Voyagers: Ages 6 to 12


8:45 AM–3:00 PM

Weekly, June 26–August 4*


At WIS Summer Camp, Voyagers
learn how to cook, program a robot, write code, make 2D or 3D art, or discover new ways to move through dance, to imagine through architecture, or to tell stories using film. Campers develop their skills individually or collaborate as a group in order to succeed at various challenges. Each week, campers choose two workshops from six options. Each workshop encompasses a wide range of activities related to a central theme. Swimming, other sports, and games are also part of the program.

Choosing Sessions for Each Week

Campers are divided into two age groups—6-8 and 9-12—and sign up for two week-long workshops. Each week there are three choices for the morning and three choices for the afternoon. (Expand the first bar below to see the grid for AM/PM selections.) Campers can also choose to combine a language immersion class in the morning with a Voyager course in the afternoon.


WORKSHOP OPTIONS:

MORNING AND AFTERNOON CHOICES BY WEEK

MORNING CLASSES ARE IN BLUE TEXT; AFTERNOON CLASSES ARE IN RED TEXT.

JUNE 25-29

JULY 2-6

JULY 9-13

JULY 16-20

JULY 23-27

JULY 30 TO
AUGUST 3

Ages
6-8

Ages
9-12

Ages
6-8

Ages
9-12

Ages
6-8

Ages
9-12

Ages
6-8

Ages
9-12

Ages
6-8

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9-12

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6-8

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9-12

RoboticsBasketball 3D Art AnimationFilmmaking Robotics LEGO
Civics 
Business
Sharks 
Photography 2D Art &
Comics 
Filmmaking Musical
Theater 
JudoGlobal
Cooking
Basketball Judo Tennis Fencing Fencing Tennis Soccer Public
Speaking 
2D Art &
Comics 
Expert
Architects 
 MosaicsGoogle
Earth
Global
Cooking
Robotics Global
Cooking 
LEGO
Civics 
Scratch Photography Scratch Kids
Inventing
Stuff 
Kids
Inventing
Stuff 
Soccer 
BasketballRoboticsAnimation 3D Art Robotics Filmmaking Business
Sharks 
LEGO
Civics 
2D Art &
Comics 
Photography Musical
Theater 
Filmmaking 
Global
Cooking
JudoJudo Basketball Fencing Tennis Tennis Fencing Public
Speaking 
Soccer Expert
Architects 
2D Art &
Comics 
Google
Earth
MosaicsRobotics Global
Cooking 
LEGO
Civics 
Global
Cooking 
Photography Coding Kids
Inventing
Stuff 
Coding Soccer Kids
Inventing
Stuff 

2-D Art & Comics: July 23-27; July 30-August 3

Two-dimensional (2-D) art includes drawings, paintings, prints and more. Doodlers, visual communicators, or children who just love to express themselves through art are encouraged to explore different media. Campers use shapes, colors, patterns, and lines to create sketches, drawings, collage pieces, and paintings inspired by the work of great artists from the past and by their own imaginations. To conclude this session, campers will create a comic book, applying techniques of their choice.

3-D Art: July 2-6

Three-dimensional (3-D) art is about making things that take up space. Campers work with clay to create ceramic sculptures, mugs, elaborate bowls, or even miniature rooms or zany sculptures. Using tiles or glass, students will use their imagination to create fashion jewelry pieces or anything they feel inspired to bring into the world.

Animation: July 2-6

Campers learn the techniques of animation and how to use a simple software program to bring their animated stories to life. Instructors lead campers through the process of photographing successive drawings or positions of puppets or models to create an illusion of movement. To complete the process, campers use the software to combine their photographs into animated short movies.

Basketball: June 25-29; July 2-6

The basketball program enables aspiring players to learn the basics of the sport or improve their game play and further develop skills. Camp sessions combine fundamental skills with organized team competition, with the goal of providing an enriching athletic experience. Campers will practice skills such as passing, dribbling shooting, rebounding, and defending, all while learning how to work as a team.

Business Sharks: July 16-20

In the Business Sharks session, campers become entrepreneurs. They start with the germ of an idea for a business and product and work through the process of developing prototypes, formulating a business plan and devising a marketing strategy. Campers also learn about concepts such as business plans, profits, and branding through designing print ads, acting in TV commercials, researching real estate locations, and designing storefronts. The class concludes with the young executives pitching their ideas to a "Shark Tank" of parents and staff.

Coding: July 16-20; July 23-27

Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Computer, is known to have said, “I think everybody should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” Campers who enjoy working with computers, putting together character animations, and designing their own games become comfortable with the language of coding in this session. At the end of the class they share their work and creations online. Please note that this class is only available for campers ages 9-13.

Expert Architects: July 30-August 3

In this math, writing, and presentation class, campers take on the role of president at an architectural firm. They are commissioned with constructing the tallest building in a nearby city and must plan an appropriate design. Campers learn about the history of skyscrapers and create a blueprint of their own stylized tall building. They must weigh considerations including environmental effects, traffic, and surrounding buildings as they use Google Earth to find the perfect location. Once the blueprint is finished, the expert architects create a three-dimensional LEGO model of the structure and deliver a presentation to the "city council," highlighting all aspects of their creation.

Fencing: July 9-13; July 16-20

En Garde! Aspiring pirates, musketeers, and Jedi now have the chance to explore a history-rich sport that combines athleticism and intellect. Fencing teaches creative problem-solving and discipline; fencers are able to apply their acquired skills and confidence to other sports, studies, and life. The camp will be directed by Vladimir Nazlymov, 10-time World Champion and Head Coach of Ohio State Fencing (three-time National Champions). Instructors with decades of experience teaching Introduction to Fencing classes will provide individual attention to develop personal potential and ensure campers learn and have fun in a structured and safe environment. Teaching assistants will be selected from nationally ranked fencers. All equipment is provided.

