Virtual Enrichment Courses: Winter 2021 Starts January 18

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.

 

Our Winter 2021 courses begin the week of January 18 and run through the week of March 15.

 

Use promo code Early50 now through December 3rd to receive $50 off. 

Coding: Intro to Python

For students in grades 8-12
Instructor: Kireina
Tuesday at 4PM, starting 1/19

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 8-12
Instructor: Kireina
Tuesday at 5PM, starting 1/19

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 4PM, starting 1/20

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.

Explore Probability 1

For students in grades 7-10 who have completed Algebra 1
Instructor: Mel
Wednesday at 6PM, starting 1/20

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.

Explore Probability 2

For students in grades 7-10 who have completed Algebra 1
Instructor: Mel
Wednesday at 7PM, starting 1/20

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.

Minecraft Missions

For students in grades 6-8
Instructor: Olivia
Thursday at 7PM, starting 1/21

*New course for winter 2021*

Students will use Minecraft to explore different scenarios that test their problem-solving & creativity skills while collaborating with their peers. Each week, the course will start with a scenario introduction (a role & a task in a set environment), brainstorming, ample build time, & reflection for students to review each other’s creations. * Minecraft Bedrock edition and a device that supports Minecraft play are required. Students will also need to connect through Zoom & have some previous experience playing Minecraft.

Intro to Research

For students in grades 9-12
Instructor: Chelsea
Thursdays at 6:30PM, starting 1/21

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.

Playing Politics

For students in grades 7-10
Instructor: David
Tuesdays at 6:30PM, starting 1/19

*New course for winter 2021*

Do you want to run for President or solve international crises someday? Examine the world of politics - from campaigns & elections to running a government to fighting fake news - all while playing games. Each week we will examine a new aspect of government & play a game to learn fundamental principles in an engaging way.

Women in Media

For students in grades 9-12
Instructor: Kathleen
Thursday at 5PM, starting 1/21

Students will explore and analyze the presence and representation of women in film, television, theatre, and pop culture. How does cultural representation affect or create stereotypes of femininity? Students will learn to question and affirm the ways in which the media we consume every day shapes society and reflects ideas of power.

Intro to Business

For students in grades 7-10
Instructor: Shane
Tuesday at 4:30PM, starting 1/19

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 Mandarin

For students in grades 6-8
Instructor: Hongmei
Thursday at 6PM, starting 1/21

Mandarin is the most spoken language in China & around the world. In this course, you'll learn basic vocabulary & linguistic structure of spoken & written Mandarin as we travel virtually across the country to learn cultures, traditions, & food in different regions. This is an introductory Mandarin course for middle school students who have not had previous experience with the language.

Advanced Chinese Language

For students in grades 9-12
Instructor: Hongmei
Thursday at 7PM, starting 1/21

*New course for winter 2021*

This course is geared toward higher-level Chinese language studies, such as AP Chinese I. If you are preparing for the AP Chinese Language and Culture exam in May, this course is designed to enhance your study with extra, focused practice in listening, reading, and writing skills required for AP Chinese.

Creative Nonfiction Writing

For students in grades 6-8
Instructor: Hannah
Wednesday at 4PM, starting 1/20

*New course for winter 2021*

In this course, students will read, discuss, write, and share creative nonfiction pieces. From research-based and hermit crab essays to writing inspired by nature, travel, photography, and more, students will dive into various forms of memoir writing.

Creative Writing Through World Folktales

For students in grades 9-12
Instructor: Vivian
Wednesday at 5PM, starting 1/20

*New course for winter 2021*

Practice your creative writing skills while reading & discussing folktales from around the globe. We’ll meet the clever trickster Anansi, the fearsome crone Baba Yaga, & many others. We’ll discuss major story elements, learn the importance of honoring the cultural context of stories, & craft folktales of our own! Students will read folktales outside of class to prepare for each week’s discussion.

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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