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SGF & BOCES to offer summer enrichment opportunities

May 23, 2016

The South Glens Falls Central School District will be partnering with WSWHE BOCES this summer to offer Art and Technology Summer Enrichment Mini Courses. The courses are being offered for students entering grades 4 through 8. Each course will be offered for two weeks from 9 a.m. – noon, Monday through Thursday, at Oliver W. Winch Middle School (99 Hudson St., South Glens Falls). Each mini course has a fee of $85.

Because we are anticipating a high level of interest for this program, a lottery may need to be held for each course. If your child is interested in the Art and/or Technology Enrichment program, please fill out the attached form and return it to the main office at your child’s school no later than June 3, 2016. If a lottery is necessary, you will be notified about your child’s status no later than June 17, 2016.

We are excited to be able to offer these enrichment opportunities at SGF this summer! We know these will be a fun and exciting summer learning experience for our students, and we are hoping to offer expanded summer enrichment opportunities in the future. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or your building principal.

What will students learn?

Our approach for the mini courses will be hands-on learning, with the goal of creating an enriching learning environment for students in grades 4-8. Activities may include:

Tech Exploration

  • Student in Technology Summer EnrichmentAdventures in Animation: Discover how animated cartoons and movies are created. Create your own stop-motion animated short film.
  • Computer Programming: Learn how video games are developed. Create your own using Scratch.
  • Website Development: Share all of your newly acquired tech skills by creating your own website using Weebly for Education.
  • STEAM: Participate in several Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math activities.
  • Makerspace: Explore the wonderful world of Maker Space including Little Bits, Osmos, Ozobot Robots, 3-D Printing and much more.
  • Web 2.0 Tools: Create an animated version of yourself, an online poster, cartoon and an online story.

Pre-Engineering Tech Experience

  • Webquest: What is Technology? What is Engineering?
    • Technology Wheel Poster: Advantages & Disadvantages of Technology
  • Bridge Design & Construction:
    • Design: Using West Point Bridge Designer Program
    • Construction: Using 1/4″ pine boards and wood glue
    • Testing: Using the Structural Stress Tester
  • Recycle/Repurpose Project:
    • Repurpose old computer parts to design and build an analog clock
  • 3D Printing: Print personalized designs while building the bridges
    • Create the stand to hold the repurposed clocks

Art Enrichment

Students in the Summer Art EnrichmentArt Enrichment exposes students to the great masters and classical works of art that are not covered in the current art curriculum, with hands-on art projects. The program not only educates; it encourages artistic expression and sparks the inner creative abilities that lead to a lifelong love of art, and opens a worlds of possibilities in every profession. Creative thinkers, with their ability to invent, imagine, create and problem-solve in a fresh new way, are responsible for great achievements in every professional industry. From business and medicine to science and engineering, those with the ability to “think outside of the box” will lead the future.

The Art Enrichment provides an art curriculum to supplement our current art program and classroom curriculum, as well as to create a fun, learning atmosphere with strong parent leadership in the classroom.

The art enrichment curriculum aims to provide our students with an introduction to art history and artistic expression by modeling key artists or art movements throughout history. Some of the 19th and 20th century artistic movements covered include Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism and Pop Art. The students explore a range of mediums such as painting, drawing, photography and collage.

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