Spring 2022

Chinese: The Chinese New Year (Virtual) / Tuesday, Feb. 1

你好! 很高兴认识你!Did you know that in China, New Year’s isn’t celebrated on January 1st? Come to our SPARK! Chinese lesson to find out why! In this lesson, we will learn about the origins of Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, and the many different festivities! Join us to celebrate the Chinese New Year, create your own paper lantern, and learn how to wish a Happy New Year in Chinese!

SPARK! Python: (In Person) / Wednesdays, Feb. 2 - 23 (4-week class)

Did you know that there are over 700 programming languages? With today’s rapidly evolving technology, programming has become increasingly important to learn. Programming languages now control a variety of real-world tasks, from electronic personal assistants to a self-driving car. In these four in-person weekly classes, you will learn to code in Python and see its applications in different fields: Biology, Physics, and Robotics. Join us as we explore one of the most popular and powerful programming languages, Python!

Biology: The Building Blocks of Life! (Virtual) / Thursday, Feb. 3

Have you ever heard of biochemistry? Ever wondered out how molecules are built from single atoms? Want to explore the properties of different macromolecules? Then this lesson is for you! Join us as we explore elemental atoms, monomers and polymers, processes involved in building up and breaking down molecules, polarity, and the four classes of large biological molecules: carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids.

Chemistry: Neurochemistry (Virtual) / Tuesday, Feb. 8

Have you ever wondered how our body knows to feel emotions? Or how our body knows to heal a wound? Science states it’s because of one thing: neurochemicals! In this lesson, we will explore the basics of neurochemistry and look at how our body produces and uses chemicals to make us feel emotions and react to the world around us. Join us to learn about the molecules essential to your existence!

Computer Science: Loops & Logic (Virtual) / Thursday, Feb. 10

Have you ever wondered how your calculator does math for you? Or how your web browser loads information? Do you have what it takes to think like a computer? In this lesson, we will learn about two of the most important parts of programming: loops and logic. We will take a step back from the code itself, learning from logic games and puzzles, then examine how these concepts are used in actual code. Join us to learn about two of the most important parts of programming!

Environmental Science: SPARK! SHARK! (Virtual) / Tuesday, Feb. 15

Have you ever seen the movie Jaws? Do you know what kind of animal Jaws is? Come join us in SPARK! SHARK! where we will learn about shark anatomy, ecology, and everything that makes a shark a shark! From identifying their roles as a keystone species to learning about illegal shark finning, you're sure to have a Jaw-some time!

French: The History of French (Virtual) / Tuesday, Feb. 22

Have you ever noticed the similarities between French and English? French words like vocabulaire, littérature, and biologie are easy to understand even if you’ve never taken a French class. This isn’t an accident; in fact, French and English are incredibly closely linked, and the history behind the development of these two languages can reveal a lot about class structures and culture in Medieval France and Britain. Join us as we explore the old and new of this incredible language.

Government & Economics: Policies & the Law (Virtual) / Thursday, Feb. 24

Have you ever wanted to have a better understanding of how the government works, and what it takes for government officials to do their job? In this lesson, we will learn how the three branches of government work together as well as their different powers. Join us to examine the important principle of checks and balances, and the different steps that are taken to make a law.

History: SC & the Catawba Tribe (Virtual) / Tuesday, Mar. 1

Have you ever wondered what life was like in South Carolina before any Europeans docked their boats on our shores? South Carolina history goes back long before the age of Charleston or the battles of the Civil War. In fact, there have been people living in South Carolina over 10,000 years ago! In this lesson, we will explore everything from housing, art, writing, chores, recreation, and so much more within the Catawba Tribe. Join us as we tour all aspects of life within South Carolina’s First Nations Tribe: the Catawba and be prepared to put some of your learning in action!

Latin: When in Rome (Virtual) / Thursday, Mar. 3

Salvete Omnes! Have you ever wondered what life was really like in Ancient Rome? In this lesson, we will inspect the three major time periods of Roman civilization historically and culturally. We will learn about some of the society’s memorable events, address common misconceptions about the reality of daily Roman life, and explore the tangible cultural contributions of Rome still seen today! So, carpe diem and sign up today!

Literature: Science Fiction (Virtual) / Tuesday, Mar. 8

Do you like zombies? The first zombie story goes back to 1818, and with it what is hailed by many as the first science fiction story: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Of course, mad scientists, time travelers, lasers, aliens, and spaceships have advanced lightyears ahead in the two centuries of the Sci-Fi genre, but its origins are strong. In this lesson, we will delve into the origins of Science Fiction, and its uses as a means of veiled activism or as a warning for the future. We will examine common tropes in pop-culture that originated in decades old Sci-Fi stories, like the space cowboy, the mad scientist, and the zombie. Finally, we will explore some of the real elements to science from fiction literature, like Artificial Intelligence and Genetic Modification, comparing how the stories hold up to science and why these fictional ideas are important to explore culturally.

SPARK! Python #2: (In Person) / Wednesdays, Mar. 9- 30 (4-week class)

Did you know that there are over 700 programming languages? With today’s rapidly evolving technology, programming has become increasingly important to learn. Programming languages now control a variety of real-world tasks, from electronic personal assistants to a self-driving car. In these four in-person weekly classes, you will learn to code in Python and see its applications in different fields: Biology, Physics, and Robotics. Join us as we explore one of the most popular and powerful programming languages, Python!

Math: A Multi-Dimensional World (Virtual) / Tuesday, Mar. 10

Have you ever imagined living in a flat world? Or wondered what the 4th or 5th dimension may look like? Or considered how our dimension shapes our perception? The universe as we know it exists in the third dimension, but there are dimensions below ours and higher dimensions that are completely invisible to the human eye. In this lesson we will explore different dimensions from zero onwards, and their applications to areas, volumes, and other vector spaces. We will also look at mind-boggling shapes, and consider perceptive tools we take for granted in a 3-D world. Join us in our discussion about these topics to acquire a deeper understanding of our multi-dimensional world and how we view it.

Music: Whimsical Winds! (Virtual) / Tuesday, Mar. 15

If you listen to music on a recurring basis, then chances are you’ve heard the sounds of a wind instrument. From sousaphone to saxophone, wind instruments are a fundamental element in bands across America. In this lesson, we will explore both brass and woodwind instruments and compare / contrast their playing styles, sounds, and even their histories. Join us to explore the whimsical wind instruments.

Physics: Astrophysics (Virtual) / Tuesday, Mar. 22

Have you ever wondered about the physics of space? How do black holes and massive objects work? In this lesson, the mysteries of our universe will be broken down in several ways starting with the beginning of time, black holes, how light is affected by masses, and including some fun extra things about cosmology and astronomy. In addition, we will explore brief optics and interesting facts about the improvement of space exploration! Join us as we probe into the history of astronomy and the physics of space, as we seek to uncover the Mysteries of our Universe!

Robotics: Design, Build, Deploy! (Virtual) / Thursday, Mar. 24

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get a robot from idea to product? In this lesson, we’ll discover how engineers design a robot and discuss design similarities between robots in the industry. We’ll also learn how robots are mass-produced or hand-crafted to maintain design quality while minimizing cost. Join us to learn about robotics and test your new engineering skills with a robot design challenge!

Spanish: Around the World! (Virtual) / Tuesday, Mar. 29

¡Bienvenidos! Do you like food and learning about different cultures? Then join us as we continue our journey around the world learning about different Spanish-speaking countries. This spring, we will travel virtually to Nicaragua, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Spain! We will explore days of celebration, famous figures, food and music from the area, all while incorporating vocabulary and common Spanish phrases. ¡Espero verte pronto!