Ages 12-15

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

 

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

 

Introductory Chemistry

Do you have a high interest in Chemistry? Introductory Chemistry will engage participants in hands on analytical and experiential chemistry. Participants will learn how to mathematically predict the products of a reaction based on the number of moles present as reactants. They will then run the reactions and compare theoretical to actual yield and hypothesize why the difference, if any, exists. Proficiency in algebra is required for participants in this class.

Price: $85
Instructor: Todd Talbot
12 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

 

Intro to JAVA Programming NEW

Learn how to compile, debug and create JAVA programs. JAVA is popular programming language used in computer programs, web pages, cell phones, apps and more. Participants must be proficient in typing.

Price: $85
Instructor: Amber Wildfire
12 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

 

Intro to DC Circuits NEW

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
12 years and up, June 22-26, afternoons

 

Engineering Bridges

Work with Penn State Behrend faculty members 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

 

Week 3 (July 6-10)

 

Sea Perch - Underwater Robotics

Participate in this marine engineering course developed by the Office of Naval Research and the MIT Sea Grant Program.  Learn how to build a simple remotely operated vehicle (ROV) constructed of PVC pipe, including a propulsion system and tethered controller.  Investigate concepts of buoyancy submarine design and ocean exploration while learning construction techniques including soldering, frame assembly, wiring, and waterproofing thrusters.  Scientific applications involve biological sampling and water sampling with Sea Perch units.  Participants will each take home the ROV they built.

Price: $230
Instructors: Paul Semrau and Todd Talbot
12 years and up, 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

 

3D Video Game Design NEW

Learn the key elements of 3D game design.  Use Kodu Game Lab to program characters and objects with character behaviors expressed in physical terms. Build 3D worlds while creating your own video game.

Price: $105
Instructor: Jeremy Reed
12 years and up, 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

 

Computer Programming with C++

Using Microsoft Visual Studio, students will learn the basics of programming using the C++ programming language.  We will learn conditional statements, loops, functions, and ideal procedures.  Students must be proficient at typing (12+ WPM) and have had pre-algebra

Price: $105
Instructor: Amber Wildfire
12 years and up, July 13-17, mornings

 

Frog Guts: Adventures in Biology

Adventures in Biology is a five day journey through some of the fascinating concepts in biology including homeostasis (how organisms react with their environment to maintain life); photosynthesis (turning sunlight into energy); cellular respiration; the properties of water, water quality and its importance to supporting and sustaining life; as well as frog anatomy and dissection.

Price: $105
Instructor: Paul Semrau
12 years and up, 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

 

3D Video Game Design NEW

Learn the key elements of 3D game design.  Use Kodu Game Lab to program characters and objects with character behaviors expressed in physical terms. Build 3D worlds while creating your own video game.
Price: $105
Instructor: Jeremy Reed
12 years and up, July 13-17, afternoons

 

Week 5 (July 20-24)

 

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

 

The Great Cake Bake

Go backing crazy! We'll design an all edible display with the theme of your choice. This class will use basic kitchen skills while learning advanced design and decorating techniques and take baking a simple cake to a new level. Participants will experience day to day bakery operations with a visit to a local bakery. *Peanuts may be used in cooking classes*

Price: $170
Instructor: Julie Vavreck
12 years and up, July 20-24, All Day 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

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
12 years and up, 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)

 

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

 

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

 

Project STEAR (Shipwreck Training Education Archaeology and Research) NEW

Dive into this unique “hands-on” introduction to Marine Archaeology and careers in Oceanography based upon the Nautical Archaeological Society standards. Discover local shipwreck locations and current projects, the history of shipwrecks in the Lake Erie basin and examine related artifacts. Experience and participate in field excavation, chart plotting, SCUBA principles, underwater robot operation aboard a research vessel and a trip to the Erie Maritime Museum.  Project STEAR is an educational program developed to compliment the Pennsylvania Archaeology and Shipwreck Survey Team (PASST). Participants will learn standard skills used in the identification, research, preservation and conservation of Pennsylvania’s Maritime History and submerged cultural resources.  Drop off and pick up take place at TREC on M,T,TH and the Maritime Museum on W, F.

Price: $125
Instructor: D. Bradford Boughton
12 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

 

Intermediate Model Rocketry NEW

Take Model Rocketry to the next level building more complex rockets. Participants will visit the Yahn Planetarium at Penn State Behrend and create their own reusable model rocket.  The rockets will be more difficult to construct than the Beginning Model Rocket class.  Participants must have previous rocketry experience and have good eye – hand coordination. Those who don’t have one, will make a launching system including a wooden pad and electronic launching switch.  Parents and other family members will be invited on the last day to watch their son or daughter successfully launch then retrieve their rocket. Rockets will be taken home to be used over again under parental guidance.

Price: $100
Instructor: Ed Beck
12 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

 

Introduction to RC Quadcopters and Aerial Photography NEW

How do drones work? What can you do with them? Come Learn how to operate your own quadcopter and see the possibilities. Students will attach cameras and fly missions around campus, download data and figure out what it means. At the end of the week students will get to keep their quadcopter. (Cameras will not be included)

Price: $225
Instructors: Glenn McKnight and Brian Devore
12 years and up, July 27-31, afternoons