Class Descriptions for Outside The Box 2018 ( Class offerings for OTB classes for 2019 will be posted by the end of March 2019)

 

3D MODELING AND PRINTING

Presenter: Brendan Garrison

$5 materials fee 

3D modeling and 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 design, edit, and share your own 3D models. You will learn the methods, materials, and limitations of 3D printing. By the end of the class, you will have prepared an object for printing on a 3D printer. (To have an object printed you must follow the specifications given to you in class.) Due to the time required to print objects not all will be printed during class time.

 

A MASTER CLASS IN ACTING

Presenter: Rod Davidson

This advanced Acting class is not intended nor designed for students with no or limited Acting experience. It is specifically for students who have actual Acting experience in school or community theater, who are looking to improve their skills and techniques. Taught by professional Actor and 15-time OSU TAG instructor Rod Davidson, this 2-week intensive will focus on auditioning, script breakdown, characterization, storytelling, instincts, improvisation, how to listen, the use of props, making strong choices, and other "tools of the trade" that will demonstrate all the qualities that make you, the student-actor, unique. Be ready to get to work when you walk thru that door, and together, let's see what we can do. 

 

ABSTRACT STRATEGY GAMES 

Presenter: Phil Schapker

What do Blockus, Hive, Yinsh, Shogi, Chess and Go have in common? Not only are they fun strategy games, but they are abstract strategy games!   In this class, students will spend time learning, playing, and analyzing a variety of both rare and well-known abstract games. Along the way we will discuss, in a broader context, what the heck is abstraction anyway, and why is it so cool and important in science, math and art?!

 

ADVENTURES IN COOKING

Presenter: Angela Cail

$50 materials fee

(THIS IS A TWO PERIOD CLASS)

Ever wonder how to make spring rolls, or homemade ravioli? Is cooking your passion? If so, join us as we embark on a culinary adventure! We will be working in teams to prepare pasta, breads, cakes, and of course, chocolate! Learn how to prepare foods from all over the world!  Eat what you make, and take some home for bragging rights.  This is a three hour class for aspiring  chefs or anyone who loves to be creative in the kitchen. In this class you will braid dough, make fortune cookies with personal messages, create chocolate masterpieces and roll pasta with an old fashioned 3 foot long rolling pin. Prepare to become inspired, and mostly, to have fun in the kitchen.  

 

ADVENTURES IN PSYCHOLOGY

Presenter: Chris Lahman

Come explore what makes people the unique beings that they are! In this course you will examine some of the factors that impact a person’s psychology, including family dynamics, psychological disorders, societal pressures and one’s self-perception. Additionally, you will travel through the world of controversial new ideas presented by Sigmund Freud over a century ago that revolutionized the field of psychology and the way people viewed the world around them. In this safe, fun and interactive course you will learn more about yourself, those around you, and the world in which we live.

 

THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: RACE IN AMERICA

Presenter: Jerome Robinson

Did you know that the Oregon State Constitution excluded black Americans from living in our state until 1926? Did you know the United States Navy refused to allow black sailors to serve on ships until after World War II was over? There are many facts about our history as a nation that are not well known. In this class we will take a deeper look into the history of African Americans from the days of slavery through today. We will discuss how our country’s history effects life of our citizens today. We will have interactive discussions of current issues such as Black Lives Matter, systemic racism in society, attempts at voter suppression, and reforming the criminal justice system.

 

CREATIVE WRITING

Presenter: Sarah Blount

Nature, film, photography, and podcasts - find out how just about anything can move and inspire you to write more creatively. During this workshop, we will build community, gain some insight into our own personalities, and explore different paths to creative writing. 

 

CRYPTOGRAPHY: THE MATHEMATICS OF ESPIONAGE

Presenter: Sean Caster

Starting from the historical beginning with an introduction to Caesar Ciphers, and ending with One Time Pad, students will be introduced to a variety of encryption methods. Along the way, they'll pick up the mathematical tools needed to understand the building blocks of modern secrecy security including an introduction to binary numbers and the ubiquitous 'xor' operation. Beyond simply learning about secure encryption schemes, students will actually get to attack broken encryption! Spies of Rome beware!

