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EDUCATION THROUGH EXPLORATION


SUMMER 2018: JULY 23 - AUGUST 10
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We are excited to host our first international summer camp this year, welcoming both international and domestic students. The curriculum for the 3-week camp will be interdisciplinary, collaborative, and adventurous! Weekday course work will focus on building creative writing skills, learning about the entrepreneurial process, and enjoying a rich offering of visual art courses.

The weekend excursion course of the camp will allow students to explore South Florida and learn about our unique ecosystems. They will be challenged to make detailed observations about the natural world, recording their observations in their own field notebook in the form of written text, pencil sketches, and photographs.

Our International academic camps give students an opportunity to discover the many unique advantages at Oxbridge, including a culture of kindness, passionate educators, and endless opportunities.

International Students: Email Mr. James Bai for more information.
Domestic Students: Email Mr. Dennis Yuzenas for more information.

WEEKDAY COURSES



Creative Writing

This course will explore the sources of inspiration, the thinking process of pre-writing, and the skills and techniques that comprise quality writing. We will investigate three genres: poetry, fiction, and drama. We will enjoy portions of exemplary writing from a variety of authors in each of these genres, and students will be asked to push their current writing boundaries and produce their best writing to date. Each day we will begin class with a brief experience a creative moment in music, art, and other forms to help us get our creative processes going. Throughout the course, appropriate attention will be paid to writing mechanics, namely, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Course Instructors:
Dr. Kevin Colling




Mr. Zachary Halpern



Entrepreneurship

Students will work in groups to simulate the entrepreneurial process by developing a product idea and business plan. Students will investigate and model leadership, business plans, problem statements, cost analysis, market research, and advertising. Students will gain experience negotiating with investors by creating and employing an elevator pitch technique. The program will culminate in a trade fair on the final day where students will display their work and compete to attract the most supporting votes from fair guests, who will play the role of investor.
Guest Lecturer:
Dr. Ralph Maurer, Head of School



Course Instructors:
Ms. Anika Pack



Mr. Sedric Simon




Photography & Design

The Photography & Design course will be an introduction to the technical and creative aspects of photography and graphic design. Students will develop an understanding of photography through group and individual projects. A range of subjects and techniques will be employed in order for students to cultivate a deeper understanding of how to control and capture light in photographs. Students will also be introduced to the basic principles of graphic design through the use of applications such as Adobe Spark, for creating marketing imagery for their personal brand or business.
Course Instructor:
Mrs. Kendra Brodsky




2D Art

The art classes for Summer Camp will be offered on a rotational basis, allowing each student to spend one week studying the intricacies of 2D, 3D, and Photography and Digital Art.
The intention of the 2D course is to provide students with an opportunity to explore a variety of artistic media, develop skills, and learn stylized techniques to infuse into visual works that represent their own unique style and personal creative goals. Students will seek inspiration from art history as well as contemporary artists and will have the opportunity to incorporate particular art movements into the themes of their works.
By the end of the week, students will have a number of works that show their creative exploration and individualized interpretation of given themes.
Course Instructor:

Ms. Melissa Swift



3D Art

Students will work over the course of five days to complete a pairing of two sculptures: one abstract and one representative with optional evening assignments for further enrichment of content.
Concepts

  • Creating a 3D “sculpture in the round” from ideation to execution
  • Elements and principles of art: line, shape, form, space, color texture, pattern, unity, diversity, emphasis, balance
  • The creation of abstract vs. representational art

Course Instructor:
Ms. Sarah Knouse




More Course Information

Click HERE for full course descriptions and a sample daily schedule.
Read our instructors' full bios in our faculty directory.

WEEKEND EXCURSIONS



Green Cay Nature Center


Green Cay Nature Center overlooks 100 acres of constructed wetland and provides educational opportunities about this unique habitat. It is filled with birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, and fisheyes. Click HERE to view a video.
Green Cay Nature Center

MacArthur Beach State Park

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park stands out as an “island in time”. It preserves the natural heritage of subtropical coastal habitat that once covered southeast Florida. Nestled on an Atlantic Ocean front barrier island, it is an environmental treasure, perfect for swimming, snorkeling and fishing
Click HERE to view a video.
MacArthur Beach State Park

Johnathan Dickinson State Park


This park teems with wildlife in 16 natural communities, including sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, mangroves and river swamps. The Loxahatchee River, Florida's first federally designated Wild and Scenic River, runs through the park. Boating, canoeing and kayaking along the river are also great ways to see the park. Anglers can fish along the riverbank or from a boat.

Click HERE to view a video.
Johnathan Dickinson State Park

Loggerhead Marine Life Center

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is located on the Atlantic Ocean and promotes conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. They are recognized locally and internationally as one of the leading authorities in sea turtle education, research, and rehabilitation.
Click HERE to view video
Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge


The refuge's 143,954 acres provide habitat and protection for many species of wildlife, including 257 species of birds, 23 types of mammals, at least 60 species of reptiles and amphibians, and approximately 40 species of butterflies.
Click HERE to view a video.
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Museum of Discovery & Science



The Museum of Discovery and Science is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is one of the largest museums of its kind in Florida, and has the most visitors of any museum in the state.
Click HERE to view a video
Museum of Discovery & Science

Peanut Island


Peanut Island is a 79-acre man-made island. It is known for having some of the best easy-access snorkeling in South Florida, with plenty of colorful fish viewable in waist-deep water. Visitors have seen rays, manatees, small sharks as well as many varieties of colorful reef fish.
Peanut Island

Course Instructor

Mr. Ben Matzen will lead the weekend excursions with the assistance of several school employee chaperones.
Read Ben's full bio in our faculty directory, page 19.

Recommended Packing List

Recommended list of supplies students should bring on weekend excursions.

  • Day pack / back pack
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch and snacks for the day
  • Sunscreen / sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Camera (optional)
  • Swimsuit & towel
  • Change of clothes
  • Rain jacket / umbrella
  • Water shoes (i.e. shoes that students do not mind getting wet)
  • Rash guard (optional – for snorkeling)
  • Money for gift shops / snacks, etc.