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Course Descriptions 2014 

Session I Classes - June 22-28
for 5th and 6th graders

NOTE: We schedule classes based on the date we receive payment and registration forms. We make every effort to ensure that students get their starred choice and one of their top three choices each period. You will receive your class schedule at ACADEMY check-in.

Communication/Language Arts

DIGITAL JOURNALISM
Explore the world of journalism in the digital age in this exciting class. If you love to write, you'll have the chance to learn a variety of journalistic and creative writing techniques that are used in digital news and media publications. You may write a personal essay, review a performance, or craft the profile of a celebrity or politician. At the end of the week, you'll take home a portfolio of written features and stories to share with family and friends.
Instructor: Rebecca Owen is a former ACADEMY student who has an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from Minnesota State University. She teaches writing, plays the cello, and spends time with her two horses.

KEEPING THE PEACE
Conflict happens between people at every age and in every setting. Developing skills like active listening and being able to interpret how people use non-verbal communication will help you reap the benefits of diffusing conflicts before they escalate. You'll explore how to referee conversations and how to devise strategies of communicating with others to find mutually beneficial resolutions in situations at home, at school and with friends that will serve you for a lifetime.
Instructor: John Cornet has been an AP teacher at Phoenix High School since 1999 and has taught at SOU. He was a finalist for Oregon Teacher of the Year in 2006 (twice nominated), and recipient of the Imagine Award for Community Peacemaking in 2009. 

OPEN FOR DEBATE
How do you keep your cool when someone challenges your ideas? How can you learn to detect weaknesses or logical fallacies in another person's argument? Discover how the avenues to resolution are at the center of a healthy debate as you learn to track an argument, enhance your speaking and critical thinking skills and make the connection between ideas and real-world policies in this exciting class.
Instructor: Clint Rodreick is a Phoenix High School Social Studies Teacher who has been teaching for 6 years. He teaches AP and Pre-AP courses and is also the Speech and Debate coach. Mr. Rodreick's educational focus and inspiration is to encourage students to think critically and deeply about the world they live in.

PSYCHED!
What does Nature vs. Nurture mean? How do we create memories? Come explore the power of the mind as you begin to understand that human interaction is one of the keys to lifelong success. You'll survey the psychology of why people respond to situations when they do. You'll delve into the psychology topics of human interaction, learn about multiple intelligences and explore how psychological conditions affect our learning and our perceptions. Instructor: John Cornet has been an AP teacher at Phoenix High School since 1999 and has taught at SOU. He was a finalist for Oregon Teacher of the Year in 2006 (twice nominated), and recipient of the Imagine Award for Community Peacemaking in 2009.

WHAT'S THE WORD?
Spoken Word Poetry has existed for centuries and continues to be used to engage and inspire audiences the world over. Find your voice as you learn the powerful art of spoken word poetry and use it as a platform to inspire others. You'll discover new things about yourself and how to share your ideas with creativity and confidence.
Instructor: Jay Schroder is a published poet and creative writing teacher at South Medford High School where his students regularly win writing awards. He is a six-time winner of the Oregon Poetry Association's contest.

Visual Arts

AN ARTFUL EXCHANGE: ARTIST TRADING CARDS
Inspired by Zurich artist M. Vanci Stirnemann, Artist Trading Cards are original miniature works of art that are traded like baseball cards. In this fun-filled creative class you'll use a variety of artistic mediums and embellishments to create a set of these one-of-a-kind pieces of art, and start your ATC collection by trading cards with your fellow classmates. Join the ATC world and watch how far you can go!
Instructor: Sherri Beeler teaches English and Paper/Altered Arts and her published artwork appears in multiple magazines.

BLING IT ON!
Explore exciting ways to paint, dye, stamp, and embellish your clothes in this class that blends art and fashion trends. Bring T-shirts, jeans, shorts, shoes, hats and more to transform into bright, colorful, wearable art that will show off your personal fashion and style! You will use tie-dye, print making, rubber stamping and fabric painting as you get your hands on a new way to share your creative vision.
Instructor: Mary Wilkins-Kelly is an artist who enjoys sharing her love of mixed media and photography with her students. She has 18 years of teaching experience.

CREATIVE CLAY SCULPTURE
Experience the art of Japan while you learn how to sculpt beautiful oranina (Japanese clay flutes), dishes, garden sculptures and other traditional Japanese pieces. Take home many of your creations that have been fired and glazed.
Instructor: Wataru Sugiyama is an international sculptor and native of Japan. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States, England, Switzerland, Germany and Japan.

