STEM Middle School

Summer 2024

Instructor:             Jean Wright, Café Art Instructor
Grade Level:          Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Dates:                      June 10 - June 14 | Monday to Friday 
Time:                       1pm - 3:30pm
Room:                     TBA
Duration:                5 classes  x 2½ hours
Tuition:                    $225

Course Description: 
Learn the basics of jewelry making including basic wiring techniques, jewelry knots, and leather. Students will make several pieces (i.e., necklace, earrings, bracelets) using beads, polymer clay and other materials. All materials used will be lead and nickel free. Best of all, your students get to keep the jewelry they create and bring it home.

Intro to Jewelry Makting - One week class at DPIE Middle Summer Camps

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2024 Summer Middle School Camps

We are delighted to be able to offer the 2023 Middle School Academy in-person at Fallon Middle School.  We have one, two and three week enrichment courses during the summer to students in 6th to 8th Grades.  Our enrichment courses will be open to students from all school districts.

Grades stated in the course descriptions are for the 2024 - 2025 school year.  Please enroll your student accordingly.

Dublin Unified School District will be providing:

- Breakfast (8.30am - 9.30am) and
- Bagged Lunch (11am to 1pm)
every day of the DPIE Summer Program at Fallon Middle School!

Don't forget to add that to your students day!

App Creator (10 days)

Instructor:                 Ms. Stephanie Louris, Fallon Technology Teacher 
Grade Level:               Rising 6th, 7th & 8th 
Dates:                           Session A: June 5 - June 18  | Monday to Friday
                                        Session B:  June 20 - July 3  | Monday to Friday 
Time:                             8.30am to 10.30am
Duration:   
                  10 x 2 hours
Room:                          D3
Tuition:                        $330

Course Description:

In the App Creators class you will code mobile apps, especially games and apps useful for students and the Dublin community. You will be using the MIT App Inventor website to code the apps, and Samsung tablets to display and interact with your apps. Note: This is a BLOCK based coding class and students will not be learning any advanced coding languages like Java, C++, Python, etc.

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ARCHERY For Everyone! (12 Days)

Instructor:                  Mr Eric Lamonica, Fallon Teacher
Grade Level:              Rising 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th 10th
Dates/Times:             June 5 - June 21  | Monday to Friday (no class on June 19)
                                       Session A: 9am - 10.10am
                                       Session B:  10.20am - 11:30am
                                       Session C:  11.40am - 12.50pm
                                        Session D:  1pm - 2.10pm
Duration:                    12 x 70 minutes
Room:                          Gym
Tuition:                        $319

Course Description: 
Come try archery!  This sport is a great activity that doesn’t discriminate based size, gender, athletic skills, popularity or academic ability.

In Archery your child will participate in a fun and fast-growing sport, develop strong problem-solving skills, increase focus and determination, learn goal setting, build confidence and discipline and create friendships that will last a lifetime. Whether your child's interest is purely recreational or has Olympic, Paralympic or World Championship dreams, this class is tailored to help the young archer achieve their goals.

DPIE Archery Summer Class 2022

In this class students will learn the basic equipment used for archery, practice components for nocking, drawing, aiming and shooting on targets, practice scoring and retrieving arrows. learn basic rules and etiquette of target archery, practice stretching and warming up specifically for archery and be encouraged to continue participation in Archery for its recreational, health, fitness and social benefits. It’s a great way to try out this fun and exciting sport.

Class Tournament – All the last day of class students will participate in a class tournament and medals will be awarded to the top 6 finishers in the class.

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Are You Ready for Broadway? (15 Days)

Peter Pan and the Secret of Neverland!

Instructor:                 Instructors from Kenn Adam's Synergy Theater
Grade Level:              Rising 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th 
Dates:                          June 5 – June 26  | Monday to Friday  (no class on June 19th)
Time:                           12 noon - 3pm
Duration:                    15 classes x 3 hours
Room:                          C2
Tuition:                        $589

Course Description: 
It’s time to be a star in our fully produced play with The Actors’ Workshop Summer Theater Camp! In this 3 - week program, students will learn all about the theater, form amazing new friendships and make memories to last a lifetime. This year’s production is Peter Pan and the Secret of Neverland! In this exciting, new twist on the original story, Wendy goes off on her own to explore the magical island of Neverland. Danger is everywhere and, no sooner does she set out on her way, than she finds herself trapped by the horrible Agatha Crumb! But when Peter Pan does not come rushing to the rescue, Wendy Darling must fend for herself. It’s an all-new, breath-taking adventure on Neverland filled with new villains, new creatures, and new friends. Will Agatha Crumb destroy the island? Will Wendy Darling save the day? And will anyone discover the secret of Neverland? Find out in this exciting comedy-adventure that’s a thrill for cast and audience alike!

Better yet, on the last two days of the class, students will perform the play in front of family and friends on the Fallon Middle School stage. Better rsvp for your tickets now!


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Artist Workshop! (10 days)

Instructor:                 Mr Bill Carmel, Teacher, Fallon Middle School
Grade Level:               5 - 8
Dates:                           Session A: June 5 - June 18  | Monday to Friday
                                        Session B:  June 20 - July 3  | Monday to Friday 
Time:                             10am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm
Duration:   
                  10 x 2 hours
Room:                           D5
Tuition:                        $299

Course Description:

Fire up your creativity! All are welcome, regardless of skill or ability. Course study is project based and modified to individual skill and ability. Students will learn how to draw to develop their own personal style. Critical thinking and a variety of media are used to spark personal creativity.

Exploration of artistic strategies, directed projects, and independent work will be used to build a safe environment for creative expression. Techniques to be demonstrated range from drawing and painting to mixed media and collage – even found object sculpture is possible. Courses emphasize projects that relate directly to student choice and age appropriate DUSD subject curricula.

