Summer Enrichment Camp Classes

Sunday, July 14 to Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, July 21 to Saturday, July 27

Residential Campers rising grades 3 to 12 & Day Campers rising grades 3 to 7

When completing the camp enrollment form, you will be asked to select your top choice and a second choice for each period. Campers will receive their class schedules in the spring.

wEEK 1

PERIOD 2 (10:30-12:00)

Biodiversity (Carmen Carrion, MS) Learn the concept of biodiversity and its importance in nature. Go out and explore different ecosystems and types of biodiversity on the Mars Hill campus.

Chess (Evan Mankoff, BS) From openings to endgame strategies, discuss basic strategies and improve your game.

Comics (Phil Blank, MLS) Whether it’s a big graphic novel or one of these half-comics/half-books they got nowadays, we'll explore graphic storytelling. We'll learn from the masters as well as firm up the fundamentals to this elusively difficult art.

Dawn of Worlds (Geer Prutzman) Become a god and forge a world in the highly popular world-building game Dawn of Worlds.

Dinosaurs (Nathan Dagenais) You’re never too old to be fascinated with dinos! Learn the basics of paleontology and familiarize yourself with the field book of local dinosaurs.

Faces of Power (Jeremy Williams) Explore the dynamics of power in society and get a better understanding of how power works.

Intuition Studies (Jordan Mulka, BA Political Science, BA Afro-American & African Studies) Study the art of tuning into the magic of our intuition. Communicate with the world and ourselves through imagery, energy, dreams and meditation.

Let’s Work Together! (Lamont Holley, MSW) Innovative work is done by individuals bringing their talents and expertise together with those of others to create new dynamics of change. Technology, business, manufacturing, finance, and other industries will be used as examples of how to make group decisions on how to best serve our communities. Learn who you are in a group and how to make decisions that can sculpt ways to navigate your life.

Macbeth (Jake Morrill) We'll spend the week getting to know Shakespeare's "Scottish Play."  First, we'll learn the overall plot. Then, we'll look at the characters, the context, and the language itself.  You'll come away from this week as your hometown's local Shakespeare scholar!

Meditation (Anthony Wallen) Meditation can positively impact your mental and physical health reducing stress, improving sleep and increasing focus. Life is busy and sometimes difficult. The more we can stay in the moment, not buried in our thoughts and reacting to things around us, the more we will be able to take life in stride.  Press the reset button on your mind and stay engaged in the NOW.

Microfiction (J Scott Farrin, MFA) How short can a short story be? You decide how much space it takes to make someone laugh, cry, or simply think with your own stories.

Prototyping (Janalyn Peppel, BS) Create a prototype using software, hardware, and reclaimed materials.

Sabar (Krista Speroni, BS) Learn complex, ancient rhythms from the West African family of drums named Sabar. This style of drumming is a lifelong pursuit; it is communal, heartfelt and deeply intertwined with dances and stories which describe the sociopolitical climate, folklore, and culture of Senegalese people. Sabar is inspired by the profound impact of prolific writer and activist, Amadou Bamba.

Short Films (David Dykes, MFA) From vines to art films, rock videos to narrative shorts, cartoons to documentaries, we’ll take a hands-on approach to examining and recreating film technique.  Comprised roughly one half of watching significant and stylistically outstanding film and one half of making our own scenes, shots, and stories, this is a perfect class for those who love film and those who want to create movie magic.

Teach, Lead, Inspire (TaunTaun Kim, SB, PhD) Are you passionate about learning and mentorship? Are you eager to share your knowledge and curiosity? Are you concerned by the state of modern public education? This class provides an in-depth look at the skills and knowledge necessary to be a great teacher in a variety of contexts, drawing from both practical experience and academic research. You will learn how to create and adapt lesson plans, how to engage students with different needs and interests, and how to understand your own preferred methods for communication and building trust. You will also get some hands-on experience with teaching by preparing a mini-lesson for your fellow campers and/or by shadowing other teachers at camp. This class is for high school students only.

