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February 2023 Classes at Tynkertopia

Classes in February are for THREE weeks rather than the usual FOUR weeks, as we needed to reschedule many classes in January that were canceled due to snow. Classes start February 7th, except Coding for 2nd – 5th Grade Students that starts on February 2nd.

All classes meet for 1 hour for 3 consecutive weeks. Descriptions of all classes and class fees are listed below. We are excited to offer these STEAM learning opportunities to area children and youth. We reserve the right to cancel classes with less than 3 registrants. Call 928-326-3400 with questions.

Click HERE to register and pay for February Classes. Registration is open.

TUESDAY CLASSES

  • Beginning Cooking
    • Dates: February 7, 14, 21
    • Time: 3:30 – 4:30 PM
    • Class Fee: $30
    • Intended Audience: Elementary School  Students
    • Instructor:  Tynkertopia Staff
    • Description: During this class, we will prepare, cook, and eat a delicious and nutritious snack or mini-meal. All materials and food provided by Tynkertopia.
  • Introduction to Acting and Improv
    • Dates: February 7, 14, 21
    • Time: 3:30 – 4:30 PM
    • Class Fee: $25
    • Intended Audience: 2nd – 6th grade students
    • Instructor: Jenna Papai, , Tynkertopia STEAM Education Coordinator
    • Description: A fun introduction to the basics of stage presence, emotional expression, character creation, and improvisation for the stage.
  • Foundations of Dance
    • Dates: February 7, 14, 21
    • Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
    • Class Fee: $25
    • Intended Audience: 1st – 5th grade students
    • Instructor: Jenna Papai, Tynkertopia STEAM Education Coordinator
    • Description: In this class you will learn the basics of vocabulary, position, posture, musicality, and artistic expression that form the building blocks of virtually every type of of Dance from Ballet to Hip-Hop.

WEDNESDAY CLASSES

  • Children’s Story Hour
    • Dates: February 8, 15, 22
    • Time: 3:30 – 4:30 PM
    • Class Fee: $25
    • Intended Audience: Preschool Students
    • Instructor:  Dr. Alice Christie, Tynkertopia Founder and retired professor who taught children’s literature classes at ASU
    • Description: Immerse yourself and your child/ren in wonderful children’s literature. Listen to Dr. Alice read a well-known children’s book followed by an arts and crafts and STEAM projects inspired by the book.
  • Introduction to Origami
    • Dates: February 8, 15, 22
    • Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
    • Class Fee: $30
    • Intended Audience: 2nd – 6th grade students
    • Instructor: Dr. Angela Yamauchi, Tynkertopia Program Coordinator
    • Description: Explore the art of folding paper! Learn the basics of folding technique and reading diagrams. Depending on student experience level and interest, activities may include folding easy flowers and animals to more complex designs, including modular origami models. Along the way, students can experience basic geometry concepts through hands-on activity. All materials provided by Tynkertopia.
  • Take Apart and Peek Inside
    • Dates: February 8, 15, 22
    • Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
    • Class Fee: $25
    • Intended Audience: Curious elementary, middle, and high school students
    • Instructor: Ward Davis, Retired Engineer and Tynkertopia Volunteer
    • Description: Each week, participants will use the Tynkertopia workshop and tools to take apart computers, laptops, cell phones, hard drives, and a variety of other electronic devices to learn about how each device works. When possible, they will repair the device so it can be repurposed.
  • Learn to Crochet
    • Dates: February 8, 15, 22
    • Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
    • Class Fee: $25
    • Intended Audience: 2nd – 6th grade students and adults
    • Instructor: Katelyn Lambson, Avid Crocheter and Tynkertopia Volunteer
    • Description: Learn the basics of crochet, including the loop, chain, single stitch, double stitch, and more. You will create a personalized bookmark by the end of this class session. All materials provided by Tynkertopia.

