Program overview

With years of experience in professional education in the community, we know how to equip our younger generation with the necessary tools and skills for success. This session curriculum continues to offer the acclaimed courses from the past sessions and ensures that our children will have productive and fulfilling time!

2022 Summer Semester Courses: ( Saturday June 18 - Friday August 26, 2022 )

Language/Communication - Learning effective communication skills allows our students to express themselves and benefits them in the future

English Reading - Elementary School (Grade 3~4) (Time: Tuesday, 6:30~8:00PM, Virtual)

Course Description

This course is designed to help instill a love of reading to learn through nonfiction books in students from an early age through a book club format. We will be reading nonfiction texts each week from different subgenres over the course of 9 weeks (including procedural, expository, persuasive, and narrative nonfiction). During this course we will learn and review the elements of nonfiction texts including text features and text structures. This course prepares students to be the kind of readers who think critically and creatively about nonfiction. Students will leave with a newfound joy in reading nonfiction books.

Materials Required

● Post-its

● Pencil

Course Schedule:

Week 1

Lesson: Types of Nonfiction/Nonfiction text features

In-Class Activity: Gameshow Review

Homework: Read passage TBD

Week 2

Lesson: Expository Nonfiction

In-Class Activity: Elements of Expository Nonfiction

Homework: Read passage TBD

Week 3

Lesson: Expository Nonfiction

In-Class Activity: Discussion/Jamboard

Homework: Read passage TBD

Week 4

Lesson: Biography/Autobiography

In-Class Activity: Elements of (Auto)Biographies

Homework: Read passage TBD

Week 5

Lesson: Biography/Autobiography

In-Class Activity: Discussion/Jamboard

Homework: Read passage TBD

Week 6

Lesson:

In-Class Activity:

Homework:

Week 7

Lesson: Narrative Nonfiction

In-Class Activity: Discussion/Jamboard

Homework: Prepare final book report presentation


Week 8

Lesson: Book Club Day

In-Class Activity: Presentations

Homework: None

Week 9

Lesson: Book Club Day

In-Class Activity: Presentations

Homework: None

Instructor: Lindsey Harper


Lindsey Harper received her Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Cedarville University. She resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Joe, and dog, Jurgen. Lindsey Harper is certified to teacher Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade in Ohio. She taught fourth grade for 5 years, and is currently teaching fourth grade where she specializes in planning and teaching reading and science for her grade level team. Lindsey Harper has been an avid reader her entire life and desires to share her love of reading with her students.

Reading/Writing Research - Elementary School (Grade 4~5) (Time: Wednesday, 6:30~8:00PM, Virtual)

Course Description

This course is designed to help students learn how to read through the lens of a researcher. We will be applying the research process to a topic of students’ choice by reading a variety of texts on that topic. During this course we will learn and review how to read nonfiction, take notes, synthesize information from multiple sources, and create a research report with a works cited page. Students will review how to write an essay, cite sources, and create a cohesive report that teaches others what they’ve learned. This course prepares students to be the kind of readers who apply their research to an authentic writing report. Students will create a final paper that showcases not only their reading skills, but writing skills as well.

Materials Required

● Post-its

● Pencil

● Highlighter

● Index card

● Colored pencils

● Access to printer

Course Schedule:

Week 1

Lesson: Getting Started

In-Class Activity: Brainstorming Topics

Homework: Gather 3 sources on your topic (must include a hardcopy book)

Week 2

Lesson: Creating a Plan

In-Class Activity: Graphic Organizers

Homework: Choose the outline style that best fits your topic

Week 3

Lesson: Research

In-Class Activity: Model Reading & Notetaking

Homework: Choose one source and gather notes; organize in your outline

Week 4

Lesson: Research

In-Class Activity: Model Reading & Notetaking

Homework: Finish research on notecards and organize onto outline

Week 5

Lesson: Essay Review/Write a Draft

In-Class Activity: Turning an outline into an essay

Homework: Write your first draft

Week 6

Lesson: Revising

In-Class Activity: Peer Editing and Revising

Homework: Make your edits

Week 7

Lesson: Works Cited/Formatting

In-Class Activity: Model

Homework: Create Works Cited Page & Format Essay


Week 8

Lesson: Publishing Day

In-Class Activity: Sharing Your Research

Homework: None

Week 9

Lesson: Publishing Day

In-Class Activity: Sharing Your Research

Homework: None

Instructor: Ms. Lindsey Harper

Lindsey Harper received her Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Cedarville University. She resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Joe, and dog, Jurgen. Lindsey Harper is certified to teacher Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade in Ohio. She taught fourth grade for 5 years, and is currently teaching fourth grade where she specializes in planning and teaching reading and science for her grade level team. Lindsey Harper has been an avid reader her entire life and desires to share her love of reading with her students.


Main Standards Addressed

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.6

Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7

Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.8

Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.9

Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.10

By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.5

Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.6

Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7

Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.8

Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.9

Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.A

Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.B

Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.C

Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.D

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.E

Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.A

Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.B

Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.C

Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.E

Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.7

Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.8

Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.5

With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 5 here.)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.6

With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.7

Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.8

Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.

English Writing - Elementary School (Grade 4~5) (Time: Thursday, 6:30~8:00PM, Virtual )

This course, designed for fourth and fifth grade students, teaches and reviews foundational writing skills and explores various types of writing styles. It aims to help students become stronger, more educated writers using small projects and writing assignments throughout the term. The course also includes a review of grammar rules and best practices for writers aided by discussions and group activities.

The students and instructor will meet virtually once a week for nine weeks, with each session lasting 90 minutes. The class will take two weeks for detailed study and practical application of the four main writing styles: narrative, descriptive, persuasive, and expository. Students should leave this course with a reinforced understanding of core writing concepts, ultimately making them more comfortable and confident writers.

Materials Required:

Notebook, pencil, colored pen, and access to printer (helpful but not required).

Weekly Overview:

Week 1: Introduction to Writing

Write and share self introductions

Lesson: Good Writing Habits

Introduce Paragraph Planner graphic organizer


Week 2: Narrative Writing Part 1

Lesson: Steps of the Writing Process

Introduce narrative style with reading sample

Select topic and draft narrative story


Week 3: Narrative Writing Part 2

Lesson: Using Transitions in Writing

In-class activity: Transition words writing game

Revise narrative story


Week 4: Descriptive Writing Part 1

Lesson: Parts of Speech in Descriptive Language

Introduce descriptive style with reading sample

Begin sensory writing assignment


Week 5: Descriptive Writing Part 2

Lesson: Adding Details to Writing

In-class peer review of sensory writing draft

Revise sensory writing assignment


Week 6: Persuasive Writing Part 1

Lesson: Facts vs. Opinions

Introduce persuasive style with reading sample

Draft persuasive letter or email using OREO format


Week 7: Persuasive Writing Part 2

Lesson: Etiquette for Letter and Email Writing

In-class activity: Proofread and correct sample letters

Revise and share letter or email


Week 8: Expository Writing Part 1

Lesson: Research and Summary Writing

Introduce expository style with reading sample

Read and outline article using RRLC strategy

Begin drafting article summary


Week 9: Expository Writing Part 2 and Review

Lesson: Writing Strong Introductions and Conclusions

In-class activity: Practicing paragraph structure

Revise article summary

Instructor: Maria Christini


Miss Maria Christini holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Cedarville University in Ohio. She is certified to teach PreK--4th grade and has several years' experience as an elementary teacher and a private tutor. She has completed fieldwork in a number of diverse classrooms in multiple states. She is currently a teacher in a combined classroom of third through fifth grade students at a private school. Miss Maria lives in northeast Pennsylvania and is excited to continue teaching virtually with NCCAE.


English Writing - Middle School (Grade 6~8) (Time: Monday, 6:30~8:30PM, Virtual)

This writing-intensive course is designed for students entering grades 6-7-8.

