SCHEDULE

Kids at College 2021: Online Edition!

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2021 Online Edition Classes:

5 – 8 Year Olds

  1. Artistic Book Club

    Artists will read books and gain inspiration for creating art projects together. After enjoying a new book each day, such as Linus the Little Yellow Pencil for the younger classes, students will learn a new, related skill (like eraser drawings from the Pencil book) to bring the story to life! One of the many exciting days in the 9-14 group includes reading Henri’s Scissors, then using the inspiration to create art with cut paper shapes while learning and implementing the art style of Fauvism. Pricilla Jimenez, from Alta Vista Elementary, opens the books for these artistic endeavors. Course Fee: $65
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 5-8
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday   10:00 –10:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday   12:00 – 12:50 p.m.

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday    9:00 – 9:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday  10:00 –10:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday    2:00 – 2:50 p.m. 

  2. Arts through the Decades

    Explore the decades through the lens of the arts! Young artists will learn about each era from the 1940s through the 2010s, with a focus on music, film, fashion and dance, then create art inspired by a toy from that era! Each day they will dance, sing and play through decades to tunes such as Tutti Frutti, Stayin’ Alive or even Jazz from the 40s. After being inspired by the arts of each era, students will create art and entertainment projects of their own. Priscilla Jimenez of Alta Vista Elementary opens the door to this creative expression of the 20th century. Course fee: $65
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 5-8
    June 21 – July 1  Monday – Thursday    1:00 –   1:50 p.m. 

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday  12:00 – 12:50 p.m.

  3. Bones

    The head bone is connected to the neck bone… but what comes next? During this session, students will learn about the bones in not only their bodies, but also in those of other vertebrates! Students will be given virtual tours of skeletons of various creatures then solve mysteries about what that animal ate, how it moved, where it lived and even if it laid eggs!!  This course is for students who are interested in learning to think beyond the obvious. Young scientists will understand the function of the bones in the body and how they work together to help vertebrates move and thrive! This discovery will be led by Amanda Pope, STEM lab instructor at Winston Academy of Engineering. Course Fee: $60
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 5-8
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    11:00 – 11:50 a.m. 

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday   10:00 – 10:50 a.m. 

  4. Cooking with Books

    Want to devour a delightful book? There is nothing better than getting lost in a good book unless it involves enjoying yummy snacks along the way! Participants will get lost in books while making special recipes that come from the story. They will learn about friendship, the importance of how we treat others, a little history, and cooking skills to boot. Instructor Vicki Herndon has taught reading for 15 years and has a passion for cooking and reading. Course Fee: $65
    Note: A kit is provided to students. A few perishable items and kitchen utensils are included on an at-home list. Some use of basic kitchen appliances including an oven and microwave oven will be needed for some activities. 

    Ages 5-8
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday     9:00 –  9:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday   11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday   12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday     2:00 –   2:50 p.m.

  5. Edible Science

    This course will bring science to the kitchen AND your tummy! Through this class students will discover new understandings of science concepts as well as have fun eating them! Young scientists will engage in learning about life science, the sun, moon and earth, and have fun with chemistry.  Sara Garcia, a science teacher of 23 years, will be leading your children on this yummy adventure! Course Fee: $65 

    Note: A kit is provided to students. A few perishable items are included on an at-home list. Some use of basic kitchen appliances and a microwave oven will be needed for some activities. 

    Ages 5-8
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    2:00 – 2:50 p.m. 

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday   1:00 – 1:50 p.m. 

  6. Engineering

    Aspiring engineers will enjoy learning the principles needed to design and build structural masterpieces.  The 5- 8year olds will build tall towers, strong support structures and mazes, using fun materials like spaghetti and marbles. The older engineers will design bridges, roller coasters and more! Sara Garcia, of Dundee Ridge Middle Academy, leads this learning laboratory. Course Fee: $65
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 5-8
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    12:00 – 12:50 p.m. 

