2018-19 Class Descriptions

3D Printing (ages 11-12)

Price $156

Session 1, Tuesday 11:00am - 11:50am

John Monahan

3D printing, or what is also called additive manufacturing, may be the fastest growing and most transformative technology to come along since cell phones. It is currently growing in leaps and bounds and has implications for industry, art and popular culture, medicine, and even food. This class is designed to give students hands-on experience designing and creating 3 dimensional objects of their own. Topics covered include:

  • History of 3D printing and computer aided design
  • Economic and societal implications of 3D printing
  • New and future applications of 3D printing
  • How to access 3D printers

3D Printing (ages 13-14)

Price $156

Session 1; Mondays 2:00pm - 2:50pm

John Monahan

3D printing, or what is also called additive manufacturing, has become one of the most exciting and useful technologies to come along in years. It has applications for both professionals and hobbyists. The students will get a chance to learn about and use several 3D design programs and actually print their designs. Topics covered include:

  • Different types of 3D printing
  • How 3D printing is changing the home and work site
  • Future developments in 3D printing

3D Printing (ages 15+)

Price $156

Session 1; Thursdays 1:00pm - 1:50pm

John Monahan

3D printing, or what is also called additive manufacturing, has become one of the most exciting and useful technologies to come along in years. It has applications for both professionals and hobbyists. The students will get a chance to learn about and use several 3D design programs and actually print their designs. Topics covered include:

  • Different types of 3D printing
  • How 3D printing is changing the home and work site
  • Future developments in 3D printing

Art Play (ages 7-9)

Price $156

Session 1; Mondays 1-1:50pm

Tiffany Averill

In Art Play we will introduce students to new materials and explore fun projects to inspire creativity and imagination in the young mind. Materials will be provided.

Career Readiness (ages 15+)

Price $204

Session 2; Thursdays 2:00pm - 2:50pm

Jennifer Schmidt

In Career Readiness we will explore many topics important not only when pursuing a lifelong career, but also when engaged in college interviews and pursuing internship opportunities. We will review communication skills (verbal, non-verbal and written), resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, social and workplace ethics, social media presence, leadership, teamwork, project planning, and customer service. Whether your student plans to enter the workforce or attend a two- or four-year college, these skills are paramount to career (and college) success!

Cartooning (ages 10-14)

Price $156

Session 1; Tuesdays 1:00pm - 1:50pm

John Monahan

Cartooning is frequently taken for granted, but it is actually one of the oldest art forms, going all the way back to stone age cave paintings, but you don't have to be a great artist to do it.  In this class the students will learn basic cartooning techniques and how to use cartoons as a storytelling medium. Topics covered include:

  • The history of cartooning
  • Different styles of cartooning
  • How to break down stories into pictures
  • Applications of cartooning outside of the funny pages

Center Stage (ages 10-14)

Price $286

Session 1; Mondays 1-3pm

Jacob Zabawa, Center Stage Teaching Artist

We have partnered with Baltimore Center Stage for two programs, the Young Playwrights Festival(YPF) and Stories Make the World (SMW). YPF will lead the class through the playwriting process, producing short plays that can be submitted to the annual Young Playwrights Festival competition. Students are given tools to communicate their ideas, develop characters, write dialogue, and shape their stories. Stories Make the World is a unique storytelling workshop program that includes writing, speaking and listening, and language activities. Students work to write, rehearse, and present a short story of their own.

Center Stage (ages 13+)

Price $286

Session 1; Thursdays 2-4pm

Jacob Zabawa, Center Stage Teaching Artist

We have partnered with Baltimore Center Stage for two programs, the Young Playwrights Festival(YPF) and Stories Make the World (SMW). YPF will lead the class through the playwriting process; producing short plays that can be submitted to the annual Young Playwrights Festival competition. Students are given tools to communicate their ideas, develop characters, write dialogue, and shape their stories. Stories Make the World is a unique storytelling workshop program that includes writing, speaking and listening, and language activities. Students work to write, rehearse, and present a short story of their own.

Character Education (ages 6-7)

Price $156

Session 1; Wednesdays 10:00am - 10:50am

Julie Bernhardt

We are all responsible for our own character and our daily choices help determine who we are. This class will help introduce children to a variety of character traits and different ways we can demonstrate these traits in our daily lives. Class time will consist of stories, games, and hands-on activities. Children will be encouraged to "practice" each trait and write or draw about it in the journal provided to them. Parents will receive updates each week on how to help their children with at-home activities.

Charcoal Drawing (ages 11-14)

Price $156

Session 1; Mondays 10-10:50am

Tiffany Averill

In charcoal drawing we will explore everything from the human figure, animal figure, abstract, to landscapes. Students will need to come to class prepared with the following materials on the 1st class, and be expected to commit to 30 minutes of homework per week.

 Materials:

  • x1 spiral bound 9x11 or larger sketch book
  • x1 set of charcoal pencils (black, grays, sepia, or browns only)
  • X1 set of compressed charcoal
  • a good eraser and pencil sharpener

Cooking Science (ages 11-12)

Price $204

Session 2, Monday 11:00am - 11:50am

John Monahan

Cooking is more than just a way to make something to eat; it is the application of some of the finest scientific techniques in history. Chemical formula and a recipe are really the same thing. Thermodynamics, metallurgy, physics, all have their role in the kitchen, and this class is designed to teach students how to use cooking to learn about science and use science to learn about cooking. Topics covered include:

  • The chemistry of food
  • Mixtures and emulsions
  • The science of taste
  • Fermentation and microbes in the kitchen

Note: because this class involve the preparation and tasting of food, it is critical to let the instructor know of any food allergies. Wherever possible accommodations will be made for individual needs.

