All students ages 5-17 are welcomed to an immersive, hands-on adventure online this summer brought to you by Grayson teachers. Safely from home, students can explore their passions, discover new areas of interest, and meet new friends. With 30 programs over 8 weeks, there is something for everyone!

Courses run either mornings from 9:00 am-12:00 pm ET, or afternoons from 12:30 pm-3:30 pm ET; all include an optional 30 minute PE break daily. Necessary materials will be mailed to your home  prior to the beginning of your session; invoices and payment links along with suggested household items to have available for selected courses will be forwarded upon registration. Payment is due 3 weeks prior to the beginning of each camp session.

If you have any questions regarding our summer online programs, please contact Jessica Curtiss. Please let us know if there are other needs or interests you do not see below. We look forward to meeting you soon. 

June 22-June 26, 2020

summer online legoImagination Engineering

Instructor: Leon Williams
Dates: June 22-June 26
Times: M-F 9:00 am – noon
Ages:  5-10

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Children who love construction and engineering will love building with LEGO bricks and more to create marble tracks, mazes, and games. We’ll build race cars and have virtual races with each other to test-drive our designs. Students will take on design challenges to create everyday items and construct and present their ideas. Who knows what your child will design or invent!

summer online hogwartsWelcome to Hogwarts

Instructor: Kara Weiner
Dates: June 22-June 26
Times: M-F 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Ages:  7-10

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Do you wish you were a witch or wizard? Get a taste of a wide variety of Hogwarts classes, play some Quidditch, and even try some butterbeer from Hogsmeade, all through art and science! Some highlights include making your own wand with an electrical circuit, making things appear and disappear, changing the color of flowers, and making bubbling potions. Some days may even include a yummy, tasty treat!

summer online paint along
Acrylic Paintalong

Instructor: Ashley Freeborn
Dates: June 22-June 26
Times: M-F 12:30 pm-3:30pm
Ages:  9-17

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Students will be given step-by-step instruction on how to create a full painting each day. Using acrylic paint, participants will build on several painting techniques and skills throughout the course.

chemistry summer onlineChemistry: Fun & Exciting Reactions!

Instructor: Michael Sizer
Dates: June 22-June 26
Times: M-F 9:00 am-noon
Ages: 11-14

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Have fun learning about chemistry by performing chemical reactions at home! Mr. Sizer will guide students through each colorful experiment. We’ll discuss the theory behind each reaction and share our results with each other. Students will gain valuable laboratory skills and have lots of fun while learning! No prior chemistry knowledge is needed for this course.

summer online mathematicsUnsolved Problems in Mathematics

Instructor: Derek Graves
Dates: June 22-June 26
Times: M-F 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Ages: 11-14

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

An “open problem” in the field of mathematics is a problem that mathematicians around the world have yet to solve—no one knows the answer yet! Working on open problems may sound like a task for professional mathematicians, but students of all ages can approach these problems and enjoy learning about them. They can even work towards solutions!

For an example of such a problem, begin by choosing a positive integer n. We’ll create a sequence of integers, beginning with n. The next term of our sequence is obtained from the previous term as follows: if the previous term is even, divide it by 2; if the previous term is odd, multiply it by 3 and add 1. Continue this pattern until you reach a number that already appears in the sequence or until you reach the number 1. The Collatz Conjecture (an open problem in math) states that no matter what you choose for n, your sequence will always reach 1.

summer online scientific debateScientific Debate

Instructor: Annie Connolly-Sporing
Dates: June 22-June 26
Times: M-F 9:00 am-noon
Ages: 11-17

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Should gene editing be allowed on humans? Is the world really round, or could it be flat? We will debate these questions and more throughout the week. Students will combine their knowledge of science with social, moral, or even legal limitations to prove their side of the debate, even if it’s not what they believe. They’ll also challenge themselves to think critically, organize “evidence,” and respectfully argue their positions. 

summer online edible literatureEdible Literature

Instructor: Susan Pedersen
Dates: June 22-June 26
Times: M-F 9:00 am – noon
Ages:  11-17

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Have you ever felt cheated that you couldn’t taste Alice in Wonderland‘s cakes? This course will give readers and eaters the chance to fully experience their favorite stories by baking some of their favorite literary treats. We’ll jump aboard the Hogwarts Express with pumpkin pasties, have a tea party with Alice and the Mad Hatter, visit Hansel and Gretel’s gingerbread house and more! Kitchen knowledge would be great but isn’t necessary so long as your palate is up for adventure!

