Middle School

Fall Mini-Skills Course Offerings in Innovation Lab
Categories: General, Middle School, Upper School
Posted: 10/17/2017

This fall, Whitefield is offering a variety of mini-skills courses that will be utilizing our new Innovation Lab. From circuitry to woodworking to sewing, there's something to interest every student.

A description of each course offering is listed below. To register, please click here. Registration for each course ends the day before the course begins, so be sure to sign up today!

Course Title: Basic Technology
Couse instructor: Jackson Holbrook, Bryan Holsinger, and Matthew David
Course Description: In the age of technology, it is fundamental for future pioneers to learn the basics that drive this world forward. This class will teach the building blocks of circuitry and computers necessary to succeed in today’s world. Wow your family, teachers, and friends with your tech mastery! You’ll learn the science of electronics, the functionality of breadboards (not food related), the basic workings of computers, and more!

Course Capacity: 12
Grade Levels: 5-8
Course fee: $25
Course meeting days: Mondays, 3:15 to 5:15 p.m., 10/23, 10/30, 11/6
Course location: Innovation Lab MOD room 600
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Course Title: Flash Technology – 1
Couse instructor: Flash Corliss
Course description: Learn to solder! Soldering is the metal bonding of electronic components to printed circuit boards to create electronic gadgetry that enhances our everyday lives. In this class, you will learn how to make those solder connections on a prototype circuit board which includes a micro-controller and various LEDs (light emitting diodes). No previous soldering experience required.

Now that you have soldered your Maxi Flashy Blinky board, learn to program it in BASIC! Using simple commands, you can write and upload new "firmware" to your Blinky board to customize the lighting patterns. Impress your friends with your computer programming skills. No previous programming experience required.

Course Capacity: 12
Grade Levels: 5+
Course fee: $40
Course meeting: Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., 10/25 and 11/1
Course location: Innovation Lab MOD room 600
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Course Title: Flash Technology – 2
Couse instructor: Flash Corliss
Course description: In this class, you will construct your own wearable gear, attaching electronic components to printed circuit boards by melting a tin alloy using soldering irons. The mood medallion kit includes a micro-controller, thermal sensor, and a RGB (red/green/blue) LED. No previous soldering experience required.

Using BASIC, read-through and re-program the code used to make the mood medallion function. Learn how to talk to the ADC (analog to digital converter) and then display that value using the RGB LED. You can pick any color of the rainbow and display that color using PWM (pulse width modulation) output to the LED. Come to this class to learn more. Some programming experience helpful but not required.

Course Capacity: 12
Grade Levels: 5+
Course fee: $40
Course meeting: Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., 11/8 and 11/15
Course location: Innovation Lab MOD room 600
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Course Title: Learn to use Tinkercad
Couse instructor: Jim Kelly 
Course description: Come and learn how to use Tinkercad, which is a simple, online 3D design and 3D printing app for everyone. Tinkercad is used by designers, hobbyists, teachers, and kids to make toys, prototypes, home decor, Minecraft models, jewelry, and much more! Each of the three sessions are identical. A more advanced Tinkercad course will be offered later to the 18 students who complete this one-hour introductory session.

Course Capacity: 6
Grade Levels: 5+
Course fee: FREE
Course meeting: Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 10/24, 11/7, 11/14
Course location: Innovation Lab MOD room 600
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Course Title: Introduction to Woodworking
Couse instructor: Matthew David 
Course description: Come and learn how to use some basic woodworking tools in transforming an old wooden pallet into a rustic sign. Would be a perfect Christmas gift. 

Course Capacity: 10
Grade Levels: 5+
Course fee: $30
Course meeting: Thursdays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
Course location: Innovation Lab MOD room 601
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Course Title: Native American Mini-Moccasin Project
Couse instructor: Dr. Ron Farrar
Location: Innovation Lab MOD Room 606
Course Description: Applying critical-thinking skills and creativity through the construct of a Native American mini-moccasin (History, Science, Technology, and Art).
Students will construct and create their own mini-moccasin over the course of two class sessions, with the finished products being ready to take home by Thanksgiving break. This course will enhance students’ appreciation for Native American culture, art, and history. Students will use felt, thread, yarn, darning needles, a hot glue gun, glass beads, and paint to create their unique shoe. Each moccasin will reflect the individual style and characteristic of its maker.
Definition of a moccasin: “A moccasin is a soft, flexible Native American shoe made of deerskin or other soft leather. The vamp, or upper part of the moccasin, is often adorned with embroidery or beading. Traditionally, the way in which the vamps were decorated varied depending on which region or tribe a person was from and served as one way the person could be identified.”

Mini-Moccasin Course Offering 1
Course Capacity: 8
Grade Levels: Middle School
Course fee: $35
Course meetings: Tuesday, October 24, and Thursday, October 26, from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.
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Mini-Moccasin Course Offering 2
Course Capacity: 8
Grade Levels: Middle School
Course fee: $35
Course meetings: Wednesday, October 25, and Wednesday, November 1, from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.
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