Grades 5–8

Welcome to La Jolla Country Day School’s summer programs! We are excited that you are spending some (or all!) of your summer with us. If you’re returning from last year, welcome back and thank you for choosing us again!

We are excited to offer some wonderful opportunities and many new experiences for summer 2019. Students will have numerous options, so every week they can discover something new. Spend the entire day with us, or select experiences a la carte.

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Academics

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  • Active Reading: Developing Reading Strategies (Grades 5–6)

    This course is designed to provide structured opportunities for students to engage with texts in deep and meaningful ways as they learn how to monitor their own understanding of texts before, during and after reading. While reading short stories in a variety of genres, students develop critical-thinking skills that examine implied relationships and understandings, recognize how character and plot are developed, and formulate and justify opinions about text.

    July 29–August 2
    8–11 a.m.
    $260
    LJCDS English educator Danice VonFeldt
  • Adventures in Reading (Grades 5–6)

    Fill your summer with wonder. Students will go on an in-depth dive into the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Reading will focus on building vocabulary, fluency and reading comprehension skills. Students will reflect on the important values exemplified in this story as they perform a Reader’s Theater portrayal of the story’s plot. Students will also read and discuss other texts with similar themes as Wonder. Come read with friends and see how spreading a little kindness in the world can truly make the world a better place.  

    June 17–21
    8–11 a.m.
    $260
    LJCDS librarian Lorrie Culver
  • Let's Cook! American Favorites (Grades 3–5)

    Now, it wouldn’t be a summer soiree without our favorite American treats! In our ‘American Favorites’ program children will learn how to make classic American dishes and desserts. These recipes will be perfect for any holiday party or special family dinner and lots of fun for your child to create.

    Children will make red velvet cake, chicken and waffles, biscuits, apple pie, cream pie, burgers, salads and more. Children will receive a personalized cookbook.

    July 29–August 2
    8–11 a.m.
    $315
    Let's Cook staff

    Let’s Cook is a nut-free program and can accommodate most food allergies and dietary restrictions.
  • Let’s Cook! From Basic to Brilliant (Grades 3–5)

    Let’s Cook cooking classes are fun and interactive! From Basic to Brilliant is the perfect cooking course for children who are interested in cooking and creating delicious wholesome food. Whether they are a budding master chef or someone who is a beginner, this course will cover the basic baking and cooking skills, techniques and styles. This course will equip students with the knowledge and ability to be able to understand and follow recipes while also mastering different culinary techniques and styles and experimenting with wonderful flavors. 

    Children will make baked goods such as donuts, bread and cakes as well as pasta from scratch, flavorful stir fry, dumplings, sushi and salads. Children will receive a personalized cookbook.
     
    June 10–14
    8–11 a.m.
    $315
    Let’s Cook staff

    Let’s Cook is a nut-free program and can accommodate most food allergies and dietary restrictions.
  • Library and Research Skills (Grades 5–6)

    Are you looking for the tools that inspire curiosity? Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information out there? Working with the LJCDS librarian, students will be introduced to basic research skills and information literacy through researching and presenting a Google Slides project. Students will learn the importance of finding the right information.

    Class activities include discussions, learning to form a plan of attack, working on time management, discussions, concept mapping, library and research skills, and a touch of public speaking.

    June 24–28
    8–11 a.m.
    $260
    LJCDS librarian Rafael Eaton
  • Library and Research Skills (Grades 7–8)

    Looking for the tools to drive student success? Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information out there? Working with the LJCDS librarian, students will learn the importance of finding and using the right information to complete an annotated bibliography.

    Class activities include discussions, learning to form a plan of attack, working on time management, discussions, concept mapping, library and research skills, and public speaking.

    July 8–12
    8–11 a.m.
    $260
    LJCDS librarian Rafael Eaton
  • Mystery Madness (Grades 5–6)

    Students become reading detectives as they crack the code to unsolved cases! By investigating the elements of a mystery and the methods of crime solving, students develop important comprehension skills such as inferring, questioning, making schematic connections and synthesizing information. Our young detectives create case files, develop chapter summaries, keep track of case details, record character information and clues, develop a suspect list, and evaluate their mystery story with a final case report.

