2019 List of Classes


Each course meets for 80 minutes on each of the six Saturdays: January 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23;  2019.



Presenter: Rod Davidson  

This class is a great introduction to Acting. The class will highlight skills and techniques that are important to all actors, including improvisation, monologue and scene study, working in commercials, and stage presence. No experience is necessary. A great start for the beginning actor.


Presenter: Mark Allison

Draw animals, people and landscapes.  Draw buildings in correct perspective and create beautiful designs using geometric shapes.  Have fun “seeing” in the special way that the best artists do, so you can draw anything you can see.  This class is for everyone, especially students who feel limited in drawing experience or skill.  Take this class and be surprised!


Presenter: Angela Cail

(This is a 2 hour and 20 minute class. The cost is $240. Students will not need to bring a lunch because they will eat what they prepare each week.)

Come join us on this culinary adventure as you challenge yourself to create unique masterpieces! Junior chefs will compete in 6 areas: desserts, appetizers, sandwiches, pizza, ethnic dishes, and pasta sauces. Utilizing an open pantry and secret ingredients, teams will compete against each other to earn the title of Winter Wonderings Junior Chef. Participants will be racing against the clock to create the most tasty and unique dishes, where judges will decide who wins each round. The best part is that no one walks away hungry! Are you ready? Let the hungry chefs begin, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Students will learn critical thinking skills, time management, creative problem solving, basic food science, and ratio calculation. They will work in small groups, learning how to effectively communicate with each other, and how to maximize group efficiency through team cooperation.



Presenter: Sean Caster

Starting from the historical beginning with an introduction to Caesar Ciphers, and ending with One Time Pad, students will be introduced to a variety of encryption methods. Along the way, they'll pick up the mathematical tools needed to understand the building blocks of modern secrecy security including an introduction to binary numbers and the ubiquitous 'xor' operation. Beyond simply learning about secure encryption schemes, students will actually get to attack broken encryption! Spies of Rome beware!


Presenter: Colin Quass

$5 materials fee

Have you ever wanted to have a foam fight, make slime, or grow crystals? Does the secret world of chemistry excite you? Do you want to understand the secrets of the universe’s smallest particles? Then we have a class for you. In this class you will learn the ins and outs of chemistry all through hands on learning and labs. We will use everyday items to do the labs so you can go home and show your friends, siblings, and parents. We will also have a demonstration day in a lecture room at OSU where you will be shown experiments that will amaze and enthrall you. We will also make ice cream on the last day.  How? That is a secret. If you’re ready to have fun, this class has plenty to offer.


Presenter: Brittney Humphrey

Join us in exploring your curiosity about math and problem solving through creative and challenging ways. You’ll get to solve unusual problems and invent your own, apply existing knowledge in new situations. You will further develop your problem solving and analytical skills through modeling, graphing, and solving real-world problems. You will develop a greater passion for math through games, puzzles, and logic and reasoning challenges that will provide fun opportunities for teamwork and confidence building activities.


Presenter: Brendan Garrison

$5 materials fee

3D modeling and 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 design, edit, and share your own 3D models. You will learn the methods, materials, and limitations of 3D printing. By the end of the class, you will have prepared an object for printing on a 3D printer. (To have an object printed you must follow the specifications given to you in class.) Due to the time required to print objects not all will be printed during class time.


Presenter: TBA

Create and program LEGO Robots! Learn about “smartbricks” and work with the Mindstorms NXT kits. Start by building a simple robot, practice driving it, and program it to go around obstacles by “reading” touch sensors. Progress to advanced techniques of LEGO Robotics programming and mechanics, and apply you new skills to complete a challenge project. At the end of the course, you robot will have an opportunity to share what it has learned.


Presenter: Hollie Bates

Are you inspired by the diverse and unique animals of Earth? In zoology class you will learn about a different group of animals each week, handle live animals, and visiting OSU’s animal museums. We will study arthropods, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, along with examining how scientist classify and name these animals.


