Polaris Summer Camp

Prep Academy Polaris Summer Camp
For Ages 3-8

Summer Camp 2018

The summer program at Prep Academy Schools – Polaris is 10 weeks of fun and learning for students who have a wide range of interests. Browse our schedule of programs and reserve your spot today!

We offer full day camps for children from 3 years old to 8 years old in arts, humanities, sciences, and more! Our Main Summer Camp is from 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM for a Full Day. We also offer part-time options from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, and our STEM Camp from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM.

Camp Schedules

Main Summer Camp

7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Part-Time Camp

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

STEM Camp

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

10 Exciting Sessions

Schedule:Dates:
Week 1: 6/4 – 6/8
Week 2: 6/11 – 6/15
Week 3: 6/18 – 6/22
Week 4: 6/25 – 6/29
Week 5: 7/2 – 7/6
Week 6: 7/9 – 7/13
Week 7: 7/16 – 7/20
Week 8: 7/23 – 7/27
Week 9:7/30 – 8/3
Week 10:8/6 – 8/10

Main Summer Camp Themes

Week 1: Aloha Summer!

This week students will plan for the summer ahead and get a jump start on some fun summer activities like having picnics and playing outdoor games. We will take a walking field trip to a local park. We will also start our summer garden.

Week 2: Cross Country Adventures

We will learn about National Parks, camping, and hiking from the states of Washington to Maine and Michigan to Florida. We will go on nature walks and explore the world around us. We will take a field trip to Highbanks Metro Parks to explore the great outdoors!

Week 3: What’s Your Superpower?

The students will learn that there are Superheroes outside of those in storybooks: everyday heroes. We will also discuss how they can use character traits as superpowers, such as kindness and helpfulness.  We will have a visit from some real-life Superheroes.

Week 4: Riddle Me This

This week we’ll look at all sorts of brain teasers, optical illusions, puzzles, and games. We will have a magician perform a magic show as the ultimate optical illusion.

Week 5: Red, White & Boom

We will celebrate the Fourth of July by learning about our nation’s birthday, with a week full of patriotic-themed activities. We will have a visit from an Army officer, who will speak to the students about those who protect our country.

Week 6: Giant Creatures

Students will learn about the largest animals currently on earth, such as elephants, whales, polar bears, and giraffes. We will see the animals up close and personal with a field trip to the Columbus Zoo.

Week 7: From Sea to Shining Sea

This week we will explore water: from oceans to lakes and rivers to ponds.  We’ll learn about the animals and plants that live in the waters around us. We will have a few live water animals on-site for the children to observe.

Week 8: Build It With Bricks and Sticks

The students will explore what goes into building a strong structure, or a structure that can float or fly. We will have a visit from a construction worker who will share equipment and materials that are used to build different things.

Week 9: Ooey Gooey

We’ll get a little messy this week as we explore different science experiments, such a making play-doh, oobleck and slime. The students will see enjoy a variety of hands-on science activities during our field trip to COSI.

Week 10: Under the Big Top

Students will play carnival games and enjoy one more week of summer fun before school starts. They will enjoy a visit from a clown, balloon animals, and snow-cones.

STEM Camp (Ages 3-5)

Week 3: I Wanna Be…A Sports Scientist!

Campers will discover the scientific explanations behind athleticism and develop an appreciation for the science of sports. Projects range from determining the optimal ball trajectory to score a field goal in football to making a Q-Tip Skeleton.

Week 4: I Wanna Be…An Archaeologist!

Students learn about archaeological tools and identify optimal locations for digs. From artifacts left on land to historical treasures buried at sea, our mini-Archaeologists learn the hidden science behind this intriguing career.

Week 7: I Wanna Be…A Marine Biologist!

From coral reefs to sharks that “sleep,” campers explore the unique, the strange, and the perplexing features of underwater life. Exciting projects include turtle shell backpacks and octopus sock puppets (socktopus!).

Week 8: I Wanna Be…A Techie!

Topics include coding, robotics, and electronics. Students study the anatomy of computers, code a caterpillar (yes!), and look into the future of technology. Projects include programming PCs using ScratchJr and building simple circuits.

Elementary STEM Camp (Ages 5-8)

Week 3: Biorobotics

This camp focuses on the hardware and coding that’s required to create machines that model living and breathing beings. Projects include mechanized contraptions ranging from robotic hands to real programmable robots using LEGO WeDo!

Week 4: Engineering A Metropolis

Campers explore what it takes to create a metropolitan area by designing their own city! From street layouts to power source identification, campers learn about the challenges that architects and engineers face when building cities from scratch.

Week 7: Coding + Gaming

Using MIT’s Scratch computer language, campers learn how to program their very own unique games and animations. Projects include a computer program uploaded to MIT’s website and an original board game.

Week 8: Freaky Forces + Elusive Energies

From the magic of magnetism to the science of sound, campers explore a world filled with energies and forces! Projects such as lava lamps, clay boats, and catapults allow children to touch, feel, and see concepts that are the building blocks of physics.

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