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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.

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.

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.

Monday

Be a Rock Hound! Elementary Geology

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      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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Elementary Geology introduces young students to the scientific discipline of geology. Students will explore the history of geology; tools used by geologists; rocks, minerals, and soil; the layers that make up Earth; volcanoes and earthquakes; the atmosphere; the hydrosphere; the biosphere; the magnetosphere; how the different parts of Earth work together; and more.  We will use Real Science 4 Kids as a jumping off place; however, additional resources will be added into every class.

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

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

Wednesday

HTML & CSS Basics: Create Your Own Corner of the Web!

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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Don’t just consume the internet. Create your own corner of the web, and share your ideas and creativity with the world. Get ready to:

  • Build a website with HTML.
  • Style a website with CSS.
  • Create, edit and add graphics and videos to a site.
By the end of the course, you’ll have a beautiful, functional website on the topic of your choice.

Instructor: Melissa Despina Fragiadaki

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Tuesday

Ideas that Changed the World

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      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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Discoveries don’t usually come about with someone leaping out of a bathtub shouting “Eureka!” More often than not discoveries are the result of the coming together of efforts of a lot of different people. This class focuses on ten inventions, theories or discoveries that truly changed the world, and on the people who were involved in the process. The world is big multifaceted place. With that in mind, each class will focus on a different area of science. This interdisciplinary class will be sure to surprise you and to blow your mind!

 

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

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

Monday

Passionate about Pushing Pixels! - Intro to Adobe Photoshop

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      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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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.

Monday

Science in EVERY Subject

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      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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Einstein is quoted saying, “The true science of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” In this course, we will be exploring science in new and imaginative ways This course will include the following components:

• Asking questions and formulating hypotheses • Experimentation • Reading for information and gathering Information • Writing in response to reading and experimenting • Drawing conclusions

This class will be a fun way for students to work on their reading and writing, while also engaging in interesting scientific topics. They will assume the role of scientist and improve their scientific inquiry skills each week.

By utilizing these skills, students will complete a project throughout the course and present it during the last class. This project is significant, yet not overwhelming, because it is completely up to the student. I will provide criteria and guidelines, and the student is responsible for finding an example of science in his or her own life to write about and to demonstrate. The possibilities are endless and the goal of this project and class is to empower students to become better thinkers who are willing to grow through mistakes, observations, history, and outcomes.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 3rd -6th

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

Thursday

AnimatED: Super Heroes

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      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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Get your “Hour of Code” right here! Experiment with Digital Art and Technology simultaneously! Learn how to create animation games using SCRATCH; our exclusive curriculum teaches you fundamentals of programming, logic and sequencing by
writing simple and complex scripts. Students will create a 1 or 2 -player game at
the end of each lesson using concepts covered. Project ideas challenge advanced
learners. Play On!!

Instructor: Vrinda Joshi

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

A minimum of 8 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

AppStudio: Create Your Own Apps!

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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There's an App for that! Learn how to create simple apps using MIT's AppInventor 2. This block-based tool takes the student to the next level of programming and facilitates the creation of apps in significantly less time than traditional programming environments thus inspiring intellectual and creative empowerment.

Please note: To participate in this class the students will need a

1) A GMAIL account.

2) An Android device - phone or tablet.

3) A good Internet connection and a good WIFI router.

Instructor: Vrinda Joshi

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

A minimum of 8 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

If it’s Alive ……Then It’s Biology

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      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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Middle School Biology gives young students a strong foundation in the scientific discipline of biology. Students will learn about the classification of living things (taxonomy), cell structure and types of cells, photosynthesis, plant structures and their purpose, the life cycle of plants, single-celled organisms and how they move and eat, the life cycle of the frog, the life cycle of the butterfly, and ecosystems.  We will use Real Science 4 Kids as a jumping off place; however, additional resources will be added into every class.

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Wednesday

Storytelling Through Code: Protagonists, Conflicts, Antagonists, and. . . Algorithms?

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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It’s time to become the producers and directors of your own animated stories and games!

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’ll 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.

Monday

Vectors Abound - Graphic Art with Adobe Illustrator

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      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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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.

Wednesday

Introduction to Python

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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In this class, we will introduce students to basic programming concepts using Python. Python is an interpreted, interactive, and portable object-oriented programming language that lets developers work quickly and integrate systems more effectively.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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.