Saturday Academy classes include:
Make inanimate objects move. How do artists use ratio and proportion to create animations? How can knowledge of perspective and vanishing points make students better mathematicians? Students examine the interconnection between art and mathematics by constructing early models of animation, like zoetropes and flip books, and explore how stop-motion techniques can be used to illustrate mathematical concepts such as pattern iteration, geometric transformations or trigonometry of shadows. They learn how to use video cameras and HUE animation software to design a Kahn Academy®-style educational video to share with family and friends.
- Engineering: Rube Goldberg
Make a simple task complex and set off a chain reaction. Engineer a machine using an intricate series of imaginative steps. Work in small teams to design and build your contraption using everyday materials. Apply physics concepts such as energy conservation, inertia and forces to refine your machine.
What is the Golden Ratio? Students find the hidden order behind pine cones, sea shells, tree branches, rabbits, and the Egyptian Pyramids encapsulated in a single number sequence. Through investigations into statistics, Platonic solids, bee genealogy, plant growth and architecture, students will discover ways to generate and uncover Fibonacci numbers. They delve into the fascinating and beautiful world of Penrose tilings, creating some unique and gorgeous works of art with mathematical meaning.
- Geology: Rock Your World!
Blast off—it is rocket science! From the mighty Cascade range to the Axial Seamount (a sub-marine volcano in the Pacific), discover what makes the Pacific Northwest rock! In a fascinating exploration of the area’s geology, learn how this region was shaped by amazing forces and how to identify the rocks, minerals and substances that form our environment. Build a composite volcano and create earthquakes by igniting a three-staged volcanic eruption. Pan for gold using black sand samples, use a polarizing microscope to watch cooling “lava” crystals form in multi-color patterns and investigate the hidden beauty locked in undersea basalt and in “ordinary” black rock.
How can you bring inanimate objects to life? Using LEGO WeDo 2.0 students will discover how to make science come to life through hands-on projects. Students’ skills will be enhanced across science, engineering, technology, and coding as they use a combination of the LEGO bricks, kid-friendly software, and inspiring projects. Students will discover how to ask the right questions, define problems, and design their own solutions as they take scientific discovery into their hands.