MakerSpace: Draft, Tinker, Build! (10-15)

Design and build your own wooden creations in our well-equipped wood shop. This class does not require prior woodworking experience. Advanced students will be able to customize their work and pick more complex projects. Instructor: Josh Briggs, Acera Math and Engineering Teacher and Woodshop Manager 


Math Club
This hands-on and discussion-based math program enables students to experience the wonder of mathematics and to use it as a tool for problem solving and way to see and understand our world!  Through discussions, creations and challenges, students will solve puzzles and problems and come to better understand how mathematics comes alive in our world, working with other students who share their love of math. Higher level mathematics concepts will be opened up and uncovered.  Interconnections between math, art, science, architecture and engineering will be explored! Instructor: Robyn Deakins, Acera Cross Classroom and Math Teacher

Science Lab: Biotechnology (11-15)

This exciting program will teach students techniques, skills, and underlying theory behind the science in today’s biotech lab environments. Participants will gain hands on skills in a number of scientific tactics across the spectrum of molecular biology and biochemistry. Students will be using real-world equipment including the Amino, a state-of-the-art personal bioreactor. Concepts and techniques that will be explored include restriction enzymes, electrophoresis, bacterial transformations and cell culture, immunoassays, and PCR. You don’t need to know a lot about biology to participate — just bring a sense of curiosity and a desire to explore scientific phenomena! As a survey course, this program is aligned to state standards and designed to supplement school instruction and foster creativity and ingenuity. Sessions will be capped at 6 students. Instructor: Michael Hirsch, former biotech scientist and Acera Science Teacher & Science Curriculum Creator

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Metal Casting (9-15)

Our summer hit, now available in the afternoons during the school year: Learn the art of metal casting, using different metals, from lead to aluminum. Make different types of molds and create your own unique metal figures and artwork — imaginary creatures, animals, pendants, flowers, or any other creation you want to try out. Experiment with clay, plaster, rubber and sand casts, and explore best ways to melt and work with molten metal. Instructor: Mark Weinzierl, Acera Physics/Science Teacher



SEEDS StudioLab

Let’s hack some electronic toys to make better ones. Or build a microscope out of a simple webcam, taking photos and video as we explore our environment on a different scale. Or, how about a painting that includes light? In our SEEDS StudioLab, students blend creativity, coding, engineering, imagination, design and robotics to tell their stories and develop interactive projects that defy classification. Interactive murals, drawing robots, programmable projections, solar-powered jewelry, and electronic textiles are just a few examples of recent SEEDS Lab projects. Check out the slideshow below for some pictures of student work! Instructor: Alisha Panjwani, Acera SEEDS StudioLab founder, MIT Media Lab alum, author, and designer

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Games, Arts & Discovery

Are you eager to explore our nature-based adventure playground, and engage both your body and your mind as you create theaters and forts, tie new platforms into the trees or make a new swing using ropes and branches? Do you like to take all the blocks and board game pieces and other supplies you can find in your house and turn them into an airport, a city, or a land no one has ever seen before?  This program is all about free, creative play, outdoors and indoors. Based on the group and their interests, student will play games, build and create, supported and guided in their quests and explorations by our afternoon staff. (This program also serves as a drop-in option.) Instructor: Acera afternoon staff.  


Kindness, leadership and community for young minds: In this mindfulness-based club, students will learn skills to center and calm themselves, discover how they are connected to the larger world, and how they can make change in that world starting within. We will work on EQ and leadership skills through fun games and activities.  Each trimester will have at least one off campus service trip to a community in need. Instructor: Vanesssa Roman, Acera Teacher in Friendship Skills, Kinetic Mathematics and Theatre Arts

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