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Art, robotics, and math courses added to The Rivers School summer program

Posted by Laura Gomez  April 8, 2013 04:09 PM

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For the first time, The Rivers School will offer seven enrichment courses in the summer of 2013, adding six classes to its already popular two-week Writing Workshop, according to a press release. All courses will be taught by Rivers full-time faculty.

Rivers will offer two math courses, both of which will focus on enhancing problem solving
skills, from the most basic level of arithmetic to more challenging applications of
algebra and geometry.

'Detective Fibonacci: Finding Patters in Everyday Life' will focus on solving puzzles and is offered to Grades 5 through 7 from July 8-12, while 'Agent Pythagoras: Solving for the Missing X' is offered to Grades 8 and 9 from July 15-19.

Students interested in robotics have two courses to choose from: Lego Engineering for
Grades 3 through 5, which meets from July 22-26, and Lego Robotics, offered to Grades
6 through 8 from July 29-Aug. 2. Students who think they have what it takes to build a
robot – and who are interested in fine-tuning it to navigate a series of real-world and
virtual challenges – are encouraged to attend.

In addition, two summer art courses will be offered. Rivers Summer Sculpture Intensive
runs from July 8-19 for Grades 9 through 12 and will allow students to explore the
expressive potential of sculpting with wood, wire, and plaster.

The emphasis is on process and product as students gain confidence in their skills and problem-solving abilities. The second course, The Potter’s Wheel, teaches students the skills required to create work on the potter’s wheel and runs from Aug. 5-16 for Grades 9 through 12.

Students will familiarize themselves with the technical aspects of wedging, shaping, and
trimming work, and they will explore their personal aesthetics, gain familiarity with
contemporary artists, and explore three different firing techniques.

The Writing Workshop course will run from June 24-July 5 for Grades 5 through 9 and
will cover everything from essays to poetry, with a strong emphasis on strengthening
writing skills and exploring new techniques. The course also includes outdoor and
cultural field trips.

For more information about the Writing Workshop, please contact Nina Righter at
n.righter@rivers.org or call 339-686-2282. For more information about any other
courses, please contact Rivers Day Camp Director Ed Schreider at e.schreider@rivers.org
or call 339-686-2293. You can also visit www.rivers.org/summerenrichmentprograms.

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