Summer Experience 2021

Week 1: June 21-25

Week 2: July 12 - 16

Week 3: July 19 - 23

  • The DCEF Summer Experience

    All programs are held at Downingtown Middle School.  Options are Morning (9am – noon), Afternoon (12:30 – 3:30 pm) or Full Day (9am-3:30pm). Register for both a Morning and Afternoon session and the Lunch Supervision Option to create a full day experience.  Students bring a packed lunch. Teachers supervise full day students from 12-12:30 for lunch.

    Select programs based on the grade completed as of June 2021 (NOT grade entering in Sept)

    ANIMAL ADVENTURES:  (grades 1&2) Focus on ELA skills - reading, comprehension, research, presentation and writing while learning about animals, insects and habitats.

    • week 1 (June 21-25): It's a Bug's Life (Insects)
    • week 2 (July 12-16):  Animal Habitats Around the World
    • week 3 (July 19-23): Farm Animals

    CODING:  (grades 1&2)  Many of our daily activities involve devices that employ programs created by software developers. In coding, students will develop their problem solving and thinking skills as they learn the concepts of computer coding which can then be used to create their own games and art. Students will participate in unplugged activities as well as self-paced activities. 

    COOKING UP SCIENCE: (grades 1&2) Students will learn about the different properties of matter - solids, liquids and gases. Experiments will teach them about the surface tension of water, hydrophilic and hydrophobic substances, how gases behave, creating solids from liquids and non-Newtonian fluids.  They will also learn some civil engineering as well as participate in some design challenges.

    FINCH ROBOTICS: (grades 1&2)  The Finch Robot is an all-in-one bot that comes with leveled programming. Programs include different levels to guide your students through the experience of learning to code and build.   

    OZOBOTS: (grades 1&2) Students will participate in a design thinking challenge that is grade appropriate. They will collaborate and create like an innovator by employing creative problem-solving skills and code the Ozobot. They will employ the engineering design process to identify challenges, gather information, generate potential solutions, refine ideas, and test solutions.

    MATH MAGIC:  (grades 1&2) Students will apply concepts that support and extend their current grade level standards and content. From number bonds, to deductive reasoning, children will solve problems, apply skills and engage in activities that will enrich their mind and cultivate curiosity. 

    AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: (grades 2-6) Beginner ASL class will include instruction in beginner signs/alphabet/conversational words/culture and will conclude with a celebration of signing poems, songs, etc that are appropriate for the student's knowledge.

    THEATER: (grades 2-6) Learn theatrical vocabulary, stage directions, memorization skills, script reading and writing, costuming basics, as well as hair and make-up techniques. Through games improve theatre-related skills, aide in team-building, and, by the end of the week, produce a Showcase Performance complete with a playbill. No previous theater experience is required.

    CREATIVE TECH: (grades 3-5) Learning the building blocks of verses, chorus, and bridges from songs you know will help you to create music of your own. Using iPads students will learn to create beats, arrange tracks, and record vocals. They’ll learn chord structure, drum beats, and song composition so they can open up new ways to convey themes and ideas in their music storytelling.  Using the iPad camera and iMovie, students will learn about composition, lighting, camera angles, pacing, and how to establish setting to construct strong narratives through documentaries, live events, and short films.

    FILM MAKING WITH THE iPAD: (grades 3-5) Students will use digital media to create a book trailer of one of their favorite chapter books. They will create a script with images and use iMovie to produce a final product. 

    FORENSICS:  (grades 3-5)   Explore the science of forensics. Learn how to fingerprint, analyze handwriting, spot the difference between real and counterfeit money, collect evidence, and solve a mystery.   

    HUMMINGBIRD ROBOTICS:  (grades 3-5) Using components such as light, sound, rotary sensors, servos, and gear motors, along with your imagination and craft materials, create and learn to program a robot. Students can take a Hummingbird course as many times as they like and make something completely different with different levels of complexity each time as they master programming and engineering skills.     

    LEGO ROBOTICS:  (grades 3-5) Build LEGO robots using Mindstorm EV3.  Use software to plan, test and modify your robot's behavior.

    MASTER CHEF JR:  (grades 3-5) Start your quest for culinary skills under the instruction of a certified FCS teacher. Learn to prepare delicious and nutritious snacks.

    PHYSICS FUN: (grades 3-5) Science is finding evidence to answer the whys and hows of the world. Physics explores the fundamental laws of nature.  Learn about simple machines, forces and motion and energy.

    PROGRAMMING WITH SCRATCH:  (grades 3-5) Learn computer science and create your own art, stories and games using logic and the programming language, SCRATCH.  The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society. Students learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects and communicating ideas.

    STOP MOTION FILM MAKING: (grades 3-5) Stop Motion is a filming technique in which objects such as clay models or lego figures) are photographed in a series of slightly different positions so the object seems to move.  Create a storyboard, choose sets, characters, and effects to create your own movie.


    For students who have completed grades 5, 6, 7 or 8 as of June 2021

    ELECTRONICS LAB:  Students first learn the basics of electronic circuits and how electronic components work.  Then students will build an electric motor and electro magnet. Students will also learn to read schematics and build a light movement sound generator, prank circuit and melody generator using breadboards.

    PROGRAMMING: Many of our daily activities involve devices that employ programs created by software developers. Students will develop their problem-solving and thinking skills as they learn concepts of computer coding so they can create their own games and art.

    MASTER CHEF:   Sharpen your culinary skills under the instruction of a certified FCS teacher. 

    SPORTS & SCIENCE:  Learn how the body works for optimum play, sports and exercise.  Learn the benefits of activity not just for the body but for the overall health of the person.  Fun activities throughout the course demonstrating movement and health.


    Click below to see a full listing of programs by week, session, and grade

    Summer Programs 2021



    week 1   June 21 - 25

    week 2   July 12 - 16

    week 3  July 19 - 23


    Register by May 30th to take advantage of EARLY REGISTRATION FEES:

          $155 per program

          $75 per program for students eligible for or participating in Free & Reduced Lunch program
    $10 for lunch supervision option for the week if you take an AM and PM class
    FEES INCREASE $10 June 1st
    10% Sibling Discount (applied at checkout - register siblings together)


    The Downingtown Community Education Foundation ensures that no child will be turned away for inability to pay.  Additional scholarships available.  Please contact 


    Please consider increasing your registration payment for this session as a tax deductible donation to support our scholarship efforts.  Just $10 or $20 can make a difference! 


    A minimum enrollment of 7 is required for a class to run. Full refunds are issued for programs canceled by DCEF.  Refunds will be given up to one week prior to the start of the session minus $10 administrative fee.  Credit toward another program session will be given for withdrawals less than one week prior or after the start of the program session - no refunds.  
    Parents are responsible for to picking up children on time - transportation is not provided.  (parents will be charged $5.00 for every 10 minutes beyond the end of the class.)