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Instructor:                 Mr. Jasper Tran, Emerald High Band & Music Teacher 
Grade Level:               Rising 5th to 12th 
Dates:                           June 5 - July 3  | Monday to Friday (no class June 19)
Time:                             10.15am - 11.45am
Duration:   
                  20 x 1 hours and 30 minutes
Room:                           TBA
Tuition:                        $389

Course Description:

This course is for the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and tuba.

The Band Bridging Foundations class is perfect for 7th-12th grade students who have no music experience or want an accelerated introduction to a new orchestra instrument.

It is also for 5th-6th grade students who have completed at least 1 year of elementary band or have no experience. We will go through the basics of each instrument and continue to build a strong music foundation and on the student's embouchure, finger dexterity, and music reading skills.

Students need to provide their own instrument. By the end of the course, the students will understand how to play scales and exercises in Concert Bb Major, F Major, and Eb Major.

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Basketball for All Ability Levels (9 days)

Instructor:                  Nick Zarcone, Fallon MS Teacher
Grade Level:               Rising 5th to 9th
Dates:                          June 10 – June 21 | Monday to Friday (no class on June 19)
Time:                            Session A: 8.45am - 10am
                                      Session B:  10.15am - 11.30am
Duration:                     9 classes x 1 hour 15 minutes
Room:                           Basketball Courts
Tuition:                         $230

Course Description:
Whether you are a skilled player with years of experience or brand new to the game, this course is for you.

Attending this class will help improve each player’s fundamentals.  The program will teach the game of basketball and make it fun at the same time. 

We begin each day with our foundational station work with individual attention given to each player.  Students will be taught the proper offensive techniques of shooting, dribbling, and passing. This course will also emphasize the defensive skills of a proper stance, footwork, positioning, and rebounding.  Additionally, players will learn offensive and defensive set pieces. As the course progresses, we will divide into groups based on skill level and play enjoyable and competitive games and crown a champion. 

We will make this an enjoyable experience where teamwork, character, and a positive attitude are emphasized.

Here is a sample of what a day might look like:

  • Warm up, strength and conditioning exercises
  • Offensive drills:
    • Ball handling drills that you can work on at home to become more confident dribbling
    • Proper shooting technique
    • Passing and catching skills
  • Defensive drills:
    • Defensive stance and movement
    • Proper defensive rotations
    • How to box out your opponent and grab a rebound
  • Competitive contests: free throws, knockout, around-the-world 
  • Offensive and defensive plays to run during game play
  • 5 on 5 game play.

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Café Art - Fairy/Magical Garden (5 days)

Instructor:             Cafe Art Instructor, Jean Wright
Grade Level:          6 - 8
Dates:                      June 24 - June 28  | Monday to Friday 
Time:                        1pm - 3.30pm 
Duration:                 5 classes x 2 hours 30 minutes
Room:                      TBA
Tuition:                    $275

Course Description:
Join us in creating a magical garden. Students will  create and paint a fairy home out of ceramic clay, make mini stepping stones, and other garden miniatures. On the final day of class, students will assemble all their work and plant mini plants to create their magical garden. Better yet, when they are done the students get to take their gardens home with them to keep, care for and change as the seasons pass.  This class is a favorite for students. 

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Chess Summer Camp for Middle School students (5 Days)

Instructor:                  Pacific Chess Academy
Grade Level:               Rising 6th ,7th & 8th
Dates:                         Session C:  June 24 – June 28  |  Monday to Friday 
Time:                           1pm - 3pm
Duration:                     5 x 2 hours or 4 x 2 hours
Room:                           TBC
Tuition:                        Session A & C = $240                 Session B = $190

Course Description:
Offered to Middle Schools students, this chess summer camp is a great opportunity to significantly improve the knowledge of the game and get ready to participate in tournaments.

The combination of chess tactics and strategies lessons allows students to achieve great results in a short period of time. The summer camp includes instruction, various tournaments (chess, bughouse, SacCity) as well as outdoor activities.

All campers receive trophies at the end of each week!

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Computer Science for Innovators and Makers (10 Days)

Instructor:                  Mr Kyle Voeller, Fallon Technology Teacher
Grade Level:               Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Dates:                           Session A: June 5 – 18 | Monday to Friday
                                        Session B:  June 20 – July 3  |  Monday to Friday
Time:                            2pm - 4pm
Duration:                     10 x 2 hours
Room:                           P6
Tuition:                         $335 

Course Description:
This class will allow students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Throughout the class, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. They will design and develop a physical computing device, interactive art installation, or wearable device, and plan and develop code for microcontrollers that bring their physical designs to life. Physical computing projects will promote student awareness of interactive systems, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and broaden their understanding of abstract computer science concepts through meaningful and authentic applications.

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Design & Modeling (10 days)

Instructor:                 Mr Gabe Manalac, Fallon Technology & Language Arts Teacher
Grade Level:               Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Dates:                           June 5 – June 18  | Monday to Friday 
Time:                             8.30am - 11:30am
Duration:   
                 10 sessions x 3 hours
Room:                          P7
Tuition:                        $369

Course Description:
In the Design and Modeling (DM) unit, students begin to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and capture their ideas. They are introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and procedure a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design several prototypes that include a balloon powered toy car and a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.


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Instructor:                 Ms. Sara Quitera, Wells Middle School Teacher
Grade Level:               Rising 6th, 7th & 8th 
Dates:                           June 5 - June 14  | Monday to Friday 
Time:                             9.30am - 12pm
Duration:   
                  8 x 2½ hours
Room:                           TBA
Tuition:                        $300

Course Description:

Have you always enjoyed the unusual and mysterious? If so, in this summer writing course you will be exploring the "odd" and the "supernatural"  while writing your own Horror story! Students will be learning about, reading and listening to several examples of the Horror genre. With the help of these examples, students will brainstorm, outline and draft their own five part Horror story. Students will also have the opportunity to practice editing and revising their work and at the end of the course,  will be able to share what they have created. 

