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Winter 2015
2nd Grade
Class Information
Session
Art and Design through Scrapbooking
B
Taylor, Amanda
Explore color, shape, line and media through your own pictures. This workshop will engage the learner in an exploration of basic art concepts while teaching the art of scrapbooking. Learners will complete a scrapbook page each week. Learners will need to provide photographs for each week's page. Scrapbooking materials are provided as a part of the workshop.
Beginning Robotics Encounter
A
Merida, Melissa
Just wanting to get started in robotics? This workshop is wired for the beginner! Encounter the wonders of the 4-H Robotics program in this high-tech workshop utilizing Lego Mindstorm Robots. Learners will build and program a bot, with each session facing new challenges to engineer and create solutions to meet the robotic task. Our first session will start with bots you can make from your own junk drawers!
Cooking for Beginners
A
Jackson, Olivia
Explore basic cooking techniques. Learners will engage in basic measurements, food and kitchen safety and cooking methods (boiling, baking, blending, and food presentation). Mac and cheese, pizza, veggie trays and more will be taught. All students will need to provide their own apron.
Cooking for Beginners II
B
Jackson, Olivia
Did you take Cooking for Beginners in Fall 2014 or at another time? Perhaps you do some cooking at home. This class will extend what you already know how to do. Simple bread baking, a variety of healthy snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner items and menu planning will all be covered. Food and kitchen safety will be reviewed.
Happily Ever After?
B
Singleton, Jacque
Fairy tales always have happy endings...or do they? Many of the stories we know and love today started out much differently! In this course, we will explore different versions of famous fairy tales, including some funny "fractured" interpretations. Come join the fun as we use drama, writing, reading, and art to find our own happily ever after!
Intermediate and Advanced Robotics Encounter
B
Merida, Melissa
If you have already begun to explore the world of robotics, this is the class for you. Using the 4-H Robotics program's Lego Mindstorm Robots, learners will extend their knowledge of the world of robotics and venture into more complex design. Our first session will explore bots which can be made from materials you have at home!
Let's Make Music!
B
Brewer, Neil
Learners in this class will explore various methods of making music. Learners will learn basic chords on a ukulele. Other forms of musical expression will be explored. All learners will need a tenor ukulele. These can be rented or bought relatively inexpensively.
Look Deep into My Photo!
B
Wall, Gunter
We want to have fun with photography - besides learning how it works and taking lots of pictures. But how does something look seeing it from above or from below? What if we look very closely or look from different sides? What if we change the background or foreground? Above all, pictures tell stories and eventually bring back memories--sweet or sad. Learn how to tell that story with pictures! (Students bring their own digital camera; be sure the batteries are charged!)
Puppets, Stories and More!
A
Loughran, Sandra
This is a workshop designed to explore the world of puppets and folklore. Children will revisit their early childhood favorites, and create different possible endings. Creating different kinds of puppets we will begin writing our own stories and share them through the use of puppetry. Come make your own puppets and write your own stories. The workshop will encourage individual creativity, and collaborative expression through many different genres of literature, and puppet design.
Rockets and Other Things that Fly
A
Brewer, Neil
Have you ever wanted to fly? Since we don't have wings why not build things that fly? If you like the idea of flight, well this is the session for you. Join in on a session where you build rockets (and other things that fly). What about a soda straw, water, vinegar or even a bottle rocket? Let your creativity run free as the sky as you build things that fly, Learn about why things fly and why some things don't fly. On the way, you might learn a little math and do a little art at the same time. Students will need to bring a cardboard tube (such as the inside of a roll of wrapping paper)
What Does the Bee Say? --- It's All The Buzz About Bees
A
Vawter, Matt
Wanna 'Bee' the sweetest kid in school? Learn what the Buzz is about in the Beehive. Let's 'Bee'gin with why bees sting. Why must every hive have a queen? Why do Bees make honey? What does it take to Bee a Beekeeper? Why are Bees so important? Sample some honey, touch some comb, and 'Bee'come more acquainted with these fascinating creatures. You will 'Bee' amazed at what you learn!
