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Is your child interested in making game music, creating videos, playing chess, or doing a whole suite of other fun activities? Our talented teachers know a lot more than coding. They are also artists, musicians, data scientists, and more. Above all, they are passionate about teaching. Check out these fun classes created and taught by our very own teachers who teach coding, robotics, design, and more with Create & Learn. These classes complement programs offered by Create & Learn and help your child expand into more areas. Check out the classes and Happy Learning!

Basics of Photoshop
Elizabeth Stockfish

Have you ever wanted to make a monkey have a shark head? Or make an astronaut look like he was swimming the cloudy skies? Well, now you can learn how! Photoshop is the most popular digital design program used by graphic designers, allowing you to create anything your mind can conjure up. The creative possibilities are endless! Join us for Basics of Photoshop to get the low-down on some of the most useful tools in Photoshop! In the first class, students will learn how to navigate Photoshop and use layers, masks, crops, direct selection, and brushes to combine multiple images into a digital collage. Further sessions will delve deeper into color, adjustments, blending modes, editing tools, text, and shapes. Photoshop requires a paid monthly subscription. This class will run for 4 weeks, so a subscription to Photoshop will be required for the duration of the class. Adobe offers 60% the entire Creative Cloud Suite for Students here: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html. Adobe also offers Photoshop individually under their Photography plan here: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/photography.html. Check out the Basics of Photoshop camp if a subscription to Photoshop is unavailable to you. The camp will allow you to take advantage of the Photoshop 7-day free trial!

Next class: Nov 27, 2021, 9:00 AM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Become a Chess Pro: Intro for Young Beginners
Central NY Chess

This class is for young learners with little or no exposure to chess. We'll start by teaching the foundational basics of the game, and then build upon that foundation to introduce key strategies for winning games. Each meeting starts with explanation and discussion, followed by, for the remaining duration of each class, virtual chess games between the classmates, with live coaching and feedback by the instructor. We host our virtual games on ChessKid.com, the leading scholastic virtual chess platform; we provide all students with a premium "Gold Membership" to ChessKid while they are enrolled in our camps. By the end of this camp, students will have a thorough foundational understanding of the game of chess, how to plan ahead, and how to win against their peers. They will also leave with a basic understanding of how competitive chess tournaments are structured, and will feel prepared to compete against peers of their age and skill levels. No homework will be assigned, but students are encouraged to practice what they've learned against family and friends, at home or online, between classes. Camp Schedule: Day 1 - The Basics: Board Setup Piece Movement Introduction to Check & Checkmate ChessKid Tutorial & Practice Games Day 2 - Opening & Closing Games: The "D" and "E" Pawns The Staircase Checkmate More Practice Games Day 3 - Special Moves: Castling Pawn Promotion More Practice Games Day 4 - Advanced Strategy: Fork Attacks Introduction to Chess Puzzles More Practice Games Day 5 - Conclusion: In-Class Tournament Final Review of Lessons & Tournament Games

Next class: Nov 29, 2021, 4:00 AM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Become a Chess Pro: Intermediate Lessons for Established Players
Central NY Chess

This camp is for young learners with strong previous experience with chess (such as completing our Beginner camp). We'll briefly review the basics of the game, and then spend most of the semester building upon that foundation with proven strategies used by advanced players, including early-game checkmate techniques. Each meeting starts with explanation and discussion, followed by, for the remaining duration of each class, virtual chess games between the classmates, with live coaching and feedback by the instructor. We host our virtual games on ChessKid.com, the leading scholastic virtual chess platform; we provide all students with a premium "Gold Membership" to ChessKid while they are enrolled in our camps. By the end of this camp, students will have a competitive edge in the game of chess, with a greater understanding of the game and greater confidence in themselves than they began with. They will also leave with a better understanding of how competitive chess tournaments are structured, and will feel prepared to compete and win against peers of their age and skill levels. No homework will be assigned, but students are encouraged to practice what they've learned against family and friends, at home or online, between classes. Camp Schedule: Day 1 - Brushing Up on the Basics: Brief Review of Beginner-Level Topics Protecting Pieces on the Board En Passant Capturing ChessKid Tutorial & Practice Games Day 2 - Swift & Shrewd Strategies: The Four Move Checkmate Pins & Skewers More Practice Games Day 3 - A Delicate Balance: The King and Queen Sandwich Checkmate Something to Avoid: Stalemate More Practice Games Day 4 - Puzzle Day: Introduction to Checkmate Puzzles More Practice Games Day 5 - Conclusion: In-Class Tournament Final Review of Lessons & Tournament Games

Next class: Nov 29, 2021, 4:30 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Drawing - Christmas Themed
Sarah Hofheins

Learn to become more confident in your drawing skills. We'll practice drawing exercises and learn some techniques while still expressing our creativity. The examples in this class will be Christmas themed, but the skills are transferable to any future drawing!

