Ages 10-12

2016 Class Schedule and Fees
All classes are listed by date and time.
Registration closes one week prior to class start date.

 

Morning sessions: 9:00 a.m. - Noon 
Afternoon Sessions: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
All-Day Sessions 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Week 1 (June 13-17)

Week 2 (June 20-24)

Week 3 (June 27- July 1)

Week 4 (July 11-15)

Week 5 (July 18-22)

Week 6 (July 25-July 29)

 


Week 1 (June 13-17)

 

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 13-17, mornings

 

Martial Arts Survival Scout NEW

The "scout" needed the skills to keep safe in all elements and landscapes. This outdoor adventure will cover basic survival, fitness and Martial Art skills. Participant should be fit, wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

Price: $85

Instructor: Tim Lucas

8-12 years, June 13-17, mornings

 

Solar System Hoops NEW

Join us for this unique, fun and creative dance and science experience. Discover and obtain hoop dance techniques, make your own hoop and begin to understand the elements of dance and composition while learning about the elements of our solar system. Create and perform your own dance using dance forms such as Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical and Ballet.

Price: $85

Instructor: Jennifer Dennehy

8-12 years, June 13-17, mornings

 

Cheerleading NEW

Spirited cheerleaders will learn cheer technique, voices, facials, motions, jumps, stunts, cheers, and a dance. Team spirit, cheer technique, and fun will be the basis for this class as participants develop motions, jumps, stunting, and light tumbling.  Cheerleaders will perform their routine at the end of the week for parents and guests.

Price: $85

Instructor: Alexa Phelps

10 years and up, June 13-17, mornings

 

Minecraft Stop Motion Video Animation NEW

This action packed week will provide participants the opportunity to create their own polymer clay Minecraft figures and mold background props using plaster and extruded polystyrene foam. All material will be supplied including acrylic paints. Computers with animation software, cameras and lighting are arranged in work stations for students to animate with a partner or in teams. All video creations will be burned to a high quality DVD for students to keep.

Price: $170

Instructor: Chuck Dill

10 years and up, June 13-17, All Day 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Surviving the Outback

This outdoor, hands-on class will take place in the Penn State Behrend Outback. Participants will learn wilderness survival skills, shelter building, fire making, and basic hunting and stalking.

Price: $85

Instructor: Tim Lucas

8-12 years, June 13-17, afternoons

 

Yoga, Zumba, and Healthy You NEW

An important part of being healthy is achieving energy balance:  eating and drinking (energy in) to provide the right amount of fuel our bodies need for healthy growth, everyday living, and physical activity (energy out).  Participants will focus on both of these energies through daily YOGA, ZUMBA, and discussions on body image and eating well.  Our motto will be "Everything in Moderation".  A yoga mat and strap will be given to each participant to keep.

Price: $85

Instructor: Lisa Pearson

10 years and up, June 13-17, 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

Instructor: Lauren Falco and Peter Olszewski

10 years and up, June 13-17, afternoons

 

Intro to DC Circuits

Perhaps nothing is more representative of modern technological culture than electronic devices.  But how do these mysterious "black boxes" really work?  This course represents an overview of the fundamentals of DC circuits, simple components like resistors, capacitors, and transistors.  Participants will also design and test simple circuits on breadboards, which they will take home at the end of the week.  Basic familiarity with algebra and one variable in a simple equation is assumed for this course.

Price: $105

Instructor: Todd Talbot

10 years and up, June 13-17, 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, June 13-17, afternoons

 

Week 2 (June 20-24)

 

The Art of Beach Glass Jewelry and Crafts NEW

Learn how to drill beach glass and wire wrapping techniques to create jewelry and other crafts from materials found during your journey to the shores of Lake Erie. Design pendants, stepping stones, wind chimes and other beautiful creations using beach glass, beads and other natural items.

