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Winter 2020: (January 06, 2020 - February 24, 2020)
Make-up Days March 2 and March 9
Register before 2019-12-01 to avoid the late registration fee of $5.00 per class.
Scholarship applications are due by 2019-12-01.
First payment due upon registration..
Final payment due: 2020-01-23.
Classes are held on MONDAYS.
Class Cost Ages Instructor Enrolled Room Site Status
09:20-10:40
Creative Filmmaking at Light House Studio
Lights, Camera, Action! Put your creativity and storytelling skills to the ultimate test as you learn how to write a Hollywood script, direct a scene, rig a camera, and edit a film from start to finish. Comedy? Sci-fi? Superhero!? With so many genres to choose from and techniques to learn, you’ll be one step closer to being the next superstar filmmaker.
Notes: This course will be held off-site at Light House Studio at 220 West Market Street in downtown Cville. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from Light House Studio. CHEC will be happy to help facilitate a parent carpool. Due to programming conflicts, Light House will not be holding a workshop on 1/27 or 2/17. These workshops will be made up on 3/2 and 3/9.
Prerequisites: None
Learn how to create your own film
$160.00 12-15 Sam Gormon 4/12 Light House Studio TBA Light House Studio Open
09:30-10:50
May the Force Be With You!
Will you join the light side or the dark side? Is the force strong with you? Join me and your new friends as we experience Star Wars in a new light. We'll work out our bodies, our imaginations, and our creativity as we learn new and improved ways of dueling with light sabers, complete with sound and light effects, learn exciting martial arts techniques, and memorize scripts to create a short film. Which side will you choose – to become a Jedi knight or a Sith Lord?
Notes: Ideas are welcomed as we write our scripts and build items.
Prerequisites: None
Star Wars! Light Sabers!
$165.00 5-7 Louis Torkornoo 0/20 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Supervised Stay
Play games with friends, work on art projects, play outside in the attached fenced playground, or work on independent projects! This class is perfect for those like to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between classes they want to take, those who have siblings take classes who don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Dannielle Lamison 2/10 Church Parlour Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
The Toy Shop
You read that right - this class is all about TOYS! But not the toys you buy in a toy store. We might live in the electronic age, but these toys require no screen, no computer chip, no batteries... no electricity at all. These toys we'll make all on our own. Can you make a toy grasshopper jump two feet in the air without a spring? You might have fashioned arrows out of sticks, but have you made a full archery set? We'll make a toybox full of toys, and even create new designs and prototypes!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Toy design
$165.00 8-12 Megan Bailey 3/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Trashion Fashion
Let your ideas and your recycling hit the runway in CHEC's first trashion fashion show. Students will create and model upcycled outfits--clothing made out of things like plastic, old clothes, shower curtains, K-cups, and old wires. Along the way, we'll learn garment construction techniques and build an understanding of what can and can't be recycled. We'll take a field trip to a thrift store where each student will have a budget to buy things for their designs. During the last class, we'll hold a fashion show to display our creations and dazzle the masses.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Designing, Sewing, Recycling
$175.00 9-14 Teela James 5/10 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Goalkeeper
The Goalkeeper class will focus on technique, tactics, psychology, and fitness. Students will have inside, outdoor, and video sessions. Students will learn how to organize and lead a defense. GKs will learn how to identify patterns of attack. There will be numerous activities, games, and contests to develop each student. GK fitness will be an important part of the class, too. Students will gain a complete understanding of this very important position.
Notes: Cleats and sneakers for each class. GK gloves would be helpful.
Prerequisites: Requires ability to learn and grow.
GK program-soccer
$170.00 12-16 T Williams 0/8 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
We're NOT Gambling
Casino games, carnival games, the lottery, family game night... can you beat the system? Can math tell you if someone's cheating? We'll study the probability involved in each game, see what actually happens when we play, and analyze the results. We will be doing math every session but calculators are welcome. Students will work in teams to design and test their own probability based games. Since gambling is not legal for this age group we will not be gambling but we will be playing games.
Notes: While I believe that education about gambling will decrease the students' interest in future gambling, students in this class will learn how to play casino games. If this is of concern to you, please do not register for this course.
Prerequisites: Ability to translate numbers between fraction, decimal, and percent forms. Familiarity with solving simple math equations with variables. (We will do the complicated equations together).
Intro to statistics via games
$155.00 13-16 Rachel DiLuciano 5/10 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
09:50-10:50
Time Travel to Egypt
Join us on a trip back in time to the Egyptian pyramids. Learn about hieroglyphs, build a pyramid and prepare a mummy for their tomb. We will learn through books, hands on activities and playing games.
Notes:
Prerequisites: none
History, geography, art and crafts.
$125.00 5-7 Kim Lohan 6/7 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
11:00-12:20
The Toy Shop
You read that right - this class is all about TOYS! But not the toys you buy in a toy store. We might live in the electronic age, but these toys require no screen, no computer chip, no batteries... no electricity at all. These toys we'll make all on our own. Can you make a toy grasshopper jump two feet in the air without a spring? What about your own bobble head? We'll make a toybox full of toys, and even create new designs and prototypes!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Toy design
$165.00 5-8 Megan Bailey 4/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Supervised Stay
Play games with friends, work on art projects, play outside in the attached fenced playground, or work on independent projects! This class is perfect for those like to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between classes they want to take, those who have siblings take classes who don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Dannielle Lamison 1/10 Church Parlour Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Pat It and Roll It
Enjoy the sweet things in life--from strawberry shortcakes to chocolate truffles to perfect pastries. In this introductory cooking class, we will practice basic baking techniques like measuring, mixing, cutting, and rolling. We'll have a smidge of reading (recipes), a dash of math (measuring), and handfuls of merriment as we ice cakes, roll truffles, and mark our pies with a 'B' (or other applicable designs). Best of all, students will be taking home a bit of their baking to share with others. Bon appétit.