For this course, we will be laying a foundation for English writing across the curriculum. We’ll be covering ways to write building blocks for essays, to more creative endeavors like flash fiction and poetry, and even some of the basics of writing a good thesis statement. Students will engage in peer review of each other’s work. We’ll also practice writing in different mediums and formats! Students will leave with a portfolio to showcase their work by the end of the course with an accompanying reflection on their progress and growth as writers, as well as an opportunity to submit to Write Michigan's Short Story Contest.


Description: Students will practice various types of writing, working through the writing process and receiving formative feedback on their work. We will also use class time to read short texts and excerpts to discuss and emulate style. Students should leave the class feeling more confident with their writing skills and with a toolbox of skills to approach any writing task.


Weekly Overview:

Week 1: Intro/Flash Fiction I

1. Introduction

2. Set Personal Writing Goals

3. Flash Stories/Styles (In-class discussion)

4. Flash Story Prompt for Week 2

Week 2: Flash Fiction II

1. Share flash stories

2. Revision Exercises (sentence level)

3. Peer Review of Flash Stories

4. Poems/Readings for Week 3

Week 3: Poetry I

1. Poetry styles (in-class discussion)

2. In-Class Group Poetry Exercises

3. Poetry Prompts/Readings for week 4

Week 4: Poetry II

1. Share Poems

2. In-Class Revision Exercises

3. Peer Review of Poems

4. Intro to Paragraphs/Thesis Statements for Week 5

Week 5: Short Essay/Thesis Statements I

1. Overview of Readings Good Short Essay Writing

2. Close Reading of our class text

3. In-class thesis statement/paragraph exercises

4. Prompts for Paragraph/Thesis Statement Exercises for Week 6

Week 6: Paragraphs/Thesis Statements II

1. Share paragraphs and draft thesis statements

2. Draft thesis statements peer review

3. Multimodal Project Prompt

Week 7: Revision and Multimodal Writing I

1. Revision Discussion (Before and After comparisons)

2. Multimodal Project Drafts Due

3. Peer Review Multimodal Projects

4. Reflective Writing/Portfolio Prompt

Week 8: Revision and Multimodal II/ Final Portfolio

1. Reflective Writing Due

2. Final Portfolios Due

3. Goal Discussion/Class Reading

Instructor: Joe Thornton

Mr. Joe Thornton holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Miami University of Ohio. He has taught courses in composition, literature, ESL, and creative writing, with special focus areas in multimodal writing and graphic literature. His nonfiction essays and short stories have appeared in The Ryder, Blue Lake Review, Under the Gum Tree, and Killjoy Magazine. He is Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the literary magazine Bad Pony. He lives and teaches writing in Southeast Michigan.

English writing - High School (Grade 9~12) (Time: Thursday, 6:30~8:30PM, Virtual)

This course will help students improve their writing skills by focusing on different styles of writing each week. We will start with shorter writing assignments at the beginning, and build into a larger project toward the end of our time together. By the end of the summer, each student will gain confidence in writing and be able to write across various genres, with a specific focus on essay writing. We will also develop students' analytical skills as well by preparing them to take standardized tests. The conclusion of the semester will culminate with submitting students' writing to Bennington College's Young Writers Awards. Students will also leave this class with a portfolio of work that they can shape into a personal essay that can be used for a college application.

Week 1

Introduction to class. Unit 1: Personal/Creative Essays.

Week 2

Share Personal/Creative Essay drafts. Revision exercises.

Week 3

Begin Unit 2: Analytical Writing. Discuss literary analysis.

Week 4

Share Analytical essay drafts. Revision exercises. Begin discussing research methods.

Week 5

Begin Unit 3: Persuasive Writing Discuss argumentation styles.

Week 6

Review Persuasive essay drafts. Discuss logical fallacies. Revision exercises. Continue research methods.

Week 7

Begin Unit 4: Research essays. Review research essay drafts.

Week 8

Final research papers and completed writing portfolio.

Teacher : Joe Thornton

Mr. Joe Thornton holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Miami University of Ohio. He has taught courses in composition, literature, ESL, and creative writing, with special focus areas in multimodal writing and graphic literature. His nonfiction essays and short stories have appeared in The Ryder, Blue Lake Review, Under the Gum Tree, and Killjoy Magazine. He is Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the literary magazine Bad Pony. He lives and teaches writing in Southeast Michigan. This is his 3rd time teaching with NCCAE.

Public Speaking - Elementary (Grade 3~5) (Time: Monday, 6:00~7:30PM, Virtual)

About: This public speaking class will focus on understanding different styles of speech and presenting to improve public speaking skills. Students will practice gaining confidence and comfort in speaking in front of others through games, activities, and discussions, as well as presenting information about different topics.


Week 1

Introduction to Public Speaking

· Introduction

· “Get to Know You” Activities

· Two truths and a lie

· All About Me Presentation

· Tips for Public Speaking

Week 2 & 3

Debate

· What is debate? Discussion

· Tips on Speaking with Confidence

· Pick and Prepare Debates

-Topics including:

Are Zoos Beneficial to Animals in Any Way? Are aliens real?

Week 4 & 5

Impromptu

· What is impromptu speaking?

· Tips on learning to speak without preparation

· Build a Story

-Students create a story by each student thinking on the spot to create the next part in the story

Week 6 & 7

Persuasive Speaking

· Persuasive Speaking

· Tips on how to make speeches convincing

· Create an infomercial activity

-Students are given a product to talk about and convince the “audience” to buy it

· Sales presentation – Students are given a brand and have to present about it

Week 8

Informative Speaking

· Informative Speaking

· Tips on speaking to inform or tell someone about a specific topic

· Book Review Speech

-Students give a speech about their favorite books and why they would recommend it to someone

· Final presentations


Week 9: Student’s Choice

· Students will be the focus of the discussion – asking questions and providing activities they would like to work on before wrapping up the class to get ready to use their public speaking skills in everyday situations

If you have any questions – feel free to email me at shannonnierman@gmail.com

Teacher Introduction: Ms. Nierman

Ms. Nierman will be teaching this public speaking/speech class. She has been a part of the speech community for 12 years. She debated in both high school and college and currently coach debate, as well as judge forensics. Besides helping students after school with public speaking, She is also a 3rd grade teacher in Detroit.

Public Speaking - Middle School (Grade 6~8) (Time: Tuesday, 6:00PM~8:00PM, Virtual)

About: This public speaking class is a continuation for students that have taken a previous public speaking course through the program. Students increase their knowledge of public speaking styles such as debate, forensics, impromptu, presentations, sales, and extemporaneous skills. They will review these styles through discussions, new games and activities, presentations, as well as some research on given speeches.

Week 1: Informative Speaking

Students will practice informative speaking; focusing on speeches in which they inform the audience about a specific topic, product, or person

· Informative Invention Activity – Students will inform others about an object as if we do not know what it is – the idea is to strengthen how we provide and present information to someone through speech and conversation

Week 2: Impromptu

Students will practice speeches that require no preparation time. They will learn to strengthen confidence in “thinking on their feet”

· Background Activity – Students will be given a topic to give audience the background and understanding of it on the spot

· Continuation Stories – Students will go person by person adding onto each other’s story to form a complete story with everyone’s participation – students will not know what the other students will say until seconds before their turn

Week 3: Debate

Students will practice debate through argumentation; picking topics of interest and understanding both sides to it

· Students will be given topics that have different arguments for and against that idea; they will prepare and present those points as well as answer questions from the audience (other students in the class)

Week 4: Debate & Forensics

Students will move a step further within their debate skills, presenting their strengths and weaknesses of a topic with prior research to support their points

· Students will do prior research on the topic, providing specific sources and evidence to support their positions in the debate – this time their classmates will be their opponents

Week 5: Extemporaneous

Students will practice giving speech topics with limited preparation time. The will have various topics to quickly write out notes and/or research before presenting the speech.