3rd Grade
Class Information
Session
Art and Design through Scrapbooking
B
Taylor, Amanda
Explore color, shape, line and media through your own pictures. This workshop will engage the learner in an exploration of basic art concepts while teaching the art of scrapbooking. Learners will complete a scrapbook page each week. Learners will need to provide photographs for each week's page. Scrapbooking materials are provided as a part of the workshop.
Beginning Robotics Encounter
A
Merida, Melissa
Just wanting to get started in robotics? This workshop is wired for the beginner! Encounter the wonders of the 4-H Robotics program in this high-tech workshop utilizing Lego Mindstorm Robots. Learners will build and program a bot, with each session facing new challenges to engineer and create solutions to meet the robotic task. Our first session will start with bots you can make from your own junk drawers!
Cooking for Beginners
A
Jackson, Olivia
Explore basic cooking techniques. Learners will engage in basic measurements, food and kitchen safety and cooking methods (boiling, baking, blending, and food presentation). Mac and cheese, pizza, veggie trays and more will be taught. All students will need to provide their own apron.
Cooking for Beginners II
B
Jackson, Olivia
Did you take Cooking for Beginners in Fall 2014 or at another time? Perhaps you do some cooking at home. This class will extend what you already know how to do. Simple bread baking, a variety of healthy snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner items and menu planning will all be covered. Food and kitchen safety will be reviewed.
Creative Dramatics
B
Fleming, Terrilyn
Magic, communication, observation and play combine in this fast-paced class comprised of theatre games and improvisational techniques. Students will learn to concentrate and work together to solve problems creatively while becoming more self-assured speaking in front of others. Empathy, positive expression, body coordination, and verbal and non-verbal communication will be the primary focus of the class.
Intermediate and Advanced Robotics Encounter
B
Merida, Melissa
If you have already begun to explore the world of robotics, this is the class for you. Using the 4-H Robotics program's Lego Mindstorm Robots, learners will extend their knowledge of the world of robotics and venture into more complex design. Our first session will explore bots which can be made from materials you have at home!
Let's Make Music!
B
Brewer, Neil
Learners in this class will explore various methods of making music. Learners will learn basic chords on a ukulele. Other forms of musical expression will be explored. All learners will need a tenor ukulele. These can be rented or bought relatively inexpensively.
Look Deep into My Photo!
B
Wall, Gunter
We want to have fun with photography - besides learning how it works and taking lots of pictures. But how does something look seeing it from above or from below? What if we look very closely or look from different sides? What if we change the background or foreground? Above all, pictures tell stories and eventually bring back memories--sweet or sad. Learn how to tell that story with pictures! (Students bring their own digital camera; be sure the batteries are charged!)
Mad, Crazy, Fun Math
A
Mink, Debra
Through art, music and children's literature learn math concepts in a new and exciting way. Create a circle apple with the Very Hungry Caterpillar, a fraction fishbowl with The Rainbow Fish, a quilt square with Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt and finally, an Oreo clock with The Grouchy Lady Bug. Dabble in Asian math, writing skills with calculators, creating math activities with "cookie art." If you never thought you enjoyed math before, you definitely will after the first hour in this course.
Powerful PowerPoint Presentations
B
Wall, Gunter
Learn how to tell a story about a person or pet, a place, an event, or anything!--not just with pictures or photographs but also with animation, sound, film clips, narration, and music. We will create more interesting and visually pleasing presentations with the use of color, fonts, balance of picture elements, as well some of the basic principles of design we can find in architecture and painting. (Students should have a working knowledge of using computers, but will be introduced to PowerPoint, Photo editing, and Windows Live Movie Maker. Need to bring a 1GB jump-drive or larger)
Puppets, Stories and More!
A
Loughran, Sandra
This is a workshop designed to explore the world of puppets and folklore. Children will revisit their early childhood favorites, and create different possible endings. Creating different kinds of puppets we will begin writing our own stories and share them through the use of puppetry. Come make your own puppets and write your own stories. The workshop will encourage individual creativity, and collaborative expression through many different genres of literature, and puppet design.