 

DIPLOMACY

Presenter: Jack Standeven

Learn to play this classic game of intrigue, trust and treachery! Team up to form one of seven great European powers in 1900 in an intricate struggle for supremacy. Become a leader and diplomat of Europe as you wheel and deal to out plot the other teams and conquer the map. The board looks a lot like a Risk game board of Europe but with a big difference in how it is played. There is only one army per territory, and there are no dice!  All the moves are done with a little cooperation from other teams to push your opponent off a territory. But watch out because only one can team can win. Can you trust your alliance partner? Can they trust you? Getting betrayed when you least expect it is all part of the fun. Negotiate, persuade, plead, spy, spread false rumors and perhaps offer cookie bribes. After playing Diplomacy you will ALWAYS listen more closely and think more carefully when talking to other people. Form alliances and unhatch your traitorous plots as you negotiate and outwit in a delicate balance of cooperation and competition to gain dominance of the continent! In Diplomacy, your success hinges not on the luck of the dice, but your cunning and cleverness.

 

DISCOVERING ALGEBRA THROUGH EXPERIMENTATION

Presenter: Brittney Humphrey 

We will use experiments to understand where algebra concepts come from and why they work.  We will also use experiments to prove what we know to already be true.

 

EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC

Presenter: Brian Sikora

Explore the history of popular/rock music through the songs, the albums, and the stories behind the artists.  This course will begin discussion with early 20th century music and move through the important albums and songs of today.  There will be an emphasis on music criticism and the students will have the opportunity to write a critical review of an album. 

 

FILM AS STORYTELLING

Presenter: Sarah Blount

In this class we will explore the unique way film can tell a story, beginning with the basics of camera angle and composition, to a director's choice of whether or not to use color. To explore these concepts, we will watch and analyze some familiar and not so familiar titles, and hopefully change the way you watch movies.

 

FORENSICS: CRIMINALS BEWARE!

Presenter: Zach Bryant

Students will be introduced the science of crime scene investigation. An emphasis is made on how science works, including making observations, inferences, and providing evidence based arguments for their claims. Students will never wonder how biology is useful to the real world, as law and science come together to make crime fighting engaging. As available, experts in the field may join us throughout the class.

 

LEAD THE WAY TO SOCIAL CHANGE

Presenter: Brian Sikora

We will begin by analyzing social justice problems, such as hunger, poverty, the food industry, and the ecosystem.  Students will then learn how to effect social change as we discuss necessary leadership roles, and how to make social changes sustainable.

 

LEARN BRIDGE- THE WORLD’S GREATEST CARD GAME!

Presenter: Dick Jarvinen

Description:  Do you like cards, strategy games, or puzzle games?  Do you like to play games with others and work cooperatively towards a common goal?  Then bridge is the game for you!  Bridge is a card game played with a partner.  In bridge, you and your partner work together using logic and inference to solve the puzzles that bridge offers.  This game features offense, defense, and communication.  You will learn this amazing game, which will strengthen your reasoning, strategy and math skills in a fun setting.  Bridge is played across the world and is known as the world's greatest card game!  You don't need to have any card-playing experience, and you don't need to have a partner—you will meet new friends who will become your partners while you play!

 

MANUAL CHESS PROGRAMS II

Presenter: Phil Schapker

Students who have already taken Manual Chess Programs 1 will continue to test and improve their program while incorporating more advanced chess strategies and tactics.  Each student will propose and complete a unique project to help make the class program more sophisticated. In the classroom, the class program is tested against unwitting live players on the internet, so that its official chess rating can be assessed.

