Waco CP2018

Camp Pursuit Waco Course Catalog 2018

 

Each Week of Full Day Camp (9am – 4pm) = $200
Extended Option (8am – 5pm) = $50 per Family

To see detailed course descriptions and information about Waco Camp Pursuit, click one of the buttons below!

 

Registration
Registration begins February 16, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Late registration begins May 21.

Course titles and detailed descriptions for this event are included below.  You will be prompted to select FOUR (4) courses for your child at registration.

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Hours
M-F 9am to 4pm* *Extended hours available.

Misc.
Pack a sack lunch for your child.

517 Columbus Ave, Waco, TX 76701


Course/Title: Droids, Drones, and Superbots

Description: The work of the future is moving towards automation, and the role of the superhero is no different. In this course, you’ll construct drones, program droids, and conceptualize superbot technology “more powerful than a locomotive” in order to fight crime and save humanity.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: City of the Future

Description: Cities are amazingly complex, interconnected systems that are constantly evolving with new technology and changing populations. Have you ever wondered what the city you live in will look like deep into the future? Imagine how systems like transportation, sanitation, energy and entertainment will look, sound, and feel. This summer, we are looking for creative minds to engineer and build a city of the future- -one that will provide benefit to all of its citizens! 8 Join us for this thought-provoking exploration into the what-ifs and hows of the future of human civilization.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Mathematical Arts

Description: Both mathematicians and artists are problem-solvers who improvise and view the world in new and innovative ways. In this course, the right brain will meet the left as we create optical illusions, fractals, original tessellations, Penrose tiles, and parabolic line drawings (to name a few). Join us as we explore the beautiful fusion of math and art.

Brain Age: 3rd-8th


Course/Title: Brain-Baffling Optical Illusions

Description: 40% of the human brain is devoted to seeing and processing visual material; however, optical illusions make us second-guess this powerful sense—causing us to see what isn’t there. Students will learn the science behind the illusions and create their own brain-baffling visuals in this hands-on course.

Through elements of research, art, and artistic products, students will explore the integration between optical illusions and brain science.  Advanced topics include neurology and specialized art media.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Codes and Ciphers

Description: Since humans began communicating, there has always been an urge to keep certain information underground: intended for certain eyes only and unreadable to all others. In this course, you’ll study, crack (decipher) and create (encipher) messages in a variety of cipher systems and historical contexts. Although you’ll time-hop throughout history and make stops with Julius Caesar, Ben Franklin and Abe Lincoln, among many others, you’ll end with an exploration of how cryptography–the study of codes and ciphers–has kept up with, and even created, the modern digital age.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Aesthetic Astronomy

Description: The night sky has inspired stories, poems, and art for centuries. From the ancient myths to the beauty of black holes, students will be filled with wonder and awe at the beauty of the topic, as our team facilitates their individual learning journey into deep space.

Students will explore the science of our cosmos, focusing on astronomical concepts, such as astrobiology, astrophysics, and the new implications of gravitational waves.  Trying to grasp the infinite is such a mind-melding exercise, that students will learn to express their wonder and appreciation through the creation of their own original, star-inspired art, myths, poetry and writings.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Everyday Chemist

Description: Food. Art. Paper. Friendships. What’s the one thing they all have in common: chemistry. From the air we breathe to the disodium inosinate that makes your Pringles salty, chemistry surrounds us every day. This introductory course to chemistry will provide a new lens for how we see our world while getting our hands messy making chemical reactions of our own. Together, we will prove that Chemistry is for everyone, everyday!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Mummies, Myths and Mosaics

Description: How did an ancient society, nestled by the Nile, grow to become a world leader and the envy of its surrounding countries? In this course, we’ll study the government, art, architecture, religion and science of the Ancient Egyptian culture—including a look at some of the myths surrounding their fascinating origins. Create your own artifacts as you explore the explosion of creativity, wealth, and power that made Ancient Egypt the envy of the world. You’ll soon see how the mysterious ways to the Ancient Egyptians compare to our own lives today.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


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Registration
Registration begins February 16, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Late registration begins May 28.

Course titles and detailed descriptions for this event are included below.  You will be prompted to select FOUR (4) courses for your child at registration.

Click Here to Register

Hours
M-F 9am to 4pm* *Extended hours available.

Misc.
Pack a sack lunch for your child.

517 Columbus Ave, Waco, TX 76701


Course/Title: A Slice of Raspeberry Pi

Description: Future computer coders of the world unite as you learn and employ programming to this computer the size of a credit card.  From simple games to setting up servers, this little box is so versatile that the possibilities are endless.  Join us as our professional educators facilitate each student’s journey, allowing individual interests to drive the learning experience.

You can learn more about Raspberry Pi by visiting their website: www.raspberrypi.org

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Rock N’ Roll Rocketry

Description: It’s science! It’s math! It’s history…and quite literally, it’s a BLAST! In our rock’n rocketry course, students will explore some of the basic principles of Newton’s Laws of Motion and the aerodynamics of flight as they construct and fly their own model rockets. We’ll discuss the critical issues of safety, collaboration, and design as we work to tackle the rocket challenge–culminating in a spectacular Friday launch party!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Scientific Sculpture

Description: Experience the union of art and science as you produce something unpredictable, unforeseen, yet scientifically captivating. In this course we will be creating 3-Dimensional sculptures based on the laws and principles of science. Campers will get the opportunity to use various mediums, such as marshmallows, toothpicks, soaps, cardboard boxes, tempera paint, and plaster casting. There will be four different types of scientific sculptures to create, each revolving around
a unique scientific theme. Each day will be filled with creativity and fun!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Minecraft Architecture

Description: I know, we had you at “Minecraft.” The premise of this course is simple: Each class session begins with a discussion of a particular type of architecture, then students build with that theme inside Minecraft.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Game On!

Description: Complex problem-solving, advanced cognitive reasoning, nonverbal communication…wait, is this an intelligence test?  No way, we’re talking about the magic of board games.  From the tombs of King Tut to Catan, games have played a part in our human history for millennia, and now it’s time to bring that passion home.

In this fun, hands-on course, students will learn various games, explore what makes a board game fun, and incorporate their unique interests and passions into their own game design.  More advanced topics include creative writing, economics, and engineering.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Super Sleuths

Description: What do chromatography, chemistry, and forensics have in common? They are all used to uncover mysteries, investigate crime scene evidence, and develop super-sleuth hypotheses to solve “crimes.” Come investigate curious conundrums and be inspired! Students will develop their problem-solving skills using critical and creative thinking, as well as their communication skills. These skills easily transfer to other content areas, as well as their personal lives. Students have a natural curiosity that is especially activated when presented with a discrepant event or a mystery. Forensic Science and criminology are currently very popular areas of interest for many students, and a popular choice of college majors. Students will work in small groups as they examine mystery powders (made from common household substances), make invisible ink, set up chromatography experiments, formulate conclusions, and examine a box of mystery contents to infer how these clues help to solve a crime scene. Drawing a visual interpretation of an imaginary crime scene based on deductive reasoning will prove challenging for a variety of learning styles and interests. On the last day, students will be invited to bring a t-shirt or fabric to create a keepsake chromatography sample that they personally design and draw. (Extra fabric will be provided for those who are unable to bring something in.)

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: The Science of Taste

Description: What makes cookies delectably sweet, lemons puckeringly sour, and dark chocolate so delightfully bitter?  Through hands-on food preparation and plenty of opportunities to taste, we will explore the biology of our own taste buds as we take them through each of the five primary tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami (say what?).

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Stop Motion Movie Making

Description: From Gumby to Kubo and the Two Strings, stop motion is the illusion of making everyday objects come to life. This course begins with the fascinating history of stop-motion–from thaumatrope to kinetoscope, and quickly dives into today’s more advanced techniques. This hands-on course will test both persistence and “persistence of vision” as you create amazing stop motion movie magic.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


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Registration
Registration begins February 16, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Late registration begins June 11.

