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Class Descriptions

BAPA offers students a comprehensive array of Academic, Enrichment and Fitness/Aquatics classes! Academic classes are taught by credentialed teachers using a Project Based Learning (PBL) approach, while enrichment and fitness/aquatics classes are taught by experienced instructors with course appropriate experience and/or credentials.

BAPA two-week sessions are designed for both academic progression and a variety of enrichment and fitness/aquatics experiences. Content covered for academic classes will vary for each two-week session, while content for some enrichment and fitness/aquatics classes will reinforce skills across each two-week session. See course descriptions below for details.

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Enrichment Course Descriptions

BAPA enrichment classes are taught by instructors with course appropriate experience or credentials. Each two-week session includes a variety of enrichment classes. Content for some enrichment classes varies for each two-week session, while others reinforce skills. See course descriptions below for details.

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Why BAPA was so popular last summer...

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"Varied curriculum and well organized instruction."

"I think the BAPA program is very organized with helpful staff, coupled with flexible schedules, and located in the beautiful CSM campus."

Website Coding (Beginner) (all grades)

There's no question that HTML5 is a hot topic for young developers, and this course will help you understand the fundamentals of HTML5's functionality. This exciting intro course introduces you to the nuts and bolts of HTML 5. Students will learn the theoretical and practical aspects of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML 5), to building basic webpages following accepted web design layout and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards. In addition to developing organizational, critical thinking and problem solving skills, students will learn important web concepts skills and scripting language by developing a web project. If you want to learn how to build websites, this project-based learning class is for you!

Website Coding (Intermediate) (all grades)

Want to continue your programming skills from Coding I? This exciting intermediate course introduces you to the theoretical and practical aspects of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS 3), a language that packs quite a bit of power that helps change the way HTML pages look. In addition to developing organizational, critical thinking and problem solving skills, this course will look under the hood of CSS 3 to help you understand the semantics of the language of how to apply web layouts using CSS 3 specifications by separating the page content from the visual presentation, as well as develop a web project following accepted design layout and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards as you learn important web concepts, skills and scripting language. If you are serious about continuing to learn how to build web pages, this project-based learning class is for you!

App Attack* (all grades)

Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app! Using a specialized app & game development tool, students will explore the world of web-based (HTML5) mobile apps. In addition to learning the basics of mobile app design and game development, you will also see firsthand how the world of App publishing functions. Student-created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. Publishing to App Stores not included. No prior experience is necessary and students do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take the class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program .Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

Session 1(6/19 to 6/30)

*This class covers two periods. If you register for this morning class, you must register for both periods 1 & 2. If you register for the afternoon class, you must register for both periods 5 & 6.

The magic in every camper comes to life as never before when they are empowered to be as creative as they were all born to be! Black Rocket has over a decade of experience designing camps in the S.T.E.A.M fields (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics). Every program is powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on, learning environment. From concept to creation students will demonstrate their masterpiece to the world at the end of each week! All Black Rocket programs mirror real life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Lego® Video Games* (all grades)

Combine your two favorite activities: LEGOs and Video Games! Students will create their own LEGO characters and adventures in an interactive 2D Video Game. Everyone is welcome in this one of a kind class. At the end of the program, every student will have a finished LEGO Video Game that can be shared with friends and family through a password protected Black Rocket website. Games are only compatible on PC computers; Mac versions can be created after the program for a $15.00 conversion fee. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

Session 1(6/19 to 6/30)

*This class covers two periods. If you register for this morning class, you must register for both periods 3 & 4. If you register for the afternoon class, you must register for both periods 7 & 8.