INNER VISIONS
Do you have a dream, a goal or a wish that you would like to capture? Inspire yourself as you think inside the box and transform this simple, versatile form into a personal piece that expresses your inner life's vision. After brainstorming with your fellow art students, you'll use a variety of materials to boldly create dynamic one-of-a-kind sculptures. Revealed from inside, your vision box will express your own unique goals and dreams.
Instructor: Samar Dawisha is a local artist and performer who has taught art, videography and animation classes in the Rogue Valley for many years.

TIE DYE TRANSFORMATIONS
Some people called tie dye "The Folk Art of the 1960s." Come and learn the guarded secrets of how to create bright, beautiful tie dye colors that will never run or fade away. Using certain dyes and fabrics together, you'll discover how to produce stunning results during a brief dye chemistry lecture-demonstration showing the folding and dying techniques used in this colorful, creative process. Then you'll create your own unique wearable art pieces to keep and show off!
Instructor: Susan Lamoreaux holds a B.A. in English from Southern Oregon University. She began her career as a dye artist in 1993 after touring textile villages in Guatemala.

'TOON IN ON TYPES
Explore the world of cartooning and learn how using personality types will bring characters to life in your art. From Elmer Fudd having "wabbit twouble," Princess Bubblegum and Finn on Adventure Time to Japanese Anime characters and more, you'll be inspired to create cartoon characters who reflect different stereotypes. Learn technique in drawing facial expressions that reveal emotion and expand your artistic observation skills in your own cartoon characters.
Instructor: Craig Honeycutt has a Master's in Art Education and is a local artist and art educator with more than twenty years teaching experience.

ACADEMY girl in class
Social Studies

21st CENTURY COBBLER
People say that the secret to life is comfortable shoes. You might think that Nike and Adidas have the comfortable shoe market cornered, but now is your opportunity to beat the kings at their own game. You will design, produce and engage in a flashy marketing campaign to sell your brand new, state-of-the-art athletic shoe. You'll begin to understand the competitive world of advertisement, supply and demand, and the goal that drives all shoe companies—profit.
Instructor: Carlan Kephart holds a B.A. in English Literature and a M.Ed. degree. She has taught English for 14 years, including six years of AP. She and her husband recently returned to Oregon after four years of teaching internationally in China, El Salvador and Hong Kong.

I BELIEVE IN YESTERDAY
We've all heard of the Beatles but who were they really and why does their music continue to influence both youth and adults? Come and explore the social and cultural impact of this 1960s rock band as you listen to their music, watch their quirky artistic films, and explore how their hair, clothing, music style and lyrics changed the lives of generations around the world. From album cover design to musical classics like A Hard Day's Night you'll identify those songs that inspire you and on the final day of class you will iNSPIRE your ACADEMY classmates with those Beatles songs!
Instructor: Martha Street is a 9th grade English teacher at North Medford High School where she also coaches Speech and Debate. She is certified in English as a Second Language and holds a BA in French and International Studies from the University of Oregon. This is her second year teaching at Academy.

FRIEND OR FOE?
Tensions are at an all-time high on the continent of Excelsior. Eight nations are on the brink of war and you are the leader. Do you have what it takes to lead a nation? Will you collectively seek peace, or go to war to achieve global domination? In this realistic simulation you will form alliances, sign treaties, engage in spying and espionage, and manage your military and resources. You will learn how leaders of a nation must protect their national interests, and decide if the nations of the world are your friends or foes!
Instructor: Heather Woodward holds a M.A.T degree with endorsements in English and Special Education. She has been a teacher for ten years at South Medford High School. She loves to design hands-on activities that engage students in real world problem solving situations.

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES AND WORLD PHILOSOPHY
How do we form our views about the world? What does it mean to be 'free'? Explore both personal and global perspectives in this engaging class as you use Plato's Allegory of the Cave to study how human beings perceive what is real and what is illusion. Through this lens, you'll examine the implications of vastly different perspectives on major world issues and learn to reach your own informed conclusions on a variety of social issues.
Instructor: Clint Rodreick is a Phoenix High School Social Studies Teacher who has been teaching for 6 years. He teaches AP and Pre-AP and is the Speech and Debate coach. Mr. Rodreick's educational focus and inspiration is to encourage students to think critically and deeply about the world they live in.