Course titles and detailed descriptions for this event are included below.  You will be prompted to select FOUR (4) courses for your child at registration.

Click Here to Register

Hours
M-F 9am to 4pm* *Extended hours available.

Misc.
Pack a sack lunch for your child.

1826 Morrow Ave, Waco, TX 76707


Course/Title: Programming with Scratch and Python

Description: Many believe coding and programming skills are the “ABCs” of the 21st century. Without mastery of this new core competency, students are at a disadvantage moving into a working world permeated by technology. In this course, you’ll begin to tackle the programming language “Python,” touted by professionals as an excellent entry point into the world of coding. This course also uses Scratch Jr. and Scratch to teach a graphical form of programming.  As you move beyond basic commands and students gain confidence and fluency, the desire to create and innovate will naturally drive students to build new skills and knowledge in an organic “project based learning” situation. In the process, you’ll lay a foundation of vocabulary and programming literacy that will enable them to push on to more complicated projects after this course.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Racing with the Sun

Description: Join us as we blend aerodynamics, propulsion, velocity, and the principles of solar power in this intensive, hands-on engineering challenge designed to push your creative juices to the limit. Design and engineer a lightweight car, attach a photovoltaic cell (PVC) to a motor, and race it across the finish line. Do you have what it takes to harness the sun’s energy to start your engines?

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Pop Art Meets the Force

Description: “A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge,” and in this course, young padawan students will find their own inner Force as they journey through the decade of pop art. From studying the artists and art, to creating their own reductive woodcuts, students will use nonverbal and critical-thinking skills in order to create multi-dimensional works of art.

“You must unlearn what you have learned” as you metacognate and think backwards in order to create the most brilliant pieces of personalized pop art.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Nature’s Favorite Design

Description: There’s something about the mystical Fibonacci sequence that fascinates us.  It permeates every area of our life from the music on the radio to the clouds swirling overhead.  Now it’s time to take a lesson from Nature herself and create our own works of art.

Students will study how math, science, and nature are beautifully intertwined and learn from the great classical artisans and artists.  Not only will students explore the famous Fibonacci through videos, picture books, and problem-solving, but they will actually get to construct and/or create based on their passions and interests.  Options include (but are not limited to) pictures, paintings, blackout poetry, short stories, mosaic, or film.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Kids’ Chemistry

Description: “Kids’ Chemistry” is an exploration of science that will be sure to ignite students’ interests. We will cover the scientific process, beginning with an inquiry-based concept and making predictions. Predictions will be put to the test, as students are invited to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty, and begin discovering all that the world of science has to offer!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Science of Ancient Weaponry

Description: Launch marshmallows through the air with your own catapult, mimicking the methods of ancient engineers. Design a mini-crossbow that would make even Robin Hood green with envy. In this course, campers will learn the science of weaponry throughout the ages–working to replicate and create not-so-deadly versions of history’s coolest weapons!

Note: These weapons are fun replicas (think Nerf guns) and not designed to cause actual harm.

Brain Age: 1st-6th


Course/Title: Globetrotting

Description: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

Attention global citizens: come share your favorite travel stories and create more as we trek across the globe, exploring cultural diversity through customs, languages, world music, traditional dances, film clips, games, foods, and more. Partake in the fun and even create your own travel blog to share with others.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Realm of the Lizard People

Description: In our distant past, a sliver of humanity made their home underground–forcing their genetic code to adapt and evolve in order to survive.  Welcome to the Realm of the Lizard People! This course is built around a simple thought experiment with thousands of implications.  We’ll explore concepts such as genetics, architecture, engineering, government, and social organizations.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


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Registration
Registration begins February 16, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Late registration begins June 25.

Course titles and detailed descriptions for this event are included below.  You will be prompted to select FOUR (4) courses for your child at registration.

Click Here to Register

Hours
M-F 9am to 4pm* *Extended hours available.

Misc.
Pack a sack lunch for your child.

1826 Morrow Ave, Waco, TX 76707


Course/Title: Droids, Drones, and Superbots

Description: The work of the future is moving towards automation, and the role of the superhero is no different. In this course, you’ll construct drones, program droids, and conceptualize superbot technology “more powerful than a locomotive” in order to fight crime and save humanity.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Ancient Architecture Among Us

Description: So many buildings and structures around us incorporate designs from ancient civilizations. The architecture of the past has shifted and shaped, making an appearance in different cultures at different times. In this course, we’ll study the science, engineering, arts and math of the ancient architectural ideas that have survived through the centuries, and then build our own architectural wonders!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: 3D Aboriginal Art

Description: The primal power of aboriginal art connects with our inner essence as human beings. Is it a window to our more primitive selves or a glimpse at a possible parallel existence? In this course, campers will do some time-traveling in order to explore the methods and creations of aboriginal artists.  Campers will creating their own 3-D artifacts along the way.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Red Planet

Description: The red wanderer, Mars, has been beckoning humans to come visit since 1659 when Christian Huygens first noticed the landscape of mountain passes and vast wastelands covering its surface. Now, after the success of the Mars Rovers and the upcoming Mars One human mission, Mars is once again back in the spotlight and the forefront of our imaginations! In this course, we’ll explore Mars through nearly every discipline to answer questions like, what is the evidence for past/current life on Mars? How do rovers land in the thin atmosphere? How will humans get to Mars via the Mars One mission? Plus, we’ll express the place of Mars in our cultural and personal imaginations through the Arts.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: The Art of Storytelling

Description: “Stories are the single most powerful tool,” and we need writers, poets, artists, dramatists, dancers, musicians, and imaginators to shape the world and captivate audiences. Team up and create a week of amazing stories to share and act out with fellow campers. Explore what makes a good story great and how to present it in a variety of mediums. Come ready to create and share your unique voice!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: It’s All Between Your Ears

Description: What do smiles, music, emotions, dreams, and memories all have in common? They can all be traced to that space between your ears–your brain! In this class for young neurologists, we’ll investigate the incredible brain, the most complex system known in the universe, and see that it’s in charge of EVERYTHING!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: The Science of Gratitude and Kindness

Description: “Don’t worry. Be happy.” That’s easier said than done, right? Or is it? What if you knew simple, daily practices that could combat negativity around and within you–making you a super guru of gratitude and kindness? In this course you will discover and activate the key players of your neurochemistry through fun, hands-on activities/experiments–benefiting your body, your brain, and even your world!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Guitar Math Monster

Description: This course is for those who love music, math, science and Pokémon! A sensory exploration of the math in music and the music of math. From fractions, to Fibonacci, to sound waves, sonar, diabolical tri-tones and Pokémon hit points, you’ll explore songwriting with the birds and paint the frequency of the earth with colorful corn starch. This course is for musicians, music-lovers, and anyone of all ages with a song in their heart just waiting to beat out its rhythm on re-purposed instruments!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


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Registration
Registration begins February 16, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Late registration begins July 2.

Course titles and detailed descriptions for this event are included below.  You will be prompted to select FOUR (4) courses for your child at registration.

Click Here to Register

Hours
M-F 9am to 4pm* *Extended hours available.

Misc.
Pack a sack lunch for your child.

