This NEW theme explores the many different ways in which to make things move! Girls experiment with a variety of techniques -- wind-up mechanisms, zip lines, cam mechanisms, levers, catapults and more. Projects may include: PVC pom-pom launchers; rubber-band propelled cars; mini-marshmallow catapults; bristle bots and other favorites from our Gadgets that Go and Mini-Pets classes. All the projects use tinkering and hands-on engineering to achieve a “zoom!” factor.
DIY Your Room
Create cool accessories to add personal style to your space!
Design-it-yourself… fun accessories for your room! Girls spend the week creating original decorative elements to add personal style to their space. Favorite projects include lanterns and beaded shades, throw pillows, wall art, t-shirt throw rugs and colorful desk-top organizers. Through each project, girls are introduced to various different DIY techniques – sewing, weaving, taping, notching, decoupage, beading and simple construction. They finish the week with an array of new accessories for their room!
Design + construct your very own miniature dream home!
Girls will think broadly about engineering + design while being introduced to basic principles of architecture, interior design and product design. They'll begin by sketching ideas, planning their spaces and curating their materials. They will learn about scale and proportion, as well as basic construction and building techniques. Using a variety of materials -- wood, plexiglass, specialty papers, and re-purposed small items from your recycling bin -- they'll construct their very own miniature house complete with furniture, accessories and the inhabitants who will call this new place home.
Soft Toy Sewing –– for girls entering 4th – 6th grades
Girls design their own toys, and learn hand-sewing techniques!
We hear it from them all the time -- girls want to learn to sew! This theme combines our popular toy design curriculum with hand-sewing. Girls conceive of and design toys or creatures they would like to have for their own, and then create them by sewing. It’s a true combination of design and fine-motor-skill hand execution using a needle and thread and various soft materials -- fabric, felt, fur, and more -- and a few hard ones, too, to create one-of-a kind soft, take-home toys. Fab, fresh and fun!
Graphic Novel –– for girls entering 4th – 6th grades
Explore narrative through creative visual storytelling!
Girls learn visual sequencing and storyboarding — a great tool that helps a storyteller focus on the key parts of a story. They learn to develop plot, character and setting through key frames layered with important details, with a focus chiefly on the visual rather than the written word. By the end of the week, each girl pens her own visual short story. They learn drawing techniques and use fun tools to add texture and color while weaving their unique narrative. Creative, visual storytelling taken to a new level!
Magic and Mystery
For girls interested in fairies, forests, magic and surprises!
Drawing on the allure of the unexplained and whimsical, Magic + Mystery captures your daughter’s imagination through projects and experiments that delight and surprise! With a focus on fairies, forests, tricks and a dash of performance savvy, instructors work with girls to explore mysteries in nature and everyday life, as well as magic in many forms — the art of the magician, magic tricks, sleight of hand, props, witches and wizards and magical creatures. Projects may include: wand- and cape- and hat-making, designing a “fairy house” and simple magic tricks!
Girls do a deep dive into the wonders of the animal kingdom!
Does you daughter love animals? This theme ties a love of creatures to a larger understanding of animals’ relationships to each other and to their natural environments. Animal admirers get a more detailed picture of types of animals, behavioral traits and relationships with ecosystems. Projects introduce girls to the classification of species, social and behavioral traits in small animals and food webs. Girls learn how animals rely on their natural habitats and how their habitats rely on them. Sometimes, classroom critter visits add to the week’s events. Favorite projects include jelly bean dichotomous keys (where girls make assumptions about taste based on appearance) and create-your-own-creature in a living environment.
Bring stories, pictures and ideas to life in a book!
Girls’ minds are bursting with stories -- this class gives them a chance to bring them out of their imagination and onto the page. Girls learn the “who, where, what and how” of storytelling. They conceptualize the characters, map out settings and learn about basic story structure -- then they dive into writing and illustrating their stories in hard-cover books! They design the front and back covers and draft their own “About the Author” bio and other imaginative sections. There is no specific skill-set required -- girls of any age can create a story in her own style.
Give it a try, and see what happens!
A fun theme for girls who like to ask “what would happen if...?” -- the day is filled with experiments of all kinds. We make our laboratory indoors and out, investigating biology, chemistry, geology, physics and energy. Measure it, mix it, make it! Girls may make slime, something that glows or things that fizz and pop. Our goal is for girls to experiment in science creatively, without worrying about a right answer -- but with a focus on learning and fun.