Course Options

College Gate® Course Options

These programs are designed for students who are currently in Grades K to 3.
College Gate® Students

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Create many multi-dimensional projects using various art media, such as clay, paper, pencils, paint, paper mache, oil pastels, brushes, and more. Explore crazy colors and abstract designs to create your own masterpieces.

Engineer and construct a variety of superstructures using frail and sturdy materials. Explore the architecture of bridges, towers, and domes as you learn the principles of strength. Experiment with an array of interactive projects, such as roller coasters, race cars, catapults, and more. Put on your thinking caps and help us solve problems by asking questions, designing and creating prototypes, and testing and analyzing the results.

Learn how to become a crime scene investigator (CSI) and super sleuth as you secure the scene and preserve and analyze evidence in a series of “mock” campus mysteries. Fine-tune your observational and technical skills as an evidence technician while learning about fingerprinting, fiber identification, footprint impressions, and more. You will learn to solve “whodunnit” as you interview suspects and interrogate witnesses for many simulated mysteries.

This introductory course will allow you to learn how logic, strategy, and creative problem-solving skills are applied from the opening move to checkmate.

Continue developing your knowledge, recording your game using notation, solving intermediate problems, and evaluating your position mid-game through advanced tactics. Students should know piece moves and have played the game to enroll in the experienced level.

Explore a variety of computer programs and their applications using graphics, illustrations and elements of the web. Learn about coding and how to express yourself with programming languages. Command your computer as you design video games, animations and interactive stories. Using coding language make your characters come to life as they jump, move, dance and sing on your screen.

Have you ever wondered how delicious cupcakes in bakeries are decorated? Practice frosting as you learn how to make flowers, stars, fancy edges, and creative confections. Put on your apron and be ready to share your creations with family and friends.

Examine the many aspects of acting and theater: emotions, feelings, character vs. method acting, improvisation, voice projection, and poise as you perform skits and plays. Watch out, Broadway—we are taking the stage!

Have fun expressing yourself through music and movement as you learn a variety of dances to the popular “hits” of today. This upbeat and dynamic class fosters both the ability to work in a choreographed dance ensemble and strengthens each child’s personal movement styles. Get set to dance, dance, dance!

Create your own videos as you become a movie maker, show producer, videographer, editor, and more. Watch out, Hollywood—here we come!

Learn to defeat your opponent with a variety of tactics in the realm of fantasy while applying critical thinking, logic, and strategy. Become familiar with deck building, card values, and fair trades.

Immerse yourself in this interactive lab experience as you investigate, handle, and dissect marine specimens, such as blue crab, crayfish, and squid.

Become a nature detective as you learn about plants, animals, insects, and pond life. Students will participate in a series of outdoor adventures by discovering the environment through hands-on exploration, observation, and many wilderness activities.

Voyage daily to the pond and gather water samples, perform experiments, and capture pond life. Learn about insects, dragonflies, lily pads, frogs, and more. Grab your nets and rods to capture toads, tadpoles, fish, and other pond life.

Using the EV3 program, you will construct a variety of vehicles and program them to compete in a series of challenges successfully. Students are expected to work in a cooperative group atmosphere.

Using the EV3 platform, you will learn how to construct more complex vehicles and use advanced programming to engineer your way through a series of progressive challenges. Advanced planning, clear strategy, and your programming skills will be put to the test. Students are expected to work in a cooperative group environment.

Construct and launch your own model rockets while learning about physics and aerodynamics. Count down and blast off!

Become a chemist, biologist, and super scientist as you experiment with solutions, powders, pellets, and polymers. Get ready to fizz, pop, slime, test, and dissect!

Using air-dried clay, learn how to become a sculptor. Make and paint many three-dimensional art forms. Students will create freestanding, handmade pieces using sculptural techniques, including coil building, form molding, and carving.

Put on your tool belt as you measure, drill, sand, hammer, nail, assemble, and finish a variety of wooden projects. Create projects, such as a toolbox, gumball machine, flag, step stool, birdhouse, and more.

College Academy® Course Options

These programs are designed for students who are currently in Grades 4 to 9.

College Academy® Students

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Examine the many aspects of theater: emotions, feelings, character vs. method acting, improvisation, voice projection, and poise as you perform before an audience.

Construct your own unique stories and characters using Flash, frame-by-frame drawn animation, symbol-based animation, motion tweens, layers, graphics, shape tweens, scenes, buttons, and sounds.

