Track D-2 Descriptions

Woods, Water, and Wildlife of Michigan

Join us as we explore the woods, water, and wildlife of Michigan with field trips and hands-on activities. Hike through the Sanford woodlot and investigate the tree canopy, dive into the world of aquatic insects, identify wildlife by getting up close and personal with furs and skulls, and learn how your actions today can protect Michigan’s environment tomorrow. Students will engage in hands-on experiences that will transform their view of nature and conservation. So get your field notebooks and hiking shoes packed, because we’re going outside to have some fun!

Day 1: Introduction
Day 2: Water Wonderland **ice cream activity
Day 3: Wildlife Encounters
Day 4: Walk in the Woods **field trip to campus woodlot (Sanford)
Day 5: Contribute to Conservation

3-D and Mixed Media

The art world is FILLED with medias being used in unconventional ways, and in this class we will not only discuss these wacky combinations, but also CREATE some amazing art pieces!  During our time together students wont just see art, but they will create it too, starting with seeing art from all around the world, discussing it and having students make observations, get hands-on demonstrations, and even engage in practice with the multitude of medias we will be using, all before making some amazing and unique art pieces. Students will gain the experience in forming ideas based off of observations, explaining their ideas, and gaining knowledge in order to create art on their own. So get ready to dive into the interesting world of ART!

Monday: Creating a art Pendant - Oven bake clay

Tuesday: Crazy Patterned Cubes – watercolor resist and papercraft

Wed: Masks of the season -  mixed media and drawing

Thursday: Favorite summer memory – Collaging and construction paper

Fri: Summer flowers – Color theory and Painting


Python is an easy to learn, powerful programming language. It has efficient high-level data structures and a simple but effective approach to object-oriented programming. Python’s elegant syntax and dynamic typing, together with its interpreted nature, make it an ideal language for scripting and rapid application development in many areas on most platforms.

It’s used in a wide variety of applications like web development, local applications, etc.  Python has become especially popular among data scientists and AI researchers, due to the ease of use and ability to quickly prototype concepts. 

Day #1: What is Python?  Basic concepts and IDE usage.

Day #2: Syntax, variable, functions, and control flow statements

Day #3: Inputs, madlib generator, number guessing game

Day #4: Tic-tac-toe vs Computer opponent

Day #5: Building a web scrapping bot

Student Requirements: Students must have access to an email address and GitHub account (