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NEW CLASS for 12-14 year olds!

Students will learn to write computer code using Raspberry Pi, a tiny affordable computer designed to promote learning about computer science.  Students will learn fundamentals of code writing while exploring the capabilities of the Raspberry Pi.  Students will be allowed to keep the RPi to continue their learning at home.

Prerequisite: Due to the advanced nature of this course, students should have already completed a yearlong Pre-Algebra course before enrolling.

Experience a variety of media including drawing, painting, and sculpture to create amazing art projects.

"I was impressed with how many projects they accomplished during the time there. My daughter really enjoyed every day!"

Discover more about furry, scaly, slimy, and feathery creatures.  Perform real animal behavior experiments to learn about the animal kingdom and how these creatures behave and live in their environments.  This class combines learning about animals with several fun art projects you can take home.  For example, we will make animal track molds, paint them, and also hunt for real tracks on the grounds of MNTC.  We will learn the Japanese art of Gyotaku (fish printing) using preserved fish and then dissect our specimens.  We will have fun learning how to safely interact with and handle a variety of small live animals in the classroom.  (Students will have the opportunity to participate in voluntary supervised animal dissections-alternative activities will be available for those who do not wish to dissect).

"My favorite part of class was everything!  Especially playing with the animals!  The teacher too!"

Learn how water has properties that are critical for supporting life in the oceans. Explore how a wide variety of living organisms survive in their particular marine habitat. Using a microscope, discover the various microscopic organisms living in the ponds around the Summer Youth campus. 

Keep yourself and the children you watch safe and entertained.  Learn fun games and how to handle emergency situations.  Students are trained in CPR and First Aid by a certified instructor and will receive their card for an additional $40.

"I liked all of it. I like making the pens and clipboards and the first aid kits, and I like learning about what to do in an emergency" 

NEW SPIN ON AN OLD CLASS!

Learn the basics about cake, cookie, and cupcake decorating.  You will learn how to make and use fondant, learn how to use a decorating bag and tips, and learn how to create pretty and unique designs with royal icing. 

"My daughter LOVED this class!  She loved having the cupcake contest at the end of the week :)"

Do you wish you had beautiful handwriting to create personalized artwork including chalkboards?  In this fun class, you will be introduced to the art of calligraphy and chalk lettering using movement exercises and individual letter focus.  Design and personalize amazing items to decorate your room, or to give as gifts.

Create the carpentry project of your choice while you learn to safely operate tools, cut, nail, glue, and sand. 

Closed toe shoes are required.

"Mr. Estell got kids excited about working with their hands. Letting them turn pieces of wood into treasures and boosting their confidence." 

"Carpentry was FANTASTIC!! This was, by far, my son's favorite SYA class! The instructor was awesome!."

Learn programming in a fun, innovative 3D environment that makes it easy to create animation, play interactive games, and develop video. 

"My son couldn't wait to tell me what he did in this class.  He had a blast!"

Calling all creatives and artists! Join us for directed drawings that you can make your own by adding details using paint, oil pastels, colored pencils, and more! We will look at the work of other artists to inspire our artistic talents! 

New for 9-11 This Year

Join Us for a "Creative Coding With Scratch Series." See how coding can be fun and helps express your creativity! In this workshop, participants code characters to build their animations in Scratch, a free visual programming tool by MIT Media Labs. No prior coding experience is required.

Navigate through a series of fun and creative writing strategies each day, and focus on one piece of personal writing throughout the session. Finish with a portfolio of your own writing. 

"My daughter can't stop talking about this class. It really challenged her and she met lots of friends and adored her teacher."

Be a forensic scientist for a week and apply science to the law while solving mysteries.  Learn fingerprinting, fiber analysis, handwriting analysis, and how a forensic lab works, among many other things that a CSI needs to know! Use these skills as you solve several crimes throughout the week.

"My daughter learned so much at this camp.  She was more excited each day to go back."  

New This Year

Do you already have a small business or plan to have a business someday? Do you have an idea that will one day revolutionize the world, or maybe you just hope to one day have that idea! In this class we will develop skills needed to be an entrepreneur, to be your own boss. We will explore business ideas and create business plans.

Want to learn to play the guitar?  Bring your own guitar, learn the basics, and join in the fun!

"My child learned so much in such a small amount of time."

"The teacher was very knowledgeable on current pop music that engaged my daughter.  She took her class seriously and couldn't wait to practice what she learned."

Learn welding basics through an interactive virtual welding simulator.   Use your new skills to assist in building a project using carbon steel. 

Requirements: closed toe, leather, ankle-height or taller shoes, 100% cotton long-sleeved shirt, and 100% cotton pants/denim jeans that cover top of shoes. 

Students will learn how to type properly and increase their typing speed all while having fun. They will also learn tricks on Microsoft Word and Prezi.  Summer youth kiddos will play games and create projects with their newly learned skills.

Kids' Court is a fun, interactive role playing mock trial class.  The class participates in the creation and re-enactment of civil and criminal cases.  

