Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing
Elementary Summer Quest


Our teachers will lead your child on a week-long exploration of STEM or art, discovering new and exciting concepts along the way! Move over summer school, MVNU Summer Quests are here!

Cost: $35 per quest

Space is limited to 20 participants per quest session.

Age groups are determined by the grade your child completed in the 2014–2015 school year.

All quest sessions will be held in the Jennie K. Moore building on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Questions? Please visit our FAQ page.

More Questions? Contact Amy Dubusky 740-397-9000 ext. 3455 summerquest@mvnu.edu.

Quests for Grades K-2

Human Body Quest
Registration closed (24/20)
Monday through Friday, June 29–July 3, 2015 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Have you ever wondered how your body works? Where does food go after you eat it? How many bones are in your body? What makes your heart beat faster and slower? We will answer all these questions and more through the use of reading tools, songs, games, crafts, hands-on interactive activities and more! Come join us for this fun scientific exploration of the human body!

Art Quest 1
Registration closed (25/20)
Monday through Friday, June 29–July 3, 2015 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Did you know art can be found in nature? Did you know you can create art with things found outdoors? Join us this summer as we discover the natural world through the lens of visual art. We will investigate plants, animals, insects, and natural resources through the works of various artists, children’s books, and fun art making techniques. Come join us as we explore the natural world through art!

Mystery Quest
Monday through Friday, July 6–10, 2015 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Do you like puzzles? Are you interested in secret codes and solving mysteries? Become a super sleuth at Mystery Quest! During our quest you will learn how to use your five senses to investigate and solve a new mystery each day. Polish up your magnifying glass and join us as we search for clues, learn to crack codes, and sharpen our problem solving skills.

Art Quest 2
Monday through Friday, July 6–10, 2015 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Did you know that many artists don’t use paint brushes when they paint? Did you know that you can make art with movement and rhythm? In Art Quest 2, we will explore the elements and principals of art (space, color, line, shape, form, texture, emphasis, proportion, harmony, variety, balance, movement, and rhythm) through different art techniques. We will splatter paint like Jackson Pollock and create 3-D sculptures from our 2-D drawings! Every day will be full of hands-on learning through art creation. This is one messy quest you’re not going to want to miss!

Astronomy Quest
Monday through Friday, July 13–17, 2015 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Do you ever wish you could be an astronaut? Do you wish you could see an asteroid up close or create your own constellation? Do you wonder why Pluto is no longer considered a planet? If you want to take an adventure that is OUT OF THIS WORLD, you will want to join us for Astronomy Quest! We will learn about the planets, the sun, the moon, and the stars through experiments, hands-on activities, reading, songs, and games. We will even make and launch our own rockets! Sign up to be lost in space!

Theater Quest
Monday through Friday, July 13–17, 2015 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Do you ever wish you could be a character in the stories you read? Theater Quest will magically bring the words in stories alive on stage! Readers will be introduced to elements of the dramatic arts while strengthening fluency and comprehension of text through the use of readers’ theater texts. We’ll bring stories to life through the creation of props, costumes, and becoming characters on stage. Join us for a week filled with creativity and imagination!

Weather Quest
Monday through Friday, July 20–24, 2015 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Have you ever wondered why the weather is so crazy? How can it rain while the sun is shining? How can it be too cold to snow? What is the difference between a tornado and a hurricane? Join us as we explore why the weather acts the way it does. We will become meteorologists for a week as we use hands-on experiments and demonstrations to discover truths about weather.

Ocean Quest
Monday through Friday, July 20–24, 2015 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Have you ever wondered about the animals that live in the ocean? Did you know the ocean has layers and each layer is a different habitat? During our quest under the sea we will research the characteristics and features of the ocean and the animals that live there. Join us for hands-on activities that will explore why the ocean is so important and how it plays a role in all our lives. Demonstrations, activities, and games will enhance our learning in science, reading, and math. Sign up to have oceans of fun!

