Rec classes/mini-camps over February break

by Beth Melo on January 22, 2014

Not everyone is flying south for the February school break. For the parents that aren’t, that week can be more of a challenge than a vacation.

So give yourself a break that week. Take advantage of a class or mini-camp put on by the Southborough Recreation Department.

Here’s what they have to offer:

Grade 2 to Grade 5

Co-Ed Dodgeball – $25 pp
Tuesday, February 18, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The famous playground game is reborn as an exciting new sport of teamwork, strategy and skill.

Co-rec teams of 6 to 10 players will put it all on the line trying to outlast opponents.

The main objective of each team is to eliminate all members of the opposing team by hitting them with thrown balls, catching a thrown ball by a member of the opposing team, or forcing them to move outside the court boundaries when a ball is thrown at them.

Ages 8 to 12 

CSI – Crime Scene Investigation – $140/pp
Thursday, February 20 – Friday, February 21, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

You will be the super science sleuths. Have fun learning about forensics, crime scene investigations, and crime lab chemistry as you perform as many as 15 different experiments designed to show you just how those tricky cases are solved. Search for the evidence, gather clues, and discover how science can help solve a mystery.

Participants will: dust for fingerprints, analyze handwriting, test for blood type using simulated blood, examine hair and clothing fibers, practice chemistry to identify mystery substances and much more!

Participants will then use their skills to solve crimes of the century.

Grades 5 to Grades 8

Animation Programming (Educational Programming Language) – $100/pp
Wednesday, February 19 – February 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to create a video game or create your own animated story? Don’t know where to start or afraid to try? Learn computer programming using an animated, easy to use program from MIT called SCRATCH!

In this class, you will learn some programming skills while creating games or interactive stories that you can play and share with others. No programming experience necessary.

This class is geared towards middle school students but older students are welcome. The teacher, Ms. Paula Moore, is a trained software engineer, a middle school computer and robotics teacher, and a Southborough resident. She is excited to introduce girls and boys to programming in a fun and easy way.

To attend this class, you will need to bring your own laptop. There is no software to download; the programming language is free to use on the web at scratch.mit.edu. Students will be creating an account on this site and will need a valid email address.

For more details or to register, visit the Rec Dept website.

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