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Courses for 5th and 6th Graders

List of Courses for 2016


Each course (with one exception) meets for 80 minutes on each of the six Saturdays: January 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27; 2016. Cooking Around the World meets for two class periods.


3D Modeling & Printing

Presenter: 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.

Acting Essentials

Presenter: Rod Davidson

This introductory course will explore the actor's instrument - body and voice - with emphasis on building self-awareness, imagination, and a sense of truth. Be creative and have fun while being taught by Hollywood actor Rod Davidson



Presenter: Mark Allison ($25 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.  


Advanced 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.

Beading Embellishment by Hand

Presenter: 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.

Bridge Building

Presenter: Troy Morris ($10 materials fee)

Balsa 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.

Chemistry I

Presenter: Andy Cadotte ($5 Materials Fee)

Have you ever wanted to have a foam fight, make slime, or grow crystals? Does the secret world of chemistry excite you? Do you want to understand the secrets of the universe’s smallest particles? Then we have a class for you. In this class you will learn the ins and outs of chemistry all through hands on learning and labs. We will use everyday items to do the labs so you can go home and show your friends, siblings, and parents. We will also have a demonstration day in a lecture room at OSU where you will be shown experiments that will amaze and enthrall you. We will also make ice cream on the last day.  How? That is a secret. If you’re ready to have fun, this class has plenty to offer.

Chemistry II

Presenter: Andy Cadotte ($5 Materials Fee)

For everyone that loves learning about Chemistry, and how it shapes our world. We will look at making snowflakes, the properties of dry ice, and how to make our very own hand warmers to name a few. You will learn the fundamentals of Chemistry, and will come out of class ready to tell the world about the amazing world of Chemistry. You will even be able to conduct your own experiments at home!

Chocolate, Guinea Pigs, and the Pope

Presenter: Martin Mulford

What do these things have in common? They're all from Latin America!

There is a lot to know about our neighbors to the south. Get up-to-date on a vibrant part of the world that is frequently ignored by Los Norte Americanos. Explore the “lost continent,” South America. Discover new lands and old civilizations. Find out what's wrong with world maps. Understand the import of the Columbian Exchange and the true meaning of Yucatan. Come to grips with conquest, depopulation, and revolution. Uncover the Portuguese connection. Investigate how a handful of Spaniards conquered millions of people and a continent and a half. For an incredible journey into history, join us for Chocolate, Guinea Pigs, and the Pope.

Cooking Around the World!

Presenter: Angela Cail (This is a 2 hour and 15 minute class. The cost is $210.)

Why does bread rise? What is teriyaki sauce made of, and what is umami? These are some of the questions that we will answer when we take a trip around the world in our international kitchen. Come be an aspiring chef in Indian cuisine as we made Naan bread and Tandoori chicken, travel to France and prepare Cordon Bleu; journey across the U.S.to make Mac-N-Cheese--all from scratch! Learn how to roll your own Italian pasta and create three cheese ravioli; take a trip to Chile and make savory-sweet empanadas, and be the only kid in your class that can make teriyaki tepanyaki from Japan!

Drawing and Design

Presenter: 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! 

Expanded Drawing

Presenter: 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

Fabulous Frida

Presenter: Elena Chavarria ($15 materials fee) 

Become inspired and paint with Frida Kahlo; test your every capacity for surprise and be the one who decides in your works of art where the limits of reality lay. Expand the magic realism beyond your canvas and pallet as you express intricate stew of truths and mirages that will convulse your artist passions. Wander about what made Frida Kahlo the person she was. Students will enter the passionate, yet challenging words of Frida, and understand and portrait the meaning of several of her famous quotes, including “!Pies, para que los quiero, si tengo alas para volar!” (What do you want my feet for when I have wings to fly!).As an apprentice, you will be motivated to express intricate stew of truths and mirages that will convulse your artist passions. As a group we will wander about the historic moments which made Frida Kahlo's persona and trace her vision into today's post modern art.

The Journal as Art

Presenter: 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.

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. 

Minecraft: World of Humanities

Presenter: Jack Standeven ($5 Computer User Fee)

Come explore the civilizations of Egypt, Rome, Mesopotamia, Greece, India, China and more. Take on the role of an explorer. Go on missions, unlock ancient secrets, explore ancient temples, tombs and puzzles. Get lost in a gloriously detailed world full of surprises. All done in the Minecraft. World of Humanities is a Minecraft Adventure mode world set in the ancient past. If you ever thought it would be fun to create your own adventure world someday, this class will give you plenty of ideas.

Minecraft: Turtle Robotics

Presenter: Jack Standeven ($5 Computer User Fee)

Get your inner geek on. You love Minecraft. You love robots. You love computers. Now do all three together. Learn to code using Lua programming language to control robots with the ComputerCraft Minecraft mod. Program your robot, then turn it loose to dig, build, craft, solve puzzles and do silly robot tricks all in the world of Minecraft. Careful, you might want to become a robot engineer after this class!

Physics: Wheels in Motion

Presenter: David Schas ($5 materials fee)

Course Description: Students learn the basic mathematics behind Newton’s Laws of Motion, and put them to use in situations based on our everyday lives, with a focus on wheels! The class culminates with a challenging vehicle engineering project and a race to first place!




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