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Comic Book & Narrative Art: Writing and Illustrating   (ages 13-17)

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Young artists, comic book lovers and graphic novel devotees come spend a week with Elijah to learn the basics of comics and narrative art. Students will gain skills in visual storytelling, character design, and page layout including composition, perspective and value. Students will learn about the pencil and ink process as well as comic writing.

Each student will have the option to create their own short penciled, inked, and lettered, short comic that will be published in a collection of the classes' work available to each student at the end of the week.

No experience necessary!

3 Tue. Thu., Oct. 4 - 20
4 - 6:30 pm
Room: 1605
Register by Sept. 12: $180
Register after Sept. 12: $195
plus $45 materials fee

register online

 

Elijah Pfotenhauer is a local Santa Cruz Illustrator, painter and teacher. He grew up drawing comics and creating worlds then studying Character Animation at Cal Arts. He has 10 years experience in the fields of graphic art and illustration. He has painted several public murals, and worked with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Oakland’s Community Rejuvenation Project and through the William James Association.

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Intro to Minecraft™ Worlds (ages 7-10)

 

 

Explore deserts, mountains, treehouses, and oceans of your own making using MinecraftEdu! Minecraft is phenomenally-popular simulation software that encourages kids to be creative and solve problems.

REGISTER EARLY! This class is limited to only 10 students each session.

4 Tue., Sept. 20 - Oct. 11
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Room: 1521

Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online


4 Tue., Oct. 18 - Nov. 8
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Room: 1520
Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online

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Intermediate Zombie Minecraft™ (ages 7-10)

 

 

 

Have fun building a hut or castle, setting off volcanoes, or sailing and interacting with Vikings, but watch out for Zombies! Students will explore and learn a variety of advanced problem-solving skills while using MinecraftEdu and interacting with Zombies.

REGISTER EARLY! This class is limited to only 10 students each session.

4 Tue., Oct. 18 - Nov. 8
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Room: 1521

Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online


4 Tue., Nov. 15 - Dec. 13 (no class Nov. 22)
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Room: 1521
Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online

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Advanced Minecraft™ - Mining, Redstone & Turtle Programming (ages 7-10)

 

 

 

Using MinecraftEdu students will learn to build a mine track and ride a mine cart using switches and gears. Students will also learn how to program “turtles” to build bridges and other objects, and explore Redstone programming.

REGISTER EARLY! This class is limited to only 10 students each session.

4 Tue., Nov. 15 - Dec. 13 (no class Nov. 22)
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Room: 1522
Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online

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Intro to Racing Robotics (ages 7-10)

 

 

 

Explore the fascinating world of robotics with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT™. Students will build and program a robotic race car and explore how to develop winning strategies. Design & build several robotic racing vehicles, then race them on an indoor race track!

REGISTER EARLY! This class is limited to only 10 students each session.

4 Thu., Sept. 22 - Oct. 13
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Room: 1521

Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online


4 Thu., Oct. 20 - Nov. 10
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Room: 1521
Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online

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Intro to Robotics, Sumo & Tug-of-War (ages 11-13)

 

 

 

Explore the fascinating world of robotics with LEGO® NXT™ and coding by building and programming a sumo wrestling robot and a tug-of-war robot. First, students will program a robot to push its opponent out of a sumo arena; then, they will program a robot to compete in a tug-of-war competition with another robot, all-the-while learning how to develop the best winning strategies. Use your creativity and add a pusher or robotic arm to increase your chances of winning.

REGISTER EARLY! This class is limited to only 10 students each session.

4 Thu., Sept. 22 - Oct. 13
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 2100B

Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online

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Intermediate Robotics – Robotic Animals (ages 7-10)

 

 

 

Students will learn about robotics and animal behavior while they build & program a robotic animal. It could be a Frog, Gorilla, Polar Bear, Sloth, Dinosaur, Alligator, or others. This is a great way to learn about "behavior-based robotics", where robots are used to simulate living creatures.

REGISTER EARLY! This class is limited to only 10 students each session.

4 Thu., Oct. 20 - Nov. 10
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Room: 1521

Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online


4 Thu., Oct. 17 - Nov. 15
(no class Nov. 24)
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Room: 1521
Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online

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Intermediate Robotics Challenge Missions (ages 11-13)

 

 

 

Design and build a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robot to interact with objects to complete various missions, such as using sensors and line-following to pick up objects and navigate through a world. Students will learn about navigation, attachments and the importance of keeping a design simple, while using creativity to develop winning strategies to complete missions in a specific period of time.

REGISTER EARLY! This class is limited to only 10 students each session.

4 Thu., Oct. 20 - Nov. 10
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 2100B

Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online

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Advanced Robotics Challenge Missions (ages 7-10)

 

 

 

Design and build a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robot to interact with objects to complete various missions, such as using sensors and line-following to pick up objects and navigate through a world. Students will learn about navigation, attachments and the importance of keeping a design simple, while using creativity to develop winning strategies to complete missions in a specific period of time.

REGISTER EARLY! This class is limited to only 10 students each session.

