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2017 AIMS Courses

3D PRINTING AND DESIGN
In this course, students will model the workflow of industrial design. This progresses from 3D Computer Aided Design software and will result in a 3D physical model. Models will be created using a 3D printer. Students will get to keep their model.
Instructor: Phillip Z. Brewer
Offered: Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: S202

A SHERLOCK MURDER MYSTERY
Interested in learning about Sherlock Holmes while playing murder mystery games in class? Join us for a course on the origins of this famous detective where we will delve into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories, watch modern film adaptations, and solve mysteries right here at AIMS. Find out if you are the villain, the detective, or the victim in this story.
Instructor: Doris Frye
Offered: Week 2 and Week 3
Period: C
Room: H205

ACT PREP
High school students who are seeking admission to colleges and universities upon high school graduation take the ACT. Prepare for the ACT with a professional tutor of hundreds of students. Practice each section and learn specific strategies for each section. Many students have increased their scores after this class. Increased scores will increase college and scholarship opportunities.
Instructor: Kevin Dolbeare
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A
Room: Media Room

ACTION! YOUNG FILMMAKERS CLASS
In this class, students will learn about movie history and research the scenes of their favorite movies. Each day students will research different genres and will be given a chance to write, produce, and direct a short film. The best movies will win a prize at the end of the exciting week. Will you make the “cut”?
Instructor: Rodney Adams
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A
Room: H305

ALGEBRA REVIEW
Success in high school and college mathematics depends on a solid Algebra foundation. In this course, we will develop an understanding of the fundamental ideas of Algebra and review the Algebra topics that students struggle with the most. Topics: properties of real numbers, factoring, fractions, domain, range, solving equations, and the quadratic formula.
Instructor: Sarah Brewer
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: S201

ALL ABOUT ANIMALS – INSIDE AND OUT (PERIODS A & B)
Do you love learning about animals? Do you have an interest in working in the field of zoology one day? Perhaps you want to be a veterinarian or even a wildlife biologist. If so, this course is for you. You will explore the different classes of organisms within the animal kingdom. You will have hands-on experience dissecting organisms including invertebrate and vertebrate species. You will have an opportunity to handle preserved specimens and explore how these organisms compare to one another anatomically. Learn about animal behavior, animal adaptations, and their interactions in the environment. You will have an opportunity to observe live animals in the classroom and we will visit an animal rehabilitation center. We will also take a trip to a local animal clinic to have a behind the scenes tour and speak to the veterinarians.
Instructor: Heather Normand
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A and B
Room: S405

APPS FOR SMART DEVICES
Android devices account for an ever-growing percentage of the smartphone and tablet market. In this course, we will see how to use an IDE to create apps that can run on these devices. We’ll use an emulator of an Android device that will run on Windows that will allow the viewing our apps while we explore the basic programming principles behind the app.
Instructor: Keith Lynn
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A
Room: S206

ARTS AND CRAFTS
Let’s get creative! Come join in on the fun and be crafty. Have you seen things on Pinterest or in friends room that was cute? We will be creating some similar crafts in this course. Students will participate in different canvas activities and learn the basics of knitting, jewelry making, and much more. Students will get messy, so make sure you wear appropriate clothing.
Instructor: Courtney Monti
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: Coffee House

BASIC ALGEBRA WITH COMPUTER
Algebra is a mathematical language through which we can describe patterns. Some students don’t like it at all, and some are a kind of “allergic” to it. Hopefully, this introductory course will help such students get a better understanding of the subject. The software including Sketchpad and Autograph will be used to explain algebraic equations and their solutions.
Instructor: Nasrullah Aziz
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: S203

BASIC CHEMISTRY OF THE FOOD WE EAT
Ever wondered why you can’t un‐boil an egg? Or how those holes get into your bread? Or what that gross blue stuff is that your parents put on salad? Students in this class will get to discover the secret world of food. How things taste, smell, and feed your brain will all be covered. Overall, topics in biology and chemistry will be included in a fun, interactive environment.
Instructor: Dr. James Njenge’re
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: S302

BASIC GEOMETRY WITH COMPUTERS
Congruent triangles will be analyzed on computers using software like Sketchpad or Autograph. Right triangles, the similarity in right triangles, the Pythagorean Theorem, the Coordinate geometry, the distance formula, and the midpoint formula will be discussed. Furthermore, graphing the linear equations and organizing the coordinate Geometry proofs will also be part of this course.
Instructor: Nasrullah Aziz
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A
Room: S203