Crazy 8 Math Club (ages 6-7)

Price $360

Session 1 & 2; Mondays 10 - 10:50

Julie Bernhardt

Join Crazy 8s Math Club, where you will build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math club! You will get to do mischief-making activities like Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry, Bouncy Dice and Toilet Paper Olympics, and you will get to take home some cool gadgets, too. The purpose of this class is to show how fun math can be, while working together as a team.

Crazy 8 Math Club (ages 8-10)

Price $360

Sessions 1 & 2; Mondays 11:00am - 11:50am

Julie Bernhardt

Join Crazy 8s Math Club, where you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math club!  You will get to participate in Toilet Paper Olympics, Spy Training, and help create a Zip-line Zoo! The purpose of this class is to show how truly fun math can be, all while working together as a team.

Economics (ages 15+)

Price $204

Session 2; Wednesdays 1-1:50

Mark Napolitano

The focus of our review of Macroeconomics will be on how the economic system works as a

whole. Students will study how the economy is measured by using concepts such as

gross domestic product (GDP) and other indicators. Students will engage in decision-

making processes to create an environment where high employment and a higher

standard of living are achievable by using the economic tools of fiscal and monetary

policy. Graphing and data interpretation will be key tools to use in understanding how

the economy operates. The course will include outside of class reading and note taking

assignments, as well as, in class and home quizzes, to ascertain class topic and concept

mastery. This course will target general high school skills of reading and math

comprehension.

Epidemiology (ages 13-14)

Price $204

Session 2; Tuesdays 10:00am - 10:50am

John Monahan

Epidemiology is the study of the development and spread of disease. From malaria and smallpox to AIDS, few things have had as great an impact on human society as communicable disease, and for most of human history, we were helpless to fight it. Beginning in the mid-19th century, thanks to work of scientists like John Snow and Florence Nightingale, medical science began learning about how diseases spread and more importantly how to prevent or reduce that spread. This class is designed to teach students about the history, evolution, and future developments in this science. Topics covered include:

  • How disease shaped human societies
  • The revolution of antibiotics
  • Economic, social and human impact of disease
  • Current and future developments in epidemiology

Evolution (ages 11-14)

Price $156

Session 1; Thursday 2 - 2:50pm

John Monahan

Evolution is the basis for modern biology, however it is frequently maligned and misunderstood. This class is designed to dispel many misconceptions about evolution and teach how it actually works. Students will also learn about how evolution is still going on, how it affects us, and how we affect evolution. Topics covered include:

  • Darwin and his voyage of discovery
  • The mechanics of evolution
  • Past, present and future evolution
  • Evolutionary misconceptions

Family Health (ages 6-7)

Price $360

Full Year; Wednesdays 11-11:50am

Tiffany Smith Paterson

Topics of study will be: nutrition, Adults That I Trust, Familial and Friend, Relationship Skills, Personal Boundaries, Gender Identities, and Diverse Families.  We will learn about differences in bodies through "Amazing You!: Getting Smart about your Private Parts" and read the age-appropriate, "What Makes a Baby?" by Cory Silverberg.

Scientific body terminology will be used in this class.

Family Health (ages 8-10)

Price $360

Full Year; Monday 1-1:50pm

Tiffany Smith Paterson

Topics will include Nutrition, Familial and Friend Relationship Skills, Consent, Gender Identities, and Diverse Families.  In session 2, students will read in class the age-appropriate graphic novel, "Sex is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and YOU" by Cory Silverberg.

Scientific body terminology will be used in this class.

Film - Advanced Independent Productions (ages 15+)

Price $540

Full Year; Tuesdays 2-3:50pm

Brittany Williams

This class is ONLY for those with filming experience.  Final registration will be confirmed by instructor.  It will be self-directed and use all 5 phases of film development to create a variety of short films for experience and to add to a film portfolio.  Only those with film experience and an interest in all aspects of film development should register.  Those in this class will also help (occasionally) with the Scriptwriting for Film and Film Production class and will count toward volunteer hours.

Film - Lights, Camera, Action (Beginning) (ages 13+)

Price $340

Session 2; Tuesdays 2-3:50pm

Brittany Williams

This class will encompass the pre-production and production aspects of film including producing, directing, cinematography, and acting.  The class will produce a film using the script created in the Scriptwriting for Film class and will culminate with a red carpet event premiere.  Only those interested in film should take this class.  It can be very intense, demanding, and requires usage of expensive film equipment.  If you are interested in roles of producing, directing or cinematography for Session 2 - Film - Lights, Camera, Action, you are required to take Session 1 Scriptwriting for Film.