Next class: Dec 1, 2021, 12:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Become a Chess Pro: Lessons for Advanced Players
Central NY Chess

This camp is for young learners who already have a significant formal chess background, likely including having attended multiple previous camps. All learners are expected to already be comfortable with all of the foundational rules of chess, up to and including en passant capturing and stalemate, and also have a prerequisite knowledge of multiple checkmate strategies including the Scholar’s Mate (The “Four Move Checkmate”). Throughout the semester we will review historic games of famous chess Masters and Grandmasters, analyze the strategies employed, and learn how and when to replicate them, including some variations. Each meeting starts with explanation and discussion, followed by, for the remaining duration of each class, virtual chess games between the classmates, with live coaching and feedback by the instructor. We host our virtual games on ChessKid.com, the leading scholastic virtual chess platform; we provide all students with a premium "Gold Membership" to ChessKid while they are enrolled in our camps. By the end of this camp, students should have a deep understanding of the advanced chess strategies discussed and how to implement them against their peers. No homework will be assigned, but students are encouraged to practice what they've learned against family and friends, at home or online, between classes. Camp Schedule: Day 1 - The Opera Game: Analysis of Grand-Master Paul Morphy's Famous Historic Game in 1858 ChessKid Tutorial & Practice Games Day 2 - Advanced Tactics: The King and Rook Checkmate The Sicilian Defense (and Variations) More Practice Games Day 3 - Commonly Played Openings: The Italian Game The French Defense The Spanish Opening The Petrov Defense More Practice Games Day 4 - Magnus vs. Karjaken: Analysis of the Final Game of the 2016 World Championship More Practice Games Day 5 - Conclusion: In-Class Tournament Final Review of Lessons & Tournament Games

Next class: Dec 6, 2021, 4:30 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Become a Chess Pro: Advanced Graduates Continuation Club
Central NY Chess

This camp is for young learners who have completed our Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced level camps (or otherwise have significant formal training and outstanding chess ability) and are looking for continued experiential learning following a similar format to our previous camps, with a dynamic revolving curriculum to facilitate a camp experience that can be repeated multiple times and still be productive and enjoyable. Each day of the camp focuses on a different aspect of chess learning and allows the students to experience something new about chess in addition to virtual chess games between the classmates each day with live coaching and feedback by the instructor. We host our virtual games on ChessKid.com, the leading scholastic virtual chess platform; we provide all students with a premium "Gold Membership" to ChessKid while they are enrolled in our camps. Camp Schedule: Day 1 - Reinforcement: Instructor & Students Collaborate to Examine & Address any Weak Points in their Understanding of Chess Theory & Strategy ChessKid Tutorial & Practice Games Day 2 - New Topic Discussion: Different for each Section of the "Continuation Club" camp, a New Topic (or Topics) will be introduced for Explanation & Discussion, either at the Request of the Students or the Suggestion of the Instructor; this may include intricate openings, gambits, checkmate strategies, or any other high-concept topic. More Practice Games Day 3 - Puzzle Day: Checkmate Puzzles (Different for each Section of the "Continuation Club" camp) More Practice Games Day 4 - Game Analysis: Rather than examining games of famous chess masters, the Instructor will lead the class in one or more in-depth analysis discussions revolving around games that the students played against each other earlier in the week, to highlight the missed opportunities, potential alternate outcomes of games, and to get students into the habit of using personal retrospective game analysis as a tool to learn from their mistakes and improve for the future. More Practice Games Day 5 - Conclusion: In-Class Tournament Final Review of Lessons & Tournament Games

Next class: Dec 13, 2021, 4:30 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Thanksgiving & Winter Space Exploration Camps: Jumpstart your Path to a Space Career
Bruce Callow

In these exciting 4 session camps students are introduced to key space missions, careers and NASA mentors which will inspire the students on their paths to working in the aerospace industry. Join me as we travel through the solar system and beyond and learn about the real people who do amazing space jobs. ( engineers, scientists etc). We will discuss past, current and future space missions including the Artemis missions to the moon, the Perseverance Mars Rover, Voyager, the discovery of exoplanets, CubeSats, upcoming missions to Europa and Titan. Students will be given tips on how to go about applying for NASA internships and will be provided opportunities to connect directly with NASA specialists/mentors. My teaching style is fun and informal and I explain complex ideas in an enjoyable way so my students have fun as they interactively explore their interest in space exploration. I am fortunate to have many contacts who work on space missions at NASA centers, universities and other space agencies. Introducing my students to NASA mentors gives me great satisfaction and gives the students an advantage for conducting further space research and exploring their paths to working in the space industry. Students will be given the assignment of creating a space mission and explaining it to the rest of the class. Students will have the opportunity to act out mock NASA internship interviews to help prepare them for when they apply for internships.

