Summer Scholars Program
for students entering Grades 7-10
Senior Scholars choose one area of study and engage in a fun, creative and academically rich program. Senior Scholars learn through hands-on activities and projects supported by superior technological resources (one-to-one technology) and instruction. Program facilitators and special guests do not rely on lecture and traditional classroom teaching methods, but stress innovative thinking, project-based learning and collaboration. A Senior Scholar’s day also has plenty of time for relaxation and fun activities, and a variety of opportunities to do projects in other areas of study.
July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Video and Audio Production
Lead Teacher – Brian Howard
Create your own digital videos and audio work by using cutting edge equipment and software including new iPad 3 machines and dual bootable iMac computers. Hands-on exploration and creativity will be emphasized, and students will work daily with instructors using Adobe Premier, iMovie 11, Pro Tools 10 and Apple Logic Pro 9 on both individual and group projects. Filming will take place both on campus and in the field. At the end of the course, each student will have a portfolio of work to take home!
Robotics and Computer Applications
Lead Teachers – Gail Barna and Tim Clarke
Engage in a wide variety of experiences involving robotics and computer applications. You will create ipad apps and Java applets and work with computer aided design using PTC Pro/ENGINEER. You will also experiment with a variety of robotics systems including Mindstorm, Tetrix, VEX, and Arduino, learn to program using NXT-G, RobotC, LabView, and Wiring, and build underwater ROVs that will operate in the pool. Do you have interest in a particular area of robotics? Support will be provided for you to work on independent projects of your choosing.
Economics and Entrepreneurism
Lead Teacher – Clark Thomson
Learn about fundamental economic concepts such as profit seeking, economizing, acquisition of desired goods, and competition between sellers through collaborative projects and real world applications. You will also practice entrepreneurial marketing techniques and enjoy activities such as using video to create commercials that address the “Five P’s of Marketing” and “Shark Tank” style competition. The course will culminate with a collaborative project that uses the concepts addressed in this course – the development of an entrepreneurial plan for an age appropriate business. Presentations will incorporate advanced technology and will be judged by a jury of experts.
Design-Build Architecture Studio
Lead Teacher – Michael Webster
Be part of real-world architectural processes, from sketch to completion. Over the first week, students will encounter precedents for contemporary architecture, learn various drawing and model-making techniques, and finally team-design a small scale structure to be built on the MFS grounds. Students will become familiar with the 3-D computer modeling program Sketch-Up. Once the design is completed, participants will be trained in the necessary safety and construction techniques to begin fabrication of the structure within the Moorestown Friends School woodshop. The transition from design to build allows students the rare opportunity to compare the abstract and the physical limitations of architecture.