Film - Script Writing (Beginning) (ages 13+)

Price $260

Session 1; Tuesdays 2-3:50pm

Brittany Williams

Scriptwriting for Film will focus on story development in film, consisting of the script writing process; from idea creation to greenlighting the script.  We will review some popular movies, their scripts, and how to create a story arc for film.  Interest in group writing is a must for this part of the class.  If you are interested in roles of producing, directing or cinematography for Session 2 - Film  - Lights, Camera, Action, you are required to take Session 1 Scriptwriting for Film.

Found Art (ages 8-12)

Price: $130

Session 1; Thursdays 1:00pm - 1:50pm

Nicole Sterrett

Found art is a unique type of art that involves creating pieces from “found” objects that are not usually considered to be artistic in any way. Most of the objects used in found art usually have another purpose, and they are usually modified in some way to make them into a piece of art also known as Upcycling. We will be using items like:  glass jars, empty laundry containers, old jeans, lamps/shades, keys, and  many other items. Let our imaginations be our guide!

Found Art (ages 8-12)

Price:$170

Session 2; Thursdays 1:00pm - 1:50pm

Nicole Sterrett

Found art is a unique type of art that involves creating pieces from “found” objects that are not usually considered to be artistic in any way. Most of the objects used in found art usually have another purpose, and they are usually modified in some way to make them into a piece of art also known as Upcycling. We will be using items like:  glass jars, empty laundry containers, old jeans, lamps/shades, keys, and  many other items. Let our imaginations be our guide!

Geology (ages 11-14)

Price $204

Session 2; Thursday 2 - 2:50

John Monahan

We frequently take the earth we walk on for granted, but it’s a fascinating window into our past, our present, and our future. The science of geology is focused on examining the materials that make up our world, their formation, behavior, and effects upon us. This class is designed to give students first hand experiences gathering and identifying mineral specimens, as well as insights into how real-world geologists work and learn about the planet. Topics covered will include:

  • Earth’s mantle, core and crust
  • Types of rocks and minerals and how they form
  • Earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis
  • Plate tectonics and the movement of continents

Several labs will involve trips outside to gather mineral specimens.  Appropriate clothing is encouraged.

Girls of American History: the 1900s (ages 8-10)

Price $360

Full Year; Wednesdays 11:00am - 11:50am

Julie Bernhardt

We will continue our journey through American history, geography and craftsmanship, focusing this year on the 1900s. We will create maps and timelines, read about American Life, study select historical figures, and learn about character qualities while completing fun crafts and projects based on that time period.

We will use stories to help students see what life would have been like had they been a child during each time period. Excerpts from American Girl history books will be used in addition to other materials.

Students will be assigned these stories or excerpts each week to read outside of class and will be expected to participate in class discussions. All materials will be provided to them and homework should not take more than 30 minutes each week.

Graphic Design (ages 13+)

Price $204

*students are required to purchase memberships to Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps

Session 2; Tuesdays 1-1:50pm

Heather Brown

This class will introduce students to the fundamental principles of design for a variety of media including print, product, and web. We will explore color, type, visual hierarchy, functionality, and other principles of effective design. This class will require use of and investment in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, as well as Wordpress (free).  Students are required to purchase membership to Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps - student edition ($19.99/mo).  It can be purchased here: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html?promoid=PQ7SQCMS&mv=othe

Hands on Science (ages 8-10)

Price $156

Session 1; Thursday 11:00am - 11:50am

John Monahan

As children we learn through play. Why shouldn't we learn science the same way, by trying new things, experimenting and learning about science hands on. In the immortal words of the great Ms. Frizzle, "Take chances. Make mistakes. Get messy." That is what this class is all about. Topics covered include:

  • The science of slime
  • Bubble physics
  • Soda bottle rockets
  • Acids and bases in the kitchen

Hands on Science (ages 11-12)

Price $156

Session 1; Mondays 11:00am - 11:50am                                                                              

John Monahan

Looking at the world with the help of a little physics and chemistry can give us the chance to conduct all sorts of fun experiments. This class is designed to give students some hands-on experience examining their world. Topics to be covered include:

  • Energy and work
  • The chemistry of living things
  • Using our senses
  • The microscopic world

High School Chemistry w/ Lab (ages 15+)

Price $750

Full Year; Monday 10:00am - 10:50am AND Wednesday 11:00am - 12:30pm

*This class meets 2 times per week

John Monahan

                                                                                                                   

Whether we realize it or not, chemistry influences every aspect of our lives, the color of our clothes, the flavor of our food, even the effectiveness of our medicines. This chemistry course is designed to be a thorough introduction to the science of chemistry, including its history, concepts, and techniques. An emphasis will be placed on recognizing how chemistry affects us in the real world, and being able to use chemistry to better understand that world. Topics covered will include

  • Atomic structure
  • Elements, mixtures and compounds
  • Chemical reactions
  • Chemistry of living things

Hands-on experiments will play a central role in the class, and the ability to conduct chemistry experiments properly, and above all safety, will be emphasized.

High School Psychology (ages 13+)

Price $540

Full Year; Thursdays 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Rebecca Wald

In this full-year class, we will study a broad overview of topics in psychology. We will examine the brain and the mind, individual personality and social relations, human development as we grow and change, and all of the many regular and irregular ways that humans can behave. We will learn about how people learn and think about how people think. And we’ll explore the world of psychological disorders and their treatment. We will use a variety of learning techniques, including lectures, class discussion, videos, hands-on demonstration labs, and reading and writing assignments. The course will use a standard high school textbook, but class content will extend well beyond the text.

