Gifted Classes

2019 Classes

8:45am

Advanced Speedstacks

07/08/2019 - 8:45am

This class is designed for students who have taken the Speedstacks class in previous years or who already have speedstacking skills. This particular class will include more advanced stacking skills. Not for the beginner stacker.

Instructor: 
Christianson, Michelle

Chances Are: 101

07/08/2019 - 8:45am

Mathematical probability will be investigted through simulations, experiments, games, and activities. students will learn how probability is used to predict weather, outcomes of athletic competition, verdicts in trials, success of marketing campaigns, and a variey of other applications.

Instructor: 
Oberweiser, Jack

Computer Programming in Scratch *FULL

07/08/2019 - 8:45am

Learn the basics of computer programming using the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology's award-winning programming platform, SCRATCH. SCRATCH teaches the basics of block-based coding by allowing students to create simple animations, games, and other interactive items. Students will be provided the basic principles of coding and then allowed to experiment with their own programming instincts.

Instructor: 
Hazen, Ryan

Folf (Disc Golf) *FULL

07/08/2019 - 8:45am

Folf (or as other places besides Montana call it: "disc golf") is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. Students will learn the basic rules of the game, learn proper form and then play on a course they design at Carroll. We will also visit an official course in south Helena. The disc they use in the course will be theirs to keep, so they can continue this lifetime sport!

Instructor: 
Clinch, Adam

French Cooking and Language *FULL

07/08/2019 - 8:45am

Interested in learning how to cook, speak, and eat in French? Then this is the course for you! This course will teach you how to cook a number of simple but delicious French dishes, and will provide an introduction to the French language. You may not come away from your week a fluent French speaker, but you will be able to show off your knowledge of basic gourmet techniques. The instructor, Anneliese Renck, is a professor of French language, literature, and culture at Carroll College.

Instructor: 
Renck, Anneliese

Hiking Around Helena *FULL

07/08/2019 - 8:45am

Start your day off by exploring the beautiful hiking trails around Helena. Enjoy the wonderful views of Helena while getting some exercise and fresh air. Don’t forget your shoes and a water bottle.

Instructor: 
Crider, Joe

Intro to Web Design

07/08/2019 - 8:45am

You've always wanted to build your own website - now you can learn how! We'll tackle the basics of web design (including HTML and CSS) and give you the tools and confidence to code your own site!

Instructor: 
Wald, Jeffery

Math and Card Games

07/08/2019 - 8:45am

Come learn (and create your own) fabulous tricks with math and cards that will amaze your friends and family and have them scratching their heads wondering how you did it.

Instructor: 
Goody, Hollee

Measurement & Uncertainty

07/08/2019 - 8:45am

The various fields of science and engineering depend upon making good measurements. But how well are the measurements known? What are the limitations of the measuring instrument? In this course you will use a variety of different measuring instruments, both analog and digital, and learn the basics of how and why you should determine the limitations of your measurements.

Instructor: 
Grossmann, Benjamin

Stage Acting *FULL

07/08/2019 - 8:45am

Learn the basics of acting by playing theatre games, performing with a simple script, and creating a short performance with a small group of actors. In this class, you will learn to be more comfortable on stage, and more skilled in performance basics.

Instructor: 
Shire, Kimberly

Yoga Basics Made Easy *FULL

07/08/2019 - 8:45am

Join Joanna and other delightful students as we discuss and practice some of the common basic yoga postures (asanas). If you are curious about Yoga's history and you enjoy moving, stretching and relaxing your body- then this is a class you won't want to miss. Relaxation at the end will re-energize and rejuvenate mind and body for the rest of the day.

Instructor: 
Easton, Joanna

10:30am

Chances Are: 201

07/08/2019 - 10:30am

If you would like to explore probability at a more advanced level, this is the class for you. We will extend the basic rules of chance and investigate multiple events, the binomial and normal probability distributions, sampling issues, and look at real life applications.

