Virtual Summer Teen Enrichment

For Summer 2021, all workshops will be held virtually and are taught by Solebury School faculty who have a passion for the topic. Please view summer COVID protocols here.

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Course Offerings

Session 1: June 28-July 9, 2021

10AM-12PM 1-3PM

Digital Photography
Rising 7th-10th 


Health*
Rising 9th-12th
June 28-July 16 


Write Yourself Right: A Guide to Cultivating a Successful College Essay*
Rising 11th-12th 


Independent Filmmaking
Rising 7th-10th

*Confers credit

SESSION 2: July 19-30, 2021

10AM-12PM 1-3PM


STEM Workshop
Rising 7th-10th 


Songwriter Workshop
Rising 8th-10th 

 

SESSION 1 OFFERINGS

Digital Photography

Students will submerge themselves in the craft of digital photography by learning a hands-on approach to composing, lighting, and exploring the settings on their cameras while shooting various related subject matter. Assigned briefs will be given so that each participant can fully explore the huge genre of color and black and white photography and learn to achieve the style and professionalism of photography they want from their work. Training in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom with instruction on how to maintain good work-flow and editing skills will be offered, but will not be required. Kelli Abdoney works as a freelance photographer and exhibits her fine art landscape work locally.
Rising 7th-10 
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Write Yourself Right: A Guide to Cultivating a Successful College Essay

Take some uncertainty out of the college admission process! Brainstorm ideas and develop a foundation for your college essays through daily journal writing, a close look at and cultivation of responses to both general and specific essay prompts, and a crash course on the grammar mechanics essential to good writing with guidance from experienced faculty member Micki Kaplan McMillan, MA, Middlebury College. This course will also include tips and guidance on the changing college admission landscape from Director of College Guidance Tim Gallen, immediate past president of Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling, as well as a guest appearance from a college admissions officer. Some reading and writing to be done outside of class. 1 credit.
Rising 11th-12th 
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Health

This course provides an opportunity for students to learn about nutrition and fitness, drug use and abuse, lifestyle choices, reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, environmental health issues, and other topics surrounding a person's physical and psychological well-being. Confers one credit upon successful completionHealth is a 3-week class that runs from June 28-July 16.
Rising 9th-12th
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Independent Filmmaking

Learn to write, direct, film, and light short films like a pro for Docs, YouTube, or the Big Screen. Taught by Solebury School’s Film teacher Brian Pearson, students will develop a timeline, create a script, and then learn how to be resourceful and rely on themselves or close friends and family to perform all the jobs of a small film production crew including: Actor, Director, Camera Operator, Sound Person, Gaffer, and Grip. At the end of the week each student will leave with a project they can be proud of! Consultation with Brian is requested prior to class dates to verify what software and equipment are available to each student.
Rising 7th-10th  
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SESSION 2 OFFERINGS

Songwriter Workshop

What makes a good song? What makes a good lyric? Trending in the music industry, songwriting workshops offer teens the opportunity to gather with a group to write songs. Taught by renowned musician (and Solebury’s own) Cathy Block, who has penned songs that have been recorded by icons including Diana Ross, Kool and The Gang, Al Jarreau, and others, students will be given prompts to write from and collaborate as they develop the ability to be a critical listener of established songwriters. Though not required, it would be most helpful if students have some familiarity with playing an instrument, particularly guitar or piano.
Rising 8th-10th 
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STEM Workshop

This class will explore the topics of Engineering, Robotics, and Game Design through a daily class session with a different theme each day followed by a daily challenge task for the students to work on until the next class session. If help is needed, optional office hours will be available each day and the instructor will be available for individual meetings by request. Students will get the opportunity to develop their engineering and mechanical design skills using a combination of materials found at home and online design software with options to accommodate the student’s home computer, laptop, or Chromebook. By the conclusion of the class students will design and demonstrate proof of concept of a final project of their own creation. This curriculum will allow any range of students from beginner to advanced to develop their engineering skills with a fun and individually designed project as the final result.

The workshop will be led by Dan Perez, an MIT alum and member of the Science Department who teaches both Science and STEM elective classes including Engineering, Robotics, and Computer Programming. Optional office hours by appointment in the morning.
Rising 7th-10th 
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COSTS FOR SUMMER 2021

Health:  $600

Write Yourself Right: $400

All Other Offerings: $285

Payment is due in full at time of registration. Full registration refunds will be granted up to May 1 (minus 5% processing fee).