Next class: Dec 19, 2021, 9:30 AM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Basics of Photoshop Camp
Elizabeth Stockfish

Have you ever wanted to make a monkey have a shark head? Or make an astronaut look like he was swimming the cloudy skies? Well, now you can learn how! Photoshop is the most popular digital design program used by graphic designers, allowing you to create anything your mind can conjure up. The creative possibilities are endless! Join us for Basics of Photoshop to get the low-down on some of the most useful tools in Photoshop! In the first class, students will learn how to navigate Photoshop and use layers, masks, crops, direct selection, and brushes to combine multiple images into a digital collage. Further sessions will delve deeper into color, adjustments, blending modes, editing tools, text, and shapes. In this camp, you still learn all the Basics of Photoshop, just all in one week! Adobe offers a 7-day FREE trial of Photoshop that can be used for this camp-style class. Download and install the 7-day free trial up to 2 days before the first class to ensure the trail period will cover all 4 days of the class. And don't forget to cancel the trial once class is finished so you don't get charged for the full program.

Next class: Dec 20, 2021, 9:30 AM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Rocket Camp!
Ken Patel

Are you excited about outer space, science, or humans going to the moon and Mars? Have you been watching rocket launches and astronaut videos, like those from the popular space company, SpaceX? Well then you probably want to learn more about ROCKETS and this class was designed for you! In this class, you will learn the answers to: * What exactly is a rocket? * When was the first rocket invented? * How does a rocket work? * What kinds of rockets are there? * Can I ride on a rocket? * What might rockets be like in the future? We will start with the history of the rocket, cover rocket fundamentals, and talk about the new rockets being developed today and in the future. A must for any student curious and excited about space exploration!

Next class: Dec 23, 2021, 11:00 AM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Atom Secrets & The Periodic Table of Elements
Quantum Physics for Kids

This 4-session Camp offers a fun and engaging introduction to the fields of Chemistry and Quantum Physics! The Atom Secrets Camp explores atoms, subatomic particles and the Periodic Table of Elements, over four 50-minute sessions meeting Monday-Thursday. The course introduces students to 54 atomic elements, while exploring advanced concepts such as electron orbitals, covalent and ionic molecular bonds, and the structural organization of the Periodic Table. The course utilizes specially-designed cartoon Atom Cards (for atomic elements 1-54, provided as PDF handouts upon enrollment). In addition, printable full-color Review Handouts will be provided for each class session. Parent Review: "I dare say this was my son’s favorite class ever! Wonderfully knowledgeable teacher. Excellent communication and materials." Class 1: Hydrogen (1) to Neon (10) | Class 2: Sodium (11) to Argon (18) | Class 3: Potassium (19) to Krypton (36) | Class 4: Rubidium (37) to Xenon (54)

Next class: Dec 27, 2021, 9:30 AM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Math Tutoring: Grades 6-8, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-calculus
Namita Manohar

Namita is a former high school math teacher who loved taking advanced math classes in both high school and college. As a former math teacher and tutor I have lots of experience with breaking down problems and explaining concepts in many different ways. I am able to help with homework assignments and also test preparation. TN Licensed Teacher in Mathematics 6 -12

Math Tutoring: Grades K-8, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-calculus, Calculus
Ben Lipper

Math has always been one of my best and favorite subjects. I have experience in mathematics from the basics of Arithmetic, through Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Trig, Calculus, and even up to Linear Algebra, Matrices, and Vector Calculus. Additionally, I got a perfect score on both the SAT and ACT math sections, as well as a perfect score on the math subject test and a 5 on both AP Calculus exams (AB and BC).

Math Tutoring: Grades 3-8, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry
Najeeb Rahman

Engineer with advanced courses in math. Helping k-10 students with math for last 10 years. Helped students score high in quantitative reasoning sections of aptitude tests.

Math Tutoring: Grades 5-12, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-calculus, Calculus
Sharmain Henderson

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Illustrator and Graphic Design Camp
Sarah Hofheins

Students will learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator and design principles. You can use Illustrator to create anything from illustrations and graphics to logos. Adobe describes Illustrator as, "the industry standard design app that lets you capture your creative vision with shapes, color, effects, and typography. Work across desktop and mobile devices and quickly create beautiful designs that can go anywhere—print, web and apps, video and animations, and more."