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INSPIRATION FACTORY - FUN ACADEMICS IN AN ENRICHED ENVIRONMENT STARTING JUNE 8th - MORNING, AFTERNOON OR FULL-DAY OPTION!

Entertaining and challenging enrichment program for students entering Junior Kindergarten (age 4 as of Sept. 1) through Grade 12, who are gifted, talented, or highly motivated in academics and creativity.

Prices are listed under each individual camp.
Morning Session: Monday-Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session: Monday- Friday 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Inspiration Factory campers who want a full day experience during the weeks of June 8-19 can sign up for an AM camp and a PM camp for $950 (includes both weeks and hot lunch).

Inspiration Factory campers who want a full day experience after June 20, can sign up for afternoons with Camp Griffin for $240/week (includes hot lunch).

Inspiration Factory Programs

Astronaut Camp

June 8-19 (2 weeks)
Morning Camp: 8:30am – 11:30am
Entering Grades: Junior Kindergarten & Kindergarten
Cost $450

Learn about the universe as we explore the planets and all things space related!  Are there aliens?  How do you eat in space?  How do astronauts sleep?  Is the moon made of cheese?  Calling all astronauts to space walk with us and jump over the moon as we sing, dance, paint, conduct out of this world experiments, explore the science of zero gravity and learn about the tools that help us learn about our vast universe.
(Note: Junior Kindergarteners must be 4 years old by September 1st.)

Water Works

June 8-19 (2 week camp)
Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Entering Grades: Junior Kindergarten & Kindergarten
Cost $450

Water is everywhere in our lives! Without much thought, we bath in it, drink it, cook with it, and wash our hands over and over on a daily basis. And in spite of its everyday status, there’s still something mesmerizing about it, especially for children. During camp children will explore the physical properties of water, the changing status of water, rain and water’s role in nature, and the many of the uses for water, and the change that water can quickly bring about. Some activities that the children will experience include: Does it Dissolve? Exploring Science with Water, Fun with Oil and Water Density, Make Your Own Tornado, Moving Water, Traveling Magnets, Colorful Ice Sculptures, Wonderful Water Play, Making it Rain, Drops on Penny, Drip Painting, Painting with Tissue Paper, Straw Blown Watercolor Painting, Tie Dye, and Aluminum Foil River.
(Note: Junior Kindergarteners must be 4 years old by September 1st.)

Little Chefs & Manners Class

June 22-26 (1 week camp)
Morning Session: 8:30 – 11:30 am
Entering Grades: Junior Kindergarten – 1st
Cost $240

Experience hands-on cooking and baking activities as we make sweet and savory treats! We will develop social skills and life skills as we work together to create fun dishes. Each day will focus on a different theme and skill, as these little chefs learn some of the most important basic foundations for baking while working as part of a team with their friends and teacher.  This class will double as a manners/etiquette class, as we explore basic table and social manners and practice those skills throughout the week. If your child has not yet learned to set a proper table or shake hands the correct way, leave it to us to teach the basics. Let them impress you and your friends, as they place a napkin on their laps and acquire a foundation of social etiquette beyond please and thank you!
(Note: Junior Kindergarteners must be 4 years old by September 1st.)

Storytelling and Bookmaking

June 8-19 (2 week camp)
Morning Session: 8:30-11:30am
Entering Grades: 1st and 2nd
Cost $450

This course will focus on writing stories, reading about favorite children’s books authors and learning how to write just like them. We will bring these stories to life by acting them out, drawing detailed illustrations, and sharing with one another. Each week will focus on a different author Maria Dek and Jon Klassen. We will also learn how to make our stories into books through bookbinding.

Toy Shop Challenge

June 8-19 (2 week camp)
Afternoon Session: 1:00-4:00pm
Entering Grades 1st – 2nd and 3rd – 5th
Cost $450

What if you walked into a toy shop and saw your own toy on display?  This class will give students the opportunity to use the design process to build a variety of toys with different structural elements.  Students will learn about famous toy inventors and how they generated their ideas. They will work through various toy challenges, and then, ultimately, create and “build” their own toy design to share with their peers.  Students are bound to have a ton of fun and will work to create something that will be the next “it” toy!

June 8-19 (2 week camp)
Morning Session: 8:30 – 11:30 am
Entering Grades: 2nd and 3rd 
Cost $450

Have you ever watched a stop motion animation film and wondered just how they did it? Now is your chance to experience it for yourself! We’ll watch parts from some famous stop motion videos, and learn about the complex jobs that the animators have. The students will then plan their own videos, create characters, backdrops, and props, and create their masterpiece using a stop motion iPad app. They’ll work with a variety of materials, learn basic editing skills on the iPads, and work collaboratively with others. iPads will be provided by Roycemore.

