For children, summer should be all about having fun. But as parents, you want to ensure they don’t lose their academic sharpness between school years. The Brainery at Stepping Stone School provides a balance between a curriculum that challenges and engages your child and activities that exercise your child’s mind and body. Don’t let your child miss out on this captivating summer camp!!
- Bi-weekly themes about the Biomes of the Earth, explored through S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) activities
- • 2-3 fun and educational Field Trips per week!
• One-of-a-kind Entrepreneurs & Philanthropists Program
• Science projects, chess tournaments, Fit for Life, Dual Language, cooking projects
- Professional Speaker Series
- Swimming lessons are available at most Austin-area campuses
- Junior Counselors program for 11-13 year olds
The World Awaits at the Brainery: This year’s summer camp will feature biweekly themes on the various biomes of the earth, including the ocean, frozen lands and deserts.
June 8-19: Forests and Rainforests – During this unit, the children will learn about the different forests of the world. They will investigate the vast differences between their environments as well as their similarities. They will also discover the extraordinary array of life that resides there.
June 22-July 3: Oceans – This program will focus on the two-thirds of our planet that is covered by salt water. The children will learn about what makes the shallow seas and deep oceans unique and about the animals that inhabit them.
July 6-17: Frozen Worlds – The subject of this two-week period is the poles of the Earth. The children will discover what types of plants and animals are able to survive in these harsh climates as well as the forces that create the polar ice caps.
July 20-31: Fresh Water – Our students will take a look at the water on our planet that is not part of the oceans and seas. From rivers to lakes, the children will investigate the fresh water biome, its inhabitants and the effects of pollution.
August 2-14: Caves and Underground – Here we investigate a more rarely seen part of our world. The children will delve into the dark parts of Earth as they learn about the special adaptations of the life forms that live there and learn about the creation of cave formations.
August 17-21: Mountains and Volcanos – For the final program of the summer, the children will take an in-depth look at the highest points on Earth and the processes that create them. The children will discover plate tectonics, lava flow, glaciers and much more.
Innovative Programming (Mind)
S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) curriculum is fully integrated into our programming. Every activity furthers our students’ knowledge about one of the Earth’s biomes and deepens their understanding of one or more of the S.T.E.A.M. concepts.
S.T.E.A.M. principles are also integrated into our curriculum through Math and Literacy Time. The children will participate in activities, experiments and investigations of math and literacy principles throughout each week. They will develop problem-solving skills through completing critical-thinking endeavors specific to each subject and learning to play chess.
From dissecting owl pellets and feeding plankton, to wilderness simulations and building sea creatures from recycled materials, the children will be hands-on participants in their learning. Furthermore, children will discover art as a gateway to learning about each subject matter and S.T.E.A.M. concepts as a whole.
Our program will excite and energize children about these subjects by showing them that discovering the vast and varied world around them can be, not only educational, but exciting and rewarding.
Fit For Life (Body)
We are pleased to offer our innovative “Fit For Life” program — well-body education for all our students. The program teaches the importance of maintaining a healthy body through nutritious eating, good habits and physical activity.
Compassion and Character-Building (Heart)
Lastly, a series of compassion and character-building activities will accompany the lessons each week. Your children will also have an opportunity to participate in guided reflective thinking time each day.
Junior Counselors (Ages 11-13)
New this year, our innovative Junior Counselors program is open to children ages 11-13 and teaches leadership, team-building and social skills through activities such as community service, planning activities and mentoring others.