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SUMMER 2017 EXCELFor Youth SUMMER UNIVERSITY FOR KIDS a unique enrichment program for grades 4-9 SESSION 1: JUNE 12-16 SESSION 2: JUNE 19-23 SESSION 3: JUNE 26-30 SESSION 4: JULY 10-14 SESSION 4&5: JULY 10-21 SESSION 5: JULY 17-21

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Session 1: June 12 -16 Mornings 9:00am-12:15pm Afternoons 1:00-4:00pm Crash and Burn Chemistry (4th-6th) Crime Busters (4th-6th) Digital Design for the Web (5th-8th) Digital Media Makers (5th-9th) Diving Into Poetry (6th-9th) Exploring Shakespeare (6th-9th) Kids Biz: How to Run a Successful Business (4th-9th) Metal Jewelry AM (4th-6th) Play On Comedy (5th-9th) Pottery Wheel Workshop (6th-9th) Summer Safari (4th-6th) Wood Shop for Kids AM (4th-6th) Just Write! Creative Writing for Kids (4th-6th) Marine Biology (6th-9th) Metal Jewelry PM (6th-9th) Microscopic Monsters: Microbiology for Kids (4th-6th) Wood Shop for Kids PM (4th-6th) Session 3: June 26-30 All day 9:00am-4pm Hogwarts @ SSU (4th-8th) Go-Kart Builders (5th-8th) Abstract Art Attack (4th-9th) EXCEL 2017 AT-AGLANCE Session 2: June 19-23 Mornings 9:00am-12:15pm Excavate! An Archaeology Mystery (6th-9th) Fashion Design AM (4th-6th) Global Climate Change (6th-9th) Movie Appreciation (5th-8th) Pottery Studio (4th-9th) Pre-Med for Kids (4th-9th) The Science of Science Fiction (5th-8th) Time Warp Travelers: Further Adventures (4th-6th) Afternoons 1:00-4:00pm Astronomy: Discovering the Universe (4th-6th) Coding Games with Scratch (4th-6th) Fashion Design PM (6th-9th) Industrial Scrap Magic (6th-9th) Investing In Your Future (6th-9th) Prompt Me: Creative Writing Workshop (6th-9th) Shrek 3 (4th-7th) Summer Clay Studio (4th-6th) Session 4: July 10-14 Mornings 9:00am-12:15pm Graphic Design Boot Camp (6th-9th) Fab Lab:Wearable Electronics (4th-6th) Intro.To Digital Photography (4th-6th) Sci-Art: Rain Forest World (4th-7th) The aMAZEing Escape Room (5th-8th) Afternoons 1:00-4:00pm 3D Animation with AutoDesk (6th-9th) Acting Out! Improv Workshop (4th-8th) Digital Photography (6th-9th) DaVinci Drawing (5th-9th) Dream Tree House Design (4th-8th) Myth-o-Mania (4th-6th) Session 4&5: July 10-21 Mornings 9:00am-12:15pm Blast Off! The Physics of Rockets (5th-9th) How to Write a Graphic Novel (6th-9th) Kids in the Kitchen (4th-8th) Afternoons 1:00-4:00pm Fantasy Baseball: Statistics (5th-9th) Foodology: Make, Shake, and Eat (4th-8th) Session 5: July 17-21 Mornings 9:00am-12:15pm Afternoons 1:00-4:00pm Audition and Stage Techniques (5th-9th) Annie:A Mini-Musical (4th-9th) Digital Music Producers Brain Games: Neuroscience (5th-9th) for Kids (4th-6th) Extreme Planet (4th-6th) Coding Games with Scratch (4th-6th) Gizmos and Gadgets (4th-6th) Programming with Python Medieval World (4th-6th) (5th-8th) Stop Motion Animation (5th-8th) The Art of Arguing (6th-9th) sonoma.edu/exed/excel

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Session 1: June 12 -16 MORNINGS 9:00AM-12:15PM CRASH AND BURN CHEMISTRY (Grades 4-6) Did you know that everything on earth (and in the universe) is made up of chemicals? “Crash and Burn Chemistry” is an introduction to chemical reactions that form solids, change colors, smoke, bang, whiz, flash, and glow in the dark. Come and explore the nature and mystery of chemicals and how they affect us and our environment. Identify an unknown chemical spill. Build a smoking machine that actually shows what happens when a person smokes a cigarette. Carry out your own experiments to identify the nature of chemicals.Then take the experiments home to amuse and amaze your friends and family. Last, but not least, join us to uncover the secret of the “glow in the dark pickle.” JENNIFER ZACKS, B.A., in Environmental Studies, has taught full time for the Cotati - Rohnert Park Unified School District for the past ten years. JUNE 12-16 | 9:00am-12:15pm |#1131 | $190 DIGITAL DESIGN FOR THE WEB (Grades 5-8) Web and social media collide in this cutting edge class! Create your own website and build and run your social media channels. Explore the basics of color theory, and make your website pop with dynamic animations created in Adobe Flash. Design anything from a basic web page to an innovative, artistic site with interactive functions using a variety of graphic design tools, then publish your vision online to share with friends and family. Explore Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and more while learning to use social media effectively, as well as finding ways to be a safe digital citizen! KERRY REGO is a social media trainer, technology consultant, author, and speaker working with individuals, businesses, government, and non-profits. She educates people, implements tools, and trains staff on new media tools. Kerry is the Sonoma County social media staff trainer, SRJC Community Education instructor, SSU Extended Education instructor, and a North Bay Business Journal columnist. JUNE 12-16 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1141 | $190 DIVING INTO POETRY (Grades 6-9) Calling all poets! Whether you have stacks of notebooks filled with verse, or you’ve been wanting to write poetry but don’t know where to begin, this class will spark your imagination and give you the tools to keep you writing long after the week is over. Discover how poets exaggerate with hyperbole as you write a lie poem. Use personification to write about courage or joy as if it were a person.Write an “exquisite corpse” with others in the class, and create a found poem from words in the newspaper.We’ll explore techniques such as alliteration, metaphor, imagery, and repetition to create both group and individual haiku, pantoums, odes, and more.At the end of the week take home your own collection of poems to read, enjoy, and inspire you to write more. LISA SHULMAN is the author of several picture books, including Old MacDonald had a Woodshop, the Matzo Ball Boy, and The Moon Might Be Milk. She has written a middle school novel as well as dozens of children’s books for the educational market. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction for adults have appeared in various journals.As a visiting author, Lisa has spoken to hundreds of students about writing. JUNE 12-16 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1133 | $185 KIDS BIZ: HOW TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS (Grades 4-9) Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Mark Zuckerberg all started off as kids who were interested in being their own boss and seeing their creative ideas become a reality. Learn what you need to start a successful business.Work in collaborative teams to learn, step-by-step, how to create a business, using creative approaches to meeting customers’ needs. Meet successful entrepreneurs who started their own businesses, and have an exclusive visit to a premier business start up in the North Bay. Discover many of the secrets to developing a business that is successful and ethical, and that provides customers with a good product or service at a fair price. Utilize your critical thinking skills and creativity as you explore the exciting world of entrepreneurism! MICHAEL FANNING, M.A., Ed.D, is an experienced teacher and professor who uses engaging project based learning to teach students all subjects, including science and business. He shows students how they can apply their academic knowledge and skills as they prepare for rewarding and interesting careers. JUNE 12-16 | 9:00am-12:15pm #1136 | $190 METAL JEWELRY A.M. (Grades 4-6) Learn to make jewelry the way professionals do, using authentic jewelers’ tools and basic metalsmithing techniques without soldering or power tools.Work with brass, copper, and semi-precious gems to create necklaces, pins, bracelets, earrings, or small sculptures. Learn to use pliers for bending wire to define lines and create form and use hammers to create texture and shape. Become skilled in enameling some of your creations. GEORGIA DWYER, B.A. has been a substitute art teacher at Nonesuch School and a jewelry art teaching assistant at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. She is currently a business student and designer with her own jewelry line, Georgie Girl Design. JUNE 12-16 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1137 | $205 PLAY ON COMEDY (Grades 5-9) Interested in the world of comedy? Spend a hilarious week acting out scenes from the best in theatrical skit comedy selections. Perform key scenes from a host of wacky skits and let the magic of theater transport you into the world of your own imagination. Learn about reading, casting, and “blocking”, and discover how to build up a scene, then deliver a punch line to make the audience laugh.There will be many sketches to choose from, including “Murder on the Orient Express”, a fun-filled spoof with shady characters you will relish portraying. Expand your acting and comedy skills and become a more confident performer. We will perform the skits on the last day for relatives and friends to see. RAYMOND SKIPP is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. He currently teaches drama in many local schools. Besides performing in both film and television, he has an extensive Shakespearean background. JUNE 12-16 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1138 | $185 3

