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Fall 2021 – In-Person Academy

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Fall Academy Schedule 2021 (In-Person)

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Monday
Monday
Math for Future Architects
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Did you know that the link between math and architecture goes back to ancient times, when the two disciplines were virtually indistinguishable? (Click for details)
Math for Future Architects
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Mondays from 4:00-5:30pm Did you know that the link between math and architecture goes back to ancient times, when the two disciplines were virtually indistinguishable? Pyramids and temples were some of the earliest examples of mathematical principles at work. Today, math continues to feature prominently in building design, from the Kunsthaus Graz in Austria, to Seattle’s Central Library, to LA’s Disney Concert Hall. Through hands-on projects, students will advance their application of geometry concepts such as dimensions and conversions, area and volume, shapes and angles, 2- and 3- dimensional pictures, rays, lines, segments, and more! Mastery will be demonstrated by students’ ability to independently construct and create structures, building on their intuition that Math + Design = Awesome. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Microbiology: Pathogens and Petri Dishes
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
By the end of the class, students will be able to understand the cause, mode of transmission, signs and symptoms, and cures for illnesses, as well as how some microbes are beneficial to humans and the environment. (Click for details)
Microbiology: Pathogens and Petri Dishes
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

In Person, Mondays from 4:00-5:30pm From Actinomyces (beneficial bacteria in our digestive tract that helps us break down food) to Varicella Zoster (the tiny virus that causes chicken pox) the microscopic world is wildly diverse in structure, function, and impact on our lives. If you’ve ever wondered about the culprits behind common diseases or the heroes behind some of life’s core processes, this class will help lead you to answers through hands-on activities, case studies, and engaging discussion. By the end of the class, students will be able to understand the cause, mode of transmission, signs and symptoms, and cures for illnesses, as well as how some microbes are beneficial to humans and the environment. Mastery will be demonstrated by classroom participation and activities in which students act as doctors and microbiologists in intriguing case studies.

Tuesday
Tuesday
Robotics: Makebot Challenge
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Students in this class will be presented with advanced robot challenges through research, testing and building designs using multi-port Hub motors and actuators (Click for details)
Robotics: Makebot Challenge
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
12 to 14

In Person, Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30pm Students in this class will be presented with advanced robot challenges through research, testing and building designs using multi-port Hub motors and actuators. Skills will be higher ordered thinking, group cooperation, and problem solving. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the engineering and coding methods in field challenges, and the construction of creative projects. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $75 materials fee is required for the purchase of a Makeblok mBot Coding Robot Kit.

Balloon Force! Newton's Laws of Motion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This course will explore how balloons can be used to power a vehicle, absorb chemicals, or propel a hovercraft. (Click for details)
Balloon Force! Newton's Laws of Motion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30pm Up, up, and away we go! This course will explore how balloons can be used to power a vehicle, absorb chemicals, or propel a hovercraft. Students will experiement with physics, chemistry, aerodynamics, and more using ordinary balloons. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Dungeons and Dragons
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Discover what it means to be a true hero, to face one’s fears and to work as a team to achieve a common goal. (Click for details)
Dungeons and Dragons
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

In Person, Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30pm Are you a fan of fantasy, monsters, and magic? Have you ever dreamed of going on an adventure in which you starred the hero who achieved the impossible? Would you like to discover your inner strengths while journeying alongside a cast of larger-than-life characters? If so, then Dungeons and Dragons awaits! But do not expect D&D to be a mere game, for it is so much more! Discover what it means to be a true hero, to face one’s fears and to work as a team to achieve a common goal. Mastery will be demonstrated by advancements in game strategy and collaboration with peers.

Wednesday
Wednesday
Mythology of Many Lands
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Are you enthralled with exciting stories, fantastical creatures, and other cultures? You are not alone! (Click for details)
Mythology of Many Lands
10:00 am - 11:30 am
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Wednesdays from 10:00-11:30am Are you enthralled with exciting stories, fantastical creatures, and other cultures? You are not alone! Humans have been telling stories for 3,000 years. Prepare to journey around the world, through time, and in and out of reality as you explore the mythology, folklore and fairytales that have shaped cultures and imparted words of wisdom! Students will listen to stories from near and far while interpreting them in different formats, visual, audio, poetry, etc.

Solving for X When Y = Yoga
10:00 am - 11:30 am
In this class, mathematical skills such as solving inequalities, factoring, and building fluency with algebraic symbols will be practiced at intervals with breathing and movement techniques that support balance, concentration, memory, and relaxation. (Click for details)
Solving for X When Y = Yoga
10:00 am - 11:30 am
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

In Person, Wednesdays from 10:00-11:30am When it comes to finding the values of unknown quantities, Algebra + Yoga can do wonders. In this class, mathematical skills such as solving inequalities, factoring, and building fluency with algebraic symbols will be practiced at intervals with breathing and movement techniques that support balance, concentration, memory, and relaxation. Each class, students will be introduced to self-paced exercises that will build confidence, strength and flexibility as they tackle increasingly challenging math equations. Prerequisites: Comfort with arithmetic through multiplication and division, as well as fractions. MATERIALS REQUIRED: Students must bring a yoga mat. A $10 materials fee is required for the purchase of MathWise Algebra workbook.

We the People: The U.S Constitution
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
We the People explores how intelligent people with very different beliefs worked together to design a government that was more just than any in existence at that time. (Click for details)
We the People: The U.S Constitution
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
12 to 14

In Person, Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30pm We the People explores how intelligent people with very different beliefs worked together to design a government that was more just than any in existence at that time. In this class we will learn about what each branch of government can and cannot do, and why we chose to design it this way. We built in the ability to change our Constitution, and we began to add to it before it was the law of the land. We will look at these changes and discover the reasons why they are important.

Self-Paced Math
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
In this class, students will be challenged to explore mathematical ideas at their own pace through building projects, games, worksheets, and assessments. (Click for details)
Self-Paced Math
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30pm Have you ever wondered how math is used in everyday life? How what you see and do connects to logic, creative inquiry and problem-solving? Get ready to put your math cap on! In this class, students will be challenged to explore mathematical ideas at their own pace through building projects, games, worksheets, and assessments. Students will build on their foundation and understanding of perimeter, area, and volume of Euclid’s element while being able to develop, discuss and use accurate, generalizable procedures to define and analyze dimensions. Mastery will be demonstrated by students using their conceptions and content knowledge to create story board math problems. Prerequisites: Students should be confident with addition, subtraction, and multiplication and begin understanding division. Students should be able to record their thinking.

Robotics: Get Rolling!
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Stretch your imagination by having fun with engineering and coding to explore the world of robotics! (Click for details)
Robotics: Get Rolling!
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Wednesdays from 2:00-3:30pm What is a robot, and how does it work? Stretch your imagination by having fun with engineering and coding to explore the world of robotics! In this class, students will become confident learners as they undertake real-world solutions. Skills will be more complex thinking, group cooperation, and problem-solving. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the building and coding methods to construct independent and group projects. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $50 materials fee is required for the purchase of a Sphero Mini robot.

Fauna of La Brea Tar Pits
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
It was not until the Cenozoic, the Age of Mammals, that California became inhabited by fantastic prehistoric beasts. (Click for details)
Fauna of La Brea Tar Pits
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 14

In Person, Wednesdays from 2:00-3:30pm Dinosaurs ruled the planet for over 150 million. They flourished just about everywhere . . . except California. For much of the Mesozoic, our beloved Golden State was at the bottom of the sea. It was not until the Cenozoic, the Age of Mammals, that California became inhabited by fantastic prehistoric beasts. Here in Fauna of the La Brea Tar Pits, prepare yourself for a paleontological journey where you will learn about the incredible megafauna that used to roam ancient Los Angeles just a few tens of millennia ago and gets up close and personal to fossils from Ice Age icons such as the mammoth, sabertooth cat, and more!

Chemistry Lab
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This class will cover the properties of matter, atomic structure, acids and bases, electrochemistry, types of reactions, and chemical bonds. (Click for details)
Chemistry Lab
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 14

In Person, Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30pm How do the 118 elements of the periodic table combine and react to create the world around us? This class will cover the properties of matter, atomic structure, acids and bases, electrochemistry, types of reactions, and chemical bonds. Through hands-on experimentation, engaging discussion, and examination of groundbreaking chemists throughout history, students will become comfortable predicting reactions and carrying out the scientific method to explain their outcomes. Mastery will be demonstrated by explaining the work of a past or present chemist of your choice to your classmates. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Microbiology
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This course is designed for young students who want to investigate and gain in-depth knowledge of the biology of bacteria, viruses, and more. (Click for details)
Microbiology
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30pm Have you ever wondered about the invisible friends and foes that make up the microscopic world around us? This course is designed for young students who want to investigate and gain in-depth knowledge of the biology of bacteria, viruses, and more. Students will explore both beneficial microbes and disease-causing pathogens while learning how they grow, multiply, and impact our lives both positively and negatively. Classes will include hands-on experiments, creative projects, and inquiry-based exploration into the microscopic world and its large-scale effects. Mastery will be demonstrated by direct feedback, question and answer sessions, and creative projects. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Thursday
Thursday
Expository Writing: Writing for Impact
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Whether you’re a budding journalist or astrophysicist, learning the ropes of writing will help you communicate your big ideas with clarity and ease. (Click for details)
Expository Writing: Writing for Impact
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

In Person, Thursdays from 2:00-3:30pm Whether you’re a budding journalist or astrophysicist, learning the ropes of writing will help you communicate your big ideas with clarity and ease. This course will take the mystery out of learning to write well by breaking down the writing process into manageable steps. Using a program called the Hochman Method from The Writing Revolution, students will learn writing strategies that will equip them to face any blank page with confidence. Sessions will focus on specific techniques and targeted feedback that match each student's needs. At the same time, students will have opportunities to pursue content based on their particular interests, with the objective to develop enjoyment and motivation in the writing process, in addition to skill and technique.

Intro to Architecture and Current Design Practice
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Students in this class will take a deep dive into the realm of architecture as they examine the materials and buildings that make up our cities and investigate current design problems. (Click for details)
Intro to Architecture and Current Design Practice
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
12 to 14

In Person, Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm Welcome to the world of Zaha Hadid, David Adjae, I.M.Pei and more! Students in this class will take a deep dive into the realm of architecture as they examine the materials and buildings that make up our cities and investigate current design problems. Through digital tools and physical models, students will survey three main building types: the domestic home, the office, and the community centre. Each session will offer insight into the concepts and language of architecture practice. By the end of this course, students will have gained a keen awareness of our built environment along with some fun design skills! No prior design or arts experience is required."

Checkmate! Chess Strategy
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Whether you are new to the board or a budding chess master, this course will challenge you to learn the rules and structure of the game while adding complexity to your next move. (Click for details)
Checkmate! Chess Strategy
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

In Person, Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm Whether you are new to the board or a budding chess master, this course will challenge you to learn the rules and structure of the game while adding complexity to your next move. Students will have the opportunity to foster their creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and sportsmanship in a fun, friendly, and competitive environment while learning the foundations of the game such as piece value and how they move across the board. Students will proceed to practice tactics and strategies, as well as Opening and Ending Principles of the game. Mastery will be demonstrated by students engaging in gameplay under tournament-style conditions.

