These are special opportunities that fall outside our regular September-to-May micro-academies and à-la-carte programming.
The greatest adventure is knowing yourself and connecting to the world around you. We invite you to explore and discover new things about yourself and your surroundings, while playing and expressing yourself through movement and art. More details here. (Original artwork by Rudy Van Daele.)
Facilitator extraordinaire Gabriel Mellan (former creative director of the Washington, DC-area KID Museum and educator at San Francisco’s Exploratorium; read more about him and his approach here) will be leading a four-day workshop on making ElectroTins—turning little mint tins into crazy and creative optical illusions using simple circuitry.
“Control motor speed and melt minds with wild patterns,” as Gabriel puts it. "This workshop will introduce really basic circuitry concepts to participants, as we design and build small, spinning sculptures. Participants will explore inventive ways of transforming recyclables to house their creations and hide their circuitry. We will experiment with optical illusions and complex patterns attached to the motors in our sculptures."
Dates: Monday, June 29 - Thursday, July 2, 2020
Ages: 9 to 12 (and mature enough to meet the requirements listed below)
Hours: 1:30 – 4pm ET
Cost: This camp is being offered at cost—$145 for the camp program plus $150 for the kit containing materials and tools (many of them reusable for future projects) that will be mailed to you. (Total cost = $295.)
Size: Camp will be limited to eight children
Each morning will open up with a group session, which will include group discovery of components, questions posed to each other, and sharing our discoveries. Gabriel, in his role as the facilitator, will pull together what the participants have discovered into a short introduction of a concept, process, or a way to use a tool.
After the full group discussion, the online workshop will shift into small breakout rooms within the Zoom platform, to allow for one-on-one coaching in 10-to-15-minute segments. Those not in a one-on-one session will work on their projects, draw ideas out, and connect with others in the workshop. Participants can opt to turn their microphone and camera off, but will stay in the group room so that co-learning and support can occur through Zoom’s chat feature.
The last 40 minutes of the workshop will have everyone together as a full group, and will focus on sharing individual struggles and breakthrough moments. Gabriel will then wrap up the day with a seed to think about for the following day.
Gabriel's answers to some anticipated questions from children (and their parents):
Can I do this?
Because this workshop is focused on building autonomy and agency through hands-on making, it is important that the project is 100% yours. So is the workspace, the mess you make (and we will!), how you clean up, and the mistakes you make. You can ask for help when you need it, but other people can’t do it for you. Parents aren’t allowed to touch your project without asking you either.
You will also need to know how to connect your headphones with your computer, change the audio and video settings in Zoom, and have a workspace that you can keep set up for the whole workshop. You will need your own email account.
We will be using real tools and manipulating materials in unique ways. You will have to slow down, stay organized, and manage your safety.
Is it difficult?
You will have moments of frustration and failure, as well as times to celebrate the struggle and shout out loud because you figured it out.
"This is [my daughter's] first online workshop/camp/class. She loves your class! Thank you." -- S.D. (Maryland)
"[My daughter] is loving it! ... Thank you so much for providing this! It's extremely well run and planned and giving her something I cannot!" -- L.D. (California)
Learning is an adventure, and the greatest adventure is knowing yourself and connecting to the world around you. We invite you on a shared adventure to explore your most immediate world—your home, back yard, or whatever else you can easily access—to discover new things about yourself and your surroundings. In the company of skilled facilitators and other young explorers, this close-to-home adventure can help you discover hidden treasures that are within you and all around you, and serve as a stepping stone to grander life adventures.
This camp will be guided by two highly experienced facilitators who are passionate about helping young people find hidden resources and live their best lives. In each session, we will play; offer various ways to explore our spaces, individually and jointly, through movement, art, writing, and storytelling; and share our adventures as a group. Rudy will guide you in fun and creative ways to engage your body in space. Svetlana will support you in generating and expressing ideas in your own way (through writing, photography, other art forms, etc.).
The camp will be a unique blend of individual and group online and offline exploration. We will also create a group Miro board (an online community bulletin board) of all the adventures to share and celebrate on our last day of camp.
“The adventure we engage in when we explore our experiences, thoughts, and feelings is significant,” notes Rudy Van Daele. “We find who we are, and we find resources far more powerful than we ever imagined. The next great exploration is in the home, where we find all the support we need. In this camp, we get to know ourselves and develop new friendships; we identify the places in our homes where adventures begin and continue, when we go on them with our friends. This type of exploration helps me understand my past, excites great pleasures in the present, and is the future adventure I wake up to every day.”
"Where in your home is comfort, creativity, and adventure?
What do you do during the day that will become your dream?
Happily rested, close your eyes, and discover your new best self…"
Dates: Monday, August 3 - Thursday, August 6, 2020
Location: Online and offline (your home, back yard, and any other space available for exploration).
Ages: 9 to 12 (and mature enough to meet the requirements listed below); family members are welcome to join for the wrap-up celebration at the end of the final day
Hours: 10a.m. – 1p.m. ET (if a shorter experience is preferred, a child can join for just the first hour or two)
Cost: $220 (there is also a 10% sibling discount). If the camp would be a great fit for your child, but the price is out of reach for your family at this time, please get in touch.
Size: Camp size will be limited to 12, to allow for personal interactions.
Each day will have a flow, while also leaving room for new things to emerge. This is a sample starting point for a day:
10a.m. - 10:50a.m.: Connection
10:50a.m. - 11a.m.: Break
11a.m. - 11:50a.m. Focus – Travel-related stories
11:50a.m. - 12p.m.: Break
12p.m. - 1p.m.: Sharing
"[My daughter] said it's her favorite camp! ... she's excited about tomorrow." -- L.N. (Maryland)