Middle School Academies

Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders

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Specialized for you!

June 17 - June 21
June 24 - June 28
July 8 - July 12
July 15 - July 19
July 22 - July 26
July 29 - Aug 2
Aug 5 - Aug 9
Aug 12 - Aug 16

Designed specifically for Middle School aged campers, these unique full-day academies deliver an immersive and hand-on experience in a specific area of concentration.  Each one-week MS Academy allows campers to build skill and confidence in their favorite interest!

Course instructors are knowledgeable in their fields and have experience bringing innovative and fun programs to to Middle School campers. Some specialized options trending for young adults and older campers include STEM, the Arts & debate.

Academies run from 9:00am-3:00pm and include times for lunch and recess as well as opportunities to socialize other campers. 

STEM Robotics Academy

Instructed by DEILAB

June 17th-June 21st


LEGO Robotics STEM Academy will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts taught through problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning and critical thinking using LEGO.  Students will be active participants through hands-on learning opportunities that encourage scientific inquiry, investigation and experimentation. Students will build robots and use software to plan, test and modify sequences of instructions from a variety of real life robotic behaviors while gather and analysis data from sensors using data logging.


STEM RC Racing Academy

Instructed by DEILAB

July 22nd-July 26th



DEILAB Radio Controlled Racing Academy is a hands-on program that provides in-depth exposure to the science and excitement of RC car racing. Campers build the cars from thousands of pieces into lightningfast race cars. Under the guidance of trained instructors, campers learn through a curriculum that integrates complex building skills and strategies for innovation. Campers will experience an actual real race environment focused on team building, mechanical problem solving, and application of learned skills in a constructive competition level class environment. 

STEM Cyber Forensics Academy

Instructed by DEILAB

July 29th-August 2nd



Cyber-Forensic STEM Academy is a  summer workshop that allows campers the opportunity to expand their knowledge of STEM and cyber-security topics. This experience provides hands- on activities in which students will learn about passwords, pass- pattern, digital evidences, forensic science, cyber defense, and cyber ethics.


STEM Coding Academy

Instructed by Summer at Norwood Coding Specialist

August 5th - August 9th


Coding is it's own language!  This popular academy teaches campers the logic behind computer programming. With a software called Scratch, campers will use logic, problem-solving skills, and creativity to make their own versions of classic games such as Pong, Snake, and Galaga. During the camp, campers will develop an understanding of many essential concepts behind coding and build a foundation in computer science. Get a jump start on the coding and programming revolution to come!


Digital Art Academy

Instructed by Norwood's Own Ms. Harvey

June 24th-June 28th

Campers will use Photoshop to create fun and interesting digital Art projects and animations.  This class with focus on learning Photoshop tools and techniques, while exploring the principles of art and design. Campers will creatively demonstrate the principles of art through their digital creations and learn the key concept in creating a successful work of art through digital art and graphic design.

Theater Academy

Instructed by Norwood's Own Mrs. Nichols

July 15th - July 19th

This new academy will immerse campers in the world of theater.  Whether they are interested in acting, set design, costumes, or script writing, this unique experience will allow Middle Schoolers to explore all aspects of theater production. Working together as a crew, the class will develop a script, create a set and costumes, rehearse, and perform their production for the camp at the end of the week.  This academy is perfect for any aspiring thespian, or anyone who enjoys working on a project as a team!


Debate Academy

Instructed by Norwood's Own Mr. Risen

July 8th - July 12th


For our future lawyers and public speakers, or for anyone who enjoys a good hearty debate, this is the class for you. Campers will learn the powerful art of persuasion in a public forum allowing for some fun and engaging discussions around a whole sort of issue relevant to middle school students.  Should homework be mandatory? Are video games too violent? Should junk food be allowed in schools? Should the voting age be lowered? Should grades be abolished? Is history important to study? Answers to these questions and more are up for debate!

Writing Workshop Academy

August 12th - August 16th

For campers who are looking to improve their writing skills or for those who simply enjoy writing, this class will focus on the writing process and give campers the chance to work on and complete multiple essays throughout the week.  Campers will read influential short stories and other written works, then write their own themed pieces.  They will then engage in the editing process individually and with partners, revise, and publish their works.  Writing themes will be both critical and creative.  Campers will finish the week with two to three published essays and more confidence in their writing. 

Summer at Norwood

8821 River Road

Bethesda, Maryland 20817

Phone: 301-841-2254

Email: summer@norwoodschool.org

Norwood School is a coeducational independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.  Norwood's child-centered program inspires confident, compassionate, independent, and creative thinkers who embrace lifelong learning.  Learn more at www.norwoodschool.org