NEW THIS YEAR! SMART Start, an introductory camp for rising 1st and 2nd graders, allows campers to discover key STEAM skills through a fun, thematic curriculum.
This year's SMART Start camp theme is Smart Girls Around the World. Campers will spend each morning exploring a different region of the world using science, math, art, physical activity, and language activities and skills. In the afternoons, campers will curate their own art diorama and learn to write and code stories about their new cultural discoveries. They will craft two memorable week-long projects with their hands and their computers.
SMART Start camp will run for one week, June 20 - 24, 2016. All campers will have the same schedule and spend their days with two lead teachers and four AGS student counselors.
Weekly Course Curriculum
Flying South for the Summer
Campers will spend time eating, dancing, and dressing like people in one of the world’s most colorful continents, South America. Campers use math to see if their banana splits measure up to the world’s longest recorded and then create their own symmetrical masks and learn light Portuguese to participate in one of Brazil’s most lively traditions, Carnival.
Tuesday: Arabian Nights
Explore the Middle East with new friends as we travel around the Arabian Peninsula, learning about the food, customs, dance and music of this historic culture. Campers will conduct experiments to learn how pita bread is made with steam, and they will use the dance studio to learn traditional Persian dance, an ancient art form in the region.
Wednesday: Mysteries of the Far East
Using math and engineering, campers will craft their way through East Asia to learn about ancient stories and customs, creating their own origami, crafting and moving with their handmade Chinese Dragon, and learning about the dietary staple of sushi, while making some of their own--minus the raw fish!
Thursday: African Queens
Adventure into the vast and varied African continent by using the patterns of math to create beaded tribal jewelry, make traditional African drums and explore the science of sound, and create an extra fruity African snack. Campers will have a chance to "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" by practicing ways some girls and women provide for their families in Africa.
Friday: My Own Backyard
What are the customs, food, dress, music and language you use in your family? Campers examine their own cultural traditions against the global backdrop they journeyed all week. The afternoon will be spent completing and showcasing their dioramas and computer-coded story projects and celebrating with snacks and new friends.