Expectations and workload: Students are expected to attend class regularly and participate in discussions and activities. Each week, students will be expected to read a chapter in our textbook and answer some matching and multiple-choice review questions to confirm their understanding. Students will self-check their answers to these questions but are not required to turn them in. Over the course of the year, students will complete 12 brief writing assignments, about one page long each. The written assignments will be collected and returned with comments. In the spring, everyone will complete a larger project over the course of a month. Students will choose a study or experiment that we have learned about in class or that they have read about in the textbook, and make a science fair-style poster to illustrate it. Most weeks, students should expect to spend 1-2 hours on class assignments, as well as attending the 90-minute class.

History Through Film - Atrocities (ages 13+)

Price $540

Full Year; Tuesdays 11:00am - 12:30pm

Enid Franklin

We will watch films and conduct in depth discussions on sensitive world events such as the African slave trade, the Holocaust, the Trail of Tears, Khmer Rouge and other atrocities. A full list of films will be available prior to the start of class. Homework is a REQUIREMENT for this class. HTF: Atrocities requires a certain level of maturity to be able to handle the topics covered in this class.  Reading materials, videos, and discussion may contain real-life, graphic, disturbing content.

History of Rock & Roll (ages 8-12)

Price $156

Session 1; Wednesdays 10:00am - 10:50am

Sahffi Lynne

Sahffi will take students on a rock-n-roll journey through the decades! Students will learn the roots of rock from the 1950’s and learn styles, instruments, popular songs and popular musicians through each decade up to our current musical landscape. Please note, discussions of protest songs, anti-war songs, death of famous artists, and the drug culture and the dangers it presents will be touched upon. We will also be watching music videos and listening to many different rock-n-roll songs. Homework will consist of a report on their favorite artist or decade at the end of the semester. During the semester, we may also write a class song if we are so inspired by a particular decade. (Last year the class wrote a 60’s style protest song!)

History of Science (ages 13-14)

Price $156

Session 1; Wednesday 10:00am - 10:50am

John Monahan

Science isn’t just something written down in books. It is a process. It is a method for systematically investigating the universe around us, but that method didn’t simply spring ready-made and complete from Newton, or anybody else. It took centuries to develop. This class is designed to look at that history and recreate many of the same experiments that lead to our modern understanding. Topics covered will include

  • The ancient world and its view of the universe
  • The role of the Arabic world in the evolution of science
  • Science in the Renaissance
  • Newton’s revolution in science

Hands-on experiments will play a central role in the class, and the ability to conduct experiments properly, and above all safely, will be emphasized.

Intro to Writing (ages 6-8)

Price $204

Session 2; Wednesdays 10:00am - 10:50am

Julie Bernhardt

This class will focus on helping students develop an idea and write it down, further expanding beyond one sentence with the use of descriptions and explanations. Guided lessons will help this process with fun classroom activities. Students will be expected to complete the majority of their writing assignments outside of the classroom in order to be able to work at their own pace/level. Homework will consist of short 15-minute writing assignments at least three times a week.

Prerequisites for this class: Student should recognize and be able to write simple words. Students should also having a good grasp on phonics, as students will be encouraged to sound out the words as they write them down (correct spelling will not be the focus).

Language Arts (ages 11-12)

Price $360

Full Year; Wednesdays 11-11:50am

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Language Arts (ages 13-14)

Price $360

Full Year; Thursdays 11-11:50am

Kate Heck

“All great literature is on of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.” -- Leo Tolstoy  

What makes each work of literature unique, then? This class will use a basic study of the Elements of Literature (plot, character, setting, theme, structure, point of view, conflict, etc) to encourage a more thoughtful reading practice. Students will be required to complete reading and writing assignments for homework and participate in class discussion as we come up with different ways to think about what we read.

Language Arts (ages 15+)

Price $ $650

Full Year; Tuesdays AND Thursdays 10-10:50

Kate Heck

"Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree." ~ Ezra Pound.

In this class students will practice reading selections from various places, eras, and genres with a more analytical eye.  We will use a systematic study of the Elements of Literature (plot, character, setting, theme, structure, point of view, conflict, diction, etc) as a framework for our literary studies.  Students will be required to regularly complete reading and writing assignments for homework and participate in class discussions to practice a more thoughtful reading of literature.

Language Arts (ages 8-10)

Price $360

Full Year; Tuesdays 11-11:50am

TBA

 

Making Instruments (ages 8-12)

Price: $170

Session 2; Thursdays 10:00am - 10:50am

Nicole Sterrett

Making our own instruments from household items and things we find in the natural world is exciting and increases our creativity!  We will explore a world of musical magic, playing with sound, rhythm, pitch, and make some cool beats!  We will use cereal boxes, coffee cans, soda bottles, pringles cans, plastic spoons and whatever we can come up with to make music. An open mind and desire to have some fun is all that you need!

Mindfulness & Coping with Anxiety (ages 13+)

Price $156

Session 1; Mondays 11-11:50am

Dr. Lara Wrigley

In this class we will explore the biological/evolutionary underpinnings of anxiety true for all of us. We will then review and experience a variety of ways to cope with and manage anxiety.