Prehistoric Quest (NEW in 2015!)
Monday through Friday, July 20–24, 2015 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Do you ever wonder what the world was like when dinosaurs lived? Did you know you could examine a dinosaur’s footprint to find out how big it was? Do you know who paleontologists are and what they do? This summer we will discover the answers to these questions and learn more about the prehistoric world. We will learn about fossils, “hatch” dinosaur eggs, and excavate dinosaur bones from sand. Join us for Prehistoric Quest as we explore the world of dinosaurs through science activities, art, games, songs, and books.

Quests for Grades 3-5

Art Quest 1
Registration closed (19/20)
Monday through Friday, June 29–July 3, 2015 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Are you interested in far-away places? Do you wonder what art is like on the other side of the world? Be an Art Traveler and discover diverse art around the world influenced by different cultures, places, environments, and biomes. We will journey around the world with various artists, children’s books, and art making techniques as our guides. Join us on an artistic trip around the globe!

Sport Science Quest
Registration closed (19/20)
Monday through Friday, June 29–July 3, 2015 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

How does a football player run that fast and hit that hard? What does it take to hit a baseball out of the park? How is a gymnast so flexible and how does a basketball player sink that half-court shot? Have you ever imagined how cool it would be to learn the science behind athletic movement? This summer we will explore the science in the sports you play. Each day we will tackle one or two sports and knock it out of the park with math and science information! We’ll provide the calculators and you provide the gym shoes for our Sport Science Quest that’s sure to be a slam dunk!

Art Quest 2
Monday through Friday, July 6–10, 2015 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Do you dream in color? Do you love to create and make things with your hands? Do you let your imagination run wild? Join us for a highly creative, colorful, and imaginative adventure exploring the realm of modern art and artists. We’ll be venturing through the world of modern art exploring a variety of fun mixed media techniques and a wide variety range of artistic styles. Be prepared to fully engage in creative art making! Wear your artist clothing on this journey because you’re sure to get a little messy! Along the way we will be learning about the artist’s toolbox that holds the secrets of how art works: the elements of art and the principles of design. Art Quest 2 is the perfect adventure for the young at heART!

Detective Quest
Monday through Friday, July 6–10, 2015 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Who doesn’t want to be like Batman or Sherlock Holmes? Do you like to solve crimes? If you are good at finding clues and can’t get enough of a good mystery, it is time to put your investigation skills to work at our week-long Detective Quest! Join us while we use real science labs to develop our forensic skills, follow evidence, and solve a crime! Each day will feature a new case to be cracked, providing the opportunity to follow a case, from start to finish.

Garden Quest
Monday through Friday, July 13–17, 2015 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Did you know pineapples are berries, peanuts are beans, and asparagus is part of the lily family? Did you know some plants like acid in their soil? Did you know that you can grow your own pizza? Come to Garden Quest to get your hands dirty with projects about different ways to grow food, helpful and harmful bugs, and a chance to create a mini-garden of your own to take home! We will be cooking, planting, and exploring throughout our week. You won’t want to miss it!

Everest Quest (NEW in 2015!)
Monday through Friday, July 13–17, 2015 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Do you have what it takes to survive earth’s highest peak? Imagine winning a contest to earn a spot on elite Team Summit. You must overcome extreme cold, fatigue, hunger, and oxygen deprivation as you fight against nature to reach the summit. You and your team must plot a route, create shelter, melt snow for water, and tackle the elements to survive. You will investigate creative methods to keep your team alive with hands-on simulations. Put your math and science skills to the test while you learn how to survive on Mount Everest.

Geology Quest
Monday through Friday, July 20–24, 2015 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Have you ever seen a geode? Did you know some minerals glow under fluorescent light? Join us on a geology quest and explore the different types of rocks, the rock cycle, and the formation of minerals. We will be cracking our own geodes, growing crystals, exploring fossils, and learning about volcanoes, too. We’ll be using the stream on MVNU’s campus and the green space around us to spread out and gets hands on with our experiments. You don’t want to miss this quest because geology rocks!

 
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