4 Thu., Oct. 20 - Nov. 10
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 1520

Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online

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Intro to Programming (ages 7-10)

 

 

 

Learn basic gaming and programming terminology, practice problem solving and critical thinking skills using a variety of software programs. Design and program your own video game, explore the art of planning the game, programming it, and play-testing each other’s games.

REGISTER EARLY! This class is limited to only 10 students each session.

4 Wed., Sept. 21 - Oct. 12
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Room: 1521

Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online


4 Wed., Oct. 19 - Nov. 9
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Room: 1521
Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online

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Intro to Programming (ages 11-13)

 

 

 

Students will learn the CoffeeScript programming language using the Pencil Code collaborative programming environment. CoffeeScript is related to JavaScript, but more refined. Students will learn programming terminology and practice problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

REGISTER EARLY! This class is limited to only 10 students each session.

4 Wed., Sept. 21 - Oct. 12
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 1520

Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online

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Intermediate Programming (ages 7-10)

 

 

 

In this intermediate programming class students will be introduced to Scratch programming skills and strategies. Learn to connect Scratch to the physical world with the MaKey MaKey Invention Kit, WeDo, etc. and design animations and video games. Students will also learn intermediate Kodu visual programming skills.

REGISTER EARLY! This class is limited to only 10 students each session.

4 Wed., Oct. 19 - Nov. 9
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Room: 1521

Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online


4 Wed., Nov. 16 - Dec. 14
(no class Nov. 23)
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Room: 1521
Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online

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Intermediate Programming with Python (ages 11-13)

 

 

 

Have fun learning how to program with Python, a great language that is easy to learn, yet is used in the real-world by professional programmers. Students will explore game programming and animation, and learn programming concepts & terminology that are the basis of all programming.

REGISTER EARLY! This class is limited to only 10 students each session.

4 Wed., Oct. 19 - Nov. 9
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 1520

Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online

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Advanced Programming (ages 7-10)

 

 

 

In this advanced programming class students will learn the CoffeeScript programming language using the Pencil Code collaborative programming environment. CoffeeScript is related to JavaScript, but more refined. Students will learn programming terminology and practice problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

REGISTER EARLY! This class is limited to only 10 students each session.

4 Wed., Nov. 16 - Dec. 14 (no class Nov. 23)
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Room: 1521

Register by Sept. 12: $144
Register after Sept. 12: $155

register online

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Backyard Astronomer

 

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Learn how to identify the stars and constellations seen in our local skies in this fun hands-on workshop. Using the Cabrillo planetarium and observatory you will see the wonders of the universe and learn about astronomy history, methods, equipment, and recent discoveries. Get a sense of distances to planets, stars and galaxies. Learn about Black holes, dark matter and the expanding universe.

Participants should dress warmly for outdoor observation at the observatory. In case of rain or fog, class will assemble in the planetarium.

This class is appropriate for students aged 10 to adult.

2 Fri., Nov. 11 & 18
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room: 707

Register by Sept. 12: $58
Register after Sept. 12: $65

 

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Karl von Ahnen has been an amateur astronomer and telescope user since age 12. He served as lab instructor-assistant in the Cabrillo Astronomy Department for many years, and is the Director of the Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College, one of the largest school planetariums in the country.

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College Planning: Finding Colleges That Fit and How to Afford Them

Are you concerned about your child’s path to college? Do the application requirements and deadlines seem confusing? Is it hard to imagine how you can afford to pay for one (or more) college educations? If you are a parent with a middle or high school student, this class will help you and your student prepare for college. We’ll discuss how to search for colleges that fit, understand what admission committees are looking for, write that dreaded essay and create an excellent resume.

Even if your child gets in to the college of their choice, paying for college is the one of the largest expenditures most parents will face in their lifetimes. In this class we will discuss strategies that can help you reduce college costs through planning, various savings methods, and tax strategies. We will also discuss how you can maximize potential financial aid with some advanced planning.

This class will help you get through the selection and application process, and avoid many of the common mistakes that can cost your family hard-earned money.

High school students are encouraged to attend Session 1 with their parent(s) at no extra cost.

2 Thu., Sept. 29 & Oct. 6
6:45 - 8:45 pm
Room: 432

Register by Sept. 12: $54
Register after Sept. 12: $62

 

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Stephen Shapiro CPA, CFP, has advised individuals on financial matters for over 20 years and has led financial workshops since 1989.

Maureen Casey, MA is a credentialed California instructor and Administrator and a principal at Casey Educational Consulting. She is a college counselor at Bellarmine Preparatory and Educational consultant specializing in middle school through college age students and families offering college preparatory academics and guidance.

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REQUIRED Forms for Youth Programs

The information gathered in the 3 forms below is required for all minors participating in Cabrillo Extension classes.

If you register your child online you DO NOT have to complete these because we gather the information during the online registration.

If you completed your registration over the phone with an Extension staff member, mailed in or walked in your registration you must print and complete and submit these forms with your registration.

  1. Youth Program Emergency Contact and Transportation Form
  2. Youth Program Code of Conduct and Behavior Agreement
  3. Youth Program Liability Release

 


 

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