Notre Dame offers the exciting opportunity to extend the learning process through our Summer of Innovation/Summer Academy offerings. In collaboration with GST BOCES, we offer unique learning opportunities for children and young adults, in an effort to provide students with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills that are essential to their success and future.
Open to all students in the region Summer of Innovation offers an exciting array of academic and specialty camps that are sure to engage the mind and body. In addition, our ND basketball coaches will offer a Shoot the Lights Out Basketball Camp and our ND tennis coach will offer a tennis camp. For registration information regarding the basketball camp click here and tennis click here. New this year, a softball sluggers camp will also be offered. For more information click here.
Academies on a wide variety of subjects are offered all summer at sites across the region. To view a complete list of all camps offered through the Summer of Innovation program, click on the S.O.I Course Guide.
Summer at nd!
STEM Magic (Gr.4-6) July 16 – July 20 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Students will have the opportunity to live the life of a mad scientist for the week. They will perform a number of experiments, while learning the basic chemical principles and concepts behind each reaction. Dazzle your family members as you take home the “recipes” for each day’s reactions. Fee: $100
Codes and Secret Messages (Gr. 4-6) July 16 – July 20 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm Learn how to communicate and decipher many different types of codes and secret messages. Learn about thousands of years of code making and code breaking, and see how it has changed the course of history. Stump your friends as you create your own ciphers and try to break theirs. Put your skills to the test as you work to solve a coded scavenger hunt.
Summer Studio in Art (Gr. 5-8) July 23 – July 27 8:00 am – 11:30 am Experience art like an artist does. Draw from still life set ups, sketch figures from live models, paint landscapes in the open air, and sculpt a self portrait out of clay. Then end the week with an exhibition of your masterpieces!
Click It Up a Notch (Gr. 5 - 8) July 23 – July 27 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Come have fun exploring your creative potential with a camera! Through discussion and hands -on practice, students will learn the fundamentals of photography, composition and light. Students will be given daily assignments and will be encouraged to voice opinions on each others’ work and learn how to offer an effective critique. No prior photography knowledge required. The week will end with an exhibit of student photos!
What’s Cooking? (Gr. 6 - 12) August 6 – August 10 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Young chefs will have the opportunity to learn how to plan and create a wide range of meals that can be prepared for a crowd of family or friends. Each day students will focus on a different theme, such as pizza party, brunch favorites or picnic lunch, during which campers can hone their skills learning recipes, techniques, and tricks that are meant to bring home to share. The students will be working in a professional kitchen, with the tools of the trade, measuring, timing different components of the meals and working together to plan and produce an entire meal each day. Emphasis on a healthy balance of food as well as preparations for those with allergies, vegetarians and vegans will be discussed. On our last day, the junior chefs will be asked to bring in one of their favorite recipes to share, create and enjoy with invited guests as a finale.
La Cocina Hispana! (Gr 6-12) August 6 – August 10 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Students will utilize project based learning skills to create meals from five different Spanish-speaking countries. Activities will be hands-on and co–operative using recipes, tools and cooking methods to produce complete meals. Participants will have to work together to complete tasks, navigating measurement, timing and proper handling of food to produce several courses of an authentic meal. The week will culminate in a tasting event for parents and guardians.
To register for a camp please download the registration form here, and return it to Notre Dame. Checks may be made payable to Notre Dame High School. For registration form click here.
Summer Writing Course - Cancelled
ND tennis camp
Tennis Camp Registration Form Click Here.
Softball Camp Registration Form Click Here.