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College for Kids Course Descriptions


Jessie Dixon

Associate Professor & Chair of Modern Languages (Spanish)

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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The Knox College for Kids (College 4 Kids) catalog has been prepared for your use in reviewing and selecting a possible schedule for your child. The courses are listed under four major field headings: Fine Arts, Humanities/Social Sciences, Languages, and Science/Math. Please take time to read the course descriptions in detail. All of the offerings will allow your child to either build upon areas of strength or explore new interests.


FA 201: Art 101 (Instructor: Colleen Noonan)
Art is for everyone and so is this course! This hands-on course will be packed with several art experiences where you get to try drawing, painting, building, and much more. This course will have a focus on exploration of many art mediums and the discovery process. Students will use their own ideas combined with teacher guidance. Students will have the chance to experiment with art materials and also produce finished artworks. Student will be engaged by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic art instructor! If you enjoy art, you will enjoy this course. Returning students are welcome to repeat the course. We will have all new projects! (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

FA 202: Ceramics (Instructor: Bridget Doherty)
Come explore the wonderful world of clay! In this class, students will investigate and discover the different hand-building methods such as pinch pots, coil pots, and slab construction. Students will learn about the unique technical elements of clay, get dirty, and get to make fun works of art out of clay! (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

FA 203: Crochet is for Kids, Too! (Instructor: Sarah Scoggin)
In this hands-on course, students will learn basic crochet stitches that they can use in a variety of fun projects. Students will choose their first project from a selection of beginner pieces, including a headband, IPod Cozy, bookmark, or neck-warmer. Students will also have the opportunity to take a look at some amazing creations that are definitely fun, different and unique for kids of all ages. Come create and gain inspiration for future projects. Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hours 2 & 3)

FA 204: Dream Weavers (Instructor: Kathleen Bashem)
Dream Weavers is the class for the student interested in learning the basics of weaving! Weaving is a fun way to free the inner fiber artist. Want to know the difference between your wrap and your weft? This is place for you! Students will use a cardboard loom to learn basic weaving techniques including tabby, basket weave and twining. They will learn color combinations, patterning, and dye yarn, too! Students may choose to make a mug rug or wall hanging as a final project. Join Dream Weavers and turn your yarn art dreams into reality! Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hour 1)

FA 205: Drum Circle (Instructor: Jill Marasa)
Students will have the opportunity to perform many types of percussion instruments in a drum circle ensemble. You don't need to know how to read music to perform excellently, for the rhythms are all language based, so everyone can play! Performance technique and musical concepts (call and response, complimentary rhythms, dynamics and texture) will be taught so that students can perform as part of a larger percussion ensemble that will result in a really cool performance on the last day of camp. Rhythm is FUN-damental to all people so everyone can play. (Hour 3)

FA 206: Fiber Arts 101 (Instructor: Kathleen Bashem)
Fiber Arts 101 is the class for anyone who has wanted to create through the art of knitting and crochet. This class is for beginners, or those who want a review of knitting and crochet basics. In week one, students will create a pair of knitting needles, learn to cast on and learn the knit stitch. In week two, students will learn the chain stitch and how to single crochet. All students will explore yarn dyeing and create a square to be added to a charity afghan. You will love being able to say, "I made it myself!" (Hour 3)

FA 207: Hear the Music: Learning to Listen and Appreciate (Instructor: Nick Dilley)
"Hear the Music" is a course in music appreciation. Our activities will be designed around exploring different kinds of music from around the world and introducing students to the different elements to be found in music, particularly those not evident in popular (i.e. mainstream) Western music. We will compare and contrast familiar and unfamiliar types of music and practice expressing thoughts and critiques of music. By the end of the course, students will give a short final presentation on a piece of music of their choosing, and use the skills learned in our class to express their opinions of it. (Hour 2)

