Ages 10-12

2015 Class Schedule and Fees
All classes are listed by date and time.
Registration closes one week prior to class start date.

 

Week 1 (June 15-19)

Week 2 (June 22-26)

Week 3 (July 6-10)

Week 4 (July 13-17)

Week 5 (July 20-24)

Week 6 (July 27-July 31)

 


Week 1 (June 15-19)

 

Star Wars and the Roman Empire

Whether a film critic or a history buff, this class is for you. You’ll discover the history behind Star Wars and its creator, George Lucas. Learn how the plot of Star Wars mimics real-life history in Rome roughly 2,000 years ago. This class will  recognize and discuss the huge impact this film had in the world not only in the late 1970s but also upon its return as another huge hit in the 1990s. Join us as we delve into history, and may the force be with you! Please note that Rebel Alliance or Galactic Empire attire is optional!

Price: $85
Instructor: Dan Quiggle
10 years and up, June 15-19, mornings

 

Roller Coaster Physics

Why do we like to ride rollercoasters? Many people think it’s for the thrill of speed. But for most people it's actually the twists, turns, drops and spins that keep us in line for hours to experience mere minutes of excitement. Learn about forces, energy transformation and mass relationship using the K'Nex building system to construct a large rollercoaster. Experience first-hand the design considerations in building a safe but thrilling ride. A behind the scenes trip to Waldameer will be the capstone of the course.

Price: $90
Instructor: Todd Talbot
10 years and up, June 15-19, mornings

 

Beginner Model Rocketry

Explore the exciting world of model rocketry. Following strict safety rules, participants will build a reusable model rocket  they will launch during class and then again at home. Participants will design their own launch system which will include a wooden launch pad and electronic ignition system. Family members will be invited to watch participants successfully launch their rockets on the final day of class.

Price: $90
Instructor: Ed Beck
10-12 years, June 15-19, mornings

 

Creative Hoop Dance and Storytelling NEW

Join us for this unique, fun and creative learning opportunity. Discover and obtain hoop dance techniques, make your own hoop and begin to understand the elements of dance and composition while developing writing skills through creating and writing your own story. Your original story will then be transformed into a hoop dance to be performed for your parents at the end of the week.

Price: $90
Instructor: Jennifer Dennehy
8-12 years, June 15-19, mornings

 

Stop Motion Video Animation

This action packed week will include the animation of objects created by students using polymer clay as well as LEGO Mini-Figure, bricks, and accessory items.  Building on last year’s success, this workshop will feature NEW animation software and cameras, and will benefit both new and returning students.  A new “High Resolution Set” for advanced students will also be available.  All materials and equipment will be provided and students are encouraged to bring their own LEGOS and props if they want to create a specific animation with their favorite characters.  All completed animations will be burned to a high quality DVD disc and each student will receive a copy to keep.

Price: $170
Instructor: Chuck Dill
10 years and up, June 15-19, All Day 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Guitar Basics

This class is for kids longing to play some strings. Novice guitar players will also benefit from this class. We'll go over basics such as string order, scales, and site reading tablature. Moreover, students will have the opportunity to bring in a song they would like to learn how to play. Finally, they get to "jam" together during the last class. PLEASE NOTE THAT STUDENTS MUST HAVE THEIR OWN ACOUSTIC GUITAR WITH ALL SIX STRINGS OR ELECTRIC GUITAR WITH SMALL AMP TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CLASS.

Price: $85
Instructor: Matthew Flowers
10 years and up, June 15-19, afternoons

 

Storm Chasing 101

Learn about various types of storms, such as snow storms, thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes. Discover how to spot severe storms by viewing cloud formations and using Doppler radar. We'll study tornado-chasing, talk to a real storm chaser and end the week with a field trip to the WJET-TV studios and weather offices.

Price: $105
Instructor: Tom Atkins
10 years and up, June 15-19, afternoons

 

Week 2 (June 22-26)

 

When the Whole World Was at War

Are you a history buff? Did your grandparents or great-grandparents live through World War II? Join us as we travel back in time to examine this profound period in history. We'll examine the risks, the “what ifs,” and the major players—Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin. We'll research Nazi propaganda, the Holocaust, and weapons of mass destruction. You'll have an opportunity to voice your opinion during class debate. We'll even build our own plane and hold our own mock trial!

