Play Action Science

Grades: 5th-8th

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Get your body in motion! In Play Action Science, campers will work together to better understand how their bodies incorporate many sophisticated systems that allow them to be active and play. Campers will investigate the importance of their respiratory, circulatory, skeletal, and muscular systems in addition to testing them in action by designing games and playing them.

This theme may be run in a park or out of an indoor facility, with walking excursions on the property or in the surrounding area. This nature theme also has a Guest Presenter at the site each week. Take a look at our sample presenter schedule for Summer 2020.

21st Century & SEL Skill Focus: Collaboration, Initiative, Problem Solving, Empathy, Critical Thinking, Creativity. Learn more about other skills we build through The EDMO Method®.

Take a look at your camper's daily schedule below, under sample projects!

Sample Projects

Game Design

Game Design

Campers will play a series of games involving different strategies, mechanics and materials. Then taking these elements into consideration, they will design their own game based on a theme of their choosing. Campers will work collaboratively or independently to come up with a game that they will later teach the rest of the camp. 

Campers will learn about the commonalities of gameplay, as well as some differences. They will learn specific mechanics including hand-eye coordination.

Collaborative Game Play

Collaborative Game Play

Campers will explain the rules of their game to others and then play it! Games will go on for three rounds each, with each group getting a turn to explain their own game. Campers will use items like balls, jump ropes, cones, hula hoops, and more.

Campers will build collaboration and creative thinking skills by working together and brainstorming games that they would want to play. They will learn common game themes and decide on what to name their games and what the mechanics will be.

Exercise Experiments

Exercise Experiments

Physical activity requires the cohesion of bodily systems working together to make play possible. In this series of experiments, campers will be put to the test to better their understanding of the muscle, circulatory, respiratory, and nervous systems. These systems work together to allow play action to be possible. For this activity, campers will play a series of games and then measure their heartbeat, breaths per minute, blood pressure, and neural reflex responses. 

This lesson breaks down the science behind physiological processes and will help campers understand how their bodies allow them to engage in physical activity. Campers will learn important terminology, as well as how to measure the physical and chemical responses their bodies have to physical activity. They will learn how to use a blood pressure cuff, how to measure heart rate and count the number of breaths per minute, as well as the basic physiological chemistry behind gas exchange and cellular respiration.

Sample Schedule

  • A Day in the Life...

Some kids thrive on routines and harmony. Others not so much. Good news! We’ve found the secret recipe that works for all EDMO campers!

Early Care
8:00-9:00AM

During our EDMO Pro Early Care, campers will have time in the “Hang Time” room with access to music, games, computers, and maker supplies.  The Early Care allows campers time to engage and wake up for the day.

Drop-Off
8:50-9:00AM

Be greeted by name or a high five by a professional staff member…dressed in a mermaid costume or a Viking hat. In a hurry? Pull up and we’ll open the door for you. In no rush? Park your car, come right in and shake your counselor’s fin.

Opening Huddle
9:00-9:30AM

Your morning Huddle will get your gears spinning and your thoughts pumping.  Get to know your fellow campers and jump start the day with games, high fives and jokes.

Enrichment
9:30-10:30AM (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday)

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects. Have an older, more advanced camper? No worries, we’ll be breaking out into groups and giving more experienced campers some more challenging projects to work on.

Guest Presenters
9:30AM - 2:30PM (typically Wednesday)

Just another way we make our park locations extra special are with weekly guest presenters. These presenters vary by week and location but always bring a little of the outside world into camp. These amazing presenters may come from museums or from the worlds of marine biology, magic, dance, and more!

All Camp Hike/Activity
9:30AM-2:30PM (Friday)

Each Friday our camp staff plan and design a special all camp game or hike! This could be a group relay, love for outdoor adventure, camp capture the flag, water games, etc. This changes weekly and parents will be notified if there are any special instructions for the week.

Snack
10:30-10:45AM

Active minds lead to hungry bellies! Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack for your camper every morning…with no nuts of course! Remember: If you ordered a delicious lunch you automatically receive a healthy morning snack!

Real Time/Hike
10:45-11:45AM (Tuesday)

Each day EDMO Pro campers will have a half hour of team building, leadership, social emotional learning and instruction in environmental stewardship; all set amongst the natural beauty of our parks. Campers will take hikes that showcase the nature of the region and foster trail etiquette and a love for outdoor adventure.

Enrichment
10:45-11:45AM (Monday/Thursday)

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects. Have an older, more advanced camper? No worries, we’ll be breaking out into groups and giving more experienced campers some more challenging projects to work on.

Lunch
11:45-12:30PM

Lunch available at your location?  It’s a snap to add a delicious lunch each day! Just click/check the lunch box on your enrollment form and a quality lunch will be delivered to camp daily. Packing you own lunch? Please just do not bring any products that contain: cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, pine nuts, walnuts or heaven forbid, the “‘Mother of All Nut Allergies”—the peanut.

Real Time/Hike
10:45-11:45AM (Monday)

Each day EDMO Pro campers will have a half hour of team building, leadership, social emotional learning and instruction in environmental stewardship. Dampers will take hikes that showcase the nature of the region and foster trail etiquette and a love for outdoor adventure.

Enrichment
12:30-2:30PM

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects. Have an older, more advanced camper? No worries, we’ll be breaking out into groups and giving more experienced campers some more challenging projects to work on.

Hike/Real time
12:30-2:30PM (Thursday)

Each day EDMO Pro campers will have a half hour of team building, leadership, social emotional learning and instruction in environmental stewardship. Campers will take hikes that showcase the nature of the region and foster trail etiquette and a love for outdoor adventure.

Closing Huddle
2:40-3:00PM

Closing Huddle is your daily wrap up!  This is the part of the day when you can really let your campy side out with songs, skits and improv! Make sure you save all of your projects before you’re rolling on the floor laughing! #roll

Pick-Up
3:00-3:15PM

Have your camper check themselves out and/or pull up or walk up, whichever you fancy. Either way we’ll make a point to let you know something special about your child’s day.Pull up or walk up, whichever you fancy. Look out for our daily email from the Camp Director detailing the activities at your camp location, along with a reminder to visit EDMO At Home to see what to look forward to tomorrow and suggested activities, books, websites, museum exhibitions, and more ways to keep the curiosity going.

After Care, PM Snack & Free Play
3:15-6:00PM

Need a little more time in your day? Our After Care Program is a great option. While you’re away, campers can enjoy a little more free time with each other and staff. They’ll also have the option to spend time in the “Hang Time” room with access to music, games, computers, and maker supplies. After Care goes from 3 pm – 6 pm but parents can pick up whenever works for them…but no later than 6 pm please! Our staff needs to get home too.

 

“We enjoy talking about the projects every day. The most exciting thing my son did was come home and build an entire working pinball machine from cardboard, skewers and rubber bands. I believe that camp continues to foster his innate curiosity for designing, problem-solving and building.”
– 6th Grade San Jose Parent