Students: Six-Session Courses

STUDENTS: SIX-SESSION COURSES

Digital Catalog

From the very beginning, we knew we wanted our curriculum to be different--to incorporate depth and complexity in ways unforeseen to students. So, before we ever opened our doors to the public, we spent countless hours...days...months devising and refining our very own curriculum model.

Every course we offer is still created with meticulous attention to detail, focusing on such elements as divergent thinking, levels of tasks, higher order thinking, multiple intelligence, and interdisciplinary cross-pollination.

Each of our courses are six sessions and have a recommended Brain Age.

TITLESUMMARYRECOMMENDED BRAIN AGE
A Slice of Raspberry Pi

(some technology requirements may apply)
Future computer coders of the world unite as you learn and employ programming to this computer the size of a credit card. From simple games to setting up servers, this little box is so versatile that the possibilities are endless. Join us as our professional educators facilitate each students journey, allowing individual interests to drive the learning experience.

You can learn more about Raspberry Pi by visiting their website: www.raspberrypi.org
3rd-8th
Aesthetic AstronomyThe night sky has inspired stories, poems, and art for centuries. From the ancient myths to the beauty of black holes, students will be filled with wonder and awe at the beauty of the topic, as our team facilitates their individual learning journey into deep space.

Students will explore the science of our cosmos, focusing on astronomical concepts, such as astrobiology, astrophysics, and the new implications of gravitational waves. Trying to grasp the infinite is such a mind-melding exercise, that students will learn to express their wonder and appreciation through the creation of their own original, star-inspired art, myths, poetry and writings.
3rd-8th
Amazing Animation

(some technology requirements may apply)
A more general exploration of animation where students get a taste of 3D, hand drawn, and stop motion animation. 3rd-8th
Behold! The Throne Room of Olympus RevealedThe Greeks reasoned that their gods feasted, reclined, and otherwise resided in an opulent palace that was guarded from mortal view atop the cloud-covered Mt. Olympus. What did the throne room look like? What materials were used in its construction? How were the gods positioned in relation to Zeus and why? With the help of the historical analyses and speculations of Robert Graves, Edith Hamilton, and Rick Riordan, students will examine the details of the mythical Palace and create a layered version of their favorite throne. Students with a strong interest in the stories and nuances of Greek will be challenged by the content and the hands-on design work. Lesser-known stories will be shared that are sure to spark the interest of any mythology buff.3rd-8th
Brain-Baffling Optical Illusions40% of the human brain is devoted to seeing and processing visual material; however, optical illusions make us second-guess this powerful sense—causing us to see what isn’t there. Students will learn the science behind the illusions and create their own brain-baffling visuals in this hands-on course.

Through elements of research, art, and artistic products, students will explore the integration between optical illusions and brain science. Advanced topics include neurology and specialized art media.
3rd-8th
Bustin' MythsIn the hit series Mythbusters, hosts Adam and Jamie have shown just how amazing science experiments can be when they are connected to real-world passions and curiosity. In this course, we'll put longstanding scientific facts and everyday myths to the test, and we'll do it with the same fervor and intensity we've come to love from those mad scientists at Mythbusters! Hands-on fun, minus the dangerous explosions!3rd-8th
City of the FutureCities are amazingly complex, interconnected systems that are constantly evolving with new technology and changing populations. Have you ever wondered what the city you live in will look like deep into the future? Imagine how systems like transportation, sanitation, energy and entertainment will look, sound, and feel. In this course, we are looking for creative minds to engineer and build a city of the future- -one that will provide benefit to all of its citizens! Join us for this thought-provoking exploration into the what-ifs and hows of the future in human civilization.1st-8th
Codes & CiphersSince humans began communicating, there has always been an urge to keep certain information underground: intended for certain eyes only and unreadable to all others. In this course, you’ll study, crack (decipher) and create (encipher) messages in a variety of cipher systems and historical contexts. Although you’ll time-hop throughout history and make stops with Julius Caesar, Ben Franklin and Abe Lincoln, among many others, you’ll end with an exploration of how cryptography--the study of codes and ciphers--has kept up with, and even created, the modern digital age.2nd-6th
Computer Literacy

