Track Q-3 Descriptions

The Wild World of Weather

The weather has a huge impact on everyday life for people all over the world. Forecasts can range from sunny skies to violent tornadoes, fog and showers to icy blizzards, or scorching heat waves to flash flooding. WILX News 10 Meteorologist Justin Bradford is ready to explain what causes everything from a normal day of the week to some of the most extreme weather events you’ve ever heard of. You’ll learn about weather here in Michigan and all over the Earth through discussion, fun exercises, jaw-dropping videos and even a few hands-on activities!

Forensic Entomology: Applying Arthropod Science to a Court of Law

Insects are all around us and play countless roles in our everyday lives. We all know bees and butterflies for their important role in pollination, while we dread the itchy bites that come with mosquito season, but what many don't know is the ability of many insects to aid in solving crimes! In this course, students will get a chance to learn about how insects such as flies and beetles, some of the most abundant organisms on the planet, can be utilized as forensic evidence in court. Students will learn to identify and collect insects, explore the use of the scientific method, discover the importance of the standardization of science in a court of law, and see how forensic entomologists approach real criminal investigations. Students will get the opportunity for hands-on activities with forensically relevant insects, and even get the chance to put their knowledge to the test and work together to investigate their very own mock crime scene!

*Please be advised that this course may deal with the handling of live insects in a safe and controlled environment, in addition to light educational discussion and visuals of postmortem changes and decomposition. This subject matter could be sensitive for some students so please exercise caution if necessary. 

M.A.N.G.A. Jr.

This class will serve as an introduction to basic Japanese vocabulary and grammar through a fun but structured learning process. The emphasis will be on coordination of structure and verbal communication skills. The students will practice Japanese through key sentences, dialogues with the sensei (teacher), exercises, and other tasks.