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Summer Adventures 2018
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For children who are 6-10 years old and Teen Leadership for children 11-14 years old

June and August programs, descriptions below.

Fees: $295 per program; $375 for ROV Construction program

Deposit: A $50 non-refundable deposit is required for each Summer Adventures course. The balance is due two weeks before the start of each program.

Morning Activities: Children will be involved in active exploration as they learn, invent and build, and/or use technology and art materials to design solutions to various problems.

Lunch and Recess: Children bring their own lunches and drinks for each course. We ask that you pack a nutritious lunch and save sweets and soda for home.

Afternoon Activities: Because of the rich content of our courses, activities will continue into the afternoon following a break for lunch and outdoor recess at High St. park, weather permitting.

Extended Day: Extended Day Option from 3:00 to 5:00 pm is available for $15 per day. It will include a snack and drink. Minimum 3 students; confirmation will be given at least 1 week prior to start date.

Location: The Phoenix School, Winter Island, Forest River Park, and Salem State University's Conservation Land will be the locations for the programs this year. Not all locations are used each week; See weekly descriptions for locations.

Staff: Experienced Phoenix teachers, past and present, lead each Summer Adventure programs; Full staff bios are below program descriptions.

Wild Picassos & Einsteins
June 18-22, 2018
8:30 am-3:00 pm (extended day option 3pm-5pm)
Ages 6 to 10 * $295 per week

Get out into the wild to find new ways to express art and science to become a young Picasso and Einstein! Paint, draw, engineer, explore, and utilize iPads for photography, videography, and iMovie cinematography. Gain inspiration by traveling to a variety of ecosystems, looking into nature’s illusions, investigating the art of camouflage, and discovering the science behind fishing and crabbing. Days will be spent at Winter Island, the Salem State Conservation Lands, and Forest River Park. Weather permitting, swimming will occur at Winter Island and Forest River Park.

ROV Construction
June 25-29, 2018
8:30 am-3:00 pm (extended day option 3pm-5pm)
Ages 10 to 14 * $375 per week

Design, create, build, and test a SeaPerch Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV). Work as a team through the entire process from soldering circuits, putting together motors and blades, water-proofing electronics, experimenting with ROV shape, testing buoyancy, and perfecting ROV performance in the ocean through a series of fun and challenging scenarios. Days will be spent at The Phoenix School and Winter Island. Weather permitting, swimming will occur at Winter Island.

Invention Convention
August 20-24, 2018
8:30 am-3:00 pm (extended day option 3pm-5pm)
Ages 6 to 10 * $295 per week

Take on new invention requests from amusement park designers, vehicle specialists, environmental debris experts, sea survival life jacket technicians, and Rube Goldberg challengers. Build and design prototypes in a variety of ways. Test and market your products to your classmates and the NESS Innovation Imagination Brain Trust. Days will be spent at Winter Island, Salem State Conservation Lands, and Forest River Park. Weather permitting, swimming will occur at Winter Island and Forest River Park.

Nature's Super Heroes
August 27-31, 2018
8:30 am-3:00 pm (extended day option 3pm-5pm)
Ages 6 to 10 * $295 per week

If you could speak for the trees and nature, what would you say? Gain animal and ecosystem knowledge by exploring tide pools, creaks, and salt marshes, investigate some adaptations that make plants and animals seem like they have super powers, use iPads and Garageband to compose a musical composition with the help of nature, and experiment with hydroponics and aquaponics. Become a nature superhero and decide, formulate, and carry out a Fair with your fellow classmates to help benefit nature and its wildlife. Days will be spent at The Phoenix School, Salem State Conservation Lands, and Forest River Park. Weather permitting, swimming will occur at Forest River Park.

Teen Leadership Program
11 - 14 year-olds
Hours: 8:30 to 5:00
Fee: $125 per week
Offered both June and August (TLC program not offered during ROV Construction - June 25-29)

The Teen Leadership Program (TLC) is for young people who are too young to have a job, but are interested in spending a week assisting our course teachers in the field, mentoring younger children, helping out with the activities for the day, supervising recess or play at the park. TLCs will be given special assignments by their directing teacher and be responsible for various odd jobs that make the course run smoothly. Interest in science, animals, inventing and building with art materials, and using technology (Mac based) to create presentations — a plus.

TLCs should have had previous experience working successfully with younger children, be able to work as a member of a team, and have a basic understanding of how children learn through active exploration. 1-2 applicants will be accepted for each course.

Along with their Registration Form, interested TLC applicants should send a list of their experiences working with young children and a letter that explains their interest in the program. On your Registration Form rank the courses in order of preference and submit your application by June 1st. You will then be invited for an interview and further clarification of our expectations.

Accepted applicants will meet with the course teacher before each session begins. They will work closely with course teachers and be given feedback on their performance. A final evaluation will be written that may be used as a recommendation for future summer employment with young children.

Questions: Call The Phoenix School at 978-741-0870 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Staff Bios:

Mike Smith: Current Phoenix teacher, a past program director at New England Science & Sailing, a kayak guide in the San Juan Islands, a marine science naturalist on whale watching vessels in New Jersey, a sailing and science instructor aboard Tall Ships in California, and teaching math, reading, and writing in a K-3 school in Nicaragua. He is also a director of Common Tides, a non-profit that provides free marine science and sailing programs to children from underserved communities. Mike is a Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, NAUI Rescue Diver, ACA Coastal Kayak Certified, NSSIA SUP/Surf Instructor and a USCG Master 100GT Captain.

Mistral Dodson: current Phoenix Teacher of K-8

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