BASKETBALL TRAINING
This AIMS Class is composed of high energy sessions, focusing on the proper mechanics, techniques, and skill development for up and coming basketball players. It includes individual and team drills, incorporating the main components of basketball: dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and teamwork. It allows each player to build on a solid foundation, along with understanding the basketball rules, to be a successful basketball player. Also, each session will normally conclude by using the campus swimming pool to play water basketball in the shallow end. A swimsuit & towel will be needed.
Instructor: Bill Brouillet
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: Gym

BIGGER, FASTER, STRONGER
This course is designed to improve your overall athletic performance by emphasizing the achievement of any athlete at any level of competition. Each day will be an alternation of agility drills combined with strength training, plyometric and speed training specifically designed to improve any athlete at any level of competition. Assessment of all athletes and their improvement will be documented to show each athlete the results of their efforts and dedication to being a better athlete.
Instructor: Steve Normand
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: B130

BUMP, SET, SPIKE!
Students will learn the rules and logistics of the game of volleyball such as scoring, rotation, legal hits, substitutions, etc. Students will also learn basic volleyball skills such as passing, setting, attacking, and serving. By the end of the week, students will be able to participate in scrimmage games and have a thorough understanding of the game of volleyball. Come on out and have a great time!
Instructor: Audrey Boatman
Offered: Week 3
Period: C
Room: Gym

CHEMISTRY AND CRAFTS OF TIE DYE
Tie-dye, long before the 70’s, was known as Shibori, a Japanese term that encompasses a wide variety of resist-dyeing techniques, which have been used by different cultures for thousands of years. The end results are random patterns that are either geometric or loose and free-flowing and combinations of everything in between. Students in this course will learn the fundamentals of a different crafting techniques to make a variety of handmade projects, many of which will use tie dye applications.
Instructor: Kaitlin Boatman
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Periods: C
Room: S102

CODES AND CIPHERS
Learn about the basic theories of cryptography. The science of cryptology is the science of secure communications, formed from the Greek words kryptós, “hidden,” and lógos, “word.” Topics include: A brief history of cryptography and cryptanalysis; early cryptographic systems; and codes and ciphers. Students will also learn about single-key cryptography; the Caesar Cipher; statistics and general ciphers; substitution, multiple and transposition ciphers; and product, block, stream, and modern-day ciphers.
Instructor: Natalya Prokhorova
Offered: Week 1 and Week 2
Period: B
Room: S205

CREATIVE PHOTOSHOP
Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editing program developed and published by Adobe Systems Incorporated. In this course, students will learn the creative exposure within the different mathematically correct exposure digital shots. We will also consider different approaches to beautify and modify the regular picture shots, adding different effects and layers. For example, students will get to produce motion effects in static shots, etc.
Instructor: Nasrullah Aziz
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: S206

CREATIVE WRITING: SHORT STORIES
In this class, students will learn how to craft a short story in the genre of their choosing by engaging in creative writing exercises aimed at the completion of a short work. Students will first study the construction of a specific short story, then participate in exercises aimed at generating ideas, style, conflict resolution, rising action, etc. By the end of the class, students should have a story fit for submission to a magazine for publication.
Instructor: Kimberly Daniels
Offered: Week 1 and Week 2
Period: A
Room: H103

CROSSFIT
CrossFit is a workout program centered on performing “functional movements that are constantly varied at high intensity.” Students will take the CrossFit concept and apply it to a core strength and conditioning program. The program is designed to approach working out as a means of development for a whole body workout through various traditional and nontraditional workouts and exercises. This program will not be a specialized fitness program, but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical fitness in each of the fitness domains. This program is meant to be developed and suitable for all ages and physical conditions.
Instructor: Steve Normand
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: B130

CSI: FUN FORENSICS
This class is designed for students who love forensics and want to learn the science behind the Hollywood hype of CSI. Students will work in teams collecting and analyzing evidence from a mock crime scene. Activities include analyzing blood spatter, fingerprinting, DNA extraction, hair and fiber microscopy, crime scene documentation, canine assistance, and much more.
Instructor: Heather Normand
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: S405