The magic in every camper comes to life as never before when they are empowered to be as creative as they were all born to be! Black Rocket has over a decade of experience designing camps in the S.T.E.A.M fields (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics). Every program is powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on, learning environment. From concept to creation students will demonstrate their masterpiece to the world at the end of each week! All Black Rocket programs mirror real life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Lego® Comics* (all grades)

In this LEGO adventure YOU are the star! Pick your favorite LEGO genre or create an alternate universe to create a digital illustrated story or graphic novel. Whether you want to fight alongside Superheroes, create a Minecraft story, hang with the Nexo Knights, or go into space with Rey and Finn, the only requirement is that you put yourself in the story! All students will end the class with a digital comic book that can be shared with friends and family on a password protected website! Students will work in teams for most of the program.

Session 2(7/3 to 7/14)

*This class covers two periods. If you register for this morning class, you must register for both periods 1 & 2. If you register for the afternoon class, you must register for both periods 5 & 6.

The magic in every camper comes to life as never before when they are empowered to be as creative as they were all born to be! Black Rocket has over a decade of experience designing camps in the S.T.E.A.M fields (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics). Every program is powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on, learning environment. From concept to creation students will demonstrate their masterpiece to the world at the end of each week! All Black Rocket programs mirror real life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Make Your First Video Game* (all grades)

If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers, Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14)

This class covers two periods. If you register for this morning class, you must register for both periods 3 & 4. If you register for the afternoon class, you must register for both periods 7 & 8.

The magic in every camper comes to life as never before when they are empowered to be as creative as they were all born to be! Black Rocket has over a decade of experience designing camps in the S.T.E.A.M fields (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics). Every program is powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on, learning environment. From concept to creation students will demonstrate their masterpiece to the world at the end of each week! All Black Rocket programs mirror real life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

3D Video Game* (all grades)

Make Your First 3D Video Game! Try this new version of a Black Rocket classic! This class allows you to develop a game concept that goes
well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2D game design classes and create an immersive 3D world. Students will learn the physics behind 3D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling
flow of gameplay, and story telling. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the
program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28)

*This class covers two periods. If you register for this morning class, you must register for both periods 1 & 2. If you register for the afternoon class, you must register for both periods 5 & 6.

The magic in every camper comes to life as never before when they are empowered to be as creative as they were all born to be! Black Rocket has over a decade of experience designing camps in the S.T.E.A.M fields (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics). Every program is powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on, learning environment. From concept to creation students will demonstrate their masterpiece to the world at the end of each week! All Black Rocket programs mirror real life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

App Adventures* (all grades)

Continue your quest to make the next viral app! Whether you want to move past the basic techniques learned in App Attack or want to jump right in, we are ready for you! Students will choose from a selection
of different web-based (HTML5) mobile apps and explore more in-depth programming concepts. Student projects will be accessible on a Black Rocket site and can be played on any mobile device or computer.
Publishing to App Stores not included. No prior experience is necessary and students do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take the class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28)

*This class covers two periods. If you register for this morning class, you must register for both periods 3 & 4. If you register for the afternoon class, you must register for both periods 7 & 8.

The magic in every camper comes to life as never before when they are empowered to be as creative as they were all born to be! Black Rocket has over a decade of experience designing camps in the S.T.E.A.Mfields (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics). Every program is powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on, learning environment. From concept to creation students will demonstrate their masterpiece to the world at the end of each week! All Black Rocket programs mirror real life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Chess Club (all grades)

Build or grow your chess skills this summer through a combination of instruction and chess playing. Engage in class tournaments and enjoy the fun and excitement of chess. Open to all skill levels

Digital Photography (all grades)

Learn how to shoot great digital photos from a professional photographer and instructor to get the most out of your camera. Fun activities include outdoor shooting, low light shooting, portraiture, video, 3-D, tricks and professional tips to capture your memories. Bring a camera and your manual. A limited number of low-end cameras are available to share. Students repeating this course across multiple sessions will review basic information on digital photography but apply what they have learned to different projects in each two-week session.

Photography without Cameras (all grades)

How can you do photography without a camera? Easy! We will make books, learn portraiture, explore the world of miniatures through microscopes, create image transfers and sun prints, distress photographs and use mixed media to create photographs. Learn to build a projector and learn how to build a camera. You will see things in the world you never though were there. Let your creativity flow as you appreciate the world around yo. Join us for an extremely fun and creative summer.

