Middle School Academies

Rising 5th through 8th Graders

Click on the buttons below for full class descriptions

Ceramics Smile
Ceramics Smile

press to zoom
Stop Motion Animation
Stop Motion Animation

press to zoom
Design
Design

Digital Classes with the latest technology

press to zoom
Ceramics Smile
Ceramics Smile

press to zoom
1/5

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. 

June 27 - July 1
July 5 - July 8
July 11 - July 15
July 18 - July 29
2 weeks
Aug. 1 - Aug. 5
Aug. 1 - Aug. 5
Aug 8 - Aug 12

Please note that all eligible campers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in Summer at Norwood programming.  Visit the Health and Safety Protocols page for more information.

Academy Descriptions

 

Robotics Academy 

June 27 - July 1

Instructed by Norwood's Own Mrs. Logan

We’ll start with the basics of building and coding the Lego EV3 robots – everything from moving forward and backward to program loops, switches, and sensors.  At each step, there will be challenges to test our programming skills at all levels – from beginners to experienced EV3 programmers.  Then we’ll take our knowledge of programming and, paired with the engineering method, we’ll create battle bots.  Will yours be a flipper?  Or maybe a pusher or a smasher?  Or maybe all three!

DSC_1048.JPG

Chemistry of Cooking Academy

(Chemistry of Cooking currently full, waitlist available) 

July 5 - July 8 (4 days)

Instructed by Norwood's Own Mrs. Logan

The chemistry lab and the kitchen aren’t all that different – so much of cooking and baking goes back to science!  We’ll learn about the chemical and physical changed behind the cooking of food and try our hand at making food from scratch.  Everything from making bread, pickles, cheese, yogurt, candy, and even ice cream has science involved!  We’ll experiment with different methods of making these foods from scratch, seeing how small changes can yield better (or worse!) results in the quest to make food taste even better.



 

 

Rube Goldberg Machines Academy

(Rube Goldberg Academy currently full, waitlist available) 

July 11 - July 15

Instructed by Norwood's Own Mrs. Logan

Levers, ramps, pulleys oh my!  Learn how simple machines make our lives easier including the math behind why as you play with computer simulations and real-life examples.  Then apply your knowledge and some engineering skills to make a Rube Goldberg Machine.  Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist who designed complex machines to do simple tasks such as making toast, painting a wall, and trapping a mouse.  We’ll be using saws, hot glue, and various found objects to create our own complex machines to do simple tasks all while using the engineering method.

MS Art painting.JPG

Ceramics Academy 

July 18 - July 29  (2 weeks)

Instructed by Norwood's Own Ms. Harvey

Ceramics is back for a two-week creative experience!  Artistic imagination will take shape in this exciting and popular class as campers  mold and shape their own creations out of clay. Under the guidance and expertise of Norwood’s own Ms. Harvey, they will then glaze and fire their creations to take home!  Campers will also explore other forms of art with projects in other mediums, including creating a memory scrapbook of their experience.   

Debate Academy 

August 1 - August 5

Instructed by Norwood's Own Mr. Risen

 

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!

Rocketry Academy

August 1 - August 5

Instructed by Norwood's Own Mrs. Logan

 

3, 2, 1, blast off!  It doesn’t get much more fun than launching your own rockets!  Come learn the physics of rockets while testing out various types of rockets.  We’ll learn about how Newton’s laws apply to launches, test basic models, and then work to improve them.  With the engineering method, we’ll work on making the rockets launch higher and longer all while returning back to the ground safely. 

 

Forensic Science Academy

August 8 - August 12

Instructed by Norwood's own Mrs. Logan

Have you ever wondered about the science behind solving crimes?  Well come and learn some of the basics while solving a “crime” of our own!  You’ll be learning about chemistry, pathology, biology, statistics and physics all while figuring out “who-dun-it”.  Figure out who wrote a note using chromatography, take a look into ballistic science, even look at blood splatter patterns.  Students will also discuss famous crimes solved using forensic science.  Will you end up solving the case?

science (2).JPG