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    Three
    July 16-20, 2018

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  • Baseball (ages 9-12)

  • Fencing

  • FIRST Robotics

  • Mock Trial

  • Real Science

  • Rock Band

  • Theater Improv

  • Volleyball

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  • Baseball (ages 9-12)

    Develop and refine your hitting and throwing techniques
    For students ages 9–12. Must be age 9 by 6/20/18
    Minimum enrollment 16; maximum enrollment 30
     

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    Head Coach Ryan Radmanovich will focus on the fundamentals of hitting, throwing, fielding, and baserunning, as well as the importance of positional play and game situations. Campers will be grouped by age, physical maturity, experience, and general ability and will be supervised by a professional staff. Emphasis is placed on developing/refining the swing, throwing mechanics, base running and sliding, daily competition, and primary and secondary position play. All players are required to bring proper clothing and baseball equipment. For students ages 9–12. Must be age 9 by 6/20/18. Minimum enrollment 16; maximum enrollment 30

    Time: This program runs from 8:30am–1:30pm. For those wishing for a full-day option, tennis may be added for an additional $100.

    Cost: $375. Early Bird Discount: $350 until March 15. Reserve your child's spot today with either payment in full or a $100 non-refundable deposit per camp week. The balance will be charged to your credit card on March 15. 

    Instructor: Ryan Radmanovich played Division 1 baseball at Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA), where he was named All-Conference. He was selected in the 12th round of the 1993 MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins and went on to play for the New Britain Rock Cats during his climb through the Twins organization. Claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners in 1998, Radmanovich played in the Major Leagues for Lou Piniella and alongside Ken Griffey Jr., and Alex Rodriguez. He played a total of 17 years of professional baseball with Minnesota, Seattle, San Diego, and Pittsburgh organizations, and represented Canada in two Olympic Games (Athens '04, Beijing '08), and the World Baseball Classic of 2006. Coach Rad is one of the premier technical coaches in the state, and we are fortunate to have him as the KO assistant Varsity coach.

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  • Fencing

    Have you ever wanted to try fencing
    For students entering grades 4-10
    Minimum enrollment 12; maximum enrollment 16

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    Have you ever wanted to try fencing? Now is your chance to learn from the reigning Veteran World and National Foil Champion, Jennette Stalks-Faulkner, and we are thrilled to welcome her to Camp KO in 2018! Fencing camp is open to boys and girls from beginner to intermediate level fencers and will teach basic fencing fundamentals, help develop proper technique, learn defensive and offensive moves, and provide bouting experience. Throughout the week every aspect of fencing will be covered as campers develop solid skills to build on after camp. Safety, rules, proper use of the fencing weapon (foil) and protective gear are introduced on Day 1 and will be discussed each day as students will be expected to follow and strictly adhere to the safety rules. After an exciting week of fencing a tournament will be held on the final day of camp and parents and visitors are encouraged to attend. For students entering grades 4-10. Minimum enrollment 12; maximum enrollment 16.  

    Typical Day
    9:45 - 11:50 am
    Review Safety rules & Warm-up/stretching 10 minutes
    Drills & Games (footwork ) 50 minutes
    Break 10 minutes
    Drills & Games (bladework) 50 minutes
    1:00 - 2:30pm
    Structured Bouting /Fencing Rules 90 minutes
    3:00 - 4:00pm
    Bouting (sparing) 40 minutes
    Put Equipment Away & review what was learned 20 minutes
    Tournament Structure (Parents and guests are welcome)
    1st round - Round Robin (students will referee)
    2nd Round - Direct Elimination to top 4 fencers
    Fence off for 1st - 4th place
    Prizes (snack treats) will be awarded to all participants

    Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Cost: $475; Early Bird Discount $425 until March 15. Reserve your child's spot today with either payment in full or a $100 deposit per camp week. The balance will be charged to your credit card on March 15. To secure your child's spot in any program, there is a $100/per week nonrefundable deposit.