    July 22–26
    8–11 a.m.
    $260
    LJCDS English educator Danice VonFeldt
  • Public Speaking (Grades 5–6)

    Is this thing on? It sure is! In this intro to public speaking, students will gain experience as speakers in front of an audience or as a member of a group. Students are instructed in form (posture, delivery and diction) and content (choice of topic, organization and development). Topics covered include informative, persuasive and instructive speeches, formal readings and group discussions.

    July 15–19
    8–11 a.m.
    $260
    LJCDS English educator Nate Heppner
  • Public Speaking (Grades 7–9)

    Is this thing on? It sure is! In this intro to public speaking, students will gain experience as speakers in front of an audience or as a member of a group. Students are instructed in form (posture, delivery and diction) and content (choice of topic, organization and development). Topics covered include informative, persuasive and instructive speeches, formal readings and group discussions.

    July 22–26
    8–11 a.m.
    $260
    LJCDS English educator Nate Heppner
  • Summer Reading (Grade 8)

    Students will be booked this summer! With great reads, that is. They’ll improve reading comprehension, discuss selections and practice critical thinking while finishing at least three novels and several short stories. Class activities include discussion, reading rounds, book reviews and talks, oral reading, quizzes and essays. Selections will include at least one novel from the LJCDS summer reading list. Books are included in fees.

    June 17–21
    8–11 a.m.
    $260
    LJCDS English educator Nate Heppner
  • Writing Skills (Grades 5–6)

    Be the writer! Be the designer! Be the publisher! We will work on writing paragraphs and longer pieces, based on student interests. This is a great class for students who need to work on writing more efficiently and accurately. The teacher will work with individual students at their levels.

    July 8–12
    8–11 a.m.
    $260
    LJCDS educator Wendy Clemente
  • Writing Skills (Grades 7–9)

    Be the writer! Be the designer! Be the publisher! We will work on writing paragraphs and longer pieces, based on student interests. This is a great class for students who need to work on writing more efficiently and accurately. The teacher will work with individual students at their levels.

    July 15–19
    8–11 a.m.
    $260
    LJCDS educator Wendy Clemente

Academics

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  • Creative Writing (Grades 6–7)

    Learn to brave the blank page! This class encourages creativity and expression as students brave the page to find their voices. They’ll explore formats such as the essay, short story and poem. Grammar, paragraph organization and vocabulary building will happen organically as students write their own pieces, and read and critique each other’s work.

    July 15–19
    12–3 p.m.
    $260
    LJCDS English educator Danice VonFeldt
  • Let's Cook! Cooking and Baking All-Stars (Grades 3–5)

    Let’s Cook cooking classes are fun and interactive! In this course, we will explore the science of cooking by making popular baked goods and savory dishes. Children’s interest in food and cooking will be piqued by fun cooking activities whereby the process of cooking becomes an experiment! As children master different skills and techniques, they will learn about the chemical and physical changes that take place during the cooking process. 

    Children will make custard ice cream, pizza, souffle, pavlova, biscuits, teriyaki, chicken and waffles. Children will receive a personalized cookbook.

    July 15–19
    12–3 p.m.
    $315
    Let's Cook staff

    Let’s Cook is a nut-free program and can accommodate most food allergies and dietary restrictions.
  • Let's Cook! Cooking and Baking All-Stars (Grades 6–8)

    In this course, we will explore the science of cooking by making popular baked goods and savory dishes. Children’s interest in food and cooking will be piqued by fun cooking activities whereby the process of cooking becomes an experiment! As children master different skills and techniques, they will learn about the chemical and physical changes that take place during the cooking process.

    Children will make custard ice cream, pizza, souffle, pavlova, biscuits, teriyaki, chicken and waffles.
    Children will receive a personalized cookbook.
     
    July 29–August 2
    12–3 p.m.
    $315
    Let's Cook staff

    Let’s Cook is a nut-free program and can accommodate most food allergies and dietary restrictions.
  • Let's Cook! Fresh is Best (Grades 6–8)

    Let’s Cook! proudly cooks with Imperfect Produce, a wonderful organization that sources imperfect and surplus produce to reduce food waste and support our amazing farmers. With this, our ‘Fresh is Best’ program focuses on showcasing delicious, nutritious and locally-sourced produce and food with an emphasis on cooking from scratch.

