Oregon State University

Courses for 5th and 6th Graders

 Courses for 2014

Each course meets for 80 minutes on each of the six Saturdays: January 25; February 1, 8, 22; March 1, 8, 2014.

Winter Wonderings

2014 Courses for 5th & 6th Graders


Instructor: Mark Allison; Supply fee$25 per student

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.  

 Acting and Auditioning--10:40

Instructor: Rod Davidson

This awesome course, taught by Hollywood actor Rod Davidson, will introduce you to everything you need to know about acting and auditioning for school plays, community theater, and beyond!  Work on individual skills and talents using improvisation and monologues, and explore what it takes to work with other actors in 2-character scenes.  At the end of this course, perform a short but very cool scene for family members.  If you've ever wondered about being an actor, or wished you knew how to audition, just bring your smile and energy, and we'll see you in January!

 Action, Adventure, Games, and Glory--10:40 & 12:25

Instructor: Alexis Lanham

This dynamic course focuses on games that are more than just fun.  Activities could range from discovering how to work your way through a human-sized maze to, literally, supporting your group members in order to solve puzzles you can’t crack alone!  Discover not only how to work with others, but also how to be a leader amongst their peers.  You’ll walk away from these sessions knowing anything is possible!  Be challenged mentally and physically.  This course is accessible to all activity levels; there will be ways for anyone and everyone to participate!

 Participants: Please wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing you can move about in, and outerwear appropriate for the weather, as some sessions may be held outdoors.

 Adventures in Cartooning--10:40

Instructor: Jordan Terriere

Use your creativity to write and illustrate your own cartoon!  Start with the parts of your story, add a sprinkling of dialogue bubbles and colors, mix in a dash of background details, and, voilà, you will have created your very own cartoon tale.   Draw unique characters, such as animals, people, and even aliens! Make a cartooning portfolio with your inspired creations.  Bring your imagination to this awesome course!

 Altered Realities with Photoshop--10:40

Instructor: Craig Dickerson

Take a tour of Adobe Photoshop, the playground of digital artists.  Use Photoshop to create a fun, altered reality with self-contained projects that will test your skills and challenge your imagination.  Start by taking a spin through the carousel of tools.  After that, become a mad scientist by making your very own mutated animal.  Create surreal scenes.  Take photos of people and give them your personal touches by creating wild, new hairdos, beards and more.  Enter the magical world of Photoshop. 

 Animation with Alice, an Introduction--12:25

Instructor: Caleb Barde

Create a snowy wonderland or a desert oasis filled with penguins and pyramids!  Use the toolkit “Alice” to acquire the basics of 3-D animation.  Explore the fundamentals of programming and apply your knowledge to create something you can play with.  Only basic computer skills required.

 Art of Mathematics--12:25

Instructor: Shauna Holt; A few simple supplies may be needed from home.

Art AND mathematics?  Yes! Create, draw, and paint, using the beauty of mathematics to inspire you.  Delve into mathematical concepts from algebra and beyond, like the golden ratio, symmetry, the Fibonacci sequence, and tessellations to create splendid works of art. 

Can You Say “Rhombicosidodecahedron”?--Hands-on Geometry--9:15--Cancelled

Instructor: Cristina Draghicescu; Supply fee $15 per student (Student will get to keep a geometric construction set when the course is over.)

Take a leap through dimensions as you use 2D polygons to create 3D polyhedra and investigate the connection between area and volume.  Explore geometric principles and employ logical reasoning to discover the similarities between Platonic and Archimedean solids.  Build various models to create geometric art using construction sets such as Zometool (www.zometool.com) and ITSPHUN (www.itsphun.com).  Discover the beauty of mathematics through creative play, games, and hands-on activities.

Cartooning for a Cause!--Cancelled

Instructor: Jordan Terriere

Have a passion?  Want to transform the world?  Let cartooning be your vehicle for communication or change! Cartoons are a fun, inventive way to share information and positively impact the world around us. Use your storytelling and drawing talents. Create a cartoon campaign for a cause and experience cartoons on a whole new level. 