Strategies may include.

Cognitive strategies.

Breathwork.

Biofeedback.

Peer support.

Mindfulness.

We will also cultivate a mindfulness practice, incorporating a neurobiological understanding that makes mindfulness helpful to the mind and body.

This class is intended to be fun, supportive and educational. Providing students with strategies that can be used throughout their lives.

Mixed Media Art (ages 10-14)

Price $360

Full Year; Thursdays 10-10:50am

Jessica McKelvin

This class will cover a wide variety of materials individually, as well as cover different techniques to bring them together. Graphite pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, acrylic paint, ink, and watercolor will be some of the topics covered. There will be a review of basic principles of art as well as some color theory. Homework will not be required but students may need to work on projects at home if they need more time to complete individual work. We’ll be working from life as well as photos for a number of subjects.

Materials:

  • Graphite - 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B
  • Charcoal - Vine charcoal, charcoal pencils (black and white), stick charcoal is optional
  • Colored Pencils - Artist quality, i.e. Derwent, Prismacolor, Polychromo (doesn’t need to be a big set)
  • Acrylic Paint - Primary colors (red, blue, yellow), brown (for example: burnt umber), black is not a necessity), any other colors you choose
  • Ink - Pens and markers of your choice, acrylic ink and alcohol ink
  • Watercolor - Tubes of artist watercolor, 3 colors minimum (your choice of color)
  • paint brushes
  • ruler
  • kneaded eraser
  • 9x12 mixed media sketchbook or larger

Mixed Media Art (ages 15+)

Price $360

Full Year; Thursdays 11-10:50

Jessica McKelvin

This class will cover a wide variety of materials individually, as well as cover different techniques to bring them together. Graphite pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, acrylic paint, ink, and watercolor will be some of the topics covered. There will be a review of basic principles of art as well as some color theory. Homework will not be required but students may need to work on projects at home if they need more time to complete individual work. We’ll be working from life as well as photos for a number of subjects.

Materials:

  • Graphite - 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B
  • Charcoal - Vine charcoal, charcoal pencils (black and white), stick charcoal is optional
  • Colored Pencils - Artist quality, i.e. Derwent, Prismacolor, Polychromo (doesn’t need to be a big set)
  • Acrylic Paint - Primary colors (red, blue, yellow), brown (for example: burnt umber), black is not a necessity), any other colors you choose
  • Ink - Pens and markers of your choice, acrylic ink and alcohol ink
  • Watercolor - Tubes of artist watercolor, 3 colors minimum (your choice of color)
  • paint brushes
  • ruler
  • kneaded eraser
  • 9x12 mixed media sketchbook or larger

Music in Motion (ages 8-12)

Price $130

Session 1; Tuesdays 1:00am - 1:50pm

Nicole Sterrett

The human body is an instrument everyone possesses. It is also valuable for internalising fundamental musical concepts including rhythm, beat and tempo. Body percussion stimulates circulation and creates an energy for all ages.

Body percussion works on the same basis as any percussion instrument, but uses the body to create the different vibrations and sounds. These can include:

  • Stamping the feet on the floor
  • Patting the thighs with open palms
  • Clicking the fingers
  • Clapping the hands
  • Patting or knocking the chest
  • Slapping the cheeks with an open mouth
  • Clicking the tongue

We will explore many sounds and create solo and group music while learning basic music theory.

Photography and Photoshop (ages 13+)

Price $156

*students required to purchase membership to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography

Session 1; Tuesdays 1-1:50pm

Heather Brown

This introduction to the fundamental principles of photography will explore light, composition, manual exposure, editing, style and storytelling to encourage each individual to find their unique creative vision. This class will use and require investment in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Students are required to purchase membership to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography ($9.99/mo).  It can be purchased here: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html?promoid=PQ7SQCMS&mv=other

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High School Physics (ages 15+)

Price $360

Full Year; Mondays 1 - 1:50pm

John Monahan

Physics is the study of the universe and the forces that make it work. It can sometimes be intimidating but it has many applications in our daily lives. This class is designed to give students a solid foundation in physics. This will include hands-on labs as well as traditional classwork. Topics covered include:

  • Newton and mechanics
  • Gravity
  • Waves, sound and light
  • Electricity
  • Einstein and modern physics

Portfolio Prep (ages 13+)

Price $156

Session 1; Mondays 11-11:50am

Tiffany Averill

THIS CLASS IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS, AND IS INTENDED FOR SERIOUS ART STUDENTS ONLY. This class will focus on creating a completed art portfolio, covering multiple mediums, in preparation for either high school or college entrance, or to just create a finished personal portfolio. Projects will be intensive and cover many media such as drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking.  Students must be able to openly discuss their art with peers during class critique. Students will be required to complete approximately 60 minutes of homework per week.  

 Materials:

  • x1 spiral bound 9x11 or larger sketch book
  • x1 set of charcoal pencils (black, grays, sepia, or browns only)
  • X6 8x10 canvas boards
  • 1 set oil paints

Portfolio Process - Individual Work (ages 13+)

Price $204

Session 2; Wednesdays 11-11:50

Jessica McKelvin

Focus will be on individual portfolios, whether preparing for the AP studio art exam, college admission or building a portfolio for work as a professional artist. We’ll examine the work each student has, and try to build upon that foundation. Find a focus for the portfolio, work on artist statements and how best to present the work. Students for this class should have some knowledge of basic principles of art, and be willing to work independently. Students will be expected to complete at least 6 finished works during the session. Homework will be applied on a individual basis.