    Children will learn how to make fresh and tasty food. Recipes include sushi, salads, fruit sorbet and gelato, summer soups, vegetable pasta and more. Children will receive a personalized cookbook.

    July 22–26
    12–3 p.m.
    $315
    Let's Cook staff

    Let’s Cook is a nut-free program and can accommodate most food allergies and dietary restrictions.
  • Making Medicine (Grades 6–8)

    Have you ever wondered how to make medicine? This course is a hands-on educational experience with the same techniques used in the biotech industry to make biological medicines.

    Students will learn how to use scientific tools and techniques such as microscopy, cell counting, aseptic techniques, pH and glucose measurement, formulation, gel electrophoresis and column chromatography. Budding chemists will have the opportunity to grow live cells in a bioreactor, analyze them under the microscope, produce a protein, purify and analyze it, and in the end, have their very own vial of medicine that they can hold in their hand!

    Students taking this class will have an understanding of how to make a biological medicine and will be uniquely qualified for internships in the biotech and research industry.

    June 10–14
    12–3 p.m.
    $260
    LJCDS science educator Leigh Pierce
  • Operation Invention (Grades 2–5)

    Join Mad Science as we take junior inventors on a journey of discovery from the real-life inventions of da Vinci, Edison and the Wright brothers to Isaac Asimov's dreams of future inventions. With a little bit of ingenuity, campers will be challenged to recreate some of the most important and exciting inventions of all time; including catapults, bridges, circuits and light bulbs! Next, they’ll overcome a series of challenges using basic materials, simple machines, tips from famous inventors and the most important tool of all—their minds!

    July 15–19
    12–3 p.m.
    $280
    San Diego Mad Science staff

Day Camps

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  • Country Day Field Trip Fiesta (K–Grade 8)

    Kick off the summer with some fun-filled field trips! Field trips will include educational tours at places like the San Diego Wildlife Park, Living Coast Discovery Center, San Diego Zoo and more!

    June 3–7
    8 a.m.–3 p.m.
    $550
    LJCDS summer camp staff
  • Java Programming: Art, Games & Arduino (Grades 7–9) – Full Day

    Students learn Java programming in a fun and understandable way using the Java-based Processing® language. Create interactive games, graphics and animations. Projects cover important fundamentals of coding such as variables, functions, loops, conditionals, arrays and basic object-oriented programming (OOP), including linked lists and inheritance. Finish by programming the Arduino®-based Wink robot to race, dance and solve mazes.

    • Note: Comfort and familiarity with typing are required. Students who are 11 years old and have prior programming experience can enroll.
    July 29–August 2
    8 a.m.–3 p.m.
    $550
    San Diego Tech Know How staff
  • LEGO® EV3 Robotics and MakerSpace (Grades 3–6) – Full Day

    Students design, build and code! From LEGO® robots to LED artwork and programs with artificial intelligence, students get a hands-on, mind-stimulating experience with technology. Design, build and program robots with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 sets. Use motors, sensors and more to create a self-driving car, a line-follower, a hotel "botler" which you code to bring items to guests, and an animatronic creature. Plus, gain team problem-solving skills through First LEGO® League-inspired challenges. Explore electronics with LED and motor maker projects such as a vibrating creature and LED light-up art. Use Scratch® code to engineer solutions to make a self-driving car avoid accidents and an AI-like program where a computer can “chat.” Learn about logic, loops, lists and artificial intelligence.

    June 24–28
    8 a.m.–3 p.m.
    $550
    San Diego Tech Know How staff
  • Python® Programming (Beginner Level) (Grades 6–9)

    Learn Python® programming by creating games, art and animations. Python is the perfect first programming language since it is similar to English and widely used. Students work on more than 25 engaging projects which teach the most important constructs of Python®–variables, functions, conditional statements, loops and lists. Incorporate graphics and finish by making your own arcade-style games, entirely with Python code. Then, use your Python skills to control movement and actions for the new Codey Rocky robot. Team up to develop intricate moves, and play games like Capture the Flag and Battle Jousts against other robots–all coded with Python!