THURSDAY CLASSES

  • Introduction to Coding for Children Aged 4-6 Years
    • Dates: February 9, 16, 23
    • Time: 3:30 – 4:30 PM
    • Class Fee: $25
    • Intended Audience: Ages 4-6 years
    • Instructor: Jenna Keany, NAU Ph.D. Computer Science student
    • Description: Introduction to basic block coding principles using Code-A-Pillar, Code.org, and other hands-on and unplugged activities.
  • Coding for 2nd – 5th Grade Students
    • Dates: February 2, 9, 16 (Note: This is different than all other classes!)
    • Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
    • Class Fee: $25
    • Intended Audience: 2nd – 5th grade students
    • Instructor: Josh Collier, Computer Programer and Tynkertopia Volunteer
    • Description: Introduction to basic coding principles through gamified learning experiences using block-based coding languages consisting of text.  Students should be able to read on grade level.

FRIDAY CLASSES

  • Slime Making
    • Dates: February 10, 17, 24
    • Time: 3:30 – 4:30 PM
    • Class Fee: $30
    • Intended Audience: Curious elementary, middle, and high school students
    • Instructors: Naomi and Niya Crowder, Tynkertopia Junior Interns and High School Students at BASIS.
    • Description: Each week, participants will learn the basic elements of creating their own slime using glue, contact lens solution, paint, shaving cream, glitter, and more. Classes will feature stretching slime, crunchy slime and fluffy slime. All materials provided by Tynkertopia.
  • How Money Works
    • Dates: February 10, 17, 24
    • Time: 3:30 – 4:30 PM
    • Class Fee: $25
    • Intended Audience: Upper Elementary and Middle School Students
    • Instructor: Brenden Nielsen, Tynkertopia Neighborhood Youth Coordinator
    • Description: Would you like to learn more about money? This class is an introduction to financial literacy and basic money management. Learn how to begin saving for your future.
  • Designing for 3D Printers 
    • Dates: February 10, 17, 24
    • Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
    • Class Fee: $35 (includes all materials for 3D printing)
    • Intended Audience: Upper Elementary through High School Students
    • Instructor: Dr. Angela Yamauchi, Tynkertopia Program Coordinator and Jack Green, Tynkertopia Junior Intern
    • Description: Learn to use introductory Computer Aided Design software to design 3D models. Learn the basics of 3D printing to print and test our models using Tynkertopia’s two 3D printers. All materials provided by Tynkertopia.

SATURDAY CLASSES

      • Creative Movement for PK–K Students
        • Dates: February 11, 18, 25
        • Time: 10:15 – 11:00 AM
        • Class Fee: $20
        • Intended Audience: Preschool through Kindergarden Students
        • Instructor: Jenna Papai, , Tynkertopia STEAM Education Coordinator
        • Description: Explore movement and music while nurturing creativity and developing physical skill, grace and agility.
      • Lego Club 
        • Dates: February 11, 18, 25
        • Time: 11 AM – 12 PM
        • Class Fee: $25
        • Intended Audience: Elementary and Middle School Students
        • Instructor: Brenden Nielsen, Tynkertopia Neighborhood Youth Coordinator
        • Description: Building with LEGOs is a great way for kids of all ages to enhance their engineering skills and creativity. After each LEGO Club meeting, the creations will be taken apart so that they can be used to solve different challenges in the next LEGO Club meeting.
      • Lego Robotics 
        • Dates: February 11, 18, 25
        • Time: 12–1 PM
        • Class Fee: $25
        • Intended Audience: Upper Elementary and Middle School Students
        • Instructor: Brenden Nielsen, Tynkertopia Neighborhood Youth Coordinator
        • Description: Building with LEGOs is a great way for kids of all ages to enhance their engineering skills and creativity. After each LEGO Club meeting, the creations will be taken apart so that they can be used to solve different challenges in the next LEGO Club meeting.

          Please call 928-326-3400 if you have any questions about classes or would like to request other classes for the future. Thanks!