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Welcome all ye pirates. Come aboard and experience a “jolly good time” as we explore the seven seas as pirates. We will learn the history of piracy, be introduced to some of the famous pirates of old, explore trade routes, tie knots, and consider the weaponry used in the battles of the sea. We will finish with an exploration of treasure hunters of today, using GPS devices to hide and hunt treasure. FEE = $10
Instructor: Jonna Choat, Phelps Center for the Gifted, Springfield
What does Force & Motion have to do with toys? Join us as we investigate what’s really hiding in a toy box! We’ll set up a matchbox track course in the classroom. Then we’ll roll toy cars, marbles, and balls of various masses down the ramp. Who invented the Slinky? How does it walk down stairs? We will answer questions that you have while using toys straight from the toy box! FEE = $10
Instructor: Susan Trotter, Cowden Elementary, Springfield
Do eggs float? Can you separate flour and salt after they have been combined? Will liquids stack? To answer, come join us for two weeks of hands-on experiments as we explore the world around us. We will be using materials found in your kitchen and creating our own snacks. Be ready to come away with a new appreciation of science and how much fun it can be.
Instructor: Joellyn Szura, Wanda Gray, Springfield
In this class we will do hands-on science activities such as isolating DNA, separating colors, and investigating the Doppler Effect. Wondering is the beginning catalyst for both science and poetry. You will use poetry forms to make connections and more deeply experience science. We will write various forms of poetry as we reflect and connect our science activities. You will get to take home a science lab notebook with creative poetry.
Instructor: Dr. Scott Petrich & Connie Petrich, Drury University & Phelps Center for Gifted
Let’s have a blast exploring, experimenting, and investigating nature’s oddities and occurrences. We will put on our lab coats as we discover reasons why some insects glow, what weather conditions create a tornado, hurricane, thunder and lightning, and analyze many other curiosities on the Earth and beyond. As new scientific friends we will unlock the mysteries of nature and space.
LeeAnn Box, Wilson’s Creek in Springfield
Do you love animals? Would you like to be a veterinarian? In this class we will look at how you become a veterinarian and what they do. We will take a field trip to a veterinary clinic to see what a small animal facility has to offer. We will explore several other aspects of working with animals. We will discuss animal rights, responsible pet ownership, and ways animals benefit humans.
Instructor: Tracy Piatchek, Springfield Schools
Space travelers come be part of the SQT team and travel beyond earth this summer. We’ll start at the moon, visit our solar system, fly off to black holes, jump from star to star, and finally venture to distant galaxies. You will work as a team to create our solar system and deep space. You will also investigate NASA’s current space programs. What’s happening now, and what lies in your NASA future of space exploration.
Instructor: Penny Olive, Fifth Grade Teacher, Bingham, Springfield
Now’s your chance to experience the life of the filmmaker! In this class, you will study the genre of the short film and the filmmaking process through research and practice. You will work as part of a production team to create an original short film, experiencing each stage of film production from storyboarding to the final edit. You’ll get the opportunity to write, direct, act in, edit, score, and finally, exhibit, a complete short film. We all love movies, let’s make some!
Instructor: Melissa Sharpsteen, Phelps Center for Gifted, Springfield
Are you on a quest to be the master of your own website? It is not as hard as you might think! You will learn how to use the many features of FrontPage as you create navigational structures and themes with ease. We will take walking field trips and pictures; then put it all together on your newly created website. Basic computer and word processing skills are helpful.
Instructor: Ron Hampton, Web Specialist, Phelps Center for Gifted, Springfield
If you like to work with computers, want to learn about robots and programmable machines, and would enjoy building and controlling LEGO machines, this is the class for you! In this exciting, hands-on class, you will learn important science and math concepts as you build a variety of projects with LEGO Mindstroms kits, then write computer programs to make the machines perform specific tasks. Motorized cars, trash collectors, remote controlled machines, and many more will be included among your projects.
Instructor: Betsy Cannella, Phelps Center for Gifted in Springfield