Kitchen Chemistry
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
By combining everyday ingredients, you can create exciting colors, weird sounds, creepy textures and sometimes - explosions! (Click for details)
Kitchen Chemistry
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm You don’t need an expensive laboratory to challenge your chemistry skills - look no further than your kitchen cabinet! By combining everyday ingredients, you can create exciting colors, weird sounds, creepy textures and sometimes - explosions! In this class, students will learn essential scientific equations and elements, conduct safe and fun experiments, and watch different materials react in surprising ways as they explore the exciting world of science. Mastery will be demonstrated by a project using the processes of the Scientific Method: hypothesis, observations, experiment, analysis, results conclusions and discussion. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Friday
Friday
Page One: Creative Writing
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
This course will draw inspiration straight from the stories, poems, lyrics and even comic books that students love most. (Click for details)
Page One: Creative Writing
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Fridays from 11:00am-12:30pm Welcome to Page One, where writing springs from imagination! This course will draw inspiration straight from the stories, poems, lyrics and even comic books that students love most. Through short reading and writing exercises, students will learn how word choice, syntax, rhythm and rhyme bring setting, characters and plot to life. Interactive games and creative projects will build skills and confidence through exploration, experimentation and play. Mastery will be demonstrated by the creation of a short written work in the student’s genre of choice, which illustrates independent thinking and progress in reading, writing, and verbal expression.

CoderZ
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
CoderZ is an engineer's dream, an online platform where students will build and program virtual robots. (Click for details)
CoderZ
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

In Person, Fridays from 11:00am-12:30pm CoderZ is an engineer's dream, an online platform where students will build and program virtual robots. Through engaging activities, students will explore the world of engineering and coding language (block coding based on MIT's Scratch), as they animate their programmable robots. We will research and test designs and develop our bots to overcome field challenges with obstacles and turns such as “Adventure Peak”. Each class will provide students with the tools to define a problem, create a solution and share their results. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the engineering and coding methods in field challenges, and the construction of creative solutions. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $40 materials fee is required for the purchase of a CoderZ license.

Wildlife of Disney
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
We will discuss not only actual animal biology and natural history while examining real animal artifacts, but the impact of artistic license, pop cultural ideals, and storytelling symbolism (Click for details)
Wildlife of Disney
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
10 to 14

In Person, Fridays from 1:00-2:30pm Welcome to Wildlife of Disney! In this class, we will separate the fact from the fiction as we take an in-depth look at the animals in some of our favorite Disney films. We will discuss not only actual animal biology and natural history while examining real animal artifacts, but the impact of artistic license, pop cultural ideals, and storytelling symbolism behind the depictions of beloved animated classics such as The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and more!

Biology of Me
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Interactively learn about the systems of the human body and gain a deep functional knowledge of how different organs work together. (Click for details)
Biology of Me
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Fridays from 1:00-2:30pm The human body can do amazing things! How does it taste and digest food, observe the world, breathe air, and pump blood? In this class, students will interactively learn about the systems of the human body and gain a deep functional knowledge of how different organs work together. Through hands-on projects and lab activities, students will better understand how the various human body systems work both independently and together. In addition, students will investigate how things like poor food choices can damage these vital systems, as well as the strength of the body’s healing power when put to the test. Mastery will be determined by hands-on projects and lab activities. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Seeds of Science
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Starting with fundamental principals like the scientific method, learn about the micro and macro of science across divisions. (Click for details)
Seeds of Science
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Fridays from 3:00-4:30pm In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of science; chemistry, physics, geology, environmental science, life science, and more through hands-on experiments! Starting with fundamental principals like the scientific method and discovery though questioning, students will learn about the micro and macro of science across divisions. From sunlight and photosynthesis to the origin of our Earth and solar system, this class will build a foundation for learning by gathering and evaluating evidence, communicating scientific findings to others, and instilling a quest for knowledge. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the scientific method to lab and field experiments, and the construction of creative projects. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Secrets of the Snake
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Snakes are some of the most feared creatures on planet Earth, and yet they are also one of the most misunderstood. (Click for details)
Secrets of the Snake
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

In Person, Fridays from 3:00-4:30pm Courage is knowing what not to fear. -Plato Snakes are some of the most feared creatures on planet Earth, and yet they are also one of the most misunderstood. In this class, students will learn all there is to know about snakes, from their evolution and biodiversity to their locomotion and senses, to their rightful place in the labyrinth of human history, religion and folklore. Students will have the opportunity to interact with live pet serpents, then build on their knowledge to construct an original serpentarium that exhibits their understanding and appreciate for what makes a snake a snake.

Saturday
Saturday
Cells: Under the Microscope
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Fire up your brain cells and get ready to explore a fascinating microscopic world! (Click for details)
Cells: Under the Microscope
10:00 am - 11:30 am
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Saturdays from 10:00am-11:30am Fire up your brain cells and get ready to explore a fascinating microscopic world! Though cells are tiny, they are complex machines with moving parts and unique jobs to do based on their structure. This class will investigate single-celled organisms such as amoebas and bacteria, animal and plant cells, cellular processes, and even how some of our own uniquely structured cells work together to keep our bodies healthy. Students will become cell experts through hands-on activities, discussion, and using a microscope to see living cells in action. Mastery will be demonstrated by the creation of a project on the cell cycle of a specific type of cell of the student’s choosing. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Marvel Comics: The Hero's Journey
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
By the end of this course, students will understand the history and development of a comic book artists’ craft, and have the opportunity to create their own universe of characters. (Click for details)
Marvel Comics: The Hero's Journey
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Saturdays from 12:00-1:30pm Have you ever dreamed of creating your own superhero or building your own comic book empire? Are you fascinated by the complexity of Marvel’s heroes and villains? If so, this is the class for you! Dive into the history and background of Marvel as you learn about the origins of your favorite superheroes such as Spider Man, Captain America, the Avengers, and more! By the end of this course, students will understand the history and development of a comic book artists’ craft, and have the opportunity to create their own universe of characters.

Fall Academy Schedule 2021 (In-Person)
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Fall 2021 – Online Academy

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Fall Academy Schedule 2021 (Online)

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Monday
Monday
Kitchen Chemistry 2
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This combination course in chemistry and culinary arts will give new meaning to the expression, “food for thought.” (Click for details)
Kitchen Chemistry 2
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Online, Mondays from 3:00-4:00pm PT Put on your lab coat and apron! This combination course in chemistry and culinary arts will give new meaning to the expression, “food for thought.” Students will learn the fundamentals of atomic structure and the periodic table of elements, as well as scientific techniques related to experiments in liquid chromatography, osmosis, and more. Through making concoctions such as fruity popsicles and homemade whey, students will learn to savor the chemistry behind cooking. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the Scientific Method and cooking techniques, with beginner-level analysis of Chemistry concepts. Pre-requisites: Completion of Kitchen Chemistry 1 is recommended, but not required. Please report any allergies/medical conditions or sensitivity to food and plant material.

Tuesday
Tuesday
Pathology of Viruses
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Students in this class will learn all about molecular biology and biochemistry of viruses and virus infection. (Click for details)
Pathology of Viruses
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Online, Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00pm PT Students in this class will learn all about molecular biology and biochemistry of viruses and virus infection. Topics will include the fundamentals of virus structure, virus multiplication (lytic and lysogenic cycles), disease mechanisms, prevention and intervention of infection, and how viruses pose threats to human and animal health through emergence and evolution. We will discuss selected examples of viruses that impact our world and everyday life, starting with viruses pathogenic to animals and then moving on to learning a ""bug per day.” At the course’s conclusion, students will understand principles and themes in modern day virology, including virus pathogenesis, vaccination, anti-viral drugs, and gene therapy.

Maker Geometry
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Students in this class will use a mix of 3D prints, craft materials and common household items to build geometrical intuition and estimation skills. (Click for details)
Maker Geometry
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Online, Tuesdays from 2:00-3:15pm PT! Where there is matter, there is geometry-Johannes Kepler Students in this class will use a mix of 3D prints, craft materials and common household items to build geometrical intuition and estimation skills. Beginning from the basics (rectangular solids, circles, triangles) students will then advance to conic sections and applications in astronomy and architecture. Students will learn how to visualize and create math models in OpenSCAD, an open-source, free, computer-aided design program. Some coding experience will be helpful but is not required. Students will create actual 3D models to be printed at IEA’s Learning Center to be picked up or delivered from the IEA Learning Center. Course curriculum will be drawn from material in the instructors’ book, Make: Geometry (available late summer from Amazon and other retailers). Mastery will be demonstrated by the student’s ability to make and explain virtual and physical geometry models.

First Contact
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
This role-playing course will give students background in the engineering and science needed to work their way through various first-contact scenarios. (Click for details)
First Contact
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Online, Tuesdays from 4:00-5:15pm PT What would you do if you and your scientific team were tasked with communicating with beings from another planet? Alternatively, what would you do if you and your alien community were suddenly visited by a group of curious, inquiring humans? This role-playing course will give students background in the engineering and science needed to work their way through various first-contact scenarios. Aliens and humans will have to decide whether to cooperate or clash—but only once they’ve learned how to communicate with each other! Students must be active independently and in teams to problem-solve how to anticipate the actions of intelligences very unlike their own. Students will learn the simple design program Tinkercad to mockup 3D designs of aliens, extraterrestrial habitats and more. Student-designed 3D models will be printed at IEA’s Learning Center. Prints will be mailed or available for pickup so students can have their creation in physical form! Mastery will be demonstrated when students exhibit problem-solving skills and empathy to save human and alien civilizations.

Wednesday
Wednesday
Math Circle
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Math Circles allow students to establish these habits of mind in a comfortable environment while tackling ‘low ceiling, high threshold’ problems that are easy to understand but allow exploration at different levels. (Click for details)
Math Circle
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Online, Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00am PT Mathematicians are Pattern Sniffers, Experimenters, Describers, Tinkerers, Inventors, Visualizers, Conjecturers, and Guessers (according to Cuoco, et. al in their iconic paper “Habits of Mind: An Organizing Principle for Mathematics Curricula). Math Circles allow students to establish these habits of mind in a comfortable environment while tackling ‘low ceiling, high threshold’ problems that are easy to understand but allow exploration at different levels. We revisit ideas again and again from different viewpoints. Math Circles are both a time to get together and discuss mathematics and also a time to circle around deep ideas in mathematics, seeing them from different viewpoints.

