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Grades 3 – 5

Appian Way (Offered in collaboration with the New Hampshire Dance Institute for grades 4 - 8)

Running is a great way to stay healthy, fit, and energized, and it’s also important to the Keene community through the annual DeMar Marathon. But who was Clarence DeMar? What and where is Appian Way? Join New Hampshire Dance Institute for a fun week of dance in the Main Theatre of Redfern Arts Center as we learn all about the history of DeMar. We’ll do a little bit of running outdoors to check out the KSC campus, and end the week with a full theatrical production on stage! Instructor: Kristen Leach. Full days, June 24 – 28.

Cardboard Creations

Are you an artist? Engineer? Designer? Well this is the camp for you! Build to your heart’s content! Through small group and individual challenges we will follow the design process to create your wildest dreams! Bring your own recycled collections from home to add to our materials. Instructor: EJ Albin. Afternoons, July 15 – 19.

Dr. Seuss Drama Week!

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope” (Dr. Seuss). Who doesn’t love the wacky world of Dr. Seuss? Read some Dr. Seuss stories and bring one or two to life in a play. Design and make costumes and props to go with the story. Instructor: Heidi Nystrom. Afternoons, August 5 – 9.

Escape Room

Work with your teammates to find clues and decipher puzzles, crack secret codes, and solve mysteries. Developing lifelong skills in problem solving, communication, and cooperation. You’ll have the opportunity to experience an escape room scenario then participate in creating an escape room with fellow campers. Instructor: Sean Malone. Mornings, July 15 – 19.

Greek Mythology

Join us as we travel back in time to Ancient Greece. Do you know why spiders spin webs? How many Greek monsters can you name? Learn all about Greek myths, gods, monsters and heroes through games, stories, STEM activities, crafts and more! Our time in Ancient Greece will culminate with a museum to share all of our adventures into Greek mythology! Instructor: Melissa Crotto-Young. Mornings, July 22 – 26.

It’s a Snap! Digital Photography

We’ll focus on how a camera works, spotting interesting subjects, and the steps to compose and expose quality photos. Bring a digital camera or a device with one built in. Experienced participants will develop and practice advanced techniques. Instructor: JJ Prior. Afternoons, July 22 – 26.

Code Camp JR

Learn critical programming concepts by utilizing online tools and hands-on, unplugged activities. Use code to guide a character through mazes, and work up to creating video games and original animation. If time allows, we’ll get into web programming with JavaScript and HTML to create websites and interactive apps. This is a repeat of last summer’s class, and the projects will be the same. Instructor: Ryan Pymm. Mornings, July 15 – 19.

LEGO® Adventures – Team A

Have fun building with LEGO® while learning teamwork and basic engineering skills. Build and motorize simple machines and create vehicles with steering, gears, and axles. Instructor: Nancy Greene. Mornings, July 15 – 19 and Instructor: Sam Sintros, Afternoons, August 5 - 9.

LEGO® Adventures – Team B

Like LEGO® Adventures Team A, we’ll learn basic engineering skills, but our projects will be different. This is an ideal class for children who took LEGO® last year or would like to take more than one LEGO® class this summer. Instructor: Nancy Greene. Afternoons, July 15 – 19 and Instructor: Sam Sintros, Mornings, August 5 - 9.

Magic for Beginners Workshop

This is a hands-on magical learning experience. Participants learn easy to master, fun magic tricks using everyday objects found around the house (cards, coins, etc.). Some magic trick props are also included. Sequential learning skills and the importance of practice are emphasized. There is also some discussion about the history of magic, magicians and the styles of magic. Class members participate in an optional "Magic Show" using their new skills on the last day. Instructor: BJ Hickman. Mornings, August 5 – 9.

Mastering Optical Illusions

Explore a variety of Op Art techniques that trick they eye and bend the mind. Students will work step-by-step through a new technique each day. By the end of the week, students will have a portfolio of work! Instructor: Molly Hoekman. Mornings, July 29 – August 2.

Nothing but Games

Unplug your electronics and get ready to have fun. Learn to play traditional family night games such as hearts, rummy, chess, and cribbage. Learn strategies that will engage your brain and outsmart your opponents. Instructor: Becky Fisk. Mornings, July 22 – 26.

Puppet Palooza

Do you like making puppets? In this class you will create three different types of puppets to keep! Begin with a foam puppet similar to the ones seen on television and movies. Build on your skills to create a mechanism puppet, which uses a device to control the puppet. Learn about Bunraku puppets, an archaic form of traditional puppetry originating in 16th and 17th century Japan. Finally, we’ll take the skills learned from all these styles to design and create a masterpiece! Instructor: Eric Weiss. Afternoons, July 29 – August 2.

South America

Do you enjoy learning and painting? Are you curious about the beauties of South America? If you are, this is the class for you! We will learn about the people, food, traditions, games, as well as some amazing natural wonders of beautiful South America. In the end you will have a book to share with your family and friends. On the last day we will create some of the foods (that do not require cooking) and you will be able to share the recipes with others. Instructor: Tina Thayer. Afternoons, July 29 – August 2.

Under the Sea

Time to dive deep to visit all of the ocean creatures! We will explore aspects of the ocean and its inhabitants as we do STEM activities, crafts, read stories, and more. Some of the animals that we will study include the octopus, shark, sea turtle, and other inhabitants of coral reef communities. Our class will come to a big colorful end with a coral reef diorama! Instructor: Melissa Crotto-Young. Afternoons, July 22 – 26.

USA Landmarks

Are you curious about all the amazing manmade and natural wonders in our beautiful country? If you are, come join me and learn all about them! We will learn about natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, Monument Valley, Niagara Falls, and manmade wonders like Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, Crazy Horse, and so much more! In this class we will be painting different things we learn about and in the end you will have a book to share. So grab your smock and come on a journey with me trekking across the USA! Instructor: Tina Thayer. Mornings, July 29 – August 2.

You Can Be a Maker (grades 2 – 3)

Are you up for adventure? Do you like to build things using easy to find and even recycled material? Then you are going to love learning how to create fantastic flyers, exciting electronics, remarkable robots, and marvelous movers. Instructor: Becky Fisk. Afternoons, July 22 – 26.