Week 6: Broadcasting

Students will practice confidence and tone in speaking when learning broadcasting. They will pretend to be news anchors covering different stories. This will teach them presenting information to an audience and focus on the topic.

· News Anchor Activity – Students will play the role of a news anchor practicing their ability to discuss and inform audience about the topic, while also focusing on their presentation of how they reveal the news

Week 7: Sales

Students will research a product and gives a sales presentation on what they have found. They will look up pricing, description of the product, as well as a catchy slogan to get the audience interested in their product.

· Sales Presentations – Students will research a product or game convincing the class that their product should be picked over any of the competition; allowing the students practice in organization with information and data in speeches

Week 8: Personalized Speeches

Students with have various personalized speeches to construct to start wrapping up the class. Students will practice speaking in a job interview, college admission interview, class president school speeches, and much more.

Week 9: Student’s Choice

Students will be allowed to provide feedback on what they would like to practice before concluded the class. It can range from a style we’ve practiced to anything that they would like to gain and prepare for before utilizing these strategies in the real world and other classes!

If you have any questions – feel free to email me at shannonnierman@gmail.com

Teacher Introduction: Ms. Nierman

Ms. Nierman will be teaching this public speaking/speech class. She has been a part of the speech community for 12 years. She debated in both high school and college and currently coach debate, as well as judge forensics. Besides helping students after school with public speaking, She is also a 3rd grade teacher in Detroit.

Public Speaking - High School (Grade 9~12) (Time: Tuesday, 6:30~8:30PM, Virtual)

Week 1

- Introductions

- 2 Truths & 1 Lie

- Basics of public speaking

Week 2

- Any Old Bag Presentations

- Audience Adaptation

- Giving PPT presentations

- Pick topics and prep PPT slides to present next time

Week 3

- Present PPT

- Analyze infomercials/sales speeches

- Assign sales topics

- Begin prepping for sales speeches

Week 4

- Prep & deliver sales speeches

- Introduce Informative Speaking

- Have students pick topics they would like to present on

Week 5

- Have students present their informative speeches - allow time to prep as needed

- Discuss impromptu speeches

- Mock interview (job, college, etc)

Week 6

- Impromptu speeches

- Introduce debate types and styles

- Discuss debate topics

- Begin debate prep

Week 7

- Present mini debates

- Fill out a ballot explaining who won

- Introduce next rounds of debates

Week 8

- Finish prepping for mini debates

- Present mini debates

- Fill out a ballot explaining who won

Week 9

- Give a final presentation utilizing all of the skills that you have learned - it should include slides and be prepared for a brief Q&A

- Class wrap-up


Instructor: Dr. Ryan Nierman

Dr. Ryan Nierman received his PhD in Applied Mathematical Sciences from Oakland University in 2017. He also holds a Bachelors of Science in both Computer Engineering and Engineering Mathematics from the University of Michigan - Dearborn, where he graduated with Honors. Dr. Nierman currently works as a Senior Financial Analyst at Colliers, an Adjunct Assistant Professor for Madonna University, and is the Co-Director of Debate at Wylie E. Groves High School. He has been involved in debate since 2005, debating in both high school and college. Dr. Nierman began coaching high school debate in 2007, coaching multiple State Champions and nationally-recognized teams. In addition to coaching, Dr. Nierman has served multiple years on the Debate Committee for the Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association (MIFA), where he is currently serving as Chair. He is also the Rules Committee Representative for Debate for MIFA and a voting member of the Forensics Council. Dr. Nierman is also a member of Michigan Speech Coaches, Inc. (MSCI) and was the recipient of the 2019 Elise Howard Award given to Directors of Debate who display excellence in MIFA. Finally, Dr. Nierman has also been involved with the Detroit Urban Debate League (DUDL).

English Debate - Middle School (Grade 6~8) (Time: Wednesday, 6:00PM~8:00PM, Virtual)

This debate class will focus on understanding debate and argumentation. Students will be able to use and practice critical thinking skills. They will practice making persuasive arguments in a series of activities and debates. Students will also learn how to question opponents and analyze information presented, as well as gain research skills to find accurate information for debates.

Syllabus (tentative)


Week 1: Introduction to Debate

· Introduction to debate and argumentation

· “Get to Know You” Activities

· Tips for Public Speaking

· Focus on Debate – what is it?

· How to act, look, and present your information

· Introduction to types of debate styles

Week 2 & 3: Persuasive Speaking & Mini Debates

· Tips on Speaking with Confidence

· What is persuasive speaking?

· Infomercial Game – Students will have to inform and persuade others about a product, putting into use persuasion and speaking tips learned in earlier discussions

· Pick and Prepare Debates

· Organize mini-debates and points for the debate

· Present mini-debates

Week 4 & 5: Questioning & Note Taking in Debate

· Questioning activity – Students will learn to ask direct questions during a debate and throughout speeches

· Demonstration debate – Students will practice asking relevant questions from the practice debate

· Flowing – Learning to take notes during speech and debate

· Absurd statements game – Students will have to give arguments supporting silly topics

Week 6 & 7: Learn to Research, Role of the Judge, & Present Debates with Evidence

· Research discussion

· Finding good and bad quality evidence

· Reading evidence and finding sources

· Role of the judge discussion – Understanding debate from the audience or judge perspective

· Structure and present debates with evidence

Week 8: Impact Calculus Tournament & Final Debates

· Impact calculus – Learning how to weigh arguments – deciding whether the pro or con side of the debate has the worse impact

· Impact framing tournament

· Present final debates

· Final Q & A and reflection on debate

Week 9: Student’s Choice

Students will be allowed to provide feedback on what they would like to practice before concluded the class. It can range from a style we’ve practiced to anything that they would like to gain and prepare for before utilizing these strategies in the real world and other classes!

Teacher Introduction: Ms. Nierman

Ms. Nierman will be teaching this public speaking/speech class. She has been a part of the speech community for 12 years. She debated in both high school and college and currently coach debate, as well as judge forensics. Besides helping students after school with public speaking, She is also a 3rd grade teacher in Detroit.

English Debate - High School (Grade 9~12) (Time: Thursday, 6:30~8:30PM, Virtual)

Week 1

- Introductions

- 2 Truths & 1 Lie

- Basics of Public Speaking

Week 2

- Would You Rather Activity

- What makes an argument an argument?

- What types of evidence do people utilize in debates?

- SPAR Activity Introduction

- SPAR Prep & Debate

Week 3

- Would You Rather Activity

- Flowing & Clash

- Importance of Rebuttals

- SPAR Prep & Debate

Week 4

- Would You Rather Activity

- Cross-Examination

- Research

- Research Assignments/Scavenger Hunt

Week 5

- Discuss Forms of Debate

- Introduce Mini Debates

- Pick topics & begin prepping

Week 6

- Mini Debates

- Importance of Judge/Audience Adaptation

Week 7

- Analyzing Flaws in Evidence

- Why is it important to debate sides of arguments you may not agree with?

- Ballots and constructive criticism

- Set up next rounds of debates

- Prep for Debates

Week 8

- Finish prepping for debates

- Debates

Week 9

- Jeopardy Game

- Class wrap-up

Instructor: Dr. Ryan Nierman

Dr. Ryan Nierman received his PhD in Applied Mathematical Sciences from Oakland University in 2017. He also holds a Bachelors of Science in both Computer Engineering and Engineering Mathematics from the University of Michigan - Dearborn, where he graduated with Honors. Dr. Nierman currently works as a Senior Financial Analyst at Colliers, an Adjunct Assistant Professor for Madonna University, and is the Co-Director of Debate at Wylie E. Groves High School. He has been involved in debate since 2005, debating in both high school and college. Dr. Nierman began coaching high school debate in 2007, coaching multiple State Champions and nationally-recognized teams. In addition to coaching, Dr. Nierman has served multiple years on the Debate Committee for the Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association (MIFA), where he is currently serving as Chair. He is also the Rules Committee Representative for Debate for MIFA and a voting member of the Forensics Council. Dr. Nierman is also a member of Michigan Speech Coaches, Inc. (MSCI) and was the recipient of the 2019 Elise Howard Award given to Directors of Debate who display excellence in MIFA. Finally, Dr. Nierman has also been involved with the Detroit Urban Debate League (DUDL).

