Summer Academy Descriptions

Week 1: July 9 - 12

Programs held at Central Campus from 8:00am - Noon.

Aww Snap! Let's Learn Photography

Participants will learn the joy of photography in a one week workshop including digital and analog photography. Activities include photo treasure hunts, using DSLR cameras, Pinhole cameras and darkroom photography.

Be an Olympiad-in Science!

Four fun days of hands-on science labs and activities, from building bridges, dissecting a sheep's heart, and looking at crime scenes. 

Junior Chef

Do you have a child who loves to cook and aspires to be a chef? Join us this summer for a hands on culinary camp!  Participants will cook, bake, and sample all of their creations daily !  At the Junior Master Chef Camp your child will learn to cook from “scratch” like professional chefs. The sessions will include sanitation and safety in the kitchen, equipment knowledge, proper place settings, etiquette, and napkin folding. Students will prepare junior recipes such as baked goods, basic knife techniques, and more! Junior chefs will be able to taste their culinary creations and take home recipes to cook for their family.

Programs held at West Campus from 8:00am - Noon. 

Drama Program

Spend time on the big stage learning the basics of acting, pantomime, vocal elements, improvisation, and more!

Junior Chef

Do you have a child who loves to cook and aspires to be a chef? Join us this summer for a hands on culinary camp!  Participants will cook, bake, and sample all of their creations daily !  At the Junior Master Chef Camp your child will learn to cook from “scratch” like professional chefs. The sessions will include sanitation and safety in the kitchen, equipment knowledge, proper place settings, etiquette, and napkin folding. Students will prepare junior recipes such as baked goods, basic knife techniques, and more! Junior chefs will be able to taste their culinary creations and take home recipes to cook for their family.

Wood Construction for Beginners

Learn the basics of a woods shop and build your first project!

Programs held at Central Campus in the afternoon.

Joliet Young Musicians Mentor Band (1pm - 5pm)

The Joliet Young Musicians Mentor Band is a no-cost summer music program for 6th-12th grade instrumental musicians in the Joliet community. Junior high students will receive musical instruction; Joliet high school band students will receive musical leadership training. Band directors, music staff, and select high school students will serve as instructors. All students will participate in both small groups and a full band, and will perform as a band in a community performance.

Joliet Young Musicians Mentor Choir (1pm - 4pm)

The camp will provide an optional, no cost summer music program for 6th-12th grade vocal musicians in the Joliet community.  We will team middle school students and incoming freshmen with current members of the Joliet Central High School choir program to promote musical growth and guided leadership opportunities for students.  The daily schedule will consist of full group rehearsals, small group sectionals, team building activities, and music literacy exercises.

Week 2: July 16 - 19

Programs held at Central Campus from 8:00am - Noon. 

3D Printing & Air Rockets

Take to the sky with four fun filled days in engineering rocket program. During this program we will designing, create, and build an air powered rocket. This program will utilize maker tools including 3D printers, laser cutters, and AutoCAD.

Baking Basics

Come BAKE WITH THE BEST! Hands on baking experience with Instructor Rochelle Heavener… Individuals will bake and taste daily! Participants will learn the fundamentals of baking and functions of ingredients that are used in baking.

Mixed Messages: An Introduction to Painting with Mark-Making & Mixed Media

The workshop would introduce the art-making process of “marks”, and encourage the students to experiment with different drawing & painting mediums to create expressive abstract compositions.

Save the Environment in Joliet

Four fun days of hands-on science labs and activties, investigating environmental issues in Joliet, the include trips to local parks and creeks to collect water samples. 

Programs held at West Campus from 8:00am - Noon. 

Medical Exploration-The Heart!

Come explore the heart with Joliet Township.  During this course you will learn through experience.  Activities will include designing your own experiments, learning to take your blood pressure and pulse, living heart healthy practices, following the blood flow through your body, and dissecting an actual heart.  This week will surely make your heart skip a beat.

Wearable Sculpture

This program will introduce a variety of different types of shapes made with polymer clay. It will focus on important composition and design elements essential to wearable sculpture, color theory, craftsmanship, and a variety of technical skills for creating different types of small wearable sculptures, as well as self-expression.

Program held at Central Campus during the afternoon. 

Joliet Young Musicians Mentor Band (1pm - 5pm)

The Joliet Young Musicians Mentor Band is a no-cost summer music program for 6th-12th grade instrumental musicians in the Joliet community. Junior high students will receive musical instruction; Joliet high school band students will receive musical leadership training. Band directors, music staff, and select high school students will serve as instructors. All students will participate in both small groups and a full band, and will perform as a band in a community performance.

Week 3: July 23 - 26

Programs held at Central Campus from 8:00am - Noon.

Chess!

Spend time this summer working with the JTHS chess coachs to learn the strategies of master players!

International Foods

This summer, travel the world without leaving home! We will “visit” Italy, Greece, China, and Mexico! Make and taste homemade pasta and cannoli (Italy.) Create delicious tacos and we may even have a salsa competition! Make and write your own fortune cookies from China! Lastly, we will create a signature hummus and chips and top it off with homemade Greek Butter Cookies!   We’ll delve into the cultural differences and similarities through making and tasting iconic/traditional food.

Medical Exploration: Health Sciences

Are you interested in a career in the health care field? This four day camp will expose you to the fundamentals of anatomy & physiology, first aid, and career exploration through many fun activities and guest speakers. Join us to learn more about the wonderful world of medicine!

Programs held at West Campus from 8:00am - Noon. 

Be an Olympiad-in Science!

Four fun days of hands-on science labs and activities, from building bridges, dissecting a sheep's heart, and looking at crime scenes.