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Session 1: June 12 -16 MORNINGS 9:00AM-12:15PM AFTERNOONS 1-4PM POTTERY WHEEL WORKSHOP (Grades 6-9) Let’s throw pots! Have you been dying to try the pottery wheel? We will focus our week on the challenging skill of throwing on the wheel. You’ll be guided step-by-step through the basics of wheel throwing, and create one-of-a-kind masterpieces using both the wheel and hand building techniques.We’ll throw cups, bowls, vases, and more, and then personalize our creations with an assortment of decoration techniques. Due to the challenging nature of learning to throw, it is recommended that students have some previous experience with the wheel. Space is limited. Please bring an old towel and wear clothing that can get messy! LAUREL BEGLEY is a professional ceramic artist and teacher who divides her time equally between teaching and making. She has taught children and adults at many clay studios and schools around Sonoma County, including the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Laurel is currently the owner and curator of Side Street Gallery in Windsor. JUNE 12-16 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1139 | $205 SUMMER SAFARI (Grades 4-6) Have close-up encounters with some of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom, like a slow-moving sloth, baby porcupine, and hopping wallaby! Journey through the animal world and meet dozens of live critters, including pythons, salamanders, tortoises, and geckos. Compare the skulls of camels, warthogs, and bears. Hobnob with those crawlies that we love to hate: itsy-bitsy and BIG HAIRY spiders, such as a live Mexican Red Knee Tarantula, an Emperor Scorpion, and a Salmon Pink Bird Eater. Study dozens of animal ambassadors and learn why it is important to take care of the world around us. Other featured guests include a visitor from Reptile Rescue, as well as a Fennec Fox, an African Serval Cat, a four-toed Hedgehog and many other fantastic friends. BONNIE CROMWELL has traveled to Africa three times and worked at Marine World Africa U.S.A. as Assistant Curator of Reptiles. She has worked with Animal Planet and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. She now cares for 130 animals that she uses in her program, Classroom Safari, which has been bringing presentations to Bay Area classrooms for 25 years. JUNE 12-16 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1140 | $190 CRIME BUSTERS (Grades 4-6) A dastardly crime has been committed.Act as a real life detective and distinguish truth from lie.A speck of dust, a strand of hair, trailing footprints, clues piling up, suspects are everywhere. Using a range of scientific techniques, unravel fact from fiction and determine who the true criminal is.Analyze and match fingerprints, test powders, examine fibers and hair, and of course, consider that note that was left behind. Increase your powers of observation as you identify and eliminate suspects.Think like an investigator and recreate the crime scene, mapping out the incriminating clues and use evidence to determine “Who did it?” By the end of the day you should have a strong case against the villain, or is it villains? PAUL OSSERMAN is a fifth grade teacher at Brook Hill Elementary in Santa Rosa. He has been teaching students from elementary school to junior college for over 30 years. JUNE 12-16 | 1-4pm | #1143 | $190 WOODSHOP FOR KIDS A.M. (Grades 4-6) Wham, bang, hammer and saw. Here’s your chance to experience a real woodshop and discover skills that will last you a lifetime. Build great-looking projects out of wood that have real value. Use new wood, weathered wood, scrap wood, round and flat wood and transform it into a sturdy tool box, a charming bird house, and other things that will be used every day. Learn to safely operate a variety of hand tools including hammers, saws, screwdrivers, vices, planes, and drills, and observe a demonstration of the big power tools in the SSU Woodshop. Understand the creative process of construction as you design and plan your project, join the parts together, and then finish it. Walk away with some terrific projects and an “I can build it” attitude. MIKE MCGUIRE, M.A. in Education from St. Mary’s College, has been a teacher for 34 years, was Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Elementary Teacher of the Year and a mentor teacher for Santa Rosa School District. He has served as a teacher and principal at Hidden Valley School. JUNE 12-16 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1142 | $205 DIGITAL MEDIA MAKERS (Grades 5-9) Be the star of your own show. Launch a YouTube channel on a subject of your choosing, from DIY to a “Let’s Play” video of your favorite web-based video game. Create a production schedule, set up your lighting and shoot your show, using WeVideo to edit it. Create channel graphics, custom thumbnails or an animated intro sequence. Learn how to post your enhanced masterpieces and build an audience. Create at least two videos to add to your channel by the end of the week to share with your family and friends. This curriculum will utilize several web-based services, including YouTube. Under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (“COPPA”), these web sites must provide parental notification and obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under the age of 13. Parents will be required to give this consent in order for their child to attend this class.YouTube is a Google™ company. KERRY REGO (see bio on previous page) JUNE 12-16 | 1-4pm | #1144 | $190 Register @ sonoma.edu/exed/excel 4

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Session 1: June 12 -16 AFTERNOONS 1-4PM EXPLORING SHAKESPEARE (Grades 6-9) If you think Shakespeare is old fashioned, boring or too difficult, this is a drama class that will change your mind. In fact, this class reveals why so many of the world’s greatest actors have aspired to be cast in Shakespearean roles. Choose scenes among Shakespeare’s legendary plays filled with adventures, sword fights, comedy, love, hate, revenge and mercy. Experience the wide range of emotions expressed in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet where teenagers die for love, or Macbeth who kills to get the crown, or Hamlet who feigns madness. In addition to the spectacle of tragedy, enjoy the lighthearted moments of comedy such as the battle of the sexes featured in the Taming of the Shrew, or in Twelfth Night with the unmasking of the pompous fool Malvolio. Participate in acting juicy scenes from famous plays of tragedy and comedy. RAYMOND SKIPP (see bio on page 3) JUNE 12-16 | 1-4pm | #1145 | $185 JUST WRITE! CREATIVE WRITING FOR KIDS (Grades 4-6) Do you like to make up silly stories, create compelling characters, or play with poetry? Explore poetry, short stories, scripts, and many other types of writing through a variety of entertaining individual and group writing activities. Plot a story by creating believable characters, and then get them into (and out of) trouble.Write about the same incident from multiple points of view and rewrite a fairy tale by changing the setting. Create a script with a partner by solving a problem entirely in dialog.Write from the point of view of a shoe or a cell phone, and use sensory details to make a lie as believable as the truth. Let your imagination soar and your pen go wild! At the end of the class you’ll take home a class collection of writing to read and enjoy. LISA SHULMAN (see bio on page 3) JUNE 12-16 | 1-4pm | #1146 | $185 MARINE BIOLOGY (Grades-9) Welcome to life’s most mysterious frontier: the ocean. Gain exposure to current topics in marine biology while exploring the anatomy and behavior of marine animals and plants. Carry out your own shortterm experiments, and present your findings in a fun supportive environment.You will be given tools to navigate further marine science opportunities outside the classroom. If you are curious about the ocean, biology or science, or you simply enjoy a more creative approach to learning, please join us! Parent drivers needed for a field trip. SAM BOGAN is a graduate student and teaching associate at Sonoma State studying the evolution of Antarctic fishes. He has been enamored with aquatic life since he was a child and has held research positions at leading marine biology institutions in the Red Sea and the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. He is excited to