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Bronxville, NY 10708
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DISCOVER, IMAGINE AND CREATE
Instructor: Christine Gelosa
Morning: 9:00 - 12:00 Sessions 1 and 2
Afternoon: 1:00 - 4:00 Sessions 1 and 2
Discover, Imagine and Create is an original summer program designed to meet the needs of intellectually and creatively gifted youngsters who will be entering kindergarten in the fall. This course will encourage the development of pre-school creative thinking skills through stimulating experiences with language, math and science concepts as well as drawing, painting and imaginative play. Children's literature, creative drama and the world of science and mathematics will come alive through a thematic approach.
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Discover the Art of Storytelling!
Our other exciting themes include:
LUNCH • PHYSICAL EDUCATION MUSIC • DANCE • CREATIVE ARTS SEND IN THE CLOWNS
1. Astronomy Delight!
Grades 2-6 10:30
The extremely popular and nationally recognized Astronomy Delight! is an extraordinary class designed to inspire children and develop a true love of learning. Through story and legend, NASA and Hubble space telescope slides of the moon, planets, stars and galaxies, students learn about spaceflight, astronauts, new discoveries, and even cosmology while viewing the sun, planets and celestial wonders of the daylight universe through large professional telescopes. Meet "ROAI" the alien and "Katie the Comet with no tail" while learning about the effect of light pollution on animals and nature, black holes, and even alien life forms! Student role-play, fun hands-on experiments, props, graduation certificates and awards all serve to increase the student's self-esteem and sense of wonder about the world around them!
2. The Sky is the Limit New!
Grades K-1 9:00
Grades 2-3 10:30
Come fly away with us to create and learn about things that soar through the air! In this all inclusive hands-on aviation class for beginners, students will learn about famous aviators such as theWright Brothers and Amelia Earhart. They will explore the origins of objects that fly: kites, frisbees, boomerangs, helicopters and even spaceships. Guest speaker captains will explain the thrill of piloting an aircraft and just what it feels like to fly in the sky. Students will build flying projects which range from kites toWWII gliders. These daily explorations will prepare them for their culminating activities which include a model rocket, two model airplanes and a model helicopter. Come join our flight crew as the sky is the limit!
3. The Artist's Palette
Grades K-1 9:00
An art palette is full of life! Red roars, blue whispers, and yellow yells about the possibilities and appreciation of color you can achieve. You will be creating rainbows, jungles, landscapes and still life with your new understanding of color theory as a means of self expression. Our art projects will include various mediums such as paint, crayons, colored pencils, cut paper and pastels. We will look at the works of great artists like Picasso, Pollack, Van Gogh and Monet, and explore how their unique ways of using color have made their works special. There will be an exhibition to showcase the children's art. Remember Da Vinci produced his first masterpiece at age 18…so you will have a head start!
4. Awesome, Magical & Edible Experiments
Grades K-1 10:30
A video "taste" of the class
Let's experiment together in our modern science lab! We will discover what makes popcorn pop, soda fizz, ice cream melt and spaghetti dance. Young scientists will learn skills for problem solving, scientific principles, creative thinking, decision making, measuring, classifying matter and hypothesis. We will make a lemon battery, manufacture our own play-doh, extract the colors from candy, write messages with invisible ink, create a vinegar volcano, get an egg into a bottle and more. We will learn the how's, why's and what if's by combining kitchen chemistry, a little bit of magic and lots of fun!
5. Dr. Goodbody
Grades K-1 10:30
Your body is an incredible machine composed of thousands of working parts. In this class you will explore all of the different ways your body functions and keeps you alive. You will learn about life science: bones (an adult has 206 bones) muscles, nervous and circulatory systems and more. See who has the best working nose with a smelling contest. Make your own model of edible internal organs. Watch your pulse and make a stethoscope to hear your own heartbeat.Why do you get dizzy when you spin around? Learn why and how your bones keep you standing. You will also take an exciting tour of an ambulance (complete with EKG machine, Defibrillator, stretchers, blood pressure and bandaging) as part as our emergency medical experience.
6. Fiesta de Musica
Grades K-2 10:30
Quieres Hablar Español? Would you like to learn Spanish? Come travel south of the border and
enter a fiesta of language and music as we learn songs from Spanish speaking countries. Students
will discover the joy of language through song and dance with instruction in music theory while
learning how to play the recorder and keyboard. Our class will culminate in a festival of song, dance
and instrumental performance.
7. I Want My Mummy
Grades 1-5 10:30
Travel back in time to the land of the Pharaohs and explore the wondrous pyramids and miraculous mummies. Learn about the life of the Egyptians of thousands of years ago filled with unbelievable riches and golden jewels. Create fascinating artifacts from this ancient civilization such as paper plaster carvings, maps, pyramid models, mummy cases, jewelry and paper maché mummies. You will write in hieroglyphics and recreate it on papyrus that you will craft. Come join us in an artistic world of mystery, wonder and intrigue.
8. Books of Thunder
Grades 1-3 9:00
Do you have a story to tell but lack the words to begin? Let's explore what might be the color of
your laughter, let's laugh together and see. We will learn how to begin a creative process in storytelling
that may enhance the way you see the world around you. As we create through various drawing
and painting exercises, we will explore the art of storytelling and compose our thoughts in book
form. We will also learn how to think critically and about the art we make and the message it relates.
