Oregon State University

Courses for 5th and 6th Graders

Partial List of Courses for 2015


Each course meets for 80 minutes on each of the six Saturdays: January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; 2015.



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.  

Action, Adventure, Games, and Glory

Presenter: 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.

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.

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 (Materials Fee)

Creative Computing

Presenter:  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

Presenter: Sophia Zhang

Students who participated in the 2014 Winter Wonderings/STEM Academy "Creative Computing" course have an 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. Hybrid course includes all grades.

Crime Scene Investigation

Presenter: Sarah Erhardt (Materials Fee)

Exactly how do investigators solve a crime mystery?  You will become a junior detective to investigate a crime scene and solve the mystery.  Along the way, learn the techniques scientists use to examine evidence, determine blood types, and perform your own experiments, such as fingerprinting and particle analysis.  This is one puzzle you don't want to miss!

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! 

East meets West: Chinese your Way

Presenter: Luh Jang Chen ($10 Materials Fee)
Ever wanted to learn Chinese, but felt you needed 10,000 hours of practice and a tiger mom to learn it? Now is a time to debunk the myth of learning difficult languages. Chinese your way is taught through an art medium, you being the artist. Students will be guided through a series of projects including historical to modern Chinese calligraphy written on scrolls, Chinese painting sewn onto sustainable bags, and Chinese cultural song performances. All projects including videos of performances can be taken-home at the end of the program. Learn to express yourself through the language of Chinese.

Engineering Exploration

Presenters: OSU Engineering Personnel 

Experience a different facet of engineering each week.

How Did We Get Here?: Adventures in Geography and History

Presenter: Martin Mulford, PhD

Did you ever wonder how things got to be the way they are? How countries came into being? How boundaries were drawn? How medicine and science and industry got started? Unearth answers to these and other mind-boggling questions by exploring different ways of thinking about the past, looking at our crazy world, and trying to figure out our place in it. Look back into the time when there were no nations, when there was no science, when there wasn't even a Western Hemisphere(!) and try to discover some of the solutions to the mysteries of how we got here. 

Maker Exploratorium

Presenter: Ken Olsen (Materials Fee)

We are all makers at heart. We just have to find our passion. Explore electronics with Arduino microcontrollers. Learn how computers work with Raspberry Pi. Learn how to program in Scratch, JavaScript and Python. Incorporate computing in textiles with soft-circuits. Take apart an appliance to see how it works. Create art from junk. Explore and utilize online maker resources. Go home with the skills and confidence to follow your passion.


Presenter: David Schas



Contact Info

Cheryl Galyean, Coordinator

Precollege Programs for TAG Youth
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