DARK KNIGHT, BIG SCREEN: BATMAN AT THE MOVIES
In this course, we will explore how the DC Comics Batman character has changed from 1939 to today. Students will focus specifically on his film and television appearances, screening samples from the 1940s black and white serials; the 1960s television comedy series; the films and cartoons of the 1990s; and the modern Batman films directed by Christopher Nolan. Students will learn how the Batman character has evolved to reflect the historical contexts surrounding him.
Offered: Week 3
Period: A
Room: B208

DISCOVERING THE ALABAMA OUTDOORS
In this course, students will use field guides like real scientists to discuss the diversity, naturalism, and conservation of Alabama. As an introduction to the beautiful natural wonders right in your own backyard, students will take walking tours around the ASMS campus and the town of Mobile to learn about trees, including the five species of oak trees on ASMS campus. Students will also learn about birds, flowering plants, and insects.
Instructor: Dr. Natalie Ortell
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: S305

DRONES AND RACECARS
Drones are becoming increasingly popular, not just for war and military purposes, but also for everything from wildlife and atmospheric research to disaster relief and sports photography. We will learn how to go through a pre-flight checklist, learn the controls, control your quadcopter’s flight pattern, and even some advanced techniques through an obstacle course. Think driving a RC racecar is easy? Learn how to navigate through tough terrain through competition and team activities!
Instructor: Grey Gaillard
Offered: Week1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A or B
Room: West Campus/Bandroom

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Are you fascinated by the world around you? Environmental Science is the study of the environment and the solutions to environmental problems. Using Biology, Chemistry, Geology, health/medicine, Physics and much more, we’ll learn about environmental issues we face today such as pollution, food production, erosion, energy production, endangered species, etc. Then, we’ll do hands-on experiments like building a solar-powered oven, investigating the effects of an oil spill, and demonstrating how ocean acidification would affect sea creatures to explore further topics related to Environmental Science.
Instructor: Alison Rellinger
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: S306

ESTUARIES: WHERE RIVERS MEET THE SEA
Students will use real scientific data to explore and investigate the nature of watersheds and their relationship to the dynamic changes that occur in estuaries. Topics include “The Jubilee Phenomenon in Mobile Bay,” “What do tides have to do with it,” “An Ode to an Oyster,” “Stratification,” and “the Human Impact on Estuaries.”
Instructor: Natalie Ortell
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A
Room: S402

EXPLORING INNER SPACE
Explore the exotic worlds that are all around you, but too small to see. We will use microscopes to learn about the tiny living and nonliving things that can be found in a wide variety of habitats. Activities will consist of short field trips followed by microscopic study of student collections. Students will journal, sketch, and use a digital microscope to record their findings.
Instructor: Scott Nelson
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: S401

FLAG FOOTBALL
Enjoy learning the fundamentals of football and playing flag football. Sharpen your skills in passing, receiving, and defense in a learning and competitive environment that focuses on fun and sportsmanship. For a change of pace, students will have some time for ‘Ultimate Frisbee.’ Students will also use the shallow end of the campus pool near the end of class to cool off and recover from football games. Please bring a swimsuit and towel. This class is open to boys and girls.
Instructor: Bill Brouillet
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A
Room: West Campus

FOCUSING ON YOUR FUTURE
Searching for a college major and career? Students in this class will take the “Strong Interest Inventory for High Schoolers” and discuss results. Further research will then be completed within common majors. Students will also learn about courses typically taken within these majors. Students will be able to learn more about possible careers and start searching for colleges that provide these majors. This course is structured for students entering the 9th and 10th grades.
Instructor: Julie Hoffmeyer
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: S305

GAME DESIGN WITH UNITY 3D
Learn how to create video games with the industry-standard Unity 3D Game Development Engine. Students will learn to create gaming and simulation environments for multiple platforms (PC, MAC, Android, including demonstration and use with the Oculus Rift VR Headset). Learn to apply custom Java-based script, create CAD-generated game objects, and develop new virtual worlds.
Instructor: Phillip Z. Brewer
Offered: Week 2 and Week 3
Period: A
Room: S202

