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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education
April 23, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Summer 2014 Registration



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LEAP camps are for gifted and highly able children in grades 1-9 as of September 2014. LEAP camps focus on enrichment and challenge in a fun, interactive atmosphere. All camps are led by certified teachers who employ highly interactive teaching methods to tap into higher order thinking skills and make learning FUN!

Registration for our Summer 2014 camps is now OPEN! The registration form must be printed, filled out (including all necessary signatures), and then submitted via email, fax, or mail/in person. No registrations are accepted over the phone. Registrations will be time-stamped and processed in the order they are received, no matter the method of submission.

The registration form can be found here.

Camp descriptions can be found below or in printable form here.

Families will receive an email with information on camp policies and procedures in June. Please contact LEAP if you have not received that email by the end of the month!

Session dates: July 7-11 & July 14-18, 2014

Times: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (morning camp)  |  1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (afternoon camp)  |  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (full day camp)
*Note that a morning and afternoon camp can be combined in the same week. We will ensure your child is supervised over the lunch period and signed into their afternoon camp.

After camp care: extended care is available from 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. for the cost of $5/day

Cost: $140 half-day camp, $280 full-day camp

Registration deadline: May 26, 2014 (early registration advised)

Grade 1-3 Camp Descriptions - Week One (July 7-11)

Computer Capers –Trish Morgan (half day, afternoon) ** CAMP FULL **

Do you love using computers? Would you like to learn all kinds of cool new things you can do on your computer? Then this camp is for you! We'll use easy new software and online tools to create comics and animations, make wonderful pictures and designs, invent superheroes and talking avatars, play some great new games, and much more. Everything we do will be shared on our Computer Capers website that we'll create together! Come and join us for an exciting week of computer challenges and fun!

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Computer Capers LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

Covered in Chocolate – Margo Delaine (full day)

Do you think chocolate should be a food group? Can you imagine a life without chocolate? In this camp we will explore the history of chocolate and where it comes from. You will learn about your tongue’s taste receptors and why chocolate tastes so good, and put on your taste-tester’s hat to compare varieties of chocolate. We will discuss the social justice issues of cocoa harvesting and fair trade. Bring your creativity as you design and market an original chocolate product. Throw in some logic and sequencing puzzles, thinking games, and creative problem solving challenges, and this is one sweet camp! Note: this camp involved taste-testing chocolate so please indicate any allergies on the registration form; we may not be able to accommodate all food allergies.

Lego Robotics – Heather Harland (half day, afternoon) ** BOTH SESSIONS FULL **

LEGO and robots, together in one camp? Get ready to combine both of these things to make Lego come alive! We will have the opportunity to build animals, sports players, and vehicles. Through simple programming and Lego WeDo kits, we will teach our Legos how to bust a move! Campers will share a building kit with another camper. If you love LEGO, then this is the camp for you! Note: All Lego creations will stay at camp.

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
LEGO Robotics LEAP camps. Register for only the morning OR afternoon.

Retaking this camp is not recommended.

Save the Arctic Lisa Grant (half day, morning)

Calling all environmentalists and concerned citizens, the Canadian Arctic is in danger and we need your help! Join us in discovering this unique environment and the people, plants and animals that live there. Practice your mapping skills, experiment with permafrost, climate change, and animal adaptations, and help save the polar bears. It’s time to take action and show the world just how special the Canadian Arctic is! Are you ready to do your part?

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Save the Arctic LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.


 
Grade 1-3 Camp Descriptions - Week Two (July 14-18)

Brilliant Builders – Catherine Stevenson (full day)

Attention aspiring architects! Budding builders! Put on your creative thinking caps, get your pencils sharpened, and get ready to be inspired because structures are everywhere! We’ll boost our understanding of building techniques through hands-on construction challenges. Then, we’ll investigate the ideas, methods, and wild creations of some unconventional architects who broke all the rules. Finally, we’ll combine our learning to create original designs and models that will be shared in our Design Showcase. One, two, three, build!

Deep Down Under the Ocean – Katarzyna Zych (half day, afternoon) ** CAMP FULL **

Just what is down there – deep down under the ocean? Full of mystery and life, the ocean is home to many creatures. We’ll discover dolphins, manatee, hermit crabs, whales, fish, plants and more as we learn about life in the sea. What about volcanoes? Yes, we’ll find them, too. Come along as we set sail for a deep sea dive!

Environmental Citizens – Lisa Grant (half day, afternoon)

Extra! Extra! Read all about it, Environmental Citizens stand up for our earth! People across the world are taking action and standing up for our earth. Plants, animals and humans are all connected and we only have one planet to share. Why is the health of our earth so important and what can you do to help? Are you ready to answer the call and become an Environmental Citizen?