Notes: Please inform instructor of dietary restrictions. Ingredients will include gluten, dairy, and eggs.
Prerequisites: Given safety concerns in a cooking class, students must be able to follow instructions about handling hot or sharp items.
Cooking
$190.00 5-9 Teela James 10/8 Lower Hall Kitchen Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
American Football
Students will learn the basics of offensive and defensive strategies of flag and touch football. We will engage in many catching, passing, and defending activities. Students will learn leadership and teamwork in each class. Each class will have classroom instruction, theme, activities, and game.
Notes: Students should have cleats, water, snack, and a good attitude for learning.
Prerequisites:
Play American football with Coach West
$150.00 7-12 T Williams 3/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
I went into a cell and what did I see?
Come and join us this fun and hands-on workshop! You will have a chance to use a microscope to observe cells from organisms that we can’t even see with our own eyes. You will also explore the cells building blocks. In the end, you will make an edible cell model.
Notes:
Prerequisites: microscopes
Hand-on activities to learn about cells
$170.00 8-11 Ruei-Jen Fan 3/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Geography Through Storytelling: Winter Stories
We will explore landscape and myth with the dramatic arts, as we consider the wintery environments of the northernmost parts of our planet. We'll look into how plants, animals, and humans adapt to long dark winters and frozen landscapes. Then we'll consider how landscape and culture interact as we live into the drama, pathos, and beauty of ancient stories and myths from various oral traditions, including Native American and Northern European folklore. Then we will choose one or two of our favorite tales to rehearse and present to our parents on the last day of class. This class is about connecting to the material with the whole body as we use movement, gesture, rhythm, and voice to become the animals, frost giants, trolls, tricksters, talking bears, wizards, heroes, and heroines that spring from these fierce and beautiful landscapes. We’ll also be working on the other aspects of dramatic storytelling such as speaking and moving in response to narration (thrilling action scenes!), moving and speaking as different characters (bold heroes and heroines and fantastic monsters!), experimenting with moving in slow motion, creating frozen sculptures that tell a story (tableau), and moving together as a chorus (rhythmic speech and movement). All the while we'll be developing the deep listening required as we collaborate to express the magic of these wintery realms.
Notes:
Prerequisites: none
Landscape and myth through dramatic arts
$165.00 9-11 Lou Volpendesta 6/10 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Beginner and Intermediate Guitar and Songwriting
This course is for designed for both beginner and intermediate learners. Students will learn or continue to build upon their knowledge of the basic guitar chords that are used to compose most songs. They will also learn the essential parts of a guitar and their functions, as well as basic music theory as related to rhythm, tempo, and tab reading. At the end of the course, students will be able to compose their own songs using basic guitar chords and tabulate their own piece. They will also develop the confidence to perform or showcase their new skills. Parents are welcome to take the course with their children.
Notes: Students may rent guitars from me at $5 per session (I have 5 personal guitars to rent out, on first come first served basis), purchase personal guitars (recommended for students who wish to continue into intermediate and advanced guitar courses at CHEC), or rent from musical stores in Charlottesville. Amazon and Ebay.com also sell affordable guitars with a rating of 3 stars (out of 5) for $30 - $50.
Prerequisites: None
Finger picking, strumming, and rhythm
$165.00 10-18 Louis Torkornoo 1/15 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Improv Padawans
This is a course for anyone! We will work on beginner improv exercises. If you are an improv beginners! Improv is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters, and dialogue of a game, scene, or story are made up in the moment. We will start with the basics of what improvisational comedy is. You will learn that you don't have to be funny in real life to be funny on stage. You will learn how to work with a supportive team to create scenes that captivate an audience. We will learn breathing techniques to feel emotions on stage, and learn physicality to create an environment that an audience can see without actually seeing it. At the end of the course you will be ready to perform a short show for your family and friends to attend. This is all through warm-up exercises and fun games. I promise you will learn a newfound confidence and skills that you can carry not just on stage, but through your whole life!
Notes: A notebook for taking notes is recommended, but not required. Watch some improv shows on t.v. prior to attending to get an idea of what improv comedy is.
Prerequisites: No prior skills are required, besides a good attitude and a willingness to have fun and learn.
Learn to perform with no script
$150.00 11-18 Heather Hayes 4/15 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
My Three Chambered Heart
Students interested in herpetology will learn about many different species of snakes (and a few other reptiles) from around the world. There will be new, live animals each week. Students will learn how to properly use a snake hook and how to accurately read a snake's demeanor. The class will learn snake identification as well as proper handling and husbandry skills. We will go on a tour through a snake's digestive track to discover how they consume and digest food. We will learn about geography as we discuss each species' habitat and learn about invasiveness. We will travel back in time to discover how snakes and other reptiles have evolved. Students will have field journals to record their findings. Each species will be covered in depth, and students will have a chance to interact closely with the animals. Some species include 12-foot Burmese pythons, reticulated pythons, Dumeril's boa constrictors, and giant Argentine Tegu lizards.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Herpetology with live snake specimens
$170.00 12-18 Jacob Pugh 10/10 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
13:00-14:20
Game On!
