Oregon State University

Courses for 2016


Advanced Chess

Instructor: Stacey Vaughn
Join this class if you already have an idea of how to move pieces and an understanding of basic strategy.  This class is geared toward students who already play recreationally or competitively. Everything from beginning chess will be covered but with more depth and more focus on advanced, middle and end-game play and complicated checkmates. Have a blast learning different chess variations.  Strategies and principles of chess will be introduced at various levels to meet each player's needs.

Aeromodeling - course filled 4/28

Instructor: Mark Allison; additional $35 fee for airplane supplies
Discover how full size airplanes and model airplanes fly.  Build a rubber-powered plane for outdoor flights and flying in large indoor spaces.  Learn how to adjust the model for its longest flight times and how to use thermal updrafts to fly higher. Become skilled at using modeling tools so you will be able to build more complex planes later and will know how to adjust them.  Basic skills of coordination, the ability to listen and to follow instructions are required for maximum benefit from this class.

Art Recycled-course filled 6/7

Instructor: Leetra Taylor; additional $5 supply fee
Create box robots, wood scrap blue dogs and barnacle bowls using recycled supplies. Be amazed at your great works of art that began from homemade clay or a paper towel roll.

Beginning Chess

Instructor: Stacey Vaughn
New chess players will learn all the rules plus basic strategy for beginning, middle and end-game play.  Discover the fundamentals and general principles of chess. Learn by playing -- the best way to master the game! 

Creature Creation

Instructor: Leetra Taylor; additional $10 fee for supplies
Use your imagination to make a silly sock creature, and a monster, outer-space character or a forest creature out of felt -- a perfect way to express your creativity. 

Discover Mexico

Instructor: Jeanette Brudvig; additional $5 fee for supplies
Explore the culture of Mexico through song and dance.  Have fun doing Mexican arts and crafts and sampling tasty treats. Play traditional games and learn a little Spanish along the way. Join in as we discover and learn about our neighbors south of the border.

Doodles and Scribbles

Instructor: Leetra Taylor
Turn your doodles and scribbles into delightful works of art.  Create designs and patterns starting with a simple line and ending with an amazing coloring book.

Drawing and Design

Instructor: Mark Allison
Using simply pencils and paper, learn to draw and design. Learn the principles and elements of design by doing abstract geometric designs, realistic drawing, perspective, scaled drawings, and shaded drawings. At the completion of the class you will have increased your drawing ability and learned tools or methods that will continue to improve your drawings.

Engineer It - course filled 5/18

Instructor: Jennifer Carpenter; additional $5 fee for supplies
Experience engineering in a fun and hands-on way by creating, designing, and building. Participate in a different project each class day. Construct and test houses with earthquake shake tables, and design and build your own bridge.  Be prepared for interesting and fun-filled challenges.

Fashion Design

Instructor: Jacqueline Ramos; additional $10 fee for supplies
Discover what it takes to become a fashion designer as you design several lines of clothing including active, formal, and resort wear. Develop a design portfolio with collages, accessories, mini purse forms and come up with your own creation on a mini dress form. 

Future Space Travelers - course filled 7/1

Instructor: Joel Inman; additional $5 fee for supplies
Explore the solar system and beyond by investigating what it takes to get off this planet, travel into space, and land on other planets. Discover places to go in the solar system and what to find there. Design spaceships, vehicles, and tools for exploring and living on other planets; simulate testing the solutions and ourselves against the extreme conditions of space.

Investigations in Chemistry - course filled 5/14

Instructors: Richard and Amy Nafshun; additional $5 fee for supplies
Make slime, superballs, colorful crystals, and paints. Investigate batteries, soil, Kool-Aid, and colors. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of chemistry in everyday life. No prior chemistry or laboratory experience is necessary.

LEGO Construction Challenge

Instructor: Josh Worden
Explore structure through the interlocking LEGO brick. Work with LEGOS to discover architecture, organization, pattern and arrangement. Create unique structures and follow directions for LEGO sets. Explore various building materials to gain perspective on what constitutes an architecturally strong structure.

Marimba Madness

Instructor: Jeanette Brudvig
Come play in a real Marimba Band! Have fun playing a student-sized marimba while learning the music and rhythms from around the world. A performance on the final day will wow your parents and friends.

Marvelous Machines

Instructor: Judy Craig; additional $15 fee for supplies
It can wobble, shake, and draw! Use your own designs to create unique machines. Turn a yogurt cup, a battery and other recycled items into electrified machines.

Math Mysteries

Instructor: Elton Kikuta
Become a math detective by solving challenging mathematical mysteries. Discover important clues that help decipher the most perplexing problems.

Rockin' Recorder

Instructor: Jeanette Brudvig; additional $10 fee for recorder (waived if you bring one)
Learn to play the recorder and the basics of reading music. You'll master many different songs and impress your family and friends with a performance on the final day.

Xiangqi - Chinese Chess

Instructor: Stacey Vaughn
Discover this strategy board game for two players, similar to western chess. If you enjoy chess or other strategy games, Xiangqi will be a great addition to your skill set. Learn all the rules, piece movement and basic strategies. Learn by playing -- the best way to learn any game!


Contact Info

Carol Brown, Coordinator

Precollege Programs for TAG Youth
Oregon State University
110 Snell Hall
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
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