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    IMPORTANT NOTE: The 2020 Flyer will be released by or before 10/31. The 2020 Cross Summer Academy remains structurally equivalent to 2019.
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Week 1 (07/13/2020~07/17/2020) at Showa Women’s University

Society, Culture, & Communication This is the first week of the camp, and for good reason! This is the week we create the community we’ll continue to build on for the duration of the Academy. The focus of the week is to create environments, real ones in rooms and spaces for the participants, and virtual online ones where we will communicate our achievements to the world. Among the many related learning objectives, by the end of the week, we’ll all have participated in making a website window to everything we do!

Week 1 Highlights (View Week 1 Schedule for full details)

  • New Student Orientation: Monday, July 13th, 09:00~10:30 
  • Morning Classes (Mon~Thurs, 09:00~12:00): Studies in Week 1 Theme, Society, Culture, & Communication (international-mindedness, cultural awareness, global issues, International community, International events, world heritage) through language, art, drama, crafts, technology, small group, and individual activities and exercises. Small class sizes (2 teachers, 15 students max) at age levels (5~7. 8~11, 12~15, and 16~18). 
  • Lunch: catering by Cezars Kitchen.
  • Afternoon Workshop Activities (Mon, Weds, Thurs, 13:00~15:00): thematic modelling, & architecture using building kits, Lego, Meccano, Wood, and other materials.
  • Sports Programs (Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, 15:00~16:30): Soccer with Coerver, Basketball with Crossover, swimming, and more.
  • Family Event 1 – Hip Hop & Jazz Dance Performance (Tues, 13:00~15:00): Hip Hop & Jazz Dance with Satoko Jazz Dance Studio. Workshops follow performance.
  • Family Event 2 – Shonan Beach Park (Friday, 09:00~16:30):  House Project Presentations! Swimming, BBQ, Beach Sports, & More!

Week 2 (07/20/2020~07/24/2020) at Showa Women’s University

Technology, Design, & AnimationYes, it is as exciting as it sounds! While we won’t learn to build our own Ironman suits, we may be inspired enough to follow this path into the future when we may just find ourselves doing just that! Using technology and design we can create tools that help us accomplish tasks. Moving on from the accomplishment of the first week, the goal of the second week will be to learn how to design and create really cool things through engineering, robotics, and, digital technologies.

Week 2 Highlights (View Week 2 Schedule for full details)

  • New Student Orientation: Monday, July 20th, 09:00~10:30 
  • Morning Classes (Mon~Thurs, 09:00~12:00): Studies in Week 2 Theme, Technology & Design (international animation, famous characters, making stories, designing characters, claymation, stop motion (youth media assistance) through language, art, drama, crafts, technology, small group, and individual activities and exercises. Small class sizes (2 teachers, 15 students max) at age levels (5~7. 8~11, 12~15, and 16~18). 
  • Lunch: catering by Cezars Kitchen.
  • Afternoon Workshop Activities (Mon, Weds, Thurs, 13:00~15:00): Technology, Coding, Robotics, Engineering using building kits, Mindstorms, Meccanoid, ThinkBlock, and other materials. 
  • Sports Programs (Mon, Weds, Thurs, 15:00~16:30): Soccer with Coerver, Basketball with Crossover, swimming, and more.
  • Family Event 1 – Remote Racer Day (Tues, 12:00~16:30): BBQ, house teams, Championship Race Day! 
  • Day Trips – (Friday, 09:00~16:30): Kids (5~11): Heiwa no Mori Adventure Park *bento lunches. Teens (12~18) Minakami River Rafting *BBQ

Week 3 (07/27/2020~08/31/2020) at Showa Women’s University

Remote, Virtual, & Real FlightThis week we’ll focus on aeronautics, ballistics, manual, and assisted flight technologies like rockets & drones, combined with video and photography! We’ll learn the basics of drone flight for photography and and video. We’ll learn about the kinds of transportation people use around the world, and especially how we fly in air and space. We’ll make rockets, learn to be pilots. Finally on Friday, we’ll test our skills in a rocket launch competition during a full day in the country complete with sports, swimming, and a BBQ!  