Math and Sciences - the universal language of the world

AG Bootcamp (Grade 3/4, New Players) (in Person)


AG Bootcamp will be hosted at July, 7/11 ~ 7/14 and 7/18 ~ 7/21 (Monday ~ Thursday), 6:30pm ~ 8:30pm, at Schoolcraft College for two weeks straight. The class size is targeting to 10 ~ 15 students (Grade 3 ~ 4th).

Pre-Algebra (Grade 4~6) (Time: Saturday 3:00~5:00PM, Virtual)

Pre-Algebra is a transition course from elementary school arithmetic to middle school algebra. This course can help students to establish good mathematical thinking habits from the beginning, deepen the grasp of basic concepts and basic knowledge, and lay a solid foundation for mathematics learning throughout the middle school and high school period.

Course plan: This course needs a total of 22 lessons to cover the entire contents, starting from the summer until mid-December. After completing this course, the student can continue to take Algebra-1 class in the following session.

About the instructor: PhD in engineering, working in area of engineering design, computation and analysis for automotive industry. He is passionate in mathematics and has been exploring school math for many years. He has unique insights into the system, characteristics and methods of school mathematics. He is enthusiastic about mathematics teaching, hoping to improve students' learning ability and mathematics level, and helping students to lay a solid foundation for future study.

The course will follow the structure in math text books published by McGraw-Hill.

Algebra-1 (Grade 6~8) (Time: Sunday 6:30~8:30PM, Virtual)

Algebra 1 is the foundation of middle/high school mathematics. This course can help students establish good mathematical thinking habits, strengthen the understanding of basic concepts, improve problem solving skills, and build a solid foundation for high school math classes. This course is for incoming 6-8 graders who have completed pre-algebra classes.

Course plan: This course needs a total of 22 lessons to cover the entire contents, starting from summer until mid-December. After completing this course, the student can continue to take Geometry class in the following winter/spring session.

About the instructor: PhD in engineering, working in area of engineering design, computation and analysis for automotive industry. He is passionate in mathematics and has been exploring school math for many years. He has unique insights into the system, characteristics and methods of school mathematics. He is enthusiastic about mathematics teaching, hoping to improve students' learning ability and mathematics level, and helping students to lay a solid foundation for future study.

The course will follow the structure in math text books published by McGraw-Hill.

Algebra - 2 (Grade 7~9) (Time: Saturday 6:30~8:30PM, Virtual)

Algebra 2 is the expansion and enhancement of Algebra 1, and also preparation for the Precalculus class. This course can improve mathematical thinking capability, understanding of high school algebra, and build a solid foundation for higher level mathematics courses. This course is for incoming 7-9 graders who have completed algebra-1 class.


Course Plan: This course needs a total of 22 lessons to cover the entire contents, starting from summer until mid-December.


About the instructor: PhD in engineering, working in the area of engineering design, computation and analysis for automotive industry. He is passionate about mathematics and has been exploring school math for many years. He has unique insights into the system, characteristics and methods of school mathematics. He is enthusiastic about mathematics teaching, hoping to improve students’ learning ability and mathematics level, and helping students to lay a solid foundation for future study.


The course will follow the structure in the math textbook published by McGraw-Hill.

MathCounts (Grade 5~8) (Time: Saturday 3:00~5:00PM, In Person)

MathCounts is the most prestigious middle school math competition in the United States. Participants are students in grades 6-8 and organized by middle schools. Students participate at school, regional, and state level competitions, and eventually, each state forms a team of 4 players to participate in the national competition in May.

This course is helping incoming 5-8 graders to prepare for MathCounts Competition. Helping the students on problem solving strategies for MathCounts competitions. The content includes algebra, geometry, number theory, combination and probability. The teaching plan is as follows:

A placement test will be conducted before the class starts, based on the scores of the test, students will be arranged to different levels. The class size is around 10-15 students.

Each week there will be 2 hours of class at Schoolcraft College. Teachers will introduce various mathematical concepts, and explain the problem solving strategies using previous MathCounts questions.

Homework will be assigned every week, typical time to complete the homework is about 2 hours. Students submit their answers before the next class. The teacher will explain selected homework questions in the following class.

There will be one hour of open office (Zoom meeting) every week, and the teacher can have one-on-one Q & A sessions with the students during this hour.


About the instructors:

Jason Zhang is a rising junior at Canton High School. He is a 5 time AIME qualifier and a 2 time USAMO qualifier, as well as receiving a CMO honorable mention in 2022. He taught many summer math classes last year at NCCAE and has a lot of experience in teaching competition math, especially at the Mathcounts level.


Michael Lu is a rising sophomore at Phillips Exeter Academy. In middle school he participated in Mathcounts, qualified for the Mathcounts National Competition from 2019 to 2021. Michael is also a 4 time AIME qualifier and a 2 time USAJMO qualifier. In his free time Michael likes to play card games, play soccer, and have fun with his dog Bella.


Brian Zhang is a rising sophomore at Northville High School, Michigan National MATHCOUNTS team in 2021; Honor Roll of Distinction in the AMC-10 in 2021 and 2022; qualified for the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO) in 2021 and 2022. Has taught Mathcounts for two years.


Bryan Chen is a rising sophomore at Phillips Exeter Academy. He has studied math for many years, participating in competitions such as AMC and Mathcounts. He placed in the top 100 of high schoolers in the Michigan Math Prize Competition (MMPC) when he was in 7th grade, and recently became a USAJMO winner. He likes to run track and play piano.

AMC-10/12 (Grade 8~11) (Time: Friday 7:00~9:00PM, Virtual)

AMC 10/12 (American Mathematics Contest), is a mathematical competition organized by the Mathematics Association of American, mainly for high school students (but middle school students can also participate). This is the first-level competition in selecting the US Math Olympiad team. Hundreds of thousands of students participate every year. Students who are grade 10 and below can participate in the AMC-10 exam, while the AMC-12 exam is open to all grades. Each year, the top 5,000 students at AMC-10/12 will advance to the next round test: American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME).


This course is targeted to the students who are incoming 8 ~ 11 graders in the 2022-2023 school year and want to participate in the AMC10/12 and AIME competitions. The class will use AOPS (Art of Problem Solving) books as the textbook, and also use past AMC 10/12 and AIME questions. The course covers algebra, geometry, number theory, combination and probability.

  1. The class size is around 10-15 students. A placement test will be conducted before the class starts and if necessary, the students will be arranged to different sessions based on their levels.

  2. Each week there will be 2 hours through Zoom meeting, the contents will be recorded and shared to the students. Teachers will use the textbook to introduce various mathematical concepts. Homework will be assigned every week, typical time to complete the homework is about 2 hours. Students submit their answers before next class. The teacher will explain selected homework questions in the following class.

  3. There will be one hour open office (Zoom meeting) every week, and the teacher can have one-on-one Q & A sessions with the students in this hour.


About the instructors: Dr. Frank Zheng is a math lover, engineer, and passionate math competition teacher in MathCounts/AMC/AIME. He has a Ph.D. in engineering and taught graduate-level computational mechanics before coming to the US. His undergraduate university, USTC, continues to be one of the most competitive mathematics programs in China. Dr. Zheng gained extensive experience coaching talented students to prepare for AMC/AIME competitions at a fellow Chinese school and gained a great reputation for his teaching. He is devoted to teaching math-loving students to advance their skills, and he loves to encourage students to explore their love of math through competition.

