2014 KEY Class Descriptions (Subject to change prior to April, 2014)
COMPUTERS, MATHEMATICS, TECHNOLOGY,
FINE ARTS, LIBERAL ARTS, THEATRE, and MORE
Students will select 4 classes to attend during the week
Young CSI Scientists
Learn how CSI detectives work, from searching for evidence and gathering clues in order to discover how science can help investigators solve a crime.You will have the chance to examine, roll, and dust for fingerprints, analyze blood spatter patterns, and cast afootwear impression.We will work with luminol, alternate lighting,and different types ofhair, fibers, and traceevidence.Each student will have the chance to experience a mock crime scene, examine evidence,and learn how to properly collect and packagesensitive items.In no time at all you will be using your inquisitive minds, sifting through witness statements, and performing experiments like a real forensic scientists.
Chemistry (kem-iss-tree): The study of chemicals and chemical reactions. More importantly, you will learn how to make things change color, smoke, and then blow up. . . useful life skills. You are cordially invited to poke, prod, pour, postulate, and generally oooh and aaah!! Participants will make silly putty, foam, slime, and coagulate polystyrene. This is just what it sounds like, only you, the chemist, make it from scratch using the materials in class. You will get the “How Come, Huh?”—translation, “explanation”, so that you can wow your friends and family with your new knowledge.
Imagine building 3-D worlds in which you can navigate in real-time movement. Create and manipulate space on a computer and then walk through these environments as if you were actually there. You don’t have to be a nerd-bait, pocket protector toting, pencil-neck to understand this program; however, a mastery of mouse clicking comes in handy. Construct your dream home, build your own Tyrannosaurus Rex or reconstruct the Leaning Tower of Pisa; then hold on and take a ride through your creations!
Anatomy and Physiology
If you really want to get into studying living things, this course is for you! We will dissect a frog, a heart, and an eyeball. We will do experiments to discover what makes living things tick.
The Human Genome Project
Everyone wonders about DNA. What is the stuff? Does it really help to solve crime? Do you have a DNA fingerprint? Take this course and learn more about deoxyribonucleic acid.
An American in Paris
In this lively French class, you will spend five memorable days in Paris, the City of Lights, floating the Seine River, climbing the Eiffel Tower, wandering through the catacombs, eating croissants in a corner café, and many other fun activities. You will make souvenirs such as a hand-painted French beret from the artist’s quarter, or a stained glass rose window from Notre Dame. You will indulge yourself at a chocolatier and, best of all; you will learn a ton of fun, useful French! Allons!
Have you been bitten by the acting bug? Do you like to peek behind the curtains to see what’s going on behind the scenes? In this fun-filled action packed theatrical experience, you will dabble into everything that goes into making a successful play: acting exercises, the directing process, and make-up secrets, costume tricks, scenery production, and how to use dance and song to spice up the show. Then, we’ll put it all together and produce a play which will be performed on Super Saturday. There’s something for everyone. Come join the KEY Players! This is a double session class.
L’Ecole Des-Beaux Arts (French Art School)
Do you like to paint? Do you like to travel? Join us on this adventure to “L’Ecole Des-Beaux Arts” (French Art School). You will learn how to create beautiful watercolors, and also how to speak French! Your experienced bi-lingual art teacher will show you how to draw and paint something new each day - animals, houses, people - guiding your every step by demonstrating and speaking to you in French. So while you are learning to see in a creative way, you are effortlessly picking up a foreign language. By the end of the five-day course, you will know more about watercolor technique and you will even be able to talk about your creations in French!
Fossil Preparation and Specimen Study of Ancient Life Forms
Take a look inside the world of fossil preparation as you work on your own mini-dig. Each student will get a fossil dig with various specimens hidden inside waiting to be discovered. Students will also make “quarry maps” of their digs to document where something was discovered in their digs.
Oceanography and Creatures of the Sea
This course will cover the origin of life in the sea, marine biology, and the use of maps in determining the nature of the sea floor. Emphasis will be given to it’s rocks and shells (including microscope work) and the fossils of past sea life. The mineral wealth of the sea and the potential of polluting our oceans will be better understood. We will visit an ancient beach and fish deposit.
Visits to the Real “Jurassic Park”
This double-session course will provide time for fossil preparation activities, and visits to actual dinosaur beds of the Delta. You will explore for marine reptiles, clam beds and squids of the ancient seas. Four field trips will help you reconstruct the Golden Age of the Monsters. We will better understand the environment of the “time of dying’ - Could it happen again? For the daring of heart, we will climb the cliffs on the trail of several Pterodactyls! Bring rough hiking shoes, hats and pop money.
This is a double session class.