1826 Morrow Ave, Waco, TX 76707


Course/Title: Programming with Scratch and Python

Description: Many believe coding and programming skills are the “ABCs” of the 21st century. Without mastery of this new core competency, students are at a disadvantage moving into a working world permeated by technology. In this course, you’ll begin to tackle the programming language “Python,” touted by professionals as an excellent entry point into the world of coding. This course also uses Scratch Jr. and Scratch to teach a graphical form of programming.  As you move beyond basic commands and students gain confidence and fluency, the desire to create and innovate will naturally drive students to build new skills and knowledge in an organic “project based learning” situation. In the process, you’ll lay a foundation of vocabulary and programming literacy that will enable them to push on to more complicated projects after this course.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Engineering Futuristic Fun

Description: Where are the hoverboards, podracers, and wrestling robots? We’re ready, Player One, so please come engineer the games of the future. In this course, you’ll explore various future technologies and their application to possible competitive events and sports. Come dream and design the next chapter of future fun.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Abstract Sculptures

Description: When a train goes off track, that’s bad; but when an art goes abstract, it’s cause for wonder, awe, and intrigue. This is not a sculpture class, this is wood, wire, glue, stockings, and paint (just to name a few) shifting into creative conceptualizations in abstract art. We’ll explore impactful pieces from history and spend lots of time creating. Fun for all ages!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: I Art Math

Description: Both math and art have the ability to communicate beyond words. As close relatives, they hold more in common than you realize, and both work to define and express our existence. Leave your worksheets at school! This course is for campers who are ready to dive in, explore and express mathematical concepts using a variety of hands-on and visually-stimulating projects.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Curious Conundrums

Description: What do chromatography, chemistry, and forensics have in common? They are all used to uncover mysteries, investigate crime scene evidence, and develop super-sleuth hypotheses to solve “crimes.” Come investigate curious conundrums and be inspired! Students will develop their problem-solving skills using critical and creative thinking, as well as their communication skills. These skills easily transfer to other content areas, as well as their personal lives. Students have a natural curiosity that is especially activated when presented with a discrepant event or a mystery. Forensic Science and criminology are currently very popular areas of interest for many students, and a popular choice of college majors. Students will work in small groups as they examine mystery powders (made from common household substances), make invisible ink, set up chromatography experiments, formulate conclusions, and examine a box of mystery contents to infer how these clues help to solve a crime scene. Drawing a visual interpretation of an imaginary crime scene based on deductive reasoning will prove challenging for a variety of learning styles and interests. On the last day, students will be invited to bring a t-shirt or fabric to create a keepsake chromatography sample that they personally design and draw. (Extra fabric will be provided for those who are unable to bring something in.)

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Marvelous Michelangelo

Description: Explore the real Michelangelo, the fascinating figure of the past: part scientist, part mathematician, and all artist.  In this course campers will create an original work of art employing techniques of proportion, anatomical correctness of the face, perspective, depth, and color–all inspired by this Renaissance master, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Mission to Kepler 452b

Description: Astronomers and astrobiologists are finding more and more planets in the habitable “Goldilocks” zone–implying potential for harboring life. What would it take to complete a mission to one of these planets? In this course, we’ll combine the study of astrobiology with rocketry and theoretical space travel. After all, we’ll need to get off Earth, travel distant light years, and then land on our new planet–employing our knowledge of gravity, atmospheric science, and the geology of where we’re headed.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: The Chemistry of Wizardry

Description: Being a muggle is so over-rated!  Using house-hold products, students will learn and perform experiments that are so cool, you’d think they were magic.  More than mystical explosions, this course encourages higher-level thinking as students use quantitative and nonverbal reasoning to understand the physical and chemical properties which surround us.

Get in touch with your magical side, and continue to spell-bind your friends and family for years to come as all of these experiments are able to be done at home (under adult supervision).

Brain Age: 1st-8th


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Registration
Registration begins February 16, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Late registration begins July 9.

Course titles and detailed descriptions for this event are included below.  You will be prompted to select FOUR (4) courses for your child at registration.

Click Here to Register

Hours
M-F 9am to 4pm* *Extended hours available.

Misc.
Pack a sack lunch for your child.

1826 Morrow Ave, Waco, TX 76707


Course/Title: Droids, Drones, and Superbots

Description: The work of the future is moving towards automation, and the role of the superhero is no different. In this course, you’ll construct drones, program droids, and conceptualize superbot technology “more powerful than a locomotive” in order to fight crime and save humanity.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: 3i Challenge: Invent, Innovate, and Improve

Description: Paper begets cardboard that we fold into boxes–add lenses and a phone then explore the Space Station. The cycle of invention, innovation, and improvement continues to launch humanity to the next level, and this course provides campers with the tools to create, rethink, and reimagine the world in front of them.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Layers of Paper

Description: Become your own 3D printer, traveling the X,Y,Z and building your own creations out of paper mache. On this journey campers will take an idea from conception to creation using 3-D, textural sculptures and nothing but cardboard, paper, and glue. Low tech meets high tech in this involvement model of the mind.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Epic Fail: Failures and Lessons from History

Description: We all know that Thomas Edison failed at the light bulb a bajillion times before he hired GE to build it, but what about armies attacking the wrong country (or even their own country?) There are Titanics and Hindenburgs and all the mistakes made along the march of human progress. Students will guffaw at humanity’s slip ups, and then turn a reflective eye on the lessons learned from failure. How do we grow from our own shortcomings? What lessons can we learn from those who face-planted before us?

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Game On!

Description: Complex problem-solving, advanced cognitive reasoning, nonverbal communication…wait, is this an intelligence test?  No way, we’re talking about the magic of board games.  From the tombs of King Tut to Catan, games have played a part in our human history for millennia, and now it’s time to bring that passion home.

In this fun, hands-on course, students will learn various games, explore what makes a board game fun, and incorporate their unique interests and passions into their own game design.  More advanced topics include creative writing, economics, and engineering.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Mind Matters: How the Brain Works

Description: It’s 75% water, has 100,000 miles of blood vessels, weighs 3 pounds, and feels no pain. The brain sits right inside our skull and yet remains a complete mystery to most of us. The human brain is an amazing organ! In this course, we will discover how the brain grows, recognize the effects the environment has on the brain, examine the different types of memory, bust some brain myths, and explore how different areas of the brain work together to help us make sense of our world! Most importantly, we’ll learn how WE can directly improve and tone our brain health, stay calm and focused, an accomplish more with our own brain power.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Nature’s Favorite Design

Description: There’s something about the mystical Fibonacci sequence that fascinates us.  It permeates every area of our life from the music on the radio to the clouds swirling overhead.  Now it’s time to take a lesson from Nature herself and create our own works of art.

Students will study how math, science, and nature are beautifully intertwined and learn from the great classical artisans and artists.  Not only will students explore the famous Fibonacci through videos, picture books, and problem-solving, but they will actually get to construct and/or create based on their passions and interests.  Options include (but are not limited to) pictures, paintings, blackout poetry, short stories, mosaic, or film.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Spherical Wonders

Description: Gaseous globules and manifestations of the Marangoni effect.  That’s right, we’re talking about bubbles (you knew that, right?)  Yup, those backyard fun-in-the-sun bubbles provide an accessible lens for an intense exploration of chemistry, physics, chromatography, geometry, and engineering.

Students will experiment and compare various formulas, learn the physics behind spherical construction, use geometry to measure diameter, circumference, and three-dimensional area.  Advanced students will apply engineering strategies to devise a bubble-blowing device.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Eligible to Attend?

Any incoming 1st through 8th grader who is fueled by curiosity, loves to learn, and is hungry for knowledge and engagement. Some camp locations may vary. Please confirm a camp’s age ranges on its information page.

How much does Camp Pursuit Cost?

Camp prices vary by location. Part of the registration ($50) is non-refundable as it covers credit card fees, clerical work, scheduling, and ordering supplies. Find information on our cancellation policy below.

Is there any Financial Assistance Available?

We are proud and fortunate to have a close partnership with Education Unbound, a non-profit whose mission is to support high potential students in financial need. Education Unbound, as well as other generous sponsors, have pledged a certain number of full scholarships for each week of Camp Pursuit. Scholarships will be awarded via an online application process. The first scholarship application window runs from January 15 to March 1. Recipients will be notified by March 15. You can find the application HERE.

