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Summer Programs 2022

Discovery Dragons (ages 5 - 11)

Discovery Dragons

Our older students (ages 5-11 who are entering 1st to 5th grades) have the ability to pick and choose their summer fun. Every week offers a traditional theme-based summer experience, OR, students may select from a variety of specialty programs taught by experts in the specific content areas.

Summer Program Pricing: $250/week (unless otherwise noted)
Regular Program Day: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
Extended Day Options: Available for Additional Fee (unless otherwise noted)

Weekly Program Options

List of 10 items.

  • Week One: June 13-17

    Discovery Dragons: Discover The World!
    This week we will learn about countries all over the world! Each day we will record our visits in our passports and discover what children do in those countries - what they wear, where they go to school, what they do for fun, the holidays they celebrate, and what they eat! Each day we will take a virtual field trip to that country, and Chef Egg will show us how to prepare cuisine native to them. 

     
  • Week Two: June 20-24

    Discover SPORTS!
    This week we will introduce and participate in a variety of field games and tournaments as a large group. Our goal is to focus on the power of working together and have fun while doing it! YoJo, the "big blue creature" will join us with his hilarious and interactive fun and fitness show!

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    Chef Egg’s Cooking with STEAM Power Culinary Program
    Join Chef Egg as he teaches you how to be a success in the kitchen. Chef Egg will instruct young cooks how to prepare healthy and international recipes through the lens of STEAM learning. Participants will learn about the history of cooking while understanding how the different flavors, techniques and cultures melt together to form great tasting meals. 
    - STEAM Learning Curriculum 
    - Hands On Professional Culinary Instruction 
    - Kitchen Safety, Nutrition, Leadership, Teamwork and Planning Skills 
    - International Flavors and World Cultures 
    - Baking, Mediterranean, Mexican and Italian Recipes

    Entering 1st to 3rd grades
    (min. 10, max. 25)
    Monday:  Colors Shapes and Sizes Fresh Fruit Smoothies Cooking in Space Space Food Taste Test 
    Tuesday: Fresh Pasta Cheese Ravioli w/ Marinara and Linguini w/ Fresh Garden Pesto, Garden Salad w/ Vinaigrette
    Wednesday: Mexican Tacos Garden Salsa and Guacamole, Black Bean Soup, Ground Turkey w/ Homemade Spice mix 
    Thursday: Sushi Sushi Rolls w/ Fruits, Veggies, Rice and Crab Stick 
    Friday: Pizza Fresh Dough, Pizza Sauce, Pizza History, Make Your Own Pizza (outside activity with a pizza oven)

    Entering 4th & 5th grades
    (min. 10, max. 25)
    Monday: Mediterranean Herbed Chicken, Tabouleh Salad, Cucumber Salad, Tzatziki, Falafel Tuesday: Fresh Pasta Cheese Ravioli w/ Marinara, Linguini w/ Fresh Garden Pesto, Italian Salad w/ Vinaigrette 
    Wednesday: Tacos Fresh Tortillas, Salsa, Guacamole, Black Bean Soup, Seasoning, Ground Turkey w/ Homemade Spice Mix 
    Thursday:  Sushi Sushi Rolls w/ Fruits, Veggies, Rice and Crab Stick 
    Friday: Pizza Pizza History, Make Your Own, Caesar Salad, Dessert Pizza

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    Mr. Dave, D’s Magic Lessons: “You Can Do Magic!”  
    (min. 12, max. 15)
    Learn the art of performing magic! An experienced magician (Mr. Dave) will share the secrets and teach you how to perform a wide variety of tricks using cards, rope, money and other objects. Impress your family and friends with your talent!
    Students will:
    1. improve self-esteem by learning how to perform simple magic tricks for the entertainment of others.
    2. learn the importance of reading as a way to learn more magic... or anything else!
    3. improve digital dexterity and hand-eye coordination through practicing the principles of sleight-of-hand.
    4. gain self-confidence in public speaking as a result of performing in front of other students.
    5. learn how to behave as members of an audience for magic shows and other live entertainment.
    6. improve their critical thinking and problem solving skills through specific projects.
    7. practice conflict resolution, good citizenship and effective social skills in an entertaining format.