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Filmmaking 101 (9 days)

Instructor:        Mr Matt Wakerling, Fallon Teacher
Grade Level:     Rising 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th
 Dates:                June 10 – June 21  | Monday to Friday (no class on June 19)
Time:                   2.30pm - 4.30pm
Duration:           9 classes x 2 hours  (18 instructional hours)
Room:                  A5
Tuition:               $335

Course Description:
In this introductory level video production course, students will learn how to develop and visualize their ideas through all stages of cinema production, from pre-production through finishing and screening. Students will develop skills in screenwriting, cinematography, directing, lighting, and editing. Students will create films in documentary, commercial/public service announcement and narrative modes, exploring genre, auteurship, and modes of collaboration. Although students will learn about a variety of genres of movies, they will be able to choose the genre of film they want to create.

Student Objectives:
By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Conceive and execute a pre-production plan to successfully film and complete their projects.
  • Define and perform skills necessary for basic cinema production, including cinematography, lighting, screenwriting, directing, and editing.
  • Analyze and critique their own and other students’ work in a meaningful and constructive way.

Materials Needed:

  • Students will need to bring a digital camera, tablet, smart phone or device with video capabilities.



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Fishbowl - for Grades 6-8 (10 days)

Instructor:        Talent Nook Writing Academy
Grade Level:     Rising 6 - 8
Dates:                 Session B: June 20– July 3  | Monday to Friday   
Time:                 10.30am - 12 noon
Duration:           10 classes  x 1 hour 30 minutes
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:              $340

Course Description:
Fishbowl for Grades 6-8 is a strategy for organizing group discussions where students are separated into an inner and outer circle. In the inner circle or Fishbowl, students have a discussion, students in the outer circle listen to the discussion and take notes. This is a great exercise to broaden thinking skills.

In Fishbowl, the inner circle is the few students who are brave enough to share their thinking first. The outer circle gives students who might be more leery, a little bit of time to think and process what is being said in the inner circle. The inside circle reads a question which is facilitated by the instructor, while those in the outside circle listen but do not speak. Each question is discussed in this way, making sure everyone in the inner circle has a chance to speak. The circles are then reversed.

Fishbowl activities allow students to practice skills under peer review and audience in a public speaking format. This builds critical thinking skills and broadens new perspectives on topics. Fishbowl discussions are similar to Socratic seminars, but here we increase the chances for participation to ensure everyone has an opportunity to speak and listen, fostering a dynamic and secure environment for exploring ideas and topics.

At the end of Fishbowl, your student will:

  1. Develop confidence and public speaking skills.
  2. Tune into others’ thoughts and suggestions on topics of discussion.
  3. Develop an awareness of persuasive speech

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Fitness for Life, Wellness and Yoga (10 Days)

Instructor:                Mrs. Marissa Volk, Fallon PE and Yoga, Dance and Pilates Teacher
Grade Level:             Rising 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th
Dates/Times:            June 20 – July 3  | Monday to Friday
Time:                          10.40am - 12pm
Duration:                   10 classes  x 1 hour 15 mins
Room:                        Dance Room
Tuition:                     $269

Course Description:
Looking to stay fit this summer and learn more about improving your overall wellness?  Join us in a fun movement based class with an electric mix of Fitness and Yoga, as well as learning a variety of healthy habits to improve your wellness!  This class will be open to all middle school students (rising 6th-9th grade) with no previous yoga experience necessary and welcomes all ability levels.  

In this class we will focus on the foundations of fitness and yoga.  We will also learn a variety of fitness movements, concepts, major muscle groups, and how to plan out your workouts.  Students will learn how to properly use equipment such as rowing machines, bikes, TRX bands, dumbbell weights and more!  Students will also get the opportunity to participate in some workouts outdoors while enjoying the summertime nice weather!  Through fitness and yoga your stiudent will have the opportunity to increase strength, improve cardiovascular endurance and flexibility.

Students will also have the opportunity to develop lifelong practices for effective stress relieving and relaxation techniques through Yoga.  In this class your student will learn the correct techniques of basic movements of yoga, relaxation and breathing techniques, how to flow through a sequence of Yoga poses smoothly, as well as the various muscles engaged or stretched in a variety of yoga poses.  This class will also focus on developing healthy habits such as sleep, nutrition, physical activity, reducing stress, positive relationships, gratitude and mindfulness etc.  Both activities of Fitness and Yoga as well as learning strategies to improve wellness will provide your student with many lifelong health benefits and an engaging environment where they will thrive in life and be excited to continue to grow in the years to come!  As a Hip Hop coach at Fallon middle school for the past 10 years, physical educator, 10 year professional dancer for the 49ers in the NFL as well as the AFL, yoga and Zumba instructor I am so excited to share my passion for fitness and health to inspire the youth and look forward to seeing you this summer! 

 

Attire – Students can wear any athletic attire, preferably more fitted clothing for shirts as we will be going upside down in yoga.  

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Hip Hop Dance (10 Days)

Instructor:                Mrs. Marissa Volk, Fallon PE and Yoga, Dance and Pilates Teacher
Grade Level:             Rising 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th
Dates/Times:            June 20 – July 3  | Monday to Friday
Time:                          9am - 10.20am
Duration:                   10 classes  x 1 hour 15 minutes 
Room:                        Dance Room
Tuition:                     $269

Course Description:

Do you love to dance?  Are you planning to try out for a Hip Hop or dance team and looking for ways to prepare?  Join us in a fun movement based class focused on Hip Hop dance!  This class will be open to all middle school students (rising 6th-9th grade) with no previous dance experience necessary and welcomes all ability levels.  