Script Writing 101

Instructor: Mary Lyon
Dates: June 22-June 26
Times: M-F 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Ages: 11-17

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

In this course students will have the opportunity to stretch their artistic muscles by creating their own original scripts. In a collaborative setting, students will learn methods to draft and edit their own work, keep their artistic vision alive, and hone their skills to produce a creative and unique final product.

Disasters and Design Thinking

Instructor: Ally O’Rourke-Barrett
Dates: June 22-June 26
Times: M-F 9:00 am – noon
Ages:  13-17

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Engineers use scientific principles to design and build machines, tools, and structures which help improve people’s lives. But what happens when things go wrong? Was disaster inevitable? Were there opportunities for intervention? During this class, we will examine case studies of engineering disasters drawing from a diverse range of failures including shipwrecks, industrial disasters, and structural insufficiencies.

July 6-July 10, 2020

summer online comic zap!Comic Creator

Instructor: Leon Williams
Dates: July 6-July 10
Times: M-F 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Ages:  5-10

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Your child will create and draw his or her own character, stories, and adventures in comic book style. We’ll also learn tricks and tips for drawing different emotions and expressions, then children will create 3-panel drawings for their own epic adventure comic book with a cover illustration!

summer online welcome to hogwartsWelcome to Hogwarts

Instructor: Kara Weiner
Dates: July 6-July 10
Times: M-F 9:00 am – noon
Ages:  7-10

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Do you wish you were a witch or wizard? Get a taste of a wide variety of Hogwarts classes, play some Quidditch, and even try some butterbeer from Hogsmeade, all through art and science! Some highlights include making your own wand with an electrical circuit, making things appear and disappear, changing the color of flowers, and making bubbling potions. Some days may even include a yummy, tasty treat!

summer online rube goldbergPhysics of Rube Goldberg Machines

Instructor: Annie Connolly-Sporing
Dates: July 6-July 10
Times: M-F 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Ages: 11-14

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Rube Goldberg Machines are complex, intricate, and exciting machines that are designed to do simple tasks. Allow students to take over a corner of the house or more to create their own Rube Goldberg machine that turns on/off the light, starts the toaster, or even does one of their chores. Students don’t need previous experience; only their imaginations, creativity, and inventiveness. The wackier the idea, the better!

summer online fandoms wordcloudFandoms

Instructor: Susan Pedersen
Dates: July 6-July 17 (2 weeks)
Times: M-F 9:00 am – noon
Ages:  11-17

Cost: $495 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

There are as many fandoms as there are fans. We’ll spend some quality time with our fandoms and discuss why they’re such important communities, especially now. Then, we’ll put our skills to good use to make fan art, write fanfiction, and brainstorm other ways of paying tribute to the worlds and characters we love.

summer online mathematics in board gamesMathematics of Board Games

Instructor: Derek Graves
Dates: July 6-July 17 (2 weeks)
Times: M-F 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Ages: 11-17

Cost: $495 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Have you ever wondered how many distinct sets exist in the card game SET? Want to get a competitive edge over your friends and family in Monopoly or Settlers of Catan? Are you curious about how math applies to different kinds of games? Then this course is for you!

We will learn about three different mathematical topics—combinatorics, probability and game theory—and use our newfound knowledge to understand and analyze board games such as SET, Yahtzee, Monopoly and more. We will explore various questions related to these games, and we’ll discover and develop optimal strategies for playing them too.

Have a game you want to learn more about from a mathematical perspective? Let us know and we just might be able to spend time learning about the math of that game during the course. If you love math, board games or both, you won’t want to miss this exciting program!

summer online history booksHistory of Everything

Instructor: Ally O’Rourke-Barrett
Dates: July 6-July 10
Times: M-F 9:00 am-noon
Ages: 13-17

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Do you love the study of history, but hate when classes limit you to a single topic or time period? The History of (Almost) Everything is a social studies class that covers the entire span of existence.  With insights from many disciplines woven throughout, we will begin at the Big Bang and examine moments of immense impact, change, and importance on the intergalactic, planetary, and civilization levels.  We will endeavor to create a historical narrative that helps us better understand how we are connected to everything around us.

