YES (Your Extraordinary Saturday) Classes

YES (Your Extraordinary Saturday) Spring 2017 Classes

Grades 1 and 2
Period 1 (9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.)
Grades 3 and 4
Period 1 (9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.)
Grades 1 and 2
Period 2 (10:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Grades 3 and 4
Period 2 (10:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

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Grades 1 & 2 - Period 1

The Artful Scientist: Leonardo DaVinci and YOU
Are you an artist or a scientist? You could be both, of course. Leonardo DaVinci certainly was! Leonardo was a great artist who painted the famous Mona Lisa. He was also was an eager scientist who studied the flight of birds and insects, drew detailed sketches of them, and wondered how to build flying machines. Explore the ways that artists and scientists work, through creative dramatics, theater games, exciting experiments and demonstrations. You’ll think like Leonardo as we learn about his paintings, his inventions, and his amazing observations of the world. This class is for artful scientists and scientific artists ready for fun filled learning. Invent, create and explore and become a modern Leonardo DaVinci!
Brenda & Tim Barrett: Brenda teaches elementary students as a curriculum specialist in White Bear Lake. Tim has created and taught classes for nine years at The Bakken Museum using creative dramatics to talk about science. They also worked with CLIMB Theater to teach K-12 students creative activities to deal with real life issues. Both Brenda and Tim have taught gifted students at YES classes since 2008. They enjoy finding new and curious connections between the worlds of art and science.

Wonderful Water
Would you rather be a dragonfly, waterslide, or submarine?  Get your hydrology game on!  This class will have you unlocking the mysteries and magnificence of water on planet earth using games, engineering design challenges, stories, and science tools.
Heidi Ferris: A graduate from Hamline University with a master's degree in Natural Science & Environmental Education, Heidi has over a decade of science education experience. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in science education and a minor in Geology. She currently owns GrowingGreenHearts, LLC.

Cool Chemistry Capers!
Come along on our journey into "matter" so that you can discover what it is and how it changes. Our hands-on chemistry experiments will include crushing cans without touching them and watching balloons pop into bottles -- real life applications of the "gas laws". Mixing common household chemicals, we will create matter that acts as both a solid and a liquid. Why does all that matter around us even matter? Let's use the scientific method to find out!

Seuss on Stage
An introduction to stage acting and dramatic play through the stories of Dr. Seuss.
Patty Hall: BA, Theatre, UMN…has taught and created theater courses in Minneapolis schools, directed Theatre for the Young in Duluth, MN…national award winner for performances at The Kennedy Center…currently works for children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

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Grades 1 & 2 - Period 2

Building the Future: Engineering Challenges To Grow On
Your mission is to work in teams to solve problems.  The problems you are asked to solve may teach you how to solve potential problems in your future.  Problems such as, “How can I make this ball roll as slow as possible down the hill?” and “How can I make this rocket launch as far as possible?” We will have fun learning by trying out ideas, making mistakes, and finding solutions!
Andy Weisberg, Bakken Museum

Amazing Animal Art
Great artists have been depicting animals since prehistoric times. Come take a safari through art history, and learn a little bit more about the animal kingdom along the way! We’ll look at cave paintings, renaissance masterpieces and modern art marvels, all featuring animals. We’ll create our own works of art while learning the basics of animal classification. Our artistic methods will be as varied as the creatures we study: printmaking, painting, sculpture and more!
Carrie Arnold, MA: Instruction, St. Mary's University; BA, "Art, Community and Pedagogy," Hamline University. Carrie has worked with children and youth in Alaska, Missouri, England, Switzerland, and is always happy to return to Minnesota.

Secret Messages
Do you like to send notes to your friends? What if you were able to create a secret code with your friend so that no one else could read your message? Come learn all about different types of codes so that you can send secret messages to your friends! We will explore patterns in words and connected text, as well as put our problem-solving skills to the test as we communicate with each other through codes.
Lauren Weum: BS and MS in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota.

Environmental Education — Life Cycles vs Lifestyles
Have you ever had a caterpillar for a pet? Have you ever planted a flower or wondered why birds fly south for the winter? Learn about the life cycles and lifestyles of plants and animals through the discovery of how they can adapt, change, and grow. By tracking the life cycle of a frog, a plant, or a butterfly we can gain new knowledge of how those organisms adapt to their ecosystem and are able to survive.
McKayla Boelter McKayla has a B.A. from UMD, has taught ESL abroad, and is currently working as an outdoor educator with the Three Rivers Park District. McKayla have been involved with the MITY program, assisting with YES, ExplorSchool, and EYM.

