• USC Summer Programs Elementary Level Sessions (Grades K-6)


    Elementary Reading Lab

    For students currently in grades 1-4

    • June 24 - July 5, 2019 (No Class July 4)
    • Grade 1 & 2: 8:30 - 10:00 AM
    • Grade 3 & 4: 10:15 - 11:45 AM
    • Location: Streams Elementary School

    This lab is for students who are experiencing difficulty with reading. Each child will experience small group instruction designed to meet individual learning needs. Independent practice will also be a part of this lab.

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    Back-To-School Reading Camp

    For students currently in grades K-1

    • August 5-9, 2019
    • Grade K: 8:30 - 10:00 AM
    • Grade 1: 10:15 - 11:45 AM
    • Location: Streams Elementary School

    Students who have completed kindergarten or first grade may enroll in a special workshop designed to boost their skills that may have regressed during the summer months. Phonemic awareness and phonics skills will be emphasized and some time will be devoted to story comprehension.

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    Creative Writing

    For students currently in grades K-4

    • June 24-28, 2019
    • Grades K-2: 8:30 - 9:30 AM
    • Grades 3-4: 9:45 - 11:45 AM
    • Location: Eisenhower Elementary School

    Have you ever wondered if frogs could fly on a Tuesday? Have you ever created your own magic land where “wild things” live? Have you ever imagined climbing on board the Polar Express? If so, then join our class and enter the world of fantasy, where anything is possible! With the help of seven Caldecott Award winning books, you will read, explore, and come to create a portfolio of your own short stories. This workshop will have you examining story structure, serving as a movie critic, and being the author and illustrator of your very own fantasy book. All that’s required is a creative mind, a love of reading, and a passion for creative writing. So what are you waiting for? Grab a pen and join us for an adventure into the literary genre of fantasy. (Please note that this course contains content that is repeated each summer. It is not recommended to be taken more than once.)

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    Elementary Leadership Academy

    For students currently in grade 3

    • July 22-26, 2019
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    • Location: Boyce Middle School

    The Elementary Leadership Academy will offer students exposure to age-appropriate leadership concepts and practices. Through experiential learning strategies, group projects, and hands-on activities, students will experience the application of leadership skills, building confidence in their abilities and enhancing their capacity to serve in leadership roles. 

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    Boyce Middle School Leadership Academy

    For students currently in grades 4-5

    • July 22-26, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Location: Boyce Middle School

    The Middle School Leadership Academy is a one-week summer experience, offering students exposure to leadership concepts and practices. Through hands-on activities, group projects, and reflection opportunities, the students will learn about important leadership qualities and how these can be used to help them in their everyday lives.

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    Fort Couch Middle School Leadership Academy

    For students currently in grades 6-7

    • July 22-26, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Location: Fort Couch Middle School

    The Middle School Leadership Academy is a one-week summer experience, offering students exposure to leadership concepts and practices. Through hands-on activities, group projects, and reflection opportunities, the students will learn about important leadership qualities and how these can be used to help them in their everyday lives.

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    Ingenuity Camp

    For students currently in grades 1-7

    • June 24-28, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Location: Fort Couch Middle School

    Ingenuity Camp is an exciting exploration which trains the brain to think creatively! Summer 2019 theme features physics elements, building structures, and creative construction. Participants work in teams to write, design, and build a creative solution to an open-ended problem. Camp activities foster divergent thinking, risk taking, and collaboration in an atmosphere which rewards thinking “outside the box!” Daily workshops plus loads of fun and creativity! Friday Family Showcase lets the teams perform their solutions.

    Ingenuity Camp is run by the experienced & trained coaches and volunteers from USC Odyssey of the Mind. For registration and more details visit uscootm.com or contact susanrosati@comcast.net.

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    Summer STEAM Camp: "EdZOOcation"

    For students currently in grades K-3

    • July 15-19, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Location: Baker Elementary School

    "EdZOOcation with a focus on Zoo animals". This STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) camp will introduce students to the Engineering Design Process in a fun and hands-on way; learning it's okay to fail. Participants will brainstorm in collaborative teams to explore the wonders of zoo animals along with learning to work as a team. This camp is directed by Pam Dille, 3rd grade teacher at Baker and science curriculum leader, along with an amazing staff of camp counselors from Baker, Streams and Eisenhower.

    • Monday - "Pittsburgh Mobile Zoo": Zookeepers from the Pittsburgh Zoo will kick-off the week with live, exotic animals.
    • Tuesday - "Tough Habitat to Break": Students will create a habitat for their new animal and develop a Green Screen video to sell their habitat.
    • Wednesday - "2 Cool for School" - Sub-zero ice cream will visit and students will be creating an Ice Cub Keeper for those silly Penguins.
    • Thursday - "Hanging with the Crew at the Good Zoo" - Field trip to the Good Zoo in Wheeling.
    • Friday - "Creating Critters": Presentation by the artist that designed a good portion of the Pittsburgh Zoo. Campers will conclude the week by turning Trash into Treasure and designing animals from recyclable materials.

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    Story-Bot Camp

    For students currently in grades 2-4

    • Aug. 5-9, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Location:  Eisenhower Elementary School

    Students currently in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades will work together to recreate classic story scenes using robots! Groups of four from each grade will team up to build elements of their favorite scene from a popular book using robotics equipment that encourages creativity. At the end of the week each team will demonstrate their robotic story to friends and family. Throughout the week campers will get to play together on Eisenhower's playground and learn how to program their own animated stories via Scratch and Scratch Jr. High school coaches and teachers will guide campers through the jungles of their imagination and teach them how to turn their creative vision into technical reality.  

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    STEAM Creative Design

    For students currently in grades 4-5

    • July 29 - Aug. 2, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      ~ OR ~
    • Aug. 5 - 9, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Location: Boyce Middle School

    This STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) camp is designed to challenge students’ creative thinking and critical thinking skills by utilizing the STEAM Room and Makerspace located at Boyce Middle School.  The activities during the week promote curiosity, creativity, artistic expression, collaboration, communication, problem solving, and design thinking.  This hands-on approach to learning allows students to learn from their mistakes and improve their growth mindset.

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    Python Course

    For students entering grades 5-6

    • July 8 - 12, 2019
    • Cost: $20
    • Location: Upper St. Clair High School
    • Instructor: Ritvik Shah (a rising 10th grader) & a member of the High School team will be on site to provide additional support

    This course is designed to help students, who may be interested in programming, begin learning about programming and how to code. The course is built for new learners of programming and uses Python. Python is used because it is an accessible language for people to learn when they first start to code. This program also focuses on creating and building critical thinking skills.

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