GAME DESIGN WORKSHOP
Do you like playing games? Have you always wanted to make one? If so, this course is the one for you. In Game Design Workshop, students will play and review popular board, card, and party games before setting out to create their own. They will get to choose the genre of the game they want to work on, and they will design and playtest it with their classmates. At the end of the week, students will pitch their projects to the class and try to prove that their product will be the most fun and profitable game on the market.
Instructor: Mitch Frye
Offered: Weeks 1, 2, and 3
Period: C
Room: B208

GAME THEORY AND STRATEGY
Game Theory is the logical analysis of situations of conflict and cooperation. In this course, students will study how players should rationally play games. Students will examine finite two-person games of perfect information. Some games can be represented by a matrix of possible outcomes. These games are known as Matrix Games. In this class, students will review elementary Matrix Games and applications to Anthropology, Warfare, Philosophy, and Business.
Instructor: Natalya Prokhorova
Offered: Week 1 and Week 2
Period: C
Room: S205

GENDER AND DISNEY
We all know the classic Disney films where the prince saves the princess. But, what happens in newer versions? In this class, students will look at how more modern Disney films, like Mulan, Tangled, Frozen, and Brave create different types of princes and princesses. What can these new movies teach us about what each individual is capable of achieving? During class, we will watch various Disney films and think about what they show us about our roles in society. We will also manipulate some of the older films to discover how we can change them to reflect our modern ideas.
Instructor: Doris Frye
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: H205

GEOLOGY OF MINECRAFT
Can you really make a suit of diamond armor? Can obsidian stop TNT? How does the real world compare to the virtual world created by Mojang’s programmers? Students will compare and contrast both worlds, which will include three field trips. So bring your pickaxe (just kidding, all tools provided) and your best Steve impersonation for a great time.
Instructor: Kevin Dolbeare
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: S301

GHOSTBUSTERS OF MOBILE
The Ghostbusters films and cartoons are funny, spooky, and smart. In this course, students will screen the franchise’s movies and TV shows while studying the literature, science, and comedy that inspired them. (This includes a critical look at the technological tools “real” ghost hunters use in their trade.) Students will also learn the history of various “haunted” sites around Mobile, Alabama—and visit one or two of them.
Instructor: Mitch Frye
Offered: Week 3
Period: B
Room: B208

HISTORY AND CULTURE OF HIP HOP
Jay-Z, Kanye West, T.I., Drake, Nikki Minaj and other modern day hip hop stars owe a debt of gratitude to the forerunners of this musical medium which has come to dominate the music world. But hip hop is more than just rap, it’s the DJing/scratching, it’s the breakdancing, it’s the graffiti writing. Hip hop has also spawned its own style of dress, along with vocabulary and idiom. This course will uncover the origins of this dynamic genre, and trace it through its development as it went from being ignored and trivialized by mainstream media and corporate America, to becoming the yearly multi-billion dollar juggernaut that it is today.
Instructor: Kenneth Robinson
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A
Room: B129

HOGWARTS LETTERS!
Looking for wizards stuck in a Muggle world? If accepted, students will be sorted and receive their very own wand. Students will learn about and make different potions and spells, and discuss the transfiguration and care of magical creatures. The great game of Quidditch will be played along with the Sorcerer’s Stone Challenge. Don’t forget, a house will win!
Instructor: Courtney Monti
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A
Room: Coffee House

I MEAN BUSINESS!
Students will be exposed to different sectors of a company to see what it takes to run a business. Each day students will learn about human resources, marketing, and training and development. Students will work in groups and be engaged in activities that surround the above subjects. In each group, students will appoint a VP of Human Resources, VP of Marketing, and VP of Training and Development. Students will create a real business proposal and submit it to the class instructor. The instructor will act as the CEO of the group’s company. The group with the best proposal will receive a prize at the end of the week.
Instructor: Rodney Adams
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: H201

IMPORTANCE OF BEING ENGLISH: THE LIFESTYLES OF THE BRITS AND THE AIMLESS
British culture is everywhere in America, from television shows like Dr. Who and Downton Abbey to Sweeney Todd and A Christmas Carol. We love the British and their culture, and this course will introduce students to the era where all of this material came from. In this course, students will explore Victorian England through Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and recreate the Victorian era in the classroom. Students will act out scenes, mimicking the acting of the Victorian era. Throughout this process, the students will learn about Victorian culture and society, which will end with a Victorian Tea where they will play the roles of various types of Victorian citizens.
Instructor: Doris Frye
Offered: Week 1
Period: C
Room: H205