share his experience with students that are curious about what lies beyond the coast and hopes to provide a jump start to their scientific journeys. JUNE 12-16 | 1-4pm | #1147 | $190 Register @ sonoma.edu/exed/excel METAL JEWELRY P.M. (Grades 6-9) Learn to make jewelry the way professionals do, using authentic jewelers’ tools and basic metalsmithing techniques without soldering or power tools.Work with brass, copper and semi-precious gems to create necklaces, pins, bracelets, earrings or small sculptures. Learn to use pliers for bending wire to define lines and create form and use hammers to create texture and shape. Become skilled in enameling some of your creations. Advanced work available for repeat students. GEORGIA DWYER (see bio on page 3) JUNE 12-16 | 1-4pm | #1148 | $205 MICROSCOPIC MONSTERS: MICROBIOLOGY FOR KIDS (Grades 4-6) It’s time to take a walk on the wild side of life -- in the tiny microscopic world all around us. Here’s your chance to be an amateur microbiologist.Take the “what microbe are you” quiz and extract DNA from a banana. Have a look through the microscope and dare to discover which creature lays its eggs between your toes; perform a sickening slug experiment; and find out what hidden horrors live inside your house. On the last day, participate and investigate an epidemic simulation -- who will survive? JENNIFER ZACKS (see bio on page 3) JUNE 12-16 | 1-4pm | #1149 | $190 WOODSHOP FOR KIDS P.M. (Grades 4-6) Wham, bang, hammer and saw. Here’s your chance to experience a real woodshop and discover skills that will last you a lifetime. Build great-looking projects out of wood that have real value. Use new wood, weathered wood, scrap wood, round and flat wood and transform it into a sturdy tool box, a charming bird house, and other things that will be used every day. Learn to safely operate a variety of hand tools including hammers, saws, screwdrivers, vices, planes, and drills, and observe a demonstration of the big power tools in the SSU Woodshop. Understand the creative process of construction as you design and plan your project, join the parts together, and then finish it. Walk away with some terrific projects and an “I can build it” attitude. MIKE MCGUIRE (see bio on page 4) JUNE 12-16 | 1-4pm | #1150 | $205 5

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Session 2: June 19-23 MORNINGS 9:00AM-12:15PM EXCAVATE! AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL MYSTERY (Grades 6-9) Have you ever wondered what it would be like to dig into the past? In Excavate! An Archaeological Mystery, explore and physically engage with history through implementing archaeological excavation techniques, historical research, and interpretations. Using archaeological tools such as shovels, trowels, screens, and brushes record and identify artifacts. On Friday, present your findings in a group generated report to family and friends. Please wear appropriate clothing for working outside, bring plenty of water and be prepared to get dirty! Long pants and hats are a must and no open toed shoes such as sandals or flip flops will be allowed on excavation days. WHITNEY MCCLELLAN M.A., is an archaeological specialist at the Anthropological Studies Center (ASC) at SSU.Whitney frequently gives lectures about human osteology and zooarchaeology to graduate and undergraduate level classes at SSU. She also co-teaches the ASC’s faunal internship as well as guides tours for elementary school age children at the ASC on campus. JUNE 19-23 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1151 | $190 FASHION DESIGN A.M. (Grades 4-6) Lights, music, runway, action! That’s how we finish our week of creativity and fashion. Dive into the history of fashion from the 1920’s to the present. Study designs classic to each decade and develop a strong foundation in a broad array of design options. Learn to sketch an outfit and then manifest your design in a final fashion show. Select fabric, cut, pin and sew your very own creations. Collaborate with other students to work with mannequins and choose accessories. Students contribute in many ways to the final “Show” as models, dressers, text writers, researchers, announcers, and coordinators. KATHRYN HENDERSON has been teaching youth art camps and classes in Sonoma County for the past 20 years. Drawing on her degree in design and fine art, she offers students a broad spectrum of the arts. She has an extensive collection of vintage clothing and jewelry, which she uses in her classroom presentations. JUNE 19-23 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1152 | $190 MOVIE APPRECIATION (Grades 5-8) Do you love movies? Have you ever wondered how movies are made? Join us as we explore the techniques and essentials of movie making from the “basics” of frame, shot, sequence, and sound track to the manipulation of elements to create a montage, 3-D effect, or splice. See how filmmakers from the very beginning have sought to push the medium with special effects, the latest being Computer Generated Imaging (CGI) and Blue or Green Screens. Develop your film vocabulary and study the different photography angles and “tricks” that give each film their own mood.Through screenings, discussion and creative hands-on exercises you’ll be exposed to different genres of films and gain a better appreciation of filmmaking. Enjoy all the wonder of movie making from the beginning of movies to the most recent blockbusters. RAYMOND SKIPP (see bio on page 3) JUNE 19-23 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1154 | $185 GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE (Grades 6-9) For more than 200 years, scientists have been observing, measuring, and analyzing information about our planet’s climate. Studies show that the earth is in constant transition and humans have an effect on what happens. In Global Climate Change, examine real studies on sea level, tree rings and ocean coral. Learn about the effects of CO2, collect weather and greenhouse gas data, and explore the history of human impact. Finally, view the innovations underway around the world to address global climate change.The idea of climate change can be scary, but every one of us has the ability to make a difference. Engage in pro-active and hands-on activities to help deconstruct myths about our changing world and begin to make an impact. SHANNON BRITTEN has had a passion for environmental education ever since she took a class certifying her on Projects WET,WILD and Learning Tree. She has worked as a naturalist for the Santa Rosa Environmental Discovery Center and Tolay Lake programs, as well as for San Joaquin Outdoor Education. She is currently working on a certification in Land Management in partnership with SSU’s environmental studies department and the Fairfield Osborn Preserve. JUNE 19-23 | 9:00am12:15pm | #1153 | $190 POTTERY STUDIO (Grades 4-9) Have you ever wanted to create your own usable plates, vases, bowls, cups and more? Focus on mastering the four hand-building techniques for making your own unique earthenware. Pinch, coil, extrude, and slab build beautiful and creative pieces that can be used daily. Explore ways to decorate your pieces with texture, carving, and colorful underglazes and glazes. Please bring a towel and your imagination. Due to time restraints, some pieces may not be fired by the end of class. Please plan to pick up additional pieces the following week. LAUREL BEGLEY (see bio on page 4) JUNE 19-23 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1156 | $205 PRE-MED FOR KIDS (Grades 4-9) Would you like to be a doctor, nurse, dentist, veterinarian or physical therapist? If you have ever thought about a future career as a health professional, come discover what these careers are about and what it takes to prepare for them. In this exciting hands-on class, you’ll study human anatomy, how to handle an emergency and witness a dissection. Activities include a physician led tour of a health clinic, a fascinating behind-the-scenes visit at a hospital (including areas that are usually off-limits), interesting guest speakers who are health care practitioners, and engaging activities. Parent drivers are needed for a fieldtrip. MICHAEL FANNING (see bio on page 3) JUNE 19-23 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1155 | $190 6

