Explorer Programs

Summer is a time for the curious child to discover new interests, take an adventure, and explore the world around them.
The vast Allegheny National Forest, the open waters of Lake Erie, the wonders of space – all of these destinations await to be discovered this summer at US. Our Explorer Programs are intended for the child with an adventurous spirit and inquisitive mind. Imaginations run wild while students design forts for an epic water-balloon battle or launch rockets nearing the speed of sound.

Get outside and explore with US this summer!

Outdoor Adventure

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Backpacking Trip

    Coed, grades 8 - 12

    Dates: July 7nd - 10th
    Time: TBD
    Location: Off-Campus (Transportation provided)
    Tuition: $400

    Have your boys take their love of the outdoors to a new level with an immersive experience of backpacking. Boys will need to rely on their camping skills, grit, and physical ability to hike to camp carrying everything they will need for 2 days. We’ll explore the world around us, play games, and learn to appreciate what we have in our daily lives. This weekend camping trip to the Alleghany National Forest in Pennsylvania will be an experience not to miss! A gear check on Thursday afternoon at the Hunting Valley campus will ensure that each boy has what he needs and can carry the weight. Depart from Hunting Valley at 7:00 am Friday returning Sunday evening. Transportation, meals, cookware, and shared tents are provided but participants will need their own sleeping bag and a sturdy backpacking style pack.

    Directed by Dr. Erick Carlson
  • Master Fort Builders

    Coed, grades 3-5

    Dates: June 6th - 10th
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $395

    Ever build a fort from pillows and blankets at home in the living room? We are going to take this challenge to the next level! Master Fort Builders is for boys and girls looking for a design challenge. Using various tools and materials, we will divide into teams for the ultimate fort-building adventure. We will put these forts to the test with a water balloon battle!

    Directed by Cortney Dargaj
  • Outdoor Camp Beginner Adventures

    Coed, grades 6 - 9

    Session I
    Dates: June 13th - 17th
    Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm (Thursday will be an overnight for all interested)

    Session II
    Dates: June 20th - 24th
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Thursday will be an overnight for all interested)

    Location: Hunting Valley
    Tuition: $475

    Learn how to observe and enjoy the small and large parts of our landscape, from seedlings to screech owls. This camp will have the boys and girls explore the forests, fields, streams, and ponds of the Hunting Valley campus. Instruction on camping basics including tents, fires, cooking, and "Leave No Trace" ethics. There will be fishing, canoeing, swimming in the high school indoor pool, s'mores and games galore! This camp will culminate with an overnight on Thursday at the Hunting Valley campus. Tent and cookware are provided, but participants will need their own sleeping bag. Dinner and breakfast provided for the overnight.

    Directed by Dr. Erick Carlson
  • Sailing Camp

    Coed, rising 3rd - 8th graders

    Dates: August 1st - 5th
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Off-Campus (Transportation provided)
    Tuition: $450

    If you like being outside and on the water and want to learn about sailing, this camp is for you! You will learn important beginning boating fundamentals and water safety at the beautiful Mentor Harbor Yachting Club. Experience kayaks, small dinghy sailboats, large sailboats, and powerboats on Lake Erie and the protected Mentor harbor. The week-long camp is run by experienced, certified, professional sailing instructors who will guarantee fun. No boating experience or ownership required. Simply bring your lifejacket, sunscreen, and lunch. This camp provides transportation to the yacht club.

    Questions? Contact Bill Champ
  • SCUBA Camp

    Coed, ages 10 and up

    Session I

    Dates: June 21st - 24th
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $540

    Session II
    Dates: July 25th - 29th
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $540

    Looking for a unique, interesting, and fun summer camp experience? Then look no further than Just Add Water’s Scuba Camp at University School! Scuba Camp will introduce campers to the underwater world and teach them to scuba dive. Have a blast learning to scuba dive and leave this experience with new friends, wonderful life-long memories, and a skill you can use for the rest of your life! Campers will complete the classroom and pool training required to earn their Scuba Certification! You will learn about dive safety, scuba equipment, and being a good dive buddy. In addition, you'll learn about the underwater world, aquatic life, and protecting the environment. Have tons of fun, be active, make friends, and learn to scuba dive with Just Add Water! Families including adults are welcome!

Science, Engineering & Design

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  • Advanced Rocketry

    Coed, grades 7 - 9

    Dates: June 27th- July 1st 
    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $325

    Join US Rocketry Team Coach Jim Seibyl in a hands-on engineering challenge as you design and launch powerful rockets. The Team America Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest student rocket contest. Students routinely build rockets that launch thousands of feet in the air, approaching the speed of sound. This camp introduces you to the contest with hands-on discovery of rocketry highlighted by a mini competition with the rockets you design and build.

