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Computers, Math & Business

New - Artsy Math or Math & Art
Gr 3-4 or 5-6

Do you enjoy art? Do you enjoy math? This class is designed for both! Students will create using math concepts like symmetry, tessellation, geometry and measurement. No artistic skill necessary—if your can measure color, and draw a straight line (maybe with a ruler) - you can create art and learn about math.

Anna Craft, Immaculate Conception School, Monmouth

New - Build Your Own Business
Gr. 4-6

From start to finish, your are in charge. Found your own company and identify the product or service that your company will provide. Figure out how much it should sell for. Create your own advertising and marketing plan, Pitch your product at the end of the class and your fellow business leaders will decide what product they want to buy with their “fun money.”

Wendine Bolon, PhD, Department of Political Economy and Commerce, Monmouth College

Geometry Junkyard
Gr. 3-4 or 5-8

The Japanese art of paper folding is obviously geometrical in nature. Origami can be used to construct various geometrical designs not possible with compass and straightedge constructions. Get your creative thoughts and fingers ready and learn how to construct geometric figures from paper.

Jo Eary, Department of Computer Science and Mathematics, Monmouth College


RU Game Smart?
Gr. 6-8

Do you love playing games? Love your computer or your tablet? Do you want to learn and think like a game designer? Do you want to learn how to program? If so, this class is for you! Veteran game designer Paul will have you asking the questions: What IS a game? What makes a game FUN? You’ll spend your time deep inside the new GameSmart game engine, learning to program in Javascript and create a game to play in your web browser. You get to be the game designer! Previous computer experience is a must.

Paul Schuytema, Director of Community and Economic Development , City of Monmouth, former game designer/owner Magic Lantern

3-D Animation—Using ALICE
Gr. 5-8

Tell a story in 3-D! You will learn the basics of programming so that you can tell a story using 3-D animation. ALICE is the same software that science students use at Carnegie-Mellon University. No previous programming experience is required, but significant computer experience is a must!

James Godde, Department of Biology, Monmouth College

Think Like a (computer) Geek
Gr. 3-4 or 5-8

Is your dream job to be a video game tester? Do you love games and computers? Then this class is for you! We’re not playing computer games, but learning the basics of writing your own code to create things like games. You will learn the basics of programming including looping, conditionals and debugging using

Cathie Smith, West Central Elementary School

Virtual Field Trip
Gr. 3-5 or 6-8

Pack your suitcase and get ready for a trip! Well, maybe just bring your imagination and a list of places you want to visit. In this class you will take virtual field trips and virtual tours on the computer each day! We’ll go to the top of a tower, a mountain, an alligator farm, and lots more. The best part is our favorite trips will be added to a CFK website so you can go and visit again and again. Bring your headphones to you can listen too!

Leanne Hinton, Galesburg School District.

WEBMasters of the Universe
Gr. 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

Create your own website using web software. Learn how to use tables to control the layout of web pages, how to add pictures, how to create hyperlinks to pages, and how to create your own graphics. Web pages created in this class will be posted on the World Wide Web. NOTE: Students must have had prior experience with using computers to take this class. This is not a class for beginners.

Julie Reggennitter, Roseville Community Schools, retired
Marcie Beintema, Information Systems Specialist, Monmouth College

New - Where Art and Math Collide
Gr. 3-5 or 6-8

Are you right-brained, left-brained, or both? Let’s explore both with Fibonacci, Escher, DaVinci and Pascal, the giants of Mathematics! This course in creative math will tie together how numbers and art work hand in hand.

Sue Keener, Sherrard School District, Sherrard