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Session 2: June 19-23 99::00MM00AAOOMMRRN-N-11I2I2NN::11GG55PPSSMM AFTERNOONS 1-4PM THE SCIENCE OF SCIENCE FICTION (Grades 5-8) The stories of sci-fi may be fiction, but in many cases, the science is real.Alien life forms, artificial intelligence, time travel–is there any truth in these exciting ideas? Explore the science behind classic and modern science fiction stories and movies like Stars Wars, Star Trek, and Jurassic Park, whose plots, settings, and technology could exist only in the far distant future. But as science advances and new discoveries are made, fantastical sci-fi technologies might be closer to reality than one may think. Journey to Mars, unravel the mysteries of black holes and worm holes, and visit the future with cutting-edge robotics and innovative technology. Journey to the place where science and fiction converge. MELISSA KIBLER is a middle school science and math teacher for the Rincon Valley Unified School District in Santa Rosa. She is also the coach for the Science Challenge team and leads a STEM club. Prior to becoming a middle school teacher 4 years ago, Melissa ran children’s summer camps for 5 years. JUNE 19-23 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1157 | $190 TIME WARP TRAVELERS: FUTHER ADVENTURES (Grades 4-6) Join us on further adventures through time and space. Each day enter a “time machine” to see and experience the past. Find out how big dinosaurs were when they ruled the earth and how Stone Age cave art survived thousands of years. Create a model of one of the 7 wonders of the ancient or modern world.“Visit” the Mayan, Incas, and Aztecs to discover the amazing cultures behind these lost civilizations – of course there is always time to play Pok-A-Tok, the ancient Mayan ball game.Arrive in Ancient Rome just in time to “see” a public show at the Colosseum and design your own Roman theater mask.Travel west to the “Wild American West” with explorers Lewis and Clark, a wagon train and last but not least Gold miners – as you participate in the “California Gold Rush” on the SSU campus. ELIZABETH HENDRICKSON grew up in a family of scientists and strong readers, and developed a passionate curiosity about the world. Besides her love for science, she has a strong background in drama, building, and the creative arts. She has been an elementary school teacher for nine years, and is currently teaching 5th grade in Santa Rosa. JUNE 19-23 9:00am-12:15pm #1158 | $190 ASTRONOMY: DISCOVERING THE UNIVERSE (Grades 4-6) Blast into outer space as we explore the cosmos.Are you baffled by the Big Bang? Curious about what it’s like to walk on the moon? Wondering if someday you might meet an alien? Dreaming of becoming an astronaut? This fun, interactive class is bursting with all the fascinating information you ever wanted to know about space. The week would not be complete without a discussion about black holes, and of course-- are we alone? Is there of life on other planets? Includes a special field trip to the SRJC Planetarium. MELISSA KIBLER (see bio on the left) JUNE 19-23 | 1-4pm | #1159 | $190 FASHION DESIGN P.M. (Grades 6-9) Lights, music, runway, action! That’s how we finish our week of creativity and fashion. Dive into the history of fashion from the 1920’s to the present. Study designs classic to each decade and develop a strong foundation in a broad array of design options. Learn to sketch an outfit and then manifest your design in a final fashion show. Select fabric, cut, pin and sew your very own creations. Collaborate with other students to work with mannequins and choose accessories. Students contribute in many ways to the final “Show” as models, dressers, text writers, researchers, announcers, and coordinators. KATHRYN HENDERSON (see bio on page 6) JUNE 19-23 | 1-4pm | #1161 | $190 INDUSTRIAL SCRAP MAGIC (Grades 6-9) Drill, cut, assemble, and fabricate in this wild, mixed media sculpture class. Experiment the transformation of discarded materials into extraordinary art, using scraps gathered from local industry and businesses. Cardboard, exotic wood scraps, metal, household plastics, bicycle parts, and plexiglass morph into the amazing and unexpected: unique wall reliefs, vertical assemblages in the round , figurative sculpture, and possibly a dream catcher or two! Experience a variety of hands-on, low-tech fabrication techniques and perfect your craftsmanship while learning to safely use hand tools and various fasteners, nuts, bolts, and sheet rock screws. Expand your knowledge of design and composition while you become familiar with the works of great sculptors like Tinguely, Nevelson, and Rauschenberg. JAMES BLAKE is a Petaluma artist working primarily in wood and steel. Born and raised in the North Bay, and a graduate of SSU’s BFA program. His work now revolves around a commitment to make art that does not simply hang on a wall or sit on a pedestal.Works which are interactive -demanding more than pure observation- fully engage the viewer, leaving a lasting impression. JUNE 19-23 | 1-4pm | #1162 | $205 More information @ sonoma.edu/exed/excel 7

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Session 2: June 19-23 AFTERNOONS 1-4PM INVESTING IN YOUR FUTURE (Grades 6-9) Want to learn how to make your money grow and to finance all your future dreams? Investing is one way to achieve your aspirations. Learn how to invest money, understand the difference between stocks and bonds, the value of compound interest, and discover ways to invest your money to help it grow. Create a portfolio, including a variety of investments in both national and international companies. Find out what makes a stock a blue-chip stock and the different stock exchanges. Experience day trading and get answers to questions like “Is this a ‘high risk’ investment?” and “What’s the difference between a stock and a mutual fund?” Come invest your time and put your dreams into action. PAUL OSSERMAN (see bio on page 4) JUNE 19-23 | 1-4pm | #1163 | $190 SUMMER CLAY STUDIO (Grades 4-6) Come explore the world of clay and spend a miraculous week rolling, pinching, pounding, and wedging clay into all sorts of shapes and forms. Explore a variety of hand building techniques and invent fanciful sculptural and functional pieces. Embellish the surface of your masterpieces with texture and special decorative stamps and perfect the techniques of glazing and underglazing. Be a part of a Raku firing at the end of the session. Please bring an apron or old clothes and a towel or two for clean-up. Due to time restraints, some pieces will not be fired by the end of class. Please plan to pick up additional pieces the following week. LAUREL BEGLEY (see bio on page 4) JUNE 19-23 | 1-4pm | #1160 | $205 PROMPT ME: CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP (Grades 6-9) Do you have great ideas for stories or plays? Bring your ideas to life! We’ll explore wild and wily techniques from many sources to inspire and refine your work. Jump-start a project with unpredictable group story telling. Sketch out a character using a journalist’s 5 W’s. Build dialogue by jotting down snatches of conversation and blending them into your work.Add to your characters’ believability by observing people, then bestowing some of their real-life qualities on your creations. Generate dramatic tension by tossing roadblocks in your hero’s way, and then telling the story of what happens next. Refine your pieces by reading them out loud and listening to how they sound.You’ll leave with a portfolio of techniques and samples of writing you’ll be eager to share. NANCY UBER KELLOGG, Ph.D., has been teaching, editing and writing for 30 years. She teaches in the SSU B.A. in Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program. She is a co-author of Four Worlds of Writing, 4th Edition, has worked as a writer and editor for a non-profit organization, and has published articles about composition studies and dance criticism. She has edited four books and numerous articles, grant proposals, web text, application letters and stories. JUNE 19-23 | 1-4pm | #1164 | $190 SHREK 3 (Grades 4-7) Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in this hilarious stage spectacle, based on the Oscar-winning smash hit films. Shrek and company return for more adventures in Shrek 3.The King of Far Far Away has died and Shrek and Fiona are to become King and Queen. Shrek however, wants to return to his cozy swamp and live in peace and quiet. So when he finds out there is another heir to the throne, they set off to bring him back to rule the kingdom. Meanwhile, Prince Charming enlists the fairy tale baddies to steal the throne away. Join us as you act out scenes with such favorite characters as Donkey, Gingy, Fiona, Puss in Boots, or Shrek himself. RAYMOND SKIPP (see bio on page 3) JUNE 19-23 | 1-4pm | #1165 | $185 CODING GAMES WITH SCRATCH (Grades 4-6) This multimedia adventure is the perfect course for aspiring coders. Create animated stories and games while learning programming concepts with Scratch.With this drag-and-drop platform developed by MIT, learn the essential building blocks behind object-oriented programming through creating fun, interactive stories, animations, and games. Let your imagination run wild and think creatively, and learn to share your creations on the web.Take home a copy of your own game at the end of this class. It could be the start of something BIG! HELEN BRADLEY, is an artist and trainer who divides her time between the real and digital worlds, picking the best from both. Helen teaches Adobe Illustrator,Adobe Photoshop,Adobe Lightroom and digital photography both in person and online to students worldwide. She has written four books on photo crafts and she currently produces online video training for graphic designers and photographers at Skillshare.com and for a number of blogs and other online sites. Helen brings to her training a desire to help students learn in a fun and practical way and she specializes in simplifying complex concepts so they can be easily understood. JUNE 19-23 | 1-4pm | #1166 | $190 8