Instructor: 
Oberweiser, Jack

Create a Superhero *FULL

07/08/2019 - 10:30am

You only have your thoughts and dreams ahead of you. You are someone. You mean something. -Batman

Come share your thoughts and dreams in class and create your own superhero. We will write and illustrate comic books, design and create costumes, and much more.

Instructor: 
Crider, Joe

Crime Scene Investigation *FULL

07/08/2019 - 10:30am

Students in this course will take on the role of a Crime Scene Investigator as they use DNA profiling and chemical analysis on samples collected from a fictional crime scene to determine 'Who done it'!

Instructor: 
Hitt, David
Otto-Hitt, Stefanie

Design your own Video Game! *FULL

07/08/2019 - 10:30am

If you're interested in computer programming or love video games, this is a course for you! You will be designing your own 2D video game throughout this course. You will learn about computer logic, animations, graphics and much more. Bring your own own USB drive so you can take the games home with you. Warning: Be prepared for some epic fun if you take this class.

Instructor: 
Christianson, Tyler

Folf (Disc Golf) *FULL

07/08/2019 - 10:30am

Folf (or as other places besides Montana call it: "disc golf") is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. Students will learn the basic rules of the game, learn proper form and then play on a course they design at Carroll. We will also visit an official course in south Helena. The disc they use in the course will be theirs to keep, so they can continue this lifetime sport!

Instructor: 
Clinch, Adam

French Cooking and Language *FULL

07/08/2019 - 10:30am

Interested in learning how to cook, speak, and eat in French? Then this is the course for you! This course will teach you how to cook a number of simple but delicious French dishes, and will provide an introduction to the French language. You may not come away from your week a fluent French speaker, but you will be able to show off your knowledge of basic gourmet techniques. The instructor, Anneliese Renck, is a professor of French language, literature, and culture at Carroll College.

Instructor: 
Renck, Anneliese

Improv Acting *FULL

07/08/2019 - 10:30am

Have fun being spontaneous! This class focuses on the basics of acting on stage without a script. If you want to play improv games, find ways to improve your skills in performance, and have a great time, this is the class for you!

Instructor: 
Shire, Kimberly

Intro to Graphic Design *FULL

07/08/2019 - 10:30am

We’ll use a free and open-source Photoshop alternative, GIMP, to create, retouch, and edit images and graphics.

Instructor: 
Wald, Jeffery

Logical Reasoning & Fallacies

07/08/2019 - 10:30am

If it rains, then the grass gets wet. But if the grass is wet, did it rain? There are different forms of logic, all which are meant to help us understand what is true about the world. In this course you will learn the difference between informal logic and formal logic. You will explore the use and limitations of a few different types of logical systems and fallacies (invalid reasoning) you may encounter.

Instructor: 
Grossmann, Benjamin

Media Fun!

07/08/2019 - 10:30am

Mass and social media are a central part of the daily lives of most people around the world, particularly young people. In this course we will explore the mass media and social media in U.S. and world cultures. This will include: exploring globally popular social media platforms (e.g. YouTube, FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter), and viewing TV advertisements across cultures. We will also discuss aspects of media literacy and media safety related to a variety of social media platforms.

Instructor: 
Hansen, Alan

Number talks and computation tricks

07/08/2019 - 10:30am

Number talks and computation tricks. Helping students learn how to do math in their head by using strategies found in number talks.

Instructor: 
Goody, Hollee

The Fabric of Our Lives

07/08/2019 - 10:30am

Did you walk on textiles today without considering what was beneath your feet? Hopefully, you are wearing various textiles right now, but chances are you did not think about their characteristics as you put your body within them. During The Fabric of Our Lives you will take time to ponder the composition of various textiles so you can explore what they offer as a medium for creating art. You will examine line, color, shape, form, value, space, and texture of textiles, and you will employ various fabrics to create unique art.

Instructor: 
Zuroff, Lynette

3:30pm

A-Maz-ing Challenges with Thymio Robots *FULL

07/08/2019 - 3:30pm

Participants will engage in STEM challenges with Thymio robots and Legos. Students will find and create solutions to problems while working collaboratively or independently. Thymio robots have multiple platforms to code in including Scratch, Blockly, JavaScript, and RobotMagic. Bring your creative and critical thinking skills to this course! Are you ready?

