Oregon State University

Courses for 3rd and 4th Graders

2017 List of Classes

 

SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Each course meets for 80 minutes on each of the six Saturdays: January 21, 28; February 4,11, 18, 25;  2017.

 

ADVENTURES IN IMPROVISATION

Presenter: Nikki Hill

Come and join in on the fun of improvisation and basic stage makeup techniques! Learn how to act like an animal, tons of theatre games and how to make the best Halloween makeup in town, whether its gruesome or fantastic! Learn from a theatre student and makeup artist at OSU and have fun acting your heart out!

CHESS

Presenter: 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.

MATH FOR SMARTY PANTS!

Presenter: Margaret Preston

What does it mean to be a mathematical smarty pants? It sounds like it means being smart in math. And it does. Being smart with numbers is one way, but it's not the only way. There are some kids who "see" things easily in their heads. Others are good at strategy games and puzzles. All are ways of being a smarty pants in math. Come join this class and explore different fun and exciting ways to discover math!

DRAW WHAT YOU LIKE

Presenter: Kaisa Laukkanen 

$10 materials fee

Express yourself through visual art.  Choose and bring topics you are interested in drawing  - animals, landscapes, mythological creatures, characters from books/movies/games, or a story you have written, etc. Draw items to look surreal or original, dramatic, proportional, three-dimensional, and beautiful.  At the completion of the class you will have improved your drawing ability and learned tools or methods that will continue to improve your drawings. This class uses lots of imagination. Come, learn, share inspirations, and have fun!  All skill levels welcome, especially those that feel limited as artists.

DESIGN YOUR FUTURE THEME PARK OR WATER PARK

Presenter: Kaisa Laukkanen

$10 materials fee

Work with an architectural designer to design and draw a theme or water park.  Play with cardstock and marbles to create roller coasters or water slides.  Use physics and your imagination to create several schematic models.  Consider how guests will enter and move through your park.  Will you create new rides?  Can you create a perpetual motion machine?  Create drawings from your favorite model.

CREATE YOUR OWN COUNTRY

Presenter: Kaisa Laukkanen

$5 materials fee

Create your own, new country, and design your country’s flag. Choose a location, climate, and a selection of limited natural resources. Determine what kinds of products your country can make, given your choices. Make trade deals with other countries (classmates) on limited resources. How much gold will you hand over for clean, drinking water? Determine a system of government for your country and make deals with other nations (classmates) on policies. Can you keep the peace, or will your country end up in war?

BRIDGE BUILDING

Presenter: Andrew Gardner

$10 materials fee

Wood bridge building is a fun test of engineering skill, vision and problem solving. Throughout history a bridge builder was one of the most important people within a society and their bridges meant freedom because people could explore, trade and thrive. Learn building skills, and apply engineering, basic physics, applied math and static designs. Bridge building is for explorers, engineers and visionaries.

AEROMODELING

Presenter: Mark Allison

 $35 Materials Fee

Discover how full size airplanes and model airplanes fly.  Build a high performance rubber band powered model airplane for flying in large indoor areas like gymnasiums or outside in large, treeless fields.  Learn how to adjust the model for long flight times.  Be introduced to modeling skills and plan-reading so you will be able to build more complex planes later and know how to adjust them.  Basic skills of coordination, ability to listen and to follow instructions are required for maximum benefit from this class. 

SCIENCE IN ACTION!

Presenters: OSU Scientists

Have you ever wondered what a real scientist does? Here’s your chance to find out! Each week, meet different OSU scientists and take an interactive exploration of their research. From plants to bugs to mammals and more, explore scientific research through fun, hands-on activities and see why scientists get excited about their work!

MINECRAFT BEAVERVILLE CREATIVE FREE BUILD

Presenter: Courtney Ahlgren

$5 user fee

You love building cool minecraft houses, forts and roller coasters. You have made great underground secret bases and farms. But have you ever been in a room full of other Minecrafters and built something huge together? You have the ideas. We have the world. We need your to help building up our massive Beaverville Minecraft world. We started it two summers ago. Now it is growing even bigger with your ideas and help. If you are a castle building, city making, undersea carving, pixel drawing, dungeon designing, landscape shaping, road building, bridge building maniac, or just getting started with Minecraft then this is the one for you. Show everybody what you can do and learn some new tricks you can use in your own designs. You do not need to bring a computer. Just come and enjoy!

SCIENCE SMORGASBORD

Presenter: Leif Vong

$5 Materials Fee

Do you love science? Have you ever wanted to do your own experiments, and see the world of science unfold before you? Well you are in luck! Here you can have your mind blown while having fun with friends who love science just as much as you do! Through demonstrations and hands on activities you’ll learn to be a real scientist!

MINECRAFT BEAVERVILLE CREATIVE FREE BUILD

Presenter: Courtney Ahlgren

You love building cool minecraft houses, forts and roller coasters. You have made great underground secret bases and farms. But have you ever been in a room full of other Minecrafters and built something huge together? You have the ideas. We have the world. We need you to help building up our massive Beaverville Minecraft world. We started it two summers ago. Now it is growing even bigger with your ideas and help. If you are a castle building, city making, undersea carving, pixel drawing, dungeon designing, landscape shaping, road building, bridge building maniac, or just getting started with Minecraft then this is the one for you. Show everybody what you can do and learn some new tricks you can use in your own designs. You do not need to bring a computer. Just come and enjoy!

 

Contact Info

Dennis Hickey, Coordinator
dennis.hickey@oregonstate.edu

Precollege Programs for TAG Youth
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