Class Descriptions for Adventures In Learning 2019 


Presenter: Isaak Simpson

$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: Isaak Simpson

$10 materials fee

We are all makers at heart. We just have to find our passion. Explore electronics with Arduino microcontrollers. Learn how computers work with Raspberry Pi. Learn how to program in Scratch, JavaScript and Python. Incorporate computing in textiles with soft-circuits. Take apart an appliance to see how it works. Create art from junk. Explore and utilize online maker resources. Go home with the skills and confidence to follow your passion.


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: 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: 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: 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: Jordan Viramontes

$5 materials fee

A class focusing on a different field of science each day of the week including math, physics, chemistry, biology and ecology or microbiology! Classes will include information on the corresponding topic, applied activities that will provide critical thinking opportunities and a demo of the science in action (for selected topics). Students should be ready to see science in exciting and useful ways by handling activities and experiments that will include relevant concepts often utilized by professionals in the corresponding field everyday!



Presenter: Kaisa Laukkanen

$5 materials fee

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?



Presenter: Sarah Blount

Nature, film, photography, and podcasts - find out how just about anything can move and inspire you to write more creatively. During this workshop, we will build community, gain some insight into our own personalities, and explore different paths to creative writing. 



Presenter: Kaisa Laukkanen

$10 materials fee

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.



Presenter: Zach Bryant/Travis Johnson

Students will be introduced the science of crime scene investigation. An emphasis is made on how science works, including making observations, inferences, and providing evidence based arguments for their claims. Students will never wonder how biology is useful to the real world, as law and science come together to make crime fighting engaging. As available, experts in the field may join us throughout the class.



Presenter: Zach Bryant/Travis Johnson

$10 materials fee

Balsa wood bridge building is a fun test of engineering skill, vision and problem solving. Throughout history a bridge builder was one of the most important people within a society and their bridges meant freedom because people could explore, trade and thrive. Learn building skills, and apply engineering, basic physics, applied math and static designs. Bridge building is for explorers, engineers and visionaries.



Presenter: Kyle David Ledda-Lewaren

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: 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: 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.



Presenter: Kathy Jederlinich

 Pointillism class --dot, dot, dot, dot or dash, dash, dash, dash  . Students will learn about the style of art known as pointillism and the artist (Georges Seurat) who created it . Students will  then create paintings after learning about impressionist artist George Seurat. They will  explore pointillism using not only paint but other fun materials ---working on 2-D as well as forming 3-d sculptures decorated in the  pointillism style.

THE FUN FOLDABLE WORLD OF 3-D POLYGOMN –3-D shape ? What is it good for ? Let’s make them small and huge!

Presenter: Kathy Jederlinich

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.


Presenter: Kathy Jederlinich 

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.



Presenter: Kathy Jederlinich

One eye, 3 eyes, no eyes ---you decide. You will make a monster that may stand up to an attack by Godzilla ---I challenge you

You will have many, many recycled materials that you can use to make your monster. Let your imagination get the best of you ---maybe that monster that lives in your closet can now become a reality! You can explore hand puppets, sock puppets, felt boards, shadow puppets, marionettes ---you decide. How does your monster eat? You will do an inside study of your monster - create the digestive and muscular system and bone structure -guts and all. Lastly if time permits you will design the environment your monster lives in –in a box or under your bed or?




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: 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: Sara Cash

Come learn how to inform and persuade! Practice your public speaking skills and learn how to craft a foolproof argument in this fast-paced class filled with games, discussions, and formal debates. Tackle topics ranging from whether homework should be abolished (Yay!) to whether Barbie is a good role model for girls (Seriously?).



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 paper crafting, invention models, easy drawing and more.



Presenter: Sarah Jordan

$10 materials fee

This summer we'll read The Stars Beneath Our Feet, by David Barclay Moore. The novel tells the story of 12-year-old Lolly Rachpaul, who uses his obsession with Legos to cope with the recent gang-related death of his older brother. Lolly’s Lego creations help foster his imagination, and steer himself to a safe path in his Harlem neighborhood.




Ultimate Frisbee is a fun and challenging team sport. It promotes a culture of valuing all of its members and being inclusive by gender, race/ethnicity and levels of mental and physical ability. It builds cohesion among diverse players and forms a community. It’s a safe, non-contact sport where girls and boys may play together even at the highest levels. This is a team sport in the purest sense- you literally cannot advance the disc without someone else to throw to!



Presenter: Beth Runciman

In this course, you’ll explore mathematical ideas by making art. Math is the study of patterns, and these patterns become easier to understand when we explore them visually. We will explore parabolic curves, Pascal’s triangle, cardioids, fractals, the Golden Ratio, and circular mandalas. Students will also study dual coding theory, and how to use color and visual triggers as learning aids.


Presenter: Beth Runciman

Do you enjoy solving problems and puzzles with friends? In this class, students will work together to solve creative problems that require a large variety of intellectual skills. Challenges will include designing a moon base, deciphering alien number systems, logic puzzles, and various building challenges.



Presenter: Beth Runciman

Play Classcraft using your math skills! Classcraft is an online gaming platform designed for teachers and students. Students will create and customize character, earn experience points to level up, monitor the health meter, and use powers to protect and heal teammates from obstacles. Each student will also choose several self-paced quests, sharing their gaming experience as theyexplore, review and extend key middle school math concepts.