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MUS Summer Programs

2017 Academic Adventures

2017 ACADEMIC ADVENTURES

Director: Mr. Judd Peters 

(901) 260-1379

Academic Adventures are designed to be educational enrichment courses taught in a fun, relaxed environment. Through these courses, campers can pursue new and exciting horizons in filmmaking, robotics, music, writing, gaming, math,  history, and communication/leadership.

All programs are listed by rising grade for the 2017-18 school year. Students should report to the Springfield Foyer of Hull Lower School on the first day of class.


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AP HISTORY PREP

AP HISTORY PREP

Girls and Boys, Grades 10-11

June 19-23, 9-11:30 a.m.

July 17-21, 9-11:30 a.m.

The AP History prep class is for rising 10th or 11th graders enrolled in either AP United States History or AP European History for the 2017-18 school year. During the course, students will be introduced to the AP exam format and develop the necessary skills to succeed on the exam and in the class.

Cost: $180 per session 

BANG A DRUM! – MUS DRUM CORPS CAMP

BANG A DRUM! – MUS DRUM CORPS CAMP

Boys, Grades 7-12 (MUS students only)

June 19-23, 9-11:30 a.m.

July 24-28, 9-11:30 a.m.

This camp is for MUS students who are interested in joining the MUS Drum Corps next school year. Students will be taught the fundamentals of drumming, reading music, and proper technique. This camp is for experienced and beginner drummers.

Cost: $200 per session (cost includes marching drums needed for camp)

COLLEGE ESSAY-WRITING WORKSHOP: WRITE AN APPLICATION ESSAY THAT WILL GET YOU A “YES”!

COLLEGE ESSAY-WRITING WORKSHOP: WRITE AN APPLICATION ESSAY THAT WILL GET YOU A “YES”!

Girls and Boys, Grade 12

Session 1: June 5-9, 9-11:30 a.m.

Session 2: July 17-21, 9-11:30 a.m.

This course is for rising seniors interested in getting an early start on writing college essays. The purpose of this workshop is to help students write a college application essay that will get and keep the attention of a college admissions counselor via a well-considered, well-crafted response to one of the five Common Application essay prompts. At the end of the course, students will have at least one completed college essay suitable for submission to college.

Cost: $200 per session

COMMUNICATIONS AND LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP

COMMUNICATIONS AND LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP

Boys, Grades 7-9, Maximum: 12 students

Session 1: June 19-23, 9-11:30 a.m.

Session 2: July 24-28, 9-11:30 a.m.

Every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader, but this potential needs to be developed. This workshop enables participants to develop their potential through practical experience. Participants learn speaking and leadership skills that they will use for the rest of their lives, including the following: Overcome the nervousness everyone feels when asked to speak before an audience. Organize and present ideas logically and convincingly. Listen carefully to others’ ideas. Offer advice that will help others improve their speaking and leadership skills. Participate in – and even lead – group discussions or meetings.

Cost: $180 per session

DIGITAL FILMMAKING: SO YOU WANT TO BE ON YOUTUBE?

DIGITAL FILMMAKING: SO YOU WANT TO BE ON YOUTUBE?

Boys, Grades 7-9 

Session 1: June 5-9, 9-11:30 a.m.

Session 2: June 12-16, 9-11:30 a.m.

Session 3: July 10-14, 9-11:30 a.m.

Session 4: July 17-21, 9-11:30 a.m.

This camp challenges students to tell a story with moving images and offers hands-on learning and instruction in writing, directing, editing, cinematography, and production. While producing a group film, each student will experience several aspects of the creative process. Topics covered include storyboarding, camera techniques, sound and music, and scriptwriting. The camp culminates with a screening of the students’ films. The course does not require special equipment or skills.

Cost: $180 per session

ESSAY-WRITING WITH STYLE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

ESSAY-WRITING WITH STYLE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Girls and Boys, Grades 9-12

July 10-14, 9-11:30 a.m.

This course focuses on taking the basic architecture students have developed over years of writing formal, academic essays and introducing the element of style to their compositions. By studying the writing styles of contemporary sports writers, travel writers, science and nature writers, and pop culture writers, attendees will learn how to make their own writing more compelling and more effective. Each day participants will play a variety of writing games designed to help them develop their own unique voice – a voice that readers want to hear. Though fundamentals such as strong sentence structure, proper punctuation, and correct grammar will be expected, the course will center on what makes for an interesting story and how to best communicate it to an audience.

Cost: $180 per session

ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP

ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP 

Boys, Grades 7-9

Session 1: June 5-9, 1-3:30 p.m.

Session 2: June 19-23, 9-11:30 a.m.

Session 3: July 10-14, 9-11:30 a.m.

This course focuses on reinforcing writing fundamentals necessary for students to be successful at the high school level, including sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, subject-verb agreement, paragraph structure, self-editing, and proofreading. This workshop teaches the basic building blocks of writing: the parts and different types of sentences as well as the structure of a paragraph. The course allows students to strengthen their foundational writing skills at a level that recognizes their maturity.

Cost: $180 per session

JAVA WITH MINECRAFT

JAVA WITH MINECRAFT

Boys, Grades 7-9, Maximum: 15 students

June 12-16, 1-3:30 p.m. 

Want to learn the Java programming language? Want to mod (modify) in Minecraft? Do both with this camp as you learn the fundamentals of Java programming by creating your own modification for every item, block, or creature you add. First design the graphics, and then modify Java code to quickly program new features. You will edit Java templates in order to learn the fundamentals of the language without getting bogged down typing hundreds of lines of code, one by one. Take home your work on a CD at the end of camp.

