Classes

2019 Classes

Session I


Morning Classes

The Great Escape

Have you ever been captivated and intrigued by the world of codes and the art of enciphering and deciphering secret messages? Join us in Cryptography Escapology class as we journey into the world of secret societies, conspiracy theories, and top secret agencies. We will not only explore fascinating and dynamic historical events that leave historians puzzled today but you'll also have a chance to crack codes and attempt to master our escape room. Will you be able to break free?

Graffiti Art

Is graffiti art? What makes art Art? Should graffiti art be illegal? What makes something real art? We will talk about reverse graffiti, political graffiti and also make our own art. How has graffiti art been repressed through history? How does this affect creative expression?

Level Up

If you love video games and want to start creating them, this class if for you. In this class, you will learn how to create video games alone and in teams. You will design characters and settings, decide on the controls of your game, and put the pieces together to create a game that you will enjoy playing.

Virtual Reality

Are you interested in exploring VR and learning about its history? What does VR mean for the future of mankind and what is its impact on our current world? Get hands on experience wearing virtual reality goggles and watching the virtual reality scenes unfold on the screen before you. We’ll go on virtual google field trip, allowing us to travel the world without ever leaving our room.

Anybody, Everybody

Have you ever wondered what you’re really made of? If you’re interested in knowing more about the human body, then you’re in the right place! This class explores the basics of human anatomy and how our bodies move during exercise. We will also learn about healthy living and good nutrition through fun, collaborative activities. Come learn more about your body and how exercise, diet, and healthy habits all play an important role in keeping us moving!

Camp Canine

This course occasionally co-taught by a canine friend will harness and celebrate human’s best friend… the dog. We will learn about local organizations, basic care and needs of a dog, training and behavior, and much much more! Sometimes shows and movies will be integrated into class, other times we will be hands-on working with dogs learning, and playing with canines.

Makey Makey

You may be the greatest living banana pianist, but how will you ever know if you don't make yourself a banana piano? Good news! This project and countless others are easier than you may think. Makey Makey is an invention kit that turns everyday objects into touchpads. It combines with the internet for endless possibilities. The students will invent, engineer, design and have loads of fun!

Digital DJ’s

Have you ever wanted to compose your own music, design your own sounds, or create your own unique versions of your favorite songs? Now it's your chance to be a Digital DJ. Join us as we explore the exciting world of DIGITAL MUSIC. You will create a portfolio of digital music and create your own individual album, as well as contribute your strongest material to a group album. Design your own album artwork, and maybe even create your own music video. No prior musical experience is required.

Calligraphy Studio

Did you know that calligraphy was first introduced in the 7th century? Learn how to write with the uncial hand with traditional steel-nibbed dip pens in this interactive class. We'll experiment with Celtic knots, decorated initials, and flourishes. As we build your technique with century old fundamentals, you'll make every stroke your own and walk away with a final written portfolio.

Fundamentals of Film Making

In this class, you'll learn the fundamentals of filmmaking. Everything from coming up with ideas for visual storytelling to capturing images, editing, and working with special effects. You'll also get to actively participate in the process of creating movies. The class will culminate in a red carpet screening of your films. Lights, Camera, Action!


Afternoon Immersion Classes

Junior Chef Live (Pre K - 2nd)

Do you want to be the next food network star? Do you want to take the black box challenge? We will be getting inspired by popular cooking shows to cook and create our own unique dishes while also learning some basic cooking principles.

Travelers Club (Pre K - 2nd)

Using the book, "Atlas Obscura The World’s Most Adventurous Kid" we will explore unique sights from around the world. Get your passport ready as we'll visit a new country each day, experiencing food, crafts, traditional games, and we might even learn a new language! Come explore the unique treasures hidden around the world.

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No, it’s Science! (3rd - 8th)

Ever wonder how Superman can leap tall buildings in a single bound? Or if Wonder Woman's bracelets are able to absorb momentum or deflect it? What do these questions tell us about the force of gravity or physics? Let's apply real science to investigate, predict and test whether our heroes and heroines superpowers are remotely possible in real life. Come fly with Superman by manipulating air pressure, sling webs with spiderman, or build your own super vehicle while exploring movement, motion, and acceleration.