Ka-Pow! Graphic Novels
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Comics and graphic novels, or sequential art, have become some of the most accessible and engaging media for storytelling in the world. (Click for details)
Ka-Pow! Graphic Novels
Online Class
Age Range
10 to 14

Online, Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30pm PT Comics and graphic novels, or sequential art, have become some of the most accessible and engaging media for storytelling in the world. This course will provide students with the tools necessary to carefully balance art and language to construct narratives that bring the Hero’s Journey to life, from epic tales of adventure and allies, to adversity and triumph! Students will learn and apply elements of creation unique to graphic novels including storyboarding, page layout, panel transitions, text distribution, and more to develop their own characters and stories as action-packed as Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars. By the end of the course, students will have completed the beginning pages of their graphic novels, and will have a road map for going all the way through to a finished product. MATERIALS REQUIRED: Students can successfully participate in the class using household art supplies, however, a list of recommended materials will be provided upon course confirmation.

Virtual Escape: Mansion Mystery Adventure
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Your team of investigators has been hired to solve a mystery at the strange and remote Shady Hollow Mansion. (Click for details)
Virtual Escape: Mansion Mystery Adventure
Online Class
Age Range
10 to 14

Online, Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00pm PT Your team of investigators has been hired to solve a mystery at the strange and remote Shady Hollow Mansion. Together you will gather information and clues to solve puzzles, reveal passwords, and decipher codes. Clues and hints could be anywhere;solving one puzzle may provide the clue to unlock another! The mystery will be impossible to solve without the help of your investigative team, so collaborating, communicating, and sharing with your teammates will be an important part of successfully advancing through the case; however, you must also keep your discoveries safe from prying eyes! In order to ensure only your team will be able to access important information, you will need to create your own codes and puzzles for your teammates to solve before they can safely unlock the information you want to share. Can your team solve the mystery in time? This escape-room inspired course will encourage students to observe, gather and evaluate evidence, think critically (and laterally!), communicate findings, and problem solve in a collaborative setting. Mastery will be demonstrated through group problem solving and creation of original puzzles. Course requirements: Students must be comfortable with communicating and collaborating as part of team.

Space Academy
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Through research, hands-on projects and group discussion, students will map their mission while learning what it really takes to become an astronaut and how space travel is even possible!
Space Academy
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Online, Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30pm PT Planning a trip to space? You dream launch may be closer than you think! Space X is making it more and more possible that you'll get to travel via space capsule, so wouldn't you like to know what to expect before you go? What daily tasks will you need to perform? What effects will zero gravity have on your body? How is a spacesuit put together? Through research, hands-on projects and group discussion, students will map their mission while learning what it really takes to become an astronaut and how space travel is even possible! Mastery will be demonstrated through creative projects illustrating concepts covered.

Mission to Mars
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
What is it like to plan a mission to Mars? (Click for details)
Mission to Mars
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Online, Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00pm PT What is it like to plan a mission to Mars? In this class, students will delve into the world of interplanetary exploration as they investigate the surface of Mars and plan their own missions to the Martian surface. Students will learn to access and analyze data from NASA spacecraft and gain an understanding of the variety of techniques and data available to study planetary surfaces. With an understanding of relevant scientific techniques and current questions about the Martian surface, students will not only outline their own mission, but select a landing site and scientific instruments within engineering constraints. Mastery will be demonstrated through a set of mission planning exercises that will lead to development of a mission plan that is scientifically viable and possible. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Thursday
Thursday
What is the Internet Doing to Our Brains?
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
What are the cognitive and behavioral effects of social media and smartphones? (Click for details)
What is the Internet Doing to Our Brains?
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 14

Online, Thursdays from 4:00-5:00pm PT As we enjoy the wonders of the internet, what are some of the consequences that arise from it? What are the cognitive and behavioral effects of social media and smartphones? Inspired by New York Times bestseller, Nicholas Carr’s book “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” provides topics that will leave students pondering about the effects of the internet on our intellectual and cultural experiences. Students will have the opportunity to critique, analyze, and engage in discussions on the various topics presented in class. In addition, we will revisit different perspectives and engage in healthy debates on different viewpoints.

Friday
Friday
Action Engineering
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Use circuits, stored energy, friction, and mechanical motion and make your creations MOVE! (Click for details)
Action Engineering
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Online, Fridays from 11:00am-12:00pm PT Pop it up, fling it far, light it up, and make it climb. Use circuits, stored energy, friction, and mechanical motion and make your creations MOVE! Each session will introduce students to a simple mechanism that will allow their creations to come to life. Throughout the course, students will be given challenges with specific criteria and constraints. We will work through the design process (Explore -->Plan -->Create -->Test -->Refine) to solve these challenges. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $35 materials fee is required for purchase of a supplies kit. A list of additional household materials such as recyclables and basic craft supplies will be provided upon enrollment in the course.

Paper Roller Coasters
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Explore the science behind the thrill of rides like El Toro, Shivering Timbers and Millennium Force by making your OWN tracks! (Click for details)
Paper Roller Coasters
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Online, Fridays from 1:00-2:00pm Have you ever ridden a roller coaster? Have you ever wanted to create your own? Explore the science behind the thrill of rides like El Toro, Shivering Timbers and Millennium Force by making your OWN tracks! Each session, students will develop their understanding of the physics of energy and motion while learning the importance of the engineering design process. Mastery will be demonstrated by the creation of a marble rollercoaster that incorporates concepts covered. MATERIALS REQUIRED: This course requires the purchase of a roller coaster kit ($35). Details will be provided upon enrollment in the course and will include a list of additional household craft materials.

Saturday
Saturday
The Power of Speech and Debate
10:30 am - 11:30 am
This course is for the student who desires to express themselves effectively and confidently in any situation, socially or academically.
The Power of Speech and Debate
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Online, Saturdays from 10:30-11:30am PT This course is for the student who desires to express themselves effectively and confidently in any situation, socially or academically. Students will develop and improve their public speaking, argumentative, and critical-thinking skills through their presentation and participation in several in-class speeches and debates. We will explore and research a variety of formats, including educational and persuasive speeches, and Lincoln-Douglas, cross-examination, and academic debate. In addition, students will develop their ability to critique, analyze, and question speeches and debates delivered by others. Mastery will be demonstrated through the development and presentation of an independent speech and participation in a group debate. Students will be invited to choose their topic matter for speeches and debates appropriate for a classroom setting.

Fall Academy Schedule 2021 (Online)

 

Summer 2021 – In-Person Academy

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Summer Academy Schedule 2021 (In-Person)

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Ages 6 to 9
Ages 10 to 14
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
Monday & Wednesday
Monday & Wednesday
Intro to Brain Anatomy
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Do you wonder how the brain works? How your brain is different than another mammal?
Intro to Brain Anatomy
10:00 am - 11:30 am
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Do you wonder how the brain works? How your brain is different than another mammal? In this class, students will explore the science of neuroanatomy through an introduction to the basic structures and functions of the brain. Through creative hands-on activities and experiments, students will learn about what neurons are, how they are connected, and delve into more challenging areas of inquiry concerning how the brain computes to enable vision, audition, memory, motor control, and other modalities. Students will also be able to identify what happens when an area of the brain is damaged through research and exploration of previous phenomena. MATERIALS NEEDED: A $25 materials fee is required for the purchase of supplies including a dissection lab specimen.

Expository Writing: Writing for Impact
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Whether you’re a budding journalist or astrophysicist, learning the ropes of writing will help you communicate your big ideas with clarity and ease.
Expository Writing: Writing for Impact
10:00 am - 11:30 am
In-Person Class
Age Range
10 to 14

Whether you’re a budding journalist or astrophysicist, learning the ropes of writing will help you communicate your big ideas with clarity and ease. This course will take the mystery out of learning to write well by breaking down the writing process into manageable steps. Using a program called the Hochman Method from The Writing Revolution, students will learn writing strategies that will equip them to face any blank page with confidence. Sessions will focus on specific techniques and targeted feedback that match each student's needs. At the same time, students will have opportunities to pursue content based on their particular interests, with the objective to develop enjoyment and motivation in the writing process, in addition to skill and technique.

Robotics: Makebot Challenge
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Students in this class will be presented with advanced robot challenges through research, testing and building designs using multi-port Hub motors and actuators
Robotics: Makebot Challenge
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
10 to 14

Students in this class will be presented with advanced robot challenges through research, testing and building designs using multi-port Hub motors and actuators. Skills will be higher ordered thinking, group cooperation, and problem solving. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the engineering and coding methods in field challenges, and the construction of creative projects. MATERIALS NEEDED: This course requires the purchase of a mBot Robot Kit. Price varies depending on seller. Information on purchase options and tech requirements will be provided upon enrollment in the course.

Balloon Force! Newton's Laws of Motion
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
This course will explore how balloons can be used to power a vehicle, absorb chemicals, or propel a hovercraft.
Balloon Force! Newton's Laws of Motion
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Up, up, and away we go! This course will explore how balloons can be used to power a vehicle, absorb chemicals, or propel a hovercraft. Students will experiment with physics, chemistry, aerodynamics, and more using ordinary balloons. MATERIALS NEEDED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Tuesday & Thursday
Tuesday & Thursday
Science in Action
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Explore the world of chemistry, geology, biology and more through exciting scientific projects.
Science in Action
10:00 am - 11:30 am
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In this class students will conduct hands-on experiments to investigate questions that span across divisions of science. Explore the world of chemistry, geology, biology and more through exciting scientific projects. From how to design and cook in a solar oven to investigating the origin of amber to what you’ll find hiding inside an owl pellet, this class will inspire the curious young mind to discover through questioning, gathering and evaluating evidence, and communicating to others their scientific findings. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the scientific method to lab and field experiments, and the construction of creative projects. MATERIALS NEEDED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Chemistry Lab
10:00 am - 11:30 am
How do the 118 elements of the periodic table combine and react to create the world around us?
Chemistry Lab
10:00 am - 11:30 am
In-Person Class
Age Range
10 to 14

How do the 118 elements of the periodic table combine and react to create the world around us? This class will cover the properties of matter, atomic structure, acids and bases, electrochemistry, types of reactions, and chemical bonds. Through hands-on experimentation, engaging discussion, and examination of groundbreaking chemists throughout history, students will become comfortable predicting reactions and carrying out the scientific method to explain their outcomes. Mastery will be demonstrated by explaining the work of a past or present chemist of your choice to your classmates. MATERIALS NEEDED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Your Afternoon Podcast
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Students in this class will learn the pieces necessary to produce an original podcast that stands out.
Your Afternoon Podcast
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
10 to 14

There are over 2 million podcasts with episodes on just about every topic you can imagine, but there’s always room for your voice to be heard! Students in this class will learn the pieces necessary to produce an original podcast that stands out. Experienced podcaster Amanda Maxham will explore topics including coming up with the idea for a show, speaking on the radio, conducting great interviews, recording in different settings, editing dialogue, sound design with music and effects, submitting your show, gaining an audience, and designing cover art. Whether you are a longtime listener or recent podcast enthusiast, you’ll develop valuable skills in oral communication skills and creativity while having a great time with your fellow future hosts!