STEM (ages 11-12)

Price $204

Session 2; Tuesday 11:00am - 11:50am

John Monahan

Science, technology, engineering and math incorporates exactly the skills that our students need to deal with and succeed in our rapidly changing world. This class is designed to give students hands on experience that take advantage of these skills. Topics covered include:

  • Emerging technologies
  • The many disciplines of engineering
  • Technology and its impact on society

STEM (ages 13-14)

Price $204

Session 2; Monday 2 - 2:50pm

John Monahan

Science, technology, engineering and math incorporates exactly the skills that our students need to deal with and succeed in our rapidly changing world. This class is designed to give students hands on experience that take advantage of these skills. Topics covered include:

  • Emerging technologies
  • The many disciplines of engineering
  • Technology and its impact on society

STEM (ages 15+)

Price $204

Session 2; Thursday 1 - 1:50pm

John Monahan

Science, technology, engineering and math incorporates exactly the skills that our students need to deal with and succeed in our rapidly changing world. This class is designed to give students hands on experience that take advantage of these skills. Topics covered include:

  • Emerging technologies
  • The many disciplines of engineering
  • Technology and its impact on society

Science and Science Fiction (ages 11-14)

Price $360

Full Year; Thursday 10:00am - 10:50am

John Monahan

The relationship between science and science fiction is long and complex. Science fiction has long allowed us to peer into the depths of science and wrestle with its implications. At the same time, entire generations of scientists and engineers have been inspired by the great works of science fiction from the future visions of H.G. Wells to the voyages of the Star Ship Enterprise. This class is designed to analyse the examine the history of this synergy and look at what each tells us about the future. Topics covered include:

  • Science fiction as cautionary tale
  • Women in science fiction
  • Real technology inspired by science fiction

Science of Growing Things (ages 8-12)

Price $156

Session 1; Wednesdays 1:00pm - 1:50pm

John Monahan

Gardening and getting your hands dirty in the soil is one of the most basic and most fun ways to learn about the living world around us. This class is designed to teach the science and art of gardening and use that as a medium for learning about the biology of living things. Students will be working, hands-on, to grow various edible and ornamental plants, both in the classroom and outside. Topics covered include:

  • How does soil affect plants
  • How do plants affect soil
  • Annuals versus Perennials
  • Traditional and high tech gardening techniques
  • The roll of insects in the garden

Note: Because of the nature of gardening, the students will get dirty. Please have your children wear something easy to clean. This includes shoes.

Science through World Building (ages 11-14)

Price $156

Session 1; Tuesdays 10:00am - 10:50am

John Monahan

From the wonders of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world to the vastness of Larry Niven’s Ringworld, imaginary worlds have proven their ability to carry us away, but could they really exist? What does science say? The class is built around the concept of taking students’ creativity and combining it with real-world science in order to imagine a fictional world. Topics covered will include

  • Planetary science
  • Geology
  • Geography
  • Anthropology
  • Environmental science

Each world created could be used as the basis of a story or series of stories, as well as many types of games.

Scientific Method and Experimental Design (ages 13-14)

Price $204

Session 2; Wednesdays 10:00 - 10:50

John Monahan

Our modern world is built upon a foundation of science, but that foundation depends upon experiments being properly designed and carried out. This class is designed to give students first-hand experience designing and carrying out their own experiments. Topics covered include:

  • Scientific variables
  • How to avoid bias
  • Keeping a scientific notebook
  • Lab safety

Hands on experiments will play a central role in the class, and the ability to conduct experiments properly, and above all safely, will be emphasized.

Sex Education (ages 11-14)

Price $360

Full Year; Wednesdays 2-2:50pm

Tiffany Smith Paterson

Our Whole Lives for grades 7-9 will be the curriculum for this class. Parents/guardians will receive a description of all 25 workshops and must sign a waiver. The descriptions can also be found at this site, https://www.uua.org/re/owl/297213.shtml 

Sex Education (ages 15+)

Price $156

Session 1; Thursdays 2-2:50pm

Dr. Rebecca Wald

This discussion-based class for students aged 15+ will cover topics related to gender, sexual orientation, sexual and reproductive health, and healthy communication and decision-making in relationships. Class topics will draw from current events and media and will also be substantially guided by students' interests and questions.

Sit & Stitch (ages 10+)

Price:  $25 per session

Session 1 & 2; Wednesdays 1:00pm- 1:50pm

Michelle Fewer

Bring a yarn/needle craft to work on, learn a new stitch or technique, get support & encouragement.  This crafty gathering is not for someone trying to learn to knit/ crochet/ needlepoint/ cross-stitch, but is for someone who already knows a craft and wants to learn more, be around fellow crafters, and bring some accountability to their art and project goals.

Social Justice Through Music (ages 8-12)

Price $204

Session 2; Wednesday 10:00am - 10:50am

Sahffi Lynne

Music has long been associated with protest movements including the anti-war and civil rights protests of the 60’s. We will not only look at that decade, but also look throughout history to see how music has played a significant part for creating social change in people’s lives all over the world. We will write our own song during the semester about something that is important to our group. This class may have research assignments that will not take more than 15-minutes a week.

