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Innovation Academy | June 17-21 (Gr. 5-8)

Dates: June 17-21
Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Grades: Entering 5-8
Cost: $425 (Gr 5-7), $300 (Gr. 8) includes materials
The 2019 Innovation Academy takes place in the Inspiration Commons at Berwick Academy’s Jackson Library - a dynamic space where our community connects thru reading, writing, playing, designing, making and sharing.  At Innovation Academy, participants build confidence in the process of fabricating creative solutions to problems through laser cutting, 3D printing, coding, soldering, sewing, and/or old fashioned woodworking/crafting skills.  Each day kicks off with a collaborative design challenge where campers work in small teams to design and build structures to solve simple, fun problems (i.e. build a device out of paper to propel a ping pong ball forward, construct a parachute for a Star Wars action figure, or create a kinetic sculpture with hot wheels track and found objects).  Collaborative design challenges are followed by morning and afternoon workshops facilitated by Berwick teachers and upper school student mentors.  Workshops include…
  • Wright Stuff - design and test various flying contraptions
  • Pinball Wizard - unleash the tools in the fabrication studio to construct your own tabletop pinball machine
  • Old School Electronics - learn to solder and make your own Simon game and electronic dice
  • Operation - use simple circuit design, 3D printing and laser cutting to create an interactive board game
  • To the Moon - explore the physics of air powered rockets by landing your craft on the moon target
  • Clockwork - design and build your own timepiece
  • Fiber Arts and Needle Felting - practice your skills with a sewing machine or use wool to create unique fuzzy critters
  • DIY Buddha Board - get your zen on and create a canvas for water painting
  • Zipline Regatta - explore the aerodynamics and physics of zipline sailcraft
  • Coding with Scratch - create digital stories, games and animations
  • Tinkering with micro:bit - harness the power of a pocket-sized computer
  • Viral Chain Reaction - Use kapla blocks, dominoes, magnets and marbles to create and film chain reaction videos inspired by the viral sensation Kaplamino
Note: For planning purposes, campers will be asked to select their top 5 workshop choices when they register.

Each day concludes with flex time which may be used for quiet reading, project work in the Fabrication Studio, board game play in the Hub, or 2D/3D modeling and/or coding in the Design Classroom.  On the final afternoon, campers will host an open house where they will share their accomplishments with the community.


The 2019 Innovation Academy is open to all students entering grades 5-8 and takes place Monday-Friday 9am-4pm, June 17-21.  Participants entering 8th grade will serve as MITs (Mentors in Training). Cost: $425 (students entering grades 5-7), $300 (students entering 8th grade).  In order to keep camper:mentor ratios low, this program is limited to 24 participants. All materials are provided. Campers will be expected to bring their own lunch/snack each day.

Contact Marc Small

Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves. Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.