Virtual Fun and Games - Virtual Camps - McDonogh School

Virtual Fun and Games

Brain Games (Grade 3-7)

Ages: Entering Grade 3-7
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (1 hour break for lunch)
Dates: Session I: June 22-26; Session II: June 29-July 3;; Session III: July 6-10. (additional weeks may be added if there is interest)
Tuition: $500 per session
Technical Requirements: Computer/tablet/iPhone/Android with camera, a printer, WiFi, Zoom. Devices will not be needed for the entire camp day.. A schedule will be provided.
Required Materials: A list of needed items (mostly common household items) will be provided.
Instructor: Marie Allee

Learning is the real treasure. In this escape room-themed camp, Campers solve mysteries and find hidden artifacts in a competition to find buried treasure and to earn real prizes. To escape, and to find the treasure, they need to learn! Campers will pursue fun learning challenges, that vary by camp week in activities such as engineering, science, photography, and cooking to unlock additional clues. Each week features new mysteries, puzzles, and adventures!

Each week has its own theme: 

Session I: Escape from the Smithsonian
Session II: The Sword of Agamemnon
Session III: Escape from Mt. Everest

Younger campers may need some brief parental assistance with some activities.

Chess Camp (Grade 1-8)

Ages: Entering Grade 1-8
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. - Beginners; 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Intermediate/Advanced
Dates: Session I: June 22-26; Session II: June 29-July 3;; Session III: July 6-10; Session IV: July 13-17; Session V: July 20-24; Session VI: July 27-31; Session VII: August 3-7; Session VIII: August 10-14; Session IX: August 17-21

Tuition: $100 per session
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom computer, WiFi, Zoom, Skype,
Instructor: Arkadiy Frenkel

Beginners will learn basic rules of the game. Intermediate/advanced will learn tactics and strategy. The instructor will also provide tricky riddles and math puzzles.

By the end of this course beginners will be able to play against each other, should know most of the chess basics. intermediate/advance kids will be able to know basic principles of opening and endgame and middle game principles.

Coding for Beginners: Design Your Own Game (Grade 5-8)

Ages: Entering Grade 5-8
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Dates: Session I: July 6-10; Session II: July 13-17
Tuition: $200
Technical Requirements: Computer, wifi, Google Docs, Zoom, account (free!)
Instructor: Wendy Van Norden

Want to design and program a game of your very own? This is your chance! Students will use Blockly, a beginner-friendly programming language, to explore the foundations of computer science and game design. They will also learn why coding is important in the “real world” and how it is used in a variety of industries, including agriculture, medicine, and cybersecurity!

By the end of this course, students will have a foundation of basic coding skills and have made at least one interactive game! More experienced coders will be able to reinforce their current skills and take on tougher projects, such as app design. All will walk away with project ideas they can continue working on beyond the course based on their individual interests. This course intends to act as a launching off point for students and to open their eyes to the lifelong, creative opportunities that coding can offer them!

This course is led by Wendy Van Norden, eighth grade science and robotics teacher at McDonogh School.

Middle School Math: Build Your Skills With Game-Based Learning (Grade 6-8)

Ages: Entering Grade 6-8
Hours:  Session I: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.; Session II: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Dates: Session I: July 27-31; Session II: August 10-14
Tuition: $200
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom
Instructor: Wendy Van Norden

Do you like playing interactive games? Do you want to feel more confident in math class? This course aims to improve your math skills through games and play! Students will utilize several free, online resources to test their math knowledge, see where they can improve, and develop their skills in a fun way! Best of all, they will have access to these resources at home after the course to continue their progress throughout the summer. A wide range of concepts will be covered, many of which are common problem areas for middle school students including: effectively answering word problems, calculating with fractions, order of operations, converting decimals and percentages, interpreting graphs, and more. Each student will be challenged based on their grade and skill level!

By the end of this course, students will have learned strategies for solving tricky problems and all will walk away with several fun math resources they can use after the course to reinforce their math skills. At the end of the week, parents/guardians will be provided with individual feedback for how to continue supporting their child’s learning at home!

This course is led by Wendy Van Norden, eighth grade science and robotics teacher at McDonogh School. She is a certified math teacher and enjoys tutoring middle school students in the subject!

School of Magic (Grade 5-10)

Ages: Entering Grade 5-10
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 
Dates: July 20-24. 
Tuition: $200
Technical Requirements:  Computer, WiFi, Zoom.
Required Materials: A list of needed items will be provided.
Instructor: Gregg Kleiman

Ever wonder how to make something disappear or make something appear from nowhere.  In this magic camp you will learn some of the classic routines of card magic to some of the eye-popping reveals of prop magic. No experience is necessary. You will go through many different tricks and learn how to easily construct simple gimmicks made from everyday items. Sign up before all the slots disappear!

2020 Summer Fun Awaits