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    The Science Guys

    (min. 10, max. 20)
    The Science Guys offer a full day of learning and fun. The programs include 2-3 hands-on experiments per half day, so roughly 15 experiments per theme, per week! The kids are super active and involved throughout the entire day. They take breaks every hour and an hour-long break for lunch. This week’s themes are: Earth, Wind, and Fire: Geology, the water and air cycles, plant life, and lots of worms, and, Kitchen Chemistry: Everything you've always wondered about your food, with explosions, of course.
  • Week Three: June 27-July 1

    Discover OUTER SPACE!
    This week we will explore everything in the universe beyond Earth's atmosphere, including objects we can see with our eyes, like the Sun, the Moon, the planets, and the stars. We will also learn about and discuss what it is like to travel to space, through NASA’s virtual programming platform. A traveling planetarium will round out the adventure by taking us on a 45 minute journey through the universe. 

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    Roblox® Makers (ages 7-11)
    9:00am-12:00pm
    No extended day options available
    (min. 12, max. 24)
    Join Black Rocket instructors and unlock the power of ROBLOX® Studio, the world creation tool used by real-world ROBLOX® developers! Learn how to build 3D models and create an adventure in your ROBLOX® world. Bring characters to life with unique animations you design.  Student-created projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. 

    Roblox® Coders and Entrepreneurs! (ages 7-11)
    1:00pm-4:00pm 
    No Extended Day options available
    (min. 12, max. 24)
    Join Black Rocket instructors and discover the Lua language through a visual block coding system while designing worlds in ROBLOX®, an online universe where you can create anything you dream of. This new class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun! Young entrepreneurs will also learn how to navigate ROBLOX’s fast-growing marketplace to publish their games. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. 

    Children may participate in both AM and PM sessions, we will have lunch and recess from 12-1 if you choose this option, you do have to pay for each session independently, the 60 minutes for lunch will be included for no additional charge. 
  • Week Four: July 5-8

    Discover FARM TO TABLE!
    This week we will learn about how food makes its way to our plates! We will explore how food is grown or raised, manufactured and packaged, and explore local facilities that contribute to the foods we find in our local grocery stores! Healthy eating is also a big part of this week, since candy and chips are not naturally found growing in your garden. Blue Sky Puppet Theater will visit and perform a show called “Bananas”.

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    -Dragon Day Trippers (rising 3rd-5th grades)
    (max. 12)
    This program allows students to explore a variety of attractions around Maryland! On Tuesday, we will drive down to Baltimore to the B and O Railroad Museum to explore the trains, history of the railways, and enjoy a scenic train ride. On Wednesday, we will head out to Howard County to the Robinson Nature Center where we will explore their outdoor paths, spend some time in their children’s discovery room and check out their newly added full-dome planetarium system! On Thursday, we will spend some time at the Harford Artists’ Association to view their ever-changing collection of local painting, photography, jewelry, pottery and more. On Friday, we will tee off at Mountain Run Mini Golf for one fun round of golf and enjoy a pizza lunch when we return to campus.
  • Week Five: July 11-15

    Discover THE DECADES! 
    We will step back into the past and explore different decades each day this week, using virtual field trips to experience the lives and times of the decade. 
    1600s - The Scientific Revolution: explore the theories of Galileo, Issac Newton, how the microscope was invented, the music of Bach and Vivaldi, and the written words of Shakesphere 
    1700s - The Industrial Revolution: railroads, steamboats, and automobiles were invented, learn about inventors such as Bell (telephone), Edison (lightbulb) and Ford (automobile), explore child labor (did you know a child around your age worked in the coal mines?)
    1800s - This time period introduced gold rush in California, Yellowstone is named the first national park, the Statue of Liberty is dedicated, the first modern Olympic games are held in Athens, Greece 1900-1960 - The first airplane flight, the Panama Canal opened, Charlie Chaplin made his first silent movies, the Empire State Building was built, man walks on the moon, Freud discussed human behavior and dreams 1970-2000s - These decades are full of electronic inventions, the first Earth Day, fads, MTV, animated kids shows, video gaming, fashion trends  
    Eric Energy or Robot Reba from Eric Energy science shows will perform a show about yo-yos, one of the world’s oldest toys.        

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    Minecraft® Redstone Engineers (ages 7-11)
    9:00am-12:00pm 
    No Extended Day Options available
    (min. 12, max. 24)
    Join Black Rocket instructors and take the next step beyond simply “playing” Minecraft and become a true Redstone engineer. Expand your Redstone knowledge by constructing your own carnival with a variety of mini-games, roller coasters, and attractions powered by Redstone. Learn how to use Command and Structure blocks to incorporate them into your builds. Activate your skills and take your Minecraft structures to the next level!  Students must own a Java version of Minecraft to take this class. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. 