Rockets and Other Things that Fly
A
Brewer, Neil
Have you ever wanted to fly? Since we don't have wings why not build things that fly? If you like the idea of flight, well this is the session for you. Join in on a session where you build rockets (and other things that fly). What about a soda straw, water, vinegar or even a bottle rocket? Let your creativity run free as the sky as you build things that fly, Learn about why things fly and why some things don't fly. On the way, you might learn a little math and do a little art at the same time. Students will need to bring a cardboard tube (such as the inside of a roll of wrapping paper)
Strumming! Discover the Beautiful Sounds of the Guitar
A
Abril, Alberto
Learn how to play this fascinating instrument! Share your skills with your family and friends! The guitar is a versatile instrument that can be used in many different settings. Discover the mechanics of the guitar and make the instrument sing.
Ultimate Fitness Madness
A,B
Allen, Natalie
This is a heart thumping, feet jumping, and body moving class that will help get you off of the couch and develop a movement routine. Get active with fitness stations, obstacle courses, and wind-down the session with yoga. Each session will also have a fitness break that includes a "Snack Attack" lesson on the fundamentals of choosing wisely in the lunch line. Let's get moving!
What Does the Bee Say? --- It's All The Buzz About Bees
B
Vawter, Matt
Wanna 'Bee' the sweetest kid in school? Learn what the Buzz is about in the Beehive. Let's 'Bee'gin with why bees sting. Why must every hive have a queen? Why do Bees make honey? What does it take to Bee a Beekeeper? Why are Bees so important? Sample some honey, touch some comb, and 'Bee'come more acquainted with these fascinating creatures. You will 'Bee' amazed at what you learn!
What Does the Bee Say? --- It's All The Buzz About Bees
A
Vawter, Matt
Wanna 'Bee' the sweetest kid in school? Learn what the Buzz is about in the Beehive. Let's 'Bee'gin with why bees sting. Why must every hive have a queen? Why do Bees make honey? What does it take to Bee a Beekeeper? Why are Bees so important? Sample some honey, touch some comb, and 'Bee'come more acquainted with these fascinating creatures. You will 'Bee' amazed at what you learn!
4th Grade
Class Information
Session
Art and Design through Scrapbooking
B
Taylor, Amanda
Explore color, shape, line and media through your own pictures. This workshop will engage the learner in an exploration of basic art concepts while teaching the art of scrapbooking. Learners will complete a scrapbook page each week. Learners will need to provide photographs for each week's page. Scrapbooking materials are provided as a part of the workshop.
Beginning Robotics Encounter
A
Merida, Melissa
Just wanting to get started in robotics? This workshop is wired for the beginner! Encounter the wonders of the 4-H Robotics program in this high-tech workshop utilizing Lego Mindstorm Robots. Learners will build and program a bot, with each session facing new challenges to engineer and create solutions to meet the robotic task. Our first session will start with bots you can make from your own junk drawers!
Cooking for Beginners
A
Jackson, Olivia
Explore basic cooking techniques. Learners will engage in basic measurements, food and kitchen safety and cooking methods (boiling, baking, blending, and food presentation). Mac and cheese, pizza, veggie trays and more will be taught. All students will need to provide their own apron.
Cooking for Beginners II
B
Jackson, Olivia
Did you take Cooking for Beginners in Fall 2014 or at another time? Perhaps you do some cooking at home. This class will extend what you already know how to do. Simple bread baking, a variety of healthy snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner items and menu planning will all be covered. Food and kitchen safety will be reviewed.
Creative Dramatics
B
Fleming, Terrilyn
Magic, communication, observation and play combine in this fast-paced class comprised of theatre games and improvisational techniques. Students will learn to concentrate and work together to solve problems creatively while becoming more self-assured speaking in front of others. Empathy, positive expression, body coordination, and verbal and non-verbal communication will be the primary focus of the class.
