Class Descriptions for Adventures In Learning 2020:


    Presenter: Katelyn Burwell    $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: Katelyn Burwell  $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 visit OSU’s animal museums. We will study arthropods, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, along with examining how scientists 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: Riley Lamont

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: 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.


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


    Presenter: Jesse Felix

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: 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: 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: Kathie  Bergsma-Glenn

Maybe you can name almost every dinosaur, identify all of the countries on the map, and solve difficult math problems, but you struggle when it comes to things like keeping your room clean or getting along with your siblings. The truth is, real-life can be hard. This fun and interactive class will cover topics such a how to be a good friend, dealing with stress, staying organized, and how to cook a simple recipe.  Together we will discover ways to make life easier and more enjoyable.  



     Presenter: Jesse Felix

Light can’t bend around corners or  travel through most solid objects but Opaque, Transparent or Translucent structures show light in different ways... We will make them with peepholes, windows and reflectors playing with light and the absence of it.  We will use Led lights and paper-cutting techniques to transform antique books and wire sculptures into pieces of art. You will learn the many techniques of altering books including black out poetry,pop up pictures, paper cutting, embossing, printing with stamps and stencils.



     Presenter: KariAnne Gonzalez

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. 



     Presenter: Jean Gritter  $ 5 additional fee for copy fees

Zines are mini-magazines that you self-publish about anything you find interesting. Enjoy writing stories or poetry? Drawing? Exploring current events? Want to document a fun vacation or an interesting class trip? Explain a hobby? The possibilities are endless! We will spend a week or so planning and creating content, and then a week or so laying out and copying our zines. At the end of this class, each student will have 10 copies of their original zine to share!



     Presenter: Chelsea Grimm

In this course, students will be acting out and reading the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare. We will discuss Elizabethian language and history, along with exploring different aspects of theatre. There will be variations of tones, dialects, and blocking explored while acting out the play.



     Presenter: Chelsea Grimm

In this course, students will be reading various short stories by different authors and studying how they craft their plot, setting, characters, theme, etc. Students will then produce an original short story in their own creative voice. The ultimate goal will be to research and understand the process of how to find a way to publish their original work. This activity is appropriate for grades 5-9.