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Summer Day Camps - 2014

Steppingstone Summer Day Camps are open to the public.
2014 Summer Day Camps
Hardware Hacking ($200) Dr. Morse
Session I-A: June 16 - 20

Smash 'em, mash 'em or hack at 'em, but students can also learn, by careful disassembly, what parts make up a computer, and how they all interact. Computers are full of cool parts including stepping motors, DC motors, and magnets. In addition, we will be disassembling a laser printer and some ink jet printers. Come learn how these things work!

About the Instructor

Dr. Morse - Graduate of the University of California, Davis, Biophysics Prof. Emeritus of Illinois State University, President of Scientific Software Services, Director of the SMART Center for Scientific Research and Computer Programming Instructor at Steppingstone School, Dr. Morse loves unfolding the secrets of computers with students.

Painting In Action! ($225) Mary Gage
Session II-A: June 23 - 27

Use your senses to paint with fingers, feet and noses! Discover new ways to paint! Explore unconventional painting techniques. Have fun tossing and blowing paint onto canvas strips and paper and creating colorful sand paintings. Bring a buddy and prepare to make a mess!

About the Instructor

Mary Gage - Artist, graduate of Aquinas College, Artist-In-Residence and instructor of Art at Steppingstone School, Ms. Gage exhibits locally and throughout the Midwest.

3-D Modeling and Printing ($225) Dr. Morse
Session III-A: July 7 - 11

Beginning students will learn to use Blender 3-D to make simple models that can be printed with the school's 3-D printer. Students will learn how to scale objects, take measurements using a digital caliper, and transfer those measurements to the 3-D object/s they create. Students who have attended this class previously will learn advanced modeling and design methods. This is another course valuable for students interested in Robotics.

About the Instructor

Dr. Morse - Graduate of the University of California, Davis, Biophysics Prof. Emeritus of Illinois State University, President of Scientific Software Services, Director of the SMART Center for Scientific Research and Computer Programming Instructor at Steppingstone School, Dr. Morse loves unfolding the secrets of computers with students.

Platform 9¾ ($225) Shari Dudek
Session III-B: July 7 - 11

Calling all witches and wizards! Join us for a week of magical fun at Hogwarts Americana. Take classes like Ancient Runes, Transfiguration, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Charms with visiting wizard Professor Lou, and more. Grab the Golden Snitch in a game of Quidditch. Make some of Mrs. Weasley's favorite treats including Pumpkin Pasties, Treacle Tarts and Butterbeer. Create a favorite Zonko's Gift Shop or Weasley's Wizard Wheezes item. Grab your wand and apparate to Steppingstone!

About the Instructor

Shari Dudek - A graduate of Madonna University, Ms. Dudek is a creative veteran teacher of elementary students at Steppingstone.

Polynesian Theme Sculpture & Art ($225) Mary Gage
Session III-C: July 7 - 11

Imagine your own personal island with Polynesian gods and goddesses that will grant your every wish! Campers will create their own island character using cardboard boxes of all sizes. They will embellish their sculptures with paint, buttons, corks, packing materials, and whatever else we can grab! Inspired by last summer's creation of "Tiki Bob," this camp will be sure to please! An island party with music and goodies will follow on the last day.

About the Instructor

Mary Gage - Artist, graduate of Aquinas College, Artist-In-Residence and instructor of Art at Steppingstone School, Ms. Gage exhibits locally and throughout the Midwest.

Beat Your Buddies at Chess! ($200) Fred Kung
Session IV-A: July 14 - 18

Mr. Kung dispels the myth that chess is a difficult game. His teaching system involves basic principles that can help the player comprehend the goals of the game and how they are achieved. This course is designed for children with no knowledge of the game, students who know the rules and already play with parents, siblings, and friends, all the way up to Class–C chess players. Students develop their skills and logic, planning, and organizational skills which can be applied to math, science, and many other disciplines. Besides the final tournament, students will cooperate with each other by playing numerous daily games each day with each other and the instructor.

