Math, Robotics, Inventions, Bugs, Physics + More!

Three weeks of awesome!

Half days + full days!

For kids age 4 to 8th grade! 

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Financial aid will be offered to students eligible for free/reduced lunch services. Contact our business office for details.

At Seabury's Browns Point campus

Bugs for Breakfast

July 12-16; 9 a.m. to noon

Grades 2-5; $150

Registration deadline: July 9

Do you love learning about bugs? Are you an adventurous eater?  Are you curious about the kinds of things people around the world eat? More than 2 billion people around the world eat insects on a regular basis. Learn about bug farming, nutrition, taste several types of food quality insects and make your own cricket powder cookies. About one in every four people around the world eats insects or arachnids. It’s a practice called entomophagy. This camp will help participants learn about regional insect specialties and traditions, the powerful nutritional punch packed into a tiny bug, and the environmental advantages of choosing insects over traditional protein sources. Teacher: Mary Boone

* Some people who are allergic to shellfish are also allergic to insects. Students with shellfish allergies can still enroll in this course to learn about entomophagy, but will want to avoid sampling the insects and insect-related products.  

Whale Fins & Bike Tires

Biomimicry & How Nature Influences Invention

July 12-16; 1-4 p.m.

Grades 2-5; $150

Registration deadline: July 9

Did you know that tree limbs and snail shells have inspired building designs? Or that when inventors wanted to build robots that could explore inside shipwrecks, they modeled them after sea turtles? Were you aware that designers were able to make faster bike tires by studying whale fins? Taking ideas from nature is called biomimicry. We will spend the week learning how nature has inspired the design of buildings, cars, furniture –  and even clothing. We’ll also identify problems we face in everyday life and try to solve them with our own nature-inspired inventions.  Teacher: Mary Boone 

Math Around the World

July 12-16; 9 a.m.-noon

Grades 3-6; $150

Registration deadline: July 9

From ancient to modern times, civilizations around the world have contributed unique innovations to our understanding of math and science. In this class, learn how to make a quipu, the ancient Incan culture’s way of record-keeping and counting by using knots. Discover how the Basarwa people of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa purify enough water to drink every day.  See how the Chokwe people of Angola use sand drawings and math together to tell stories that are handed down from one generation to the next. Construct Mayan calendars. These projects and others will combine math, science, and world cultures in a challenging week-long journey. Teacher: Deb Owsley 

Introduction to Robotics

Session 1: July 12-16; 1-4 p.m.

Session 2: July 19-23; 1-4 p.m.

Session 3: July 26-30; 1-4 p.m.

Grades 3-6; $150 per session

Registration deadlines: July 9/July 15/July 22

Innovators design robots to take over repetitive and dangerous tasks. Design, build, and program your own robots with LEGO®EV3 robotic parts. Use motors, and gears to create a variety of fun robots and unique attachments to perform specific tasks on a challenge mat. Use sensors to allow your robot to make decisions based on your programming. LEGO® MINDSTORM coding blocks will be used to create programs including loops, conditionals, switches and data operations. Whether you are a complete beginner or have experience with LEGO® EV3 robots, you will build your skills and collaborate with others on challenges designed to stretch your skills. Sign up for all three weeks, two, or just one. Teacher: Deb Owsley 

Whiz Kids & the Stock Market

July 19-23; 9 a.m. to noon

Grades 3-6; $150

Registration deadline: July 15

Do you love watching Shark Tank? Innovators need to sell their products to investors. In this real-life scenario, you will experience the basics of being an entrepreneur and marketing your product. You will also participate as an investor in a stock market challenge. During a simulation, you will be given a budget to buy and sell stocks to create a portfolio. Finally, you will learn about economics and the psychology of the stock markets. Teacher: Deb Owsley 

Roller Coaster Physics

July 19-23; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grades 2-5; $300

Registration deadline: July 15

Explore principles of physics such as gravity, energy, motion and friction and then put your knowledge to use to create your own marble roller coaster. When you drop a bowling ball and a ping pong ball, will they land at the same time? Will a toy car go down a track faster if you add a penny for extra weight? Through experiments and exploration we will learn about the forces of gravity, energy, motion and friction.  Then students will take what they've learned and use the wide variety of materials in Seabury’s MakerSpace to create their own marble roller coasters. On Friday afternoon, we will showcase our roller coaster creations for family and friends.

