Winter Vacation Programs 2015

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We DO NOT need medical forms for Vacation Programs.

Fee per day: $65 ($60 for members)

Before and after care (7:30 am – 5:30 pm) is available at $8 per hour.

All registrations must be done online. If you are trying to register within 24 hours of a program, you must first call the office at the Museum to make sure there is room in the class (203.777.1833).

We cannot guarantee that there will be a slot for your child if you are registering within this 24 hour time frame.

All registrations are on a first come, first served basis depending on the time stamp online.

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The (h)arts of self expression

Finding Your Heart. Friday 2/13/15
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Valentine's Day is an occasion to ask, can I make and exchange something that is truly me? We have wooden hearts, Sculpey, paper, wire, wheels, magnets, motors and some ideas to get you started (robots, love bugs, treasure boxes…)Bring your imagination. Make gifts for your friends and family – or to amuse yourself. Make a few or many in this open ended workshop.

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Computer: 3D Printed Gifts

Friday, 2/13/15
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It's the day before Valentine's Day and you've yet to find the perfect gift. What better way to please yourself and the one you love to please than to make a unique pair of earrings or cuff-links as a gift?

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Different Strokes

The arts of applying paint. Monday, 2/16/15
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Making means mastering many methods.

A brush is but one of the tools a painter uses. We'll look at artists flicking, smearing, sculpting, dripping and rolling paint. Learn the name and purpose of each technique. Then practice each method.

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Observing – Galileo's Birthday

Monday, 2/16/15
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Following closely the hands of great thinkers at work traces a useful map of genius.

February 15 was Galileo's 451st birthday*. Galileo was a brilliant observer. He understood the movements of planets. He understood the movement of marbles.

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Computer: Scratch

Monday, 2/16/15
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Develop your own computer game using MIT's Scratch, a programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art – and share your creations with others around the world. In the process of designing and programming Scratch projects, young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

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First Impressions

Exercises in printmaking. Tuesday, 2/17/15
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Making blends old and new ways of doing things.

You may well have a printer in your house that can reproduce any image you send it. Not so long ago, the tools for printing required artful hands and patience. We will look at artists carving, stamping, rubbing and rolling images.

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Motor Development: Robot Dance Moves

Tuesday, 2/17/15

The torque and speed of motors are more easily learned by touch than by numbers. Just as the rhythms of dance are best learned by moving and not by reading notes on a page.

Small motors just go: one speed, one direction, one shape (round and round). In this workshop, get control.

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Computer: Processing

Tuesday, 2/17/15
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Learn the basics of object-oriented programming while making your own side-scrolling arcade game. Use Processing and the Eli Whitney Museum's "Scratching" library for Java, which lets you use familiar "Scratch" commands as you write your first typed-code programs. Both are available for free online, so you can keep coding when you get home!

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