IMPROV!
This introductory course to improv is specifically designed for students with no prior experience in acting. In this course students will participate in “Whose Line is it, Anyway?” style exercises to become more spontaneous and receptive to new ideas in a playful, supportive atmosphere, alongside classmates from a wide variety of backgrounds. This course will help students become more comfortable and confident with themselves, no matter the situation. Sometimes silly, sometimes outrageous, improv training inspires students to adapt to the unexpected and think outside of the box.
Instructor: Kimberly Daniels
Offered: Week 1 and Week 2
Period: B
Room: H103

INTRODUCTION TO READING MUSIC
What is music exactly? Music is the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity. Reading music can seem difficult to those who have never been trained before. This course will introduce the most important topics in reading music in a very easy to understand way. Activities will include identifying bass and treble clef and identifying different notes and rest. Students will also learn rhythmic dictation and how to sight read rhythmic patterns.
Instructor: Audrey Boatman
Offered: Week 3
Period: B
Room: Media Center

INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
What do worms, clams, jellyfish, and sea urchins have in common? They lack a backbone! Explore the diverse world of invertebrates as students learn what makes them so different from us. We’ll observe live animals in the classroom and around campus, dissect specimens, and perform experiments to learn about the behavior of the creepy, crawly, squirmy world of invertebrates.
Instructor: Alison Rellinger
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: S306

INVISIBLE WORLD
The living world is filled with microorganisms too small to see with the naked eye. We’ll delve into this invisible world through the use of microscopes and investigate the amazing diversity of tiny creatures. We’ll discover the world of ocean plankton, learn to grow bacteria, hunt for water bears around campus, and much more.
Instructor: Alison Rellinger
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A
Room: S306

JEDI ACADEMY: THE PHILOSOPHY AND ARTISTRY OF STAR WARS
In the AIMS Jedi Academy class, “There is no ignorance; there is knowledge”: Students will examine the philosophies and films George Lucas drew from in creating the Star Wars franchise. “There is no passion; there is serenity”: Students will craft their own foam lightsabers and resist the urge to bonk their classmates in the head. “There is no death; there is the Force”: Students will study and revive the classic expanded universe content that Lucas and Disney have sought to cut from the canon. In short, students will learn about Star Wars while applying the analytical processes of the humanities to appreciate its depth.
Instructor: Mitch Frye
Offered: Weeks 1 and 2
Period: A
Room: B208

LABS OF DOOM
The evil mastermind with a plan to rule or destroy the world is a common theme in literature. Is there real science in the middle of those monologues? We will discuss the possibilities of science gone wrong, from Dr. Frankenstein to the Joker. We will mimic their most dastardly campaigns as best we can in our very own lab of doom! Note: Labs of Doom will be done under safe conditions, so no budding lab assistants will lose an eye or grow a hunchback. Please wear closed toe shoes each day (no flip flops allowed in this class).
Instructor: Kevin Dolbeare
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: S301 (Labs will be held in S402)

LAND, SEA, AND AIR: BASIC NAVIGATION, BUOYANCY, AND ENERGY OF PROPULSION
Learn how boats float, planes fly, steam engines work, how to navigate using dead reckoning, and how alternative energy resources can be used to propel automobiles. Not only will we learn the science behind various modes of travel, but we will design, build, and test working models: boats that float (or not!), planes that fly, hot air balloons that float, rocket cars propelled by air, and we will replicate a steam engine designed in 50 AD! We will also navigate a mystery path around campus using dead reckoning and vector navigation.
Instructor: Glen M. Mutchnick
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: S101

LEADERSHIP
This course will actively engage students in the acquisition of information about historical and contemporary theories, concepts, and issues associated with leadership. Students will be exposed to the nature of leadership through presentation of objective material and group activities.
Instructor: Rodney Adams
Offered: Week1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: H305

LEARNING LINUX USING THE RASPBERRY PI
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that uses an SD card as its hard drive and has pins which let us supply input and get output from the Pi. The Raspberry Pi runs a form of the Linux operating system. In this camp, we will explore some basic Linux, and see how we can use the Raspberry Pi to run our own web server and other services as well as exploring how to make use of the input and output pins of the Pi.
Instructor: Keith Lynn
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: S206