The Human Body (Justin Berk, MD) An introductory course, you will explore the systems that make up the human body and learn general anatomy from a physician.

PERIOD 1 (9:00-10:30)

But I Can’t Relax (Lamont Holley, MSW) Learn, discover, discuss and practice relaxation, meditation, mindfulness and relaxation activities. Identify the many ways to remain calm or less stressed in any situation.

Call of Cthulhu (Geer Prutzman) Play the exciting role playing game based on the work of HP Lovecraft.

Eco Walk (Lizzy Lincoln) Did you know that groundhogs are the largest members of the squirrel family and eat ⅓ of their body weight each day in vegetation? Did you know that Mars Hill campus has 60 species of trees? Do you know why those facts are related? Explore the ecologies around you and how you can protect them by better understanding them.

How To Run A Lemonade Stand (Justin Berk, MD) Calling all entrepreneurs! Learn the basics of starting your own business, establishing a brand, and succeeding in a competitive market.

Jewelry Making (Evan Mankoff, BS) Make pendants, bracelets, and rings using a wire wrapping technique. To make bigger projects, sign up for both weeks!

Let's Make a Video Game! (Natasha Tylosky, BS) Work in teams to create your own 2D video game using Unity software, Photoshop, and After Effects.

Magic Systems (J. Scott Farrin, MFA) Dimensional energies, true name magic, patronage from supernatural entities-- students will be guided into creating their own (fictional) system of magic.

Music Video (Cora Smith, BA) Channel your inner rock star by creating and starring in your own camp music video!

Poetry (Susan Goslee) We will read, write, and wrastle with all types of poetry—from poems about animals to poems organized by animal parts, from poems that capture a sonic boom to sonnets. Write poems that take off the top of someone’s head, as ED encourages.

Pollinators & Flowers (Carmen Carrion, MS) Thanks to the world’s pollinators, we have access to a wide variety of affordable food, honey, coffee, and food for our animals. Learn parts of the flower, who pollinators are and how they do their job, then collect data about both around the Mars Hill campus.

Qigong (Anthony Wallen) (pronounced chee-gung) The holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing and meditation used for the purposes of increasing and balancing your body’s Qi (Life Energy.) Qigong’s slow flowing movements coordinated with deep rhythmic breathing and a calm meditative mindset is practiced worldwide for a wide range of health benefits, including exercise & relaxation.

Science of Superpowers (John Allard, MS) Superpowers are fictional, but thinking about how they might work can teach us about real science. We’ll explore the physics and biology of mutants, wizards, benders, dragons, gods, superheroes, and more! We’ll also learn about real life cases of exceptional abilities that are almost superpowers!

Stage Makeup (Helen Tynes) Study the history of stage makeup, learn techniques for different styles, and get hands on experience with application.

Storytelling (Jake Morrill) Learn to tell a tall tale. To spin a yarn. To hold your audience captive. You'll work on stories, getting feedback from peers, and learning some core principles and tricks of expert storytelling.

Strummerville (Phil Blank, MLS) Named after Joe Strummer's (from the Clash) vision of a global democratic campfire jam, we'll take your musical aspirations and shape them into a more refined song and presentation. All instruments (or no instrument!) are welcome but basic proficiency on your instrument is necessary.

What is Creativity? (Jordan Mulka, BA Political Science, BA Afro-American & African Studies) Explore the concept of creativity, how to integrate it into our lives, and get tools for developing your own creative sense.


PERIOD 3 (1:00-2:30)

Advanced Vocal Exploration (Krista Speroni, BS) Perform world music by singing tunes in different languages and musical styles.

Arts and Crafts (Janalyn Peppel, BS) This isn’t your typical summer camp arts and crafts class. Tap into your creative genius and explore the art of Beading, Jewelry Making, Stamping, Paper Marbling, Water Color, and even Virtual Reality.