We will examine current published picture books, editorial art and graphic novels. Workshops are
designed to emphasize global community, humanitarian and multicultural ideas. In three weeks we
will make four books; a pop up, an accordion, a continuous sketch book and one final class book that
will be self published.
9. Written in the Wind
Grades 4-6 10:30
You are a wonderful story that needs telling! We will explore the art of storytelling through words
and images, through the making of books and inventive pop-up sequences, through improvisation
and observation! Join award winning artist, professional book illustrator and assistant professor
Wendy Popp in a course designed to nurture your most creative voice. We will use many mediums
and methods to execute our thoughts on paper in our wonderful NEWart facility which includes a
beautiful printmaking press just waiting for an expressive monoprint.
10. The Illusionist
Session 1 and 2
Grades 1-2 10:30
Have you ever wanted to make a coin disappear, read someone else's mind, make solid objects pass
through each other or cause a rope cut in two to magically restore itself? Learn how to do this and
much more by joining renowned magician Joseph Fields to uncover magic's biggest secrets, fool
your friends and be the life of the party. The delightful art of balloon sculpture will also be taught.
Transform yourself into an illusionist with your personalized magic briefcase full of tricks and
watching your own performance on YouTube!
11. Checkmate 1
Session 1 and 2
All Grades 9:00
An introduction to the exciting world of chess. Chess enables children to develop and enhance their skills in discipline, concentration and patience. Students will learn basic opening, middlegame, and endgame strategies and how to achieve a proper coordination of pieces. Chess notation will be taught in order to review games. Instruction will establish an appropriate balance between lecture, discussion and structured play. As a special learning opportunity the Russian language will be introduced as it relates to chess play. Remember, chess makes you smart!
Session 1 and 2
Grades K-2 9:00
Use Legos as the inspiration to construct, investigate and communicate like
young Einsteins. Students will use models to predict, observe, measure and
collect data, experiencing forces, motion, energy, mechanisms and magnetism
first hand. They will develop complex problem solving skills and understand the
interaction between forces and motion, measurement, energy, speed (velocity) and
weight (mass). Science, technology and mathematical Lego models of a Land Yacht,
Flywheeler, Windmill, Click-Clock, Magno-Bird and others will serve as the
medium for this scientific experimentation. The basics of pneumatics will be
introduced this summer. Students will explore power systems and components,
sequence and control, pressure, prototyping, kinetic and potential energy.
Special elements will include pumps, cylinders, valves, an air tank, tubes and a
manometer. Campers must be able read and follow written directions to register
Grades 3-5 10:30
Session 1 and 2
Do you want to know how things work? Do you ask the question "why" often? Do you dream of tomorrow?
Then come and enjoy "Lego's Simple and Motorized Mechanisms". This course is designed
to give campers an understanding of machines, mechanisms, structures, and mechanical
advantage. You will explore the world of technology by studying and building projects that use renewable
and alternative energy sources such as wind, solar power, water and your own body. You
will investigate energy supply, transfer, accumulation, conversion and consumption through handson
activities and exciting real life models. You are the engineer, you design, you build, you turn
your dreams into reality.
14. "Aladdin" New!
Grades 1-9 9:00
Soar away on a magic carpet ride with Disney's "Aladdin." Here is your chance to perform in one of
the most popular tales ever told! Aladdin is a common street urchin in the enchanting city of
Agrabah when he meets Jasmine in the marketplace. The two fall in love but Jasmine can only
marry a prince. Aladdin's whole life changes with one rub of a magic lamp when Genie appears!
He soon realizes only by being true to himself can he defeat the evil Jafar, his parrot Iago and win
the heart of Jasmine. We will sing and dance our way through this junior version with the musical
numbers "Friend Like Me," "Prince Ali," and of course "AWhole NewWorld." This is a comedy
and adventure not to be missed! Lead roles will require several half hour recess rehearsals. The students
will create and produce the show for performance at the conclusion of the first session
for parents and campers.
15. "The Twits" New!
Grades 2-9 9:00
Join the circus-like spectacle and become part of the cast that will act and perform "The Twits"
based on the book by Roald Dahl. It is the story of the Twits, a very smelly, nasty and unpleasant
couple whose thoughts have made them ugly. They enjoy playing tricks on each other like feeding
Mr. Twit worms instead of spaghetti and training monkeys to stand upside down. This is a story full
of grotesque fun, slapstick comedy, spectacle and much audience participation. Help our campers
try to teach the Twits how to think good thoughts!
16. Agrabah Comedy Club New!
Grades 2-9 10:30
Have you dreamed of doing stand-up situational comedy like Adam Sandler or hosting a funny show like Billy Crystal and Ellen Degeneres? In this class you will learn the art of joke telling, components of a funny stand up routine and techniques needed to create an entertaining sketch comedy skit. We will create original side splitting routines to be performed as the "Agrabah Comedy Crew" hosting "Aladdin", the 33rd annual Challenge Camp musical.
17. "Twit-tastic Live" New!
Grades 2-9 10:30
If you are funny, clever and witty, this improvisational and situational comedy class is for you! In this class you will learn the art of joke telling, funny improv techniques and the hilarity of gross-out comedy! We will create our own skits and vamp the camp as stand up comics, providing a lively introduction and comic relief for our second session play, "The Twits."