Cross Wind Aviation
Computer Flight Simulator Training
Want to earn your wings? Want to learn to fly someday? Using Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 you can learn some of the fundamentals of flying a simple, single-engine plane in all kinds of weather and terrain. You will keep a log of your flight time. The class will be fun and a lot of hard, frustrating work.
KEY Robotics is a course that will teach participants how to build, program and operate a robot using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS Education software. These are not your little brother’s or sister’s LEGOS! This sophisticated robotic system will be able to maneuver through obstacles, move objects, respond to its environment and complete tasks. Participants will start with parts and design, build and program a robot of their own design.
Do you want to be your own webmaster? Learn how to design an awesome website from scratch using Microsoft FrontPage. You have eight hours to create a website you can take home with you. There is no extra charge if you become rich and famous in the process.
Math without Limits
Pendulums, fractals, and more will be used in this class to show you math you have never seen before! You will investigate math in ways that will stretch your mind to its mathematical limits. Come on in, but be careful, you might have some fun!
Learn to create the ultimate 3D games and become a computer programmer using DarkBASIC. No experience is required. You will go from being an absolute beginner to being able to create your own computer games using the DarkBASIC Programming Language.
The Amazing Journey
Team up with other students to complete this world adventure. Use clues to find destinations by solving small puzzles, light physical activities, memorization, and more. Win daily prizes by being the first team to reach the correct destination.
Out of This World (Rocketry and More)
Do you like space? Then join this class and spend a week in training. Students will explore rocket theory, study the effects of cold in food, predict and learn how simple toys work on Earth and in the weightless environment of space. Hands on activities include building a cube on land and in a “weightless” water environment. Students will need a swim suit for this class. You will build your own rocket and launch it on Super Saturday, weather permitting
Things that Fly
Students will predict and use hands-on experiences to test how airflow forces work on various materials such as water rockets. Build a kite using only tissue paper, straws, and string. Learn to make your own paper airplanes and compete in contests against other students. Discussions of how these work will take place during construction and flight.
Have you ever wanted to be a part of the excitement of the newsroom? The stories coming together, the headlines, the deadlines . . . Newsroom has a place for you! You will become the editor of your own column. Take your pick - Travel, Food, Arts and Entertainment, People in the News, Fascinating Facts, Dear Abby, Photography, Comics, and more! Together we will create and publish a newspaper for KEY.
Taste Sensations from Many Nations
Prepare your taste buds: they are about to experience five days of excitement! Each day we will select recipes from around the world . . . Mexico, the United States, the Middle East, India and China to name a few. We will shop for ingredients, prepare breakfasts, sandwiches, soups, main courses, side dishes, salads and desserts, and sample our work. You will learn basic cooking skills and terms as you go, and you will leave the class with a recipe book of all your favorites. On Super Saturday your family will view and sample your work for themselves! This is a double session course.
Have you ever dreamed of becoming a writer, of publishing your own story, poem, book, play or article? In Writer’s Workshop you will delve into the fundamentals of effective, written communication. Using a “treasure list” of writing ideas from your own and others’ experiences, you will create original writings that may be submitted for publication. You will never again have to wonder about a possible topic for your writing!
Mas-car-ade by U & Company
Have you ever put on a mask and felt different? Did you possibly take on the spirit and personality of that mask? Masks are indeed mysterious. Learn more about masks and mask making while creating several unique types made from a variety of materials including a real plaster cast of your very own face! So…don’t be shy, don’t be afraid, grab a partner and find out what’s behind your masquerade.
No Picassos Required!
That’s right…you don’t have to be an artistic genius to enjoy the fun experience of producing the projects offered in this course. In this class we will explore and use a variety of materials and creative techniques to make several unique works of art. The best part of it all is that each project is success guaranteed. Hmmm, even Picasso himself would have to approve.
Meet the Masters
Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a famous artist? Study the masters and find out! This class is for the serious artist. Meet Van Gogh and use thick, bright, colorful painting techniques to create a vivid masterpiece in his style. Explore Georgia O’Keeffe and experience her inspirations by painting giant flowers, beautiful landscapes, or mysterious animal skulls in the sky. Color and heat plastic to create a hanging mobile that emulates world famous glass blower, Dale Chihuly’s outdoor chandeliers.
Mary Fair Whitlatch
Learn to make folded books, books with secret pockets, tiny books, and books in which to sketch - books, books, and books. In this class you will learn to make a variety of unique books in which you can place photographs, autographs, sketches, creative writings, and even secrets. Your end results will be gift worthy - if you can part with any of them.
Taking Away Can Be a Plus
Have you ever thought that taking away could be creative? In this class you will be carving out your drawings from several surfaces-pieces of sheet rock, pieces of rubber, and erasers. To these surfaces you will add paint, ink, and markers. You will take home 3 very unique works of your original art.
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|Community Education Specialist
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601