Summer Camp Weeks for Children Ages 13-17

Anatomy & Health: 
This is the course that can inspire careers in the medical / health fields.  Our students will enjoy an informative exploration of our anatomy, what causes disease, and some aspects of what keeps us healthy. We tour the human body for an overview of the major body systems, stopping frequently along the way to delve more deeply into each system’s individual parts. This is a fact-filled tour of the human body for students in middle school and above. We learn the names and functions of various organs. We examine the human body’s circulatory, digestive, immune, nervous, muscular, respiratory and skeletal systems. How nature heals and how drugs and bad foods hurt are will be addressed in our third day.   In our final sessions we will address general healthiness for teenagers.  Reproductive systems and morality/rules for sex-ed are NOT a component of this course.

AP Previews:
Get a leg up on next year’s most challenging course! Get ready to deal with a difficult teacher with “academic armor”. Each course is taught by a proficient college or graduate student so as to ease students in to a rigorous year-long course. Each of these six courses gives a 15 hour survey of the harder topics that appear in most students’ coursework and on the AP Test itself. Each course uses on common textbook, but makes use of the computer to apply and store information. Each course includes materials for the AP test itself.

 Child Care and First Aid Class:
This is a course for teens who want to be credentialed as caregivers. Build care-giving skills that make you valuable to your family and neighbors for life. Adult caregivers instruct students on individual care and group supervision. The credentialing will allow all graduates to be listed for employment with at least one agency, College Nannies (with offices in 30 metropolitan areas), upon turning 17. The First Aid component is a two-morning  module conducted by a Red Cross representative.

 Classics and Vocabulary:
This course is dedicated to enhancing teens’ appreciation for some classics, and to building their vocabulary along the way. The century-old novels often assigned to students force them to grapple with difficult English to even understand the plot. We make use of annotated novels and short stories.  Students can choose from among five classic novels, one of which might be assigned reading in the coming year:

Tale of Two Cities,
Heart of Darkness,
The Awakening.

Students will also be exposed to short stories of Edgar Allan Poe.  All along, tough vocabulary when encountered gets absorbed and drilled at the end of each class using a computer program called “Quizlet”.

 College Essay Workshop:
Tame that dreaded college essay!  Our time together will help each student brainstorm topics, craft appealing paragraphs, edit effectively and build an accompanying college resume.    For students who have already started on their college essays, our instructors give individual time to help them hone these essays and construct the supplemental essays colleges seek.   Our workshop includes 2 hours of individual teacher time with each student and students will have additional access to the tutor into the fall application season.   One free hour applies for all students and parents may pay for additional time by contacting Ivy Bound.

 Electronics & Robotics:
Join us for this introduction to the gadgetry that powers our household devices. In our fifteen hours we will be making devices, at first collaboratively, then individually. Every participant will build a robot that will clean anyone’s bedroom on command. We use the LEGO Mindstorms RCX Robotics Invention System. Learn mechanical design, construction, programming & teamwork skills. In pairs, using LEGO building elements, motors & sensors students build different robots & program them with a computer to move, react & make sounds to solve challenges.

 Environment/Ecology I:

Ecology is the cornerstone of the Life Sciences. It provides the link between the different branches of Life Sciences, structuring them as a complete concept of life. Ecology studies the relationship between living beings, be it animal, plants or microorganisms, and with their environment. How we interact, benefit or compete with each other, how we evolve together, how the environment presents opportunities for change, and how living beings alter the environment to provide for their own needs.  The lessons in the course include:

 1. Animals, Parasites & Endangered Species
Comparative anatomy, how animals fit in ecosystems, animals in the human community, parasites, etc.

 2. Fungi, Tundra, Rainforests & Marshland
Physiology, anatomy, classification and ecology of fungi; Location, the climate, the plant and animal life related to different systems including Tundra, Marshes and Rainforests.

 3. Mountains, Rivers & Deserts
Formation ecology and importance of mountains including erosion, volcanoes, formation & types of rivers, catchments, dams, deserts and their ecology, etc.