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Grades 3 & 4 - Period 1

If You Build It, They Will Come: Engineering Challenges
Do you love to build things to solve problems?  Each week get a new fun challenge and work in teams to develop solutions to problems such as, “How do you put an egg in a seatbelt so it doesn’t break?”  Do you think you can do that?  If you can’t, there’ll be a big mess!  Discover the fun, and messiness, of learning through solving problems and even, making mistakes!
Andy Weisberg, Bakken Museum

Genus, Species, Masterpieces
Can you tell a pictograph from a petroglyph, or a bison from a buffalo? Learn the differences in this course that combines an enthusiastic study of animals with a hands-on art history lessons spanning from prehistoric to contemporary times. Explore the varied vertebrates and invertebrates while recreating masterworks of the Renaissance. Delve into animal adaptations and habitats while learning about great modern and contemporary artists. All the while, enjoy creating your own works of animal-themed art!
Carrie Arnold, MA: Instruction, St. Mary's University; BA, "Art, Community and Pedagogy," Hamline University. Carrie has worked with children and youth in Alaska, Missouri, England, Switzerland, and is always happy to return to Minnesota.

Cracking the Code
Explore patterns in the English language and use your problem-solving skills to “crack the code.” By using Cryptology (the study of secret codes) to communicate with each other, we will be able to practice making new codes and developing strategies for breaking previously-made codes. We will also learn about some of the history of code making and breaking, as well as the uses for modern Cryptology.
Lauren Weum: BS and MS in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota.

How Outdoor Science is impacted by the 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
Have you ever wondered how you impact the Earth? Why is it important to recycle, reduce or reuse?  In this class we will explore the potential impact of non-recycled trash and how it changes and impacts the ecosystem. We will learn ways to reduce our individual impact and how to reuse recycled materials to create new and purposeful items!
McKayla Boelter McKayla has a B.A. from UMD, has taught ESL abroad, and is currently working as an outdoor educator with the Three Rivers Park District. McKayla have been involved with the MITY program, assisting with YES, ExplorSchool, and EYM.

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Grades 3 & 4 - Period 2

Dabbling with DaVinci: Art and the Scientist
If you are a scientist interested in art, an artist interested in science, welcome to the world of Leonardo DaVinci who was involved in both. DaVinci used an artist's creative skills and a scientist's investigative brain to paint the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. He was a devoted scientist who studied the flight of birds and insects, drew detailed sketches of them, and wondered how to build flying machines. DaVinci was an early engineer, imagining how to build a medieval tank, a submarine, and even a helicopter. With hands-on experiments, dramatics, games, and demonstrations, we will discover the ways that both artists and scientists work. See how DaVinci lived in both these worlds through his paintings, his inventions, and his observations of the world. Come invent, create and explore!
Brenda & Tim Barrett: Brenda teaches elementary students as a curriculum specialist in White Bear Lake. Tim has created and taught classes for nine years at The Bakken Museum using creative dramatics to talk about science. They also worked with CLIMB Theater to teach K-12 students creative activities to deal with real life issues. Both Brenda and Tim have taught gifted students at YES classes since 2008. They enjoy finding new and curious connections between the worlds of art and science.

Water Quirks & Chemistry
It's clear, colorless and one of the most powerful substances on our planet.  Let's play with engineering design challenges, maps, and tools of a scientist as we journey through the water cycle, depths of the ocean, and back in time with water as our guide. Learn more about this weird, wacky and important natural resource.
Heidi Ferris: A graduate from Hamline University with a master's degree in Natural Science & Environmental Education, Heidi has over a decade of science education experience. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in science education and a minor in Geology. She currently owns GrowingGreenHearts, LLC.

This Class is a Gas!
Chemistry is all around you, and you will want to experiment with us to find out the properties of all that matter! In this hands-on class, we will mix common household chemicals, pop balloons into bottles, and even crush cans without touching them. (Is that still "hands-on?") As curious scientists, we will predict, observe, test record, and evaluate to share the fun. Chemistry in this YES class is a gas! recycled trash and how it changes and impacts the ecosystem. We will learn ways to reduce our individual impact
Matilda, James, a Giant and Me Beginning and intermediate young actors will explore the craft of stage performance through improvisational games and rehearsing short scenes based on the most beloved (and despised) characters from the books of Roald Dahl.

Matilda, James, a Giant and Me
Beginning and intermediate young actors will explore the craft of stage performance through improvisational games and rehearsing short scenes based on the most beloved (and despised) characters from the books of Roald Dahl.
Patty Hall: BA, Theatre, UMN…has taught and created theater courses in Minneapolis schools, directed Theatre for the Young in Duluth, MN…national award winner for performances at The Kennedy Center…currently works for children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

 
 

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