Game of Life (3rd - 8th)

Life is a roller coaster of adventures. What would you do if you won the lottery? How would that change your life? What would life be like living in a different country? Join this exciting and challenging Immersion class, if you're prepared to be dealt various life scenarios and ready to examine when, where and why you'll make your next move. It's your turn to roll the dice.

Session II


Morning Classes

Visual Storytelling: Becoming a Photojournalist

A photojournalist is a visual storyteller that communicates events in a way that no other media can. Discover how to document interesting people, places, and events through photography and master the art of storytelling with photographs.

Do You Want to Build a Robot?

Seriously, do you want to build a robot? If so, plug yourself in and let's explore how coding translates to action. We'll learn the engineering and robot design process and how to program and analyze data. This class examines robotics with the lego ev3 and nxt systems. We'll also combine raspberry pi and lego robotic pieces by examining what kind of technology and computer knowledge is required.

Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons has given players the opportunity to work together and explore fantastical worlds since 1974. You'll create your character, choose your equipment, and play through an adventure with your classmates. If you are more interested in shaping the story, there will be opportunities for you to play the Dungeon Master, who is responsible for everything in the world but the players.

21st Century Visual Media

We'll explore the many different forms of modern visual media and learn the basic skills of video production, which will allow you to experiment and push the boundaries of visual expression. Whether you stay behind the camera or take a turn in the spotlight, you'll be empowered with tools to visually communicate and share your thoughts on film.

Comedy Crew

Laugh, be crazy, and face fun challenges with creativity! In Improvisation we will play high-energy, hilarious games that help you learn to think quickly, be flexible, and improve your focus. You will perform in scenes where almost anything goes! Improvisation is a foundational piece for learning theater, but it also helps develop safe risk-taking, presentation skills, and thinking on your feet. Come join our comedy crew and chuckle while you learn!

Hogwarts Express

Ever wanted to experience the wonder of Hogwarts, the deliciousness of Butterbeer, the excitement of magic classes? If you are a Harry Potter fan, this class will be an incredible chance to indulge your love for one of the most iconic series of this generation. You'll be sorted into a house, attend potions, charms and care of magical creatures classes, and possibly play a flying high game of quidditch. While we can't promise that you will become a DADA master or defeat the Dark Lord, we can guarantee that your time in the Wizarding World will be magical! Ready to head to Hogwarts? Run towards Platform 9 and 3/4.

Science Sparks Sports

Let’s have fun learning how science sparks sports. We’ll focus on interactive activities and experiments to understand more about forces in action, pitching physics, flight basics, exercise and keeping healthy.

Once Upon A Time

This course will include reading a selection of Fairy Tales/Fantasy stories, followed by a mixture of writing, art, acting, drawing, and lyrical performances, if that's your strength. A few times this class may watch a movie adaptation of a Fairy Tale/Fantasy and compare/contrast deepening appreciation and understanding of different versions of the same story.

Comic Books

What has made comics so popular for so long? How did they start? How do iconic characters, like Superman and Wonder Woman continue to inspire us and challenge us to become real life heroes? We'll explore and create with a variety of cartooning platforms including comic books, comic strips, illustrations, storyboarding, and digital cartooning. Come create your own hero and share your vision and their unique stories with others.

Digital DJ’s

Have you ever wanted to compose your own music, design your own sounds, or create your own unique versions of your favorite songs? Now it's your chance to be a Digital DJ. Join us as we explore the exciting world of DIGITAL MUSIC. You will create a portfolio of digital music and create your own individual album, as well as contribute your strongest material to a group album. Design your own album artwork, and maybe even create your own music video. No prior musical experience is required.

Game of Life

Life is a roller coaster of adventures. What would you do if you won the lottery? How would that change your life? What would life be like living in a different country? Join this exciting and challenging Immersion class, if you're prepared to be dealt various life scenarios and ready to examine when, where and why you'll make your next move. It's your turn to roll the dice.

Money Matters Investing

Meet you on Wall Street. In this class, we'll learn the fundamentals of investing, money management and financial planning. We will examine the stock market, cryptocurrencies, and much more. Using a simulator, we will “trade” each day on the real-time market and analyze our results. This is a great class for any age - so get excited and prepared for your portfolio to grow!