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday    11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday    12:00 – 12:50 p.m. 

  7. French

    Bonjour! This class is for those who want to explore the culture, history, cuisine, and language of France. Participants learn how to count, say the alphabet, sing “Happy Birthday,” and apply basic conversational skills. Along with an exploration of the language, students also study the history of France and then use maps to find famous historic buildings and streets. Culture, cuisine, and creativity combine as students read recipes and then prepare, cook, and taste French food. This fabulous foray into French culture is led by Megan Stevens of Discovery High School. Course Fee: $60
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 5-8
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    9:00 – 9:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday  11:00 –11:50 a.m.  

  8. Jedi Academy

    For over a thousand years, the Jedi were guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy. Their order was all but destroyed and forgotten…until now. This course builds a New Hope through skill development of young padawans seeking to become true Jedi Knights. Special Jedi conditioning forms, unarmed defensive skills, and lightsaber usage are covered during this interactive training academy. Jedi Master Richard Ganey has over 37 years of experience in Japanese sword and Karate techniques. Course Fee: $65
    Note: A lightsaber will be provided to students. 

    Ages 5-8
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    9:00 – 9:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday  10:00 –10:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    2:00 – 2:50 p.m. 

  9. Knights of the Round Table

    Once, a fabled king asked his trusty knights to help him save the kingdom by defeating dragons. The knights were the king’s wise advisors—and heroes to all. Knights must be brave, intelligent, patient, and above allskilled with the sword and shield. This legend is not a mythSir Richard Ganey, with over 37 years of experience in sword and unarmed combat techniques, offers skill sessions to aspiring squires. Training is not for the faint of heart and involves practicing with a sword and shield, applying armor correctly, taking an oath of honesty, and promoting peace throughout the modern kingdom. This fun and physically intensive class incorporates exercises that prepare the mind, body, and imagination for dueling dragons and becoming a true knight of honor. Course Fee: $65
    Note: sword will be provided to students. 

    Ages 5-8
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday  10:00 –10:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday  11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday    1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday    2:00 – 2:50 p.m. 

  10. Space Mission

    Astrobiology is the newest STEM job at NASA and this course will introduce young minds to the opportunities outside Earth’s atmosphere! This course will give students an exciting look into the stars, upcoming Mars and Moon missions, and activities to enjoy while learning about the current events of the Mars Rover Perseverance! Students will be building a shock-absorbing landing system for the 2024 Artemis mission to the Moon, creating a functional calendar of the constellations in the Northern Hemisphere and lots of other fun activities! Let’s explore space! This mission will be spearheaded by Amanda Pope, STEM lab instructor from Winston Academy of Engineering. Course Fee: $65
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 5-8
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday  10:00 –10:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    2:00 – 2:50 p.m. 

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday    9:00 –9:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday    1:00 –1:50 p.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday    2:00 –2:50 p.m

9 – 14 Year Olds

  1. 3D Modeling

    For those who like drawing and sculpting, this class develops and extends these skills with the use of computers. Participants are shown how 3D virtual models are designed using Tinkercad. Basic modeling will be taught and practiced, then expanded on using patterns, cuts, holes and other modeling tools. This exciting exploration in engineering is taught by Robert Lamar, Mathematics professor at Warner University. Course fee: $65 

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday   10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday     2:00 –   2:50 p.m. 

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday   10:00 –10:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday     2:00 –  2:50 p.m.  

  2. Artistic Book Club

    Artists will read books and gain inspiration for creating art projects together. After enjoying a new book each day, such as Linus the Little Yellow Pencil for the younger classes, students will learn a new, related skill (like eraser drawings from the Pencil book) to bring the story to life! One of the many exciting days in the 9-14 group includes reading Henri’s Scissors, then using the inspiration to create art with cut paper shapes while learning and implementing the art style of Fauvism. Pricilla Jimenez, from Alta Vista Elementary, opens the books for these artistic endeavors. Course Fee: $65
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    9:00 –   9:50 a.m.