July 13-July 17, 2020

Create Art Workshop I

Instructor: Leon Williams
Dates: July 13-July 17
Times: M-F 9:00 am – noon
Ages:  5-10

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Does your child love art? We’ll study the work of famous artists and redesign their work. We’ll also do a number of art challenges using common materials to create sculptures, figurines and new characters, finger puppets, catapults, and more.

Script Writing 101

Instructor: Mary Lyon
Dates: July 13-July 17
Times: M-F 9:00 am-noon
Ages: 11-17

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

In this course students will have the opportunity to stretch their artistic muscles by creating their own original scripts. In a collaborative setting, students will learn methods to draft and edit their own work, keep their artistic vision alive, and hone their skills to produce a creative and unique final product.

chemistry gifted summer campChemistry: Fun & Exciting Reactions!

Instructor: Michael Sizer
Dates: July 13-July 17
Times: M-F 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Ages: 11-14

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Have fun learning about chemistry by performing chemical reactions at home! Mr. Sizer will guide students through each colorful experiment. We’ll discuss the theory behind each reaction and share our results with each other. Students will gain valuable laboratory skills and have lots of fun while learning! No prior chemistry knowledge is needed for this course.

Environmental Science

Instructor: Annie Connolly-Sporing
Dates: July 13-July 17
Times: M-F 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Ages: 11-14

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Through this camp, students will probe the world around them. From characterizing plants found in your backyards, virtually exploring different biomes, and thinking about environmental protection efforts, students will learn more about nature. Dive into a variety of topics and enhance your understanding of what it means to be an ally to the environment this summer online.

July 20-July 24, 2020

Imagination Engineering

Instructor: Leon Williams
Dates: July 20-July 24
Times: M-F 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Ages:  5-10

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Children who love construction and engineering will love building with LEGO bricks and more to create marble tracks, mazes, and games. We’ll build race cars and have virtual races with each other to test-drive our designs. Students will take on design challenges to create everyday items and construct and present their ideas. Who knows what your child will design or invent!

Welcome to Hogwarts

Instructor: Kara Weiner
Dates: July 20-24
Times: M-F 9:00 am – noon
Ages:  7-10

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Do you wish you were a witch or wizard? Get a taste of a wide variety of Hogwarts classes, play some Quidditch, and even try some butterbeer from Hogsmeade, all through art and science! Some highlights include making your own wand with an electrical circuit, making things appear and disappear, changing the color of flowers, and making bubbling potions. Some days may even include a yummy, tasty treat!

Acrylic Paintalong

Instructor: Ashley Freeborn
Dates: July 20-July 24
Times: M-F 9:00 am – noon
Ages:  9-17

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Students will be given step-by-step instruction on how to create a full painting each day. Using acrylic paint, participants will build on several painting techniques and skills throughout the course.

Magic School

Instructor: Susan Pedersen
Dates: July 20-July 24
Times: M-F 9:00 am – noon
Ages:  10-13

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Have you ever wondered what it takes to open a school? How about a magic school? We’ll talk about our favorite schools from literature and why they work (or don’t), then use what we’ve learned to design our own magic schools. We’ll name our schools and come up with classes, school colors, mottos, mascots, and more, then draw or build our dream schools so they can become a reality!

Chemistry of Food

Instructor: Annie Connolly-Sporing
Dates: July 20-July 24
Times: M-F 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Ages: 11-17

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Ever wonder what makes a cake go from liquid to solid in the oven or why bacon smells the way it does? The food we consume on a daily basis is rooted in chemical processes. Through this week-long camp we will explore how science affects our foods. We will combine cooking and chemistry with everyone’s favorite activity: eating. Get those aprons out and get ready to get your hands dirty with this fun and tasty experience.