"I have never seen my daughter so animated and excited about class! This was a dream that she got to live. She couldn't even sit still at dinner because she kept hopping up when she thought of more witness questions!  I hope I can find this or any other similar class in the future. Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!"

New This Year

Are you a natural born leader? In this class we will learn how to lead small groups and large groups. We will practice skills needed to be strong leaders in school, on teams, and even with family and friends. We will play games and and face challenges that build and strengthen leadership skills.

Experience an exciting week learning about the fast-paced world of modern medicine.  Learn about the major body systems, types of diseases, the body’s immune system, basic First-Aid techniques, and interesting medical careers.

"My daughter learned so much at this camp.  She was more excited each day to go back."

Do you enjoy cracking hidden codes or planning and executing a great escape room experience for others to solve? In this exciting class, you will put your brainpower and logical thinking skills to work to create a "Mission Escape" experience, and become the mastermind behind an intricate web of hidden clues for others to unravel. Can they escape in the allotted time? Bring your detective mind and let the journey begin!

Students will be taking a field trip to Norman's Escape Rooms - "Cracked" on the first day of class. Students will receive behind the scenes information on how an escape room is planned. Please fill out your permission slip prior.

"I enjoyed the entire class.  The class was one of the best classes I have ever taken here at Moore Norman."

"Lori was so sweet my daughter has been taking summer classes at Moore Norman for years and says this class is one of her all time favorites."

Can trains float on air?  Can you predict the weather with your bones?  Is belching dangerous? Come explore everyday myths doing fun, hands-on activities involving forces of flight, crashes and collisions, the weird world of water, and the science of sports. Test your knowledge and find out if you are the ultimate Mythbuster!

"I loved everything!  From oobleck to soda and mentos to vinegar and baking soda!"

New for 9-11 This Year

Explore space in an art studio experience. You will create amazing cosmic compositions inspired by NASA images using chalk and cray pas, discover your own constellation from sky charts using mixed media, design a 3 dimensional satellite mobile and engineer a rover or lander from upcycled materials, all with your own artistic flair and ingenuity. Explore and create as STEAM Makers!

NEW CLASS!

Paint like the masters of the past by using real oil paints.  This class is for both beginners and a little more seasoned artists.

Learn painting techniques from an art teacher who will help you make fun art, not fine art!

New This Year

Students will explore the process of printmaking by making their own linoleum stamp, exploring artists who use this process, and finally printing their creation.

NEW CLASS for 9-11 year olds!

Students will have an age-appropriate introduction to Computer Programming using Raspberry Pi, a tiny affordable computer designed to promote learning about computer science.  Students will learn fundamentals of programming while exploring the capabilities of the Raspberry Pi and be allowed to take the RPi home to continue their learning.

NEW CLASS!!

Learn about rockets, drones and the power behind CO2.  Build your own rocket and CO2-propelled dragster and see how they perform against the competition.  You will also test your flight skills as you navigate a drone through different obstacle courses.

Have fun learning how to select and safely care for a variety of potential pets; be they furry, scaly or feathered. Learn pet requirements and feeding and grooming needs. Small animals will be on site for supervised practice and cuddling. Special guests will include local experts in the animal grooming, handling, or health fields. Students may also bring old t-shirts, pizza boxes, and wire hangers to make dog toys and cat hiding places for their own pets and to be donated to local shelters.

Create, build, and operate a robot using Lego Mind Storm kits. No prior experience necessary.

Create, build, and operate a robot using Lego Mind Storm kits. No prior experience necessary. Robotics I is a prerequisite for Robotics II.

Redo your room with new decorations and organizing tricks. Paint canvases, decorate vases, work with yarn, and create lots of other crafts to make your space spectacular.

Learn the basics of using a sewing machine and monogramming machine while having fun making projects you can use every day.   

"My daughter absolutely LOVED this class. She hated that it was only 4 days long. She's now sewing her little heart out at home :)"

New This Year

Create coding to make drones follow your commands! Program flips, speed runs, and more to push your drone to the limit! Using state of the art coding apps paired with high tech drones, you will become a master of the sky!

New for 9-11 This Year

Investigate, analyze and use your clues to solve some STEM mysteries.  Do you like to work with people and figure things out? We will investigate some important people in STEM, get our hands a little dirty at the crime scene, engineer a safer rollercoaster, work our way through a speed chase of STEM challenges and enjoy making our way out of a box, just in time for a sweet reward.  STEM SLEUTHS. It’s an adventure.

Have you ever thought about becoming a teacher?  In this class, you'll get to design bulletin boards, plan a lesson, teach a lesson, and much more!

"Ms. Darling was so encouraging and supportive--a wonderful example of a professional teacher, perfect to encourage young kids who would like to pursue the profession later in life."

New This Year

Do you like creating stories? Do you enjoy graphic novels or comic books? Would you like to create some of your own amazing comics but need help with the artwork?  Look no further! Students will perfect the art of storytelling with the help of a web-based graphic design. No artistic ability is required. 

New This Year

Are you an adventurer? Do you like to explore? Do you dream of traveling the world? Join us in this adventure as we plan trips and plot courses to explore and plan your next trip and future adventures!