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Summer Enrichment Camps

NEW this year! Extended Learning Opportunities is sponsoring several summer enrichment camps for students in K5-grade 12.

  • Camps are FREE of charge for MPS students and City of Milwaukee residents.
  • Interactive camps allow students to explore new ideas, develop new abilities, and learn in a safe, nurturing environment.
  • Space is limited, and camps are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All camps, except Discovery World, require parent drop-off and pick-up.
  • Camp topics range from music, design, coding, and robotics to outdoor education and much more!
  • In order to reserve a spot, all required paperwork must be completed and received by Extended Learning Opportunities.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Enrichment camps should be selected based on the grade that the student is entering in fall 2018 (for example, 5th grade in school year 2017-18 is 6th grade for summer).
K4-K5 Camps

Session: EcoKids
Location: Urban Ecology Center—Menomonee Valley
Dates: Monday, June 25–Friday, June 29, 2018
Times: 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Description: Experience a new adventure every day as we explore our amazing outdoor green spaces. Learn games, songs, and hands-on projects with new friends, both human and otherwise! Additional activities include hiking and storytelling. (Children must have completed one year of preschool prior to attending the EcoKids camp.)

Session: Bugs Alive!
Location: Milwaukee Public Museum
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Times: 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Description: Campers will learn why bugs are so important to our environment, how they defend themselves, what they eat, and where they live. There will be lots to learn as we get up close and personal with live bugs from around the world!

Session: Dinosaurs over Time
Location: Milwaukee Public Museum
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Times: 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Description: Campers will explore each of the Triassic, the Jurassic, and the Cretaceous periods and take a walk through our Third Planet exhibit, observing a geological timeline. The earliest signs of life, the presence of the fierce T. Rex, then on to the great extinction; we will see which time period your favorite dinosaur lived in.

Grades 1-2

Session: Nature Explorers
Location: Urban Ecology Center—Menomonee Valley
Dates: Monday, June 18–Friday, June 22, 2018
Times: 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Description: Kids explore their own interests through outdoor adventure, science, and nature play activities. Discover the natural wonders of parks and beyond while hiking, playing, building forts, visiting the shores of Lake Michigan, and more. This action-packed week of camp will be the best play date of the summer!

Session: Nature Explorers
Location: Urban Ecology Center—Washington Park 
Dates: Monday, June 25–Friday, June 29, 2018
Times: 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Description: Kids explore their own interests through outdoor adventure, science, and nature play activities. Discover the natural wonders of parks and beyond while hiking, playing, building forts, visiting the shores of Lake Michigan, and more. This action-packed week of camp will be the best play date of the summer!

Grades 2-3

Session: Jr. Robot Builder
Location: Discovery World
Dates: Monday, June 18–Friday, June 22, 2018
Times: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Description: Become a robot master! Work with a partner and learn how to program and use different types of robots throughout the week, including LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 and Sphero SPRK+®. Discover the differences among robot types, and try modifying one of our robots to complete a challenge.

Session: Dino Bootcamp
Location: Milwaukee Public Museum
Dates: Monday, June 18–Friday, June 22, 2018
Times: 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Description: Are dinosaurs really extinct? Learn how the science of paleontology can bring these fascinating creatures to life, and go behind the scenes in our collection for a close-up look at fossils and rocks dating back millions of years. Dig into a paleontologist’s tool kit, conduct hands-on examinations of real fossils, and create your very own dino-themed display!

Grades 3-5

Session: Wisconsin Conservatory of Music—Summer Music Institute
Location: Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Dates: Monday, June 18–Friday, June 29, 2018
Times: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Description: Sing in our children's choir and try out woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments with instrument explorations! Choose "electives" such as world drumming, guitar, piano, or music theater to fill the rest of your morning. Young string players can participate in elementary orchestra! All instruments are provided. No experience required.

Sessions: Sim City EDU, LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics, and Kids Chemistry  
Location: College for Kids: University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Dates: Monday, June 18–Friday, June 29, 2018
Times: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Descriptions: In Sim City EDU,” students are the mayors of their own cities and will learn how to create their own micro societies. Students will build a city from the ground up and complete the challenges that test their ability to deal with budget concerns, traffic, zoning, and pollution. In LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics,” students will learn how to build and program robots using the famous LEGO MINDSTORMS kits. Students will gain familiarity with servo motors, touch sensors, sound sensors, ultrasonic sensors, and light sensors. Students will define a mission for the robot, program the robot to accomplish the mission, and then test it. In Kids Chemistry,” students will experiment with different types of matter. Matter is everything around us: the things you can touch, see, feel, or smell. Let’s study it! Mix a little of this and a little of that, and what do you get? It’s never too early to experiment with what might be your future.

Grades 4-5

Session: Design for Your Room
Location: Discovery World
Dates: Monday, June 18–Friday, June 22, 2018
Times: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Description: Your bedroom is a blank canvas, and we’ll help you make it your own. Use graphic design, printmaking, and adhesive chemistry to make custom pillows, personalized stickers, and interactive clothing. Let your style shine as you take all these pieces home!

Grades 4-6

Session: Around the World in Ancient Days
Location: Milwaukee Public Museum
Dates: Monday, June 25–Friday, June 29, 2018
Times: 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Description: Tour the ancient world in this exciting interactive camp as we explore some of the world’s great cultures of the past through crafts, activities, and tours of the museum’s legendary immersive galleries. We’ll delve into a different civilization each day—including ancient Egypt, Rome, and Pre-Columbian America, among others—exploring their customs, languages, symbols, architecture, and belief systems. Design your own Ancient Days passport, and we’ll stamp it with a special seal as you cross continents and travel through time!