Price: $85
Instructor: Dan Quiggle
10 years and up, June 22-26, mornings

 

Icing on the Cake NEW

Learn the basics of cake and cookie decorating. Participants will use decorating tools, icing and pre-made cookies, cupcakes, and mini-cakes to create their own decorated treats. The project leader will walk them through each step, demonstrate the basic techniques and assist them as they practice and decorate their treats.

Price: $85
Instructor: Emily Cassano
10 years and up, June 22-26, mornings

 

Mural Painting NEW

Paint like a professional mural artist. Experience mural painting first hand and learn what you need to make your own mural anywhere. Using professional mural painting techniques you will create your own mural that you can take home with you! Get your imagination in gear using sketch and thumbnail drawing. Take small drawings and blow them up to any size (i.e. bedroom walls to buildings). Learn techniques for painting your mural on most any surface.

Price: $85
Instructor: Ehren Knapp
10 years and up, June 22-26, mornings

 

Engineering MythBusters

Based on Discovery Channel’s  hit TV show “MythBusters,” this class explores engineering concepts ”just to see what happens.” Which type of racing car goes faster? What are the different kinds of bridges, are they safe, and how do we build one? How does an electric circuit work? We will have design contests, explore the college’s engineering facilities, and have lots of fun. This class is for all girls and boys who want to learn about the different fields of engineering.

Price: $85
Instructor: Amber Wildfire
8-12 years, June 22-26, afternoons

 

Engineering Bridges

Work with Behrend Faculty to develop the knowledge in physics and mathematics needed to engineer and build  various types of bridges. Participants will gain the experience of working together as a team to design and construct  a scale model bridge for the final project that will be tested to see how much weight can be supported.

Price: $105
Instructors: Lauren Falco and Peter Olszewski
10 years and up, June 22-26, afternoons

 

Improv

Join us as we play some classic improv games and exercises geared for young actors. These games will help you build your ability to think fast whether you are on stage or in a classroom and learn about theatre in a fun and hilarious way. This class will culminate in a performance modeled after the improv based show "Whose Line is it Anyway." This fun performance might even draw in the audience to participate!

Price: $85
Instructor: Steve O'Donnell
10 years and up, June 22-26, afternoons

 

Knitting 101 NEW

Get ready to “cast on” and start your knitting adventure! Participants will learn how to knit with needles and/or looms and will be on their way to creating their favorite cold weather accessories, washcloths, and more! Advanced knitters will learn to make even more intricate patterns.

Price: $85
Instructor: Emily Cassano
8-12 years, June 22-26, afternoons

 

Week 3 (July 6-10)

 

Making Video Games!

Played Mario, Pokémon, or The Legend of Zelda…? Ever wonder how they're put together? This course intends to show you! Students  will be given an introduction to programming and design. This class will promote critical and analytical thinking, logic and reasoning for computer systems, creativity and expression and above all, will engender an interest in STEM topics while still being fun!

Price: $90
Instructor: Heather Cole
10-12 years, July 6-10, mornings

 

Kids with Cake

Let your imagination run wild and build it with cake. Learn how to design, construct, and decorate your own cake masterpiece while learning about measuring and baking techniques. *Peanuts may be used in cooking classes*

Price: $85
Instructor: Julie Vavreck
8-12 years, July 6-10, mornings

 

The Nail Boutique NEW

Develop nail painting techniques and create beautiful nail art to enhance your fingers and toes. Participants will also learn nail maintenance.

Price: $85
Instructor: Sandee Caccavo
10 years and up, July 6-10, mornings

 

CSI-Crime Scene Investigations! NEW

Learn how science is used to solve crime by using experimental techniques in a laboratory-based setting.  Participants will analyze evidence such as hair, fibers, fingerprints, blood, and blood splatter.  Death and decay, shoe impressions, handwriting, and ink analysis will also be studied.

Price: $85
Instructor: Gina Schilajew
10 years and up, July 6-10, mornings

 

Cookie Monsters

Did somebody say cookies? Learn how to make and decorate a variety of cookies that will make your mouth water. *Peanuts may be used in cooking classes*

Price: $85
Instructor: Julie Vavreck
10 years and up, July 6-10, afternoons

 

Advanced Drawing

This class is designed to give the young artist a better grasp on drawing more realistic. We will work with pencils and colored pencils. Shading, perspective, and texture techniques will be the focus.