Instructor: 
Delgado, Julie

Breakout! *FULL

07/08/2019 - 3:30pm

Using technology and clues, can you breakout with your group by unlocking the clues and padlocks of a locked wooden box?
Requires problem solving, team building and collaboration. A new experience everyday that will bring out a competitive education spirit to solve the puzzles.

You may even get to build your own breakout experience!

Instructor: 
Case, Daniel

Build-a-Game Workshop

07/08/2019 - 3:30pm

If you love playing board games, this is the class for you. In this class, you will learn and play several categories of board games. Once you have become a “board game master” it will be your turn to collaborate with a group and construct your very own board game. At the end of the week each group will have the opportunity to display and teach their game to the group!

Instructor: 
Swenson, Liz

Designing, Constructing, and Testing a Bridge

07/08/2019 - 3:30pm

In this class students learn from a professional engineer to design and build a truss bridge using file folder cardboard as construction material. The bridges are built by teams of students according to a specific set of guidelines. A contest is then held to determine which bridge has the best design and supports the largest load.

Instructor: 
Mullen, Terence

Disney Classics Through the Ages

07/08/2019 - 3:30pm

Do you love watching Disney movies? If you answered yes then this is a class you won't want to miss. Each night we'll view and discuss a different Classic movie that demonstrates a new era in Animation technology that the Disney Studios used to wow the world.

Instructor: 
Easton, Joanna

Ethnography 201

07/08/2019 - 3:30pm

This course is especially for students who have already taken Ethnography 101. In this course we will continue to learn about “ethnography.” We will continue to learn how to do ethnography. We will continue to do field trips and fun social experiments. We will focus on sorting, understanding and interpreting field notes that students in prior class sessions have written.

Instructor: 
Hansen, Alan

Form Poetry Composition and Performance

07/08/2019 - 3:30pm

This course explores several forms of poetry including haiku, sonnnet, villanelle, and pantoum. Students will encounter examples of each form and be asked to create version of their own. This course includes a robust introduction to rhyme scheme, repetition, and meter as they are used in various classical forms of poetry. Students will leave this class with complete versions of each oft he forms we study.

Instructor: 
Hazen, Ryan

Make your own Movie *FULL

07/08/2019 - 3:30pm

Lights, Camera, Action! Be prepared to film, edit and act in this class. You will be learning the fundamentals of video producing and making a video with your friends/peers. Sign up with a friend or come by yourself, all are welcome! Your 15 minutes of fame start with this class.

Instructor: 
Christianson, Tyler

Number Theory

07/08/2019 - 3:30pm

Learn how mathematics is used to explore change. We'll look at sequences, interesting mathematical patterns and oddities. We'll look at problems from a graphical, numerical, and algebraic approach. What's the next number in this sequence: 1, 3, 9, 19,...?

Instructor: 
Oberweiser, Jack

Properties & Perception of Color

07/08/2019 - 3:30pm

What is color? If you've ever mixed different colors of paint, you have done some color subtraction. You will do that and also explore the very different results of color addition when mixing colors of light. You will learn why light comes in different colors and how those colors are created. You will also learn about the biological basis for color perception.

Instructor: 
Grossmann, Benjamin

Puppetry

07/08/2019 - 3:30pm

Come learn the art of puppetry from Carroll College's Director of Theatrical Production! You will play with puppets and make a couple of puppets in different styles. You will learn manipulation techniques to bring your puppets to life and have a great time working in teams to create entertaining and educational puppet shows.

Instructor: 
Shire, Kimberly

6:00pm

3D Modeling (Blender) *FULL

07/08/2019 - 6:00pm

In this advanced class, students are introduced to how 3D modeling works in a sophisticated software called Blender.  Students will work through a tutorial on how to create a donut with the instructor and then create their own objects at the end of the week.  This class is only recommended for advanced students who are looking to seriously challenge themselves and not just eat donuts! 