    • Note: Comfort and familiarity with typing are required. Students who are 10 years old and have prior programming experience can enroll.
    July 15–19
    8 a.m.–3 p.m.
    $550
    San Diego Tech Know How staff

Arts

List of 14 items.

  • Ballet at Country Day (K–Grade 6)

    Join your friends at LJCDS for a comprehensive ballet camp for dancers of all levels. Camp will include daily ballet classes, ballet repertory class, stage makeup and a second technique class (including jazz, contemporary or hip hop). This one-week session will conclude with a brief performance.

    June 24–28
    8–11 a.m.
    $260
    isadoraNOW dance instructor
  • Cartooning (Grades 5–8)

    Calling all Calvin and Hobbes fans! Cartoonists will be created in this week of drawing. Students will learn the basic process for creating a panel-style cartoon (think Garfield or Calvin and Hobbes). Students will learn how to plan and develop the idea for a comic strip, including creating the panels, the dialogue and an overall concept for the strip. Students will create their own characters, draw them, practice them and then turn them into a panel strip. By the end of this four-day class, attendees will have a small series of their own comic strip!

    July 8–12
    8–11 a.m.
    $260
    LJCDS English educator Nate Heppner
  • Contemporary and Jazz Dance Camp (Grades 1–8)

    Your favorite and most expressive dance moves are within reach. Camp will include ballet, contemporary and jazz classes to gain experience in all the forms you need for your favorite routines. Each one-week session will conclude with a brief performance. Students may sign up for one or two weeks. Each week will be different.

    July 1–3
    July 8–12
    8–11 a.m.
    $160 (July 1–3)
    $260 (July 8–12)
    isadoraNOW dance instructor
  • Creative Photography (Grades 6–10)

    Discover a new way to use photography in this hands-on course. Students will go beyond the digital image by using a variety of media to create original works of photographic art. They will explore techniques such as collage, cyanotypes, photo transfers and mixed media. Students will take photos and transform them, breaking away from computers and digital tools.

    July 8–12
    8–11 a.m.
    $280
    LJCDS art educator Jessie McIntyre
  • Digital Photography (Grades 6–10)

    Dive into the endless possibilities of photographic arts in this introductory course. Students will be guided through activities designed to help them learn more about cameras, take creative shots, and practice digital editing techniques. Students will explore various types of photography and have opportunities to turn their digital images into works of art.

    June 10–14
    8–11 a.m.
    $280
    LJCDS art educator Jessie McIntyre
  • Fun with Photoshop (Grades 5–8)

    The possibilities with Photoshop are endless! In this fun and diverse class, students will learn basic and advanced tools to create some fun creations. Photography enthusiasts will learn how to add or remove elements to create their masterpiece. Designers will explore how to make mockups of products: t-shirts, hats, packaging and more.

    July 29–August 2
    8–11 a.m.
    $275
    LJCDS innovation educator Luna Kim
  • Graphic Design (Grades 6–10)

    Graphic design is a valuable skill in today’s visual society. Everything from advertisements to websites to logos use visuals to share information. In this workshop, students will learn how to use the principles of graphic design such as typography, color theory and hierarchy to create their own unique graphics that communicate a message.

    June 24–28
    8–11 a.m.
    $275
    LJCDS art educator Jessie McIntyre
  • Hand Building with Clay 101 (Grades 5–9)

    Exploring a variety of techniques, students will develop an understanding of ceramics as a dynamic and contemporary material in the world of sculpture. Appropriate for both beginners and experienced students, this workshop presents a comprehensive approach to ceramics exploring coil-forms, carving, figure sculpting, hand-building basics, surface treatment, and several different firing processes. Central to the work are class discussions, one-on-one instruction, collaborative explorations, self-directed projects, and “quick and dirty” challenges to keep the energy alive and flowing.

    June 24–28
    8–11 a.m.
    $290
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • Hip-Hop Dance Camp (Grades 1–8)

    Musicality, rhythm, coordination and fun! In this class, you’ll learn the latest dance routines to today’s most popular songs. Get your friends together for a week of exciting moves and great music. Each one-week session will conclude with a brief performance. Students may sign up for one or two weeks. Each week will be different.