If you feel called to give a week of Camp Pursuit to someone in need of financial assistance, consider making a donation to Education Unbound. You can add a note to your donation indicating your desire for the funds to be used toward an additional Camp Pursuit scholarship.

Do you accept volunteers?

We love our volunteers, and they help our camp run so smoothly.  We accept volunteers between the ages of 14-17.  A volunteer application and sign-up form will be released in late March. When the volunteer application becomes available, a link will be posted on this page, on our social media, and sent to friends via our email newsletter.

What’s the cancellation policy, and are there any fees?

$50 from the registration cost is non-refundable.  Here’s the full cancellation policy:

Camp Pursuit Cancellation Policy. The $50 registration fee is non-refundable. In the event you must cancel your reservation, you will receive a refund as defined herein: Cancellation notice must be submitted via email to NuMindsAdmin@numien.com. Refund will be issued in the same manner payment was made. 100% of tuition paid (this does not include the $50 Registration Fee) will be refunded if written notice is received no later than four weeks prior to session start date. Cancellations received within four or less weeks of session start date forfeit full tuition. Cancellation requests due to illness or accident prior to the camp session start date require a physician’s written verification. Upon receipt of verification, we will issue a full refund. Cancellations due to personal reasons, etc. will not receive a refund. Camp participants who leave during a session will not receive a refund, regardless of circumstances. We reserve the right to cancel a session date if participation numbers are not adequate. You may select an alternative session date, or you may request a full refund of tuition paid. Cancellations of sessions will occur a minimum of four weeks prior to the session.

What does a class look like?

Each class has unique curriculum written by Camp Pursuit teachers.  Every class is taught by a qualified, passionate teacher who has been trained to work with a variety of students, including gifted & high-achieving students in mixed-aged classroom models.

How do we chose our own courses?

3 Easy Steps to Picking the Right Course

First, understand that all courses are open to all incoming 1st through 8th graders.  Some courses have a “Recommended Brain Age” which means that while your kid may be a 1st grader, he or she thinks about a topic at an advanced level.  For example, we have seen classes where a first grader and an eighth grader work side-by-side on computer programming.

Next, find out what your kid is interested in.  The whole purpose of the camp is to allow him or her to pursue individual passions.  This is not an academic prep camp; instead, it’s a testing ground to get kids fired up about careers or areas of study they normally wouldn’t be exposed to.

Finally, see if there are any glaring reasons why age could be a barrier.  For example, some classes require fine micro motor skills that just haven’t developed.  Don’t let this stop you, one of our co-founders put his 1st grade daughter in an Ed Emberly drawing course last year, and although her project wasn’t as refined as the other students, she loved the course and still talks about it a year later.  However, he didn’t put her in the Mythology course because he was uncomfortable with all of the “relations” those promiscuous gods and goddesses have!

Why should I choose Camp Pursuit?

That’s a really good question.  NuMinds was founded by a couple of zany, passionate educators who gather a bunch of excellent teachers together and try to come up with the coolest courses possible.  We also absolutely love what we do!  We have a time-tested proprietary curriculum model that we use for all of our courses, and we only hire the best teachers–plus we pay them the best we can.  We recognize that Camp Pursuit is more than the sum of its parts.  We love learning!  We put your child’s safety first and do our absolute best to ensure a smooth experience.  We have puppet shows and guitars and we write our own songs.  We see the inherent quality in each child and celebrate their individuality and uniqueness.  We built Camp Pursuit under the framework: “What type of camp would I have enjoyed as a kid?”  What else…did I mention the puppet shows?

How can I support what NuMinds does?

If you love what we do and want to support us, here are a few ways.  And thank you for even reading this far–you mean the world to us!

  1. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media.  This helps us reach a wider audience and share what we do.
  2. Take just a minute to mention us to your friends.  No advertisement could ever replace the value of word-of-mouth.
  3. Ask your local school or PTA organization if they would like to host a NuMinds program.  Just put us in contact, and we’ll handle the rest.
  4. Volunteer at one of our events.  We’re always in need of help, and we’ll pass the savings on to you in the form of discounted admission.
  5. Send us your ideas!  Many of our ideas have spurned from everyday conversations with those who see a need.
  6. Provide a financial donation.  All donated money goes directly to course expenses–pencils, paper, supplies, etc.
  7. Thank the universe for all the blessings in your life, and then recognize the value of the very breath in your lungs.  Be happy and grateful–making the world a better place!

Do you have additional questions? Please send us a message via the Contact Us page!

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About NuMinds

NuMinds creates engaging, mixed-age STEAM programs throughout the year. From full-day enrichment events, to week-long academic camps, and dynamic training for both parents and teachers, we strive to fuel the “Edvolution” in thinking and learning for the 21st century.

Brilliant young minds don’t always get all the intellectual nutrition they need from their daily diet of school and extra-curriculars. Our co-founders were driven by the vision that NuMinds could provide a layer of enrichment beyond the school day, where real, inspired learning creates the conditions for lifelong curiosity and self-development:

Real ​– our programs extend beyond basic academic needs into the realm of enrichment, where a learner’s authentic engagement with ideas, processes and products is paramount.

Inspired​ –our programs derive from our own sense of inspiration and are focused on developing a learner’s own passions and interests.

Learning​ –our programs provide new knowledge, insight and wisdom that is valuable to the learner’s and the    world’s development and advancement.

About Camp Pursuit

Camp Pursuit is the only high-achievement day camp comprised of mixed-age, S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Humanities, Mathematics) classes for incoming 1st – 8th graders.  Students get to build their own summer camp by choosing FOUR COURSES of study for each week.  Each class has unique curriculum written by Camp Pursuit teachers.  Every class is taught by a certified, experienced teacher who has been trained to work with gifted & high-achieving students–including mixed-aged classroom models.

 

How do we choose our own courses? ​ There are 3 Easy Steps to picking the right course:

  1. First, know all courses are open to all incoming 1st through 8th graders. Some courses have a “Recommended Brain Age” which means that while your kid may be a 1st grader, he or she thinks about a topic at an advanced level.  For example, we have seen classes where a first grader and an eighth grader work side-by-side on computer programming.
  2. Next, find out what your kid is interested in. The whole purpose of the camp is to allow him or her to pursue individual passions.  This is not an academic prep camp; instead, it’s a testing ground to get kids fired up about careers or areas of study they normally wouldn’t be exposed to.
  3. Finally, see if there are any glaring reasons why age could be a barrier. For example, some classes require fine micro motor skills that just haven’t developed.  Don’t let this stop you, one of our co-founders put his 1st grade daughter in an Ed Emberly drawing course last year, and although her project wasn’t as refined as the other students, she loved the course and still talks about it a year later.  However, he didn’t put her in the Mythology course because he was ​ ​uncomfortable with all of the “relations” those promiscuous gods and goddesses have!

Camp Pursuit Cancellation Policy.​  The $50 registration fee is non-refundable.  In the event you must cancel your reservation, you will receive a refund as defined herein: Cancellation notice must be submitted via email to NuMindsAdmin@numien.com.  Refund will be issued in the same manner payment was made.  100% of tuition paid (this does not include the $50 Registration Fee) will be refunded if written notice is received no later than four weeks prior to session start date.  Cancellations received within four or less weeks of session start date forfeit full tuition. Cancellation requests due to illness or accident prior to the camp session start date require a physician’s written verification. Upon receipt of verification, we will issue a full refund of tuition paid (not including the $50 registration fee).  Cancellations due to personal reasons, etc. will not receive a refund.  Camp participants who leave during a session will not receive a refund, regardless of circumstances.  We reserve the right to cancel a session date if participation numbers are not adequate. In the event of cancelled course, you will be notified four weeks prior to the camp start date.  You may select an alternative session date, or you may request a full refund.

