Middle School Catalog

Due to COVID-19, there were changes to this year’s Summer Program. In these uncertain times, we're not sure what next year will look like, but we can say Summer Program 2020 was a resounding success in the face of adversity, running 14 Virtual Camps + Kits for over 80 students. If you're interested in Summer Program 2021, feel free to check out the posted camp descriptions from last year. We will update with more information in January of 2021.

 

Discover a fun, learning adventure this summer! Overlake’s Middle School camps engage students in project-based, hands-on learning experiences in a variety of disciplines.

All Middle School camps are taught by Overlake faculty and are open to students entering grades 5 through 8 in the 2020-21 school year. Each one-week, half-day camp costs $225. Take 5% off each camp if you sign up for two or more half-day camps, and take an additional 5% off if you register before March 1. When you register, select the session you would like and rank your top two camp preferences; Overlake guarantees that you will get placed in one of your two choices. Camp placements are based on registration date, so sign up early to secure your spot in your top preference!

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Camps

June 15-19 AM

virtual Creative Paper Projects

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Alicia Gold

This camp is for students who love to create paper gifts that they can share with others. We’ll create calendars, tags, birthday and holiday cards, and bookmarks, and we’ll chat about ways to personalize gifts to share with family and friends. Campers will also have space to design their own projects. We’ll use our daily check-ins to brainstorm ideas and showcase our creations!

June 15-19 PM

virtual Engineer Design Challenge (MS Only)

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Engineer Design Challenge provides students the opportunity to brainstorm, build, and problem solve engineering challenges. There will be different challenges where students will explore the design process. Students will be given materials and asked to accomplish a goal. An example is to design and build a vehicle that will travel the longest distance while carrying an upright gummy bear when released from the top of a ramp. The challenges are supposed to be fun, educational, and provide a chance for campers to explore the life of an engineer.

Note: This camp is the same as Engineer Design Challenge (Project Set 1) and Engineer Design Challenge (Project Set 2), but the projects and challenges will be different. Campers can take all three and get a different experience!

June 22-26 AM

virtual Self-Portrait Workshop

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Noelle Morrison

How did famous artists take selfies before the age of cameras? Self-portraits, of course. At the beginning of the week, students will be equipped with a sketchbook and drawing pencils to start creating! Students will be introduced to the study of self-portraiture, as they think about their own unique identities and how they want to express their own image and selves in art. Video meetings will include short lessons in different styles of art, as well as tips and tricks to capture the eyes, nose, and mouth. Each day, we'll study a different artist and their explorations with the self-portrait, from Chuck Close to Frida Kahlo and more. At the end of the week, we'll share our "selfies" in a virtual gallery walk and celebrate each other's work and artistic creations.

June 22-26 PM

virtual Rube Goldberg (MS Only)

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Joey Pauley

Students will learn about Rube Goldberg, an engineer artist tinkerer who always was trying to invent a better "mouse trap." The idea behind this project is for students to use their vivid imaginations and come up with a way to move one object to another or to cause an object to do something by a series of events. Throughout the week, we’ll brainstorm ideas, tackle different challenges, and see what kinds of tasks we can accomplish around our homes!

June 29-July 3 AM

virtual Engineer Design Challenge (MS Only)

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Engineer Design Challenge provides students the opportunity to brainstorm, build, and problem solve engineering challenges. There will be different challenges where students will explore the design process. Students will be given materials and asked to accomplish a goal. An example is to design and build a vehicle that will travel the longest distance while carrying an upright gummy bear when released from the top of a ramp. The challenges are supposed to be fun, educational, and provide a chance for campers to explore the life of an engineer.

Note: This camp is the same as Engineer Design Challenge (Project Set 1) and Engineer Design Challenge (Project Set 2), but the projects and challenges will be different. Campers can take all three and get a different experience!

June 29-July 3 PM

virtual Outdoor Arts and Crafts

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Mindy McGrath

This camp starts your creativity off with rock painting 101 and storytelling with rocks. Then we will move into using other pieces of nature as the inspiration for daily craft projects. Campers will find materials around their homes and learn different ways to turn them into craft projects that they can share with others. Each day we’ll brainstorm ways to use nature as the inspiration for our creativity and share our work with the group.