Robotics: Get Rolling!
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Stretch your imagination by having fun with engineering and coding to explore the world of robotics!
Robotics: Get Rolling!
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

What is a robot, and how does it work? Stretch your imagination by having fun with engineering and coding to explore the world of robotics! In this class, students will become confident learners as they undertake real-world solutions. Skills will be more complex thinking, group cooperation, and problem-solving. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the building and coding methods to construct independent and group projects. MATERIALS NEEDED: This course requires the purchase of a Sphero Mini robot. Price varies depending on seller. Information on purchase options and tech requirements will be provided upon enrollment in the course.

 

Summer 2021 – Online Academy

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Summer Academy Schedule 2021 (Online)

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Ages 6 to 9
Ages 9 to 12
Ages 12 to 14
8 am
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
Monday & Wednesday
Monday & Wednesday
Cartooning for Creatives
9:00 am - 10:00 am
In this class, we will explore drawing and writing using fun and exciting exercises from cartoonist, author and teacher Lynda Barry's book Making Comics.
Cartooning for Creatives
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Do you like drawing? Playing with words? Then this is the class for you! In this class, we will explore drawing and writing using fun and exciting exercises from cartoonist, author and teacher Lynda Barry's book Making Comics. We will draw with our eyes closed, draw as many things as we can in one minute, even draw portraits of ourselves as astronauts and pieces of fruit. We will learn about making comic book panels and storyboarding, and create stories and comics based on our own interests and ideas. We will also read and look at different types of cartoons and comics together for inspiration. At the end of this class, students will have amassed enough work to put together a book of comics. This class will focus on encouraging each student's unique drawing and writing styles. Artists and writers of all skill levels are welcome. A supplies list will be provided upon enrollment in the course.

California's Awesome Nature
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Where can you swim at the beach, ski an alpine slope, raft down a river, and camp under a starry desert sky?
California's Awesome Nature
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Where can you swim at the beach, ski an alpine slope, raft down a river, and camp under a starry desert sky? In this class, students will discover what makes California’s geography, climate and weather so diverse and appealing to its 39 million-plus residents. By charting California’s four distinct geographical regions and the critical role that water plays in shaping the mountains, deserts, valleys, and coastlines , students will build key vocabulary related to topographical features, geologic processes, and weather patterns unique to places like the Salton Sea, where both human and natural forces impact landscape and livability. Get ready for all that California's beaches, cliffs, lava beds, valleys, waterfalls, and dunes can teach! Mastery will be demonstrated in a comprehensive final project where students present the history, a model of the topography, and the impact of water, weather, and humans on a particular geographical region of California.

Organic Chemistry
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Orbitals, isomers, chirality, valence bonds, benzene rings… organic chemistry is a language all its own!
Organic Chemistry
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Orbitals, isomers, chirality, valence bonds, benzene rings… organic chemistry is a language all its own! Students will increase their O-Chem fluency by delving into the structure, properties, reactions, and mechanisms of organic (or carbon-containing) compounds. This class will expand upon any previous chemistry knowledge of functional groups and Lewis structures to molecular geometry, valence bond theory, and hybridization. By the end of the course, students should to be able to predict how various carbon-containing compounds will react or restructure themselves based on the chemicals and conditions present. Mastery will be demonstrated by students' ability to identify, differentiate and utilize organic compounds to generate chemical reactions through calculations and laboratory exercises.

Organic Chemistry
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Orbitals, isomers, chirality, valence bonds, benzene rings… organic chemistry is a language all its own!
Organic Chemistry
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Orbitals, isomers, chirality, valence bonds, benzene rings… organic chemistry is a language all its own! Students will increase their O-Chem fluency by delving into the structure, properties, reactions, and mechanisms of organic (or carbon-containing) compounds. This class will expand upon any previous chemistry knowledge of functional groups and Lewis structures to molecular geometry, valence bond theory, and hybridization. By the end of the course, students should to be able to predict how various carbon-containing compounds will react or restructure themselves based on the chemicals and conditions present. Mastery will be demonstrated by students' ability to identify, differentiate and utilize organic compounds to generate chemical reactions through calculations and laboratory exercises.

Pathology of Viruses
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Students in this class will learn all about molecular biology and biochemistry of viruses and virus infection
Pathology of Viruses
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Students in this class will learn all about molecular biology and biochemistry of viruses and virus infection. Topics will include the fundamentals of virus structure, virus multiplication (lytic and lysogenic cycles), disease mechanisms, prevention and intervention of infection, and how viruses pose threats to human and animal health through emergence and evolution. We will discuss selected examples of viruses that impact our world and everyday life, starting with viruses pathogenic to animals and then moving on to learning a "bug per day.” At the course’s conclusion, students will understand principles and themes in modern day virology, including virus pathogenesis, vaccination, anti-viral drugs, and gene therapy.

Pathology of Viruses
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Students in this class will learn all about molecular biology and biochemistry of viruses and virus infection
Pathology of Viruses
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Students in this class will learn all about molecular biology and biochemistry of viruses and virus infection. Topics will include the fundamentals of virus structure, virus multiplication (lytic and lysogenic cycles), disease mechanisms, prevention and intervention of infection, and how viruses pose threats to human and animal health through emergence and evolution. We will discuss selected examples of viruses that impact our world and everyday life, starting with viruses pathogenic to animals and then moving on to learning a "bug per day.” At the course’s conclusion, students will understand principles and themes in modern day virology, including virus pathogenesis, vaccination, anti-viral drugs, and gene therapy.

Pathology of Viruses
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Students in this class will learn all about molecular biology and biochemistry of viruses and virus infection
Pathology of Viruses
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Students in this class will learn all about molecular biology and biochemistry of viruses and virus infection. Topics will include the fundamentals of virus structure, virus multiplication (lytic and lysogenic cycles), disease mechanisms, prevention and intervention of infection, and how viruses pose threats to human and animal health through emergence and evolution. We will discuss selected examples of viruses that impact our world and everyday life, starting with viruses pathogenic to animals and then moving on to learning a "bug per day.” At the course’s conclusion, students will understand principles and themes in modern day virology, including virus pathogenesis, vaccination, anti-viral drugs, and gene therapy.

Pathology of Viruses
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Students in this class will learn all about molecular biology and biochemistry of viruses and virus infection
Pathology of Viruses
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Students in this class will learn all about molecular biology and biochemistry of viruses and virus infection. Topics will include the fundamentals of virus structure, virus multiplication (lytic and lysogenic cycles), disease mechanisms, prevention and intervention of infection, and how viruses pose threats to human and animal health through emergence and evolution. We will discuss selected examples of viruses that impact our world and everyday life, starting with viruses pathogenic to animals and then moving on to learning a "bug per day.” At the course’s conclusion, students will understand principles and themes in modern day virology, including virus pathogenesis, vaccination, anti-viral drugs, and gene therapy.

Pathology of Viruses
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Students in this class will learn all about molecular biology and biochemistry of viruses and virus infection
Pathology of Viruses
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Students in this class will learn all about molecular biology and biochemistry of viruses and virus infection. Topics will include the fundamentals of virus structure, virus multiplication (lytic and lysogenic cycles), disease mechanisms, prevention and intervention of infection, and how viruses pose threats to human and animal health through emergence and evolution. We will discuss selected examples of viruses that impact our world and everyday life, starting with viruses pathogenic to animals and then moving on to learning a "bug per day.” At the course’s conclusion, students will understand principles and themes in modern day virology, including virus pathogenesis, vaccination, anti-viral drugs, and gene therapy.

Kitchen Chemistry
10:15 am - 11:15 am
By combining everyday ingredients, you can create exciting colors, weird sounds, creepy textures and sometimes - explosions!
Kitchen Chemistry
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

You don’t need an expensive laboratory to challenge your chemistry skills - look no further than your kitchen cabinet! By combining everyday ingredients, you can create exciting colors, weird sounds, creepy textures and sometimes - explosions! In this class, students will learn essential scientific equations and elements, conduct safe and fun experiments, and watch different materials react in surprising ways as they explore the exciting world of science. Mastery will be demonstrated by a project using the processes of the Scientific Method: hypothesis, observations, experiment, analysis, results conclusions and discussion. A supplies list will be provided upon enrollment in the course.

Myths and Monsters
10:15 am - 11:15 am
In Myth & Monsters, we will separate fact from fantasy as we uncover the real-world origins and scientific explanations behind some of the world’s best-known mythical beasts
Myths and Monsters
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Cultures all around the globe feature fantastical creatures, including fire-breathing dragons, bizarre chimerical hybrids, quasi-humans, and multi-headed monstrosities. Behind the myth, however, there lies a kernel of truth based in biological fact. In Myth & Monsters, we will separate fact from fantasy as we uncover the real-world origins and scientific explanations behind some of the world’s best-known mythical beasts, including dragons, unicorns, Bigfoot, the Chupacabra, werewolves, Pokemon, and more. Mastery will be demonstrated through hands-on observation of fossils and animal artifacts, in-depth group discussion on cultural beliefs, and tests of acquired knowledge.

Pathology of Viruses
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Students in this class will learn all about molecular biology and biochemistry of viruses and virus infection
Pathology of Viruses
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Students in this class will learn all about molecular biology and biochemistry of viruses and virus infection. Topics will include the fundamentals of virus structure, virus multiplication (lytic and lysogenic cycles), disease mechanisms, prevention and intervention of infection, and how viruses pose threats to human and animal health through emergence and evolution. We will discuss selected examples of viruses that impact our world and everyday life, starting with viruses pathogenic to animals and then moving on to learning a "bug per day.” At the course’s conclusion, students will understand principles and themes in modern day virology, including virus pathogenesis, vaccination, anti-viral drugs, and gene therapy.

Universal Redo: Reimagining the World in Minecraft
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Each week, students will engage with different prompts to explore current global and local systems that govern society and our impact on Earth.
Universal Redo: Reimagining the World in Minecraft
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Imagine that it is 2030 and the world has been remade! It has been said that youth are the leaders of tomorrow, but in this course, students will have an opportunity to lead today. Each week, students will engage with different prompts to explore current global and local systems that govern society and our impact on Earth. Through in-depth research, data analysis and engaging discourse, students will be given the opportunity to reimagine and build these systems in more equitable, efficient and sustainable ways. Welcome to Minecraft where Utopia is just a few clicks away!

Cetology
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
We will discuss the impacts whales have had on human culture as well as the impacts human culture has had on whales.
Cetology
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Thar she blows! Few creatures inspire such feelings of awe and wonder as do whales. In Cetology we will take an in-depth look at the natural history of these remarkable animals, from their aquatic adaptions and ecology to their fascinating evolution from landlubber to leviathan. We will discuss the impacts whales have had on human culture as well as the impacts human culture has had on whales. Mastery will be demonstrated by students developing a final project on ecological conservation efforts to support the preservation of these amazing creatures.