Intermediate and Advanced Robotics Encounter
B
Merida, Melissa
If you have already begun to explore the world of robotics, this is the class for you. Using the 4-H Robotics program's Lego Mindstorm Robots, learners will extend their knowledge of the world of robotics and venture into more complex design. Our first session will explore bots which can be made from materials you have at home!
Let's Make Music!
B
Brewer, Neil
Learners in this class will explore various methods of making music. Learners will learn basic chords on a ukulele. Other forms of musical expression will be explored. All learners will need a tenor ukulele. These can be rented or bought relatively inexpensively.
Mad, Crazy, Fun Math
A
Mink, Debra
Through art, music and children's literature learn math concepts in a new and exciting way. Create a circle apple with the Very Hungry Caterpillar, a fraction fishbowl with The Rainbow Fish, a quilt square with Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt and finally, an Oreo clock with The Grouchy Lady Bug. Dabble in Asian math, writing skills with calculators, creating math activities with "cookie art." If you never thought you enjoyed math before, you definitely will after the first hour in this course.
Powerful PowerPoint Presentations
B
Wall, Gunter
Learn how to tell a story about a person or pet, a place, an event, or anything!--not just with pictures or photographs but also with animation, sound, film clips, narration, and music. We will create more interesting and visually pleasing presentations with the use of color, fonts, balance of picture elements, as well some of the basic principles of design we can find in architecture and painting. (Students should have a working knowledge of using computers, but will be introduced to PowerPoint, Photo editing, and Windows Live Movie Maker. Need to bring a 1GB jump-drive or larger)
Rockets and Other Things that Fly
A
Brewer, Neil
Have you ever wanted to fly? Since we don't have wings why not build things that fly? If you like the idea of flight, well this is the session for you. Join in on a session where you build rockets (and other things that fly). What about a soda straw, water, vinegar or even a bottle rocket? Let your creativity run free as the sky as you build things that fly, Learn about why things fly and why some things don't fly. On the way, you might learn a little math and do a little art at the same time. Students will need to bring a cardboard tube (such as the inside of a roll of wrapping paper)
Strumming! Discover the Beautiful Sounds of the Guitar
A
Abril, Alberto
Learn how to play this fascinating instrument! Share your skills with your family and friends! The guitar is a versatile instrument that can be used in many different settings. Discover the mechanics of the guitar and make the instrument sing.
Ultimate Fitness Madness
A,B
Allen, Natalie
This is a heart thumping, feet jumping, and body moving class that will help get you off of the couch and develop a movement routine. Get active with fitness stations, obstacle courses, and wind-down the session with yoga. Each session will also have a fitness break that includes a "Snack Attack" lesson on the fundamentals of choosing wisely in the lunch line. Let's get moving!
What Does the Bee Say? --- It's All The Buzz About Bees
B
Vawter, Matt
Wanna 'Bee' the sweetest kid in school? Learn what the Buzz is about in the Beehive. Let's 'Bee'gin with why bees sting. Why must every hive have a queen? Why do Bees make honey? What does it take to Bee a Beekeeper? Why are Bees so important? Sample some honey, touch some comb, and 'Bee'come more acquainted with these fascinating creatures. You will 'Bee' amazed at what you learn!
5th Grade
Class Information
Session
Art and Design through Scrapbooking
B
Taylor, Amanda
Explore color, shape, line and media through your own pictures. This workshop will engage the learner in an exploration of basic art concepts while teaching the art of scrapbooking. Learners will complete a scrapbook page each week. Learners will need to provide photographs for each week's page. Scrapbooking materials are provided as a part of the workshop.
Beginning Robotics Encounter
A
Merida, Melissa
Just wanting to get started in robotics? This workshop is wired for the beginner! Encounter the wonders of the 4-H Robotics program in this high-tech workshop utilizing Lego Mindstorm Robots. Learners will build and program a bot, with each session facing new challenges to engineer and create solutions to meet the robotic task. Our first session will start with bots you can make from your own junk drawers!
