Middle Years Courses

Summer 2020 Offerings

One-Week Courses for Enrichment: 
July 20-24, 2020 & July 27-31, 2020

Escape Room Challenge [Half Day]

There are few things as strangely enthralling as the immersive challenge of a good escape room challenge. But how do they come about? What makes some escape room challenges so much better than others? How are those puzzles created and sequenced and how are they made to belong to a particular time and place, with a story of their own? In this popular course, students will spend the week working as a team to design their own escape room in a classroom. Instructors with expertise in the design arts, math, and creative writing will work with the team to create a setting, narrative structure, and theme for the room, and to design and sequence challenging puzzles for participants. Students will end the week by watching a group attempt to escape the room they designed!

Sample Activities: 

  • Visit to local escape room 
  • Use MBS’ new MakersSpace equipment to construct puzzles
  • Brainstorm creative stories and themes for the escape room 

Tuition: $500.00 (register by April 1 and receive $100.00 discount)

Wordsmithing: Writing Skills through Creativity [Half Day]

Whether you love to write or whether you find it boring and tedious, you’ll improve your writing skills and have fun doing it in this low pressure course! Improve writing fundamentals through weird and creative prompts and exercises.

Tuition: $500.00 (register by April 1 and receive $100.00 discount)

Math Madness [Half Day]

Polish your math skills and get a leg up on the year through math centered projects and puzzles. In a low stress environment, you’ll build your skills in fractions, algebraic manipulations and variables, number sense, error analysis, and beyond. For students pre-Integrated 1 or Algebra 1. 

Tuition: $500.00 (register by April 1 and receive $100.00 discount)

Program Details

To ensure the highest quality experience for all our students, class sizes will be limited. Once the courses are full, students will be put on a waitlist.

Full-day programs: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Half-day morning: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Half-day afternoon: 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Half-Day Enrichment Courses: $500.00 (Register by April 1 and receive a $100.00 discount)
Full-Day Credit Courses: $1750.00 (Register by April 1 and receive a $100.00 discount)

Scholarships/Financial Aid
The MBS Summer Institute is committed to enrolling motivated learners. If cost proves to be prohibitive, please contact summerinstitute@mbs.net to inquire about financial aid.

MBS Summer Institute Handbook
An updated handbook for 2020 is coming soon.

Courses for Middle Years

(rising 6th-8th grade)

Hands-on courses in creative writing, mathematics, and design.

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Courses for Upper Years

(rising 9th-12th grade)

Interactive and challenging courses in music, scientific research, entrepreneurship, and design.

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Have Questions?

Please write to us at summerinstitute@mbs.net.