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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education
March 31, 2015
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Summer 2015 Registration



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LEAP camps are for gifted and highly able children in grades 1-9 as of September 2015. 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 2015 camps is NOW OPEN.

This year's camp descriptions can be found below or in printable form here.

The LEAP Registration Form can be found below or in printable form here.

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

Session dates: July 6-10 and July 13-17, 2015

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


Financial Assistance:

As of now, there is a limited number of bursaries available. Only campers demonstrating financial need who live in Woolwich County will receive funding and even then, LEAP may not be able to fill all requests.

Please continue to check the Financial Assistance Page as more bursaries may come available in the coming weeks.

Grade 1-3 Camp Descriptions - Week One (July 6-10)

Grades 1-3: Week One (July 6-10)

Astounding Colour Quest–Renee Nosko (Full Day)

Did you know that the human eye can detect over a million colours? Have you ever wondered how we see colour? Do all creatures see colours like we do? In the Astounding Colour Quest, we will put on our detective hats and use our artist eyes to explore colour like never before! Experiment with colour theory, tints and shades and mixing colours. Learn about the great artists and how they used colour - then apply what you have learned to your own artistic creations! Come join us to become a colour detective!

Computer Capers –Trish Morgan (Half Day, morning)

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 beautiful 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. Do NOT retake this camp.

Exploring Ancient Civilizations–Lisa Grant (Half Day, afternoon)

Join us for a journey through time as we visit the great civilizations of the past. Each day we will explore a different civilization- discovering what made them unique and exploring their greatest accomplishments. Are you curious about mummifications, how ancient roads were built, or when plumbing was invented? Come and discover the answers to all these questions and so much more as we travel back in time to the great Ancient Civilizations!

The Fab 5–Shaelyn Mahon (Half Day, afternoon)

Have you ever wondered how many taste buds you have? Or how optical illusions work? What is it that makes scratch and sniff paint so smelly? Then welcome to the Fab 5 art-laboratory! We will learn to explore the 5 senses and how they work through hands-on experiments and creative activities such as music and painting! Get ready to tackle braille, taste test the mysterious, brave the mystery texture box and so much more as we take a look at the senses in a brand new way!

LEGO Robotics – Heather Harland (Half Day, morning & afternoon)

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 LEGO how to bust a move! If you love LEGO, then this is the camp for you! Note: All Lego creations will stay at camp, and campers will share a building kit with another camper.

***NOTE*** If you have attended a LEGO Robotics Camp before-please consider other options as the material in this camp is very similar to those presented in other camps. Do NOT retake this camp. Register for only the morning OR afternoon.

Settler Squad– Catherine Stevenson (Half Day, morning)

LEAP into a time warp this summer! As the years fall away, Laurier will be replaced by a family working to survive on a farm in a very different world than we know today! We’ll bring the “Good” family to life by getting up close with artifacts, dressing in historic costume and delving into Census documents! We’ll recreate their historic home, visit with animals they would have had and see artifacts that were pulled from the ground in their backyard as we learn that the past is everywhere in Waterloo!

 
Grade 1-3 Camp Descriptions - Week Two (July 13-17)

Grades 1-3: Week Two (July 13– 17)

Animation Nation – Mark Jurgens (Half Day, morning & afternoon)

Calling all future filmmakers! Have you ever wanted to produce your own film with voices, soundtracks and even special effects? Using Plasticine, we will learn how to storyboard movie scenes, then build and animate them to create your very own stop-motion film! We will work together to edit and add effects to your film, create a movie trailer and introduction before upload them to YouTube for the world to see! Join us and be part of the movie magic!

***NOTE*** Register for only the morning OR afternoon.

Budding Builders – Catherine Stevenson (Half Day, afternoon)

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 our own original designs and structures! One, two, three- build!

Kosmic Kids – Katey Stott (Half Day, morning)

Have you ever wondered about what it takes to be an astronaut? How does a rocket get into outer space? Is there life out there? Through science, technology, art, drama and music we will answer these questions and so much more! Learn about gravity, space art and our solar system as we build rockets, design space suits and create our own planets. Join us for an out of this world experience as we blast off on a journey into space!

Super SySTEM – Shasta Tunks (Full Day)

Do you like experimenting, finding out how things work and creating something new with your own hands? If so, then come join us to break down the super system that is STEM! Each day our primary pioneers will explore a different branch of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. They will investigate how to walk on water, experiment with programming, learn the physics behind rollercoasters and create their very own Teddy Bear catapult!

Who Dun It? – Amanda Morgan (Full Day)

Lingering in the shadows is an elite group of recruits that are preparing to take on top secret missions this summer. They are a secretive set that work well together using their spy skills and street smarts to solve mysteries. We are looking for new recruits to join our team; decipher codes, create and use spy gadgets, take part in training missions, learn from real detectives and uncover the elements that make up these mysterious cases! All this and so much more await our young super sleuths!

 
Grade 4-6 Camp Descriptions - Week One (July 6-10)

Grades 4-6: Week One (July 6 – 10)

Computers and Beyond – Trish Morgan (Half Day, afternoon)

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, create amazing designs and art projects, make avatars and comics, play some cool new games, and much more. The best part is- You'll make your own website on the first day, and then learn how to save and link your greatest 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. Do NOT retake this camp.

