30

AM

 

PM What a Character: PM      

 Week Two

7/3-7/7*

AM

 

Lego Robotics: AM 

Poetry Comics: AM


PM   Playing Politics: PM   Lego Robotics: PM

 Week Three

7/10-14

AM

Fractals: AM 

Boys Who Write: AM

 Robots: Friends of Foes?: AM

PM  Sports Leadership: PM Writer's Workshop: PM  

Mock Trial: PM

Week Four

7/17-21

AM   Debate: AM

 Writer's Workshop: AM (Full!)

PM   Mock Trial: PM Art of Mathematics: PM Debate: PM

Week Five

7/24-28

AM

 

Wonder of Words: AM

Debate: AM

PM Creative Writing: PM (Full!) Debate: PM   Playing Politics: PM

  

4th—8th Grade Intensives:

What a Character

Week One: PM

What do Percy Jackson, Katniss Everdeen, and Harry Potter have in common? They are all fantastic characters.
This workshop will focus on creating compelling characters. Why? Intricate plots and beautiful language alone can fall flat without the human element that we all crave. You keep reading a novel or short story because you care about what happens to the characters you love.
In this intensive, you will learn to write riveting stories and/or novels populated by characters who come to life.

Fractals
Week Three: AM

Patterns of chaos are all around us, from shells on the beach and spiral galaxies to the complex structure of the human lung. Take a close look at a stalk of broccoli, for example, and note the pattern is the same regardless of scale. A big stalk branches into smaller stalks, each of which branches into even smaller stalks, down and down several levels. This is an example of a fractal — a mathematical object that is similar to itself at different scales. In this intensive, we will study fractals mostly by building them, both with physical objects (paper, envelopes, Zome tools, and so on) and using computer software. Fractals studied will include the Koch snowflake, Sierpinski triangle, dragon fractal, Hilbert curve, and others.

Sports Leadership

Week Three: PM 

Do you love sports? Do you strive to become a better athlete and teammate? Join us for a week of learning and fun that will be sure to help you grow on and off the field. Our focus will be identifying the social-emotional skills that can help you succeed in sports: leadership, goal-setting, being a good teammate, recovering from mistakes, and getting a mental edge to compete. Taught by a former collegiate lacrosse coach who is a certified Positive Coaching Alliance trainer, this course will be fun and interactive, with a combination of workshop-style sessions and active games. This is a great fit for any middle school athlete who is an aspiring team leader!

Creative Writing

Week Five: PM

Do you have a story inside you that's waiting to be told? Do you want to stretch your creative writing skills with deeper exploration of character motivations? Have you thought about ways that the settings and genres of stories affect the plot and characters? In the Creative Writing intensive, students can challenge themselves to add more dialogue, try out new genres, or take on writing challenges like writing only in second person or limiting the number of words to 1,000. In the class, we'll explore character development, the role of setting, and expanded word choice. We'll examine the flow and rhythm of stories and how to create tension. We'll also explore ways to start stories and come up with story ideas. Students will be working on laptops, so please bring a flash drive if you'd like to work more at home after camp.

 

4th—5th Grade Intensives:

Lego Robotics
Week Two: AM

In this intensive, students will learn the basics of robotics, computer science, engineering, and teamwork while using Lego Mindstorms (NXTs and EV3s) to program and control a robot that completes a challenge!
During the Intensive, students will work in groups to create a robot that completes tasks on a thematic playing field. Students will learn to apply design and programming skills to create an autonomous robot that can complete tasks like lifting levers, moving pieces from one part of the field to another, and navigating over obstacles. Additionally, students will learn how to use a multitude of sensors, which are an integral part of real-world robots too.
Students will leave the Intensive equipped with a variety of STEM skills that will enrich their education and inspire a love for robotics!

Playing Politics
Week Two: PM

Are you someone who likes to make the rules, rather than just follow them? Do you have a passion for making the world a better place? Have you ever considered a career in politics? In this intensive, you will practice the art of politics, playing The Civic Mirror® role-playing game. You will work through the real-life challenges and trade-offs necessary to enact legislation in the US while pursuing your personal “hidden agenda.” You will explore the “art of the possible” and hopefully gain a greater appreciation for the excitement and frustrations of a career in politics.