What are your favorite board games? Why? Can you combine the best elements of popular board games to create an amazing game? We will start this class by playing new games, old games, and old games made new. We will learn about the history and development of the games and discuss game theory. Games will focus on math, reading, geography, and interpersonal skills. Students will conclude the class by designing their own board game and playing it with friends.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Game history and design
$160.00 5-7 Virginia Cunningham 2/8 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Supervised Stay
Play games with friends, work on art projects, play outside in the attached fenced playground, or work on independent projects! This class is perfect for those like to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between classes they want to take, those who have siblings take classes who don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Dannielle Lamison 3/10 Church Parlour Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Somewhere Below the Sea
The ocean covers most of our planet, and yet there is so much that we haven’t explored. Did you know that an island is just the top of an undersea mountain? The world’s tallest mountain is under the ocean! We all know about whales and sharks, but have you heard of the four-eye butterfly? Join us on an underwater adventure as we discover the many mysteries that lie beneath the waves.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Ocean life and geology
$165.00 6-10 Megan Bailey 6/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
My Three Chambered Heart
How do you safely hold a twelve foot python? Budding herpetologists will learn about many different species of snakes (and a few other reptiles) from around the world. There will be live animals each week. The class will learn snake identification as well as proper handling and husbandry skills. We will go on a tour through a snake's digestive track to discover how they consume and digest food. We will learn about geography as we discuss each species' habitat and learn about invasiveness. We will travel back in time to discover how snakes and other reptiles have evolved. Students will have field journals to record their findings.
Notes: This will be an extremely hands-on course and students will have an opportunity to handle all but the most aggressive species. Students are not required to hold or touch the animals, but will be shown how to safely hold and handle snakes of many different species and many different sizes.
Prerequisites:
Hands-on with snakes and other reptiles!
$175.00 8-11 Jacob Pugh 10/10 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
The Science of Flying
Ever wanted to build a model RC airplane from its parts and watch it take flight? Perhaps you're a pro, or a beginner, at building paper airplanes? Or maybe you've wondered how such a heavy airplane can float in the air. Come join me and your friends as we assemble individual parts, complete the electrical and mechanical engineering components required to make your RC airplane soar through the air. We will discover how the size of the wings affect the lift, how jet propulsion works, and the science behind propellers and the overall flight. This is your chance to discover the answers.
Notes: Parents who wish for their children to own their own RC airplanes will need an additional $40.
Prerequisites: None
RC Airplanes and paper Airplanes
$170.00 8-14 Louis Torkornoo 3/20 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Reader Lovers Book Club
This class will be about the joy of reading and sharing our views about what we have read. It is for reader lovers and those who are not lovers yet but who are open to explore! We will investigate the following themes in our books this semester: language and learning, self esteem and courage, magic, and imagination. We will look at the evolution of reading; our discussions will grow from basic understandings of plot, conflict, resolution, and description to literary devices and tropes. Classes will include discussion, analytic and creative writing, arts and crafts, and some book related games, snacks, and fun. Students are encouraged to have finished the assigned reading before the class. To bring to class: the book, a favorite notebook, and a writing instrument. Proposed Syllabus: Week 1: Giants Beware (graphic novel) by Jorge Aguirre Weeks 2 and 3: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster Week 4: The Borrowers by Mary Norton Weeks 5 and 6: The Miscalculations of Lightening Girl by Stacy McAnulty Week 7 and 8: The Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
Notes: To bring to each class: a fun notebook and/or sketchbook, a favorite pen or pencil, and a copy of the book.
Prerequisites: Books must be bought or borrowed by the student.
Reading and discussion, writing and art
$150.00 9-13 Monica Farrell 5/15 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Basketball
Boys and girls will learn the basics of team basketball each Monday. They will learn the fitness, mental, technical, and tactical fundamentals to be successful in a game situation. The class will consist of training at Washington Park and classroom activities as well. There will be a few games scheduled with area schools. More details to come regarding the games.
Notes: 5 STUDENT'S WOULD BE NEEDED TO PLAY A REGULATION GAME
Prerequisites:
Basketball basics
$150.00 12-16 T Williams 2/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Delve into Dungeons and Dragons
Join your friends for this engaging foray into a fantasy world. Our first epic journey will be to pick and customize your character. Will you be a high elf, a human, a lightfoot halfling, or a hill dwarf? A cleric, a fighter, a rogue, or a wizard? Will your character be jolly, or sarcastic, or quick to throw a punch? After that we'll set off on a daring adventure full of deadly perils, powerful magic, ferocious goblins and, if we're lucky, some bad puns. No D&D experience required--pretty polyhedral dice provided.
Notes: Please inform instructor of any dietary restrictions as I sometimes bring snacks. We will be playing a different campaign from previous years, so the class is appropriate for new and returning students.
Prerequisites:
Role playing game
$165.00 12-16 Teela James 6/5 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
CHEC It Out!
Don't you think it's about time CHEC started an online newspaper? We'll investigate and report on the most interesting happenings and people from our CHEC community and beyond. Don't necessarily enjoy writing but you like to talk, draw cartoons, take pictures, or design layout? We need you also! Students this session will make decisions and set up systems that may be continued by future students.
Notes: Students will choose assignments to independently complete outside of class time.
Prerequisites:
Student run newspaper
$160.00 13-18 Rachel DiLuciano 7/10 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
14:30-15:50
Supervised Stay
Play games with friends, work on art projects, play outside in the attached fenced playground, or work on independent projects! This class is perfect for those like to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between classes they want to take, those who have siblings take classes who don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Dannielle Lamison 2/10 Church Parlour Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Art Masters
Explore the techniques of Masters of Art! Each week, we will learn about an inspiring artist and create our own art following his or her style. Some artists we plan to explore this semester: Joan Miro, Sonia Delaunay, Salvador Dali, Katsushika Hokusai, Emily Kngwarreye (aboriginal art)
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Studio art and art history
$175.00 5-8 Monica Farrell 8/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
May the Force Be With You!
