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Tuesday

3D Game Design

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 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 - 9t

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

Wed

Creative Story Writing

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wed,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Have you ever wondered how to write a compelling story?  Do you want to learn the secret of an opening sentence that hooks your reader?  Does writing a plot that bolts off the page intrigue you?Are you stuck trying to create compelling characters?  Is creating a unique and authentic writer's voice important to you?

Join us for this new semester course and learn answers to all these questions and more. In this class topics explored include:
-components of strong introduction, climax, and conclusion
-character development
-setting
-sharpening descriptive language

Instructor: Sarina Furer

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

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

Wednesday

Minecraft + Architecture History

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

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.

Wednesday

Music, in Theory

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Having a great voice is nice but if you want to be a musician you have to know more than that.  In this short one-semester class, we will cover basic music theory and reading so that you have the foundation to go on to play any musical instrument or create your own composition.  

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Tuesday

The Bare Necessities for using Microsoft Office: An Introduction

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Microsoft Office is the work standard for getting work done digitally efficiently. While the basics have not changed in over twenty years the students will experience the basic usage of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. While some menu commands are consistent across all applications, most of them are not and this is where most adults and students get frustrated. With fun training topics and assignments, we will practice enough to be able to handle most of what the students will need for high school, college and beyond.

Instructor: Keith Brooks

Grade Range: 4th - 12th

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

Wednesday

The Math of the Game: Math in Sports

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Have you ever wondered how people get all those numbers that you see when watching a sporting event? Or have you ever wondering why they even matter? In this class, we will look at how ESPN or other sports broadcasters get all those numbers! We will also learn how to use those numbers to make predictions.

Instructor: Jennifer Tubbs

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

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

Wednesday

An Introduction to World Religions

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

Class Begins: Jan 18, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Across the globe, people have asked questions such as:

  • Where/How did the world begin?
  • Who are we?
  • What is our purpose is in life?
These questions, when viewed through the prism of different religious traditions, have a variety of answers. Throughout human history, religion has played a role in history, literature and current events.  Without a basic understanding of various religious traditions, students often can’t relate to what they read in fiction and non-fiction texts.   In this survey class, we will explore some of the major faiths practiced by people worldwide.  For each one studied, we will learn about:
  • Sacred objects
  • Festivals
  • Traditions
  • Sacred places
  • Rites of passage

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Thursday

Bullet Journaling for Creativity and Academic Success

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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You have probably heard of journaling before, but have you heard of bullet journaling? Bullet journaling is a new writing and art medium that is drawing in a great amount of hype for amazing reasons! Bullet journals can be used in EVERY academic area. The benefits of bullet journals include the following:

• Increased cognition and memory
• Improved focus, productivity, and organization
• Reduced stress and anxiety
• Heightened goal tracking and achievement
• Enhanced writing abilities
• Improved academic performance

By teaching bullet journaling in the context of several academic subjects, this course will help your child improve cognition and reap the benefits of developing the skill of bullet journaling. This class is realistic and practical because students will not only be learning how to bullet journal, they will be given assignments that will aid in their mastery of math, reading, writing, science, and social studies topics.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

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

Wednesday

Can You Relate? Developing Relationship Skills

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

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Explore a wide variety of psychological tools and perspectives which can improve and enrich our relationships with other people, such as friends, family members including parents and even members of the opposite sex as well as ourselves. We will look at resources and psychological approaches that can help us in the various relationships in our life. Some topics that we will cover include the art of listening, communication between genders, how to deal with people in our lives who we strongly disagree with and how we can use tools such as Yoga, meditation and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) to get ourselves to a ‘better place’ emotionally.

Instructor: Yitzchak Twersky

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Thursday

Tip-Offs and Kick-Offs: The Art of Watching Sports

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Have your family or friends ever been watching a sporting event and they call start yelling and jumping up and down? But you had no idea why? Have you ever wondered what a “down” in football is? Or an “offensive rebound” in basketball? Or a “fly ball” in baseball? And what’s all this talk about the playoffs? And seeding? Salary caps? In this class, we’ll discuss the rules of basketball, football and baseball and how to watch them! We’ll discuss the difference between college versus professional. We’ll even talk about how to find good articles to read about your favorite team! If you’ve ever wondered what all the fuss is about, this is the class for you!