LET’S GO GREEN: THE SCIENCE OF LOW IMPACT LIVING
Ever wondered about composting? Tried to determine your own carbon footprint? Wanted to learn how to protect your watershed? This course will answer all of those questions and more about low-impact living in a high-impact world. Students will start their own compost, conduct an energy audit of a classroom, learn about alternative energy sources, and how all of these topics come together to promote an environmentally-friendly lifestyle.
Instructor: Natalie Ortell
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: S402

LIFE SIZE GAMES
Have you ever played Battleship by throwing water balloons at your opponent? Life-size games are all the craze and students will be given the opportunity to create and play their very own. Just to name a few, students will play life-size Battleship, Connect 4, Memory Games, Jenga, and many more. Make sure you bring that creativity to the table to bring to life your favorite games.
Instructor: Courtney Monti
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: Coffee House

LIGHT METALS AND VITREOUS ENAMELING (PERIODS A&B)
This class will introduce basic elements of metal working and enameling (fusing glass to metals or a substrate). Students will learn sawing, piercing, metal shaping, soldering, annealing, cloisonné, and how to use a kiln and soldering torch. You will make various metal forms and enamel them. The techniques learned in this class can be used for making jewelry or metal sculpture.
Instructor: Orren Kickliter
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Periods: A and B
Room: Art Studio

MARINE BIOLOGY (PERIODS A&B)
More than 71 percent of the earth is covered by ocean. What exists in these endless extensions of waters? Oceans are teeming with life. This course will introduce you to the living things that inhabit oceans. You will also get a chance to see and handle these neighbors of ours and study their behavior. Bring your swimsuit for a field trip.
Instructor: Dr. James Njenge’re
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Periods: A and B
Room: S302

METEOROLOGY
Are you fascinated by hurricanes, tornadoes, and other forms of severe weather? Have you ever wondered how it all works? In this course, students will explore the mechanisms underlying weather through interactive experiments and hands-on activities. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify such parameters as temperature, wind, humidity, and cloud type, and analyze their connections to local and regional weather.
Instructor: Chase Krebs
Offered: Week 1
Period: B
Room: H305

MOBILE HISTORY, THE MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR
This course will explore certain aspects of Mobile’s history by visiting selected historical landmarks and museums. Students will also produce a presentation based on what they learned on the sites, which will include student research and analysis. Field trips include the Mobile Museum of History, Fort Conde, The Oakleigh House, and the Battleship U.S.S. Alabama.
Instructor: Derek V. Barry
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: A101

ON BROADWAY!
Learn what it takes to be a star on Broadway. Become the ultimate “triple threat” as you sing, dance, and act your way through scenes in a Broadway show. From Mary Poppins to Rock of Ages, students will explore a variety of genres in the theater world. Each week will end with a small performance of the selected scenes.
Instructor: Anna White
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: Auditorium

ONCE UPON A TIME: A MODERN TWIST ON CLASSIC FAIRY TALES
Prince Charming, evil witches, and fairy godmothers are everywhere in pop culture from the television show Once Upon a Time and Grimm to films, video games, and music. In this course, we will explore some of the lesser-known classic fairy tales and consider what our modern world might do to them. In class, aside from discussing the original fairy tales, students will engage in a variety of activities. We will look at their place in our modern world, invent our own adaptations, and finally create twisted tales of our own, taking the original fairy tales and creating new stories.
Instructor: Doris Frye
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A
Room: H205

ORIGAMI
Origami is a calming art form through which we can learn principles of mathematics by creasing paper rather than writing out calculations. Students will create modular origami polyhedra, deconstruct origami animals to reveal the crease patterns and the underlying mathematical principles governing them, and learn how to tile the plane by creating origami tessellations.  No prior folding experience necessary, but experienced folders are welcome and all students will be given projects that challenge them at their own level.