Funky Fairy Tales – Katey Stott (half day, morning)

Enjoy a new twist on well-known fairy tales! We’ll explore popular stories and take them to the next level. Go from very tiny (Princess and the Pea) to very large (Jack and the Beanstalk). What would it look like inside a giant’s home? Problem – you have a giant turnip. Now, how do you move it? You’ll need to use a bit of science magic to make it happen. And just what does this have to do with fairy tales? Peter and the Wolf will give you a look into the world of music. Build “The Gingerbread Man” a new home and enjoy some yummy treats at the same time. Welcome to the adventure!

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Funky Fairy Tales LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

Lego Robotics – Heather Harland (half day, morning) ** CAMP FULL **

LEGO and robots, together in one camp? Get ready to combine both of these things to make Lego come alive! We will have the opportunity to build animals, sports players, and vehicles. Through simple programming and Lego WeDo kits, we will teach our Legos how to bust a move! Campers will share a building kit with another camper. If you love LEGO, then this is the camp for you! Note: All Lego creations will stay at camp.

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
LEGO Robotics LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.


 
Grade 4-6 Camp Descriptions - Week One (July 7-11)

Computers and Beyond – Trish Morgan (half day, morning) ** CAMP FULL **

Do you love using computers? Then we hope you'll join us at this challenging and exciting technology-focused camp! We'll explore a wide variety of new software and online tools to do computer animations, photo and video editing, 'green-screening', create amazing designs and art projects, make avatars and comics, play some cool new games, and much more. You'll make your own website on the first day, then learn how to save and link all of your great projects on your own site! Come and join us for an enriching, fun-filled camp. Your new found skills will take you to the world of Computers and Beyond!

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Computers and Beyond LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

Genes to Germs – Deanna Reinhart (full day)

What makes you unique? Why does food taste the way it does and how do you digest it? What can a tennis ball tell you about your heart? Explore the human body from genes to germs and get to know yourself better! Conduct fun experiments (extract DNA from split peas!), create edible (yes) models of DNA, and find out what “the knee bone is connected to”! You are what you eat so campers will learn about the nutritional value of their daily diet. Use slime (yuck) to learn how the body defends against the invasion of germs. All aboard for a scientific journey from Genes to Germs!

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Genes to Germs LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

Going Green: Eco Kids – Sally Martinez (full day)

Have you ever wondered how you can reduce your carbon footprint, use less energy and produce less waste? Are you interested in the environment and eating local foods? Come join us at the Going Green: Eco Kids camp and learn how to be a more eco-aware kid! We will cover topics such as vermi-composting, upcycling, water conservation, and tree planting. We will get dirty with hands-on activities that help us explore the ins and outs of green living. Learn how to be a more environmentally responsible citizen, and have fun doing it!

LEGO Mindstorms – Kevin Watt (full day) ** CAMP FULL **

Are you ready to combine LEGO building and computer programming to get to the next level? Using LEGO Mindstorms kits, campers will create customizable, programmable robots, from simple to complex. Learn how to use a variety of sensors and motors to power your creations. Campers will share a building kit with another camper. If you love LEGO, then this is the camp for you! Note: All Lego creations will stay at camp.

Rocking the Rainforest – Anne Dahmer (full day)

Come roam the rainforest, where art meets ecology! We’ll celebrate the biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest with mask making, drama, collage, 3-D murals and sculpture. We’ll make predictions and experiments to see how the Rainforest controls the world’s climate. We’ll use music to uncover ecological issues in this fantastical place. The week will culminate in The Rainforest Summit, where we’ll learn about and debate the future of the Amazon World Preserve!

The Universe: Beyond Our World – Katherine Driver (half day, afternoon) ** CAMP FULL **

Prepare to stretch your imagination as you contemplate the universe that surrounds us! Have you always wondered what is on the other side of the event horizon? Are you nuts about supernovas and antimatter? Do you wonder how astronauts eat, sleep and exercise? This camp will explore our universe’s connections to technology, math, history, physics, geology, geography, art, and so much more! Get ready to open your mind to a world so vast, your curiosity will lead you on a quest for lifelong learning.

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
The Universe: Beyond Our World LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

 
Grade 4-6 Camp Descriptions - Week Two (July 14-18)

Amazing Archaeology Megan Garcia (full day)

Have you ever wondered how we know what we do about history? How did we find out all that we know? Archaeology is the amazing answer, and in this camp, you will be trained to think and see the world through the eyes of an archaeologist. We’ll learn to analyze material remains to understand their meaning. We will discover what life would be like if there was no language and we had to invent ways of communication. Together, we will take a trip through the past! Can you “dig” it?

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Amazing Archaeology LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

Billboards & Bonuses – Kerri Vandervoort (full day)

When you hear “I’m lovin’ it,” what do you think of? It’s crazy how advertising affects our daily lives! But just how do you take an idea for a new product, design it, manufacture it, find people to buy it and convince people to buy it? Sometimes companies are sneaky, and sometimes they have good intentions. In this camp we’ll design our own innovative new products, come up with an advertising plan, and create a website to market our idea. Step into the shoes of Kevin O’Leary or Arlene Dickinson for a day! We’ll be our own CEOs, but we’ll also put on our critical thinking caps and take a hard look at the dark side of the advertising world. Don’t worry, though – we won’t make you wear a suit and a tie!