Alpha Centauri (John Allard, MS) Team up and design a futuristic space exploration mission to colonize a planet orbiting the nearby star Alpha Centauri. Learn about current and speculative space flight technologies and consider the engineering and biological challenges involved with an interstellar mission. You’ll need to consider not only how to keep your crew and passengers alive, but also how to maintain their social cohesion over the long voyage.

Bioethics (Justin Berk, MD) How would you resolve the big ethical questions of modern biomedical science and biotechnology? Learn about new developments and then ponder, discuss, and debate.

Board Game Design (J Scott Farrin, MFA) Spinners, dice, cards- how you move around the board is up to you, as are the themes, mechanics, and play of your own board game.  As simple as snakes and ladders, as complex as “Juggernauts Universe; the Ultimate Expansion,” it’s up to you!

Counselor-in-Training (Susan Goslee) Two-week course for rising seniors. Want to run camp someday? Put leadership training on your college application? This class provides a behind-the-scenes look at AICL. Learn counselor-in-training skills from comforting a homesick camper to planning evening activities. This is your chance to help make camp happen. CIT is required for application to AICL’s Junior Counselor program.

Debate (Nathan Dagenais) Take on the major issues of the day and learn to create and defend a viable position using research and evidence.

La Costumerie (Helen Tynes) Whether you prefer the whimsical, the comical, the terrifying, or the beautiful, this class is your costume workshop. Learn the history behind why we celebrate holidays like Halloween by dressing up as someone else, and use new and recycled materials to come up with your own creations.

Matrices and Systems of Equations (Evan Mankoff, BS) Make connections between equations and vectors, systems of equations and matrices. Try to get at the spatial, more visual bits of algebra that often get ignored in early math classes. Created for students at different skill levels.

Mega Sculpture (Lizzy Lincoln) Collaborate with fellow artists to create big sculptures for installation around campus.

The Ozymandias Project (David Dykes, MFA) Shelley’s poem Ozymandias is one of the most famous in the English language.  We will be taking the text of the poem and translating it across genres: a film, a comic, a short story, a limerick, a whole series of alternative versions. Which iteration will you author?

Peace (Cora Smith, BA) Explore various healthy strategies to bring disagreements and every-day tense situations to fair and peaceful resolution. Learn the art and value of diplomacy and compromise.

Place Based Journaling (Carmen Carrion, MS) Explore your surroundings and learn to journal using your senses. Practice reflection all over the beautiful Mars Hill campus.

Science Heroes (TaunTaun Kim, SB, PhD) Who wrote the first computer program in history? Who built the first flashlight powered from just body heat? Who was the first doctor AND dancer to become an astronaut? Who set up a laboratory in their bedroom while hiding from Nazis during World War II, so that they could keep working on research that would eventually win them a Nobel Prize? Find out the answers to these questions and more!

Shark Tank (Jeremy Williams) Develop business ideas and pitch them to our resident sharks, chum!

What's Their Deal? (Jordan Mulka, BA Political Science, BA Afro-American & African Studies) Apply Personality Psychology to better understand yourself and your friends.

PERIOD 4 (2:30-4:00)

Apple Basket Plain (Cora Smith, BA) A two-week course for campers to create, direct, and perform their own absurdist play, seeking inspiration for the absurdist masters like Godot and Ionesco. The first week is development of the idea, and the second week will be rehearsal for the final performance at the end of camp.

Basic Kitchen Skillz (Krista Speroni, BS) Cooking is fun, awesome, delicious, and also totally unavoidable if you want to save $ and eat well! Learn up on the basic skillz to pay the billz.

Cognitive Science (Natasha Tylosky, BS) Cognitive Science is the interdisciplinary study of the mind, combining aspects of computer science, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, linguistics and philosophy. This class will focus on how it relates to programming AI or "artificial agents." Discuss theory, applications, and implications of AI technology for society.