In this class we will focus on the foundations of dance with basic dance steps and technique.  We will also learn a variety of dance styles such as Hip Hop, Jazz, and Zumba, a heart pumping latin-fitness style dance.  Students will learn dance routines and focus on the valuable skills of creativity and collaboration as they work with other students on choreography.  Through dance your student will have the opportunity to increase strength, improve cardiovascular endurance and flexibility.

In this class your student will learn the correct techniques of a variety of Hip Hop dance steps, breakdance moves, as well as learn how to execute a routine with precision.  Students will also have the opportunity to develop lifelong practices for effective stress relieving and relaxation techniques through participation in dance.  Hip Hop dance will provide your child with many lifelong health benefits and an engaging environment where they will be excited to continue to grow in the years to come!  As a Hip Hop coach at Fallon Middle school for the past 10 years, physical educator, 10 year professional dancer for the 49ers in the NFL as well as the AFL, yoga and Zumba instructor I am so excited to share my passion for dance to inspire the youth and look forward to seeing you this summer! 

Attire – Students can wear any athletic attire, preferably more fitted clothing for shirts as we will be going upside down in yoga.  Optional, if you have jazz/dance shoes you can bring them as well.

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Instructor:             Jean Wright, Café Art Instructor
Grade Level:          Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Dates:                      June 17 - June 21 | Monday to Friday (no class on June 19)
Time:                       1pm - 3:30pm
Room:                     TBA
Duration:                4 classes  x 2½ hours
Tuition:                    $200

Course Description: 
Students will have fun exploring different techniques in watercolors including salt, wet on wet, rubbing alcohol and others. Then they will use the techniques to create unique and fun artworks. An art class that allows students to express their inner artist.

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Introduction to Competitive Table Tennis (10 days)

Instructor:          Mr. Jeff Ottey, Fallon Physical Education Teacher
Grade Level:       Rising 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th &  9th
Dates/Times:       June 5 –  June 18  |  Monday to Friday (10 days)
Time:                     12pm - 1.20pm
Duration:              10 x 70 minutes
Room:                    MPR
Tuition:                 $270

Course Description:
Can you make it Spin?  Can you hit a Loop? Well if you think you want to play like a champion, come and join Mr. Ottey’s Table Tennis class this summer.  Whether you’re already a star Table Top Talent or you just want to learn to play the game of ping pong to have some fun with your friends and family, enroll in this class and have some fun this summer competing with your friends and improving your skills and hand-eye coordination. You may not be a champion “Spinner” or “Looper” just yet, but you could be soon.

Come learn new skills and make new friends. This course will allow students to understand the basic skills and concepts of table tennis in singles and doubles. Players are grouped based on level of play and are immersed in a fun, supportive, and safe learning environment. Students will be introduced to the basic grips then learn forehands, backhands, service and receive, followed by advanced looping. All table tennis offerings integrate both training and rally elements. Players will develop the skills required to elevate their play to the next level. Basic paddles are available to borrow for class use or students can bring their own. Appropriate athletic attire/footwear should be worn.

Students will leave the class with the competency to compete and enjoy playing the game with confidence. 

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Introduction to Digital Photography (8 days)

Instructor:        Mr. Matt Wakerling, Fallon Photo Instructor
Grade Level:     Rising 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th
Dates:                 June 24 to July 3 | Monday to Friday 
Time:                    2.30pm - 4.30pm
Room:                   A5
Duration:             8 classes  x 2 hours
Tuition:                $299  

Course Description:
This digital photography class will explore the many facets of digital imagery. Students are expected to produce and preserve images that paint a picture, tell a story, or record an event. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of basic and technical editing strategies and techniques through the use of Adobe Lightroom. This digital photography program will deepen the understanding of composition and image design; focusing on color, light, theory, and practical applications. Students will also explore photography and design careers. Students will have access to a limited number of class cameras during the class. Students should have access to a SLR or DSLR camera at home. 

This program includes the costs of an Adobe Lightroom license for the length of the class for each student.

Note To Parents - “The purpose of the Digital Photography class is for students to learn how to take photos and not just pictures. If you wish for your child to use a smart phone instead of a digital camera, we can make that work for your child, however, the experience won’t quite be the same. In this class we teach the kids how an SLR or DSLR camera works and the technical skills involved in photography so that they are taking the photo and manipulating the image. If a student chooses to use a smart phone, the learning experience will not be the same or as rich as learning to use a digital camera.” 

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Introduction to Jewelry Making (5 days)

Instructor:             Jean Wright, Café Art Instructor
Grade Level:          Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Dates:                      June 10 - June 14 | Monday to Friday 
Time:                       1pm - 3:30pm
Room:                     B3
Duration:                5 classes  x 2½ hours
Tuition:                    $225

Course Description: 
Learn the basics of jewelry making including basic wiring techniques, jewelry knots, and leather. Students will make several pieces (i.e., necklace, earrings, bracelets) using beads, polymer clay and other materials. All materials used will be lead and nickel free. Best of all, your students get to keep the jewelry they create and bring it home.

Intro to Jewelry Makting - One week class at DPIE Middle Summer Camps

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Introduction to Music Theory (10 days)

Instructor:                 Mr. Jasper Tran, Emerald High Band & Music Teacher 
Grade Level:               Rising 6th to 12th 
Dates:                           Session B:  June 20 - July 3  | Monday to Friday 
Time:                             12pm - 2pm
Duration:   
                  10 x 2 hours
Room:                           TBA
Tuition:                        $289

Course Description:

Introduction to Music Theory is a precursor to AP Music Theory. After this course, students would be prepared to take AP Music Theory. Students must have the ability to read music notation to join this class. Although it is preferred for students to know how to play an instrument, it is not required. 