(some technology requirements may apply)
These days, it’s as important as your “ABCs”. Let’s cover all the basics of using computers, including safe internet search strategies, word processing, spreadsheets, computer parts, basic programming, and more. An all-around introductory course for the 21st Century Learner. 1st-8th
Curious ConundrumsWhat do chromatography, chemistry, and forensics have in common? They are all used to uncover mysteries, investigate crime scene evidence, and develop super-sleuth hypotheses to solve “crimes.” Come investigate curious conundrums and be inspired! Students will develop their problem-solving skills using critical and creative thinking, as well as their communication skills. These skills easily transfer to other content areas, as well as their personal lives. Students have a natural curiosity that is especially activated when presented with a discrepant event or a mystery. Forensic Science and criminology are currently very popular areas of interest for many students, and a popular choice of college majors. Students will work in small groups as they examine mystery powders (made from common household substances), make invisible ink, set up chromatography experiments, formulate conclusions, and examine a box of mystery contents to infer how these clues help to solve a crime scene. Drawing a visual interpretation of an imaginary crime scene based on deductive reasoning will prove challenging for a variety of learning styles and interests. On the last day, students create a keepsake chromatography sample that they personally design and draw. 3rd-8th
Digital Game Design

(some technology requirements may apply)
Students will learn about level design and programming games. They’ll also learn some of the psychology behind games’ design choices. The students then design and program a short game by the end of the course.3rd-8th
Digital Painting

(some technology requirements may apply)
Photography has already gone the way of bits and bytes. Explore the new frontier of painting! Students will learn tips and tricks to create art in a digital medium. They’ll create a variety of artworks in a variety of styles.1st-8th
Digital Photography and Photomanipulation
(some technology requirements may apply)
This is just our opinion, but we feel the coolest thing about the evolution of photography into the digital realm is the ability to manipulate photos and bend reality! In this course students learn to impose their creative will on digital photos.1st-8th
Endangered ArtElephants, and tigers, and gorillas, oh my! Some of our most loved animals on the planet are also endangered. Get to know some of the animals on the endangered species list by examining their unique characteristics and habitat needs through a variety of art activities in a range of media. Students will become more familiar with some of their favorite animals and discover some new ones they may not have heard of before. In this course, we’ll explore the beauty and art of these animals while raising awareness for the need for their conservation.1st-8th
Epic FailWe all know that Thomas Edison failed at the light bulb a bajillion times before he hired GE to build it, but what about armies attacking the wrong country (or even their own country?) There are Titanics and Hindenburgs and all the mistakes made along the march of human progress. Students will guffaw at humanity’s slip ups, and then turn a reflective eye on the lessons learned from failure. How do we grow from our own shortcomings? What lessons can we learn from those who face-planted before us?4th-8th
Everyday ChemistFood. Art. Paper. Friendships. What’s the one thing they all have in common: chemistry. From the air we breathe to the disodium inosinate that makes your Pringles salty, chemistry surrounds us every day. This introductory course to chemistry will provide a new lens for how we see our world while getting our hands messy making chemical reactions of our own. Together, we will prove that Chemistry is for everyone, everyday!1st-3rd
Fascination with Flight: The Science of SkydivingWith mythology, history, invention, physics, engineering as your playground, this has got to be the most intense STEAM course ever created! Throughout each lesson, you’ll slowly reveal and explore the concepts behind determining terminal velocity while looking at the legend of Icarus, the inventions of DaVinci, the landing of the Mars Rover, and much more. If you live near an iFLY indoor sky-diving tunnel, this course synchronizes beautifully with a class trip to skydive in the iFLY 30 foot high wind tunnel. This unit is officially endorsed by iFLY.2nd-8th
Game On! Complex problem-solving, advanced cognitive reasoning, nonverbal communication…wait, is this an intelligence test? No way, we’re talking about the magic of board games. From the tombs of King Tut to Catan, games have played a part in our human history for millennia, and now it’s time to bring that passion home.