Jugger (TaunTaun Kim, SB, PhD) Come learn and play the sport inspired by the 1989 movie The Salute of the Jugger. It is a post-apocalyptic future, where the wars of the 20th century have left the world barren and the past forgotten. Do you wish to escape the miserable existence in the dogtowns on the planet's surface? Do you long to taste the luxurious life in one of the Nine Cities, buried deep underground? Become a jugger and fight your way to glory! Each team has 5-8 players: one qwik, one chain, three enforcers, and up to three substitutes.

Plein Air Painting and Drawing (Phil Blank, MLS) No plein, no gain! There's nothing like going outside and drawing what you see- but it can be harder than it looks. I'll give you some tips and techniques that will get you up and running quickly. We'll explore key concepts as well as a variety of techniques, including dry and wet media.

Photography (Anthony Wallen) You know how to work the camera on your smartphone, but do you understand what makes it work? Take a few steps back and learn what it takes to actually make a camera take a picture, then edit and print your favorite image. Feel free to bring your own shoot and point camera.

Python (Geer Prutzman) Learn computational logic and basic programming through the use of Python.

Salsa (Jeremy Williams) Yes, we do mean the kind of salsa you eat. Research, prepare, market test, and distribute salsa of all different kinds, but most importantly, eat lots of salsa.

Self-Actualization (Lamont Holley, MSW) Discovering who we are is a lifelong journey. Identify your values and personal code of ethics to understand their influence, and complete self-esteem building exercises you can apply to every aspect of your life. Gain a better understanding of who you are and how you relate to the world.

Soap-making (Lizzy Lincoln) Learn the craft of making your own luxury soaps at home, and end the week smelling pretty sweet!

Sock Monkeys and More! (Susan Goslee) Start by sewing and stuffing your very own sock monkey and advance to sock elephants, octopi, and more! No previous stitching experience needed.

To the Brink (John Allard, MS) You assume the role of a negotiator from either a small rogue state or a large global superpower and attempt to advance your own nation's interests (some of which may be secret) and avert an armed conflict.  Try to reach a deal in the time allotted, but beware of spies, disinformation, and unexpected twists.

Toothpick Bridges (Helen Tynes) Teams build a one-foot long bridge out of toothpicks and glue, then put those structures to the test.

Wild West (Nathan Dagenais) A role playing game full of sidewinders, galoots, gunslingers, and horsies.

Ye Olde Stuffe (David Dykes, MFA) From Ovid to Kafka, Dante to Poe, some of the wildest and creepiest literature ever produced was published long before even our grandparents were born.  We’ll explore and imagine fantastical worlds from the distant past through reading, interpretation, art, and music. (Some disturbing content for sensitive kids, but generally appropriate for everyone)


WEEK 2

PERIOD 2 (10:30- 12:00)

American Sign Language & More (David Kyser) Learn some basics of American Sign Language and discuss the development of languages in general.

Butter Sun (Cora Smith, BA) Make an art and poetry zine about camp, yourself, everything and nothing all at once.

Dawn of Worlds (Geer Prutzman) Become a god and forge a world in the highly popular world-building game Dawn of Worlds.

Designing for Virtual Reality (Janalyn Peppel, BS) Learn the techniques for designing and programming a 360 degree Virtual Reality experience.

Jewelry Making (Evan Mankoff, BS) Make pendants, bracelets, and rings using a wire wrapping technique. To make bigger projects, sign up for both weeks!

Macbeth (Jake Morrill) We'll spend the week getting to know Shakespeare's "Scottish Play." First, we'll learn the overall plot. Then, we'll look at the characters, the context, and the language itself. You'll come away from this week as your hometown's local Shakespeare scholar!

Magic Systems (J. Scott Farrin, MFA) Dimensional energies, true name magic, patronage from supernatural entities-- students will be guided into creating their own (fictional) system of magic.

Mega Sculpture (Lizzy Lincoln) Collaborate with other artists to create big sculptures for installation around campus.

Mythology (Nathan Dagenais) Before Brad Pitt was Achilles, before Maggie Smith played Thetis, and before Disney discovered Hercules, these heroes and gods were part of the stories that defined Western Culture. Look back into the original myths to see what the big deal is and why we still tell these tales today.

