Course Offerings

Online & In-Person Options

ABSTRACT STRATEGY GAMES (ONLINE ONLY)

Presenter: Phil Schapker          Time: 9am - 10:20am

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?!

 

ADVANCED CHESS (ONLINE ONLY)

Presenter: Phil Schapker          Time: 1pm - 2:20pm

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.

 

MANUAL CHESS PROGRAMS I & II (ONLINE ONLY)

Presenter: Phil Schapker          Time: 10:40am - 12pm

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 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.

 

DRAWING AND DESIGN (ONLINE ONLY)

Presenter: Mark Allison          Time: 9am - 10:20am

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!

 

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

Presenter: Chelsea Grimm          Time: 9am - 10:20am

Do you like to write and gather clues and details to solve a problem? Learn to be an investigative journalist in this course. Go through the process of a mock story and learn tools and skills of how to write effectively for a major publication. (like a newspaper, magazine, etc.)

 

WHO WANTS TO BE AN AUTHOR? (CREATIVE WRITING)

Presenter: Chelsea Grimm          Time: 10:40am - 12pm

Do you want to become a published literary author? Students will learn and practice various writing techniques, such as character development, conflict, developing an idea, etc. and craft an original short story in their own creative voice.

 

ZOOLOGY

Presenter: Emily Buasriyottiya          Time: 9am - 10:20am

Workshop on different animal footprints, an introduction to phylogenetic trees and relationships, and learning about different synapomorphies of different clades of animals, etc.

 

BIOLOGY

Presenter: Emily Buasriyottiya          Time: 10:40am - 12pm

An introduction to genetics with an experiment on extracting strawberry or other common fruit DNA. This uses very simple ingredients and is not toxic.

 

DAM FIT

Presenter: Eduardo López-Parra          Time: 9am - 10:20am

Students will participate in moderate to high intensity workouts to help strengthen their cardio, strength and agility.

 

YOGA

Presenter: Eduardo López-Parra          Time: 1pm - 2:20pm

Students will participate in simple guided yoga positions to help meditate and relax throughout the day along with being educated on the anatomy of the human body.

**yoga mat optional

 

ANIMAL SCIENCE AND YOU

Presenter: Lindsey Richmond          Time: 9am - 10:20am

Have you ever been curious about how humans and animals evolved throughout civilizations into modern day times? Do ever wonder about all the animals that live on Old MacDonald’s Farm? Animal Science and You will give students the opportunity to explore the world of animal science and agriculture from what makes each animal unique, the roles they play in societal development, and the varying careers you can pursue. From animal behavior and ecology, to veterinary medicine and public health, come learn more about the field of animal science.

 

CALLIGRAPHY (Online only)

Presenter: Kathie Bergsma-Glenn          Time: 10:40am - 12pm

Learn the art of creative lettering.  We will learn to write in different fonts and use different writing techniques.  We will also study some of the history of lettering.  Enjoy a fun and creative course and discover your inner lettering artist.

 

THE FUN FOLDABLE WORLD OF 3-D POLYGON

Presenter: Jesse Felix          Time: 10:40am - 12pm

Platonic solids you will design, fold and decorate --make small 3-D polygons to create many sizes and colorful pyramids, hexagons, geodesic domes. Construct in paper, cardboard, straws and other funky fun materials as well as making a kaleidoscope.  Last polygon will be a joint effort of one very large 3-D form-(maybe a flex hexagon) that will be on display locally.

 

CREATE YOUR OWN BUILDING USING GEOMETRIC SHAPES OF ARCHITECTURE

Presenter: Jesse Felix          Time: TBD

Man has always needed shelter. Various geometric shapes provided maximum use as well as a pleasing appearance in all types of architecture. You will leave with an understanding of what basic geometric shapes are used in architecture.You will use a wide variety of geometric shapes to create a spectacular building. Using geometric shapes you will design both outside and inside of your created building. You are an architect .You will start by drawing a blue print of your building then using cardboard as well as other materials to make 3 –D shapes you will then complete your building.

 

CREATE YOUR OWN COUNTRY

Presenter: Kaisa Laukkanen          Time: 1pm - 2:20pm

Create your own, new country, and design your country’s flag. Choose a location, climate, and a selection of limited natural resources. Determine what kinds of products your country can make, given your choices. Make trade deals with other countries (classmates) on limited resources. How much gold will you hand over for clean, drinking water? Determine a system of government for your country and make deals with other nations (classmates) on policies. Can you keep the peace, or will your country end up in war?

 

DRAW WHAT YOU LIKE

Presenter: Kaisa Laukkanen          Time: 10:40am - 12pm

Express yourself through visual art.  Choose and bring topics you are interested in drawing  - animals, landscapes, mythological creatures, characters from books/movies/games, or a story you have written, etc. Draw items to look surreal or original, dramatic, proportional, three-dimensional, and beautiful.  At the completion of the class you will have improved your drawing ability and learned tools or methods that will continue to improve your drawings. This class uses lots of imagination. Come, learn, share inspirations, and have fun!  All skill levels welcome, especially those that feel limited as artists.

 

DESIGN YOUR FUTURE HOUSE

Presenter: Kaisa Laukkanen          Time: 9am - 10:20am

How do you want people to live in your house? Does it have special features? Your imagination is the limit! Work with an architectural designer to design and draw a house, and perhaps even build a model. How many rooms and stories will your house have? What will be the character of your house? Historic, Gothic, Victorian, Rustic, Classic, or Ultra Modern? Consider furniture layout and landscaping, as well

 

SCRATCH CAMP (Online only)

Presenter: Sebastian Law          Time: 10:40am - 12pm

Come join us for an interactive experience using the program “Scratch” (https://scratch.mit.edu). Students will create their own games, stories and/or animations while they improve their understanding of computer programming. At each session you will learn new features that you can apply to an ongoing project or a series of short projects. No experience necessary. Please make sure your device can access the Scratch website before signing up for this camp.

 

TINKER CAD CAMP (online only)

Presenter: Sebastian Law          Time: 1pm - 2:20pm

Come join us to learn about TinkerCad (https://www.tinkercad.com), a 3D design program which can be used for 3D printing if you have access to a 3D printer. Students will be taught a variety of skills to create, design and make all sorts of objects. Students will then take those skills and create their own creative designs. No experience necessary. Please make sure your device can access the tinkercad website before signing up for this camp.

 

MAKER CAMP (ONLINE ONLY)

Presenter: Sebastian Law          Time: 9am - 10:20am

Come join us for an interactive maker camp where you will use a variety of ordinary objects to create a series of projects. These projects will include challenges such as simple Rube Goldberg machines (https://tinyurl.com/WinterWonderings) and engineering design challenges. Supplies required to complete projects can be found around your home or easily purchased at a local store. Supply list will be provided after registration.

 

GEOGRAPHY

Presenter: Kari-Anne Gonzalez          Time: 1pm - 2:20pm

Visit places in the world while learning hemispheres, longitude, and latitude and map plotting on the world map.

 

ASTRONOMY AND MYTHOLOGY

Presenter: Kari-Anne Gonzalez          Time: 10:40am - 12pm

Have you ever looked up at the stars and wondered what you see? Throughout the centuries, many people have. The constellations tell us fascinating stories through mythological stories that explain our zodiac and times past. Dive into the journey of the story of our stars told through the incredible mythological tales from long ago. Build your own constellation, name it, and tell your own story. Learn constellations in the night sky and share these amazing stories with all you know so the lasting tales will live on.