The premise of this session was to learn about linguistics by creating a conlang (constructed language), an idea that has been applied with success to undergrad courses (for example, here’s Christine Schreyer’s conlang course, and I know there are others although the names escape me for the moment). To my knowledge, conlanging has not been tried with a 9-14 aged group before, although I know individual conlangers who have started making languages at a young age. But if anyone has examples that I’ve missed, feel free to let me know!
Final note: the individual days aren’t as dense with activities as in How Does Language Work?, because I wanted to allow a lot of free time for the students to work on their languages. (I’m not assigning homework for summer camp!)