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.



Presenters: Jerome Robinson

Did you know that the Oregon State Constitution excluded black Americans from living in our state until 1926? Did you know the United States Navy refused to allow black sailors to serve on ships until after World War II was over? There are many facts about our history as a nation that are not well known. In this class we will take a deeper look into the history of African Americans from the days of slavery through today. We will discuss how our country’s history effects life of our citizens today. We will have interactive discussions of current issues such as Black Lives Matter, systemic racism in society, attempts at voter suppression, and reforming the criminal justice system.


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: 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: Ian Black

Sometimes it is difficult to see what is going on beneath the surface of the ocean. In this introductory course we will explore the ocean through real data collected by sensors off the coast of Oregon. We will learn how to process, analyze, and interpret datasets so that we can see changes in ocean properties. These findings will enhance our understanding of the natural world. Students in this class will use programs like Microsoft Excel to look at data. Data used will be from a buoy that is part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Endurance Array.


Presenter: Dick Jarvinen

Description:  Do you like cards, strategy games, or puzzle games?  Do you like to play games with others and work cooperatively towards a common goal?  Then bridge is the game for you!  Bridge is a card game played with a partner.  In bridge, you and your partner work together using logic and inference to solve the puzzles that bridge offers.  This game features offense, defense, and communication.  You will learn this amazing game, which will strengthen your reasoning, strategy and math skills in a fun setting.  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 have a partner—you will meet new friends who will become your partners while you play!


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: Ian Black

In this course we will build our own temperature sensor based around an Arduino and the DS18B20 digital temperature sensor. Students will learn electrical fundamentals, how to solder, the importance of accuracy, and will create a working sensor that could be used for environmental monitoring. This class provides a good introduction into open source sensor development. No programming experience required.  


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: 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: 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: Brian Sikora

Explore the history of popular/rock music through the songs, the albums, and the stories behind the artists.  This 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. 


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.


Presenterr: Will Andrews

The Civil War started because of uncompromising differences between the free and slave states over the power of the national government to prohibit slavery in the territories that had not yet become states. When Abraham Lincoln won election in 1860 on a platform pledging to keep slavery out of the territories, seven states in the deep South seceded and formed a new nation. This action triggered the Civil War. Over the course of four years the Civil War shook the nation to its core, leaving more casualties than all other American wars combined. Students will study the events and conditions leading to the Civil War, the conflict itself, and the war’s legacy.


Presenter: Tamara Sprague

Learn beginning Italian phrases & Italian culture. Discover Italian holidays and find out why they look forward to a witch bringing gifts on January 6th, why a mouse leaves coins in return for teeth and why you should never walk outside early on New Years Day.


Presenter: Dick Jarvinen

Learn card tricks that require little or no sleight-of-hand!  Most are math based and simple to learn.  Long practice and exceptional dexterity are not needed to perform these tricks, yet they are often among the most entertaining and spectacular of all card tricks.  Some of the more advanced tricks will challenge your math skills, memory and patience.

Cards and any necessary props will be provided.