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2017 Class Schedule

Click below to view each week's class and camp offerings. Bright Lights offers additional services including Before Care and Lunch Care, Bus Transportation, and Scholarships. Registration begins March 24. Directions are available for all Bright Lights class sites, bus stops and field trip locations. Visit our Policies and FAQs for additional questions.

Week 1: June 5 - 9

Week 2: June 12 - 16

Week 3: June 19 - 23

Week 4: June 26 - 30

Week 5: July 10 - 14

Click the Schedule-at-a-Glance to quickly view the classes/camps offered by week. 

Utilize the Class Wish Worksheet as you browse the list of classes.


Week 1: June 5 - 9

Five Days...Five Challenges Day Camp--NEW

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: The Career Academy at Southeast Community College

Grades Completed: 6 - 8

Taught by: Annie Mumgaard, Video/Film/TV Studio Producer; Travis Ray, The Career Academy Engineering Instructor; Travis Green, Southeast Community College Food Services/Hospitality; Loren Stara, Southeast Community College

Come stretch your creativity! Each day embark on an assignment that will test your problem solving, determination, daring, intellect and creativity - both individually and as a team. How? Learn a new skill from a professional, creatively apply that skill to your daily challenge, and be "tested" by unexpected twists and quests! The professionals may include a chef, a construction expert, an engineer and a TV producer. Learn your new skills while on site at The Career Academy at Southeast Community College and at the UNL College of Journalism. Parents will drop-off and pick-up at The Career Academy on Monday - Wednesday; UNL College of Journalism on Thursday; and Holmes Elementary School on Friday. If you're up for a fun summer challenge (or five days of them), this camp is for you!

Sponsored by: Union Bank & Trust


102 Dr. Seuss is Loose

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Grades Completed: K - 1

Taught by: Shari Timm, Riley Elementary School Teacher

"Horton Hears a Who," can you? From Oobleck to the Cat we will explore that!  Take a trip to Seussville for a fun-filled week in the world of children's author, Dr. Seuss. While you travel, you will have a Wacky Wednesday kind of day filled with egg-citing science experiments. Oh, the tricks you will learn, like a balancing act just like the "Cat in the Hat." Read books and discover Dr. Seuss's hidden messages. Dabble in the dirt with the Lorax and create a marble run with recycled tubes! Will you have fun here on a summer's day? Try it, and you may, I say.

 

104 Tremendous Time Travels

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grades Completed: K - 1

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Katie Stauffer, UNL Elementary and Early Childhood Education Major

Strap on your seat belts as we travel through time to the late 1800s to visit a pioneer family; to Kitty Hawk in the year 1903 to witness the historic first airplane flight of Orville and Wilbur Wright; to 1912 to sail on the Titanic; and to 1969 to witness the first moonwalk! Each day update your Time Travel Logs to remember your travels. Play pioneer games, design passenger boats and perform anti-gravity experiments.

Sponsored by: Channel 8 KLKN

 

106 Party with the Penguins

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grades Completed: K - 2

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Heidi Butler, Kloefkorn Elementary School Teacher

Get to know these tuxedoed birds from the southern hemisphere through a variety of projects and activities combining science, art and fun. Learn about the kinds of penguins and how big they are compared to humans. Discover how penguins survive in extremely cold weather, as well as how penguins are affected by oil spills. Activities may include making blubber gloves and learning about insulation, designing your own flag for Antarctica, writing a penguin poem and enjoying Arctic-inspired snacks. On Thursday, parents will drop-off and pick-up at the Lincoln Children's Zoo for a trip to the Humboldt Penguin Habitat.

Class Fee: $6 Zoo

Sponsored by: Mark T. and Margaret L. Seacrest Family Charitable Foundation

 

108 Turtle Tracks--NEW

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grades Completed: K - 2

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Macy Mancuso, Millard Public Schools Elementary Teacher

Follow the turtle and tortoise tracks as you discover the differences between these two reptiles. Learn about their amazing life cycles and make your own special turtle shells to wear during the week. Complete fun projects that may include egg carton turtles, hand traced tortoises and tissue paper pom pom turtles. On Thursday, parents will drop-off and pick-up at the Lincoln Children's Zoo for a behind the scenes view of the turtle and tortoise exhibit.

Class Fee: $6 Zoo 

 

110 Eye on the Sky: Weather Watchers--NEW

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grades Completed: 2 - 3

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Michelle Jensen, Zeman Elementary School Teacher and Jessica Dubas, Belmont Elementary School Teacher

Are you curious about natural disasters? Do you keep an "eye on the sky" for weather changes? Join our meteorology team and make an anemometer, rain gauge and wind sock for your own weather station. Measure daily weather changes and discuss how meteorologists observe and forecast the weather. Learn about the water cycle, make clouds in a jar and a tornado in a bottle. The weather's always changing so join us as we learn more about it.