 

To see detailed course descriptions and information about Waco Camp Pursuit, click one of the buttons below!

 

Registration
Registration begins February 16, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Late registration begins May 21.

Course titles and detailed descriptions for this event are included below.  You will be prompted to select FOUR (4) courses for your child at registration.

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Hours
M-F 9am to 4pm* *Extended hours available.

Misc.
Pack a sack lunch for your child.

517 Columbus Ave, Waco, TX 76701


Course/Title: Droids, Drones, and Superbots

Description: The work of the future is moving towards automation, and the role of the superhero is no different. In this course, you’ll construct drones, program droids, and conceptualize superbot technology “more powerful than a locomotive” in order to fight crime and save humanity.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: City of the Future

Description: Cities are amazingly complex, interconnected systems that are constantly evolving with new technology and changing populations. Have you ever wondered what the city you live in will look like deep into the future? Imagine how systems like transportation, sanitation, energy and entertainment will look, sound, and feel. This summer, we are looking for creative minds to engineer and build a city of the future- -one that will provide benefit to all of its citizens! 8 Join us for this thought-provoking exploration into the what-ifs and hows of the future of human civilization.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Mathematical Arts

Description: Both mathematicians and artists are problem-solvers who improvise and view the world in new and innovative ways. In this course, the right brain will meet the left as we create optical illusions, fractals, original tessellations, Penrose tiles, and parabolic line drawings (to name a few). Join us as we explore the beautiful fusion of math and art.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Brain-Baffling Optical Illusions

Description: 40% of the human brain is devoted to seeing and processing visual material; however, optical illusions make us second-guess this powerful sense—causing us to see what isn’t there. Students will learn the science behind the illusions and create their own brain-baffling visuals in this hands-on course.

Through elements of research, art, and artistic products, students will explore the integration between optical illusions and brain science.  Advanced topics include neurology and specialized art media.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Codes and Ciphers

Description: Since humans began communicating, there has always been an urge to keep certain information underground: intended for certain eyes only and unreadable to all others. In this course, you’ll study, crack (decipher) and create (encipher) messages in a variety of cipher systems and historical contexts. Although you’ll time-hop throughout history and make stops with Julius Caesar, Ben Franklin and Abe Lincoln, among many others, you’ll end with an exploration of how cryptography–the study of codes and ciphers–has kept up with, and even created, the modern digital age.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Aesthetic Astronomy

Description: The night sky has inspired stories, poems, and art for centuries. From the ancient myths to the beauty of black holes, students will be filled with wonder and awe at the beauty of the topic, as our team facilitates their individual learning journey into deep space.

Students will explore the science of our cosmos, focusing on astronomical concepts, such as astrobiology, astrophysics, and the new implications of gravitational waves.  Trying to grasp the infinite is such a mind-melding exercise, that students will learn to express their wonder and appreciation through the creation of their own original, star-inspired art, myths, poetry and writings.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Everyday Chemist

Description: Food. Art. Paper. Friendships. What’s the one thing they all have in common: chemistry. From the air we breathe to the disodium inosinate that makes your Pringles salty, chemistry surrounds us every day. This introductory course to chemistry will provide a new lens for how we see our world while getting our hands messy making chemical reactions of our own. Together, we will prove that Chemistry is for everyone, everyday!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Mummies, Myths and Mosaics

Description: How did an ancient society, nestled by the Nile, grow to become a world leader and the envy of its surrounding countries? In this course, we’ll study the government, art, architecture, religion and science of the Ancient Egyptian culture—including a look at some of the myths surrounding their fascinating origins. Create your own artifacts as you explore the explosion of creativity, wealth, and power that made Ancient Egypt the envy of the world. You’ll soon see how the mysterious ways to the Ancient Egyptians compare to our own lives today.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


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Registration
Registration begins February 16, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Late registration begins May 28.

Course titles and detailed descriptions for this event are included below.  You will be prompted to select FOUR (4) courses for your child at registration.

Click Here to Register

Hours
M-F 9am to 4pm* *Extended hours available.

Misc.
Pack a sack lunch for your child.

517 Columbus Ave, Waco, TX 76701


Course/Title: A Slice of Raspeberry Pi

Description: Future computer coders of the world unite as you learn and employ programming to this computer the size of a credit card.  From simple games to setting up servers, this little box is so versatile that the possibilities are endless.  Join us as our professional educators facilitate each student’s journey, allowing individual interests to drive the learning experience.

You can learn more about Raspberry Pi by visiting their website: www.raspberrypi.org

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Rock N’ Roll Rocketry

Description: It’s science! It’s math! It’s history…and quite literally, it’s a BLAST! In our rock’n rocketry course, students will explore some of the basic principles of Newton’s Laws of Motion and the aerodynamics of flight as they construct and fly their own model rockets. We’ll discuss the critical issues of safety, collaboration, and design as we work to tackle the rocket challenge–culminating in a spectacular Friday launch party!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Scientific Sculpture

Description: Experience the union of art and science as you produce something unpredictable, unforeseen, yet scientifically captivating. In this course we will be creating 3-Dimensional sculptures based on the laws and principles of science. Campers will get the opportunity to use various mediums, such as marshmallows, toothpicks, soaps, cardboard boxes, tempera paint, and plaster casting. There will be four different types of scientific sculptures to create, each revolving around
a unique scientific theme. Each day will be filled with creativity and fun!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Minecraft Architecture

Description: I know, we had you at “Minecraft.” The premise of this course is simple: Each class session begins with a discussion of a particular type of architecture, then students build with that theme inside Minecraft.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Game On!

Description: Complex problem-solving, advanced cognitive reasoning, nonverbal communication…wait, is this an intelligence test?  No way, we’re talking about the magic of board games.  From the tombs of King Tut to Catan, games have played a part in our human history for millennia, and now it’s time to bring that passion home.

In this fun, hands-on course, students will learn various games, explore what makes a board game fun, and incorporate their unique interests and passions into their own game design.  More advanced topics include creative writing, economics, and engineering.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Super Sleuths

Description: What do chromatography, chemistry, and forensics have in common? They are all used to uncover mysteries, investigate crime scene evidence, and develop super-sleuth hypotheses to solve “crimes.” Come investigate curious conundrums and be inspired! Students will develop their problem-solving skills using critical and creative thinking, as well as their communication skills. These skills easily transfer to other content areas, as well as their personal lives. Students have a natural curiosity that is especially activated when presented with a discrepant event or a mystery. Forensic Science and criminology are currently very popular areas of interest for many students, and a popular choice of college majors. Students will work in small groups as they examine mystery powders (made from common household substances), make invisible ink, set up chromatography experiments, formulate conclusions, and examine a box of mystery contents to infer how these clues help to solve a crime scene. Drawing a visual interpretation of an imaginary crime scene based on deductive reasoning will prove challenging for a variety of learning styles and interests. On the last day, students will be invited to bring a t-shirt or fabric to create a keepsake chromatography sample that they personally design and draw. (Extra fabric will be provided for those who are unable to bring something in.)

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: The Science of Taste

Description: What makes cookies delectably sweet, lemons puckeringly sour, and dark chocolate so delightfully bitter?  Through hands-on food preparation and plenty of opportunities to taste, we will explore the biology of our own taste buds as we take them through each of the five primary tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami (say what?).

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Stop Motion Movie Making

Description: From Gumby to Kubo and the Two Strings, stop motion is the illusion of making everyday objects come to life. This course begins with the fascinating history of stop-motion–from thaumatrope to kinetoscope, and quickly dives into today’s more advanced techniques. This hands-on course will test both persistence and “persistence of vision” as you create amazing stop motion movie magic.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


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Registration
Registration begins February 16, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Late registration begins June 11.