Action Engineering
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Use circuits, stored energy, friction, and mechanical motion and make your creations MOVE!
Action Engineering
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Pop it up, fling it far, light it up, and make it climb. Use circuits, stored energy, friction, and mechanical motion and make your creations MOVE! Each session will introduce students to a simple mechanism that will allow their creations to come to life. Throughout the course, students will be given challenges with specific criteria and constraints. We will work through the design process (Explore -->Plan -->Create -->Test -->Refine) to solve these challenges. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $30 materials fee is required for purchase of a supplies kit. A list of additional household materials such as recyclables and basic craft supplies will be provided upon enrollment in the course.

Bees & Other Builders
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
City-like beehives, earthworm tunnels, termite mounds, weaver bird nests, and beaver dams are examples of spectacular structures designed and built by animals.
Bees & Other Builders
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

The animal kingdom is buzzing with amazing architects of structures and systems! City-like beehives, earthworm tunnels, termite mounds, weaver bird nests, and beaver dams are examples of spectacular structures designed and built by animals. This class will look not only at animals' impressive structures, but also how some species help keep nature in balance through pollination, decomposition, and more! Students will learn from and about animal builders, demonstrating their mastery by building a product inspired by an animal architect. A supplies list will be provided upon enrollment in the course.

Mission to Mars
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
In this class, students will delve into the world of interplanetary exploration as they investigate the surface of Mars and plan their own missions to the Martian surface.
Mission to Mars
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

What is it like to plan a mission to Mars? In this class, students will delve into the world of interplanetary exploration as they investigate the surface of Mars and plan their own missions to the Martian surface. Students will learn to access and analyze data from NASA spacecraft and gain an understanding of the variety of techniques and data available to study planetary surfaces. With an understanding of relevant scientific techniques and current questions about the Martian surface, students will not only outline their own mission, but select a landing site and scientific instruments within engineering constraints. Mastery will be demonstrated through a set of mission planning exercises that will lead to development of a mission plan that is scientifically viable and possible.

Math Circle
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Math Circles allow students to establish these habits of mind in a comfortable environment while tackling ‘low ceiling, high threshold’ problems that are easy to understand but allow exploration at different levels.
Math Circle
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Mathematicians are Pattern Sniffers, Experimenters, Describers, Tinkerers, Inventors, Visualizers, Conjecturers, and Guessers (according to Cuoco, et. al in their iconic paper “Habits of Mind: An Organizing Principle for Mathematics Curricula). Math Circles allow students to establish these habits of mind in a comfortable environment while tackling ‘low ceiling, high threshold’ problems that are easy to understand but allow exploration at different levels. We revisit ideas again and again from different viewpoints. Math Circles are both a time to get together and discuss mathematics and also a time to circle around deep ideas in mathematics, seeing them from different viewpoints.

The Manhattan Project
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
In this class, students will trace the steps that scientists and military personnel took to harness nuclear energy and eventually use this weapon to end World War II.
The Manhattan Project
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

The nuclear bomb is one of humanity's greatest and most dangerous achievements, and it began as a top secret mission called The Manhattan Project. In this class, students will trace the steps that scientists and military personnel took to harness nuclear energy and eventually use this weapon to end World War II. Students will analyze primary source documents that chronicle this time in U.S. history, study the beginnings of nuclear fission, and debate and discuss the use of nuclear technology in our past as well as now. Student mastery will be demonstrated through a creative final project that covers the course's content.

Space Academy
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Through research, hands-on projects and group discussion, students will map their mission while learning what it really takes to become an astronaut and how space travel is even possible!
Space Academy
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Planning a trip to space? You dream launch may be closer than you think! Space X is making it more and more possible that you'll get to travel via space capsule, so wouldn't you like to know what to expect before you go? What daily tasks will you need to perform? What effects will zero gravity have on your body? How is a spacesuit put together? Through research, hands-on projects and group discussion, students will map their mission while learning what it really takes to become an astronaut and how space travel is even possible! Mastery will be demonstrated through creative projects illustrating concepts covered.

CoderZ II
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
CoderZ is an engineer's dream, an online platform where students will build and program virtual robots.
CoderZ II
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

This course is a continuation of CoderZ I, however, students may join without having taken the course. CoderZ is an engineer's dream, an online platform where students will build and program virtual robots. Through engaging activities, students will explore the world of engineering and coding language (block coding based on MIT's Scratch), as they animate their programmable robots. We will research and test designs and develop our bots to overcome field challenges with obstacles and turns with increasing difficulty. Each class will provide students with the tools to define a problem, create a solution and share their results. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the engineering and coding methods in field challenges, and the construction of creative solutions. MATERIALS NEEDED: A $40 materials fee for access of a CoderZ license is required.

Tuesday & Thursday
Tuesday & Thursday
You Matter: An Exploration of Properties of Matter
9:00 am - 10:00 am
In this class, students will explore the fascinating states and properties of matter.
You Matter: An Exploration of Properties of Matter
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

If you have mass and take up space, you matter! More accurately, you ARE matter – and so is the air you breathe, the water you drink, and anything else that fits those two criteria. In this class, students will explore the fascinating states and properties of matter. They’ll discover the answers to why certain materials are magnetic, can catch on fire, or are more likely to be involved in exciting chemical reactions. If you’re interested in finding out more about how mercury can be a liquid metal, what it means to be radioactive, or many other fascinating physical and chemical properties, come join in the discovery!

Intro to Architecture and Current Design Practice
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Students in this class will take a deep dive into the realm of architecture as they examine the materials and buildings that make up our cities and investigate current design problems.
Intro to Architecture and Current Design Practice
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Welcome to the world of Zaha Hadid, David Adjae, I.M.Pei and more! Students in this class will take a deep dive into the realm of architecture as they examine the materials and buildings that make up our cities and investigate current design problems. Through digital tools and physical models, students will survey three main building types: the domestic home, the office, and the community centre. Each session will offer insight into the concepts and language of architecture practice. By the end of this course, students will have gained a keen awareness of our built environment along with some fun design skills! No prior design or arts experience is required.

Nuclear Energy
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Much research has been done to find alternative energy sources that promote sustainability.
Nuclear Energy
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Much research has been done to find alternative energy sources that promote sustainability. The understanding that radioactive materials could be used as alternatives to fossil fuels sparked an ongoing societal debate about the safety and efficiency of nuclear energy that continues today. In this class, students will investigate different perspectives, as they review the science, history, and public health implications of nuclear energy. Students learn about nuclear fission and the process of radioactive decay, as well as the history and societal implications of using nuclear energy as a power source, and also have the opportunity to explore nuclear fusion and its potential as an energy source.

Digital Civics
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Calling all changemakers! We use technology more than ever, but how can we make sure we're using it for good?
Digital Civics
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Calling all changemakers! We use technology more than ever, but how can we make sure we're using it for good? This class will explore various approaches to becoming changemakers for our communities through digital civics. Students will be able to identify reliable sources versus misinformation, utilize effective strategies for communicating information, and create impactful media content. Students will be encouraged to apply these skills through projects that raise awareness of causes important to them and their communities.

Minecraft Builders II
10:15 am - 11:15 am
What does architecture tell of our history, heritage and human experience? What does a structure’s form and function reveal about our values and beliefs?
Minecraft Builders II
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization--Frank Lloyd Wright What does architecture tell of our history, heritage and human experience? What does a structure’s form and function reveal about our values and beliefs? From ancient Mesopotamia and India to Asia, Africa and the Americas, architectural history is global history steeped in philosophy, religion, science, art, and even cooking! In this class, students will build a Minecraft realm that expresses a unique and magical “best version” of themselves as they learn about architectural artifacts, sustainable systems and peaceful practices that have informed modern day society. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own cultural identity and reimagine every element they build into their world, including ways to sustain important culinary traditions with animal-friendly alternatives. Prerequisites: Students are not required to have taken Minecraft I, however, they should have experience building in Minecraft as this extension course will start beyond the basics.

Fungi Fun
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Come and explore the ancient origins of fungi and amazing ways that fungi could save our planet for future generations.
Fungi Fun
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Calling young mycologists! Come and explore the ancient origins of fungi and amazing ways that fungi could save our planet for future generations. Through experiments and field science, students will explore different ways that fungi can be both helpful and harmful, then come up with their own ideas for fungi-based inventions. A supplies list will be provided upon enrollment in the course.

Jurassic Life
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Students will have the opportunity to learn about dinosaur evolution and biology, all while examining real fossils and paleontological artifacts.
Jurassic Life
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Welcome to Jurassic Life, the class 65 million years in the making! Get ready to separate the science fiction from the science fact as we take an in-depth look at one of the greatest film franchises in history, Jurassic Park. Students will have the opportunity to learn about dinosaur evolution and biology, all while examining real fossils and paleontological artifacts. We’ll discuss what the movies got right, what the movies got wrong, and even have a chance to create some of our own Mesozoic movie monsters! If you haven't seen any Jurassic Park flicks, start watching! Students will need to be familiar with the films to get the most out this class.

Backyard Astronomy
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The movement of the sun, planets and stars has been used for timekeeping and navigation since antiquity.
Backyard Astronomy
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

The movement of the sun, planets and stars has been used for timekeeping and navigation since antiquity. In this course, students will create simple devices (sundial, gnomon, basic astrolabe, cereal-box spectrometer, and a marked-out meridian line) and use them to estimate their location, local time, time relative to the stars, and more. They will also map the analemma, the path the sun makes in the sky, and use it to deduce their track through space and time as the Earth moves along its orbit. Along the way, we’ll learn some geometry and trigonometry, and the OpenSCAD programming language. Mastery will be demonstrated through experiments and interpreting the data. Prerequisites: Basic algebra (for example, what to do with 2x + 3 = 5) is required. Some programming experience will be helpful, but not essential. Students must have access to an outdoor space which is in full sun around their local noontime (for example, a sunny backyard or a south-facing large window). A supplies list will be provided upon enrollment in the course.

How to Eat a Poem
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
In this class that draws on writing exercises developed by legendary poet-teacher Kenneth Koch
How to Eat a Poem
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In this class that draws on writing exercises developed by legendary poet-teacher Kenneth Koch, students will explore the five senses through the art of poetry. Together we will write Color Poems, Noise Poems, Comparison Poems, Wish Poems, and many more poems combining various strategies for entering into the world of writing. This class will encourage students to write freely and creatively, and develop an appreciation for the infinite possibilities that arise when we begin to play with language. Students will read and listen to poems by children as well as age-appropriate poems by Mary Oliver, Shel Silverstein, Joy Harjo, and more. We will also explore visual modes of art-making that complement our literary adventures. At the end of our class, student work will be compiled into an anthology they can take home for their reading enjoyment.

An Exploration of History Through Art
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
In this class, students will explore the great works of well-known painters and sculptors and these artists' biographies, explanation of techniques, and what inspired them to make art.
An Exploration of History Through Art
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Humans have been creating art for at least 30,000 years! Ever since those early cave paintings, art has been an important presence in cultures around the world, from the pyramids of Ancient Egypt and sculptures in Ancient Greece to tapestries in the Middle Ages and ceremonial masks in Africa. In this class, students will explore the great works of well-known painters and sculptors and these artists' biographies, explanation of techniques, and what inspired them to make art. Students will then create their own works of art inspired by artistic movements and styles including pointilism, surrealism, abstract expressionism and more! A supplies list will be provided upon enrollment in the course.

