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Advanced Creative Science
Advanced Creative Science
$375.00

In this week, we will investigate the microscopic and unseen. We will explore mysteries in nature, examine differences in cells and microbes, learn about genetics and probability. We will try to find chemical differences and similarities in leaves, create models of molecules and extract DNA. The science labs we will do will be more complex and apply some higher level math thinking. Though we will have a few creative projects, the focus of the week will be more investigative science. Throughout the week, students will create a folder of lab activities with extensions that they can do at home.

Teachers: Stacy Overgaard is passionate about science and art, and teaches Middle School science at SPA.
Dates: June 17-21, 2019
Time: 8:30 am-12:00 pm
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 6-8 in fall 2019
Maximum Enrollment: 16

Amazing Mazes
Amazing Mazes
$375.00

This exciting hands-on, week-long summer camp will be offered for students entering grades 4-6. During the week, campers will design a maze, scale it up to a large model, and then program a robot to travel through the maze they have designed. Campers will then recreate the maze using 3D design software and 3D print a hand-held version, creating a scale model of their maze that they will get to keep! This camp will involve application of mathematics skills, computer programming and robotics, 3D design, and 3D printing.

NOTE: All students should bring a bag lunch each day. SPA is a nut-safe campus so do not bring lunches that include nuts.

Teachers: Rick Magnuson is a dynamic and creative Lower School science teacher at SPA.

Dates: July 15-19, 2019
Time: 9 am-3 pm
Location: Goodrich Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 4-6 in fall 2019
Maximum Enrollment: 12

Arduino Programming and Making
Arduino Programming and Making
$375.00

This exciting hands-on, week-long summer camp will be offered for students entering grades 6-8. In this camp we will explore programming and hardware with Arduino. We will use the SparkFun Tinker Kit which includes everything needed to complete 11 circuits that will teach you how to blink an LED, read sensors, drive servos, and more. You will get to keep the kit when you are finished.

NOTE: All students should bring a bag lunch each day. SPA is a nut-safe campus so do not bring lunches that include nuts.

Teachers: Rick Magnuson is a dynamic and creative Lower School science teacher at SPA.

Dates: June 17-21, 2019
Time: 9 am-12:00 pm
Location: Goodrich Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 6-8 in fall 2019
Maximum Enrollment: 12

ArtMarks: Cooperative Creations
ArtMarks: Cooperative Creations
$295.00

Many children just get started on a papier mache sculpture or a found object creation in their regular art classes during the school year only to be told that it is time to stop, clean up and go to another class or activity. In this one week summer school setting, students will be able to create a variety of 3-D projects using materials such as papier mache, wire, found or discarded objects and recycled materials collected from our own homes. Students will have time to explore and experiment with different ways of attaching and building armatures using these and other materials in a relaxed and small group environment.

This summer the 3-D construction session will have a “cooperative” emphasis. For instance, students will begin with a large group “construction” which will then inform a smaller individual version created by the student. Another experience would have students creating 2 smaller projects and then contribute one of them to create a large group construction. Being a team player and learning from one another will be fun and informative to all the participants! Come with a creative and open mind dressed in appropriate “art-making” clothing as we will get messy!

Students may take just one week of Art Marks or may enroll in two or three weeks!

NOTE: All students should bring a bag lunch each day. SPA is a nut-safe campus so do not bring lunches that include nuts."

Teacher: Patty Paulus, a recently retired SPA Lower School Art Teacher, returns to develop and teach this new art program called ART MARKS for younger students in this relaxed day-long summer school art opportunity. After teaching art from 1998-2016 at the SPA Lower School and previously teaching K-6 in the Anoka Hennepin School District for 11 years, Patty aka Mrs. Paulus loves teaching this age group and looks forward to sharing her extensive art education background and knowledge with her students. She is a practicing artist and paints in her private art studio in the Dow Building located on University Avenue and Hampden in St.Paul. Patty also has her paintings exhibited with a variety of other local artists in The Dow Art Gallery which is open to the public during regular gallery hours. Her website is www.pattypaulus.com and if you click on “In the Gallery” you can view her narrated videos to see and learn about her paintings and the stories behind them.