Science/ Mathematics/Engineering

BIOMIMICRY: NATURE INSPIRED INVENTIONS
Did you know that the blue in a birds' feather is not from a pigment but from a microscopic structure? Birds and other living creatures have inspired inventors, scientists and engineers for centuries, and now it's your turn! From the Wright brothers' first airplane to modern day high-speed trains, animal adaptations have motivated people to expand the frontiers of science. You'll incorporate natural functions and basic mechanics to design and create your own projects as you use mechanical drawing, nature observation, sculpture and design.
Instructor: Jeanine Moy is an educator, naturalist and artist. She holds a B.S. from Cornell University in Applied Ecology and a M.S. from Southern Oregon University in Environmental Education. She teaches classes at the Willow Wind Learning Center, Northwest Nature Shop and North Mountain Park in Ashland.

CHICKEN WING ANATOMY
'The hip bone IS connected to the leg bone"—but what connects them and how do these parts work together? Through study and dissection of a chicken wing, learn how bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons work together to create movement in chickens and other animals—including ourselves! Work with dissection equipment and apply your new skills as you discover the biology of this common bird.
Instructor: Shoshana Leopold is a science educator and reflexologist who has taught in a variety of classrooms. She brings extensive knowledge of biology and holistic health to her teaching.

EXPLOSIVE SCIENCE
Exploding . . . foaming . . . popping . . . spraying . . . science can make a real mess! Explore why things explode, implode and sizzle. In this class you'll learn the science behind things like soda spraying out of a can, Old Faithful, building implosion, earthquakes, and rockets. Have safe fun as you make your own mini-rockets, volcanoes, Mentos fountains and more!
Instructor: Max Schmeling is a teacher at Bellview Elementary School in Ashland. He has been a fifth-grade teacher for 10 years. He was a civil engineer and hydrologist in Seattle, Washington.

IT'S ELECTRIFYING!
Come meet the pillars of the history of electronics and explore basic electronics theory as you learn the stories of these brilliant and often eccentric people. You'll get your hands on their contributions by doing experiments, building circuits, creating simple capacitors and batteries and work with a Tesla Coil.
Instructor: Richard Csuk has over 20 years of experience in the electronics field, specializing in electric vehicles. He creates and teaches STEM projects throughout southern Oregon.

MOUSETRAP ENGINEERING
You will be challenged to use your creativity and construction skills to design and build a vehicle that will attempt to travel thirty meters powered only by the energy of a mousetrap! Advanced designs and speedier cars will be possible for those willing to exceed the challenge.
Instructor: Steve Roby has been teaching in the Rogue Valley for 8 years and is a teacher with the Logos Public Charter School. He holds a M.A.T. degree and has a passion for working with youth.

WHAT'S THE CHANCE?
Explore theoretical versus the experimental probability using hands-on trials and games in this exciting new class. You'll work together to find out whether games are won with lady luck on your side or if you can predict probable outcomes and winners over time. Discover how to record data and calculate possible results as you throw the dice and find out if you can roll the same number five times in a row or if it's just a game of "chance" after all.
Instructor: Melissa Klise holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Math Education from SOU. She hopes to become a middle school math teacher.

WHO DUNNIT?
Use your intuitive and hard science skills as you conduct forensic tests on the evidence found at a mock crime scene. You will learn crime scene analysis and study actual physical and chemical evidence for clues that MIGHT let you piece together what really happened at the crime scene. You will learn crime scene analysis and study physical evidence for clues. You'll work with fingerprints, hair, fibers and trace evidence. Crack the case as you investigate and examine liquid samples, test fiber types, and interpret it all to piece together what really happened at the scene of the crime.
Instructor: Steve Roby has been teaching in the Rogue Valley for 8 years and is a teacher with the Logos Public Charter School. He holds a M.A.T. degree and has a passion for working with youth.

Strategy

THE MASTER MOVE: CHESS FUN AND CHALLENGE
Play the opening game like an open book, the middle game like a magician and the endgame like a machine. Increase your enjoyment of chess and discover the lives of the chess pieces and pawns and how they cooperate. It's your move as you assess the situation on the board, have a blast with strategy, tactics, chess puzzles and even speed chess. Come join the fun!
Instructor: Ed Hirsch is a writer and conceptual artist who has taught foreign language classes (Romanian) and who designed the cooperative chess variant "Piece."

Computers/Video/Photography

iDESIGN It!
Digital media is rapidly changing the way we view and interact with the world. You'll delve into the latest Web 2.0 tools to manipulate photos, compose your own music, produce animated movies, and create stunning 3D environments. Learn the language of visual communication as you construct and publish a website with your signature personality. At the end of the week you'll have an amazing portfolio of work and the skills to take your digital creations to a whole new level.
Instructor: Anthony White holds an MAT degree from SOU. He engages in technology of all types and loves to share his knowledge with others. He currently works in Kodiak, Alaska as an Educational Technologist. This is his third year teaching for the SOU Summer Youth Programs.

