Eight unique, real-world skills absent from traditional classrooms
Leaders are made, not born. Through this foundational course, students will hone their leadership and personal management skills and grow into more mature community leaders.
The course starts with an introduction to the fundamental principles of proactive leadership and project planning. Students will also learn personal and time management and end the course with a personal reflection project.
Students will learn the basics of website development and create a customized personal website from scratch by the end of the course. Web server and hosting costs are complementary.
The course starts with an introduction to HTML and covers everything from HTML 5 semantic elements to CSS 3 responsive website design. No prior experience is necessary.
Communication is a foundational life skill that applies to all situations, whether they be social or school-related.
Through this course, students will learn the fundamentals of both crafting and delivering compelling ideas. They’ll learn about basic argumentation, persuasion (ethos, pathos, logos), effective oral communication, impromptu speaking, and the techniques used to overcome the fear of public speaking. Every student will write, memorize, and deliver a minute long speech at the end of the course.
Now, more than ever, clear and effective communication is an indispensible asset that is critical for success in both our personal and business worlds.
Through this course, students will learn persuasive and argumentative writing techniques while simultaneously honing their own literary “voices.” Students will achieve a better grasp of writing fundamentals and hone important skills such as reading comprehension. All students will end the course with a polished research paper on a topic of their choice.
Intro to Computer Science
Students will learn how to “think like a programmer”—breaking down problems into manageable parts, tackling each individually, and then bringing them together to solve overarching problems. By the end of the week, students will develop an original personal project that they design from scratch.
Advanced Computer Science
For students that already have a fundamental grasp of computer programming and problem solving skills, this course will focus on more advanced computer science concepts and paradigms.
Students will be guided through progressively more difficult projects and will be introduced to new concepts (particularly focused on object-oriented programming) along the way, eventually building a small portfolio of personal applications and gaining a deep understanding of how the computer programs they themselves use every day work. The course will end with a personal project that the student devises, designs, builds, him/herself, under the careful guidance of a camp instructor.
A strong understanding of intuitive design is now critical in both school and workplace settings. This course will equip students to put together visually appealing projects and designs.
All students will learn the basics of aesthetic designs by studying user experience principles and content layouts. Through designing flyers, basic website layouts, presentations, and other promotional materials, they’ll develop an appreciation for creative problem solving and take home their designing their own personal, custom designed resume.
High School Superstar
What does it take to really succeed—on both a personal and academic level—in high school? How should busy high schoolers best balance their lives—and where should they even strike that balance? This course seeks to provide students with the resources to answer those question.
Students will learn proactive time management while working extensively with high school graduates, getting a chance to learn firsthand from their biggest mistakes and most outstanding accomplishments.