Math in Art & Nature

July 26-30; 9 a.m.-noon

Grades 3-6; $150

Registration deadline: July 22

Mother nature may have been the greatest innovator of all time!  Using patterns, geometry, and spatial reasoning skills, use math to create art and learn more about the natural world.  Discover the Fibonacci sequence, the golden ratio, and hexagons in nature.  Create Celtic knot-work, tangram stories, Escher-like optical illusions, Alex Kohnahin like reflective insect symmetry, mazes and labyrinths built with compasses, modern art’s connection to fractions, decimals and percentages, patchwork polygon and Islamic geometry. Teacher: Deb Owsley 

Inventors Assemble

July 26-30; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Grades 2-5; $300

Registration deadline: July 22

Simple machines make work easier. Explore and experiment with simple machines including levers, pulleys, inclined planes, wheels and axels and see how they can be used to make work easier. And then take what you have learned and use the wide range of materials from Seabury’s MakerSpace to create your own invention that makes work easier. On Friday afternoon, we'll showcase our work at an Invention Convention.  

Little People Learn & Play

Over in the Garden

When: July 13, 14, 15; 9:30 a.m. to noon

For children aged 4-6;  $125

Registration deadline: July 9

Backyard scientists, join us as we discover the amazing living things that are right in our backyard. Inspired by the book, Over In The Garden, by Jennifer Ward and T.J. Marsh, we will explore the wonders of the plants and animals in our gardens and how they relate to each other and to us. Dig in the dirt, plant some seeds, be a nature detective on a neighborhood walk, and even create a fairy garden. There is so much to learn as we get our hands dirty! Teacher: Katy Moon

Somewhere in the Ocean

July 20, 21, 22; 9:30 a.m.-noon

For children aged 4-6;  $125

Registration deadline: July 15

Put on your scuba gear and see where we go!  Inspired by the book, Somewhere In The Ocean, by Jennifer Ward and T.J. Marsh, we will explore our oceans and the amazing things that live in them.  From coral reefs to arctic ice sheets, there is so much to discover.  Through inquiry, play, art, music, science experiments and more, we will dive deep into the wonders of our ocean environments. Teacher: Katy Moon

At Seabury's downtown campus

Cannons & Cameras

July 12, 14, 16; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Grades 5-8; $275

Registration deadline: July 9

Build and fire a cannon. Take photos with a box.  Draw with two-point perspective. Design and build a dome. Discover the principles of math and science that are behind these important innovations and inventions. In this hands-on camp, we will use Seabury’s MakerSpace to explore some of the most fascinating innovations and inventions of the European Renaissance and use what we learn as inspiration for own inventions and innovations. Teachers: Jared McKenzie and David Muller 

Grit City Math

July 20 & 22; 9:30 a.m.-noon

Grades 5-8; $100

Registration deadline: July 15

Put on comfortable shoes for a walking exploration of the math that is all around us in the city of Tacoma. As we visit spots like Theater Square, the Federal Courthouse, the UW Tacoma campus, Tollefson Plaza and Wright Park, participants will discover the geometry of architecture and the parabolas of projectiles. Learn how to use a shadow to measure a structure’s height. Join us as we get to know our city and stretch our math brains. (Bring a little spending money. We'll stop for treats along the way.) Teacher: Jared MacKenzie   

Code Like a Python

July 26-30; 10 a.m.-noon

Grades 5-8; $120

Registration deadline: July 22

Try your hand at coding using Python. For beginners and intermediate coders. Students will learn Python coding in bite-sized chunks, through fun and interesting projects, such as making a Mad Lib generator, a calculator that tells your age on other planets, and a personal assistant. Teacher: Jared McKenzie 

Dungeons & Dragons Club

Session 1: July 19, 21, 23; 1-4 p.m.

Session 2: July 26, 28 & 30; 1-4 p.m.

Grades 5-8; $125 each session

Registration deadline: July 15/July 22

Dungeons and Dragons takes players into a fantasy world where they can slay dragons, solve mysteries, and explore new worlds created in the imaginations of you and your friends. Whether you are an avid D&D player or are interested in learning from a true dungeon master, this is your chance to meet up with other D&D enthusiasts and play together.  Our dungeon master has helped many new players get started. After that the adventure is in the imaginations of the players. Beginners are welcome. Dungeon Master: Jared MacKenzie   

 * Students in full day classes and those taking two half-day classes in a week can stay for an outdoor, supervised lunch/recess.

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