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Renaissance Child

School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach

Renaissance Child

 Summer 2019 Renaissance Child Camp Information:

First Grade through Sixth Grade

Discoverers: Entering First and Second grades

Explorers: Entering Third and Fourth grades

Adventurers: Entering Fifth and Sixth grades

Cost: $185 per week. Discounts for ETSU employees and multi-camp sign-up.

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Session One

Session 1 : June 3- 7, 2019:

Cool Chemistry Fun and More (NEW) 

Discoverers Camp: Super Science

Grab your safety goggles, you are entering the Renaissance Camp’s Crazy Mad Scientists’ Lab! Campers will develop their own formulas to create some safe chemical reactions. They will take part in hands-on activities that will demonstrate the states of matter and their physical and chemical changes. The Discoverers will make density towers, fizzy sidewalk chalk, and liquid nitrogen ice cream. They will have the opportunity to express their creativity during their art activity time. Campers will put their problem-solving skills to the test during group challenges and games. Come join us for a week of oozey, goozey fun!

Explorers Camp: Extraordinary Experiments 

Renaissance Camp Explorers always enjoy creating an explosion! They are guaranteed to do just that when they experiment with various mixtures and solutions. They will have the opportunity to learn about the properties that make up solids, liquids, and gases. The campers will make plastic milk and identify acids and bases using magic cabbage juice and take part in other experiments too. In addition, the campers will take part in a variety of art activities and work on team building activities. The Explorers will learn that chemistry really is cool when they use liquid nitrogen to make a hammer out of banana and make a carbonated drink using dry ice!

Adventurers Camp:  Colossal Chemistry

The Adventurers will employee the scientific method as they become cool research chemists for the week. They will study the distribution for fat molecules when they perform the magic rainbow milk experiment. Campers will shatter pennies with liquid nitrogen and make ghost bubbles with dry ice.  They will isolate the DNA of a strawberry and determine the ph levels of various solutions. The participants will be introduced to the periodic table and make edible models of molecules. They will also take part in cross curricular art projects and team building activities. This will be an exciting introduction to the field of chemistry with a variety of fun and challenging experiments!

Field Trip: Warriors Path, Kingsport, TN

 

Session Two

Date: June 10-14, 2019

Earth Science /Geology Camp

Field Trip: Emerald Village

Discoverers Camp: Earth: Inside, Outside, and All Around

Campers will discover what lies beneath the Earth’s surface, and will explore rocks, minerals, fossils They will make a model of the layers of the Earth, a crystal alphabet, and dinosaur eggs. Discoverers will take part in hands-on activities that will demonstrate different weather conditions. They will make rain clouds, tornadoes and maybe even a snow storm! Campers can participate in a variety of arts and craft projects and other cross-curricular activities. Volcanoes will be exploding, and the ground will be quaking, come join us for a rocking good time! 

Explorers Camp: Geoscientists In The Making

The four branches of Earth science are geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. The participants will take part in a variety of activities as they learn about these areas of study. The Explorers will make an edible rock cycle, make models of the layers of the ocean and build structures that will with stand an earthquake. They will study different types of volcanoes and make models of ones formed both on land and under the ocean. Campers will also take part in other cross curricular activities. We’ll be rocking, rolling, shaking and quaking. Who knows, we may have a future geoscientist in the group.

Adventurers Camp: Digging Deeper into Earth Science

How much energy can be generated by battery made of dirt from the garden? There is an active volcano near a village, is it possible to reroute the lava flow? The Adventurers will discover the answers to these questions. They will also build a structure that will withstand an earth quake, on a base of Jell-O! The campers will take part in a variety of activities that will demonstrate plate tectonics, ocean tides, the rock cycle and more. They will also participate in art, creative writing and team building exercises. The participants will discover that Earth sciences rocks!

Session Three

Date: June 17 - 21, 2019

DaVinci Invention Convention

Field Trip: Bays Mountain

Discovers Camp : Da Vinci’s Apprentices 

The Renaissance Camp Kids will meet the original Renaissance man. Discoverers will start the week off by making parachutes and flying machines. They will try their at hand at painting while lying flat on their backs and designing a fresco like Leonardo. Campers will have the opportunity to perform science experiments, do some arts and crafts, and other related projects.  Our little inventors will design their own wacky vehicles using recycled materials. Marshmallows will be flying from catapults, boats will be floating, objects will be sailing through the air and Da Vinci’s Apprentices will be having a blast!

Explorers Camp: da Vinci’s Workshop

Welcome to da Vinci’s Workshop! The Explorers will discover the world of Leonardo da Vinci and will create a modern version of some of his inventions. The campers will design a parachute and flying machine that will carry a raw egg safely to the ground. They will try their hand at making a self-propelled cart, a catapult, and a revolving bridge. Da Vinci developed plans for an ideal city of the 16th Century.  The Explorers will work in teams to design their own dream cities. Campers will also build models of original inventions to use in their cities. Our workshop will be a little bit wacky, and a whole lot of fun!

