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 that incorporates hands-on learning activities designed to make learning enjoyable, 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.

View BAPA 2019 Daily Schedule   in PDF format. 

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What parents say about BAPA...

“The teachers and staff I met were really kind and caring. He liked his classes and really enjoyed this experience!"

"It's a very well rounded program and they take great care of the kids."

“She had never taken sign language before and enjoyed learning a new skill.”

“My daughter loved the Self Advocacy class the most. She learned things not typically taught at school or other camps. She is more self confident and is more willing to interact with others. She learned the skills how to deal with people as well.”

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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 is so popular...

“A very well run program!”

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

"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."

"Staff was very helpful and attentive toward the students."

"We drove down from SF to go to BAPA and it was worth it."

AI4Youth (all grades)

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has become more and more prevalent in the products and services we consume. AI4Youth seeks to prepare today's youth to be shapers of tomorrow's technologies rather than simply passive consumers. Students will learn age-appropriate AI concepts, enjoy hands-on learning experiences with AI tools, and discuss ethical issues related to AI. Offered in Sessions 2 & 3 only.

Debate Club (all grades) 

Debating is still a must-have skill, but today's students no longer have access to the benefits of debate training enjoyed by their parents and grandparents. This class will provide students with a clear understanding of debate strategies, including how to use them and how to defend against them, and the opportunity to practice in-class debating in a safe and supportive environment. Students will develop stronger listening, critical thinking, persuasive, and debate skills.

App IO: Make Your First Multiplayer App! (all grades)*

The hottest new Apps are IO apps! If your child likes to play Agar.io or Slither.io they will love this class! Become the creator of the next viral web app! In this class, explore the most popular .IO apps, design your own multiplayer experience and learn how to code your own app. 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. Students do not need to own a smartphone 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. Offered in Session 1 only. 

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

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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.

Virtual Reality: The Future is Now (all grades)*

Embark on an EPIC adventure in virtual reality! In this cutting-edge class, you will learn the foundations of VR design by creating your own virtual worlds, exploring simulated environments, and crafting memorable 3D experiences. At the end of the week, take home your first cardboard VR headset to show friends and family the new worlds you created. VR projects can be viewed on a website or a mobile device. Students do not need a mobile device to take the class, but to use the VR headset a camper will need access to an Android or Apple mobile device. Students will work in pairs or teams and VR projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Offered in Session 1 only.

*This class covers two periods. If you register for the morning class, you must register for both periods 3 & 4. If you register for the afternoon class, you must register for both periods 5 & 6.

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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.

ROBLOX® Makers (all grades)*

Unlock the power of ROBLOX® Studio, the world creation tool used by real-world ROBLOX® developers! Learn how to build 3D models and create an adventure in your ROBLOX® world. Bring characters to life with unique animations you design. Student-created projects 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. Offered in Session 1 only.  

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

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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.

Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite® Style Video Game (all grades)*

Fans of Fortnite we need you! Instead of playing the game, design your own. Using a professional 3D game development software, build levels and assets inspired by popular battle royale games like Fortnite. This course includes cartoonish action and battle sequences. 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. Offered in Session 2 only.      

This class covers two periods. If you register for the morning class, you must register for both periods 1 & 2. If you register for the afternoon class, you must register for both periods 7 & 8.

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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 3D Video Game! (all grades)*

In this Black Rocket classic, you will go 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 the flow of gameplay, and storytelling. 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. Offered in Session 2 only. 

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

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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 Game Labs with Unity (all grades)*

Are you ready to take your game design skills to another level? With Unity, an industry-grade design software, aspiring game designers will learn level editing, 3D modeling, impactful gameplay creation, as well as how to utilize scripts and variables. 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. Offered in Session 2 only.  

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

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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.

eSports Apprentice - YouTube© Streamers and Gamers (all grades)

Whether you want to be the next pro gamer, streamer, or gamecaster this course will teach you the basics to get started! No longer just a hobby, eSports is the fastest growing career for the next generation. Over 400 million people watched YouTube videos and Twitch streams of video game competitions this year alone! In this course, students will develop competitive game-play skills in Black Rocket’s new eSports App, learn how to produce commentary for live tournaments, use professional streaming software, and most importantly practice online safety. Students will gain full access to the eSports App and a video of their class tournament with commentary. Videos will not be broadcast publicly but will be shared with all students in the class. Offered in Session 3 only.

