Phoenix Camp: Creators and Innovators
Grades: Rising 1st-4th (current K-3)
Phoenix Camp is similar to a traditional day camp. Each week allows for student choice and exploration of a specific theme typically ending with a culminating activity or supported by project-based learning throughout the week. These camps are designed to provide students with a healthy amount of choice and exploration in their individual or group learning opportunities. The theme for week 1 is all about building, drawing and creating.
Play with Clay!
Grades: Rising 3rd-5th (current 2-4)
Do your student love to play with clay? It’s squishy, messy, and so much fun to create with! In this camp, students will learn the hand-building techniques of slab, coil, pinch, and kurinuki. They will also learn different surface treatments including adding texture, carving, and using colorful underglazes and glazes.
This is time for your student to use their imagination, creativity, and artistic talent to make beautiful pieces of art. Some of the pieces will be functional such as cups and bowls, and other pieces will be decorative such as animal sculptures. With a small class size for this specialty camp, there will be plenty of individual attention. All experience levels are welcome.
Bentley Soccer Clinic
Grades: Rising 5th-9th (current 4-8)
This is a week of camp designed for students looking to hone their soccer skills. Campers will spend the mornings each day going through drills and skills practice to help prepare them for a wide range of games in the afternoon. This camp allows for a full day of soccer with plenty of rest, snacks, and water breaks. Campers should be prepared to practice and play throughout the day.
Monsters of the Deep: Weird and Unusual Marine Animals
Grades: Rising 6th-8th (current 5-7)
The wonders and monstrosities of the world's oceans will be explored in this Summer Strong course. Ever wondered what inspired the sea creatures on European explorer maps? What is the truth behind ancient Chinese water dragons? Or, even why the blobfish has a big nose? Students will explore the fascinating, horrifying, and awe-inspiring adaptions of the ocean's weirdest animals. To better understand why and how these adaptations work, studnets will be creating bioluminescence, stretchy, and heat-resistant materials. Leaving no oddity untouched, from delightful Christmas tree worms to the frighting gulper eel and everything in-between, students will also make a life-size (or proportional) model of their oddity of choice to be hung in the science room or taken home.
Grades: Rising 9th-12th (current 8-11)
What do self-driving cars, Alexa, and iPhone's face recognition technology have in common? They are driven by modern advances in artificial intelligence. Whether you’re interested in law, healthcare, art, or economics, AI is poised to transform every discipline and industry in the future. AI is already all around us today, and by the end of the session, students will understand the underlying concepts and motivations behind technology such as computer vision, natural language processing, and neural networks.
In this Summer Strong course, students will explore the foundations of machine learning and discover different applications of machine-learning models. In the first half of the course, students learn AI’s core technologies including applications, foundational concepts, and programming tools through live online lectures and coding labs. Students will not only learn about different types of machine learning models, but also apply those models to real data sets. In the second half of the session, students will complete an instructor-led group project applying AI to the discipline of their choice (e.g., music, healthcare, astrophysics, finance, etc.), utilizing the programming skills they developed in the first half.
Counselor in Training (CIT) Program
Grades: 7th-9th (current 6-8)
This Middle School program is designed for students looking for summer leadership opportunities. Students will partner with the Summer Strong team to support our younger students in their camp experience by leading activities, helping other counselors prepare lessons, and understanding how to help out members of our Bentley community in a more meaningful way. Note: Spaces as CITs are limited each week.