Day Students Programs | Summer Portals 2021

Important Note: Any on campus programming is subject to changing public health conditions, guidelines and regulations.

Structural Engineering - Electric Guitar Building

Cost: TBD
Age range: Rising 9th Graders and Older  
Dates: July 28 - July 9   

Students will use a variety of fabrication resources in the Class of 2017 EFX Laboratory such as CAD software, laser cutters, wood tools and a soldering equipment to design and build a full-scale electric guitar.  Students will design the guitar body shape, headstock shape, electronic control configuration and positions, and wood finish. The project begins using a rough body blank, rough-cut neck and pre-slotted fretboards from which students will engineer and assemble the finer components into their own personal guitar. Background discussion centered on electronics and acoustics will influence and inform the students’ design choices. If time allows, students may build battery-powered amplifiers for their guitars. Experience with woodworking, digital design or musical instruments is not required. All components and accessories necessary for the build are included in the course’s tuition cost.

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Studio Art - Drawing From Observation 

Cost: TBD
Age: Rising 7th Graders and Older 
Dates: July 28 - July 9

This instructive and scaffolded course will introduce students to the fundamentals of observational drawing. Using still life, interior spaces, landscape and the figure, students will learn how to create the illusion of depth, manipulate perspective, and develop value contrast and volume through the use of graphite, charcoal, pastel and ink. Students will be taught techniques such as blind contour, construction drawing, hatching and cross-hatching, and expressive mark making. The newly renovated Cullman Art Center and idyllic setting of our campus will inspire students to assemble a strong portfolio of dynamic drawings. This foundational course will culminate in a presentation of student work and a digital portfolio suitable for submission to secondary school programs. Easels and drawing materials will be provided. No prior drawing experience is necessary. 

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Theatre

Cost: TBD
Age: Rising 7th Graders and Older 
Dates: July 12 - July 30

"It was only in the theatre that I lived.” So says one of Oscar Wilde’s characters as she reflects upon the thrill of the stage. The Hotchkiss Theatre Portal seeks to cultivate theatrical skills that will prove equally valuable in life, namely personal discipline, awareness, and creativity. Through various exercises, discussions, reflective writing, and multiple performances, students will analyze what makes effective storytelling and practice methods of achieving it. Script analysis and dramatic critique will inform dynamic vocal and movement choices, starting with a monologue and culminating in a short play or scene. This Portal will focus on diligence and resilience rather than “talent”, with particular emphasis on personal accountability and the strength of an ensemble.

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Environmental Science

Cost: TBD
Age: Rising 7th Graders and Older 
Dates: July 12 - July 30

The Hotchkiss Summer Portals Environmental Science Program is a field- and lab-based program that introduces students to key concepts and practices of environmental science. Students will have the opportunity to do hands-on exploration and research throughout Hotchkiss’ 800-plus acres of woods, pastures, streams, lakes, and fields; at the 287-acre Fairfield Farm; and through laboratory work at the Griswold Science Building. Throughout the program, students will develop an understanding of ecological processes as they operate in New England and beyond, deepen their environmental stewardship, and hone scientific skills and tools needed to study field biology and environmental science. By developing crucial analytical skills, students will gain skills and knowledge to put their coursework into practice. We will use key questions to drive learning, such as: How can science help us understand the environment around us? How do humans interact with the environment? What does it look like to be a steward of natural resources on a local, national, and global scale? 

We will spend much of our time outside in the field, so students will need proper field attire each day (i.e. lightweight pants, long socks, comfortable closed-toed shoes, hat, backpack, water bottle, insect repellant, sunscreen).

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Robotics

Cost: TBD
Age: Rising 7th Graders and Older 
Dates: July 12 - July 23

In this two-week program students will learn to use the FIRST Robotics system and the Java programming language to build and program micro-controlled robots that respond to their environments by interpreting sensory data. Student teams will engage in regular challenges that will test their design acumen, creativity, and critical problem-solving skills. The course culminates in a free build where students will incorporate elements from their surroundings into a creative robot that demonstrates all of the elements they have mastered during the course. The setting for this course is the School’s Class of 2017 EFX Laboratory, a state-of-the art engineering space dedicated to fabrication projects focused in the sciences.

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