18. Math Busters
Grades 1-3 9:00
Grades 3-5 10:30
Math Busters is an engaging and exciting hands-on curriculum that allows children to build math skills through brain teasers, riddles, logic games, puzzles, Suduko, tangrams, rubrics and Fantasy Baseball. Campers will be challenged to utilize critical thinking to ‘crack' brain teasers by leveraging technology resources, group problem solving and individual creativity. Smartboards will provide campers with new ways to visualize problems and access creative and interesting material online. Campers will also enjoy applying their math proficiency to the real world through a game of Fantasy Baseball. This game provides an opportunity to ‘sharpen our pencils' and our math ability during the summer. The children draft their baseball players and track their game results using the MLB box scores that appear daily. "Math Busters" is the ultimate numbers challenge!
19. Fortune Cookie
Grades 2-4 9:00
Grades 5-9 10:30
Travel to the Far East and into the fascinating country of China. This course is designed to immerse campers into the ancient culture dating back 3600 years. Students will learn the fine art of eggshell, brush and mask painting. Basic conversational Mandarin and music from Chinese operas will be taught. Painting and playing your very own Chinese bamboo flute called a Dizi will complete this journey to a land 6837 miles away and populated with over 1.3 billion people. Open your Fortune Cookie to the world of China.
20. Is That Your Final Answer?
Grades 2-4 9:00
Grades 5-9 10:30
From the first radio productions of "The Quiz Kids" in the 1940's and 1955's "The 64,000 Question" to our modern day computer based programs such as "WhoWants to be a Millionaire," game shows continue to mesmerize countless audiences. This class will allow you to become a game show contestant and play the role of host on shows like Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Minute toWin it and more! You will learn all about the selected categories and have the chance to stump your classmates by writing some of your own questions. Join us for this fun, fast-paced experience that will test your knowledge of academic subjects, pop culture and even current events!
21. Come Fly With Me
Grades 5-9 9:00 Grades 3-4 10:30
Welcome to the exciting world of aeromodeling. The milestones of aviation will be highlighted from
theWright Brothers to modern day drones. You will learn about the science of flight and how planes
actually take off, soar through the atmosphere and land. As a junior aviator you will discover how
pilots file a flight plan, communicate with the tower and plan an approach. Learn how to assemble,
fly and repair your own remote control airplane with hands-on flight training. Each Junior Pilot will
receive his/her own airplane and radio supplies.
22. Photo Finish New!
Grades 3-4 10:30
Grades 5-9 9:00
This exciting new class will teach the fundamentals of basic digital photography to capture images throughout the camp setting. Whether you own your own point and shoot or top-of-the-line digital SLR camera, Liz will teach you all you need to know in developing your photographic eye. Class time will be spent learning technique, shooting pictures and working in Photoshop to design photographic layouts. The class will design and produce a published "Challenge Camp Photo Journal" and each camper will receive a personal digital portfolio featuring their best work.
23. Imagemakers New!
Grades 5-9 9:00
Grades 3-4 10:30
In this photography class students will engage their inner artists as they create High Dynamic Range Photgraphy (HDR) imagery. They will learn about composition, tonal range, and the special method of image capture needed in order to create HDR pictures. They will find these techniques useful with regular photography as well. In the lab they will learn Adobe Lightroom 4, Photomatrix, and some Adobe Photoshop CS6. After your fine art photographers complete their edits, they will put their images into a photobook. At the conclusion of the session they will take home a copy of the photobook and a USB thumb drive with all their images on it. Each camper must bring a digital camera. 24. 24.
24. Adventures in the Lab New!
Grades 3-5 9:00
Adventures in the Lab will stimulate and encourage a love of science! Campers will spend class time working on experiments and activities in the life sciences as well as biochemistry, physics and earth sciences. Microscopy will play a major role in this class with emphasis on environmental science. With the aid of micro and dissecting scopes campers will study macroinvertebrates, collect and identify rocks and minerals and determine acidity and alkalinity in soil. Campers will learn how to monitor air and water quality, experimenting with water bourne protozoans like amoeba, paramecia and euglena. Data collection will enhance laboratory technique in this illuminating lab class.Supply Fee: $30.00
25. Cookin' Good New!
Grades 5-9 10:30 Grades 2-4 9:00
Learning the basics about nutrition can help everyone to make better food choices and eating smartly
can be both healthy and delicious! We will be learning the fundamentals of nutrition, moderation
and balance in your meals by creating and preparing menus and fabulous dishes based on the national
"My Plate" guidelines. We will learn how to make healthier versions of favorites like
spaghetti and meatballs, Caesar salad, macaroni and cheese and chocolate chip cookies! Campers
will develop their own custom cookbook of menus and recipes to share with their families.
26. Junior Entrepreneur
Grades 3-5 10:30
Grades 5-9 9:00
Have you ever wanted to run your own business and make your own design, plan, price and sales decisions… here's your chance! Entrepreneurs in training will be challenged from concept generation of a product or service to marketing and advertising. Drawing inspiration from current philanthropic companies like TOMS shoes, Newman's Own, Ben & Jerry's & Yoplait, your company will donate all profits to a worthy charity that benefits children. Last year's class donated $2,618 with our Challenge Cares Carnival and Silent Auction to Seeds of Peace.