Price: $85
Instructor: Tami Hritzay
10 years and up, July 6-10, afternoons

 

Introduction to Robotics

Come and explore the world of robotics. From toys, to robots used in industry, to the robots used in the space program, robots are everywhere. We will be experimenting, programming, creating and completing projects using the Lego Mindstorm system, VEX Robotics Kits, TriBot, Robosapien, I-Cybie, First-Bot, Junk-Bots, and more.

Price: $85
Instructor: Paul Semrau
10-12 years, July 6-10, afternoons

 

Once Upon an Island! NEW

What would your own special island be like?  This week, participants will design their own island from start to finish!  Learn about landforms and geographic features, then put them to use by designing an island that you will name, plan, draw, and then create using salt map technique. Be sure to wear your most colorful island clothes, too!

Price: $85
Instructor: Patti Rial
8-12 years, July 6-10, afternoons

 

Week 4 (July 13-17)

 

Batter Battles

Bring on the batter! We’ll combine fun colors, flavors, and creative designs to create one of a kind delights. Learn how to bake and decorate a variety of goodies. *Peanuts may be used in cooking classes*

Price: $85
Instructor: Julie Vavreck
10 years and up, July 13-17, mornings

 

Intro to Computer Programming for Music Applications NEW

Do you wish you could make music with your computer? This course will show you how! Participants will be given an introduction to computer programming for music applications. We will utilize a visual programming language to design, build, and perform computer-based musical instruments. This class will promote analytical thinking, logic, creativity and expression. Participants will engage with STEM topics while making music with their peers.

Price: $90
Instructor: Joel Hunt
10 years and up, July 13-17, mornings

 

It's My Business; Be an Entrepreneur with Junior Achievement

If entrepreneurship is behind our country's economic success, then what's behind entrepreneurship itself? Can someone learn to think and act like an entrepreneur? Most definitely. This Junior Achievement program teaches students the four key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs: believing in themselves; filling a need; knowing their customer and product; and being creative and innovative.

Price: $85
Instructor: Jan Leonardi
10 years and up, July 13-17, mornings

 

Scrap, Stamp, and More

Come join us for a fun-filled week of scrapbooking, stamping, and more. Learn creative techniques while creating keepsakes that will last a lifetime.

Price: $85
Instructor: Melissa Weismiller
8-12 years, July 13-17, afternoons

 

Comic Creations NEW

Explore comic books and the legendary figures that built the comic book galaxy through the making of your very own comic strip by using digital and traditional art processes.

Price: $85
Instructor: Heather Cole
10 years and up, July 13-17, afternoons

 

The Iceman and Friends NEW

Meet the world's oldest mummy who was discovered in 1991 by two hikers in the Italian Alps when they stumbled across his body melting from the glacial ice. Explore techniques of archaeologists, ice age skills and life and the worlds of the past as we investigate not only the Iceman, but other natural mummies of ice and bog.  What can they tell us?  How did they live? Discover how bodies are mummified and archaeological sites are studied by opening and documenting a site. 

Price: $85
Instructor: Scott Strasser
8-12 years, July 13-17, afternoons

 

Week 5 (July 20-24)

 

Acting for the Stage 2

This class picks up right where Acting for the Stage I lets off. Participants will learn through games and acting exercises how to bring the characters in a script to life. Laugh and learn many of the same techniques your favorite actors use while preparing and performing their roles. The class will culminate with a performance of one of the acts on the last day of the class.

Price: $85
Instructor: Steve O'Donnell
8-12 years, July 20-24, mornings

 

Intro to Computer Programming for Music Applications NEW

Do you wish you could make music with your computer? This course will show you how! Participants will be given an introduction to computer programming for music applications. We will utilize a visual programming language to design, build, and perform computer-based musical instruments. This class will promote analytical thinking, logic, creativity and expression. Participants will engage with STEM topics while making music with their peers.

Price: $90
Instructor: Joel Hunt
10 years and up, July 20-24, mornings

 

Felicity's Tea Party NEW

Spend a week with Felicity, an Early American colonial girl.  Have fun discovering her world by using a quill pen to write, and sewing your own ‘pocket’ to carry special treasures. Each day we will explore more about colonial times, play colonial games, and even make our own butter to have at our special Tea Party.