Instructor: 
Christianson, Tyler

Bloxels Stem Challenge: Are you ready? *FULL

07/08/2019 - 6:00pm

Bloxels allows you to build your entire video game from scratch. All you need is your imagination to build levels, heroes, and art to make your story come to life! Once you have built your masterpiece you can share it with the world by publishing it to the Infinity Wall. Be ready to engage in a challenge while building your game with builder challenge cards. You can take on new challenges in the Bloxels Builder App. In addition to building your game, you will be able to Skype with one of the creators of Bloxels to find out how this video game challenge works! The sky's the limit!

Instructor: 
Kincaid, Holly

Commercial Production *FULL

07/08/2019 - 6:00pm

In this course you will work in groups to create commercials. You will get to try out acting, directing, production management, video editing, and camera skills. Bring all your creativity and energy to class. We are going to have a great time!

Instructor: 
Shire, Kimberly

Design a Lunar Base *FULL

07/08/2019 - 6:00pm

Students will work in groups to come up with a solution to the following scenario: In order to prove humans can create a sustainable habitat on other planets, NASA has decided to move forward with constructing a lunar base to test long-term survival outside of Earth's atmosphere. Four astronauts will need to live in the lunar residence for two years. NASA created a national contest which will allow anyone in the country to submit a proposal for the project. The winning design will be used on the moon, and a prize will be awarded to the team.

Instructor: 
Swenson, Liz

Designing, Constructing, and Testing a Bridge (Advanced Level)

07/08/2019 - 6:00pm

In this class students learn from a professional engineer to design and build a truss bridge using file folder cardboard as construction material. The bridges are built by teams of students according to a specific set of guidelines. A contest is then held to determine which bridge has the best design and supports the largest load. This session is recommended for more advanced students or students who took this class before.

Instructor: 
Mullen, Terence

Electric Charge & Electricity

07/08/2019 - 6:00pm

Our modern technology relies on the control and manipulation of electrons, one of the few fundamental particles that everything is build from. In this course, you will explore some of the electron's properties and related phenomena, ranging from static electricity to simple circuits.

Instructor: 
Grossmann, Benjamin

Ethnography 101

07/08/2019 - 6:00pm

In this course we will learn about “ethnography,” which is research in which you observe people as they interact in social scenes. We will learn how to do ethnography, including: conducting observation on field trips, taking notes, and writing field notes. We will also design and conduct fun social experiments!

Instructor: 
Hansen, Alan

French 101

07/08/2019 - 6:00pm

Explore the culture of France and learn the basics of this beautiful language. Your instructor brings this class to life through her own experience of living and working in Paris. She also strives to make learning the fundamental elements of the language enjoyable and fun. If you love languages and studying about other cultures, then this is a class designed just for you!

Instructor: 
Easton, Joanna

Geometric Puzzle Games

07/08/2019 - 6:00pm

We'll investigate geometric theory, axioms and theorems by means of visual problem solving. We'll use logic and critical thinking to create visual proofs and have fun challenging each other to find alternative solutions once a problem has been solved.

Instructor: 
Oberweiser, Jack

Got Game?

07/08/2019 - 6:00pm

In this course we will explore and play games (card and board games and games of chance) from thousands of years ago to modern times. Learn the important features (history, cultural context, strategy, style, and economic correlations) of games like Go, Chess, Monopoly, and Settlers of Catan.

Instructor: 
Pfannenstiel, Alex

Speedstacks

07/08/2019 - 6:00pm

This is an individual and team activity that enhances hand-eye coordination and reaction time. In a study conducted by dr. Melanie Hart in 2005, increased activation of both sides of the brain was mapped while participants performed cup stacking activities. This dual brain function improves ambidexterity as well as quickness and concentration. besides the fact that it's fun, cup stacking is a great physical activity that promotes lifelong enrichment of the brain. Students in this class will participate in individual and team events.

Instructor: 
Christianson, Michelle