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Advanced Thinkers

Grades 3-8

Morning

Enrichment

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Students that will be entering the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth grade in Fall 2019 are able to enroll in the morning enrichment program at Project Think.

 

These students will be grouped according to grade level and will rotate through six classes. These stimulating course offerings provide an opportunity for students to explore in areas that are often not addressed during the traditional school year. The classes are filled with hands on activities, projects, lessons, and educational presentations from visitors that will be sure to get your child ready and excited for the upcoming school year!

Computers

Put yourself in a rainforest adventure as you create your own location-based interactive story using Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping tools. In the first session, learn how human activities like logging and deforestation have an impact on the delicate ecosystem by analyzing multiple data sets and visual topographical tools. 

Second session, use GIS tools to visualize and analyze the chronology of human activities over decades to understand how forest cover has adapted and evolved. Build the connections between various data sets and use photos to demonstrate a story of change.

Art

View works of famous artists as you observe how they connect style, color, and design in outdoor environments such as the jungle. Using a variety of media, including drawing and painting, create your own artful masterpieces. You will learn drawing techniques, color, value and perspective to bring the word of tropical rainforests alive through art.

Science

Grab your explorer helmet and magnifying lens and join us as we sleuth our way through some of the wildest places on Earth with fun, action-packed adventures. Take a safari through the jungle as you explore our planet's most diverse ecosystem- the rainforest. Discover giant snakes, mouse-sized monkeys, glowing mushrooms, and water-walking lizards. Learn essential ecological principles as you unlock the mysteries and significance of the Earth's rainforests. Be part of transforming our classroom into a lavish jungle habitat and discover ways to preserve this rapidly disappearing, yet vital environment. Dissection for those interested will enhance learning each session.

Creative Writing

Aquire descriptive language to write your own adventurous tale about the rainforest. Exciting literature will provide new vocabulary and a background of experience as you learn about character analysis and elements of story styles. As a young author, you will write and then publish your own literary works during both sessions. You may choose from a variety of genre and will learn stimulating revision techniques to finalize your compositions

Makerspace

In Session 1, learn to solder and design circuits by building bots that mimic animals from the rainforest. Use engineering skills to plan your bot’s appearance, movements,and appendages so that they can move around the rainforest investigating the flora in their environment. Push your creative and making skills to create a moving bot that can compete in a race.

Session 2, navigate a hill with a climbing bot. Design the movement so that your bot can climb step by step. Use engineering skills to build surface grippers, and plan the length of each step as we try to break through the tree cover of the rainforest looking for the sun.
 

Drama

Learn to use your imagination about the tropical rainforest to develop captivating stage presence and build confidence. Reach into the minds of the audience, as you move and react, using all your senses. Improvisation, theatre games, and exercises will help you develop your public speaking skills and explore the hidden talents that you posses. 

Afternoon 

Extracurricular 

Classes

Optional

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Advanced Thinkers enrolled in the morning program can extend their enrichment by selecting one of the Afternoon Extracurricular classes list below. Students enrolled in the morning and afternoon classes have a supervised lunchtime daily. Please send a sack lunch and drink for each child.

 

Swimming Lessons

All Ages

Enjoy a cool dip in the Pitzer College swimming pool. Daily lessons are provided for every swimming level by Red Cross certified lifeguards and instructors. When the children return from the pool they will be engaged in fun summer activities. 

Coding Makerspace

Grades 4-8

Session 1: Robots Invade Project Think

Learn and/or advance your coding skills as you:

 1) Create your own original computer game from scratch. Create the characters, the action, the background, the music, and the format for an interactive single platform game that you can play with friends.  The sophistication of your games will advance as you develop fundamental elements such as character movement and setting the high score.

 2) Design your own interactive mysteries to showcase your research and learning about the tropical rainforest using MinecraftEdu.

3) Control and maneuver Spheros, spherical programmable bots, through self-designed obstacle courses by coding the sensors and motor inside.

Session 2: Creating Robotic Vehicles

Take your code for a ride with our spherical robot – Sphero. Create a personalized USB computer that you can use anywhere. Design and build your own vehicle that will be controlled and driven by the Sphero. Maneuver through a challenging course by coding the sensors and motor inside the Sphero to power your vehicle.

Spanish

Grades 3-8

Learn conversational Spanish and develop a keen understanding of the rich Hispanic/Latino heritage of our own California. Enjoy learning about the culture of Spanish-speaking nations around the world through music, dance, and art.

Drama

Grades 3-8

Practice acting techniques and bring your talents to fruition as you plan, organize, and participate in a film presentation for your families to view at Family Night. You will have plenty of opportunities to express yourself as you enjoy theatre games and exercises. Learn about theatre make-up and costuming, simple sets, and all the peripherals that will make you a believable actor or actress.

Optional

Extended

Child care

7:00 am -8:30 am & 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Extended Child Care is available based on a weekly rate only and is offered to all students enrolled in the program. Each week includes daily care between the hours of 7:00-8:30 a.m. and 3:00- 6:00 p.m.