By the end of the course, the students will understand: Tetrachords & Major Scales * Key Signatures * Chromatic Scale * Intervals, Circle of Fifths * Perfect, Major & Minor Intervals * Augmented & Diminished Intervals * Solfège & Transposition * Sixteenth Notes & Rests * Dotted Eighth Notes & Eighth Note Triplets * Common Time & Cut Time * 3/8 & 6/8 Time Signatures * Pick-up Notes & Syncopation * Primary & Major Triads * Scale Degree Names * Dominant 7th Chord 1st & 2nd Inversions of Triads * Inversions of V7 Chords * Figured Bass * Major Chord Progressions * Minor Scales, Minor Triads * Augmented & Diminished Triads * Primary Triads in Minor Keys * Minor Chord Progressions * Modes * Harmonizing a Melody in Major and Minor Keys * Broken Chords & Arpeggiated Accompaniments * Passing and Neighboring Tones * Composing a Melody in Major and Minor Keys * 12-Bar Blues Chord Progression & Blues Scale * Basic Forms of Music.

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Introduction to Pickleball (10 days)

Instructor:          Mr. Jeff Ottey, Fallon Physical Education Teacher
Grade Level:       Rising 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th &  9th
Dates/Times:       June 5 – June 18  |  Monday to Friday (10 days)
Time:                    10:20am - 11.40am
Duration:              10 x 70 minutes
Room:                    Pickelball Courts
Tuition:                 $270

Course Description:

Welcome to our dynamic pickleball course. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the world and this course is tailored for players of all levels . Whether you're a novice or a seasoned player, our program focuses on refining fundamental techniques, developing strategic gameplay, and fostering a welcoming community.

Participants will receive comprehensive instruction covering everything from paddle grip and positioning to shot selection and court awareness. Through a combination of drills, practice matches, and friendly competitions, players will not only improve their skills but also forge lasting friendships with fellow enthusiasts. With pickleball's inclusive nature and easy-to-learn rules, this course provides an ideal platform for players to enhance their game while enjoying the camaraderie of this vibrant community.

Join us and discover the joy of pickleball while honing your skills and building meaningful connections on the court.


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Introductory Guitar for Grades 5 - 9 (10 days)

Instructor:                 Mr. Jasper Tran, Emerald High Band & Music Teacher 
Grade Level:               Rising 5th to 9th 
Dates:                           June 5 - June 18  | Monday to Friday
Time:                             2.15pm - 3.45pm
Duration:   
                  10 x 1 hours and 30 minutes
Room:                           TBA
Tuition:                        $225

Course Description:
The DPIE Introductory Guitar course is designed for students with no music experience. Students will be introduced to reading music, finger picking guitar style, chord reading, and strumming. No experience is required for this beginning course.

Students will primarily learn acoustic guitars and are responsible for attaining their own guitars. 

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Jazz Band for Grades 5 - 9 (10 days)

Instructor:                Mr. Erik Bertelson, Well Band Instructor
Grade Level:             Rising 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th
Dates:                        June 5 – June 18  | Monday to Friday
Time:                         11:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:                   10 x 2 hours  
Room:                        Band Room
Tuition:                     $339

Course Description:
If you like to play cool music with a groove that makes you tap your foot, click your fingers, or just get up and dance, then come and join our Summer School Jazz Band Class. The Jazz Band will explore and perform many jazz styles, including swing, Latin, Light Rock, Funk, and Big Band.

The Jazz Band class will be taught by Mr. Erik Bertelson who was named the 2023 NBC Sports Teacher of the Year for his outstanding work with music students.

  • Students will also learn how to creatively improvise with the "Blues."
  • Students should have at least one year of previous experience with their instrument.
  • The Jazz Band will have a performance on the last day of the session.

Note.  The class will provide drum sets, pianos and guitar amplifiers all other instruments need to be supplied by students.  Student musicians who have at least one year of experience playing those instruments or the instruments listed below are encouraged to enroll in this course.

Musicians the course is open to for enrollment - Bass Guitar, Drums, Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet

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Learn to Create with CAD (Computer Aided Design) (5 days)

Instructor:        CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:     Rising 5th - 9th
Dates/Days:      Session A: June 10 – 14  | Monday to Friday
                              Session C:  June 24 - June 28  | Monday to Friday
Time:                   9am - 12 Noon
Duration:            5 classes  x 3 hours
Room:                  E4
Tuition:               $269

Course Description:
Computer-aided design (CAD) is a technology that allows kids to create and design their own digital models using specialized software. With CAD, kids can bring their imaginations to life by creating 3D models of anything they can imagine using a 3D printer, from toys to houses to robots. By using a computer and mouse, kids can easily manipulate the shapes and details of their designs, making changes and improvements along the way. Whether they want to become engineers, architects, or product designers, CAD gives kids the opportunity to explore their creative side and learn valuable technical skills that will serve them well in the future

  • Introduction to CAD
  • Creating and manipulating basic shapes, editing lines, use of grids, 
  • Creating simple and complex models
  • Understanding all tools like loft, revolve, trim, draft, fillit, rib, ...
  • Design custom models in order to meet technical specifications.
  • Design custom models given a design statement
  • Practical CAD modeling, file formats for CAD,...
  • Custom design challenge day, and a small 3d print for kids to take home.

Overall, 3D models are valuable tools for visualization, communication, and design, allowing users to see and interact with their designs in a way that is not possible with traditional 2D drawings.

This class will be repeating the same materials in Session A and Session C.

