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RoyceX

RoyceX is an opportunity for Middle School and High School students to engage in transformative and personalized learning on campus and in the city. Curiosity and exploration drive the philosophy of discovering new ways to connect authentically with the local and global community.

SUMMER 2024 COURSES

Dates Time Incoming Grade Course Price *Increases on April 5*
June 17-21
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Cultural Cooking
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
June 17-21
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Medical Science
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
June 17-21
9 AM - 4 PM
9-12
Photography/Digital Imaging
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
June 24-28
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Chicago Culture
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
June 24-28
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Mission Impossible
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
June 24-28
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Time Travelers
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
June 24-28
9 AM - 4 PM
9-12
Mission Impossible
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 1-5
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Cultural Cooking
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 1-5
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Discgolf & Minigolf
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 1-5
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Time Travelers
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 1-5
9 AM - 4 PM
9-12
Astronomy & Astrophysics
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 8-12
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Chicago Culture
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 8-12
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Poetics
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 8-12
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Astronomy & Astrophysics
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 8-12
9 AM - 4 PM
9-12
Medicine: Dive into a Doctor's World
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 8-12
9 AM - 4 PM
9-12
Poetics
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 15-19
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Medicine: Dive into a Doctor's World
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 15-19
9 AM - 4 PM
7-12
Humanities Hits the Highway
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 15-19
9 AM - 4 PM
9-12
Iron Chef
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 22-26
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Psychology
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 22-26
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Survivor
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 22-26
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Iron Chef
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 22-26
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Moving With A Purpose
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 22-26
9 AM - 4 PM
9-12
Survivor
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 29- August 2
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
When a City is your Campus
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 29- August 2
9 AM - 4 PM
5-8
Olympics
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 29- August 2
9 AM - 4 PM
9-12
Psychology
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
July 29- August 2
9 AM - 4 PM
9-12
Olympics
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled
August 5-9
9 AM - 4 PM
9-12
When a City is your Campus
$550 enrolled, $600 unenrolled

Astronomy & Astrophysics: Dark Matter, Deep Space and Beyond

Taught by: Northwestern University Professor

How do black holes form, and what's inside them? What is time, and will it ever come to an end? What was the Big Band, and did it have a cause? Students in the course go on a bold journey through space, exploring everything from the life cycles of stars to the mystery of dark matter. The course includes a visit to the Adler Planetarium.


Cultural Cooking

Taught by: Teacher Faliszek, Middle School Humanities

In this course, students will explore other cultures and share their own with friends through the art of cooking and eating. We will learn basic cooking skills and students will be exposed to different cultures, languages, and cuisines from both around the world and within the walls of Roycemore. In addition to basic skills such as knife skills and cooking raw meat, students will learn different cooking techniques such as making dumplings, frying their own tortilla chips, and different seasonings they can use. Students will also participate in an all-day excursion to Chinatown.

Chicago Culture

Taught by: Gretchen Faliszek, Middle School Humanities

In this course, students will be exposed to different neighborhoods and suburbs all across Chicagoland. We will learn the history of Chicago, political movements, events, and social shifts within the city and neighboring suburbs and regularly make excursions to museums, landmarks, and different neighborhoods. Students will see the diversity within Chicago and the different groups of people that come together to make this city what it is. At the end of the course, students will be able to tell the history of the city and know different spots around the city to take friends and family. We hope to have an excursion to the House of Blues and a Music Museum in the city.

Discgolf & Minigolf

Taught by: Howard Stanley 

Ever wondered what it would be like to have the crowd cheer as you sink a hole in one? Ever dreamed of the perfect putt, ricocheting off the spinning will or disc basket around a water hazard? This is an opportunity to master core golfing and disc golfing skills, analysis and strategy, and scorekeeping. Students test their skills at local miniature golf and disc golf courses. This fun and innovative take on design thinking will challenge students to think outside the box and lunch is even included!


Humanities Hits the Highway: Cultural Diffusion in Chicago

Taught by: Amy Milner, Middle School Humanities Teacher, and Howard Stanley, Middle School Humanities Teacher

This summer, students will have the opportunity to explore Chicago, visiting historic sites like the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and more recent hubs of immigration such as Little Village. We learn about Chicago by looking at the immigrant groups that made our city what it is today and talking to our politicians about what it means to be a Sanctuary City.

Iron Chef

Taught by: Tyler Fawbush, Middle and Upper School PE and Wellness Teacher

Get ready to crank up the heat in the kitchens at Roycemore! Whether they are first-timers or experienced chefs, students in this course get hands-on learning opportunities to master the core skills in cooking. They will also immerse themselves in the culinary richness of Chicago.