Cellphonography (all grades)

Find unique and exciting people, friends and scenes to photograph as we walk around and explore the campus with your cellphone (be sure to bring a smartphone, not a flip phone). We will explore Apps to download to make your photos even brighter or colorful, crop out unwanted thinks or even add a thing or two, or we will use apps to move into the artistic world by making your images look like you took them 100 years ago, make your photos look like paintings or even make them look like you used film! We will create a digital negative as our final project to use to create an image transfer to hang on your wall at home. See where the exciting world of cellphonography will take you.

Beginner Minecraft/Robotics (all grades)

Minecraft/Robotics Overview

This course includes one week of MinecraftEDU and one week of Robotics. MinecraftEDU is an expansive game that lets you design and create unique worlds with amazing structures and apply engineering principles to solve numerous challenges as you make your virtual world of Minecraft

Robotics will help you learn how to design, program, and control fully functional robotic models. Unleash the creative powers of the new LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 set to create and command robots that walk, talk, think and do anything they can imagine. This class will provide a series of real-life activities covering topics within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics all using EV3 LEGO® robotics.

Students repeating this course across multiple sessions will review information previously learned but apply what they have learned to different projects in each two-week session.

Beginner Minecraft/Robotics

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30)
Students learn the basics of Minecraft such as movement, mining, building, crafting, and perhaps the most important of all, teamwork. To survive the imminent catastrophe, student teams will scout out an area to build their own shelters, working together to gather the necessary resources and engineering new structures.

The Robotics RoboGames curriculum is designed to introduce students to the world of not only building, but also programming basic robots. In this unit, students will design their robots to play various Robo arcade games.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14)
Review and build upon the basics of Minecraft. Understand biomes, build the perfect farm, raise animals, grow mushrooms, and make it past mobs. Make Minecraft your own and find cool tips on playing Minecraft

In the Robotics Robot Surgeons curriculum, students will explore different ways in which a robot could be utilized in the medical field. Students will be given the opportunity to design and build robots to help give medical aid.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28)
One of the more complicated aspects of MinecraftEDU is Redstone, which is MinecraftEDU’s version of electrical circuitry. This class will introduce students to the many uses of Redstone through a Medieval themed adventure of creation, exploration, and working together to build their kingdom.

The Robotics Olympics curriculum will explore the idea of a “Robotic Olympics” where countries send their best robots to compete. Students will build and program their robots to perform specific athletic challenges.

Intermediate Minecraft/Robotics (all grades)

Minecraft/Robotics Overview

This course includes one week of MinecraftEDU and one week of Robotics.MinecraftEDU is an expansive game that lets you design and create unique worlds with amazing structures and apply engineering principles to solve numerous challenges as you make your virtual world of Minecraft

Robotics will help you learn how to design, program, and control fully functional robotic models. Unleash the creative powers of the new LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 set to create and command robots that walk, talk, think and do anything they can imagine. This class will provide a series of real-life activities covering topics within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics all using EV3 LEGO® robotics.

Students repeating this course across multiple sessions will review information previously learned but apply what they have learned to different projects in each two-week session.

Intermediate Minecraft/Robotics

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30)
If you love playing Minecraft and want to add your own mods, then this class is right for you. Working within the game itself, you'll develop Python programming skills that apply way beyond Minecraft as you learn to write programs, set up and run your own local Minecraft server, and interact with the game. Begin with some short, simple Python lessons and then use your new skills to modify Minecraft to produce instant and totally awesome results. Learn how to customize Minecraft to make mini-games, duplicate entire buildings, and turn boring blocks into gold.