In this fun, hands-on course, students will learn various games, explore what makes a board game fun, and incorporate their unique interests and passions into their own game design. More advanced topics include creative writing, economics, and engineering.
1st-8th
Geometrical Matters in Art and ArchitectureArchitecture and geometrical patterns, from the Acropolis to the Guggenheim, form the inspiration for the exploration these students will take from their portfolio to their canvas. Appreciation of color and line patterns all around us melds into application and creation as students use various media to create their own work of geometrical art.3rd-8th
Graphic Design

(some technology requirements may apply)
Here we cover and practice basic design principles that can be applied to artworks, animations, photography, advertising, and more.1st-8th
Guitar Math Monster!This course is for those who love music, math, science and Pokémon! A sensory exploration of the math in music and the music of math. From fractions, to Fibonacci, to sound waves, sonar, diabolical tri-tones and Pokémon hit points, you’ll explore songwriting with the birds and paint the frequency of the earth with colorful corn starch. This course is for musicians, music-lovers, and anyone of all ages with a song in their heart just waiting to beat out its rhythm on re-purposed instruments!1st-8th
Hand-Drawn Animation

(some technology requirements may apply)
Don’t be fooled, this is a tech class, but we’ll take a traditional Disney-style animation approach where students draw each frame. Students will learn the Principles of Animation and develop their drawing and storytelling skills.1st-8th
Intro to Programming: Python

(some technology requirements may apply)
Many believe coding and programming skills are the "ABCs" of the 21st century. Without mastery of this new core competency, students are at a disadvantage moving into a working world permeated by technology. In this course, you’ll begin to tackle the programming language "Python," touted by professionals as an excellent entry point into the world of coding. As you move beyond basic commands and students gain confidence and fluency, the desire to create and innovate will naturally drive students to build new skills and knowledge in an organic "project based learning" situation. In the process, you’ll lay a foundation of vocabulary and programming literacy that will enable them to push on to more complicated projects after this course.1st-8th
iRock: A History of InventionFrom the chiseled spear to the steam engine and into a future of photo-voltaic glass, “iRock” looks at the way humanity’s necessities have led to invention. In this course, you’ll cover the eras of invention, focusing on the march of human progress. You’ll study notable inventors, and the effect their inventions had on the world. Included in the course are methods for spurring inventive thinking and hands-on project builds. Finally, you’ll finish by inferencing and speculating about the future of inventions—including a sketch for the US TradeMark and Patent Office.3rd-8th
Kid's Chemistry"Kid’s Chemistry” is an exploration of science that will be sure to ignite students’ interests. We will cover the scientific process, beginning with an inquiry-based concept and making predictions. Predictions will be put to the test, as students are invited to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty, and begin discovering all that the world of science has to offer!1st-6th
Leggo' My LEGO"Play well." That is what the words "leg godt" mean in Danish, and indeed we've been playing with LEGO for over 80 years since their origination in Denmark in 1932! Imagine this: an interdisciplinary exploration of LEGO that takes us through the history (it's still a family company), science (what breakthrough in plastics gave the founder the idea for "bricks"?), technology (from wheels to robots), and possibilities for creative expression that this two-time "toy of the century" provides. 1st-6th
Make-A-World: Sketching the Genius of Ed Emberly“Abandon all ye’ puny stick figures!” For these students will learn to draw virtually EVERYTHING in their imagination by connecting lines, curves and shapes in logical patterns of construction. We will take our inspiration from the dynamic and colorful world of the accomplished American artist, Edward R. Emberley. But wait, there is so much more than just drawing! This project-based learning course is designed to vigorously enrich each child’s natural tendency to illustrate and create. Students will make an unlimited supply of exciting drawing ideas in a personal journal as they develop a colorful story-mural or a graphic novelette.1st-5th
Mathacadabra: the Magic of MathThroughout history, great minds have been fascinated with mathematical puzzles, paradoxes and wonderments for the sheer joy of it. In this course, you’ll kindle (or re-kindle) that spark of curiosity and passion for Math beyond the "drudgery" of formalized step-by-step curriculum. You’ll jump throughout history and around the globe, from Ben Franklin's magic squares (USA) to Blaise Pascal's Triangle (France) to Ramanujan's algebra puzzles (India) to Lo Shu puzzles (China), and much more. You’ll also put the "magic" in the Math, literally, as you learn, practice and perform Math-based magic tricks.1st-4th
Mathematical ArtsBoth mathematicians and artists are problem-solvers who improvise and view the world in new and innovative ways. In this course, the right brain will meet the left as we create optical illusions, fractals, original tessellations, Penrose tiles, and parabolic line drawings (to name a few). Join us as we explore the beautiful fusion of math and art.1st-6th
Mind Matters: How the Brain WorksIt's 75% water, has 100,000 miles of blood vessels, weighs 3 pounds, and feels no pain. The brain sits right inside our skull and yet remains a complete mystery to most of us. The human brain is an amazing organ! In this course, we will discover how the brain grows, recognize the effects the environment has on the brain, examine the different types of memory, bust some brain myths, and explore how different areas of the brain work together to help us make sense of our world! Most importantly, we'll learn how WE can directly improve and tone our brain health, stay calm and focused, an accomplish more with our own brain power.3rd-8th
Minecraft Architecture