Will you join the light side or the dark side? Is the force strong with you? Join me and your new friends as we experience Star Wars in a new light. We'll work out our bodies, our imaginations, and our creativity as we learn new and improved ways of dueling with light sabers, complete with sound and light effects, learn exciting martial arts techniques, and memorize scripts to create a short film. Which side will you choose – to become a Jedi knight or a Sith Lord?
Notes: Ideas are welcomed as we write our scripts and build items.
Prerequisites:
Star Wars! Light Sabers!
$165.00 8-11 Louis Torkornoo 1/15 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
My Three Chambered Heart
How do you safely hold a twelve foot python? Budding herpetologists will learn about many different species of snakes (and a few other reptiles) from around the world. There will be live animals each week. The class will learn snake identification as well as proper handling and husbandry skills. We will go on a tour through a snake's digestive track to discover how they consume and digest food. We will learn about geography as we discuss each species' habitat and learn about invasiveness. We will travel back in time to discover how snakes and other reptiles have evolved. Students will have field journals to record their findings.
Notes: This will be an extremely hands-on course and students will have an opportunity to handle all but the most aggressive species. Students are not required to hold or touch the animals, but will be shown how to safely hold and handle snakes of many different species and many different sizes.
Prerequisites:
Hands-on with snakes and other reptiles!
$175.00 8-11 Jacob Pugh 5/10 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Game On!
What are your favorite board games? Why? Can you combine the best elements of popular board games to create an amazing game? We will start this class by playing new games, old games, and old games made new. We will learn about the history and development of the games and discuss game theory. Games will focus on math, reading, geography, and interpersonal skills. Students will conclude the class by designing their own board game and playing it with friends.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Game history and design
$160.00 8-12 Virginia Cunningham 4/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
LEGO Engineering Challenges
A single Lego brick can support nearly a half ton. The engineering feats that can be constructed by combining these bricks are limitless, and can apply to nearly any real-world STEM situation. Sounds simple, right? That's how it will feel when you take your skills to the next level through hands-on missions to construct super-strong bridges, indestructible towers, and ultra-fast cars.
Notes: This class is co-taught by a mother-son team: Emily & Liam Mohajeri Norris. Liam, age 16, is an avid LEGO designer and enthusiast who has years of experience with LEGO robotics and running LEGO building challenge workshops for all ages.
Prerequisites: Interest in LEGO and/or engineering and physics principles.
Use LEGO to learn engineering & physics
$150.00 8-12 Emily Norris 5/10 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Rock On! Making Your Own Music
Think about your favorite song. What do you like about it? Is it the melody? The lyrics? When music is good, it moves us - sometimes physically. A good beat pushes us to dance, even while sitting down. Powerful words can move us to tears, lift our spirits, and inspire us. In this class, we'll explore what makes great music and create our own!
Notes:
Prerequisites: General knowledge of music - rhythm values, especially - is preferred, but not required. You do NOT need to play an instrument. Only an enjoyment of music is required!!
Musical composition
$155.00 11-18 Megan Bailey 3/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Teen Drama: Cinderella with the Commedia Players: Part 1
This is part 1 of a two part class. Part 2 of this class will be held in the CHEC Spring session. I have spread the rehearsal period for this play over two sessions. In this zany retelling of Cinderella by award-winning playwright Lane Riosley, the story is enacted by a motley troupe of classic characters from the Commedia Dell’ Arte tradition, including Columbine, Arlequin, Punchin, Scaramouche and various zanni characters . “The Italian tradition of commedia dell’arte may be centuries old, but it’s alive and well in this rollicking play-within-a-play! The lively commedia troupe spices up the classic Cinderella story with sharp wit, slapstick shenanigans, and endless silly squabbles . . .” Expect baguette fencing, laugh duels, and other such tomfoolery and swashbuckling! The performance for this play will be on the make up day for the CHEC Spring session (May 18).
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Rehearsal for performance
$165.00 12-17 Lou Volpendesta 13/10 Social Hall Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
14:40-16:00
Delve into Dungeons and Dragons
Join your friends for this engaging foray into a fantasy world. Our first epic journey will be to pick and customize your character. Will you be a high elf, a human, a lightfoot halfling, or a hill dwarf? A cleric, a fighter, a rogue, or a wizard? Will your character be jolly, or sarcastic, or quick to throw a punch? After that we'll set off on a daring adventure full of deadly perils, powerful magic, ferocious goblins and, if we're lucky, some bad puns. No D&D experience required--pretty polyhedral dice provided.
Notes: Please inform instructor of any dietary restrictions as I sometimes bring snacks.
Prerequisites:
Role playing game
$165.00 9-11 Teela James 3/5 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
15:50-16:15
Programming with Minecraft (ONLINE OFFERING)
Make it rain chickens! Detect valuable ore beneath your feet! Spawn 1000 blocks of TNT with a single command! Using MakeCode for Minecraft, a block-based programming language, students will learn the fundamentals of computer science by altering the behavior of their own Minecraft worlds. The class will cover programming basics such as variables, iteration, conditionals, and event handling through various guided programming tutorials and independent projects. This online class aims to deliver computer programming instruction to a wide range of students with varying levels of proficiency through one-on-one instruction at a distance. There is NO class meeting. We will communicate entirely via email. Weekly homework will be assigned--a short reading and a small project with step by step instructions. Students working independently can learn at their own pace. Students wishing to progress faster can do so and will receive a new assignment each time they finish one. Returning Minecraft students are welcome! We'll just pick up where you stopped last time. For students who need in person assistance we can arrange to meet at CHEC during the normally scheduled CHEC day.
