Class Descriptions for Outside The Box 2019 




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?!



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.



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.



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. 



Presenter: Brittney Humphrey

Before humans had all the notation and "rules" about math that we do now, they played clever games with numbers. These games could reveal profound symmetries and interesting quirks of numbers themselves. We will choose as a class several puzzles from the book of Ancient Puzzles by Dominic Olivastro and discuss how they can relate to the world around us.




Presenter: Sarah Jordan

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 that may not be apparent without deeper analysis. We will also specifically focus on how to be a film critic, surrealism, and notable female directors.



Presenter: Zach Bryant/Travis Johnson

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.



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!



Presenter: Dick Jarvinen

Learn card tricks that require little or no sleight-of-hand!  Most are math based and simple to learn.  Long practice and exceptional dexterity are not needed to perform these tricks, yet they are often among the most entertaining and spectacular of all card tricks.  Some of the more advanced tricks will challenge your math skills, memory and patience.

Cards and any necessary props will be provided.



Presenter: Phil Schapker

Students will explore the most fundamental aspects of algorithms and computer programs by building "manual chess programs"-- coded sets of instructions for playing chess to be carried out by human "computers."  Students will create "evolutionary algorithms" that swap code and change in response to competition. Over the two weeks, the students' programs will grow in complexity and sophistication, leading to a final game between the two most successful chess programs. A moderate familiarity with chess is required to do well in this class. 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.



Presenter: Danielle Mendez

$10 Materials Fee


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. 



Presenter: Sara Cash

Come learn how to inform and persuade! 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 whether homework should be abolished (Yay!) to whether Barbie is a good role model for girls (Seriously?).



Presenter: Sara Cash

Are you fascinated by words, books, stories and language? What makes a good story? How do language choices interact with reality, story and history? Come explore the origin of words and the structure of language to deepen your power as a reader and a writer. Increase your innate skills as a literary analyst and critic. Enhance your understanding of how language both creates and reflects reality.



Presenter: Sara Cash

Coherent, informed and cogent political debate is essential to effective democracy. Practice your public speaking skills in debates centered on the Bill of Rights. Is the Bill of Rights cogent? Complete? Relevant in the modern world? Practice your speech crafting and presentation while exploring the concepts behind our modern expressions of human rights.



Presenter: Sarah Jordan

$10 materials fee

This summer we will read and discuss The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. This novel tells the story of 16-year-old Starr Carter, a black girl who bridges two worlds - the one in her mostly poor neighborhood and the one in the exclusive private school she attends. Starr’s life changes after she witnesses the shooting of one of her childhood friends, which mirrors the real life shootings of young black men across the country.  We’ll discuss the contemporary issues that inspired the novel, and watch the film, released in 2018.



Presenter: Tamara Sprague

Material fee: $5

Learn beginning conversational French & culture through discovering French inventions. From the hot air balloon to the Eiffel Tower to Braille. Do paper crafting, invention models, easy drawing and more.



Presenter: Kathy Jederlinich

Pointillism class --dot, dot, dot, dot or dash, dash, dash, dash  . Students will learn about the style of art known as pointillism and the artist (Georges Seurat) who created it . Students will  then create paintings after learning about impressionist artist George Seurat. They will  explore pointillism using not only paint but other fun materials ---working on 2-D as well as forming 3-d sculptures decorated in the  pointillism style.


THE FUN FOLDABLE WORLD OF 3-D POLYGONS –3-D shape ? What is it good for ? Let’s make them small and huge!

Presenter: Kathy Jederlinich

Platonic solids you will design, fold and decorate --make small 3-D polygons to create many sizes and colorful pyramids, hexagons, geodesic domes. Construct in paper, cardboard, straws and other funky fun materials as well as making a kaleidoscope.  Last polygon will be a joint effort of one very large 3-D form-(maybe a flex hexagon) that will be on display locally.


Presenter: Kathy Jederlinich 

Man has always needed shelter. Various geometric shapes provided maximum use as well as a pleasing appearance in all types of architecture.  You will leave with an understanding of what basic geometric shapes are used in architecture .you will use a wide variety of geometric shapes to create a spectacular building.  Using geometric shapes you will design both outside and inside of your created building. You are an architect .You will start by drawing a  blue print of your building then using cardboard  as well as other materials to make 3 –D shapes you will then complete your  building.



Presenter: Kathy Jederlinich

One eye, 3 eyes, no eyes ---you decide. You will make a monster that may stand up to an attack by Godzilla ---I challenge you

You will have many, many recycled materials that you can use to make your monster. Let your imagination get the best of you ---maybe that monster that lives in your closet can now become a reality! You can explore hand puppets, sock puppets, felt boards, shadow puppets, marionettes ---you decide. How does your monster eat? You will do an inside study of your monster - create the digestive and muscular system and bone structure -guts and all. Lastly if time permits you will design the environment your monster lives in –in a box or under your bed or?



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.



Presenter: Brian Sikora

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!



Presenter: Kyle David Ledda-Lewaren

Are you interested in exploring the world of architecture? Then this class is for you. Through the class you will be provided a wide-range of exposure to the world of architecture: famous architects, important styles and periods, and much, much, more. You will learn about different aspects of architecture and use kits to design and build your own model buildings.