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YoUMA - Office of Admissions
46 University Dr
Augusta, ME 04330
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Actually, It Is Rocket Science – Adventures with Newton’s Third Law of Motion
The course will consist of a series of experiments in rocketry, using readily available model rocket kits. The students will design, build, and test model rockets using increasingly complex designs. Students will evaluate their designs by observing the flight paths of the rockets, measuring altitude and speed, entering their observational data in spreadsheets and comparing results using standard mathematical formulas for measuring speed and distance. Students will keep the rockets they build.
Instructor: Mark Goodridge, UMA Professor of Computer Information systems
What Would Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew Do? (How to make up your mind about everything)
What makes a good question? How do we keep ourselves from being fooled by rumors, gossip, first impressions, hearsay and outright lies? This course will be a hands-on, intensive and interactive exploration of the art of inquiry. Combing the tools of the historian with the tenacity and resourcefulness of the detective, we will challenge the way in which we think, how we arrive at conclusions, and why we’re wrong almost all of the time.
Instructor: Robert Bernheim, UMA Director of Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies Program and Visiting Professor
Visualize this! The Intersection of Art, Design and Science
Take control of the information around you! In the 21st century, we are flooded with an over-abundance of information. One of the best ways to explore and understand information is through a process of visualization. By transforming data from abstract numerical symbols into shapes and colors designed with intention, clear patterns often emerge that might otherwise be missed. By studying principles of human perception, creating visual designs by hand and computer, and gaining a beginning understanding of statistics, students will learn the building blocks of how to transform images and data into stories with a strong human component. Final projects will be exhibited in the UMA Danforth Art Gallery!
Instructor: Peter Precourt, UMA Associate Professor of Art
Fearless Art: Embracing the White Rectangle
Artists tend to freeze before the empty canvas/paper; even seasoned artists speak of this feeling. The writer and artist Robert Genn says, “If it isn't fun it isn't art.” Mr. Genn is correct. As you have fun making art--your own and in a group, outdoors (en plein air) and in the studio--you will learn to be comfortable with your own abilities and creative vision. You will also learn how to be OK with whatever results on the blank white rectangles. Any critiques will be given from positive points of view. Primarily through hands-on exploration of drawing and painting, this course will be an intensive inquiry into what constitutes the making of art. Supplementing art practices will be the study of art vocabulary and its application to the works produced. For the benefit of those thinking of pursuing art as a career, the instructor will also provide a brief overview of what is involved in being a professional fine artist, and also of the current “art establishment”. Some internet research will be included to augment all of the above and to familiarize students with a few working artists in the field of professional fine art.
Instructor: Patricia Chandler
Beginning Your Novel
“Beginning Your Novel” is a creative writing crash course on the elements of fiction, a series of prompts, do’s and don’ts, literary interpretation, some approaches to the editing process, and light work-shopping. The goal is for each student to compose fifteen to twenty semi-polished pages by week's end, draft a rough outline/synopsis for the remainder of their novel, and write a mock-up query letter. On Friday students will each give a 3-5 minute reading of their work.
Instructor: Rachel Robins, UMA English Instructor
Architecture & Engineering: Imagine the Future!
Join UMA’s Architecture department and put your ingenuity to the test! The world of design is ever-changing and we are always introduced to new architectural and engineering challenges. In this STEM based course, you will imagine the future by considering challenges and conceptualizing solutions. You will design and construct 3-D models which may include living spaces, transport systems, bridges, and landscapes. Utilize the architectural principles of space, scale, and light along with engineering concepts to excite your senses and inspire your own unique solutions. Your work will culminate in a final project that will be displayed at Friday’s Grand Finale.
Instructor: Rob Sherman, AIA, UMA Assistant Professor of Architecture