                                                                                             

112 Pokemon® Art: Gotta Draw 'em All--NEW

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grades Completed: 2 - 4

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Aileen Wiles, Artist

Become a drawing master as you spend the week documenting Pokemon® in your own sketchbook. Learn how to draw your favorite Pokemon characters and even create a few of your own. Use colored pencils and paint to finish your character creations and your creative talents to come up with unique and powerful creatures ready for an epic battle!

 

114 Chess: Capture the King!

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grades Completed: 2 - 4

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Thomas McChristian, Bennet Elementary School Teacher

Play the game of kings and queens! Learn the rules, tactics and strategies necessary for basic play, in addition to chess notation, history and literature. Expand from the chessboard with variants such as bughouse, simultaneous chess and a game against the computer. End your training in a five-round class tournament. At the open house on Friday, prepare to demonstrate how each chess piece moves and attacks on a life-sized chessboard. Thespian skills optional as the queen attacks a pawn in this dramatic rendering.

Sponsored by: Olsson Family Foundation

 

116 Coding with Scratch Beginners--NEW

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grades Completed: 3 - 5

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Rachel Westphalen, Scott Middle School Teacher

No coding experience necessary! Come to build, explore and create using the world of Scratch. We will use block programming to design interactive games and videos using creative thinking.  Now's your chance to dive into coding if you've been too nervous to try! This is a beginner's level course that will touch on all basic coding commands and concepts.

Sponsored by: Firespring                                                                                                

 

118 Edible Science

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grades Completed: 3 - 5

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Megan Jorgensen, Schoo Middle School Teacher

Do you like science? Do you like to eat food? Let's smash science, food and learning together! Come join us to learn about parts of the body, cells, climate types, rock cycles and other fun science experiments! The best part is--we get to EAT them ALL! Come join us for science fun in the kitchen!

Class Fee: $10 Food 

 

120 Felted Fun: Transforming Wool Into Fabric

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grades Completed: 3 - 5

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Katie Frisch, Master of Arts in Textile Design from UNL

Become a fiber artist and designer as you discover the fun of felting! Feel the fluffiness of the dry wool and experience the squishy changes as you add soap and water and roll it out flat. Blend your own special colors using fruit-flavored drinks to dye the felt, then use your imagination to make something unique. Create wearable, one-of-a-kind scarves, beaded necklaces, decorative balls, bowls or pillows as you learn the magical process of turning wool into felt.

Sponsored by: Bill and Marilyn Cintani                                                                      

 

122 Hogwarts Academy: Potions and Magical Creatures

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grades Completed: 3 - 5

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Professor Miller Sprout, aka Alexandra Miller, Calvert Elementary School Teacher
Expand your wizarding skills as you become a Potions Master and mix your own magical concoctions of snake fangs, porcupine quills and slugs. Learn how to care for and handle magical creatures. Then study the night sky like the Hogwarts' witches and wizards as you prepare for your O.W.L. exam. Even learn the secret of how Muggles can play Quidditch and chess in a final tournament for house points.

Class Fee: $7 Materials                                                                                                          

Sponsored by: Jeff and Judy Greenwald

 

124 Robotics: LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3, Levels 1 & 2

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grades Completed: 3 - 5

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Adam Janda, Seward Public Schools Elementary Teacher

Design, build and program robots using the most advanced and newest LEGO® robotics technology - the powerful MINDSTORMS® EV3. Work as a team to complete real-world engineering and computer science challenges as you build and command robots that walk, talk, think and do anything you can imagine. With your ideas and the latest LEGO operating system and sensors, there are no limits to what you can do.

Level 1 - Builder: Entry level, limited or no experience with programming. Objectives are basic programming and robot movement.

Level 2  - Explorer: Completed at least 1 class at Level 1 and/or experience through another program. Objectives are sensors, loops and switches.

Level 3 - Engineer: Completed at least 1 class of Level 2 or previous experience with sensors, loops and switches. Objectives are building solutions to real-world problems, teamwork, FLL challenges or other teacher/student developed challenges.

Class Fee: $5 Lab

Sponsored by: Spectrum                                                                                                

 

126 Test Tube Science

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grades Completed: 3 - 5

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Rochelle Settles, Fredstrom Elementary School Science Specialist

Goop, gak, elephant toothpaste. Make these amazing messy mixtures and more as you learn about chemical compounds. Explore the colorful world of experiments such as dancing raisins, creating your own soda and extracting DNA. Take home your own Micro-Slide Viewer, which you'll learn to use during the week. Join the fun as you discover how chemistry involves all of the world around you.