The Robotics RoboGames curriculum is designed to introduce students to the world of not only building, but also programming basic robots. In this unit, students will design their robots to play various Robo arcade games.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14)
Minecraft Intermediate Session 2, builds upon techniques and knowledge learned in Session 1. Build massive monuments, forests, and more in a snap, create secret passageways that open when you activate a hidden switch, etc.

In the Robotics Robot Surgeons curriculum, students will explore different ways in which a robot could be utilized in the medical field. Students will be given the opportunity to design and build robots to help give medical aid.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28)
Minecraft Intermediate Session 3, builds upon techniques and knowledge learned in Session 2. Create a spooky ghost town that vanishes and reappears elsewhere, make mischief with lava traps and spells that cause huge floods, etc.

The Robotics Olympics curriculum will explore the idea of a “Robotic Olympics” where countries send their best robots to compete. Students will build and program their robots to perform specific athletic challenges.

Japanese & Sushi (all grades)

Get to know the life and culture of Japan from a native Japanese teacher. Have fun learning conversational Japanese. Explore the art of Japanese calligraphy. Enjoy making and savoring delicious sushi in class.

Origami (all grades)

Learn the ancient art of origami from a native Japanese teacher. Enjoy making basic and intermediate-level origami you can use for your personal enjoyment and the amazement of your friends and family.

Sign Language (all grades)

Learn to make and understand basic sign language and communicate using American Sign Language (ASL)! Add sign language to your verbal skills and expand your brain power and your ability to communicate with deaf or hard-of hearing friends or family members.

Public Speaking (all grades)

Learn to stay calm, capture audience attention and present clearly! Develop your communication and leadership skills, get tips on overcoming nervousness, learn how to organize and present your ideas logically and persuasively, practice careful listening, and practice giving helpful feedback.

Self-Advocacy (all grades)

Everyone can benefit from learning how to speak up for themselves assertively and appropriately! Build self-confidence and be empowered by learning to understand and communicate your needs to peers, adults and others in authority.

Spanish (Beg.) (all grades)

This beginner Spanish class is for students who are learning Spanish for the first time. Lessons will include pronunciation practice, mastery of basic phrases to communicate with Spanish speakers, and vocabulary building. Build your confidence as you master the beautiful language of Spanish!

Money Talk (all grades)

The sooner you learn about money, the smarter and more effective you will be at mastering this important life skill. This class will use games and relevant, real-life examples to teach financial concepts such as creating a budget, creating long-term savings goals, borrowing, and how credit cards work.

Creative Writing (all grades)

If you enjoy expressing yourself in writing, then this is the class for you! Learn new ways of expressing your ideas through stories and poems while build your writing skills to become a more articulate and polished writer.

Growth Mindset (all grades)

Develop a growth mindset and overcome the limitations of fixed mindset thinking. Explore the power of the growth mindset and how to build your ability to overcome challenges through insightful strategies that will help you throughout your entire life.

Chinese (Beg.) (all grades)

Begin learning to communicate in Mandarin Chinese – a language spoken by billions of people around the world! This class is for total beginners and will teach you basic speaking and writing with a primary focus on developing speaking skills in topic areas such as greetings, self-introductions, colors, animals, food, and more. Learn basic Chinese through interactive practice, solo and group activities, and games!

Acting Improv (all grades)

Enter the ridiculously funny world of improv while building your ability to tell exciting stories, invent interesting characters and act out hilarious scenes. This class will help you develop your improv and performance skills in a safe yet fun environment while you enhance your creativity, learn to focus on what others are saying, increase your risk-taking and overcome shyness. If you’re ready to jump in, have fun, work with others and discover your voice, then this is the class for you!

Creative Desserts (all grades)

Get your tastebuds ready for this mouth-watering class. Enjoy hands-on learning as you explore the creative art of decorating desserts such as cupcakes, cakes, and more! No baking will take place in class. Bring your imagination to personalize your creative dessert and be ready to be challenged in teams.

Career Exploration (all grades)

Learn the difference between a job and a career, as well as how to explore careers related to your strengths, skills and talents. You will also learn more about the variety of exciting careers available in the Bay Area.