SAT Preparation (Grade 10~11) (Virtual)

In this class, the teacher will go through the SAT tests that are publicly available to everyone on the College Board website and teach students the strategies the teacher used to attain the score of 1570 on the SAT. Every facet of each question in all sections will be carefully explored to make sure that all possible avenues to tackle a problem are covered, giving each test-taker an adequate arsenal to achieve his or her highest possible score. Total time to cover the materials is 20 hours total. The class will be carried out through Zoom for 2 hours, 5 days per week from 7/18 to 7/29.


About the instructors: Pranhav Sundararajan, a rising sophomore attending Johns Hopkins University for biomedical engineering. Pranhav went to Churchill High School in Livonia, MI, and was a part of the MSC ( Math Science Computers) Program there. Furthermore, in high school, he participated in multiple academic competitions such as AMC, MMPC, and USNCO, which he thoroughly enjoyed. These competitions gave him the problem-solving skills necessary to tackle problems in many areas, and allowed him to succeed on the SAT where he scored a 1570. Thus, Pranhav knows the importance of standardized testing in the world of college admissions, and can help others improve themselves in what is a crucial and important examination.

Arts and Design - To develop the skills, concepts, and sensitivities essential to the visual arts

Drawing, Painting and Design - 1 (Age 4-7) (Time: Saturday 1:00~2:00PM, In-Person)

Drawing, Painting & Design - 1 class (age 4 -7, Saturday, 1-2:00pm ) will introduce and practice the basic skills of drawing , painting and design , with the aim of cultivating children's interest in drawing & painting and developing imagination & creativity. Including teaching cartoon, basic sketching , craft and watercolor. No drawing and painting experience necessary! The teacher will adjust content based on age, level and interest.

Instructor: Yanhong Ye

Ms. Ye obtained Master of Business Administration from University of San Francisco. She is the director of a licensed art studio. She has taught Drawing basic and advanced techniques (class A: age 4-7 and class B: age 8+) in MNCCS since 2019 and joined NCCAE in the summer of 2020 for "Drawing and painting" 2 Art classes (age 4-7 and age 8+)

Drawing, Painting and Design - 2 (Age 8+) (Time: Saturday 2:00~4:00PM, In-Person)

Drawing, Painting & Design - 2 class (age 8+, Saturday, 2:00-4:00pm) , we will focus on the application and practice of hand-drawn & painted skills in design. No drawing and painting experience necessary. The teacher will adjust content based on age, level, and interest.

The class mainly teaches basic skills of hand drawing and painting to apply to real life and future design careers (such as architecture, advertising, fashion, products, etc.), including teaching sketching, cartoons, watercolor , acrylic and craft. Learning perspective, shading, color theory, layout and composition, etc in design application, and simultaneously teaching elements of art and principles of design. We mainly aim to cultivate interests and hobbies, practice how to be accurate, and quickly create designs to develop and achieve their individual goals.

Instructor: Yanhong Ye

Ms. Ye obtained Master of Business Administration from University of San Francisco. She is the director of a licensed art studio. She has taught Drawing basic and advanced techniques (class A: age 4-7 and class B: age 8+) in MNCCS since 2019 and joined NCCAE in the summer of 2020 for "Drawing and painting" 2 Art classes (age 4-7 and age 8+)

Digital Drawing I (Grade 5~7) (Time: Saturday 1:00~2:30PM Virtual)

In this class, students will experiment with digital drawing using the Procreate app. The class is perfect for students who have little or no experience in digital art. We will start with teaching the basics of techniques: set-up digital workplace, the use of different paintbrushes, color palette, layers, shapes, plus other fun digital drawing tips and tricks. Once students are familiar with the app, they will use it to quickly capture their imagination. For each class, students will follow the instructor to do in-class drawing practices. The practice includes various drawing topics: food, animal, character, festival, and much more.

Students will need to have an iPad and an Apple Pencil, also need ProCreate app ($10 at Apple App store). An iPad Pro is recommended but not required.

Instructor: Mi Tian

Mi has a Bachelor degree in Industrial Degree from Ohio State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Integrated Design from CCS. She has worked as the lead UX designer and product designer in both US and China. She has the expert knowledge in both fields of product design and UX design.

Digital Drawing II (Grade 6~8) (Time: Saturday 3:00~5:00PM Virtual)

Going beyond Digital Drawing I in this ongoing course, intermediate-level students will draw a different digital art project each week using the Procreate app on iPad. This class is suited for students with some Procreate or other digital drawing app experience who wish to practice their digital art skills further. We will spend only 5% of class time learning the basic features of Procreate and use the rest of the time to focus on the projects with different techniques. Also, students will learn the Procreate animation tools and techniques. Have fun!

Students will need to have an iPad and an Apple Pencil, also need ProCreate app ($10 at Apple App store). An iPad Pro is recommended but not required.

Instructor: Mi Tian

Mi has a Bachelor degree in Industrial Degree from Ohio State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Integrated Design from CCS. She has worked as the lead UX designer and product designer in both US and China. She has the expert knowledge in both fields of product design and UX design.

3D Design I (Grade 3~5) (Time: Saturday, 1:00~3:00PM, In-Person)

This beginner’s course will help students to develop core transferable skills that can apply to any area of 3D design (from furniture to lifestyle products, tableware, home office, lighting, and more) and beyond, giving you an insight into how they all work, and an idea of different areas that use 3D design. Not only will this course allow you to gain basic design skills and an understanding of the concepts, these skills and understandings will benefit you in many other aspects, both STEM related (math, spatial awareness, problem solving, and logic) and not (creativity, flexibility, and project planning). During the following months, we will be teaching STEM and engineering using TinkerCAD, with a focus on project-based learning. You will learn how to use the mechanics of 3D CAD Software to bring your design into reality. We will create a variety of different objects, from dream houses to action figures to a personal logo using the powers of CAD. The software we will be mainly focusing on in this beginner’s course is Autodesk's TinkerCAD, a well renowned educational CAD platform with over 50 million registered users and 7 million monthly active users. We will also spend a short period of time introducing the mechanics of Fusion 360, in order to give our students a basic understanding of more advanced CAD software.

Instructor: Yun Chen

Dr. Yun Chen is Sr. Software Architect at Autodesk, where he has spent his past 20 years working on major CAD software to help manufacturing designers to be more productive on products like Autodesk Invertor and Vault. Yun has a Ph.D. degree from Purdue University with focus on Structures and Materials.

3D Design II (Grade 6~9) (Time: Saturday, 3:00~5:00PM, In-Person)

This advanced level CAD class will help students develop more advanced and in depth CAD abilities and builds a foundation for the abstract thinking found in engineering, for example in robotics or architectural design. This class is less project oriented and more focused on building the fundamental skills needed to master Fusion 360. We will cover sketching, modeling, and assembly, as well as a little animation. The skills gained from this class will allow students to create all sorts of things, from small sculptures to robots. These abilities will not only allow our students to create amazing things, they will also improve their logic, spatial reasoning, This class will be a big step up from TinkerCAD and we will use Autodesk's Fusion 360 to design 3D models. Fusion 360 is a very modern and intuitive 3D design software used by students and professionals alike all around the world, and it can be used to create all sorts of wonderful things.

Instructor: Yun Chen

Dr. Yun Chen is Sr. Software Architect at Autodesk, where he has spent his past 20 years working on major CAD software to help manufacturing designers to be more productive on products like Autodesk Invertor and Vault. Yun has a Ph.D. degree from Purdue University with focus on Structures and Materials.

Chess - To lean thinking ahead, being patience and making the best choices to develop positive outcomes through the great game

Chess Beginner (All Grades) (Time: Saturday 11:00~1:00PM)

NCCAE Chess class has consistently achieved impressive results in various local chess competitions. Children who love to play chess also want to continue sharpen their skills. Coach Joshua will continue to run the chess classes. This spring, Chess classes is focus for the beginner level. Coach will have one specific topic to cover and the students will have opportunities to compete with each other in a mini tournament on each class.

