2018 List of Classes


Each course meets for 80 minutes on each of the six Saturdays: January 20, 27; February 3,10, 17, 24;  2018.


And . . . ACTION!

Presenter: Rod Davidson

"Ever thought what it would be like to walk the Red Carpet, see your name up in lights, be an Actor? Then this is the class for you. Learn Acting skills from a Hollywood professional, and see why former TAG students say, "This class is awesome." Put your ideas and creativity into action! Hollywood might just be waiting for you."



Presenter: Sean Caster

No experience needed! Students will learn to play one of the world's oldest, most beautiful games. Throughout the course, students will acquire basic strategies and tactics, design and solve chess puzzles, and test their skills against each other in a class tournament. Students will also become acquainted with the games of famous chess players, and be introduced to online resources and tools used by the masters.



Presenter: Phil Schapker

Learn strategies to dramatically improve your chess game! This class will introduce students to a broad spectrum of topics in advanced chess theory, from general opening, middle, and endgame strategies to more specific lessons in pawn structure and tactics for attacking the opponent’s king. Lectures will include examples and discussions of some of the most famous chess games. Students will have ample opportunities to play and practice their new skills and learn to record their games for later review.



Presenter: Grayson Munn

$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: 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: Nic Anundson

Have you ever wanted to be a ruler of a country? Are you one to be in charge and make all of the rules? How would you run your own country? What are the rules? We will explore what goes into creating and ruling various countries as we explore modern and former civilizations. We will spend the first four weeks looking at various models of countries, and we will learn about their government systems and who rules over them. The last two weeks you will be tasked with creating your own country with its own rules and government. Bring your imagination to this course, and you will not be disappointed!



Presenter: Eduardo Roman Rojas

Have you been curious of how the world was built by civil engineers?  Have you heard about the next big earthquake? In this class you will get introduced to the different sub-disciplines within Civil Engineering. You will work on fun and small projects that will give you an idea of Civil Engineering work. Within the class there would be a great emphasis on the next Pacific Northwest earthquake including the science behind it, safety and preparation. We will integrate and keep in mind natural disasters when designing buildings, bridges, dams and roads. We must be prepared for the Big One!!!



Presenter: Courtney Ahlgren

$5 Computer Use Fee

You love building cool minecraft houses, forts and roller coasters. You have made great underground secret bases and farms. But have you ever been in a room full of other Minecrafters and built something huge together? You have the ideas. We have the world. We need you to help building up our massive Beaverville Minecraft world. We started it two summers ago. Now it is growing even bigger with your ideas and help. If you are a castle building, city making, undersea carving, pixel drawing, dungeon designing, landscape shaping, road building, bridge building maniac, or just getting started with Minecraft then this is the one for you. Show everybody what you can do and learn some new tricks you can use in your own designs. You do not need to bring a computer. Just come and enjoy!


Minecraft: World of Humanities

Presenter: Courtney Ahlgren

$5 Computer User Fee

Come explore the civilizations of Egypt, Rome, Mesopotamia, Greece, India, China and more. Take on the role of an explorer. Go on missions, unlock ancient secrets, explore ancient temples, tombs and puzzles. Get lost in a gloriously detailed world full of surprises. All done in the Minecraft. World of Humanities is a Minecraft Adventure mode world set in the ancient past. If you ever thought it would be fun to create your own adventure world someday, this class will give you plenty of ideas.



Presenter:  Jill Baker

$5 materials fee

Learn to knit! This is a beginning knitting class with a focus on learning the basic skills and stitches, reading a pattern, and most importantly, knitting together. Bring home a scarf, a wrist warmer, and a hat, or a project of your choice.



Presenter: Jill Baker

$5 materials fee

Using beginning bookmaking techniques, we will make a different kind of book each week. We will start with a cardboard “junk journal” and make our way from accordion books to hardcover pamphlets. Opportunities to make up your own designs as well as fill your books with collage, drawing, or writing will also be available each week.



Presenters: TBA

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.



Presenter: Jason McClelland

Learn how people have sent secret messages to each other throughout history, from Julius Caesar in ancient Rome to modern day internet communication. We’ll explore the math and puzzles behind a variety of cryptography (‘crypto’= secret, ‘graphy’=writing) systems, crack some codes and build our own.



Presenter: Coby Dolgin

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: Jacob Robertson

$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.



Presenter: Brian Sikora

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 Doyle

As Oregonians, we are lucky to live a short drive from the worlds largest body of water: The Pacific Ocean! Have you ever wondered what lies below the surface? Join us in Marine Funology if you would like to discover what the oceans are all about. Topics include coral reef biodiversity, food-chains and apex predators such as The Great White Shark, deep ocean trenches and bioluminescent fish, the science of tsunamis, and more. We will even get to meet a marine research scientist and take a visit to OSU's fish museum.



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!