    Directed by Jim Seibyl
  • Aviation Challenge

    Coed, grades 7 - 9

    Dates: July 11th- 15th 
    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $325

    Explore the fun and exciting world of aviation! Design and build several different types of aircraft from paper, controlling them through an app on your smart phone or tablet! Learn about stability, flight control systems, center of gravity, lift, and aerodynamics. The week concludes with an exciting competition where you take your best design and compete in a challenging flight obstacle course. Campers keep the powered flight system at the end of the week.

    Directed by Jim Seibyl
  • Fort Island Camp™

    Coed, 2nd - 7th grade

    Dates: August 1st – 5th
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $185

    Floss on over to Challenge Island’s® Fort Island Camp™! You will ride your balloon bus into an unforgettable computer-and-violence-free adventure inspired by the world’s most popular game. You’ll build walls and STEAMtastic shelters, land in Slanted City and Treasure Lake, and design your own skins and practice your favorite dance moves. This Challenge Island camp promises to be an unforgettable experience for every fort-loving boy and girl!

    Through Challenge Island® kids embark on fantastical themed STEAM journeys, device-free, where they work in teams to tackle various exciting challenges using only the basic materials in their treasure chests and their boundless imaginations! Summer campers create and personalize spaces for their teams, design games to play, engineer launchers and tools, and explore chemistry. Challenge Island® is where engineering meets imagination!

    Questions? Contact Teri Skrinska
  • STEAM-warts Camp of Wizards,Spells, and Potions©

    Coed, 2nd - 7th grade

    Dates: July 25th – 29th
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $185

    Join Challenge Island® for a magical week of spellbinding adventure! You’ll create your wizardry world and take a full load of wizarding classes from Transfiguration to Flying Broomsticks, to Charms and Potions, to Magical Beasts – a must for every wizard fan!

    Through Challenge Island® kids embark on fantastical themed STEAM journeys, device-free, where they work in teams to tackle various exciting challenges using only the basic materials in their treasure chests and their boundless imaginations! Summer campers create and personalize spaces for their teams, design games to play, engineer launchers and tools, and explore chemistry. Challenge Island® is where engineering meets imagination!

    Contact Teri Skrinska

STEM & LEGO®

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Adventures in STEM with LEGO®

    Coed, kindergarten - 2nd grade

    Dates: June 6th – 10th
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $180

    Adventures in STEM using LEGO®: Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Space Stations, Fire Trucks, and the Eiffel Tower. Design and build as never before and explore your most imaginative ideas.

    Questions? Contact Bill Champ
  • Jedi Engineering Strikes Back with LEGO®

    Coed, K - 2nd grade

    Dates: August 8th – 12th
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $180

    This is the way! Get ready to embark on your LEGO® journey as we defend the Wookies on Kashyyyk, repair the Rebel shield generator on Hoth, and rescue Baby Yoda from Moff Gideon. Come explore a galaxy far, far away with the help of an experienced Play-Well instructor and learn which "Force" is actually with us!

    Questions? Contact Bill Champ
  • Minecraft Engineering with LEGO®

    Coed, kindergarten - 2nd grade

    Dates: July 25th – 29th
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $180

    Venture into the world of Minecraft in our unique LEGO® experience. Get ready to build your base, craft your tools, use your Minecart to harvest raw resources, and battle to stop the Ender Dragon from ending the world. Come explore the endless possibilities of LEGO® with a trained Play-Well instructor.

    Questions? Contact Bill Champ
  • Minecraft Master Engineering with LEGO®

    Coed, 3 - 6th grade

    Dates: July 25th – 29th
    Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $180

    Bring your favorite Minecraft adventures to life with our enthusiastic Play-Well instructors. In a Minecraft world powered by LEGO® resources, we will build shelters to keep out Creepers, craft mystical items that only true masters can wield, and perfect our crossbow skills to stop the Wither from taking over! If you can imagine it, we can build it.

    Questions? Contact Bill Champ
  • Return of the Jedi Master Engineering with LEGO®

    Coed, 3 - 6th grade

    Dates: August 8th – 12th
    Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $180

    Master The Way of the Jedi in this Star Wars inspired LEGO® Engineering experience. Venture through the galaxy in your custom Razor Crest to rescue Baby Yoda, exploring from the deserts of Tatooine to the frozen caves of Hoth. Allow our Play-Well instructor to help you complete your Jedi training journey!

    Questions? Contact Bill Champ
  • STEM Explorations with LEGO®

    Coed, grades 3 - 6

    Dates: June 6th – 10th
    Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $180

    Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as: Tow Trucks, Bowlers, and Battletanks. Design and build as never before and explore your most imaginative ideas.