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Learn to Draw Anime Art (10 days)

Instructor:                 Ms. Dominique De Vera, Cottonwood Creek Media Tech
Grade Level:               Rising 6th - 12th
Dates:                            June 20 - July 3  | Monday to Friday 
Time:                             10am - 12 pm
Duration:   
                  10 x 2 hours (20 hours)
Room:                           TBA
Tuition:                        $289

Course Description:
The Anime Art Class solely focuses on character design fundamentals and these techniques can be applied for any art style from various Japanese artists and media such as Studio Ghibli, Sanrio, Spy X Family, and more! This course is not a "How to Draw your favorite anime character", but it will teach objective, technical techniques like proportion, poses, basic anatomy, expressions, etc. The class welcomes anime fans and artists of all levels and experiences. We will have a ton of fun sketching, sharing our love for anime, and overall improving our technical work. All art supplies will be taken care of.

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Life Skills: Combo Camp- Public Speaking, Debate, & Personal Finance (10 days)

Instructor:        Gurus Education East Bay 
Grade Level:     Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Dates:                 June 5 –  June 18  | Monday to Friday
Time:                   1 – 3pm
Duration:           10 x 2 hours
Room:                 D4
Tuition:               $345

Course Description:
Confident speakers articulate themselves clearly! This is an excellent combo camp to develop the skills of leadership, public speaking, critical thinking & financial independence. Kids will learn to present and write effectively in 6 easy steps and gain confidence to make strong arguments and reasonings for thought provoking speech & debate topics.

Learning the concepts of money management will help students better understand the elements of financial literacy, the value of saving wisely, spending cautiously, banking & budgeting.

It’s a Fun, Effective & Exciting Camp!

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Instructor:                 Ms Terri Sharbach, Fallon Teacher
Grade Level:               Rising 6th, 7th & 8th 
Dates:                            June 5 - June 18  | Monday to Friday 
Time:                             1pm - 3pm
Duration:   
                  10 x 2 hours
Room:                           C4
Tuition:                        $269

Course Description:
Join us for this amazing class that will teach you the life skills you need to manage stress and be successful in your social life!  The class will address theories in sociology (the study of society) and in psychology (the study of the mind) so that you can be better informed and prepared for what life brings you. In addition to studying theory, we will do practices that help with stress management, like mindfulness, relaxation techniques, and constant reflecting through circle discussion. Mental health improvement opportunities like this will help you in ALL your classes and in dealing with your family and peers. We will also have some fun while relaxing our minds!  So if you have an open mind and you are looking for a meaningful class that will help you manage stress then sign up for Mind Over Matter today!

After this class, students will know how to:

  • manage their stress better through specific techniques
  • reduce test anxiety
  • gain an appreciation for nature
  • learn how art therapy can help
  • communicate for accurate expression
  • eat and prepare food mindfully for health
  • forgive others
  • forgive themselves
  • practice gratitude

This class is being taught by Teacher Sharbach. Teacher Sharbach has been an English and a History teacher at Fallon for 18 years. She holds a Masters of Science in Education with emphasis on literacy development. She currently has a class at Fallon called Peer Education and Counseling where students are trained to act as social support mentors to students. She is trained in Mental Health First Aid and has been involved in the mental wellness community for 6 years. 

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Instructor:        Talent Nook Writing Academy
Grade Level:     Rising 7 - 8
Dates:                 Session A: June 5– June 18  | Monday to Friday 
                              Session B: June 20 - July 3  | Monday to Friday
Time:                   2:30pm to 4pm
Duration:           10 classes  x 1 hour 30 minutes
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:              $340

Course Description:
Welcome to Math Marvel, a summer program for Grades 7-8. Prepare for an exhilarating summer filled with math exploration both indoors and outdoors. Our program is meticulously designed to engage students through dynamic lessons, collaborative projects, and independent study, fostering a stimulating learning environment.

At Math Marvel, we believe in cultivating a deep appreciation for math by making it challenging yet enjoyable. Our experienced instructors employ a blend of hands-on activities and innovative challenges to encourage students to delve into complex mathematical concepts. Whether they're tackling real-world problems in the classroom or conducting mathematical investigations outdoors, every activity is aimed at igniting curiosity and nurturing a love for mathematics.

Students will benefit from targeted practice and advanced-level content, ensuring they are well-prepared for the academic rigors of the upcoming school year and beyond. Math Marvel Summer Camp not only enhances mathematical proficiency but also fosters critical thinking and problem-solving skills vital for future success. Join us for an unforgettable summer where learning transcends boundaries and students embark on a journey toward mathematical mastery.

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Orchestra: Bridging Foundations for Grades 5 - 12 (20 days)

Instructor:                 Mr. Jasper Tran, Emerald High Band & Music Teacher 
Grade Level:               Rising 5th to 12th 
Dates:                           June 5 - July 3  | Monday to Friday (no class June 19)
Time:                             8:30am - 10am
Duration:   
                  20 classes  x 1 hours and 30 minutes
Room:                           TBA
Tuition:                        $389

Course Description:
This course is for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

The Orchestra Bridging Foundations class is perfect for 7th-12th grade students who have no experience with music or want an accelerated introduction to a new orchestra instrument.

It is also for 5th-6th grade students who have completed at least 1 year of elementary orchestra. We will quickly go through the basics of each instrument and continue to build a strong music foundation and on the student's pizzicato, bowing, and music reading skills. Students need to provide their own instrument. By the end of the course, the students will understand how to play scales and exercises in D Major, G Major, and C Major. 

