2021 Courses

 

IN PERSON CLASSES

 

WEEK 1 COHORT 1:

AM:  

PM :  Engineering

WEEK 1 COHORT 2: 

AM:  What It Means To Ban A Book

PM: Speech and Debate

WEEK 1 COHORT 3:

AM: Choice of Archaeology or Engineering

PM: Marine Biology

 

WEEK 2 COHORT 1:

AM: Engineering

PM: Choice of Forensics or Archaeology

 

* ENGINEERING THE WORLD AROUND YOU

Presenter: Demetre Makratzakis    

Do you find yourself curious about how the structures are built and why buildings don’t fall down? Have you ever wondered why certain materials are stronger than another? Have you ever taken apart or broken an object to just see how it works? Engineering The World Around You will allow students to explore the science and engineering of the materials used to build our surrounding world and understand the fundamental principles of why structures stand and why they fall. Students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they learn and test structures they will build in class. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to learn about associated career paths, project stakeholders, and the roles and responsibilities of people in engineering related professions.  

 

* SPEECH AND DEBATE

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?).

 

* FORENSICS

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.

 

* WHAT IT MEANS TO BAN A BOOK

Presenter: Chelsea Grimm       

What is censorship? This course will focus on the process of banning books across the United States and the world, along with looking at why certain literature is censored in different places.

 

Foundations Of Archaeology

Presenter: Madeleine Getz

 

In this class, we’ll be looking into the foundations of archaeology! From how archaeologists identify sites to the importance of excavating and preserving history, this class aims to give students a basic introduction to archaeology as a discipline. We’ll cover a wide range of topics, including an overview of anthropology, archaeology in the media, the importance of context to artifact interpretation, and the basics of site formation, preservation, and excavation.

 

 

 

VIRTUAL CLASSES

* 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?!

 

* 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.

 

* BEGINNING CHESS

Presenter: Phil Schapker   

This class will introduce students to one of the oldest, and most profound games on earth. Whether they are totally new to chess, or want to improve by practicing some of the most fundamental techniques used by masters, this class will give students the basic toolkit they need to tackle the game with confidence.  And, since it is often said that chess is "easy to learn, but takes a lifetime to master," students will also be introduced to resources they can use to continue to improve their game after the class.  

* CURRENT EVENTS

Presenter: Abby Lawson       

 

Understand what current events mean to different people through their interpretations through art. Give examples of art and discuss what the piece could mean based on current events. Identify which current event it is, how the artist feels about it, and discuss why it might be important to them. Also identify any trends shown through multiple art pieces and what it might indicate in society today. Have students create their own art with a current event of their choice. Current events could include:

  • Election/Inauguration
  • COVID
  • BLM
  • Climate Crisis
* WHAT IT MEANS TO BAN A BOOK

Presenter: Chelsea Grimm       

What is censorship? This course will focus on the process of banning books across the United States and the world, along with looking at why certain literature is censored in different places.