Summer Experience 2022

Week 1: June 20-23

Week 2: June 27 - 30

Week 3: July 11 - 14

Week 4 - July 18 - 21

  • 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 2022 (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.

    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.

    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.

    ELECTRONICS LAB: (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. 

    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 work with a team to solve a mystery.  Be a detective!  

    GARDENING CLUB: (grades 3-6)  Students learn proper gardening techniques and sustainable growing at the Lionville Elementary School raised garden beds.  The students will plant, care for and harvest produce for the Lord’s Pantry Food Cupboard in Downingtown, Pa.  The Coordinator of the Gleaning club will share her expertise on how gardening creates sustainability and community. Class is held at LIONVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    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.

    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.

    PASTRY CHEF:  (grades 5-8) Students will learn how to make pastries from recipes and individual tastes.  Emphasis will be on creativity, taste and fun!

    CREATIVE WOODWORKING FOR GIRLS:  (grades 6-8)  Ever wanted to learn how to build something in a woodshop? Here is your chance! In this class you will learn how to use the basic machines to build a project. At the end of camp you will get the opportunity to take that project home for you to keep. Learn about woodworking in our Tech Ed workshop under the guidance of a certified tech ed teacher.  

    Complete list of programs offered by week

    Click below to register:

    week 1: June 20-23

    week 2: June 27-30

    week 3: July 11-14

    week 4: July 18-21

    Questions about programs?  Contact Ronda Hamilton 

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

          $130 per program

          $70 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 are 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 for 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 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.)