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Percussion: How to Drum with EXCELLENCE (10 days)

Instructor:                Mr Nick Garcia, Band Director
Grade Level:             Rising 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th
Dates:                         June 5 – June 18  | Monday to Friday
Time:                           9am - 11am  
Duration:                   
10 classes  x 2 Hours  
Room:                         Band Room
Tuition:                      $339

Course Description:
If you are currently in your school's percussion section, or if you want to learn the basics of percussion for the first time, or if you just want to take a bit of your summer to just drum a little, this is the place for you! Mr. Garcia will be taking you through the same steps that his award-winning Percussion Ensemble takes to achieve excellence in musicianship, technique, and performance.

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Have a confident sense of tempo and groove
  • Establish great stick control and technique
  • Break down written rhythms 
  • Work well with partners to clean beats
  • Perform with joy and attention to detail

Join us for Percussion: Learn how to drum this summer!

Recommended supplies:

  • Vic Firth SD1 General Snare Drum Sticks
  • Binder or folder to hold music together

This course is HIGHLY recommended for any student who auditioned for Percussion Ensemble or Percussion Fundamentals at Fallon as an incoming 6th grader this August

Course will culminate with a special musical performance for friends and family. Performance will take place at Fallon Middle School.

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The Art of Persuasive Writing for Middle Schoolers (10 Days)

Instructor:                 Mr Gabe Manalac, Fallon Technology & Language Arts Teacher
Grade Level:               Rising 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th
Dates:                           June 5 – June 18  | Monday to Friday
Time:                             12 noon - 2pm
Duration:   
                  10 x 2 hours
Room:                           P7
Tuition:                        $325

Course Description:
Learn the art of persuasive writing! This course is designed to help middle school students develop their writing skills and ability to write with impact and strength. In this class, students will learn how to be more persuasive by learning the foundations of argumentation as well as tips and tricks that will help them improve their argumentative skills. Students will learn the essential structure of an argumentative essay, how to write an argumentative claim, how to find and use strong evidence to support their claim, and the different ways to effectively explain their evidence to convince their audience.

Whether your goal is to help your student become a more effective writer or debater, this class offers them the tips and tricks of argumentation to be successful not just in school, but also in life. Think of these skills as the same a lawyer would use in court to convince a jury that a client is innocent or guilty.



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Think Like a Historian (10 days)

Instructor:        Talent Nook Writing Academy
Grade Level:     Rising 6 - 8
Dates:                 Session B: June 20– July 3  | Monday to Friday 
Time:                   8:30am to 10am
Duration:           10 classes  x 1 hour 30 minutes
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:               $320

Course Description:
In this innovative program, Think Like a Historian, students will dive into the captivating world of history and develop critical thinking skills. They will learn to analyze historical events, uncover primary sources, and develop a deeper understanding of the past through the lens of a historian.

One of the highlights of our program is the opportunity for students to engage in insightful discussions about their favorite leaders, eras, and circumstances from history. Students have the chance to reflect on the special qualities of iconic figures, explore the enduring impact of change over time, and acknowledge the results and consequences of behavior. Whether it is the unwavering determination of Winston Churchill, the memorable March to Freedom from the Civil Rights Movement, or the results of free speech from the Constitution, students will uncover the qualities that inspire and shape their understanding of leadership, determination, and strife.

Think Like a Historian will enable your student to:

1)     Reflect on historical events and timelines from many perspectives.

2)     Interpret historical information to understand continuity and change over time and encourage confident discussions.

3)     Evaluate historical data and critical thinking about past events.

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Instructor:        Mr  Kyle Voeller, Fallon Core Teacher
Grade Level:     Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:                   9:30am to 11:30am
Dates:
                 Session 1 - Weeks 1 & 2:  June 13 – 24  Monday to Friday        
                             Session 2 - Weeks 3 & 4:  June 27 – July 8  Monday to Friday
                             (9 Days, no Class on July 4th)
Duration:           2 hours 
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Session 1:   Early Bird Pricing - $299    After May 30 -  $315 
                              Session 2:   Early Bird Pricing - $279    After May 30 - $295

Course Description:
Discover your inner author and creative self through the Aspiring Author Workshop. Are you interested in going deep on what makes a good story? This class will offer students a chance to practice the whole creative writing process from finding inspiration to planning, drafting, revising, editing and publishing. Students will read and analyze examples of compelling fiction in multiple genres, learn and apply techniques to find inspiration for their own stories, develop multiple versions of the plot to test their ideas, workshop character ideas and create characters that are complex, and learn to write descriptive settings that add to the plot. Students will explore their own interests and story ideas towards the goal of writing their own short story with coaching and unique lessons designed to help them hone their skills. 

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Instructor:        Ms Karen Brown, Junction Avenue Science & Technology Teacher
Grade Level:     Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:                  9am - 11:30am 
Dates:                 Week 1 & 2:   June 13 – June 24  | Monday to Friday
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing - $350      After May 30 - $365

Course Description:
Have you noticed how your heart rate and breathing rate work together?  Do you wonder how doctors diagnose illnesses or how scientists pinpoint the cause of food poisoning?  During this course, we will explore these ideas and more as we play the role of medical detectives to collect and analyze medical data to study and diagnose diseases.  Through labs and projects, we will measure vital signs, examine the nervous system structure and function, study patterns of genetic diseases and inheritance, and investigate disease outbreaks. We may even code a germ fighting game in MIT app creators!

 

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Instructor:             Jean Wright from Café Art
Grade Level:          6 – 8
Time:                       12:30 – 1:45pm
Dates:                      Week 6 & 7:  July 12 – 23   |  Monday to Friday
Duration:               1 hour 15 minutes
Place:                       Online
Tuition:                    $180 

Course Description:
This class is designed for those students who love ceramic painting. In this class students will learn about design, color and elements of art. They will then paint a fully coordinated place setting of their own which will include a dinner plate, salad plate, snack plate, cereal bowl, tumbler and mug. By the end of the class students will have their own one-of-a-kind place setting to use at home and eat in style.