Grades 3-9 9:00
Create your own three-dimensional artwork a la Charles Fazzino! After being introduced to magnificent Mayan, European and Asian architectural styles, you will design an imaginary city and using this fascinating technique, will create a cityscape that will literally POP off the page! This program integrates an appreciation of architecture with learning how to design, plan and produce 3-D art.
28. Urban Design
Grades 3-9 10:30
In this artistic and architectural journey you will be exploring the design and creation of different architectural styles. We will begin with concepts of ratio and proportion and end with a scale model built according to each students own specifications. You will discover the uniqueness of old and new design techniques as you construct your own scale model buildings, bridges, skyscrapers, malls or homes. Materials will consist of foam board, wood, wire, color and special effects... even people, trees and cars. The design and construction of a model is a flexible open minded project which utilizes brainstorming, provides opportunities for divergent thinking as well as develops sensitivity to our environment.
29. Cirque De Sculpture
Grades 3-9 9:00
This unique circus inspired wire sculpture class will allow you to create lions, tigers, horses, clowns, acrobats, high wire acts or any circus performers you can imagine. Your creations will be reflected in the works of Calder, Giacometti, Picasso & Rodin. With soft and flexible aluminum wire and colored tapes, you will bring your modern line drawings to life in a three dimensional circus. You will experiment with context, outline, contour twisting and crimping of wire enhancing your artistic ability and vision while learning alteration of form, shape, angles, relationship of lines and movement. Projects will be mounted on wood that you will sand, stain and varnish. Catch hold of the wire and create your own man on the flying trapeze!
30. Jammin' Drums
Grades 2-6 10:30
For beginners to intermediate players this is a totally hands-on and unique approach to studying rhythm in many forms. Your teacher is a professional musician versed in all styles of music from classical to rock. Jammin' Jim will play electric guitar to jam with you while you play the drum set on some of your favorite songs. We will discuss the history of percussion and look at rhythms from around the world. There will be lessons on hand drums, drum circle, real rock band, creating your own percussion instruments and playing a drum set! Play instruments that we will provide like congas, shakers, cow bells, tambourines and more. Finally, we will record a CD of an original percussion piece the class will write together and each student will receive a copy. Don't miss this chance to learn and play with a real rock/jazz musician! 29.
31. Recording: In Session with GarageBand New!
Grades 5-9 9:00
What do Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber and The Rolling Stones all have in common? They make music in a recording studio. With modern technology, you and your classmates can write and record your own CD's or MP3's from the Challenge Camp music room. You will learn the secrets of the music industry…that you can write, record, produce and distribute your own music from your home with GarageBand. We will record songs, make a CD and upload your music to YouTube. No musical experience is necessary however, students are encouraged to bring their own instruments and abilities to class. We will use our combined musical and creative talents to record popular and original songs that we will compose together! Whether you want to be the next Jimmy Page, JackWhite or Lady Gaga, this class is awesome! Musicians will learn to record and produce their own CD as a final project.
32. Satellite Radio New!
Grades 2-4 9:00 Grades 5-9 10:30
Tune in to the coolest radio station riding the airwaves. Campers will create their own radio show featuring talk radio, interviews, sports broadcasts and spinning tunes. Musicians will perform "live in our studio".We will explore the history of radio from the great shows of old to current Satellite radio technology. You will learn creative secrets of audio effects and the business of radio. The Campers will write, produce and record original broadcasts as well as podcasts. The Satellite Radio broadcast crew will even create commercials. This class is hands-on, interactive, fun and educational. Camp Broadcasters will learn to record and produce their own CD as a final project.
32. Legal Eagles
Grades 3-5 10:30
Do you want to know what happens inside of a real courtroom? Who are the people involved and what are their duties? Do you think you would make a great lawyer…or even a Judge? What do witnesses and jurors have to do? In this action-packed course you will learn courtroom trial procedures and portray the defendants, lawyers, judges and witnesses in our dramatic courtroom simulations.
34. Mini-Cooper Auto Club
Session 1 & 2
Session 1: Grades 3-5 9:00
Session 2: Grades 3-5 10:30
The racing Mini Cooper is a classic car of 1960's motor racing and now it can be yours to assemble
and drive! This 1/10th scale iconic Tamiya car comes with a clear body for you to design and create!
This beautifully shaped compact car body also comes with M-05 chassis with three adjustable wheel
bases. The servo, receiver and ESC are mounted on the rear of the frame for excellent weight distribution
and a low center of gravity for great turns. The four wheel double wishbone suspension setup
and three piece tie-rod steering linkage offers sharp, stable cornering performance. You'll love this
unique full front wheel drive vehicle and racing Mini Cooper's with your friends.
35. Robots Alive I
Grades 4-5 9:00
Bring the fascinating world of robots and electronics alive. Students with no previous experience
necessary will solder and assemble mechanical and electronic parts to complete their own soundactivated
"Scooter" robot. Activities will include numerous additional aspects of this exciting technology.
Students will keep their assembled robot and the tools used during the class.
36. Robots Alive 2
Grades 6-9 9:00
Bring the fascinating world of robot and electronics alive. The students in this class will learn about
the tools and electrical components used in modern electronic devices. Then they will perform more
intricate soldering and assembly of mechanical and electronic parts to complete their own "Scrambler"
Robot. This advanced robot uses a state of the art infrared beam that sees objects and alerts the
robot to alter its course to avoid the object. Advanced assembly techniques will be taught and the
students will keep their tool kit, assembled robot, and the tools developed during the class.