    July 15–19 
    8–11 a.m. 
    $260
    isadoraNOWdance instructor
  • Intro to Graphic Design (Grades 5–8)

    Digitize your drawings to share with everyone! In this course, students will learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create a digital recreation of their pencil and paper drawings. Learn about highlights and shadows to achieve depth and color theory to make your designs stand out. Design your own hats, T-shirts, mugs and more with your own illustrations on them! Save your digital masterpiece and share your artwork with your friends and family.

    July 15–19
    8–11 a.m.
    $275
    LJCDS innovation educator Luna Kim
  • LJCDS Summer Musical Theater Program Presents: Annie Jr. (Grades 1–12)

    With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

    We are excited to present our first ever summer musical theater show with Grades 1–12! We will be performing the Jr. version of the ever-popular Annie and will need to have students from all grade levels participate to cover the multitude of roles. You will not want to miss out!

    June 10–14, June 17–21, June 24–27
     (this is a three-week class)
    Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 26 from 9:30–10:30 a.m.
    PerformancesThursday, June 27 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
    Note: Due to the performance on Thursday evening, there will NOT be class on Friday, June 28
    8–11 a.m.
    $675
    Directors: LJCDS educators Wendy Clemente and Caroline Becker-Przymus
  • Mixed Media Masters (Grades 3–6)

    Get inspired by famous artwork from the Impressionists through today’s contemporary artists. Create beautiful masterpieces of your own using everything from paint, pastels, recycled materials and found objects. Learn how to paint your emotions like Kandinsky and Picasso, dream up inventions like Leonardo Da Vinci and make everyday objects into Pop-Art like Andy Warhol!

    June 17–21
    8–11 a.m.
    $315
    La Jolla’s My Art Shed director Porschia Talbot ’03, LJCDS alumnus
  • Motion Graphics (Grades 7–9)

    Ever wondered how animations are made? Students will learn how to design their own characters and animate them to create a variety of animations. Design a short film, bring your custom designed characters to life, or animate your own name or logo! Dive into the word of face-tracking to create your own animoji creations!

    July 8–12
    8–11 a.m.
    $275
    LJCDS innovation educator Luna Kim
  • Watercolor: The Natural World (Grades 5–9)

    In this course, we will produce a body of work that explores the beauty of the natural world. Technical skills in watercolor will be developed through in-class demonstrations and applications in our own paintings. Subject matter will include landscapes, plants and animals. For inspiration and insight, we will go to several places around San Diego.

    July 22–26
    8–11 a.m.
    $280
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer

Arts

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  • 2D Art-Making (Grades 5–9)

    Develop your voice in this introductory course that will introduce students to a dynamic variety of two-dimensional art-making. This class is truly an experimental laboratory where conceptual thinking, art-making and design skills are developed. Some materials used include acrylic and oil paint, charcoal, graphite, pen and ink, pastels, collage and cyanotypes. We will go to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, where we will look at some 2D artwork in person!

    July 22–26
    12–3 p.m.
    $280
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • 3D Art-Making (Grades 5–9)

    In 3D Art-Making, students will produce a body of work that is inspired by past and contemporary sculptors. Students will explore all of the wonderful elements of sculpture (form, structure, negative space, balance, symmetry, etc.) as they grapple with the technical and conceptual issues related to sculpture and the creation of an object. Some art movements explored include minimalism, the light and space movement, experimental art-making and installation. Materials used include wood, aluminum, clay, plastic and LED lights.

    June 24–28
    12–3 p.m.
    $280
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • ARTchitecture! (Grades 3–6)

    Artistic design meets building skills in this camp for the hands-on artist. Learn ways to design using both new and found materials together in order to create unique and innovative artwork. Lessons will include exercises in drawing, perspective and design techniques as well as using recycled materials and wood for building models and installation artwork.

    July 8–12
    12–3 p.m.
    $315
    La Jolla’s My Art Shed director Porschia Talbot ’03, LJCDS alumnus
  • Ceramics: Throwing (Caution to the Wind)! (Grades 5–9)

    It’s time to explore personal expression through the versatile and oh-so-messy medium of clay using the wheel. Students will explore all of the wonderful elements of sculpture (form, structure, negative space, balance, symmetry, etc.) as they grapple with the technical and conceptual issues related to sculpture and the creation of a vessel.

