Singapore’s favourite summer holiday programme just got even cooler! Camp Asia has added LEGO Robotics and Drama Academy to its mix of super-popular activities, which will see budding engineers and thespians trying their hand at programming and taking centre stage from 1 June to 21 August.
Each of the week-long courses will be available at three locations – Stamford American International School, Australian International School and British Club – along with the rest of Camp Asia’s exciting holiday hoopla, which includes Sport Stars, Multi-Activity, Super Chef, Mini Mandarin, Passion for Art, Mad World of Science, Tech Savvy, Math Mania and BizTank. Add an 8.30am kick off and the option of bus transport, and we can almost hear a collective sigh of relief from Mums and Dads across Singapore!
Got a techy tween? Then they’ll be counting down the days until they take up their spot on Camp Asia’s LEGO Robotics course. Working with expert teachers, LEGO-loving 9-to-11-year-olds will hone their programming skills using LEGO Mindstorms NXT to build, test and animate robots. They’ll engage in some serious brainstorming and problem-solving along the way, while polishing their construction skills, too.
Check out Camp Asia’s website for a sample timetable of the topics the LEGO Robotics course will cover, but in the meantime you can whet Junior’s appetite by telling them they’ll be treated to an introduction of NXT-G graphical-based programming and On Brick Programming, as well as glossing over concepts such as robot movement, basic troubleshooting, centre of gravity, gear ratios and WAY more. Neat!
But if your child has designs on the stage instead, then Camp Asia’s Drama Academy may be just the ticket. Kids from six to 11 will get to star in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on this theatrical camp, while dabbling in puppetry, physical theatre, vocal training, storytelling, stagecraft and improvisation – not to mention having a good giggle when in costume for the dress rehearsal and finale!
They’ll also rub shoulders with two British actors from the United Kingdom who’ll be specially flown in to conduct lessons for two weeks. Drama Academy will be headed by theatre veteran Henry Everett (who is currently co-starring on the London stage with Ralph Fiennes) and assisted by another experienced British performer Morag Cross who has a number of television and movie credits to her name.
The programme will be split into two age groups, with varying timetables for the 6-8’s and 9-11’s. And, while both will see your child spouting Shakespeare, exploring characters, discussing key themes and creating music, the older group will also work off stage to create a film trailer for Twelfth Night!
Both LEGO Robotics and Drama Academy run from Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm (though you can drop ’em off anytime from 8.30am if you like and they can join in a free choice activity). LEGO Robotics is $625 (except for the week commencing 11 August when it’s a 4-day camp from Tuesday-Friday at $500) and Drama Academy is $695. The price includes a yummy lunch, healthy morning and afternoon snacks and an awesome Camp Asia t-shirt. Visit Camp Asia’s website for more details.