Oregon State University

Courses for 2015

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.


Adventures in Wave Energy


Instructor:  Staff Members of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center


This ten day summer Talented and Gifted course will take students on a journey through the world of marine engineering and energy creation. Students will learn about the design process, build and implement their own mini wave energy converters, and test those converters. Students should be prepared for light walking and physical involvement as they will tour the OH Hinsdale Wave Research Center, see a tsunami in action, and see other field scale devices designed for creating energy from the motion of the ocean!


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.


Minecraft Geek


Instructor: Jack Standeven


$5 users fee


Play MineCraft? Tired of stomping zombies? Do you keep hearing about all the extra fun stuff you can do in Minecraft but don't know where to start? This is the Minecraft camp for you. Learn about Redstone, ComputerCraft, NPCs, Townbuilder, Multiplayer, installing maps, world creation, farming, fishing, enchanting, minecarts, command blocks, server commands, video settings, skins, versions and profiles, taming critters, mods and modpacks, world editors, multiplayer mini games, adventure games and more. Come learn how to take your game to the next level. We got the computers. We got the Server. You got the Minecraft madness. Come and break some blocks with us.


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


Instructor: Ken Olsen


$5 materials fee 


3D 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 archaeology. In this class you will learn the methods, materials, and limitations of 3D printing. You will also create, edit, and share your own 3D models. By the end of the class, you will have prepared an object for printing on a 3D printer and observe it as it comes to life.


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! This class offers the basics of speech and debate skills, from presenting a strong argument, to coming up with a four-minute speech in a minute, to telling a great story, to learning how to sound like Abraham Lincoln! We will learn how to talk proudly and persuasively and have fun while we do it, utilizing 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.


Physics: Wheels in Motion


Instructor: David Schas


$7 materials fee


Explore Newton’s Laws of Motion and the engineering design process.  Then, face challenging tasks that involve designing vehicles, while you have limited resources, including currency and building materials. Why are those wheels so important?


Birds of a Feather


Instructor: David Schas


Let’s learn about our feathered friends that wake us up at 5 o’clock in the morning, singing away. We’ll explore important features of birds, learn tips to finding and identifying birds (including by listening to their sounds), and get to explore the birds on campus! Technology advancements have given birders many tools to use, so for students interested, we will learn about keeping lists, and getting involved in citizen science opportunities.


Forensics: Criminals Beware!


Instructor: David Schas


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.


Diplomacy


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.


Create collages from unique and interesting materials


Instructor: Kathy Jederlinich


Experiment with different papers, found materials, explore techniques and ideas to create innovative collages while learning about color, composition, texture, shape and execution. Experiment with drawing, water based painting, collage papers and relief, then learn how to combine these materials and skills into your own mixed media project.  Think small, think big, think flat or 3-D – bring   items from home that you would like to recycle to make your own unique collage statement.


Emphasis on  Drawing and Painting


Instructor: Kathy Jederlinich


$10 materials fee


Working with such mediums as  pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor and acrylics, draw and paint from observation and improve technical skills.  We will be using paper , cardboard, wood and more to paint on. Be prepared to observe and draw some interesting objects—some living , some not . Emphasis is on fundamental principles such as line, shape, form, color, composition, perspective and more.


T-shirt Design: Learn how to turn your stencils & linocuts into fantastic t-shirts and more!


Instructor: Kathy Jederlinich


$10 materials fee


In this class you'll learn the basics of relief printing on fabrics, so you can make your own wearable art.  Explore printmaking on paper and material –End projects-- bring clothing  items such as t-shirts and jeans  from home you would like to print on .


Think like a runaway model—art rageous!


Killer Kaiju Monsters


Instructor: Kathy Jederlinich


$5 materials fee


You will be delving into the dark and grisly world of monster sculptures. Strange beasts of Japanese films as well as artist Chris Ryniak and his cute and cuddly…(kind of) baby monsters. You will change a fuzzy stuffed animal into a strange beast, using all kinds of great recycled scraps such as plastics, foam, wire, broken toys and more. Your beast can be on display if you choose at Laughing Planet to be viewed by all that love beastly things!


Citizen Artist


Instructor: Jill Baker


$5 materials fee


Citizen Artists use creative actions and interactions with daily life to explore themes of community, environment, and social justice. This class will explore ways that artists engage with current events and community. Using the city of Corvallis as our subject, and the ideas brainstormed in class, we will complete meaningful projects that are creative responses to our interactions with the environment and community in daily life.