THE INDISPENSABLE DISPOSABLE
Let's take a little photo-journalism journey into documenting your surroundings using a simple tool - a disposable camera. Armed with this device and plenty of creative inspiration, you will document your everyday surroundings at ACADEMY to tell your cultural story. Guided by a professional photographer you will discover how imagery shapes our society both currently and historically. Once you have your inspired images recorded, you'll explore the basics about photography composition and Photoshop to create a one-of- a-kind piece of your unique view of the world. Instructor: Ezra Marcos is a professional photographer working in Southern Oregon. When he is not busy photographing people and doing commercial shoots, he teaches youth the skills he has learned.

PROGRAMMING ADVENTURES
Prepare yourself for the wonderful world of computer programming! This class will make programming so much fun it will almost seem easy. You'll learn the building blocks of programming by teaching Karel the dog some new tricks and gain essential problem solving skills through a visual and entertaining environment. No prior experience necessary!
Instructor: Anthony White holds an MAT degree from SOU. He engages in technology of all types and loves to share his knowledge with others. He currently works in Kodiak, Alaska as an Educational Technologist. This is his third year teaching for the SOU Summer Youth Programs.

WILD WEB WISDOM
You want to learn how to break dance but how do you find the appropriate videos you need to watch on the internet? You have a research project due and you aren't sure which websites you can trust. Get your hands on the computer keyboard and start your technological adventure as you discover safe and trustworthy sites and internet strategies that will help you reach your goals without regrets or viruses. You'll role play the difference between a hacker and a web surfer to recognize online hidden agendas.
Instructor: Steve Roby has been teaching in the Rogue Valley for 8 years and is a teacher with the Logos Public Charter School. He holds a M.A.T. degree and has a passion for working with youth.

Performing Arts

FROM THE PAGE TO THE STAGE: THE ART OF DRAMATIC WRITING
Discover the excitement of writing an original play for the stage or a screenplay for film or television in this new class. You'll explore the key elements of dramatic writing, develop dialogue driven scenes and have the chance to see and hear your characters come to life as they are performed by other students. Pull out all the stops and watch your creative instincts come to life on stage!
Instructor: Wind Woods is a playwright and educator. Currently working on a doctorate in Theatre at UC Irvine, Wind has taught a variety of courses in the performing arts and creative writing fields from K-12 to the university level.

PLAYBACK THEATRE
Experience the joy of sharing stories from your life, and watch as they are reflected or "played back," for you on stage. You'll gain personal confidence and build creative community, as you learn a new way of listening to others and witnessing yourself as actors, audience members and as human beings. Playback Theater is an exhilarating and safe way to explore your inner world, develop authentic self-expression and explore stereotypes in this exciting new class.
Instructor: Abram Katz holds a BS in Sound Arts from Expression College for Digital Arts. He is the co-founder & former Music Director for Indigital Kids, a SF Bay Area youth music program.

THEATRE ON THE SPOT
Start your creative engines and strap yourself in for a wild and wonderful ride as you explore the art of improvisation in this blast of a class. As actors you'll play games onstage and learn to access your imagination and quick wit as you entertain the audience.
Instructor: Gina Angelique is the founding Artistic Director of San Diego's Eveoke Dance Theatre, now in its 20th year creating original theatre and dance. She is a master educator who has spent over 25 years sowing the seeds of dance and theatre with diverse student populations.

FUN WITH FENCING
En guard...ready...fence! Safe inside a mask and jacket, you will be introduced to the exciting sport of fencing. Learn the skills of "touching" (scoring on) your partner while avoiding being scored on and learn the respect, ethics and camaraderie involved in this sport.
Instructor: Dylan Shelton has fenced both foil and epee with the Southern Oregon Fencing Center for four years and has taught SOU-sponsored fencing classes.

ALL YOU CAN DO IS DANCE!
Get ready to break a sweat and embrace your wild side as you learn basic dance moves from hip hop, jazz, improvisation and modern from a true professional in this new class. You'll amaze yourself and your friends as you learn "musical theatre mini-dances" and share them on the final day of class!
Instructor: Gina Angelique is the founding Artistic Director of San Diego's Eveoke Dance Theatre, now in its 19th year creating original theatre and dance. She is a master educator who has spent over 25 years sowing the seeds of dance and theatre with diverse student populations.

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ACADEMY students in class