Category Archives: Fall 2020

August 28th, 2020 by 
Our Robot Overlords: Cyborgs and A.I. in Media We will discuss and explore the topic of artificial intelligence as portrayed in media and discussed in the public sphere. More and more, computer-based decision making and algorithms are becoming part of our lives. While there are realistic doubts, we have many cautionary tales in movies and books about the dangers of AI run amok and destroying humanity. Should we welcome our AI overlords or keep them under human control? Why are some people anxious or fearful about artificial intelligence, and why are some excited about bringing Alexa into our homes? Taught …
June 14th, 2020 by 
The Stargazer’s Club - Family Series Do you and your family love to look at the night sky, imagining what is out there in the vast universe? Wouldn't it be fun to be part of a community of stargazers? The Stargazer's Club is an online community that meets monthly to learn about the cosmos. This club is geared for the whole family, from littlest to adults. Using the course, The Stargazer's Notebook, as a guide, members of the club will map the night sky, get information about special events, and prove the heliocentric model for the planetary motion. Each month there …
June 14th, 2020 by 
Project-Based Human Heredity Has there ever been a time when it felt more important to understand Human Genetics?  This high-interest course introduces the principles and applications of human heredity, AKA human genetics. In addition to human genetics, student will accrue general knowledge about genetics and the evolution of all organisms. The first three weeks of this class will focus on general principles of genetics.  After that, students will build on this knowledge as they apply those principles in a pertinent and meaningful way as they learn about human heredity and genetics. This course will cover Mendelian and molecular genetics, cell …
June 8th, 2020 by 
Understanding Identity: Introduction to Intersectionality Studies “Identity” is a concept that we see many people discuss and share today.  In this course, we will learn how identity is thought of, expressed, and talked about. We will also explore historical and social contexts for how people with different identities have been treated when they were not in the majority.   We will also explore the concept of "intersectionality," which is an important concept today that helps us to understand how social differences and categories affect how people live their lives. We will discuss how this concept brings together gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQIAA+ …
June 8th, 2020 by 
Reboots and Retellings for High School We will discuss and examine how stories can be remade and retold in new and/or flashier ways, sometimes to be more relevant to modern audiences, sometimes to make more money. We will look at several examples as a class to learn and practice our analysis skills, then students will choose a story to take lead on to explore as it is retold.  List of potential topics for students: Hercules/Herakles, Clash of the Titans, Wicked / Wizard of Oz, Circe, Song of Achilles, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Transformers, I Am Legend. Taught by Sabrina Weiss …
June 6th, 2020 by 
Survive a Zombie Apocalypse Students will develop a Zombie Management Plan to help us survive a zombie apocalypse. Different types of zombies will be researched and discussed through books, movies, and games. Taught by Sabrina Weiss Enroll in ClassWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: October 26-December 14 Class Size: 3-8 learners Age Range: 14+ Full Enrollment: $180 Full Enrollment with Feedback Add-On: $210 Full Class Description Students will develop a Zombie Management Plan to help us survive a zombie apocalypse. Different types of zombies will be researched and discussed through books, movies, and games. This class will be …
June 6th, 2020 by 
World War Z and the Real World We will use the book, World War Z, as a focal point to open discussion about complex world issues. Starting with the text, we will explore the sociopolitical issues that contributed to the zombie conflict in the book, then expand our discussion to understand the real world inspirations for the topics. Taught by Sabrina Weiss Enroll in ClassWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: August 31-December 18 Class Size: 3-8 learners Age Range: 14+ Full Enrollment: $360 Full Enrollment with Feedback Add-On: $400 Full Class Description We will use the book, World …
June 6th, 2020 by 
Surviving Together: A Minecraft Experience Students will use the game Minecraft as a group survival exercise. The goal will be to plan, execute, and review coordinated team activities to achieve a goal set at the start of class.  We will use a Realms server to play Minecraft Survival Mode together and learn about project management, task delegation, and cooperation skills. Time in Minecraft will be limited, and all learners will be part of a team.  Taught by Sabrina Weiss Enroll in ClassWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: September 28-December 14 Class Size: 4-15 learners Age Range: 11-13 Full …
June 6th, 2020 by 
Reboots and Retellings (for Middle School) We will discuss and examine how stories can be remade and retold in new and/or flashier ways, sometimes to be more relevant to modern audiences, sometimes to make more money. We will look at several examples as a class to learn and practice our analysis skills, then students will choose a story to take lead on to explore as it is retold.  List of potential topics for students: Hercules/Herakles, Clash of the Titans, Star Wars, Transformers, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Jungle Book, Charlotte’s Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Taught by Sabrina …