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Winter 2022

Courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be in the same class for three weeks.

1) Class Full Experimenting, Exploring, and Creating Art with Science - Grades 1 & 2
Ashley Davison
If you enjoy creating art and doing science experiments, then you will love this class! Join us in exploring new ways to make art through experimentation with common household items and basic art materials. Artists, curious minds, and scientists unite to create art that is unique, exciting, and sometimes a bit messy! I can’t wait to make amazing art experiments with you! 
 
2) Class FullIntro to Musical Theatre:  Let’s Sing and Dance- Grades 1 & 2
Kari Carr
Do you want to sing, dance, and act? Then join us as we learn to tell a story through song and dance! Have a blast while learning some basics of musical theatre as we explore what it takes to put on a musical.  We’ll even put on our own show!
 
3) Class Full Storybook Science - Grades 1 & 2
Kristin Henson
Mythbusters unite! Let’s read some of our favorite storybooks and then conduct hands-on science experiments to see what happens. For example, can the wind really blow a house down like it did when the Big Bad Wolf huffed and puffed in Three Little Pigs? You’ll make your own model house and test the power of wind to find out! We’ll also have plenty of fun making and experimenting with oozey slime when we read Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Come with your best investigator hat on as we explore the science behind the storybook.
 
4) Class Full Fixing Fiction: STEM Heroes - Grades 1 & 2
Amy Wallace

Do you ever wonder what would happen if you could help characters in a book fix their problems? Design safety equipment for Humpty Dumpty so his fall will not break him. We will test creations with an egg drop. Design extreme weather houses to prepare for wind from a variety of sources and more. Come be a STEM hero and save the characters in our favorite stories!

 
5) Super Coders!- Grades 1 & 2
Sam Northern

Come join our team of Super Coders! Super Coders will learn computer programming skills to complete fun challenges. You will operate robots and command a variety of devices to finish tasks and solve problems. Do you have what it takes to be a Super Coder?

 
6) Acting - Grades 2 & 3
Juli Boggess
If you are interested in acting, come join our class! We will explore several acting games and techniques. Students will also choose a monologue to perform during our final class. 
 
7) Class Full Amazing Science Lab - Grades 2 & 3
Lyndsey Duke
Did you know that your kitchen is one big chemistry lab? As junior chemists, we will be exploring colors, solids, liquids, gases, polymers, chemical reactions, mixtures, solutions, and so much more. Through the experiments we will do together, you can learn to be a scientist right in your own kitchen.  No fancy laboratory is required!
 
8) Class FullLearning with Legos- Grades 2 & 3
Renee Hale
Did you know Legos are for more than just building? Join us to design and test Lego mazes, re-create historical landmarks while exploring the history behind them, weigh items using Legos, and more! It’s science, math, reading, and art--all with Legos!
 
9) Class FullWhodunnit? Using Forensics to Solve the Mystery! - Grades 2 & 3
Emily Jones & Taylor Brewer

Someone has kidnapped Big Red, and it’s up to you to save the day! You will search for clues and use chemistry to analyze what you find on the scene. What can you learn from the dirt? The fingerprints? The blood? Can you help us save Big Red before it’s too late?!

 
10) Class Full Out of this World (Astronomy) - Grades 3 & 4
Madison Wells Staton

When you look up at the night sky, what do you see? What do you wonder? For centuries, astronomers have searched for knowledge about the night sky and the many beautiful objects found there — now, it’s your turn! Join me as we take a closer look at the planets, stars, moons, galaxies, asteroids, and comets found in our galactic neighborhood and beyond through virtual field trips, hands-on explorations, and astronomical engineering challenges!

 
11) Class Full Inventor's Workshop - Grades 3 & 4
Jennifer Sheffield
Do you love building things and making stuff? Do you enjoy being creative and using your imagination? Then get ready to be a creative engineer in Inventor’s Workshop! Design the ultimate pet habitat, machines to fix life’s little problems, and inventions to help save the world. You’ll explore the design-thinking process and build prototypes of your one-of-a-kind ideas using household items, art supplies, and recycled/repurposed random objects. Let’s make stuff--and maybe even save the world along the way!
 
12) Class Full Science Spectacular Saturdays - Grades 3 & 4
Kaleigh Davenport
Explore the spectacular world of science with lots of fun, messy, gooey activities. We'll master the scientific method using Pop Rocks and bubble gum--what a yummy way to learn! We'll also discover the different properties of matter through glow-in-the-dark goo and learn how to create a chain reaction. Get your curiosity caps on and join our science spectacular Saturdays!
 