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Session 3: June 26-30 ALL DAY 9AM-4PM HOGWARTS AT SSU (Grades 4-8) Hogwarts has a satellite campus at Sonoma State University this summer, it seems. Have you ever dreamed that you received a letter welcoming you to Hogwarts? All Harry Potter fans are invited to participate in a wonderful week of wizarding! Once arriving at Hogwarts (Sonoma State University) you will be sorted into houses and given your wizarding class schedule.You’ll attend your Hogwarts classes every day, culminating at the end of the week with a mini Tri-Wizard Tournament, Quidditch matches, O.W.L. exams, and student performances. Create your own wand in Charms class! In Potions, concoct essence of nightshade and troll slime! Discover your Patronus in Transfiguration, and perfect your dueling skills in Defense Against the Dark Arts! In Care of Magical Creatures study dragons and other amazing creatures found in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In Astronomy make personal constellations, read your tea leaves in Divination, and dissect mushrooms in Herbology! GO-KART BUILDERS (Grades 5-8) Turn a pile of wood, rubber, and steel into a rideable reality as you design your own custom go-kart. Learn how to measure twice and cut once, drill pilot holes, handle a handsaw, and use a rasp and file. In the Sonoma State Woodshop operate hand and power tools to assemble your kart’s wheels and axles, steering column, hood, and seat. Dream up an inventive design, using acrylic paints to add personalized styling. Debut your kart to your family and friends at Friday’s Open House, then roll home in your one-of-a-kind ride. The price for the class includes an additional $40 materials fee. Space is limited. MIKE MCGUIRE (see bio on page 4) JUNE 26-30 | 9:00am-4:00pm | #1168 | $420 Bring to life the memorable and incredible characters of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books by selecting a scene from your favorite book, creating a script of that scene and having the opportunity to perform that scene with fellow housemates.You and your schoolmates will have many chances to earn points for your houses.Who will win the House Cup? ELIZABETH HENDRICKSON grew up in a family of scientists and strong readers, and developed a passionate curiosity about the world. Besides her love for science, she has a strong background in drama, building, and the creative arts. She has been an elementary school teacher for nine years, and is currently teaching 5th grade in Santa Rosa. RAYMOND SKIPP is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. He currently teaches drama in many local schools. Besides performing in both film and television, he has an extensive Shakespearean background. KRISTINE WARREN has been a lover of books and the worlds they unfold since childhood. She helps students develop a love of learning with enthusiasm and excitement, whether it be discovering an exciting book, understanding a scientific idea, or delving deeper into new interests. She has been an elementary school teacher for 6 years and currently teaches 5th grade in Santa Rosa. REBECCA YOUNG has worked in the educational field for over 10 years. She has a B.A. from SSU and a M.A. from Indiana University in Student Affairs and Higher Education.At SSU she teaches courses for incoming freshmen. Her background includes providing summer programming for youth. Rebecca feels that learning should be fun and full of active engagement. She emphasizes that each student is unique and encourages them to bring their voice, and creativity to all situations. JUNE 26-30 | 9:00am-4:00pm | #1167 | $380 ABSTRACT ART ATTACK (Grades 4-9) Abstract art is an artistic world filled with limitless possibilities, where the typical can become the extraordinary with the flip of a brush, pen, or pencil. Past and present techniques collide when artists explore the realms of realism and abstraction. Discover the history of abstract art, and expand your skills as an artist as you deconstruct images to create unique, one-of-a-kind abstract drawings and paintings. SANDRA NOVIA, is a professional artist and art instructor. She teaches in both the private and public sectors and has dedicated over two decades to ensuring that children have an enriched education in the arts. She is a Co-Founder of Studio Project, a year-round alternative arts program of unique and innovative art instruction. JUNE 26-30 | 9:00am-4:00pm | #1169 | $380 REGISTER @ sonoma.edu/exed/excel or call 707-664-2394 9

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Session 4: JULY 10-14 MORNINGS 9:00AM-12:15PM GRAPHIC DESIGN BOOT CAMP (Grades 6-9) Welcome to Adobe Creative Suites®, the premier software used worldwide by photographers, artists, and graphic designers. Explore the many and varied features of Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe Illustrator®. In Photoshop, discover how to make selections, fix and manipulate images and blend multiple images together using layers -- then apply effects to your photos and text. In Illustrator, create and manipulate vector shapes, and combine simple shapes into more complex ones. Projects include designing and drawing your own character or logo.Take your creativity to the next level with cutting-edge technology. HELEN BRADLEY (see bio on page 8) JULY 10-14 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1171 | $190 FAB LAB: WEARABLE ELECTRONICS (Grades 4-6) Design, build, program, and then wear your circuits! If you’re interested in interactive toys, light-up fashions, or interesting accessories, this class is for you! Play with cutting-edge technologies and learn sewing, programming, and circuit design in a whimsical fun way. Design and make a series of custom (yes, you are the designer!) projects that include a glow in the dark bookmark, sparkling bracelet, illuminating handbag and luminescent stuffed animals. Watch your family and friends’ eyes light up, as you light up the LED on your creations. KATHRYN HENDERSON (see bio on page 6) JULY 10-14 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1172 | $190 SCI-ART: RAIN FOREST WORLD (Grades 4-7) Jump in and explore the rain forests of the world, all their feathers, fur and fins -- using a paintbrush! Create life-like art teeming with creatures and colors, while developing the sharp eyes of a scientist and an artist. Practice skills of observation useful in futures in the fields of both science and art. Collaborate to create a huge rainforest scene, and make your very own illustrated journal. Collect data for citizen science, research rainforest ecology topics including biodiversity, life cycles, and healthy forests for a healthy planet. Learn and use techniques of watercolor and gouache painting, sketching, drawing in colored pencil, pen and ink, and group collaboration. KRISTA ANANDAKUTTAN can be found at the intersection of art and science, walking with pockets full of found treasures, or peering into a microscope. She calls on her background in fine art, science (ecology and evolutionary biology), and science illustration every day. Her artwork is utilized by researchers, environmental preserves, science journals, and other publications; and shown in community locations such as natural history museums, libraries, art galleries, and public open studio events. JULY 10-14 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1174 | $190 INTRO. TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (Grades 4-6) Learn to see the world around you, not just look at it, then capture what you see as you like! We’ll spend each day creating photographs around the SSU campus and on a field trip, exploring nature studies, landscape and cityscapes, candids, portraits (including selfies), close ups, and more. Learn to better use your camera to creatively get what you see.You’ll be introduced to camera controls and settings and how to use them.Then how to develop photos in Photo® to make them uniquely yours! At the end of the week you will have a slide show of photographs to share with friends and family. Bring your digital camera or smart phone (charged!), extra battery and/or charger, memory card(s), a USB cable for connecting to the computer, your User Manual (either hard copy or pdf), and a flash drive or two (min. 32GB). MURRAY ROCKOWITZ a noted Bay Area photographer and teacher has served private and commercial clients for over 25 years and has exhibited his photography extensively in museums and galleries. Murray has taught at Napa Valley College, the Petaluma Arts Center and privately at his Petaluma studio. He is well known among collectors of fine art portrait photography for his insightful and beautifully crafted B&W portraits. JULY 10-14 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1173 | $190 THE aMAZEing ESCAPE ROOM (Grades 5-8) Break out of an EXCEL-designed maze/escape room, then use what you learn to create your own. Investigate an array of puzzle types and discover the intricate systems for puzzle flow. Experiment with padlocks, simple circuitry, magnets, black lights, invisible ink, codes and ciphers as you design the mechanisms and of your room.Work with a team of fellow room designers to develop clues, interactive objects, and challenges that lead players to a logical solution.At Friday’s Open House after plenty of testing, invite your family and friends to puzzle their way out of your escape room creation. ELIZABETH HENDRICKSON AND KRISTINE WARREN (see bios on page 9) JULY 10-14 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1175 | $190 Register @ sonoma.edu/exed/excel 10