(some technology requirements may apply)
Minecraft has made the world of Computer Aided Design (CAD) assessable for all ages, and what a great digital playground to learn the principles of architecture! The premise of this course is simple: each class session begins with an in-depth discussion of a particular type of architecture, and then students build using that theme inside Minecraft.2nd-8th
Minecraft Challenge

(some technology requirements may apply)
Here we harness the power of play to develop creators and problem-solvers. Students complete challenges, obstacle courses, puzzles, and play competitive games.1st-8th
Minecraft: Mod like a Boss!

(some technology requirements may apply)
Minecraft provides the imaginative world for creation, but TNT boxes and switch circuitry can eventually lose their appeal. How many sheep will you catch in a pit before you’re ready to take your skills to the next level? In this course, students will learn Blockly and/or Javascript in the context of Minecraft modifications. We’ll also explore PiCraft using Python to mod. Your options just got a lot more interesting! 1st-8th
Minecraft Texture Creation

(some technology requirements may apply)
Students will learn how to save, edit, and apply custom Minecraft texture packs. By the end of the course, they will have their own complete original texture pack.3rd-8th
Modern Mind WarriorThe code of the Jedi knights is so awesome that its lesson extend light years beyond a galaxy far-far-away--guiding us on the path to personal fulfillment. Do Jedis exist in our world today? If so, what would be their code and their principles? How would they train? What would be their mission? In this course, students will learn real methods for success and maximize their human performance. From focus and discipline to honor and athleticism, be prepared to transform yourself into a Modern Mind Warrior.3rd-8th
Modern Mythology: Our Superheroes from OlympusThe ancient Greeks regaled generations with epic stories of Mount Olympus, and over 3000 years later, these same gods and goddesses offer insights into our own Super Heroes and Super Villains alike. Compare and contrast the ancient with the 21st century archetypes prompted by the genius of Marvel and DC Comics.

If you’re a fan of the comic book universe, this course is for you, as we explore the science and mythology of superpowers and costumes. Advanced topics include the philosophy of good and evil, the psychology of the nemesis, the physiology of hidden kryptonite, and so much more—culminating in a hands-on symbolic representation of our complex understanding.
1st-8th
Movie Making

