TECHNOLOGIC! : SUMMER 2015
USE IT (WEEK ONE)
Campers will create beautiful objects and thoughtful ideas that are also utilitarian: a cup or bowl in clay-working, a wind chime in art, a successful passing play in soccer. Campers will also develop plans for how we will use the things and spaces around us during the camp season. These play plans will be posted to remind campers that we use the park for Music in the Grove and Junior Park Rangers and that we use Underwood and Edmonds playgrounds for sprinkler fun. We will also learn to use traditional camp tools, like compasses, as we map our campground, the world around us here in Fort Greene.
BREAK IT (WEEK TWO)
“What is inside?” A big question for our campers! Our focus will be on delving into common items to get a closer inside look. Ever wonder how a calculator calculates? What makes the hands of a clock go around? What better way to figure things out than to break them open? Campers will examine the inside of simple machines to learn the parts of the whole. Campers will hear stories about important scientific discoveries that were made by mistake and talk about the ways mistakes in clay-making /mosaic can really produce interesting and beautiful new things.
BUILD IT (WEEK THREE)
Though campers will have access to manipulatives all summer, in Week 3 campers will channel their inner architect, city planner, and engineer to design intentional structures using blocks, Legos, and magna tiles. Campers will design and build marble runs and paths that will bring their imaginations to life!
MAKE IT (WEEK FOUR)
Sometimes it’s fun to develop a mission or plan. Other times, it’s best to freestyle or just wing it. This week, campers will follow step-by-step instructions to make their own barometers using simple household materials. They will also follow directions to make ice balloons. In addition, campers will gather found materials, like small sticks, pebbles, pine cones, and dandelions, and think about fresh and exciting new things to make with these everyday elements of the natural world.
TRASH IT (WEEK FIVE)
Where does our recycling go? What happens to our Goodwill donations after they are dropped off? Where does mulch come from and what does it do in Fort Greene Park? Campers will participate in a workshop in recycled arts led by Recycle a Bicycle and make camp composting bins with help from the NYC Compost Project hosted by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
CRACK IT (WEEK SIX)
Can you crack the code? Campers will be immersed in a fun week of code breaking, fingerprint dusting, suspect interviewing, and clue hunting! Each little detective will be engaged in a series of challenging and fun activities that will help them solve a great camp mystery in a unique way.
WRITE IT (WEEK SEVEN)
The emphasis this week will be on writing as art. Campers will collaborate and work independently to write their own performance piece, poem, letter, or song to document and remember their unique camp experiences.
PLAY IT (WEEK EIGHT)
Good old-fashioned fun abounds this week with a new classic game each day of the week… Hot peas and butter, anyone? How about Blind Man’s Bluff? Campers will enjoy a week of Kick the Can and Mother May I in addition to hopscotch and 4 Square. Campers will also perform the music they learned throughout the summer in a culminating celebration on the last day of camp. All Camp Fort Greene campers and their families are welcome!