Social Studies (ages 13-14)

Price $360

Full Year; Wednesdays 1-1:50pm

Tiffany Smith Patterson

American History. Students will gain skills of geographical and historical analysis to explore events in  the history of the United States. We will study documents and events vital to America and will examine some of the different groups of people that have built the country using primary and secondary sources. Students will be required to read weekly assigned materials, complete worksheets, writing assignments and a final presentation. 60-75 mins homework weekly.  

Social Studies (ages 15+)

Price $360

Full Year; Wednesdays 10-10:50

Tiffany Smith Patterson

Government. An opportunity for students to understand how the Federal and State government function. Topics will include: the three branches of government, amendments, and some constitutional laws. Students will be reading documents and viewing videos and news items from around the country and the world.  Students will be required to read weekly assigned materials, complete worksheets, writing assignments and a final presentation. 60-75 mins homework weekly.  

Social Studies (ages 6-7)

Price $360

Full Year; Mondays 11-11:50

Tiffany Smith Patterson

Session 1: This class will focus on wants vs needs, history of the community and family, work in society, map & globe skills starting with local and expanding to global in.

Session 2:  We will celebrate a different holiday each week; students will learn about holidays like Independence Day, Juneteenth, Kwanzaa, Eid Al-Fitr, Eid Al-Adha, Beltane, and Dia De Los Muertos to name a few. Crafts, stories, songs, and food when appropriate will be used to immerse students in each holiday and the culture surrounding it.

Social Studies (ages 8-10)

Price $360

Full Year; Mondays 10-10:50am

Tiffany Smith Paterson

Students will study Ancient Civilizations starting in 3500 BCE and work forward, in addition to the most well known civilizations such as the Ancient Egyptians and Ancient Greeks, there will be focus on lesser known civilizations such as the Mali Empire.

Students will immerse themselves in age-appropriate literature, create costumes and crafts, use clay for topography, and reference Time Maps.  Students will develop an understanding of the contributions, achievements, and belief systems of these civilizations.

Social Studies - Geography (ages 11-12)

Price $360

Full Year; Thursdays 1-1:50pm

Students will learn fundamentals of Geography in order to help them understand the physical characteristics of their world. Students will be required to read weekly assigned materials, complete worksheets, writing assignments and a final presentation in order to pass. 30 mins homework weekly.

Songwriting (ages 8-12)

Price $204

Session 2; Wednesday 11:00am - 11:50am

Sahffi Lynne

In this class students will learn the structure of popular songs, how popular songs are constructed and also write their own songs as a group. If students are interested, Sahffi will also help individual students craft their own song as well. Students will be introduced to musical styles and concepts, and also be offered voice lessons. A live performance of their original songs will be offered at the end of the session, and all students must participate in some way. (They may sing or play percussion instruments.) This class will not have homework.

Struggling Readers - Art & the Emerging Reader (ages 11-12)

Price $204

Session 2; Thursdays 11:am - 11:50

Alana McFall

Ahhhhh, a book, the best thing in the world, or the worst! Books are wonderful things and

reading is magical but not always for those who have trouble decoding the words in them.

Reading however is so much more than that. Decoding words is only one step in the process of becoming a reader and lover of books. This class is for the struggling reader. You know who you are. Words, books and reading have become something you want to avoid instead of embrace. I invite you to join me on a book adventure. We will make and create our own books, starting with making our own handmade paper. We will cut up books that have hurt us and rebuild them into beautiful works of art and we will READ! Sometimes we will read together by listening to audiobooks as we create handmade books. Sometimes we will read by finding poems in books by highlighting only the words we can already decode. Sometimes we will read together combining the words we already know to read as a group. We will also work on those tricky decoding skills. But we will do this using sand tables and shaving cream. I promise we will never be bored! I also promise that this class will help you love books and reading even if you hate them in this moment. When we love a thing, like reading, we want to do it and when we want to do something, learning how to do it becomes easier. As one of my favorite poets Shel Silverstein says, “If you are a dreamer, come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer… If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire, for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!”

Voice Exploration (ages 8-12)

Price $156

Session 1; Wednesday 11:00am - 11:50am

Sahffi Lynne

These days it is often hard to find your own authentic voice due to the loud cacophony of social media. This class will explore what it means to speak your truth through exploring our singing voice. We will explore how animals communicate through sound and make our own language using sound only. We will address fears around expressing ourselves, have voice lessons using Sahffi’s own “Vocal Ladder” technique, and also how to be a good friend and offer support to others feeling this way. Although this class will not have homework, this class will expect students to speak in front of each other by the end of the session about something they are passionate about.

Wheelhouse Workshops (For teens: Please see registration page for days, times, price)

BSIL/BHCC Staff

Wheelhouse Workshops are a student-driven, multidisciplinary adventure.  First question: what do you want to learn/do/build/create?  Workshop facilitators will work with students to find the resources to accomplish their goals.  During their half-year or year-long projects, students will learn to think critically, plan, collaborate, figure things out for themselves, and communicate.  Students should come to the first workshops with a dedicated notebook, pen/pencil, & some ideas of what they would like to explore.