Sketching & Manga (all grades)

Explore the art of Japanese Manga cartooning in this creative drawing class. Learn the secrets behind Manga facial shape and profile, figures, poses and movement as you explore basic sketching concepts and color theory. Develop your personal style and create your own cartoon characters!
 

Pencils & Pastels (all grades)

It's incredible what you can create with pencils and pastels! Develop your skills in both pencil sketching and pastels to create wonderful works of art that reflect your creativity and personal style.

Academic Course Descriptions

BAPA academic classes are taught by credentialed teachers using a Project Based Learning (PBL) approach - a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. Project Based Learning content for academic classes will vary for each two-week session – enabling students to progress across multiple two-week sessions or take each two-week session separately.

Please note: Academic classes are labeled by grade, so that you can choose a class that matches the grade level your student will enter in fall 2017. If you feel that your student needs to learn content (in Math, for example) that is more or less advanced than the grade they will be entering in the fall, you may enroll them in a class above or below their projected grade level for fall 2017.

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Why BAPA was so popular last summer...

"Fun, educational, independent college-like format."

"It's a great value and a great program. I always feel like my son gets a head start on the upcoming school year from attending."

"It is a fantastic way to keep the kids actively learning over the summer, and gives them a taste of the college experience!"

Math 6

This class will be project based where students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce core math topics. Each two-week session will have a specific focus.

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30) Topics will include a review of ratios and rates, how they connect to whole numbers, and using them to solve problems.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14) Topics will include a review of the different types of numbers such as decimals, fractions, and negative numbers as well as how they are used to describe applications.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28) Topics will include how to write, interpret, and use expressions and equations to solve problems.

Math 7

This class will be project based where students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce core math topics. Each two-week session will have a specific focus.

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30) Topics will include understanding and applying proportional relationships and using them to solve problems.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14) Topics will include operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28) Topics will include basic concepts from statistics and using these ideas to draw inferences about populations.

Math 8

This class will be project based where students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce core math topics. Each two-week session will have a specific focus.

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30) Topics will include formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14) Topics will include grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe applications.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28) Topics will include an introduction to geometry by analyzing two- and three-dimensional figures.

Math 9

This class will be project based where students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce core math topics. Each two-week session will have a specific focus.

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30) Topics will include the study of algebraic manipulation and its connection to functions.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14) Topics will include the study of linear relationships, and applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28) Topics will include the geometry of congruence, measurement, and the Pythagorean Theorem.

English Language Arts 6

This class will be project based where students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce core reading, comprehension and writing skills. Each two-week session will have a specific focus.

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30) Skills will include reading and comprehension of informational texts, writing, and analyzing how word choices impact meaning and tone.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14) Skills will include reading and comprehension of history/social studies texts, writing, and analyzing how word choices impact meaning and tone.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28) Skills will include reading and comprehension of science/technical texts, writing, and analyzing how word choices impact meaning and tone

English Language Arts 7

This class will be project based where students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce core reading, comprehension and writing skills. Each two-week session will have a specific focus.

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30) Skills will include reading and comprehension of informational texts, writing, and analyzing how rhymes and other repetitions of sounds impact a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14) Skills will include reading and comprehension of history/social studies texts, writing, and analyzing how rhymes and other repetitions of sounds impact a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28) Skills will include reading and comprehension of science/technical texts, writing, and analyzing how rhymes and other repetitions of sounds impact a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

English Language Arts 8

This class will be project based where students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce core reading, comprehension and writing skills. Each two-week session will have a specific focus.

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30) Skills will include reading and comprehension of informational texts, writing, and analyzing how specific word choices impact meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14) Skills will include reading and comprehension of history/social studies texts, writing, and analyzing how specific word choices impact meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28) Skills will include reading and comprehension of science/technical texts, writing, and analyzing how specific word choices impact meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

English Language Arts 9

This class will be project based where students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce core reading, comprehension and writing skills. Each two-week session will have a specific focus.