    Questions? Contact Bill Champ

Tech Camps

List of 16 frequently asked questions.

  • Learning in the STEAMworks Makerspace

    Co-ed, Grades 3–5

    Session I
    Dates: June 27th - July 1st
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Session II
    Dates: July 25th - 29th
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $300

    Campers will have full access to all the resources of the makerspace and learn how to use its vast array of tools including 3D printers and a laser cutter.  Students will work through the design process to conceive and then build various projects.  Problem-solving, iterative design thinking, and fun are all part of the daily schedule for this introduction to the world of engineering and technology.

    Directed by Bob Newill
  • Intro to Coding in the STEAMworks Makerspace

    Co-ed, Grades 3–5

    Session I
    Dates: July 11th-15th
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Session II
    Dates: August 1- 5
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $300

    Campers will participate in an introduction to coding using all the resources of the makerspace.  Students will learn both how to write code, and then upload their code to various types of hardware (and robots!) to see how their code works.  Challenges will be presented throughout the week that campers will have to use their newfound coding skills to solve. 

    Directed by Bob Newill
  • Minecraft Adventures 4 Kids

    Coed, grades 2 - 4

    Dates: June 6th – 10th
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $260

    Are you ready to take your Minecraft skills to the next level? This program focuses on building adventures and teaches participants about interactive world building as well as game design. This fun and engaging Minecraft program will spark interests in STEM, foster creativity and help participants use Minecraft as an exciting learning tool. No prior experience with Minecraft necessary. All skill levels welcome. This offering can be taken multiple times, each session is unique.

    Questions? Contact Ed Fleming
  • Minecraft Adventure Design

    Coed, grades 5 - 8

    Dates: June 6th – 10th
    Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $260

    Are you up to building the ultimate Minecraft adventure? Learn how to design, build and create your own Minecraft minigames and adventure maps in this highly interactive program, as you cooperate and compete against others with fun level design challenges. Our expert instructors will help you explore your creativity and problem-solving skills as you navigate the various construction challenges while working with Minecraft as your primary design engine. You'll learn about game design techniques and work to create fun, yet challenging game maps. Your adventures will focus on worlds that feature collaboration, competition and fast-paced decision making. All Minecraft skill levels are welcome. This offering can be taken multiple times, each session is unique.

    Questions? Contact Ed Fleming
  • Coding 4 Kids with Scratch

    Coed, grades 2 - 4

    Dates: June 13th – 17th
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $260

    Are you ready to start playing with code? We will be using a variety of software development techniques to introduce drag and drop tools designed to teach programming using MIT's Scratch coding platform. This program will feature fun coding activities where we program games, animations, and make our own music. Our instructors will share the basics of software development in an entertaining and sophisticated, yet easy to learn environment. Participants should be comfortable using keyboards or touchscreen to read and follow instructions.

    Questions? Contact Ed Fleming
  • Roblox: Designing Obbys and Adventure

    Coed, grades 5 - 8

    Dates: June 13th – 17th
    Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $260

    This program is designed for participants who want to learn how to create their own game levels using Roblox, a gaming platform where participants can play and build game worlds. Produce your own immersive experiences, obbys, and platformer-style games. With Roblox as your engine, your game is only limited by your imagination. During the program, you will learn how to build 3D adventures, races, and obstacle courses.

    Questions? Contact Ed Fleming
  • Minecraft Missions 4 Kids

    Coed, grades 2 - 4

    Dates: June 20th – 24th
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $260

    Are you ready to join a team of pro-builders? Join our multiplayer servers to develop your construction, leadership and team skills to accomplish unique missions as part of a group. Use your imagination to collaborate with your fellow team members to design and build a large-scale Minecraft Mission; no two challenges are alike. Creativity, critical thinking and communication will be your keys to success! This offering can be taken multiple times, each session is unique.

    Questions? Contact Ed Fleming
  • Minecraft Live: Introduction to Streaming Video

    Coed, grades 5 - 8

    Dates: June 20th – 24th
    Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $260

    Do you love playing Minecraft and watching Youtube and Twitch videos about Minecraft? Up your game and learn what it takes to be a Minecraft Youtuber or Twitch streamer! This digital video-focused program is designed for kids who have some prior experience playing Minecraft and who want to make and stream videos. During this program you will direct, edit and produce videos which would be appropriate for display on various video streaming platforms. Participants will produce videos and learn to use Streamlabs OBS. By the end of the program, you will have created a series of Minecraft Let's Play videos, learn voice-over techniques and have the option to share a live video with the other participants in the program.

