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    Summer Skills Center Course Descriptions

    Note for Summer 2021: The Skills Center will follow guidance from state, city and district officials to determine when we can resume in-person instruction.

    Exploring Computer Science

    Exploring Computer Science will develop the computer science skills of algorithm development, problem solving, and programming. Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers and societal and ethical issues of software engineering. This course is designed for students interested in computing careers and is a broad introduction to computer science. There are five content areas in the Exploring Computer Science curriculum: Human Interface Interaction; Problem Solving; Web Design; Introduction to Programming; and Robotics. Students will learn what programmers and computer scientists do and how technologists think.

    Family Health

    Family Health is a .5 credit class that will focus on making choices for a healthy lifestyle.  It is designed to help prepare students for life-long problem solving, critical thinking and management skills related to health and wellness issues impacting individuals and families. Topics include wellness, CPR/AED training, fitness and nutrition, mental health, substance abuse, relationships, human sexuality, and other current health and wellness issues. Students will be expected to apply practical health information to their everyday lives. Students will receive their CPR/AED certification upon completion.

    Intro to 360 Video

    Explore how to create immersive 360 video that allows the viewer to be situated in the story. Students interested in virtual reality,  film or animation production will create a short videos that allow them to learn more about this emerging medium, and gain experience with creative software while learning 21st-century skills necessary for success in this new industry.

    Intro to Aerospace Technology

    Seattle is home to the world's greatest aircraft company and many of its supporting industries. In this course students will learn how to build, service, and modify aircraft and aircraft components. 

    Intro to Automotive Technology

    Learn basic vehicle maintenance and safety requirements in the automotive industry. Students will participate in hands-on learning, field trips, and guest speakers from related industries.

    Intro to Computer Animation (Cyber Camp)

    Learn about digital art, animation, and gaming at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment! Get acquainted with C programming and create a simple video game in Unity. Students will learn about Game development (3D modeling, C# programming and 3D animation).


    Intro to Construction Trades

    This course covers both residential and commercial construction with an emphasis on job site safety. Students will focus on employability skills, problem-solving, trainability, team building, and will work on a tiny house for the homeless.

    Intro to Culinary Arts

    Learn various cooking techniques during hands-on food production labs. Increase your knowledge of the culinary industry, learning about various occupations within this broad area.

    Intro to Engineering

    Prepare for a hands-on opportunity for students to explore problem-solving skills. Students work from sketching simple geometric shapes to applying a solid modeling computer software package.

    Intro to Firefighting & Emergency Medical Services

    This course introduces students to careers as firefighters and other emergency services careers. It includes instruction in firefighting equipment operation and maintenance, and principles of fire science.

    Intro to Graphic Arts

    This course serves as a fusion between technical skill and graphic mastery. Students will learn how to use the Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign) effectively and learn to apply the principles of graphic design to a variety of print-based graphic design projects. 

    Intro to Horticulture

    This course introduces the student to the general field of Environmental Horticulture. The students will have the opportunity to learn through direct experiences through hands on learning at the Nathan Hale Urban Farm and gain insight into related careers, including agricultural research, farming, public service, greenhouse/nursery management, business and entrepreneurship, landscape design, and environmental science.

    Intro to Interpretation/Translation

    Students will learn the fundamental career and professional skills of interpreting and translation. This course is for students who speak two languages (one of them must be English) and are interested in helping others communicate. The course introduces students to a wide variety of interesting careers requiring knowledge of more than one language and culture. Students will use the skills of a professional interpreter while learning about the ethics of translation and interpreting. 

    Intro to Maritime Vessel Operations

    This course blends modern and traditional seamanship skills. Hands-on learning in navigation, engine maintenance, and vessel handling, while exploring a range of in-demand maritime careers. 

    Intro to Medical Careers

    Participate in project-based learning, increasing your knowledge of the various fields of medical careers including nurse assisting, health science, and medical assisting.

    Intro to Molecular Biology Research Techniques

    Students interested in research but don’t have prior lab experience, this is for you!  Intro to Molecular Biology & Research Techniques is a course aimed at teaching high school students about basic techniques in molecular biology. Students will perform various techniques including gel electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction, DNA purification, and other selected topics. 

    Intro Multimedia Broadcasting (radio)    

    Intro to Multimedia Broadcasting centers around media content creation with an emphasis on broadcast radio and podcasting.  Learn how to make audio stories using industry-standard recording and production tools.  Master the lifelong skill of thinking critically about the media you see and hear every day.  Discover how a broadcast radio station operates and explore basic media law and ethics.  By the end of the course, students will have the necessary skills to become a volunteer at C89.5 FM and be capable of creating their own digital media content.

    Intro to Teaching Academy/Careers in Education

    This class introduces students to a variety of careers in the field of education, from preschool, K-12 teaching, to specialty areas, such as bilingual or special education. Students will gain an introductory understanding of foundational concepts related to childhood development, culturally responsive teaching, and historical turning points that have shaped where we are today. Through class discussions, multimedia, speakers, and hands-on assignments, students will have multiple opportunities to take ownership of their own learning, and get clarity and direction about how to pursue a career in education or related field.

    Intro to Video Production

    Explore how artists communicate through a variety of digital formats! Students interested in film or animation production will create a short documentary in order to gain experience with creative software while learning 21st-century skills necessary for success in the industry.

    Introduction to Virtual Reality

    Virtual Reality is a rapidly growing technology with applications in several different fields. This course introduces students to high-level computers science concepts and creative design approaches while they learn how to use immersive technologies. Students will learn product design theory, programming concepts and product management skills while using industry-specific software to create small projects.