Classes

Descriptions

Morning Classes

Acapella Explosion – Nicki Kuiper, Orange City Christian School

We will sing a variety of fun songs, from popular to praise. We'll sing in harmony, adding rhythmic instruments and movement. To rest our vocal cords, we'll play games like "Name that Tune."

Acrylic Landscape Painting – Lori De Jong, Dordt College Education Department

Landscape painting, is the depiction natural scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, and forests with its elements arranged into a coherent composition. In this class, we will learn some of the basic techniques that artists use when painting landscapes. We will learn some classic composition formulas and practice a variety of ways to create the illusion of space and distance. Each student will create two original acrylic landscape paintings on canvases. We will also spend some time discussing the technique, design, style, and emotional impact of our own landscape paintings.

Advanced Disc Golf – Dylan Van’t Hul, Dordt College Alumni and Disc Golf Enthusiast

This advanced disc golf class builds on basic knowledge, techniques, rules, and etiquette and focuses more on individual development of throwing and game knowledge. More advanced throws will be taught. Participants will compete in pairs or individually. One new disc will be given to each student.

Beginner Disc Golf – Titus Landegent, Sioux Center Community School

Disc golf is a fun, socially interactive game and here’s your chance to sharpen up your skills! We’ll be playing outside, rain or shine, learning techniques, rules, and etiquette. It’s a great game for guys and gals; zero experience needed. Participants will compete in groups, not individually. One new disc will be given to each student.

Build Your Own App – Kari Sandouka, Dordt College Computer Science Department

App Inventor provides the fastest way to build apps for Android phones and tablets. You’ll dive into it, and regardless of your programming experience, you’ll create mobile applications for Android-powered devices. It will be so much fun to say “I’ve built an app for that!” A Gmail address is required. (No repeaters)

Cartooning – Matt Drissell, Dordt College Art Department

Ready to take on art and literature? Now is your time to get inspired to tell a story through illustrations. During the cartooning class, we will explore a variety of ways to develop characters, styles, and plots leading to a class-made graphic novel.

Cooking with Karen – Karen Christians, Hull Western Christian High School

Even if you've never advanced beyond making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or licking the spoon, this class will show you how to rustle up some grub sure to impress your friends and your mom. Learn how to make healthy snacks, main course dishes, even drinks and desserts. A trip to the grocery store will make ingredient shopping less of a mystery, and if it all pans out, you'll take home a DDD cookbook! Both guys and girls are welcome to learn basic cooking skills that will put you somewhere between Chef Boyardee and Rachel Ray. No repeaters, please.

Design on a Dime – Sue Blom, Dordt College Costumer

Ever want to try some of those thrifty HGTV or Pinterest ideas for your room, but get stopped dead in your tracks when you don't have any cool materials? Now you do! Pick your color scheme and create accessories for your room, like a woven ribbon pillow or a full sized bulletin board. Use gems, trims, elastic, glue, paper, fabric and imagination to enhance your own designs. Our new costume space has been compared to a Hobby Lobby or Michael's store with all the fun stuff to pick from and use! You'll love the HGDV-(Dordt Version) room makeover you'll create!

Digital Manufacturing – Oscar Rodriguez, Dordt College Manfacturing Technology

Dangerous…Dirty…Difficult…Dully…Leave that for a Robot! Exciting…Rewarding…Fulfilling…and Fun…Learn How Digital Manufacturing can be your thing! This course gives a practical view of the knowledge and skills needed to have successful careers in manufacturing and related professions in the age of computing and automation. Machines! Instruments! Controls!

Digital Music Studio – John MacInnis, Dordt College Music Department

Have you ever dreamed of making your own album? Always wanted to write your own songs? Curious how you can use the computer to create music? We're doing it! We'll listen to a variety of styles to examine the structure of music and use what we learn to craft our own songs using software like Garage Band. We'll start by building songs from pre-recorded loops, but we'll move on to finesse editing and even record ourselves. From cool jazz to bluegrass country and funky techno to straight-up rock-and-roll, you'll learn techniques to tweak your tunes to your auditory pleasure. By the end of the week, you'll walk away with a CD containing songs laid down by none other than talented you! Be sure to bring some headphones.

Down on the Farm – Mike Schouten and John Olthoff, Dordt College Agriculture Department

Feed the calves! Vaccinate the steers! There are farm chores to do at Dordt's Agriculture Stewardship Center! Learn about caring for farm animals and about growing food for them in a real farm setting. Because farm safety is important, you'll learn firsthand how to properly use equipment like a skid loader. You might even get to harvest from the garden and process the food into tasty treats. (Think strawberry jam and homemade ice cream!) Don't pass up this chance to be a farm kid for a week! No repeaters, please.