Afternoon Immersion Classes

Universal Arts (Pre K - 2nd)

There are countless ways to express yourself through the arts. To be an artist, you must be a risk taker and find beauty in the mistakes. Drawing, painting, sculpture, drama, dance, and music are not only a great way to create something beautiful, they're also fantastic for relieving stress, enhancing creativity, and developing problem-solving abilities! Every day we will express ourselves in different ways that bring out the artist in you.

Flight Fun (Pre K - 2nd)

Are you ready to ponder and wonder about how things take flight? The answer may amaze you. We'll analyze the basic structures of flying and build various aircrafts - kites, airplanes, helicopters, and maybe even a UFO. As we experiment with the aircrafts we'll also re-design and re-engineer as we learn more about how flying works.

Sci-Fi Science (3rd - 8th)

This class looks at science through the lens of pop-culture and sci-fi movies and tv. Let's examine the science, mostly chemistry behind movie making and how science ethics are portrayed. Does technology influence the decisions that a society makes on a galactic scale? Are the technologies in sci-fi shows possible and if so, how soon will we see them in our lives? Get ready to debate and prove your hypothesis' on this intergalactic journey.

Broadway Bound (3rd - 8th)

From Hamlet to Hamilton, explore the power of live theatre in this fun class! We'll learn about all the elements that make up a Broadway show, including set, lighting, costume design, the arc of a play, and of course, the acting. Students will even get the opportunity to Skype with an actor in the Broadway national tour of Cinderella.

Session III


Morning Classes

A Culinary Adventure

Are you new to cooking but interested in learning more? Do you know the difference between 4 Tablespoons and a ¼ Cup? Nothing, they equal the same! Learn your way around the basics in the kitchen. Safety, measuring, mixing, tools, basic recipes, and more. Delight your taste buds as you cook up delicious favorite foods. Every day will be a new adventure as you learn a new skill, or how to use a new tool, while creating a new tantalizing tasty recipe.

Story Games for the Computer

There are two types of gamers in the world. People who play for the score and people who play for the story. The best video game story can leave a lasting impression, because you're a part of it. You made it happen. Take your stories to the next level with interactive elements, while learning a fun way to gain or improve coding skills through Python. You'll learn what you need to bring your stories to life. Students work in teams to create computer games that are built around the world that is interesting to them.

Comedy Crew

Laugh, be crazy, and face fun challenges with creativity! In Improvisation we will play high-energy, hilarious games that help you learn to think quickly, be flexible, and improve your focus. You will perform in scenes where almost anything goes! Improvisation is a foundational piece for learning theater, but it also helps develop safe risk-taking, presentation skills, and thinking on your feet. Come join our comedy crew and chuckle while you learn!

Investigative Film Making

In this class, you'll use documentary and non-fiction filmmaking to study the world around you. Practicing fundamental movie techniques you'll develop the skill to examine subjects visually. The class will culminate in a screening of student films.

American Ninja Warrior

If you've ever wanted a "taste” of what it takes to be an American Ninja Warrior and to be challenged by some of the scaled down obstacles featured on the show, accept this challenge today! We'll take a fun approach to fitness as we work on strength, conditioning, flexibility, problem solving, and coordination as we overcome obstacles designed for all skill levels.

Disney Original

What if Elsa wasn't a Snow Queen or if Buzz Lightyear wasn't a spaceman? Have you ever wanted to recreate your favorite Disney tale or Pixar movie? If the answer is yes, sprinkle your magic fairy dust or animate yourself and join us in the wonderful world of Disney and Pixar animation. We'll recreate your favorite scenes, songs and stories. Get ready to remake the image of your imagination, as you add a new character, change the ending to your favorite story, or write a new song while creating your very own short movie or storybook!

From Earth to Moon: US Space

When JFK announced that America was going to put a man on the moon, he forgot to tell one group of people: NASA! When he made this bold pronouncement, the US space program was in its infancy, barely mastering orbiting the earth. Faced with a bold goal (and a massive nudge from the rival USSR), the entire country pulled together to get our men on the moon. Dangerous, perilous, and requiring the heights of science and imagination, trace America's boldest adventure. You'll have the unique opportunity to learn from our ACE teacher, and former NASA employee, who thanks to her grandfather's involvement in the space program, also spent her childhood amongst the men who danced towards the stars. Using movies, documentaries, media and some personal anecdotes, be ready to fly to the moon!