Cost: $180 per session

LA TERTULIA: GETTING BY IN SPANISH

La Tertulia: Getting by in Spanish

Dates:

June 5 – June 9, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

July 10- July 14, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Jose Hernandez

Course description:

This Spanish summer course aims at providing basic, practical knowledge to students who want to learn Spanish, whatever their language abilities. The conversation activities will provide the students the basic language skills they need to get by and “survive” in Spanish. No textbook is required, and the teacher will provide the materials needed for the class.

Cost: $180 per session

MATH SCHOLARS CAMP I: INTRODUCTION TO PRE-ALGEBRA

MATH SCHOLARS CAMP I: INTRODUCTION TO PRE-ALGEBRA

Boys, Grades 7-9

Session 1: June 19-23, 9-11:30 a.m.

Session 2: July 10-14, 9-11:30 a.m.

Students will practice math problems that ready them for basic pre-algebra, including exercises similar to those in the required MUS Summer Math packet. Topics include operations with integers and solving equations. 

Cost: $180 per session

MATH SCHOLARS CAMP II: INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRA

MATH SCHOLARS CAMP II: INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRA

Boys, Grades 7-9 

Session 1: June 12-16, 1-3:30 p.m.

Session 2: July 17-21, 9-11:30 a.m.

Students will practice math problems that ready them for basic algebra, including exercises similar to those in the required MUS Summer Math packet. Topics include line graphing and factoring polynomials.

Cost: $180 per session

MATH SCHOLARS CAMP III: INTRODUCTION TO GEOMETRY

MATH SCHOLARS CAMP III: INTRODUCTION TO GEOMETRY

Boys, Grades 7-9 

Session 1: June 5-9, 1-3:30 p.m.

Students will practice math problems that ready them for basic geometry, including exercises similar to those in the required MUS Summer Math packet. 

Cost: $180 per session

MINECRAFT MECHANISMS

MINECRAFT MECHANISMS

Session 1:

June 12-16, 9-11:30 a.m.

Boys, Grades 7-9, Maximum: 15 students

Session 2:

June 19-23, 9-11:30 a.m.

Boys, Grades 4-6, Maximum: 15 students 

Take your Minecrafting to the next level through engineering! This course introduces students to the power of Redstone, the foundation of all advanced technology in Minecraft. Using motors, pistons, switches, and diodes, students build an exciting variety of useful devices, including Cobblestone generators, farming machines, devious traps, and powerful TNT cannons. Students take their virtual creations home on CDs (for Mac and PC only) at the end of class. 

Cost: $180

MUSIC CAMP: INTRODUCTION TO RECORDING ARTS AND ENGINEERING

MUSIC CAMP: INTRODUCTION TO RECORDING ARTS AND ENGINEERING

Boys, Grades 6-9, Maximum: 10 students

July 10-14, 9-11:30 a.m.

This camp will consist of an introduction to modern recording practices, general recording equipment and environment, and studio etiquette. It will take place in MUS Bloodworth Studio, and it will cover how to record and produce music. Students must have some background in music performance on at least one instrument.

Cost: $180

NXT ROBOTICS

NXT ROBOTICS

Boys, Grades 7-9, Maximum: 12 students

July 17-21, 9-11:30 a.m.

This exciting class teaches you how to build and program the new LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots, the coolest robot available. You will use your new skills to meet such challenges as reacting to intruders, moving objects to different locations, stinging an intruder with a robot tail, or beating your opponent at Robot Sumo. You do not need experience with robotics or programming to begin your robotic adventure. 

Cost: $180 per session

SUMMER READING/WRITING FOR GRADES 7-10

SUMMER READING/WRITING FOR GRADES 7-10

Grade 7:

June 5-9, 9-11:30 a.m. (Wonder)

July 17-21, 9-11:30 a.m. (Graveyard Book)

Grade 8:

June 5-9, 1-3:30 p.m. (Ender’s Game)

July 24-28, 9-11:30 a.m. (Murder on the Orient Express)

Grade 9:

June 12-16, 1-3:30 p.m. (Fahrenheit 451)

July 10-14, 9-11:30 a.m. (Curious Incident)

Grade 10:

June 19-23, 1-3:30 p.m. (The Thin Man)

July 17-21, 1-3:30 p.m. (Martian Chronicles)

HAVE YOU FINISHED YOUR SUMMER READING YET? A summer reading program benefits the student in experiencing words and ideas and in building vocabulary, reading speed, and comprehension for the coming year’s work. During this course, students will read a book from the MUS Summer Reading List. Class time will include discussion and exercises designed to increase each student’s comprehension of the book and prepare students to take the Summer Reading tests in the fall. Students will also review basic elements of composition and practice pre-writing techniques. These classes are offered only to MUS students. Students enrolled in these courses must still take the summer reading tests in the fall during the regular school year. Visit the Summer Programs page at musowls.org for information on the specific books chosen for each session.

Cost: $180 per session

VIDEO GAME CREATION

VIDEO GAME CREATION  

Session 1:

July 17-21, 1-3:30 p.m.,

Boys, Grades 7-9 

Session 2:

July 24-28, 9-11:30 a.m.

Boys, Grades 4-6

If you think playing computer games is fun, think what a blast learning to program your own games will be. Your imagination is the limit as you use GameMaker software to create your own PC-based video game. You'll learn about creating sprites, objects, events, and actions. Design a room, make it look the way you want, add objects, and play your game. We will teach you how to display health, lives, score, and high score tables. Using drag-and-drop programming, you'll create an exciting multilevel game you can play with your friends. You will take home your game and the resources on a CD.

Cost: $180

 

All campers are accepted for the entire session for which they register. If a camper withdraws before camp starts, a refund will be given, less a $25 processing fee. After camp has started, no refund will be made for dismissal, withdrawal, or absences, other than withdrawal for illness. In the case of illness, a prorated share will be refunded.