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  Current Classes

Science Jedi Academy (Physical Science)
Grades 6-8
Monday 12:30 - 2:00pm
Using the methodology of Edularp (Educational Live Action Role Play), students will work together to graduate from the Jedi Academy. Our group of young scholars will start at the Academy, where they will choose their characters and begin with a short internship in the basics of scientific method and exploration. They will then embark on their studies to learn the ways of the Jedi, with a focus on Physical Science.
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Creative Writing
Grades 6-8
Monday 9:00 - 10:30am
Students will learn and practice skills to enhance their own creative writing. We will explore the elements of ideas, organization, and voice in creative writing. This class will incorporate literature, as students explore writing techniques in their favorite and new books, stories, plays, and movies. And of course, students will develop their own stories, poems, and plays throughout the year.
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Python Coding: 2D Game Design
Grades 6-12
Monday 10:30 - 12:00pm
Taught by a ThoughStem instructor. These fabulous instructors teach workshops at UCSD and throughout San Diego in computer programming and game design. In this SDLAA class, students will master the fundamentals of coding, including syntax, variables, I/O (inputs and outputs), conditionals, data types, and an introduction to Object-Oriented Programming using the highly popular textual programming language Python. Students will progress from “Hello World” all the way to their own fully functional video game.
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Art Around the World
Grades 6-8
Monday 10:30 - 12:00pm
Come join me on a great and unforgettable adventure in Art around the World. We will study a variety of art, artists, and the culture of places around the globe.
As we create an amazing art piece from either a landmark, a style of art or a particular artist, we will also learn how to say hello and goodbye in the language of that country. Each student will be required to keep a notebook to write down the adventures we will be taking. We will use a variety of art supplies during our “travels” and spend two class times for each country. The students will also be given a Passport and add images to it for each country, including a postage stamp, picture of a banknote, and what the actual passport of the country looks like. This will help them to remember all that we have done and have a keepsake of a variety of countries.
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Physics (Rube-Goldberg Challenge)
Grades 9-12
Monday 10:30 - 12:00pm
This class is a high school level class discussing all the standard topics of physics. However, besides your usual exams and quizzes, there is an end of year project to create a Rube-Goldberg machine with at least one of each of the main studies of physics. We will be blowing stuff up and launching stuff across the room! Come join us for Physics and have fun while earning high school credit.
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Super Human Anatomy
Grades 9-12
Mondays 9:00 - 10:30am
This course examines the various systems of the human body in terms of structure and function along with systemic relationships. To make it fun, it compares it to the anatomy of their favorite superheroes. The final project is a presentation creating their own superhero from the material presented and discussing the science behind their creation and how their character has become more than just a regular human.
This class will cover all aspects of human anatomy including: skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and lymphatic systems, and genetics. Students will participate in hands-on class activities, labs, quizzes, and final exams and/or projects.

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