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Striving to do our part to add youth and young adult enrichment in these challenging times, the Arena Tech Center is offering a series of free, virtual Zoom classes starting Monday, October 5. Unless otherwise noted, each class offering is one hour and held in a regular schedule Monday through Friday From October 5 until November 20.
All classes are taught by ATC staff and extended staff – all employed by the Point Arena School District and thus gone through background approvals. Ages noted in individual offerings when applicable.
Mondays — Tech Talks & Tips with John Bove, 4pm – all ages.
Learn how to make your computer work for you, instead of struggling to understand it. Classes will double as open help forums and how-to guides on a variety of subjects. Everything from the basics of Internet safety to scripting and programming using Python.
Tuesdays – Brave Space with Blake More, 4pm – all ages (but may split into two groups depending upon interest)
Peer talk for tweens and teens. This hour long “hang-out” is designed to provide a safe environment for youth to connect. This online “space” is designed to provide youth with a non-judgmental, supportive atmosphere in which they can unmask their true selves, talk about real stuff and speak freely.
Tuesdays — Daring Dancers with Margaret Grace, 5pm – all ages
Do you love to move your body and dance to music? Join us Daring Dancers in an exploration of movement, music, and many rhythms. Each class we will learn fun and simple choreography for different types of rhythms such as salsa, reggaeton, cumbia, merengue, hip-hop, and more! In addition to choreography, we will ignite our own self-expression through ecstatic dance along with some interactive games to loosen up our muscles and move freely through the spirit of dance. Be bold, be fierce, be daring!
Wednesdays – Beginning Rhythmic Gymnastics with Thea Torgersen 2-3pm, ages 4-9
Beginner level rhythmic gymnastics classes focus on body awareness, physical fitness, coordination with both the body and hand apparatus, developing flexibility and strength, as well as mental focus, musicality and creativity. Students must wear fitted clothes that allow movement. No loose shirts or baggy pants. Socks or bare feet. Long hair should be pulled back from the face. Free zoom option for online participation for ATC youth. A limited number of class materials such as jump ropes, balls, hula hoops, ribbon can be provided upon request.
Wednesdays – Secret Magic Mind Power with Wendy Biswurm, 4pm – open to all ages
Can you create what you REALLY want in your life? Yup. YOU CAN! Become the magician of your own reality. Amazing but true, ANYONE can learn the secrets of ‘manifestation’. Together we will explore the most wonderful gifts we ALL have and how they work together like MAGIC. We may even discover something completely new. Anything is possible! If you are ready for the power tools to create, you will be amazed what you can do. Join us. Looking forward to our magic time together!
Thursdays – Fun with 3D Computer Modeling & 3D-Printing with Brendan Mobert, 4pm – ages 16 and up
Using the free and open-source software “Wings 3D,” we will explore how to doodle first thoughts, design detailed models and iteratively engineer prototypes for printing. This will be a light and introductory expedition into the world of 3D modeling.
Fridays – Science and Futurism with Brendan Mobert, 4pm – 13 and up
Each week we’ll discuss the newest discoveries in science and technology and then explore their potential to the short and near term future. These will be safe, group discussions designed to keep things fun and thoughtful.
To access these classes, participants must have access to a desktop or laptop computer or a tablet on which the Zoom app can be installed. The device should be equipped with a camera and microphone. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and receive an encrypted zoom link so students can log on to the platform and participate.