Virtual Academy Spring Classes Tackle Life Skills, Science and Art | Kris Caps
The virtual enrichment classes available through the UAF 365 SMART Academy (science, math, art, hobbies, technology) will make adults want to enroll. But only K-12 students are eligible.
Registration is now open for more than 50 spring classes that include weekly Zoom sessions, YouTube videos, and kits for hands-on at-home activities. Classes are offered in Art/Technology, Creative Arts, Dramatic Arts, Life Skills, Physical Education, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
The variety of topics is vast. Here are some examples:
Students in grades 3-5 and 6-8 can learn Scratch, a free, online, block-based, visual programming language specially developed for new/and/or young coders. It is a user-friendly program that allows children to grasp coding concepts in a simple and original way.
This course leads to other topics, including Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. You can also train your computer to play video games and create a chatbot or learn how to create a video game.
Art lessons include painting, drawing from life, photography and exploring art. Acting lessons include writing for the stage and acting for the camera.
Life skills classes include building an outdoor garden for students in grades 3-8 and babysitting training (with first aid and CPR) for students in grades 6-10.
Physical education classes including Beginner Hatha Yoga and even Yog-Ahh, a beginner yoga class for kids in grades 3-5. Acrobatic Arts, Hip-Hop Dance for Beginners, Kpop Dance Superstars, Jazz Funk Dance, and Disney Dance are for students in grades 1-3.
Students in K-2 and 3-5 taking the Discover Dinosaurs STEM course will build a dinosaur diorama and conduct weekly hands-on experiments. Students in grades 3-7 who sign up for Thwakbot! Physics and Robotics will learn the physics of rotating objects and torque and learn how to build a thwackbot.
STEM courses also include The Science Behind Science Fiction. Imagine students in grades 6-12 learning about transportation in Star Trek. They can test their favorite sci-fi devices.
Students in grades 4-8 will learn to make waves with sound and light. The course includes weekly hands-on experiments using flashlights, a wave tank and whistles.
STEM courses are comprehensive, including everything from Outer Space Physics for 2nd-4th graders to Crazy Cool Concepts in Calculus for 5th-9th graders. Drifting Continents: How Rocks Built the World is for students in grades 6-12, and Water Park Physics is for students in grades K-2 and 3-5.
Other classes include simple machines for grades 2 through 4; Growing Mountains: The Crystals that Make Granite for grades 6-12 and a host of chemistry lessons for all ages.
Chickenology looks like an intriguing class for grades 3-7. Learn all about chickens while doing hands-on experiments with eggs and chickens. Rabbit Economics: Understanding Exponential Growth for Grades 6-12 explores what baby rabbits, the stock market, and dinosaur bones have in common. (I don’t know? That’s exponential growth.)
Students in grades 1-5 can enroll in Berry Science and Stories. Young participants will learn about the life cycles and ecology of berries and do some real science through a UAF citizen science project called Microberry.
Finally, students in grades 4-5 can learn more about fossils and dinosaurs in national parks by enrolling in Junior Paleontologist. Students in grades 6-12 introduce archeology and students in grades 5-8 can learn about solar energy engineering.
There are two sessions: from February 7 to March 11 and from March 21 to April 22. Consult the complete list and schedule of classes and register on spring365.alaska.edu. Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Allison Juneau at 907-474-7021 or toll-free at 866-404-7021, or email [email protected]