July 6-10 AM

virtual Sportscenter

Grades
3
4
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Do you miss playing and watching sports? Sportscenter is meant for campers to dive deeper into their passion for sports. In one week, students will learn what the life of a sports broadcaster looks like, the roles of a broadcasting team, what it takes to become a broadcaster and what a broadcaster does to prepare for a sporting event. Campers will research a broadcasting mentor for an example of someone to look up to in the sports world. At the end of the week, each camper will broadcast a sporting event of their choice. The week will be filled with watching, listening, researching and broadcasting sports!

July 6-10 PM

virtual Roller Coaster Mania

Grades
3
4
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Roller Coaster Mania will teach some fundamental physics concepts behind rollercoasters. After studying speed, acceleration, and Newton's laws of motion you will have all the information you need to build your own working roller coaster at home. Your roller coaster kit will include a worksheet packet (filled with information, video links and various activities) as well as the supplies needed to build your roller coaster (foam tubing for the track, marbles, masking tape and a few other small materials). Buckle up, hold on tight, and get ready for the ride!

July 13-17 AM

virtual Engineer Design Challenge (Project Set 1)

Grades
3
4
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Engineer Design Challenge provides students the opportunity to brainstorm, build, and problem solve engineering challenges. There will be different challenges where students will explore the design process. Students will be given materials and asked to accomplish a goal. An example is to design and build a vehicle that will travel the longest distance while carrying an upright gummy bear when released from the top of a ramp. The challenges are supposed to be fun, educational, and provide a chance for campers to explore the life of an engineer.

Note: This camp is the same as Engineer Design Challenge (Project Set 2) and Engineer Design Challenge (MS Only) for grades 5 through 8, but the projects and challenges will be different. Campers can take each of these camps and get a different experience!

July 13-17 PM

virtual Film and Literature

Grades
3
4
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Spend the week studying a movie and the book upon which it was based. We will focus on the practical, imaginative and logistical problems of adapting a book to a movie and the general differences between the two. We will also explore how character development, plot, narrative, symbols and language are translated from the book to the movie as well as considering the limitations of movie adaptation.

July 20-24 AM

virtual Engineer Design Challenge (Project Set 2)

Grades
3
4
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Engineer Design Challenge provides students the opportunity to brainstorm, build, and problem solve engineering challenges. There will be different challenges where students will explore the design process. Students will be given materials and asked to accomplish a goal. An example is to design and build a vehicle that will travel the longest distance while carrying an upright gummy bear when released from the top of a ramp. The challenges are supposed to be fun, educational, and provide a chance for campers to explore the life of an engineer.

Note: This camp is the same as Engineer Design Challenge (Project Set 1) and Engineer Design Challenge (MS Only) for grades 5 through 8, but the projects and challenges will be different. Campers can take each of these camps and get a different experience!

July 20-24 PM

virtual Rube Goldberg

Grades
3
4
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Joey Pauley

Students will learn about Rube Goldberg, an engineer artist tinkerer who always was trying to invent a better "mouse trap." The idea behind this project is for students to use their vivid imaginations and come up with a way to move one object to another or to cause an object to do something by a series of events. Throughout the week, we’ll brainstorm ideas, tackle different challenges, and see what kinds of tasks we can accomplish around our homes!

July 27-31 AM

virtual Technology Challenge

Grades
3
4
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Janet Jones

Do you like to build things? Do you like to solve problems? Would you like to compete in virtual competitions with other campers? Then this is the camp for you! You'll receive a kit of materials at the start of the week, and then participate in 4 challenges. Each day, you will have instructions for a challenge. At the end of the camp time for the day, you will get on a virtual meeting with the other campers to share what you made.

July 27-31 PM

virtual Science Meets Science Fiction

Grades
3
4
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Janet Jones

During this camp, you will create a work of science fiction! You'll begin by researching a science topic. Then you will incorporate that into a work of science fiction. You might write a story, create a video, or draw a comic book, the form is up to you! As we go through the week, you'll have the chance to share your work with the other campers and peer edit. At the end of the week, we'll get to share our creations virtually with each other.

Contact

Nate Edmunds
Summer Program Director

nedmunds@overlake.org
425-868-6191 x424

Jennifer Pan
Summer Program Assistant Director

jpan@overlake.org
425-868-6191 x651