Study Groups

 

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FALL 2019

Tuesdays, 11:00 – 3:00
8 weeks, 10/1 to 11/19

11:00 – 12:00 

Nature Photography and Science
All ages
Instructors: 
Christine Magner and Meghan Rezac
11:00-12:00
Learn about rocks and minerals, foliage, birds, and other nature science concepts, all while you learn how to photograph them! This study group will combine scientific nature study and experiments with techniques for taking the best nature photos possible.

Fitness and Self-Defense  THIS STUDY GROUP IS FULL
All ages
Instructors: 
Yuliana King
11:00-12:00
Get your body moving in unexpected ways while we learn self-defense. A combination of exercises, games, and challenges await you as you learn to defend yourself and be strong!

Create Your Own Natural History Museum Workshop
ages 5-11
Instructors: 
 Eva Yarger and Cindy Nordstrom
11:00-12:00
All it takes to make a museum of natural history is four departments: zoology, botany, geology and anthropology. We’ll study animals, plants, earth and rocks, and humans past and present, and then choose unique ways to represent them in our own – portable! – natural history museums. The activities and expectations will be appropriate for the different age groups.

Beginning Programming
ages 6-9
Instructors: 
Lisa Condor
11:00-12:00
Play games, program your teacher and each other, teach an alien to make a sandwich, and program a story with Scratch, Jr. This class will teach you the very beginning of programming and we’ll have fun doing it!

Art with Jen Swan
ages 8+
Instructors: Jen Swan
11:00-12:00
This study group will focus on the media and techniques that you choose. As a group, you can discuss with Jen what you most would like to do, and Jen will make it happen! Maybe you’ll hone your figure drawing techniques one week, then shift gears and create animal sculpture based on ancient artifacts the next. Bring your artistic interests and creativity to this all-art-all-the-time study group!

*There is a $10 materials fee associated with this study group.

Design, Build, Destroy  THIS STUDY GROUP IS FULL
ages 8-11
Instructors: Alex King
11:00-12:00
Become engineers as you build bridges, walls, and structures. Then, make catapults, slingshots, and other mini-weapons and try to destroy what you’ve built. It’s a battle between solidly-built structures and effectively-built weapons … which will win?

*There will be two sections of this class. If you are ages 8-11, please register for the morning session. If you are ages 12+, please register for the afternoon.

Fantasy D&D 5e for experienced players
ages 8+
Instructors: Aubry Shackelford and Sarah Olsen
11:00-12:00
Captured by the drow! You wouldn’t wish this fate upon anyone, yet here you are – locked in a dark cave, the cold, heavy weight of metal tight around your throat and wrists. You are not alone. Other prisoners are trapped in here with you, in an underground outpost far from the light of the sun. Your captors include a cruel drow priestess who calls herself Mistress Ilvara of House Mizzrym. She likes to impress her will with scourge in hand, and to remind you that your life now belongs to her. “Accept your fate, learn to obey, and you may survive.” Her words echo in your memory, even as you plot your escape…  Work with your team of experienced D&D players to bring your 3rd level character out of the clutches of the drow and back to the surface in this traditional fantasy D&D game.

Experienced D&D: 5e players who know the game, can read and write well, and can perform the needed math quickly.  Player characters must be created beforehand: 3rd level, Player’s Handbook and Xanathar’s Guide only, no homebrew.  Player character sheets must be submitted for verification at least one week before the study group begins (form-fillable pdf files will be provided).

Fundamentals of Woodworking
ages 9+
Instructors:  
Ben Cline
11:00-12:00
Do you like to build things? In this study group, you’ll build several projects with wood, using simple tools and techniques that you can learn and apply to other projects at home. Projects include a cutting board, tool box, and other projects that help you learn necessary building skills.

There is a $20 materials fee associated with this study group.

1:00 – 2:00

Knitting, Crocheting, and other Yarn Art
All ages
Instructors: Samantha Rowe and Natasha Trapp
1:00-2:00
Brings your brains, creativity, and needles … you’ll be knitting and crocheting hats, learning fancy stitches to create art, and whatever you can dream up and create with yarn!