    Students will learn how throwing becomes a tool to achieve their desired sculptural object when in combination with other ceramic techniques, including coiling, hand building and figure sculpture, as well as surface enrichment and glazing methods.

    One-on-one mentorship and group critiques will provide the opportunity to reflect on their work while understanding the rich connection ceramics has to artistic expressions from the past, present and other cultures.

    This class is truly an experimental laboratory where conceptual thinking, art-making and design skills are developed.

    June 17–21
    12–3 p.m.
    $290
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • Contemporary Art Making (Grades 7–11)

    During this course, students will be introduced to art-making strategies used by artists living and working in San Diego. Through the observation of their artwork, students will produce a body of their own work that will culminate in an exhibition where they will meet the local artists and share their learning! This is a multimedia course that will include the use of 2D, 3D and installation practices.

    July 8–12
    12–3 p.m.
    $280
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • Dance for Musical Theater (Grades 1–8)

    You can sing, you can act, but are you ready to be a TRIPLE THREAT!? Learn all the essentials of dance for Broadway at this summer camp. Camp will include daily dance classes, stage makeup classes and real Broadway routines. Each one-week session will conclude with a brief performance. This class is a great addition for those involved in the Annie Jr. musical camp in the morning! (However, you don’t have to be a part of Annie Jr. to enjoy this class.) Students may sign up for one or more weeks. Each week will be different.

    June 10–14
    June 17–21
    June 24–28
    12–3 p.m.
    $270
    isadoraNOW dance instructor
  • Drama Kids: Not Your Typical Fairy Tale Ending (Grades 5–8)

    Campers show off their creativity to deliver an originally scripted, self-directed performance in unexpected fairytales and fables. And just who says the big bad wolf has to be bad or that snow white likes to clean...I guess you do! Rewrite a new ending. Campers will explore all aspects of theatre from acting and directing, to set design and more. Our campers will bring the house down during their End of Camp Drama Kids Playhouse Presentation, performing a play their team creates. Plenty of plot twists and turns coming your way. Want to know how the story ends? So do WE!

    July 8–12
    12–3 p.m.
    $275
    San Diego Drama Kids staff
  • Hip-Hop Dance Camp (Grades 1–8)

    Musicality, rhythm, coordination and fun! In this class, you’ll learn the latest dance routines to today’s most popular songs. Get your friends together for a week of exciting moves and great music. Each one-week session will conclude with a brief performance. Students may sign up for one or two weeks. Each week will be different.

    July 8–12 
    12–3 p.m.
    $260
    isadoraNOWdance instructor
  • Silk Screening Workshop: The Good, the Bad and the Copy (Grades 6–10)

    Enter the world of copies, copy-cats, and image transfer as students learn the step-by-step process of how to silkscreen a design onto a 2-dimensional surface. Students will learn processes such as the setup of a silk screen press with vinyl cut designs, silk screening on fabric using two colors, and the difference between an original and a copy. Emphasis is placed on individual and collaborative projects that help blossoming artists develop their design ideas while examining current contemporary screen printings and its ability to blur the lines between design, conceptual art, and pop culture!

    July 29–August 2
    8–11 a.m.
    $280
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • Textiles, Prints and Wearable Art! (Grades 3–6)

    Learn to handle a sewing machine and design unique, wearable art pieces! Create a variety of mixed media art projects using fabric, paint, different printing techniques, beads, wire and alternative materials.

    July 29–August 2
    12– 3 p.m.
    $315
    La Jolla’s My Art Shed director Porschia Talbot ’03, LJCDS alumnus
  • The Art of Time and Space (Grades 7–9)

    Taking a look at popular themes from the past while predicting trends for the future, campers will learn how artists have explored the concept of time and space. From time-based performances to time machine sculptures, campers will play with nostalgia and prophecy.

    July 15–19
    12–3 p.m.
    $280
    LJCDS art educator Lissa Corona
  • The Artful Science of Toys (Grades 5–9)

    Our studios are our laboratories, and it is time to get messy as we explore the 3-dimensional applications of modeling, casting and carving to make toys. Students will learn the exact science of casting within art (using materials such as plaster, ceramics, and alginate) as they master how to mix ratios, learn basic modes of construction, and experiment with material transformation. Emphasis is placed on the methods artists use to develop their design ideas while examining structures, materials, and technologies exemplified in historical and contemporary toy making.