37. Adventures in the Lab 2
Grades 6-9 10:30
Adventures in the Lab 2 will be an introduction in the development of the fields of microbiology and genetics. Students will help in the search for many of the local microbes and macroinvertebatebrates found in our watersheds. Amoeba, paramecia and hydra will be explored in detail. Using smartboard technology and binocular microscopy students will develop photos of their discoveries. By studying the life cycle of Drosphila metanogaster (fruit flies) the class will examine and prove the laws of heredity. This scientific discovery class will model advanced high school level courses.
35. The Illusionist 2
Session 1 and 2
Grades 4-9 9:00
Would you like to perform like Criss Angel, David Blaine, Penn & Teller and David Copperfield? If
you do, this is your chance to discover the magic secrets that these and many other professionals use
to baffle audiences world wide. Join Joseph Fields this summer and learn the secrets, the sleight of
hand and the proverbial tricks of the trade that helped make these pro's famous. Imagination,
individuality and creativity will be encouraged to develop a personal magical act with polished
showmanship. Extraordinary and advanced balloon sculpture techniques will be learned! Advanced
magical secrets of illusion, levitation and sleight-of-hand will highlight this course as well as presentation
and performance before an audience. Enhance your skills and transform yourself into a master
illusionist with your personalized magic briefcase full of tricks.
39. Checkmate 2
Session 1 and 2
All Grades 10:30
Suitable for students who have already acquired a working knowledge of chess. The course will focus on methods of attack and defense, on long term strategic planning as well as tactics and combinations. Students will learn useful skills such as pattern recognition, calculating and analyzing. Classroom lectures will emphasize the elements of logical thinking through a series of chess puzzles. As a special learning opportunity the Russian language will be added as it relates to chess play.
40. Videomaking Madness New!
Session 1 and 2
Grades 3-5 10:30
Why sit at home watching online videos when you could be making them yourself? In Videomaking
Madness, beginning and experienced students will participate in the full process of constructing an
original video piece for home or online viewing. Students will be a part of a team effort to write,
shoot, direct, act and edit their very own films. Students can create narrative, music videos, comedy
skits, video art…anything is possible if you have a passion for film.
41. Grand Prix
Session 1 and 2
Grades 5-9 10:30
Prepare to break into the world of Real Radio Control. We will build an introductory model which
will feature powerful electric motors, actual suspensions and rechargeable batteries for "never-ending"
fun in competition. Materials fee includes: 1/10th scale radio control model, 2 channel radio, 2
rechargeable batteries, AC/DC Battery charger, paint, and necessary tools. Assembly, finishing, customizing,
tuning up and participating in competitions are just a few of the skills you will learn in this
unlimited world of radio control modeling.
42. The Producers
Grades 4-9 9:00
Use digital images and MovieMaker (windows) software to tell your own story. This computer course combines creative writing with digital presentation skills. The culminating project is a self produced personal movie using photos/images, colorful text, designs, graphic art, songs, narration and sounds to create special effects and you do the editing! Campers will also learn to use other software like iPhoto, iTunes, Powerpoint and word. Your movies will be presented at the independent screening of the Challenge Film Festival.
43. Circuit City
Grades 5-9 9:00
Let's discover together the inner workings of computers. We will learn about these remarkable machines by taking them apart and putting them back together. We will examine their hardware and troubleshoot problems.We will install an operating system and then learn what viruses and spyware do to our unprotected systems. After we learn to clean our computers we'll explore safe and free software to customize our systems! Warning: Mastering this class will keep you busy helping family and friends.
44. PC Builders Academy
Grades 5-9 10:30
Ever wonder what it takes to actually assemble a personal computer? In this course we will learn
about each component by tearing down and rebuilding used PC's, then we will build our own from
soup to nuts! Starting with a bare case, to the motherboard, to the operating system and software involved,
we will fully assemble, operate, tweak, and in the end of the take home our new blazing PC!
This PC can replace that aging desktop at home.
42. GT Reserves
Grades 5-9 9:00
Challenge Camp 2013 is now accepting applications for aspiring flight aviators to sign up for computer
flight simulation and team training. The GT Top Flight Gun School offers an intensive program
with hours of hands-on training in instrumentation, solo and team flight, way point navigation
and radar reading. The students will use a fully networked multimedia computer lab. Aviators will
also participate in a team physical challenges and activities including obstacle courses, scavenger
hunts and fitness training. The group will be divided into two Top Gun Squadrons instilling self-confidence
and camaraderie. This competition will promote leadership and teamwork as they earn
medals in our Top Gun Tournament. Each Aviator will receive a flight software program.
43. Game Changer
Grades 4-9 10:30
New for 2013 and completely interactive! This original, imaginative software created at MIT is a perfect way for students to learn the basics of computer programming providing them with a tool that helps them explore their creative side by designing games, cards, animated video clips, interactive reports and much more. From project development to testing and de-bugging, you can develop your own computer games including writing of instructions and drawing graphics. Your characters will dance, sing and interact with one another, images will whirl, spin and become integrated with sound effects and music. This program will enhance and enforce mathematical skills including computational concepts, random numbers, coordinates, variables and sequence. Once you have completed your project, you will learn how to easily share or embed it in any webpage.