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Session 4: JULY 10-14 MORNINGS 9:00AM-12:15PM 3D ANIMATION WITH AUTODESK (Grades 6-9) Produce 3D models using the sophisticated tools of the 3DS MAX program. Create static objects and scenes for virtual worlds as seen in movies,TV and video games. Learn the fundamentals of 3D animation and modeling using industry standard software.When you’re ready, explore advanced topics such as lighting, material creation and character rigging. Create a portfolio of photo-realistic still images, courtroom-quality 3D models, and broadcast-quality animations, while learning traditional animation skills such as storyboarding, character design, animation theory, and camera layout. Leave class with not only inspiring work, but with a foundational knowledge of a professional skill. DAVID MEIRIK, B.S., is a credentialed teacher, artist and graphic designer who has worked from Los Angeles to Oslo, Norway. He currently teaches 3D animation, Graphic Design, and Entrepreneurship at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma .JULY 10-14 | 1-4pm | #1176 | $190 ACTING OUT! IMPROV WORKSHOP (Grades 4-8) In this fast-paced class, the focus is on improv using theater games similar to what you may have seen on Whose Line Is It Anyway? Discover the basics of staging, listening, giving focus, character development, space work, exploring genres, literature, some stage combat, dance, solo and ensemble work. With an arsenal of imaginative games and exercises, think quickly on your feet, build trust with your teammates and unleash your natural creativity and humor. Learn the dos and don’ts of improv, setting up a scene for your co-players, and using your “bag of tricks” while having loads of fun.We end the week with a comedy show for friends and family. SHIRLEY JENNER,B.A. has been an elementary teacher for almost 20 years. She was a GATE teacher for several years as well as an Odyssey of the Mind coach. Shirley has utilized and designed theatre and improvisation games and activities throughout the years to inspire and engage her students. JULY 10-14 | 1-4pm | #1177 | $190 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (Grades 6-9) Learn to see the world around you, not just look at it, then capture what you see as you like! We’ll spend each day creating photographs around the SSU campus and on a field trip, exploring nature studies, landscape and cityscapes, candids, portraits (including selfies), close ups, and more. Learn to better use your camera to creatively get what you see.You’ll be introduced to camera controls and settings and how to use them.Then how to develop photos in Photo® to make them uniquely yours! At the end of the week you will have a slide show of photographs to share with friends and family. Bring your digital camera or smart phone (charged!), extra battery and/or charger, memory card(s), a USB cable for connecting to the computer, your User Manual (either hard copy or pdf), and a flash drive or two (min. 32GB). MURRAY ROCKOWITZ (see bio on page 10) JULY 10-14 | 1-4pm | #1178 | $190 DAVINCI DRAWING (Grades 5-9) Do you love to draw? So did DaVinci! Drawing is a thrilling way to explore the world around you, as well as an important step in creating all kinds of artwork.Together, we’ll marvel over DaVinci’s journals and sketches.Then practice using art materials and techniques including graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, scratchboard, colored pencils – and experiment to make them your own. Create your own dynamic compositions, explore and experiment using line, shade, and texture. Finish the week with stronger skills, surprising new ideas, and a sketchbook full of your journeys in drawing. KRISTA ANANDAKUTTAN (see bio on page 10) JULY 10-14 | 1-4pm | #1179 | $190 DREAM TREE HOUSE DESIGN (Grades 4-8) Make your dreams become a reality by exploring the architectural design process to design your own dream tree house.You will learn about the fundamentals of hand drawing and the basics of design and space planning and use these skills to create plans and a model of your design. From your final design create drafting blue prints of your floor plan and specific design elements (doors, windows, etc.). Give the house a 3-dimensional look by doing isometric sketches and truly be dimensional with a foam core house perched in a tree (branch). Color swatching will be used to decide on the exterior and interior colors of the home and your “house” will be ready to share with friends and family at Friday’s Open House. KATHRYN HENDERSON (see bio on page 6) JULY 10-14 | 1-4pm | #1180 | $190 MYTH-O-MANIA (Grades 4-6) Do you like stories of heroes, gods, villains, and mystical lands teeming with magical creatures? Welcome to the world of mythology. Myth-O-Mania explores the wonders of the ancient world as it takes you on a fascinating adventure of mystery and imagination. Meet the Who’s Who of World Mythology: including Norse, Greek, Hindu, and Egyptian deities, spend time at Camp Half-Blood with Percy Jackson where you will visit the Oracle and discover your FATE; design a Mythical Action Figure and companion mythical creature; participate in the quests of such heroes as Hercules, Perseus and Odysseus; travel around the globe and encounter such tricksters as Loki (Norse),Anansi (West Africa), and the Monkey King (China). So get ready mortals, as we get up close and exclusive with some of the greatest, cleverest, and most powerful gods, goddesses, heroes, and mythical creatures ever. 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Session 4&5: JULY 10-21 MORNINGS 9:00AM-12:15PM AFTERNOONS 1-4PM BLAST OFF! THE PHYSICS OF ROCKETS (Grades 5-9) Learn to design, construct, and launch your own water bottle rockets. Explore the elements of force and motion (elementary physics), and understand the basics of rocket aerodynamics. Discover the effects of nose cone shape, stabilizer fins, air pressure levels, water levels, and counter weights as you test and improve your rocket design over the course of two weeks. Design a compartment on your water bottle rocket that will carry a raw egg as a “payload”, then test multiple parachutes to safely aid in the soft landing and the recovery. Launch your rockets from a mini skateboard and measure the distance traveled in a straight line.A major emphasis will be on team work and safety.At the end, parents and friends are invited to “blast off” Friday featuring a competition among launch teams to see which rocket can sustain the longest flight from lift off to touch down. MIKE WALLACE, M.A. in Education, B.A. in Biological Sciences, is a retired elementary school teacher who continues to work part-time at El Verano Elementary School. He is CLAD certified. His teaching experience spans 42 years as both a teacher and an administrator in public and private schools. JULY 10-21 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1182 | $380 FANTASY BASEBALL: STATISTICS AND PROBABILITIES (Grades 5-9) Play ball! Partner up with a fellow student to co-manage a team, receive an initial draft of players and construct a statistical comparison chart of your players. Engage in trade talks, a free agent draft and analyze statistics. Construct player wheels and simulate fantasy baseball games. Practice keeping score accurately and compiling end of game statistics. Participate in a 3 game exhibition season and play a 10-20 game season where you try to play every other team in the class at least once.At the end of the season you will do a final compilation of your players’ statistics and compare your results with your season predictions and original player charts. AARON SHREVE is a middle school math and science teacher at Brook Haven Middle School, where he has been teaching for 12 years. He is a third generation educator, and 2nd generation math teacher. JULY 10-21 | 1-4pm | #1185 | $380 HOW TO WRITE A GRAPHIC NOVEL (Grades 6-9) Do you like reading graphic novels? Have you ever thought about writing your own? The modern graphic novel has come a long way since your grandfather’s comic books! Writing a Graphic Novel is a workshop designed to get you started on your own graphic novel. First we’ll examine Manga, comics, graphic novels, and picture books for examples of the many different ways to tell a story using illustration and words. Then we’ll go step by step through the process of scripting, storyboarding, pacing, and layout.And finally, you’ll become the director, using cinematic and theatrical techniques to add emotion, drama and humor to your graphic masterpiece. No drawing experience necessary! MARIE ZORN, B.A. in English teaches 7th grade English at Harvest Middle School in Napa. Marie is the liaison for the Napa Valley Unified ALPS/Gifted and Talented program. She is inspired to support all students reach their full potential. JULY 10-21 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1183 | $380 KIDS IN THE KITCHEN (Grades 4-8) Imagine secret ingredients that you have never tasted, smelled, or seen before.As in the Food Network show Chopped, use your inventiveness to cook up culinary creations using a combination of mystery ingredients.Work together to make kid-friendly masterpieces including mouth-watering appetizers, delectable soups, tasty sandwiches, delicious salads, flavorful entrees, and (of course) yummy desserts. Learn all kinds of cooking techniques--including indoor and outdoor cooking, how to prepare and handle food; nutrition and healthy eating.Take a tour of the Kitchens on the SSU campus to see behind-the-scenes food preparation and state of the art equipment.A cookbook featuring the recipes created by you and other young chefs in the class will be distributed to take home on the final day. Parent drivers are needed for a field trip. ADAM LITTLEFIELD is currently the principal of San Marin High School. He has over 26 years of experience as a teacher and administrator with a special interest in STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).Adam has also been an adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America and 4-H youth organizations. JULY 10-21 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1184 | $380 FOODOLOGY: MAKE, SHAKE, AND EAT (Grades 4-8) Do you like to play with your food? Do you ever wonder why food looks, smells, tastes, feels, and sounds the way it does? Explore the scientific principles behind various foods and everyday recipes. Experiment with acids and bases, emulsions and suspensions, gels and foams as you make, shake, and eat these fun, amazing creations. Concoct and cook such treats as rock candy, ice cream, jelly, pickles, popcorn and more! So, grab a beaker, pick up your whisk, and get ready to cook up some solid science and discover that cooks are actually chemists. ADAM LITTLEFIELD (see bio in left column) JULY 10-21 | 1-4pm | #1186 | $380 Register @ sonoma.edu/exed/excel 12

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Session 5: JULY 17-21 MORNINGS 9:00AM-12:15PM AUDITION AND STAGE TECHNIQUES (Grades 5-9) Challenge yourself and learn how to unleash your true artistic potential. Develop your talents and explore the possibilities of a career in the arts. Have you ever wondered how professional or community actors begin their journey in the performing arts? It all starts with an audition to present yourself to the director or producer. Begin with a compelling scene or monologue from a play, movie, or television to demonstrate to the director or producer your talents and strengths to your best advantage.Whether you hope to demonstrate your comedic talent or your dramatic side, it all starts with selecting the right performance piece to use at your audition. Over the week work on your performance using varied techniques to highlight your abilities and strengthen your stage presence.These methods can also be applied to future public speaking and job interview opportunities.A showcase of techniques for family and friends will take place on the last day. RAYMOND SKIPP (see bio on page 3) JULY 17-21 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1187 | $185 MEDIEVAL WORLD: DARK KNIGHTS, DARING DAMSELS, WISE WIZARDS, AND DRAFTY CASTLES (Grades 4-6) Join us as we step back in time to the days of castles, lords, ladies, knights, and squires. Study medieval history, including peasant life, plagues, and warfare. Encounter such legends as Robin Hood, King Arthur, Joan of Arc, and Marco Polo. Explore castles, learn the art of heraldry and make your own coat of arms. Discover how the Muslim world is responsible for over 1001 inventions -- many that we still use today. Solve a medieval mystery, participate in online jousting and other medieval adventures. HARMONY GOOCH teaches at Rincon Valley Charter School Matanzas campus in Santa Rosa. She taught overseas for five summers at the Shanghai American School and was awarded outstanding teacher for Americorps in 2012. JULY 17-21 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1190 | $190 BRAIN GAMES: NEUROSCIENCE FOR KIDS (Grades 4-6) QUICK: Name the most powerful and complex supercomputer ever built. Give up? Here’s a hint: It’s housed in your head and it’s the one thing that makes you YOU.Your brain is mission control for the rest of your body and steers you through life. Not bad for something the size of a softball that looks like a wrinkled grey sponge! In this interactive class explore the parts of your brain and how it all works with cerebral STEM and MENSA challenges like Probably Probability, Fabulous Fibonacci, and the Science of Candy. Discover how you make decisions, and how your brain creates emotions, behavior, memory, and personality. So flex your mental muscles and let the brain games begin! DINA MCCARTHY teaches Science and History at RVCS Matanzas Middle School in Santa Rosa. She also has a strong background with her many years in elementary education. Dina is passionate about teaching and loves to help students develop a love for learning. JULY 17-21 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1188 | $190 CODING GAMES WITH SCRATCH (Grades 4-6) This multimedia adventure is the perfect course for aspiring coders. Create animated stories and games while learning programming concepts with Scratch.With this drag-and-drop platform developed by MIT, learn the essential building blocks behind object-oriented programming through creating fun, interactive stories, animations, and games. Let your imagination run wild and think creatively, and learn to share your creations on the web.Take home a copy of your own game at the end of this class. It could be the start of something BIG! KRISTINE WARREN (see bio on page 9) JULY 17-21 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1189 | $190 STOP MOTION ANIMATION (Grades 5-8) Camera + Computer + Creativity = Stop Motion Animation. Learn the FUNdamentals of creating stop motion animation by working in small groups to write a script, create a storyboard, build your characters, and design your scenes.Animate and photograph your action using a still camera and then use computer software to assemble the images into a stop motion animation sequence.Add sound effects, music, transitions, and a credit roll to complete your short film.Your choices include animate drawings, paper cutouts, clay characters, toys and more. Combining creativity and technology, this is your unique opportunity to become a film maker. On Friday, your animation will premiere at our class Stop Animation Film Festival. HELEN BRADLEY (see bio on page 8) JULY 17-21 | 9:00am-12:15pm | #1191 | $190 More information @ sonoma.edu/exed/excel 13

