City Lab

City Lab includes a range of experiential, exploratory courses. These courses will be primarily 1-2 week explorations. Topics include art, cooking, languages, digital storytelling, 3D modeling and printing, and more.

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Art, Meditation and Mindful Movement

Teacher: Dan Deslaurier
Dates: June 20-23 | June 26-30 | July 3-7 | July 10-14 | July 17-21 | July 24 - 28, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $375 per week
Prerequisite: Students must be ages 7 -10

Each weekly session focuses on a different theme. Through a variety of games and activities, students learn affirming, empowering meditation techniques and self-regulation skills, along with simple yoga poses and sequences. These practices are mindfully integrated with a selection of 2D and 3D art projects to provide each student with a unique, creative and FUN summer class experience!

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Beat-Makers

Teacher: Brad Koegel
Dates: July 17 to July 27, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $350
Prerequisite: For students in 3rd through 5th grade. 

Beats aren’t just for the hit-makers! Join us in exploring the world of digital music this summer. Students will learn to use digital audio workshops, a foundation for how music is made and assembled today, by creating their own audio “sketches.” We’ll be both in and out of the studio, working directly with digital instruments and computer software while also venturing into the city to capture and remix its sounds. By the end of the course, students will have an audio portfolio, a culminating project, and a basis of skills and resources they can continue to develop. Whether students want to learn how to make beats, record and mix their own guitar playing, or make a podcast, this is the place to be.

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Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)

Teacher: Monica Higgins
Dates: June 26-30 | July 10-14, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $375 per week
Prerequisite: Students must be ages 9 - 13

Someone or something is causing chaos at Friends Select and we need your help! Join us as a Caper Scene Investigator to and use logical reasoning and the techniques of forensic science to solve a mystery. Students will work together to collect evidence at the scene including fingerprints, hairs and fibers, and trace chemicals. After all the analysis is complete, students will combine the evidence with witness interviews to arrive at logical conclusions and solve the mystery.

  • Evidence Collection
  • Fingerprint analysis
  • Splatter analysis
  • Hair and fiber analysis
  • Chemical analysis
  • Handwriting analysis
  • Entomology

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Field Hockey Camp

Teacher: Mariko Cummings
Dates: June 20 - June 23; 4:30 -  6:00 p.m.
Cost: $90;  financial assistance available  
Prerequisite: For students in rising 2nd through 9th grade

Friends Select field hockey camp will run from June 20 through June 23. The camp will be run by varsity coach Mariko Cummings. The Falcons field hockey team is coming off of an exciting season. Camp will be 1.5 hours per day and participants will learn the fundamentals of the game through extensive drills and skill work.

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Soccer Camp

Teacher: Barry Lynch
Dates: June 12 - June 16; 4:30 -  6:00 p.m.
Cost: $90;  financial assistance available  
Prerequisite: For students in rising 2nd through 9th grade

Friends Select soccer camp will run from June 12 through June 16. The camp will be run by varsity head coach Barry Lynch. The Falcons soccer team is coming off of an exciting season that ended with a berth in the PAISAA Commonwealth Cup Finals. Camp will be 1.5 hours per day and participants will learn the fundamentals of the game through extensive drills and skill work.

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Softball Camp

Teacher: Bill Klose
Dates: June 26 - June 30; 4:30 -  6:00 p.m.
Cost: $90; financial assistance available
Prerequisite: For students in rising 2nd through 9th grade

Friends Select softball camp will run from June 26 through June 30 on the turf field at FSS. The camp will be run by varsity head coach Bill Klose. The Falcons softball team has made the FSL playoffs for 13 consecutive years and played in the league championship in five of the last seven years, winning three times! Last year’s team advanced to the state final four. Camp will be 1.5 hours per day and participants will learn fundamentals of hitting and fielding while remembering that this game is fun. 

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Urban Walking

Teacher: Bryan Skelly
Dates: June 20-  June 23 | June 26 - June 30(9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Cost: $250 per week
Prerequisite: For students in middle school

Using WaWa’s Welcome to America program, our group walks to museums/parks/free events happening in the city.  The course is designed to enjoy the outside and the opportunities of the city.

Previous year explorations:

  • Ben Franklin Bridge
  • Rodin Museum
  • Cira Green
  • Comcast Center Top Floors
  • Masonic Temple
  • PA Academy of Fine Arts Museum

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Webcomics Workshop

Teacher: Luisa Levine
Dates: August 1 - 10
Cost: $500
Prerequisite: For students in grades 7 and up

Students will creatively depict a narrative arc through digital and traditional drawing and mixed digital media, learn technical processes of digitizing and uploading work to the web, and begin building a website. By the end of this eight-day course, participants will exhibit a body of work in an online portfolio that they can continue to build independently and use for years to come.

  • Digital Art
  • Storytelling
  • Drawing From Life
  • Composition
  • Creating Websites

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