47. Google World
Grades 5-9 10:30
It's time to explore our place in the local community, country and world to make our presence known! We will take virtual tours of New York sights, visit hot spots around the world like Paris, London, Tokyo, Sydney and Rio de Janiero. We will GeoTag photos, create three dimensional buildings and upload them to Google Earth. We will create our web presence responsibly and safely learn how to create web pages, upload videos to You Tube, pictures with Picasa and create a blog to let our voices be heard! This class will illuminate your world and web presence.
48. The Verdict
Grades 5-9 9:00
In this intriguing law class we will examine details of the trial process and the overall role of our legal system. As a lawyer, you will learn how to make strong arguments to a judge and jury. How do you convince someone that your point of view is the right one? Guest speakers including policemen, attorneys, and judges will be invited to share their experiences with the class. Your skills will be tested as we simulate trials in our "straight from the headlines" cases and reach a verdict.
49. Shoes, Shirts & Short Films
Session 1 and 2
Grades 6-9 9:00
This course is designed for students interested in filmmaking and who want to hone their storytelling
skills in the way of a short film. While no experience is necessary, creative students will choose
their subject matter and write a short narrative, documentary, comedy, video or experimental piece
from start to finish…writing, directing, shooting and editing their own short film that can be viewed
online. Bring your passion and imagination!
50. Counselor in Training (CIT)
Session 1 and 2
Grades 9-10 9:00-4:00
This course, designed for students who are 15 years old, is an exceptional opportunity to learn and
train to be a counselor in the Challenge Camp environment. The course meets daily and will involve
such topics as: camper socialization, assistant teaching and coaching, building self-esteem, conflict
resolution and more. Lunch is provided and the remainder of the day will be spent hands-on with
our campers utilizing new skills. CIT's will receive full CPR and First Aid certification as part of
this curriculum. This course is continuous for 7 weeks and will allow you to grow as an individual
with an emphasis on achievement, maturity and responsibility.
The art of cartooning is full of creative expression, humor and fun. Join us to learn techniques of cartooning including sketching and use of color. You will learn to draw familiar faces such as Spiderman, Mickey Mouse and the Simpsons. Next, we will dive into the ultra modern art of Japanese anime. The wildly popular anime characters have larger than normal eyes, exaggerated expressions and a stylized type of design. Your original anime illustrations will reflect your own personality, imagination and artistic style!
2. BETWEEN THE FOLDS
The term origami comes from the Japanese words "Oru" meaning Ffolded" and "Kami" meaning "paper." It is an ancient art form spanning over 1000 years that has evolved into an international creative pastime! Through literature and folktale, we will learn the exquisite art of paper folding. Using a single (or several sheets) of decorative paper there are infinite creative possibilities and you will be amazed at the results of folding and manipulation! Part sculpture, part paper folding and all rigorous engineering. Origami today, embodies animals and fantasy figures in an array of dimensions.
3. BIRDLAND New!
Grab your binoculars to observe the phenomenon of birds in flight. As young ornithologists, you will learn about the species and flight of birds. As artists, we will design and create a three dimensional landscape including colorful painted birds and their birdhouses.
4. BRING IN THE NOISE, BRING IN THE FUNK New!
Students will have a great time exploring rhythms from around the world in this unique class. We will create our own instruments made from ordinary household items. Imagine the sounds of drumsticks on a giant water jug or even on a bicycle. We can make music by banging on anything that makes noise, from buckets to paper bags. This class will even incorporate concepts seen in popular shows like Stomp and Blue Man Group. Campers might be seen parading around camp performing original musical pieces on their instruments. (K-4)
5. CHALLENGE SPEEDWAY
How would you like to race a remote control car on the Challenge Speedway? In this class you will have the chance to race a fully ready 18R Kamino or Nitelite around outdoor courses that you design with cones, ramps and more. You will get to keep your car/equipment in this action packed driving and racing class that will have you looking for the checkered flag! Enrollment is limited. Car Fee: $125 See your car at http://www.teamassociated.com/cars_and_trucks/RC18R/RTR/
6. COMPUTER SIMULATION
Welcome to the exciting world of computers. Plan and build an entire city in "Sim City", design a roller coaster, travel west as a pioneer on the "Oregon Trail", create runways in "Airport Tycoon" or live in an ant colony in "SIM Ant". Join as we explore numerous software titles. This class includes the very popular Minecraft. This building game also focuses on exploration, gathering resources, crafting and combat.
7. DOODLE JOURNALS New!
Create colorful and interesting accounts of your daily adventures! Learn how to spice up your personal journal with specialized doodles and techniques for enhancing your writing. We will insert pictures, playbills, ticket stubs, and any other mementos you want to add to your personalized books. We will start from scratch designing your cover. Your journal will reflect your own interests, enthusiasm and personality as we add pages and spiral binding. It is a wonderful way to keep your treasured memories.
8. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
If you can imagine and think of lands and magical creatures, then you can play Dungeons and Dragons. Think of yourself as a character in a book. Imagine magical places and items – many surprises lie in wait.
9. FOOD: FACTS AND FUN New!
Ever wondered why salt makes candy sweeter or how to make your purple cabbage turn green? Come into the laboratory and learn about the science of food. We will experiment with a variety of different foods and techniques, combining knowledge of food science and culinary skills to create dishes that are far out and familiar.