This class covers two periods. If you register for the morning class, you must register for both periods 1 & 2. If you register for the afternoon class, you must register for both periods 7 & 8.

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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.

Python Programmers (all grades) 

Want to learn the world's fastest growing programming language favored by Google, NASA, Youtube, and the CIA? Learn how to code with Python to create engaging apps and games. Each lesson takes you step-by-step on a programming path that will let you challenge friends with fun content you create from start to finish! Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in Session 3 only.

This class covers two periods. If you register for the morning class, you must register for both periods 3 & 4. If you register for the afternoon class, you must register for both periods 5 & 6.

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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.

Website Coding I (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! Note: You must bring a USB drive to class in order to save your work.

 Website Coding II (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! Students must be knowledgeable of HTML 5 in order to take this class. Note: You must bring a USB drive to class in order to save your work.

Beginner Minecraft/Robotics (all grades)

Minecraft/Robotics Overview

This course includes one week of Coding with Minecraft® and one week of LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 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 (6/17 to 6/28)
Students learn the basics of Minecraft such as movement, mining, building, crafting, and perhaps the most important of all, teamwork. This camp will immerse students in a fascinating intersection of aerospace and civil engineering; the design of extraterrestrial building and structures. Students will be challenged to design and build a self-sustaining habitat for themselves on the Moon. Students will learn to use the Engineering Design Process to work through a simulated version of the challenges of space travel in the relatively familiar setting of Minecraft.

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 (7/1 to 7/12)
Students learn the basics of the Galacticraft mod used to simulate space travel. They will learn and practice the basics of movement and building in Minecraft before getting to take off in a practice rocket to get their first experience on the Moon.  Students will be introduced to some of the more important resource gathering and distributing machines. These machines include Solar Panels, Oxygen Collectors, Oxygen Bubble Distributors, and Oxygen Compressors.

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 (7/15 to 7/26)
Students will design and build a prototype version of their base that they will build on the Moon. In Creative Mode, they will build their prototype keeping in mind the limitations of how much they will be able to take with them in space.  They will finalize their inventories, craft their rockets, and take off for the Moon. Once they have finished their moonbase, they will then explore the Moon around their base and look for materials and minerals that are unique to the Moon.

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 Coding with Minecraft® and one week of LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 Robotics.

In Coding with Minecraft®, you’ll create a virtual robot army with Lua, a programming language used by professional game developers. You will learn how to write programs that automatically dig mines, collect materials, craft items, and build anything that you can imagine. Along the way, you’ll explore key computer science concepts like data types, functions, variables, and more.

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 (6/17 to 6/28)
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 coding and programming skills that apply way beyond Minecraft as you learn to write programs and interact with the game. This week, you will learn some Lua basic programming concepts, how to use the interactive shell, file editor and write your first program. Learn how Lua can solve math problems just like a calculator if you give it the right instructions and learn functions, which are mini programs inside your Lua program.

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.

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ession 2 (7/1 to 7/12)
Minecraft Intermediate Session 2, builds upon techniques and knowledge learned in Session 1. In this session, you will be creating modules so that you can share and reuse your code for use in multiple programs. Construct an automated tree farm, build buildings and factories. Learn how to build a cobblestone generator that mixes lava and water streams to produce an endless supply of cobblestone blocks, 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 (7/15 to 7/26)
Minecraft Intermediate Session 3, builds upon techniques and knowledge learned in Session 2. Learn about constants, which are variables that don’t change their values and which help make your code more readable. Learn about step argument in for loops, which lets you create for loops that count down instead of up. Design an algorithm and pass functions to create walls of any size by adding more functions to your modules. Program a robotic farm and learn how to build automation as part of your crafting. Create a program that digs stairs deep into the ground to mine ore and other valuable blocks for your game.

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.

Intro to Gardening (all grades)

Do you like plants? Do you want to learn how to make them grow better? This class looks at decorative houseplants, herb gardens, and patio vegetable gardens, soil science, and methods for creatively keeping plants alive.

Pet Care (all grades)

Learn about basic animal care and fun facts! This class covers animal science, how to make animal enrichment activities, and basic training tips. This class is open to students with pets at home who want to learn more about their pets, or to students who are thinking about getting pets or pursuing careers with animals. Animals discussed include cats, dogs, small mammals, reptiles, and fish. May include occasional guest visits from therapeutic service dogs.