Filmmaking: July 9-13; July 30–August 3

Lights! Camera! Action! Filmmaking teaches campers the science behind the art. Using technology and software, students get to work with their own production crew to plan, create, edit, and showcase a short film. They also learn how to use video transitions, some filming techniques, and acquire industry language that might launch their journeys to professional filmmaking.

Global Cooking: June 25-29; July 2-6; July 9-13

Young chefs will enjoy chopping up vegetables, mixing flavors, and assembling attractive dishes. In Global Cooking, campers go on a culinary journey to faraway places and share the exotic flavors of recipes from around the world, including U.S. regional cuisines. They learn the basics in kitchen safety, proper food handling, cooking and baking techniques, presentation, table setting, and even manners so they can enjoy each other’s company as they share a meal.

The World According to Google Earth: June 25-29

Technology has revolutionized learning about geography and world cultures. In this session, campers use Google Earth and online encyclopedias to find the answers to six key questions about a country of their choosing. They design a PowerPoint presentation about their chosen nation. In the final part of the class, pairs of campers create a "shoe box" pavilion to represent their country. This pavilion becomes part of a class-wide "World’s Fair" that displays the collective knowledge of the world explorers. Campers present their World's Fair to parents in a celebration of countries and cultures.

Introduction to Judo: June 25-29; July 2-6

Judo is a martial art derived from jujitsu, an early form of self-defense. Modern day judo has been modified so it can be a safe and exciting sport for both male and female participants of all ages. This Olympic sport is recognized nationally and internationally and has been identified by UNESCO as an ideal sport for young children. Students engage in activities that promote their physical, mental, and emotional growth. Additionally, Judo develops strength, agility, and endurance, while also building confidence and respect for others. Students will be exposed to an age-appropriate introductory week-long course where they will learn break falls, basic techniques, and behavioral values associated with this martial art, all in a fun and safe environment.

Kids Inventing Stuff: July 23-27; July 30-August 3

Kids Inventing Stuff is a space where campers are inspired through a series of activities and projects that lead to innovative creations. To become resourceful problem solvers, campers collaborate through a number of challenges using basic household materials and initial guidance. Participants are exposed to a world of problem solving possibilities and learn the rudiments of engineering while working collaboratively.

LEGO Civics Project: July 9-13; July 16-20

As our campers build a fully-planned and intricately-designed LEGO city, they also learn to govern it. Campers learn about elections, constitutions, flags, currency, budgets, and the environment as they serve on a city council which must make key governing decisions. Campers also have the opportunity to run for mayor, open their own business, debate city issues, and respond to natural disasters and citizen concerns. Social studies, history, and civics have never been so fun!

Mosaics: June 25-29

Mosaics are pictures or patterns produced by arranging small colored pieces of hard material, such as stone, tile, or glass. Campers in this program will use found materials such as broken tiles, dishes, and porcelain, setting them into surfaces with mortar and plaster to assemble new creations. This artistic form requires careful planning, attentive assembly, and working in teams collaboratively to resolve problems and produce stunning artistic creations.

Musical Theater: July 30-August 3

Musical theater is a form of performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. Campers will learn music from shows such as Aladdin, Pippin, Annie, or The Lion King, and create a choreographed routine that will be performed for families on Friday afternoon. In every class, students can expect to warm up their voices, learn and/or review songs, videos, or other recordings, and practice dance steps.

Photography: July 16-20; July 23-27

Photography is the art of capturing images using light and composition. Using consumer cameras or more advanced digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, this class will give students a better grasp of how to use cameras to make beautiful images. Classes will feature in-class demonstrations, learning about successful photographers, and the development of a digital and physical portfolio. Campers will also learn about concepts such as ISO, exposure, shutter speed, f-stops, and aperture and will practice photographing a variety of styles—from architecture and lifestyle to sports and portraiture.

Public Speaking: July 23-27

Famously, many people are intimidated by public speaking. This class seeks to combat the phobia by getting campers to talk about things they enjoy in front of a supportive group. Campers write speeches on subjects of their choice and deliver them in a low-pressure environment, practicing skills such as standing straight, using a loud voice, and making eye contact. They also watch recordings of public figures giving speeches and critique what is successful and not so successful. As a final project, campers create a television news program.

Robotics: June 25-29; July 2–6; July 9-13

This is the perfect class for children who like to tinker, problem-solve and build things! Using LEGO Mindstorms NXT devices to practice assembly skills, campers solve challenges alone and in collaboration with their teammates. By the end of the session, campers apply their knowledge to programing these ingenious devices.

Scratch: July 16-20; July 23-27

In this class, students use “Scratch” (MIT’s video game design platform) to create their own interactive games. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. This course promotes design thinking and one-to-one collaboration on real world problems and offers a comprehensive exposure to the Scratch programming platform. Please note this class is only available for campers ages 6-8.

Soccer: July 23-27; July 30-August 3

Soccer introduces fundamentals while also emphasizing play. There will be a brief game at the end of each practice so players can develop skills in teamwork as well. The class focuses on technical skills such as dribbling, passing, trapping, scoring and helps develop a sense of confidence on the field. Sportsmanship and team play will be reinforced in short matches at the end of each practice.

Tennis: July 9-13; July 16-20

WIS Summer Camp tennis is designed to develop children’s core skills at the beginning of each session and then allow them to apply lessons through games and observation. Each session begins with a 15-minute warm up, then players move on to learn mechanics and techniques such as serves and volleys. Players end each session with matches between participants.

*August 6-10 is Transportation Week. For a description, click here.

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