Oregon State University

Afternoon Exploratory Opportunities for 2013


Bowling: Have fun bowling in the basement of the Memorial Union building.

Chess Tournament: This activity is a five-day commitment. You will participate in a week-long, round-robin chess tournament. Play to be the ultimate champion.

Choreography: Learn how to create a dance to music you like by working with a choreographer/dance teacher. Explore choreographic tools, such as: positive and negative space, maintaining form language, variations on a theme, when to use repetition, and varying the height, scale, and texture of movements. As you create your routine, you will challenge your kinesthetic awareness and improve your spatial reasoning skills, as well as gain self-confidence and self-expression. Bring music you like, preferably an MP3 player with earphones, or CDs. Wear stretchy clothing; for the feet, go barefoot or wear socks, light sneakers, or dance shoes. Bring a water bottle. All skill levels and dance styles welcome!

Gaelic Sports: Do you like baseball, hockey, golf, lacrosse, or soccer? Would you like to play sports that combine all of those activities? Come out and try Gaelic Sports. They have been played before written history and survived up to today.

Never-Ending Game of Tag with an Ancient Twist: Learn how to play the ancient, fun, and exciting Finnish game of tag, called “kontopallo”, where everbody wins! Use a base and a paddle to block the tossed ball from touching you. Oops, it got you. Now you’re “it”, along with a few other people. Steal bases when an owner isn’t watching. You’re safe, but watch your back!

Oddball Games: Everyone knows how to play tag and Capture the Flag. But do you know how to play these games? Try out Spud, Zombie Tag, Hurry Up Basefball, Kubb, Space Station, Wiffle Ball, and more. Play some of these fun outdoor games here and you can show your friends back home, camp or anywhere else you have a crowd of kids looking to play something new.

Questing: This activity is a five-day commitment. Participate in a Quest, a type of treasure hund in which participants follow clues and hints to locate a “treasure.” Then select a topic from a list of suggestions and, working in a group, develop your own quest. Plan the topic, prepare the clues, draw a map, and decide on a concluding “treasure.” Enjoy this fun adventure which started in England over 150 years ago.

Sew What? This activity is a two-day commitment. Have fun learning to hand sew! Learn to make a sewing pattern, cut fabric, use different stitches, stuff, and add finishing details. Start by making a pouch. Then move to a huggable creature. Use your imagination and your design sense to make it unique.

Tour the OSU Music Department

Tour the OSU Veterinary Medicine Department

Tour the OSU Nuclear Engineering Department

The World of Catapults: Learn the process of engineering through the design and use of catapults. You will build a catapult and compete to see who which design can catapult an object the greatest distance.

Electrical Circuits: In this session, students are introduced to electricity and simple circuits. They will learn the definition of electricity and terms we use to describe the flow of electricity such as: voltage, current, and resistance. Students will learn about circuits in a series and in parallel. Using the described equipment they will construct their own circuits. Finally, students will learn how simple electromagnetic motors work and be able to make their own simple motor.

Harnessing Solar Power with K’nex Cars: In this session students will build K’nex rally cars and power them with solar panels. Students will design and build a K’nex car that can hold a solar panel and small motor. They will test their car and make improvements on their design. This session incorporates problem solving while teaching students about alternative forms of energy.

Harnessing Wind Power: Converting Mechanical Energy into Electricity: This session teaches students the basics of wind power and how it is generated. They are able to make their own wind blades, test them, and use the engineering process with specific design variables to improve their blade design.

Mind Benders: You will carefully analyze different stories and their clues, identifying logical associations between people, places, and things. The key is to start with the most obvious association, then deduce less obvious associations until everything finally fits together.

Math Challenges and Games: Have fun playing various exciting games that allow you to use math skills, reasoning skills, and logic.   

Contact Info

Dennis Hickey, Coordinator Precollege Programs for TAG Youth
Oregon State University
239C Covell Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-1203

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