Student Supplied Materials Needed:  Colored Markers or Crayons or Colored Pencils; paper Towels or rag; bowl for water, workspace for art, pencil and eraser, and of course a computer device with internet to access the Zoom lesson. 

DPIE Supplied Materials:  Planning and Design Workbook, ceramic paint, ceramic pieces, and a paintbrush.

Class Pick-Up/Drop Offs

Materials:

  • Week 1 & 2:  Sunday, June 6, 11am – Noon, Cottonwood Creek Parking Lot
  • Week 6 & 7:  Sunday, July 11, 11 am – Noon, Cottonwood Creek Parking Lot

Dates for Paint Pickup - To be announced

Dates for Drop-Off of Ceramics to be fired (after class 8-last class) - To be announced

Dates for Pick-Up of Fired Ceramics: - To be announced 


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Instructor:        Gurus Education East Bay
Grade Level:     6 – 8
Time:                  1:00 – 4:00pm
Dates:                 Week 6:   July 12 -16  |  Monday to Friday
Duration:           3 hours
Location:           Online
Tuition:              $199

Course Description: 
This debate camp will help students sharpen their Argumentation & Public Speaking skills and prepare them for School Debate Tournaments!

Students will:

  • Learn to make compelling presentations backed by solid evidence
  • Gain a balanced and complete understanding of current and global issues
  • Develop persuasive skills through various debate formats of argumentation & refutation structure
  • Master key lifelong skills: Research, Analysis, Writing, Note taking, and Critical Thinking
  • Become an excellent competitor and Speak to Win (in Debates)

Fun, Adventurous, Exciting sessions!


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Instructor:        Ms Karen Brown, Junction Avenue Science & Technology Teacher
Grade Level:     Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:                  12 noon - 2:30pm 
Dates:                 Week 1 & 2:   June 13 – June 24  | Monday to Friday
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing - $350     After May 30 - $365

Course Description:
Are you a budding Forensic Scientist? There’s a lot of science involved in solving crimes.  In this class students will investigate the clues left behind to solve the mysteries and puzzles of crime scenes.  Be prepared for teamwork, creative thinking, hands-on labs, and lots of fun in this quick-paced crime-solving course. Students will use the science practices and critical thinking skills to solve these mysteries.

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Instructor:        Gurus Education East Bay
Grade Level:      5 – 8
Time:                   1:00 – 4:00pm
Dates:                  Week 1:  June 7 – 11  | Monday to Friday
Duration:            3 hours
Location:            Online
Tuition:               $199

Course Descripton:
This is an exciting summer camp! Students will learn the steps and techniques to prepare and present their ideas TED Talk style.  The topics will cover a wide range of issues from different sectors: Technology, Entertainment, Science, Personal Growth & more. The students will learn about some of the young TED Talks speakers, along with their research & presentation styles. They will be mastering the skills of Public Speaking, Leadership and Creative Thinker, and present a TED talk on the last day of the camp! Our goal is to develop well-rounded individuals! 

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Instructor:        Ms Sara Quintero, Wells Middle School Teacher
Grade Level:     Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:                  10:00 - 11:30am
Dates:                 Week 1 & 2:   June 13 – June 24  | Monday to Friday
Duration:          1 hour 30 minutes
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:              Early Bird Pricing - $250      After May 30 - $265

Course Description:
Have you always enjoyed the unusual and mysterious? If so, in this summer writing course you will be exploring the "odd" and the "supernatural" while writing your own Horror story! Students will be learning about, reading and listening to several examples of the Horror genre. With the help of these examples, students will brainstorm, outline and draft their own five-part Horror story. Students will also have the opportunity to practice editing and revising their work and at the end of the course will be able to share what they have created.

 

Overview:

Day 1: The day will begin with a quick write. Introductions will be made, and we will be doing a writing activity to begin the day. I will review what a Fictional Narrative is. I will be going over the structure and going through several examples of fictional narrative writing. 

Day 2 and 3: These days will begin with a quick write. The genre to be taught today will be Horror and Mystery. I will be going over the difference between the two genres and going through several examples of Horror writing. From there, we will be brainstorming and outlining ideas for your own Horror story. The day will end with outlining your Horror story.

Day 4 and 5: The day will begin with a quick write.  We will continue to draft your Horror stories. After drafting, we will begin the revising and editing process. We will be revising for Show Don’t Tell language. I will also be discussing how Fairy Tales have aspects of the unusual and how you might be able to incorporate aspects of this genre into your Horror story. 

Day 6 The day will begin with a quick write. We will continue to draft and finalize your Horror story. With your story being in the final revising and editing process, today will focus on your story’s dialogue. Your final draft will be due by the end of the day. 

Day 7: The day will begin with a quick write. The last “odd” genre we will look at is Poetry. I will be going over several different types of “different” poems and their structure. From there, we will be brainstorming and outlining ideas for our own poetry. The day will end with us being to write your poetry. 

Day 8: The day will begin with a quick write. We will continue to draft your poetry. We will look today at more examples of poetry and comparing them to the poetry introduced the previous days. We will also be beginning the revising and editing process. We will be revising for word choice.  Your final draft of your poem will be due later this day.

Day 9: This is our last and final day together and will be all about sharing your Horror stories and your poetry with each other! At the end of class, we will be reflecting on what you have learned and where you want to go in the writing process after this summer.

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Instructor:                  Mr Jim Parsons, Fallon Technology Teacher
Grade Level:              Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:                            8:30 – 11:30am
Dates:                          Week 1 & 2:   June 13 – 24  | Monday to Friday
Duration:                    3 hours
Room:                          TBA
Tuition:                        Early Bird Pricing - $375      After May 30 - $390

Course Description: 
Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.

Jim Parsons teaching at the Middle School Summer 2018

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