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 brainpower 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.

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.

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!

Nature Connections (all grades)

In this class, practice mindfulness with nature by going on walks around the college campus, sketching plants, learning how to identify plants, making art with foliage, vegetable and fruit taste testing, making your own herb garden, tending a worm compost, and observing insects.

Creative Writing (all grades)

Build and enhance your creative writing skills through short stories and/or poetry! This class will provide lots of opportunities to practice creative writing. You will also receive feedback on your writing skills so that you can 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.

DSLR Camera - Digital Photography (all grades)

Have fun learning how to use a DSLR camera, and take amazing photos! In this hands-on course, you will learn how to shoot great digital photos from a professional photographer and photography instructor. Fun activities include outdoor nature and landscape photography, portrait photography using studio lighting, still-life creative photography, live painting, post-processing using Adobe Lightroom, and supportive critiques! This is a great class for beginners who love photography and want to learn how to take beautiful professional images. Bring a camera and your manual.

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!

Digital Animation (2D) (all grades)

Want to bring your drawings to life? In this course you will learn how to develop concepts, storyboarding and production of 2D animations. Emphasis will be on the conceptualization, creativity, and foundations of animations. This course will cover the basics of animation using Adobe Animate CC software. If you want to learn how to bring your drawings to life, this project-based learning class is for you! Note: You must bring a USB drive to class in order to save your work.

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.

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.

Underground Explorers (Grades 6 & 7)

Dig up the ancient past and solve real-life mysteries! Learn about archaeology and the techniques scientists use to excavate long lost cities! Discover ancient civilizations and the tools and artifacts they used in everyday life! Study bone fragments, pottery shards, amber deposits, and fossils; understand what they can tell us about history! Make and take home projects each day, like a fossil reproduction, an amber time capsule, and coins from around the world! Note: All students should wear close-toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Offered in Session 1 only.

Easy Pencil Sketching (all grades) |  Drawing & Manga (all grades)

Easy Pencil Sketching
Enjoy learning to draw people, landscapes, buildings, and more. Start from the basics drawing from photographs. No experience required. You must bring your own sketchbook and soft, dark pencils (4B, 5B or higher). 

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Drawing & Manga
Learn contour (outline) drawing as well as blocking and shading techniques to render different subject matter (animals, faces, figures, landscapes, etc.) accurately! You will also learn about Values (relative lightness vs. darkness of an area), Perspective, Manga Cartooning, and Composition.

Academic Course Descriptions

BAPA academic classes are taught by credentialed teachers using a Project Based Learning (PBL) approach that incorporates grade-appropriate content with hands-on, enjoyable learning activities designed to make learning richer for students. Except for Writing Skills, 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 2019. For example, if your child is going to enter 7th grade in the fall, then they are a rising 7th grader and would generally take the Level 7 classes. You may choose a different (higher or lower) grade level for your child if you feel that your student needs to learn content (in Math, for example) that is different than the content for the grade they will be entering in the fall after summer camp.

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Why BAPA is so popular...

“He finds the topics and discussion very interesting and helpful. I never see him so excited about going to an English class. Thank you! At the end of the camp, he said – ‘I think I actually like English now’. Unbelievable :)”

“Thanks for the wonderful program and summer. Wish we had done it sooner!”

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

“I traveled in from quite a distance for this camp and I would do it again…Her (my daughter’s) experience has been very beneficial in her independence development.”

"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

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core math topics through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their math skills while having fun. Students will be assessed on the first day of class to ensure they are in the appropriate math level. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/17 to 6/28) Topics will include a review of ratios and rates, how they connect to whole numbers, and using them to solve problems.

Session 2 (7/1 to 7/12) 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 (7/15 to 7/26) Topics will include how to write, interpret, and use expressions and equations to solve problems.

Math 7

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core math topics through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their math skills while having fun. Students will be assessed on the first day of class to ensure they are in the appropriate math level. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/17 to 6/28) Topics will include understanding and applying proportional relationships and using them to solve problems.

Session 2 (7/1 to 7/12) Topics will include operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations.

Session 3 (7/15 to 7/26) Topics will include basic concepts from statistics and using these ideas to draw inferences about populations.

Math 8

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core math topics through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their math skills while having fun. Students will be assessed on the first day of class to ensure they are in the appropriate math level. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/17 to 6/28) Topics will include formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations.

