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Middle School Courses (Grades 6-8)

2017 Course Offerings

Period 1 and 2: 8 a.m.-Noon

A Mindful Exploration Into the Natural World

Non-Credit

In this four-hour seminar, students will build an awareness of natural systems while engaging in food production and processing in HPA’s campus gardens and through conservation-related projects around Hawai‘i Island. This two-part class will begin with an intensive, hands-on introduction to sustainable food systems. Students will use both the food created and ecological literacy gained in the first half to fuel the work of the second half of the course as they partner with community organizations that serve to preserve Hawai‘i’s precious ecosystems. Nature awareness and mindfulness are major themes interwoven throughout the course.

Period 1: 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

Algebra I

Algebra I focuses on the essential topics for competence in Algebraic manipulation. This includes solving equations and inequalities, graphing and interpreting linear and quadratic functions, application of the laws of exponents and exponential equations, and computation of polynomials. Algebraic thinking skills are developed through a variety of classroom activities, including group and individual investigations, hands-on manipulatives, real-world problem solving, projects, class discussions, and utilizing technology.

Introduction to VR/AR

The Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) course will introduce students to the fantastic world of VR/AR. Students will research both VR and AR to discover the differences and similarities, and the potential application of these technologies to the educational environment and other areas of society. Students will be building their own VR viewers out of recycle materials. The course will be comprised of hands-on experiential learning opportunities, research components, and presentation preparation.

Mixed Media Ceramics: STEAM Energy

STEAM is the energy of invention. Artistic inspiration for students in Mixed Media Ceramics will come as we investigate the biographies of the inventors and creators of our time. Personal characteristics, the inventions, artwork, ideas, microscopic and telescopic objects of study, and objects used for study will be our source material. Our creative work will know no bounds as amoebas turn into spaceships and clay turns into glass. All manner of hand-building techniques will be explored such as coil and slab. Students will spend another portion of the class testing their skill and determination to master the art of the wheel-thrown vessel. In this way wheels will reinvent the future as each student’s original creative life is explored and expressed.

The Science of Creative Writing

In this creative writing course, exploratory lessons will awaken student imaginations and passions for both STEM and creative writing, encourage identity with scientific endeavors, and make both science and writing fun. These hands-on creative writing lessons will foster discovery, deep learning, and rich inquiry skills. Whether exploring fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry, the overriding goal will be to make scientific principles relevant to students’ lives and inspire them to explore STEM topics further. For example, in the “How to Write Science Fiction” workshop, students learn to apply scientific principles and their own imagination to create enthralling stories.

Period 2: 10 a.m.-Noon

Basic Web Developement

The Internet is a part of our technologically advanced society. Many businesses make millions of dollars with just a website! More information is available to anyone with an Internet connection than all the books in all the libraries in Hawai‘i! The Internet works because of websites which are built using several types of coding languages. The foundational building blocks are HTML and CSS. In this course, students will learn the basics to HTML and CSS programming. Students will explore and be able to work at their own pace using The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standard training software. Students will also research and learn about WYSIWYG web development software. Come and learn about the building blocks of the Internet and make your own website!

CSI and Forensics: Not Just Digging Up Bones!

Have you ever thought about being a Crime Scene Investigator? What about a Forensic Pathologist? A Ballistics Specialist? Learn about the science behind crime scene investigations! Students will explore many of these topics through case studies, films, hands-on labs, reading, guest speakers, and field trips. Topics will include evidence collection, fingerprints, DNA profiling, blood and blood spatter, drug toxicology, handwriting analysis, bite analysis, soil examination, forensic anthropology, cause of death, glass evidence, and much more! This class will help you look at science in a whole new way!

Robotics

In this course, students will build electronic circuits, control these circuits through code and then use the circuits as integral parts of a mobile robot. Teacher led introductory sessions will progress to small group, project-based efforts which will test the students' understanding and perseverance. Students will learn to think like a computer scientist, with a strong emphasis on problem solving. Additionally, collaborative skills will be developed to enhance team efforts needed to successfully compete with other groups.

Period 3: 1-3 p.m.

Capture the Big Island/Summer Yearbook

Dive into your passion for photography as you find inspiration amid the rolling hills of the Kohala Mountains, the crystal clear water of Hapuna Beach, and the rainbow of colors of Hawai'i Island! Under the guidance of a professional photographer, students gain a basic understanding of techniques such as angling, centering, framing and exposure. Together we’ll capture candid shots to create a yearbook of summer memories and personal projects the students will carry with them long after their tans have faded.

Required: To participate in this class students must have their own digital camera and USB cable or memory card reader.

Endemic Hawai'i: Design Thinking and Print Making

For students who are new to the course and want to learn the foundations of design visualization and printmaking in the traditional ohe kapala style. Create your own unique limited edition print design inspired by nature, tradition and craft of the Hawaiian culture. Students will discover creativity exercises, visual storytelling, and sketching from observation. Students will develop ohe kapala stamps and prints inspired by these exercises. The final work will be displayed at HPA’s Isaacs Art Center as a part of the final summer exhibition.

Food, Fun and Culture: Foodie Tours Around the World

Hawai‘i is an amalgamation of many cultures, and through this class, students get a glimpse into different parts of the world. Students will embark on a cultural journey that includes the exploration of music, language, art, and food. Each week students will explore a new theme and culture. Students will experience the culture and cuisine of Japan, Italy, Mexico, and Hawai‘i.

Mixed Media Ceramics: STEAM Energy

STEAM is the energy of invention. Artistic inspiration for students in Mixed Media Ceramics will come as we investigate the biographies of the inventors and creators of our time. Personal characteristics, the inventions, artwork, ideas, microscopic and telescopic objects of study, and objects used for study will be our source material. Our creative work will know no bounds as amoebas turn into spaceships and clay turns into glass. All manner of hand-building techniques will be explored such as coil and slab. Students will spend another portion of the class testing their skill and determination to master the art of the wheel-thrown vessel. In this way wheels will reinvent the future as each student’s original creative life is explored and expressed.

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