Price: $90

Instructor: Maureen Beck

10 years and up, June 20-24, 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 20-24, mornings

 

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 20-24, mornings

 

Operation Rescue: A STEM Adventure NEW

Utilize STEM tools like Google Earth to develop and implement a rescue plan after a simulated catastrophic event. Teams will work together using math, science and technology skills to develop a flight plan and calculate supplies needed to rescue survivors of a typhoon.

Price: $85

Instructor: Lindsey Dahl

10 years and up, June 20-24, 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, June 20-24, mornings

 

Lights, Camera, iMovie NEW

Be the director, videographer and the writer. Learn how to make movies using your own iPad with Lights, Camera, iMovie! Master the ins-and-outs of iMovie, from the opening scene to the rolling credits. Understand the methods of photography and videography like the rule-of-thirds and finding the perfect lighting. Learn how to story board; creating your own narrative and watch it come to life! Our last class we'll kick back with some popcorn and share our movies with a mini-film festival! PLEASE NOTE THAT PARTICIPANTS MUST BRING THEIR OWN iPad TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CLASS.

Price: $85

Instructor: Matthew Flowers

8-12 years, June 20-24, afternoons

 

The Art of Beach Glass Jewelry and Crafts NEW

Learn how to drill beach glass and wire wrapping techniques to create jewelry and other crafts from materials found during your journey to the shores of Lake Erie. Design pendants, stepping stones, wind chimes and other beautiful creations using beach glass, beads and other natural items.

Price: $90

Instructor: Maureen Beck

10 years and up, June 20-24, afternoons

 

Storm Chasing 101

Study extreme weather with WJET meteorologist Tom Atkins. 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 20-24, afternoons

 

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

8-12 years, June 20-24, afternoons

 

Intermediate Robotics

Are you ready for the next robotics challenge? Intermediate robotics will focus on design, motion, structure, power, sensors, and programming involved in building robots. Two robotics platforms will be used: Mindstorm and Vex Robotics kits.

Price: $90

Instructor: Paul Semrau

11 years and up, June 20-24, afternoons

 

Week 3 (June 27-July 1)

 

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 27-July 1, mornings

 

Papier Mache Crafts NEW

Discover the art of creating papier mache as you create and decorate your own  papier mache piggy bank, maracas and Piñata!

Price: $85

Instructor: Amber Wildfire

8-12 years, June 27-July 1, mornings

 

Don't Just Do It, Dance It! NEW

Learn a Broadway-inspired routine, complete with a Radio City Rockette-inspired kick line that participants will perform for parents and guests! Participate in warm-ups, across-the floor techniques, combinations, leaps, turns and kicks through group, partner, and solo work.   Don't miss your chance to dance, as we "razzle-dazzle" our way through summer!

Price: $85

Instructor: Alexa Phelps

10 years and up, June 27-July 1, mornings

 

3D Computer Animation

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, June 27-July 1, mornings

 

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, June 27-July 1, afternoons

 

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, June 27-July 1, afternoons

 

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, June 27-July 1, afternoons

 

Rube Goldberg STEAM Machines NEW

Using the STEAM Machines program, participants will be challenged to learn and apply the engineering design process to build chain reaction STEAM Machines in a project-based, cooperative learning environment. This course will teach participants real-world engineering skills, provide experience with systems thinking and multi-team collaboration, and create a pathway to better understand careers in engineering.

Price: $85

Instructor: Todd Talbot

10 years and up, June 27-July 1, afternoons

 

Week 4 (July 11-15)

 

Creating 3D Video Games with Alice NEW

Create rich 3D video games and build 3D worlds using a drag-and-drop interface. Learn the key elements of game design and coding while you program and animate people, vehicles, animals and more.

Price: $90

Instructor: Richard Zhao

10-12 years, July 11-15, 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, July 11-15, 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: Gail Whitney

10 years and up, July 11-15, 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 11-15, mornings

 

Creating 3D Video Games with Alice NEW

Create rich 3D video games and build 3D worlds using a drag-and-drop interface. Learn the key elements of game design and coding while you program and animate people, vehicles, animals and more.

Price: $90

Instructor: Richard Zhao

10-12 years, July 11-15, afternoons

 

CSI-Crime Scene Investigations!

