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Thursday

3D Game Design

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Oct 11, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Introduction to 3D Game Design teaches the fundamentals of video game creation. Topics taught during this course include video game story lines, character creation, animation, level design and programming of both player controlled and non-player controlled video game elements. All of these topics are critical to the creation of a fun, challenging, and enjoyable video game.During the course, you will create a minimum of 8 different games that focus on multiple aspects of video game design. You will also write discussion posts, complete assignments, and play and provide feedback to your classmates about their game creations.There are a total of 1000 points available (100 per week) to be earned throughout the class. All points are weighted evenly. Points for completing a discussion post are weighted equally as points awarded for video game creations.

Instructor: Ryan Rasar

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Minecraft + Architecture History

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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The Minecraft + Architecture History course will teach students about 10 architectural styles to include Egyptian, Native American, Roman, Greek, Medieval, Renaissance, Victorian, early American, Modern and 21st Century architecture.During the course students will create many builds in Minecraft. It is preferred that students create their builds on the *QwestCraft Minecraft server but they can also create their builds on their own home computer or even on Minecraft pocket edition (tablet) or console (Xbox, etc.). Server participation is not required for this course. Students will also write discussion posts, complete assignments, quizzes, and provide feedback to classmates about their Minecraft architecture creations.*Only Java 'Vanilla' Minecraft for PC/Mac computer is supported on the server. Please email stemqwest@gmail.com if you have any questions about Minecraft version compatibility.There are a total of 1000 points available to be earned throughout the class. All points are weighted evenly. Points for completing a discussion post are weighted equally as points awarded for Minecraft builds.

Instructor: Ryan Rasar

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Video Game Development: Kart

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Oct 11, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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The focus is on learning game development via 2-D gaming and the process of creating a simple and fun game. Topics include mobile game development, level design, introduction to programs such as Photoshop with topics such as pixel art, basic 3-D modeling, and assorted other artistic, technical, and programming topics.

A note about class name: I often name and organize my classes after racing topics, and the name of this class symbolizes some racing themes and analogies that I’ll be using throughout the class.

Instructor: Sam Salo

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Diamond in the Rough! HTML and CSS Basics

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Attention! Attention!The Champagne Diamond, one of the world's most famous jewels, has been stolen from the London home of American movie stars Jasper Stone and his wife, Serena Slade.And the mystery has only just begun. Who? What? When? Why? How? Jasper and Serena are depending on you.As a reporter trying to solve this mystery, you'll use basic HTML and CSS to create and present an online news story about the case.Get ready to:

  1. Dive into the world of investigative journalism.
  2. Build a website with HTML.
  3. Style a website with CSS.
  4. Create, edit and add graphics to a site.
By the end of the course, you'll have a beautiful, functional website that will link to the websites of your classmates.Once the sites are linked together, you and your readers will use them like puzzle pieces to crack the case.

Instructor: Melissa Despina Fragiadaki

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Graphic Art with Adobe Illustrator Vectors Abound

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Adobe Illustrator is the professional's tool of choice when it comes to crafting digital artwork. It's not as well-known as Photoshop, the more popular sibling of the Adobe family, but Illustrator is unrivaled in what it does. And what it does is craft crisp, clean, scalable designs that are perfect for any medium. In this course you will learn the secrets of Illustrator, the King of Vectors!

Instructor: Kirk Nelson

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

History of Animation

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Ever been curious how Pixar got its start?

Are you curious to find out that the first animated film is NOT Snow White and the Seven Dwarves?

Come and learn the History of Animation with Ms. V. We’ll dive into finding out how animation got its start, study some leading individuals in animation, and how it has morphed from humble simple drawings to Pixar becoming a $7.4 billion-dollar company.

This is an excellent class for artists, creative students, and film appreciators alike. This class will focus on animated full-length feature films.

Movie ratings will be “G” or “PG”.

Instructor: Lizzette Vallarta

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Storytelling Through Scratch: Protagonists, conflicts, antagonists, and. . . algorithms?