Adventurers: Innovation Laboratory 

Welcome to Renaissance Camp’s Innovation Laboratory, one of our Adventurers’ favorite camps! Campers will use their creativity, knowledge, and problem-solving skills to plan, design, and build their own original invention. In the computer lab, they will draft an advertising campaign for their product and create a commercial. The Adventurers will also face a daily design challenge to meet a specific problem. They will work in teams to build a raft that will carry a 10 pound bag of potatoes, design a marshmallow blaster and much more. It is guaranteed to be an exciting week in the Renaissance Innovation Laboratory.

Session Four

Date: June 24 - 28, 2019

Kichestry

Note: Please register early! Space is limited and this popular camp fills up fast.

Discoverers Camp: Kool Kitchen Wizards

The Discoverers will be mixing up bubbling, fizzing potions and some tasty treats They will make baking soda poppers, elephant’s toothpaste and a colorful fireworks display from milk. Campers will enjoy preparing snacks that they have picked from the Ren Camp garden. They will use their math skills when measuring ingredients for the famous Renaissance Camp bread. They’ll add some home made butter and jam and have a feast.

Explorers Camp: Fabulous Food Scientists

Cooking is indeed a science and the food that is prepared by the Renaissance Camp kids is always fabulous! The Explorerers will investigate how temperature, different ingredients and methods affect the outcome of a recipe. Working together in their kitchen groups, the campers will plan and create a variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and party time! Grab your apron and join in the fun as we cook and eat our way through the day!

Adventurers Camp: Super Chefs

The Super Chefs will work together in their kitchen groups to plan and prepare meals, snacks and baked goodies. They will have an opportunity to do some “farm to table” cooking, using the produce from our little Ren Camp garden. The Adventurers will concentrate on different skill building experiments to discoverer how ingredients, temperature and methods of cooking effect the end product. They will also be introduced to the basic safety regulations which must be followed in commercial kitchens. Budding chefs and lovers of tasty food will enjoy their time at Kitchestry Camp!

 

Summer Camp Break

Date: July 1-5, 2019

No Camps!!!!!!

 

Session Five: 

Date: July 8-12, 20019

“ POP” ( Preserve Our Planet )

Field Trip : Grandfather Mountain

Discoverers Camp: Eco “COPS” (Caretakers of Our Planet)

Campers will investigate what makes green plants green and how animals adapt to their environment. In preparation for their trip to Grandfather Mountain’s animal encounter program, the Discoverers will select an animal to research in the computer lab. They will make a diorama of their animal’s habitat. The campers will have an opportunity to help work in the Ren Camp garden and sample some of the harvest. Using their imaginations to create great works of art from upcycled materials, the campers will discover the importance of recycling and conservation. Whether in the classroom, out on the campus, in the garden, or up on a mountain top, the campers will have a great time during the week of “POP”!

Explorerers Camp:  Eco Guardians

The Explorers will study ecology and conservation by participating in variety of exciting hands-on activities. They will make soda bottle eco-systems, create models of animal and plant cells, and dissect owl pellets. Campers will be able research how plants grow in a variety of conditions when they take part in activities in the Ren Camp garden. They might make a worm farm, but we promise not to send it home! The campers will practice the 3 R’s (REuse, REduce, Recycle) when they make upcycled art projects. Whether in the classroom, out on the campus, in the garden, or up on a mountain top, the campers will have a great time during the week of “POP”! 

Adventurers Camp : Eco Warriors

The Adventurers will be cranking up the MudWatt Batteries to investigate microbial generated energy. The Eco Warriors will be challenged to develop a water filtration system and use the scientific method of investigation to test their results. Using the Ren Camp garden as their outdoor laboratory, campers will experiment with photosynthesis, chromatography, soil sampling and water testing. Using their artistic skills as well as resource conservation, the campers will create some recycled art projects.

Session Six

Date: July 15- 19, 2019

Imagination Station

Field Trip: Barter Theater (Shrek the Musical)

Discovers Camp: Dream Weavers

This camp is the place to let your imagination run wild and dream big dreams. The campers will discover creative drama techniques that will stretch their imaginations. They will have the opportunity to take part in a story theater production. The campers will be able to express their artistic side by taking part in a variety of art projects. It takes a big dreamer to become a scientist. The Discovers will be able to take part in some oozey goozey and crazy chemistry fun. The campers will also have the opportunity to write their own stories in the computer lab. The week will culminate with the Renaissance Camp’s Imagination Station Extravaganza.