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Session 5: JULY 17-21 AFTERNOONS 1-4PM ANNIE: A MINI-MUSICAL (Grades 4-9) Leapin’ Lizards! Annie the Musical is a worldwide phenomenon with the release of a new movie version just a few months ago.With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Determined to find her parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan,Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC.Adventure ensues, leading Annie to a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy. With plenty of parts to go around, including featured roles and ensemble parts for orphans, servants, and tourists, join this cast as we sing such favorites, as “It’s the Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” RAYMOND SKIPP (see bio on page 3) .JULY 17-21 | 1-4pm | #1192 | $185 DIGITAL MUSIC PRODUCERS (Grades 5-9) Learn how to record, edit and mix digital music using GarageBand. We will explore key music production concepts like songwriting, arranging, basic music theory, and MIDI sequencing.Together, we will make songs using pre-recorded loops along with programing our own drumbeats and patterns. Learn what it takes to make a remix or mash-up. From soaring instrumentals to pumping bass lines, we’ll explore the entire process of making digital music. NICK SIMMONS, B.A. from SSU, has almost 20 years of experience as a private teacher teaching guitar, drums, piano, flute, vocals, composition and music theory along with recording techniques and electronic music production. He also works with preschool and elementary aged kids at Brush Creek Montessori School in Santa Rosa. JULY 17-21 | 1-4pm | #1193 | $190 EXTREME PLANET (Grades 4-6) Living on Planet Earth means living with extreme forces of nature like volcanic eruption, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Learn about the natural disasters from a volcanologist! Each day delve into a new natural disaster that occurs on planet Earth, including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, mud flows, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, and space object impacts.Working in teams, build landscape models and create small-scale natural disasters in the classroom. Simulate a thunderstorm, replicate the forces of volcanoes exploding, make a mini- mud flow and reproduce a tsunami. Learn about the scientific method, keep a science notebook, and make scientific conclusions. Execute hands-on science experiments, observe natural events in video clips, and investigate evidence of natural disasters to explore the science behind the disasters that make Earth an extreme planet. Parent drivers are needed for a fieldtrip. NICOLE MYERS, M.S. in Geological Sciences, developed a passion for geology from a childhood fascination with volcanoes. She has taught geology, paleontology, meteorology, climatology, oceanography and astronomy classes for five years. She currently teaches at SSU and SRJC and brings her enthusiasm for understanding the Earth to the community through teacher education, after school educational science programs and earth science stories. JULY 17-21 | 1-4pm | #1194 | $190 GIZMOS AND GADGETS (Grades 4-6) Interested in electronics and how they work? Spend a week discovering the many ways to experiment with electronic building blocks! Using littleBits®, learn how to use POWER to get your creations up and running, how SENSORS are used to interpret their surroundings, how to add intelligence to your creations using WIRES, and how OUTPUTS convey the visual, physical and audible elements of your creations. Projects will include:Art Spinner, Bubble Bot, Spy Box, Breezy Buddy, Roto Lamp, Mega Blaster, and Wireless Doorbell. Power your imagination! DINA MCCARTHY (see bio on page 13) JULY 17-21 | 1-4pm | #1195 | $190 PROGRAMMING WITH PYTHON (Grades 5-8) Code and create your own computer game with Python® . Learn how to make computer games using the popular Python programming language--even if you’ve never programmed before! Begin by learning basic programming concepts and use these skills to build classic games like Hangman or Tic-Tac-Toe, and then work your way up to more advanced games, like a text-based treasure hunting game or an animated collision-dodging game.Along the way, you’ll learn key programming and math concepts that will help you take your programming to the next level. GEETA MENON M.S., in Computer Science and B.S., in Mathematics and Computer Science has many years of programming and teaching experience in various schools, colleges and universities in the U.S. and her native country of Malaysia. She currently works as an information technology analyst/programmer in the School of Extended and International Education (SEIE) at Sonoma State University. JULY 17-21 | 1-4pm | #1196 | $190 THE ART OF ARGUING (Grades 6-9) “Why is homework necessary?” “Why do we have assigned seats?” “Why can’t we talk?” “Why can’t we tattoo our bodies using board markers?” “Why?” “Why?” “Why?” People are naturally inquisitive and sometimes quite spirited “know-it-alls.” Use your natural talent of arguing and challenging authority to voice your opinions freely and dynamically. Debating enables you to express yourself, think strategically and persuade others. Great debaters select a topic and take a stand, research and gather facts, pick a moderator, ensure both sides take part, design opening and closing statements and reflect on what happened.Working cooperatively, brainstorm ideas and increase your understanding of other’s views.This class will strengthen your self-confidence and prepare you for leadership in the real world. Parent drivers are needed for a field trip to the Sonoma County courts. HARMONY GOOCH (see bio on page 13) JULY 17-21 | 1-4pm | #1197 | $190 14

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about excel EXCEL FOR YOUTH is a unique academic enrichment program that offers students entering grades 4-9 accelerated classes in science, technology, engineering, math, visual art, drama, and writing – we are STEAM PLUS. EXCEL is celebrating its 35th year and has served over 23,000 students since 1982. One and two-week classes take place on the campus of Sonoma State University and use the school’s specialized arts, science, and technology labs, as well as providing guest speakers and field trips. Exceptional mentor teachers include university faculty, professionals from specialized fields, and teachers from area districts who design classes to capitalize on each student’s interest, creativity, and curiosity. NEW and IMPORTANT EXCEL POLICIES DROP OFF and PICK UP: Due to safety concerns ALL EXCEL students must be signed in and out at the EXCEL tent daily by either a parent or designated adult (special release forms available on the EXCEL website). IF staying for lunch bunch students are required to check-in at the tent with the lunch supervisor. LUNCH BUNCH As a service for EXCEL students, there will be lunch supervision provided at no charge from 12:15-1:00pm for those enrolled in both morning and afternoon classes, in the grassy area near the EXCEL tent and Rachel Carson Hall. At lunch time, students are required to check-in with the lunch supervisor first thing everyday. Students must stay within the Lunch Bunch area. Please have students bring a sack lunch and a snack from home. Students will not be permitted to leave the supervised area and buy food elsewhere on campus. Parents may take students away for lunch by signing out their child with the Lunch Bunch supervisor. Please feel free to send a game for students to share or a book to read. FORMS Applicable forms must be completed and returned to the class instructor on the first day of classes.You can find the following forms online at http://www.sonoma.edu/ exed/excel/-guidelines-are-mailed-home • Medical History Form • Internet Access Form • Fieldtrip Forms – One for each applicable class. • Special Release Form – Use only if child bikes, buses, or walks home or to an SSU office. EXCEL TENT LOCATION: In the northwest corner of the SSU campus. Park in marked EXCEL parking spaces in Parking Lot A. Walk and sign in student at the tent located across from Rachel Carson Hall, Rooms 68 and 69. PARKING: Please park in the marked space in Parking Lot A. Your student confirmation packet will include a 15-minute drop off and pick up parking pass, which can also be used for Open Houses on Fridays. FEES: Classes range from $185-$205 for a morning or afternoon one-week class, and $380-$420 for either an ALL day one-week class or morning or afternoon twoweek class. ABSENCES Parents must call the office before class begins if a student is going to be absent.The phone number is 707-664-2645 (voicemail available). FIELD TRIPS Certain classes take trips off campus to enhance learning. Parents are needed to drive to these locations. Parent volunteer drivers need to register with the School of Extended and International Education office in Stevenson 1012 prior to class start up, and need to show license and proof of insurance. T-SHIRTS Each EXCEL student will receive one t-shirt per year. OPEN HOUSE Most of our classes put on an open house the last half hour of the last class; drama class open houses are usually longer. Please check with each teacher for details; times vary. DISCOUNTS: We offer discounts for families with more than one child enrolled in our program this summer. The discount is 5% off each child’s registration fees. REFUNDS A $25 nonrefundable processing fee is deducted for each class dropped up until 2 weeks prior to class start. NO refunds are given if canceling within 2 weeks of the first day of class. Register @ sonoma.edu/exed/excel

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