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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With a little code and a lot of creativity, along with "unplugged" activities including dancing, making paper airplanes and building structures with jelly beans and toothpicks, you'll develop a basic understanding of computer science.In addition to learning computer science, you'll take a close look at some of your favorite movies, including Star Wars, to help you learn how to tell a powerful story.As your final project, you will show off your coding and storytelling skills by using Scratch to create your very own animated story and corresponding video game that your friends and family can enjoy! 

Instructor: Melissa Despina Fragiadaki

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Sunday

Summer Workshop: G Suite is Sweet: An Introduction to Google Suite's Basic Applications

Term: Summer 2018     Class Meets: Sunday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jul 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 4

Price: $100.00

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This course will provide an introduction for learners to applications within G Suite, and their functionality:

Gmail: Send and receive mail using your professional address, as in bob@yourcompany.com

Calendar: Share calendars to easily schedule meetings and events

Docs: Collaborate in real-time on online documents, spreadsheets, and presentations

Drive: Store and back up files securely in the cloud

Hangouts: Join video meetings from their laptop or other device

Please note: In order to participate in this course, you will need either an existing G Suite account (these can be either private, corporate, non-profit or educational in nature, please click here for more information), or you will have to register for G Suite Basic prior to class.

Students will also have opportunities to contribute to the course, by preparing and sharing presentation materials that address and explain relevant topics. These can include, but are not limited to:

My Story: Students can prepare and present their own stories, using Docs and/or Slides
My Message: Students can prepare and share their own messages to the class, using several of the additional features and integrations that will be covered in G Mail.

Class will meet on

Sunday, July 8th from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Sunday, July 15th from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Sunday, July 22nd from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Sunday, July 29th from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Video Game Development: Formula 1

Term: Winter 2019 and Spring 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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This class acts as both a standalone video game development class and a natural follow-through from my other video game development class, Video Game Development: Kart. I will include the description from that class next, and I will then include a note about how this class naturally extends that class.

Video Game Development: Kart: The focus is on learning game development via 2-D gaming and the process of creating a simple and fun game. Topics include mobile game development, level design, introduction to programs such as Photoshop with topics such as pixel art, basic 3-D modeling, and assorted other artistic, technical, and programming topics.

A note about class name: I often name and organize my classes after racing topics, and the name of this class symbolizes some racing themes and analogies that I’ll be using throughout the class.

The main differences between my Formula One and Kart classes are class length (Kart is 10 weeks, and Formula 1 is 20 weeks) and some topics covered. In addition to the nature and structure of Kart, I will be delving into more 3-D modeling along with more thorough discussions on all topics visited in the Kart class. I will also be covering some ancillary topics such as artificial intelligence and even some web design and marketing.

Instructor: Sam Salo

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Intro to Adobe Photoshop: Passionate about Pushing Pixels!

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Photoshop is widely regarded as the industry standard for image editing and photo manipulation. And not without good reason, Photoshop is so well known that it has worked its way into cultural language as a verb, as in "That's been Photoshopped!" In this class, you will learn exactly what makes this software so powerful and how to harness that power for your own (hopefully good) intentions!

Instructor: Kirk Nelson

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Short Filmmaking 101

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

$240.00 before Jul 6

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In this ten-week course, students will learn the basics of filmmaking. Students will start with either a written script or an original idea to create a 7-minute film of a fiction or non-fiction leaning. Students will learn everything from storyboarding and pre-production, to recording video and audio basics, to directing, and to editing and post-production. At the end of the course, we will have a short film festival where each student will showcase his or her own original 5-7-minute film to the class.

Instructor: Catherine Holder

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Songwriting and Production on Garage Band

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

$240.00 before Jul 6

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Join singer/songwriter and recording artist, Catherine Holder, as she guides students through the art of crafting an original song with both lyrics and melody, charting the song, and then creating a fully produced song with GarageBand!

If students do not have experience with charting a song and need a little more help, a 30-minute session is also available at an extra cost to each student.

Instructor: Catherine Holder

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Introduction to Digital Photography: Making it Click!

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Digital Photography is more than just photographs that are comprised of digital pixels. At its core, Digital Photography is about telling a visual story. Doing this successfully involves much more than choosing an Instagram filter. This course is equally about the concepts behind digital photography and technical skills to craft the images.

Instructor: Kirk Nelson

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.