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Programs

Writing

Character Creation

9am – noon

Characters are the driving force of novels, movies, video games, and any other form of storytelling. This hands-on, collaborative class will help students develop strong, engaging, and three-dimensional characters for their stories. Let’s bring your characters to life!

 

Mystery & Crime Writing

9am – noon

In this class, students will develop realistic crimes and mysteries that need to be solved, and develop clues for both the characters and the reader, while using figurative language to create an appealing story. Upon editing and revision, students will have their own mystery and crime story that they will be able to share with their peers.

 

Play Writing (NEW!)

1pm – 4pm

Have you ever wanted your characters and stories to come to life? This course will teach students the main techniques of playwriting, from creating dynamic characters and building conflict, to developing a scene, and learning how to stage their work.

Performing Arts

Play Writing (NEW!)

1pm – 4pm

Have you ever wanted your characters and stories to come to life? This course will teach students the main techniques of playwriting, from creating dynamic characters and building conflict, to developing a scene, and learning how to stage their work.

Art & Design

Character Creation

9am – noon

Characters are the driving force of novels, movies, video games, and any other form of storytelling. This hands-on, collaborative class will help students develop strong, engaging, and three-dimensional characters for their stories. Let’s bring your characters to life!

 

Manga Drawing

1pm – 4pm

Avatar, The Last Airbender, Teen Titans and the Power Puff Girls are all inspired by the popular and distinctive Japanese drawing style known as Manga. Explore the history and technique of Manga drawing and develop your own distinctive characters and storylines.

 

Mixed Media Art (NEW!)

1pm – 4pm

Using combinations of textured paper, vintage papers, paint, found objects, colored pencils, markers, leather and textiles we will explore mixed media collage projects such as self-portraits and artist’s maps.

Sports, Business, History & Government

Sports Team Management

9am – noon

Ever dream of managing your own pro sports team or representing a multi-million-dollar athlete? Through the management of fictional sport teams and figures, you will learn the business aspects of professional and intercollegiate athletics, sports information, facility management, sport ethics, sport marketing, sport law, and sport finance.

 

Trial & Law (NEW!)

9am – noon

Learn about the theory and practice of law. Students will apply the laws that they study to different cases that have been brought to court. Student will then use their legal skills, relevant facts, statistics and laws to prove their “side” to win a mock trial case. 

 

Albany Murder & Mystery

9am – noon

Albany, New York is an important city with strong ties to President Lincoln, The Schuyler Family, the Transportation Revolution and many others.  Yet, sinister occurrences lurk underneath the glory days of Albany.  Spend time investigating the dark and fascinating crimes that occurred in the local area. 

 

Sports Broadcasting

1pm – 4pm

Learn how sports commentators deliver their suspenseful coverage of live sporting events. Through hands-on practice and studying expert sport commentators you will be able to offer play-by-play accounts of your favorite sporting events, and create and develop your own sports talk show which can include popular topics from around the world of sports.

 

Conspiracy Theory

1pm – 4pm

Aliens, government cover ups, secret chemical weapons testing, faking the first moon landing – what is fact and what is fiction? This class will investigate well-known conspiracy theories that have kept people guessing for decades.  Using primary sources and investigative techniques, participants will dissect ideas the Magic Bullet Theory, the Apollo 11 moon landing, Roswell and others to decide if there is a conspiracy afoot!

Math, Science, Technology & Engineering

Astronomy

9am – noon

It’s time to explore the past, present, and future night sky. Learn about the first astronomers, discover and identify different stars and constellations, and travel beyond the planets and our solar system into the Milky Way galaxy. Weather permitting, there may be an optional constellation viewing scheduled in the evening this week – details TBD.

 

Roller Coaster Engineering

9am – 4pm

Learn what it takes to design the perfect roller coaster. Through class activity, online simulation, discussion, and a trip to experience roller coasters in action, students will have a greater understanding of track placement, physics, electronic controls, and thrill elements, while adhering to logistics, such as safety, park size, and budgeting.

 

Coding with Minecraft

9am – 4pm

This full-day class introduces coding by using the Minecraft™ gaming platform. Students will learn the basics of programming and apply it to an area of interest such as web page design, app creation, and / or video game design.