Notes: This course does not have a scheduled meeting time! Students work at home at their own pace. Students need a Windows 10 computer with a purchased copy of the Windows 10 edition of Minecraft (if you only own the Java edition of Minecraft, you should have a download code available on your Mojang account to acquire the Windows 10 Edition for free). Apple users can run Bootcamp, which allows you to install Windows 10 on Apple hardware. Students should have their own email address for correspondence with the instructor (or a parent willing to receive and send email for them).
Prerequisites: Prior experience with Minecraft and a computer capable of running the Windows 10 version of Minecraft (see Notes section) Sufficient reading and writing skills for reading instructions and communicating via email (or have a parent who doesn't mind helping). Ability to work independently and be motivated to work outside a classroom.
Learn to program with Minecraft
$150.00 8-18 Tom Lynch 3/8 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
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Fall 2019: (September 09, 2019 - November 18, 2019)
Fall Break: Sept. 30; Make-up Date: Nov. 25
Register before 2019-08-27 to avoid the late registration fee of $5.00 per class.
Scholarship applications are due by 2019-08-22.
First payment due upon registration..
Final payment due: 2019-09-23.
Classes are held on MONDAYS.
Class Cost Ages Instructor Enrolled Room Site Status
09:30-10:50
Supervised Stay
Play games with friends, work on art projects, play outside in the attached fenced playground, or work on independent projects! This class is perfect for those like to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between classes they want to take, those who have siblings take classes who don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Dannielle Lamison 1/10 Church Parlour Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Illustrations of Insects and their Host Plants
Students will learn how to do illustrations using graphite and tempera paints. We will create illustrations of all the stages of development in both the insects and the plants. We will take information from books and from life. Learning to draw these important creatures and plants make it easy to identify, for example, one bee from another. Drawing techniques and the use of tempera paints are an important part of what students will learn in this class. It is important to know how to identify insects and the plants that they depend upon for laying their eggs and for food. What better way than to draw them!
Notes:
Prerequisites: love to draw and paint
Draw & paint insects and host plants
$180.00 6-8 Davette Leonard 6/12 Lower Hall 1 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
American Football
Students will learn the basics of offensive and defensive strategies of flag and touch football. We will engage in many catching, passing, and defending activities. Students will learn leadership and teamwork in each class. Each class will have classroom instruction, theme, activities, and game.
Notes: Students should have cleats, water, snack, and a good attitude for learning.
Prerequisites:
Play American football with Coach West
$170.00 7-12 T Williams 4/12 Summit Yard Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Circus Arts
Find your Inner Fool! Build sculptures with props, balance on the balance beam, walk on the globe, juggle, peacock feather balance, and hula hoop around the room. Let's have some fun learning new tricks!
Notes:
Prerequisites: No.
Clown, hoop, juggle, balance & play!
$195.00 8-12 Erin Riley 0/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Closed
Junior Company: ALICE IN WONDERLAND
This class is for the younger actor who wants to participate in the fall play, ALICE IN WONDERLAND. There are plenty of great roles in this play with just a few lines and lots of great movement, dancing, singing, and fun characters to play, including lords and ladies of the court of the Queen of hearts, a pack of singing flowers, various talking animals, the queen's guards, and perhaps even the terrible jabberwocky (which we'll find a way to include). Take the beautiful, playful poetry of Carroll's classic work and add lots of physical comedy and bold characterizations, and it is a recipe for a magical stage experience for actors of any age.
Notes: IMPORTANT SCHEDULE NOTES: The performance will take place on the make up day for the fall session. There will be two extra rehearsals scheduled at the Central Library the week before the performance.
Prerequisites:
Chorus roles in ALICE IN WONDERLAND
$185.00 9-11 Lou Volpendesta 6/10 Social Hall Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
American Ninja Warrior - Karate and Life Skills meet Obstacle Course Training
This course introduces a fun and relaxing way to learn self defense (non-violent, non-sparring). You will gain situational awareness/stranger danger, discuss life skills such as self-discipline, self-confidence, anti-violence bully prevention, goal setting, leadership, anger management techniques, etc. Besides learning fundamental blocks of karate as a martial art, the fitness part of the class will also involve creative obstacle courses that will improve your agility, flexibility, and lower and upper body strength. As part of your ninja warrior training, you will also learn how to use nunchucks (kid-safe foam versions) and light sabers. By the end of our session, your teams, with my help, will perform a choreographed set of karate moves put to music, complete with nunchucks and light sabers and wow your friends and families. You may also show off your fine-tuned skills of beating ninja obstacles. Parents are welcome to take the course with their children.
Notes: Former students will continue with their next belts and new students will begin the class with a white belt. Students are also encouraged to wear a white top to class (optional, but highly recommended) to promote uniformity, discipline, and team spirit.
Prerequisites:
Karate and life skills
$185.00 10-18 Louis Torkornoo 4/20 Lower Hall 2 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
What If We Wrote that Book?
Last winter, we developed a plot outline for a science fiction book in the What If class. Now it is time to write the book. New and returning students are welcome to join as we delve into specifics of writing compelling fiction. We'll examine building blocks like characterization, voice, and point of view to see what works and why (and what doesn't). We'll look at scene structure to determine what moves a scene forward and what makes for a strong resolution to a scene. What scene will you write? John trying to memorize a soliloquy while struggling with short term memory loss? A corpsicle scene? Allan trying to find Mr. X? Or the penultimate "insert awesome battle/conflict here" scene? Join me for fun, fiction, food, and the continuing story of Sad Ellen.
Notes: This class has homework--plan to spend time each week writing, reading, and critiquing.
Prerequisites: Students should enjoy writing stories.
