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WEEKLY SCHEDULES:  Take a look at what a typical week at camp looks like!

6 Weeks in Tokyo: Weeks 1~4 and 6~7 

The Academy is based for six weeks at our facility near the center of Tokyo. It is a full facility venue that includes classrooms, a cafeteria, a gymnasium, outdoor sports facilities, and many other spaces. Located in the heart of Tokyo, our Academy location also provides easy access to all of the amazing places, sights, opportunities, and experiences that this city has to offer.  View Schedule

1 Week in the Mountains at Okutama: Week5 

Week 5 of the Academy coincides with Obon national holiday in Japan. This week, we take everyone to the cool clear waters and green forested hills of the Okutama region to the west of Tokyo. We stay in full facilities and use a location on a scenic hillside for a week of activities relating to outdoors & ecology. We have barbecues, look at stars, & swim in the river on hot summer days!  View Schedule

 

Week 1: Society, Culture, & Communication (07/15/2019 to 07/19/2019 ) — This is the first week of the camp, and for good reason. This is the week in which the students create the platforms upon which everything else they do for the duration of the camp will build upon. 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, each student will have participated in the development of a web-based platform. View Schedule

Week 2: Technology & Design (07/22/2019 to 07/26/2019) — The most obvious example of mechatronics is Ironman! So, yes, it is as exciting as it sounds. Admittedly, while the participants will not learn to build their own Ironman suits, they may become inspired enough to pursue this field of inquiry into the future when they may in fact find themselves do just that! Mechatronics is the combination of mechanics and electronics to create tools that help us accomplish tasks. It is the knowledge required to inventing anything that relies on the combination of these two fields.Moving on from the accomplishment of the first week, the goal of the second week will be to learn how to capture, design, and create. Using photography, video, and editing technologies, the participants will apply their skills in collecting, creating, modifying, and presenting information, and ultimately presenting it in the web portals they completed during the first week. View Schedule

Week 3: Remote, Virtual, & Real Flight (07/29/2019 to 08/02/2019) — Students focus on technologies used to capture media that include aeronautics, ballistics, manual, and assisted flight technologies using rocket & drone technology combined with video and photography. They learn the basics of drone flight and video capture for media content development. Their skills at media capture, production, and presentation will be complete, and the emphasis shifts to using their skills to capture those activities throughout rest of the Academy. In the following week they participate in a rocket  launch competition. View Schedule

Week 4: International Community Building (08/05/2019 to 08/09/2019) — In Week 4, 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 behavior. View Schedule

Week 5: Obon Week Okutama Outdoor Camp (08/12/2019 to 08/16/2019) — Week 5 takes place during the traditional annual summer holiday period 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 outdoors, and in outdoor scientific and ecological experiences. They also get to swim in the clear blue waters of the Arakawa River, and enjoy barbecues almost every night! View Schedule

Week 6: Eco-Environmental Studies (08/26/2019 to 08/30/2019) — 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. View Schedule

Week 7: Media Design, Production, & Grand Finalé (08/19/2019  to 08/23/2019)Moving on from the accomplishment of the previous six weeks of the Academy week, the goal of the final week will be to finalize all of the media that has been captured. The goal of the week will be to prepare for the big final day on Friday, August 30th, when the students celebrate the full 7 weeks at the final grand finalé.  Using photography, video, and editing technologies, the participants will apply their skills, old and new, to create different ways to present their experiences, digitally and traditionally, online and offline. View Schedule