Dates: June 24-28, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Goodrich Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2019
Enrollment Maximum: 15

ArtMarks: Drawing and Painting with Pizzazz
ArtMarks: Drawing and Painting with Pizzazz
$295.00

Many children just get started drawing and/or painting in their regular art classes during the school year only to be told that it is time to stop, clean up and go to another class or activity. In this one week summer school all-day setting, students will be able to pursue and develop their drawing and painting skills in a relaxed and small group setting. We will have time to explore a variety of techniques, skills and materials that will bring out the artist in every participant.

This year, students entering grades 3-5 will learn a variety of drawing techniques in the morning and will create a painting in the afternoon that relates to what was learned in the morning. Students will discover color relationships by blending and mixing colors using a variety of media such as tempera, acrylic, pastels and mixed media. Every day of the session, children will be introduced to an artist that relates to what they are experiencing that day through video and/or books and lively discussion. Come with a creative and open mind dressed in appropriate “art-making” clothing!

Students may take just one week of Art Marks or may enroll in two or three weeks!

NOTE: All students should bring a bag lunch each day. SPA is a nut-safe campus so do not bring lunches that include nuts.

Teacher: Patty Paulus, a recently retired SPA Lower School Art Teacher, returns to develop and teach this new art program called ART MARKS for younger students in this relaxed day-long summer school art opportunity. After teaching art from 1998-2016 at the SPA Lower School and previously teaching K-6 in the Anoka Hennepin School District for 11 years, Patty aka Mrs. Paulus loves teaching this age group and looks forward to sharing her extensive art education background and knowledge with her students. She is a practicing artist and paints in her private art studio in the Dow Building located on University Avenue and Hampden in St.Paul. Patty also has her paintings exhibited with a variety of other local artists in The Dow Art Gallery which is open to the public during regular gallery hours. Her website is www.pattypaulus.com and if you click on “In the Gallery” you can view her narrated videos to see and learn about her paintings and the stories behind them.

Dates:June 17-21, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Goodrich Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2019
Enrollment Maximum: 15

ArtMarks: Fantastic Fibers
ArtMarks: Fantastic Fibers
$295.00

Many students just begin a fun project like weaving or stitchery in their regular art class or mini and it is soon time to stop, put away materials and go to another activity or class. In this one week summer school fiber art experience, children will be able to have plenty of time to explore, experiment and use their imagination in designing and creating art they can enjoy, wear or even use on a daily basis!

This fiber art experience will have a multicultural emphasis as we will learn the origins of many weaving designs as well as distinctive art techniques from many other cultures. Besides weaving, students will learn stitchery, puppetry, fabric stamping, paper making, macrame’ and many other skills involving many different types of fibers. Come with a creative and open mind dressed in appropriate “art-making” clothing as we will get messy at times!

Students may take just one week of Art Marks or may enroll in two or three weeks!

NOTE: All students should bring a bag lunch each day. SPA is a nut-safe campus so do not bring lunches that include nuts.

Teacher: Patty Paulus, a recently retired SPA Lower School Art Teacher, returns to develop and teach this new art program called ART MARKS for younger students in this relaxed day-long summer school art opportunity. After teaching art from 1998-2016 at the SPA Lower School and previously teaching K-6 in the Anoka Hennepin School District for 11 years, Patty aka Mrs. Paulus loves teaching this age group and looks forward to sharing her extensive art education background and knowledge with her students. She is a practicing artist and paints in her private art studio in the Dow Building located on University Avenue and Hampden in St.Paul. Patty also has her paintings exhibited with a variety of other local artists in The Dow Art Gallery which is open to the public during regular gallery hours. Her website is www.pattypaulus.com and if you click on “In the Gallery” you can view her narrated videos to see and learn about her paintings and the stories behind them.