Creative writing
$180.00 12-16 Teela James 6/8 Sanctuary Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Beautiful Biomes
Our world is full of amazing places that house incredible forms of life! What’s a biome? A habitat or home! We’ll explore the habitats of the beautiful snowy owl of the polar tundra and the dramatic bloom of the Giant Rafflesia, aka corpse flower, in the tropical rainforest. Each day will be an adventure into a beautiful biome or two - complete with unusual experiments and creative projects.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Life science habitat study
$185.00 12-18 Megan Bailey 4/12 Lower Hall 3 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
09:50-10:50
Tree Detectives
Come train as a tree detective, each class we will learn how to identify a new tree and learn what saplings and seedlings are. We will be exploring what makes one tree different from another. Come take a walk with us and learn what the trees mean to the birds and other animals. This class will be hands on and include playing games, crafting and taking walks in the neighborhood.
Notes: This is a 60 minute class. We will be taking short walks around TJMUUC, so please make sure your child is prepared for that and can stay with the group.
Prerequisites:
Science and crafts
$140.00 5-7 Kim Lohan 8/8 Lower Hall Kitchen Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
11:00-12:20
Supervised Stay
Play games with friends, work on art projects, play outside in the attached fenced playground, or work on independent projects! This class is perfect for those like to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between classes they want to take, those who have siblings take classes who don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Dannielle Lamison 0/10 Church Parlour Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Horse Lovers Class
This class is for all horse lovers. Students will learn about horses through crafts, stories, and hands on activities. We will learn horse industry terms, safety, history, and science. No need to ride or own a horse. Class will end in a horseless horse show.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Horse study with crafts
$200.00 5-8 Virginia Cunningham 7/10 Lower Hall 1 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Sports Fitness
The class will support students in movement activities useful for basketball, football, and soccer. Strength, speed, agility, and power will be themes of emphasis. Catching and passing will be included in the class. Students will have an opportunity to increase their intrinsic motivation and personal confidence in an athletic arena.
Notes: Students should have comfortable clothing, cleats, water, and a snack.
Prerequisites: Students must be able to follow instructions
Sports movement activities w Coach West
$195.00 6-10 T Williams 2/12 Summit Yard Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Irish Dance
This is a beginner class of Irish step dance focusing on hopping, leaping, stepping, and moving to Irish music. Students will learn the basics of Irish dance, including the form and technique that are unique to this dance form.
Notes: No special gear needed; bare feet and clothing which allows for full leg flexibility is all students need.
Prerequisites: No prerequisites.
Irish dance for beginners
$170.00 7-12 Lori Madden 8/10 Lower Hall 2 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Nature Detectives: The Wild Woods
How do pine cones tell the weather? Is dirt alive? Can a spiderweb stop an airplane in flight? Are there giant mushrooms? Do bats really drink blood? We’ll investigate these mysteries and more as we explore the weird and wonderful world of nature. Come along as we dissect mushrooms, build bat houses, and feast on pine nuts. Collect and identify leaves on a scavenger hunt and then mold them into lovely bowls. Construct twig dams and experiment with dirt batteries. Each week, we’ll spend time outdoors observing plants and animals. Then we’ll record our findings in our field journals.
Notes: This class will meet outdoors except in the event of extreme weather (temps below 40* or lightning). We may get messy so please have your child dress accordingly and/or bring a change of clothes.
Prerequisites:
Nature study, science, art
$185.00 7-10 Amy Eachus 9/15 Lower Hall Kitchen Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Engineering Disasters - What Went Wrong?
In this class, we’ll examine some amazing engineering feats, such as the Eiffel Tower, as well as some epic failures - the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Sometimes the engineers just didn’t know any better. After all, the tower in Pisa was built over 2000 years ago! But sometimes they did know better and were just in a rush to keep up with the competitors, such as the Firestone 500 disaster. What caused each of these to fail? We’ll examine all of this and more as we try to make our own designs better!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Engineering failures
$185.00 9-12 Megan Bailey 6/12 Lower Hall 3 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Let's Do Lunch
Ever thought it would be fun to run a restaurant? Let's find out. Students in this class will plan, prepare, and sell lunch at CHEC. Students will work in pairs and have responsibility for planning two lunches. They will develop menus, research costs, prepare meals, serve lunch, and determine whether we made a profit or lost money. Best of all, this class includes free lunch!
Notes: Students should wear old clothes or bring an apron.
Prerequisites: Instructor permission is required to register. Students should be able to independently follow a basic recipe. Strong focus and listening skills are required.
Cooking, economics
$195.00 10-16 Teela James 8/8 Upstairs kitchen Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
11:10-12:30
Creative Filmmaking at Light House Studio
Lights, Camera, Action! Put your creativity and storytelling skills to the ultimate test as you learn how to write a Hollywood script, direct a scene, rig a camera, and edit a film from start to finish. Comedy? Sci-fi? Superhero!? With so many genres to choose from and techniques to learn, you’ll be one step closer to being the next superstar filmmaker.
Notes: This course will be held off-site at Light House Studio at 220 West Market Street in downtown Cville. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from Light House Studio. CHEC will be happy to help facilitate a parent carpool.
