Do you love to watch robo-warriors in action? This hands-on course will provide step-by-step instruction for building your own sumo bot from the supplied kit (no soldering necessary). Your bot will be “programmed” to battle other robots in the arena. You will learn how to control DC motors, bluetooth receivers, LEDs, infrared transmitters, and sonic range detectors. Parents are encouraged to become part of the learning experience, and can participate as an assistant. No special technical training or knowledge is required. Students must bring a laptop and the $30 material fee due to the instructor at the first class.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3/1-4/14, no class 3/15 & 3/17, 5-7 p.m., $59 plus $30 material fee due to the instructor. Indian Hills Junior High Media Center, #ADV62.
Want to learn how to create your own comic book or graphic novel? This hands-on class uses demonstration and lots of hands-on training to teach the basics of the entire creative process. This process includes concept, page layout, various pencil and ink techniques, as well as digital art. Class taught by Will Richer.
Mondays, 11/30-12/14 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., $42. Valley Southwoods Freshman High School, Room 254, #ADV09.
Fairmeadows Elementary hosted a Cultural Arts Day on Friday, May 1. Students rotated between classroom work and stations led by cultural ambassadors. The program was coordinated by CultureALL, a Des Moines non-profit that provides interactive experiences that help Iowans learn about other cultures. The stations at Fairmeadows included Irish folk dancing, the art of henna, Jordanian sand art, and Japanese fish printing.
Fairmeadows kindergartners learn to do an Irish folk dance as part of Cultural Arts Day.
Fairmeadows students received henna tattoos for Cultural Arts Day.
One of the cultural ambassadors shows students how to make Jordanian sand art, like this camel.
Students learned about Japanese fish-printing for Fairmeadows Cultural Arts Day.
Fifth-grade students at Fairmeadows learn a West African drum song.
Students learn about Hawaiian culture before learning to dance the hula.
Fairmeadows fifth- and sixth-graders are playing guitars in Debra Augspurger’s general music classes.
The Fairmeadows fifth- and sixth-graders have been playing guitars in Debra Augspurger’s general music classes. We have acoustic six-string guitars and learn basic I, IV and V chords along with a variety of strumming patterns and techniques. We have discovered that many American folk songs are playable with only three chords. That is also true for many pop songs, such as “The Best Day of My Life,” “Brave,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Lean On Me.” There are also frequent requests for “Smoke on the Water.”