Fantasy Sports – Matt Van Soelen, Sioux Falls Christian Schools

"Whether you’re a recent champion in fantasy sports or someone who wants to jump in, this class will help you gain the tools and tricks understand fantasy sports! We will look closely at player statistics from the previous football and basketball seasons by creating algorithms to set up a fantasy league and draft players. In this class we will combine our knowledge of sports with our knowledge of math to help us win that next championship!" Gmail account highly preferred.

Game Quest – Val and Ryan Zonnefeld, Dordt College Math and Education Departments

Strategize. Agonize! Cooperate. Instigate! This board game extravaganza hones your game playing skills in ways that Minecraft and Angry Birds won't. You'll learn board games like Acquire, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and Ticket to Ride where strategy is of vital importance. There's no Nether or Land of Mushrooms, and a slingshot is not the best weapon against the "Sheriff of Nottingham" if you aim to dominate! Hey, we'll even cover board game secrets and have some free-play time to choose from over 70 games to play.

Golf – Mark Christians, Dordt College Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach

DDD Golf is a great opportunity for first-timers to learn to swing a golf club or for junior golfers to refine your skills. We'll keep you busy with kid-friendly competitions on the putting green and driving range, as well as on-course learning to make each morning session fly by. By the end of the week, you'll have learned fundamental golf skills, etiquette, rules, and sportsmanship. The golf camp will be hosted at The Ridge Golf Club, which has outstanding practice facilities and a championship-level golf course where junior golfers can practice their skills.

Other information:

* You may bring your own set of clubs or have us provide them.

* All campers will be required to walk the golf course, unless there is a medical reason to do otherwise. We can provide pull/push carts for campers with full size clubs, but campers should be prepared to carry their golf bag.

* Golf shoes are encouraged but not required. Bring comfortable shoes that provide lateral support and have soles that do not slip in grass (running shoes with aggressive tread designs work well).

* Some other items that may make your time more comfortable: sun block, a golf cap, sunglasses, and a golf glove.

* Snacks and bottled water/Gatorade will be provided during the week. You may bring your own water bottle. Due to varying morning temps, we suggest you pack a wind shirt or sweatshirt.

Musical Theatre – Teresa Ter Haar and Robin Suing, Dordt College Theatre Arts Department

Do you love singing?  Dancing?  Acting?  Come and do all three in this musical theatre workshop.  Open to any experience level.  You'll learn new skills and grow the ones you already have by participating in games and activities throughout the week.  The culminating project will be working on musical theatre scenes from musicals like Beauty and the BeastWickedThe Lion King, and Newsies.

Nursing – Dordt College Nursing Department

Give shots, take blood pressure, do CPR, or practice nursing skills on our patient SAM (simulated automotive man) and our other nursing mannequins. There’s no end to the discoveries you’ll make about your body and how to care for it. From first aid procedures to how to maintain a healthy diet, this class will give you an idea if you’re really interested in the medical profession. ATTENTION: If students are willing, we will test their blood sugar, which involves a finger stick with a sterile lancet using proper technique and protective gear. No repeaters, please.

Racquets – Robin Fedders, Sioux Center Christian School

Ready to hone your tennis skills? Practice your racquetball serve? Compete individually and on a team? We will be exploring racquet sports and putting those skills to practice! You may bring your own equipment if you’d like, but equipment will be provided.

The Money Game – Vicki Vermeer, Dordt College Business Administration Department 

A life-size experience! You are the pieces of the game. The room is the board. You’ll earn a "paycheck" – and choose how to spend it. In this active game, the winners don’t have to work – unless they want to – because their money is making money for them!

Thrill Ride Science – Kailee Davelaar, Hull Christian School

Physics is so much more than formulas and guys in white coats – it’s a total rush! In this hands-on class, you’ll learn about motion, forces, and energy, by building a variety of contraptions—including roller coasters, dragsters, engines, and who knows what else! Guys and girls, here’s your chance to put your creativity and God’s natural laws together to find the fun in physics!

Track and Field – Craig Heynen, Dordt College Head Track and Field Coach

Improve your running, throwing, and jumping skills or learn them for the first time! Each day will include warm-ups, instruction in techniques, field practice, and of course, plenty of races, relays, and other friendly competitions. The week culminates in a mock track meet on Friday where you’ll get the chance to beat your best times!

Woodworking – Paul Kroeze, Dordt College Maintenance Department

You’ll learn construction techniques from a master craftsman and build a small piece of furniture from start to finish! With supervision, you’ll learn how to use power tools, make design decisions, and properly construct and finish your piece. Hit the nail on the head, and you’ll end up with a beautiful piece of furniture to take home! Open only to students going into 8th or 9th grades. No repeaters, please.

