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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education
August 25, 2016
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Summer 2016 Registration



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LEAP camps are for gifted and highly able children in grades 1-9 as of September 2016. LEAP camps focus on enrichment and challenge in a fun, interactive atmosphere. All camps are led by certified teachers who employ highly interactive teaching methods to tap into higher order thinking skills and make learning FUN!

Grades 1-3: Week One (July 4-8)

Budding Builders– Catherine Stevenson (Half Day, afternoon)

Attention aspiring architects! Budding builders! Put on your creative thinking caps, sharpen your pencils and get ready to be inspired because structures are everywhere! We’ll boost our understanding of building techniques through hands-on construction challenges. Then, we’ll investigate the ideas, methods, and wild creations of some unconventional architects who broke all the rules. Finally, we’ll combine our learning to create our own original designs and structures! One, two, three- build!

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Computer Capers LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

Funky Fairytales – Katey Stott (Half Day, morning)

Enjoy a new twist on well-known fairy tales! We’ll explore popular stories and take them to the next level. Go from very tiny (Princess and the Pea) to very large (Jack and the Beanstalk). What would it look like inside a giant’s home? Problem – you have a giant turnip. Now, how do you move it? You’ll need to use a bit of science magic to make it happen. Peter and the Wolf will give you a look into the world of music. Build “The Gingerbread Man” a new home and enjoy some yummy treats at the same time. Welcome to the adventure!

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Funky Fairy Tales LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

Lego Robotics – Heather Harland (Half Day, morning & afternoon)  ** MORNING CAMP FULL **

LEGO and robots, together in one camp? Get ready to combine both of these things to make LEGO come alive! We will have the opportunity to build animals, sports players, and vehicles. Through simple programming and LEGO WeDo kits, we will teach our LEGO how to bust a move! If you love LEGO, then this is the camp for you! Note: All Lego creations will stay at camp, and campers will share a building kit with another camper.

***NOTE*** If you have attended a LEGO Robotics Camp before, please consider other options as the material
in this camp is very similar to those presented in other camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

Register for only the morning OR afternoon.

Who Done It? – Amanda Morgan (Full Day)

Lingering in the shadows is an elite group of recruits that are preparing to take on top secret missions this summer. They are a secretive set that work well together using their spy skills and street smarts to solve mysteries. We are looking for new recruits to join our team; decipher codes, create and use spy gadgets, take part in training missions, learn from real detectives and uncover the elements that make up these mysterious cases! All this and so much more await our young super sleuths!

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Who Done It? LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

Grades 1-3: Week Two (July 11-15)

Animation Nation – Mark Jurgens (Half Day, morning)

Calling all future filmmakers! Have you ever wanted to produce your own film with voices, soundtracks and even special effects? Using plasticine, we will learn how to storyboard movie scenes, then build and animate them to create your very own stop-motion film! We will work together to edit and add effects to your film, create a movie trailer and introduction before upload them to YouTube for the world to see. Join Animation Nation and make it move!

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Animation Nation LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

Art Counts! – Lauren Huston (Half Day, morning)

Think outside the box and put your imagination to work in this exciting camp! Art Counts! will take campers on a journey unknown, where they will discover the co-dependence of math and art! We will build upon artistic and mathematical concepts such as value, texture, measurement, geometry and more. Join us as we explore the different ways in which math and art can come together to make our art count!

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Art Counts! LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

Cosmic Kids – Katey Stott (Half Day, afternoon)

Have you ever wondered about what it takes to be an astronaut? How does a rocket get into outer space? Is there life out there? Through science, technology, art, drama and music we will answer these questions and so much more! Learn about gravity, space art and our solar system as we build rockets, design space suits and create our own planets. Join us for an out of this world experience as we blast off on a journey into space!

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Cosmic Kids LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

Super SySTEM – Amber McKay & Erin Peister (Full Day)

Do you like experimenting, finding out how things work and creating something new with your own hands? If so, then come join us to break down the supersystem that is STEM! Each day our primary pioneers will explore a different branch of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. They will investigate how to walk on water, experiment with programming, learn the physics behind rollercoasters and create their very own Teddy Bear catapult!

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Super SySTEM LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

Underwater Explorers – Melissa Aultman (Half Day, afternoon)

Do you like ocean and water creatures? Are you interested in learning about their homes and how they live? Do you love having fun, being creative and learning new things? Then this camp is for you! At Underwater Explorers we will be putting on our exploration hats and investigating unique ocean and water habitats! Together we will discuss what makes up a habitat, including its creatures and their unique features, as well as the importance of food webs. If you are curious about all things marine, we can’t wait to see you this summer! Jump on board!

