An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Investigative Learning Camp

Classes are designed for campers entering grades 5 – 8 and are open to students from any school.

Exploration and play lead to serious learning at Lakeside's Investigative Learning Camp. Students entering grades 5-8 split their day between morning academic classes (in science, technology, engineering, writing, and art) and organized afternoon activities.

Campers are taught by dynamic and fun middle-school teachers, and supported by a diverse group of camp counselors who share campers’ passion for learning.

Students can register for one or two sessions. Each session lasts two weeks, and campers immerse themselves in new topics each week.

Session 1: July 9 – July 20, 2018
Session 2: July 23 – August 3, 2018

Tuition: $1,000 per two-week session. Extended care (until 5:30 p.m.) is available at an additional cost.

Financial aid is available.

Important Dates for 2018

Feb. 1: Registration opens for Lakeside students and children of Lakeside alumni.

Mar. 1: Registration opens for students not attending Lakeside.

June 1: Registration closes.

Financial aid: The program awards financial assistance according to demonstrated family need on a first-come, first-served basis. Financial aid forms returned by the first of each month will receive award notification by the 15th of that month. Lakeside Families: Refer to the Financial Aid application to see if you need to complete additional paperwork.

2018 Classes

DNA to Disease

Where do diseases come from? How does the first person get them? How do they spread? Get ready to dive into the mysteries of biology and explore some big questions. From molecules to worldwide populations, be prepared to investigate the big-picture and microscopic aspects of biology in a completely hands-on and interactive way.

Programming in Python

Python is a popular programming language used for various purposes, such as data analysis and building apps and games. Its relative simplicity makes it a great language for beginners in coding. The course focuses on teaching the basic concepts of variables, arithmetic operations, functions, if/elif/else, while loops, and input. Using these concepts, the students will develop simple games as their culminating projects, which they will present to other campers on the last day of class. Ultimately, the course aims to expose students to the joys of coding and enhance their computational thinking.

Web Design

Ever wonder how your favorite websites were built? In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of web design and use these concepts to create their very own web page. Using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), the backbone of website design, students learn how to structure content and insert text, images, and links to other web pages. They will also learn how to style their pages using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to change fonts, add borders and colors, and much more.

CSI: Lakeside

What does it take to solve a crime? Put your skills to the test to see if you can figure out who did it. Learn how to determine the blood type of a blood sample, analyze fingerprints left at the scene, examine hair and fiber samples, learn about DNA, and study bones. Assemble your evidence by the end of the week to identify the culprit.

Lego Robotics

Work in teams to build and program LEGO Mindstorms robots! Robots will use motors and sensors to drive around the room, navigate obstacles, and compete in a tournament at the end of the week. No prior building or programming experience required.

Comics & Cartooning

In this week-long course, you will delve into the world of comics, cartoons, and visual storytelling. We will explore a wide variety of illustration styles through various reading selections, including classic comic strips, political cartoons, and excerpts from manga and graphic novels. We will then create our own cartoons and comics, practicing how to express character and emotion by combining words and pictures. No artistic skills are required for this course, though a passion for doodling is strongly encouraged!

Riddle Me This: Math Puzzles and Games

Enjoy math? Like games, puzzles, and riddles? This class combines these activities into one unique and fun experience! Every day, we’ll play a different set of exciting and interactive math games, culminating in designing our own game at the end of the week. Come and enjoy some puzzle-solving fun!

Out of This World

Create your own personal solar system! Discover how planets were formed and what makes them planets. Learn about what makes an object a star, how they are born and die, and what the different types of stars are. This class will culminate at the end of the week when you invent your very own planet and parent star.

Animal Art

Are you fascinated by lizards, giraffes, and orangutans? Do you wonder how artists are able to capture movement and form? In this class, you will create art such as drawings, paintings, paper cutouts, prints, and sculptures of different animals. We will also enjoy a visit from a petting zoo so that we can observe and touch live animals from around the world. Come enjoy—and create—some amazing animals!


Have you ever wanted to make your own greeting cards or wall art? Have fun exploring the many ways to create art through printmaking! Students will learn a variety of printmaking methods, including: stencils, reductive, additive, draw-through, and linocut.

Digital Music Production

Ever want to be a DJ? Do you find yourself dreaming up tunes and beats? In this class, you will learn the basics of music production and editing using Audacity, a digital audio workstation. Our week will culminate with a class party (dancing optional), in which we share our musical creations.

Short Story Writing

Neil Gaiman wrote that short stories are “journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” In this class, learn how to write an impactful short story using techniques established by well-known authors. Over the course of the week, you will read several short stories and write one of your own!


Students in this class will learn to present hot-button issues in a concise, clear, persuasive way through mock debates. They will learn how to organize ideas, write speeches, and present a line of reasoning. Have fun getting into friendly yet lively arguments about real-life issues!

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing

Do you have an interest in other worlds and technologies? Are you a huge Harry Potter fan? In this class, students will read short stories and excerpts from longer works, using these texts as a model for their own original writing. Over the course of the week, students will develop a fantastical realm all their own and write their own science fiction story.

Actor's Toolbox

This class is a fun and interactive introduction to stagecraft. Every day, we will focus on a different aspect of acting: voice, movement, characterization, and ensemble building. We will also play lots of theater games! The week will culminate in a Friday scene performance so students can showcase all they have learned.


Drawing is the foundation of all art. During this action-packed week students will learn various techniques and complete a series of drawings and sketches. Skills covered will include drawing from life, value study, and incorporating the elements of design. Students will use a range of media, including pencil, ink, and charcoal. All levels of experience are welcome.


Color is such an exciting way to explore one’s creativity! Over the course of this week, students will learn the concepts of color mixing, color theory, and brush techniques. Painting both from observation and from their imaginations, students will explore multiple forms of media and complete a variety of fun projects. All levels of experience are welcome.

Computational Game Creation

Students in this course will get a peek into the world of game development. Through building classic arcade-style games in the vein of Super Mario or Space Invaders, students will explore fundamental game design and logic principles. No experience required!

2018 Activities

International Cooking

Through chef demonstrations and hands-on cooking, you’ll learn a variety of cooking skills. We will discuss basic cooking methods and tips, ingredient selection, and plating techniques. Around the world you will go, having fun while learning to cook the fresh, exciting flavors of Asia; iconic cuisines of the Americas; and the aromatic flavors found throughout the Mediterranean. Our cooking boot camp will culminate in a friendly group “top chef” competition on the final day of our journey!

Field Sports

Run off your post-lunch energy by playing field sports! With a focus on fun and teamwork, our activity leaders will organize and coach a different game every day. Games may include: dodge ball, kick ball, soccer, and capture-the-flag.


Spend your afternoon playing with equipment from the Makerspace! You will use building materials such as craft sticks, corks, cardboard, dowels, hot glue and duct tape to engineer structures for friendly competitions. You will also learn basic sewing techniques, electronics, and coding through projects like designing a dream bedroom, building a dancing robot, or personalizing a stuffed animal. Each week will focus on different projects, so you are encouraged to sign up for multiple weeks.


Have an “om-mazing” time learning basic yoga poses, improving balance and flexibility, and practicing mindfulness in this fun-filled afternoon activity!