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30) Skills will include reading and comprehension of informational texts, writing, and analyzing the cumulative impact of specific word choices on the sense of time and place and the formal and informal tone of a text.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14) Skills will include reading and comprehension of history/social studies texts, writing, and analyzing the cumulative impact of specific word choices on the sense of time and place and the formal and informal tone of a text.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28) Skills will include reading and comprehension of science/technical texts, writing, and analyzing the cumulative impact of specific word choices on the sense of time and place and the formal and informal tone of a text.

Social Studies 6

This class will be project based where students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce core history/social studies topics concerning the people and events of ancient western and non-western civilizations. Each two-week session will have a specific focus.

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30) Topics will be drawn from the Paleolithic era to the agricultural revolution.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14) Topics will be drawn from the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Kush, and ancient Hebrews.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28) Topics will be drawn from the early civilizations of ancient Greece, India, China, and Rome.

Social Studies 7

This class will be project based where students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce core history/social studies topics concerning the people and events of medieval and early modern times. Each two-week session will have a specific focus.

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30) Topics will be drawn from the expansion and disintegration of the Roman Empire.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14) Topics will be drawn from civilizations such as Islam and China in the Middle Ages, Medieval Ghana and Mali, Japan, and Europe, and Meso-American and Andean civilizations.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28) Topics will be drawn from the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment, and the Age of Reason.

Social Studies 8

This class will be project based where students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce core history/social studies topics concerning the ideas, issues and events from the framing of the Constitution up to World War I. Each two-week session will have a specific focus.

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30) Topics will be drawn from the major events preceding the founding of the United States and the political principles underlying the U.S. Constitution.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14) Topics will be drawn from challenges facing the American people in the Northeast, South and West from 1800 to the mid-1800s, as well as Abolition, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28) Topics will be drawn from the Industrial Revolution.

Social Studies 9

This class will be project based where students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce core historical/social science analysis skills. Each two-week session will have a specific focus.

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30) Topics will focus on developing historical and social science analysis skills through an understanding of Chronological and Spatial Thinking.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14) Topics will focus on Historical Research, Evidence and Point of View.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28) Topics will focus on Historical Interpretation.

Science 6

This class will be project based where students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce core Earth Science topics. Each two-week session will have a specific focus.

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30) Topics will be drawn from subjects such as Plate Tectonics and Earth’s Structure.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14) Topics will be drawn from subjects such as Shaping Earth’s Surface, and Heat.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28) Topics will be drawn from subjects such as Energy in the Earth System, and Ecology.

Science 7

This class will be project based where students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce core Life Science topics. Each two-week session will have a specific focus.

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30) Topics will be drawn from subjects such as Cell Biology, Genetics, and Evolution.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14) Topics will be drawn from subjects such as Earth and Life History.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28) Topics will be drawn from subjects such as Structure and Function in Living Systems, and Physical Principles in Living Systems.

Science 8

This class will be project based where students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce core Physical Science topics. Each two-week session will have a specific focus.

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30) Topics will be drawn from subjects such as Motion, Forces, and Structure of Matter.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14) Topics will be drawn from subjects such as Earth in the Solar System.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28) Topics will be drawn from subjects such as Reactions, Chemistry of Living Systems, Density, and Buoyancy.

Science 9

This class will be project based where students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce core Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Life Sciences and Earth Science topics. Each two-week session will have a specific focus.

Session 1 (6/19 to 6/30) Topics and activities will be drawn from Physics and Chemistry.

Session 2 (7/3 to 7/14) Topics and activities will be drawn from Biology/Life Sciences.

Session 3 (7/17 to 7/28) Topics and activities will be drawn from Earth Sciences.

Fitness/Aquatics Course Descriptions

Fitness/aquatics classes are taught by instructors with course appropriate experience and/or credentials. Content for fitness/aquatics classes will reinforce skills across each two-week session – enabling students to try new courses for each two-week session or repeat the same courses if desired.

