Track K Descriptions

Chemistry: Exploring Our Atomic World

Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you. It’s in the food you eat, clothes you wear, water you drink, medicines you take, and the air you breathe. Chemistry is sometimes called the “central science” because it connects other sciences to each other, such as biology, physics, geology, and environmental science. Chemistry is the branch of science where we study the properties of matter and its changes; it helps us to understand why propane burns, how glow sticks work, and what materials can be used make a battery. Doctors, engineers, forensic scientists, and researchers use chemistry to help us live longer, develop new and better materials, solve crimes, and find cures for diseases. In this course students will interact with various elements, make models of compounds, and conduct experiments that distinguish between chemical and physical changes.

Fine Art and YOU: Learn and create famous style art pieces

During this class, students will learn about famous art pieces and the interesting histories and stories behind them. Some of the pieces and people we will talk about are the Mona Lisa, Keith Haring’s Pop Art movement, Frank Lloyd Wright and his Geometric Design Art, and more! During each project, students will do more than just create an art piece, but we learn all about it!  From discussion about the mediums being used and the history behind the art piece and connecting movements to presentations containing various images, videos, and information, students will receive a well-rounded experience challenging them both mentally and pushing their art skills to the next level. So get ready to learn all about the world of Fine Arts!

Supplies needed: white paper, colored pencils, crayons, markers, black pen, pencil/eraser, water color, tape (masking or painters if possible), a little oven bake clay (2 or 3 small bricks max), magazines or something else students can cut images from (news paper inserts, adds, etc), scissors, and glue

Java: Learn fundamentals of developing applications in Java

Computer programming requires setting up your machine to create and execute your commands. This introduction to the Java computer language will give students the building blocks they need to begin programming in a Windows environment by starting from zero to effectively create a programming environment with JDK (Java Development Kit) and IDE (Integrated Development Environment) before moving on to the basics of what a Java web application entails: a web server and a WAR (Web Application Archive) file. From there, students will learn how to deploy a simple web app on their web server and how to write their own simple web application. This class is the perfect first step for anyone interested in programming basics in a Windows environment.