Create many multi-dimensional projects using various art media, such as clay, paper, pencils, paint, paper mache, oil pastels, brushes, and more. Explore crazy colors and abstract designs to create your own masterpieces. Learn to discover your artistic talents as you draw, sketch, and paint with various mixed media. Become an amazing artist while you create various works of art.

Enter the college radio station, turn on the microphone and go live! Discover how to develop a radio show to cover sports, comedy, current events, entertainment, music and more. You will create podcasts, have audience interactions with your listeners, conduct interviews and be a music DJ. Learn about playlists, commercials and programming all while LIVE on air at WSHL 93.1.

Learn about the judicial system as you explore civil and criminal law and prepare for a series of “mock” trials. Research cases, learn the rules of debate and gain confidence as a public speaker. Become a prosecutor, defense attorney, judge or member of the jury as you head to the College Academy Courtroom.

In the science lab, grab your safety goggles as you investigate various reactions using solutions, powders, and other simple materials. Monitor your actions and reactions as you prepare your next experiment.

This introductory course will allow you to learn how logic, strategy, and creative problem-solving skills are applied from the opening move to checkmate.

Continue developing your knowledge, recording your game using notation, solving intermediate problems, and evaluating your position mid-game through advanced tactics. Students should know piece moves and have played the game to enroll in the experienced level.

Have you ever wondered how delicious cupcakes in bakeries are decorated? Practice with frosting as you learn how to make flowers, stars, fancy edges, and creative confections. Put on your apron and be ready to share your creations with family and friends.

Have fun expressing yourself through music and movement as you learn a variety of dances to the popular “hits” of today. This upbeat and dynamic class fosters both the ability to work in a choreographed dance ensemble and strengthens each child’s personal movement styles. Get set to dance, dance, dance!

It is all just a click away with a camera and a computer! Create portraits, reverse images, silhouettes, paintery, pop art, and more using Photomerge, guided edits, reflection, layer masks, hue effects, retouching, restoration, texture, and blending.

Experiment with a variety of structures as you use your imagination, judgement, and reasoning to investigate energy sources, strength, force, motion, and more. Become a solution builder to tackle a series of real-world challenges.

Explore the world of magic users, dwarfs, and dragons. Create your character to participate in a number of game campaigns and fine-tune your role-playing skills. Discover several adventures as you manage through a maze of excitement. Collaborate with others or seek to conquer the quest on your own! Beginner and Experienced levels will be offered.

Become a CSI (Crime Scene Investigator) as you: secure the scene, collect, preserve and analyze evidence in a series of mock campus “crimes”. Fine tune your observational and technical skills as an evidence technician while learning about fingerprinting, fiber identification, “blood” spatter, footprint impressions and more.

Grab your fishing poles, nets, and other equipment to capture and track fish, turtles, frogs, insects, and other marine life. You will voyage to the campus pond daily and use the outdoors as your learning environment.

Learn how to design brilliant graphics, icons, logos, illustrations, product packaging, and more. Manage an unlimited array of creative tools to enhance graphic-designed work. Your imagination is at your fingertips!

Learn to defeat your opponent with a variety of tactics in the realm of fantasy while applying critical thinking, logic, and strategy. Cast spells, use artifacts, and summon creatures to defeat your opponent. Become familiar with deck building, card values, and fair trades. Beginner and Experienced levels will be offered.

Immerse yourself in this interactive lab experience as you investigate, handle, and dissect marine specimens, such as starfish, crayfish, squid, perch, and dogfish. Explore the layers of the ocean, impacts of pollution, importance of coral reefs, and much more.

Using the outdoors and the college campus as your backdrop, create a series of short movie clips, skits, music videos and more. Discover how much fun your group can have in front of the camera.

Explore this easy-to-learn but powerful computer coding language. Discover its high-level data structures and a simple approach to object-oriented programming. Learn how this is an ideal language for scripting and rapid application development across many platforms.

Using the EV3 program, you will construct a variety of vehicles and program them to compete in a series of challenges successfully. Students are expected to work in a cooperative group atmosphere.

While learning about the forces of flight and aerodynamics, build and launch two of your own model rockets.

Use your imagination and develop your art techniques while creating your own works in 3-D using air-dried clay. Students will create freestanding, handmade pieces using sculptural techniques, including coil building, form molding and carving.

Use the college television studio to produce a variety of projects, and once the filming is done, move to post-production, including editing, background music, voice-over, and more.

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