Course titles and detailed descriptions for this event are included below.  You will be prompted to select FOUR (4) courses for your child at registration.

Click Here to Register

Hours
M-F 9am to 4pm* *Extended hours available.

Misc.
Pack a sack lunch for your child.

1826 Morrow Ave, Waco, TX 76707


Course/Title: Programming with Scratch and Python

Description: Many believe coding and programming skills are the “ABCs” of the 21st century. Without mastery of this new core competency, students are at a disadvantage moving into a working world permeated by technology. In this course, you’ll begin to tackle the programming language “Python,” touted by professionals as an excellent entry point into the world of coding. This course also uses Scratch Jr. and Scratch to teach a graphical form of programming.  As you move beyond basic commands and students gain confidence and fluency, the desire to create and innovate will naturally drive students to build new skills and knowledge in an organic “project based learning” situation. In the process, you’ll lay a foundation of vocabulary and programming literacy that will enable them to push on to more complicated projects after this course.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Racing with the Sun

Description: Join us as we blend aerodynamics, propulsion, velocity, and the principles of solar power in this intensive, hands-on engineering challenge designed to push your creative juices to the limit. Design and engineer a lightweight car, attach a photovoltaic cell (PVC) to a motor, and race it across the finish line. Do you have what it takes to harness the sun’s energy to start your engines?

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Pop Art Meets the Force

Description: “A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge,” and in this course, young padawan students will find their own inner Force as they journey through the decade of pop art. From studying the artists and art, to creating their own reductive woodcuts, students will use nonverbal and critical-thinking skills in order to create multi-dimensional works of art.

“You must unlearn what you have learned” as you metacognate and think backwards in order to create the most brilliant pieces of personalized pop art.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Nature’s Favorite Design

Description: There’s something about the mystical Fibonacci sequence that fascinates us.  It permeates every area of our life from the music on the radio to the clouds swirling overhead.  Now it’s time to take a lesson from Nature herself and create our own works of art.

Students will study how math, science, and nature are beautifully intertwined and learn from the great classical artisans and artists.  Not only will students explore the famous Fibonacci through videos, picture books, and problem-solving, but they will actually get to construct and/or create based on their passions and interests.  Options include (but are not limited to) pictures, paintings, blackout poetry, short stories, mosaic, or film.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Kids’ Chemistry

Description: “Kids’ Chemistry” is an exploration of science that will be sure to ignite students’ interests. We will cover the scientific process, beginning with an inquiry-based concept and making predictions. Predictions will be put to the test, as students are invited to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty, and begin discovering all that the world of science has to offer!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Science of Ancient Weaponry

Description: Launch marshmallows through the air with your own catapult, mimicking the methods of ancient engineers. Design a mini-crossbow that would make even Robin Hood green with envy. In this course, campers will learn the science of weaponry throughout the ages–working to replicate and create not-so-deadly versions of history’s coolest weapons!

Note: These weapons are fun replicas (think Nerf guns) and not designed to cause actual harm.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Globetrotting

Description: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

Attention global citizens: come share your favorite travel stories and create more as we trek across the globe, exploring cultural diversity through customs, languages, world music, traditional dances, film clips, games, foods, and more. Partake in the fun and even create your own travel blog to share with others.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Realm of the Lizard People

Description: In our distant past, a sliver of humanity made their home underground–forcing their genetic code to adapt and evolve in order to survive.  Welcome to the Realm of the Lizard People! This course is built around a simple thought experiment with thousands of implications.  We’ll explore concepts such as genetics, architecture, engineering, government, and social organizations.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


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Registration
Registration begins February 16, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Late registration begins June 25.

Course titles and detailed descriptions for this event are included below.  You will be prompted to select FOUR (4) courses for your child at registration.

Click Here to Register

Hours
M-F 9am to 4pm* *Extended hours available.

Misc.
Pack a sack lunch for your child.

1826 Morrow Ave, Waco, TX 76707


Course/Title: Droids, Drones, and Superbots

Description: The work of the future is moving towards automation, and the role of the superhero is no different. In this course, you’ll construct drones, program droids, and conceptualize superbot technology “more powerful than a locomotive” in order to fight crime and save humanity.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Ancient Architecture Among Us

Description: So many buildings and structures around us incorporate designs from ancient civilizations. The architecture of the past has shifted and shaped, making an appearance in different cultures at different times. In this course, we’ll study the science, engineering, arts and math of the ancient architectural ideas that have survived through the centuries, and then build our own architectural wonders!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: 3D Aboriginal Art

Description: The primal power of aboriginal art connects with our inner essence as human beings. Is it a window to our more primitive selves or a glimpse at a possible parallel existence? In this course, campers will do some time-traveling in order to explore the methods and creations of aboriginal artists.  Campers will creating their own 3-D artifacts along the way.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Red Planet

Description: The red wanderer, Mars, has been beckoning humans to come visit since 1659 when Christian Huygens first noticed the landscape of mountain passes and vast wastelands covering its surface. Now, after the success of the Mars Rovers and the upcoming Mars One human mission, Mars is once again back in the spotlight and the forefront of our imaginations! In this course, we’ll explore Mars through nearly every discipline to answer questions like, what is the evidence for past/current life on Mars? How do rovers land in the thin atmosphere? How will humans get to Mars via the Mars One mission? Plus, we’ll express the place of Mars in our cultural and personal imaginations through the Arts.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: The Art of Storytelling

Description: “Stories are the single most powerful tool,” and we need writers, poets, artists, dramatists, dancers, musicians, and imaginators to shape the world and captivate audiences. Team up and create a week of amazing stories to share and act out with fellow campers. Explore what makes a good story great and how to present it in a variety of mediums. Come ready to create and share your unique voice!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: It’s All Between Your Ears

Description: What do smiles, music, emotions, dreams, and memories all have in common? They can all be traced to that space between your ears–your brain! In this class for young neurologists, we’ll investigate the incredible brain, the most complex system known in the universe, and see that it’s in charge of EVERYTHING!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: The Science of Gratitude and Kindness

Description: “Don’t worry. Be happy.” That’s easier said than done, right? Or is it? What if you knew simple, daily practices that could combat negativity around and within you–making you a super guru of gratitude and kindness? In this course you will discover and activate the key players of your neurochemistry through fun, hands-on activities/experiments–benefiting your body, your brain, and even your world!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Guitar Math Monster

Description: This course is for those who love music, math, science and Pokémon! A sensory exploration of the math in music and the music of math. From fractions, to Fibonacci, to sound waves, sonar, diabolical tri-tones and Pokémon hit points, you’ll explore songwriting with the birds and paint the frequency of the earth with colorful corn starch. This course is for musicians, music-lovers, and anyone of all ages with a song in their heart just waiting to beat out its rhythm on re-purposed instruments!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


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Registration
Registration begins February 16, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Late registration begins July 2.

Course titles and detailed descriptions for this event are included below.  You will be prompted to select FOUR (4) courses for your child at registration.

Click Here to Register

Hours
M-F 9am to 4pm* *Extended hours available.

Misc.
Pack a sack lunch for your child.