FA 208: Jazzin' it Up! (Instructor: Jill Marasa)
Students who have played an instrument for two or more years or have sang in choir are invited to learn about and perform bluesy jazz tunes that are fun and easy to learn. We will learn about the history of American Jazz and the many cultural influences and jazz-rock-latin fusions that came about only in America. Students will have the opportunity to improvise and create their own melodies to the 12-bar blues form while getting a feel for the jazz swing beat and style. Students will need to bring your instrument to class everyday so that we can practice 3-4 jazz tunes for the concert on the last day of camp! Cool! (Hour 1)

FA 209: Knox Sprouts: Pop Up Yoga! (Instructor: Tina Hope)
Join me on the mat and in other places where we might "pop up" in the community as we cultivate a harmonious relationship with yoga and our environment. This shared practice will further your awareness of breath, foundation, and alignment as we flow through sun salutation and blossom into beautiful trees, eagles and crows (strong, flexible and balanced). This class is intended to nurture your heart, mind and body wherever you are in your growth cycle. (Hour 2)

FA 210: Little Monsters Amigurumi (Instructor: Kathleen Bashem)
"Amigurumi" is the Japanese art of crocheting small animals and inanimate objects. The word combines the Japanese "ami" (meaning crocheted) and "nuigurumi" (meaning stuffed doll). In this class, students will dye yarn and learn to follow a pattern to construct typical amigurumi. Basic crochet knowledge and proficiency is helpful. Expand your skills in a fun direction, and make some new friends (literally)! Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hour 2)

FA 211: Make a Movie (Instructor: Cortney Hill)
Make a movie from the bottom up. Students will start with an ideal, develop it into a storyboard, make some props, write a script and then bring the entire project to life on the big screen. Students will develop the characters and cast the roles. Then the filming begins, followed by editing, and finishing touches, and finally the hours of work become a published work of art! Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

FA 212: Making Music! (Instructor: Jill Marasa)
Students will have a great time exploring what exactly makes music and what found objects (trash cans, pots and pans, etc.) can sound awesome in a music composition. We will also explore the weird and cool sounds that traditional instruments can make when played in unconventional ways - nothing is too weird sounding for this class! By the end of the camp, students will learn what it takes to compose a sound tone poem or sound song and understand and apply the process of how composers really do compose music. (Hour 2)

FA 213: Nature's Voice through Art and Writing (Instructor: Roxanne Green)
Students work in teams to explore the landscape and create a work of art using nature. Once a ‘palate' is selected that ‘speaks' to the group, students use natural materials to work on-site with leaves, sticks, mud, stones, sand, pine cones, acorns, etc., creating art. Plan to get a little a dirty! Use color, shape, light, pattern and landscape to discover nature and inspire performance art coupled with poetry. Let the land ‘speak' to you by creating a natural work of art using photography (students should bring a digital picture device if possible) and write poetry using literary devices. As a finale, use performance skills to present the poetry. (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

FA 214: On Your Toes (Instructor: Lily A. Blouin)
Get up and on your toes in this exciting dance class designed to introduce students to the magic of the Broadway musical and its unique dance style. Through a series of movement exercises, class discussions, and performances students will explore the history of the Broadway musical and musical theatre dance as a form of expression used to help "tell the story" in a Broadway production. Students will learn basic Broadway dance terms and steps in tap, jazz, and ballet; develop acting skills as they apply to song and dance; improve movement coordination, physical fitness, and self-confidence; and learn the importance of teamwork as they perform choreographed dance excerpts from well-known Broadway shows. All levels of experience welcome to come and get their Broadway boogie on. (Hours 2 & 3)

FA 215: Photography: The Universal Language (Instructor: Tom Foley)
This course is an introduction to photography, the universal language. It emphasizes learning by hands on experiences. Students will make and develop their own black and white photo-grams. We will discuss the history of photography (which first started in 1825). Other topics will include exposure, composition, lenses, portraits, electronic flash and night photography. Owning a camera is NOT required to attend this course. Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

