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. For information regarding the basketball camp 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.
2017 SUMMER CAMP OFFERINGS AT ND
All academies at Notre Dame are $100 per child, per academy. Registration fees are non-refundable and must be paid at the time of registration. Please note: “Grade” is the grade-level that the student will be entering in the fall of 2017. For more information, or to register, please download and print the registration form. Completed registrations and payment may be sent to: Notre Dame High School, 1400 Maple Avenue, Elmira, New York 14904. Students who sign up for a morning and afternoon session during the same week are invited to pack a brown bag lunch and may eat in the cafeteria in between sessions.
Bird Buddies (Grades 3-6) CLOSED June 26-30, 8:00-11:30 a.m. Extend your wonder about our natural world through the amazing world of BIRDS! We’ll be sharpening our bird observing skills, learning to identify birds by sight and sound, participating in eBird and other Citizen Science opportunities through the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, and developing bird-friendly habitats, such as make it-take it bird feeders and bird baths. Academy Instructor is Karen Jennings, Notre Dame Jr. High Coordinator and Science Teacher.
Rolling in the Dough! FULL - Closed July 11-14, 8:00-11:30 a.m. (Grades 9-12) Fee: $80 FULL - Closed July 11-14, 12:00-3:30 p.m. (Grades 5-8)
Do you enjoy the smell of fresh bread? Did you know the versatility and possibilities of fresh yeast doughs are endless? Do you think there is nothing better than the taste of delicious and mouthwatering fresh bread? If so, you may want to be a part of “Rolling in the Dough”! You’ll create fresh yeast breads each day such as bread sticks, garlic knots, pizza dough with an amazing topping and cinnamon rolls, among others. In addition to creating your tasty breads, you’ll be able to identify specific ingredients and the role they play in each of your breads. Class size is limited to 10 students. Course Instructor is Burt Beebe, Master Chef at GST BOCES.
The Nature of Light (Grades 9-12) CLOSED July 10-14, 12:00-3:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how 3-D movie glasses work? Why do some objects glow in the dark while others do not? What makes LED light so different from fluorescent and incandescent light? Why is laser light “special”? How does a telescope differ from a microscope? If so, then this course is for you! Join this hands-on exploration of the strange and fantastic properties of light. Explore color, polarization, refraction, reflection and coherence properties of light in a hands-on manner. In this course, you will make your own spectroscope to get to the heart of light’s color properties and create various geometric optical devices including a telescope. Use of student-grade lasers allows for the creation of interference patterns and the creation of spooky 3-D laser speckle patterns. Academy instructor is Sandra Williams, Notre Department Science Department Chair and Physics Teacher.
Prosthetics Production (Grades 6-9) July 17-21, 8:00-11:30 a.m.
Student teams will investigate biomedical engineering and the technology of prosthetics. Students will create lower leg prosthetic prototypes using various ordinary materials. Each team will debut its prototype at a final event and students will evaluate the device’s strengths and weaknesses, giving insight into the characteristics and materials biomedical engineers consider in designing artificial limbs. A teenage amputee will serve as a mentor for this class. Academy instructor is Lori Favela, Notre Dame English and ENL Teacher.
Building for the Future (Grades 4-7) July 17-21, 12:00-3:30 p.m.
Ever wonder why vehicles are built the way they are? Think you have a better design? Come and test your theories this summer as we explore how to build for the future! You and your design team will research and build your own vehicle prototype. Will you be the winner? Find out when teams race against each other to see who has the best design. Put your STEM skills to the test and see if YOU are ready for “Building for the Future.” Academy instructor is Brett Moore, Notre Dame Science Teacher.
Make it 3-D: Sculpture Camp (Grades 5-8) July 24-28, 8:00-11:30 a.m.
Is your young artist looking for something different this summer? Check out ND’s Sculpture Camp! Students will explore various sculpture construction techniques using a variety of materials, including clay, newspaper and tinfoil. Each new project offers the student the opportunity to problem solve creatively and think outside the box. The week will culminate in a display of student work for family and friends. Academy instructor is Hannah Leeber, Notre Dame Art Teacher.
Crazy Concoctions Art Camp (Grades 5-8) FULL-CLOSED July 24-28, 12:00-3:30 p.m.
Make mysterious mixtures in mini workshops. Find out how to use a blender to make your own paper.
Make watercolor cakes and brushes to paint with. Experiment with mixing up a variety of clay and modeling compounds. Design your own stickers. Camp will end with an exhibition of student art work! Academy instructor is Susan LaVelle, Notre Dame Art Department Chair and Art Teacher.
Hydroponics & Aquaponics (Grades 6-9) July 31-Aug. 4, 12:00- 3:30 p.m.
An exciting academy for budding horticulturalists! Students will start their own micro greens and sprouts, plan for and create a larger hydroponics 16-20 container system and at the end of the week be able to bring home some edible seedlings. Class size is limited to 11 students. Academy instructor is Carol Howard, Notre Dame Earth Science Teacher.
El Mundo Hispano (Grades 6-8) August 7-11, 8:00-11:30 a.m.
Join us for an educational adventure as we explore the diversity of the Hispanic culture. Students will spend a fun filled week creating memorable connections to the Hispanic culture by learning basic Spanish vocabulary, completing Spanish influenced arts/crafts projects; enjoying Hispanic music, dance and games and learn about the geography and history of Spanish speaking cultures. Each day will focus on a different Hispanic country. No previous exposure to the Spanish Language is necessary. Academy instructor is Marina Liriano, Notre Dame Spanish Teacher.
La Cocina Hispana! (Grades 6-8) August 7-11, 12:00-3:30 p.m.
Explore the diverse culinary world of Hispanic cooking!! Learn about what makes Spanish cooking unique and the flavors that are associated with traditional Hispanic dishes. A great opportunity to expand not only your young chef’s culinary skills but also their palette with this introductory academy to Hispanic cooking. A team approach will be used to produce a delicious and healthy sampling of Hispanic dishes. Students will wrap up the week by providing a tasty treat for their parents. Academy instructor is Marina Liriano, Notre Dame Spanish Teacher.
Shoot the Lights Out Basketball Camp June 26 - June 30, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Boys & Girls Grades 5-12
$100 per week/per participant - if postmarked up to 2 weeks to the 1st day of camp
To register for this camp, download the brochure here.
To register for a camp please download the registration form here, and return it to Notre Dame.
S.O.I COURSE GUIDE