Detective 101 – Claudia Makos (Full Day)

You no longer have to sit back and watch as others on T.V. solve the mysteries ahead of you. Nor do you have to hold back your frustration as you read about your favourite detective going in all the wrong directions with the given evidence. Here is your chance to see if you’ve got what it takes to be a detective! Campers will experience real life detective and FBI procedures such as fingerprinting, handwriting analysis, interrogations and creating and decoding secret messages! Special events include visits from local detectives! Best of all, take part in solving real mysteries! Will you take the case?

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! Extract DNA from split peas, create edible (Yes edible!) models of DNA and find out what “the knee bone is connected to”! Campers will learn about the nutritional value of their daily diet and determine if you really “are what you eat”. Create slime 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. Do NOT retake this camp.

Space Explorers – Samantha Carr (Half Day, morning)

Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut, exploring space and all of its mysteries? Join us to take a deep look into the solar system and beyond! We’ll explore the galaxy, walk on the moon, analyze asteroids and expand our knowledge of the solar system. Using science, math and history we will dive into the unknown. Leave this world behind and join us on interplanetary missions and travel to the stars! Blast off Space Explorers!

 
Grade 4-6 Camp Descriptions - Week Two (July 13-17)

Grades 4-6: Week Two (July 13 – 17)

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? Did Indiana Jones really have what it took to be an archaeologist? Join us and learn to see the world through the eyes of an archaeologist to answer these questions and many more! We’ll learn to analyze material remains to understand their meaning, use our imaginations to invent cultures of our own and create artifacts to go along with it- before burying it all for others to find and interpret! Join us to dig up the facts!

***NOTE*** The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous
Amazing Archaeology LEAP camps. Do NOT retake this camp.

Inventor’s Workshop – Anne Dahmer (Full Day)

Calling all inventors! Looking for a chance to get busy and build? To go crazy and create? To get daring with design? Then join us for a week of busy building and creating fantastic inventions! From the Great Ping Pong Catapult to Tin Foil Cars, we’ll explore zany Rube Goldberg devices and design our own pet transportation systems. Inventors will have the opportunity to solve a real-life problem with an invention of their own design- and present these prototypes to our very own Dragon’s Den! For the big finale, we’ll top off the week with an Inventors Fair to show off our wonderful inventions to the world!

LEGO Mindstorms – Kevin Watt (Full Day) ***Wait List ONLY***

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. If you love LEGO, then this is the camp for you! Note: All Lego creations will stay at camp and campers will share a building kit with another camper.

***NOTE*** If you have attended a LEGO Mindstorms Camp before-please consider other options as the material in this camp is very similar to those presented in other camps. Do NOT retake this camp.

 
Grade 6-9 Camp Descriptions - Week One (July 6-10)

Grades 6-9: Week One (July 6 – 10)

Invention Convention for BOYS– Anne Dahmer (Full Day)

Calling all inventors! Looking for a chance to get busy and build? To go crazy and create? To get daring with design? Then join us for a week of busy building and creating fantastic inventions! From the Great Ping Pong Catapult to Tin Foil Cars, we’ll explore zany Rube Goldberg devices and design our own extreme sports equipment. Inventors will have the opportunity to solve a real-life problem with an invention of their own design- and present these prototypes to our very own Dragon’s Den! For the big finale, we’ll top off the week with an Inventors Fair to show off our wonderful inventions to the world!

***NOTE*** This is a boys-only camp.

LEGO Mindstorms – Kevin Watt (Full Day)

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. If you love LEGO, then this is the camp for you! Note: All Lego creations will stay at camp, campers will share a building kit with another camper.

***NOTE*** If you have attended a LEGO Mindstorms Camp before-please consider other options as the material in this camp is very similar to those presented in other camps.Do NOT retake this camp.

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. We’ll 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 to meet other girls who share your passion for all things tech, then this camp is for you!

***NOTE*** This is a girls-only camp.

 
Grade 6-9 Camp Descriptions - Week Two (July 13-17)

In Focus – Ken Whytock (Full Day)

Are you an amateur photographer who wants to shoot like a pro? Join us to explore how to use the digital camera as the ultimate tool of expression! We’ll discuss and practice concepts like framing, lighting, photo manipulation and using light to our advantage as we explore portraits, nature shots and tilt-shifting. We’ll take photo field trips, and spend lots of time learning to edit our photos. Campers should bring a simple point-and-shoot camera of their own to use for the week so they can personalize their learning!

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. Do NOT retake this camp.

Mind, Math and Games – Leah Payerl & Kevin Thomas (Full Day)  **Camp FULL**

We challenge you to a strategic battle of wits and knowledge! Spend a week this summer with mathematics concepts you don’t get to do in school, and learn to use them in award winning strategy games like Carcassone, Settlers of Catan, Stratego, Dominion and many more! We’ll explore big mathematical ideas and bring together concepts like infinity, geometry and p, before looking at how psychologists study our reasoning when we do math or play games. Join us to explore a number of fascinating tasks and help unlock the mysteries of how the mathematics mind works!

 

Related Information Title Type
2015 LEAP Summer 2015 Camp Descriptions Document
2015 LEAP Summer 2015 Registration Form Document