Summer Adventures

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

June and August programs descriptions below.

Cost:
June Remote Learning: $195 per week or $50 per day 

August Programs: $295 per week or $65 per day; $350 for ROV Construction program 

COVID-19 Information:  For August programs, we will be reassessing enrollment and COVID-19 outlook by August 1st.  For any canceled programs, a virtual option or a full refund option will be available.   

AUGUST PROGRAM INFORMATION

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/recess.  Swimming is an option at select locations when weather permits under the supervision of a certified lifeguard.

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

Locations: The Phoenix School, Winter Island, Forest River Park, and Salem State University’s Conservation Land and Salem Willows 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 program; Full staff bios are below program descriptions.

 

PROGRAMS:

Science by Lego (Remote Learning via Zoom)
June 15-19, 2020
8:30 am-3:00 pm (extended day option 3pm-5pm)
Ages 5 to 10 * $195 per week or $55 per day

Use Legos to make science come to life as you test your communication skills by building a mystery animal, create a working sail boat, make a rocket car, design a futuristic building that is modeled from nature, and fabricate a model bridge that can function in a dynamic terrain.  Zoom will be used as the virtual platform and students will be active on and off screen as they do fun, engaging, and challenging projects.  Remote activities are designed to allow learning with engineering, technology, and the outdoors while promoting team collaborations.  Minimum 6 students; Register online today

 

Nature Scientists (Remote Learning via Zoom)
June 22-26, 2020
8:30 am-3:00 pm (extended day option 3pm-5pm)
Ages 5 to 10 * $195 per week or $55 per day

Explore the power of wind and its relationship with shapes, dissect a fish, design a machine to help clean up our local environments, investigate the micro world of plankton, and create a mini-documentary about an animal, plant, or imaginative adventure.  Zoom will be used as the virtual platform and students will be active on and off screen as they do fun, engaging, and challenging projects.  Remote activities are designed to allow learning with engineering, technology, and the outdoors while promoting team collaborations.  Minimum 6 students. Register online today

 

Forces of Nature  (Full – Sign-up for the Wait List)
August 24-28, 2020
8:30 am-3:00 pm (extended day option 3pm-5pm)
Ages 5 to 10 * $295 per week or $65 per day

Be amazed by the physics of nature while using experiments and simulations in the outdoors.  Delve into the concepts of friction by building, testing, and analyzing new vehicle designs, explore the forces of motion by harnessing the power of wind, and try to defy gravity by experimenting with glider shapes.  Explore how plants and animals are affected by each of these natural forces. 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.  Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, maximum group size is 10 students.  Register online today

 

ROV Construction
August 24-28, 2020
8:30 am-3:00 pm (extended day option 3pm-5pm)
Ages 10 to 14 * $350 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.  Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, maximum group size is 10 students.  Register online today

 

STEAM Missions
August 31 – September 4, 2020
8:30 am-3:00 pm (extended day option 3pm-5pm)
Ages 5 to 10 * $295 per week or $65 per day

Use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math to take on these engaging outdoor missions.  Investigate the science behind bubbles, design a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) to participate in the ROV Olympics, trek around a local environment to find a hidden geocache, and employ the methods of Rube Goldberg to plan, create, and build a new contraption in the outdoors.  Days will be spent at Winter Island, the Salem State Conservation Lands, and Salem Willows. Weather permitting, swimming will occur at Winter Island and Salem Willows.  Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, maximum group size is 10 students. Register online today

 

Teen Leadership Program
11 – 14 year-olds
Hours: 8:30 to 5:00
Fee: $125 per week
Offered both June and August (program not offered during ROV Construction – August 24-28)

The Teen Leadership Program 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. Teen Leaders (TL) 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.

TLs 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 TL 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 enrichment@phoenixschool.org

 

Register Online Today

 

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: Joined The Phoenix School in September 2017. Coming with over a decade of teaching experience from classroom, to professional development, to outdoor education. Mistral has travelled to many places around the globe, exploring the oceans and participating in research projects from seagrass to marine turtles while completely her Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and Conservation Biology. Mistral is passionate about experiential learning experiences, where education can come in many forms of learning and often the best learning happens when outside the classroom. She is excited to be a part of a school that has been practicing experience driven and student centered learning for over 3 decades, where innovation, discovery and student empowerment are key learning skills taught in the classroom. Where global education and technology programs are a normal part of our day. Where the extended Phoenix Family is your school and your school has no boundaries. Mistral enjoys spending time with her kids, from being in the ocean, to camping in the mountains, to traveling and experiencing life to the fullest.