Game Time!
All ages
Instructors:  
Crystal Figueroa and Jean Shackelford
1:00-2:00
Play different board, card, and role-playing games each week. Bring your ideas about your favorites or games you’ve been wanting to try to the first week, and you can create this study group!

Storytime Adventures
ages 5-8
Instructors:  
Christine Magner and Meghan Rezac
1:00-2:00
Enjoy stories by favorite authors and bring them to life.  We will read stories, create art, make a recipe or two, draw a new version of a story, and maybe even create a mini-play! Bring your laughter and creativity for this fun class! The works of Eric Carle, Mo Willems, Ben Clanton, and Emily Jenkins, and more will be a part of the journey.

Drop of Water
ages 5-8
Instructors:  
Miss Nell
1:00-2:00
The pictures and ideas in Walter Wick’s beautiful book, A Drop of Water, are the inspiration for the science in this fun study group. You’ll learn about evaporation, condensation, snowflakes, how clouds form, and more amazing water tricks, like a “wild wave” caused by a brown egg dropped in a water glass, soap bubbles with a “shimmering liquid skin,” a snowflake at 60 times its actual size, and dew on a spider web. Hands-on experiments with water in all of its forms will make this a wet-and-wild study group!

Space Art
ages 8+
Instructors:  
 Jen Swan
1:00-2:00
Nebulas, black holes, constellations, oh my! This study group will explore the vastness of space and all its beauty by combining art and science. One project may be learning about different moons then creating your own moonscape. Or maybe you’ll create op art based on how the planets revolve around the sun. How about a 3D planetary landscape? Bring your favorite aspects of space to this class … and your creativity!

Fantasy D&D 5e for beginning players
ages 8+
Instructors:  
Aubry Shackelford and Sarah Olsen
1:00-2:00
In the city of Neverwinter, a dwarf named Gundren Rockseeker asked you to bring a wagonload of provisions to the rough-and-tumble settlement of Phandalin, a couple of days’ travel southeast of the city. Gundren was clearly excited and more than a little secretive about his reasons for the trip, saying only that he and his brothers had found “something big,” and that he’d pay you ten gold pieces each for escorting his supplies safely to Barthen’s Provisions, a trading post in Phandalin.  You’ve spent the last few days following the High Road south from Neverwinter, and you’ve just recently veered east along the Triboar Trail. You’ve encountered no trouble so far, but this territory can be dangerous. Bandits and outlaws have been known to lurk along the trail…  Learn how to play D&D fifth edition in a traditional D&D fantasy setting.  We’ll use the three pillars of D&D – exploration, social interaction, and combat – to take pre-generated 1st level player characters on a roleplaying adventure while learning the D&D 5e system of rules.

Science Art: Optics  
ages 8+
Instructors:  
Michele Rush and Olivia Rush
1:00-2:00
Explore the world of light and sight with art. Together, we’ll create geometric stained glass windows, fancy tessellations, and fun optical illusions to trick your friends and family. We’ll take a slightly more sophisticated take on optical illusions, reflection/refraction, transparency/opaqueness while combining science, math and optics. We’re going to get messy and create some art!

Fundamentals of Woodworking
ages 9+
Instructors:  
Ben Cline
1:00-2:00
Do you like to build things? In this study group, you’ll build several projects with wood, using simple tools and techniques that you can learn and apply to other projects at home. Projects include a cutting board, tool box, and other projects that help you learn necessary building skills.

There is a $20 materials fee associated with this study group.

Design, Build, Destroy  THIS STUDY GROUP IS FULL
ages 12+
Instructors: Lisa Condor
1:00-2:00
Become engineers as you build bridges, walls, and structures. Then, make catapults, slingshots, and other mini-weapons and try to destroy what you’ve built. It’s a battle between solidly-built structures and effectively-built weapons … which will win?

*There will be two sections of this class. If you are ages 8-11, please register for the morning session. If you are ages 12+, please register for the afternoon.

 

 

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