Bending and Breaking the Rules of Geometry

Instructor: Derek Graves
Dates: July 20-July 24
Times: M-F 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Ages:  11-14

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

True or false: the sum of the interior angles of a triangle is always 180º. True, but only sometimes (so, technically, false). In a flat plane the angles sum to 180º, but imagine drawing a triangle on the surface of a sphere. What would it look like? What is the sum of the interior angles of this triangle? (Hint: it’s greater than 180º).

Geometry on the surface of a sphere is an example of what’s known as non-Euclidean geometry. The geometry typically taught in schools is Euclidean geometry, and while it is fun and engaging, many fascinating phenomena arise when we bend, break and even ignore the rules of Euclidean geometry. In this course we’ll learn how to create curved three-dimensional surfaces from straight wooden dowels, how to crochet a plane where rectangles don’t exist, and how to conquer a game of pool (billiards) where there are no corners and only one pocket—all by bending and breaking the rules of geometry!

Building Your Leadership Toolbox

Instructor: Dr. Liz Braun
Dates: July 20-July 24
Times: M-F 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Ages:  13-17

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Over the course of the week students will have an opportunity to identify and explore their strengths, learn about core skills and competencies of successful leaders through interactive activities, and set goals for the coming school year based on what they’ve learned. Dr. Braun has spent over 20 years working with and helping students develop into strong and effective leaders.
Writing Like A Historian: Research Paper Intensive

Instructor: Ally O’Rourke-Barrett
Dates: July 20-July 31  (2 weeks)
Times: M-F 9 am-noon
Ages:  13-17

Cost: $495 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Mastering the art of research and wielding the written word are two of the most important skills for a historian. Focusing on the process of writing a research paper from topic selection to the final draft, this two-week intensive course allows students to develop a scholarly research paper by exploring an in-depth project based on the student’s interests. Students must be motivated to work independently. Daily group instruction and individual mentoring conversations with each student will be during the morning hours specified. NOTE: Grayson students taking this course can submit work to receive Mastery Transcript credit.

July 27-July 31, 2020

Comic Creator

Instructor: Leon Williams
Dates: July 27-July 31
Times: M-F 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Ages:  5-10

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Your child will create and draw his or her own character, stories, and adventures in comic book style. We’ll also learn tricks and tips for drawing different emotions and expressions, then children will create 3-panel drawings for their own epic adventure comic book with a cover illustration!

summer online creative writing courseCreative Writing

Instructor: Susan Pedersen
Dates: July 27-August 7
Times: M-F 9:00 am – noon
Ages:  11-17

Cost: $495 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Do you read more books than any of your friends? Do you narrate your day in your head? Have you written more stories than you can count, or have you always been working on one novel or another? Discuss what makes a successful work of fiction then put pencils to paper to brainstorm, draft, and edit our own work this summer online. We’ll also spend some time reading successful examples of fiction and workshopping our classmates’ work to demonstrate that no good writing happens in a vacuum. 

August 3-August 7, 2020

Create Art Workshop II

Instructor: Leon Williams
Dates: August 3-August 7
Times: M-F 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Ages:  5-10

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Does your child love art? In the second workshop of the summer, we’ll be exploring different media and types of art including collage, sculpture, origami, cardboard crafting and more!

August 10-August 14, 2020

Animal Illustration

Instructor: Leon Williams
Dates: August 10-August 14
Times: M-F 9:00 am – noon
Ages:  5-10

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Your child will be drawing different species from various habitats and environments around the world. We’ll also get creative with animorphs, animal-human role reversal drawings, and new animal hybrids, plus a bit of cartooning this summer online! All participants are asked to have pictures, photos, or print outs of their favorite animals or pets for reference to draw.

August 17-August 21, 2020

Create Art Workshop II

Instructor: Leon Williams
Dates: August 17-August 21
Times: M-F 9:00 am – noon
Ages:  5-10

Cost: $249 (Includes all materials to be shipped to your home prior to beginning of class)

Does your child love art? In the second workshop of the summer, we’ll be exploring different media and types of art including collage, sculpture, origami, cardboard crafting and more!

In order to complete your registration, you will need to upload a completed Media Release Form below.

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Contact Jessica Curtiss at enrichment@thegraysonschool.org or leave a comment below with any questions regarding any aspect of our program.
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