Academic Camps

MAD SCIENTIST

Director: Jake Palumbo
Dates: June 10 - June 14
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Gender/Grade: Boys and Girls ages 8 to 12
Location: Sulin Hall, Upper School
Cost: $200
This camp is designed to not only teach science, but to provide students the opportunity to DO science. We will explore different science topics throughout the week, each day filled with exciting demonstrations and hands on experiments that will help students better understand the science behind how the world works. We will discover how to make ice cream, what makes a light stick glow, and why a roller coaster doesn’t fall in the middle of a loop. Students will also have the opportunity to take home several great demonstrations. 

MAD SCIENTIST RETURNS!

Director: AACS Teacher Jake Palumbo
Dates: July 1 - July 3 (No camp July 4-5)
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm (Join Eagles Explorations for a full day option for an additional $135)
Gender/Grade: Boys and Girls ages 8 to 12
Location: Sulin Hall, Upper School
Cost: $165
This hands-on camp will explore all new experiments and demonstrations! Campers will get to discover the physics behind Angry Birds put it into life size action. We will explore the amazing biology of our own bodies as we look at various systems & how they work. We will do some investigative work as we check out the health of the stream on campus. Together we will explore the chemistry of some of our favorite foods and why they taste so good. Along the way, we will learn a lot, get our hands dirty and get to see up close and personal how the amazing world around us works!

About the Director: For the past 13 years, Jake Palumbo has taught science to students of all ages. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Richmond and his Masters in Education from Covenant College. He currently teaches Chemistry at the AACS Upper School, and has also taught Biology, Physics, and Physical Science.

EAGLES STEM

Director: AACS Teacher Madelyn Smith
Dates: June 17 – June 21
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm (Join Eagles Explorations for a full day option for an additional $135)
Gender/Age: Boys and Girls ages 8 to 12
Location: Kilby Center, Upper School
Cost: $200
This hands on STEM camp will creatively cover all aspects of STEM through daily activities in areas such as electricity, flight, space and physics. As they work through different STEM activities each day, they will also work on their very own rocket, which they may launch at the end of the week!
About the Director: Madelyn Smith currently teaches Engineering & Technology at the AACS Upper School campus. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Tuskegee University. Prior to teaching, she worked in the Automotive Industry at Toyota and General Motors in interior, safety, concept vehicles, and was the lead engineer for Corvette seats. She has developed and implemented many STEM activities. Most recently she piloted the AACS Severn Lower School STEM Day which was led by the upper level engineering students. They have expanded to include the AACS Annapolis Lower School students. Mrs. Smith looks for every opportunity to expose students to STEM!

EAGLES CODING: LEVEL 1

Director: AACS Teacher Josh Danza
Dates:  June 17 - June 21
July 8 - July 12
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Gender/Age: Boys and Girls ages 10 to 16
Location: Kilby Center, Upper School
Cost: $310
This beginner level camp is designed for kids with little to no programming experience and will use Scratch, Tynker, and Python.  Campers will start with the basics and explore the essential building blocks behind object-oriented programing through creating fun, interactive stories, and simple games.  Campers will create animated stories and games, learning programming concepts in 3 different languages (Scratch, Tynker, and Python) while developing a foundation of computational thinking- an essential skill in today's tech-driven world.  We break up the day with supervised outside play, sports, and activities.  Kids think creatively and learn how to program their own stories, games, and animations, as well as how to share their creations on the web.  Take home a copy of your own game at the end of the class!   

EAGLES CODING: LEVEL 2

Director: AACS Teacher Josh Danza
Dates:  July 29 - August 2
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Gender/Age: Boys and Girls ages 10 to 16
Location: Kilby Center, Upper School
Cost: $310
This intermediate level camp is a continuation of Eagles Coding: Level 1. Campers will continue learning the basics of computer programming, game design, and explore the essential building blocks behind object-oriented programming through creating fun, interactive stories, and simple games. Campers will create animated stories and games, learning programming concepts in 3 different languages (Java, Python, and Scratch) while developing a foundation of computational thinking—an essential skill in today’s tech-driven world. We break up the day with supervised outside play, sports, and activities. Kids think creatively and learn how to program their own stories, games, and animations, as well as how to share their creations on the web. Take home a copy of your own game at the end of this class! 
About the Director: Josh Danza is an Oracle certified Java Programmer and PostgreSQL certified Database Administrator who works in the Educational Support department at AACS, assisting students in Algebra and Geometry.  Josh has a Bachelor's in Information Systems and Technology Management and has 7 years of programming experience with Java, C#, Python, Visual Basic and Javascript.

