Middle School Catalog

Due to COVID-19, there are changes to this year’s Summer Program. Registered families will receive email updates about program information as we prepare for Summer 2020

 

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

Due to COVID-19 changes the July camp pairings are as follows:

July 6 to 10

  • Outdoor Exploration with Geometry + Art 
  • Broadway Showcase with Magic of Drawing 

July 13 to 17

  • Diplomacy or Domination with Wilderness Survival 
  • Witchcraft and Wizardry for Muggles with Coding with Scratch 

July 20 to 24

  • Multi-Sport Camp with Engineer Design Challenge
  • Creative Writing and Bookbinding with Puzzles, Scavenger Hunts, Escape Rooms
  • Leadership Camp with Ultimate Frisbee Camp

July 27 to 31

  • 5 Days of Art! with Young Authors
  • Debate with Games Galore
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

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Michael 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.

June 22-26 AM

virtual Roller Coaster Mania

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Michael 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!

virtual Scavenger Hunt!

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Joey Pauley

Each day there is a different theme with missions involving indoor and outdoor activities. Example missions include, making a tower of pennies at least 30 high, a 30sec+ video of you air-instrumenting, or a photo of you riding a bike or unicycle. Campers will take photos and video of an objects, animals, and activities that fits the mission category to get points! Campers will need an iPhone or Android that connects to the internet in order to engage in each day’s challenge.Each day the hunt is new so you have a new chance to win and have fun competing with others.

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 Beginner Embroidery

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Mindy McGrath

Let’s learn a new skill together! In Beginner Embroidery, we will use a stamped embroidery kit that will provide our materials for the week. We will create fun pictures of animals, flowers, and other unique designs. The kit will include step-by-step instructions to support your projects throughout the week, and we’ll connect each day to celebrate our work and brainstorm ideas. By the end of the week we will have a nice piece of embroidery to give as a gift or hang on our own wall.

virtual Film and Literature

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Michael 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.

virtual Rube Goldberg

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

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Michael 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.

virtual Just Dance!

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Noelle Morrison

Whether you're curious about starting dance or a seasoned dance-pro, this camp is for you! We're going to get up and move throughout the week, exploring different styles of dance and storytelling through creative movement. We'll meet together for a virtual dance class, discussing and going through the important process of warming up, small across the floor exercises and technique activities, and short combinations. At the end of the week, we'll showcase our learning through a virtual performance, where students will perform a short piece of contemporary choreography, together as a class. If you're wanting to get up, get moving and express yourself through dance, come join us!

virtual Scrapbooks 101

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Alicia Gold

Discover fun ways to use all your digital photos plus the ones in the box under your bed. We'll create multiple layouts to get you started in the journey to capture all those great memories into one book. At the end of the week, we’ll share our work to celebrate the different personalities within the group!

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.

virtual Sportscenter

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Michael 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 AM

Broadway Showcase

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Erin Gabriel

Ready to find your voice and share some powerful music? Join us to learn some of your favorite show tunes from musical theater in our Broadway Showcase camp. Each day we will work on a variety of repertoire, from solos and duets to larger group numbers, complete with a little choreography, too! Our focus will be on learning new skills, creating character, working together, and supporting one another. Learn how to tell the story of your song, how to sing healthily, and how to share your own personal flair on the stage. At the end of the week, we’ll have a fantastic performance to present for family and friends. So bring your enthusiasm, courage, and teamwork, and let’s create something special!

Note: The full day program pairs Broadway Showcase with Magic of Drawing.

new Outdoor Exploration: Local Wilderness Escapes

Grades
5
6
7
8

Each day we will hike to a different location exploring hidden wilderness areas in the greater Redmond area. Students will learn about each location by reading maps and making navigation decisions. Along the way, students will identify plants and trees and follow the Leave No Trace principles.  Each student will also have a chance to be “leader of the day” to learn and practice leadership skills.  At the end of the week, everyone will have uncovered many nearby locations to quickly escape into the wilderness and then be able to share these local treasures with family and friends.