Debate
Week Four: AM or Week Five: PM

Join us this summer for our Debate Intensive! This is the perfect course for students who are interested in current affairs and like to think and argue — and the speaking and organization skills you learn are central to all kinds of academic success. We’ll do both impromptu and prepared debates, culminating in a mini-tournament. The course will also feature guest appearances from members of Nueva’s nationally ranked debate team.

 

Writer’s Workshop
Week Three: PM

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Come write stories in our one-week session of instruction, writing, and sharing. Our writer's workshop gets young writers warmed up with a variety of writing challenges and games. Writers have a chance to work on new projects or to refine and revise old pieces, and we will explore a variety of writing genres both through investigating mentor texts by authors such as Shannon Messenger, Brandon Mull, Kwame Alexander, and Kate DiCamillo. We will focus on key writing skills such as character and setting development, plot structures, and pre-writing organization. Grammar and sentences structure will also be discussed. Students will be working on laptops, so please bring a flash drive if you'd like to work more at home after camp.


Mock Trial
Week Four: PM

Do you have a passion for justice? Are you someone who likes to win arguments? Have you ever considered a career in law? In this intensive, you will practice your argumentation skills in a simulated court of law, as an attorney in a civil and/or criminal trial. You will learn about topics such as the rules of evidence and how to question witnesses. Hopefully, you will gain greater appreciation for the American system of justice.

The Wonder of Words
Week Five: AM

English spelling doesn't have to be a mystery full of irregular exceptions, or a tedious exercise of rote memorization. Do you find yourself asking questions like “Why is there a < g > in < sign >?” Do you enjoy discovering interesting connections between such words as recession, necessary, and proceed? If you ever find yourself wondering about our complex spelling system, then join us for this Structured Word Inquiry Intensive.
Using linguistic and orthographic tools, students will engage in the science of inquiry, looking for the deepest word structures that make sense of the greatest number of words. These elegant theories will bring joy and understanding to writing and reading (and also impress adults and teachers). Bring your tough questions and watch the wonderful world of our English language open up before your eyes.

 

5th—8th Grade Intensives: 


Boys Who Write

Week Three: AM

This camp offers a chance for boys to deepen their creative writing skills in a single-gender class. We'll use the work of authors such as John Flanagan, Gary Paulsen, Jon Krakauer, Kwame Alexander, and Brandon Mull to model strong writing, excellent description, and the effective use of tension. Students will work on a variety of pieces over the week, developing scenes and working on revising pieces. Students will be working on laptops, so please bring a flash drive if you'd like to work more at home after camp.

Poetry Comics
Week Two: AM

Ars Poetica
A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,

 Dumb

As old medallions to the thumb,

 Silent as the sleeve-worn stone

Of casement ledges where the moss has grown—

 A poem should be wordless

As the flight of birds.

As you read the first eight lines from Archibald MacLeish’s famous poem, what images floated past your mind’s eye? If you harnessed those visual images, paired them with lines from the poem, you’d be well on your way to creating a Poetry Comic.

Do you love reading and discussing poetry? Have you ever tried to illustrate poems as a means of understanding them? Do you love to draw by hand or with a computer? If you’ve ever felt confused by a poem, you’ll have the opportunity to see firsthand how illustrations and images can help to unlock meaning as words and pictures work in unison to tell the story of the poem. Creating Poetry Comics will demonstrate that often the best way to understand the exaggerations and comparisons of figurative language, the non-literal tool favored by poets, is through visual means.
The Poetry Comics Intensive will instruct participants on the comic form, provide ample poetry rich in imagery and figurative language to draw from (pun intended), and provide all of the art supplies needed to create original illustrations captioned with lines of poetry. A hands-on workshop, this intensive will allow participants to create art while celebrating poetry.


