Hands-on Courses for Non-traditional Students&l


Local homeschooled and open-enrolled students are invited to register for one or more hands-on courses at Kimball Area High School for the 2016-17 school year. Contact Jay Klein, 320-398-7700 x320 or for more information.


Animal Science, Grades 9-12

This semester course will study traditional and nontraditional agriculture and animals. We will study both large and small animals, animal behavior, animal rights, nutrition, reproduction, animal products, and animal systems.

Astronomy, Grades 11-12
 

A semester long course that will cover, gravity and motion, Sol: our own star, our solar system, other stars, galaxies, and the universe, and life on other planets. This course will be project based. There will be ten (10) projects throughout the semester and graded online discussions. There will be no tests or quizzes and the final will be a project of your own design and imagination. There is a stargazing night where the class will have a late night picnic and investigate the stars and other astronomical  features.

 

 

Basic Foods, Grades 9-10

Basic Foods is a semester class that explores recipe selection and preparation. Research on

nutrition, the role of nutrients and analyzing the data to make recommendations for their own

diet is also included based on the food guide pyramid. Microwave cooking is also covered

and allows the students to understand the function of the microwave in cooking and

reheating foods.



Child Development, Grades 10-12

This semester long course provides an overview of typical and atypical development across

cultures, from prenatal through late adulthood, including physical, social, emotional,

language, cognitive, aesthetic, and identity/individual development. It integrates

developmental theory with appropriate practices in a variety of care-giving and education

settings. The class also focuses on safety, health and nutrition related to infants through

adulthood.



Computer Applications I, Hour 4 (meets every other day, all year), Grades 9-12

If you’ve ever wondered how to create exciting, professional and useful items on the

computer, this semester class is for you! While fulfilling the computer requirement for

graduation, you will create newsletters, movies, presentations, and spreadsheets. This is a

requirement for graduation. You will become more familiar with tools in both Microsoft and

Google products.



Ceramics, Grades 10-12

This semester course offers the basic techniques of clay forming (hand-building), casting and
throwing, the use of slips and glazes, and firing processes.

Creative Cooking, Grades 11-12

Creative Cooking provides an overview of basic nutrition and its relationship to health.
Students will gather information on dietary guidelines, menu planning, and the six major
nutrients and their relation to maintaining a healthy life. This semester class will also include information about consumer trends related to food, children, adults, and experience dietary patterns based on an individual’s ethnic and cultural background. Furthermore, students will learn about safety, health, and nutrition by studying topics that include: preventing illness and accidents, proper sanitation, handling emergencies, and the food guide pyramid. This course requires labs, research, and practical application of skills learned.

Drawing & Painting, Grades 10-12

This semester course is split into two main areas - drawing and painting. Drawing includes

in-class drawing assignments every other day using different papers and drawing media

including pencil, charcoal, chalk, ink, crayon, and markers. Painting will begin with a short

lesson on color theory using acrylic paints. After that is completed, students will do an

acrylic painting, a water-color painting, and will make a print. They will also mat one

drawing, painting, or print. After completing the required work, they may work in any

drawing or painting field.



Intro to Engineering & Design, Grades 9-12
 

In this semester-long course, students will use 3D solid modeling design software to help them

design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students will learn how to document their

work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. The

major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and

analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering

standards and technical documentation.



Forensic Science, Grades 9-12

This semester course will cover topics related to forensic science and crime scene investigation. Topics of study include: analyzing crime scenes along with analyzing evidence (the cody, finger prints, blood and blood spatter, DNA, and toxicology). This course also includes looking at how forensic science is viewed in the media today. This hands-on class will include lab activities suited to learn about various fields in forensics. 

 



Natural Disasters, Grades 9-12

Natural Disasters is a semester long course that will cover many natural disasters including

earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and many more. This course will be a project

based course. There will be ten (10) projects and graded online discussions throughout the

semester. There will be no tests or quizzes and the final will be a project of your own design

and imagination. There is an overnight field trip during the school week to investigate

volcanic activity in Minnesota.



Personal Finance, Grades 11-12

Personal Finance will teach you how to be financially healthy. This semester course is
designed to help the student manage his/her money now and in the future. Topics covered
include filing tax forms, managing credit, checking and saving accounts, budgeting,
insurance, purchasing an automobile, planning for retirement, and buying a house. This is a useful course for ALL students. Three articulated college credits in Personal Money
Management are available in this course.

Sculpture, Grades 10-12
 

This semester course explores the world of sculpture and three-dimensional design. Projects

for the class include research of a sculptor, creation of a relief, additive and subtractive

methods, casting and mixed media. Materials for projects are the choice of the student. An

artist statement should be included with each work.



Sewing, Grades 9-12

This semester class gives students the opportunity to explore creativity and design principles

in relation to constructing sewing projects and quilting through hands-on experiences (basic

sewing and quilting skills). Hand stitching, color, design, and measuring skills are all

covered (student fees are involved for projects).



Small Engines & Electricity, Grades 9-12

Ever wonder what makes a light shine or what really happens when you flip the switch? Or
maybe you wonder if that old lawn mower in your garage can be resurrected. This class will
focus one quarter on electricity and electrical wiring including: how electricity works and
performing several different wiring practicums. The next quarter students will focus on
small engine operation, systems, and maintenance. You will learn how to use special tools to
completely disassemble a small engine and then rebuild it.

Spanish I, Year-long, Grades 10-12

The main emphasis of this class will be a base knowledge of the language elements of
reading, speaking, listening, and writing. Cultural information is included throughout the
year-long course.

Spanish II, Year-long, Grades 11-12

Spanish II has a stronger emphasis on reading and speaking than Spanish I. The grammar concepts of preterit, imperfect, and conditional are presented. An emphasis on the geography, history, and government of Spanish speaking countries is included. Cultural emphasis is intensified through the food unit and exposure to other possible artistic experiences. Spanish II is a year-long course.

Studio Art, Grades 10-12

This is a semester course split into four areas: art history, two-dimensional art and design,

three-dimensional art and design, and weekly sketchbook assignments.



Welding, Grades 10-12

This semester course is designed to teach the basic skills required for MIG (wire feed)
welding, electric arc welding, gas welding, torch work, and basic plastic and copper
plumbing. After the students learn the basics of welding and plumbing, most of the time will
be spent in the shop. The class will have class projects to complete. If time allows, individual
projects will be allowed.

Woods, Grades 10-12

This semester course is strictly a woodworking course and will cover all woodworking
machines, safety, and operations. It will then lead into the production of woodworking
furniture. The projects made will require more skill and work on the part of the student and
should involve more complex and involved set ups and uses of tools. Students will be
introduced to other types of finishes, plastic laminates, veneers, and other more involved
procedures. There will be a lab fee to cover supplies. Students will take their completed
project home.