Class Fee: $10 Materials

Sponsored by: Digity

 

128 Spy Academy

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grades Completed: 4 - 5

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Rachel Fellows, Fredstrom Elementary School Teacher

Learn how to write messages to your friends in secret codes. Enjoy puzzles and play strategic games. Become a real-life secret agent learning about cryptography, the science of making and breaking codes. Explore how to crack codes using ciphers. With this new secret intelligence, construct your own book of secret codes and complete a scavenger hunt written in secret messages. Continue the secret journey through the internet to discover more about the use of cryptography in agencies like the CIA and how codes and ciphers have been used throughout history.

Class Fee: $5 Materials 

Sponsored by: DuTeau Chevrolet Subaru

 

130 iDrum to iTunes®

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grades Completed: 4 - 6

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Justin Brookens, Fredstrom Elementary School Vocal Music Teacher

Exploring music through drumming will bring out your inner creativity, especially when played with popular songs. Each day use hand drums and Orff instruments (think xylophones) to perform original music, play drums with radio hits and play games to create your own rhythms! This interactive, movement-oriented and creative approach to music-making is fun for everyone no matter the experience level!


202 Magnificent Matter: Solids, Liquids and Gases

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Grades: K - 1

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Macy Mancuso, Millard Public Schools Elementary Teacher

Explore what makes up the world around you! Learn about solids, liquids and gases through fun activities, projects and science experiments. Make a raisin dance, create a soda eruption and an explosion in a sack. On Friday, we will welcome guests into our classroom to watch a video of the activities from the week and view the projects we completed.

Sponsored by: Lincoln Industries                                                                                 

 

204 Party with the Penguins

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Grades: K - 2  

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Heidi Butler, Kloefkorn Elementary School Teacher

Get to know these tuxedoed birds from the southern hemisphere through a variety of projects and activities combining science, art and fun. Learn about the kinds of penguins and how big they are compared to humans. Discover how penguins survive in extremely cold weather, as well as how penguins are affected by oil spills. Activities may include making blubber gloves and learning about insulation, designing your own flag for Antarctica, writing a penguin poem and enjoying Arctic-inspired snacks. On Thursday, parents will drop-off and pick-up at the Lincoln Children's Zoo for a trip to the Humboldt Penguin Habitat.

Class Fee: $6 Zoo

Sponsored by: Mark T. and Margaret L. Seacrest Family Charitable Foundation

 

206 LEGO® WeDo Robotics

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Grades Completed: 1, 2

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Tammy Sheldon, After School LEGO® Instructor

Interested in science, engineering or computers? Do you love to build with LEGO® bricks? Ignite your creativity with an introduction to robotics and computer programming. Using LEGO WeDo kits and LEGO educational software, you will be challenged to solve real-world problems by creating one-of-a-kind machines with gears, motors and sensors. Themes will include natural disasters, space exploration and speed.

Class Fee: $5 Lab                                                                                    

Sponsored by: Spectrum                                                                                     

 

208 Super Space Adventures

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Grades Completed: 1 - 2

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Maggie Butterfield, Crete Middle School Teacher

Before orbiting the galaxy, you must master the skills of an astronaut. Practice completing space chores with astronaut-type gloves, build a space station and taste astronaut food including ice cream! Track constellations and learn amazing facts about the planets, but you can't blast off your film canister rocket until you learn about the Earth's rotation and location. Out in space, discover art, music and literature in another galaxy. Prepare for blast off!

Sponsored by: Bettenhausen Family Foundation                                     

 

210 Be a Star!

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Grades Completed: 2 - 4

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Michelle Jensen, Zeman Elementary School Teacher and Jessica Dubas, Belmont Elementary School Teacher

Do you someday want to be a famous actor or actress on Broadway? Now is your chance to become a star! Practice reading and speaking skills as you work with other students to put on a play production. Help design costumes and paint scenery flats for a real back-stage experience. Show your magnificent acting skills as you perform for family and friends on Friday. Bright lights and fun activities await you as you step onto the stage and into the world of entertainment! Bring a plain white T-shirt.

Sponsored by: Pinnacle Bank

 

212 Pioneering with Laura Ingalls Wilder

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Grades Completed: 2 - 4

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Mary Ann Gabel, Certified Teacher and Historian and assisted by Carol Jobman, Retired Educator

Put on your bonnet or straw hat to travel across the prairie with Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family. Begin in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, where Laura will teach you how to square dance and make a corncob doll. As you travel to the little house on the prairie, Laura will help you make a wagon train rag doll, cook foods like her Ma did and sing the songs that Pa sang long ago. On Wednesday, parents will drop-off at Heritage School at Pioneers Park where Laura will be waiting to take you back to her classroom in Dakota Territory. After spending time in a one room school, parents will pick you back up after our time travel and return to the 21st century.