    Instructor: Jennette Starks-Faulkne is the owner and head coach at the Connecticut Fencers Club in New Britain. She brings over 20 years of national and international competitive fencing, and over 10 years of teaching and coaching experience. Coach Jennette is a USFCA certified fencing coach and conducts youth and adult recreational and competitive classes, private and semi-private lessons, summer camps, and specialty classes for legally blind and unified sports students.
    Since 2010, her students have qualified for every Summer Nationals & Junior Olympics. In addition her students include Connecticut High School champions as well as top rated national veteran finalists, and World Veteran Championship Team members.
    She was a member of the Brooklyn College fencing team coached by Denise O'Connor. She is an All-American, holds a B.S. in Physical Education from Brooklyn College and was an assistant coach at Temple University.

    Click here to read more about Coach Jennette’s competitive titles.

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  • FIRST Robotics (Week 1 of 2)

    Mechanical design, real-world applications
    This is a two-week program running from July 9-20
    Open to students entering grades 4–7.
    Minimum class size 8; maximum class size 14.

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    Have you ever dreamed of designing, building, and programming your own robot? Have you ever imagined all of the things a robot could do for you – like chores, homework, or walking the dog? At the Summer Robotics Program, campers in 4th through 8th grades will explore the world of robotics from a variety of lenses, ranging from mechanical design to computer programming to real-world applications. We will utilize the LEGO Mindstorms platform used by FIRST Robotics' FIRST LEGO League (FLL) program. FLL allows campers to get excited about science and technology and learn valuable employment and life skills.

    Our Summer Robotics Program focuses on a project about the creation and modification of robots to perform specific related tasks and obstacles in a competitive game setting. During our time together campers will begin to learn 3D design software, such as TinkerCAD, using consumer-grade 3D printers to bring their designs to life. Our campers will learn from the best and brightest members of the Wyvern Robotics Program while building confidence, understanding, and independence in science and technology. Open to students entering grades 4–7. Minimum class size 8; maximum class size 14.

    Time: Program runs from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

    Cost: $990; Early Bird Discount $890 until March 15. Reserve your child's spot today with either payment in full or a $100 non-refundable deposit per camp week. The balance will be charged to your credit card on March 15. 

    Instructor: Jeff Carpenter returns to Camp KO Robotics for his fifth season. He is a technology and engineering education teacher and a head coach for middle school FLL robotics. Over the years he has worked with students in a variety of technology-based programs, and he will draw upon his experience working with various robotics platforms including LEGO Mindstorms and VEX among others to help campers achieve and build a passion for technology and learning. Whether serving as coach or a technical and presentation judge in state and regional level FLL competitions, he encourages students to think unconventionally and be open to finding creative and different approaches to problem-solving. While completing a Technology & Engineering Education degree at CCSU, he used his skills in CAD design, machining, 3D printing,electronics, and programming to design and build several human-powered and super-mileage (gas-powered) competition vehicles.

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  • Mock Trial

    Sharpen your lawyer or witness skills for future competitions
    For students entering grades 6-9.
    Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12.

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    It is January 24, 1984. The Cold War is colder than ever and the threat of nuclear war is at its highest since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Apple Computer just released the McIntosh personal computer for sale in the United States. “Karma Chameleon” is a hit single for Culture Club. “Terms of Endearment” is #1 on the big screen, while “Dallas” holds the top spot on the small screen. Michael Jackson is preparing to film a television commercial for Pepsi Cola . . .

    In Sofia, Bulgaria, a lone figure clad in a long overcoat and fedora walks into the Soviet Embassy and hands an envelope to the receptionist addressed to the KGB Station Chief. Inside is a letter from Hanssen Aldrich, a veteran CIA case officer. In return for $25,000 in cash, Aldrich offers to disclose the identities of all the KGB agents that the CIA has “turned” into double agents spying for the United States. Over the course of the next five years, Aldrich discloses the identity of twenty-five Soviet citizens working for the CIA. Twenty would be arrested. A dozen would be executed. Before the FBI can make an arrest, Aldrich flees to Moscow, where s/he dies in mysterious circumstances in 1991.
    Fast forward to 2016. American hackers working for the National Security Agency uncover thousands of documents from the KGB’s files, several of which seemingly implicate Ames Rosenberg, Hanssen Aldrich’s then-spouse and retired middle school English teacher, in the treason. Ames Rosenberg is now charged with conspiracy to commit espionage against the United States in violation of 18 U.S.C. §794(c). The trial is set for Summer 2018.