About the Instructor

Fred Kung - A United States Chess Federation member and Class A rated player, Mr. Kung has taught chess camps the last five years. He is a retired math/science teacher who substitutes in the Ann Arbor school system, tutors math, science, and chess, and runs additional chess camps in the SE Michigan area.

¿Hablas Español? ($225) Dr. Tulio Rondon
Session V-A: July 21-25

Come to this week's Spanish class and learn conversational Spanish from a native Spanish speaker. Dr. Tulio Rondon will teach an immersion-style Spanish class to students that focuses on a different theme each day. In addition, students will learn about the culture of Venezuela, including the sights, the food, and what it is that makes this country special. The final day will be the culmination of these skills as students participate in a true fiesta, Venezuelan-style!

About the Instructor

Dr. Tulio Rondon - a native of Venezuela, is an amateur cook extraordinaire and has a doctorate in cello performance. He teaches cello at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and works with children of all ages, helping them to develop the skills and confidence to perform. Passionate about his culture, food, and music, he teaches with an intensity and depth that makes topics come alive for his students.

SMART Center Scientific Research ($300) Dr. Morse
Session VI-A: July 28 - Aug. 1

Ever wanted to use the equipment real scientists use? This is your chance! Learn to use an Electron Spin Resonance Spectrometer to explore the world around you and discover facts known to no other. Did you know that roasted coffee is full of free radicals? … that your hair is full of free radicals? … that not all free radicals are harmful? Students who complete this class will be qualified to enroll for research time in a fully-equipped research lab to explore their own questions and be directly mentored by Dr. Morse, a retired physical biochemist with over 50 publications in magnetic resonance and other fields. Please see www.smart-center.org for further details and an application form.

About the Instructor

Dr. Morse - Graduate of the University of California, Davis, Biophysics Prof. Emeritus of Illinois State University, President of Scientific Software Services, Director of the SMART Center for Scientific Research and Computer Programming Instructor at Steppingstone School, Dr. Morse loves unfolding the secrets of computers with students.

Cookin' Up a Storm with "Chef Mary" ($230) Mary Gage
Session VI-B: July 28 - Aug. 1

Would you like to crack an egg without making a mess? Join us for cooking camp where we will learn all the basics of cooking as well as enjoy the results of experimentation! We will be making delicious dishes and talking about nutrition in the context of balanced meals. Each student will leave with a recipe book at the end of the week as well as samples of each day's efforts so that parents can partake in a taste!

About the Instructor

Mary Gage - In addition to her artistry, Ms. Gage is a creative cook and a connoisseur of fine dining! She has taught cooking in previous camps and remains focused on using less salt, less sugar, and less fat while mentoring future chefs.

Leaders of the Pack ($225) Dr. Tulio Rondon
Session VI-C: July 28 - Aug. 1

Come to this week's Leadership Camp and learn how to work cooperatively with a group, to accomplish a group goal, and to develop creative solutions to problems. Campers attending this week will be presented with new "problems" each day to solve within the limits of a defined set of rules. Learning to "solve" these problems, listen to others' ideas, and present your own so that they are "heard" will be the basis of this week's camp. This week, even "failures" will be successes as students learn the skills needed to lead and work within a group.

About the Instructor

Dr. Tulio Rondon - a native of Venezuela, is an amateur cook extraordinaire and has a doctorate in cello performance. He teaches cello at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and works with children of all ages, helping them to develop the skills and confidence to perform. Passionate about his culture, food, and music, he teaches with an intensity and depth that makes topics come alive for his students.

Robotics ($365, $200 if you have the Arduino robotics kit from last year, ages 8+) Dr. Morse
Session VII-A: Aug. 4 - 8

This class has two parts. A child who has never built or programmed a robot can do it here. Students will receive a BOE Robot kit complete with Arduino computer and all software that is theirs to keep. They will build it themselves from a comprehensive manual. If your child has already built a BOE Robot, then s/he will receive advanced training in programming and problem-solving skills. All training will provide an excellent background for students interested in joining the Steppingstone Robotics Club in the Fall.

