Track K-3 Descriptions

Meteorology

Do you love the weather, do you love science, chemistry, math and physics? Meteorology is for you! The weather effects everyone around the world 24/7.  Understanding weather and making accurate predictions can affect cargo shipments, driving, flying and people’s safety in general. The wonderful world of weather can take you around the world! Most of us are probably most familiar with meteorology as the study of the science of weather and weather forecasting. Indeed, understanding various aspects of the weather will be our focus for much of this course. But, meteorology isn't just about the weather forecast. More broadly, meteorology is the study of the physics and chemistry of Earth's atmosphere, including its interactions with Earth's surface (both land and water). In short, meteorologists want to completely understand how Earth's atmosphere works (and often use that knowledge for future predictions). That means meteorologists need to know about the composition, structure, and air motions within the atmosphere. (psu.edu)

Road Trippin' Through Immersive Modeling

A scenic tour of roadside attractions and architectural model making through experimental media practice. Experimental media is a broad term that refers to any form of media production that challenges the conventions, norms, and expectations of mainstream genres and audiences.

In this course we will set out to study the fantastical world of roadside architecture and design an attraction of our own. Jump in for this joyride through the history of roadside thematic design case studies, explorations of wacky attractions and the world building around them. Oftentimes these roadside attractions are surreal caricatures, bizarro Disney theme-park-like structures, built to human and automobile scale. These odd structures are the outliers of architectural practice yet remain so memorable when we encounter them in the built environment. Our students are invited to be passengers on this journey and design architectural models that take a passion of their own and make an attraction from it. As a vehicle to view our designs, a remote-control car with a hood mounted webcam will be used to explore a “highway of designs” that allow our students to tour each other's structures on a “model scale” perspective, almost as if they are really there.

Catch ya on the road!

Engineering and Designing Habitats 

In this class, children will learn about animal habitats, the importance of conservation, and how to create engaging and safe environments for both animals and visitors. The curriculum includes hands-on activities like model building and creative workshops on habitat design. The program fosters creativity, environmental awareness, and a deep appreciation for wildlife, giving young minds a foundational understanding of how modern zoos operate and contribute to conservation efforts.

Friday: Review of Zoo Design projects from college students; learn about the design process; start your own design

Saturday: In-class model making

Sunday: In-class model making; Student presentation