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday  11:00 – 11:50 a.m.  

  3. Arts through the Decades

    Explore the decades through the lens of the arts! Young artists will learn about each era from the 1940s through the 2010s, with a focus on music, film, fashion and dance, then create art inspired by a toy from that era! Each day they will dance, sing and play through decades to tunes such as Tutti Frutti, Stayin’ Alive or even Jazz from the 40s. After being inspired by the arts of each era, students will create art and entertainment projects of their own. Priscilla Jimenez of Alta Vista Elementary opens the door to this creative expression of the 20th century. Course fee: $65
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday  11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    2:00 –  2:50 p.m.  

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday   1:00  – 1:50 p.m. 

  4. Balloon Twisting

    Participants explore the whimsy and technique of balloon design through the creation of animals, hats, and other fun things. This online class starts with the basics and continues as far as time allows. The instructor is Luis Campaneriaaward-winning magician. Course Fee: $70
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday  11:00  11:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday     1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday     2:00 – 2:50 p.m.

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday  11:00 – 11:50 a.m.  

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday    1:00 –  1:50 p.m. 

  5. Balloon Twisting: Advanced

    Once the basics have been mastered, students can take their twisting to new levels as they learn more advanced skills. Balloon artists will sculpt creations such as monkeys, shark hats, and even mermaidsStudents must have completed the Balloon Twisting class to enroll in this advanced course. The instructor is Luis Campaneriaaward-winning magician. Course Fee: $70
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 9-14
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday      2:00 –  2:50 p.m. 

  6. BFF - Beauty, Fashion and Fitness

    Now that school is out, it’s time to grab a friend and start the party! This class brings out the inner diva and fashionista with an update on the latest fashions, including “throwback” trends from favorite stars. Friendship and fun are emphasized as students learn about better snack choices and practice workout routines such as the famous “Hip-Hop Abs Dance Cardio.” The excitement continues with a pampering day of facials and manicures. The grand finale is a virtual Ultimate Diva Fashion Show! Megan Stevens, a past Teacher of the Year from Discovery High School, puts the fabulous into this fun-filled party. Course Fee: $65
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    1:00 –   1:50 p.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    2:00 –   2:50 p.m. 

  7. Bones

    The head bone is connected to the neck bone… but what comes next? During this session, students will learn about the bones in not only their bodies, but also in those of other vertebrates! Students will be given virtual tours of skeletons of various creatures then solve mysteries about what that animal ate, how it moved, where it lived and even if it laid eggs!!  This course is for students who are interested in learning to think beyond the obvious. Young scientists will understand the function of the bones in the body and how they work together to help vertebrates move and thrive! This discovery will be led by Amanda Pope, STEM lab instructor at Winston Academy of Engineering. Course Fee: $60
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday  12:00 – 12:50 p.m.  

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday  11:00 – 11:50 a.m.  

  8. Chess

    This game of Kings and Queens can improve concentration, critical thinking, and creativity! Participants of all levels benefit from this study, where piece placement and strategic insight are discussed and practiced through online play! Instructor Chris Euverard captures the excitement in this game of ruse and stratagemCourse Fee: $60  

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday  10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday  12:00 – 12:50 p.m. 

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 10:5a.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday   1:00 –   1:50 p.m. 

  9. Cooking with Books

    Want to devour a delightful book? There is nothing better than getting lost in a good book unless it involves enjoying yummy snacks along the way! Participants will get lost in books while making special recipes that come from the story. They will learn about friendship, the importance of how we treat others, a little history, and cooking skills to boot. Instructor Vicki Herndon has taught reading for 15 years and has a passion for cooking and reading. Course Fee: $65
    Note: A kit is provided to students. A few perishable items and kitchen utensils are included on an at-home list. Some use of basic kitchen appliances including an oven and microwave oven will be needed for some activities.

    Ages 9-14
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday    10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday      1:00 –   1:50 p.m. 