 
Grade 4-6 Camp Descriptions - Week One (July 4-8)

Grades 4-6: Week One (July 4-8)

Calling All Coders – Celia Anand and Nadine Simms (Full Day)  ** FULL **

Are you interested in the Information Revolution? What about how to program? Do you wonder how a CAT scan works? Programming is the fundamental building block in many fields. From rockets being launched to explore space, to helping Ollie find his way home, this camp will help you explore coding from both fun and serious angles. You will work with iPad apps to better understand binary numbers and to program your own adventure game. You will partner up to code Sphero and Ollie robots to navigate challenges, and work on computers to learn how to program shapes and animations. If you are keen to take coding to the next level, this camp is for you!

Genes to Germs – Deanna Reinhart (Full Day)

What makes you unique? Why does food taste the way it does and how do you digest it? What can a tennis ball tell you about your heart? Explore the human body from genes to germs and get to know yourself better! Extract DNA from split peas, create edible (yes edible!) models of DNA and find out what “the knee bone is connected to”! Campers will learn about the nutritional value of their daily diet and determine if you really “are what you eat”. Create slime to learn how the body defends against the invasion of germs. All aboard for a scientific journey from Genes to Germs!

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Genes to Germs LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

Myth and Magic: Monsters, Heroes and Stop Motion – Llana Bruggemann (Full Day)

Creative campers have the choice of exploring mythology and the magical art of filmmaking by creating and editing their own films. We will read about the men, women and monsters starring in some Greek, Norse and Aboriginal mythology and then create a modern spin (or a magical re-enactment) of a quest! After creating their very own monsters, heroic protagonists and storyboarding the plan, young filmmakers will use voice-over, music and sound effects to bring their creations to life!

 
Grade 4-6 Camp Descriptions - Week Two (July 11-15)

Grades 4-6: Week Two (July 11-15)

Adventures in Advertising Adrienne Johnson (Half Day, morning)

Advertising is all around us! When you hear “I’m lovin’ it,” what do you think of? It’s crazy how advertising affects our daily lives! But just how do you take an idea for a new product, design it, manufacture it, find people to buy it and convince people to buy it? This camp will help you explore advertising techniques and identify ways in which advertising is an inherent part of your life. In this camp we’ll design our own innovative new products and create an advertising campaign to hit your target audience and let the advertising adventure begin!

Animate Everything! – Mark Jurgens (Half Day, afternoon)

Calling all future filmmakers! Have you ever wanted to make your own animations? In this course we’ll learn to create stop-motion videos using just about anything we can find! We’ll make our own films using plasticine, play dough, cardboard and LEGO before editing, adding soundtracks and voices, special effects and posting them on Youtube. In this course you will work with a professional media designer who became an elementary school teacher. You will learn how to storyboard your scenes, build sets and animate them using our iPads or your own device. Sign up to become an epic animator! Join Animate Everything and make it move!

Journey Through Space & Time – Jon Jacobs (Full Day)

Come join us on the ultimate journey of discovery as you encounter the mysteries and wonders of space and time! We’ll discover our Solar System of planets in some unique ways, before examining the technology and the possibilities of Space Exploration. Perhaps we’ll even encounter beings on other planets! Bridge the gap at warp speed between space and time and ask the question, “What exactly is time?” Then we’ll turn our mind to time travel! What are the fantasies, the philosophies and, most importantly, the real science behind the possibilities of time travel? During this week we will engage your senses and challenge you to think, question and be creative!

Inventor’s Workshop – Anne Dahmer (Full Day) ** FULL **

Calling all inventors! Looking for a chance to get busy and build? To go crazy and create? To get daring with design? Then join us for a week of busy building and creating fantastic inventions! From the Great Ping Pong Catapult to Tin Foil Cars, we’ll explore zany Rube Goldberg devices and design our own pet transportation systems. Inventors will have the opportunity to solve a real-life problem with an invention of their own design- and present these prototypes to our very own Dragon’s Den! For the big finale, we’ll top off the week with an Inventors Fair to show off our wonderful inventions to the world!

