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smart.squared Summer Camps 2015

WQED and Winchester Thurston School are partnering to provide cool new summer camps for students in grades Pre-K - 8, based on your favorite PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! shows! There is something for everyone: programs focus on numerous topics including art, science, paleontology, cooking and nutrition, engineering, Spanish language and culture, reading and writing, animal behavior, and even superhero journalism! All camps are held at Winchester Thurston's North Hills campus.

Learn more about the offerings and register now!

Download the North Hills Campus Summer Camp brochure.

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WQED members receive a 10% discount on smart.squared camps.

Questions? Contact Dionne Brelsford at 412-578-7533 or

Wild Kratts

Is your Creature Power suit ready? Young scientists will study animals, habitats, and the special skills and adaptations each of your favorite creatures has to survive. This camp is linked to the adventures of the Kratt Brothers on the PBS show Wild Kratts and combines science education with fun and adventure. Students will explore animal habitats around the globe. Through experiments, activities, and games, campers will learn important ecological concepts while having fun! This amazing camp adventure includes a virtual exploration of, created by WQED, and other innovative Wild Kratts games. One thing is for certain - we are going to have a wild time!
Grades: K, 1, 2
WEEK ONE JUNE 15-19 - 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WEEK SIX JULY 20-24 - 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Angelina Ballerina Caper

Inspired by the PBS show, this camp is absolutely, positively wonderful! We will spend each afternoon exploring dance and life with Angelina Ballerina! Imaginative, clever, determined and feisty spirited campers will plié, pirouette, and jeté with WT’s dance instructor, Ms. Humberson! We will enjoy story time, games, crafts, and challenges,and even create our own dance video to share with family and friends! Campers will need to arrive at camp each day with ballet slippers and flexible, fun clothing. Let’s dance!
Grades: PK, K, 1
WEEK TWO JUNE 22-26 - 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WEEK EIGHT AUGUST 3-7 - 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Super WHY!

Calling all Super Readers! Get ready for a reading adventure with Super WHY! Join the characters from the PBS show Super WHY! and jump into stories and solve problems using Alphabet Power, Word Power, Spelling Power, and the Power to Read. Campers will create their own stories and fairy tales and take on Super WHY! Super hero powers. Don’t miss out on this chance to have a super great time with reading and words!
Grades: PK, K, 1
WEEK TWO JUNE 22-26 - 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WEEK FIVE JULY 13-17 - 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WEEK SEVEN JULY 27-31 - 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Fizzy’s Fitness Lab

Food, fitness, and fun with Fizzy! Join Professor Fizzy and hisfunny friends from the vibrant and entertaining PBS web show, Fizzy’s Lunch Lab. Measure, cook, and prepare healthy snacks while learning about nutrition and exercise. Oh, and did we mention the music? The Lunch Lab Band will help campers identify the differences between good and bad foods, learn how to make informed food choices, and explore what happens as the human body processes food.
Grades: 1, 2, 3
WEEK THREE JUNE 29-JULY 3 - 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Dinosaur Dig

All aboard! Take a ride on the Dinosaur Train straight to this camp. Dig for bones, create your own fossils, and explore like a real paleontologist! Campers will learn about the prehistoric world and dinosaurs through crafts, games, stories, and activities based on the PBS show Dinosaur Train. Each day will feature a different episode and theme with Buddy the T-Rex and his friends. Jump into the time tunnel with Conductor and let your dinosaur adventure begin!
Grades: PK, K, 1
WEEK FOUR JULY 6-10 - 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Curious George: Curious about Art

This camp is more than just monkey business! Your camper willpaint, draw, build, cut, paste, glue, and explore art, CuriousGeorge style! Each day will link to new themesfrom the PBS show, Curious George, ascampers create art projects and explorethe world around them. Projects will include “Junky Monkey” recycled art, puppet making, sand paintings, and more. Wearing yellow: optional!
Grades: PK, K, 1
WEEK FIVE JULY 13-17 - 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Curious George: Curious About Science

Curious about science? So is George! Each day, campers will explore themes from the popular PBS show, Curious George, and focus on building, constructing, and investigating earth sciences. Fun, hands-on activities will include designing and making your own kite, constructing bridges, and designing bird feeders.
Grades: PK, K, 1
WEEK SIX JULY 20-24 - 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Curious George: Curious About Music

Curious about music? So is George! Each day, campers will explore themes from the popular PBS show, Curious George, and focus on creating instruments, exploring with instruments that are available in our summer music studio, and learning about how music is made – right along with George. Fun, hands-on activities will include creating a recycled band, custom designing mallets for the xylophone, making a conductor’s wand, and so much more.
Grades: PK, K, 1
WEEK SIX JULY 20-24 - 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WEEK EIGHT AUGUST 3-7 - 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NEW! Seuss on the Loose

Oh Camper, The Places You’ll Go…will surprise, inspire, and amaze you! This whirlwind, whimsical week of camp will involve great books, great characters, and great fun – and maybe even Thing 2 and Thing 1! Based on the PBS show The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, each day will be a new adventure involving stories, games, crafts, and green food, too…eww. With science and acting there’s so much to do. Sign up today… you really should. For in the words of Dr. Seuss, “These things are fun and fun is good!”
Grades: PK, K, 1
WEEK SIX JULY 20-24 - 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WEEK EIGHT AUGUST 3-7 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

NEW! Cookie Monster Kitchen

C is for Camp AND C is for Cookie! We will explore several recipes each day and will mix, roll, cut, fill and decorate cookies, cookies, and more cookies. We will sample our creations, but rest assured...the fruits of our labor will make their way home in our cookie bags each day! This camp will also host a Pittsburgh-tradition “cookie table” at the Friday lunch session!
Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6
WEEK THREE JUNE 29-JULY 3 - 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WEEK FOUR JULY 6-10 - 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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