Dates: July 22-26, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Goodrich Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2019
Enrollment Maximum: 15

Board Game Design
Board Game Design
$195.00

Do you enjoy playing board games? Have you ever thought about making your own? Join us this summer to learn new games, play them, and understand the inner-workings behind the challenge and excitement. During the second half of the day, let your creativity run wild; we’ll be constructing our own themes, choosing mechanics, and building our games from the ground up. As the week moves on we will playtest our games with one other and get advice from professionals in the game design industry. You will leave with a polished product, a game that’s been imagined and brought to life with your own hands.

NOTE: All students should bring a bag lunch each day. SPA is a nut-safe campus so do not bring lunches that include nuts.

Teacher: Vito Sauro is creative, positive and engaging in his daily work with Middle School students at SPA.

Dates: June 10-14, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 7-11 in fall 2019
Enrollment Maximum: 16

Creative Science
Creative Science
$375.00

If you love exploring topics in science and being creative, then this is the camp for you! This camp is a combination of science and art. We run science experiments each day that lead us to also doing an art or craft project. An acid and base lab becomes the foundation for glass etching and learning about electrical circuits sets us up for sewing LED bookmark Each day has a theme with a variety of activities. Through the week, students build a folder of lab experiments with extensions that can be tried at home.

Teachers: Stacy Overgaard is passionate about science and art, and teaches Middle School science at SPA.
Dates: June 10-14, 2019
Time: 8:30 am-12:00 pm
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 6-8 in fall 2019
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Film and Frolic: 2-Weeks
Film and Frolic: 2-Weeks
$720.00

The digital age has put the power to make masterful movies in the hands of regular citizens, but few students (let alone adults) have any clue where to begin. Film & Frolic is part feel-good summer camp, part amateur-filmmaking camp, and entirely about having fun. In the process, we will build a 21st-century skill that uniquely pushes our creative limits. Students entering grades 6-9 will collaborate to conceive, cast, storyboard, film, edit, soundtrack, and produce one or more movies on SPA's varied and picturesque Goodrich Campus and at numerous field trip locations. All post-production editing and sound design will be done by students using Macs and iMovie. We will screen our works on the final afternoon. Additionally, we will enter prominent international student filmmaking competitions. Since 2015, dozens of F&F campers have won major accolades on the national stage. Students will create live-action comedies and dramas, documentaries, music videos, or whatever most inspires them. We will also engage in plenty of good indoor and outdoor frolicking — dabbling in everything from sardines, to world cup soccer, to capture the flag. By camp's end, students will have exercised their brains and bodies, and will have a newfound knack and appreciation for filmmaking.

Note: Film & Frolic is offered in two formats: one week (June 24-28) and two weeks (July 8-19). All iMovie experience levels are equally welcome in both sessions! Session 2 provides filmmakers with more time, field trips, and resources to go deep with their movie, screening their draft work to the director, counselors, and campers at a feedback party prior to shooting and editing a much-enhanced final film. The two-week version features twice the field-trip time, doubling the number of shooting backdrops and creative opportunities. Two-week campers who have previously tried the one-week format have reflected afterward that they prefer the two-week format. However, for students who are only available for one week, that option offers a short and sweet path into the fun and boundless world of teen filmmaking.

NOTE: All students should bring a bag lunch each day. SPA is a nut-safe campus so do not bring lunches that include nuts.

Teacher: Bobak Razavi, SPA teacher and St. Catherine University professor, founded and directs student movie-making experiences year-round at SPA, including a fall student news program, a winter mini-documentary week, and a 90-Second Newberys activity. At St. Kate's, Razavi designed and teaches Making Change By Making Movies, a graduate-level course for primary- and secondary-school teachers. He has led film-making experiences with students from over a dozen Minnesota and Wisconsin schools, and his students' works have won multiple awards at national youth film festivals.

Dates: July 8-19, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 6-9 in fall 2019
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Intro to Programming in Processing
Intro to Programming in Processing
$275.00

Are you interested in learning programming fundamentals? Are you considering taking Advanced Programming (AP CS) at your school? This camp will introduce students to the fundamental building blocks of programming and problem solving using the Processing language. Processing is very similar to Java so it’s a great language to learn to get a jump start on concepts you’ll learn in AP CS! Processing also makes it easy to create electronic art and animations so it’s a fun first language to learn! This camp assumes no prior experience with programming, but should also be fun for students who have not used Processing or Java before. Campers will complete hands-on labs and projects in a problem-based curriculum. (For SPA students, successful completion of this camp will waive the prerequisite for Advanced Programming).