About the Instructor

Dr. Morse - Graduate of the University of California, Davis, Biophysics Prof. Emeritus of Illinois State University, President of Scientific Software Services, Director of the SMART Center for Scientific Research and Computer Programming Instructor at Steppingstone School, Dr. Morse loves unfolding the secrets of computers with students.

Stampin' & Scrappin' with Mrs. D. ($225) Shari Dudek
Session VII-B: Aug. 4 - 8

Get inky fingers while exploring the art of rubber stamping. You'll learn some "wow" techniques like heat embossing (melting powder with a heat gun), dry embossing, and Poppin' Pastels. Try your hand at some Fancy Folds, 50 Ways to Love your Brayer, punch art, and lots more. Learn to use tools with silly names like Stamp-a-ma-jig, Big Shot, and Crop-a-Dile. We'll make cards, gift bags and boxes, 3-D items, and some fun little scrapbooks.

About the Instructor

Shari Dudek - In addition to teaching at Steppingstone, Shari Dudek has been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator since 2000.

What IS that Food? ($230) Dr. Tulio Rondon
Session VII-C: Aug. 4 - 8

This week's cooking camp will focus on unusual foods and how to cook them as well as the basics of barbequeing. Students will learn to use meat thermometers to cook food on a grill, how to start a fire in a grill, and how to use a gas grill. In addition, each day students will be introduced to a new "unusual" food and learn what it is, how to cook it, and where it came from. If your children are inquisitive foodies, this week's camp is for them!

About the Instructor

Dr. Tulio Rondon - a native of Venezuela, is an amateur cook extraordinaire and has a doctorate in cello performance. He teaches cello at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and works with children of all ages, helping them to develop the skills and confidence to perform. Passionate about his culture, food, and music, he teaches with an intensity and depth that makes topics come alive for his students.

Pirates on the High Seas ($210) Heather Gutterman
Session VIII-A: Aug. 11 - 15

Yarrr!!! This camp is full of excitement! You will learn to duel with pirate swords and walk the plank! Design your own flag and hoist it from your ship. Talk like a pirate and sing pirate songs. Hunt for pirate treasures.

About the Instructor

Heather Gutterman - With an MA from U of M and teacher certification, Ms. Gutterman has taught for 13 years and is currently a Social Studies and Science instructor at Steppingstone. In addition, she is Head of School at the Polaris Fellowship of Weapons.

Medieval Swordsmanship ($230, Ages 8+) Heather Gutterman
Session IX-A: Aug. 18 - 22

Learn to swordfight! In this camp, students learn traditional European martial arts. Through the use of safety equipment and the development of focus and discipline, students get the excitement of learning to use swords and other weapons of medieval Europe. In addition, children will play cooperative games such as capture the flag that build teamwork and leadership. Students new to western martial arts will learn knife, sword, and shield, while students who have participated in prior programs will continue their studies and learn special topics.

About the Instructor

Heather Gutterman - With an MA from U of M and teacher certification, Ms. Gutterman has taught for 13 years and is currently a Social Studies and Science instructor at Steppingstone. In addition, she is Head of School at the Polaris Fellowship of Weapons.

Clay Daze! ($230) Mary Gage
Session IX-B: Aug. 18 - 22

Join me for a fun, creative and messy week of exploration in clay. Campers will work with different types of clay to hand build slab caves and carve wild animals. They will use unique tools, found objects, paint, and shoe polish to add texture and character. Camp will culminate with a "spin" on the potter's wheel where we will learn how to center clay and create small cylinders and crazy cups!

About the Instructor

Mary Gage - Artist, graduate of Aquinas College, Artist-In-Residence and instructor of Art at Steppingstone School, Ms. Gage exhibits locally and throughout the Midwest.


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