1826 Morrow Ave, Waco, TX 76707


Course/Title: Programming with Scratch and Python

Description: Many believe coding and programming skills are the “ABCs” of the 21st century. Without mastery of this new core competency, students are at a disadvantage moving into a working world permeated by technology. In this course, you’ll begin to tackle the programming language “Python,” touted by professionals as an excellent entry point into the world of coding. This course also uses Scratch Jr. and Scratch to teach a graphical form of programming.  As you move beyond basic commands and students gain confidence and fluency, the desire to create and innovate will naturally drive students to build new skills and knowledge in an organic “project based learning” situation. In the process, you’ll lay a foundation of vocabulary and programming literacy that will enable them to push on to more complicated projects after this course.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Engineering Futuristic Fun

Description: Where are the hoverboards, podracers, and wrestling robots? We’re ready, Player One, so please come engineer the games of the future. In this course, you’ll explore various future technologies and their application to possible competitive events and sports. Come dream and design the next chapter of future fun.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Abstract Sculptures

Description: When a train goes off track, that’s bad; but when an art goes abstract, it’s cause for wonder, awe, and intrigue. This is not a sculpture class, this is wood, wire, glue, stockings, and paint (just to name a few) shifting into creative conceptualizations in abstract art. We’ll explore impactful pieces from history and spend lots of time creating. Fun for all ages!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: I Art Math

Description: Both math and art have the ability to communicate beyond words. As close relatives, they hold more in common than you realize, and both work to define and express our existence. Leave your worksheets at school! This course is for campers who are ready to dive in, explore and express mathematical concepts using a variety of hands-on and visually-stimulating projects.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Curious Conundrums

Description: What do chromatography, chemistry, and forensics have in common? They are all used to uncover mysteries, investigate crime scene evidence, and develop super-sleuth hypotheses to solve “crimes.” Come investigate curious conundrums and be inspired! Students will develop their problem-solving skills using critical and creative thinking, as well as their communication skills. These skills easily transfer to other content areas, as well as their personal lives. Students have a natural curiosity that is especially activated when presented with a discrepant event or a mystery. Forensic Science and criminology are currently very popular areas of interest for many students, and a popular choice of college majors. Students will work in small groups as they examine mystery powders (made from common household substances), make invisible ink, set up chromatography experiments, formulate conclusions, and examine a box of mystery contents to infer how these clues help to solve a crime scene. Drawing a visual interpretation of an imaginary crime scene based on deductive reasoning will prove challenging for a variety of learning styles and interests. On the last day, students will be invited to bring a t-shirt or fabric to create a keepsake chromatography sample that they personally design and draw. (Extra fabric will be provided for those who are unable to bring something in.)

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Marvelous Michelangelo

Description: Explore the real Michelangelo, the fascinating figure of the past: part scientist, part mathematician, and all artist.  In this course campers will create an original work of art employing techniques of proportion, anatomical correctness of the face, perspective, depth, and color–all inspired by this Renaissance master, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Mission to Kepler 452b

Description: Astronomers and astrobiologists are finding more and more planets in the habitable “Goldilocks” zone–implying potential for harboring life. What would it take to complete a mission to one of these planets? In this course, we’ll combine the study of astrobiology with rocketry and theoretical space travel. After all, we’ll need to get off Earth, travel distant light years, and then land on our new planet–employing our knowledge of gravity, atmospheric science, and the geology of where we’re headed.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: The Chemistry of Wizardry

Description: Being a muggle is so over-rated!  Using house-hold products, students will learn and perform experiments that are so cool, you’d think they were magic.  More than mystical explosions, this course encourages higher-level thinking as students use quantitative and nonverbal reasoning to understand the physical and chemical properties which surround us.

Get in touch with your magical side, and continue to spell-bind your friends and family for years to come as all of these experiments are able to be done at home (under adult supervision).

Brain Age: 1st-8th


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Registration
Registration begins February 16, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Late registration begins July 9.

Course titles and detailed descriptions for this event are included below.  You will be prompted to select FOUR (4) courses for your child at registration.

Click Here to Register

Hours
M-F 9am to 4pm* *Extended hours available.

Misc.
Pack a sack lunch for your child.

1826 Morrow Ave, Waco, TX 76707


Course/Title: Droids, Drones, and Superbots

Description: The work of the future is moving towards automation, and the role of the superhero is no different. In this course, you’ll construct drones, program droids, and conceptualize superbot technology “more powerful than a locomotive” in order to fight crime and save humanity.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: 3i Challenge: Invent, Innovate, and Improve

Description: Paper begets cardboard that we fold into boxes–add lenses and a phone then explore the Space Station. The cycle of invention, innovation, and improvement continues to launch humanity to the next level, and this course provides campers with the tools to create, rethink, and reimagine the world in front of them.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Layers of Paper

Description: Become your own 3D printer, traveling the X,Y,Z and building your own creations out of paper mache. On this journey campers will take an idea from conception to creation using 3-D, textural sculptures and nothing but cardboard, paper, and glue. Low tech meets high tech in this involvement model of the mind.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Epic Fail: Failures and Lessons from History

Description: We all know that Thomas Edison failed at the light bulb a bajillion times before he hired GE to build it, but what about armies attacking the wrong country (or even their own country?) There are Titanics and Hindenburgs and all the mistakes made along the march of human progress. Students will guffaw at humanity’s slip ups, and then turn a reflective eye on the lessons learned from failure. How do we grow from our own shortcomings? What lessons can we learn from those who face-planted before us?

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Game On!

Description: Complex problem-solving, advanced cognitive reasoning, nonverbal communication…wait, is this an intelligence test?  No way, we’re talking about the magic of board games.  From the tombs of King Tut to Catan, games have played a part in our human history for millennia, and now it’s time to bring that passion home.

In this fun, hands-on course, students will learn various games, explore what makes a board game fun, and incorporate their unique interests and passions into their own game design.  More advanced topics include creative writing, economics, and engineering.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Mind Matters: How the Brain Works

Description: It’s 75% water, has 100,000 miles of blood vessels, weighs 3 pounds, and feels no pain. The brain sits right inside our skull and yet remains a complete mystery to most of us. The human brain is an amazing organ! In this course, we will discover how the brain grows, recognize the effects the environment has on the brain, examine the different types of memory, bust some brain myths, and explore how different areas of the brain work together to help us make sense of our world! Most importantly, we’ll learn how WE can directly improve and tone our brain health, stay calm and focused, an accomplish more with our own brain power.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Nature’s Favorite Design

Description: There’s something about the mystical Fibonacci sequence that fascinates us.  It permeates every area of our life from the music on the radio to the clouds swirling overhead.  Now it’s time to take a lesson from Nature herself and create our own works of art.

Students will study how math, science, and nature are beautifully intertwined and learn from the great classical artisans and artists.  Not only will students explore the famous Fibonacci through videos, picture books, and problem-solving, but they will actually get to construct and/or create based on their passions and interests.  Options include (but are not limited to) pictures, paintings, blackout poetry, short stories, mosaic, or film.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Spherical Wonders

Description: Gaseous globules and manifestations of the Marangoni effect.  That’s right, we’re talking about bubbles (you knew that, right?)  Yup, those backyard fun-in-the-sun bubbles provide an accessible lens for an intense exploration of chemistry, physics, chromatography, geometry, and engineering.

Students will experiment and compare various formulas, learn the physics behind spherical construction, use geometry to measure diameter, circumference, and three-dimensional area.  Advanced students will apply engineering strategies to devise a bubble-blowing device.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Eligible to Attend?

Any incoming 1st through 8th grader who is fueled by curiosity, loves to learn, and is hungry for knowledge and engagement. Some camp locations may vary. Please confirm a camp’s age ranges on its information page.

How much does Camp Pursuit Cost?

Camp prices vary by location. Part of the registration ($50) is non-refundable as it covers credit card fees, clerical work, scheduling, and ordering supplies. Find information on our cancellation policy below.

Is there any Financial Assistance Available?

We are proud and fortunate to have a close partnership with Education Unbound, a non-profit whose mission is to support high potential students in financial need. Education Unbound, as well as other generous sponsors, have pledged a certain number of full scholarships for each week of Camp Pursuit. Scholarships will be awarded via an online application process. The first scholarship application window runs from January 15 to March 1. Recipients will be notified by March 15. You can find the application HERE.

