Our teachers will lead your child on an 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 (Theater Quest will run for two weeks with a cost of $70.)

Space is limited to 20 participants per quest session.

Age groups are determined by the grade your child completed in the 2016–2017 school year.

All quest sessions will be held in the Clarence and Jennie 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 Upper Elementary

Art Quest 1 (Grades 3–5)
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Monday through Friday, June 19–23, 2017 (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!

Everest Quest (Grades 3–5)
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Monday through Friday, June 19–23, 2017 (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.

Gamers' Quest (Grades 5–7)
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Monday through Friday, June 19–23, 2017 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
Location: Drop-off and pick-up at the Clarence and Jennie Moore Building.

Do you ever play a video game and think of ways to make it better? Do you wish you could prove that video games are actually learning experiences? If so, our Game Lab Entertainment Academy (Gamers’ Quest for short) is the place for you. Game Lab is a week-long exploration into the history of games, elements of game design, and creation of an actual video game. Gamers will experience the engineering skills required to be a game designer. Bring your 21st Century skills for a week long exercise in learning through video games (which you’ve known was possible all along).

Theater Quest (Grades 5–12)
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Monday through Friday, June 19–30, 2017 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
Location: MVNU Chapel, Thorne Performance Hall. Please drop your child off at the Chapel for Theater Quest.

Do you have a flair for the dramatic? Do you feel at home on stage? Does the work that goes on “behind the scenes” interest you? Spend TWO WEEKS with Professor Ryan Long, Assistant Professor of Drama, developing skills in the dramatic arts (including acting, directing, stagecraft, and more)! Each two-week session will culminate with a live production presented for participants’ friends and family on stage in MVNU’s Thorne Performance Hall.

Cost is $70 for this two-week quest.

Art Quest 2 (Grades 3–5)
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Monday through Friday, June 26–30, 2017 (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!

Garden Quest (Grades 3–5)
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Monday through Friday, June 26–30, 2017 (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!

Survivor Quest (Grades 5–7)
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Monday through Friday, June 26–30, 2017 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
Location: Clarence and Jennie Moore Building

Do you have what it takes to survive being lost at sea? Imagine crash-landing in the middle of the South Pacific. Adrift at sea, you and your team must navigate to find land, create shelter, collect fresh water, hunt and gather food, and much more if you are going 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 being stranded.

Detective Quest (Grades 3–5)
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Monday through Friday, July 10–14, 2017 (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.

Sport Science Quest (Grades 3–5)
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Monday through Friday, July 10–14, 2017 (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!

Minecraft Math Quest (Grades 3–5)
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Monday through Friday, July 17–21, 2017 (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

Can you spend hours mining and building in Minecraft? Do you want prove to your parents and teachers that it can be educational? Join us for Minecraft Math Quest where we will spend the week exploring the connections between math concepts and the popular building game. Our work together will deepen your understanding of geometry and other important math concepts through group and individual challenges and problem-solving tasks that will require higher level thinking. This quest will use Minecraft in ways that will make math come alive!

Geology Quest (Grades 3–5)
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Monday through Friday, July 17–21, 2017 (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!