What do you want in your Wheelhouse?

Wheelhouse Workshops are:

  • Student Driven
  • Project Based
  • Exciting & Fun
  • Focused on Independence
  • Non-Traditional Education
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Flexible
  • Practical and/or Fantastical

Regular attendance and consistent project work is essential to the students’ success in this workshop.

Wheelhouse Workshops (BSIL 8+)(BHCC 10+)

Price $260

Session 1; Tuesdays 1-3pm

BSIL/BHCC Staff

Wheelhouse Workshops are a student-driven, multidisciplinary adventure.  First question: what do you want to learn/do/build/create?  Workshop facilitators will work with students to find the resources to accomplish their goals.  During their half-year or year-long projects, students will learn to think critically, plan, collaborate, figure things out for themselves, and communicate.  Students should come to the first workshops with a dedicated notebook, pen/pencil, & some ideas of what they would like to explore.

What do you want in your Wheelhouse?

Wheelhouse Workshops are:

  • Student Driven
  • Project Based
  • Exciting & Fun
  • Focused on Independence
  • Non-Traditional Education
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Flexible
  • Practical and/or Fantastical

Regular attendance and consistent project work is essential to the students’ success in this workshop.

Wheelhouse Workshops (BSIL 8+)(BHCC 10+)

Price $340

Session 2; Tuesdays 1-3pm

BSIL/BHCC Staff

Wheelhouse Workshops are a student-driven, multidisciplinary adventure.  First question: what do you want to learn/do/build/create?  Workshop facilitators will work with students to find the resources to accomplish their goals.  During their half-year or year-long projects, students will learn to think critically, plan, collaborate, figure things out for themselves, and communicate.  Students should come to the first workshops with a dedicated notebook, pen/pencil, & some ideas of what they would like to explore.

What do you want in your Wheelhouse?

Wheelhouse Workshops are:

  • Student Driven
  • Project Based
  • Exciting & Fun
  • Focused on Independence
  • Non-Traditional Education
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Flexible
  • Practical and/or Fantastical

Regular attendance and consistent project work is essential to the students’ success in this workshop.

Wheelhouse Workshops (BSIL 8+)(BHCC 10+)

Price $260

Session 1; Wednesdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm

BSIL/BHCC Staff

Wheelhouse Workshops are a student-driven, multidisciplinary adventure.  First question: what do you want to learn/do/build/create?  Workshop facilitators will work with students to find the resources to accomplish their goals.  During their half-year or year-long projects, students will learn to think critically, plan, collaborate, figure things out for themselves, and communicate.  Students should come to the first workshops with a dedicated notebook, pen/pencil, & some ideas of what they would like to explore.

What do you want in your Wheelhouse?

Wheelhouse Workshops are:

  • Student Driven
  • Project Based
  • Exciting & Fun
  • Focused on Independence
  • Non-Traditional Education
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Flexible
  • Practical and/or Fantastical

Regular attendance and consistent project work is essential to the students’ success in this workshop.

Wheelhouse Workshops (BSIL 8+)(BHCC 10+)

Price $340

Session 2; Wednesdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm

BSIL/BHCC Staff

Wheelhouse Workshops are a student-driven, multidisciplinary adventure.  First question: what do you want to learn/do/build/create?  Workshop facilitators will work with students to find the resources to accomplish their goals.  During their half-year or year-long projects, students will learn to think critically, plan, collaborate, figure things out for themselves, and communicate.  Students should come to the first workshops with a dedicated notebook, pen/pencil, & some ideas of what they would like to explore.

What do you want in your Wheelhouse?

Wheelhouse Workshops are:

  • Student Driven
  • Project Based
  • Exciting & Fun
  • Focused on Independence
  • Non-Traditional Education
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Flexible
  • Practical and/or Fantastical

Regular attendance and consistent project work is essential to the students’ success in this workshop.

Yoga (ages 8-12)

Price $130

Session 1; Mondays 10-10:50

Heather Brown

Yoga is a time tested method of developing physical health, emotional stability, self-awareness and personal growth. A fun and dynamic approach helps young children and teens expel excess energy, learn to focus, creates healthy body image and sense of self and teaches children to harness and direct their boundless creative energy!

Yoga (ages 8-12)

Price $170

Session 2; Mondays 10-10:50

Heather Brown

Yoga is a time tested method of developing physical health, emotional stability, self-awareness and personal growth. A fun and dynamic approach helps young children and teens expel excess energy, learn to focus, creates healthy body image and sense of self and teaches children to harness and direct their boundless creative energy!

Yoga (ages 13+)

Price $130

Session 1; Tuesdays 11-11:50

Heather Brown

Yoga is a time tested method of developing physical health, emotional stability, self-awareness and personal growth. A fun and dynamic approach helps young children and teens expel excess energy, learn to focus, creates healthy body image and sense of self and teaches children to harness and direct their boundless creative energy!

Yoga (ages 13+)

Price $170

Session 2; Tuesdays 11-11:50

Heather Brown

Yoga is a time tested method of developing physical health, emotional stability, self-awareness and personal growth. A fun and dynamic approach helps young children and teens expel excess energy, learn to focus, creates healthy body image and sense of self and teaches children to harness and direct their boundless creative energy!