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Art with Code

$240

with Gwyer Sinclair

Calendar Next session starts Sep 10, 2018 at 10 am, runs for 12 weeks

In this 12 week course, teen homeschooled students meet two hours a week to create art with Processing. Processing is a flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts. Since 2001, Processing has promoted software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology. There are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning and prototyping. For more information, see processing.org

No class on October 8th or November 12th.

About the Instructor: Gwyer Sinclair is a visual artist and engineer, using the power of technology to augment his creations. Even at its most surreal and psychedelic, art has an underlying order. Gwyer does his traditional work in ink, and his animation and computer graphics work in code.

 

CyberPatriot Middle School Team

$225

with Jake Williams

Calendar Next session starts Aug 9, 2018 at 12 pm

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program.  At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.  Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.‚Äč

The Huntsville STEAM Works Middle School Team is intended for homeschooled students in grades 6-8, and is capped at 6 students, per competition rules. The team meets concurrently with the high school team to learn the content, but competes in separate divisions. Practice typically runs 1 hour, but may run longer as needed. Team practice continues through early April for additional study of CyberSecurity content, or for additional practice time if the team advances. 

Important Note: Scored rounds take place on competition weekends. The team will coordinate a 6 hour period to compete the weekends of November 2nd, December 7th, January 11th, and (if advancing to the SemiFinals) February 1st. The precise 6-hour blocks will be coordinated by team and coach consensus, but flexibile availability during these weekends is essential to participation.  In the event the team advances to the National Finals, the dates are April 7th-11th, 2019.

Full Course

Dungeons & Dragons

$150

with Karl Liggin

Calendar Next session starts Sep 4, 2018 at 12 pm, runs for 12 weeks
1 additional session on Sep 5, 2018

In this program, veteran Dungeons Masters will lead teen gamers through a Dungeons & Dragons game! Learn the ins-and-outs of the most iconic tabletop roleplaying game, as featured in Stranger Things. Participants will create a character, write a background story, learn the rules of the game, and embark on an adventure utilizing cooperative problem-solving skills. Everything you need will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own dice, character sketches, or miniatures! By the end of this camp, students will know how to run their own Dungeons & Dragons group with friends, including the use of modern game tools such as 5th edition rules and character builder apps.

Game does not meet the weeks of October 8th or November 19th.

Dungeons & Dragons Jr.

$150

with Drew Carlton

Calendar Next session starts Sep 4, 2018 at 12 pm, runs for 12 weeks
1 additional session on Sep 5, 2018

In this program, gamers in the tween ages (around grades 4-7) try their hand at Dungeons and Dragons under the guidance of an experienced DungeonsMaster. The game, as featured in "Stranger Things", promotes creativity, strategy, storytelling, cooperative problem-solving in a fun social environment. Everything you need will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own dice, character sketches, or miniatures.

Class does not meet the weeks of October 8th or November 19th.

FIRST LEGO League Community Team

$240

with Nancy Junkins

Calendar Next session starts Aug 22, 2018 at 5 pm

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international competition organized by FIRST for elementary and middle school students (ages 9–14). Each year in August, FIRST LEGO League introduces a scientific and real-world challenge for teams to focus and research. The robotics part of the competition involves designing and programming LEGO Mindstorms robots to complete tasks. The students work out solutions to the various problems they are given and then meet for regional tournaments to share their knowledge, compare ideas, and display their robots.

The theme for 2018 is "INTO ORBIT".The precise competition dates are released later in the season, with Regional Competition Date options typically in late November or early December. Teams advancing to the State Competition will have practices extending into January.

FIRST LEGO League Homeschool Team

$240
Calendar Next session starts Aug 23, 2018 at 9 am

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international competition organized by FIRST for elementary and middle school students (ages 9–14). Each year in August, FIRST LEGO League introduces a scientific and real-world challenge for teams to focus and research. The robotics part of the competition involves designing and programming LEGO Mindstorms robots to complete tasks. The students work out solutions to the various problems they are given and then meet for regional tournaments to share their knowledge, compare ideas, and display their robots.

The theme for 2018 is "INTO ORBIT".The precise competition dates are released later in the season, with Regional Competition Date options typically in late November or early December. Teams advancing to the State Competition will have practices extending into January.

The Art & Science of Harry Potter

$130

with Drew Carlton

Calendar Next session starts Aug 29, 2018 at 9:30 am, runs for 12 weeks

Are you curious what Hogwarts House you’d be sorted into… based on personality psychology? Interested in learning about real-life Fantastic Beasts? Do you wonder how an Invisibility Cloak might work if it were based on science instead of magic? Would you like to make your own wand and learn a few magic (well, Latin) words? In this class, students in grades 3-6 will learn all about the art and science reflected in the popular series of books by J.K. Rowling!





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