Summer Elective List


Ready to get your hands dirty? Choose 3 electives for each program. Some, like Foreign Languages, Typing, and Coding, include personal access to our software partners. Others, like Engineering, Art, and Cooking, are hosted by experts and involve hands-on challenges with personalized feedback.


Each elective includes 5-6 challenges. Challenges can be customized to the age and ability of each participant, and each challenge takes about one hour to complete. Click here to sample an elective, and click here for a gallery of some student submissions.


And get ready to dial up the adventure with this summer’s new electives: Archaeology, Paleontology, Orienteering, Wilderness Survival, and Codebreaking!


NEW! Archaeology – Learn hands-on adventure skills! The perfect primer for discovering and studying ancient artifacts.

Art with Thorpe Studio – Classic Thorpe projects. Additional challenges will be provided for returning artists. Click for supplies list.

Brain Chase Bake Off – Join a past winner as our new host and judge. Each week a winner will be declared and rewarded.

Brain Chase Book Club – 4 brand new books selected by Brain Chase’s resident English teacher, Gracie!

NEW! Codebreaking – Get a masterclass in codes, ciphers, secret messages, encryption techniques.

Coding with CodeCombat – Learn the basics of coding with CodeCombat.

Cooking with Edible Education – Classic Brain Chase recipes, with additional recipes provided for returning cooks.

Engineering with Leo Labs – Leo Labs projects and additional projects for returning engineerings. Click for supplies list.

Entrepreneurship with Acton Children’s Business Fair – Launch your own business!

Fitness – Daily fitness challenges and a log to keep track of progress.

Foreign Language with Rosetta Stone – Learn a language with award-winning Rosetta Stone!

Gardening with KidsGardening – Set up your own garden with KidsGardening.

Magic – Amaze your friends and family with tricks using common household items. Abracadabra!

Martial Arts with Action Academy – Learn a few moves with Action Karate.

Math – For older adventurers, select Khan Academy.

NEW! Orienteering – Learn how to orient a map, chart coordinates, and build adventure courses for your friends and family.

NEW! Paelontology – Learn hands-on fossil excavation skills from a professional geologist/paleontologist.

Photography – Get hands-on instruction on how to take great photos.

Science with Science Matters – Learn about the physical world around you.

Science Showcase with Teacher Geek – Create science and engineering projects and compete in weekly competitions.

Typing with TypingClub – Become faster at typing with TypingClub.

NEW! Wilderness Survival – Learn tried-and-true survival techniques, and practice hands-on skills for surviving in nature.

Writing with Credentialed Teachers – Flex your writing muscles with our Credentialed Writing Team.

Yoga with YogaMeDo – Move and breathe with Miss Amy.


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