    July 1–3
    12–3 p.m.
    $170
    LJCDS art educator Liz Stringer
  • The Artist’s Notebook (Grades 5–10)

    Calling all daydreamers, doodlers and makers! In this brief course, students will explore the world through the lens of an artist by creating their own artist’s notebook. Students will use a variety of media such as drawing, watercolor, collage, and photography to collect ideas, memories, visions, dreams, and inspiration in a notebook.

    July 1–3
    12–3 p.m.
    $170
    LJCDS art educator Jessie McIntyre
  • World Drumming-Global Grooves! (Grades 5–12)

    This class will be an interactive, performance-based experience in which students will play a wide variety of instruments representing cultural music traditions from around the world. World music to be explored will include an African drum circle, taiko drumming from Japan, steel drumming from the Caribbean and Afro-Cuban grooves. Also included will be elements of music composition and improvisational soloing.

    June 10–14 
    June 17–21
    12–3 p.m.
    $260
    LJCDS music educator Chad Przymus

Tech/STEAM

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  • Building an App (Grades 5–9)

    Love playing games? Have an app in mind that you wish existed? Students will learn to code and develop their first application! From ideation all the way to development, students will learn how mobile apps work and how to build each component. As a bonus, students will also learn how to design the apps to have a beautiful custom look!

    July 22–26
    8–11 a.m.
    $260
    LJCDS innovation educator Luna Kim
  • Coding for Star Wars Fans (Grades 3–6)

    This summer, students will learn how to "use the force" of coding to create their own epic space-themed video games. Drawing our inspiration from the Star Wars universe, students will explore their favorite characters, powers, and dramatic moments, and from there, begin to incorporate their own characters and game dynamics into a battle arena video game of their own creation!

    In addition to learning how to code, students will also be guided in the ways of digital citizenship and how to appropriately and safely share their fan-fictional work with the world.

    In each of our Grades 3–6 camps, students will learn a typed programming language called Racket, which is a language used to build other programming languages. Although Racket is normally taught in college undergraduate courses, ThoughtSTEM has been funded by the National Science Foundation to build new Racket video game programming languages with educational scaffolding appropriate for a third through sixth-grade level.

    Students are going to love creating their own Star Wars-themed games!

    July 29–August 2
    8–11 a.m.
    $330
    San Diego ThoughtSTEM staff
  • Intro to the Innovation Lab (Grades 5–8)

    Turn your creative ideas into tangible artwork! Learn how to use the laser cutter and design a variety of two- and three-dimensional models. Sketch, etch and cut your artwork onto a variety of material such as wood and acrylic. Build a clock, lampshade, 3D animal, coaster: the possibilities are endless!

    July 1–3
    8–11 a.m.
    $165
    LJCDS innovation educator Luna Kim

Tech/STEAM

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  • Coding for Fortnite Fans (Grades 7–10)

    This summer, students will learn how to build a 2D video game with all the exciting elements of the popular 3D video game Fortnite! In this camp, students will learn how to code different features of Fortnite, like enemies, armor, weapons and potions into their own unique 2D games!

    In addition to learning how to code, students will also be guided in the ways of digital citizenship and how to appropriately and safely share their fan-fictional work with the world. In each of our Grades 7–10 camps, students will learn a typed programming language called Racket, which is a language used to build other programming languages.

    Although Racket is normally taught in college undergraduate courses, ThoughtSTEM has been funded by the National Science Foundation to build new Racket video game programming languages that prepare students for collegiate-level computer science coursework. Even though Fortnite itself isn't code-able, students who take this course will learn computer science skills that will enable them to develop their own Fortnite-like games in the future.

    July 22–July 26
    12–3 p.m.
    $330
    San Diego ThoughtSTEM staff
  • Coding for Harry Potter Fans (Grades 3–6)

    This summer, students will learn the fundamentals of computer science by developing their own wizard-themed video games. Using Harry Potter as a point of inspiration, we will teach students how to craft their own adventure game inside a unique wizarding world.

