Summer Institute
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Discovery Tracks

Discovery Tracks

The TSSI Program Courses begin with a simple premise: Young people have within them the power to change the world. Forging your path of self discovery as you understand who you are—your aptitudes, skills, interests and learning styles—can be most rewarding when applied to activities that are both exciting and fun. At TSSI, we seek to let students follow their instincts and passions into discoveries beyond themselves where the Essential Skills can be best applied and learned from.

TSSI counselors & teachers are dedicated to helping students build their own skill sets with which they will lead others and the tools with which they will navigate the pathways of positive and lasting change.  This awareness emerges from an understanding of where you begin as an individual. Know your strengths and position yourself to use these as you build out your Essential Skills over time. By targeting these skills of the 21st century leader, the TSSI Program builds self-directed learners, confident in their abilities, enthusiastic about their own growth in high school, college and beyond, and eager to engage in the life of their community!

Explore the Discovery Tracks

Design-Build: Village of the Future

The smart house works its magic.
Cities and communities of the future will combine new materials, consume fewer resources, and be mobile like never before. 

Learn what the most progressive communities are doing on this front, then apply what works well to what your  Village of the Future. Learn to communicate your visions into a CAD system, print models in 3D, scale up the most interesting parts to a full-size model and build out your vision as your project for the summer. Compete with fellow designers for the most insightful aspects of your village, and combine your works. 

Create a Vessel.

Construction Engineering/CAD - Tabletop models to full-size build-outs
The Village of the Future - Design/Measure/Build
Multi-Function Vehicles - Vessel & Car in One: Design, Build, and Operate
The Science of Sport - Superhuman Design and Build Futuristic Machines

Cinematography and Videography

A message of ACTION
Let your imagination soar and then show the world what you can produce. Learn and understand camera movement and vocabulary; how to ‘hook’ your target audience watching out for production pitfalls; define your characters, and leave your audience impacted. Explore scriptwriting, video and sound recording, acting, lighting, art direction ,and editing.

Collect your videos & photos, then immerse in our Apple computer lab, shoot on a green screen, edit in top-of-the-line software, and post your work on your customized website. Learn what it takes to work as a professional videographer. Our expert staff will guide you to making your creative dreams a reality with the quality work to prove it.

Use Your Imagination.

Create a commercial for your new adventure or product.
Tell a story that has purpose and impact.
Produce a TV Show.
Put your creation to music & video for stunning effect.

Arts with Purpose

A project of Theatre, Dance, Music, and Production
Our exploration begins with a production that we know and love, and along the way, we learn about all the elements that go into a successful script, blocking, set-design, lighting, music, choreography, and directing. Following our initial performance, our students design their next initiative here at the TSSI that dives more deeply into their passion.

Work with OneLight Theatre, Inc. and perform with a purpose. Tell your story to the world. 

Showcase Your Talents!

Have a script idea for a one-act play?
Want to learn the nuances of set-design and lighting?
Have costume design ideas?
Explore how to incorporate dance or music into a show.

Sustainable Planet

Farming For the Future and Culinary Culture
As our population approaches 8 billion people, our rising generations will be tasked with harvesting, feeding, and clothing on a scale unimagined in recent past. Sustainable Planet takes an inside look at the farms of today and how they will need to change to meet the demands of the future.

Visit our partner farms to explore plant-based systems, the equipment they use, how animals fit in. Look at revolutionary new ways to feed our world and how technology can help.

Explore the Possibilities.

Research hydroponic garden systems.
Design a smart irrigation device for greenhouse farmers.
Analyze a smart fish pond management system.
Discover the role technology plays to increase yields & productivity.
Examine how we can make resources available to everyone–environmental equality?

Aerospace and Flight

Learn to fly.
Students will use hands-on, project-based aerospace activities as they use the latest technologies to better understand aviation & flight physics using a mix of hands-on work, speakers, field trips, flight simulation, and orientation flights. Aerospace activities are the vehicle to demonstrate the interrelationships of STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering, and math, to develop an awareness of the variety of careers in the aerospace career field.

Spread Your Wings.

Flight & Pilot Simulators
Build-a-Plane/UAV; Model Rocketry
Remote control aircraft
Pilot search/rescue & emergency services
Aerospace engineering/manufacturing
Air Traffic Control & Meteorology

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

An exploration of AI.
Utilizing the latest technologies in Artificial Intelligence, students enter into the world of engineering and robotics with Arduinos as they wire, build, and code their custom Creator Bots™ and unmanned aerial vehicles. Building and then coding are the goals of this Track, as students program their robot to conquer fun challenges and equip their creations with motors, light, sounds, sensors, claws and more!

Control A Robot.

Design/Build Mars Rover
VEX IQ Robot Competitions
Microcontrollers & Sensors
Mechanics, Motors and Gearing
Programming and Remote Controls
Raspberry Pi Coding Kits

Sports, Studio, & Academic Add Ons

List of 4 items.