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. Participants will learn laboratory-based techniques used to solve crimes.

Price: $85

Instructor: Matt Greene

10 years and up, July 11-15, afternoons

 

Cryptozoology

We hear about endangered species every day, but what about mystery species that may also be teetering on the edge? Cryptozoology seeks to identify and confirm these creatures, and during this week you will learn the methods and skills used by cryptozoologists. We'll look at the more famous cryptids like sasquatch and lesser known creatures like Thunderbirds and lake creatures 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 these 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 11-15, 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 11-15, afternoons

 

Week 5 (July 18-22)

 

Aspiring Educators NEW

Calling all future teachers! Interested in exploring the wonderful world of teaching? Pull up a chair and learn teaching techniques and lesson planning. Discover which teaching subject ignites your passion. Explore child development and how the brain learns. Develop stage presence, public speaking skills, time-management, and so much more. Participants will even have the opportunity to teach a mini-lesson to a small group of young students. It is never too early to ignite the spark in young teachers, so they become college, career and classroom ready!

Price: $90

Instructor: Alexa Phelps

10 years and up, July 18-22, mornings

 

Felicity's Tea Party

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 18-22, mornings

 

Introduction to Astronomy

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 portable and larger telescopes and the night sky.  Explore how astronauts live and work in space and the potential for future travel to other planets.

Price: $85

Instructor: Jim Gavio

10-12 years, July 18-22, mornings

 

Introduction to RC Quadcopters and Aerial Photography

How do drones work? What can you do with them? Come Learn how to operate your own quadcopter and see the possibilities. Students will receive a Dromida KODU Quadcopter with camera in the class and learn to fly it, take pictures and video. Learn how to use a computer flight simulator to practice flying. Participants will take home their Quadcopters at the end of the week.

Price: $175

Instructor: Brian and Catherine Devore

10 years and up, July 18-22, mornings

 

Website Design NEW

Create your own website, that can be viewed virtually anywhere in the world, on a topic of your choice using various Web 2.0 tools and design concepts. Learn about Search Engine Optimization and the importance of digital citizenship.

Price: $85

Instructor: Matt Greene

10 years and up, July 18-22, afternoons

 

Guitar Essentials

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

8-12 years, July 18-22, afternoons

 

Big Business NEW

Learn how to establish a business plan and create a product or service as an entrepreneur. Conduct a SWOT analysis and develop promotional plans. Create a 3-D model of your business and visit a local business to experience real world application.

Price: $90

Instructor: Phil Askins

10 years and up, July 18-22, afternoons

 

Week 6 (July 25-July 29)

 

Pocket Murals

Paint like a professional mural artist. 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. Experience mural painting first hand and learn what you need to make your own mural anywhere.

Price: $85

Instructor: Ehren Knapp

10 years and up, July 25-29, mornings

 

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, July 25-29, mornings

 

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: Brian and Catherine Devore

10 years and up, July 25-29, mornings

 

Stop Motion Video Animation with Legos

This action packed week will include the animation of objects created by students using polymer clay as well as LEGO Mini-Figures, bricks, and accessory items. 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, July 25-29, All Day 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

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 introduced to create realistic looking fur, wood surfaces and metal.

Price: $85

Instructor: Tami Hritzay

10 years and up, July 25-29, afternoons

 

Computer Generated Music Programming from "Scratch"

Did you know you can make music with your computer using the Scratch programming language? This course will show you how!  We will explore the elements of music composition and computer programming while making music in Scratch. We will program beats, bass lines, chords, and melodies; and design, build, and play computer-based musical instruments. This class will promote analytical thinking, logic, and creativity while introducing STEM topics in the context of music.

Price: $85

Instructor: Joel Hunt

10-12 years, July 25-29, afternoons

 

CSI-Crime Scene Investigations!

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. Participants will learn laboratory-based techniques used to solve crimes.

Price: $85

Instructor: Matt Greene

10 years and up, July 25-29, afternoons

 

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, July 25-29, afternoons