Children in beginner class do not require any previous knowledge of chess.

Coach:

Joshua Posthuma is 2018 and 2019 Michigan State Champion. He earned the NM title in Chicago at age 15, and earned the FM title by scoring 9/9 in the 2018 Michigan Invitational at age 18. Joshua earned the International Master title at May 2022.

Since graduating from West Ottawa High School in May of 2018, he has been making a living teaching chess lessons and has taught beginner, intermediate and advanced chess class in NCCAE and MNCCS since 2018 and working with NCCAE from 2020..

Chess Intermediate (All Grades) (Time: Monday 6:30~8:30PM Virtual)

NCCAE Chess class has consistently achieved impressive results in various local chess competitions. Children who love to play chess also want to continue sharpen their skills. Coach Joshua will continue to run the chess classes. Chess classes are divided into primary, intermediate and advanced classes based on the level. Coach will have one specific topic to cover and the students will have opportunities to compete with each other in a mini tournament on each class.

There will be a placement test about one week before the semester.

Children in beginner class do not require any previous knowledge of chess.

Children in the intermediate and advanced classes need to have some chess knowledge and have at least one-year of experience playing chess.

Coach: Joshua Posthuma is 2018 and 2019 Michigan State Champion. He earned the NM title in Chicago at age 15, and earned the FM title by scoring 9/9 in the 2018 Michigan Invitational at age 18. Joshua earned the International Master title at May 2022.

Since graduating from West Ottawa High School in May of 2018, he has been making a living teaching chess lessons and has taught beginner and intermediate chess class in MNCCS since 2018 and working with NCCAE from 2020.

Chess Advanced (All Grades) (Time: Thursday 7:00~9:00PM Virtual)

NCCAE Chess class has consistently achieved impressive results in various local chess competitions. Children who love to play chess also want to continue sharpen their skills. Coach Joshua will continue to run the chess classes. Chess classes are divided into primary, intermediate and advanced classes based on the level. Coach will have one specific topic to cover and the students will have opportunities to compete with each other in a mini tournament on each class.

There will be a placement test about one week before the semester.

Children in beginner class do not require any previous knowledge of chess.

Children in the intermediate and advanced classes need to have some chess knowledge and have at least one-year of experience playing chess.

Coach: Joshua Posthuma is 2018 and 2019 Michigan State Champion. He earned the NM title in Chicago at age 15, and earned the FM title by scoring 9/9 in the 2018 Michigan Invitational at age 18. Joshua earned the International Master title at May 2022.

Since graduating from West Ottawa High School in May of 2018, he has been making a living teaching chess lessons and has taught beginner and intermediate chess class in MNCCS since 2018 and working with NCCAE from 2020..

Chinese - Learn the most popular language in the world to bridge east and west.

美文阅读理解 (Grade 1-3) (Time: Saturday 1:00PM~3:00PM Virtual)

教学对象:一 二 三年级水平的孩子,至少要会拼音。

教学目标:

阅读是所有学科的基础。学好阅读,收益终身。该课程主要针对一年级以上,有一定识字基础并且会拼音的孩子。课旨在培养学生良好的阅读习惯, 训练独立思考的能力。在阅读的过程中理解美词美句,加强对于文章的整体理解,从而提高阅读能力培养概括能力理解能力。课程中所采用的文章难度均在部编版《语文》一年级上下难度。(有部分会文章会来自《语文》教材)

主讲老师:盛欣老师

盛老师热爱中文教学,上课认真负责,有很强的亲和力,善于创建一个轻松愉快的课堂氛围。对于每一节课都有着严谨的教学计划,同时结合多媒体让课堂变的更加生动活跃。在整学年的课程中让同学们在学习中能够循序渐进,增强学习中文的信心和热情,为中文的学习打好良好的基础。

中文快速识字班 (Grade 1-4) (Time: Sunday 10:00~12:00PM Virtual)

对于海外华文学校的学生,识字是道“坎”。识字的多少、快慢,直接关系到读写特别是阅读开始的早晚和阅读能力的强弱。如何突破识字瓶颈,帮助学生快乐而高效地识字,迈向独立阅读阶段,是我们开设此课程的目的。

本课程依据汉字的组构规律,从汉字的音、形、义的关系入手进行识字教学。辨别形旁与声旁,着重学习形声字与汉字的记忆方法。使学生能够举一反三,巧妙地识记200个以上的汉字。教材为老师自编内容,与暨大《中文》里面的识字顺序无必然联系。我们将利用识字竞赛的翻牌游戏进行课堂游戏并检查教学结果。

主讲老师林虹老师有20多年的中文教龄,获得国务院侨办颁发的优秀海外华文教师奖。曾在私立学 校、特许学校、公立学校、中文学校以及几所社区大学任教;在语言培训公司设计并提供儿童到成人的离境前中文和文化培训和入境后的ESL英文课程。目前在新世纪中文学校教实验班(兴趣/考级中文班 ),双语中级班和HSK3/YCT4级考试辅导班

中国文化之西游记 (Grade 4+) (Time: Sunday 10:00~12:00PM Virtual)

《西游记》是中国古典文学四大名著之一,叙述了唐僧师徒四人去西天取经的故事。 情节跌宕起伏,读起来让人欲罢不能。故事以外,书中的字里行间还洋溢着博大精深的中华文化。它涵盖了丰富的地理、历史、宗教和语言知识,集大中华文化于一书,是学生在语言中学文化,在文化中学语言的上佳选材。暑假让学生暂时离开稍显枯燥的中文课本,和唐僧师徒四人一起来探险吧!本课程阅读量较大,建议十岁以上学生报名。

课程安排:

第一周 第一回:美猴王出世 第二回:猴王学本领

第二周 第三回: 喜得金箍棒 第四回:不当养马官

第三周 第五回:大闹蟠桃会 第六回:天兵战大圣 第七回:被压五行山

第四周 第八回:唐僧救悟空 第九回:降伏小白龙

第五周 第十回:计收猪八戒 第十一回:大战流沙河

第六周 第十二回:三打白骨精 第十三回:八戒讨救兵

第七周 第十四回:三借芭蕉扇 第十五回:真假美猴王

第八周 第十六回:取经回大唐

主讲老师:李军

李军老师执教于新世纪中文学校多年。她善于运用多媒体手段,情景交融地使孩子们在趣味中学习中国语言及文化。课堂上她耐心讲解,循循善诱,鼓励每个孩子与老师的互动,激发与培养学生对中文的兴趣。李军老师丰富的教学语言,严谨认真,却不乏风趣幽默的教学风格深受广大学生和家长的喜爱和认可。

国文化历史地理常识 (Grade 6-12) (Time: Sunday 3:00-4:30PM Virtual)

课程内容包括中华文化知识和各族风情,中国的朝代更迭,重大历史事件和重要人物,中国地理的基本常识,自然特点,山川河流与风景名胜等等,注重趣味性、实用性。教学方式生动活泼,灵活多样,以激发学生们的学习兴趣,积极参与教学活动。

除了竞赛之外,本课程亦有益于希望参加AP 中文或 SAT 中文统考、汉考、中文跳级、外语免修等考试的学生。因为这类考试的最大挑战常常不是中文水平本身,而是它们所要求的中国文化历史地理知识,从文化背景、风俗民情到历史掌故、自然景观,均贯穿于考题之中。本课程可以使学生们更好地应对这一挑战,在考试中取得更好的成绩。

主讲老师

林虹老师:具有丰富的暨大中文、实验班中文、SAT中文、AP中文和HSK/YCT汉考教学经验。林老师执教20多年来致力于对中国文化、历史、地理知识的推广。她的学生们蝉联密西根联赛历届三常知识竞赛冠军。在历届海外华裔青少年中华文化大赛中,林老师的学生们表现优异,多人多次赢得优秀奖,并有学生在2017年获美国赛区冠军。

原琳老师: 拥有地理教育硕士学位,有十多年在中国的地理教学经验,曾多次获得教学竞赛一等奖,基本功竞赛一等奖等教学奖项,具有一级教师资格。除了地理之外,原老师还有中国教育部语文教材、汉语教材、HSK等教学经验。原老师教学技能扎实,授课模式积极有趣,善于调动学生们的积极性,受到了家长和同学们的一致好评。

Computer Programing - Learning how to code at a young age can truly set up your child for a lifetime of success

The classes list below with same level will have the same contents. Please refer to this link for the details on the contents for each level.