FA 216: Scrapbooking 101 (Instructor: Christinel Cain)
During this class, students will utilize their creativity and writing skills to document personal events. Students will learn what makes a great layout. Ten trendy scrapbooking techniques will be modeled, and students will be able to test them out. Scrapbookers will learn about the importance of titles and journaling in their scrapbooks. Single page, double page layouts, explosion books, and other mini books will be created. If you like to be creative and document special events, Scrapbooking 101 is a perfect fit. Be prepared for class by bringing your own photos of a few special events. The target age for this class is students in grades 6-8. (Hour 2)

FA 217: Song Writing (Instructor: Justin Haynes)
Let's create music! Students will learn how to write simple melodies through the study of various musical styles. Students will compose a song as a final project for their own particular instruments or voice, if you don't play an instrument. (If you play an instrument, please bring it to class.) The class will conclude with a performance of all student compositions for family and friends on the final day of the program. Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hour 3)

FA 218: Theatre Performance: From Page to Stage (Instructor: Tim Holmes)
Students will explore acting techniques, improvisations, and storytelling while bringing folklore, fables, and fairy tales to life on the stage. Classmates will work together to develop characters, plot, and create staging for a final project to be presented for visitors at the end of the session. Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hours 1 & 2)

FA 219: A Thinking Singer (Instructor: Semenya McCord)
Participation required by young singers wanting to become effecting performers of songs! We'll explore various styles from folk, gospel, jazz, and pop, as well as songs from musical theatre. We'll combine all the voices into a performing ensemble as well as encouraging solo work, which can ease the transition from blending with a group into establishing a personal attraction as a soloist. Attention will be paid to maintaining a safe and healthy vocal experience as the voice matures. Each student may choose a specific song to work on that is appropriate for his or her age and vocal range, with the intent of a group performance at the end of the course. Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hours 2 & 3)

FA 220: Ukulele! (Instructor: Kelly Helmich)
This course will be a hands-on introduction to the ukulele. The ukulele is an instrument that was brought from Portugal to the Hawaiian islands in the late 1800's. This instrument has a rich history in music education in the United States and all over the world. Students will not need to purchase a ukulele to participate in this course, but if a student has their own, they are encouraged to bring their ukulele to class. Some concepts that will be covered in the introductory class include strumming and plucking techniques, chords, reading chord diagrams, songs from many different genres, and singing while playing the ukulele. Join me in making music with the joyful instrument pronounced "ook-oo-leh-leh!" (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

FA 221: The Voice (Instructor: Martina Bergstrom)
Come join "The Voice". While on this vocal adventure students will learn how our bodies work to produce beautiful sound. They will gain a better understanding of music terms and vocal vocabulary. Classical, pop, jazz, country and musical theater pieces will be learned by the entire class. Some history and poetry analysis will be included to insure the best possible performances. Students will also delve into acting techniques for singers as well confidence-building exercises. The students will give a final performance on the last day of class for their family and friends. Students of all ages will find that they leave at the end of the experience with better stage presence, musical knowledge and better overall vocal production. Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

FA 222: Ways of the Warrior (Instructor: Tina Hope)
Embody the ways of the warrior through yoga! Learn about the legendary warrior Arjuna, from the Bhagavad Gita, as we practice breathing techniques and movement that condition the mind, body and heart. There will be an emphasis on awareness, balance, strength, and flexibility as we train in a sequence of warrior poses. Because breath is central to this class, the only requirement is that you are able to breathe! (Hour 3)


LG 201: A German Experience (Instructor: Alicia Condreay)
Guten Tag! Come and experience the language and culture of Germany. This fascinating and extraordinary country is full of amazing history like the infamous wall that separated the east from the west. Students will learn basic conversational phrases, counting, and other common expressions in German. Students will also explore and sample wonderful German recipes at the conclusion of our German Exploration. (Hour 1)

LG 202: Lingua Latina Vivit! (The Latin Language Lives) (Instructor: Brian Tibbets)
Lingua Latina Vivit! will focus on the spoken Latin language, its English derivatives, and its influence in our society today. Students will begin by learning basic Latin words and phrases related to emotions, greetings, colors, body parts, and numbers. Students will explore Latin phrases still in use in our legal systems, medical terms, science, and popular culture. Students will take field trips around the Knox campus and Standish arboretum to see real Latin and its derivatives. Students will find connections between Latin and the other Romance languages and on its influence on the English language. Students will also develop an appreciation for the basics of oral Latin and, by the end of the class, will be able to converse in basic spoken Latin. (Hour 3)