    In addition to learning how to code, students will also be guided in the ways of digital citizenship and how to appropriately and safely share their fan-fictional work with the world. In each of our Grades 3–6 camps, students will learn a typed programming language called Racket, which is a language used to build other programming languages.

    Although Racket is normally taught in college undergraduate courses, ThoughtSTEM has been funded by the National Science Foundation to build new Racket video game programming languages with educational scaffolding appropriate for a third through sixth-grade level. Students are going to love coding their own wizarding world full of mystery and magic!

    July 29–August 2
    12–3 p.m.
    $330
    San Diego ThoughtSTEM staff
  • Designing for Virtual Reality (Grades 5–6 and Grades 7–9)

    Join us in our new Virtual Reality Lab to create your own 3D world that you and your friends can explore. Using state-of-the-art computers, the Unreal Engine and HTC Vive Virtual Reality systems, you will learn how to create interactive experiences complete with your own landscapes and objects. Best of all, you get to decide how they interact! Maybe you will want a castle to float in a cloud, controlled with the tip of your finger. Or maybe you would like to turn day into night and back again just by popping bubbles that are floating by. It’s all up to you! *Class is limited to 6 students.

    June 17–21 (Grades 5–6)
    June 24–28 (Grades 7–9)
    12–3 p.m.
    $300
    LJCDS staff member Jessica Biglin
  • Keyboarding (Grades 5–8)

    Typing is more than a key skill for students in today’s computer-driven world—it can be an academic advantage. Students will learn typing techniques and strategies, with the goals of reaching 30 words per minute (wpm) for fifth-graders and 40 wpm for sixth-graders.

    July 22–26
    12–3 p.m.
    $260
    LJCDS educator Bob Simon

Sports

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  • Boys Lacrosse (K–Grade 8)

    It’s time for summer goals! This four-day camp is designed to improve skills in all aspects of lacrosse, for both beginners and advanced players. We’ll start at square one, focusing on being fundamentally sound and technically correct, and build each player from the ground up. Students will leave with the confidence that they have a strong foundation for future success.

    June 10–13 (*Note this class will not meet on Friday)
    8–11 a.m.
    $200
    LJCDS coach Deane Mellor
  • Girls Sand Volleyball (Grades 5–9)

    Bump! Set! Sand! It’s summertime, and there’s no better place to spend it than on the beach. LJCDS Volleyball Camps provide a sand volleyball intensive to prepare you for the upcoming season. It’s harder to move and play in the sand, so you’ll learn techniques that will elevate both your mental and physical stamina on the court. Never played before? That’s OK!  Players are divided into training groups that ensure they get the most out of each session. All levels of experience are welcome, and advanced training will be available for more experienced players.

    June 24–28
    8–11 a.m.
    $275
    LJCDS volleyball coach Lynne Galli
  • Indoor Volleyball (Grades 3–8)

    Boys and girls come volley this summer. Beginners to advanced players are welcome. Players will practice key skills, including passing, setting, hitting, blocking, serving, digging, and will learn tactical strategies to improve their game.

    June 10–14
    8–11 a.m.
    $220
    LJCDS coach Tina Kinkead
  • Torrey Basketball Camp (K–Grade 8) – Half/Full Day

    Nothing but net—and fun. This camp combines coaching and teaching to help students develop their basketball skills and athletic ability, and build upon their own personal attitudes toward the game and life. Students may register for half-day or full-day camp.

    June 3–7
    8–11 a.m. (half-day)
    8 a.m.–3 p.m. (full-day) 
    $250 (half-day)
    $450 (full-day)
    LJCDS coach Ryan Meier

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  • Rock Climbing (Grades 5–9)

    Calling all rock fans! In one action-packed week, students will learn a variety of rock climbing skills, including knot tying, proper equipment use, belaying (being a principal source of protection to other climbers) and overall climbing technique. In the process, they’ll also learn leadership skills, teamwork, trust-building and self-confidence through physical and mental challenges. This course is taught by Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center. Transportation will be provided to-and-from the center.
     
    June 24–28 
    July 1–3
    July 15–19
    12–3 p.m.
    $290 ($175 July 1–3)
    LJCDS educator Bob Simon will escort students to Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center for instruction

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