Afternoon Classes

Acrylic Still Life Painting – Lori De Jong, Dordt College Education Department

Still life is a work of art, which consists of commonplace inanimate objects such as flowers, fruit, bowls, and any other items of interest to the artist. We will focus on the principles of balance and variety as we arrange our own still-life objects. We will follow the steps of “blocking-in” our shapes, identifying values, and using warm and cool hues to create the illusion of three-dimensional objects. Each student will create two original acrylic still-life paintings on canvases. We will spend some time discussing the technique, design, style, and emotional impact of our own still life paintings.

Beekeeping – Ron Rynders, Retired from Dordt College and beekeeping enthusiast

WHAT ABOUT STINGS?! This is always the first objection when studying bees, but this class will help students overcome their fears—separating facts from myths. Honeybees are one part of God’s creation that we depend on for the very food we eat. We will bring our new confidence into the bee yard and learn new things about our bee friends. We will learn how to make things from wax—like lip balm, lotion, and candles—and we’ll cook with honey! Protective gear is provided, but pack along long pants. If you are truly allergic to stings, you MUST carry your own epi-pen. It’ll be a sweet class!

Beginner Disc Golf – Dylan Van’t Hul, Dordt College Alumni and Disc Golf Enthusiast

Disc golf is a fun, socially interactive game and here’s your chance to sharpen up your skills! We’ll be playing outside, rain or shine, learning techniques, rules, and etiquette. It’s a great game for guys and gals; zero experience needed. Participants will compete in groups, not individually. One new disc will be given to each student.

Cooking with Karen – Karen Christians, Hull Western Christian High School

Even if you've never advanced beyond making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or licking the spoon, this class will show you how to rustle up some grub sure to impress your friends and your mom. Learn how to make healthy snacks, main course dishes, even drinks and desserts. A trip to the grocery store will make ingredient shopping less of a mystery, and if it all pans out, you'll take home a DDD cookbook! Both guys and girls are welcome to learn basic cooking skills that will put you somewhere between Chef Boyardee and Rachel Ray. No repeaters, please.

Costume Design – Sue Blom, Dordt College Costumer

Ever wonder what it would feel like to dress as a Victorian queen, a movie star, or maybe a gangster? You’ll have a lot of fun trying on outfits from different eras in our costume shop. You will also make jewelry, and other exciting pieces to take back home with you. Talk about photo ops! This class is a great choice for both theater and design enthusiasts.

Dance! Dance! Dance! – Mel Knobloch, Dordt College Dance Team Instructor

So you think you can dance? Chances are we’ve got some new moves to show you. Whether hip-hop, jazz, swing, or country line dance, you’ll be groovin’ to the tunes in no time. We’ll also change the mood and contrast modern dance steps with liturgical dance. After this class, you’ll know how to express yourself in lots of new ways. No dance experience necessary.

Digital Music Studio – John MacInnis, Dordt College Music Department

Have you ever dreamed of making your own album? Always wanted to write your own songs? Curious how you can use the computer to create music? We're doing it! We'll listen to a variety of styles to examine the structure of music and use what we learn to craft our own songs using software like Garage Band. We'll start by building songs from pre-recorded loops, but we'll move on to finesse editing and even record ourselves. From cool jazz to bluegrass country and funky techno to straight-up rock-and-roll, you'll learn techniques to tweak your tunes to your auditory pleasure. By the end of the week, you'll walk away with a CD containing songs laid down by none other than talented you! Be sure to bring some headphones.

Engineering – Dordt College Engineering Department

Engineering plays a huge role in getting us from here to there. We use bridges to cross over rivers, highways, and even railroad tracks, but have you ever thought about how to design them? And cars use energy to propel us forward over those bridges, but have you ever thought of using an energy source like wind to move them? You'll get to dig into basic bridge-engineering ideas, and then you'll get to test these ideas by building your own bridges and using our laboratory equipment to push them to their limit. You’ll also get to put together test cars and experiment with using wind or gravity to propel them forward. See how engineering helps keep us in motion every day!

Experience Art – Matt Drissell, Dordt College Art Department

Ready to push your creativity to a new level? Students will try out a variety of media – 2D, 3D, and more. We’ll have fun exploring creativity in the art studio. If you love all things art, you’ll enjoy dabbling in a bit of everything!

Extreme Paper Crafting – Marsha Larson, Dordt College Advancement

Have fun making and decorating boxes, tags and cards! Learn how to use crafting tools to create a variety of designs. Techniques include wet embossing, punched and die-cut shapes, dry embossing, stamped messages and designs, as well as various embellishments to make your projects truly unique.