Note: The full day program pairs Outdoor Exploration with Geometry + Art.

July 6-10 PM

Geometry + Art

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Patricia Noble

Campers explore geometric translation, rotation, reflection, and symmetry through examples of oriental rug patterns. Compasses and protractors will come alive as we inscribe regular polygons in circles, explore line designs, create mandalas, and construct Islamic tile patterns.  With inspiration from M.C. Escher, campers will experiment with tiling and transforming shapes to create a tessellation placemat. Campers will use geometric skills to create a curve stitching masterpiece. Origami creases will model angle relationships and strengthen spatial skills. Our time is spent creating and enjoying the beauty of geometry.

Note: The full day program pairs Outdoor Exploration with Geometry + Art.

Magic of Drawing

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Dana Len

Artists use a variety of tricks to make a two-dimensional surface, such as paper, look 3-dimensional. 2-point perspective and optical illusions are drawing tricks that artists use to make their drawings “POP”! It’s like magic! Luckily, these methods of drawing can be broken down into simple steps. We will explore a variety of drawing techniques over the course of the week. These will become the building blocks that will allow students to develop and create more complex images. By the end of this camp, students will be able to use their magical drawing skills to create drawings that look 3-dimensional!

Note: The full day program pairs Broadway Showcase with Magic of Drawing.

July 13-17 AM

Diplomacy or Domination: Negotiating World Peace

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Michael Hufstader

Campers will dissect different methods of debate and diplomacy through simulations and challenges. By adopting different leadership perspectives, students can approach real-world issues from social and economic lenses, ultimately developing negotiation and collaboration skills. In addition to cultural exploration through Model UN simulations, students will work together to achieve world peace in Overlake’s original game, Diplomacy or Domination?

Note: The full day program pairs Diplomacy or Domination with Wilderness Survival.

Witchcraft and Wizardry for Muggles

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Janet Jones

Young muggles who attend the Harry Potter for Muggles camp will be immersed into the world of Witchcraft and Wizardry as experienced by Harry Potter and his many adventures. Muggles will make wands, learn spells, act out their favorite lines from the movies in 60-second-scenes, explore Harry Potter trivia, and if they dare, enter the Harry Potter Escape Room on the last day. Muggles will participate in many activities that will enhance their knowledge of Harry Potter and his journey to defeat He Who Must Not Be Named.

July 13-17 PM

Coding with Scratch

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Janet Jones

Have you ever wanted to learn how to create your own computer game? It’s easy to learn when you code with Scratch! Scratch is a program designed by MIT to teach students basic coding skills. Students will learn how to create animated characters, tell a visual story, create a music video, even design their own Flappy Bird style game! They will also go home with ideas for more ways to use Scratch.

Note: The full day program pairs Witchcraft and Wizardry for Muggles with Coding with Scratch.

Wilderness Survival

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Michael Hufstader

Wilderness survival focuses on essential skills and tools you need to survive in the wild. Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a fire? Do you have any desire to cook over a fire? Want to learn how to make structures in the woods? If you are lost in the woods, can you navigate yourself using a map and compass? If any of this sparks your interest, then wilderness survival is for you!

Note: The full day program pairs Diplomacy or Domination with Wilderness Survival.

July 20-24 AM

Creative Writing and Bookbinding

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Nicole Balin

Are you a creative writer who is ready to break the rules of writing in a stress-free, nonjudgmental, and fun environment? In this workshop, campers will play different types of creative writing games and craft poems, stories, and character sketches in light of their individual passions. In addition to creative writing, students will make a hand-crafted, miniature book to fill with their writing throughout the week.

Note: The full day program pairs Creative Writing and Bookbinding with Puzzles, Scavenger Hunts, Escape Rooms - Oh My!.

Leadership

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Joey Pauley

This camp is a great opportunity for participants to enhance their leadership skills. Through experiential activities, games, and simulations (including Overlake’s Challenge Course!), students will learn more about leadership styles. By participating in the camp, students will develop a better understanding and higher level of trust when working with a team. In addition, they will discover personal strengths and how to use them to bring out the best in others. Come grow your leadership skills at Overlake’s leadership camp!