Session 2 (7/1 to 7/12) Topics will include grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe applications.

Session 3 (7/15 to 7/26) Topics will include an introduction to geometry by analyzing two- and three-dimensional figures.

Math 9

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core math topics through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their math skills while having fun. Students will be assessed on the first day of class to ensure they are in the appropriate math level. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/17 to 6/28) Topics will include the study of algebraic manipulation and its connection to functions.

Session 2 (7/1 to 7/12) Topics will include the study of linear relationships, and applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend.

Session 3 (7/15 to 7/26) Topics will include the geometry of congruence, measurement, and the Pythagorean Theorem.

Writing Skills (Grades 6, 7, 8)

Students will participate in hands-on writing practice to develop grade-appropriate writing skills. Students will be separated by grade, and classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their writing skills while making learning enjoyable. All two-week session will include the specific focus areas described below.

Topics and level of difficulty will be adjusted for each grade level class.

Practice writing arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Practice writing informative/explanatory texts to exam a topic and convey ideas, concepts and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Develop topic or thesis statements, organize ideas, concepts, and information using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contract, and cause/effect.

Writing Skills (Grade 9)

Students will participate in hands-on writing practice to develop grade-appropriate writing skills. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their writing skills while making learning enjoyable. All two-week session will include the specific focus areas described below:

Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Introduce precise claims and distinguish them from alternate or opposing claims, and establish clear relationships among claims, counterclaims, reasons, and evidence - while anticipating the audience's knowledge level and concerns.

Use words, phrases, and clauses to link major sections of the text, and create cohesion and clarity between claims and reasons, reasons and evidence, and claims and counterclaims.

Use formal style and objective tone.

Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Science 6: Earth Science

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core science topics from the Next Generation Science Standards through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their science skills while having fun. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/17 to 6/28) Topics will include modeling earth’s cycles and energy flow.

Session 2 (7/1 to 7/12) Topics will include investigating geoscience processes involving fossils and rocks.

Session 3 (7/15 to 7/26) Topics will be include applying models to analyze and predict climate patterns.

Science 7: Life Science

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core science topics from the Next Generation Science Standards through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their science skills while having fun. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/17 to 6/28) Topics will include cell biology and evolutionary ideas.

Session 2 (7/1 to 7/12) Topics will include body systems (circulatory, respiratory, etc.) and their interactions.

Session 3 (7/15 to 7/26) Topics will include energy flow and how food is rearranged through chemical reactions.

Science 8: Physical Science 1

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core science topics from the Next Generation Science Standards through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their science skills while having fun. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/17 to 6/28) Topics will include an introduction to Newton’s Laws.

Session 2 (7/1 to 7/12) Topics will include analyzing Magnetic and Electric Forces.

Session 3 (7/15 to 7/26) Topics will include investigating gravitational attraction and kinetics.

Science 9: Physical Science 2

Students will participate in hands-on learning that reinforces core science topics from the Next Generation Science Standards through fun activities designed to make learning enjoyable and memorable. Classes are designed to help students improve and reinforce their science skills while having fun. Each two-week session will have a specific focus as described below.

Session 1 (6/17 to 6/28) Topics will include identifying periodic table trends and chemical properties.

Session 2 (7/1 to 7/12) Topics will include investigating chemical bonding and chemical reactions.

Session 3 (7/15 to 7/26) Topics and activities will include investigating reaction rates and modeling nuclear reactions.

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.

dance

kickboxing

coed soccer

water polo

tennis

athletic

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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.

Coed Soccer (all grades)

Enhance your understanding of the game of soccer 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 the world's favorite sports!

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.

CPR/AED (all grades) *


Learn the basic skills needed to save a life.  Although you hope you'll never use cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) it's important to know the steps so that you can help in the event of a cardiac or breathing emergency. This course will also cover training in how to use an AED  ( automated external defibrillator), is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It's a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.The average response time for first responders once 911 is called is 8-12 minutes. For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival reduces by approximately 10%. Fortunately, with CPR/AED training, you can gain the skills necessary to help save a life. Once your training has been successfully completed, you'll receive a two-year certification in CPR/AED.

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.

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.

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.

Coed Basketball (all grades)

Learn key basketball fundamentals such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and teamwork. You will also enjoy opportunities to play and put your skills into practice! This class is coed and open to all grade levels.

*All fitness/aquatics 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.