Plein Air Painting and Drawing (Phil Blank, MLS) No plein, no gain! There's nothing like going outside and drawing what you see- but it can be harder than it looks. I'll give you some tips and techniques that will get you up and running quickly. We'll explore key concepts as well as a variety of techniques, including dry and wet media.

Sabar (Krista Speroni, BS) Learn complex, ancient rhythms from the West African family of drums named Sabar. This style of drumming is a lifelong pursuit; it is communal, heartfelt and deeply intertwined with dances and stories which describe the sociopolitical climate, folklore, and culture of Senegalese people. Sabar is inspired by the profound impact of prolific writer and activist, Amadou Bamba.

Short Films (David Dykes, MFA) From vines to art films, rock videos to narrative shorts, cartoons to documentaries, we’ll take a hands-on approach to examining and recreating film technique.  Comprised roughly one half of watching significant and stylistically outstanding film and one half of making our own scenes, shots, and stories, this is a perfect class for those who love film and those who want to create movie magic. (Generally all-ages content, but children uncomfortable with the bizarre or the unconventional are discouraged)

Sock Monkeys and More! (Susan Goslee) Start by sewing and stuffing your very own sock monkey and advance to sock elephants, octopi, and more! No previous stitching experience needed.

Teach, Lead, Inspire (TaunTaun Kim, SB, PhD) Are you passionate about learning and mentorship? Are you eager to share your knowledge and curiosity? Are you concerned by the state of modern public education? This class provides an in-depth look at the skills and knowledge necessary to be a great teacher in a variety of contexts, drawing from both practical experience and academic research. You will learn how to create and adapt lesson plans, how to engage students with different needs and interests, and how to understand your own preferred methods for communication and building trust. You will also get some hands-on experience with teaching, by preparing a mini-lesson for your fellow campers and/or by shadowing other teachers at camp. This class is for high school students only.

The Human Body (Justin Berk, MD) An introductory course, you will explore the systems that make up the human body and learn general anatomy from a physician.

PERIOD 1 (9:00-10:30)

Advanced Vocal Exploration (Krista Speroni, BS) Perform world music by singing tunes in different languages and musical styles.

Cognitive Science (Natasha Tylosky, BS) Cognitive Science is the interdisciplinary study of the mind, combining aspects of computer science, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, linguistics and philosophy. This class will focus on how it relates to programming AI or "artificial agents." Discuss theory, applications, and implications of AI technology for society.

Designing for Virtual Reality (Janalyn Peppel, BS) Learn the techniques for designing and programming a 360 degree Virtual Reality experience.

Dungeon Master 101 (Geer Prutzman) Learn what skills and sacrifices are needed to make sure your friends have a great time and that a good story is told.

Fermentation Fun (Lizzy Lincoln & TaunTaun Kim, SB, PhD) Learn the chemistry behind your favorite fermented foods, then make them for your gastronomical enjoyment! We'll examine the process of sugar preservation by making jam, the power of vinegar and salt in pickled vegetables, the bacteria that give us cheese and yogurt, and how yeast gives rise to fluffy bread.

Land Art, Environmental Art, and Ecology (Nova Reilly, BFA) Discuss environmental crisis both local and global, reflect on land formations and ecological traits of Mars Hill campus, and arrange natural objects into sculpture. You’ll seek inspiration from famous land artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, Maya Lin, Robert Smithson, and Christo & Jeanne-Claude.

Leadership (Eric Elliot) Effective leadership can be a catalyst for revolution, innovation, and inspiration. Examine and unleash your own leadership ability while discussing role models and historical examples of leaders who made a difference.

Poetry (Susan Goslee) We will read, write, and wrastle with all types of poetry—from poems about animals to poems organized by animal parts, from poem that capture a sonic boom to sonnets. Write poems that take off the top of someone’s head, as ED encourages.

Post Apocalyptic Living (Angela Hojnacki, BS, Master's Candidate) Let's survive the apocalypse together. We'll explore lots of scenarios and think about the requirements for rebuilding civilization.