LG 203: Spanish (Instructor: Fernando Gómez)
This course will introduce students to basic conversational and grammatical structures in Spanish. The course will be taught entirely in Spanish (appropriate to the beginning level) so that students will have a chance to use Spanish as they learn it! Students will learn: greetings & introductions, the alphabet, numbers, clothing, how you are feeling, and talking about your favorite activities. Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hour 2)


HSS 201: Be an Author! (Instructor: Nick Dilley)
This course is designed for students with an interest in writing. We will begin the course by exploring what kinds of writing the students enjoy, and introducing them to the 4 main types of writing-expository, narrative, persuasive, and descriptive. Our activities will include group discussions and sharing of our written work, and short writing projects in the style of each student's choosing. Throughout the course, students will offer help/suggestions to each other in group suggestion sessions. Our work will culminate in a short reading presentation of each student's work. (Hour 3)

HSS 202: Becoming an Author (Instructor: Selina Baker)
Do you love mysteries, comedies, historical fictions, or non-fiction? How would you like to become an author this summer? Come to "Becoming an Author" to write what YOU would like in a guided environment. Students will have the opportunity to brainstorm together, work as a group or independently, and create a work of written gold! By using the computer or free-handing, express your artistic side to illustrate a children's book or design scenes for your chapter book. The genres and opportunities are endless! Upon course completion, the instructor will publish your books to be donated to local libraries and school districts. Can you imagine walking down the halls of your school this fall and overhearing a teacher reading your brilliant words to an excited group of first graders who are dying to know if the princess will escape? How about visiting your local library to hear your words read aloud at the summer reading program? If you love to write and have a great imagination, "Becoming an Author" is for you! (Hour 2)

HS 203: Campus Artifacts (Instructor: Le'Passion Darby)
This eclectic exploration of campus environments is perfect for students entering the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade who have started to visualize themselves as college students and those who have never visualized themselves as college students but can benefit from doing so. Campus Artifacts will introduce college-bound students to the campus physical environment, eight categories of campus artifacts (physical cultural artifacts, verbal physical artifacts, behavioral physical artifacts, art, graffiti, signs, architecture, and technology), and culminate with a "treasure hunt" and tour of the Knox College environment, during which students will locate and interpret campus artifacts. Students will gain an understanding of how campus artifacts communicate messages of multiculturalism and equity and impact student development in a fun and interactive way! Students will also use the Internet to research campus artifacts that they would like to see in their future campus environments and that they can use in the My Dream Campus course. (Hour 2)

HS 204: Case Crackers (Instructor: Lacey Colwell)
Are you a word detective that enjoys figuring out interesting mysteries? In this course we will work together and in small groups to develop our power of inferencing. We will use our heightened knowledge to solve hidden mysteries in stories, skits brought to life by you and your classmates, and other fun activities that get you thinking. The power of inferencing has endless possibilities and can take you on some incredible journeys. Are you up for the challenge to crack this case? (Hour 3)

HS 205: Change the World! Yes We Can! (Instructor: Laura Putnam)
During this class, service work and the study of world events will be combined in a unique way to help you see the world around you just a little bit differently. We will take an age appropriate look at leaders who have made a difference in the world around them such as Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, and Mother Theresa. This class will culminate with a small service-learning project in our own community. Students will learn that even young people can make a difference if we all work together. (Hour 2)

HS 206: Children at Play (Instructor: Lily A. Blouin)
Thousands of years ago there were no television sets, cell phones, or video games, but there were always enough people around for a game of Nine Man's Morrice, Tiddlywinks, or Annie Over. Since the dawn of time people have used "play" as a way to pass the time, develop community relationships, and to teach fundamental skills necessary for adulthood, and many of the same games played in ancient Greece are stilled being played today, in some form or another. In this unit, students will explore the history of play and the roles it played in the lives of children throughout history through interaction with historical evidence and the playing of some of the most popular games played throughout history. Students will even use their newfound knowledge (and their imaginations!) to create their own variation of a game to share with their class. Come and play! (Hour 1)

