Academic Summer Camp for Grades 3 -6 or Grades 6 -8 at Academic Excellence Center (Up to 57% Off)

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  • $300 for two weeks of full-day academic summer camp. (grades 3 - 5) ($695 value)
  • $300 for two weeks of full-day academic summer camp. (grades 6 - 8) ($695 value)

Students may sign up for one of two sessions available:

Session 1: 6/30 – 7/11 and/or 7/14 – 7/25 (no class on July 4th), Registration Deadline: June 11

Session 2: 8/4 – 8/15 and/or 8/18 – 29, Registration Deadline: July 7

Daily Schedule, with classes from Monday - Friday: 8:45 – 9:30 Math, Reading/Writing, Science, Reading/Writing 9:35 – 10:20 Math, Reading/Writing, Science, Reading/Writing 10:25 – 11:10 Science, Chess, Robotics, Academic Strategy, Mock Trial 11:15 – 12:00 Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, Language Arts, Social Studies 12:00 – 12:30 Lunch/Dismiss 12:40 – 1:40 Foreign Language 1:50 – 2:50 Badminton, Karate, Dance, Gym, Fine Art

The Psychology of Memory: Forging Pathways Through the Brain

One thing you'll definitely need to bring to class is a working memory. Read on to explore the process by which memories are embedded into our brains.

The capital of New Zealand. Last year's Oscar winner for Best Actress. Can you bring these names to mind, or do they feel like they're just out of reach, dancing on the tip of your tongue? In fact, cognitive psychologists formally describe this phenomenon as a TOT—tip-of-tongue—state, and it can help illustrate the complex processes that occur (or fail to) as the brain embeds and retrieves information for later use.

One thing that a TOT state tells us is that memory is not a matter of sending a search query into the brain's depths and coming back with a complete unit of experience (i.e., having studied New Zealand in sixth grade) that we'd once filed away. Different parts of memories are stored in different regions throughout the brain, depending on their nature—words, for instance, are not kept in the same place as faces. That storage system gets kicked into gear as each thing we see, touch, smell, and hear is processed by our sensory and short-term memories, where the information is mulled over for a few seconds and either discarded or transferred to long-term storage. Through rehearsal, or repetition, a short-term memory becomes a long-term one, where it resides among our most deeply embedded recollections: a wedding, the birth of a child, the words to our favorite mattress-store jingle.

Acquiring new skills creates additional pathways, which—like ruts in a dirt road—grow deeper with repeated use. Likewise, learned skills can disappear following periods of neglect. Over time, the brain prunes unused connections, which helps to explain how you can forget a second language once you stop speaking it regularly.

Some memories, however, seem impossible to forget. This typically happens when a memory is associated with a heightened emotional or physical response. "Where were you when JFK was assassinated?" is a question any baby boomer will likely have an answer to. In a classroom, teachers can use these physical and emotional associations to their advantage, teaching material with hands-on methods that stimulate different regions of the brain to create an abundance of connections between memory and knowledge.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Aug 4, 2014. Amount paid never expires. New customers only. Registration required by 6/30/14 for July session; 8/4/14 for August session. Subject to availability. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. No Camp held July 4th. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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