Prerequisites: None
Learn how to create your own film
$180.00 12-15 Sam Gormon 8/12 Light House Studio TBA Light House Studio Open
13:00-14:20
Forensic Fun - Junior Edition
Do you have what it takes to be a CSI - Crime Scene Investigator? In this class, we will learn techniques used at REAL crime scenes! We'll make our own CSI kit, learn how to "walk the scene," lift various prints, analyze mystery substances, and all sorts of other evidence. We'll even investigate a crime scene! But be careful: we don't want to send the wrong person to jail!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Science from crime scenes and crime labs
$185.00 5-8 Megan Bailey 7/10 Lower Hall 1 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Let's Play! Nerf Wars/Virtual Reality+/African Games Details
Love games and immersive worlds? Join me for a trifold adventure of gaming and exploration. Play NERF WARS. Ever wanted to battle your friends in an all-out war with nerf toys? There will be different modes of play that will challenge you physically, strategically, and competitively. You may even bring boxes to set up forts and barriers. Explore 3D VIRTUAL REALITY. Visit Paris, Rome, London, or tour the 8 Wonders of the World all from the comfort of your CHEC classroom. You can jump on a roller coaster, take a tour of the human body, or visit the dinosaurs in their era with life-like views. Learn AFRICAN CHILDREN’S GAMES. You will learn several games from different parts of Africa, including Oware (Mancala), Pilololo, Ludo, Ensuo-pipo-bremu (River-Mountain-Valley), Ampe, and more... Some games will test your short-term memory while others challenge your team work, communication skills, and mental stamina as you develop new strategies and devise unique techniques. Are you ready? Let’s play!
Notes: Please note: 1. Parents may opt their children out of using nerf toys. Those children may concentrate on the VR activities and African games. 2. I have over 10 VR goggles and will provide two cell phones for children to share. Parents are welcome to use their own cell phones for their children to experience the technological wonder that is 3D VR. 3. Parents are welcome to participate in the class.
Prerequisites: None
Nerf wars and virtual reality
$185.00 5-9 Louis Torkornoo 5/20 Lower Hall 2 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Supervised Stay
Play games with friends, work on art projects, play outside in the attached fenced playground, or work on independent projects! This class is perfect for those like to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between classes they want to take, those who have siblings take classes who don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Dannielle Lamison 3/10 Church Parlour Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Reader Lovers Book Club
Welcome to Fall 2019 Reader Lovers Book Club! We will explore the genres of: autobiography, science fiction, mystery, and delve into a classic or two. Participants are encouraged to read the books before class as much as is possible. During class time we will talk about plot, character development, major themes and motifs in our book. Each class will include a creative or analytical writing exercise or project. Our objective is to become as much of a lover of reading and learning as we can be- to be passionate about reading on our own and to share our love for books with each other in lively discussion and debate. Proposed syllabus: El Deafo by Cece Bell, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (which we may or may not get to).
Notes: Books must be purchased or borrowed by the student. Student needs to bring a favorite notebook and pencil or pen to each class.
Prerequisites:
Reading, discussion, writing
$170.00 8-12 Monica Farrell 8/12 Sanctuary Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Soccer 3 v 3
In this class, students will learn small group tactics, 1 v 1, 2 v 2, and 3 v 3. Students will have classroom and outside instruction. There will be many small matches played each session. Students will learn how to defend and attack in groups of 3 with and without the ball.
Notes: Be ready to play in different weather. Please have cleats and a snack at each session.
Prerequisites: Ability to have fun and learn in a group setting!
Small group tactics
$185.00 8-15 T Williams 6/12 Summit Yard Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Horse Crazy
Attention horse lovers! Learn more than you could ever imagine about horse history, science, breeds, safety, nutrition, and so much more. No need to ride or own a horse to participate in class. Class will participate in a horseless horse show.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Horse science and history
$200.00 9-12 Virginia Cunningham 3/15 Lower Hall 3 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Scientific Illustrations of Insects and their Host Plants
Students will learn how to do scientific illustrations using pens and watercolors. As in a field book format we will add illustrations of all the stages of development in both the insects and the plants. We will take information from books and from life. Learning to draw these important creatures and plants make it easy to identify, for example, one bee from another. Drawing techniques and the use of watercolors are an intricate part of what will be offered in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites: love for drawing
Draw & paint insects and host plants
$180.00 10-18 Davette Leonard 3/12 Lower Hall Kitchen Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Rehearsal for ALICE IN WONDERLAND - Part 1
Part one of a two-part class. Students must sign up for both part one and part two of this class. We will rehearse and perform our own interpretation of Lewis Carroll's ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Taking a brief vacation from the rational mind, we'll travel on a joyful romp with Alice as she encounters the delightfully wacky characters that inhabit Wonderland. Take the beautiful, playful poetry of Carroll's classic work and add lots of physical comedy and bold characterizations, and it is a recipe for a magical stage experience for actors of any age.
Notes: IMPORTANT SCHEDULE NOTES: The performance will take place on the make up day for the fall session. There will be two extra rehearsals scheduled at the Central Library the week before the performance.
Prerequisites: While this class is intensely rewarding, that is only true because it requires commitment and work. Students must be able to stay focused and attentive throughout a three-hour rehearsal. They must learn their lines at home and show up to all rehearsals (unless they're sick). But again, that's what makes it fun!
Rehearsal for the fall play
$185.00 11-17 Lou Volpendesta 7/12 Social Hall Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
14:30-15:50
Art Masters
Explore the techniques of Masters of Art! Each week, we will learn about an inspiring artist and create our own art following his or her style. Some examples are: Monet and dot paintings, Van Gogh and swirling images, Gauguin and use of color, Georgia O'Keefe and closeup imaging, Frida Kahlo and self portrait.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Studio art and art history
$195.00 5-8 Monica Farrell 6/12 Lower Hall 1 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Supervised Stay
Play games with friends, work on art projects, play outside in the attached fenced playground, or work on independent projects! This class is perfect for those like to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between classes they want to take, those who have siblings take classes who don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Dannielle Lamison 3/10 Church Parlour Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Beginner Programming
Act out an algorithm. Build an animated comic. Make your own computer game. This activity-based computer class introduces programming using Snap, a language for creating interactive art, stories, and games. Basic programming elements such as variables, control structures, and input/output will be covered. We will also touch on fundamentals like the parts of a computer, an introduction to safe internet use, and understanding what an algorithm is.