HS 207: Es Romanus! (Be a Roman!) (Instructor: Brian Tibbets)
We all have an image of ancient Romans walking through the forum in clean white togas, but is it really true? Come find out the way real Romans lived! We will explore daily habits of all aspects of Roman culture, from their names, to the way they dressed, to the food they ate, to the way they spent their free time. This hands-on course will allow participants to fully immerse themselves in the lives and culture of one of the most fascinating civilizations of the ancient world! (Hour 1)

HS 208: Everything Chocolate (Instructor: Lacey Colwell)
Do you crave chocolate? Did you know that the average American consumes about eleven pounds of chocolate a year? Does your favorite candy bar come form a plant? Explore the world of chocolate and learn fun facts to share with your family and friends. Become an expert on the history of chocolate, how it's made, what it's used for, chocolate's nutritional value, and of course what it taste like. Join us in unwrapping the sweet mysteries of chocolate. Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hour 2)

HS 209: Heroes and Villains (Instructor: Paul Marasa)
This interdisciplinary course considers various definitions of "hero" and "villain," beginning with but not limited to the Western/European tradition. Working from the perspective of the humanities, including philosophy, literature, and cultural anthropology, we will explore the basic values that lead us to define heroes and villains, and will clarify those values through literature, film, and television, as well as comic books, video games, and sports-not to mention "everyday heroes" or role models, those figures in history and our daily lives that most intimately shape our values. We will also create our own stories/myths of heroes and villains. (Hour 1)

HS 210: Holidays Around the World! (Instructor: Laura Putnam)
How do kids around the world in different countries celebrate their favorite holidays? Find out in this class that combines both Geography and Culture. Each day we will go to a new country and find out how a little bit about the culture of that country and how they celebrate. Go with us to places like Mozambique, Germany, Japan, Jamaica, Italy, Russia, Israel, and India to learn about their celebrations. (Hour 1)

HS 211: How to Watch a Movie (Instructor: Paul Marasa)
How to Watch a Movie explores the visual and aural strategies and techniques of filmmaking-editing, camera placement, framing, sound and music, art direction, and so on-in terms of their total effect on the moviegoer. Along the way, students will learn about the history of the movies, from early optical experiments to the digital realm. We will also engage in hands-on learning through the development of story boards, a basic planning tool for filmmakers. The goal of this course is to develop students' critical faculties, so that they become aware not only of the story and acting, but the influence of the director and the many technicians and artists who collaborate in producing this most popular of art forms. (Hour 3)

HS 212: Inspire your Desire to Write! (Instructor: Heather Hellenga)
Students will explore a variety of writing activities with an emphasis on illustrating and enhancing their work with art. Students will be exposed to figurative language while we write like there's no tomorrow and create 'til the cows come home! This course will be packed with fun lessons that will inspire both your brain and your heart. Sound sappy? It won't be as we create noticing and list poems, personalized kites, chains of similes, masterpiece-inspired poetry and more! We'll knock this course out of the park as we invent jingles for edible oxymorons and have a blast as we get our creative juices flowing with "Dress like an Idiom Day!" Students will create their own writer's notebook to keep as we navigate the realm of writing, drawing, and creating together. The possibilities are endless! Students who have taken this class before are welcome to return as we will be keeping some favorites and adding new activities! (Hours 2 & 3)

HS 213: Language and Harry Potter (Instructor: Jonathan Anderson)
Think you have what it takes to create a spell using words? Ever wonder why the Harry Potter's Wizarding World is so magical? By exploring the world of Harry Potter, you will learn how language can be created, how it influences reality, and the history and diversity of JK Rowling's inventive language found in the books. Using the skills you learn about language in this class, you too will be able to create the names of spells and learn how to examine ancient runes. But, most importantly, you will learn to stand up against the dark arts behind common myths about language. That is, if you learn to harness the magic of language! (Hour 2)