Instructor: Sarah Brewer

Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3

Period: A

Room: S201

PAINTING
This class is for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students who want to study painting. We will perform quick observational drawing exercises and discuss traditional painting techniques followed by modern, Post-Impressionist and Expressionist, color theory and technique. Please wear appropriate clothing.
Instructor: Orren Kickliter
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Periods: C
Room: Art Studio

PHUN PHYSICS
This course we will examine various concepts in Physics using a hands-on application approach in awesome laboratory experiences; some “shocking,” some “bullet-proof,” some “structurally sound,” and some using a “ping.” But, all will be “PHUN!” Examples of some of the cool and high-tech laboratory experiences we will share include the use a real-time sonar sensor that senses position vs. time data produced by the student, an interface, and a laptop-to-projector set-up with the necessary software. Will a bullet dropped to the floor hit the ground at the same time as a bullet fired horizontally from a gun? We will also discover the answers using projectile motion models and laboratory experimentation. Students will experience 50,000 volts of static electricity using a Van de Graaff generator, design and build a bridge using the United States Military Academy (West Point) simulation software, and design and build a miniature roller coaster and test the Law of Conservation of Energy.
Instructor: Glen M. Mutchnick
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Periods: B
Room: S101

PROGRAMMING IN MINECRAFT ON THE RASPBERRY PI
Students will use programs written in the Python programming language to build structures and move around in a version of Minecraft supported on the Raspberry Pi. Students will write programs that modify their environment in Minecraft.
Instructor: Mike Fletcher
Offered: Week 2 and Week 3
Period: A
Room: Library

PYTHON PROGRAMMING WITH RASPBERRY PI
Students will use a Raspberry Pi computer to write programs using the Python programming language. The Raspberry Pi is a fully functional computer that is smaller than a hamburger, and costs less than $40. These little computers have lots of built-in software and they have input/output ports to get sensory input from the outside world. There is built in support for the Python programming language. Students will become familiar with the Raspberry pi and write introductory programs in Python. Students can bring their own Raspberry Pi computers or use one provided by the instructor.
Instructor: Mike Fletcher
Offered: Week 2 and Week 3
Period: B
Room: Library

ROBOTICS
This course will allow students to explore the field of robotics with hands-on learning. Each student will learn the process of building and programming robots with Arduino chips. Not only will they finish with an understanding to basic robotics, but also an insight into the circuitry and electronic sensors that robotics utilizes.
Instructor: Ian Bunker and Alex Stephens
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A or B
Room: S106

ROCKETRY
We will build various designs of model rockets in class!! During this course we will learn about NASA and rocket design, leading up to our ‘official launch date,’ when we will launch all rockets on the fields behind school. Before we build and launch model rockets, we will perform real-time engine thrust tests and data collection of impulse and force vs. time of various engine types. We use a real-time force sensor that senses thrust produced by the engine, an interface, and a laptop-to-projector set-up with the necessary software. As the engine is fired, and thrust is produced, data is collected and graphed on the computer in real time (thrust vs. time) and can be analyzed later by students for max./min. force and average thrust, followed by students calculating the area under the curve for Impulse (force X time).
Instructor: Glen M. Mutchnick
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A
Room: S101

SCRATCH THE CAT PROGRAMMING
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.
Instructor: Grey Gaillard
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: S202

SOCCER
This course will focus on the fundamentals of soccer, as well as more advanced skill sets. So, whether you are a beginner or a goal-scoring machine, this class will help you to become a better soccer player regarding your individual dribbling skills, passing and defense, and shooting ability. This course will give you plenty of soccer skill exercises that you can work on long after the class is over. Each class will be devoted to individual ball work, focusing on set moves to improve your dribbling ability, as well as passing and shooting drills. And, there will always be plenty of time each class set aside for scrimmage. No matter what your skill level, you will benefit as a soccer player as a result of this course.
Instructor: Ian Bunker and Alex Stephens
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: West Campus

SOCIAL HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL
From Elvis to Eminem, this course will trace the history of rock and roll against the cultural and social history of the United States from the 1950s to the present. The course will allow students to do a presentation on their favorite pop artist/group and explain their musical and cultural significance.
Instructor: Derek V. Barry
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: A101

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE?
Learn how to dance like the stars! Each day students will explore a different style of dance including hip-hop, contemporary and more. Class will begin with a warm-up that increases flexibility and builds strength. Each week will feature different choreography and end with a performance. Whether you are new to dance or a seasoned pro, this class will both challenge and excite you.
Instructor: Anna White
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A
Room: Auditorium