Grades 6-8

Sessions: LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics, Sim City EDU, and Medical Camp
Location: College for Kids: University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Dates: Monday, June 18–Friday, June 29, 2018
Times: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Descriptions: In LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics,” students will learn how to build and program robots using the famous LEGO MINDSTORMS kits. Students will gain familiarity with servo motors, touch sensors, sound sensors, ultrasonic sensors, and light sensors. Students will define a mission for the robot, program the robot to accomplish the mission, and then test it. In Sim City EDU,” students are the mayors of their own cities and will learn how to create their own micro societies. Students will build a city from the ground up and complete the challenges that test their ability to deal with budget concerns, traffic, zoning, and pollution. In Medical Camp, students will find out what medical science is really all about. Medical campers get clinical by learning the basics of CPR and first aid (they will not be certified). Students will also focus on biotechnology by exploring some possible projects such as their blood type, solving crimes using DNA, dissecting real animal specimens, creating bacterial slides to examine under microscopes, and using various medical equipment and implements. Students will also experience guest speakers and explore career opportunities.

Session: Video Game Designer
Location: Discovery World
Dates: Monday, June 18–Friday, June 22, 2018
Times: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Description: Is developing video games the career of your dreams? Learn the process of creating a video game, starting from the ground up. Focus on creating a digital world, add assets to your environment, and end with a playable game you can take home!

Session: CodeGirl
Location: Audubon Technology & Communication Center Middle School
Dates: Monday, June 11–Friday, June 15, 2018
Times: 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Description: Ever wonder how code affects everything around you? Would you like to change the world through technology? Dive into cyberspace and become part of the internet to explore how it all works. Unleash your imagination by animating your creative story and developing a video game. Do you have what it takes to crack your friend’s code? Define who you are by designing your own Google logo. Show off your dance skills as you write code to make loops. Work alongside information technology professionals to explore the variety of careers that exist and how they are changing the world one project at a time.

Session: Wisconsin Conservatory of Music—Summer Music Institute
Location: Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Dates: Monday, June 18–Friday, June 29, 2018
Times: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Description: Rehearse and perform in band, orchestra, or choir, and round out your experience with your choice of electives. No experience required.

Session: Achieve Intensive Camp
Location: Audubon Technology & Communication Center Middle School
Dates: Monday, June 4–Friday, June 29, 2018
Times: 7:30–11:30 p.m.
Description: Don’t miss out on this great way to kick off the summer with your peers and come away stronger and smarter. Build your physical strength and your reading stamina at the same time! Come and spend the first month of summer with Milwaukee Public Schools and Achieve Intensive for Summer. Your summer fun starts with a mix of activities that benefit both your body and your mind!  You’ll enjoy sport and fitness for all levels and learn about sports and health topics through an online literacy program.  Plus we’ll be hosting a special contest with weekly prizes for boot camp participants!

Grades 6-12

Session: Wisconsin Conservatory of Music—Summer Music Institute
Location: Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Dates: Monday, June 18–Friday, June 29, 2018
Times: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Description: Rehearse and perform in band, orchestra, or choir with faculty from the Milwaukee High School of the Arts and Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Then take guitar, piano, jazz improvisation, music theater, chamber music, or world drumming! All instruments provided, but feel free to bring your own if applicable. One-year experience required for band or orchestra; no experience required for choir.

Grades 7-12

PLEASE NOTE: Sailing camp participants must complete a 75-yard-swim check (using any stroke) with a certified lifeguard. Many local recreation pools may provide this service free or for a minimal charge.

Session: Learning to Sail
Location: Milwaukee Community Sailing Center
Dates: Monday, June 18–Friday, June 22, 2018
Times: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Description:  Through developing fundamental sailing skills, leadership, and interdependent decision making, students learn how to "skipper" a boat, manage their crew, and work cooperatively to accomplish their goals. Sailing instruction focuses on safety, steering, sail control, boat handling, and navigation.

Session: Adventure
Location: Milwaukee Community Sailing Center
Dates: Monday, June 25–Friday, June 29, 2018
Times: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Description:  There is an obvious sense of adventure inherent to sailing—it's hard not to look out at the empty horizon and wonder what would happen if you just kept sailing toward it. Our adventure-based programs aim to get students out of their comfort zones while putting them in (guided) control over their boat and what they are doing for the day. Activities include on-the-water games, sailing to a destination (such as Discovery World, South Shore Yacht Club, nearby beaches), learning about the adventures of other sailors, etc.

Grades 9-12

Session: Camp HERO (scholarships are available through MPS; please email elo@milwaukee.k12.wi.us or call 414-475-8238)
Location: MATC Oak Creek and Trefoil Oaks Program Center in Kenosha
Dates: Sunday, July 22–Friday, July 27, 2018
Times: Overnight camp for entire week
Description: Girls will train with real-world heroes and see what it takes to be a firefighter, police officer, and emergency medical technician as they explore these careers. Students gain a real-life vision of a career in the protective services. Students will
• learn about blood splatter analysis and crime scene processing,
• use the Jaws of Life to extricate a crash victim,
• learn CPR,
• chase down and handcuff a suspect,
• rappel down the side of a building,
• perform search and rescue,
• get self-defense savvy, and
• visit the police and fire safety training academy.  

 

 

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