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SUMMER 2019 PROGRAM INFORMATION

When will the program take place?
Weekly programs will begin on Monday, June 24th and will run through August 30th. We'll be operational every Monday through Friday (including public holidays) from 9:30am to 4:30pm, with extended hours in the mornings (8:30-9:30) and afternoons (4:30-5:30) available for an additional fee.

Where will the program take place?
As The Tangent Bus is designed to be a mobile experience, each day of each week we'll be at a different park or other easily accessible public location around West Seattle (with occasional days in White Center/Burien depending on that week's programming). Registered families will receive detailed information on locations for each week, as well as access to communication tools for arranging carpools with other families if desired.

Who can participate in the program?
We are currently accepting any and all students entering 3rd through 8th grade, though exceptions can be made on an individual basis (please contact us directly to discuss age exemptions). We specialize in working with children who might struggle in more traditional academic and social programs due to a wide range of specialized needs. Kids with ADHD, those who are on the autism spectrum, and those who experience high levels of anxiety and/or sensitivity will thrive in our inclusive, structured, and highly engaging environment.

What will we be doing on the bus?
Learning. Making. Playing. Each week's themed activities will incorporate varying elements and applications of S.T.E.A.M.-based exploration. The weekly program descriptions below include a sampling of the types of activities and investigations planned for each session, though modifications and additions will be made based on the interests and needs of the participants. Our goal is to provide every child with daily opportunities to engage in at least one activity that challenges them, as well as several in which they can more comfortably display their natural creative brilliance!

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Mondays will always be Dungeons & Dragons day, featuring extended gameplay and supplemental activities related to each week's theme (Mondays-only D&D program options are available on the registration page). Full-week participants will be provided with everything they need to participate in ongoing campaigns, or alternatively will be able to choose from a wide range of board & card games to play.

While each week of themed activities stands on its own, program themes are also planned as two-week arcs (Weeks 1 & 2, Weeks 3 & 4....), with related topics connecting the activities and explorations. Even better, registering for a two-week arc gets you a discount from the single-week program rate!

Each week will feature investigations and applications of a wide range of content and skills, including (but not limited to) those listed below. As each week's themed explorations will feature an emphasis on some content areas and skill sets more than others, the following handy icons will help you to identify which programs will be of the greatest interest!

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EYE IN THE SKY

Developing the basic skills of drone operation (and, inevitably, repair). Exploring aerial photography and videography. Learning about satellites, including GPS and surveillance systems. Drawing and modeling the human face, with investigations into biometrics and facial recognition technology.

WEEK 1: EYE IN THE SKY [June 25th-29th]  Developing the basic skills of drone operation (and, inevitably, repair). Exploring aerial photography and videography. Learning about satellites, including GPS and surveillance systems. Drawing and modeling the human face, with investigations into biometrics and facial recognition technology.

ANTIGRAVITY INSANITY

Exploring the history of rocketry and space exploration. Learning about celestial mechanics and the challenges of human space travel. Investigating the chemistry of rockets and fireworks. Building and launching rockets of various design. Developing a practical understanding of Newtonian physics.

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GEE, I'M A TREE!

Developing our senses and skills relating to environmental stewardship and appreciation. Learning about native plant identification and conservation. Exploring several different styles of wood burning art. Discovering mathematical (particularly geometric) patterns in nature, from macro to micro, with an emphasis on photographing and drawing natural structures and scenes.

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THE CRAFT OF MINING

Learning about Washington State geologic formations and history. Practicing rock and mineral identification, with investigations into fossils and fossil fuels. Developing and participating in interactive Minecraft challenges. Designing and fabricating Minecraft-themed costumes and props.

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CHARACTER WITNESS

Exploring and applying the fundamentals of fictional character development, including an introduction to archetypes and The Hero's Journey. Drawing and 3D modeling of the human body. Delving into the basics of costume design and fabrication. Learning about historical and modern practices in the forensic sciences.

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ROBOT UNICORN/UNICORN ROBOT

Being fabulous. Designing and fabricating costumes and props with a wide range of materials. Sourcing, scavenging, and improvising. LARPing. Creating backdrops and set pieces for photo shoots, short films, and theatrical productions. Learning about special effects, from prosthetics to pyrotechnics.

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IT'S ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL....

Diving deep into game theory. Investigating elements of design, development, prototyping, and marketing in the creation of both physical and digital games. Exploring historical and modern advancements in AI technology. Learning and implementing practical applications of data science, visual design, project management, and semiotics.

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THE SINGULARITY

Expanding our understanding of developments and applications of artificial intelligence systems. Exploring futurist theories and predictions. Preparing to welcome our new robot overlords. Investigating and applying the fundamentals of modern robotics with forays into mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, including an introduction to computing logic and programming. Learning the importance of staying away from black holes.

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MICROCOSMS!

Exploring natural realms invisible to the naked eye, with an overview of relevant history and technology. Photographing, drawing, and modeling observed microscopic structures and phenomena. 3D printing and painting gaming miniatures. Creating stop-motion animations with Lego. Learning about quantum physics and the search for the Higgs Boson. Building a functioning scale model of the particle accelerator at CERN (ok, probably not that last part).

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THE TANGENT BUS MAKES A RAINBOW

Playing with lasers, and learning why the correct acronym should actually be "loser." Playing laser chess (and regular chess). Exploring the history and technologies relevant to the study of light and optics. Creating spectrographic art. Designing laser light shows. Using lenses for all sorts of practical applications, from solar ovens to Archimedes' Death Ray. Possibly starting a metal band just so that we can name it "Newton's Bodkin."

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How much does the program cost?
Single-week programs [M-F, 9:30am-4:30pm]: $350
Two-week programs [M-F, 9:30am-4:30pm]: $600 (Save $50 off the single-week rate!!)
Dungeons & Dragons [Mondays only, 9:30am-4:30pm]: $70 per day
Extended hours [8:30am-9:30am, 4:30pm-5:30pm]: $50 per week (Morning or afternoon-only options available on request.)

Scholarships are available for families with demonstrated financial need. Please contact us for more information!