Stage Makeup (Helen Tynes) Study the history of stage makeup, learn techniques for different styles, and get hands on experience with application.

The Ozymandias Project (David Dykes, MFA) Shelley’s poem Ozymandias is one of the most famous in the English language.  We will be taking the text of the poem and translating it across genres: a film, a comic, a short story, a limerick, a whole series of alternative versions. Which iteration will you author?

Wild West (Nathan Dagenais) A role playing game full of sidewinders, galoots, gunslingers, and horsies.

Your DNA and You (John Allard, MS) Explore the science of the human genome and discuss the nature of humanity. To what extent do our genes shape our identities, behaviors, and abilities? How do our personalities develop? How do 3 pounds of brain tissue generate a conscious and sentient mind? What traits are uniquely human and how did they evolve?


PERIOD 4 (2:30-4:00)

AICL Newspaper (Lizzy Lincoln) Extra! Extra! Sharpen your journalism skills and get the scoop on AICL’s breaking news.

Apple Basket Plain (Cora Smith, BA) A two-week course for campers to create, direct, and perform their own absurdist play, seeking inspiration for the absurdist masters like Godot and Ionesco. The first week is development of the idea, and the second week will be rehearsal for the final performance at the end of camp.

Atoms (Evan Mankoff, BS) This class is an introduction to some of the concepts required for electrodynamics and quantum mechanics, along with discussion of types of energy. If you have an interest in the subatomic, a desire to understand the forces, or just a quarky personality, this is the class for you. No specific math skills required!

Bioethics (Justin Berk, MD) How would you resolve the big ethical questions of modern biomedical science and biotechnology? Learn about new developments and then ponder, discuss, and debate.

Board Game Design (J Scott Farrin, MFA) Spinners, dice, cards- how you move around the board is up to you, as are the themes, mechanics, and play of your own board game.  As simple as snakes and ladders, as complex as “Juggernauts Universe; the Ultimate Expansion,” it’s up to you!

Comics (Phil Blank, MLS) Whether it’s a big graphic novel or one of these half-comics/half-books they got nowadays, we'll explore graphic storytelling. We'll learn from the masters as well as firm up the fundamentals to this elusively difficult art.

Cooperative Games (Jake Morrill) We'll spend the week playing games that build community and cooperation. By the end of the week, you'll know how to lead at least 8 cooperative games. Perfect for the aspiring babysitter, teacher, or camp counselor!

Cultural Competencies (Angela Hojnacki, BS, Master's Candidate) What is culture? What is your culture? How do you respect others' cultures? We'll read stories from around the world and learn how to be better citizens of planet earth.

Debate (Nathan Dagenais) Take on the major issues of the day and learn to create and defend a viable position using evidence.

Performance Art, Conceptual Art, & Relational Aesthetics (Nova Reilly, BFA) Learn about the idea of art as representative of larger ideas and concepts, and possibly practice the application of concepts visually and/or through the performance of ideas. Cover projects such as Marina Abramovic's "The Artist is Present" and Rirkrit Tiravanija's cafe piece.

Python (Geer Prutzman) Learn computational logic and basic programming through the use of Python.

Self Care and Ancient Medicines (Krista Speroni, BS) Why keep buying into all those synthetically-made, mass-produced home & beauty products when you can make it yourself, cheaper and better! You are inside a special vessel which deserves care. Learn some simple tricks to create your own potions, lotions, remedies, teas & other household products.

Sleight of Hand (Eric Elliot) Dazzle and amaze your friends with this crash course in card magic.

Take Me to Your Leader (John Allard, MS) In this thought provoking simulation, you take the role of a world leader or a scientist as humanity experiences its first contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life. How will you communicate? How can trust be established between species? How will this momentous event affect earth's geopolitics?

Toothpick Bridges (Helen Tynes) Teams build a one-foot long bridge out of toothpicks and glue, then put those structures to the test.


