Gifted Classes

2022 Classes

8:45am

E-Sports * Full* Full

eSports is an up-and-coming industry and scholarship opportunity for young people around the globe in playing video games competitively! This course will prepare students for becoming potential eSports players in their respective high school and college paths! We will focus on cooperating with teammates, learning to be leaders/captains, and sportsmanship! Additionally, we will use the game Super Smash Bros. as a interactive tool for team sport development, practicing game knowledge, sportsmanlike behavior, and above all, fun!

Instructor: James Joy

Geocaching * Full* Full

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS devices. In this class we will learn the basics to get started and then, using the provided GPS units, navigate to find the geocache hidden around Carroll College. We will conclude by creatively hiding our own geocache and publishing it to the web.

Instructor: Dr. Bob Stansberry and Patrick Harris

Geometric Puzzle Games

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: Jack Oberweiser

Hiking Around Helena * Full* Full

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: Jay Crider, Joe Crider

Photo and Graphic Design (8:45 AM)

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

Instructor: Jeffery Wald

Speedstacks * Cancelled

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: Michelle Christianson

Stage Acting * Full* Full

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: Kimberly Shire

The Great Montana Baking Show * Full* Full

Do you enjoy creating and baking your favorite treats? In this class you will learn the basics of baking the perfect recipe. You will then get the opportunity to shop for and bake your own recipe that you will present for a board of baking experts who will choose the next Great Montana Baker!

Instructor: Liz Swenson

10:30am

Crazy Contraptions * Full* Full

Students will create "Rube Goldberg" machines.  The premise:  Accomplish a simple task in the most complicated way possible.

Instructor: Dr. Bob Stansberry and Patrick Harris

Create Your Own Superhero

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: Joe Crider

Dungeons and Dragons * Full* Full

Be the adventurer you've always dreamed of! In 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons, you will get a chance to use your imagination to fight monsters and explore fantastic worlds. The session will include character creation, basic game rules, instruction on becoming a Dungeon Master, and a brief scenario to bring it all together. Students will explore creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills in a fun, welcoming environment and may make lifelong friends!

Instructor: James Joy

Improv Acting * Full* Full

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: Kimberly Shire

Number Theory

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: Jack Oberweiser

Photo and Graphic Design (Section I) * Full* Full

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

Instructor: Jeffery Wald

Shark Tank * Full* Full

Have you ever had a great idea for an invention? In this class you will learn about famous inventors and the reason behind their inventions. You will also get the opportunity to create your very own invention. At the end of the week each invention will go in front of the Sharks who will decided if they want to invest in your business!

Instructor: Liz Swenson

Speedstacks (Section II) * Cancelled

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: Michelle Christianson

3:30pm

Art Essentials * Full* Full

We will be creating hands-on projects that develop artistry and creative expression skills. Using a variety of materials, media, and methods, we will learn the fundamental vocabulary and techniques of artwork. Unlocking their imaginative ideas and using mediums such as acrylics, charcoal, or pastels students will be producing pieces that demonstrate the six elements of art.

Instructor: Kimberly Cook

Breakout! * Full* Full

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: Dan Case

Commercial Production * Full* Full

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: Kimberly Shire

Dungeons and Dragons (Section II ) * Cancelled

Be the adventurer you've always dreamed of! In 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons, you will get a chance to use your imagination to fight monsters and explore fantastic worlds. The session will include character creation, basic game rules, instruction on becoming a Dungeon Master, and a brief scenario to bring it all together. Students will explore creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills in a fun, welcoming environment and may make lifelong friends!

Instructor: James Joy

Exploring Change

Mathematics is a search for patterns. In ‘Exploring Change’ we’ll look at the many ways change, in time, age, weather, business, science, can be investigated using basic mathematical strategies. We’ll conjecture, collect data, analyze the data, and create models for change.

Instructor: Jack Oberweiser

Rock On! - An introduction to drums and drumming * Full* Full

Come learn how to be a ROCK STAR! Get a taste of the exciting world of rhythm with this introduction to drums and drumming. We'll be learning how to play basic rhythms on many authentic instruments, such as the snare drum, drum set, congas, and more! And, students will receive their own drumsticks to keep. Rock on!

Instructor: Jeremy Slead

Stickers with the Crider Bros * Full* Full

Love art? Love stickers? Looking for a new hobby? Join local artist Jay Crider and his brother Joe in this fun class to create and print your own sticker collection.

Instructor: Joe Crider

Yoga

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: Joanna Easton

6:00pm

Breakout! (Section II) * Full* Full

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: Dan Case

Chances Are

Mathematical probability will be investigated through simulations, experiments, games, and activities.

Instructor: Jack Oberweiser

Disney Classics * Full* Full

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: Joanna Easton

E-Sports (Section II) * Full* Full

eSports is an up-and-coming industry and scholarship opportunity for young people around the globe in playing video games competitively! This course will prepare students for becoming potential eSports players in their respective high school and college paths! We will focus on cooperating with teammates, learning to be leaders/captains, and sportsmanship! Additionally, we will use the game Super Smash Bros. as a interactive tool for team sport development, practicing game knowledge, sportsmanlike behavior, and above all, fun!

Instructor: James Joy

Got Game?

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.competition, verdicts in trials, success of marketing campaigns, and a variey of other applications.

Instructor: Alex Pfannenstiel

Poetry Composition and Performance

This course will explore poetry composition and performance, with an emphasis on form poetry, including structured rhyme schemes and meter. Some poetic forms we may explore include sonnets, villanelles, sestinas, pantoums, and others. Students with interest in expanding their knowledge and mastery of classical poetic form will benefit from this class.

Instructor: Ryan Hazen

Puppetry

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: Kimberly Shire

Upcycled Art * Full* Full

Using the materials and tools that you may find in your recycling bin, we will construct our own innovative art pieces. Brainstorming ways to repurpose items like newspapers, plastic bottles, shoe boxes, or even old clothes provides a connection from our experiences to the world around us. Designing a beetle out of cardboard, decorating egg cartons into a masquerade mask, or making your own beadwork out of old magazines are all activities that encourage a student's individual creativity while taking care of our planet.

Instructor: Kimberly Cook