HS 214: Languages and Cultures across the World (Instructor: Jonathan Anderson)
Why do people speak differently across the United States and across the World? How do languages differ? Come discover the answers to these questions! You will learn about the relationship between language and culture, and how language differs across cultures. Playing language games, you will investigate the foreign languages you are learning. You will also discover how to create the sounds of speech and how some speech sounds are pronounced in foreign languages. You will learn the skills to explore patterns in language and uncover the answers as to how and why people speak the way they do. The course will focus on the diversity of languages and cultures around the world, and the myths we have heard that surround our knowledge of how people speak. (Hours 1 & 3)

HS 215: My Dream Campus (Instructor: Le'Passion Darby)
My Dream Campus is an artistic course for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders who can benefit from having a visual and daily reminder of their goal to attend college and the type of college environment and culture to which they aspire to enroll and ultimately graduate. Students will receive a tri-fold poster board that they will use to design their dream campus environment in a collage fashion using print outs of varying colleges and images from magazines that will be donated by the Knox College community. Students will be educated on the features of campus culture that they should consider in their design and why those features are significant to college selection. Features include student services, academic programs, student population, geographic location, and artifacts. My Type of College and Campus Artifacts are perfect prerequisites for My Dream Campus and require students to research and collect artistic materials that can be used for My Dream Campus. (Hour 1)

HS 216: Myth & Mythmaking (Instructor: Brian Tibbets)
Gods, goddesses, monsters, magic...What do these tell us about ourselves and where we come from? Why have some ancient religions become myth while others have endured? What makes some myths universal while others are forgotten about altogether? We will look myths and mythical creatures from a variety of cultures (ancient Greece and Rome; Norse; Americas; Mexico) and explore their details and their meanings. We will explore qualities that make myths so intriguing. The course will culminate in a creative project where each participant will create an original myth. (Hour 2)

HS 217: Navigation Island (Instructor: Laura Putnam)
Fiction and map reading combine during this fun class. Students will use examples from stories like Treasure Island, Holes, and Lewis & Clark, to learn map reading and other navigational/survival skills. If you like to read stories of adventure and love scavenger hunts, this class is for you! (Hour 3)

HS 218: Riding the Rails: Exploring the History of the Railroad (Instructor: Rob Hull)
Have you ever wanted to learn the history of the railroad? Come find out about the social, environmental and economic effects of the growth of rail transportation throughout history. Follow the growth of technology and expansion as the railroad shot west across the United States. Explore the impact the railroad has had on Galesburg and shaping the nation. And don't forget, be ready to see some trains! (Hour 3)

HS 219: Science Fiction (Instructor: Paul Marasa)
This course will examine the history of science fiction in literature, film and television, with a focus on defining science fiction as a genre and exploring its major themes. Along the way, we'll discover the deep influence of science fiction in not only popular culture but also science itself, from advances in nuclear physics and mechanical engineering to space travel and medicine. Most of all, though, we'll become explorers ourselves, constructing our own stories and asking that central question of SF: "What if ... ?" (Hour 2)

HS 220: Stories You Will Not Forget! (Instructor: Mike Davidson)
Surprise endings that you may not be able to handle! Scripts that will leave you guessing and then abandon you... in the Twilight Zone! Stories that have something to say about issues facing each of us individually and society as a whole. We will read most of the stories aloud, discuss, ponder, predict, and have fun. In order to maintain some continuity, parts of a few stories will be read at home. After some of the stories we will watch a video and compare/contrast the text with the video. The target age for this class is students in grades 6-8. (Hour 1)

HS 221: Word Games (Instructor: Peter Schwartzman)
Scrabble®, Boggle®, UpWords®, Anagrams, Jumbles, etc. Learn what it takes to be a dynamite word guru from one of the top Scrabble® players and author of word books. Many word games are more than words. They take strategy, spatial manipulations, mathematical skills, stamina, sportsmanship, and confidence. Come find out what is involved and what can be learned by playing word games. Strategy and fun all wrapped into one. Don't miss it! (Hour 1)

