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Grades 3-5

Morning Session 9:00AM - Noon

Musical Theatre Workshop - Instructor: Julie Lyn Barber

Through theatre games and improvisation, students will explore music and theatre performance, as a means of communication and storytelling, in a safe, supportive environment.  Based in the work of Viola Spolin (TheatreSports) and Ann Balz (OperaWorks), students will participate in group games that encourage creativity, enhance communication skills and build self-confidence through artistic expression and teamwork.  Students will develop their own material and help each other develop characters, scenes and songs.  Neither previous experience nor music-reading skills are required.

What Does Chocolate Sound Like? - Instructor: Christina Brandle

This week students will take a peek at a whole new language: the language of music! We will look at music’s alphabet and will learn how to read it, how to “speak it” or say its words, and how it is used in everyday life. We will learn by playing tons of games and using our ears, eyes, feet, and just about every part of our body. We’ll hear what chocolate might sound like and try to draw the sound that a train makes.

Creating Computer Animations (Beginners) - Instructors: Stefan Brandle & Jonathan Geisler - Class is full. 

Children will learn how to create computer animations and share their creations on the web. We will use Scratch, a programming language developed specifically for teaching children how to create stories, animations, games, and more. Participants will enhance their computational and mathematical skills, while having fun practicing creativity, logical and systematic reasoning, as well as collaboration and communication. They will move to a higher level of preparation for succeeding in the information age.

The children will spend most of the time each day working on developing animations. As new ideas are introduced, the students will integrate them into their existing animations or will start new projects to master the ideas. When projects are completed, the participants will do demonstrations for each other and then will upload their projects to the Scratch video gallery of over 3,100,000 projects. It’s a safe YouTube-like site at MIT for children to display their animations. See scratch.mit.edu for examples.

Afternoon Sessions 1:00 - 4:00PM

On Stage with Shakespeare - Instructor: Allison Gill

Students will explore the life and times of William Shakespeare.  They will research Elizabethan England and Shakespeare to gain background knowledge before reading and acting segments one of his plays.  Students will rap Shakespeare’s life, create character profiles, and make costumes/props, among other activities.

Math Around the World: Past and Present - Instructor: Ron Benbow

The class will explore the characteristics of some ancient math numeration systems (Egyptian, Mayan, Inca, Babylonian, Roman, Chinese, etc.), compare them to our system, and also learn about the contributions and cultures of these important civilizations.  We will also take an interdisciplinary look at how math is currently being used around the world including applications in geometry, measurement, algebraic thinking, and statistics.  We will travel around the globe (figuratively) to Mexico, Japan, China, South Africa, Turkey, Peru, Europe, Bahamas, and Hawaii. If you like hands-on activities such as games, puzzles, and crafts, you will enjoy this trip.  If you want to learn how to play strategy games like Mancala and Sticks and Stones, solve Chinese Magic Squares, crack codes, and make a Japanese kite, you need to register for your TUSA Passport soon.