Week 3 Highlights (View Week 3 Schedule for full details)

  • New Student Orientation: Monday, July 27th, 09:00~10:30 
  • Morning Classes (Mon~Thurs, 09:00~12:00): Studies in Week 3 Theme, Remote, Virtual, & Real Flight (modes of transportation, world navigation, moving things, global networks & world needs, air, water, and space, future destinations) through language, art, drama, crafts, technology, small group, and individual activities and exercises. Small class sizes (2 teachers, 15 students max) at age levels (5~7. 8~11, 12~15, and 16~18).
  • Lunch: catering by Cezars Kitchen.
  • Afternoon Workshop Activities (Mon, Weds, Thurs, 13:00~15:00): Flight, Rocketry, Engineering, using building kits, Estes Rocket Kits, Glider & Plane Construction, Drone Piloting with DSJ (Drone School Japan)
  • Sports Programs (Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, 15:00~16:30): Soccer with Coerver, Basketball with Crossover, swimming, and more.
  • Family Event 1 – Poi Dance Performance (Tues, 13:00~15:00): Yuta Poi Group Performances & Workshops
  • Family Event 2 – Day Trips – Okutama Adventure Day Trip (Friday, 09:00~16:30): House Project, Presentations, Swimming, BBQ, Rocket Launch, Drone Piloting, Sports, & More.

Week 4 (08/03/2020~08/07/2020) at Okutama Learning Center

Obon Week Okutama Outdoor CampWeek 4 happens during the traditional annual summer holiday called “Obon.” During this week, all of the campers and teachers take a break from the city and move the operations of the camp to a special Cross location in the mountains about one hour to the west of Tokyo. There they spend the week involved in learning about the Okutama area. They meet prominent local figures involved in woodcraft, agriculture, & social development, and they experience the outdoors, including scientific & ecological experiences. They also get to swim in the clear blue waters of the Tama River, and enjoy barbecues almost every night!

Week 4 Highlights (View Week 4 Schedule for full details)

  • New Student Orientation: Monday, July 27th, 09:00~10:30 (Important: Week 4 Orientation is held on Monday, July 27th)
  • Tokyo to Okutama: meet between 07:00~08:00 at Showa University Gates. Bus Departure: 08:30. 
  • Okutama Orientation (Mon, 10:00~11:00): Student only orientation on site at Okutama Outdoor Facility.
  • Morning & Wakeup (Mon, 06:00~08:00): wake up in a beautiful lodge in the forest near a mountain river. Get ready, eat breakfast, & move to Cross Okutama facility.
  • Morning Classes (Mon~Fri, 09:00~11:00): Studies in Week 5 Theme, Obon Week Okutama Outdoor Camp (outdoor learning experiences in science, art, ecology, engineering, and crafts, and more.) through language, art, drama, crafts, technology, small group, and individual activities and exercises. Small class sizes (2 teachers, 15 students max) at age levels (5~7. 8~11, 12~15, and 16~18).
  • Outdoor Sports Programs (Mon~Fri, 11:00~12:00): Archery, River Rafting, Canoeing, Orienteering, River Swimming, and more.
  • Lunch: catering by Okutama Community Catering
  • Afternoon Adventure Activities (Mon~Thurs, 13:00~17:30): Hikes, nature games, river, swimming, orienteering, rock climbing, archery, & more. 
  • Dinner: dinners generally outdoors. Frequent BBQs and student-led meal preparation & cooking. Also, catering by Okutama Community Catering
  • Evening Activities:  Games, stories, movies, astronomy, and more.
  • Family Event 2 – The Big House Event (Thursday, 15:00~18:00): On this afternoon and evening, parents re invited to join us if they can make it. We will join with local kids and youth from Okutama for an afternoon of communication, sport, food, and fun.
  • Checkout & Return to Tokyo (Friday, 13:00~16:30): Parents, guardians, and families can meet students at Showa Women’s University Gate.

