Virtual Enrichment Courses: Spring 2021 Starts April 5

Summer course schedule coming soon! We are planning a combination of in-person and virtual options.

Our Spring 2021 courses begin the week of April 5 and run through the week of May 31.

Our enrichment courses provide middle school and high school students with the opportunity to explore new or developing interests with highly-qualified, dynamic instructors. From computer coding to writing and from business to critical thinking, we have many options for varying interests. Courses in the fall, winter, and spring are offered in 9-week sessions that meet once a week for 60 minutes. Summer enrichment meets in two-week sessions from June through August.

Coding: Intro to Python

For students in grades 7-10
Instructor: Kireina
Tuesday at 5PM, starting 4/6

This course is an introduction to the concepts of programming – output, input, variables, graphics using python turtles, and basic arithmetic operations. No experience in programming is necessary or expected for this course.

Coding: Continuing Python

For students in grades 7-10
Instructor: Kireina
Tuesday at 6PM, starting 4/6

This course will explore Pygame, a set of Python modules designed to create fully featured video games and multimedia programs. Completion of the first course or previous Python experience is required.

Coding: Intro to Java

For students in grades 8-12
Instructor: Lori
Wednesday at 5PM, starting 4/7

Get practical experience developing programs with the Java programming language. We will look at ways to get and store information provided from the user in message dialog boxes and in the command line. We will also explore how computers make decisions in Java and the social responsibility of the people who program them. No prior experience with coding is necessary.

Problem Solving with Probability 1

For students in grades 7-10 who have completed Algebra 1
Instructor: Mel
Wednesday at 6PM, starting 4/7

Challenge yourself with critical thinking in math. In this introduction to probability, students will explore permutations, combinations, sums of various series and their proofs, the Birthday paradox, and other essential foundations of probability, which is itself the key to statistics.

Problem Solving with Probability 2

For students in grades 7-10 who have completed Algebra 1
Instructor: Mel
Wednesday at 7PM, starting 4/7

Continue exploring concepts of probability. This course is for students who have completed Explore Probability 1 or are familiar with those basic concepts. Topics will include: probability with dependent events, expected value, geometric probability, Pascal’s triangle and the hockey stick identity, and the binomial theorem.

Intro to Research

For students in grades 9-12
Instructor: Chelsea
Thursdays at 5:30PM, starting 4/8

Note: this course meets for 90 minutes each session

Students will learn concepts designed to get them thinking about questions from a research perspective. They will learn about forming research questions, conducting literature reviews, creating testable hypotheses, and designing research processes. Students will strengthen their critical thinking and communication skills through group discussions and the design of their own research questions. This course is intended to be the first in a series of research courses.

Continuing Research

For students in grades 9-12
Instructor: Chelsea
Thursdays at 7:00PM, starting 4/8

Students will learn how to apply knowledge learned in Intro to Research to complete a micro-scale research study from beginning to end. From creating a class-wide research question to collecting data and drawing conclusions from basic statistical analyses, students will immerse themselves in the full research process. Completion of Intro to Research or similar experience is required.

Intro to Business

For students in grades 6-8
Instructor: Shane
Tuesday at 5PM, starting 4/6

This course will teach students the foundations of a variety of business topics including business operations, finance, marketing, and economics. Students will also participate in discussions, projects, and a stock market simulation competition.

Intro to Business

For students in grades 7-10
Instructor: Shane
Tuesday at 5PM, starting 4/6

This course will teach students the foundations of a variety of business topics including business operations, finance, marketing, and economics. Students will also participate in discussions, projects, and a stock market simulation competition.

Creative Writing: Flash Fiction

For students in grades 6-8
Instructor: Vivian
Wednesday at 5PM, starting 4/7

Creative writing with word limits can be challenging and yet still effective in accomplishing character and plot development. Sharpen your writing skills through the art of flash fiction including the six-word story, dribbles, drabbles, and more.

Creative Writing: Flash Fiction

For students in grades 9-12
Instructor: Vivian
Wednesday at 6PM, starting 4/7

Creative writing with word limits can be challenging and yet still effective in accomplishing character and plot development. Sharpen your writing skills through the art of flash fiction including the six-word story, dribbles, drabbles, and more.

Cultivating Happiness

For students in grades 6-8
Instructor: Tammy
Monday at 6PM, starting 4/5

In the last year, like everyone, teens have experienced unprecedented challenges. This course provides a small-group connection to explore how positivity and negativity can influence how students experience the world around them. Students will practice happiness cultivating strategies and develop a plan to practice what they learn.

Our enrichment instructors are teachers, tutors, and career professionals with in-depth knowledge and experience to share with students. Many have designed the enrichment courses they teach or have extensive experience teaching in a subject area. They are also life-long learners who are always growing their own knowledge as they work to develop and teach interesting enrichment topics.

Meet Our Instructors

Examples of previous enrichment courses offered
* courses vary each session based on instructor availability

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