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Students will create a new look for a piece of furniture. Think wood and not too big and be ready to provide an item such as a stool, bench, bookshelf, headboard, or largish jewelry box. Focus will be on designing a pattern, trying out application techniques, and choosing a color scheme rather than a straightforward one-color application. Plan to work with a variety of tools including sponges, brushes, glaze, and rags for an application of paint colors that you will choose or mix yourself. Learn skills for a lifetime of creativity. Depending on time, enrollment, and creativity, we may add a larger group project (such as a dresser) that could be auctioned at the next Fun Fest
Don't know what to do with all those photos you've taken and memorabilia you've stuffed into a shoebox? Get your pictures printed out, or onto a CD, and learn how to make a memory book using traditional scrapbook supplies or digital scrapbook pages.
Be ready to get your hands dirty during this Interterm. You might find yourself milking cows, feeding chickens, planting potatoes, transplanting tomatoes, building a fence, or yes, even shoveling some "farmer's gold." You will work with a group of 4-6 students divided among various local farms each day. Monday and Tuesday will be spent working at farms in the Goshen area. Wednesday we will visit the Shipshewana livestock auction and other area attractions on our way north towards several farms in southern Michigan. We will stay two nights at a cabin on a lake, with opportunities for boating, swimming, campfires, etc. This is a great opportunity to learn about farming, develop new friendships, and eat fresh local food!
Participants will learn about aerodynamics, flight controls, navigation, air traffic control, aeromedical aspects of flight, and Federal
Not only do you get to use knives (safely!), but you'll also be encouraged to eat-a lot! Knowing your way around a kitchen is a valuable life skill. You'll have control over what you eat. You can dazzle friends and family with your culinary prowess. And you can engage in one of the most authentic ways to learn about other countries. We will prepare our own international cuisines from scratch, with the help of some visiting chefs. We may also dine out at some of Michiana's internationally-flavored restaurants. At the end of the week, students will work in groups to prepare the recipe of their choice-for a multicultural dinner party. Bon appetit!
Get Your Motor Running
Everyone knows what a car is, but can they tell you how it works? Have you ever wanted to take apart a car? Now is your chance. We will take apart two or three cars, learn how to cook on an engine, learn routine maintenance, see how long an engine can run without lubrication, visit car museums, build a model car, learn how to buy a car, and get an inside look at the auto industry, including electric cars, hybrids, fuel cell vehicles, and hydraulic vehicles. Before signing up for this interterm, ask your parents if they would like some car seat furniture in your house! (car parts will be divided among students)
This interterm will teach students how to critically examine and discuss the basic philosophies and approaches to life and faith present in popular Hollywood and independent films. Each afternoon we will meet from 2:00 until 9 or 10 p.m. Our time together will consist of identifying some key reflective questions, viewing 10 movies, and discussing relevant themes and motifs present in the films we watch. Each viewing will be followed by the completion of a written evaluation, as well as critical discussion over a meal or dessert. Active participation in the discussions is a minimum requirement of this interterm. Please do not sign up for this interterm if you naturally resist the urge to think and voice your opinions! The cost includes a small fee for rentals, meal expenses, transportation expenses, and theater ticket costs.
The group will travel to south central Kentucky where students will canoe about fifty miles on the Greene River by day and camp next to the river in primitive camp sites by night. Te cost of the experience includes rental for canoes, travel expenses, and some evening snacks. The above cost does not include food for regular meals. These meals will be the responsibility of the students to work out in cooking groups of five or six. Students will also provide their own personal camping equipment. This experience is not for someone who doesn't like to "rough it" a little.
Learn about energy options both local and beyond our community. We will learn about and tour facilities for bio-diesel, solar-electric and hot water, geothermal, and wind energy. Students will tour the Crescent ridge wind farm in Illinois located near Camp Menno Haven and meet with owners of Stewardship Energy who built four of the 350-foot tall windmills. We will also check out smaller low-budget alternative energy options. While at the camp the group will traverse sections of the high ropes course and take a ride on the 470-foot zip line. The rainy day back up plan for the high ropes course is to climb on the indoor climbing wall. The interterm costs are cut slightly by planning to work a ½ day on a service project for the camp. We will travel Tuesday morning to Illinois and return Thursday evening. Monday and Friday will have local activities.
Students attended four major league baseball games to explore and appreciate America's national past time--the culture and pace of baseball.
This interterm will expose you to the many sides of Pittsburgh, Pa., a once-dirty, industrial city that is now a thriving arts and cultural center. On three mornings, we will take part in local service opportunities. In addition to eating great food, we will see a couple shows, go to the zoo, visit the Carnegie Science museum, travel outside the city to visit Frank Lloyd's Wright's famous house, Fallingwater, and much more!
In the deep dark recesses of Bethany's archives, Jennifer and Kevin have discovered "The Bruin Scroll." Join us on a journey back in time as we use the scroll to explore national treasures in colonial Virginia. Our journey will take us to Washington, D.C., Fredericksburg, Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Charlottesville (via modern transportation) as we visit living history museums, presidential homes, and archaeological sites. We will board replicas of the ships that brought people to the first permanent English settlement in America at Jamestown, visit with people portraying Native Americans and colonists, participate in demonstrations of colonial life, and walk the paths trod by presidents and slaves from over 200 years ago. Note that this is a Sunday through Saturday trip.