SPECIALTY CAMPS
Grades 6-8 Chatsworth & West Hills

 

EAGLES TAKE FLIGHT!
NEW Students Entering 6th – 8th grade
This half-day workshop will immerse new students in a daily three-hour experience specially designed to prepare them for starting the new school year off right at Chaminade’s Chatsworth campus. Each student will attend two classes daily to expose them to the skills and knowledge expected of entering Chaminade students. The classes will include “Introduction to Chaminade”, a class designed to familiarize students with Chaminade culture, meet program directors, ask pertinent questions and meet their classmates, and “Study Skills”, in which students will learn important skills for organization, time management, note-taking, and test preparation. Students will utilize tablet computers daily in each class to practice keyboarding and learn the basic functions of the laptops in a classroom setting.

Session 1: June 17– 28
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session 2:
July 8 –19

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Fee: $455 per week

DESIGN FOR CHANGE
Entering 6th – 8th grade
Chaminade Center for Excellence is partnering with the Design for Change program whose focus is on equipping young people to transform empathy into social action through innovative and collaborative experiences using a simple four-step framework:

1. Feel – students will gather information about a community challenge
2. Imagine – teams will participate in a field trip to see that challenge first had in their community
3. Do – teams will develop an action plan that can result in lasting change
4. Share – in a culminating event on the last day of camp, students will share their ideas with parents and school staff to generate awareness and inspire others to act.

The focus of this week-long camp will be Zero Hunger where we will be examining the “Grocery Gap” and learn more about barriers and consequences that many face in accessing healthy food. Chaminade Middle School students will be able to claim 4 hours of community service through participation in the service based field trip that is part of this program.

Dates: June 10 – 14
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fee: $325 (this includes transportation cost to the service site)

GO BABY GO!
Entering 6th– 10th grade
GoBabyBo! Is a national, community-based research, design and outreach program that provides modified ride-on cars to children birth to age 3 who experience limited mobility. Chaminade Center for Excellence is excited to be bringing this amazing service based program to our community. Lead by previously trained faculty and student members of the Chaminade High School Eagle Engineering program, students will participate in the entire process of assessing the mobility needs of the individual child to design and then build the vehicle. On the last day of camp, there will be a celebration where all the student will be able to meet and present the ride-on vehicle to the children and families to give the vehicle to the children and family. This is sure to be an amazing experience and space is limited so register early! Chaminade students may claim service hours in compliance with their campus and grade level guidelines.

Week 6: July 22 – 26
Time: 8:30 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $300

CHAMINADE SUMMER READING BOOT CAMP
Entering 6th grade only
This class is just what it sounds like: a structured review of the assigned summer reading for our new 6th graders. Students will have an opportunity to read and discuss the required summer reading book and prepare to take that reading quiz on the first day of English class!

Week 5: July 22 – 26
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $180

INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING
Entering 5th – 9th grade
The entire Chaminade campus will become our backlot in this introduction to making movies! A variety of essential filmmaking techniques will be covered in this one week course, including screenwriting, cinematography, shooting for coverage, lighting, directing, acting, editing, and more as the students in the workshop collaborate to create short films together using Canon DSLR cameras and Adobe editing software in Chaminade’s own film studio. This introductory course is ideal for students who want to make films but have never had a class in filmmaking before.

Instructor: Karen Ann Thumm, Chaminade Film Program Director
Week 4: July 8 – 12
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $300

FILMMAKING INTENSIVE
Entering 6th – 10th grade
For filmmakers who have already taken a film class before (either during the academic year at Chaminade or through the Center for Excellence summer program), this intensive will challenge the students to create a variety of short shorts using Canon DSLR cameras and Adobe editing software in Chaminade’s own film studio.

Instructor: Karen Ann Thumm, Chaminade Film Program Director
Week 5: July 15 –19
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $300

ROBOTICS FOR COMPETITION
Entering 5th – 12th grade
In this class presented by Chaminade’s internationally recognized Eagle Engineering robotics team, you will be introduced to basic engineering concepts in a way that’s so fun, you’ll forget that it’s preparing you as the next generation of innovators, inventors, and technicians. Students will work in teams create and operate a robot to compete in a game inspired by this year’s VEX Robotics Competition. No experience necessary. Involves hand tools and light metal work. Closed-toed shoes required. The course fee includes a healthy snack and lunch every day of the week!

Instructor: Tommy Smeltzer, Robotics Director
Week 2: June 24 – 28
Time: 8:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.

Week 5: July 15 – 19
Time: 8:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $475 per week

ELECTRONICS AND PROGRAMMING BASICS
Entering 5th – 12th grade
Your inventor spirit will be awakened and empowered by this fun and exciting introduction to building circuits and programming microcontrollers! Guided by Chaminade’s Eagle Engineering programming team, students will enter a world of endless possibility and potential inside the Arduino microcontroller and programming platform. No experience is necessary to start plugging in wires, sensors, lights, and motors to unleash the many capabilities of CodeREV’s Creator Bot Kit – built upon the Arduino platform used by hobbyists and inventors all over the world. After just a week of hands-on projects, students will be well on their way to a lifetime of techno-creativity. Creator Bot Kits combine electrical engineering and coding to provide an engaging learning experience that kids and teachers both love.

Instructor: Pauline Breeden, Robotics Programming Mentor
Week 1: June 17– 21,
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 am

Week 4: July 8 – 12
Time: 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Fee: $280 per week

MOCK TRIAL CAMP
Entering 6th – 8th grade
Come learn about the criminal justice system from the coaches of the seven-time Los Angeles County Champion Chaminade Mock Trial Team. Students will learn the skills of trial advocacy including rules of evidence, how to examine witnesses, give opening statements, and make closing arguments. On the last day of camp, students will have the opportunity to present a criminal trial for parents and family. Open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Fees include all materials.

Instructor: Jill Teehan Chaminade Mock Trial Coach
Weeks 4 – 5: July 8 – July 19
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $490

VEX IQ ROBOTICS
Entering 4th – 8th grade
VEX IQ is a robotics platform designed to transform STEM learning for the young student. The curriculum offers flexible units of instruction that can be used in sequence, in chunks, or as standalone lessons. The project-based units instill proper engineering and programming practices from an early age while maintaining the fun and excitement that comes from playing with VEX IQ. VEX IQ curriculum is a learning tool that will excite and inspire students. This course is offered to students in grades 4-8. Come for one week, or all four. Students enrolled in multiple weeks will be grouped together to complete more challenging activities.

Week 1: June 17 – 21
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

Week 2: June 24 – 28
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

Week 4: July 8 – 12
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

Week 5: July 15 – 19
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

Fee: $190 per week

ARTISTIC CRAFT CAMP
Entering 4th – 8th grade
Students will explore ceramics, printing/stamp making, and acrylic painting and create multiple pieces each week using the designated material. At the end of the camp, students will be able to showcase their work at an “art show” for friends, family, and other summer students to attend.

Week 2: June 24 – 28
Time:12:00 – 3:00 pm

Week 5: July 15 –19
Time: 12:00p.m. – 3:00 pm

Week 6: July 22 – 26
Time:12:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm

Fee: $180 per week