CLASSES, TUTORIALS, ACTIVITIES
A lot happens during a day at BLC
BLC classes and one-on-one tutorials are offered on a variety of topics: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday between 9 and 3. On Fridays we schedule trips and workshops. BLC is closed on Wednesday. The schedule is a reflection of the interests of current teen members and the interests and expertise of our staff and volunteers. In addition, we support teen members to lead classes for their peers. Rather than attempt to fulfill any particular curriculum, we ask our teachers to share the topics that excite them.
Everything we do at BLC, including our classes and one-on-one tutorials are optional and open to every member; most are scheduled for one hour per week, with the option to meet more often if needed or desired.
A Selection of Classes at BLC
with Camille. This classes focuses on character development over time and introduces members to a variety of forms of animation through hands-on mini-projects. Members will finish the class with a fully-developed character, animated through various techniques.
with Sophia and Faith. Member-led class that takes learners through the basics of cooking. The class works with simple comfort-food recipes, perfect for crisp winter days.
with Batel. This class introduces the fundamentals of Hebrew grammar, pronunciation, culture and conversation, as well as reading, writing, listening comprehension, and simple conversational patterns.
with Faith. Member-led independent study that focuses on vocabulary and the study of Korean culture. Support materials used include textbook, audio files and online videos.
with Paul. In this fundamentals class, members are introduced to basic technical drawing skills and terminology. Skills introduced in this class include sketching, geometric construction, auxiliary drawing, computing dimensions and lettering.
with Laura. This French language class builds on what was learned earlier, moving on to more sophisticated grammar, punctuation, culture and conversation, reading, writing, listening comprehension, and intermediate conversational patterns.
with Paul. This class is introduces students to various uses and meanings of silence, from the Quaker meeting to Eastern modes of meditation. For an hour each week, students explore breathing, contemplation and self reflection.
This independent study utilizes an undergraduate-level lecture series and explores issues such as abuse, dependence, and craving. It also surveys the history of drug use, and finally reviews government regulation and the substantial costs of drug abuse, both to the individual and to society.
with Alexis. One in a series of short courses focusing on specific areas of American history. This class emphasizes inquiry-based methods and addresses such topics as slavery, sectionalism, the meaning of Union, racism, and the triumph of Industrial Capitalism.
This independent study emphasizes concepts in physics that are seen in everyday life and stresses the development of conceptual understandings of physical laws and relationships. Members investigate physical phenomena and theoretical models that explore the themes of energy, motion and electromagnetism
with Cindy. This class is for the student with no prior music-reading experience. It is taught with the assumption that the member has never played the piano and has no prior formal piano study. The emphasis is on basic concepts of notation, musicianship, keyboard geography, and technique.
with Eileen. This class is a survey of American painting, sculpture, architecture, photography and design from the colonial era to the present day. Upon completion, members should be able to demonstrate a historical understanding of art as a product reflective of social and political development in America.
with Hannah. This member-led class is based on an undergraduate-level course and textbook. Members receive an overview of principles, procedures, and concepts of forensic and investigative sciences, instruction in the definitions, scope, and use of tools, techniques and protocols in forensic applications used to resolve social, regulatory, and legal disputes.
with Adeer and Bobby. This group allows members to enjoy a classic game that develops skills in creativity, collaboration, problem solving and leadership. Facilitated by a teen member with years of experience, this activity offers each player an opportunity to create and lead an adventure.
with Alexis. Designed to provide creative craft opportunities for anyone who wants to learn new skills and be energized and inspired. Members choose long-term projects and materials.
with Lester. This concept class introduces students to planets, planet formation, stars, the Sun, “normal” stars, star formation, stellar evolution, supernovae, compact objects (white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes), pulsars and much more. Field trips are included.
with Eileen. This class introduces members to college-level academic skills. Topics covered include vocabulary development, intensive listening, note-taking, annotation, research techniques, test-taking techniques, study-boosting strategies, formal writing, research paper basics, presentation skills and time management.
Friday – Trips and Workshops
At BLC we believe that getting out into the world should be part a young person’s education. With that in mind, we schedule trips to various locations on Fridays, such as museums, tours of restaurants, businesses, and farms, local artisans, and hikes in local natural areas. BLC members interested to lead a trip work with their mentor to plan and communicate about the outing.
We also use Fridays for Workshops. We invite local community members to join us for an hour, a morning, or all day to engage us all in learning something new.
At BLC we work with each teen member as an individual, building on strengths to create a meaningful and positive experience while also preparing for each person’s next steps. Teen members work closely with their mentors to determine their own ideal schedule, creating a combination of group classes and one-on-one tutoring sessions.
The format of individual classes can vary significantly, depending on the vision of the leader as well as the input of the participants. Some classes will ask for and expect a considerable amount of work to happen outside of class time while others will be more limited. This is made clear in the class description and by the teacher and should be taken into consideration by the student deciding to join the group.
We encourage all BLC members to learn about and try as many classes as they can. Once a member decides to be a regular participant of a class, we expect commitment. There are no grades or punishments, but we expect class participants to communicate with the teacher regarding attendance and other issues and to fulfill any requirements such as readings, research, or other assignments.
Members may choose to participate in an early college program with their local community college or take on an internship, volunteer work, or paid work as part of their learning experience.
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Hunting salamander larva in Nature class.