If you feel called to give a week of Camp Pursuit to someone in need of financial assistance, consider making a donation to Education Unbound. You can add a note to your donation indicating your desire for the funds to be used toward an additional Camp Pursuit scholarship.

Do you accept volunteers?

We love our volunteers, and they help our camp run so smoothly.  We accept volunteers between the ages of 14-17.  A volunteer application and sign-up form will be released in late March. When the volunteer application becomes available, a link will be posted on this page, on our social media, and sent to friends via our email newsletter.

What’s the cancellation policy, and are there any fees?

$50 from the registration cost is non-refundable.  Here’s the full cancellation policy:

Camp Pursuit Cancellation Policy. The $50 registration fee is non-refundable. In the event you must cancel your reservation, you will receive a refund as defined herein: Cancellation notice must be submitted via email to NuMindsAdmin@numien.com. Refund will be issued in the same manner payment was made. 100% of tuition paid (this does not include the $50 Registration Fee) will be refunded if written notice is received no later than four weeks prior to session start date. Cancellations received within four or less weeks of session start date forfeit full tuition. Cancellation requests due to illness or accident prior to the camp session start date require a physician’s written verification. Upon receipt of verification, we will issue a full refund. Cancellations due to personal reasons, etc. will not receive a refund. Camp participants who leave during a session will not receive a refund, regardless of circumstances. We reserve the right to cancel a session date if participation numbers are not adequate. You may select an alternative session date, or you may request a full refund of tuition paid. Cancellations of sessions will occur a minimum of four weeks prior to the session.

What does a class look like?

Each class has unique curriculum written by Camp Pursuit teachers.  Every class is taught by a qualified, passionate teacher who has been trained to work with a variety of students, including gifted & high-achieving students in mixed-aged classroom models.

How do we chose our own courses?

3 Easy Steps to Picking the Right Course

First, understand that all courses are open to all incoming 1st through 8th graders.  Some courses have a “Recommended Brain Age” which means that while your kid may be a 1st grader, he or she thinks about a topic at an advanced level.  For example, we have seen classes where a first grader and an eighth grader work side-by-side on computer programming.

Next, find out what your kid is interested in.  The whole purpose of the camp is to allow him or her to pursue individual passions.  This is not an academic prep camp; instead, it’s a testing ground to get kids fired up about careers or areas of study they normally wouldn’t be exposed to.

Finally, see if there are any glaring reasons why age could be a barrier.  For example, some classes require fine micro motor skills that just haven’t developed.  Don’t let this stop you, one of our co-founders put his 1st grade daughter in an Ed Emberly drawing course last year, and although her project wasn’t as refined as the other students, she loved the course and still talks about it a year later.  However, he didn’t put her in the Mythology course because he was uncomfortable with all of the “relations” those promiscuous gods and goddesses have!

Why should I choose Camp Pursuit?

That’s a really good question.  NuMinds was founded by a couple of zany, passionate educators who gather a bunch of excellent teachers together and try to come up with the coolest courses possible.  We also absolutely love what we do!  We have a time-tested proprietary curriculum model that we use for all of our courses, and we only hire the best teachers–plus we pay them the best we can.  We recognize that Camp Pursuit is more than the sum of its parts.  We love learning!  We put your child’s safety first and do our absolute best to ensure a smooth experience.  We have puppet shows and guitars and we write our own songs.  We see the inherent quality in each child and celebrate their individuality and uniqueness.  We built Camp Pursuit under the framework: “What type of camp would I have enjoyed as a kid?”  What else…did I mention the puppet shows?

How can I support what NuMinds does?

If you love what we do and want to support us, here are a few ways.  And thank you for even reading this far–you mean the world to us!

  1. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media.  This helps us reach a wider audience and share what we do.
  2. Take just a minute to mention us to your friends.  No advertisement could ever replace the value of word-of-mouth.
  3. Ask your local school or PTA organization if they would like to host a NuMinds program.  Just put us in contact, and we’ll handle the rest.
  4. Volunteer at one of our events.  We’re always in need of help, and we’ll pass the savings on to you in the form of discounted admission.
  5. Send us your ideas!  Many of our ideas have spurned from everyday conversations with those who see a need.
  6. Provide a financial donation.  All donated money goes directly to course expenses–pencils, paper, supplies, etc.
  7. Thank the universe for all the blessings in your life, and then recognize the value of the very breath in your lungs.  Be happy and grateful–making the world a better place!

Do you have additional questions? Please send us a message via the Contact Us page!

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Camp Pursuit Austin
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1st - 8thJuly 16-20
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3838 Steck Ave, Austin, TX 78759
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(Westover Hills)
1st - 8thJuly 23-27
Westover Hills Church of Christ,
8332 Mesa Dr, Austin, TX 78759
$325
Early Bird
$375$75Austin (Westover Hills) Course CatalogAustin (Westover Hills)
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Camp Pursuit DC
(Michigan Park)
1st - 8thJune 18-22
June 25-29
Michigan Park Christian Church,
1600 Taylor St NE, Washington, DC 20017
$325
Early Bird
$375$75DC Course CatalogDC (Michigan Park)
Registration
Camp Pursuit DC
(Edmund Burke)
1st - 8thJuly 23-27
July30-Aug 3
Edmund Burke School,
4101 Connecticut Ave
NW, Washington, DC
20008
$325
Early Bird
$400$75DC Course CatalogDC (Edmund Burke)
Registration
Camp Pursuit Crandall
(Kaufman County)
1st - 8thJuly 9-13
Martin Elementary School,
11601 US-175 Frontage
Rd, Crandall, TX 75114
$175
Early Bird
$200$50Kaufman County Course CatalogCrandall (Kaufman County)
Registration
Camp Pursuit Dallas
(Lake Highlands)
1st - 8thJuly 16-20
July 23-27
Scofield Church, 7730 Abrams Rd, Dallas,
TX 75231
$325
Early Bird
$375$75Dallas (Lake Highlands) Course CatalogDallas (Lake Highlands)
Registration
Campus Pursuit North Dallas1st - 8thJune 18-22
June 25-29
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest Rd,
Dallas, TX 75254
$325
Early Bird
$375$75North Dallas Course CatalogNorth Dallas
Registration
Camp Pursuit Frisco1st - 8thJuly 23-27
July 30-Aug 3
St. Philips Episcopal School, 6400 Stonebrook Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034$325
Early Bird
$375$75Frisco Course CatalogFrisco
Registration
Camp Pursuit Prosper1st - 8thJune 11-15
June 18-22
Cockrell Elementary, 1075 Escalante Trail, Prosper, TX 75078$325
Early Bird
$375$75Prosper Course CatalogProsper
Registration
Camp Pursuit Sulphur Bluff1st - 8thJune 4-8
Sulphur Bluff ISD, 1027 Co Rd 3550, Sulphur Bluff, TX 75481$175
Early Bird
$200$50Sulphur Bluff Course CatalogSulphur Bluff
Registration
Camp Pursuit Virginia
(Arlington)
4th - 8thJuly 16-20
July 23-27
The Sycamore School, 4600 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22203$325
Early Bird
$375$75Virginia Course CatalogVirginia (Arlington)
Registration
Camp Pursuit Waco
(Art Forum)
1st - 8thJune 25-29
July 9-13
July 16-20
July 23-27
Art Forum of Waco, 1826 Morrow Ave, Waco, TX 76707 $175
Early Bird
$200$50Waco Course CatalogWaco (Art Forum)
Registration
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(St. Pauls)
1st - 8thJune 4-8
June 11-15

St. Paul's Episcopal School, 517 Columbus Ave, Waco, TX 76701$175
Early Bird
$200$50Waco Course CatalogWaco (Columbus Ave.)
Registration

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