Upward Bound Summer Academy (UBSA) 2020 is going virtual this year, offering on-line education and fun! UBSA runs 6 weeks, from June 15- July 24, Monday-Friday, with four local field trips. We have 38 students going into their Junior or Senior year at Astoria, Warrenton and Seaside High Schools attending our virtual Upward Bound Summer Academy this year. Students have the choice of taking four out of eight classes offered over the next six weeks. The classes we are offering include:
English and Literature, Troy Henri: Students will work on scholarship and college application essays, an activities chart and a resume. Students will also read and discus poetry. Students will receive feedback on their writing and help refining their essays and resume.
Math, Matt Bisek: Students will work on the ALEKS online math program. Staff will be available to both monitor progress as well as answer specific math related questions. ALEKS will help them stay on track with their math studies during this extended break. The placement tests can help students place into college level math classes after their senior year.
Foreign Language, Matt Bisek: UB will purchase everyone in this class a lifetime subscription to Rosetta Stone which is one of the best online language learning platform. The student can choose to study many different languages and learn foreign languages not only this summer but for your lifetime. This works well on computers and smart phones.
Environmental Science of the Pacific Northwest, Jon Graves: Students will learn about physical geography, oceanography, estuarine ecology and geology of our region. Local examples and virtual field trips will accompany this class. You will learn more in-depth knowledge about our region.
Electronic Music Production, Stephen Shumaker: Students will learn the basics of using software and electronic instruments to create their own music. Synthesizers and other equipment may be loaned to students. Topics in acoustics and audio engineering will also be covered. This course is recommended for anyone interested in the intersection between music and computer science.
Art and the Environment, Brian Vollner: Famous artists like Van Gogh, Munch, Hopper, and Matisse have all celebrated the spaces that they saw daily. For this class, students will be given an opportunity to make artworks that explore what is closest to them; the things that are often overlooked or taken for granted. We will be doing a series of projects throughout the summer that range in scope and difficulty – to build your technical and conceptual artistic skills.
Virtual Community Service, Troy Henri: Students will be introduced to many community service options to get volunteer hours while keeping appropriate social distancing. Students can use these volunteer opportunities to build their resumes, which could help with applications for admissions and scholarships. The first couple of weeks will explore different types of virtual community service, and students will be doing actual community service during the last several weeks.
Anatomy through Yoga, Julia Mabry: In this class, students will learn the action and function of major muscles and joints by experiencing their movements through yoga in their own body. Through active yoga practice and some lecture, students will learn how they can stretch and strengthen to create balance in their muscles and improve alignment of their joints, including your spine, shoulders, ankles, and feet. Students will improve their balance, body awareness, and learn 20 foundational yoga poses.
Field Trips: We are limiting field trips to 10 people each Friday and students are limited to one field trip so they are in a cohort of 10. Students and staff will all wear facemasks (donated by CCC’s own sewing club) and ride a full size bus in order to stay six feet apart. Our field trips will be local outdoor-based trips. We are doing the following field trips: Fort to Sea trail lead by Fort Clatsop National Historic Park Ranger; hikes up Neahkahnie Mountain; and exploring the changes to our landscape by building the South Jetty of the Columbia River and a beach cleanup at Fort Stevens State Park.
For more information about Upward Bound and TRIO Pre-College Programs, contact Director Jon Graves at firstname.lastname@example.org.