JBU Scholar's Academy

Summer Day Camp for Kids

The JBU Scholar's Academy is a summer day camp designed to engage students in exciting curriculum in a fun learning environment. We welcome students who have completed 2nd grade through 8th grade as of Spring of 2020.

Three tracks are available based on academic level:


2nd and 3rd grade (read the course descriptions)

4th and 5th grade (read the course descriptions)

6th–8th grade (read the course descriptions)

Students are welcome to participate in both weeks or just one week. Take a look at the available courses below. There are multiple options for each track during both sessions.

Questions?

Contact Curtis Cunningham, Scholars Academy Director, at cjcunningham@jbu.edu

Register Here!

Dates

Monday, June 8 – Friday, June 12
Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24

Time

9:00 am – 12:00 pm (snacks provided)

Location

Various locations on the JBU Campus in Siloam Springs (campus map)

Cost

$85.00/student for each week (registration limited to 20 students in each class)

Pay online here after registering

 

Track 1 Course Descriptions

2nd and 3rd grade

Making It (June and July)

Are you a maker?  Do you enjoy hands-on projects that require creating and designing? Come join us as we tap into our inner makers and create fun and personalized products.  We will use our divergent thinking skills to make a name art project, an upcycle project using found objects, and a variety of other crafts all while incorporating technology, engineering, collaboration, and arts. At the end of the week, we will show off our skills and talent to our friends and family.

Faculty Bio: Mrs. Fullerton is the STEAM teacher / Discovery Facilitator at Northside Elementary in Siloam Springs. She completed her M.Ed. in Gifted, Talented and Creative at Arkansas State University. During her 13 year career, Mrs. Fullerton has been a pre-K program coordinator, kindergarten teacher and is currently in her 4th year as a STEAM teacher. 

Chemistry for Kids (June and July)

Explore the awesome, and sometimes explosive, worlds of matter and energy. Together, we will conduct chemistry experiments that will rock your mind! We will blow things up, boil things without a flame, create our own bouncy balls, make our own oxygen factory from underwater plants, and more!

Faculty BioBrian Herndon is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at John Brown University. He has been in education for more than 20 years, serving in Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and as an early childhood special education director and an elementary principal.

 

Track 2 Course Descriptions:

4th and 5th grade

Making It (June and July)

Are you a maker?  Do you enjoy hands-on projects that require creating and designing? Come join us as we tap into our inner makers and create fun and personalized products.  We will use our divergent thinking skills to make a name art project, an upcycle project using found objects, and a variety of other crafts all while incorporating technology, engineering, collaboration, and arts. At the end of the week, we will show off our skills and talent to our friends and family.

Faculty Bio: Mrs. Harper is the Discovery Facilitator at Siloam Springs Intermediate School.  She completed her M.Ed. in Special Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education at the University of Arkansas.  Throughout Mrs. Harper’s sixteen-year career, her experience has been mainly focused on Literacy, Gifted Education, Special Education, Accelerated Science, and Technology. 

LEGO Mindstorm Space Challenge (June and July)

Have you ever wanted to create your own autonomous robot and send it into space?  Come join us we spend a week building and programming Lego Mindstorm robots. Course topics will include using proportional relationships to precisely guide your robot, discovering gear ratios to find the optimal balance between speed and torque, and working with various sensors to make your robot “smart”. The week will conclude with a space themed robotic competition amongst your peers where you will be required to rescue a stranded Mars rover, pick up your astronaut, and deploy a satellite into deep space. 

Faculty Bio: Mr. Perkins is a 6th grade teacher at Siloam Springs Intermediate School. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree at John Brown University and is passionate about building relationships with students and challenging them to go deeper in their academic studies. While most of Mr. Perkins' nine year education career has been focused on teaching math, he has also taught robotics, coding, literacy, science, and social studies.

Fractured Fairy Tales Acting Class (June only)

So, you think you know your Fairy Tales? Think again! In this high-energy class, we’ll dive into Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and attempt rewriting and acting out our own fractured Fairy Tales. We’ll focus on ensemble-building, creating characters, and improvisation. We’ll gain confidence performing in front of our peers as well as an audience during the final presentation on the last day of camp.

Faculty Bio: Bethany graduated with a B.A. in Theatre from Seattle Pacific University. After college, she interned and apprenticed at Seattle Children’s Theatre, and has been teaching drama to children ever since. While living in Seattle, Bethany spent a year working as a professional actor for Taproot Theatre’s Touring Road Company, performing roughly 250 shows in schools throughout Washington State. She has written eleven touring scripts for Taproot’s Road Company, which have been performed for over one million students.  Bethany has three children of her own ages 7, 11, and 13, and her husband is an associate professor of theatre at John Brown University.

Track 3 Course Descriptions:

6th through 8th grade

Making It (June and July)

Are you a maker?  Do you enjoy hands-on projects that require creating and designing? Come join us as we tap into our inner makers and create fun and personalized products.  We will use our divergent thinking skills to make a name art project, an upcycle project using found objects, and a variety of other crafts all while incorporating technology, engineering, collaboration, and arts. At the end of the week, we will show off our skills and talent to our friends and family.

Faculty Bio: Mrs. Wiseley is the ESOL teacher at Siloam Springs Intermediate School. She completed her M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)  at Arkansas Tech University. Throughout Mrs. Wiseley’s fourteen-year career, her experience has been mainly focused on literacy and language acquisition.

How American Government Works (June and July)

Why is Congress bicameral – and what does “bicameral” mean? Can the President really do what he promises? What makes the Supreme Court “supreme,” exactly? Will the Constitution last for another 230 years? We will answer these questions (and many more!) in this course, learning why American government was set up that way it was, how and why it has changed over time, and what makes this system of government special.

Faculty Bio: Dr. Daniel Bennett is an associate professor of political science at JBU. He earned his B.A. at George Fox University in his native Oregon, and his Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University. When he is not reading, writing, or teaching, he is probably spending time with his wife and three kids

Writer's Corner (June and July)

Do you love writing? Would you enjoy working on how to spice up your writing?  Become a poet, songwriter, story teller. Explore different methods to unlock your inner author.  We will explore different types of writing, and become writers ourselves.

Faculty Bio: Ms. Hickman is a Special Education teacher at Siloam Springs Middle School. She completed her undergraduate at JBU, and her M.Ed in Special education as an Instructional Specialist at Arkansas State University. She has served as a literacy teacher in grades 4-8. Five years of her general education career were spent in a gender specific classroom teaching boys. Currently she is a Special Education inclusionist working with 7th and 8th graders in all subjects.

Spanish from Scratch!!! (June and July)

Spanish from Scratch!!! ¡Hola amigos! Come and learn basic Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and conversation in a friendly, engaging, and fun way. We will talk, play, sing, and learn Spanish in a fully interactive and practical manner. The course includes the alphabet, basic verb conjugations and vocabulary, numbers, and basic informal conversations. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required!

Faculty Bio: Dr. Iglesias, a native of Colombia, South America, is an Associate Professor of Spanish at JBU. He completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Iglesias teaches all levels of Spanish instruction at JBU including Culture, Civilization, and Literature. His motto is: Make Spanish learning fun!