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Soaring Eagles

We are excited to continue this special afternoon program for rising 5th - 8th Graders in 2020! Soaring Eagles meet from 12:00 - 3:00 pm each day of the week. There is no Soaring Eagles program the week of July 4th, but students in this age range can attend the Rising Eagles program with their peers. For those wanting a FULL DAY program, simply select the registration option with a Rising Eagle morning session and a Soaring Eagle afternoon session! Full day students will switch programs after lunch.


Week 1: Scientific Methods - CANCELLED Due to COVID-19

June 1 - 5

Gena Garrett

Hypothesis: No two days are the same. Let’s put it to the test during this super-fun week of science! Explore electricity using snap circuits. Get your hands messy with slime to better understand chemistry. And learn the basics of physics through toy car tracks and pop rockets. Each day will bring new experiments!


Week 2: Under the Sea - CANCELLED Due to COVID-19

June 8 - 12

Ashely Swinford

Ever wonder what lives inside the ocean? Take a deep dive into the exciting world of marine biology! Teacher Ashely Swinford is ready to take you on an adventure in one of her favorite subjects. Explore water, wildlife, adaptations, fresh vs saltwater ecosystems, pollution, and maybe even conduct a dissection or two! 


Week 3: Myths & Legends - CANCELLED Due to COVID-19

June 15 - 19

Emily Zinn

Unravel the mysteries of Greek Mythology! In this brand new theme to Summer Academy, we will play games, cook, watch videos, and explore the outdoors to examine different Greek myths, the first Olympics, constellations, and more. You won’t want to miss this fun week! 



Week 4: LEGO Brick Flicks - CANCELLED Due to COVID-19

June 22 - 26

Troy Vaupel

Bring your favorite bricks and minifigs, and let’s have some fun with stop motion animation to bring otherwise inanimate objects to life on the screen. Professional videographer Troy Vaupel will lead you through learning how to use stop motion apps, filming, editing, and having loads of fun building Lego creations. Your only limitation is your own imagination! 


Week 5: Chef’s Academy - CANCELLED Due to COVID-19

morning or full day only 

June 29 - July 2*

Join us for Chef’s Academy with the Rising Eagles program and get into the kitchen! Students are separated by age group and will be with other kids their age during this week. Half day (8:30 am - 12:00 pm) and full day (8:30 am - 3:00 pm) programming available!

*Summer Academy is closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.



Week 6: Survival - CANCELLED Due to COVID-19

July 6 - 10

Eric Sogard

What if you were stranded on an abandoned island - surrounded by darkness, cold temperatures, wild animals, and other dangers? Could you survive? Back by popular demand… learn everything you need to know to camp and survive in nature!


Week 7: STEM - Coding to Carpentry - CANCELLED Due to COVID-19

July 13 - 17

Eric Sogard

Gear up for an exciting week in the world of STEM - science, technology, engineering and math! We will tackle projects from coding to carpentry in Day School’s iLab, moving from computers to power tools and exploring projects in between. Learn skills that involve problem solving, teamwork, and most importantly, FUN! 


Week 8: Level Up - CANCELLED Due to COVID-19

July 20 - 24

Lucas Swinford

Put on your game face because we are taking things to the next level! Try your hand at new board games, participate in video game competitions, and challenge your concept of reality with tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons. Create characters and teams, collaborate with your friends, and compete for gaming glory. This new Summer Academy theme is sure to be a fast favorite with our experienced game master Mr. Swinford at the helm!


Week 9: Broadway Bootcamp - CANCELLED Due to COVID-19

July 27 - 31

Jennifer D’Alto

We could not be more excited to partner with Children’s Theatre of Southern Indiana again to bring a week of Broadway Bootcamp back to Summer Academy! Bootcamp is for kids who love music, dance, acting, and yearn to develop more skill and self-confidence in these areas. We will tackle improv and scripted acting as well as  two production numbers from current Broadway hits! We will celebrate what we’ve learned with a performance on the final day! All levels of performers in grades 5-8 welcome.