  10. Edible Science

    This course will bring science to the kitchen AND your tummy! Through this class students will discover new understandings of science concepts as well as have fun eating them! Young scientists will engage in learning about life science, the sun, moon and earth, and have fun with chemistry.  Sara Garcia, a science teacher of 23 years, will be leading your children on this yummy adventure! Course Fee: $65
    Note: A kit is provided to students. A few perishable items are included on an at-home list. Some use of basic kitchen appliances and a microwave oven will be needed for some activities.

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    9:00 – 9:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday  10:00 –10:50 a.m. 

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday    2:00 – 2:50 p.m.

  11. Engineering

    Aspiring engineers will enjoy learning the principles needed to design and build structural masterpieces.  The 5- 8year olds will build tall towers, strong support structures and mazes, using fun materials like spaghetti and marbles. The older engineers will design bridges, roller coasters and more! Sara Garcia, of Dundee Ridge Middle Academy, leads this learning laboratory. Course Fee: $65
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday  11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    1:00 –   1:50 p.m.

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday    9:00 –  9:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday  10:00 –10:50 a.m.

  12. French

    Bonjour! This class is for those who want to explore the culture, history, cuisine, and language of France. Participants learn how to count, say the alphabet, sing “Happy Birthday,” and apply basic conversational skills. Along with an exploration of the language, students also study the history of France and then use maps to find famous historic buildings and streets. Culture, cuisine, and creativity combine as students read recipes and then prepare, cook, and taste French food. This fabulous foray into French culture is led by Megan Stevens of Discovery High School. Course Fee: $60
    Note: A kit will be provided to students.

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    12:00 – 12:50 p.m. 

  13. Jedi Academy

    For over a thousand years, the Jedi were guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy. Their order was all but destroyed and forgotten…until now. This course builds a New Hope through skill development of young padawans seeking to become true Jedi Knights. Special Jedi conditioning forms, unarmed defensive skills, and lightsaber usage are covered during this interactive training academy. Jedi Master Richard Ganey has over 37 years of experience in Japanese sword and Karate techniques. Course Fee: $65
    Note: A lightsaber will be provided to students.

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    12:00 – 12:50 p.m. 

  14. Knights of the Round Table

    Once, a fabled king asked his trusty knights to help him save the kingdom by defeating dragons. The knights were the king’s wise advisors—and heroes to all. Knights must be brave, intelligent, patient, and above allskilled with the sword and shield. This legend is not a mythSir Richard Ganey, with over 37 years of experience in sword and unarmed combat techniques, offers skill sessions to aspiring squires. Training is not for the faint of heart and involves practicing with a sword and shield, applying armor correctly, taking an oath of honesty, and promoting peace throughout the modern kingdom. This fun and physically intensive class incorporates exercises that prepare the mind, body, and imagination for dueling dragons and becoming a true knight of honor. Course Fee: $65
    Note: sword will be provided to students. 

    Ages 9-14
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday    9:00 – 9:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday  12:00 – 12:50 p.m. 

  15. Magic: Close Up

    This remote course for the magic enthusiast teaches the fundamentals of magic-using props such as cards, coins, and more, and then explores the techniques used to create personalized magic tricks. Students learn many other skills too secretive to announce. This class emphasizes practicing skills that build confidence and performance techniques. The instructor is Luis Campaneriaaward-winning magicianCourse Fee: $65
    Note: A magic kit with learning tools is provided.  

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1  Monday – Thursday    9:00    9:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1  Monday – Thursday  12:00  12:50 p.m. 

    July 12 – July 22  Monday – Thursday    9:00 –   9:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22  Monday – Thursday  12:00 – 12:50 p.m. 