*** Multiple scheduled class times to fit your student's busy schedule.

USACO Summer Camp

Age 12+

Course Overview

The intensive camp will help students prepare USACO. More detailed the syllinformation will come soon.


AI 000 - SCRATCH JR ( Time: Sunday 3:30 -5:00PM)

Age 5-7

Course Overview

Scratch Jr is an introductory programming language that encourages creativity and expression, enabling five- to seven-year-old children to create their own interactive projects through coding. It provide young children with opportunities to design, create, and express themselves. Using Scratch Jr, children can use the programming blocks to bring their characters to life.

Distinct from the conventional coding courses, we build our learning system around decreasing levels of encapsulation of AI technologies from major names in the industry, such as Google, IBM, Microsoft and Aliyun, to facilitate AI projects from early on.

We design our course contents to suit the different learning needs of students so all age groups can be exposed to the concept and the practice of artificial intelligence at their respective developmental maturities. We organize Maker competitions, workshops and summer camps so students can engage in innovative activities at full scale.

All contents are delivered via practical projects effecting theories of artificial intelligence into applications using engineering principles. Students take initiatives to learn in a fun and engaging manner, building confidence in their engineering skills and gaining true understanding of artificial intelligence.

AI 001 – SCRATCH (Time: Sunday 10:00- 11:30AM )

Age 7-9


Course Overview

Extending from Google’s CS First themed curriculum, we introduce grades 2-5 students (7 years-old and up) to coding principles, all in project-based activities. Kids will systematically learn to program in Scratch, meanwhile explore storytelling techniques, build fun games and craft interesting presentations. The projects will showcase their creativity with the aid of coding and digital designs.


Distinct from the conventional coding courses, we build our learning system around decreasing levels of encapsulation of AI technologies from major names in the industry, such as Google, IBM, Microsoft and Aliyun, to facilitate AI projects from early on.

We design our course contents to suit the different learning needs of students so all age groups can be exposed to the concept and the practice of artificial intelligence at their respective developmental maturities. We organize Maker competitions, workshops and summer camps so students can engage in innovative activities at full scale.

All contents are delivered via practical projects effecting theories of artificial intelligence into applications using engineering principles. Students take initiatives to learn in a fun and engaging manner, building confidence in their engineering skills and gaining true understanding of artificial intelligence.

AI 001 SCRATCH Game Design - (Time: Sunday 15:30 - 17:00PM)

Age 8+

Course Overview

Scratch+ Game Design is centered around the various logic concepts used within many common games. Students will apply their basic knowledge of scratch as well as new important logic and computer science concepts through recreating existing and original games. Students can express their creativity through game design. The course focuses on the application of code in original game mechanics created by the students.

Overview

This course builds off a basic understanding of coding through scratch and introduces more advanced concepts through the creations of popular games.

Contents

● Classic Games

Unit 1: Maze Game

Unit 2: Platformer

Unit 3: Tower Game

Unit 4: Breakout

Unit 5: Snake

Modern Game

Unit 6: Top-down Shooter

Unit 7: Scrolling Platformer

Unit 8: Online Multiplayer Board Game

Unit 9: Online Multiplayer Fighting Game

Syllabus: https://school.thinkland.ai/syllabus/

Curriculum: https://school.thinkland.ai/curriculum.pdf

AI 002 SCRATCH+AI - (Time: Sunday 15:30-17:00PM )

Age 9-12

Course Overview

Have you ever wondered how Alexa could always find an answer to your whimsical questions? We have and we figured that out, in Scratch. Using the proprietary AI platform built by Thinkland.ai, we introduce grades 4-8 students to the concept of machine learning and its applications in real life. Learning with 10 projects from different AI focuses all implemented in Scratch, the kids will explore the meanings of artificial intelligence in our daily life and the engineering principles behind these AI-based applications.

Distinct from the conventional coding courses, we build our learning system around decreasing levels of encapsulation of AI technologies from major names in the industry, such as Google, IBM, Microsoft and Aliyun, to facilitate AI projects from early on. We design our course contents to suit the different learning needs of students so all age groups can be exposed to the concept and the practice of artificial intelligence at their respective developmental maturities. We organize Maker competitions, workshops and summer camps so students can engage in innovative activities at full scale.

All contents are delivered via practical projects effecting theories of artificial intelligence into applications using engineering principles. Students take initiatives to learn in a fun and engaging manner, building confidence in their engineering skills and gaining true understanding of artificial intelligence.

AI 003 PYTHON - (Time: Sunday 15:30--17:00AM )

Age 10-11

Course Overview

Get started with an introductory session for those interested in learning Python, programming, and how to use programming in various mathematical and scientific tasks. Students will install Python 3.8, learn the basics of Python programming, and apply the basics to various tasks. And then gradually expand to computational thinking skills behind software application design.

*Python course duration: Session#1 -> Session#2 -> Session#3 -> Session#4.

Distinct from the conventional coding courses, we build our learning system around decreasing levels of encapsulation of AI technologies from major names in the industry, such as Google, IBM, Microsoft and Aliyun, to facilitate AI projects from early on.

We design our course contents to suit the different learning needs of students so all age groups can be exposed to the concept and the practice of artificial intelligence at their respective developmental maturities. We organize Maker competitions, workshops and summer camps so students can engage in innovative activities at full scale.

All contents are delivered via practical projects effecting theories of artificial intelligence into applications using engineering principles. Students take initiatives to learn in a fun and engaging manner, building confidence in their engineering skills and gaining true understanding of artificial intelligence.

AI 003 PYTHON + PyGame (Time: Saturday 13:00--15:00)

Age 10-14

Course Overview

Python PyGame course introduces computational thinking skills behind software application design and PyGame. The project-based approach employs a pedagogical sequence: project demo -> requirements analysis -> problem presentation -> solution proposal and implementation -> reinforcement of syntax and coding concepts. The basics of a popular Python library (pygame) bridgesthe concepts common in computer game development while further developing the students’ software development skills.

Contents

Part I - Design and Implementation of Games (and Applications)

1. Interlude - Using the Debugger (1 hour)

2. Project 4a - Designing Hangman with Flowcharts (1.5 - 2 hour)

3. Project 4b - Writing the Hangman Code (2 - 3 hours)

4. Project 4c - Extending Hangman (2 hours)

5. Project 5 - Tic-Tac-Toe (3 - 4 hours)

6. Project 6 - The Bagels Deduction Game (2 – 3 hours)

7. Interlude - The Cartesian Coordinate System (1 hour)

8. Project 7 - Sonar Treasure Hunt (4 hours)

9. Project 8 - Caesar Cipher (2 – 3 hours)

10. Project 9a - The Reversegam Game (4 – 5 hours)

11. Project 9b - Reversegam AI Simulation (2 – 3 hours)

Part II - Introducing PyGame - 2-D Graphics Game Design using Python

1. Project 10 - Creating Graphics (1.5 – 2 hours)

2. Project 11 - Animating Graphics (1.5 – 2 hours)

3. Project 12 - Collision Detection (1.5 – 3 hours)

4. Project 13 - Using Sounds and Images (1.5 – 3 hours)

5. Project 14 - A Dodger Game with Sounds and Images (1.5 – 3 hours)

Syllabus: https://school.thinkland.ai/syllabus/

Curriculum: https://school.thinkland.ai/curriculum.pdf

AI 005 JAVA (Time: Saturday 9:00-10:30AM)

Age 11-15

Course Overview

An in-depth course detailing everything related to java, from basic concepts of how a computer functions to advanced concepts that appear on the AP exams. This course blends rigor with fun as students participate in hands-on projects and labs to better understand the language of java and take the step into more advanced coding.