Medical Science

Taught by: Matt Steadman, Middle School Math and Science Teacher

This hands-on course introduces students to all the key parts of medical science, including human anatomy, pathology, and pharmacology. It also explores the plethora of career paths available in medicine, from physiotherapy to surgery. The activities included will focus on the topics listed above as well as dissection and CPR!

Medicine: Dive into a Doctor's World

Taught by: Northwestern University Professor

This hands on course introduces students to all the key parts of medical science, including human anatomy, pathology, and pharmacology. It also explores the plethora of career paths available in medicine, from physiotherapy to surgery.


Mission Impossible

Taught by: Mr. Matt Steadman, Middle School Math and Science Teacher

Do you think you have what it takes to solve puzzles and succeed when the pressure is on? The course involves strategy, critical thinking, and teamwork to solve mysteries, puzzles, and daily missions. The activities include scavenger hunts, escape rooms, deciphering coded messages, and creating our own, all while exploring the town of Evanston to look for clues. If you are interested in brain teasers and puzzles, this is the spot for you!

Minigolf and Discgolf

Taught by: Howard Stanely, Middle School Humanities Teacher

Ever wondered what it would be like to have the crowd cheer as you sink a hole in one? Ever dreamed of the perfect putt, ricocheting off the spinning will or disc basket around a water hazard? This is an opportunity to master core golfing and disc golfing skills, analysis and strategy, and scorekeeping. Students test their skills at local miniature golf and disc golf courses. This fun and innovative take on design thinking will challenge students to think outside the box and lunch is even included!


Moving with a Purpose


Taught by: Ceairra Smith, Lower School Teaching Assistant

Tailored for middle schoolers, this class uses dance as a vibrant tool for teaching social and emotional skills. Students will engage in dance routines that reflect various emotions, encouraging them to express themselves through movement. Partner and group dances will be incorporated to enhance cooperation and communication skills, making the learning experience both enjoyable and enriching.


Olympics


Taught by: Matt Steadman, Middle School Math and Science Teacher

The 2024 Summer Olympics are upon us and they are coming to Roycemore! In this camp, your child will explore the games and history of the Olympics, join a country with other campers, and participate in activities/challenges centered around teamwork. The daily challenges will be focused on sports and engineering design and countries that win the competitions will be awarded points and medals. At the end of the week, the country that holds the most points will win the Olympic games and be crowned champion at our closing ceremony!


Photography and Digital Imaging


Taught by: Ruth Hecht, Art Teacher

In this course, we will learn about photography as an art form. We will go on short field trips to take photos to learn about how to make your photos visually appealing. Then we will learn how to combine photos you took with found photos from the internet using Adobe Photoshop as our art-making tool. You will develop a portfolio of powerful images by the end of the week.


Poetics 


Taught by: Eva Lambert, Middle School Humanities Teacher (MS) and Nathan Riggs, Middle School Humanities Teacher (US)

What is poetry? Why is it written? How can we understand it and make our own? In Poetics, we will explore the meaning, limits, and creation of poetry in a community environment. We will use tools ranging from straightforward conversation to multisensory exploration to demystify this oft-misunderstood art form. The course offers students a chance to explore new approaches each day, broadening their poetic skills and culminating in a celebratory reading of our original work.


Psychology: Getting Grips with the Human Mind

Taught by: NU Professor

Chicago has been a global hub of psychology ever since John Dewey founded his famous laboratory at The University of Chicago in 1893. Under the guidance of psychology researchers, students learn the core principles of human behavior, and they examine phenomena like consciousness, dreams, and memory. This course gives a taste of what it’s like to work as a counselor or therapist, and it culminates with students designing experiments of their own.

Survivor

Taught by: Matt Steadman, Middle School Math and Science Teacher

Just like the TV show, this camp will be filled with strategy, critical thinking, and competition. Campers will be selected to a tribe at the start of camp and begin their survivor journey. Throughout the camp, they must be willing to collaborate with their team to solve puzzles, find hidden objects, and win daily challenges to gain immunity. These activities cover a broad range from survival skills activities to bug eating. You must be willing to give your all and get messy to help your tribe win Survivor!

Time Travelers

Taught by: Matt Steadman, Middle School Math and Science Teacher

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a different period? What were the conditions like? What was the food like? What was the apparel like? Every day your child will step into a new period where they will explore that era through games, crafts, food, and activities. Get ready to think like a caveman, be as daring a cowboy, or as sophisticated as someone from the Renaissance.


When a City is Your Campus: An End-of-Summer Celebration

Taught by: Sam Cossen, School Social Worker

This course is a chance to celebrate the end of summer by exploring the Chicago metropolitan area. From well-known places like Navy Pier to lesser-known gems like Oz Park, students will be shown how to navigate their way through the city. While on the road, they will make video and photo diaries, and take notes of their adventures, building toward their own unique profile of Chicagoland.


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