Cooking for Beginners
A
Jackson, Olivia
Explore basic cooking techniques. Learners will engage in basic measurements, food and kitchen safety and cooking methods (boiling, baking, blending, and food presentation). Mac and cheese, pizza, veggie trays and more will be taught. All students will need to provide their own apron.
Cooking for Beginners II
B
Jackson, Olivia
Did you take Cooking for Beginners in Fall 2014 or at another time? Perhaps you do some cooking at home. This class will extend what you already know how to do. Simple bread baking, a variety of healthy snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner items and menu planning will all be covered. Food and kitchen safety will be reviewed.
Creative Dramatics
A
Fleming, Terrilyn
Magic, communication, observation and play combine in this fast-paced class comprised of theatre games and improvisational techniques. Students will learn to concentrate and work together to solve problems creatively while becoming more self-assured speaking in front of others. Emphasis will be placed on storytelling, stage terms, and scene work. The 5th/6th grade class will culminate in an original student production!
Creative Writing: How to Write Dynamite Stories, I
B
Fitzharris, MaryAnn
Do you love to tell a good story? Let's use what we know about your favorite movies--like Toy Story, Harry Potter, Shrek, Star Wars, Hunger Games, and more--to identify what makes a good story. We'll talk about the journeys everyday heroes take when they get called to an adventure. Come have some fun--and become a better writer, too!
Imagine, Design and Create
B
Schweitzer, Debbie
Imagine designing your own comic book, t-shirt, poster, and mouse pad. In this class, you are limited only by your own imagination. Learn to use websites and programs to imagine, design and create all of this and more. Learn to use computers in ways you have never imagined. It's fun and exciting--and you'll walk away with amazing products you imagined, designed and created.
Intermediate and Advanced Robotics Encounter
B
Merida, Melissa
If you have already begun to explore the world of robotics, this is the class for you. Using the 4-H Robotics program's Lego Mindstorm Robots, learners will extend their knowledge of the world of robotics and venture into more complex design. Our first session will explore bots which can be made from materials you have at home!
Intro to Web and Game Design
A
Schweitzer, Debbie
Have you dreamed of becoming an online game designer? Would you like to become a webmaster and create your own website? Take your computer knowledge to the next level! Become a game designer by using online tools to create your own online games. Learn how to design webpages and embed HTML coding to build your own personal gaming website that puts all of your creations in one site to share with your friends and others.
Introduction to the Chemical World Around Us
B
Hollenback, Jim
Are you interested in Chemistry and chemical reactions? Join this class to learn about the basics of Chemistry and why certain substances react and interact in particular ways. This is not your average make a volcano erupt chemistry. Learn the basics of the periodic table and other introductory concepts of Chemistry. Learn about basic laboratory safety. Each student will need his/her own pair of safety glasses. This class is held in Science Education Lab in the Life Science Building of IU Southeast. The lab is equipped with all the safety equipment expected in a school setting.
Let's Make Music!
B
Brewer, Neil
Learners in this class will explore various methods of making music. Learners will learn basic chords on a ukulele. Other forms of musical expression will be explored. All learners will need a tenor ukulele. These can be rented or bought relatively inexpensively.
Rockets and Other Things that Fly
A
Brewer, Neil
Have you ever wanted to fly? Since we don't have wings why not build things that fly? If you like the idea of flight, well this is the session for you. Join in on a session where you build rockets (and other things that fly). What about a soda straw, water, vinegar or even a bottle rocket? Let your creativity run free as the sky as you build things that fly, Learn about why things fly and why some things don't fly. On the way, you might learn a little math and do a little art at the same time. Students will need to bring a cardboard tube (such as the inside of a roll of wrapping paper)
6th Grade
Class Information
Session
Art and Design through Scrapbooking
B
Taylor, Amanda
Explore color, shape, line and media through your own pictures. This workshop will engage the learner in an exploration of basic art concepts while teaching the art of scrapbooking. Learners will complete a scrapbook page each week. Learners will need to provide photographs for each week's page. Scrapbooking materials are provided as a part of the workshop.
