Discoveries Camp

Every summer, we are pleased to open our doors to students moving into 4th, 5th, and 6th grade for weeklong NOVA experiences. Our priorities: learning, connection, and fun!

We place an emphasis on creating our school culture within the week's experience, with classes that offer exciting learning but also careful attention to kindness and compassion. Every year, the offerings are different, but the purpose remains the same: to inspire students' wonder and curiosity, to share our approach with the wider community, and to allow families with younger students to get to know NOVA. 

2020 Dates

Session One: July 20 – 24
Session Two: July 27 – 31

 
Please note that if Discoveries Camp is not able to be in session due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will refund your registration in full.

Morning Programs are from 9am to 12pm. Afternoon Programs are from 1pm to 4pm.
 
If your child is attending a morning and afternoon program during the same session, we provide supervision between programs. Your child will need to bring a lunch.
 
Morning and afternoon programs are $160 each, and the full day program is $320.

Class descriptions are below. Register here >>>>

Questions? Please email us at discoveries@novaschool.org.

Session One: July 20 – 24
Morning Program

Northwest Rock Hounds
Ready to dig into geology? Join us for this super fun, hands-on adventure through the geology of the wild Pacific Northwest. Learn how to identify rocks and minerals native to our region. Dig your own fossils and grow your own crystals. Learn how caves are formed and explore the volcanoes in our very own backyard. Why consider this class? Because science rocks!

Photography
Learn to express yourself through photography! We will explore composition, perspective, light, and color with hands-on experience using iPads. You’ll use your own creative personality along with your photos to create projects like slideshows, photo albums, and collages.

Robotics
Learn to construct and write code for a robot! Using Lego Mindstorm kits, we will be designing robots to carry out any task you can think of. With various motors and sensors at your disposal, there is a huge amount of possibility. No matter your level of coding experience, if you are interested in learning then we have a place for you in this class.
 
Sewing
Come explore the world of sewing! Have fun learning basic hand and machine sewing skills in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Whether you’ve never picked up a needle and thread, or you have experience sewing your own clothes, there will be fun projects for every level. 
 
Stock Market
Try your hand at the stock market with this look at business. Basic information about stocks will be implemented into a simulation that will run for the week. How to choose companies for investment, how to purchase stocks, how to sell your stocks, and how to monitor your portfolio will all be part of the big picture. Come build a portfolio!

Zentangle
Come explore the art of zentangling, an easy-to-learn way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Whether you are new or experienced, you are sure to enjoy this fascinating art form. It is fun and relaxing, while increasing focus and creativity. 

Session One: July 20 – 24
Afternoon Program

Board Game Design
Do you love to play board games? Did you ever wonder about the process for making many of the classic and current award-winning board games? You will be able to fuse creativity, style, and a love for rulemaking when you create your own board game. Who knows – it might even become a smash hit!
 
Chess
Learn the strategy and classic maneuvers used by all the grand masters. This class will center on small group instruction with the ability to practice in a one-on-one environment complete with tournaments!

Mosaics
Learn a variety of mosaic techniques in cutting, color, and composition, while working on your own piece in your own style and using selected materials such as glass, ceramic tiles, pebbles, and beads. In one week, you'll create a beautiful, original masterpiece you'll want to keep forever or give as a unique and special gift! All materials, tools and supplies are provided.

Robotics
Learn to construct and write code for a robot! Using Lego Mindstorm kits, we will be designing robots to carry out any task you can think of. With various motors and sensors at your disposal, there is a huge amount of possibility. No matter your level of coding experience, if you are interested in learning then we have a place for you in this class.

Rock Band
Let's rock out in the summer! Students will make music together in the style of rock and roll for an entire week! We will be using the classic configuration of drums, electric guitar, bass, keyboard and vocals, but every instrument is welcome! Musical experience is a plus, but most importantly we are looking for an awesome band of students who are willing to learn and collaborate. We will rearrange some favorites and possibly write our own tunes in the genre. Come join us! 

Session Two: July 27 – 31
Morning Program

Northwest Rock Hounds
Ready to dig into geology? Join us for this super fun, hands-on adventure through the geology of the wild Pacific Northwest. Learn how to identify rocks and minerals native to our region. Dig your own fossils and grow your own crystals. Learn how caves are formed and explore the volcanoes in our very own backyard. Why consider this class? Because science rocks!

Robotics
Learn to construct and write code for a robot! Using Lego Mindstorm kits, we will be designing robots to carry out any task you can think of. With various motors and sensors at your disposal, there is a huge amount of possibility. No matter your level of coding experience, if you are interested in learning then we have a place for you in this class.

Screen Printing
Learn to create printed T-shirt designs like the pros! Students will create their own designs for screen printing on T-shirts or on anything else! Students will learn both the stencil and photo-emulsion techniques and two T-shirts will be provided for printing.

Stock Market
Try your hand at the stock market with this look at business. Basic information about stocks will be implemented into a simulation that will run for the week. How to choose companies for investment, how to purchase stocks, how to sell your stocks, and how to monitor your portfolio will all be part of the big picture. Come build a portfolio!

Video Game Design
In this computer lab-based class, you will design and create your own video games. Learn about visual programming using Microsoft KODU software to make and play your own 3D simulation video games and also play games made by other students. You’ll gain coding experience with online programs such as Code.org, Codecademy, and Microsoft Touch Develop. As well as basic programming skills, students will learn important mathematical and computational ideas, and practice problem solving, storytelling, and creative thinking.

Zentangle
Come explore the art of zentangling, an easy-to-learn way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Whether you are new or experienced, you are sure to enjoy this fascinating art form. It is fun and relaxing, while increasing focus and creativity. 

Session Two: July 27 – 31
Afternoon Program

Chess
Learn the strategy and classic maneuvers used by all the grand masters. This class will center on small group instruction with the ability to practice in a one-on-one environment complete with tournaments!

Comic Books
Make your very own comic books and share them with family and friends. We will fuse visual art with storytelling to create your own unique comics. You’ll also learn to draw other comic book styles including Anime, Manga, and graphic novels.

Desktop Engineering!
Spend a week of inquiry-based, hands-on science! Students will design and build various contraptions including model cars, electromagnetic motors, water-bottle rockets, rubber-band airplane launchers, and more! This class is for anyone who likes to tinker, design, and build things that actually work, move, launch, and glide. Come join us for a great week of building!

Latin American Cooking
What better way to learn Spanish than by learning about then getting hands-on making food popular in Spanish speaking countries? Que deliciosa!

Papermaking
Make your own beautiful, botanical papers using recycled materials along with leaves, seeds, flower petals, and grasses we will collect around the NOVA School grounds. After constructing your own mold and deckle based on original, ancient methods, you will produce a variety of colorful, textural, handmade papers you can use for making gifts, cards, signs, books, and much more. This is a fun class that is sure to fascinate you!

Robotics
Learn to construct and write code for a robot! Using Lego Mindstorm kits, we will be designing robots to carry out any task you can think of. With various motors and sensors at your disposal, there is a huge amount of possibility. No matter your level of coding experience, if you are interested in learning then we have a place for you in this class.

Register here >>>> 

Questions? Please email us at discoveries@novaschool.org.