Digital DJ’s

Have you ever wanted to compose your own music, design your own sounds, or create your own unique versions of your favorite songs? Now it's your chance to be a Digital DJ. Join us as we explore the exciting world of DIGITAL MUSIC. You will create a portfolio of digital music and create your own individual album, as well as contribute your strongest material to a group album. Design your own album artwork, and maybe even create your own music video. No prior musical experience is required.

Garden Gurus

Get ready to get your hands dirty while appreciating and learning all about the natural life cycle of gardens. We'll explore nature's zero waste models and challenge ourselves to think of new ways to compost and recycle in the garden and at home. If you spend time in the soil then you will definitely develop a curiosity about insects and tiny critters. But don't be scared; insects are our friends - we might even raise some earthworms! We'll also look at principles of organic gardening and learn about Texas medicinal & edible plants. Bon Appetit!

Trash to Treasure

Recycling is super important, but how about UPcycling? Learn to look at commonly discarded items in a different way and see their potential in what they can become. We will learn about recycling and the importance of reducing waste, and create our own new items by UPcycling reusable items and materials!

Tabletop Gaming

Using math, game design, and UX principles you'll create and share worlds of fantasy and fiction. You'll be an integral part of a small group of up to 6 players, led by a Game Master as you work together to solve mysteries, save the galaxy and find treasures beyond imagining.


Afternoon Immersion Classes

Time Travelers (Pre K - 2nd)

Travel through significant times and ages. Each day we will focus on a different time in history leading up to the present and then onward to what the future will hold. Cavemen, to Egypt to Vikings to cowboys. We will delve into the time period do a craft, play games. We will go through all the ages of history and focus on a part of the world. EX Ancient--stone age, Egypt , Greek/roman Post Classical--Vikings, Middle Ages Modern Period--Pioneers, Cowboys, Industrial Revolution, the 1900s, Space Age to the Modern time...and then the what we think the future holds.

The Seven Senses in Art (Pre K - 2nd)

Our senses are how we experience the world. We will discover how each of the senses helps us to "make sense" of the world around us. Through games, activities, art, music, experiments and fun, we will learn all about the SEVEN senses and how they work.

Stories to STEM (3rd - 8th)

Read no further: science is all around us! This hands-on class explores the science behind the fiction and investigates the scientific phenomenons within the stories we read. You'll explore experimental design, data collection and analysis, while applying STEM skills to build models of your favorite characters or complete building challenges, bringing the pages to life. We'll even integrate science and creativity to inspire exciting new stories of your own. The end.

Money Matters Investing (3rd - 8th)

Meet you on Wall Street. In this class, we'll learn the fundamentals of investing, money management and financial planning. We will examine the stock market, cryptocurrencies, and much more. Using a simulator, we will “trade” each day on the real-time market and analyze our results. This is a great class for any age - so get excited and prepared for your portfolio to grow!

Session I

Sci-Fi Science

This class looks at science through the lens of pop-culture and sci-fi movies and tv. Let's examine the science, mostly chemistry behind movie making and how science ethics are portrayed. Does technology influence the decisions that a society makes on a galactic scale? Are the technologies in sci-fi shows possible and if so, how soon will we see them in our lives? Get ready to debate and prove your hypothesis' on this intergalactic journey.

Session II

Special Report

Democracy thrives when informed, active, and humane citizens coexist with institutions that uphold the rule of law and shared values. Yet we see every day how fragile democracy can be. Investigate cornerstones of successful democracies, including religious freedom, a free press, media literacy, and living with difference. Get ready to confront civic dilemmas and gain news literacy in the Digital Age.

Session III

3D Architecture

If you build it, they will come. In this Deep Dive Class, we will explore various aspects of architecture and how the history of architecture reflects the architectural principles of today. You'll create your own drawings, designs, and models of buildings while also learning to consider how the different patterns in nature and in urban Austin can influence your design. Be prepared to learn to identify needs, frame problems, understand spatial awareness, explore and appreciate the contexts within which a solution must work, weigh alternatives, and communicate your ideas verbally, graphically, and in three dimensions.


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