2018 STEM ENRICHMENT ACADEMY

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM

The Middle School Program includes two 3-week sessions for classes.
Courses are specifically for incoming 6th, 7th & 8th graders.
Courses are ENRICHMENT ONLY.
No grades will be given.

Dates & Times

Duration: June 5, 2018 – July 12, 2018
Session 1: June 5 – June 21
Session 2: June 25 – July 12
(NO CLASS on Wednesday July 4th)
Three weeks per session, early morning (8 – 10:20 a.m) & late morning (10:40 – 1 p.m.) course offerings

Enrollment begins January 1st. Enroll early and save!

Three Week Middle School Courses (2 hours & 20 minutes each)
Monday - Thursday
  • $350 per course from January 1 - February 28
  • $375 per course beginning March 1
Three Week Bridge to Algebra 1 Course (5 hours)
Monday - Thursday
  • $550 per course from January 1 - February 28
  • $575 per course beginning March 1

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Online Enrollment begins Jan 1.

AUTOMATION & ROBOTICS
Dates: June 5, 2018 - June 21, 2018 (8am-10:20am) OR June 25, 2018 - July 12, 2018 (10:40am-1pm)

Students trace the history, development and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems. Students use VEX Robotics® platform to design, build and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths and robotic arms.

BEGINNING DANCE INTENSIVE
Dates: June 5, 2018 - June 21, 2018 (8am-10:20am)
Instructor: Dublin High Dance Teacher, Ms. Sharlene Sabonis - Ms. Sabonis is a member of the National Dance Education Association and California Dance Education Association and brings 16 years of professional dance experience into her classroom. She teaches and choreographs a variety of dancing styles including Jazz, Hip Hop & Visual Rhythm.

This course will expose students to beginning level Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop technique and excite them about the high school level dance course offerings. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of dance. They will increase their range of flexibility and learn the fundamental technique of ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop. Students will learn the basic vocabulary of dance. Class will include a detailed warm-up, conditioning exercises for dancers, technique across the floor, and choreography. Students should wear dance or athletic attire, dance shoes/bare feet and bring a water bottle.

BRIDGE TO ALGEBRA I
Dates: June 5, 2018 – June 21, 2018 (8am-1pm) OR June 25, 2018 – July 12, 2018 (8am-1pm) 5 hours a day, 4 days a week, for a three week session.
Grade Level: Incoming 7th & 8th grade students who have completed Course 2/3 or have maintained an A average in Course 2.
Prerequisite:  Completion of a year-long course covering Course 2 (having maintained an A average) or Course 2/3 standards.

Designed to fulfill an identified gap by increasing depth of understanding of critical algebraic and number sense skills as well as expose advanced Course 2 students to Course 3 standards and practices. This course targets students who have strong number sense and algebraic skills and are interested in more exposure to algebraic practices before attempting an Algebra 1 course. Students must have successfully completed a year-long math course that covers the 7th grade common core math standards (Course 2 or Course 2/3).  This course will explore linear algebra concepts through contextual means to provide students the necessary background for success in an Algebra 1 course.  The topics will cover the key standards from a year-long common core 8th grade math course with a focus on application.  These topics include simplifying complex expressions within the real number system, solving complex one-variable equations, and graphing, writing, using, and interpreting equations of a line all within the context of complex, exploratory situations.  The goal is not only to learn algebraic processes but to understand in depth when and why they are used.

DESIGN & MODELING
Dates: June 5, 2018 – June 21, 2018 (10:40am-1pm) OR June 25, 2018 - July 12, 2018 (8am-10:20am)

Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives.  They work in teams to design a playground and furniture, capturing research and ideas in their engineering notebooks. Using Autodesk® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.

INTRODUCTION TO APP DESIGN: COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND MOBILE APPS
Dates: June 5, 2018 – June 21, 2018 (8am-10:20am OR 10:40am-1pm) OR June 25, 2018 - July 12, 2018 (10:40am-1pm)

Students will learn foundational computer science concepts through writing apps for phones and tablets. We'll use MIT App Inventor's coding environment and Android tablets to create a variety of games, with plenty of room for student creativity! Prior programming experience is not necessary.

INTERMEDIATE APP DESIGN: COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND MOBILE APPS
Dates: June 25, 2018 – July 12, 2018 (8am-10:20am)
Prerequisites: Introduction to App Design during Session 1 or Fallon's App Inventor's elective class in Fall 2017.
(Knowledge of other programming languages is not a sufficient prerequisite.)

Students will continue the work we began in Session 1's Introductory course. We'll write mobile games and apps with more complexity and student choice using MIT App Inventor and Android tablets.

 

THE SCIENCE BEHIND FORENSICS
Dates: June 25, 2018 – July 12, 2018 (10:40am-1:00pm)
There’s a lot of science to solving crimes. Under the direction of Fallon Science Teacher, Karen Brown, students will learn how to use physics, chemistry, and biology to investigate the clues left behind to solve the mysteries and puzzles of crime scenes. Be prepared for teamwork, creative thinking, labs, and lots of fun in this quick-paced crime-solving course. Students will come to learn how using science and the scientific method will help them solve real world mysteries.

WEB DESIGN & EFFECTIVE WRITING
Dates: June 5, 2018 – June 21, 2018 (8am-10:20am OR 10:40am-1pm)

In this course students will build their own website and publish their own outstanding writing. Students will use Google Sites, Weebly and the video making platforms, My Simple Show and Powtoon, to publish writing that engages a real audience. Students will also learn basic CSS and HTML. They will also learn crucial writing skills like generating ideas, developing a thesis statement, organizing writing, formatting, elaboration, revision and editing. This course requires students to problem solve, collaborate, communicate, write a ton and have some fun.

WRITING IS AN EXPLORATION 
Dates: June 5, 2018 – June 21, 2018 (8am-10:20am OR 10:40am-1pm)

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.” –E. L. Doctorow.
In this summer writing course, you will be exploring different genres of writing, through both reading and writing, as well as the other necessary elements needed to improve your writing and composition skills. Genres to be studied will include Memoirs, Poetry, Fairy Tales,  etc. The course will also cover techniques to become a better writer including such things as word choice, dialogue, sensory language, sentence structure, and editing and revising. Through this course’s writing, thinking, and discussion, you will become a better reader, writer, and thinker.

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Online Enrollment begins Jan 1.