Afternoon Session

Our afternoon sessions are from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Mathemagical: The Art and Magic of Math

Entering grades 2-3-4
Instructor: Nancy Wilson

Each day we'll warm up with a brainteaser then move on to master a mathemagic trick. For the main event, we'll make a mathematical work of art --from creating original optical illusions to your own color-wheel clock. By the end of our two weeks together, you'll be able to astound and amaze your family and friends with the art and magic of math!

Visual Touch: Computer Graphics and Digital Media Art

Entering grades 4-5-6-7
Instructor: Luis A. Santos

Appropriate for learners at all levels of computer knowledge, this project-based class is designed for students who want to express themselves and have fun using computers, and digital tools. We will cover the basics of graphic design, page layout, and simple animation using the same editing tools graphic design professionals use every day. Students will work with Adobe Creative Suite software (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, and Premier) to develop their own creative projects.


Rube Goldberg and Simple Machines 2.0

Entering grades 5-6-7-8
Instructor: Ron Pembleton

Have you ever wondered how machines work? When you pull on a lever, why does a light turn on? How do gears turn a wheel in a car? Or, have you always wanted to create a wacky contraption like shown on “Wallace and Gromit” episodes? During these two weeks, students will create amazing contraptions that will make a simple task (turning on a light switch) much more complicated and based on scientific principles involving mechanical advantage, work, and energy. Our week one challenges will be to build a complex machine from simple machine parts (like wheels, levers, pulleys and more). Our week two challenge will be to build a machine that takes up an entire room and will be displayed for viewing pleasure during the open house on our final Friday.


3-D Art

Entering grades 5-6-7
Instructor: Erin Sorensen

Young artists will explore the principles of historic and modern sculpture. Learning from the greats (Michelangelo, Henry Moore, Calder and Goldsworthy), students will sculpt in clay, fabricate with found objects, construct techno art from recycled electronics, and design, engineer, and build fantasy structures based on spatial design and architectural drafting. Taking inspiration from Gaudi, Wright, Gehry and Hadid, participants will take their art to a new dimension.


Conscious Cooking | Wasting less never tasted so good

Entering grades 5-6-7-8 Instructor: Fadya Bekta
Roughly ⅓ of the food produced for human consumption globally is wasted.* It’s time to start cooking using food surplus and imperfect produce, as well as transform stale bread or wilted veggies into yummy, nutritious food! This hands-on, interactive class will raise awareness on this important global issue and explore ways to minimize food waste everyday, by learning basic cooking techniques and getting real creative in the kitchen. This life skill will be great for you and great for our planet!
*United Nations Environment Program


Engineering and Design

Entering grades 6-7-8-9
Instructor: Bryan Nielsen

Design and create simple machines and then infuse technology to make your machine work for you. We will program a microcontroller and wire small motors to our projects. We will finish the Summer Odyssey Engineering and Design class by building a robot that the kids will be able to take home on the last day of class.


The Art of Games and Strategy

Entering grades 6-7-8-9
Instructor: Micah Franks

Join the games renaissance. Strategy has taken a new visage over the last 20 years. Come and practice mathematical planning, probability, and abstract experimentation, while engaging in the social milieu of positive sportsmanship and fun. Follow your imagination into the study of anthropology and history with eurogames like Carcassonne, Settlers of Cataan, Cyclades, and Dominion. Exercise your creative streak with Magic: The Gathering, and Eclipse. Build your own game together with friends, or bring your own favorites to play and analyze.


Screenwriting for Film and Video

Entering grades 7-8-9
Instructor: Jo Dines

Ever watch a movie and think, “I could have written that scene”? In this course, you will learn how to turn the pictures you have in your imagination into written words. Discover why well-written stories grab your attention and learn to write those scenes. Together, we will analyze modern and classic movies and learn how to format a script and write effective action and stand-out dialogue for the screen. Note: as part of this class we’ll look at scenes from movies rated G, PG, and PG-1.