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Tuesday

3D Game Design - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 21, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

$200.00 before Mar 18

Reg. Opens Mar 3 8:00 am


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.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Ryan Rasar

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

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

Tuesday

Beginning Linux - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 02, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $200.00

$160.00 before Mar 2

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Learning how to operate a computer using the Linux operating system. We will start by creating a personal environment with Open Source applications that are familiar to everyone, then move directly into the powerful Command Line Interface, and finish the session with understanding networking and security.

Deadline for Registration is March 15, 2019.

Instructor: Marc Gottlieb

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

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

Thursday

Computer Science Discoveries - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

$200.00 before Mar 18

Reg. Opens Mar 3 8:00 am


Computer Science (CS) Discoveries is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun.

CS Discoveries introduces students to computer science as a vehicle for problem solving, communication, and personal expression. As a whole, the first half of the course focuses on the visible aspects of computing and computer science and encourages students to see where computer science exists around them and how they can engage with it as a tool for exploration and expression. This course not only looks to the observable and personally applicable elements of computer science such as websites and games, but also has students looking outward and exploring the impact of computer science on society. Students will see how a thorough user-centered design process produces a better application, how data is used to address problems that affect large numbers of people, and how physical computing with circuit boards allows computers to collect input and return output in a variety of ways.

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 completed tasks and lessons.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Ryan Rasar

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

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

Thursday

Intro to Computer Coding and Programming - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $250.00

$200.00 before Mar 18

Reg. Opens Mar 3 8:00 am


The Introduction to Computer Coding and Programming course teaches students the fundamental concepts and terminology of computer science.

Students will start with object-oriented programming creating 2D animations and simple games and move into more complex app projects that are created with JavaScript code language as the course progresses.

No prior knowledge of coding, programming, or computer science is required. The course is designed to be an overview of computer science principles, to expose students to the topics of computational thinking, coding and programming, but is an “introduction” level course.

Please note: You will not leave this course with the skills to be coder or programmer at a Silicon Valley tech company; however, students WILL learn a lot! Students will create exciting and enjoyable projects with coding and programming to include animations, games, and apps.

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 completed tasks and lessons.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Ryan Rasar

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

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

Tuesday

Minecraft & Science - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $250.00

$200.00 before Mar 18

Reg. Opens Mar 3 8:00 am


The Minecraft Science course will teach students about Earth science, marine biology, and electricity within the context of Minecraft. Minecraft includes many examples of real-life science within the game. Some of these are accurate and are depicted very similar to how they occur in real life. This class will clear up misconceptions that students have about various scientific areas of study and point out how they are depicted in the game of Minecraft and in the real world.

During the course students will create many builds in Minecraft. Any version of Minecraft will work for this course. They can 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.

In addition to building in Minecraft students will read articles about Earth science, marine biology, and electricity and complete reading comprehension and science quizzes related to the weekly topic for each of the 10-weeks. Each week also includes offline labs and activities that students can build at home with a supervising adult.

Please email ryan@stemqwest.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.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Ryan Rasar

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

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

Tuesday

Minecraft + Architecture History - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $250.00

$200.00 before Mar 18

Reg. Opens Mar 3 8:00 am


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 ryan@stemqwest.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.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Ryan Rasar

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

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

Monday and Thursday

Web Development with WordPress - Spring 2019

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

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $400.00

$320.00 before Mar 2

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Setting up a Web site using WordPress is an easy and fun introduction to building and maintaining Web sites. Web Development with WordPress will focus on the administration, configuration, and business elements of developing a Web site using WordPress, the most popular platform for personal and professional sites.

Deadline for Registration is March 15, 2019.

Instructor: Marc Gottlieb

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

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

Thursday

Website Design - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 23, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $250.00

$200.00 before Mar 18

Reg. Opens Mar 3 8:00 am


In today’s world websites are used for everything! This course will teach students the fundamentals of website design. As they work through a series of projects, students will learn how to build their own web pages, learn the languages HTML and CSS, and will create their own websites to serve as portfolios of their creations. By the end of this course, students will be able to explain how web pages are developed and viewed on the Internet, analyze and fix errors in existing websites, and create their very own multipage websites.

This Website Design course does not require any background knowledge in computer science and is perfect for beginners or students with some prior coding experience. The course is highly visual, dynamic, and interactive making it engaging for students that are new to computer science. One aspect of websites that is often overlooked is that they are expressions of creativity! Students will be able to use their own personal interests and creativity to drive their development process.

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 completed tasks and lessons.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Ryan Rasar

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

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

Monday and Thursday

Ethical Hacking - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Monday and Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $400.00

$320.00 before Mar 2

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Ethical hacking is one of the hottest career paths in cyber security. Learn the tools and methodologies used by ethical hackers to help their clients secure their computer systems against intrusion, using the most popular Linux distribution for penetration testing: Kali Linux.

This class is for 11th – 12th grade ONLY. Parents and students MUST sign a waiver for student to participate. The waiver can be found at the end of the syllabus that is hyperlinked to the right.
Deadline for Registration is March 15, 2019.

Instructor: Marc Gottlieb

Grade Range: 11th - 12th

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