Distinct from the conventional coding courses, we build our learning system around decreasing levels of encapsulation of AI technologies from major names in the industry, such as Google, IBM, Microsoft and Aliyun, to facilitate AI projects from early on.

We design our course contents to suit the different learning needs of students so all age groups can be exposed to the concept and the practice of artificial intelligence at their respective developmental maturities. We organize Maker competitions, workshops and summer camps so students can engage in innovative activities at full scale.

All contents are delivered via practical projects effecting theories of artificial intelligence into applications using engineering principles. Students take initiatives to learn in a fun and engaging manner, building confidence in their engineering skills and gaining true understanding of artificial intelligence.

AI 006 Data Structures Introduction - (Time: Saturday 9:00--11:00AM)

Age 12+

Course Overview

Data Structure & Algorithms course explores the fundamentals of computer science as well as some of their applications. We will discuss theory and, when the rubber meets the road, we will be using python, but these concepts are applicable across many common programming languages. This course prepares you to understand computer science from the ground up and further exercise critical thinking when you code.

Contents Level #1 (20 hours)

1. Pseudo-code

2. Linear Data Structures & Simple Algorithms • Lists • Linear search • Find max/min • Selection Sort • Queues • Linked Lists

3. Nonlinear Data Structures & Related Algorithms • Binary trees • Binary search trees • Binary search on binary search trees • Breadth-first search

Syllabus: https://school.thinkland.ai/syllabus/

Curriculum: https://school.thinkland.ai/curriculum.pdf

AI 201 HTML & CCS (Time: Sunday 10:00 --11:30AM)

Age 9+

Course Overview

HTML&CSS course serves as a beginner’s guide to HTML and CSS, the major programming languages used to build static websites in the current technologically active age. Through this course, students will learn HTML and CSS in a fun, interactive, and project-based curriculum and develop key web development and design skills. Additionally, students will learn how to properly apply these two powerful languages in building websites of their very own.

Overview

This course covers the fundamental principles of programming and introduces the syntax and semantics of HTML in level 1 and CSS in level 2.

Contents

Level 1 - HTML5

● Unit 1: Basic Elements and Structure

● Unit 2: Parent and Child Relationship

● Unit 3: Media Elements

● Unit 4: Readability and Semantics

● Unit 5: Tables and Forms

Level 2 - CSS

● Unit 6: In-Line Styling

● Unit 7: Embedded CSS

● Unit 8: External CSS

Final Project – Create your own Landing Page

● Part 1: Creating your Company

● Part 2: Creating it’s Landing Page

● Part 3: Sharing and Presenting your Website

Syllabus: https://school.thinkland.ai/syllabus/

Curriculum: https://school.thinkland.ai/curriculum.pdf

AI 301 Python + Machine Learning - (Time: Saturday 9:00 - 10:30AM)

Age 12+

Course Overview

Introduction to machine learning course is for those who have basic knowledge of Python programming and are curious about the magic behind Artificial Intelligence (AI). It covers machine learning key concepts, design principles, and classic algorithms from the widely used traditional algorithms to the booming technology of deep learning and neural networks. The students will be guided to solve real-world problems with what they learn and enjoy the fun of building AI projects from scratch.

Purpose:

• Inspire and cultivate the students' interests in machine learning and AI.

• Give a systematic introduction to machine learning concepts, algorithms, applications, and design principles.

• Provide hands-on experience in building AI projects from scratch.

• Lay the foundation for the future learning of advanced machine learning courses and cutting-edge AI technologies.

Highlights:

• Systematically designed and covers from the very basic concepts to the cuttingedge technologies.

• Based on the principle of “learning by doing”, enables the students to solve realworld problems and crack the competitions.

• Designed for youth with vivid teaching, free from dull theory and full of fun.

Contents

• Topic 1: Introduction to machine learning basics [1]

• Topic 2: Decision Trees [4] o Project: Who wants to buy a Switch?

• Topic 3: K-Nearest Neighbors (KNN) [4] o Project: Movie recommendation

• Topic 4: Linear Regression [4] o Project: House price prediction

• Topic 5: Image Processing and Computer Vision [4] o Project: Filter design

• Topic 6: Deep Learning and Neural Networks [4] o Project: Sentiment analysis

• Topic 7: Image Classification and Face Recognition [6] o Project: Emotion classification

• Topic 8: A Tour of Modern Machine Learning Technologies [1] o GAN, reinforcement learning, ...

Skills to develop - Understanding of machine learning and artificial intelligence

AI 101 Arduino for Robotics- (Time: Saturday 9:00 - 10:30AM)

Age 9+

Arduino for Robotics course combines the world of electronics with software and make your project ideas come to life! Whether it's programming your own smart watering device that will automatically water your plants according to the correct moisture level, or making a suntracking solar array, our Arduino course is the right place to start. You'll learn the basics of electronics and programming in Arduino C, while at the same time, incorporating the knowledge you learn into projects that you're passionate about. The future of microcontrollers is now and explore all the possibilities that Arduino has to offer!

Contents

Arduino I (Level 1)

● Unit #1 – Introduction Projects: Using tinkercad, create a simple circuit to power an LED

● Unit #2 - Ohm’s Law, and short circuits Projects: Ohm’s law practice problem with circuit diagram

● Unit #3 - Basic Electrical Components Projects: Make a rainbow of LED’s

● Unit #4 - Arduino Programming Projects: Serial Communication between 2 arduinos

● Final Project: Button control, Multi-mode LED Strip (Fade, Strobe, Flash)

Arduino II (Level 2)

● Unit #1 –PWM (Pulse-width modulation) Projects: potentiometer servo control with variable speed

● Unit #2 – Sensors: Analog vs Digital sensors, temperature / humidity sensors Projects: Read atmospheric conditions with sensors, compare.

● Unit #3 – Sensors Continued: ultrasonic, light, and IR Projects: Ultrasonic with and without temp factored in VS without

● Unit #4 - Piezoelectricity, tones, and how these bridges digital & analog world Projects: Create a song of your choice (At least 16 notes)

● Final Project: Come up your own idea

Syllabus: https://school.thinkland.ai/syllabus/

Curriculum: https://school.thinkland.ai/curriculum.pdf


AI 007 C++ (Time: Sunday 10:00 - 11:30AM)

Age 13+

Course Overview

In this course we will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of C++ in a comprehensive and efficient way. Being different from other programming languages such as Python or Java, C++ has memory management and can be made into a more efficient format which helps with execution time and memory usage where it is needed. Also, C++ brings benefits in the fact that it is a compiled language not an interpreted one, that means that once compile it should run on almost any machine. The course is structured in beginner and advanced levels, with multiple projects throughout. Students will gain a strong understanding on how to use C++ after completing this course. No prior programming knowledge is required but knowledge of other programming languages would help.

Contents

Level #1 - Beginner

● Class 1: C++ getting started / C++ syntax

● Class 2: Input/Variables/Data Types

● Class 3: Operators/C++ Math

● Class 4: Booleans/Conditionals

● Class 5: While/For Loop

Level 2 - Advanced

● Class 1: Arrays(1D/2D)/Pointers

● Class 2: Functions; C++ problems

● Class 3: Memory Management and Linked Lists

● Class 4: C++ Games(Mad Libs/Guessing Game/Calculator)

Syllabus: https://school.thinkland.ai/syllabus/

Curriculum: https://school.thinkland.ai/curriculum.pdf

Please contact Cindy Miao (cmiao@nccae.org) for more information or any concern on the courses.