Deep Sea Explorers – Margo Delaine (full day)

A wonderful world of nature and adventure awaits you as you explore the treasures of the deep. Learn about the amazing creatures in the waters and on the shores. Whales, sharks, coral reefs, seabirds and wildlife sanctuaries will be some of the topics that you will explore. Along the way, you will learn about navigation and orienteering, and then put your newfound skills to the test. A whole new world awaits you on the high seas!

Social Justice League – Nicky Kohls (full day)

Our world needs kid heroes! With issues like food insecurity, unsafe water and lack of access to education affecting many in our community and around the globe, we need creative solutions that only the next generation of young problem solvers can provide. We are looking for innovative world changers! LEAP campers will be challenged to ask themselves: How can we use social media to build a well in Kenya? How can I help a family around the world through the gifts I purchase for my own family? Does hunger affect people in my community? Campers will engage with current local and global issues and discover how they can take small steps to make a difference. We will also learn about real life kid heroes who have done what they can to impact change in their world. Step up and join the LEAP Social Justice League!

The Astounding Art Quest – Dana Albrecht (full day)

Let the great art masters become your guide to unlock your creative genius on a journey through time like never before! You will discover the mysterious elements of art through hands-on experiments, interactive games, and many exciting art projects. Learn about the works of great artists, from Monet and Van Gogh to Giacometti and Goldsworthy. On the final day of camp, astound your family and friends with a show displaying your own masterpieces.


 
Grade 6-9 Camp Descriptions - Week One (July 7-11)

Ice, Water and STEAM: Exploring Water in our World – Leah Payerl & Kevin Thomas (full day)

Did you know that nearly one billion people don’t have safe water to drink? This is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) focused camp program where you will explore some of the world’s biggest water challenges. You will learn about solar distillation, super-absorbent polymers (you will never guess where these are found!), pH water testing and more. You will build an edible model of the layers of our earth, create an advertising campaign and learn about non-Newtonian liquids and walking on water. You will explore real global issues in our world and use science, technology and mathematics to find co-operative and sustainable solutions.

Technology Camp for Girls – Susan Watt (full day)

Welcome to technology camp for GIRLS!! During this exciting week, we will do all kinds of geeky projects using a wide variety of technology applications. Because it's a girls' camp, we'll also explore and discuss issues specific to girls and young women and build some of these ideas into our projects. You name it, we'll try it - building websites and blogs, doing photo- and video-editing, creating characters and animations, working on soundtracks, exploring Google apps and more! We will even have the chance to meet and 'pick the brilliant brains' of a couple of young women who work in the technology field in local companies. If you love exploring new ideas in technology and feel like you've always wanted to do this with other girls who share your passion for all things tech, then this camp is for you!

 
Grade 6-9 Camp Descriptions - Week Two (July 14-18)

In Focus – Ken Whytock (full day)

Digital photography has opened new doors to being creative and stretched the limits of visual images. Since we can see our images right after we take them, LEAP photographers will refine their skills until they shoot like the pros. But these are not just images – they can tell stories as well. Through framing, lighting, and photo manipulation, we’ll explore portraits, nature shots, tilt-shifting and using light to your advantage. Campers will have the chance to participate in discussions, field trips and computer time to edit photos. Shutters bugs of LEAP, unite! In order to personalize what you are learning, campers are encouraged to provide their own camera (minimum 3x optical zoom) and computer cables. Expensive, challenging to operate cameras should be avoided. If preferred, LEAP can provide a digital camera for use at the camp. Please indicate this on the registration form. This camp has an extra $10 supplemental fee to cover the cost of a USB key that campers will keep at the end of the session.

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
In Focus LEAP camps. Retaking this camp is not recommended.

LEGO Mindstorms – Kevin Watt (half day, afternoon) ** CAMP FULL **

Are you ready to combine LEGO building and computer programming to get to the next level? Using LEGO Mindstorms kits, campers will create customizable, programmable robots, from simple to complex. Learn how to use a variety of sensors and motors to power your creations. Campers will share a building kit with another camper. If you love LEGO, then this is the camp for you! Note: All Lego creations will stay at camp.

Monsters: From Folklore to Pop Culture – Courtney MacDonald (half day, morning)

When the moon is full and howls fill the night air, are you thinking werewolf? Have you ever wondered why garlic is used to repel vampires? If your answer is yes, join us on a journey into the strange, dark, and mysterious world of monsters. We will explore the origins of vampires, werewolves, zombies, and other mysterious beasts. Through folklore, myths, and legends we will come to understand these dark creatures. We will follow their journey from ancient times to the pages of popular fiction and analyze what these creatures mean in today’s society. Through interactive activities we will explore, discover, fabricate, and debate the unknown. Are you ready for the truth?

 

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