Mythology of Many Lands
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Are you enthralled with exciting stories, fantastical creatures, and other cultures? You are not alone!
Mythology of Many Lands
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Are you enthralled with exciting stories, fantastical creatures, and other cultures? You are not alone! Humans have been telling stories for 3,000 years. Prepare to journey around the world, through time, and in and out of reality as you explore the mythology, folklore and fairytales that have shaped cultures and imparted words of wisdom! Students will listen to, read, write and tell stories from near and far while practicing grammar, vocabulary, and presentation skills.

Virtual Escape: Mansion Mystery Adventure
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Your team of investigators has been hired to solve a mystery at the strange and remote Shady Hollow Mansion.
Virtual Escape: Mansion Mystery Adventure
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Your team of investigators has been hired to solve a mystery at the strange and remote Shady Hollow Mansion. Together with your team, you will gather the information and clues necessary to solve puzzles and problems, reveal passwords, and decipher codes. Clues and hints could be anywhere. Solving one puzzle may provide the clue to unlock another! The mystery will be impossible to solve without the help of your investigative team, so collaborating, communicating, and sharing with your teammates will be an important part of successfully advancing through the case; however, you must also keep your discoveries safe from prying eyes! In order to ensure only your team will be able to access important information, you will need to create your own codes and puzzles for your teammates to solve before they can safely unlock the information you want to share. Can your team solve the mystery in time? This escape-room inspired course will encourage students to observe, gather and evaluate evidence, think critically (and laterally!), communicate findings, and problem solve in a collaborative setting. Mastery will be demonstrated through ongoing group problem solving and development of original puzzles. Course requirements: Students must be comfortable working in groups and communicating with peers.

Women in Science
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Without these women, whose work has spanned centuries, science would be missing invaluable contributions to the fields of genetics, astronomy, medicine, technology, paleontology, and environmental science.
Women in Science
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

You've probably heard of Marie Curie, the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize for her discovery of radioactivity. But what about Rosalind Franklin, Ellen Ochoa, Ada Lovelace, Katherine Johnson, Mary Anning, Virginia Apgar, Barbara McClintock, or Jennifer Doudna? Without these women, whose work has spanned centuries, science would be missing invaluable contributions to the fields of genetics, astronomy, medicine, technology, paleontology, and environmental science. Students will explore the scientific contributions of these and other female scientists throughout history and geography, including those who are changing the world today.

Medieval Battles: Land and Sea
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
In this class, students will learn about offensive and defensive techniques in medieval warfare.
Medieval Battles: Land and Sea
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Technology is often driven by the need to defend territories or the desire to conquer new ones. In this class, students will learn about offensive and defensive techniques in medieval warfare. They will learn Tinkercad to design and 3D print models of some of these. Students will then take on the role of military advisors and invent “secret weapons'' that would have been plausible at the time but were not invented until much later. For the final sessions of the course, we will role play famous land and naval battles of the period, but with a twist! Students will incorporate their own secret weapons to the respective sides. Mastery will be demonstrated by being able to discuss and apply strategy and technology appropriate to the period.

Beyond Lord of the Rings
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
In this class, we're not only going to talk about the amazingness of Middle Earth, but capture the secrets of storytelling in LOTR to make our own fantastic worlds.
Beyond Lord of the Rings
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

What are the secrets to telling a story as good as The Lord of the Rings? In this class, we're not only going to talk about the amazingness of Middle Earth, but capture the secrets of storytelling in LOTR to make our own fantastic worlds. What if Golem used the ring to rule the world? What if Sauron was actually a good guy? What if everyone in the series was replaced with a cat? You’ll be able to come up with your own outrageous story idea, whether in Middle Earth, or beyond. Using the same writer’s secrets that J.R.R Tolkein did, you’ll make any story you touch turn to gold. We will make our own Lord of the Ring quiz, and culminate by putting together all our stories into a new masterpiece folio, our own There and Back Again.

Global Awareness
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
In the 21st Century, it is more important than ever to understand that events around the world can affect us here in the United States.
Global Awareness
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
12 to 14

In the 21st Century, it is more important than ever to understand that events around the world can affect us here in the United States. Students will learn to think critically about world events using their historical and geographical contexts. Though news headlines can be complicated, this class will help clarify them by examining a nation's shared borders, need for resources, diverse cultures, and more. At the end of the class, students will be able to locate countries that influence global affairs, identify their capitals, and provide a summary of why they are in the news. 

Math for Future Architects
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Did you know that the link between math and architecture goes back to ancient times, when the two disciplines were virtually indistinguishable?
Math for Future Architects
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Did you know that the link between math and architecture goes back to ancient times, when the two disciplines were virtually indistinguishable? Pyramids and temples were some of the earliest examples of mathematical principles at work. Today, math continues to feature prominently in building design, from the Kunsthaus Graz in Austria, to Seattle’s Central Library, to LA’s Disney Concert Hall. Through hands-on projects, students will advance their application of geometry concepts such as dimensions and conversions, area and volume, shapes and angles, 2- and 3- dimensional pictures, rays, lines, segments, and more! Mastery will be demonstrated by students’ ability to independently construct and create structures, building on their intuition that Math + Design = Awesome.

Summer Academy Schedule 2021 (Online)
Monday & Wednesday
Tuesday & Thursday

 

Spring 2021 – Online & In-Person Academy

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Spring Academy Schedule 2021

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Monday
Monday
Design Principles of Engineering and Art
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time to rise to the challenge! Students will work within the given criteria and constraints to meet a challenge each week.
Design Principles of Engineering and Art
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
6 to 9

Time to rise to the challenge! Students will work within the given criteria and constraints to meet a challenge each week. Classic engineering challenges will be mixed with structural art and a few longer term projects. Some weeks the challenge will be more functional in nature and others will have aesthetic requirements. In either case, students work through the design process (Explore -->Plan -->Create -->Test -->Refine) to solve the challenge. Materials range from recycled materials to standard craft materials and occasionally fine art supplies.

Logic Detectives
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
This class is designed to introduce younger students to formal and informal logic, making logic studies accessible and relevant to younger learners.
Logic Detectives
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
9 to 12

The abilities to observe, recognize, and describe characteristics; distinguish similarities and differences; and identify and complete sequences, classifications, and analogies are the building blocks of critical thinking. This class is designed to introduce younger students to formal and informal logic, making logic studies accessible and relevant to younger learners. Topics throughout the course will allow students to connect language to logic as they improve analytical and problem solving skills. Students will analyze arguments, analogies, and syllogisms; solve language and mathematical puzzles; and identify logical fallacies - extending students will begin to examine symbolic logic. The skills developed and practiced throughout the class will continue to serve students across all academic disciplines. Mastery in this class will be demonstrated through active participation in group problem solving, ongoing assessments of independent practice, and completion of a final project. Prerequisites – Previous exposure to fractions; understanding of parts of a whole.

Elves, Droids, Hobbits and the Fantastic Worlds They Come From
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
In this class, we'll be looking at these series, figuring out what makes them so engaging, and using those tools in our own writing.
Elves, Droids, Hobbits and the Fantastic Worlds They Come From
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
12 to 14

Have you ever read a book and wished you could walk around in the world it created? From Percy Jackson to Lord of the Rings or Star Wars, a great fantasy or sci-fi series can have a profound impact on a reader and even change how we look at the world around us. In this class, we'll be looking at these series, figuring out what makes them so engaging, and using those tools in our own writing. We'll write our own parodies and spin-offs of our favorite stories, and work on developing our own fantastic worlds. In this supportive class environment we'll find out how to banish writer's-block, support our fellow authors, and bring people into our stories the same way the best fantasy authors do.

Medieval Battle Tech
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Students will learn about offensive and defensive techniques in medieval warfare, and learn Tinkercad to design and 3D print defensible castles.
Medieval Battle Tech
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
9 to 12

Technology is often driven by the need to defend territories or the desire to conquer new ones. Students will learn about offensive and defensive techniques in medieval warfare, and learn Tinkercad to design and 3D print defensible castles. Students will then take on the role of military advisors and invent “secret weapons” that would have been plausible at the time but were not invented until much later. For the final few sessions of the course, we will table-top play the Battle of Agincourt, a famous battle where the English prevailed over a far larger French force and won because of superior technology and tactics. We will however add a twist, adding in the student-developed secret weapons to the respective sides. Mastery will be demonstrated by being able to discuss strategy and technology appropriate to the period. Note: Tuition for this course is $470. Each session runs 75 minutes for a total of 15 hours and includes 3D-printed student products.

Hacker Geometry
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Can classic geometry proofs be made with 3D prints?
Hacker Geometry
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
10 to 14

Geometry has very practical roots in making things. We will use a mix of 3D prints, paper and some common household items to build geometrical intuition and estimation skills. In particular, we will start with the basics (rectangular solids, circles) and go on to conic sections, astronomy applications and more. We will demonstrate with models created in OpenSCAD (openscad.org)

Science in Action
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In this class students will conduct hands-on experiments to investigate questions that span across divisions of science.
Science in Action
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person
Age Range
6 to 9

In this class students will conduct hands-on experiments to investigate questions that span across divisions of science. Explore the world of innovative science, art and engineering through exciting scientific projects. From how to design rovers, to building with straws, to dissecting an owl pellet to exploring our solar systems, this class will inspire the curious young mind to discover through questioning, gathering and evaluating evidence, and communicating to others their scientific findings. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the scientific method to lab and field experiments, and the construction of creative projects. Please report any allergies/medical conditions or sensitivity to food and plant material. Materials list will be provided.

Please note that we hope to run this class IN PERSON for 8 weeks starting in February should it become safe to do so per local authorities and health guidelines. Please only enroll in this class if you are open to attending IN PERSON at our Learning Center in Pasadena. This class will meet on Mondays from 4:00-5:30pm from Feb. 22-Apr 12 (8 weeks). Tuition for this course is $435.

Intro to Electronics
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Learn how and why the world of electronics, smartphones and computers work.
Intro to Electronics
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person
Age Range
9 to 12

Learn how and why the world of electronics, smartphones and computers work. This hands-on class will help students explore the basic principles of electronics and conduct experiments using manipulatives for the understanding of Voltage, Amperes, Watts, and Ohms. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the scientific method in the lab and building experiments, and the construction of creative projects.

MATERIALS NEEDED: This class requires the purchase of a REXQualis Super Starter Kit (approximately $30)

Please note that we hope to run this class IN PERSON for 8 weeks starting in February should it become safe to do so per local authorities and health guidelines. Please only enroll in this class if you are open to attending IN PERSON at our Learning Center in Pasadena. This class will meet on Mondays from 4:00-5:30pm from Feb. 22-Apr. 12 (8 weeks). Tuition for this course is $435.