HS 222: Words Alive (Instructor: Alicia Condreay)
Make your words come alive by extending and refining your writing skills. Students will learn by lively practice the elements of the writing craft. By using group and individual exercises, students will create unforgettable characters, write sentences that jump off the paper, and stories that will make friends and family laugh and weep. A book will be the end product. Come and join me and become an author of a book that will be all your own. (Hour 2)

HS 223: Young Entrepreneurs (Instructor: Carissa Schoffner)
Some of the best business ideas have come from the minds of children. In this course, students will learn the basics of developing a unique business idea and how to start up their own business. Students will learn about examples of kid-based businesses and even how failure can lead to great ideas. A focus on creativity and leadership will help to create business ideas. Students will gain hands on experience with various business basics such as brainstorming ideas, creating marketing materials, the basics of keeping track of money, keeping an idea environmentally friendly, and making presentations for funding. (Hour 3)


SM 201: Arrrrrrr You Ready to Be a Pirate? (Instructor: Carissa Schoffner)
This course will teach all of the essential skills of being a pirate. Students will be designing their own flags, making a compass, following a treasure map on a treasure hunt around campus, and learn how to lead a crew. A variety of topics will be covered from learning about vitamin C while making pirate grub, using science to make exploding treasure chests, and learning about buoyancy from a boat building competition. The class will finalize by putting on a pirate play, complete with student created costume accessories. (Hour 2)

SM 202: Astronomy (Instructor: Mark Shroyer)
How did Galileo prove the earth is not the center of the universe? Why is the surface of Venus hot enough to melt lead? Why was Pluto demoted? We will use the scientific method to discover the answers to these and other questions. Through discussions, demonstrations, and experiments students will discover how scientists explore our universe and explain astronomical phenomena. Weather permitting we will have an evening viewing session for students and families. (Hour 1)

SM 203: Basic Calculations in C++ (Instructor: Mike Davidson)
Gain a brief introduction to computer programming writing code with C++. Work through and then modify basic programs and get a feel for what it's like to write computer code. Topics include variables and types, basic input/output, and basic conditional statements. We will write and test our code online. (Hour 2)

SM 204: Building With Fischertechnik (Instructor: Mike Davidson)
Build manually powered models of basic machines, vehicles, and even amusement park rides. Learn to follow various wiring diagrams, some including sensors and electromagnets, then power it up! Topics such as quality control and testing will be covered. Have a blast working with Fischertechnik building kits! (Hour 3)

SM 205: Decoding the Mysteries of Chemistry in Everyday Life (Instructor: Naomi Caro )
People, young and old, are exposed to many different chemical principles every day. Why does your toothpaste form bubbles? What is biofuel? Why was the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico such a problem to clean up? Why do we use soap? Why do we put salt on our driveway when it's icy? These questions can be answered with simple chemical principles and can be demonstrated with simple, fun chemical experiments. This experimental-based course, focused on late elementary students, will help us answer some of these "mysterious" questions. Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hour 2)

SM 206: Fun with Fossils: Earth History from Trilobites to Dinosaurs (Instructor: Katie Adelsberger)
Fun with Fossils: A trip through geologic time with a focus on fossilization and the history of life on planet Earth. Students will investigate how fossils and rocks form as well as how they become part of the rock record beneath our feet. With the help of the Knox College fossil collection, students will examine the major periods of earth history to discover the animals that lived and died long before humans arrived on the scene. At the end of the course, students will use their fossil expertise to conduct a paleontological dig and create their own fossils to take home. (Hours 1, 2, & 3)

SM 207: The Future of Energy (Instructor: Peter Schwartzman)
Ever wonder where our energy comes from? Ever consider what options are available now or will be in the future? Do you know the difference between a power and energy (or a kilowatt and horsepower)? Do you know of ways to save energy (and money)? The world is ever changing and energy resources will be at the center of any future changes in our society. We will look at many of the energy forms used today and come to understand how they operate and what the future holds. (Hour 2)