PRE-ALGEBRA REVIEW

Director: ACCS Teacher Cindy Grunert

Dates: Session 1: July 24-July 26 (Monday-Thursday of both weeks)

               Session 2:  July 29-Aug 2

In this course we will cover percentages, fractions, decimals, and vocabulary needed to promote understanding of algebra concepts. We will cover Geometry, an intro into algebra, graphing as well as a basic working knowledge of a graphing calculator and how to access functions needed for algebra. 

SAT PREP

Director: Thomas Phenson
Dates: July 8 – July 18
(Monday – Thursday of both weeks)

Time: 9:00am – 11:30am
Gender/Grade: Boys and Girls entering grades 10 to 12
Location: Sulin Hall, Upper School
Cost: $260
This is an intensive, focused review of the math and verbal sections of the SAT, as well as a condensed review of the writing section, designed to help students maximize their scores. Two SAT/PSAT tests will be given – one at the beginning and one at the end of the course so that progress may be measured.  

NOTE: The SAT Test will be administered on the first day and seventh day of class, where sessions will be 4 hours in length, from 8:00am – 12:00pm . 

About the Director: Thomas Pfenson holds a Bachelor's degree from Greenville University (IL), and a Master's from Duke University. He has been teaching high school English at AACS since 2016, and enjoys working with students on the craft of effective writing and the art of clear thinking. 

SPACE ENGINEER

Director: Club SciKidz
Dates: July 29 - August 2
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Gender/Age: Boys and Girls ages 6 to 9
Location: Kilby Athletic Center, Upper School
Cost: $340 (Includes $29 Lab Fee)
Using LEGO® bricks, campers will design and build structures and space vehicles for living on far away planets. Space Engineer includes instruction on the Earth, Moon, stars, and planets as well as the scientific topics of force, friction, simple machines, and gravity.

Campers will also join the crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to learn about propulsion, friction and more. Counselors will assign specific projects each day that include: a rotating satellite, space buggy, a stunning spaceship, terrestrial homes that can withstand alien atmospheres and a host of other exciting projects.

Campers will also build and launch two Estes Rockets as they learn about the physics of Space Travel. Parents are invited to join us on Friday’s Family Day to view their camper’s creations. This is a camp your child won’t want to miss!

About Club SciKidz: Club SciKidz was founded on the principle that parents want to provide their children with exciting, challenging, and life impacting academic enrichment experiences. The company is committed to demonstrating how science works in the real world by providing activities in veterinary medicine, robotics, forensics, video game creation, food science, paleontology, engineering, chemistry and biology, astronomy, oceanography, emergency medicine and special effects.

Our unique science programs are designed to meet the needs of children ages 4-15. Carefully researched science lessons help engage students in observation, measurement, identification of properties, and experimentation involving life, earth, and physical science concepts. The units are rigorously researched by science educators with the help of teachers and children. The results are lessons that students enjoy and genuinely learn from.

ABOUT DROBOTS COMPANY

Drobots Company  was originally founded by a small group of parents, educators, visionaries and do-it-yourself engineers. The mission was and still is to inspire students to reduce time in front of a computer screen and instead utilize drone technology in a setting that promotes collaborative project-based learning in a positive educational environment. Hence, the company trademark slogan, Where Technology Meets Fresh Air™. The primary goal of any Drobots Company program is to mentor participants on how to become lifelong learners and instill a strong sense of curiosity, confidence and teamwork. Due to the exponential growth of the drone industry, kids and teens may now explore, learn and evolve along with the applications of today and the discoveries of tomorrow. Drobots fosters this new technological landscape with a unique curriculum and well-trained positively motivated instructors. At Drobots we create flexible experiences that shift students between the excitement and hands-on activities of our indoor activities and the freedom and exploration of the outdoors. Participants utilize imagination, hand-eye coordination and STEM applications to conquer challenges and missions – all in a team-oriented environment. Under the umbrella of a friendly competitive and gamified teaching and learning methodology, participants collaborate in a team setting to deconstruct challenges and then solve them. The core foundation of our company and the programming we work diligently to develop is built upon creativity, exploration, technology and fun. Our commitment and passion is derived from the unlimited positive applications of innovative technology. Throughout all of our kids camps and teen programs students thrive under the supervision of an adult-led staff committed to the development of the individual and team.

Safety is our #1 priority and our rigorous hiring standards attract the best instructors in the country. At Drobots Company we understand that instructors with years of experience working with kids and teens is the key difference between a good experience and a GREAT experience. Our family of instructors embodies the passion and creativity that we strive to inspire in every participant.