Instructor: Jennifer Tubbs

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

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

Monday and Wednesday

Introduction to Deaf Culture

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $550.00

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Can hearing people be a part of the Deaf community? Why are cochlear implants so controversial? Are Signed Exact English, American Sign Language, and Pidgin Sign all the same thing? In what ways are Deaf people and people with disabilities similar and different? What type of careers can I obtain working with Deaf people? These are a few of the many questions we will dialogue, debate, and answer this semester. This course is designed to introduce you to the most important aspects of the American Deaf experience. We will expose the history, contributions, and contemporary lives of Deaf people in America. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will address topics such as the diversity of Deaf people, Deaf cultural norms, Deaf arts, and Deaf international communities. This course will provide you will a foundation on which future Deaf Studies classes will expand.

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

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

Wednesday

Prepare for College Like a Boss: How to Succeed in High School and Prepare for College

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

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Are you already thinking about your college plans? Many students start thinking about college in 7th or 8th grade! But do you really know what you want to do in college and how to get there? This class will help you figure out what you need to do in high school to make your college life much easier. We’ll discuss time management, study skills, setting goals and reaching them, college admissions, extra curriculars, and what those darned college admissions officers are actually looking for.

Instructor: Jennifer Tubbs

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Wednesday

ADHD Toolbox

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Having an ADHD brain doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you, it’s kind of like being left handed. Not defective, just different. But also not in the majority. The world is a right-handed world because the majority of people are right handed. Left handed people need specialized tools to function properly in a right-handed world. People with ADHD aren’t defective, but we do need specialized tools to function properly in a neurotypical world.

Over the 10 weeks of this course we will walk through and create our own unique (unique to you, because you will design a system that works for you) system for functioning successfully in this neurotypical (NT) world.

My name is Penina Taylor and I am the designer and teacher of this class. I am a motivational speaker with ADHD who raised and homeschooled several ADHD children of my own.

I believe that ADHD is real and something that needs to be dealt with but I don’t like the term disorder. A “disorder” in most people’s minds is synonymous with “disease”, but a disease is something that makes your body sick. People with ADHD aren’t sick, they have a disorder. A disorder is anything that puts you outside the realm of “normal”. And normal does not always mean healthy; we should never confuse the two.

This course will be helpful for all students with ADHD, as well as ADHD affect from growing up with ADHD parent, regardless of any other medical or natural treatments being administered.

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Grade Range: 6th - adult

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

Wednesday

Getting Yourself Together: Study Skills for Middle School Students

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This class will focus on the study skills that today’s students need in order to succeed in an academic setting of any kind. The students will learn organization, time management, note-taking, test-taking strategies, work prioritization, and how to study. It does not matter how hard you study if you are not studying in an effective manner. This course teaches kids how to study smarter, not harder.

Instructor: Charissa Vangi

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

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

Monday

Making it Click! - Introduction to Digital Photography

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

Class Begins: Jan 15, 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: 7th - 12th

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

Tuesday

Do you know how to think?: Critical Thinking and Decision Making

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Have you ever thought about thinking? How do you think? Do you like puzzles? The puzzle of better thinking is called critical thinking. Critical thinking provides methods to understand arguments. What is a proper argument? (Hint: There aren’t any raised voices included!) Critical thinking provides insightful processes to analyze proper arguments, their premises and flaws. We will explore how to think more purposefully about what we hear, read or think. We will exercise these skills through classroom discussions, homework and an end of semester scenario exam.

Instructor: Leo McCormick

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Wednesday

Holocaust & Human Behavior

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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In this semester course, students will learn about the history of the Holocaust from a sociological perspective. Participants will study the complex dynamics of human behavior and how it affected the choices of the people living at the time. We will grapple with decisions and behaviors which shaped our history in the past and struggle with ensuring that humanity makes wiser choices in the future.

Instructor: Michelle Rapchik-Levin

Grade Range: 9th -12th

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