Courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be in the same class for three weeks.
1) REGISTRATION CLOSED Experimenting, Exploring, and Creating Art with Science - Grades 1 & 2
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) REGISTRATION CLOSED Crazy, Fantastic, Amazing Goo - Grades 1 & 2
Andrea Heming Price
Are you ready to see the world from the gooey side? Goo is messy, sticky, gummy, runny, smelly, and lots of fun to make! We'll be junior scientists as we make lots of amazingly gooey mixtures. Join the fun as we create, touch, smell, and even taste these wonderful, crazy concoctions. Are you ready to get slimed?
3) REGISTRATION CLOSED Storybook Science - Grades 1 & 2
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) REGISTRATION CLOSED Time Travelers - Grades 2 & 3
Students will "time travel" to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, and the Middle Ages by exploring the archeology of these past civilizations and creating artifacts from each time period. As they travel through time they will learn about the inventions of these ancient civilizations and think about how their accomplishments affect our lives today.
5) Acting - Grades 2 & 3
If you are interested in acting, come join our class! Explore acting games and techniques and have fun creating scenery and props. During our final class we will perform a play for your families to enjoy.
6) REGISTRATION CLOSED Learning with Legos - Grades 2 & 3
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!
7) REGISTRATION CLOSED Whodunnit? Using Forensics to Solve the Mystery! - Grades 2 & 3
Emily Jones and 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?!
8) REGISTRATION CLOSED Inventor’s Workshop - Grades 3 & 4
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 whatever recycled/repurposed junk you can find at home. Let’s make stuff--and maybe even save the world along the way!
9) REGISTRATION CLOSED Science Spectacular Saturdays - Grades 3 & 4
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!
10) REGISTRATION CLOSED Amusement Park STEM - Grades 3 & 4
Madison Wells Staton
Join us as we design and build a thrilling amusement park complete with roller coasters, Ferris wheels, theme park treats, and much, much more! We’ll explore physics, geometry, energy, and ratios as we go behind the scenes of amusement parks, where science and math come to life daily. You’ll be a STEM expert on your next family trip to an amusement park!
11) Journey to Colonial America - Grades 3 & 4
Time travel back to the 13 colonies as you become a settler who has just arrived in America. Learn about different aspects of colonial life as you make a haversack to fill with souvenirs from your travels each week, such as a handkerchief doll and silver platter! By the end of your experience, you will be waving a handmade flag and be equipped to join the Revolution!
12) Brain Busters - Grades 4 & 5
Think you could resist a Jedi mind trick? Find out for yourself as we explore all the science behind your mind. Why do optical illusions trick your brain? Why do we need two ears? Are there any ways to fool your brain? Test your powers of observation and your five senses as we learn to master our minds.
13) REGISTRATION CLOSED Avengers Science - Grades 4 & 5
S.H.I.E.L.D. is gathering the Avengers, and your help is needed for experiments and activities to support the team. You’ll make a bubble lab to see how cell membranes work and how Hulk and Captain America acquired their powers, try to crack codes like Black Widow, and take a look into space with the Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor. You will use various types of text and media to examine how science, writing, and the Avengers Team all tie together. What will your Super Power be?
14) REGISTRATION CLOSED How to Be a Super Villain - Grades 4 & 5
Rece Johnson 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?
15) Mix It Up! Mixed Media Art - Grades 4 & 5
We all need variety in our life. In our mixed media art class we'll explore new ways of thinking about what art is and how the creative process can open a whole new world of seeing and creating art that truly allows us to be expressive. This self-discovery journey will include looking at environmental artists, minimalism, contemporary art, and more. Whether painting, assembling, drawing, or designing, this adventure in self-discovery will allow us to open doors ot unique ways of creating using both traditional and non-traditional art materials. So, let's get creative with our ideas and art media including fabric, wood, and paint. Let's mix it up!
16) REGISTRATION CLOSED Computer Science Discoveries - Grades 5 & 6
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!
17) Laughing Matters - Grades 5 & 6
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!
18) Lens Lessons: Seeing Your World Through a Camera - Grades 5 & 6
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.)
19) The Geometry of Architecture - Grades 5 & 6
Samantha Caldwell and John Durden
What do the pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, and your school have in common? They are varied shapes and sizes of architecture that are still standing because of geometry. You’ll explore the vital role geometry plays in the design and construction of buildings, from the exotic in far-away lands to places you eat, shop, and sleep. What would happen if the local grocery store were built on a sphere instead of flat ground? Why are some structure shapes better than others? Together we’ll explore the angles behind building, replicate measurements and angles with proofs, and use that knowledge to build on different surfaces like a hill or a beach ball.