Senior Scholars choose one area of study and engage in a fun, creative and academically rich program. They 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 time for relaxation and fun. Senior Scholars receive narrative reports at the end of the session which can also be sent to the child’s school if desired.
Chemistry: Kitchen Science and Nutrition $1450.00
This course provides students with an unique learning experience. Each week students will do experiments, participate in nutrition analyses, and prepare nutritious, seasonal meals in a sustainable manner, while learning fundamental principles of nutrition such as fat versus carbohydrates, vegetarianism, supplement usage, and the epidemic of obesity. Students who are interested in careers in biological and chemical sciences will enjoy this course.
Singer-Songwriter Workshop $1450.00
During this three-week intensive workshop, singers and songwriters will have the opportunity to explore the art of songwriting. You will write original material, record in the studio, and create videos of original songs in a variety of styles. Each day will consist of vocal technique class and individual voice instruction to hone your vocal skills, in addition to song study, lyric-writing sessions, rehearsals, and studio recording. You will also collaborate with scholars in the Video and Audio Production course, documenting your performances in a music video of your original song. The course will culminate in a CD/video release party.
Video and Audio Production Workshop $1450.00
This three-week course will engage students in the art of music video production from concept to post-production, including inception, design, storyboarding, pre-production, audio recording, video recording, and editing. Students will have hands-on experience with audio recording equipment such as Pro Tools 10, Logic Pro 9 and professional studio recording equipment. Video recording will utilize iPad 3 tablets, state-of-the-art Apple Macintosh computers, and iMovie 11. Students will have the opportunity to experience working in every conceivable role: as writers, art designers, producers, directors, audio recording engineers, and members of a film crew. In collaboration with the Summer Scholars Singer-Songwriter Workshop, students will produce and direct actual music videos. The course will culminate in a CD/video release party.
Journalism and Publishing: Creating an Online Magazine $1450.00
Students in this three-week intensive course will make a magazine on a topic of choice, exploring each part of the process and culminating in a published online product. Throughout the course, they will examine and critically evaluate sample magazines, meet with professionals in the field, and then apply their observations to their own work. Students will develop familiarity with a wide variety of technological tools as well as programs like Google Docs, Adobe InDesign, and Issuu as they develop content for their magazine. They will gain experience in every conceivable magazine role: as writers, photographers, graphic designers, editors, and publishers. In doing so, they will sharpen writing skills such as brevity, clarity, voice, and audience; photography skills such as composition, lighting, and basic editing; and graphic design skills such as typography, color, layout, and interactive digital features. At the end of the course, students will host a magazine launch and publishing party.
Mock Trial $970.00
The role of the lawyer in American society is an extremely important one, yet television and film depictions show little of the preparation aspect of the profession. During the two weeks of this course, the scholars will take a case from a series of assumed facts to a jury’s decision. Through research, projects, and collaborative work, students will learn about the legal system and the purpose of a system of laws, the role of the prosecution and defense in trial cases, how to prepare and present oral arguments, and gain practice with public speaking skills. New Jersey Mock Trial cases will be used as the basis for this class. The class will culminate in a mock trial simulation with prosecution, defense, and witnesses.
Science and Engineering Competitions $970.00
Students will compete in hands-on events pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Each day the events and activities will vary, but all will fall under three main categories: Science Concepts and Knowledge, Science Processes and Thinking Skills, and Science Application and Technology. Emphasis will be placed on active, hands-on group participation and working towards shared goals. Students will perform experiments and interact with physical objects to achieve certain goals, construct devices following a specific event's parameters and test the device against others, and learn how to think critically and solve problems. Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today and this class encourages collaboration through participating in events that forge alliances between people with different talents.
Film-Makers Workshop $970.00
Students will work as a team to develop a short narrative video from beginning to end! In this two-week workshop, students will be involved every step of the way - from original script development, cinematic design, storyboarding, pre-production, video recording, directing, acting, and in all facets of post-production. All participants will have hands-on experience with iPad 3 tablets, state-of-the-art Apple Macintosh computers, and iMovie 11. Every day starts by viewing and analyzing segments of classic movies and television shows. The course will culminate with a premier party of the group video and accompanying individual trailers.
Exploring Three Dimensional Art - Space $485.00
Students will create three dimensional art projects that explore concepts of space, from the tiny inner most concepts of space to the vast distances of outer space. Each day participants will investigate different ideas and then develop both individual pieces and large scale group installation pieces. Projects will be chosen from the following discussions of space: Inner Space – molding a bas relief ceramic tile based on microscopic space; Contained Space - creating a collection box of found and constructed objects, using Joseph Cornell’s work as inspiration, Imaging Space – Building small clay models for large scale sculptures using images from Storm King Sculpture Park as a starting point; Altering space - An outdoor installation project built from found materials and designed to call attention to the chosen space; Future space - designing a city for the year 2400. Students will receive a collection of photographs of their work, in addition to their original projects, that can be added to their portfolios.
Musical Theatre Audition Preparation Workshop $485.00
In this one-week workshop, student actors and singers will work intensively to develop audition skills and confidence. Each day will include intensive vocal instruction, repertoire coaching, dramatic exercises, and character development. In this master-class setting, students will develop songs and monologues that can be used in future audition situations and will have the opportunity to try out material in front of their peers and the instructors to get constructive feedback. The course will culminate in a performance for friends, family, and other Summer Scholar participants.