Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wonderful Wet Day at Short Hills!

These girls are super ready for an awesome wet day! Preparing to get soaked with cool water by sun bathing on a pretty pink towel! 2

Oakland's Week 5 High 5 Hand Jive is Going Live!

It's full steam ahead in Oakland as we keep on chugging through a great week. This week brings Robotics, Minecraft, Video Game Design and so many other great class options. Our campers this week have had tons of fun in each of their respective classes, and we can't wait to share a portion of it with you.

Robotics Animals and Robotics Vehicles are working hard to design their mechanical minions this week. They've been hard at work assembling these robots to serve practical uses, like building a mousetrap, or an inchworm, which might not be as practical.

This camper works to find the perfect set of tires for his vehicle. Personally, I'd suggest the round ones.
This instructor goes over the basics of programming artificial intelligence.
Even Counselor Josh is learning something in this class!
2D Video Game Creation is working hard to develop the games of their dreams using the tools contained within the program. The kids are taking inspiration from many of their favorite games to tool their new creations. 

These designers are working hard to complete the next gaming blockbuster
The search for ideas in the creative process takes many forms.
Our instructor teaches the basics of video game design!

3D Video Game Design takes designing games into a new dimension. This class utilizes a different program to create full-blown 3D worlds for the player to navigate. These campers have generated challenging parkour and maze sections, and create fully realized worlds within their computer screens.

An amazing jump brings gamers together!
This camper's concentration can't be broken as he carefully goes through the creative process. 
Careful advisement of the direction of a game greatly influences the final product.
Minecraft Survival for Beginners has campers learning the basic ins and outs of Minecraft's survival mode. These young builders and engineers develop their own homes and learn the basics of fighting monsters.

Can these two make it through the night? Or will the zombies get to them first?
"And that is why diamonds are so rare."
Minecraft Creative: The Engineer in You presents kids with the challenge of working in teams to build useful and creative structures to solve engineering problems. These kind of projects increase the critical thinking and problem solving knowledge of the campers to be able to follow directions and work in teams efficiently. Teambuilding activities are also a crucial part of the class.

Our instructor guides the campers on designing the Golden Gate Bridge.
Today, Minecraft, tomorrow, the world!

Not all the fun in Oakland this week has been reserved for classes either! We've had some killer break games ranging from Running Bases to 4-Square to our tried and true Bouncy Day. 

This team of students worked to build a tower from marshmallows and uncooked pasta.
Every camper loves Bouncy Day!

Oakland has hit the ground running this week, and the fun is set to continue into the coming weeks. Here's to another great week!

The Best Day is Wet Day! Somerset - Week 5

Campers at Somerset look forward to every Wednesday because it means one thing...WET DAY! They can't wait until break time hits so they can go outside and get soaked in the dunk tank! We also have water balloons and water shooters! It is so great seeing everyone so happy on Wednesdays! Take a look at a few pictures from today's Wet Day down below!

Sincerely, LA Bootcamp at Chatham

This week in Chatham we decided to allow the Language Arts Bootcamp class to take on a blog post during their day. Here is what they had to say about their week so far!

Hello, we are LA boot camp. We are reading Enders Game. Enders Game is about a child named Ender who is sent to military school to become a commander of a starship. He is going to be trained to fight aliens and save the Earth. We all like the book. There are many interesting parts in Enders Game. It's funny too!

We learned about contractions and puns. We think they were funny. We also learned about idioms and we made our own idiom book. We are having a lot of fun the past few days!


Campers Teddy, Dean, Saho and Ranice

Thanks LA Bootcamp for this blog which allows everyone to know how your class is going!