Week 5  (08/10/2020~08/14/2020) the 2020 International Youth Summit

Cross Summer Academy: the 1st Annual Akiyoshidai International Youth Summit in Partnership with the Mine City in Yamaguchi Prefecture! — The 2019 Cross Summer Academy just got a whole lot more exciting! With the generous support of our new partners, the City of Mine in Yamaguchi Prefecture, we’ll be flying the entire camp (everyone!) to Yamaguchi-ken where we’ll deliver a week of amazing fun in scenic and historical Akiyoshidai in week 5. At no additional cost, we will fly from Tokyo together, participate with local kids, participate in fun community events (including, yes, BBQs), stay in fantastic accommodations, learn regional culture, and participate in learning and athletic experiences guided by some of Japan’s most prominent figures in the Arts, Technology, Media, and Sports. In teams, we will work all week on internationally relevant projects about the environmentsustainabilitycommunity, and more. And finally, before we come home, we’ll present those projects along with everything we learned. Stay tuned for more announcements about Week 5 since there is more to tell!

Week 5 of the 2019 Cross Summer Academy happens from August 10~14. Students interested in participating in the 2019 Cross Summer Academy (in all , in part, or for any number of weeks) are encouraged to register as soon as they are able, and especially for Week 5.  For more information, contact us now!

Week 5 Highlights (View Week 5 Schedule for full details)

  • New Student Orientation: Monday, July 27th, 09:00~10:30 (Important: Week 5 Orientation is held on Monday, July 27th)
  • Tokyo to Yamaguchi Prefecture: meet between 06:00~07:00 at Showa University Gates. Bus Departure: 07:00 to Haneda Airport.  Flight time: approx. 09:00. Arrival at Akiyoshidai approx. 11:30 am.
  • Akiyoshidai Orientation (Mon, 11:30~12:00): Student only orientation on site at Akiyoshidai Facility.
  • Morning & Wakeup (Mon, 06:00~08:00): wake up in a beautiful lodge homes immediately beside the scenic Akiyoshidai natural environment. Get ready, eat breakfast, & begin the daily summit activities and challenges.
  • Morning Culture Tours (Mon~Fri, 08:00~11:00): Studies in Week 5 Theme, the 2nd Annual Akiyoshidai International Youth Summit in Partnership w/ Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture (agriculture, regional culture, international issues, tours, team project work on environment, society, culture, sustainability, and more) through language, art, drama, crafts, technology, small group, and individual activities and exercises. Kids & Teens Groups (with teachers and professional mentors in the arts, design, sports, technology, and digital media production) at age levels (5~7. 8~11, 12~15, and 16~18).
  • Lunch: catering by Akiyoshidai Summit Catering
  • Outdoor Activities/Skills Programs (Mon~Thurs, 13:00~15:00): rocketry & drones, cross country trekking, digital media production, expression through art. 
  • International Youth Summit Projects (Mon~Thurs, 15:00~17:30): In teams, together with local kids & teens, Academy participants will work towards a production that focuses on one of 4 assigned topics: regional & international community, natural resources & sustainability, agriculture & ecology, geography culture & society. They will collect data in the Morning Culture Tours, and earn production skills in the Outdoor Activities/Skills Programs.
  • Dinner: dinners generally outdoors. Frequent BBQs and student-led meal preparation & cooking. Also, catering by Akiyoshidai Summit Catering
  • Evening Activities:  Games, stories, movies, astronomy, and more.
  • Family Event 2 – Akiyoshidai International Party (Thursday, 11:00~15:00): On this afternoon and evening, local community, parents, and local cit and government representatives re invited to join us for an afternoon of communication, sport, food, and fun.
  • Final Performance, Celebration, & Project Presentations (Friday, 15:00~18:00): After a local cultural performance, all Summit Project Teams present their completed project work together with offshore team of students joining us, online, from Moscow.
  • Checkout & Return to Tokyo (Friday, 15:00~20:00): Parents, guardians, and families can meet students at Showa Women’s University Gate.