(some technology requirements may apply)
Students learn about every phase of movie production, from script to finished product and make their own short movies.1st-8th
Mummies, Myths, & MosaicsHow did an ancient society, nestled by the Nile, grow to become a world leader and the envy of its surrounding countries? In this course, we’ll study the government, art, architecture, religion and science of the Ancient Egyptian culture—including a look at some of the myths surrounding their fascinating origins. Create your own artifacts as you explore the explosion of creativity, wealth, and power that made Ancient Egypt the envy of the world. You’ll soon see how the mysterious ways to the Ancient Egyptians compare to our own lives today.4th-8th
Mystery Creatures: Adventures in CryptozoologyDo you ever wonder what lies deep in the glacial lakes of Scotland? Are you convinced that there's truth behind the legend of Sasquatch? Explore the science and purported evidence behind the field of cryptozoology through a week-long adventure into the deep. Our young scientists will learn about various categories of cryptids and develop an understanding of all different forms, while evaluating the credibility of available evidence. Finally, scientists will become experts in one special creature, from Chupacabras to unicorns, and present their research to an audience of peers. Explore the myth; reveal the mystery.1st-8th
Nature’s Favorite DesignThere’s something about the mystical Fibonacci sequence that fascinates us. It permeates every area of our life from the music on the radio to the clouds swirling overhead. Now it’s time to take a lesson from Nature herself and create our own works of art.

Students will study how math, science, and nature are beautifully intertwined and learn from the great classical artisans and artists. Not only will students explore the famous Fibonacci through videos, picture books, and problem-solving, but they will actually get to construct and/or create based on their passions and interests. Options include (but are not limited to) pictures, paintings, blackout poetry, short stories, mosaic, or film.
3rd-8th
Peek Inside the X-FilesThe nerdy guys at NuMinds geeked out when the X-Files made its return to TV, and we want to share our love of Area 51 with the next generation. Prepare to wear two hats as we take a peek into the recently disclosed CIA X-files; we’ll study the possibility of aliens through the lens of the easily-excited conspiracy theorist and then the stoic scientist.

Through the use of research and analytical reasoning, students will construct their own theories to build their own X-File case.
4th-8th
Pop Art Meets the Force“A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge,” and in this course, young padawan students will find their own inner Force as they journey through the decade of pop art. From studying the artists and art, to creating their own reductive woodcuts, students will use nonverbal and critical-thinking skills in order to create multi-dimensional works of art.

“You must unlearn what you have learned” as you metacognate and think backwards in order to create the most brilliant pieces of personalized pop art.
3rd-8th
Programming with Scratch

(some technology requirements may apply)
A computer coding course for those interested in the inner workings of program languages. Coding is the language of the future, and this course uses Scratch Jr. and Scratch to teach a graphical form of that language. Students will be acclimated to computer science terminology (code, loops, running a program, etc.) through fun programming activities. Make a sprite move, say something, and change color all with the code you create.3rd – 8th
Racing with the SunJoin us as we blend aerodynamics, propulsion, velocity, and the principles of solar power in this intensive, hands-on engineering challenge designed to push your creative juices to the limit. Design and engineer a lightweight car, attach a photovoltaic cell (PVC) to a motor, and race it across the finish line. Do you have what it takes to harness the sun’s energy to start your engines?1st-5th
Red PlanetThe red wanderer, Mars, has been beckoning humans to come visit since 1659 when Christian Huygens first noticed the landscape of mountain passes and vast wastelands covering its surface. Now, after the success of the Mars Rovers and the upcoming Mars One human mission, Mars is once again back in the spotlight and the forefront of our imaginations! In this course, we'll explore Mars through nearly every discipline to answer questions like, what is the evidence for past/current life on Mars? How do rovers land in the thin atmosphere? How will humans get to Mars via the Mars One mission? Plus, we'll express the place of Mars in our cultural and personal imaginations through the Arts.3rd-8th
Rigging and Technical Applications

(some technology requirements may apply)
Create the skeleton and controls for character models, but this ain’t your grandpa’s puppetry! In this course, students will learn to use code and constraints to make a fully animatable character. More advanced students can also practice procedural animation and modeling techniques. 1st-8th
Rock-n-Roll RocketryIt’s science! It’s math! It’s history...and quite literally, it’s a BLAST! In our rock’n rocketry course, students will explore some of the basic principles of Newton’s Laws of Motion and the aerodynamics of flight as they construct and fly their own model rockets. We’ll discuss the critical issues of safety, collaboration, and design as we work to tackle the rocket challenge--culminating in a spectacular end-of-course launch party!6th-8th
Space Property: Build to DesignAll citizens of the Earth are counting on you to design and construct extraterrestrial living accommodations for human space colonization. From the study of how to form habitable planets, to the detailed complexity of the round-trip Aldrin cycler, this course is for aeronautical engineers of all ages interested in what outer space colonization could and will look like.