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Inventor’s Workshop LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

LEGO Mindstorms – Kevin Watt (Full Day) ** FULL **

Are you ready to combine LEGO building and computer programming to get to the next level? Using LEGO Mindstorms kits, campers will create customizable, programmable robots, from simple to complex. Learn how to use a variety of sensors and motors to power your creations. If you love LEGO, then this is the camp for you! Note: All Lego creations will stay at camp and campers will share a building kit with another camper.

***NOTE*** If you have attended a LEGO Mindstorms Camp before, please consider other options as the material in this camp is very similar to those presented in other camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

 
Grade 6-9 Camp Descriptions - Week One (July 4-8)

Grades 6-9: Week One (July 4-8)

Creating Comics– Ken Whytock (Half Day, morning)

Are you interested in comics and cartooning? Come to camp and discover what it’s like to create comic strips! We’ll explore single and multiple panel cartooning, talk about the creative process, learn drawing techniques and develop our ability to tell stories. We’ll mix it up between humour cartooning and superhero story-telling, as well as hand drawing and computer generated comics.

LEGO Mindstorms – Kevin Watt (Half Day, afternoon)

Are you ready to combine LEGO building and computer programming to get to the next level? Using LEGO Mindstorms kits, campers will create customizable, programmable robots, from simple to complex. Learn how to use a variety of sensors and motors to power your creations. If you love LEGO, then this is the camp for you! Note: All Lego creations will stay at camp, campers will share a building kit with another camper.

***NOTE*** If you have attended a LEGO Mindstorms Camp before-

please consider other options as the material in this camp is very similar to those presented in other camps.

Retaking this camp is not recommended.

Invention Convention– Anne Dahmer (Full Day)

Calling all inventors! Looking for a chance to get busy and build? To go crazy and create? To get daring with design? Then join us for a week of busy building and creating fantastic inventions! From the Great Ping Pong Catapult to Tin Foil Cars, we’ll explore zany Rube Goldberg devices and design our own extreme sports equipment. Inventors will have the opportunity to solve a real-life problem with an invention of their own design- and present these prototypes to our very own Dragon’s Den! For the big finale, we’ll top off the week with an Inventors Fair to show off our wonderful inventions to the world!

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Invention Convention LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

LEAP into Economics – Jessica Clough (Full Day)

Ever wonder why diamonds cost so much more than other gemstones? Are disasters good for the economy? And why will people pay more for something if it is hard to get? LEAP into Economics will explore these questions and more! We will explore how economic forces shape human relationships, locally and globally, and how technology is changing everything. Economics is more than just money – it’s running a lemonade stand, and card collecting, and allowances – it’s part of almost everything! Learn how to think like an economist through hands-on activities and games. Economics never looked so fun!

 

The Art and Power of Film– Liam Phipps (Full Day)

Have you ever wanted to make your own movie, but worried that you didn’t have the technical or artistic know-how? Have you ever wondered how romantic comedies might be related to gender inequality? Or how representation of race in popular movies might reinforce troubling attitudes about racial difference? In The Art and Power of Film, we will not only provide you with the technical skills and some hand- on experience behind the camera, but we will also equip you with the tools to think more critically about film and media as we explore its role in our wider culture. Through this hands-on experience and a close examination of films ranging from The Hunger Games to Frozen, we’ll develop our critical thinking skills as we investigate the central question of whether or not films reflect our larger social cultural values, or whether they in fact create them.

 

 
Grade 6-9 Camp Descriptions - Week Two (July 11-15)

Grades 6-9: Week Two (July 11-15)

Amusement Park Physics – Celia Anand and Nadine Simms (Full Day)

What do half pipes, ball ramps, inclined planes and clothoid loops have to do with roller coasters? How are roller coasters designed to be both safe and exhilarating? These questions and more will be answered in this hands-on camp where you will learn about the science behind roller coasters and try your hand at designing and building your own using K’Nex Kits! Keep your feet on the ground but let your imagination soar!

In Focus – Ken Whytock (Full Day)

Are you an amateur photographer who wants to shoot like a pro? Join us to explore how to use the digital camera as the ultimate tool of expression! We’ll discuss and practice concepts like framing, lighting, photo manipulation and using light to our advantage as we explore portraits, nature shots and tilt-shifting. We’ll take photo field trips, and spend lots of time learning to edit our photos. Campers should bring a simple point-and-shoot camera of their own to use for the week so they can personalize their learning!

This camp has an extra $10 supplemental fee to cover the cost of a USB key that campers will keep at the end of the session.

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
In Focus LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

 

 

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