2021 Courses

 

IN PERSON CLASSES

WEEK 1 COHORT 1:

AM:   Maker Exploratorium

PM :  Choice of Astronomy or Cartography

WEEK 1 COHORT 2: 

AM:  Choice of Speech and Debate or Marine Biology

PM: Forensics

WEEK 1 COHORT 3:

AM: Mindstorms/LEGO Robotics

PM: Choice of Science Smorgasbord or Life Hacks

WEEK 1 COHORT 4:

AM: Bridge Building

WEEK 2 COHORT 1:

AM: Choice of 3-D Printing or Journalism or Bridge Building

PM: Choice of Science Smorgasbord or Who Wants To Be An Author (Creative Writing)

WEEK 2 COHORT 2:

AM:  Choice of Life Hacks or Speech and Debate or Mindstorms/LEGO Robotics

PM:  Choice of Cartography or DAM FIT

 

SPEECH AND DEBATE

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?).

 
MAKER EXPLORATORIUM

Presenter: Sebbie Law    Additional Fee: $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.

3D MODELING AND PRINTING

Presenter: Sebbie Law    Additional Fee: $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 archeology. 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.

BRIDGE BUILDING

Presenter: Zach Bryant  

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.

FORENSIC SCIENCE

Presenter: Zach Bryant  

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.

CARTOGRAPHY

Presenter:   Hollie Bates

Imagine trying to travel anywhere without a map and directions. Most of us would end up lost! Trace the steps of the first map makers who journeyed out into uncharted territory. In cartography class we’ll practice map making. As well as learning to navigate modern mapping interfaces such as google earth with various overlays and gps. Master basic map reading skills such as scale, topography, and keys.

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

Presenter: Chelsea Grimm        

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        

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.

 

LIFE HACKS 101 

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.  

DAM Fit

Presenter: Eduardo Lopez-Parra

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

ASTRONOMY AND MYTHOLOGY

Presenter: Kari-Anne 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.

Science Smorgasbord

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!

VIRTUAL CLASSES

 

ABSTRACT STRATEGY GAMES

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?!

 

ADVANCED CHESS

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.

BEGINNING CHESS

Presenter: Phil Schapker       

This class will introduce students to one of the oldest, and most profound games on earth. Whether they are totally new to chess, or want to improve by practicing some of the most fundamental techniques used by masters, this class will give students the basic toolkit they need to tackle the game with confidence.  And, since it is often said that chess is "easy to learn, but takes a lifetime to master," students will also be introduced to resources they can use to continue to improve their game after the class.    

 

TINKER CAD CAMP

Presenter: Sebastian Law     

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.

DAM Fit

Presenter: Eduardo Lopez-Parra


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