    Minecraft® Modders (ages 7-11)
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    No Extended Day Options available
    (min. 12, max. 24)
    Join Black Rocket instructors and customize your own Minecraft world and mod the classic game in this one of a kind class. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods. Students will create a wide variety of new elements, gameplay mechanics, and world generating mods to change the way you play Minecraft. Projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students must own a Java version of Minecraft to take this class. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. 

    Children may participate in both AM and PM sessions, we will have lunch and recess from 12-1 if you choose this option, you do have to pay for each session independently, the 60 minutes for lunch will be included for no additional charge. 
  • Week Six: July 18-22

    Discover SURVIVOR!
    This week we will put our mental and physical skills to the test. We will discuss what it takes to survive in various environments, think about how we could take found materials and turn them into items that will help assist our survival, learn about people who have “survived”, and watch some virtual presentations on the topic. 

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    Bricks and Sticks Stop Animation (ages 6-8)
    9:00am-12:00pm 
    No Extended Day options available
    (min. 12, max. 24)
    Join Black Rocket instructors and take your stop motion movies to the next level. First, create a story with Stikbots, Legos, action figures or all three! Then watch your story come to life using special stop motion software that allows you to add special effects and go beyond the typical software on a mobile device. Students will need to bring in figures, Stikbots, or Legos from home, but all other equipment will be provided. Student-created films will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. 

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    LEGO® Films and Stop Animation! (ages 8-11)
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    No Extended Day options available
    (min. 12, max. 24)
    Join Black Rocket instructors and make your LEGOs come to life! Bring in your favorite action figures or LEGOs and create a short film with your friends. Whether you want to recreate a scene from Star Wars or design a world of your own, this class brings your dreams to the screen. Students will need to bring in LEGOs and/or action figures from home, but all other equipment is provided. Student-created films will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.   

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    Perfectly Me Superhero Program
    (max. 15)
    At Perfectly Me SuperHero Camp, we believe that every kid is a superhero. Did you know that superheroes need to train? They do! From the strongest to the most popular, all heroes need training and support. Our camp is a superhero training program for strengthening supervalues while having fun. What are supervalues? Well, we think supervalues are what makes kids superheroes - kindness, independence, compassion, perseverance, creativity, confidence and more! Each child has their own unique abilities that make them great and special. This summer your child can discover those abilities and let them shine! The theme this week of SuperHero Camp is Becoming A SuperHero. Campers will train and build their kindness, compassion, friendship, community, and collaboration supervalues with activities like yoga and mindfulness, arts and crafts, book clubs, comic book creation, scavenger hunts, and much more. For more information on this camp click HERE.
  • Week Seven: July 25-29

    Discover CAREERS!
    Teachers, doctors, lawyers...these careers are common and we know a lot about them  - what they do, the schooling they need, who they help. This week we will explore careers that are not as common - Food Scientist, Art Therapist, Airplane Repo Person, Elevator Mechanic, Robotics Engineer, and Underwater Welder, to name just a few! We will visit many of these careers virtually and answer questionnaires about what careers we could consider! We welcome parents to visit us this week to share their careers with us, contact Janelle Schmidt if you would like to stop by! Ingredion (Tic Gums merged with this company in 2021) will also visit us to discuss what their food scientists do making gums and hydrocolloids that deliver enhanced texture and stability to a variety of foods!

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    Code Explorers (ages 6-8)
    9:00am-12:00pm 
    No Extended Day Options available
    (min. 12, max. 24)
    For curious young minds who want to take the first steps into the world of programming will join Black Rocket instructors in this journey. Student explorers will use their creativity to solve a series of web-based coding challenges. Each lesson builds fluency in essential digital skills needed for the future. At the end of the class, students will receive access to the interactive learning platform to continue their coding journey at home.​  

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    Code Breakers (ages 8-11)
    1:00pm-4:00pm 
    No Extended Day Options available
    (min. 12, max. 24)
    Calling all future coders, programmers, & designers! Join Black Rocket instructors and learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges each day and be on your way to becoming the next tech star! Whether you want to be a silicon valley CEO or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in her bedroom, this course has the essentials you need to begin your journey. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.   