Tuesday
Tuesday
Going Green
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
What can you do to be an action adventurer that helps keep global warming at bay?
Going Green
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
6 to 9

More important than ever! Recycling and taking care of the environment is critical. But what can you do to be an action adventurer that helps keep global warming at bay? Students in this class will combine scientific research, problem-solving and hands-on learning to find innovative solutions for sustainability, from resource mapping to designing sustainable products, to learning about fracking and which countries are most energy efficient. Mastery will be demonstrated through creative projects that illustrate concepts covered. Become a defender of planet Earth and Go Green!

Jurassic Life
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Get ready to separate the science fiction from the science fact as we take an in-depth look at one of the greatest film franchises in history, Jurassic Park.
Jurassic Life
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
9 to 14

Welcome to Jurassic Life, the class 65 million years in the making! Get ready to separate the science fiction from the science fact as we take an in-depth look at one of the greatest film franchises in history, Jurassic Park. Students will have the opportunity to learn about dinosaur evolution and biology, all while examining real fossils and paleontological artifacts. We’ll discuss what the movies got right, what the movies got wrong, and even have a chance to create some of our own Mesozoic movie monsters! If you haven't seen any Jurassic Park flicks, start watching! Students will need to be familiar with the films to get the most out this class.

Medical Pathology
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
This course is designed for students who want to investigate and gain an in-depth understanding on disease-causing pathogens
Medical Pathology
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
12 to 14

Ready, set, diagnose! This course is designed for students who want to investigate and gain an in-depth understanding on disease-causing pathogens, how they impact the human body and medical treatments used to stop them. Classes will include case studies, creative projects, and inquiry-based exploration into different diseases and disease-states. Mastery will be demonstrated by direct feedback, question and answer sessions, and case study diagnosis.

Space Academy
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Through research, hands-on projects and group discussion, students will map their mission while learning what it really takes to become an astronaut
Space Academy
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
6 to 9

Planning a trip to space? You dream launch may be closer than you think! Space X is making it more and more possible that you'll get to travel via space capsule, so wouldn't you like to know what to expect before you go? What daily tasks will you need to perform? What effects will zero gravity have on your body? How is a spacesuit put together? Through research, hands-on projects and group discussion, students will map their mission while learning what it really takes to become an astronaut and how space travel is even possible! Mastery will be demonstrated through creative projects illustrating concepts covered.

Wednesday
Wednesday
The Periodic Table: Essential Elements
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
From aluminum to zirconium, the periodic table organizes every element that exists - and those that have yet to be discovered!
The Periodic Table: Essential Elements
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
6 to 9

From aluminum to zirconium, the periodic table organizes every element that exists - and those that have yet to be discovered! This class will dive into how elements are different at the atomic level and how those structural distinctions give them physical and chemical properties we can observe. Students will explore the different groups of elements, what gives them different qualities, why they react with one another, and how to interpret the symbols and structure of the periodic table. Mastery will be demonstrated through a project that explores and explains the observable physical and chemical properties of an element or compound.

Create and Rule Your Own Country
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Students will go step by step to create their own countries.
Create and Rule Your Own Country
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
9 to 12

Tired of someone else making the rules? Think you could organize a better way of living? Want to be a king or queen? Here’s your chance! In this class you will choose where your country will be and what it will be called. Big cities? Small towns? You decide. Students will go step by step to create their own countries. They will draw a map of it, make a flag, choose their laws, and write a constitution. Mastery will be demonstrated by students displaying their countries for a gallery walk and writing about their favorite part of each student’s country.

Math Circle
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Math Circles are both a time to get together and discuss mathematics and also a time to circle around deep ideas in mathematics, seeing them from different viewpoints.
Math Circle
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
9 to 12

Mathematicians are Pattern Sniffers, Experimenters, Describers, Tinkerers, Inventors, Visualizers, Conjecturers, and Guessers (according to Cuoco, et. al in their iconic paper “Habits of Mind: An Organizing Principle for Mathematics Curricula). Math Circles allow students to establish these habits of mind in a comfortable environment while tackling ‘low ceiling, high threshold’ problems that are easy to understand but allow exploration at different levels. We revisit ideas again and again from different viewpoints. Math Circles are both a time to get together and discuss mathematics and also a time to circle around deep ideas in mathematics, seeing them from different viewpoints.

Organic Chemistry
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Students will increase their O-Chem fluency by delving into the structure, properties, reactions, and mechanisms of organic (or carbon-containing) compounds.
Organic Chemistry
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
12 to 14

Orbitals, isomers, chirality, valence bonds, benzene rings… organic chemistry is a language all its own! Students will increase their O-Chem fluency by delving into the structure, properties, reactions, and mechanisms of organic (or carbon-containing) compounds. This class will expand upon any previous chemistry knowledge of functional groups and Lewis structures to molecular geometry, valence bond theory, and hybridization. By the end of the course, students should to be able to predict how various carbon-containing compounds will react or restructure themselves based on the chemicals and conditions present. Mastery will be demonstrated by students' ability to identify, differentiate and utilize organic compounds to generate chemical reactions through calculations and laboratory exercises.

Decomposers
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Explore the important role that decomposers play in balancing ecosystems and supporting new life.
Decomposers
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
6 to 9

Decomposers are small creatures in our environment that are like living garbage disposals. Do they eat plants? Yep. Insects? Yep. Large animals? Yep. They eat everything! Decomposers are pretty powerful but very misunderstood. As the season changes from winter to spring, we will explore the important role that decomposers play in balancing ecosystems and supporting new life.

Philosophy and Ethics in Practice
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
This course will guide students to discover their own insights as they hone their verbal and listening skills in spirited dialogue.
Philosophy and Ethics in Practice
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
12 to 14

Students in this class will be introduced to foundational philosophical concepts while learning essential critical thinking skills, such as how to question, reason and debate in the tradition of Socratic thought. Drawing from influential thinkers and poignantly illuminated by children's books and The Art Of Critical Thinking: How To Build The Sharpest Reasoning Possible For Yourself, this course will guide students to discover their own insights as they hone their verbal and listening skills in spirited dialogue. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the inductive thinking method and a creative project that addresses an ethical dilemma.

Cartooning for Creatives
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
This class will focus on encouraging each student's unique drawing and writing styles. Artists and writers of all skill levels are welcome.
Cartooning for Creatives
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
6 to 9

Do you like drawing? Playing with words? Then this is the class for you! In this class, we will explore drawing and writing using fun and exciting exercises from cartoonist, author and teacher Lynda Barry's book Making Comics. We will draw with our eyes closed, draw as many things as we can in one minute, even draw portraits of ourselves as astronauts and pieces of fruit. We will learn about making comic book panels and storyboarding, and create stories and comics based on our own interests and ideas. We will also read and look at different types of cartoons and comics together for inspiration. At the end of this class, students will have amassed enough work to put together a book of comics. This class will focus on encouraging each student's unique drawing and writing styles. Artists and writers of all skill levels are welcome.

The Universe of Lewis Carroll
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Universe of Lewis Carroll
The Universe of Lewis Carroll
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
9 to 12

Lewis Carroll is probably best known for his immortal Alice books, yet as a professor of mathematics at Oxford University, his diverse interests ranged from inventing games like ‘arithmetical croquet’, to symbolic logic and propositional calculus. In this class, students will explore Lewis Carroll’s mathematical recreations, games, puzzles, paradoxes, riddles, and word plays. Through examination of his fiction, verse, diary entries, and letters, students will work to discover, evaluate, and solve puzzles and problems; analyze paradoxes; and test rules. This is an interdisciplinary class in literary analysis, creative writing, logic, and mathematics. Students will consolidate their understanding by developing their own puzzles, problems, poems, and games. Prerequisites - Some previous practice with fractions (adding, subtracting; finding equivalent fractions); exposure to Order of Operations.

King George: What Was His Problem?
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Inspired by Steve Sheinkin’s book of the same name, this course will engage the burgeoning history buff with its investigation into the causes and effects of the American Revolution.
King George: What Was His Problem?
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person
Age Range
9 to 12

Inspired by Steve Sheinkin’s book of the same name, this course will engage the burgeoning history buff with its investigation into the causes and effects of the American Revolution. Students will examine the chain of events that led to the Patriots’ fight for freedom from British tyranny, rooting out fact from fiction through hands-on activities, class discussion, and guided analysis of media, including sample texts and video clips. Mastery will be demonstrated by individual and group projects, including the creation of a timeline charting the cultural and socio-political changes that resulting in the American revolution.
Please note that we hope to run this class IN PERSON for 8 weeks starting in February should it become safe to do so per local authorities and health guidelines. Please only enroll in this class if you are open to attending IN PERSON at our Learning Center in Pasadena. This class will meet on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30pm from Feb. 24-Apr. 14 (8 weeks). Tuition for this course is $435.

Thursday
Thursday
Geometry and Art
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
If you find it difficult to remember math facts or formulas, here is your chance to make a masterpiece while solving the problems that puzzle you.
Geometry and Art
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
6 to 9

In art you will find geometry, and in geometry, art! If you find it difficult to remember math facts or formulas, here is your chance to make a masterpiece while solving the problems that puzzle you. From calculating color, to designing your dream room or garden, make geometry come alive through fun, hands-on projects that tap into your mathematical intuition and self-expression. Mastery will be demonstrated through hands-on projects illustrating concepts covered.

Harry Potter: Behind the Word
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
We're going to not only play games with Harry Potter trivia, but also delve deeper into what makes JK Rowling's creation so engaging.
Harry Potter: Behind the Word
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
9 to 12

Where does a world like Harry Potter's come from? It seems so complete, fans can believe they really are living there -- and yet it all springs from one person's imagination. In this class, we're going to not only play games with Harry Potter trivia, but also delve deeper into what makes JK Rowling's creation so engaging, and how we can harness those same tools. We will write our own stories, in the Wizarding World, or in worlds of our own creation: What if Harry had been a Slytherin? What if Voldemort had a crisis of conscience and tried to undo his wrongs? In the second half of the class, we will imagine that we were creating our own alternate universe Harry Potter miniseries. Students will get the experience of what it's like to be on the creative team that brings a grand project like this to life.

Fashion: An Anthropological Exploration of that Which Clothes Us
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Students will exercise design principles through sketching, storyboarding, and pattern-making.
Fashion: An Anthropological Exploration of that Which Clothes Us
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
12 to 14

Human beings have been making clothing from various materials for thousands of years -- with an eye towards beauty, as well as functionality. What makes a good design? How has fashion impacted society, and how has society driven fashion over time? In this course, we will dive deep into the artistry and principles of fashion design. We will cover the basics of garment construction, the vocabulary of clothing design, the history and variety of textiles, and trend forecasting. Students will exercise design principles through sketching, storyboarding, and pattern-making. Mastery will be demonstrated through a final creative project that synthesizes concepts covered in class.