Strategy and tactical skills will be improved through various card games like Gin Rummy, Hearts, Black Jack and Dominion, a Medieval card game. Other games are played on an analytical level to enhance math and science skills such as Mindtrap and Elemento, a chemistry board game using the elements. Come join us in this test of gamesmanship!
Be a musical star in our show choir as we perform works from various Broadway shows, from Rodgers and Hammerstein classics to the latest pop songs. The course will focus on vocal technique, performance practice, stage presence and basic choreography. There will be opportunities for solo and ensemble singing. Join a choir that will be a showstopper!
12. GUITAR JAM New!
Campers can be complete beginners to intermediate players. This is a course designed to teach the fundamentals of guitar performance. Students will learn to put together elementary chords, melody playing and proper hand techniques to have them playing along with their favorite musicians. In this fun environment we will study songs that the students select. The course provides a basic study in beginning music theory with a goal to emphasize guitar technique and performance. The materials for the class include the Hal Leonard Method, and Supplements consisting of original materials and arrangements. If you do not own a guitar, we have several that students can use during class.
13. INSPECTOR GADGET New!
What do the following have in common: Post-It Notes, Coca-Cola, the Doughnut hole, Silly Putty, Slinky, Ivory Soap? All of these inventions were mistakes that worked. Whether by mistake or fully on purpose, inventions of mankind have shaped our lives. Come join our exploration and inspection of all sorts of cool gadgets invented through the ages in the areas of communication (from rotary phones to iPhone), photography (pin-hole camera to digital camera), computers (early thinking machines to today's leading edge high powered devices), and yes even video gaming systems!! Become fascinated by the inventors and their endless efforts to bring their dreams to life. We will also challenge our own inventive spirit by creating our own inventions!
14. JUNGLE SAFARI New!
The fascinating jungle ecosystem of unique and wild animals, plants and nature will come to life in this imaginative art class. Students will be exposed to the work of Henri Rousseau and his style of working with layers. You will create your own masterpiece including leaves, plants, zebras, hippos, snakes, elephants, giraffes, lions and more! Book now, space on this safari is limited.
15. JUNIOR VARSITY
Specifically designed for 5-7 year olds, this sports activity and recreational games program is a wonderful introduction to the world of sports. All activities are designed to enhance and develop motor skills, coordination and sportsmanship through active play and instruction. Some of these activities include: running games, parachute challenges, throwing, catching, kick ball, mini golf, T-ball and more.
This is a hands-on building experience designed to promote creativity and problem solving skills. Mathematical and Science design projects will be integrated to develop skill in construction using Rods and Connectors.
17. LADY LUCK New!
Practice strategy and tactical skills through popular card games. Develop your probability and statistical skills by learning to play Poker, Blackjack, Hearts and other fun card games…you may need some luck too.
18. LEGO MINDSTORMS
Bring the fascinating world of robotic technology alive with Lego Mindstorms Robots! This robotic course teaches the students the principles of assembling and operating an interactive Lego Robot. Mathematical standards will be addressed as well as hands on building of mechanical and electrical systems in robotics. Accurate measurement, geometric relationships, problem solving and reasoning skills will be stressed for success. Students will bring science to life utilizing many possible Lego designs in addition to their own creations.
19. LET'S GO YU-GI-OH
Yu-Gi-Oh is the most popular card game for children. It combines strategy and imagination in fun battles. In one on one showdowns players must use their wits to out duel one another and win the game. In this class, beginners will learn the rules of the game and basics of creating a deck of cards. As players advance they will learn the strategy of play in attempting to become master of the game.
20. MAD HATTER TEA PARTY New!
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and discover the magical art of mosaics. Broken pieces of colorful tile will be transformed into your own personal mosaic teapot. You are sure to serve up fun at your next wonderland tea party with this original work of art.
21. MARTIAL ARTS
Campers will learn a unique mix of martial arts that promotes physical fitness, mental clarity, relaxation, self-defense, respect, integrity and discipline. They will tighten, tone, and firm their body while building a positive self-image as well as increasing their self-confidence.
22. MECHANICAL MARVELS
A Rube Goldberg machine is a deliberately over-engineered machine
that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction.
In this class a variety of MECHANICAL MARVELS materials which will include: plastic
tubes, ramps, wood, metal, marbles, foam board, cups, springs, etc. You will construct wildly
imaginative group and individual Rube Goldberg machines. Learn more at
23. PICKLEBALL New!
This fast growing sport combines the elements of badminton, tennis and ping pong. Played on a court with paddles and wiffle balls, pickleball is easier than tennis and fun to play with your friends.
24. "PROJECT RUNWAY"
Calling all fashionistas! Budding designers can create international wardrobe designs for tops, jeans, dresses, gowns and even shoes. Students will develop their own stylish textile designs from a variety of materials including fabric, gauze, cotton, tulle, silk, cardboard, linen, newspaper, feathers, etc. Their ‘project runway' will be stored in their stylish designer trunk of haute couture clothes collages in petite sculptures.