Beginning Robotics Encounter
A
Merida, Melissa
Just wanting to get started in robotics? This workshop is wired for the beginner! Encounter the wonders of the 4-H Robotics program in this high-tech workshop utilizing Lego Mindstorm Robots. Learners will build and program a bot, with each session facing new challenges to engineer and create solutions to meet the robotic task. Our first session will start with bots you can make from your own junk drawers!
Cooking for Beginners
A
Jackson, Olivia
Explore basic cooking techniques. Learners will engage in basic measurements, food and kitchen safety and cooking methods (boiling, baking, blending, and food presentation). Mac and cheese, pizza, veggie trays and more will be taught. All students will need to provide their own apron.
Cooking for Beginners II
B
Jackson, Olivia
Did you take Cooking for Beginners in Fall 2014 or at another time? Perhaps you do some cooking at home. This class will extend what you already know how to do. Simple bread baking, a variety of healthy snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner items and menu planning will all be covered. Food and kitchen safety will be reviewed.
Creative Dramatics
A
Fleming, Terrilyn
Magic, communication, observation and play combine in this fast-paced class comprised of theatre games and improvisational techniques. Students will learn to concentrate and work together to solve problems creatively while becoming more self-assured speaking in front of others. Emphasis will be placed on storytelling, stage terms, and scene work. The 5th/6th grade class will culminate in an original student production!
Creative Writing: How to Write Dynamite Stories, I
B
Fitzharris, MaryAnn
Do you love to tell a good story? Let's use what we know about your favorite movies--like Toy Story, Harry Potter, Shrek, Star Wars, Hunger Games, and more--to identify what makes a good story. We'll talk about the journeys everyday heroes take when they get called to an adventure. Come have some fun--and become a better writer, too!
Imagine, Design and Create
B
Schweitzer, Debbie
Imagine designing your own comic book, t-shirt, poster, and mouse pad. In this class, you are limited only by your own imagination. Learn to use websites and programs to imagine, design and create all of this and more. Learn to use computers in ways you have never imagined. It's fun and exciting--and you'll walk away with amazing products you imagined, designed and created.
Intermediate and Advanced Robotics Encounter
B
Merida, Melissa
If you have already begun to explore the world of robotics, this is the class for you. Using the 4-H Robotics program's Lego Mindstorm Robots, learners will extend their knowledge of the world of robotics and venture into more complex design. Our first session will explore bots which can be made from materials you have at home!
Intro to Web and Game Design
A
Schweitzer, Debbie
Have you dreamed of becoming an online game designer? Would you like to become a webmaster and create your own website? Take your computer knowledge to the next level! Become a game designer by using online tools to create your own online games. Learn how to design webpages and embed HTML coding to build your own personal gaming website that puts all of your creations in one site to share with your friends and others.
Introduction to the Chemical World Around Us
B
Hollenback, Jim
Are you interested in Chemistry and chemical reactions? Join this class to learn about the basics of Chemistry and why certain substances react and interact in particular ways. This is not your average make a volcano erupt chemistry. Learn the basics of the periodic table and other introductory concepts of Chemistry. Learn about basic laboratory safety. Each student will need his/her own pair of safety glasses. This class is held in Science Education Lab in the Life Science Building of IU Southeast. The lab is equipped with all the safety equipment expected in a school setting.
Let's Make Music!
B
Brewer, Neil
Learners in this class will explore various methods of making music. Learners will learn basic chords on a ukulele. Other forms of musical expression will be explored. All learners will need a tenor ukulele. These can be rented or bought relatively inexpensively.
Rockets and Other Things that Fly
A
Brewer, Neil
Have you ever wanted to fly? Since we don't have wings why not build things that fly? If you like the idea of flight, well this is the session for you. Join in on a session where you build rockets (and other things that fly). What about a soda straw, water, vinegar or even a bottle rocket? Let your creativity run free as the sky as you build things that fly, Learn about why things fly and why some things don't fly. On the way, you might learn a little math and do a little art at the same time. Students will need to bring a cardboard tube (such as the inside of a roll of wrapping paper)

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