PERIOD 3 (1:00-2:30)

Art of Identity & Gender Expression (Nova Reilly, BFA) Artists from marginalized groups have been vital in contributing to our broader societal conversations about race, gender, sexuality, and mental health. The personal becomes political and the medium of art can be used to share and spread important ideas. Study artists such as Felix Gonzales-Torres. Judy Chicago, Jenny Holzer, and younger marinalized contemporaries.

Counselor-in-Training (Susan Goslee) Two-week course for rising seniors only. Want to run camp someday? Put leadership training on your college application? This class provides a behind-the-scenes look at AICL. Learn counselor-in-training skills from comforting a homesick camper to planning evening activities. This is your chance to help make camp happen. CIT is required for application to AICL’s Junior Counselor program.

Intro Calculus (Evan Mankoff, BS) Designed for students who are preparing to take their first calculus class, this course will focus on notation, definitions, grasping concepts, the chain rule, and integration by parts. To make the most of this class, you must be be comfortable with Algebra and limits.         

Jugger (TaunTaun Kim, SB, PhD) Come learn and play the sport inspired by the 1989 movie The Salute of the Jugger. It is a post-apocalyptic future, where the wars of the 20th century have left the world barren and the past forgotten. Do you wish to escape the miserable existence in the dogtowns on the planet's surface? Do you long to taste the luxurious life in one of the Nine Cities, buried deep underground? Become a jugger and fight your way to glory! Each team has 5-8 players: one qwik, one chain, three enforcers, and up to three substitutes.

Juggling for Beginners (Angela Hojnacki, BS, Master's Candidate) Make a set of juggling balls and practice. You'll have to drop them a whole bunch of times before you learn, but I believe in you.

La Costumerie (Helen Tynes) Whether you prefer the whimsical, the comical, the terrifying, or the beautiful, this class is your costume workshop. Learn the history behind why we celebrate holidays like Halloween by dressing up as someone else, and use new and recycled materials to come up with your own creations.

Let's Make a Video Game! (Natasha Tylosky, BS) Work in teams to create your own 2D video game using Unity software, Photoshop, and After Effects.

Microfiction (J Scott Farrin, MFA) How short can a short story be? You decide how much space it takes to make someone laugh, cry, or simply think with your own stories.

Money Matters (Eric Elliot) Learn about the past, present, and future of money. We'll discuss bizarre objects that have been used as currency throughout history, how the stock market affects the price you pay for soda, and what you need to know about your own budget to worry less about money.

Physics of Throwing Things (Justin Berk, MD) Looking to perfect your three-point shot or improve your ultimate Frisbee technique? Understand why physics could be the key to winning the game.

Soap Opera (Cora Smith, BA) Did you recently wake from a coma to discover your evil twin is actually still alive and seeking revenge? Do you often throw drinks in the face of your rival? Have you plotted a hostile take-over of the family company, only to be foiled by a nosy sibling? Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our summer camp lives. Create your own day-time drama.

Sketchbookology (Phil Blank, MLS) Tired of drawing feet all the time? Need a way to interact with those mean ol white pages? Sketchbookology is an approach to art that encompasses techniques and concepts that help awake a different way of looking and documenting your world. No experience necessary. We'll use a lot of media although you are welcome to focus on what you want. Sketchbooks are welcome but not required. No skill level required.

The New Stuff (David Dykes, MFA) Saunders, Le Guin, Vonnegut,  Braughtigan, Gaiman, Atwood and many other writers from the late 20th and early 21st century are changing the way we think about fiction and the world. In this class we will read and discuss the twisted worlds and peculiar musings of several writers of Fantasy and Science Fiction. We might even turn our own hands to building a world that reflects our own, as through a glass, darkly. (May not be for more sensitive campers)

To the Brink (John Allard, MS) You assume the role of a negotiator from either a small rogue state or a large global superpower and attempt to advance your own nation's interests (some of which may be secret) and avert an armed conflict. Try to reach a deal in the time allotted, but beware of spies, disinformation, and unexpected twists.