Students will pursue their passions in this interactive, hands-on building challenge. More advanced topics include civilization stability, principles of city planning, and implied future technologies.
3rd-8th
Spherical WondersGaseous globules and manifestations of the Marangoni effect. That’s right, we’re talking about bubbles (you knew that, right?) Yup, those backyard fun-in-the-sun bubbles provide an accessible lens for an intense exploration of chemistry, physics, chromatography, geometry, and engineering.

Students will experiment and compare various formulas, learn the physics behind spherical construction, use geometry to measure diameter, circumference, and three-dimensional area. Advanced students will apply engineering strategies to devise a bubble-blowing device.
1st-8th
Stop-Motion Movie MakingFrom Gumby to The Box Trolls, stop motion is the illusion of making everyday objects come to life. The fascinating history of stop-motion is full of tools early animators used to create this illusion of movement. A 19th century toy called the thaumatrope, for example, seems crude to us, but it inspired Thomas Edison to keep inventing ways to set pictures in motion. This simple tool led to the kinetoscope, which led to the next device, and so on...right up to technology on your phone and tablet! In this course, we'll study and create with various tools, from the "ancient" to the hightech, learning the science behind “persistence of vision" and how it allows the illusion of motion that makes "motion pictures" possible.4th-8th
TED Club: The Power of Public SpeakingIn recent years, the "TED Talk" format has exploded across the globe as a medium for people to share their expertise, promote their passions, and to propose radical new ideas and solutions to the world's problems. Do YOU have an idea or concept you'd like to share with the world? TED Ed Club is your chance to work under the guidance of a teacher and with a cohort of fellow revolutionaries to develop, polish and present your own TED Talk! You’ll learn the art and science of presentation, public speaking and persuasion. Your grand finale will be the presentation of each talk. Recorded talks can be featured on your school or organization’s YouTube channel and/or website (with parent/student permission)! This course is NOT officially sponsored or endorsed by the TED organization.1st-8th
Tell your Story with 3D Animation

(some technology requirements may apply)
Awesome animation in a 3D environment. Students will learn the Principles of Animation, principles of storytelling, and how to manipulate motion graphs and 3D models. A little bit technical, a LOT artistic.2nd-8th
The 3D Pipeline: Modeling, Rigging, and Animation

(some technology requirements may apply)
In this broad view of the animation process, students get a taste of 3D Modeling, Rigging, and Animation and how they relate to each other. Once they get their feet wet, students can then choose to go deeper into one category.4th-8th
The Art & Science of the JournalIf you want to be a writer, an inventor, a scientist, or an artist, then you’ll love The Art & Science of the Journal. Research has supported that journaling removes mental blocks, allowing you to better understand yourself, others, and the world around you. Don’t believe me? Ask Mark Twain, Thomas Jefferson, Beethoven, Leonardo Da Vinci, Frieda Kahlo, and so many more influential artists, scientists, and thinkers as you learn from the pages of their journals.

In this course, students will begin journaling to experience clarity of thoughts and feelings as they come to know themselves better, reduce stress, solve problems more effectively, resolve disagreements with others, and generate new ideas. More advanced topics include the emerging neuroscience and the format of online journaling.
4th-8th
The Chemistry of WizardryBeing a muggle is so over-rated! Using house-hold products, students will learn and perform experiments that are so cool, you’d think they were magic. More than mystical explosions, this course encourages higher-level thinking as students use quantitative and nonverbal reasoning to understand the physical and chemical properties which surround us.

