At 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, our staff use professionally-developed curricula and lesson plans to guide campers in bringing to life the dreams that capture their imaginations. Using a hands-on, project-based approach, campers learn and create in a collaborative environment. Campers choose one primary track, or “workshop,” where they spend 2½ hours each day working on projects they design.
Beginning campers will learn the basics of robot construction and programming. Working with gears, sensors, and motors, they teach their robots to accomplish a series of smaller challenges. Once they’ve mastered moving, turning, and sensing colors and distance, the campers collaborate to work on larger projects. Examples include Robot Soccer, Robot Tic-Tac-Toe, or a Rube Goldberg machine – a whimsical device using their robots to complete a basic task in the most convoluted way possible.
Campers attending for multiple years in robotics or more experienced campers have an opportunity to develop their learning further, where they will use similar tools with more complex modeling and programming with new projects and challenges. As campers move beyond the basic functions of robotics, they will begin to learn more about gear ratios, as well as more in depth programming that combines visual programming with coding in Robot C, a common programming language used for Robotics programming. With a greater understanding of robot mechanics, campers can customize their electrical circuitry and designs to create even more intricate robots.
Our program uses the VEX Robotics platform, a popular and advanced platform for robotics competitions.
Campers with varying experiences can work with an array of tools. Tools and platforms used in past workshops include Scratch (perfect for beginners), Stencyl (great for 2D platformers and top-down games), Kodu (for campers interested in 3D game design), StarLogo (for campers who like 3D level and terrain design), as well as Unity with Playmaker, a more advanced 3D platform for experienced game designers, used in professional settings across the globe. More experienced campers and 2nd/3rd year campers will delve deeper into these tools or experience new platforms for designing games. There is an endless amount to learn when designing games! Working together, all campers will develop the story, game mechanics, characters, backgrounds and other elements of their video games. All campers can take home their games and continue creating their games back home!
Our campers will become informed aquatic scientists learning about the history of oceanographic exploration, advances in modern research technology, and continued changes to our planets water systems. Campers will dive into the depths of the earth's water systems at Sci-Tech and come up with a new perspective. From the deep-water trenches to seashells on the shore, campers will explore the mysteries of our world’s oceans, lakes, rivers, and wetlands, gaining wisdom of how these water sources are ever changing and how we can protect them.
In the news, we hear about how the seas are rising and flooding is more common. Through this workshop campers will conduct experiments and understand how this is happening and what effect it will have on the world and even our local community.
Campers will return home with an in-depth knowledge of fluid dynamics, the diversity of waters across the world, and stresses in water resources, with the skills to test water quality, using real data from local water systems. This workshop is perfect for campers who are new to camp and also as a great continuation for those who experience our Earth and Sky program this past summer.
More experienced campers in our upper age-groups will have the opportunity to develop more advanced skills and camera techniques, focusing more on technical skills and the editing process. Campers have the option to create focused projects learning skills in areas such as cinematography, green-screening, sound FX, lighting, using filters, color grading, motion graphics, and more. These campers will leave with a video-folio of techniques learned throughout the session.
Digital Film Production provides a unique combination of technology and art. Our campers learn to effectively use technology – from our video cameras and microphones to computer software – to realize their artistic visions. Our instructors work with campers to set up scenes, create their sight lines, adjust for lighting, and film multiple angles.
Once the footage is filmed, campers use professional tools like Final Cut Studio to get hands-on experience in editing and special effects. Campers will also use sequencing software to create a score and sound effects. Through the project-based creation process, campers grow their skill set and explore the fascinating world of digital film production.
In the Chemistry workshop, campers will work in small lab groups, just like in a real research setting, to develop and test hypotheses about the substances that make up the world, their properties, and the ways in which they interact, combine, and change the world around them. Campers will cooperatively explore the chemical makeup of organic substances (like the foods we eat), inorganic materials (like nanoparticles), and biomolecules (like DNA). Campers will conduct experiments large and small scale to understand phenomenon like combustion, acids/bases, and molecular synthesis. Campers will leave the workshop with a deeper understanding of the steps involved in the scientific method and the skills needed to help advance them on their path as a scientist.
Campers will use critical thinking skills in order to understand the mechanisms and the signs and symptoms of common (and some not so common) medical problems, as well as the critical tools and technology that are used to make a correct diagnosis.
