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.



Presenters: TBA

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: 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.



Presenter: Phil Schapker

Students who have already taken Manual Chess Programs 1 will continue to test and improve their program while incorporating more advanced chess strategies and tactics.  Each student will propose and complete a unique project to help make the class program more sophisticated. In the classroom, the class program is tested against unwitting live players on the internet, so that its official chess rating can be assessed.


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.


Adventures in Psychology

Presenter: Chris Lahman

Come explore what makes people the unique beings that they are! In this course you will examine some of the factors that impact a person’s psychology, including family dynamics, psychological disorders, societal pressures and one’s self-perception. Additionally, you will travel through the world of controversial new ideas presented by Sigmund Freud over a century ago that revolutionized the field of psychology and the way people viewed the world around them. In this safe, fun and interactive course you will learn more about yourself, those around you, and the world in which we live.


Engaging Current Issues

Presenter: Chris Lahman

In this discussion-based course you will use critical thinking and collaborative skills to delve into important topics facing this community, state and country. Issues involving race, gender, immigration, politics, teen issues and other topics of student interest will be examined in this course. Relevance will be brought to seemingly abstract issues by understanding the role of the individual in our political system and how young people can make a difference in our society.


Waking a Sleeping Giant- The United States in World War Two

Presenter: Chris Lahman

Take a journey through arguably the most destructive war in human history by examining the causes, effects and people that were involved. Delve into the diplomacy of the day and understand the positions of the major world powers leading up to the outbreak of war. Learn how the United States, crippled by the Great Depression of the 1930s, emerged from this chaos as an economic and military superpower that dominated the rest of the 20th century. Understand how millions of people from all walks of life, including your family, were mobilized to combat tyrannical dictators and empires that threatened to send the world into darkness. Through simulations, group activities and discussion you will gain a deeper understanding of one of the most pivotal periods in world history. 



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: Jill Baker

Contemporary Art generally refers to art made by artists who are living today, but can also refer to art movements throughout the 20th Century. For the last century, artists have used a wide range of media and techniques, often in new and innovative ways, to reflect on and respond to issues and ideas of the society in which they live. Each week we will explore a unique movement in the history of art by looking at the work of important artists and by completing a project related to that movement. We will look at Dada, Fluxus, Abstraction, Feminist Art, Environmental Art, and Street Art.



Presenter: Jason McClelland

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: 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.