SPA SCIENCE
Explore the science of gels, fragrance, and fizzers. Students in this course will use natural and organic materials to create a safe and luxurious spa experience. Mix it, make it, take it home, and try it out! Students will learn the science behind fizzy bath bombs, sweet lip smackers, shake ‘em up bath salts, face masks, and more. Chemistry takes on a new meaning when you become a ‘spa scientist’ in this course.
Instructor: Kaitlin Boatman
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: S102

STUDYING NATURE-FIELD BIOLOGY (PERIODS A&B)
Learn about the forests, savannas, streams, and shores of the Alabama Gulf Coast. Students will participate in a series of field trips to various nearby habitats, with the emphasis on nature study and biological investigation. Activities will consist of hiking, kayaking, bird watching, nature study, using a map and compass, and stargazing. Students will journal their experiences using digital cameras. Some cameras are provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own.
Instructor: Scott Nelson
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Periods: A and B
Room: S401

SUPERHEROES IN FILM
“It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s….” modern film has become dominated by the Superhero. From Superman to the Avengers, the X-Men to Spiderman, Batman to Hellboy, superheroes have come to dominate the box office! This course will look at what makes the genre so timeless and appealing and delve into the complexity of the characters that time and again keep us going back for more. The course will also look at the impact of gender attitudes on the development and popularity of female heroines. Students will also develop their own “perfect superhero” and create a short story for him or her.
Instructor: Kenneth Robinson
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: B
Room: B129

SWIMMING POOL GAMES & EXERCISE
Summer in the South is perfect time to be in the water! However, many may not know that you can combine the enjoyment of being in a pool with getting an awesome workout. Water resistance has been a proven method to bring about body toning and strengthening in a way that puts minimal stress on the joints, thereby greatly reducing the risk of injury. Just as important, to participate in an aqua training class, one needs not know how to swim. From aqua aerobics to aqua sports specific drills and aqua flexing, which improves flexibility, balance, and joint range of motion, this class will increase one’s fitness abilities while having fun!
Instructor: Kenneth Robinson
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: B129

TEST PREP REVIEW
This course is great for students entering the 7th through 9th grade. The focus of this class will be to review grammar, basic math, and reading comprehension. Students do not need to have taken Geometry to join the course. Students will review the ACT and begin basic practice for the test. This is a good course to review what students have learned in middle school, as well as prepare for the ACT.
Instructor: Julie Hoffmeyer
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A
Room: S305

TRASH TO TREASURE
Do you like to create art? Well, let’s create some together! This class will allow students to explore techniques and styles of some of the great art masters all while helping to benefit the environment by producing arts and crafts from discarded objects. It has been said that “one man’s trash, is another man’s treasure” and during this class, we will prove this true by repurposing recyclable items. At the end of the week, final master pieces will go on display in our “Trash to Treasure” exhibition. So join us as we enhance our artistic skills, as well as contribute to the health of our planet.
Instructor: Brenda Hartman
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: S106

VIDEO GAME APPRECIATION
Do you love video games? Of course you do. But how much do you know about what video games were like before you started playing them? In this course, students will play classic video games from the 1980s and 90s on such retro video game consoles such as the NES, Super Nintendo, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Turbo Grafx 16, Nintendo 64, and several more. In doing so, they will learn about the history of modern video game franchises and see how technological developments have led to innovations in gameplay and graphics. Modern gamers will gain a new appreciation for the games of the past.
Instructor: Mitch Frye
Offered: Weeks 1 and 2
Period: B
Room: B208

WEIGHT TRAINING
This class is designed to provide basic instruction techniques and participation in weight training activities. It will include methods to build, improve, and maintain proper muscular fitness. Students will use both free weights and machine weights. It will also involve both knowledge of the equipment and proper safety procedures. Students may use the shallow end of the campus pool to cool off and refresh at the end of class, so please bring a swimsuit and towel.
Instructor: Bill Brouillet
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: C
Room: Weight & Fitness Room

YOGA 101
Yoga is a beneficial tool used to manage stress and gain body awareness. This course will introduce the participants to a beginning level foundation of yoga. The course is very slow paced and will focus on developing a safe environment to learn basic poses, relax, breathe, stretch, play and expand the participant’s horizons in a supportive and easy-going environment.
Instructor: Angel Jackson
Offered: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3
Period: A
Room: Gym