Class Fee: $5 Facilities

Sponsored by: Humanities Nebraska 

 

214 Imagination Illustration

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Grades Completed: 2 - 4

Taught by: Aileen Wiles, Artist

Become an illustrator and write your own story worthy of a spot on the library shelf. Improve your drawing skills and create a dynamic character to star in your very own book. Create characters and backgrounds using pencil, colored pencil, marker, pen, pastel and watercolors. Bring your character to life and create a hand puppet to help tell your story. Finish the week sharing your handmade book at the gallery showing.

Sponsored by: Cornhusker Bank

 

216 Amazing Race Challenges

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Grades Completed: 3 - 5

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Megan Jorgensen, Schoo Middle School Teacher

Explore the world with fellow adventurers as you conquer roadblocks and master detours. Search for the daily team challenge envelope containing creative games and crafts that will test your abilities in science, math and writing. Celebrate your teamwork by creating a flag and proudly wearing your team colors. Finish off the week with a scavenger hunt that will determine the Amazing Race Champions!

Class Fee: $8 Materials                                                                                          

Sponsored by: SolutionOne

 

218 Hogwarts Academy: Wizarding Treats and Ancient Runes

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Grades Completed: 3 - 5  

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Professor Miller Sprout, aka Alexandra Miller, Calvert Elementary School Teacher

Enjoy a week full of homemade snacks from the legendary Honeydukes sweet shop in Hogsmeade as you advance your magical education in Hogwarts classes. Begin by stirring up wizarding treats such as butterbeer, pumpkin pasties and chocolate frogs. Study the Ancient Runes symbols to create secret codes and join the Frog Choir to practice both your artistic and croaking talents. Come ready to get messy because you will spend time everywhere from the Honeydukes kitchen to the Hogwarts gardens as you tend the potion plants and search for Fire Seeds.

Class Fee: $7 Materials

 

222 Robotics: LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3, Levels 1 & 2

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Grades Completed: 3 - 6 

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Adam Janda, Seward Public Schools Elementary Teacher

Design, build and program robots using the most advanced and newest LEGO® robotics technology - the powerful MINDSTORMS® EV3. Work as a team to complete real-world engineering and computer science challenges as you build and command robots that walk, talk, think and do anything you can imagine. With your ideas and the latest LEGO operating system and sensors, there are no limits to what you can do.

Level 1 - Builder: Entry level, limited or no experience with programming. Objectives are basic programming and robot movement.

Level 2  - Explorer: Completed at least 1 class at Level 1 and/or experience through another program. Objectives are sensors, loops and switches.

Level 3 - Engineer: Completed at least 1 class of Level 2 or previous experience with sensors, loops and switches. Objectives are building solutions to real-world problems, teamwork, FLL challenges or other teacher/student developed challenges.

Class Fee: $5 Lab 

Sponsored by: Spectrum                                                                                     

 

224 Test Tube Science

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Grades Completed: 3 - 5  

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Rochelle Settles, Fredstrom Elementary School Science Specialist

Goop, gak, elephant toothpaste. Make these amazing messy mixtures and more as you learn about chemical compounds. Explore the colorful world of experiments such as dancing raisins, creating your own soda and extracting DNA. Take home your own Micro-Slide Viewer, which you'll learn to use during the week. Join the fun as you discover how chemistry involves all of the world around you.

Class Fee: $10 Materials                                                  

Sponsored by: Novartis Consumer Health, Inc.

 

226 Use the Force: The Physics of Motion

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Grades Completed: 3 - 5

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Thomas McChristian, Bennet Elementary School Teacher

Investigate the forces behind movement by looking at potential and kinetic energy. May the force be with you as you drop eggs into a glass of water without breaking any. Investigate Newton's three laws of motion with exciting, hands-on activities, then apply these laws to sound, light and magnetism. On Thursday, parents will drop-off and pick-up at Laser Tag for behind the scenes research on lasers, as well as a game or two of laser tag.

Class Fee: $18 Field Trip 

Sponsored by: Molex, LLC                                                                                   

 

232 Disgusting Science Experiments

6/5/2017 - 6/9/2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Grades Completed: 4 - 6

Location: Holmes Elementary School

Taught by: Kevin Schrad, Southwest High School Teacher

Discover the mystery behind ghastly, disgusting things. Dissect grasshoppers, frogs, cow eyes and pig hearts. Grow a germ farm, make a "gas" log, observe really gross things under a microscope and make drinkable blood. Only the most courageous can survive this repulsive class!

Class Fee: $5 Materials

Sponsored by: Lincoln Financial Management

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