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.

Fees: $295 per week or $65 per day; $350 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 and Lynn Woods 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.

PROGRAMS:

Fins, Wings, Paws, & Claws
June 17-21, 2019
8:30 am-3:00 pm (extended day option 3pm-5pm)
Ages 5 to 10 * $295 per week or $65 per day

Animals have amazing adaptations to help them survive and thrive.  Investigate these features through examining the shapes and power of fins, the flying abilities of birds, the diverse abilities of animal legs and paws, and the power of claws.  Take part in an animal adaptation auction, dissect a crab, and use microscopes to make new adaptation discoveries. 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.

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Engineering Extremes
June 24-28, 2019
8:30 am-3:00 pm (extended day option 3pm-5pm)
Ages 5 to 10 * $295 per week or $65 per day

Design new structures that can withstand the extremes of mother nature.  Use simulations to test your structure designs and their abilities to withstand earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes.  Use the field of biomimicry to look at nature to see how plants and animals withstand the extremes. Design new ways to prevent forces like wind and water from affecting a local area.  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.

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Shapes of Life
August 19-23, 2019
8:30 am-3:00 pm (extended day option 3pm-5pm)
Ages 5 to 10 * $295 per week or $65 per day

Inspect the bizarre, impressive, enchanting, purposeful, and beautiful shapes and sizes of plants and animals found locally and around the world.  Look into the importance of antlers, barbels, frills, hairs, lures, and whiskers. Perform a plant dissection, use microscopes, use a seine net to catch living specimens, and realize the variety of shapes and sizes of living organisms while investigating how habitats connect to this diversity.  Days will be spent at Winter Island, the Salem State Conservation Lands, and Lynn Woods. Weather permitting, swimming will occur at Winter Island.

 

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ROV Construction
August 19-23, 2019
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.

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Wild Picassos & Einsteins
August 26-30, 2019
8:30 am-3:00 pm (extended day option 3pm-5pm)
Ages 5 to 10 * $295 per week or $65 per day

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.

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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 – August 19-23)

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.

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Questions: Call The Phoenix School at 978-741-0870 or email enrichment@phoenixschool.org

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.