Academics

Summer Explorations

SUMMER EXPLORATIONS

June 18 – July 27, 2018

No classes will be held on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
View the summer explorations courses below and go to the registration form for tuition information and to register.

Session 0: June 11-15

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  • Scuba Certification Course: PADI Open Water Diver (Ages 12 - 18)

    Ages 12 - 18
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI® Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course). You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health (medical statement required). No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

Session 1: June 18-29

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  • Introduction to 3-D Printing (Grades 4 - 8)

    Grades 4 - 8
    9 - 10:30 a.m.

    3D printing is no longer a thing of the Future.  It is here! Always wanted to learn how to create your own 3D printed ideas?  NOW is your chance.... Join this workshop to learn the basics of 3D printing and impress your friends by showing them your own 3D printed ideas, designed, created and printed by you! In this workshop, you will be introduced to 3D printing through the use of the software Sculptris, and Autodesk Fusion 360.  Sculptris is a 3D modeling program with a primary focus on the concept of modeling clay. Participants will pull, push, pinch and twist virtual clay. Sculptris is geared toward character sculpting and "organic" models. Autodesk Fusion 360 is a CAD program with 3D-modeling tools. This CAD-based program is used to create more technical and sophisticated designs and prototypes.  Both these software are available as a free download so will be able to continue exploring the program on your own after the completion of this hands-on workshop.

  • Introduction to Digital Art (Grades 4 - 8)

    Grades 4 - 8
    10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Keep wondering how the many Photo shopped images online and in magazines are made?  Wonder no more... Want to learn to make animations? Then this workshop is for you!  In this workshop, you will explore the world of digital art through the principles of photography and the use of a variety of programs including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Animate.  You will learn the basics of each program through short exercises and assignments and then you will be allowed to choose which program you would like to focus on to create a more advanced project. Photoshop is an image-manipulation program in which the user can create composite images, distort images, color correct, create collages, etc. Illustrator is a vector-graphics editor program that allows the user to draw and paint directly onto the project by the use of drawing tablets or mouse. Adobe Animate is used to create animations.

  • Film Making (Grades 4 - 8)

    Grades 4 - 8
    9 - 10:30 a.m.

    LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! In this exciting, hands-on class, students will learn the art of storytelling through film. Young filmmakers will gain experience with acting, directing, screenwriting, cinematography, and editing. Projects will include music videos, silent films, and creative original short films. Students will take home digital copies of their projects.

  • Acting and Improvisation (Grades 4 - 8)

    Grades 4 - 8
    10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Learn improvisation and stage performance in a friendly, fun, sociable and supportive atmosphere.  Great for all skill levels, this performance workshop centers on creating unique theater experiences without a script.  Actors work together as a team to spontaneously create original stories, scenes and sketches. Students will develop confidence while learning essential improvisation skills like spontaneity, listening, character, scenes, story and having fun.

  • Summer STEAM (Grades 4 - 8)

    Grades 4 - 8
    12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

    Are you a Maker? Inventor? Tinkerer? Want to know how things work. This hands-on project based class will give you an introduction to the skills and technologies used in making some of your favorite gadgets. Design it, build it and add some technology using Arduino circuits.
     
  • Competitive Robotics Workshop (Grades 6 - 9)

    Grades 6 - 9
    12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

    Students will explore engineering through the innovative field of robotics. This two week long course gives competitive robotics students a head start on the 2018 – 2019 VEX IQ or VEX Robotics competition. Students will finish documented prototypes and begin skills practice, strategy, and optimization to be used throughout the competition season. Students will explore engineering design principles, computer aided design, sensors, autonomous behaviors, and smart driver control. Students must have a serious commitment and passion for robotics competition.
     

SESSION 1.5: JUNE 25-29

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  • Scuba Certification Course: PADI Open Water Diver (Ages 12 - 18)

    Ages 12 - 18
    10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

    If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI® Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course). You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health (medical statement required). No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

Session 2: July 2-13

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  • ¡Hablemos español! Let’s speak Spanish! (Grades 6 - 8)

    Grades 6 - 8
    9 - 10:30 a.m.

    This course is open to middle-school students with a beginner to intermediate level of Spanish.  We will explore fun topics such as geography, family life, school, dance, and food through a conversational approach that integrates and practices basic grammar structures necessary for the earlier levels of Spanish.   Through hands-on learning, the students will use a variety of methods to explore the Spanish language and feel more prepared for their Spanish course at the start of the school year. The class will be conducted primarily in Spanish so that students become immersed and from the first day, begin speaking in the target language.
     

Summer Explorations Staff

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Summer Explorations takes place on the Ransom Campus.

Ransom Everglades Upper School
Ransom Campus
3575 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Locate the Ransom Campus

Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
Upper School3575 Main HighwayTel: 305-460-8800
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.