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Summer Programs 2018

Mostly Math: Putting the "M" in STEM

At the Annandale School, we don't waste your time. Our students come to our spring break and summer programs to learn how to do things right, and to have learning.

Our summer morning sessions are two weeks long and dedicated to more academic subjects--mostly in math, but we also offer a rigorous course in the design of tabletop games. Classes meet 9:00 am to 12:00 noon Monday-Friday. Tuition is $695.

Our summer afternoon sessions are one week long, and are dedicated to art, crafts and making things. Classes meet 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday. Tuition is $345 including all materials.

Most of our classes are given multiple times over the summer.

Click here to download schedule as pdf.

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Morning Sessions

Postulate to Proof I

A Rigorous Re-examination of Arithmetic

Click here to enroll First section: 6/18 to 6/29

Click here to enroll Second section: 7/30 to 8/10

Tuition: $695

To make the hard problems look easy, look hard at the easy problems.

L. Clark Lay, The Study of Arithmetic

For students preparing to take algebra I in the fall. Most students will be rising 7th, 8th, or 9th graders; other ages welcome.

Algebra is a crucial turning point in a student's math education. Before algebra, math was about manipulating numbers and performing correct calculations. In algebra, students take a giant leap into abstraction. Those students who make that leap most successfully are positioned to succeed in math well beyond algebra, in standardized tests, and in the studies of engineering and the physical and social sciences.

Postulate to Proof I helps students make that leap. We introduce the key abstractions of algebra by showing how those abstractions relate to things with which they are already familiar. Students begin by re-examining the basic rules and algorithms of arithmetic, learning how they are consequences of a small set of fundamental laws, known as the "field postulates" or "the properties of numbers." They then develop their understanding of these fundamental laws by studying problems and examples from science and economics.

While learning these abstractions, students practice techniques and habits for solving problems. We do not use the recipe-based approach to "problem solving," in which students are asked to memorize specific steps for each "type" of problem they encounter. Instead, we teach strategies students can use to break down and solve any type of problem, regardless of whether or not they have seen that type of problem before. This is a more effective approach to learning how to succeed on math tests. It is also how scientists, engineers, and economists actually solve problems.

Postulate to Proof II

A Rigorous Re-examination of Algebra

Click here to enroll First section: 6/18 to 6/29

Click here to enroll Second section: 7/30 to 8/10

Tuition: $695

Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.

Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

For students preparing to take algebra II or precalculus in the fall, or for any student who wants a more solid math foundation before taking AP Calculus, AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP Economics, or AP Statistics.

We don’t mean to be discouraging when we say “abandon hope.” Quite the opposite. The math student who has solid math foundations never thinks “I hope I got that problem right.” They know that every statement that they put down on their paper is mathematically correct.

Students in Postulate to Proof II build upon and reinforce the principles of mathematical reasoning that they learned in algebra. Students briefly review the structure of algebra as an axiomatic system. Then they practice rigorous reasoning and mathematical problem-solving skills using problems and examples drawn from physics, engineering, chemistry and economics.

Calculus Zero

A Gentle Introduction to Hard Math

Click here to enroll First section: 7/9 to 7/20

Click here to enroll Second section: 8/13 to 8/24

Tuition: $695

For any student who has completed algebra I and is confident in their algebra skills (see "abandon hope", above).

A gentle introduction to the mathematical language of engineering and the physical and social sciences. Of interest to those planning to take AP or college-level calculus, physics, economics, or other mathematically intensive courses in the fall; for students who want to get a head start on the concepts of calculus; or for students who have taken calculus and want to better understand how the subject is used by engineers, physical scientists and social scientists.

This course differs from a standard calculus course, which approaches the subject from a very abstract and proof-heavy direction. At the Annandale School, we love a rigorous, abstract approach as much as anyone. But while anyone who wants to understand calculus should eventually take such a course, it is not necessarily the easiest entry into the subject.

In fact, the standard treatment of calculus, based on epsilon-delta proofs and the concept of limits, is not how physicists, engineers and the like actually understand and use calculus. Much more important to understanding how calculus is used in everyday scientific work is the concept of the differential, a concept that tends to get short shrift in calculus courses taught by mathematicians.