JUNIOR DRONE PILOTS

Director: Drobots
Dates: June 17 – June 21
Time: 9:00pm – 4:00pm
Gender/Age: Boys and Girls ages 6 to 7
Location: Sulin Hall, Upper School
Cost: $355

Junior Drone Pilots is specifically designed for campers with little to no experience flying drones. We use the safest and most reliable drone products on the market, including the Parrot™ drones for enhanced safety and most of all, fun. Campers will learn the basics of drone technology and safety before taking to the air. Through the use of iPad flight simulators and clear instructions on basic flying maneuvers, young Drobots’ pilots will experience a program filled with excitement, games, challenges, and learning. Campers work all week long to prepare for the most enjoyable part of the week: the Ultimate Drone Games that include events such as: Tic-Tac-Drone, Drone Darts, Duck-Duck-Drone, and more. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program.

ULTIMATE DRONE OBSTACLE CHALLENGE

Director: Drobots
Dates: June 17 – June 21
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Gender/Age: Boys and Girls ages 8 to 10
Location: Sulin Hall, Upper School
Cost: $355

Ultimate Drone Obstacle Challenge is specifically designed for both the novice and experienced drone enthusiasts. This is week is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Obstacle Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Campers will use iPads and remote controls to navigate the drone through short and long obstacle courses. Participants will also create the design and help build the the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activity and competition. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program.

DELIVERY DRONES: EARTH TO MARS

Director: Drobots
Dates: June 24 – June 28
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Gender/Age: Boys and Girls ages 8 to 10
Location: Sulin Hall, Upper School
Cost: $355​

Delivery Drones will open open the creative minds of participants as campers take on top secret missions that calls for them to perform drone pickups and deliveries.​ ​Campers begin the week learning basic flight maneuvers and how to use their drone grabbers strategically to deliver supplies and materials to launch pads. The building and creating continues to deliver the building blocks in space. Within their Flight Squads, campers continue the journey using Solar System Shuttles to conquer missions such as: Asteroids Evasion and Solar Panel Transport. Participants will storyboard their own delivery missions while other student Space Pirates attempt to outsmart them using drones to locate and intercept the package before the colony on Mars may be built. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. 

DRONE RACING & OBSTACLE COURSE CHALLENGE

Director: Drobots
Dates: June 24 – June 28
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Gender/Age: Boys and Girls ages 11 to 12
Location: Sulin Hall, Upper School
Cost: $355

Drone Racing is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Flight squads post up against one another in friendly competition when they race themselves and the clock. Students first maneuver the drone through creative obstacle courses before taking on the challenge of flying for speed. Participants contribute fully in this program as they create the design and help build the the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activities and competition. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and social responsibilities of flying are included in this program. 

STEMQUEST: ALIENS VS WIZARDS

Director: Drobots
Dates: July 8 – July 12
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Gender/Age: Boys and Girls ages 6 to 7
Location: Sulin Hall, Upper School
Cost: $355​

StemQuest unplugs campers from the computer screen in this action-packed, story-based program. Throughout the week campers will be constantly on the move as they experiment and play. StemQuest has intentionally extracted the wide-array of exhilarating challenges and mysteries from popular gaming apps and turned it all into a live adventure. Campers will use age-appropriate rovers, bots, drones, and autonomous creative technology to jump over walls, push down obstacles, lift up boulders, and navigate through galaxies. Teams of campers work together in indoor, outdoor and open-spaced “worlds” throughout the week. In doing so, campers utilize life skills such as: collaborative problem solving, design, and curiosity, to outwit, out-build, and out-smart the program instructor, The Wizard.

STEMQUEST: CLASH ROYALE

Director: Drobots
Dates: July 8 – July 12
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Gender/Age: Boys and Girls ages 8 to 10
Location: Sulin Hall, Upper School
Cost: $355

StemQuest unplugs campers from the computer screen in this narrative-based program. We have intentionally extracted the wide-array of exhilarating challenges and mysteries from gaming and esports and generated a live adventure. Campers will use rovers, bots, drones, and other autonomous creative technology to jump over obstacles, push down walls, lift up boulders, toss energy balls, and navigate through mazes. Teams of campers work together indoors, outdoors and in open-spaced “arenas” throughout the week, utilizing life skills such as: design and systems thinking, collaborative problem solving, curiosity, mindfulness, and imagination to outwit, out-build, and out-smart one another as well as the program instructor, The Wizard. Use your resources wisely to defend the kingdom and lead your clan to victory!