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    Perfectly Me Superhero Program
    (max. 15)
    At Perfectly Me SuperHero Camp, we believe that every kid is a superhero. Did you know that superheroes need to train? They do! From the strongest to the most popular, all heroes need training and support. Our camp is a superhero training program for strengthening supervalues while having fun. What are supervalues? Well, we think supervalues are what makes kids superheroes - kindness, independence, compassion, perseverance, creativity, confidence and more! Each child has their own unique abilities that make them great and special. This summer your child can discover those abilities and let them shine! The theme of SuperHero Camp this week is Building Your SuperHero Universe. Campers will train and build their discovery, confidence, courage, perseverance, curiosity, and resilience supervalues with activities like nature walks, superhero lego base building, book clubs, obstacle courses, stem projects, arts and crafts, puppet creation and puppet shows, and much more. For more information on this camp click HERE.
  • Week Eight: August 1-5

    Discover AMAZING ANIMALS!
    We will learn about animals from each of the five biomes throughout this week: aquatic, desert, forest, grassland, and tundra. What do they eat, who are their predators, why do they live where they are are a few examples of the questions we will ask. Virtual visits to each biome will round out each day and Wildlife Adventures will come to campus with live animals for us to see!

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    The Science Guys
    (min. 10, max. 20)
    The Science Guys offer a full day of learning and fun. The programs include 2-3 hands-on experiments per half day, so roughly 15 experiments per theme, per week! The kids are super active and involved throughout the entire day. They take breaks every hour and an hour-long break for lunch. This week’s themes are: Science of Art:  All about using creative expression, color, light, and more to unlock the science behind a ton of art-based experiments and projects, and, Engineering Earth: Terra-forming, bridge building, future technologies! Lots of free building and exploring and solving problems with various materials!

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    Little Medical School: Little Veterinarian School
    *Fee: $275/wk
    Little Veterinarian School teaches kids how to take care of a pet using interactive demonstrations, crafts and games. Students learn about being a veterinarian as they adopt their own (stuffed) animal, and then use instruments that real veterinarians use to learn the ABC's of pet care and keeping them healthy.  They will also learn what to do if your pet is hurt, animal anatomy, animal body language and more!  Each child will experience a white coat ceremony and graduation,  adopt a stuffed animal and receive fun accessories and take-home items to keep them inspired beyond camp!
  • Week Nine: August 8-12

    Discover Human Systems! 
    This week we will explore 5 major systems of the body: circulatory, respiratory, skeleton, digestive, and nervous. What do these systems do? How do they work together? Can they work separately? We will take virtual tours inside the body and Little Medical School will give us a brief overview of how the body works with hands-on demonstrations and crafts!

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    -The Science Guys
    (min. 10, max. 20)
    The Science Guys offer a full day of learning and fun. The programs include 2-3 hands-on experiments per half day, so roughly 15 experiments per theme, per week! The kids are super active and involved throughout the entire day. They take breaks every hour and an hour-long break for lunch. This week’s themes are: Crazy Chemistry: The periodic table, chemical reactions, and explosions, and Funky Physics: All about Newton's laws and how to defy them!

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    Little Medical School *Fee: $275/wk
    (max. 12)
    Does your child love playing Doctor? Little Doctor School is a STEAM program bringing science, medicine, safety and the importance of health to your children in an entertaining, exciting, fun way! Children learn and have fun as they dress up like doctors, learn how to use instruments doctors use, and learn how the body and organs work! These sessions include: a white coat ceremony and graduation, learning about the tools doctors use, learning how the body works with hands-on demonstrations to show how various body systems function, games and crafts, and more!  Topics covered include tools, heart, lungs, digestion, surgery and suturing, brain, spine, first aid and many more!  Each child will receive fun accessories and take-home items to keep them inspired beyond the classroom!
  • Week Ten: August 15-19

    Discover UNDER THE SEA!
    This week we will explore a prime summer vacation location - the ocean! We will discover different creatures that live in salty waters, such as fish, Turtles , Dolphins, Salt Water crocodiles and whales including sperm, blue, and killer. We will learn why these animals live in salt water vs fresh water, take a virtual aquarium tour, and also discuss how we can help preserve the ocean for these animals for the future!
Weekly Extended Day Options & Rates
(pre-enrollment required):

Service Time Price
Before Care 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. $25
Extended Day (Early Pick-up) 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. $50
Extended Day (Late Pick-up) 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. $100
Sample Daily Schedule

8:15am-8:30 a.m. Regular Drop Off/Carpool
8:30am-9:30 a.m. Theme Activity Block 1
9:30am-9:45 a.m. Morning Snack
9:45am-10:45 a.m. Theme Activity Block 2 
10:45am-11:15 a.m. Playground/Indoor Free Play
11:15-12:00 p.m. Theme Activity Block 3
12:00pm-1:00 p.m. Lunch and Playground/Indoor Free Play
1:00pm-2:30 p.m. Theme Activity Block 4/Rest and Recharge
2:30pm-3:00 p.m. Wrap-Up
3:00pm-3:15 p.m. Pack Up and head to carpool or ED
3:15pm-3:30 p.m. Regular Pick Up/Carpool



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