Design and build your own wooden creations in our well-equipped wood shop. This class does not require prior woodworking experience. Advanced students will be able to customize their work and pick more complex projects. Instructor: Josh Briggs, Acera Math and Engineering Teacher and Woodshop Manager
Explorations of Genetic Engineering (or Biohacking) (10-14)
One of the most exciting and innovative fields in the biotechnology realm is genetic engineering. Using microrganisms, scientists have the ability to edit the genomes of living creatures to add or remove features from their DNA. In this course, students will explore many of the skills that molecular biologists use every day to genetically manipulative non-pathogenic organisms like C. elegans and E coli, including restriction enzymes, transformations, ligations, DNA purification, RNA interference, agarose gel electrophoresis, and the CRISPR. For anyone who has wanted to know what its like to be a biologist on the forefront on biotechnology, this is the class to take. Pre-requisite for taking this course include basic knowledge about DNA and cells or a willingness to learn it. Instructor: Michael Hirsch, former biotech scientist and Acera Science Teacher & Science Curriculum Creator
SEEDS Design Studio Electronic Arts (7+)
In our SEEDS StudioLab, students blend creativity, coding, engineering, imagination, design and robotics to tell their stories and develop interactive projects that defy classification. Interactive murals, drawing robots, programmable projections, solar-powered jewelry, and electronic textiles are just a few examples of recent SEEDS Lab projects. Check out the slideshow below for some pictures of student work! Instructor: Alisha Panjwani, Acera SEEDS StudioLab founder, MIT Media Lab alum, author, and designer
Games, Arts & Discovery
Are you eager to explore our nature-based adventure playground, and engage both your body and your mind as you create theaters and forts, tie new platforms into the trees or make a new swing using ropes and branches? Do you like to take all the blocks and board game pieces and other supplies you can find in your house and turn them into an airport, a city, or a land no one has ever seen before? This program is all about free, creative play, outdoors and indoors. Based on the group and their interests, student will play games, build and create, supported and guided in their quests and explorations by our afternoon staff. (This program also serves as a drop-in option.) Instructor: Acera afternoon staff.