Art of Mathematics
Week Four: PM

Spend five days exploring the relationship between art and mathematics. We will work with a variety of media, including Zentangle drawing, quilting, sketching, collage, and mixed media. Each day, students will be introduced to a mathematician (such as Euler, Fibonacci, or Martin Gardner) and work on an art project that is rooted in mathematic concepts, such as geometry, the Golden Mean, square roots, hexaflexagons, and Fibonacci numbers. All materials will be provided, and no art experience is necessary.

 

6th—8th Grade Intensives:

Lego Robotics
Week Two: PM

In this intensive, students will learn the basics of robotics, computer science, engineering, and teamwork while using Lego Mindstorms (NXTs and EV3s) to program and control a robot that completes a challenge!
During the Intensive, students will work in groups to create a robot that completes tasks on a thematic playing field. Students will learn to apply design and programming skills to create an autonomous robot that can complete tasks like lifting levers, moving pieces from one part of the field to another, and navigating over obstacles. Additionally, students will learn how to use a multitude of sensors, which are an integral part of real-world robots too.
Students will leave the Intensive equipped with a variety of STEM skills that will enrich their education and inspire a love for robotics!

Week Three: AM

Intensive Title: Robots: Friend or Foe?
Do recent headlines like “How Close Are We Really to a Robot-Run Society?” and “Could Our Future Nurses and Caregivers Be Robots?” suggest that the robot takeover is imminent? Inevitable? Science fiction writers and filmmakers have been fascinated by robots for nearly a century. The subject of hundreds of short stories, novels, and films, robots are often projected into the future where they take on the forms of cyborgs and androids, nearly indistinguishable from humans. Many vital questions emerge from these works:

• Are there limitations to the roles that robots can take in our lives? If yes, what are those limitations?
• How much do we want robots to resemble us? To behave like us?
• What is the uncanny valley, and is it avoidable?
• Will robots be our saviors? Our downfall? Neither? Both?
• What do our interactions with robots reveal about our humanity?
• Is there an ethical component of robot servitude?

In this intensive, we will read and discuss short works from science fiction and watch and discuss film clips from movies that feature robots. We’ll examine the news reports on the current state of robotics and the predictions — both idealistic and dire — for the future of robotics. The week will end with an opportunity to create a fictional work of your own.

 


Writer's Workshop
Week Four: AM

“Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself.”
― Octavia E. Butler
Sharpen your writing skills with a one-week session of instruction, writing, and sharing. Work purposely through the writing process, experience the motivation to follow through on longer pieces, and receive expert advice on revision. Join other writers as we explore a variety of writing genres, including creative writing, poetry/free verse, historical fiction, descriptive pieces, and fun writing challenges. We will focus on key writing skills such as character and setting development, plot structures, and pre-writing organization. Grammar and sentences structure will also be discussed.

Mock Trial
Week Three: PM

Do you have a passion for justice? Are you someone who likes to win arguments? Have you ever considered a career in law? In this intensive, you will practice your argumentation skills in a simulated court of law, as an attorney in a civil and/or criminal trial. You will learn about topics such as the rules of evidence and how to question witnesses. Hopefully, you will gain greater appreciation for the American system of justice.


Debate
Week Four: PM or Week Five: AM

Join us this summer for our Debate Intensive! This is the perfect course for students who are interested in current affairs and like to think and argue — and the speaking and organization skills you learn are central to all kinds of academic success. We’ll do both impromptu and prepared debates, culminating in a mini-tournament. The course will also feature guest appearances from members of Nueva’s nationally ranked debate team.

Playing Politics
Week Five: PM

Are you someone who likes to make the rules, rather than just follow them? Do you have a passion for making the world a better place? Have you ever considered a career in politics? In this intensive, you will practice the art of politics, playing The Civic Mirror® role-playing game. You will work through the real-life challenges and trade-offs necessary to enact legislation in the US while pursuing your personal “hidden agenda.” You will explore the “art of the possible” and hopefully gain a greater appreciation for the excitement and frustrations of a career in politics.