Using both basic and advanced principles and practices of medicine, campers will explore different body systems and anatomy relevant to real medical scenarios, and understand how diseases work, how the body responds to illness, as well as ways in which eating/exercise habits may affect our health. Campers will be presented with patient cases that will lead them to discover the human body using modern technology and real-life samples. Each summer, this workshop explores new ailments and symptoms and introduces campers to different medical studies, so even those campers who were in this workshop will have a great time being doctors once again. They will look at the body through many lenses – sometimes literally! With probing questions to obtain a medical history, a physical exam and tools like stethoscopes, electrocardiograms, sphygmomanometers, imaging, laboratory results, ultrasound, microscopes and more, campers will be able to diagnose and solve medical mysteries just like our doctors do every day. For those campers returning to BioZone, there will be different symptoms and different medical mysteries to solve!
In our Programming workshop, campers at all levels will be able to learn, grow, and develop their coding skills in a hands-on environment with expert instructors. Campers will use the Java programming language to work on unique logic problems and cryptography (the art of writing and solving codes) themed scenarios.
Campers with little experience in programming will learn the ins and outs of different software in order to think like a programmer, and by the end of the session, have a working program that they can share with friends and family. More advanced campers can build on their previous knowledge to build more complex programs as well. Campers returning to Programming and Coding will find that there will be more computer based programs to create and more programming opportunities. Based on skill-level, campers will receive grade and age appropriate instruction from our expert instructors. The sky is the limit with Sci-Tech’s Programming workshop!
In the Programming and Coding workshop, campers will be able to answer the question: how do you get the computer to do what you want it to do?
In the Animation workshop, campers will learn the principles of animation from squash and stretch to action and movement, essential skills to being a successful animator. They will discover how timing, action, and anticipation can add to your animation and how animators use these skills to create great storytelling. More experienced campers will have the opportunity to build on their knowledge of animation and learn more in-depth and technical skills such as lighting, weight, and rigging. In small groups, campers will use animation software to create a short visual project that they can show to their friends and family and add to their animation portfolio.
Campers returning to animation can build on their skills from last summer gaining more skills as animators. Animation allows you to bend reality and in our Sci-Tech Workshop, only your imagination is your limit.
Google has changed the way the world searches, traffic lights help to keep our commute safe, and flexible straws are a really practical way to enjoy a refreshing drink, and they were all thought up and brought to the world by Jewish entrepreneurs and innovators. Did you know Israel has more startups per capita than any other country in the world?
In Startup Nation, an entrepreneurship & innovation workshop, teens will take the knowledge they’ve learned from their past experiences as well as skills they’ve taken from our other workshops and activities to turn their concepts into reality. From coding, to engineering, to design, to film, teens will work together to create the next groundbreaking product or social venture that will change the world. Beginning with ideas, experience, and talent, campers will work together in groups to generate a new concept or improve on an existing idea. Campers will learn the importance of advocating and screening their projects before they experiment with their idea or begin building a prototype. Campers will understand how to market their ideas and the steps to bring their projects from imagination to reality.
Teens will return home with a foundation for what it means to be a successful and Jewish values driven innovator, businessperson, or entrepreneur.
In this workshop, teens must be prepared and willing to work in groups with one another. In addition, the Startup Nation workshop will meet during each day’s 2.5 hour workshop block as well as during an additional period during the day.
Workshops are taught by our lead instructors, who are professional educators (such as science teachers) who bring both a passion for the subject and experience working with children. They are supported by college-age counselors majoring in fields of science and technology and actively engaged in learning and research.
Campers also choose two chugim (pronounced hoo-GEEM, meaning electives) each week. This provides campers with the opportunity to explore new areas of interest. Our chugim are taught by the counselors and the lead instructors, who work with our directors to bring their passions to the campers. Examples of past chugim include:
- 3D Design & Printing
- Rubik’s Cube Solving
- Flight and RC Airplanes
- Java Programming
- Python Programming
- Medical Biology
- Food Science
- Virtual Worlds (using Minecraft)
- Arduino Programming
- Digital Music / Recording Studio
Chugim are selected by our campers once they arrive at camp. Chugim change from summer to summer and even from week to week. Allowing campers to choose these chugim gives them the freedom to explore interests they may not have even thought about before camp and allows our campers to select activities with others who share the same interests.
During our sports and athletics period, campers exercise their bodies, something just as important as exercising their minds. On one of our many fields or courts, campers can play tennis, soccer, Frisbee, kickball, capture the flag, and Gaga. Other options include Quidditch, nature hikes, dance, and Zumba.