  16. Model Rocketry

    This course provides an experience that is out of this world! Rocketeers explore the outer reaches by using basic model rocketry techniques and a one-stage rocket kit. Using online video tutorials, the student creates a model rocket at home and designs the exterior. The instructor provides tips, gives some scientific background, and helps to troubleshoot through online Zoom meetups where students can also share their work and compare their progress with others. When the rocket is complete, the student and his or her family join the instructor for a spectacular launch, sending the rocket hundreds of feet into the sky. With exceptional performance and parachute recovery, the Estes Alpha rocket is sure to rival the SpaceX Falcon 9 in the hearts of participants! Instructor Ryan Pope is a Robotics teacher at Lake Alfred Polytechnic Academy. Course Fee: $70
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. Supplemental home supplies include scissors, craft knife, masking tape, spray paint, and newspaper. 

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday  10:00  10:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday  11:00  11:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday  12:00  12:50 p.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    1:00    1:50 p.m. 

    July 12 – July 22  Monday – Thursday    9:00 –   9:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22  Monday – Thursday  10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22  Monday – Thursday    1:00 –   1:50 p.m.
    July 12 – July 22  Monday – Thursday    2:00 –   2:50 p.m.

  17. Pop-Up Books

    In this class, students will combine art with principles of math and engineering to design an amazing pop-up book! After discovering the history and examples of pop-up books, young engineers will practice bends and folds to transform paper into pop-up pages. They will use their imagination, creativity, and newly learned skills to create their own pop-up bookRyan Pope, a Robotics teacher at Lake Alfred Polytechnic Academy, leads this creative and mathematical exploration. Course fee: $60
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    9:00 – 9:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    2:00 – 2:50 p.m. 

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday   11:00 –11:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday   12:00 –12:50 p.m. 

  18. Programming with Scratch

    Computers are great to use, but they are far more fun to control! In this course, students explore how to write programs and use software to control a computer’s actions. Students are introduced to computer code and learn to write their own programs for all types of functions. Interactive activities abound as students cooperate and challenge new concepts. Instructor Robert Lamar, a professor at Warner University, enjoys merging math with computer programming. Course fee: $65 

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday  11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    1:00 –   1:50 p.m. 

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday  11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday    1:00 –   1:50 p.m. 

  19. Space Mission

    Astrobiology is the newest STEM job at NASA and this course will introduce young minds to the opportunities outside Earth’s atmosphere! This course will Spgive students an exciting look into the stars, upcoming Mars and Moon missions, and activities to enjoy while learning about the current events of the Mars Rover Perseverance! Students will be building a shock-absorbing landing system for the 2024 Artemis mission to the Moon, creating a functional calendar of the constellations in the Northern Hemisphere and lots of other fun activities! Let’s explore space! This mission will be spearheaded by Amanda Pope, STEM lab instructor from Winston Academy of Engineering. Course Fee: $65
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday    9:00 – 9:50 a.m. 

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday 12:00 –12:50 p.m. 

  20. Trick-Talking Puppetry

    This online class is for the enterprising entertainer who craves a comic companion! A skilled ventriloquist must learn scripting, puppetry, and the secretive art of talking without moving the lips. To master the fundamentals, individuals invent a simple hand puppet to practice and perfect performance techniques. Then they create, customize, and rehearse jokes and routines with their new “buddies” so they can entertain family and friends. Luis Campaneriaaward-winning magicianleads this exciting opportunity. Course Fee: $60
    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday  10:00 – 10:50 a.m. 

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday  10:00 – 10:50 a.m. 

  21. Trivia

    In this exciting and socially engaging class, students pursue victory by answering age-appropriate questions in an online, yet face-to-face format. Brains are abuzz as participants “show what they know” to new friends. This fun, friendly competition for bragging rights and prizes covers an array of topics and subjects. Coach Chris Euverard leads this interactive adventure. Course Fee: $60 

    Note: A kit will be provided to students. 

    Ages 9-14
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday   9:00 – 9:50 a.m.
    June 21 – July 1 Monday – Thursday   1:00  1:50 p.m.  

    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday   9:00 –  9:50 a.m.
    July 12 – July 22 Monday – Thursday   2:00 –  2:50 p.m.