Grade 6+ Courses


16-Hour Film Challenge (FIL) TOP SELLER!

Are you up for the challenge of the top-selling, most popular class at the AASTC?  The clock is running and you’ve got till the end of camp to cast, film, edit and market a film in competition with other teams hoping to win the honor as “Best Picture.” This is an intense course modeled after the “48 Hour Film Festival.” You will take Film Challenge as both your morning AND afternoon class. Things may get a little tense as we get close to deadline, but if you’re really into film and like the thrill of competition, this is the course for you. Please note:  This is a FULL DAY COURSE. You will take this class for both your AM and PM class choices. $25 class fee.

Sample activities: Be part of a production team to direct, star, and edit a class film project.

16-Hour Film Challenge

3D Printing (3DP) NEW

Printing just got a lot more exciting​! Learn all the ins and outs to designing and 3D printing a piece of your own! See how prototypes help you fix problems before you print and watch the machine do all the work. This is a FULL DAY COURSE. You will take this class for both your AM and PM class choices. $75 class fee.

Sample activities: Design a unique piece, 3D print your masterpiece.

Animation (ANI)

You might have seen movies by a little company called Pixar and thought to yourself: Hey, that’s incredibly cool. I wonder how I could learn to do stuff like that. Well, that may be a few years away but here you can learn just enough to be dangerous—sort of dangerous. We’ll teach you the basics of computer animation, and you’ll produce a short animation that could maybe (possibly, in theory) propel you on the path toward becoming a real computer animator.

Sample activities: Claymation, Stop-motion, Hand-drawn and computer animation using Wacom tablets and Frames software.

Anime (CAR)

A while back we thought about naming one of our camp colonies after Hayao Miyazaki, the creator of many of Japanese Anime’s classics, but decided it would be better to base a course on his works instead. We’ll check out some of his best-known stuff like “Spirited Away” and “Princess Mononoke” and while we’re at it, explore other aspects of Anime and Manga and learn to draw in the style where eyes are important but nobody seems to have a nose. Perhaps you’ll be the next Miyazaki (hey, it could happen) and the best way to find out is to give it a try.

Sample activities: Explore some of the genre’s most notable works and experiment with your own style

Biomechanics (BIO)

Have you ever wondered what makes videogames and animated movies look so real? The animation is realistic because the designers and producers use biomechanics to capture the motion of real humans. Learn how human motion is recorded and developed using the same high tech tools used in videogames and movies like highspeed motion capture cameras and virtual reality software.

Sample activities: Capture and record a short video of your own 3D motion!

Crazy Catapults (CAT)

Long before they figured out how to use gunpowder to throw things at each other, soldiers loaded up trebuchets, ballistas and other catapults to do the job. While not nearly as popular today for warfare, they’re still great fun to make and shoot; and like everything else we do around here there is actual science and math involved!

Sample activities: Build a working trebuchet out of scrap. Knock down the walls of a major European City (not really)

Sample activities: Dancing oobleck, elephant’s toothpaste, and indoor fireworks

Class of the Undead (ZOM)

What started out as a minor annoyance is getting seriously out of hand. It’s turning into a classic case of Camp Versus Zombies. Join our elite team of Zombie fighters while trying to figure out the cause of what seems to be some kind of infestation. Is it viral or bacterial? Is it water borne or is transmitted by air? Can it be cured or are we all doomed? The clock is ticking and the number of victims is piling up. It’s up to you and your team…what’s left of it.

Sample activities: Crack the code of this simulated epidemic. Battle the undead

Code Writing (COD)

Have you heard of Scratch, the programming language developed at M.I.T to teach kids (like you) the basics of computer coding? It’s easy to learn and, with time and a little creativity, you can create games, animations, bring stories to life, and do lots of amazing things. And, once you learn the basics, the sky is the limit.

Sample activities: Learn to program simple computer animations and create a game that other people can play online.

Digital Photography (DPH)

Digital photography is where we connect our cameras to our imagination; explore creative composition, macro photography, and perspective photography. Half our time will be spent "in the field" taking photos and the other will be spent editing our photos using Photoshop and other editing software. If you thought Digital Photography was just point and shoot, then you've been missing out. Join us if you are interested in taking your photography to a whole new level.

Sample activities: Create camera tricks and shots and use photo-editing software, participate in our Mystery Photo contest.

Digital Photography

Fan Fiction (FAN)

There is a whole genre of fiction based on the character and setting of previously published works. Harry Potter, Star Wars and Hunger Games to name a few have inspired writers of all ages to create their own stories borrowing from their favorite books, movies, TV shows and even video games! If you're a first time author eager to get started or a writer wanting to get beyond the basics, this class is for you. Get published to one of the many fan fiction Internet sites.