Note: The full day program pairs Leadership with Ultimate Frisbee.

Multi-Sport Camp

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Michael Hufstader

Multi-Sport Camp exposes students to a wide range of sports, encouraging students to become well-rounded athletes. Students will learn the fundamentals of these sports that are popular at Overlake. There will also be a focus on strategies and game play concepts that overlap within these sports. This course is geared to increase students comfort level with a variety of sports. Games like soccer, basketball, ultimate, lacrosse, volleyball, and baseball/softball will be played during this camp.

Note: The full day program pairs Multi-Sport Camp with Engineer Design Challenge

July 20-24 PM

Engineer Design Challenge

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Michael Hufstader

Engineer Design Challenge provides students the opportunity to problem-solve, collaborate and search for a creative way to solve an engineering challenge. There will be ten 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: The full day program pairs Multi-Sport Camp with Engineer Design Challenge

new Puzzles, Scavenger Hunts, Escape Rooms - Oh My!

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Nicole Balin

If you are a sharp thinker who loves to problem-solve, this camp is for you! Campers will participate in a variety of scavenger hunts and trivia-based escape rooms in the first half of the week, testing their critical thinking skills while they learn to work collaboratively with others. In the second part of the week, campers will break up into small groups and design their own multi-step puzzles for others to solve. We’ll end the week testing out each group’s puzzles and celebrating our victories!

Note: The full day program pairs Creative Writing and Bookbinding with Puzzles, Scavenger Hunts, Escape Rooms - Oh My!.

Ultimate Frisbee

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Joey Pauley

This camp will introduce campers to the basics of Ultimate Frisbee and provide ample opportunity to get outside and play. Throughout the week campers will develop their agility, stamina, and razor-sharp throwing skills. They will also increase game IQ through drills, scrimmages, and fun team games. No experience necessary—come join the fun!

Note: The full day program pairs Leadership with Ultimate Frisbee.

July 27-31 AM

5 Days of Art!

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Nicole Balin

This camp exposes students to a wide range of mediums, including photography, painting, drawing, 3-dimensional art, and mixed media. Campers will experiment with the different mediums, as they all allow for different types of expression. As the week goes along, we will consider new possibilities that emerge as we mix mediums. Students will leave with a collection of their art at the end of our week, which we will showcase on the final day of camp. No experience necessary, come join the fun!

Note: The full day program pairs 5 Days of Art with Young Authors.

Debate

Grades
5
6
7
8

In this course, campers will learn the basics of the debate format that is used by the Pacific Northwest Middle School Debate League. We will focus on research skills, building an argument with evidence, rebutting an opponent’s argument, and strengthening public speaking skills. Students will have an opportunity to test out their newly acquired skills in large and small debates held over the session.

Note: The full day program pairs Debate with Young Entrepreneurs

July 27-31 PM

Games Galore

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Michael Hufstader

Looking for a way to have fun this summer? Join us for a week full of games, activities, and challenges! Explore Overlake’s 75-acre campus through games such as capture the flag, sharks and minnows, and hide and seek. There will also be group games like spikeball, disc golf, bocce, GOLA, quidditch, and so much more. These games are a great way to get outside, exercise, and make new friends. No experience required!

Young Authors

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Nicole Balin

Do you love reading and writing? Are you ready to ignite your imagination while sharpening your writing skills? Whether you're already an incredible wordsmith or looking for inspiration, join us for a fantastic week of all-things creative writing. Together we'll consider what we love so much about our favorite stories, play word games, examine family photos as we write about special memories, go on a scavenger hunt to collect rich details from all our senses, and much, much more--all while crafting the next literary masterpieces! At the end of the week, campers will celebrate all the writing they’ve done by compiling their pieces into a hand-sewn book to take home.

Note: The full day program pairs 5 Days of Art with Young Authors.

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