WHO KNOWS? Courses for Middle School Students
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Who Knows?, Pingree's program for middle school students, offers a selection of enrichment courses and meets Fridays for five weeks from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Parents may drop off students or stay on campus during class time. Coffee and tea is available to parents in the school's Alumni Room.
Fall 2013 courses will meet October 18, 25; November 1, 8, and 15. Course fee is $50.
Fall 2013 courses include:
Engineering is a project-based class that will introduce the basic engineering design process and then use this process to design products that help make life easier and more enjoyable for all living things. Civil, mechanical, environmental and electrical engineering will be introduced through the various designs.
Instructor: Kathy DeDieu teaches science and engineering at Pingree. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Bucknell University and a Master's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a civil and environmental engineer, she worked as a logistician/water & sanitation specialist for Doctors Without Borders in several African countries.
Class limit: 8
Find and explore the stories and poems in your every day. We will write, read, discuss, and edit your original pieces, then work together to polish and publish selections from everyone at the end of the sessions.
Instructor: In addition to being a long time member of Pingree's English Department, and its former chairperson, Ailsa Steinert taught creative writing at Pingree for many years before retiring last spring. Her poetry has been published in Comstock Review, Orion, Inkwell, two anthologies, and online in Blue Ocean Institute's Sea Stories. She still lives in the house where she and her husband raised their family in Manchester, MA.
Class limit: 12
Using state-of-the-art software and hardware in Pingree's Digital Music Lab, students will create and record original works of electronic music. Students will learn how to create their own beats, record and manipulate the sounds of voices and instruments, burn their music to a CD, and post their music online to share with others.
Instructor: Eric Haltmeier is Pingree's Director of Music and is an active composer/performer on woodwinds, keyboards, and electronic instruments. He is a member of the electro-jazz duo Space Genetics (with Paul Scea) and the avant-improv duo Stop Correcting Me (with Wilbo Wright). Eric has performed and recorded in a variety of jazz, pop, classical, and electronic music contexts and has performed and presented at festivals and conferences around the country.
Class limit: 10
This hands-on mini course will cover the three major systems of a robot: mechanical, electrical and computational. Students will work in teams to build and modify robots using the Vex Robotics platform. Students will also learn to use a variety of hand tools. No prior experience is necessary.
Instructor: David Medvitz, a graduate of Northwestern University, hails from Amesbury, MA and has taught at Pingree since 2007. He teaches computer classes and provides tech support to students and faculty at Pingree. He also supervises successful Pingree's robotics team.
Class limit: 8
Students will learn the ins and outs of moviemaking! From building simple sets to adding the finishing credits in Apple iMovie, this class will equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to turn their ideas into a motion picture.
Instructor: An experienced actress and producer, Ashley Plante has spent the majority of her lifetime making short movies and working alongside her father at New Media Associates, a marketing and video production company. In addition to having a deep understanding of modern production techniques and technology, Ashley has a love and true appreciation for classic filmmaking and antique cameras.
Class limit: 12