2017 List of Classes

SUBJECT TO CHANGE 

Each course meets for 80 minutes on each of the six Saturdays: January 21, 28; February 4,11, 18, 25;  2017.

 

THE WORLD OF ARCHITECTURE

Presenters: Alonso Reyna and Eduardo Rojas Roman

Are you interested in exploring the world of architecture? Then this class is for you. Through the class you will be provided a wide-range of exposure to the world of architecture: famous architects, important styles and periods, and much, much, more. You will learn about different aspects of architecture and use kits to design and build your own model buildings.

 

MANUAL CHESS PROGRAMS

Presenter: Phil Schapker

Students will explore the most fundamental aspects of algorithms and computer programs by building "manual chess programs"-- coded sets of instructions for playing chess to be carried out by human "computers."  Students will create "evolutionary algorithms" that swap code and change in response to competition. Over the two weeks, the students' programs will grow in complexity and sophistication, leading to a final game between the two most successful chess programs. A moderate familiarity with chess is required to do well in this class.

FORENSICS: CRIMINALS BEWARE!

Presenter: David Schas

Students will be introduced the science of crime scene investigation. An emphasis is made on how science works, including making observations, inferences, and providing evidence based arguments for their claims. Students will never wonder how biology is useful to the real world, as law and science come together to make crime fighting engaging. As available, experts in the field may join us throughout the class.

3-D MODELING AND PRINTING

Presenter: Deric Ntrandekura

$5 materials fee

3-D printing is a rapidly advancing technology that allows digital objects to emerge into the physical world. It has applications in many fields including medicine, engineering, and even archaeology. In this class you will learn the methods, materials, and limitations of 3D printing. You will also create, edit, and share your own 3D models. By the end of the class, you will have prepared an object for printing on a 3D printer and observe it as it comes to life.

MINECRAFT: GEEK TEAM

Presenter: Jack Standeven

Did you ever dream of helping to set up and run a multi player server? Now you can. In this special class, you and the rest of the class will take over and run a remote Minecraft server. Together you will all decide what mod packs to use, play with command blocks, mess with server controls. and get a chance to try all the cool stuff you always wanted to if you had a big enough Minecraft group to try it with. Some of you will take on the role of server admins. Others have great creative ideas of what kind of sever it should be. Or maybe you just want to be a part of it all and learn how to do all this for yourself. In this special class you will all be learning from each other. Some of you will be command block experts, others already know how to run server commands. Still others will be the real pros at one particular mod pack or another.  The class decides together how the server is setup and run for the next six weeks, the server policies, how to resolve disputes and all the other juicy fun of keeping everyone happy on a server. You own it all. The most important part of this class is learning the necessary leadership and teamwork skills to work out creative differences with each other. If you enjoy going solo PvP doing your own thing then this is not the class you are looking for. But if you want to learn how software teams form and work together to launch something cool then this most definitely IS the class you are looking for. Get in on the fun and learn how to set up and run your own Minecraft multi player server.

Please note: Ownership of Minecraft PC edition is a requirement before signing up for this class. You will need to be able to login into Minecraft on our computers to be able to enjoy the class and work on it at home over the six weeks.

 

LEAD THE WAY TO SOCIAL CHANGE

Presenter: Brian Sikora

We will begin by analyzing social justice problems, such as hunger, poverty, the food industry, and the ecosystem.  Students will then learn how to effect social change as we discuss necessary leadership roles, and how to make social changes sustainable.

EXPLORE YOUR PASSIONS!

Presenter: Brian Sikora 

Discover your interests through structured research:  We will use Genius Hour (a structured research template and process) to conduct research to answer a question we have about a topic we are passionate about. Then, we'll learn how to present our findings to a group.

IT’S TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN….

Presenter: Jason McClelland

What do ferns, weather forecasts and the Fibonacci sequence all have in common? Each have small parts that are built out of their bigger parts. Sometimes these backwards built, or recursive, things can be pretty crazy (and beautiful). Examples crop everywhere in art, philosophy and science. We'll draw fractals, play games and solve riddles (including the one in the title!), all while learning some really neat mathematics and computer science.