*A sewing machine is not required for this class, and no previous sewing experience is needed. "

The Art and Science of Problem Solving
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Students will walk through a special type of gallery, one of problems and solutions that spans explorers, inventors, philosophers and scientists of every kind.
The Art and Science of Problem Solving
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
12 to 14

Galleries contain items of rare beauty each with its own distinct appeal. In the Art and Science of Problem Solving, students will walk through a special type of gallery, one of problems and solutions that spans explorers, inventors, philosophers and scientists of every kind. Through dynamic study and discussion around experimental design, troubleshooting, and estimation, students will learn how these problems were tackled and more importantly, the mindset it took to solve them. Topics will include Johannes Kepler, Luther Burbank, Galileo, the scientific method, genetic engineering, the problem of happiness, how to fix any machine, and many more! Mastery will be demonstrated by students’ ability to workshop present-day problems using acquired skills and understanding of concepts covered.

Robotics: Get Rolling!
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
What is a robot, and how does it work?
Robotics: Get Rolling!
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person
Age Range
6 to 9

What is a robot, and how does it work? Stretch your imagination by having fun with engineering and coding to explore the world of robotics! In this class, students will become confident learners as they undertake real-world solutions. Skills will be more complex thinking, group cooperation, and problem-solving. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the building and coding methods to construct independent and group projects. MATERIALS NEEDED: This course requires the purchase of a Sphero Mini robot. Price varies depending on seller. Links to purchase options and tech requirements will be provided upon enrollment in the course.

Please note that we hope to run this class IN PERSON for 8 weeks starting in February should it become safe to do so per local authorities and health guidelines. Please only enroll in this class if you are open to attending IN PERSON at our Learning Center in Pasadena. This class will meet on Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm from Feb. 25-Apr. 15 (8 weeks). Tuition for this course is $435.

Friday
Friday
Stepping Into History: The American Revolution
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Travel back in time to the 18th century as the United States becomes more than a dream.
Stepping Into History: The American Revolution
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
10 to 14

Have you ever wanted to be in the room where it happened? Now is your chance! Travel back in time to the 18th century as the United States becomes more than a dream. But whose dream will become reality in this role-play adventure? Students will portray different players from the era of the American Revolution, each with unique motivations. Will they successfully claim independence, establish a new government, and pave the way for a fruitful future? Only time will tell. After reading crucial literature from this period, students will author their own thought pieces and speeches to influence the Second Continental Congress as it works to shape a nation. Mastery will be demonstrated through the incorporation of historical thinking and philosophies in gameplay decision-making.

Kitchen Chemistry
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
In this class, students will learn essential scientific equations and elements, conduct safe and fun experiments, and watch different materials react in surprising ways as they explore the exciting world of science.
Kitchen Chemistry
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
6 to 9

You don’t need an expensive laboratory to challenge your chemistry skills - look no further than your kitchen cabinet! By combining everyday ingredients, you can create exciting colors, weird sounds, creepy textures and sometimes - explosions! In this class, students will learn essential scientific equations and elements, conduct safe and fun experiments, and watch different materials react in surprising ways as they explore the exciting world of science. Mastery will be demonstrated by a project using the processes of the Scientific Method: hypothesis, observations, experiment, analysis, results conclusions and discussion. Materials list will be provided.

CoderZ
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Through engaging activities, students will explore the world of engineering and coding language (block coding based on MIT's Scratch), as they animate their programmable robots.
CoderZ
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
9 to 12

CoderZ is an engineer's dream, an online platform where students will build and program virtual robots. Through engaging activities, students will explore the world of engineering and coding language (block coding based on MIT's Scratch), as they animate their programmable robots. We will research and test designs and develop our bots to overcome field challenges with obstacles and turns such as “Adventure Peak”. Each class will provide students with the tools to define a problem, create a solution and share their results. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the engineering and coding methods in field challenges, and the construction of creative solutions. MATERIALS NEEDED: Students must purchase a $40 CoderZ license in order to access and engage with the course material. More information will be provided upon course confirmation.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Join the journey and discover what it means to be a true hero, to face one’s fears and to work as a team to achieve a common goal.
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Join the journey and discover what it means to be a true hero, to face one’s fears and to work as a team to achieve a common goal.
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
9 to 12

Are you an experienced D&D player looking to step up your game, ready to map uncharted territory alongside a cast of larger-than-life characters? If so, then Advanced Dungeons and Dragons awaits! Join the journey and discover what it means to be a true hero, to face one’s fears and to work as a team to achieve a common goal. Mastery will be demonstrated through advancements in game strategy and collaboration with peers. Note: This course will run 105 minutes per session from Jan. 29-March 12 (7 weeks) to allow for optimal gameplay.

Nuclear Energy: The Ultimate Power
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Students will investigate different perspectives, as they review the science, history, and public health implications of nuclear energy.
Nuclear Energy: The Ultimate Power
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
12 to 14

There has been so much research into finding alternative energy sources that promotes sustainability. The understanding that radioactive materials could be used as alternatives to fossil fuels sparked an ongoing societal debate about the safety and efficiency of nuclear energy that continues today. In this class, students will investigate different perspectives, as they review the science, history, and public health implications of nuclear energy. Students learn about nuclear fission and the process of radioactive decay, as well as the history and societal implications of using nuclear energy as a power source, and also have the opportunity to explore nuclear fusion and its potential as an energy source.

Mythology of Many Lands
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Prepare to journey around the world, through time, and in and out of reality as you explore the mythology, folklore and fairytales that have shaped cultures and imparted words of wisdom!
Mythology of Many Lands
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
6 to 9

Are you enthralled with exciting stories, fantastical creatures, and other cultures? You are not alone! Humans have been telling stories for 3,000 years. Prepare to journey around the world, through time, and in and out of reality as you explore the mythology, folklore and fairytales that have shaped cultures and imparted words of wisdom! Students will listen to, read, write and tell stories from near and far while practicing grammar, vocabulary, and presentation skills.

smARTy Science
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
In this interdisciplinary class, we will become both scientists and artists as we learn scientific concepts through hands-on art projects
smARTy Science
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
6 to 9

What chemical reactions can make pigments for painting? Why is it evolutionary advantageous for flowers to be beautiful? What kind of intricate patterns can we observe through a microscope? Scientists of all kinds are inspired by the beauty and order of the world around us, and artists have always used technology and scientific processes as part of their creative endeavors. In this interdisciplinary class, we will become both scientists and artists as we learn scientific concepts through hands-on art projects, and artistic concepts (like balance, harmony, and pattern) through observing the natural world. Materials list will be provided.

The Future of Medicine
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
An introduction to the rapidly changing and incredibly important field of medicine!
The Future of Medicine
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
9 to 12

This class will give students an introduction to the rapidly changing and incredibly important field of medicine! Students will discuss careers in medicine, how medical science is changing, and how doctors support their patients' needs while mitigating risks. They will also focus on disease transmission and medical science's "tools of the trade" for diagnostics, then will be tasked with solving a medical mystery case study using techniques and problem-solving skills. Finally, students will learn about treatments, prognosis, and the future of the medical field.

Expository Writing II
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This course will take the mystery out of learning to write well by breaking down the writing process into manageable steps.
Expository Writing II
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
10 to 14

Whether you’re a budding journalist or astrophysicist, learning the ropes of writing will help you communicate your big ideas with clarity and ease. This course will take the mystery out of learning to write well by breaking down the writing process into manageable steps. Using a program called the Hochman Method from The Writing Revolution, students will learn writing strategies that will equip them to face any blank page with confidence. Sessions will focus on specific techniques and targeted feedback that match each student's needs. At the same time, students will have opportunities to pursue content based on their particular interests, with the objective to develop enjoyment and motivation in the writing process, in addition to skill and technique. This course is a continuation of Expository Writing I, however, students may join without having taken the course.

Saturday
Saturday
Page One: Creative Writing
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Through short reading and writing exercises, students will learn how word choice, syntax, rhythm and rhyme bring setting, characters and plot to life.
Page One: Creative Writing
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
6 to 9

Welcome to Page One, where writing springs from imagination! This course will draw inspiration straight from the stories, poems, lyrics and even comic books that students love most. Through short reading and writing exercises, students will learn how word choice, syntax, rhythm and rhyme bring setting, characters and plot to life. Interactive games and creative projects will build skills and confidence through exploration, experimentation and play. Mastery will be demonstrated by the creation of a short written work in the student’s genre of choice, which illustrates independent thinking and progress in reading, writing, and verbal expression.

Cetology
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Few creatures inspire such feelings of awe and wonder as do whales.
Cetology
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
9 to 12

Thar she blows! Few creatures inspire such feelings of awe and wonder as do whales. In Cetology we will take an in-depth look at the natural history of these remarkable animals, from their aquatic adaptions and ecology to their fascinating evolution from landlubber to leviathan. We will discuss the impacts whales have had on human culture as well as the impacts human culture has had on whales. Mastery will be demonstrated by students developing a final project on ecological conservation efforts to support the preservation of these amazing creatures.

Neuroscience with MATLAB
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
In this course, students will learn how MATLAB is used in neuroscience, starting with an exploration of electroencephalography (EGG) and what it can tell us about the brain.
Neuroscience with MATLAB
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
12 to 14

MATLAB is an extremely powerful tool used in a wide variety of fields from electrical engineering to the financial world. In this course, students will learn how MATLAB is used in neuroscience, starting with an exploration of electroencephalography (EGG) and what it can tell us about the brain. Students will then learn all MATLAB programming techniques necessary to interpret EEG signals, which encompasses the mathematics of waves and frequencies, also important in many fields of physics and engineering. Mastery will be demonstrated through a final project in which students will carry out data analysis of case studies to demonstrate the effect of a variety of disorders on the functioning of the brain. MATERIALS NEEDED: Students must purchase a $60 MATLAB student license in order to access and engage with the course material. More information will be provided upon course confirmation.

Universal Redo: Reimagining Our World in Minecraft
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Each week, students will engage with different prompts to explore current global and local systems that govern society and our impact on Earth.
Universal Redo: Reimagining Our World in Minecraft
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
9 to 12

Imagine that it is 2030 and the world has been remade! It has been said that youth are the leaders of tomorrow, but in this course, students will have an opportunity to lead today. Each week, students will engage with different prompts to explore current global and local systems that govern society and our impact on Earth. Through in-depth research, data analysis and engaging discourse, students will be given the opportunity to reimagine and build these systems in more equitable, efficient and sustainable ways. Welcome to Minecraft where Utopia is just a few clicks away!

Cells: Under the Microscope
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fire up your brain cells and get ready to explore a fascinating microscopic world!
Cells: Under the Microscope
Online Class
Yes
Age Range
6 to 9

Fire up your brain cells and get ready to explore a fascinating microscopic world! Though cells are tiny, they are complex machines with moving parts and unique jobs to do based on their structure. Students will become cell experts through hands-on activities, discussion, and using a microscope to see living cells in action. This class will investigate single-celled organisms such as amoebas and bacteria, animal and plant cells, cellular processes, and even how some of our own uniquely structured cells work together to keep our bodies healthy. Mastery will be demonstrated by the creation of a project on the cell cycle of a specific type of cell of the student’s choosing. An at-home microscope is not required.

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