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kickboxing

Why BAPA was so popular last summer...

"My daughter raved about it. Being 12 that hardly ever happens with anything."

"My child felt very safe. It was a great way for him to establish independence."

"Fun experience, good location, and the time/schedule are great for parents that work."

Kickboxing (all grades) *


This total body workout will teach you confidence, self-discipline and respect. This class is taught within a group setting and combines cardio, strength, and flexibility.

U-Jam/Zumba (all grades) *

Do you like music and dancing? Then this is the class for you. U-Jam combines dance and high energy music with specially choreographed, kid-friendly songs and moves. This all while having FUN!!!

Yoga (all grades) *

Are you looking to relax and become more focused? This class will encourage a deeper sense of self-awareness and interpersonal skills. Complete with balancing poses, breathing exercises, and creative relaxation techniques.

Counselor in Training (all grades) *


Are you a role model? Do you like working with younger kids? Learn how to perform First Aid and CPR/AED, make good decisions under pressure, how to communicate effectively with children and adults, and become a leader! *Does not include certification.

Dance (all grades) *

This exciting class is the perfect opportunity to learn different styles of dance, including Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and more! Explore new dance techniques and build confidence while you brush up on your skills and make new friends! This is one class you won't want to miss!

X-Fit/Bootcamp (all grades) *

This group session will consist of fun obstacle courses and circuits to help you move more efficiently. Problem solving, teamwork, and maneuvering will allow you to be more effective in everyday settings.

Water Polo (all grades)*

Do you love the water? Want to learn a new sport? If you are brand new to the sport of water polo and interested in learning the rules and the general strategy of the game, this class is for you! Swim development and fundamental water polo drills are the focus of every practice session.Pre-requisites for this class: You must be able to do a 100 yard continuous swim and a two minute tread unassisted.

Beginner Swim (all grades)*

The focus of this class is to build confidence, learn basic water safety skills and learn proper freestyle technique. This class is taught in our warm, shallow pool.Prerequisites for this class: You must be able to put your face underwater and have a willingness to learn new skills in the water.

Stroke Instruction (all grades)*

The focus of this class is to build an environment to practice swimming skills in a supportive, and non-competitive atmosphere while maintaining a healthy exercise routine. Instruction will focus on improving stroke technique in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. This class will be taught in our Olympic Pool (7 feet deep). Teachers will be coaching out of the water.Prerequisites for this class: You must be able to swim 200 yards comfortably and know the basics of freestyle and side breathing.

Lap Swim (all grades) *

This total body workout will aim to improve your comfort, efficiency and speed in the pool.You will be led through specific workouts each class that will challenge you and also take you to the next level of endurance in the water. Prerequisites for this class: You must be able to swim 400 yards in less than 10 minutes and know the basics of all four competitive strokes.

Learn Lifeguard Skills (all grades)*

This class will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, recognize and respond to many types of aquatic emergencies. It will also prepare you for aquatic emergencies by teaching you how to protect yourself while assisting others.Please note that this course does not provide you with all the knowledge and skills needed to be certified as a lifeguard.Prerequisites for this class: You must be able to swim 100 yards and tread water for 2 minutes.

Tennis (all grades)

Love tennis and want to improve your game? Wimbledon is just around the corner and it’s time to get back on the courts. Are you the next tennis superstar? Learn the basics and improve your tennis skills while having fun with friends new and old. You must bring your own tennis racket.

 

Basketball (all grades)

Enhance your understanding of the game of basketball while making new friends. Develop your physical fitness and teamwork skills and participate in competitive games. Take advantage of this great opportunity to improve your skills in one of America’s favorite sports!

*All classes marked by * will be taught by San Mateo Athletic Club (SMAC) instructors. SMAC is the peninsula's premier athletic club and aquatics facility located on the campus of College of San Mateo.