 


Expanded Drawing


Instructor: Jill Baker


$10 materials fee


What is a drawing? Lines, shapes, or marks on paper? These elements and themes of drawing do not always occur on paper, nor are they always permanent or made by hand. This class will use the basic components and elements of what makes a drawing and explore new and creative ways of “drawing.” Note: Much of this class will take place outdoors.


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.  We will begin with a blank sketchbook and turn it into a piece of art with drawing, writing, and collage. Besides the materials fee, students will need to bring journal/blank book of his/her choice. Recommended: Moleskin, Strathmore, or similar with a heavier weight paper.


Summer Reads Book Club


Instructor: Sarah Blount


$10 book fee


Are you excited for summer to come because it means more time for reading? Are you rarely spotted without a novel in hand? Then this course is for you! We will be reading and discussing Graham Salisbury’s Under a Blood Red Sun, the story of a young Japanese American growing up during the political upheaval of WWII. As a group, we’ll have some lively discussions about the book, as well as some cool connections relating to Japanese culture and the history of WWII.


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. 


Un Taco de Carne Asada


Instructor: Carlos Valdes-Casillas


$15 materials fee


Discover the amazing ingredients of thousands of years from old recipes for the uniqueness of  a “Taco de Carne Asada:” Merging cultures, adaptation of varieties in wheat, religious encounters, historic revolutions in irrigation and technology, but more important, bring into place the magic effects of Capsicum,  that brings the possibility for each home to develop its own flavor.   The properties of a hot pepper, that triggers questions of  global climate, shifting economies, practices of cattle ranching, agriculture and grazing patterns, changes suggesting that some of the recipes and the cultures they belong to may never comeback. We’ll learn to prepare Salsas and celebrate together as we share flavor and cultural meanings of Tacos de Carne Asada.


Mathzoom: Build IT Through Math


Instructor: Patricia Lytton


Join us in exploring your curiosity about math and problem solving through creative ways. With a theme of Build IT through Math we will explore math behind the scenes in architecture and construction. Through hands-on approaches and group activities including Frank Lloyd Wright design contests to Water Baby Bungee Jumping to multi-structure CityScapes creating to Fractals to Structures to hold 10000 their Own Weight, we will put both geometry and algebra to work.  Join us as we seek and share you interest in math.  We will improve our math education and performance via a variety of contests and activities.


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


Modern World Mission


Instructor: Martin Mulford


The mysteries surrounding the Modern World are close to home and the more important for that. Why did Galileo drop canonballs from the tower in Pisa? Why use that silly word, “Renaissance”, when it's so hard to spell and tougher to say? 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 Atlantic Northwest 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).


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


Latin America Mission


Instructor: Martin Mulford


Your mission students, should you decide to accept it, is to investigate the historical mysteries of the lost continent of South America (plus Central America and the Caribbean). Time Destroyer has been at work here trying to keep knowledge of this area from being disseminated in the US. Using information you uncover, investigate and expose the events and people involved and, without letting Time Destroyer catch onto you, relay the reasons for their occurrence and their influence on subsequent events to M.H. Central. 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).


ACTING: BEYOND IMAGINATION


Instructor: Rod Davidson


Unlike other creative arts, Acting is a team enterprise. Individuals come together to create characters, working together to move the plot forward, all members bringing the author's words to life. Beyond imagination, the actor must possess and exhibit discipline and commitment. In this course, every student will be taught both. In this course, every student will be expected to rise to a high level of dedication to the process. There will be no excuses accepted. The moment students enter the classroom, the journey begins. Are you ready to take that step?


A Pause in Time through our Third Eye


Instructor: Carlos Valdes-Casillas


$15 materials fee


It is being said there is a mystery when time is captured. The light of an image can allows us to freeze a moment in time.  Let photography engaged YOU in developing a path for your senses, first through the aid of your camera, then through exploration of our minds, the inspiration of our hearts and finally, the senses of our third eye. Let this course on visual photography become an extension of your sympathy and eventual understanding of your other selves, other domains, other dreams, and why not, other worlds. Students are required to bring their own cameras. Any camera or cell phone with photo capabilities will work.  

Contact Info

Dennis Hickey, Coordinator
dennis.hickey@oregonstate.edu

Precollege Programs for TAG Youth
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