Sample activities: Read and write age-appropriate fan fiction, learn creative writing techniques, with option to upload stories to Web.

Food Chemistry (FCH)

Food florious food! No, it isn't magic, it's science and in this course we'll be literally whipping up some really cool experiments and figuring out food mysteries like why does bread rise, how to keep food fresh virtually forever and what happens when you extract H2O (Water for the uninitiated) from fruit. let's get cooking

Sample activities: Create some fun and edible comestibles.

Food Chemistry

Forensics (FOR)

Remember when you couldn’t turn on the TV and NOT see a CSI show? OK, you probably don’t but we’re not giving up on one of our most popular courses. Crime scenes still need to be analyzed and suspects brought to justice and we’re just the camp to do it..

Sample activities: DNA extraction, fiber and hair analysis, facial recognition activities.


Game Development (GAM)

Video games have come a long way in a really short time. Graphics and effects are improving with each new generation, and anyone who want to get into the business someday needs to start now!  In this course, we learn to program a game engine, create characters, and set them in motion. Will you be the creator of the next great blockbuster game?  Get your game on!  Please note:  This is a FULL DAY COURSE. You will take this class for both your AM and PM class choices. Due to the limited number of spots for this course, there is a $75 class fee. 

Sample activities:  Use game design program to create a one-of-a-kind video game! 

Mythbusters (MYB)

We’ve been busting myths for years now, and as long as they keep making them up, we’ll keep busting them. Right now, deep in our secret labs, we’re deciding which myths will be tested next summer (just so many to choose from!) but you know that whatever they are, you’re going to want to be part of it.

Sample activities:  Compete in an egg-drop competition, defy gravity!


Rocketry (ROK) TOP SELLER!

People have been building and launching rockets for centuries. They’re used for entertainment and warfare (remember “and the rockets’ red glare”?) They’re also handy when you want to send huge payloads into space. All the uses have one thing in common: to defy gravity if only for a moment. Learn about thrust, acceleration, and vectors (and a lot about gravity), and then STAND BACK… 3...2...1! $25 class fee.

Sample activities: Construct and launch several model rockets.


T-Shirt Tycoon (TST)

Got what it takes to start the next epic business venture? Are you innovative, creative, or good at selling your ideas? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, this class is your opportunity! Work with your business partners to design, print, and market your T-shirts in only 4 days—talk about rapid prototyping in a lean start-up! This is a FULL DAY, multi-dimensional, immersive, hands-on COURSE and covers both your AM and PM choices. The team that makes the most money will be named T-shirt Tycoon! All profits are donated to local teachers. Last summer, we raised over $1700 for local teacher charities!

Sample activities: Start your own business! Create a marketing campaign, design and produce t-shirts and sell them to campers and parents (all profits donated to charity).

Timelords Unite (WHO)

The Doctor is in (in a wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey kind of way). If you understood that last sentence you probably watch a lot of Doctor Who and are probably interested in taking this course based on the Doctors’ adventures. Join your fellow Whovians for a trip through time: Rome today, Egypt tomorrow and defeat a host of Who-inspired villains and aliens.

Sample activities: Make a sonic screwdriver. Create your own alter ego and companion.

Tributes and Victors (D12)

Would you volunteer as tribute? See if you have what it takes to be in the training center and learn the skills you need to take with you to the arena. Sponsors are always watching. The Capitol is always watching. So, do your best to make your District proud. When you’re in there you’ll have to use what you have unless a silver parachute gives you an extra edge, so learn how to survive before you face other tributes in the Cornucopia.

Sample activities: Purify your water, discover edible plants, build a tic tac crossbow with Q-tip arrows, and more!

Work of Art 3-D! (WOA)

Choose your brushes and sharpen your pencils because this is mixed-media madness, baby! Every day is a new project with new media designed to plumb the depths of your creativity and challenge your preconceptions. It’s a fast moving class where today’s art is tomorrow’s garbage and vice-versa. Sure, it’ll be messy, but art takes no prisoners!

Sample activities: Create mixed media and wood sculpture, altered books, printmaking and more!

Work of Science Challenge (WOS)

Hey, remember MacGyver? You know, the guy who got out of trouble by coming up with ingenious problem-solving devices using just a pocketknife, some string, and chewing gum? Well, this class is nothing like that. Kidding, it’s just like that (minus the danger). Every day there’s a problem to solve and a bunch of material with which to solve it. Is your team up to the challenge?

Sample activities: Build a working flashlight with toilet paper tubes. Defeat a laser grid.