Get in touch with your magical side, and continue to spell-bind your friends and family for years to come as all of these experiments are able to be done at home (under adult supervision).
1st-6th
The Real EssayThe essay is one of the most respected, yet misunderstood, forms of writing. Over the centuries, the essay has declined from a vehicle of philosophical and scientific thought into a menial 5-paragraph assignment. This is not an SAT prep course, but instead, a discovery of the power and beauty of the essay form. There are essays that captivate their readers, even bringing them to tears. In this course, you will peruse some of the most powerful essays in history, studying their message and impact. You’ll learn about the essay form, and how choosing the right structure takes your writing to the next level. Be prepared to read, appreciate, and write amazing papers!4th-12th
The Rubik's CubeLet’s start at the beginning: you’re going to learn how to solve a Rubik’s cube. Done? Good. Now hold on as we dive into multi-tiered complex problem solving. From the history and terminology of Rubik’s Cube movements to mosaics, color patterns, algorithms, and algebraic thinking, students will see how smaller pieces work to solve much bigger puzzles.4th-8th
The Science of ColorFrom the three primaries to the 10 million different colors the human eye can detect, color theory and optics permeates the world around us. In this course, students explore the fascinating science behind color, recognize the research of many color theorists, and put practice to paper through a variety of hands-on various media.

A fascinating course for all brain ages, especially those interested in chemistry, physics, and art. Advanced topics include additive and subtractive properties, chromatic diagramming, and color harmony.
4th-8th
There’s So Much More to DinosaursFor those students ready to explore an epoch of our planet’s history to the budding paleontologist who can recite a brachiosaurus’s vertebra in order, this imaginative, hands-on course is for dino-loving students of all brain ages.

Students will have the opportunity to research and apply prior knowledge as they understand the eras, myths, facts, and theories surrounding the lumbering lizards. Hands-on creative expression will evolve into more advanced topics, such as creative writing and application of fossil extraction techniques.
1st-8th
Virtual 3D Modeling

(some technology requirements may apply)
Students will learn the fundamentals of creating useful, functional and appealing models, including both technical and artistic elements. You won’t get your hands dirty with this virtual sculpting--creating geometric hard-surface models. Advanced students can even explore organic models. 1st-8th
Visual Story Creation

(some technology requirements may apply)
Students will learn the principles of storytelling and visual design. They will create their own original characters, comics, and storyboards. Is the next Stan Lee in the making?4th-8th
Writer's Refuge: Creative WritingTrue writers are a rare find--they see with unyielding eyes, interpret with metaphor and melancholy, and write the truth as they define it. It can be difficult, even intimidating, for a young writer to branch out and trust others with what is their reality. This writing course is for creative writers looking to hone their craft in a safe environment. Excerpts will be shared, challenges will be given, and a whole slew of tools for taking your writing to the next level will be given. This is not a grammar course, not a spelling course, not a STAAR or SAT writing composition class. This is an art studio for the young artists who use words to paint their world.1st-8th
Y U No Act Normal!For many gifted children, the phrase "act normal" is more than just a nonsensical directive, it's a task that nears the impossible. The gifted mind is too busy thinking and contemplating and dreaming (and sometimes scheming!) to worry about such things as verbal etiquette and polite conversation. "Y U No Act Normal" is more than a course on social practices, it's a systematic look at human interactions, and specific, concrete tips and techniques anyone can use for more effective communication.

In this course, we'll begin by studying what is valued in face-to-face communication, and provide opportunities for students to practice. These are communication tools all kids of any age can use, whether making friends, giving an in-class presentation, landing that first job, or finding the nerve to talk to your crush.
3rd-12th
You Needs GrammarDid you know the word grammar is actually defined as "the system and structure of a language"? (Webster). Unfortunately, the word Grammar has become synonymous with identifying and labeling parts of speech.

NuMinds Enrichment approaches the study of grammar in two ways--first, as an observer of the function of language (more specifically--a descriptive, contextual language study), and second, as a creator of language (less specifically--anyone who talks, texts, or speaks). You Needs Grammar is more than a series of memorizing and identifying, it's a taste of various language constructions, applied linguistics, and a scope of the historical record of English.

Students in this course will study Yoda's inverted speech, Latin noun declensions, J.R.R. Tolkein's Elvish Languages, Grimm's law, Old English poetry, and much more. A course for anyone who finds the language we speak fascinating.
3rd-12th