25. ROCKET UNIVERSITY
Rocket and Aerospace Engineering- Preparing for the "Final Frontier of Exploration" Students will train to be real "rocket scientists" and "aerospace engineers" in this inspired new offering. In "Rocket University" you will learn about the history of rockets from ancient Chinese fireworks, to modern day spacecraft and military applications while discovering principals of launching, trajectories, thrust, navigation, flight paths, altitudes, orbits, recovery methods, safety and more! Students will receive their individual rocket kits and assemble them while applying what they have learned to their design and construction. You will launch your rockets and record data. Rocketeers are awarded certificates for best design and rocket performance. Materials Fee: $75
26. ROCKET UNIVERSITY 2
This is a course for advanced Rocketeers who have completed Rocketry 1. Students will build and launch more complex models. Materials Fee: $95
27. SCHOOL OF ROCK New!
Have you ever wanted to be in a rock and roll band? This class is an ensemble course providing instruction for musicians who wish to experience all facets of playing, rehearsing and performing with a rock band. The typical lineup of a band is rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass and drums with a vocalist. Other instruments can be added to any band - keyboard players, fiddle players, horns, and auxiliary percussion players to increase the soundscape of the music. Challenge Camp provides amplification for three guitarists as well as amplification for a bassist, a drum set, a keyboard and a P.A. for lead and backup vocals. This course is recommended for campers with musical training. The culmination of rock band class will include a performance for fellow campers and producing their own CD as a final project.
28. SEA WORLD New!
Secure your goggles as we dive into the ocean and learn about the fascinating world of sea life. All oceanographers will use a myriad of materials including colorful papers, paint, shells, glitter, found objects and personal treasures to create a beautiful sea sculpture mobile inspired by life under the sea.
29. SEND IN THE CLOWNS
Come one, come all! Learn and enjoy the Circus arts! Our clowning class combines circus skills and techniques, physical education and character building in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Try your hand at plate spinning, diablo, juggling, balancing, object manipulation, pantomime and slapstick. Come along with us for this exciting big top experience and…be a clown, be a clown, be a clown!
30. SKILLS AND DRILLS: PSAT Prep New!
For grades 6 and 7, this informative class is an introduction to the PSAT exam. PSAT/SAT tests are an important measure for college admissions and special university programs. Learn specific attack strategies for high achievement on both verbal and math sections. Improve your general test taking techniques and increase your vocabulary proficiency in an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere.
31. SKILLS AND DRILLS: SAT Prep New!
Learn how to achieve higher SAT scores; for students in grades 7 through 9. High SAT scores can facilitate acceptance into the college of your choice! Doing your best on these exams is imperative. Learn attack strategies in SAT verbal and math problem solving skills, improve your vocabulary proficiency, sharpen your test taking techniques and prepare yourself for maximum results by being "in the know."
32. STAGE DOOR
Enter the world of theatrical production! Learn the art of costume and set design. Under the guidance of our artistic director, we will research, measure, design and create original costumes for the musical theatre productions of "Aladdin" and "The Twits". Costumes/scenery will be constructed of fabric, paper, foam board, paint and other materials. This imaginative behind the scenes process will bring our production to "Life" and provide an awareness of the importance of stagecraft and design skills to the production. Participants from the theatrical cast are encouraged to join and other non-performers are all welcome!
33. A STITCH IN TIME New!
Knitting began centuries ago in the Middle East spread throughout Europe and the United States. Men, women and children knit all over the world and now you can learn a modern and fun style of this ancient art. For beginner or experienced knitters, once you master the knit and purl stitches you will create an adorable stuffed bunny or bear of your own!
34. SWEET TEMPTATIONS New!
Baking is an art and a science. In this class we will learn both aspects as we bake and decorate all kinds of sweet treats – cookies, cupcakes, brownies, muffins, and more! We will also put the skills we learned to the test at the second annual Challenge Camp Sweet Temptations Bake-Off.
35. ULTIMATE FRISBEE
Ultimate Frisbee is an exciting, non-contact team sport that is played throughout the world and whose popularity continues to rise. Ultimate is a unique mixture of frisbee, football and soccer, providing an exhilarating workout. The spirit of the game stresses sportsmanship and fair play.
36. UN' ESPERIENZA ITALIANA
Experience Italy through the eyes of an ardent Italophile! Immerse yourself in Italian language and culture as you examine some of Italy's finest artwork. You will learn about the country's diverse regions and houses when we discuss how Italian daily life is different from ours. Together, we will listen to some famous Italian composers like Vivaldi and Puccini. Discover the many marvels and regional delights of a country most Americans fall in love with.
Sports-O-Plenty; in this course we will explore a variety of sports and field activities. The campers will play a wide range of sports which will include: flag football, mini-golf, volleyball, obstacle course and field games, kick-ball and more. This class is designed to keep the campers moving!!
Learn to relax and let go of control by experiencing the power and concentration found in yoga exercises. While stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. Proper exercise clothing required: loose pants and T-shirt.
39. YOGA & MINDFULNESS New!
Campers will playfully explore yoga, mindfulness and awareness based practices to connect with themselves and the world around them. Activities will include asanas (yoga poses,) games, pranayama (breathing) exercises, art activities, mindfulness and meditation. Throughout the session, campers will learn over 30 yoga poses and will work together to create individual and group yoga sequences. Program is designed to improve focus, concentration, expression, balance, alignment and flexibility.
Zumba Fitness is a fusion of Latin American, Middle Eastern and other international beats that create a dynamic, fast moving and very effective fitness class. The easy to learn moves and routines combine fast and slow rhythms that motivate children to focus and release energy in a positive and productive way. Boys and girls benefit from this cardio and body-as-resistance training that ZUMBA incorporates in a fun, high energy, feel