Elementary and Middle School Students – Week 1

June 28 – July 2

List of open programs:

Artisian Pizza & Flatbreads

This in-person course will be held at: Patisserie Florentine, 242 Closter Dock Rd, Closter, NJ 07624

Create your own pizza from scratch!  Students will learn how to mix, ferment, fold, and shape pizza dough as well as how to prepare toppings, plus the secrets of amazing pizza sauce. You will bake Neopolitan, Roman, NYC and Detroit-style pizzas in the 600 F oven (safety first!).  We’ll discuss different types of flour and flour applications. Organic, non-bleached flour will be used.  Kitchen health and safety practices will be introduced during the first class, and practiced throughout.  (For 3rd-5th grade students)

Beginner Snare Drum

This in-person course will be held in Ender Hall at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus NJ 07652

For the absolute beginner!  This course teaches students how to properly hold drum sticks, how to read percussion music, and learn how to read different time signatures. Students will need 1 pair of standard drum sticks, a practice pad and a folder for music. OPTIONAL: If you would like to rent a snare drum, you may; but it is not required. (For 3rd-8th grade students)

Debate Club

This in-person course will be held in Ender Hall at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus NJ 07652

Do you like to engage in discussions, structured arguments, and express your point of view? Then come learn debate strategies, and how to research and prepare speeches. This program will prepare you for your school’s debate team and your future as a lawyer or advocate! (For 6th-8th grade students)

Diggin’ for Dinosaurs, Rockin’ Rocks, & Crystal Creations

Young scientists will discover the exciting science of archaeology and paleontology as they excavate and assemble complete skeletal replicas from simulated “fossilized” rock. Dig for T-Rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Velociraptors, Brachiosaurus, and more! Make fossilized plaster replicas of dinosaur teeth, claws, trilobites, and ancient sea creatures. Sort, and classify a variety of fossilized shark teeth and other marine fossils. Unearth some fascinating facts about rocks, minerals, and crystals. Break open geodes and discover crystals inside. Assemble a unique mini-collection of rocks and minerals that you will learn about in the program. (For 3rd-5th grade students)

Landscape Painting in Oil and Acrylic

This in-person course will be held in Ender Hall at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus NJ 07652

Students will work with either oil or acrylic on canvas, gain an understanding of how to approach and interpret the complex world of landscape.  Working from nature, drawings and photographs, learn how to use composition, perspective, tone, color, light and texture to gain desired effects.  (For 3rd-5th grade students)

Lego Star Wars and Motorized Machines & Battle–Bot Build-A-Thon

This in-person course will be held in Ender Hall at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus NJ 07652

Have fun building and creating using your imaginationenlightened! Summer Bulldogs will construct a wide range of Lego projects from many different themes including: Creator, Star Wars, City, Friends, Technic and more.  Learn engineering principles in a fun, hands-on atmosphere.  (This workshop focuses on building modular robots from your imagination.  Coding is not a focus in this course). Projects will include constructing a Battle-Bot from our huge part collection, participating in our robot tug-o’ war, Olympic competition, soccer match, and more.  Students will take home a Hexbug robot and Lego project. (For 3rd-5th grade students)

Mini Robotics: Sphero, Ozobot, and BristleBots

Have fun experimenting with mini robots from the privacy of your home! Coding, robotics, art, STEAM, and computer science will come alive with tiny, programmable mini-robots. Learn to use the Sphero mini app to drive in different modes, program with Javascript, or as a controller to play games. Our instruction will help you to really have fun and learn with your robot. Then have fun using toothbrush motor and vibration technology to build and take home your own “Bristlebot! and Brushbot.” (For 3rd-5th grade students)

Squishy Circuits, Electronics & More!

This in-person course will be held in Ender Hall at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus NJ 07652

Have fun using conductive and insulating play dough to learn about the basics of electric circuits!  With Squishy circuits, you will get to use unique electronic components to solve problems, engineer solutions and inspire your creativity and thinking.  Build creative gadgets with buzzers, motors, LEDs – plus Little-Bits, SnapCircuits, and more! Then gear up for some amazing science fun and build, tinker, and create amazing gadgets! What happens when gears are connected? Do they rotate together, at the same speed, or in the same direction? Does it even matter how they touch each other? Discover these answers, and more, with this class. Projects include making and taking home a motorized gear and pulley driven car, a hydraulic claw-project, and more! (For 1st-3rd grade students)