Presenter: Danielle Mendez

$10 Materials Fee

In this course students will learn how to be prepared for the outdoors. Whether on a short hike, a big adventure, camping with family, or in an emergency situation, just a handful of basic skills and techniques can greatly improve an experience, or even be life saving. Students will learn about The Ten Essentials and the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace. They will also learn how to spot potential hazards, play survival scenario games, and practice map reading, compass navigation, knot tying, and fire building. 


Presenter: Dick Jarvinen

Description:  Do you like cards or games of any kind?  Do you enjoy working on challenging projects with others?  Then learn bridge!  Bridge is a card game played with a partner.  You and your partner work together using strategy to solve the puzzles that bridge offers.  This game features offense, defense, and communication.  You will strengthen your logic, reasoning, and math skills while you learn this amazing game.  Bridge is played across the world and is known as the world's greatest card game!  You don't need to have any card-playing experience, and you don't need to come with a partner—you will meet new friends and partners while you play!


Presenter: Hollie Bates

Have you ever wondered what causes volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis? In Oregon Geology class you will learn about the role of plate tectonics in these events, using Oreo cookies to demonstrate! Explore the geologic forces that shape Oregon’s mountains and valleys, and the surprising role of prehistoric ice-age floods. We’ll also visit OSU’s geological collections to examine minerals, rocks, and ancient fossils.


Presenter: Tamara Sprague

Material fee: $5

Learn beginning conversational French & culture through discovering French inventions. From the hot air balloon to the Eiffel Tower to Braille. Do papercrafting, invention models, easy drawing and more.


Presenter: Will Andrews

Come join us in discussing the events and news stories that define today’s society.  What exactly will we talk about? Your guess is as good as mine!  All topics, from local, to state, to international issues will be pulled directly from current headlines.  Then, after thoughtful discussion and lively debate, we will tackle the question of what we can personally do to have an impact in our communities.  From writing letters to your elected representatives to creating your own political cartoons, this class will help you become a more informed and involved global citizen!


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. Students who have previously taken Advanced Chess are encouraged to join.


Presenter: Phil Schapker

What do Blockus, Hive, Yinsh, Shogi, Chess and Go have in common? Not only are they fun strategy games, but they are abstract strategy games!   In this class, students will spend time learning, playing, and analyzing a variety of both rare and well-known abstract games. Along the way we will discuss, in a broader context, what the heck is abstraction anyway, and why is it so cool and important in science, math and art?!


Presenter: Kenneth Thai

$5 materials fee

Calling all Minecraft survivalists! In this class we will be taking on a variety of fun and unique survival challenges that will test your ability to adapt to strange environments and thrive. Players from all levels of experience are welcome, whether you are a bonafide survival expert or this is your very first time playing.  We will be going over some basic survival strategies to help you get started as you set out to collect resources, battle mobs, and explore maps that range from a space station in orbit, to floating islands and huge sprawling landscapes. Work together to survive and complete difficult tasks, and use the skills and strategies you learn here to take on new survival challenges of your own!


Presenter: Devin Stevick

$5 materials fee

Travel to space in Minecraft!  Galacticraft allows you to explore the solar system in your own spaceship.  This is a mod for Minecraft which introduces 4 new dimensions that are based on planets and satellites in the Solar System.  These include the Moon, Mars, Asteroids and a Space Station constructed by the players themselves.  Create and customize your very own spaceship to travel throughout the solar system!  Explore the Moon and Mars with new unique mobs and dungeons!  Create sustainable colony’s and space stations to survive the cold depths of space!  Whether you want to explore and conquer a new planet, or work together to build a sprawling space station, this class is for you!


Presenter: Brian Sikora

Come an begin to explore the history of popular/rock music through the songs, the albums, and the stories behind the artists.  This introductory course will begin discussion with early 20th century music and move through the important albums and songs of today.  There will be an emphasis on music criticism and the students will have the opportunity to write a critical review of an album.