Fun with Math & Creative Writing Camp
Math & Story Writing Camp for Rising Gr. 3-6
A full-day program with Math Teacher Amelia Chan
and Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta
Week of Jul 15 - 18, 2024
9 am - 12:00 pm: Fun with math
12:00 pm- 1:00 pm: Supervised Lunch
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Adventure Story Writing
Bridges Community Church, Los Altos
625 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos, CA 94024, United States
Early Bird Tuition before April 1: $695 per student
Regular Tuition: $795 per student
Math Enrichment Camp
Taught by Math Educator Amelia Chan
A high quality summer program that provides a challenging but fun educational environment for all students in a small group setting. The math camp is filled with hands on learning and games. Kids will develop new knowledge and problem solving strategies. Most important of all, they will have fun while learning math.
Story Writing Workshop
Taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta
Flying Cows and Galaxy Cats
A Story Workshop
Imagine facing thousands of flying monkeys as they send bolts of lightning towards you and your towering castle keep. Luckily, your long-bearded mentor has a solution. But, too weak to call upon the mythical flying cow himself, he teaches you the ancient, tragic song of the Unicorn Cat, the only ear-splitting noise that will raise the winged-cow from her sleep and defend those who know this song!
This workshop will invite students to develop unique heroes, mentors, and tricksters, as they delve deep into the adventures, struggles, and unexpected solutions of their story worlds. We will introduce the Hero’s Journey, the hidden, underlying structure that permeates all stories.
Throughout the week, we’ll provide a highly interactive, playful environment to inspire students to create their own tales of fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, science fiction, or anything in between.
This course will walk through all steps of the writing process:
generating first ideas
writing new scenes
organizing the plot
revising for clarity and logic, and
editing towards a final draft.
On the last day of the camp, students will have an opportunity to present readings from their stories.
Creative Writing Coaches
Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta are passionate about teaching youth and teens how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity and ease. Since 1996, their students have learned to write essays, research papers, poems, short stories, and even their first novels. After working with Ms. Ho, one teen writer independently published her 400-page fantasy novel. Their students have earned acceptance into top colleges and universities, such as UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, MIT, NYU, and Brown University. Ms. Ho has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. from Lesley University. Mr. Hatta has a B.A. from Cal State University at Long Beach, with specialties in history, theater, and philosophy. For ten years, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta taught after-school creative writing courses at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. Today, they continue to work with many homeschooling groups. They run two thriving writers clubs with over 675 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta have published eight anthologies of their students’ fiction: Strokes of Lightning, Real Heroes Wear Sneakers, Bones of Mystery, Encroaching Ink, Special Worlds, Piercing the Unknown, Colorful Characters, and Hues of Hubris. These books are available on Amazon.com. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta are currently teaching both in-person and online writing workshops.
Our guest speaker Dorr H. Clark. Dorr has taught math at the Graduate School of Math department at Santa Clara University for over a decade.
What people say about the Math camp:
"Best math camp ever. Miss Amelia is hilarious."
"My kids enjoyed the summer camp a lot last year - they told me about building geometric shapes with candy and playing with balloons. The camp makes math fun, and a love in math is important and sets the foundation of success in school"
"I thought this it a math camp, how come it is fun?"
What people say about the Writing camp:
"Thank you for being such an inspiration for my daughter! Isabella looks forward to Fridays because creative writing is her favorite class. She plans to continue with your classes."
"We are eternally grateful to you both for helping our boys so very much. Julian was not at all stressed with his creative writing final. This is because of all his work with you both - he told me! Miles' library persuasive essay was handed in and VERY well received! We're very blessed, thank you!"
Meet the Instructors
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Shu-Hsien is passionate about teaching youth and teens how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity, and ease.
Amelia combines a deep understanding of the subject with an engaging and interactive approach to learning through hands-on methods.
For Royd, the act of writing is a place where thoughts about ourselves and the world can be developed, clarified, refined, and employed to make a significant change.
Math Guest Speaker
Dorr H. Clark