Woodshop & Engineering (10+)
Design, iterate & build wooden projects using engineering best practices.
Instructor: Acera afternoon staff.
Science Explorations (7-9)
This class is perfect for any young mind who wants to know more about biology and chemistry. Through hands-on activities and experiments, students will be introduced to how a scientist works in a laboratory, from planning your experiment to running it to observing and interpreting your results. Our approach for this class is to get young minds excited about science, and allow them to explore concepts within biology and chemistry in hands-on and age appropriate ways. Parents should know that at this age, students may not necessarily be able to recite specific scientific concepts in detail; but they will begin their scientific literacy, and gain an intuitive understanding of the science they tackled, which will include aspects of acid/base chemistry, chemical reactions, crystals, polymer chemistry, microbiology, and ecology. There is no prior knowledge of science needed, just a passion for the subject matter. Students need to be able to comfortably fit at the lab table as well as fit into extra small gloves and be able to hold glass objects. Instructor: Michael Hirsch, Acera Science Lab Manager, former biotech scientist and AP science teacher
Creative Computing & Robotics Club (7+)
Build your computer science and robotics skills in a way that fits your potential. Instructors: Alisha Panjwani and afternoon staff.
Political Science & Model UN Club (Middle School Students Only)
Explore the big challenges of our time and open up your mind as an emerging world citizen. Engage in deep discussions about current events. Get exposure to primary sources and formative ideas in the political science, governmental, historical and philosophical landscape. Through the year, participate in Model UN conferences in which you take on the perspective and voice of different countries, focusing on current issues. Through this experience, come to understand historical perspectives on the relationships between nations, their different beliefs and viewpoints, and broaden your perspective on the world. Develop your communication, writing and leadership skills through the Model UN Conference experience. Instructor: Robyn Deakins, Acera Cross Classroom and Math Teacher
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.