13) Unleash Your Creativity and Write - Grades 3 & 4
Pennie Steele

How can a pencil and paper provide laughter, tears, mystery, suspense, and joy?  Great writers know the answer:  by creating a story!  Be inspired by imaginative prompts, group dynamics, role-playing exercises, and “reading like a writer”.  Gain confidence in an environment where ideas are supported and basic elements of story creation are learned as we bring our inspirations to life!  Design and decorate the cover of your personal booklet to treasure your creative collection!

 
14) Acting with the Pros - Grades 4, 5, & 6
Ronn Kistler

Would acting in a play intrigue you? Whether you are new to the world of theatre, or are already a seasoned young actor, here’s your chance to be in a play with a professional theater troupe. This three-week interactive experience immerses you in a production of three culturally diverse folk tales from the far-off mysterious lands of Africa, Japan, and ancient Greece. No prior acting experience is necessary. You’ll receive hands-on training that includes a theater adventure that culminates in a performance for family and friends in which you perform right alongside the professional actors

 

15)  Class Full All Things Painting - Grades 4 & 5
Christy Matthews

Think paint just comes in a bottle? And that you can only use a brush to apply it to a canvas? Expand your knowledge and applications of painting as we learn about different painting techniques, and the unique materials you can use as paint. You’ll learn how to make your own paint and create both large and small artworks to take home. Experience creatively expressing yourself by exploring the amazing possibilities of painting. 

 
16) Solving the World's Problems . . . With Duct Tape! - Grades 4 & 5
Sean Quinn

What if DaVinci had Duct Tape? What if The Egyptians had magnets? What if the Romans had velcro? History is full of engineering challenges and mysteries. How can we engineer solutions to age-old questions with modern household items? Can you solve some of history's greatest engineering challenges with a little tape, a handful of paper clips, and a coat hanger? Come find out as we get hands-on with some of the greatest engineering conundrums (and use a whole lot of duct tape). 

 
17) Peace. Love. and Art - Grades 4 & 5
Haley Kirtley
All good vibes are welcome here! Know, “what goes around comes around” is a saying that does not just describe karma. Past pop culture trends and art movements always find their way back to the present day. Let’s look at the popular art from the ’60s and ’70s and how it compares to our style standards of art, home décor, and culture today. Since this class is free-spirited, know that self-expression, discovery, and creativity will be in high demand as we create art inspired by these pop culture trends of the past and present. Think wild and free as we design what speaks to our soul with painting, drawing, and assembling. So, “Come on, come on, come on, come on…” and create it! 
 
18) Class Full How to be a Super Villain - Grades 4 & 5
William Poteet and Anthony Cabrera

Unleash your imagination to create your own special super villain. Using science, math, and engineering, you’ll design booby traps using trip wires, lasers, and boulders (like the one Indiana Jones had to outrun).  By creating your own riddles and confounding mazes and then combining them with some cool spy methods, you’ll be sure to outthink the good guys. They will never find you on your private island, where you will have designed your home fortress with a special energy source. What powers will your super villain have? 

 
19) Lens Lessons: Seeing Your World Through a Camera - Grades 5 & 6
Lily Thompson

Are you a visual learner with an eye for the creative? Photography could be your new outlet.  Join an award-winning professional photojournalist in a fun hands-on dive into the art of photography.  You’ll explore the ins and outs of how to document the world in front of you, letting your creativity guide you in taking your own photos.  You’ll even build your own camera! Explore the world through the amazing art of photojournalism. 

(Small digital camera and SD card required; no cell phone cameras please.)

20) Laughing Matters - Grades 5 & 6
Dwight Austin

Where is one place you can go and make stuff up with hardly any rules?  It's an Improvisation Theater!  In fact, the only requirement for this class is that you "make stuff up!" In this class you will learn several improvisation games and techniques popularized by troupes like The Second City and Whose Line Is It Anyway?  You will also learn things like stage presence, basic acting skills, and how to work closely with other actors.  There is a warning, though--your fun factor may cause you to explode in bouts of laughter and craziness!  No experience is required, no memorization is expected, and absolutely no seriousness is allowed!

21) Class Full Computer Science Discoveries - Grades 5 & 6
Matt Staggs

Love playing games? Do you want to try making them? Join us in Computer Science Discoveries as we learn how to create animation and games using Code.org's development tools. We will learn how to create characters, make them move and interact. By the end of the 4 weeks, you will have what you need to continue to make your own game!

22) Mysteries of the Human Body - Grades 5 & 6
Catherine Malin and Beth Adams

The human body is one of the greatest mysteries of all times.  Together, we will explore and solve some of the mysteries surrounding medicine, human anatomy and physiology, genetics, and more! Throughout the program, you'll extract your own DNA, hold a heart, and leave class with a new "working" set of lungs.  You'll then apply your new knowledge through medical case studies and experiments. Join us on this intriguing journey as we uncover the mysteries of the human body.


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