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Courses for 2016:

2017 Classes will be posted by spring 2017!

Class Descriptions for Outside The Box 2016

Actors Boot Camp

Instructor: Rod Davidson

A boot camp is defined as a training program with discipline. Actors Boot Camp will challenge you with theatre games, improvisation, monologue and scene study, exploration of the actor's instrument - all meant to expand your creativity, imagination and self-confidence. Showcase your talents or learn new skills in this fun workshop taught by Hollywood actor Rod Davidson.

Advanced Chess

Instructor: 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.

Manual Chess Programs

Instructor: Phil Schapker

Students will explore the most fundamental aspects of algorithms and computer programs by building "manual chess programs"-- coded sets of instructions for playing chess to be carried out by human "computers."  Students will create "evolutionary algorithms" that swap code and change in response to competition. Over the two weeks, the students' programs will grow in complexity and sophistication, leading to a final game between the two most successful chess programs. A moderate familiarity with chess is required to do well in this class. Students who have previously taken Advanced Chess are encouraged to join.

Beading Embellishment by Hand

Instructor: Marianne Dickson

$5 materials fee

Come learn how to hand sew various types of beads onto fabric. Trace over designs provided or create your own. The class will begin with a ‘sample’ created by each student where they learn the various types of stitches and fringes created with seed and bugle beads. Students can then bring in clothing to use for their own design ideas. T-shirts, jeans, leggings, anything you like, can be used for transferring designs and adding one of a kind embellishment. Supplies will be provided and previous hand sewing experience is not needed.

Amazing Math Class

Instructor: Brittney Humphrey

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.

Popular Music: A Brief History

Instructor: Leif Vong

Got ears? Learn how to use them as we barrel through over 50 years of popular music together. Learn the basics of music analysis and then apply it to everything from Chuck Berry to The Village People, Hank Williams to Michael Jackson. Have a new favorite song? Great! Share it with us all so we can all broaden our horizons. Whether you're into Hip-Hop or Metal, Country or EDM, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, all you have to do is open your ears!

Mission Historical: It's not just about dead people.

Instructor: Martin Mulford

The mysteries surrounding the Modern World are close to home and the more important for that. Why did Galileo drop cannonballs from the tower in Pisa? What was the Scientific Revolution and why is that darned apple so important? Who explored what, who sent them, and why? Who got Enlightened and how did they know? How did those barbarians from the Northwest Eurasia get so much power? What did they have to do to get it? Where were the other powers? What did they know and when did they know it? So many questions! So little time! Get on this and report to M.H. Central a.s.a.p. Keep alert for the Time Destroyer! As always, should you or any of your M.H. Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in ten seconds (or not).

Minecraft: Creative Free Build

Presenter: Jack Standeven

$5 Computer User Fee

Your a minecraft block building artist. You have built cool minecraft houses, forts and roller coasters. But have you been in a room full of fellow Minecrafters and built something huge together? You have the ideas. We have the world. We need your to help building our massive Minecraft world. We started it last summer. Now it is going to be even bigger and better with your ideas and help.  If you are a castle maker, red stone engineer, city planner, undersea architect, pixel artist, dungeon designer, or just a  landscape shaping / road building / bridge building maniac, this is the one for you.

From Observations to Experiments: Inspiring Tomorrow's Citizens and Scientists

Instructor: Alexander Rose

$5 materials fee

Science starts with observing the natural world. Natural history involves observing the happenings of the plants and animals that share the world with us. Observations become ecological understanding through seeing connections between members of ecosystems. Experiments can build upon what we learn from observations. Ecological interactions set the stage for evolutionary change. If we see ourselves as part of the living world, our "biosphere," then we become more invested in its health and our own. Do you love being outdoors? Do you enjoy gardening? Do you love watching animals and trying to make sense of them? Do you ask questions and suggest explanations about the natural world? Would you like to hone your observational skills? Do you want to take a class that will be very hands-on and take place indoors and out? If so, then this class is for you!

American Sign Language

Instructor: Terry McNamara

Come learn how to talk with your hands!  This class offers the basics of American Sign Language, from learning the alphabet, to understanding how gestures and facial expressions are an important part of this rich language.  We will learn how to introduce ourselves, talk about our families, friends and favorite activities. And more. Some history of American Sign Language will also be incorporated into this class.  Come and turn off your voice and turn on your hands.

3D Modeling & Printing: CANCELLED



Speech and Debate: War of the Words!

Instructor: Sravya Tadepalli

Like to argue? Want to be a lawyer, a politician, or an actor?  Maybe you’re quieter, and want an opportunity to come and speak your mind. Come here armed with words! Speech and Debate is back, with all new interactive activities designed to teach the basics of speech and debate skills, from presenting a strong argument, to telling a good story, to debating everything, from morality to politics to pop stars . We will learn how to talk proudly and persuasively and utilize fast-paced games, fun activities, fascinating discussions, and exciting simulations to apply our speaking skills to the world outside. Come join us!

Social Media

Instructor: Sarah Blount

Look at the world around you and discover endless possibilities for great journalists! Work with an editorial team to put together your own online newspaper by choosing your own multimedia approach to hone your interviewing and story-telling skills. Pitch ideas, create video news stories, write investigative articles, fun features and personality profiles, and get the shots that tell it all. At the end of the two week course you will edit the final news piece and show it off on the web.



Instructor: Jack Standeven

Learn to play this classic game of intrigue, trust and treachery! Team up to form one of seven great European powers in 1900 in an intricate struggle for supremacy. Become a leader and diplomat of Europe as you wheel and deal to out plot the other teams and conquer the map. The board looks a lot like a Risk game board of Europe but with a big difference in how it is played. There is only one army per territory, and there are no dice!  All the moves are done with a little cooperation from other teams to push your opponent off a territory. But watch out because only one can team can win. Can you trust your alliance partner? Can they trust you? Getting betrayed when you least expect it is all part of the fun. Negotiate, persuade, plead, spy, spread false rumors and perhaps offer cookie bribes. After playing Diplomacy you will ALWAYS listen more closely and think more carefully when talking to other people. Form alliances and unhatch your traitorous plots as you negotiate and outwit in a delicate balance of cooperation and competition to gain dominance of the continent! In Diplomacy, your success hinges not on the luck of the dice, but your cunning and cleverness.

Expanded Drawing

Instructor: Jill Baker

$5 materials fee

What makes a drawing a drawing? Drawings do not always occur on paper, nor are they always permanent or made by hand. We will begin with the basic elements of art- line, color, shape, texture, value- as they are used in drawing to explore new and creative ways of drawing.

The Journal as Art

Instructor: Jill Baker

$5 materials fee

Not just a space for ideas, observations, and sketches, artist journals and sketchbooks can be beautiful and interesting works of art. Using beginning book making techniques, we will make three unique artist journals and fill them with drawing, collage, writing, and mixed media.

Create Your Own Dystopia

Instructor: Sarah Blount

Dystopian fiction for young adults is hard to miss these days – the dystopian worlds of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner come alive on the page and screen. In this course we will discuss the allure of this type of fiction, how to create your own dystopic world, and how to write about it. By the end of the two weeks you will have at least one short story to share. 

Pop & Picasso

Instructor: Kaisa Laukkanen

$10 materials fee

Love to sculpt?  Love to paint?  Explore a little history of Pop Art and Picasso while having fun creating works of art on paper and in clay. You will leave with vibrant colored paintings and a sculpture you will want to display.

Contact Info

Dennis Hickey, Coordinator

Precollege Programs for TAG Youth
Oregon State University
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Corvallis, Oregon 97331
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