Elementary and Middle School Students – Week 7

August 9 – August 13

List of open programs:

Amusement Park Physics & Lego Robots and Motorized Machines

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

How do they build those crazy rollercoasters and other amusement park rides?  Join us and learn about the physics at play: friction, gravity, momentum, velocity, and other effects of force and motion.  We’ll design, construct, and test loop-the-loops, marble catchers, Ferris wheels, swinging amusement rides, and more.  Next, construct a wide range of Lego projects including: Creator, Star Wars, City, Friends, Technic and more.  Learn engineering principles and build modular robots from your imagination.  (Coding is not a focus in this course). Students will construct a Battle-Bot from our huge part collection, to participate 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)

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Candy & Lollypops

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

This hands-on course will feature formulas of popular treats such as milk chocolate truffles, bonbons, fruit bars and lollipops.  Students will learn how to prepare an extraordinary array of candies completely from scratch! Kitchen health and safety practices will be introduced during the first class, and practiced throughout. (For 3rd-5th grade students)

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Creative Story Writing

In this creative writing class, we will practice story writing. You will be introduced to different styles and genres of writing, and the choice of writing is up to you! We will work on your craft by learning how to create detailed characters, develop a storyline, and learn how to use different types of figurative language to improve your writing. At the end of the week, you will have written multiple short stories that you can be proud of!  (For 3rd-5th grade students)

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CSI (Crime Scene Investigation)

Become a Super Science Sleuth! Learn about forensics, crime scene investigations, and crime lab chemistry as you perform experiments designed to show you just how those tricky cases are solved. Search for evidence, gather clues, and discover how science can help solve a mystery! Dust for and classify fingerprints, analyze hand writing, test for blood type and DNA using simulated blood, and use “Glow Blood” to see where humans can’t see. Examine hair and clothing fibers, practice chemistry to identify mystery substances, and much more. All students will receive a crime lab kit & mini microscope.  (For 3rd-5th grade students)

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Eclairs, Napoleons & Cream Puffs

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

The legendary Napoleon cakes and Eclairs can be found among most bakeshops in France. Reveal the secrets of Puff Pastry dough and Eclair dough preparation (a.k.a. Pâte à Choux) and use your own vanilla custard to fill those yummies. Tempering custards, dough lamination and presentation techniques are essential to know and we will be there to show off our new skills! Kitchen health and safety practices will be introduced during the first class, and practiced throughout.  (For 3rd-5th grade students)

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Junior Physicians: Discovering the Human Body - 6th-8th grades

Discover the anatomy of the world’s most complicated system – the human body! In this program, kids will find out what it’s like to journey through the human body. Explore the science behind blood, bones, organ systems, and more. Participants will test for blood types, make a map of their tongue, make a homemade lung model, perform simulated heart and brain surgery, and much more!  (Simulations are designed for 6th-8th grade students)

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Lego Building, Motorized Machines & Robotic Fun

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

LEGO enthusiasts: have fun building your favorite adventure from the many themes at the appropriate age level that Lego has to offer! We will offer projects from Lego Star Wars, City, Architecture, Friends, Creator, and many others. Construct models like cranes, remote controlled cars, and many more. Next, have fun building and a wide range of robot projects throughout the week, like Battle-Bots from our huge Robot modular collection, participating in our robot tug-o’ war, or the Mission to Mars Robot Challenge!  Learn engineering principles in a fun, hands-on atmosphere.   Students will use other types of robots like Sphero and Ozobot for fun robotic exploration and some coding. All students will take home a Hexbug robot or Lego Project. (For 1st-3rd grade students)

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Middle School Math Enrichment

Young mathematicians will have an opportunity to put content into practice with engaging problem-based learning tasks involving percentages, number theory, logic, patterns, probability, statistics, graphing, number operations, proportions, algebra, and geometry. Activities will foster perseverance, critical thinking skills, and creativity as participants collaborate to tackle various challenges.  (For 6th-8th grade students)

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Model United Nations

Discover global issues, world diplomacy, and parliamentary procedure through role-playing. You become the delegate of a Model United Nations (UN) to explore ways of solving international crises using critical thinking skills, research, and debate. Gain a global vision of our world by taking part in this simulated UN experience. (For 6th-8th grade students)

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Young Entrepreneurs Boot Camp

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

Learn how to research your business venture, create a business plan, design your product or service, market and sell your idea! You will learn various new computer skills as you embark on the journey of designing your own business! (For 6th-8th grade students)

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