Week 6 (08/17/2020~08/21/2020) at Showa Women’s University

Week 6: Community Building  — In Week 6, the focus of the classes turns to social, cultural, geographical, and international awareness learning. Camp participants will look closely at those things that make people believe and behave differently from one another in terms of language and culture, and equally at those things that make us similar in terms of popular culture, international fashion, and common human endeavour. They will look at how geography and climate affect people differently, and how natural environments impact lifestyle, thought, and behaviour. 

Week 6 Highlights (View Week 6 Schedule for full details)

  • New Student Orientation: Monday, August 17th, 09:00~10:30 
  • Morning Classes (Mon~Thurs, 09:00~12:00): Studies in Week 6 Theme, Community Building (community & society, community & culture, community & geography, community & technology, community & individuals) through language, art, drama, crafts, technology, small group, and individual activities and exercises. Small class sizes (2 teachers, 15 students max) at age levels (5~7. 8~11, 12~15, and 16~18).
  • Lunch: catering by Cezars Kitchen.
  • Afternoon Workshop Activities (Mon, Weds, Thurs, 13:00~15:00): Part I: Trains, Planes, @ Cars: Modelling, Landscape. Community design: building a Georama/Diorama that includes society, geography, technology, transportation, and more. 
  • Sports Programs (Mon, Weds, 15:00~16:30): Soccer with Coerver, Basketball with Crossover, swimming, and more.
  • Family Event 1 – Cross Mini World Cup (Tues, 12:00~16:00): Soccer tournament (with Coerver), BBQ, camp house teams, cheerleading.
  • Family Event 2 – Day Trips – Fly Station Indoor Skydiving (Thursday, 09:00~16:30): House Project Presentations! Indoor Skydiving, Buffet Lunch, Games & Activities, & More!
  • Family Event 3 – Day Trips – Oume Farm by the River! Part I (Friday, 09:00~16:30): Farming & Ecology, Swimming, BBQ, River Ecology

Week 7 (08/24/2020~08/28/2020) at Showa Women’s University

Eco-Environmental Studies — This component of the Cross Summer Academy curriculum ranges from learning about renewable energy sources to learning about agriculture and farming, to learning about natural environments and ecosystems. The camp participants will create their own eco-systems, energy sources, and environmental conservation projects. They will look at how societies use resources, and how they deal with the waste products using efforts and technologies such as land reclamation, waste to energy processes, recycling, and reprocessing. 

Week 7 Highlights (View Week 7 Schedule for full details)

  • New Student Orientation: Monday, August 24th, 09:00~10:30 
  • Morning Classes (Mon~Thurs, 09:00~12:00): Studies in Week 7 Theme, Eco-Environmental Studies (This week carries on the theme from Week 6, community & society, but from the perspective of how we interact with our environment, our geography, and the ecology around us.) through language, art, drama, crafts, technology, small group, and individual activities and exercises. Small class sizes (2 teachers, 15 students max) at age levels (5~7. 8~11, 12~15, and 16~18).
  • Lunch: catering by Cezars Kitchen.
  • Afternoon Workshop Activities (Mon, Weds, Thurs, 13:00~15:00): Part I: Trains, Planes, @ Cars: Modelling, Landscape. Community design: building a Georama/Diorama that includes society, geography, technology, transportation, and more. 
  • Sports Programs (Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, 15:00~16:30): Soccer with Coerver, Basketball with Crossover, swimming, Cheer Dance with Cheer Spirit.
  • Family Event 1 – Pirates of Tokyo Bay (Tues, 13:00~15:00): POTB Comedy and Improvisation Performance and acting workshops to follow.
  • Family Event 2 – Day Trip – Oume Farm by the River! Part II (Friday, 09:00~16:30): Kids 5~11 Farming & Ecology, Swimming, BBQ, River Ecology, & More!
  • Day Trip – Chichibu Forest Adventure (Friday, 09:00~16:30): Teens 12~18 Chichibu Forest Adventure Park