    Is Ames Rosenberg just a mild-mannered retired teacher or one of the most damaging moles in American history? Join us this summer for Mock Trial Camp and find out!
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    Mock Trial is a competitive activity in which students play the role of lawyers and witnesses in a simulated trial – typically on a school-sponsored team – while competing against another school. Every year, nearly forty teams participate in the Connecticut Middle School Mock Trial Tournament, held every February and March.

    In this week-long camp, campers will learn about the various parts of a mock trial and while gaining hands-on experience questioning witnesses, making objections, portraying witnesses and arguing their case in front of the court. In addition, campers will undertake a mock settlement negotiation. The week culminates with the campers staging the espionage trial of Ames Rosenberg before an experienced Mock Trial judge. If your child’s school has a Mock Trial team, this program will help sharpen their lawyer and witness skills for next year’s competition. For students entering Grades 6-8. Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12. Please note that the case will be provided to campers approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the camp with the expectation that campers will have read it before camp starts.

    Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Cost: $495. Early Bird Discount: $445 until March 15. Reserve your child's spot today with either payment in full or a $100 non-refundable deposit per camp week. The balance will be charged to your credit card on March 15. 

    Instructor: Attorney Ryan Costantini works for Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he negotiates helicopter contracts with foreign governments for Sikorsky Aircraft. He has negotiated over 150 contracts worth over $6 billion with customers on six continents. Since 2008, “Mr. C”, as he is known to his teams, has been the Attorney Coach of the Legal Wyverns, KO's award-winning Upper and Middle School Mock Trial teams. In addition to coaching the Legal Wyverns, Mr. Costantini is the First Vice President of Civics First, Inc., the sponsoring organization for the Connecticut Middle and High School Mock Trial competitions, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National High School Mock Trial Championship. During the camp, he will be assisted by members of the KO Upper School Mock Trial Team.

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  • Real Science

    Labs Equal Learning
    For students entering grades 6-9
    Minimum Enrollment 6; Maximum Enrollment 14

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    Are you a student who loves science and is ready for the exciting challenges of advanced laboratory experiments? During this week, we will get the opportunity to conduct experiments in chemistry, physics, biology, and environmental science. We will learn proper laboratory techniques, collect
    data, use spreadsheets, and have fun as we create a wave machine, analyze the behavior of brine shrimp, explore color, launch rockets, collect DNA samples and more.

    You will have a chance to be a real scientist, with all the curiosity and fun that brings. The challenge and the success of each experiment (and maybe some frustration) will be yours to experience. We will include an introduction to chemistry including the atom and the periodic table. With multiple activities and demonstrations, we will try to understand how and why elements react. The course will also explore some fundamentals of physics including motion, acceleration, gravity, and projectiles. Most of our labs will be multidisciplinary so that students can see how important ideas in science are connected.

    Cost: $495; Early Bird Discount $445 until March 15. Reserve your child's spot today with either payment in full or a $100 non-refundable deposit per camp week. The balance will be charged to your credit card on March 15. 

    Instructor: Alex Kraus is a veteran teacher at Kingswood Oxford, who has taught English, Latin, Chemistry, and Physics over a career of more than 30 years. In addition to teaching, he has coached varsity swimming and diving as well as varsity track and field. He holds a BA from Williams College and a MALS from Wesleyan University.

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  • Rock Band

    Learn to listen and play together
    For students entering grades 4-9.
    Minimum enrollment 5; maximum enrollment 16.

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    This session will give students an opportunity to work together as a rock band. Students will choose a name for the band and then work on material throughout the week. At the end of the week we will perform a concert and showcase what we have done. When learning instruments, many students do not get the opportunity to play music or jam with other kids. This session will allow students to do just this, to play music together.