  • Optional Academics

    Our academic support courses focus on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and are an individualized study designed to build on each student’s current level of proficiency. We combine Reading & Writing in one class, and Listening & Speaking in another, and break out Study Skills/Test Preparation to provide a comprehensive outline for advancing each skill when you return home after the summer. Classes meet 3x/week (10 hr program total)  and are set-up so students can take 1 class or all three.

    ESOL Reading & Creative Writing
    This course is focused on the introduction to the process approach to writing and the development of reading fluency and age appropriate vocabulary. Writing and grammar activities will be integrated through basic sentence structure and paragraph organization. Emphasis will be put on gaining the skills to produce a clear and well-planned paragraph through review of capitalization rules, sentence and paragraph structure, & increasing English vocabulary. Students learn and practice the techniques of creative writing using a combination reading and writing exercises and workshops. Fun course readings are used for discussion, inspiration and idea development while small class sizes enable instructor feedback and constitutes a significant component of the course.

    ESOL Public Speaking & Interviewing Skills
    A major improvement in TOEFL scores can be gained through instruction and extensive practice in speaking, listening and pronunciation.  Here is where you can prepare students to effectively communicate with audiences in different settings by providing instruction and experience in formal speech preparation and delivery. Students will learn to analyze speaking situations and adapt messages for audience, purpose, and context. Focus is placed on the settings used for interviewing in different types of settings such as job interviews, school admissions, and internship placement.

    Study Skills & Test Preparation
    This course is designed to enhance students’ organizational, study, and test taking skills. Students will learn to apply these skills to their current subjects/assignments, as well as taking notes in class and from textbooks. By improving each of these skills, students are given additional tools for success in school and everyday life.
    • Identify students' strengths and how to ‘play’ to them while studying
    • Set goals & establish priorities
    • Manage time--where does it go?
    • Organize papers, desks, lockers, & other space
    • Listen effectively--Find the important info and write it down
    • When to seek out teachers and how friends can help
    • Read and understand textbooks
    • Take notes--SQ3R strategies for success
    • Study for tests--use strategies that have proven successful
    • Track long-term goals
  • Dance & Movement

    Regardless of your style, from modern to hip hop, ballet or jazz, improv to yoga we’ll keep you moving this summer! Don't have experience? No experience is required. Our dedicated dance studios are equipped with specialized flooring, rails, sound, & mirrors that let you work at your own pace and on your own material, under the guidance of our instructors. You can take as many classes as you want, get individualized coaching, or perform in any variety of options throughout the three weeks. Videotape your work and share it with friends and family.
  • Sports

    Try a new sport or refine your skills at one you love!

    Outdoor on our state-of-the-art turf fields & courts: 
    Lacrosse, Field hockey, Tennis, Soccer, Baseball, Softball

    Indoor on our courts and rinks: 
    Basketball, Squash, International Handball, Street Hockey

    In the New Hampshire woodlands: 
    Mountain & Trail Bike Riding, Canoeing, Rock Climbing
  • Studio Arts

    These are examples of Add-Ons.
    The Art Studio at Tilton provides a welcoming and stimulating atmosphere for students to learn the fundamentals of pottery and ceramics. Start with learning how to create basic vessels and forms on a potter’s wheel. Then move on to learn more complicated techniques in working with clay while focusing on design, glaze, and finishing techniques. Follow a passion for instruction in tiles and mosaics as an option to make your perfect designs.

    PhotographyIn our hands-on photo lab, we will demystify each of the systems that make up your camera, e.g: shutter, aperture, ISO, metering and white balance. We will explore how each of those works, why they are needed, how they do what they do and why you should care. Then we discover how to use each of them artistically to improve your photography. Our lab is laid back, fun, hands-on, and led by people who LOVE to photograph.

    Website & GIF ProductionSo you want to become a web designer, but you have no idea where to start. Don't panic! It's not as hard as it seems, and here’s a chance to get a peek behind the scenes. In our workshop, we will guide you through the basic steps of what it takes to design a web page. You’ll learn lots of great new information, like what tools to use and how HTML and CSS are used to create websites. Finally, you’ll put all this knowledge into practice and actually build your first functional web page.

    Augmented Reality ExplorationAI in the future

    Painting, Drawing, Composing - Unleash your passions. We believe there is a budding artist inside everyone.  Many artists started off sketching, drawing, and or painting before they delved their heart and souls into other forms of art. And just as many find their heart and soul remains with painting and drawing. Whatever the case maybe we have many offerings for you to explore, learn and try out different techniques.  So, whatever your skill level, here’s a chance to take a leap with us and start feeding that budding artist inside of you.

    Coding and Programming with Game DesignThis is a chance to explore how games are made, from game mechanics to core loops to design docs. We start by breaking down the role of the game designer into its key parts and learn about systems and begin by creating some simple game design ideas. Then, you’ll explore how to use what we've learned about game design and game systems to craft compelling game design concepts. We’ll build out some new games and try them out on the other students.

    Media Teams of the Future - Work on spreading the WORD. Today we are bombarded with information from so many different directions, how are we to know which to read and which to ignore? Effectively collecting information, putting it into a format that is easy to send, post, or save, then getting people to read and react is a skill of the future. Work with us within different media centers to understand where your message fits best and how to get out the word!!