NOTE: All students should bring a bag lunch each day. SPA is a nut-safe campus so do not bring lunches that include nuts.

Teacher: Kate Lockwood is the Director of Computer Science and Engineering and Kirsten Hoogenakker oversees the Design Lab and teaches engineering in the Upper School at SPA.

Dates: June 10-14, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 8-12 in fall 2019
Enrollment Maximum: 20

Life of a Story
Life of a Story
$295.00

Have you ever been published? Would you like to be? Life of a Story is an amazing summer journalism workshop that will put you in touch with artists in the Twin Cities so you can tell their stories on Orca Tribe. Classes meet in the morning, for one week in June and feature guest writers from the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio. In just one week, students will learn to conduct meaningful interviews and to write a full length feature story. Note that this runs for a week in June and then three additional days in July for a total of 8 days to enable students to fully develop their work.

Teacher: Kate Glassman is a dynamic and energetic teacher of publications and English at SPA.

Dates: June 24-July 3, 2019
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 9-12 in fall 2019
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Maker Camp: Screen Printing
Maker Camp: Screen Printing
$195.00

Screen printing is more than just making products for promotion and team marketing, it can also be an artform. Explore how to utilize both facets of screen printing with half days in SPA’s new design labs.During this session, campers will learn how to set up screens, pull ink, and create multi-color t-shirts as well as design greeting cards to make a stationary set. Attendees will work not only on our screen printing equipment, but also utilize the vinyl cutter in the lab to create their screens.

Teachers: Kate Lockwood is the Director of Computer Science and Engineering and Kirsten Hoogenakker oversees the Design Lab and teaches engineering in the Upper School at SPA.

Dates: June 17-21, 2019
Time: 1-4 pm
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 9-12 in fall 2019
Maximum Enrollment: 15

Maker Camp: Wood Shop
Maker Camp: Wood Shop
$195.00

Get some hands on experience and learn some tricks to woodworking in the Wood Shop at SPA. Campers will learn safety in addition to how to use the bandsaw, sanders, miter saws, various hand tools and even the laser cutter in an effort to create the perfect puzzle box.

Teachers: Kate Lockwood is the Director of Computer Science and Engineering and Kirsten Hoogenakker oversees the Design Lab and teaches engineering in the Upper School at SPA.

Dates: June 17-21, 2019
Time: 9 am-12:00 pm
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 9-12 in fall 2019
Maximum Enrollment: 10

Rockets, Rockets Everywhere
Rockets, Rockets Everywhere
$375.00

This exciting hands-on, week-long summer camp will be offered for students entering grades 4-6. During the week, campers design build and test rockets of all shapes and sizes. They will use Alka-Seltzer, water and air to launch their ships into the sky. Rockets will be built out of different materials and campers can take them home when they are finished. It will be a BLAST!

NOTE: All students should bring a bag lunch each day. SPA is a nut-safe campus so do not bring lunches that include nuts.

Teacher: Rick Magnuson and Paul Weaver both teach Lower School science at SPA

Dates: June 10-14, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Goodrich Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 4-6 in fall 2019
Enrollment Maximum: 20

SPA Debate Institute
SPA Debate Institute
$450.00

Led by Tom Fones, coach of St. Paul Academy and Summit School's award-winning Upper School debate team, students will learn or deepen their skill with the Public Forum method of debate. The Debate Institute will also feature videotaped practice opportunities, guest speakers, and a focus on each individual's skill development. Prior debate experience not required. Typically, beginning debaters work together while advanced debaters have more challenging skills work.

NOTE: All students should bring a bag lunch each day. SPA is a nut-safe campus so do not bring lunches that include nuts.

Teachers: Tom Fones is the masterful coach of St. Paul Academy and Summit School's award-winning Upper School debate team.
Date: July 23-27, 2018
Time: 9:00-4:00pm
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 9-12 in fall 2018
Maximum Enrollment: 30