 

MINECRAFT: TRAVEL TO SPACE WITH GALACTICRAFT

Presenter: Devin Stevick

$5 materials fee

Travel to space in Minecraft!  Galacticraft allows you to explore the solar system in your own spaceship.  This is a mod for Minecraft which introduces 4 new dimensions that are based on planets and satellites in the Solar System.  These include the Moon, Mars, Asteroids and a Space Station constructed by the players themselves.  Create and customize your very own spaceship to travel throughout the solar system!  Explore the Moon and Mars with new unique mobs and dungeons!  Create sustainable colony’s and space stations to survive the cold depths of space!  Whether you want to explore and conquer a new planet, or work together to build a sprawling space station, this class is for you!

 

OUTDOOR SURVIVAL SKILLS

Presenter: Danielle Mendez

$10 Materials Fee

(THIS IS A TWO PERIOD CLASS)

In this course students will learn how to be prepared for the outdoors. Whether on a short hike, a big adventure, camping with family, or in an emergency situation, just a handful of basic skills and techniques can greatly improve an experience, or even be life saving. Students will learn about The Ten Essentials and the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace. They will also learn how to spot potential hazards, play survival scenario games, and practice map reading, compass navigation, knot tying, and fire building. 

 

RACE DRONE CONSTRUCTION AND FLIGHT CLASS

Presenter: Jacob Robertson

$25 user fee

(THIS IS A TWO PERIOD CLASS)

In this course students will split into teams of 4 and use engineering and teamwork to build a first person view (FPV) race quadcopter. In class students will learn the how to build and fly acrobatic race drones. Students will be taught how to safely use a soldering iron and solder their drone parts together. Once the drones are completed we will spend the remainder of the class flying, racing and learning how to fix the drones when they break. No engineering or unmanned aerial vehicle piloting experience is required.  Note: As the parts/equipment are very expensive and the drones will be built in teams, students will not be able to bring a drone home at the end of the class.

 

SPEECH AND DEBATE

Presenter: Hollie Bates

Come learn the arts of persuasion and presentation!  Practice your public speaking skills and learn how to craft a foolproof argument in this fast-paced class filled with games, discussions, and formal debates.  Tackle topics ranging from what the best kind of ice cream is, to the plausibility of colonizing Mars, to what should be done to combat climate change.  If you want to hone your presentation skills, work on getting over a fear of public speaking, or just learn how to win that argument with your sibling, this class is for you!

 

SUMMER READS BOOK CLUB

Presenter: Sarah Blount

$10 materials fee

The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness, is a clever take on the Hero's Journey from the perspective of a "normal" group of friends. Mikey and his close-knit group are approaching the end of high school and the parting of ways. While Mikey deals with every day problems, his extraordinary peers, the "indie" kids from exceptional families, are exclusively "chosen" whenever there is a supernatural occurrence (fighting off zombies, falling in love with vampire, etc).

This book satirizes the familiar concept of "the chosen one" found in popular culture, and sparks discussions about the ordinary ups and downs that we all have to weather.

 

WAKING A SLEEPING GIANT- THE UNITED STATES IN WORLD WAR II

Presenter: Chris Lahman

Take a journey through arguably the most destructive war in human history by examining the causes, effects and people that were involved. Delve into the diplomacy of the day and understand the positions of the major world powers leading up to the outbreak of war. Learn how the United States, crippled by the Great Depression of the 1930s, emerged from this chaos as an economic and military superpower that dominated the rest of the 20th century. Understand how millions of people from all walks of life, including your family, were mobilized to combat tyrannical dictators and empires that threatened to send the world into darkness. Through simulations, group activities and discussion you will gain a deeper understanding of one of the most pivotal periods in world history. 

 

WHAT IN THE WORLD? AN EXPLORATION OF CURRENT EVENTS

Presenter: Nic Anundson

Come join us in discussing the events and news stories that define today’s society.  What exactly will we talk about? Your guess is as good as mine!  All topics, from local, to state, to international issues will be pulled directly from current headlines.  Then, after thoughtful discussion and lively debate, we will tackle the question of what we can personally do to have an impact in our communities.  From writing letters to your elected representatives to creating your own political cartoons, this class will help you become a more informed and involved global citizen!