Notes: Students need a laptop for this class.
Prerequisites: Students must be able to read.
Programming using Snap
$175.00 7-9 Teela James 0/8 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Closed
Herbal Medicine: Wild and Wise
This engaging class will give students the opportunity to explore the healing qualities of plants. Each class will include learning about specific herbs, creating a medicine journal of plant drawings and recipes, and making a new medicinal product to bring home each week (including lip balm, tea blends, bath salts, lotion, salve, and syrup). Skills we’ll work on: plant identification, botanical drawing, writing using descriptive vocabulary, following a recipe, kitchen safety, and patience!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Making medicine using plants
$205.00 9-12 Kate Adamson 7/12 Lower Hall Kitchen Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Beginner and Intermediate Guitar and Songwriting
This course is for both beginner and intermediate learners. Students will learn or continue to build upon their knowledge of the basic guitar chords that are used to compose most songs. They will also learn the essential parts of a guitar and their functions, as well as basic music theory as related to rhythm and tempo. At the end of the course, students will be able to compose their own songs using basic guitar chords. They will also develop the confidence to perform or showcase their new skills. Parents are welcome to take the course with their children.
Notes: Students may rent guitars from me at $5 per session (I have 5 personal guitars to rent out, on first come first served basis), purchase personal guitars (recommended for students who wish to continue into intermediate and advanced guitar courses at CHEC), or rent from musical stores in Charlottesville. Amazon and Ebay.com also sell affordable guitars with a rating of 3 stars (out of 5) for $30 - $50.
Prerequisites: None
Finger picking, strumming, and rhythm
$185.00 10-18 Louis Torkornoo 5/15 Lower Hall 3 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Rehearsal for ALICE IN WONDERLAND - Part 2
This is part 2 of a 2 part class. Students must enroll in both part 1 and part 2 of this class. Please read part 1 for the course description.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Rehearsal for the fall play
$185.00 11-17 Lou Volpendesta 8/12 Social Hall Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
LEGO Engineering Challenges
A single Lego brick can support nearly a half ton. The engineering feats that can be constructed by combining these bricks are limitless, and can apply to nearly any real-world STEM situation. Sounds simple, right? That's how it will feel when you take your skills to the next level through hands-on missions to construct super-strong bridges, indestructible towers, and ultra-fast cars.
Notes: This class is co-taught by a mother-son team: Emily & Liam Mohajeri Norris. Liam, age 16, is an avid LEGO designer and enthusiast who has years of experience with LEGO robotics and running LEGO building challenge workshops for all ages.
Prerequisites: Interest in LEGO and/or engineering and physics principles.
Use LEGO to learn engineering & physics
$170.00 12-18 Emily Norris 9/10 Lower Hall 2 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
15:50-16:15
From Dreams to Games: Game Development In Godot 3.0 (ONLINE OFFERING)
In this course, students will learn how to use free and open source software to turn their dreams into games that are playable by them and their friends! We will cover many subjects concerning the usage of the open source game engine "Godot 3.0", as well as several supporting tools which are used for the creation and modification of assets in your games. There will be coding involved in some portions of the course, but example code for editing will be provided along with videos describing what the code is doing. This course will be an online offering. Students will be able to proceed through the subjects at their own pace, asking questions as they go. Each subject will have a video on YouTube as well as a document in Google Docs outlining the video’s content and posing some creative challenges to the student. I will be available via email for questions and help throughout most of the day on weekdays. If in person assistance is requested, I will be available for the students between 5 and 7pm on weekdays. I will work with any student to find a time that works for them, so please don't hesitate to ask. Offering the course in this format allows the course to cover more material more deeply while allowing students all of the time necessary to fully understand the materials. I look forward to working with each of you!
Notes:
Prerequisites: Students must have access to the internet and a computer. Some computers older than 5yrs of age are unable to run some of the tools due to graphics support.
Game dev with free tools
$170.00 8-18 Jeffrey Glenn 5/20 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Programming with Minecraft (ONLINE OFFERING)
Make it rain chickens! Detect valuable ore beneath your feet! Spawn 1000 blocks of TNT with a single command! Using MakeCode for Minecraft, a block-based programming language, students will learn the fundamentals of computer science by altering the behavior of their own Minecraft worlds. The class will cover programming basics such as variables, iteration, conditionals, and event handling through various guided programming tutorials and independent projects. This online class aims to deliver computer programming instruction to a wide range of students with varying levels of proficiency through one-on-one instruction at a distance. There is NO class meeting. We will communicate entirely via email. Weekly homework will be assigned--a short reading and a small project with step by step instructions. Students working independently can learn at their own pace. Students wishing to progress faster can do so and will receive a new assignment each time they finish one. Returning Minecraft students are welcome! We'll just pick up where you stopped last time. For students who need in person assistance we can arrange to meet at CHEC during the normally scheduled CHEC day.
Notes: This course does not have a scheduled meeting time! Students work at home at their own pace. Students need a Windows 10 computer with a purchased copy of the Windows 10 edition of Minecraft (if you only own the Java edition of Minecraft, you should have a download code available on your Mojang account to acquire the Windows 10 Edition for free). Apple users can run Bootcamp, which allows you to install Windows 10 on Apple hardware. Students should have their own email address for correspondence with the instructor (or a parent willing to receive and send email for them).
Prerequisites: Prior experience with Minecraft and a computer capable of running the Windows 10 version of Minecraft (see Notes section) Sufficient reading and writing skills for reading instructions and communicating via email (or have a parent who doesn't mind helping). Ability to work independently and be motivated to work outside a classroom.
Learn to program with Minecraft
$170.00 8-18 Tom Lynch 4/8 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open