Lower School

Summer Institute's Lower School Program offers students entering Kindergarten - Grade 6 the opportunity to explore new subjects while having fun. Fun Camp is a wonderful option for Lower School students and this year we've added some one-week academic courses. Explore Fun Camp or sign your child up for a academic course.

The Summer Institute at King is open to all students from schools in the CT/NY area. Click on the sessions below to see the details for each course.


Kindergarten- Grade 6: One week sessions or the full six weeks, combines daily field trips, sports, and themed-week activities.

EXPLORE FUN CAMP

One Week Courses

All new courses this year!

The Delivery Drones: Earth to Mars

  • One Week Session: June 24 - June 28 2019
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 3, 4, 5
  • Cost: $540

Delivery Drones: Earth to Mars will be presented by Drobots

Delivery Drones will open the creative minds of participants as campers take on top secret missions that calls for them to perform drone pickups and deliveries.​ ​Campers begin the week learning basic flight maneuvers and how to use their drone grabbers strategically to deliver supplies and materials to launch pads. The building and creating continues to deliver the building blocks in space. Within their Flight Squads, campers continue the journey using Solar System Shuttles to conquer missions such as: Asteroids Evasion and Solar Panel Transport. Participants will storyboard their own delivery missions while other student Space Pirates attempt to outsmart them using drones to locate and intercept the package before the colony on Mars may be built. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer.

One Week Sessions (Grade 5)

Drone Racing & Obstacle Course Challenge

  • One Week Session: June 10 - June 14 2019
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Cost: $540

Drone Racing & Obstacle Course Challenge will be presented by Drobots- http://drobotscompany.com/

Drone Racing is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Flight squads post up against one another in friendly competition when they race themselves and the clock. Students first maneuver the drone through creative obstacle courses before taking on the challenge of flying for speed. Participants contribute fully in this program as they create the design and help build the the obstacle course in preparation for the last days final activities and competition. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and social responsibilities of flying are included in this program.

Want to participate in a Drobots’ overnight FPV racing (first person view) camp? Students in 7th to 11th grades put on the flight googles and fly drones similar to the racing you have seen on ESPN and YouTube.

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Roblox® Entrepreneur: Imaginative Game Design

  • One Week Session: June 10 - June 14 2019
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Cost: $540

Presented by Drobots

Designing 3D Games in Roblox®

Join us for a week of Roblox, one of the fastest-growing game programming platforms on the planet. In this course, campers use the Roblox Lua code to create 3D worlds. Roblox is an entertainment platform that allows camper to imagine, create, and play together across millions of user-created virtual worlds. Join the more than 60 million players per month and top developers making over $1 million a year. The types of gameplay on Roblox are just as limitless as the imagination of the campers themselves. Join us for a week of pure fun and learning: build the ultimate theme park, compete as a professional race car driver, star in a fashion show, become a superhero, or simply design a dream home. Campers will learn what makes a Roblox game a top hit and learn how to implement some of the same engagement and monetization strategies in their own work. In the end, all campers finish the week able to publish, share, and play games with friends on any platform from console to mobile. No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.

No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.

Drone Escape and Rescue

  • One Week Session: June 17 - June 21 2019
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Cost: $540

Drone Mission Mania will be presented by Drobots

Drone search and rescue is a necessity for first responders around the world, adding a new layer of solutions to save lives across the globe. Now campers to can take part in and learn from simulated missions during this action-packed, creative, and educational program. Participants will learn to fly drones and rely on their rescue team to collect vital data in specific “rescue areas” to locate “victims” and safely rescue them. We use age-appropriate and cutting-edge technology methods available for creating plans, missions, and maps. Participants will also learn invaluable lessons on how to simply, quickly and accurately make informed and targeted suggestions for real-world positive applications.

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Java Coding: Build Mods With Minecraft™

  • One Week Session: June 17 - June 21 2019
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Cost: $540

Presented by Drobots

Minecraft™ Designers

.Join us for a week of fun and learning as campers learn Java, the most widely-used programming language in the world, including instantiation, methods, parameters, loops and more. Minecraft modding is a great way to learn programming, harness creativity, and enhance problem-solving skills while making your favorite game even better. Create super swords, obstacle courses and more without any limits! Using the full power of Java campers can take their Minecraft mods to the next level and learn the most popular programming language in the world at the same time! With Java, campers learn how to give items special powers, create new game modes, and modify the layout of the world. Campers will have the freedom to create whatever sparks their imagination! No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.

Note: Drobots believes in the educational philosophy that students learn best when collaborating with their peers. From a social standpoint, campers learn teamwork, cooperation, and the importance of sharing and implementing ideas. This philosophy has been supported by some the world’s leading educators and technologists and backed by extensive academic research. However, campers may ask to work by themselves upon request.

All campers are required to have a Minecraft™ account for this class. Purchase a standard account and desktop version of Minecraft™ ($26.95) at minecraft.net/store. Either a PC or Mac account will work for the camp week, but we suggest you choose the version that matches your home computer. Campers should bring their account login when they come to camp.

Roblox® and 3D Game Development (afternoon, week of June 24)

  • One Week Session: June 24 - June 28 2019
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Cost: $275

Presented by Drobots

Roblox offers students the opportunity to actively engage in the creative process and learn fundamental coding, design, and entrepreneurial skills that will give them the confidence to excel in this week of camp and beyond. Campers will learn how to use the Roblox engine to create games using the Lua programming language. Our creation tools and educational content will be used to expose campers to unique skills as they collaborate in teams to design blueprints and test their games. In the end, all campers finish the week with a published title that can be shared with families and friends. No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.

Note: Drobots believes in the educational philosophy that students learn best when collaborating with their peers. From a social standpoint, campers learn teamwork, cooperation, and the importance of sharing and implementing ideas. This philosophy has been supported by some the world’s leading educators and technologists and backed by extensive academic research. However, campers may ask to work by themselves upon request

No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.

Digital Assistants: Hey Siri, Let’s Build An AI (afternoon, week of July 8)afternoon, week of July 8)

  • One Week Session: July 8 - July 12, 2019
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Incoming Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Cost: $275

Presented by Drobots

Embark on an EPIC adventure in two of the most exciting and impactful technologies within both the classroom and the workplace! In this cutting edge camp, participants will explore and engage with these technologies to learn, to build, and to develop. Over the course of the camp users interact with voice user interfaces (VUI), image recognition software, and Apple’s AR Kit. Each sector of technology will be introduced in an enjoyable and engaging manner to inspire the campers and provide them with the foundation and a thirst for deeper exploration.

No prior experience is required. We provide all technology on location.

Please view the Sports Clinics pages for additional sessions for Lower School students.