Explorers Camp: Terrific Tale Spinners

The Explorerers will participate in activities that will develop creative drama techniques that will stretch their imaginations. They will work together to adapt a fairy tale or other story which will be presented at the Imagination Station Extravaganza. The campers will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of exciting science experiments and will use their problem solving skills to design a raft for the Gruff brothers to use in escaping the troll. The Explorers will help design sets, costumes and create other art projects.

Adventurers Camp: Super Stars

The Adventurers will adapt a familiar book, play, or movie which will be presented at the Imagination Station Extravaganza. They will explore some basic acting techniques, stage direction and vocal projection. Campers will help to design costumes, sets and other art projects. The Adventurers will employ the science method of investigation as they experiment with some super absorbent polymers. They will also develop a formula for a bouncy ball. Just how big will they grow and how high will the go? The week will culminate with the Renaissance Camp’s Imagination Station Extravaganza.

Explorers Camp: Terrific Tale Spinners

The Explorerers will participate in activities that will develop creative drama techniques that will stretch their imaginations. They will work together to adapt a fairy tale or other story which will be presented at the Imagination Station Extravaganza. The campers will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of exciting science experiments and will use their problem solving skills to design a raft for the Gruff brothers to use in escaping the troll. The Explorers will help design sets, costumes and create other art projects.

The week will culminate with the Renaissance Camp’s Imagination Station Extravaganza.

Field Trip: Barter Theater Abingdon, VA  ( Play: “Shrek, the Musical”) 

Session Seven

Date: July 22- 26, 2019

STREAM  ( Science, Technology, / Recreation Reading, Engineering, Art, Math)

Field Trip: Roan Mountain

Discoverers Camp: STREAM, a Kaleidoscope of Fun

Watch out, the crazy Noodle Doodle Bots are coming back to camp! The Discoverers will try their hand at robotics when they make artistic little robots. Making circuits from electrified playdough is also a popular science project. Campers will have fun experimenting with magnetism and performing some wacky science experiments. The Discoverers will express their artistic side as the create items from clay, paper mache’ and other mediums. Art tells a story, the campers will write poems and stories to go along with their masterpieces. They will make a book of their work in the computer lab.This camp truly is a kaleidoscope of ever changing activities and it is all learning in the ‘guise of fun!

Explorers Camp: STREAM, a Mixed Bag of Tricks!

Scientists, artists, writers, engineers, and wizards at the computer, that’s who our Explorers are! They will use the scientific method of investigation as they participate in a variety experiments and do research in the computer lab. They will take little adventures into the world of robotics when they make Bristle Bots and practice some electrical engineering as they work with Snap Circuits. Campers will have the opportunity to take part in some challenging problem-solving activities. Expressing their creative side, campers will take part in art projects using different mediums and styles. This will be an exciting week of diverse activity, a mixed bag for sure!

Adventurers Camp : A Mosaic of STREAM Activities

Aerospace engineering will be a featured topic for the Adventurers as they explore the laws of motion and basic physics of flight. Using their knowledge of aerodynamics, the campers will build and launch their own hydro-rockets. The campers will have an opportunity to explore electrical energy when the make lemon powered clocks and experiment with Snap Circuits. Using different mediums and styles, the Adventurers will express their creative side with interesting art projects.  Many pieces will make up this Renaissance Camp mosaic and it will be a unique and exciting experience for all.

Session Eight

Date: July 29 - Aug 2, 2019

Construction Zone 

Discoverers Camp: Junior Engineer Camp

Grab your hard hats, you are entering a construction zone. The Discoverers will explore how things work while learning the basic laws of physics and engineering. They will make toy cars, a race track and a boat that floats. The Discoverers love to use hammers and nails to make their own contraptions, gizmos and gadgets. They will display their masterpieces at the Renaissance Kids Trade show om Friday afternoon. Move over Bob the Builder, the Renaissance Junior Engineers are in the house!

Explorers Camp: Engineering Exploration Camp

The fundamental concepts of energy, force, friction, and other basic laws of physics will be explored during this camp. They will make rubber band cars and devise a way for them to be the fastest in the race! The Explorers final challenge will be to research, design, and build a proto type of a machine using recycled materials. Our budding engineers will display their creations at the annual Renaissance Kids Trade show at the end of the week.

Adventurers Camp: Master Engineer Camp

The Adventurers will use the engineering design process (Brainstorm, Build, Test, Redesign) to meet daily design challenges. They will explore the fundamental concepts of energy, force, friction and other basics laws of physics while working in teams. The campers will build weight bearing balsa bridges and air powered dragsters. The final challenge will be to design and build a compound machine that utilizes at least 3 simple machines. The annual Renaissance Kids Trade Show at the end of the week allows the campers to display their creations. 

 

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