 Creative Computing--9:15--CLOSED

Instructor: Sheela Surisetty and Sophia Zhang

Use Scratch, a fun computer programming language, to create art, animated stories, music, and, time permitting, even games!  Scratch allows participants to think creatively, reason, and work collaboratively.

 Creative Computing 2--10:40

Instructor: Sheela Surisetty and Sophia Zhang

Students who participated in the 2013 Winter Wonderings/Adventures in Learning/STEM Academy "Creative Computing" course have opportunity to continue working with Scratch at a more advanced level. This course will explore more advanced topics such as advanced animations, music creation, and advanced game design.

 “Double, Double Toil and Trouble” (MAC IV.i.10)--10:40

Instructor: Shauna Holt

Magic and mayhem! Witches and ghosts! Experience Shakespeare’s Macbeth through acting, moving, and speaking in funny voices.  With material direct to you from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, discover what is really going on in the bard’s cursed Scottish play.  No previous knowledge of Shakespeare needed. 

 Drawing and Design--10:40

Instructor: Mark Allison

Draw animals, people and landscapes.  Draw buildings in correct perspective and create beautiful designs using geometric shapes.  Have fun “seeing” in the special way that the best artists do, so you can draw anything you can see.  This class is for everyone, especially students who feel limited in drawing experience or skill.  Take this class and be surprised!

 Engineering Exploration--(9:15 Session Closed) 10:40, & 12:25

Instructors: OSU Engineering Personnel 

Experience a different aspect of engineering each week. Spend one Saturday designing a unique vehicle made out of KNEX. Test your skills with construction engineering activities. Work with the OSU Robotics Club. Explore facets of nuclear engineering along with more new projects for 2014.

 Introduction to Songwriting--10:40

Instructor: Amy Severin

Express yourself through melody, rhythm and words!  Explore the art of weaving words and music into your very own song through fun-filled activities.  Invent lyrics to popular melodies, create new melodies for existing lyrics, and craft an original composition.  Be a rock star!  Compose your own song!

 The Invisible World--9:15

Instructor: OSU Microbiology Personnel

What do plants, animals, corals, soil and all sorts of other things have in common?  They are covered with trillions of invisible living microbes (bacteria, viruses, and fungi)! Even though we can't see them, microbes are all around us all the time. In fact, we humans have more bacteria and viruses in and on us than we have human cells! No need to worry though, there are actually way more good microbes that do wonderful and useful tasks for us and our environment than there are ones that can make us sick. In this class, through fun hands-on activities, experience a variety of these awesome little guys up close and in person. Discover how microbes influence and change our world!

Magical, Mysterious Italy--10:40

Instructor: Angela Cail

Why did the world’s most powerful empire fall? Who really designed the first helicopter, what was the evil eye, and why was Venice built on water? Who was the most malevolent family in Italian history, and why did Michelangelo roam the morgues at night? Discover the ancient mysteries of Italy and find out about its unique history. Explore the stories, legends, superstitions, and culture as we take a trip through time to explore secret coded languages, ancient family vendettas, castles, and underground catacombs full of mummies. Learn how to create a Venetian Carnival Mask, cook Italian pasta as they did 500 years ago (and eat it), make your own marionette, and create a marionette theater where you will write and enact your own theatre production. Come and discover the heroes and villains of this truly mysterious land. 


Instructor: Marco Teeter

Participate in a Quest, a type of treasure hunt 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.

Science and Art--9:15 & 10:40

Instructor: Kristin Rorrer

Make tin gummy worms, rainbow density gradients using sugar water, flour batik, “gold” pennies, borax crystals, ice candles and more!  Impress your friends with the secrets as to how these projects work.

 Science in Action!--10:40

Instructors: 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!

Up to the Challenge—Digital Photography--12:25

Instructor: Paul Rentz; Participants must bring a digital camera each Saturday.

Want to know how your digital camera works?  Want to know how you can make it work the way you want it to? Take pictures to tell a story.  Take pictures that “jump off” the computer screen.  Take pictures that wow your family and friends. Acquire the secrets to make it all happen! Capture amazing scenes that are all around you.  Challenge yourself and have fun exploring your world with your digital camera!


Contact Info

Cheryl Galyean, Coordinator

Precollege Programs for TAG Youth
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