SM 208: Magic (Instructor: Penny Wagher)
Have you ever watched a magician either on TV or in person and wondered how the magic worked? In this class you will not only have those questions answered, but you will learn how to perform incredible tricks yourself. The tricks will use common materials that you can find around the house. Each magician will make their own magic kit and add several new tricks to it each day. Each evening you will be able to practice on your friends and family. On the final day a magic show will be held for the families. This could be the beginning of a new hobby! (Hours 1 & 3)

SM 209: Myth Busters (Instructor: Mark Shroyer)
Will my stomach really explode if I eat pop rocks and drink Pepsi? Does a penny dropped from a skyscraper have enough force to embed itself into the sidewalk (or someone's head)? Do good luck charms really work? Combining a practical approach to science, hands on experiments and research, students will explore and engage with popular myths and see if they are "Plausible" or completely "Busted." Research will allow students to not only read about why things are true or not, but test it for themselves and gain a comprehensive understanding. Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hour 3)

SM 210: Natural Disasters (Instructor: Lacey Colwell)
Do you know what to do if a natural disaster were to occur today? Can you create a building that would withstand an earthquake? Did you know that lava is not the most deadly threat from a volcano? In this course, students will use higher level thinking skills to explore the natural disasters our world faces each year. Through hands-on experiments and engaging research students will be able to answer all of the above questions and demonstrate a thorough understanding of natural disasters around the world. Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hour 1)

SM 211: Physics of Weather (Instructor: Mark Shroyer)
What is it often cooler on cloudy days, but warmer on cloudy nights? Why does it rain? What is lightning? Can "grandpa's sore knees" really predict if a storm is coming? We will study concepts such as temperature, pressure, humidity and wind speed and investigate ways to measure them. We will work to understand how these concepts relate to weather phenomena and can answer these questions and many more! (Hour 2)

SM 212: The Secret of Stuff: Where it Comes From and Where it Goes (Instructor: Froggi Van Riper)
With hands-on activities such as making recycled paper, simulating aluminum and plastic production chains, and role-playing the role of factory managers, we will learn how metals, fibers, plastics, fuels and foods are gathered from the earth to make products for our use. Through hands-on activities, games and discussions, we will explore our personal relationship with our natural resources, from the point of extraction to disposal or recycling. (Hours 1 & 3)

SM 213: Three, Two, One Blast Off! (Instructor: Christinel Cain)
In this interdisciplinary study of aeronautics, pilots will explore flight by building and testing paper airplanes. Students will also build and launch film canister rockets, experimenting with different variables. Students will discover information about the history of aeronautics through research-based instruction. Engineers will construct model rockets and become model rocket hobbyists. If you want a class that is out of this world, this one is perfect for you! The target age for this class is students in grades 5-7. (Hour 3)

SM 214: Unlimited Inventions (Instructor: Penny Wagher)
If you have ever wondered why or how machines work or are the type of person who enjoys making things and taking them apart, then this is the class for you. Using German-made Capsela Building sets, the students will learn how to construct following diagrams everything from basic cars to vacuum cleaners to cranes, all of which really move on land or water. Each capsule is constructed out of clear plastic so you can really see how a clutch or front wheel drive works. Time will also be given for you to create your own inventions which can be raced for speed or distance. If you can imagine it, then you can build a working model. (Hour 2)

SM 215: Urban Agriculture (Instructor: Peter Schwartzman)
Learn how to grow food in an urban environment using some of the best techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. Topics include vermicomposting, soil blocks, square foot gardening, organic weed/pest management, transplanting, soil management and raised beds. Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hour 3)

SM 216: Web Page Creation (Instructor: Rob Hull)
Explore the Internet in an entirely new way! This is a beginning course for students interested in learning how to make fully interactive web pages. During this class we will learn the basics of making a web page, finding and editing images, and using the Internet safely. Students will also explore what design elements make an appealing web page. Using designing/editing software each student will create a final web page of his or her own design. Returning students are welcome to repeat the class. (Hours 1 & 2)

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