Mythology

June 8-19 (2 week camp)
Morning Session: 8:30-11:30am
Entering Grades 3rd – 5th
Cost $450

Students will study ancient secrets of the Greeks and become  architects as they design and build their own Greek Temple. Students will design and construct a variety of items inspired by Greek Mythology including: Column Construction Challenge, Mythical Monster Model Challenge, Broken Pottery Challenge and several more. They will read & perform a short Greek style play and enjoy all things mythology as they participate in camp. Don’t miss this classic opportunity to bring the past to life.

LEGO Robotics, Level 1 & 2

June 8-19 (2 week camp)
Morning Session: 8:30-11:30am
Entering Grades 3rd – 5th
Cost $450

Students will use LEGOs to build models with motors and sensors.  They will then work to program their models and explore various big idea questions relating to mathematics, science, technology, engineering and literacy.  By working in pairs students will also focus on improving and developing important skills such as problem solving, collaboration and communication.  Most importantly they will have a lot of fun!  If students completed LEGO Robotics 1 last year, they will move to LEGO Robotics 2 where they will use the more advanced LEGO Mindstorm to design, build and program their own robots.

Survival Island

June 22-26 (1 week camp)
Morning Session: 8:30-11:30am
Entering Grades: 3rd – 5th
Cost $240

It has happened! You have woken up to discover that you are on an island all alone and you don’t know how you got there. It is time for you to test your survival skills on this island. In this class, students will assess their situation, apply basic survival skills, discover and explore the island (landforms, animals, plants, and water sources), map the island, and will finally build a treehouse as their new shelter. Students will be engaged in creative writing, research, cartography, building, and surviving island life!

Middle School Lego Robotics

June 22 – July 2 (2 week camp)
Morning Session: 8:30 – 11:30am
Entering Grades: 5th – 8th
Cost $525

Robotics is a great way to introduce kids to the fields of engineering and computer science. At Roycemore School’s LEGO Robotics camp, students design and build robots using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 platform, and write control software using an intuitive graphical programming interface. They incorporate motors, sensors, and LEGO Technic bricks to create robots capable of autonomously navigating multiple challenges and tasks.

When a City is Your Campus

June 8-19 (2 week camp)
All Day: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Entering Grades:  6th – 8th
Cost $850

In this middle school camp, students will explore the Chicago metropolitan area. From well-known places such as Navy Pier to lesser-known gems like Oz Park, campers, accompanied by Roycemore’s own Humanities teaching team (Amy Milner & Howard Stanley), will navigate the city via public transportation. Camp will run from 9:00-3:00, with one extended outing to a White Sox Game. While on the road, campers will film video clips, and take photographs and notes of their adventures. On the days they are on campus, they will watch excerpts of famous travel shows, meet professional writers, and then use their material and the Adobe suite of products to create their very own documentary about Chicagoland.

Young Journalists, Discovery of Chicago's Ethnic Diversity

June 15 – July 3 (3 week camp)
All Day: 8:30am – 4:00pm
Entering Grades: 9th – 12th
Cost $1425

Dr. Boulhais will lead this great experience of journalism with Upper School students. This project will allow students to enjoy a field research project. They will learn first hand about the cultural diversity of Chicago’s communities and how their cultures are embraced and shared by institutions such as community centers, cultural centers, and museums. This camp will visit these organizations in various parts of the city. Students will contribute to the steps of a global project; including making appointments, organizing field trips, and interviewing community leaders. Plus, taking photos and videos of the visits. Students will discuss the results of their work as a group.  Ultimately, the project will result in a publication in France, since Dr. Boulhais is connected to a publisher from his country.  This project will be a great asset for college applications as it will showcase their interests in diversity and their field studies in Social Science. The cost of the field trips is included in the camp fee. Students need to bring their own laptop.

Studio Art

Session 1
June 8 – June 19 (2 week camp)
Afternoon Session: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Entering Grades: 5th – 12th
Cost $500

 

Session 2
July 29 – August 2 (2 week camp)
Afternoon Session: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Entering Grades: 5th – 12th
Cost $500

 

Come learn to create drawings, paintings and prints in:  Still life, landscape, portraiture, and abstraction. Prior experience is helpful but not necessary. An interest in making art is all that is required. Students will create a digital portfolio and exhibit their work to parents and family at an open house the last day of camp from 3:00-4:00pm.