Fashion Tech, Robotics, Shadow Architecture & More

Join us at our first April Vacation Camp, April 17-21, 2017!

From Printmaking to Floating Challenges to Augmented Video Game Design: Browse our new offerings for April vacation week below. Online registration is now open (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.) Questions? Contact us at or 718-729-3489.


Half Day: $70

Full Day: $120

All Week Half Day: $300

All Week Full Day: $550


AM session: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (students should bring a snack, lunch optional)

PM session: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. (students should bring a snack, lunch optional)

Full day: 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. (students should bring 2 snacks and a lunch)

Registration:  Registration is now open. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Computer Science & Robotics (please check ages below)

Monday & Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, AM, PM or Full Day option

On Monday, students 8 years and up will learn new tricks while building a new Minecraft world (creative mode.) On Tuesday, students 10 years and up can design their first augmented reality game. On Thursday, students 8 years and up can create stunning artwork while learning how to use Photoshop. On Friday, students 7 years and up can explore our set of robots, and create some robotic functions on their own. Students need to bring their own computer. (A limited number of Macbooks will be available to rent for the day. Please contact us to arrange details. ) Instructor: Suzana Somers, Acera Tech Specialist and STEM teacher

MakerArt: Printmaking (7-15) THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL!

Tuesday, AM, PM or Full Day option

We have a new printing press! Explore printmaking techniques, such a lino cuts and etching, to create beautiful prints. Challenge your brain to think in mirror images, and enjoy the wonder of your plate producing multiple prints. We’ll be using water-based ink but students should come dressed to get messy.  Instructor: Chris Woodard, Artist and Acera Creativity Morning teacher.

Stop Motion Animation & Set Design (7-15)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, AM, PM and Full Day option

Find out how you can use your phone or iPad to make cartoons out of your own drawings, or films using sets you create yourself. Learn the art of using each frame or picture a camera takes to tell a story. Make your own movie, or join a team of friends in an epic co-production. Storyboarding, set design and animation come into play as you explore, build and create, one frame at a time. Students can sign up for single days or all three days. Instructor: Mark Lyman, Acera Creativity Morning Coach

Woodshop Program (7-10) THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL!

Wednesday, Full Day only

Students will make a wooden coin bank. You will learn how to plan a construction project, how to use hammers, saws, and other basic tools, with the help of our experienced teachers. No previous woodworking skills required. Instructor: Marie Delaney, Acera Creativity Morning construction coach

SEEDS StudioLab (7-15)

Thursday & Friday, AM, PM or Full Day options

On Thursday, we will hack toys: let’s open up electronic toys and see what’s inside — sensors, circuits, batteries, lights — and use these resources in our own creations! Students can sign up for one or both days. On Friday, we will try our hands at Mirror Laser Art, making kaleidoscopes and other creations by building with mirrors and lights. Based on sign-ups, skill levels and previous exposure, we will work in smaller teams, keeping sessions both engaging and challenging for all. Lead instructor: Acera Design Learning and STEM teacher Alisha Panjwani. Below, a quick video of a recent SEEDS Studiolab project.

Architecture Series (7-15)

Wednesday & Thursday, AM, PM or Full Day option

On Wednesday, we will look at Animal Architecture: Taking inspiration from shells, delicate spider webs, coral reefs and more, we will design and construct our own imaginary architecture inspired by the planet’s best architects: the non-humans! On Thursday, we will try our hand at Green Architecture: Spring will be in the air, and we will about the innovative ways in which designers use green roofs and walls to create sustainable eco habitats. We will investigate interesting architectural forms and experiment with green building techniques. Students will each create their own eco-structure, embedded with wheat grass seed, which will grow and provide a healthy snack well into the spring. Instructor: Estee Hill, Architecht, educator and Acera Creativity Morning teacher

Engineering Challenges (8-15)

Thursday & Friday, AM, PM and Full Day option

On Thursday, we will explore structural design: challenge yourself to build strong structures out of simple materials, such as popsickle or chop sticks. Which shapes hold up the most weight? How can you engineer your tower or building to hold the most weights? We’ll do a fun weigh-out at the end! On Friday, we will look into the physics of floating. We will make and float objects, and to study what makes the best canoes, boats and swimming toys along the way. Of course, the physics of sinking may also come into play! Students can join just for one or both days. Instructor: Adam Rosell, Acera Creativity Morning construction coach



Registration is now open (click here to register.) Enrollment and final cost will be confirmed within 3 days by Acera office staff, based on availability. You will be able to pay via PayPal or via check (send it to Acera School, 5 Lowell Ave, Winchester, MA 01890.) Full tuition will be due no later than 5 days after confirmation of enrollment. Questions? Contact us at or 718-729-3489.

What the day will look like:

8:30 to 8:45 a.m. — Arrival, Games

8:45 to 10:30 a.m. — Morning Session

10:30 to 11 a.m. — Snack Break

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Morning Session Continues

12 to 1 p.m. — Lunch and Recess

12:30 pm: Morning students depart, Afternoon students arrive

1 to 2:30 p.m. — Afternoon Session

2:30 to 3 p.m. — Snack Break

3 to 4:15 p.m. — Afternoon Session continued

4:15 to 4:30 p.m. — Recess Time, Pick up