PERIOD 1: 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Classics and Comics (grades 4-5)|$225
For students looking to make their mark on literary classics and defining moments in history. Around the world, graphic novels, comic books, webcomics, and even Sunday comic strips all have lent themselves to telling engaging stories, both fiction and non-fiction. This class will read from selected passages and practice granting familiar stories new life through a combination of illustrations, panels, handwritten captions, and an onomatopoeia or two! Students will experience the power of storyboarding, learn the importance of first and second drafts and find their unique artistic voice. All levels of artistic ability are welcome!
Science FUNdamentals (grades 4-5)|$225
Students will explore a variety of science concepts from several fields (chemistry, biology and physics). All experiments will be designed using household items or easily acquired items, and a materials list will be provided in advance. Experiments will be safe and easy to perform, while still allowing students to have hands-on experiences. Every day will bring something new! Example topics include exploring osmosis, heat transfer, air resistance, friction, the chemistry of food, and the process of vision and optical illusions.
PERIOD 2: 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
The Art of Making (grades 4-5)|$225
Students use their hands and stretch their minds as they learn to employ computers, 3D printing, and laser cutting to bring their ideas into the physical world. Starting with small assignments that teach the basics of these 21st-century tools, students graduate to creating fun, useless inventions (Chindogu) that combine high- and low-tech materials and techniques. The course culminates with a virtual presentation of student work.
In a virtual setting:
Students will attend a daily video class meeting, during which all students and the teacher remain online, working on their own projects quietly, or participating in discussions or informational presentations.
Each student’s experience will be different in this class, based on their ideas, approaches, skills, and available tools and materials. To participate in the invention/making process, each student should have access to basic materials for attaching (for example, hot glue gun with glue sticks, string, wire, tape, wood glue, hammer/nails, screwdriver/screws, needle/thread); some cutting tools (for example, x-acto, scissors, knife); drawing supplies (paper, pencil, colored pencils, markers); additional materials (for example, wood scraps/dowels, fabric, foam, cardboard, construction paper, netting, egg cartons, plastic sheeting, corks, etc.); and a computer with dependable internet access. While the computer is a strict requirement, the other items can vary; the items in bold will be particularly useful. Students will be shown a range of invention starters from Daiso from which they may choose. The instructor will purchase items for them (pick-up process from school TBD). These items will serve as the basis of their inventions. Each day students will work toward completing a final version of their invention, a process that will include direct instruction, teacher and peer feedback. Students will also use the school’s 3D printing and laser cutting facilities. They will produce designs at home and the instructor will produce them, making them available for pick-up from school. There will be no homework (although the instructor will post videos), and occasionally, students will be asked to put in optional extra work if it looks like they are at risk of failing to complete their invention by the end of the session.
Center Stage (grades 4-5) (Class Canceled) |$225
Students embrace their creative sides and gain confidence in public speaking by acting, playing and performing in a casual and fun virtual environment. Students will learn warm-up and improvisational skills through theater games and perform in short scenes and video call skits. No auditions or prior experience required. The class will culminate with a virtual showcase for friends and family.
PERIOD 3: 12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Engineering Design (grades 4-5)|$225
Students will learn fundamental engineering concepts and basic construction methods through the process of design thinking. Multi-day collaborative projects will require students to stretch their minds and skill sets, creating solutions to design challenges while staying within parameters set at the outset. The class will be structured as battles against the limits of time, materials, size, weight, etc.. Towers, bridges, shelters, boats, how can you make your group’s ideas evolve toward their most successful versions?
In a virtual setting:
Students will attend a daily video class meeting, during which all students and the teacher, remain online, working on their own projects quietly, or participating in discussions or informational presentations. Each student’s experience will be different in this class, based on their ideas and approaches to the challenges. To participate in the design/engineering process, each student should have access to a dedicated workspace so that projects-in-progress can remain intact between class meetings. Ideally, this workspace would be a flat table measuring two feet by three feet, located near their computer. The instructor will provide students with cardboard engineering kits (cost included in tuition). These kits would include most of the materials and tools needed for this class. In addition, string, blue tape, additional cardboard, and a hot glue gun/glue sticks will be important.
Each class will begin with a discussion focusing either on the introduction of a new challenge or a check-in on an ongoing challenge. Engineering concepts will also be presented. After the initial discussion, students will stay on the video call while they work on their design solutions. The instructor will be available to help problem-solve or to check in with students individually. Class sessions will also end with a short discussion including questions, successes and failures/improvements from their day’s work. There will be no homework, although the instructor will post videos of related content. Students are welcome to work on their projects between class sessions.
Who am I? (grades 4-5) (Class Canceled) |$225
Students explore their identities—who they are and who they will grow up to be—through literature. Students begin this exploration by reading age-appropriate books and articles to introduce readers to the world, either as a mirror (to show characters in situations similar to their own), a window (to show them difference experiences from afar), or a door (inviting them to experience situations outside their own, with an eye toward diversity). This engaging course provides students with an opportunity to create their own stories that reflect their unique experiences and perspectives.
PERIOD 4: 2 - 3:30 p.m
Animation (grades 4-5)|$225
Take your imagination to the highest limits! This is a fun hands-on art class that takes us through the history of animation and all the many tools it has used to share the magic of movement and storytelling. We will develop our own animations and comics using a variety of materials and tools. This is a class that will change the way you look at cartoons and help to use this artistic tool as a means to communicate and demonstrate what real life cannot. This class is perfect to tackle any moments of boredom and quickly tap into your playful imagination. Art kits/supplies will be available to the students.
Nature in your Neighborhood (and Beyond!) (grades 4-5) (Class Canceled) |$225
Students will explore nature in their neighborhood. We will explore the ecosystem in which we live as well as how to participate in that ecosystem. Students will learn about local plant and animal species, how plants grow and the importance of soil, water and chemical compounds in the environment. Students will have hands-on activities including scavenger hunts, observing seeds sprout, and creating compost and mini-greenhouses. We will also “travel” outside of our own environment and explore places through virtual field trips to national parks and even our local zoo. We will observe and discuss these various habitats and how they are similar and different to our own.