Our Calculus Zero class gives a gentle introduction to the two key concepts of calculus, the integral and the derivative. Students study examples and problems drawn from physics, engineering and economics. Students explore the ways that scientists and engineers use visualization and numerical modeling to understand the relationships that are described by calculus.

Game Engineering

Click here to enroll First section: 7/9 to 7/20

Click here to enroll Second section: 8/13 to 8/24

Tuition: $695

For anyone who wants to spend two weeks taking games seriously.

Games are serious fun. In this course students will play games, analyze games, and design games as they explore the fundamental characteristics of structure, complexity, player interaction, balance, luck, skill, player experience, and game superstructure. The course will focus predominantly on table top games, although video games will be discussed. The course draws on the work of game designers like Richard Garfield, designer of Magic: The Gathering. Students will be encouraged to play games and research games outside of class.

Afternoon Sessions

Doll Crafts

Click here to enroll First section: 6/18 to 6/22

Click here to enroll Second section: 7/30 to 8/3

Tuition: $345 incl. materials

A fun and educational course for students in upper elementary and middle school who love their 14" to 18" dolls (like the American Girl dolls, Wellie Wisher, or A Girl for All Time).

Dr. Menes is a partner, with designer Elizabeth Atwater Menes, in Lee & Pearl ( Lee & Pearl creates patterns for making clothes and accessories for 14" to 18" dolls. In this program we will make several Lee & Pearl doll craft projects, including a doll apron, doll slippers, and a doll café table and accessories, while learning basic hand sewing, knitting, and wood working and painting skills.

Learn to Play Magic: The Gathering

Click here to enroll First section: 6/25 to 6/29

Click here to enroll Second section: 8/6 to 8/10

Tuition: $345 incl. materials

For kids 10 years old and up who want to learn to play Magic: The Gathering, or who play casually and want to improve their game.

Magic: The Gathering is a powerful educational tool wrapped up as an insanely fun game. Magic can improve reading comprehension and vocabulary, sharpen strategic thinking skills, and provide hands on experience with advanced mathematical concepts like optimization and combinatorics, as well as building friendships and community.

In this class we will introduce students to the three layers of Magic: playing the game, designing and building decks, and understanding the meta-game. Students will have the opportunity to build decks for casual play which they will be able to keep at the end of the course.

Designing and Making Jewelry

Click here to enroll First section: 7/9 to 7/13

Click here to enroll Second section: 8/13 to 8/17

Tuition: $345 incl. materials

For students in middle school and high school who would like to learn to design and make jewelry.

Students will explore jewelry design and learn a variety of jewelry making techniques. In design, students will explore how structure, technique, and choice of materials influence jewelry design. In technique, students will learn the fundamentals of beadwork and wirework, and several unusual techniques using fabric and craft supplies.

Historical Craft Lab

Click here to enroll First Section: 7/16 to 7/20

Click here to enroll Second Section: 8/20 to 8/24

For students in middle school and high school who love history and love making things.

Students in this course will try their hand at three different pre-industrial crafts. Students will decorate unfinished wood boxes with egg tempera paints, in the style of the European late Middle Ages, they will dye wool and silk with natural dyes used by 18th century American colonists, and they will learn to spin wool on a drop spindle, a craft practiced by humans since the stone age.

Art with Paper and Ink

Click here to enroll First section: 6/18 to 6/22

Click here to enroll Second section: 6/25 to 6/29

Click here to enroll Third section: 7/9 to 7/13

Click here to enroll Fourth section: 7/16 to 7/20

Click here to enroll Fifth section: 7/30 to 8/3

Click here to enroll Sixth section: 8/6 to 8/10

Click here to enroll Seventh section: 8/13 to 8/17

Click here to enroll Eighth section: 8/20 to 8/24

For middle and high school students.

This will be a three hour studio session for practicing art with paper and pen. (In some cases, we may substitute pencil, glue or other media for the pen.)

Each week we will teach a different art form or craft. As the summer approaches, we will update this page with what skills we will teach in what weeks. Topics are likely to include steel pen calligraphy, drawing manga, elements of technical drawing, perspective projection, and introduction to bookbinding.