Game Maker – Noah Pollema, Dordt College Computer Science Student

Have you ever wanted to make your very own video game? It's time to learn the steps that can turn your dream game into a reality! This class will teach you the basics of programming in Game Maker Studio 2 and give you skills to create your own game (within reason, you aren't an entire studio!). You'll learn all the ins and outs of the program, tips, and tricks that will allow you to continue making great games after you leave. Make sure to bring a set of headphones if you have some.

Junk Jam – Titus Landegent, Sioux Center Community Schools

Fired up about rhythm, percussion, and dance? Then this class is perfect for you! You'll find and create instruments out of junk, trashcans, paint buckets, even the kitchen sink. To inspire creativity, we watch fascinating performances of musicians and entertainers from around the world. Then we create our own musical “skits” to perform for each other throughout the week. Come for a great week of jamming, and let’s make some noise!

Note: We will perform at the final DDD ceremony on Friday evening. It is important that each student is present or the choreography will be difficult to execute!

Lego Ninja Robots – Matt Van Soelen, Sioux Falls Christian Schools

Calling all Master Builders! So, girls and guys, you’re ready to move past building Emmet-style double-decker couches, and take your Lego skills to the next level? Or maybe you’ve always been fascinated by robotics, and would like to try your hand at building and programming one for yourself? Sounds like you’re ready to create functional robots, using Lego Mindstorms kits! We will build several different robots throughout the week, as we team up to conquer design challenges and hone our programming skills. By the end of the week, we’re pretty sure you’ll be singing along: “Everything is Awesome!”

Math-igami – Melissa Lindsey, Dordt College Mathematics Department

Under. Over. Tuck. Fold. Unfold the mysteries of mathematics through paper folding! Explore and deepen familiar math concepts, like geometry, through Origami - the Japanese art of paper folding. It'll be a tear-rific time!

Movie Date – Dave Mulder, Dordt College Education Department 

Lights…camera…ACTION! Get in the director’s seat as you learn more about your favorite moves. We’ll watch a wide variety of clips from movies from all across the ages. We’ll explore how level of violence has changed in the past decades, how to recognize a film’s message or theme, and how special effects promote the plot. We’ll even check out the history of movies and what movies were like in the “old days.” Of course, we’re having snacks and popcorn the whole time! As a group, we’ll become film critics, learning how to view films through our Biblical glasses and figure out what movies are “good” and why. You’ll definitely give this class two thumbs up!

Ooey Gooey Science – Hannah Van Maanen, Chicago Christian High School

This lab is for anyone who wants to get his or her hands into biology and chemistry! You'll do dissections and create slimes-and then there's the quicksand and culture bacteria experience. Microscopes, Petri dishes, scalpels, and beakers-we'll do real science together. Ready to get messy? No repeaters, please.

Raku Pottery – Jake Van Wyk, Retired Dordt College Art Department

Turn a lump of clay into a personal masterpiece! Raku-yaki or Raku ware, is a type of Japanese pottery that is molded by hand instead of turned on a potter's wheel. It is created with a firing process that uses both fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs. Get your hands dirty shaping the clay, learn important design elements, and take home a unique piece of art. You'll visit the artist's personal studio on a farm with a horse and sheep, and load the pit for firing.

String Studio – Gary Vander Hart, Musician and Instrument Builder

Build and learn to play a stringed instrument worth $300! You read correctly; a $300 instrument will be yours to take home! In five days, you’ll build a four-stringed, Appalachian mountain dulcimer. Lying on the lay, they are easier to play than the guitar and are the perfect first instrument for novice musicians. You will carve decorations, install frets, French polish, plus learn how to play and tune. No previous lessons required. A DVD on how to do the work will be mailed to you a few weeks before the session.

Survivor – Sarah Davelaar, Sioux County Conservation Board 

Spend each afternoon learning survival skills and having lots of outdoor fun! You’ll learn the basics survivor skills: how to build shelters, make a campfire, find wild edible food, build traps, and learn how to use a compass and GPS unit and more! And at the end of the week, we will have a survival challenge to test all your skills! 

--- Please bring jeans and old clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty. Closed toed shoes are also recommended. We will be outside as much as possible. No repeaters, please. 

Theatre Troupe – Teresa Ter Haar, Dordt College Theatre Department

We want you to make a scene in this class as you learn improvisation and acting techniques. You’ll gain experience and confidence as you use costumes and props to contrive characters and scenes. Be someone new every day! We encourage you to “act up!”

Up, Up, and Away! – Joy Hurst, Sioux Center Community Schools

Orville Wright (one of the inventors of the airplane) once said, “The exhilaration of flying is too keen, the pleasure too great, for it to be neglected as a sport.”  Now it’s your turn to build amazing flying machines!  You’ll learn the basic physics behind how planes fly and how rockets take off. Follow in the Wright’s footsteps and beyond, as you construct your own flying marvels, from kites, to gliders, to a rocket of your own!