 4. Shallow Waters
Shore lines, coral reefs, intermediate reefs, estuaries, sandy shores, etc.

 5. Ecological Problems
The Greenhouse Effect, the Ozone Layer, Poisons & Waste Materials

Environment/Ecology II
This course examines the fundamentals of ecology (the study of the relationships between organisms and their environment) with special emphasis on man’s effect on the environment. We start with a second level survey of soils, waters, plants, animals, minerals, fossil fuels, and renewal energy resources. We discuss animal versus plant based diets for humans (e.g., various cancers and their relationship to excessive consumption of fats, protein, cholesterol, etc., pesticides, nitrates in our water).  We cover various types of air and water pollution. We will then continue with the dynamics and control of populations including topics on birth control – abortion, China ‘s One Child policy, cultural and religious viewpoints versus carrying capacity of the environment. We conclude with the class between economic policy vs. the environment, with a timely survey of EPA efforts and current “Cap-and-Trade” proposals.

Entrepreneurship / Business 101:
For the budding business-person.  We learn by DOING.  In our 16 hours together, we literally take one, two or three business ideas, find the human resources to help get them off the ground, and the internet resources to do marketing and help with fulfillment.  Every student becomes an “officer” in the business we create.  (Adults become the consultants.)  Starting one’s own business, even if unsuccessful, is “the best thing for a college application outside one’s transcript”, according to one consultant.  Working on a small business venture is “one of the best things for self-confidence and self esteem that a parent can facilitate for a teenager”.   This can be the start to many businesses and many ventures.  Laptop computer required for all but the first session.

Geography: A Continent a Day:
Become more worldly! Though we can’t travel to all these places, our slides, videos and readings will allow students to explore natural and human features on each continent beyond North America. What’s in the Gobi? Who lives in Sudan? What did Marco Polo find on his eastward travels? We include a little bit of history and we literally survey around the globe. (The following is our journey):

Monday: South America (and how humans first got here)
Tuesday: Africa
Wednesday: Europe
Thursday: Asia
Friday: Australia & Antarctica

Making Music on the Mac: (limited venues – Mac classroom required)
Have you always wanted to write your own songs, but don’t know how to play an instrument? Do you have a Mac and really want to know how Garage Band works?  Then this is the class for you!   Garage Band puts on complete recording studio in your Mac, making it easy to create music.  Each class gives participants two jam-packed hours working with Garage Band, learning how to combine loops, add drums and rhythm sections and use special effects to bring out that song you hear in your head. Come away with a CD of your own compositions. Basic computer skills are required for this class.  Students will have their own computers to work at their own respective speeds.

 Public Speaking:
Reduce your fear of speaking in public!  Be prepared to address convocation!  In our 15 hours we will work on making good introductions to speeches, getting listeners attention, how to keep listeners engaged, and how to have them remember important points.  In the process we attempt to turn fear into fun.  Our work will include four short speeches over five days.  By the end, every teen should be ready to take on a class speaking engagement with confidence.

 SAT Critical Reading:
This is the section most respected by college admission committees.  Our work will be evenly split between Sentence Completions, Vocabulary   Building and Reading Comprehension.  Our fifteen hours include two Critical Reading practice tests.  All students receive instruction from Ivy Bound/College Tutors, including materials they will use in the fall.  Ivy Bound allows all participants to convene for full SAT testing sessions in the fall: four sessions on Sunday afternoons lead up to the October PSAT and November SAT.

 SAT Math:
For many students, this is the “gnarly” section of the SAT.  Success here can pave the way for better college admissions and higher scholarship awards.  The course teaches TO THE SAT.  We are not wasting time on “proofs” and extras that will not appear on the test.  The course presumes a semester each of Algebra I and Geometry. All students will receive instruction from Ivy Bound/College Tutors, including materials they will use in the fall. Ivy Bound allows all participants to convene for full SAT (Practice Test) testing sessions in the fall: four sessions on Sunday afternoons lead up to the October PSAT and November SAT

Study Skills:
This is for motivated students who want to work SMARTER!  Our goal is to save students time and help them excel in what their teachers are asking of them, now and in the future, when academics tend to get more rigorous.

We ask students to take what they have already have been assigned from their teachers and apply new skills to it.     The optional home work is to work on the speed reading / memorization in areas that are more FUN.

Our new skills will include:

  • Better note taking
  • Better test preparation
  • Researching more effectively
  • Speed reading introduction
  • Better memorization
  • Improved paper preparation

 Skills here apply to secondary school AND college.  We look forward to helping propel your teenager’s success.

Vocabulary and Latin:
This course is the best preparation for success in English.  We begin with a session of “Brain-power” to help with memorization.  Then, each session is a mix of raw vocabulary and words-in-context.  The Latin is an enhancement that shows students roots and word families.  It is not a course in speaking Latin, but is instead a launch-pad to classroom proficiency and SAT success.

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