Registration for the fifth annual Edison & Ford Winter Estates Inventor’s Summer Camp is now open and this year the Wild Wizard will be offering classes all summer. The Estates is a living lab where every project engages the campers in the sciences, arts, and history to ask questions and discover the answers for themselves while having fun.
Week-long camps begin the week of June 8, 2010 and continue to the final week, August 13. Camp hours are 9 AM–4 PM, Monday – Friday. Camps are open for grades 1–6 and sessions are separated by grade levels, 1st–3rd and 4th–6th. Cost for Estates Members is $200; non members $230. Scholarships will be available.
The Estates Inventor Summer Camp schedule is the following:
Session 1: June 8 – 11, Edison Invents, A five day adventure that captures the “Edison & Ford” experience. Step back in time and investigate the inner workings of a light bulb, discover trees and plants brought here from around the world and create inspired works of art.
Sessions 2 & 7: June 14 – 18, July 19 – 23, Movie Making Magic, Act, direct, operate the camera and build sets. Campers will be fully immersed in the art of filmmaking. Participants will study Foley art (sound effects), movie magic (special effects), and script writing. Campers will understand the basic techniques the pros use to get their ideas on the big screen. After the camp is over each camper will receive a DVD of their film.
Sessions 3 & 8: June 21 – 25, July 26 – 30, Kitchen Chemistry, This mind-boggling camp is a combination of the best experiments the Wild Wizard has to offer. Campers will learn how to take every day things found in the kitchen and make them do amazing things. Top it all off with a solar cookout with hand made ice cream and root beer float party!
Session 4: June 28 – July 2, Animation, The perfect mix of science and art. Campers will develop original characters, write their own story, choose between many different animation styles, and make a short film. Discussions are based on positive character traits, conflict resolution, and the power of making good choices. All the films are edited and formatted to a DVD for participants to take home and share with the whole family.
Sessions 5 & 10: July 5 – July 9, August 9 – 13, Spaceships & Rockets, The final frontier! Campers will explore the outer reaches of the universe with our resident spaceman. Campers will get to visit planets, collect samples, float on our Lunar Lander, and tons more!
Sessions 6: July 12 – July 16, ESI – Edison Science Investigation, Thomas Edison, known for his ability to turn normal objects into amazing inventions, made bamboo glow and tinfoil talk. Now it’s your turn! Each day, campers will be presented with a different mystery and they will only be given normal everyday items with which to solve them. This fun and challenging camp will exercise your mind and body as the clock ticks away to solve the mystery!
Session 9: August 2 – August 6, Eager Engineers, “To be a good inventor you need a good imagination and a pile of junk” said Thomas Edison. The Estate will supply the junk and jump start the imagination. Campers will use recycled materials and develop Green Inventions such as robots that will perform a number of different tasks, conduct science experiments, participate in balloon car races, build bridges, and more!
Registration forms are available on line at http://www.efwefla.org/pdfs/summercamp.pdf or may be picked up at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates at 2350 McGregor Blvd. For more information or to sign up, contact the Estates Education Coordinator at 239-334-7419.