    Questions? Contact Ed Fleming
  • 3D Art 4 Kids with Tynker and Minecraft

    Coed, grades 2 - 4

    Dates: June 27th – July 1st
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $260

    This art program uses Minecraft to design, craft and create amazing 3D sculptures and pixel art. Participants will use Minecraft and other art tools as their canvas to create unique artwork. Using our online servers, participants will join our virtual gallery through Minecraft Education Edition where they will study, create, craft and work with other kids to create their art masterpieces.

    Questions? Contact Ed Fleming
  • Minecraft 3D Innovations Art & Design

    Coed, grades 5 - 8

    Dates: June 27th – July 1st
    Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $260

    Explore how Minecraft can be used as a 3D art and design tool. This unique program focuses on teaching participants to use Minecraft to create large-scale 3D (and 2D) objects and how to export their art into 3D design files that could be used in CAD software. Participants will build together and face-off in build battles and engineering challenges to create 3D replicas of real-world architecture, sculptures, engineering models and fun 2D sprites inspired by their favorite video game and cartoon characters. This program focuses on building and creating artistic and technical-style art within Minecraft. Participants should have an interest in creating and crafting large builds and learning techniques that will enhance their works of art.

    Questions? Contact Ed Fleming
  • Roblox 4 Kids

    Coed, grades 2 - 4

    Dates: July 11th – 15th
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $260

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to create your own game levels and virtual worlds? Using Roblox, a gaming platform where participants can play and build game worlds, kids produce their own immersive experiences, called Obbys. In this program you will learn how to build 3D adventures, races, and obstacle courses. With Roblox as your game engine, your game is only limited by your imagination.

    Questions? Contact Ed Fleming
  • Roblox: Coding and Scripting

    Coed, grades 5 - 8

    Dates: July 11th – 15th
    Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $260

    Take your Roblox games to the next level by learning how to modify your games and obbys by writing customized code. Using Roblox Studio as your game engine, participants will create and customize game levels and obbys to learn how to edit and writing LUA code scripts. If you are new to writing or editing code, LUA is scripting language used in Roblox that involves the process of creating special commands that can modify how the Roblox game works. In this program you will learn about LUA, write scripts that modify Roblox and create your own code for your unique experiences. LUA is a very approachable programming language and isn't as complex as Java or C++, however we recommend that participants have some computer experience and be able to read and follow instructions.

    Questions? Contact Ed Fleming
  • Minecraft: The Science of Amusement Parks

    Coed, grades 2 - 4

    Dates: July 18th – 22nd
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $260

    Heart-pounding fun, thrilling rides and attractions, the sights and sounds of amusement parks are one of a kind. In the Science of Amusement Parks, participants will work with instructors as part of a team to learn the basic science and engineering behind roller coasters and other amusement park attractions. We will use Minecraft to create virtual rides and attractions to experience the thrill of the turns, tunnels and drops!

    Questions? Contact Ed Fleming
  • Science of Minecraft: Chemistry and Physics

    Coed, grades 5 - 8

    Dates: July 18th – 22nd
    Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $260

    Do you have a curiosity about science, chemistry and physics? This program was created to teach participants about these exciting STEM topics using Minecraft as the laboratory to design, craft and test experiments through virtual simulations. In our physics lessons, participants will learn about the science of kinetic and potential energy, speed, acceleration, and gravity. Our chemistry lessons will teach participants about atoms, molecules and elements. The chemistry labs will explore the periodic table and create tests to see how the chemicals react - participants will create compounds using molecules and focus on "reactions" by creating things like sparklers, glowsticks, and floating balloons. In this program participants work toward building the ultimate scientific laboratory in our virtual campground to build and test scientific concepts through science-themed builds. No prior experience is necessary! All skill levels are welcome.

    Questions? Contact Ed Fleming
  • Minecraft Coding 4 Kids

    Coed, grades 2 - 4

    Dates: July 25th – 29th
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $260

    Are you ready to try coding in Minecraft? This offering focuses on free-build projects and provides an intro to programming using Minecraft Education’s built-in code editor. Participants will build in the world using Code, solve problems, design games, and set goals to learn how to make the most of Minecraft with these easy to learn Code Builder tools. Participants should be comfortable using keyboards or touchscreen to read and follow instructions.

    Questions? Contact Ed Fleming
  • Extreme Minecraft: Codes & Commands

    Coed, grades 5 - 8

    Dates: July 25th – 29th
    Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $260

    Collaborate, code, and create projects to take Minecraft to the extreme. Our instructors will share their expertise on world-design, commands and programming using Minecraft Education's built-in code editor to help you build amazing creations. Use problem solving skills, command blocks, code-builder, and redstone circuitry to build complex, large-scale experiences, structures and games in the world together. Participants will work alone or together and share their creations in a massive collarborative world. This program is designed for experienced Minecrafters that are ready to take their skills to the next level.

    Questions? Contact Ed Fleming

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