Price: $85
Instructor: Patti Rial
8-12 years, July 20-24, mornings

 

Introduction to Astronomy NEW

Join Jim Gavio, Director of the Yahn Planetarium at Penn State Behrend, for a  journey into space with Planetarium shows and hands-on observatory activities. Acquire the basic skills needed to become comfortable with telescopes and the night sky.  Explore how astronauts live and work in space and the potential for future travel to other worlds.

Price: $85
Instructor: Jim Gavio
10-12 years, July 20-24, mornings

 

Cryptozoology

Spend a week in the world of hidden animals.  We'll look at the more famous cryptids like sasquatch and lake monsters, and learn the best ways to investigate their existence.  You'll learn the history of cryptozoology, famous cryptozoologists, and some "found" cryptids as we study zoology and ecology to decide just how likely it is that any of the creatures are roaming the world.  Might they be real?  Answer that question yourself by the end of the week!

Price: $85
Instructor: Scott Strasser
8-12 years, July 20-24, afternoons

 

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Instead of a day at the Spa, let's make it a week at the Spa. Enjoy making your own spa products and then have fun using them during this week of girly fun.

Price: $85
Instructor: Melissa Weismiller
8-12 years, July 20-24, afternoons

 

Step it Up! Sculpture with a Purpose!

Want to create some unique sculpture? Give old items a new life. This sculpture class will take the ordinary and create the extraordinary. Participants will use wire, paper, polymer clay and more to create their own sculpture pieces. This class will challenge you to rethink your possibilities.

Price: $85
Instructor: Tami Hritzay
8-12 years, July 20-24, afternoons

 

3D Computer Animation NEW

Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Brave, Up, Wreck it Ralph - What do all of these movies have in common? *3D Computer Animation*  Come create your own character and learn the basics of 3D computer animation.

Price: $85
Instructor: Heather Cole
10 years and up, July 20-24, afternoons

 

Week 6 (July 27-July 31)

 

Become a Champion Engineer

Participants will learn to use engineering principles to take on a variety of exciting engineering challenges and test their solutions in competitive games.  Participants will win prizes for whomever creates the catapult that flings marshmallows the farthest, makes a  hovercraft that glides closest to the target, or builds the tower that stands the tallest.  There will be multiple challenges everyday as boys and girls win points toward the Champion Engineer Award at the week's end.

Price: $85
Instructor: Glenn McKnight and Brian Devore
10 years and up, July 27-31, mornings

 

Stained Glass Mosaic

Design and create your own beautiful mosaic masterpiece! Students will learn the techniques of mosaic art and glass cutting, then create their own mosaic artwork using stained glass and ceramic tile.

Price: $90
Instructor: Barbara Nodes-Nakoski
10 years and up, July 27-31, mornings

 

Make a Movie - Video Fun!

Movie making with a twist.  New and returning students will experience video creation via a “Green Screen” virtual backdrop.  Students may choose between a variety of backdrops as well as “custom built” specialty surrounds.  Videos will be created by students in teams or in pairs with filming shot indoors and outdoors, “free style” action, drama, or documentary style.  All equipment is provided.  Students may bring their own props if desired.  Creative equipment choices for this workshop include new GoPro action cameras for video selfies and action shots, New Dell tablets for indoor and outdoor clips, and a variety of “video photo booth” sets and even a “news desk” with professional lighting and sound. Editing will be via Dell laptop and easy to use editing software.  All student video creations will be burned to a high quality DVD disc for the student to keep.

Price: $170
Instructor: Chuck Dill
10 years and up, July 27-31, All Day 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

CSI-Crime Scene Investigations! NEW

Learn how science is used to solve crime by using experimental techniques in a laboratory-based setting.  Participants will analyze evidence such as hair, fibers, fingerprints, blood, and blood splatter.  Death and decay, shoe impressions, handwriting, and ink analysis will also be studied.

Price: $85
Instructor: Gina Schilajew
10 years and up, July 27-31, afternoons

 

Calligraphy - The Beauty in Writing NEW

Come explore the visual art of calligraphy.  This beautiful craft of hand lettering has been rare in recent years due to modern computers.  Choose your favorite quote, poem, or verse and get ready to learn the age old love of pen and ink.  Old-fashioned techniques will be used as well as modern cartridge pens and felt tips.

Price: $85
Instructor: Kaye Fleming
10 years and up, July 27-31, afternoons