    We will focus on listening to each other, on playing in time as a group and on soloing and improvisation during a song. We will also explore the roles each instrument plays in the band and how these roles affect the overall sound. For example, we’ll focus on getting the drummer and bass player to play together, and making sure guitar players and keyboard players play parts that complement each other and don't get in each other's way. The week will be filled with musical games that will instill confidence and encourage group bonding. All instruments are welcome, not just traditional rock instruments. Come rock out with us and join the fun! For students entering grades 4-9. Minimum enrollment 5; maximum enrollment 16.

    Time: Program runs from 8:30am - 4:30pm.

    Cost: $495; Early Bird Discount $445 until March 15. Reserve your child's spot today with either payment in full or a $100 non-refundable deposit per camp week. The balance will be charged to your credit card on March 15. 

    Instructor: David Zucker has been studying music since childhood. He grew up in Bloomfield and graduated from KO in 1988. He studied music performance and composition at Skidmore College and later studied Indian music in Madras, India. David's first instrument was the piano, but he has considerable experience on guitar, as well. His influences are diverse and include classical, jazz electronic, rock, and electronic music. David has had success as a performer, producer, and composer. He spent many years as a working musician in both San Francisco and Seattle. While in Seattle, David worked considerably with film composer B.C. Smith. As a performer, Zucker toured the U.S. with his funk, fusion band, Siamese, and has toured Europe and South India. He has shared the stage with Phish, K.J. Sawka, Skerik, and Bill Frisell. David has currently been working with Grammy award- winning composer, Paul Avgerinos, on composing music for television and film. His music can be heard on many programs ranging from reality television to the NFL.

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  • Theater Improv

    Develop self-confidence while exploring self-expression
    For students entering grades 5-10
    Minimum enrollment 6; maximum enrollment 20
    No prior acting experience required

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    Calling all aspiring young actors! Develop your talents and abilities in this intensive acting camp, which will teach the fundamentals of improvisation and sketch comedy. Through theatre games, improvisation and character work, budding actors will develop self-confidence and self-discipline while exploring self-expression. The week will culminate with a performance to which family and friends are invited. For students entering grades 5-10; no prior acting experience required. Minimum enrollment 6; maximum enrollment 20.

    Time: Program runs from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

    Cost: $495; Early Bird Discount $445 until March 15. Reserve your child's spot today with either payment in full or a $100 non-refundable deposit per camp week. The balance will be charged to your credit card on March 15. 

    Instructor: Vicki Ross has been teaching drama for 25 years at schools including the Children's Acting Studio in Toronto, Avon Public Schools,Solomon Schechter Day School, Renbrook School, and Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford. This is her fifth summer at Camp KO. Trained in improvisation and a veteran of the famed Second City Comedy Troupe in Toronto, Vicki has worked as an actor in film, television and theater. Her specialties are improvisation, children's theater, and sketch comedy.
     

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  • Volleyball

    This camp is for new and experienced volleyball players alike!
    For students entering grades 5-10.
    Minimum enrollment 10; maximum enrollment 20.

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    Morning sessions are devoted to teaching and reinforcing proper form with the skills of passing, serving, setting, hitting, and blocking. Players will progress through a series of drills and contests that begin with isolated skills and build into live-action play. Players will also learn volleyball-specific functional training exercises designed to improve on-court speed and agility as well as jumping ability. Afternoon sessions will emphasize teamwork, as players learn offensive and defensive strategies by competing in 6-on-6 scrimmages and playing fun game-like drills.

    Time: For students entering grades 5-10. Minimum enrollment 10; maximum enrollment 20.

    Cost: $475; Early Bird Discount, $425 until March 15. Reserve your child's spot today with either payment in full or a $100 non-refundable deposit per camp week. The balance will be charged to your credit card on March 15. 

    Instructor: Scott McDonald brings his love of the game and his extensive 20-year coaching experience at the high school varsity level to Camp KO. Coach McDonald will focus on the basic skills necessary in volleyball and strategy involved in gameplay. According to his players, Coach “Mac” is ”very kind and encouraging”, “easy to get along with and approachable”, and “super excited about volleyball!”
     
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