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1. Artistic Track

Take Your Photos from Point ‘n’ Shoot to Professional

Times: 9 am, 10 am

Ages: Middle school and up

Discover the secrets pros use every day. This fast paced, easy-to-follow lecture will improve the shots of beginning and advanced shutterbugs alike. Learn how to get the most out of your camera, your subjects, and your creativity.beginning and advanced shutterbugs alike. Learn how to get the most out of your camera, your subjects, and your creativity.

 

Shooting Home Videos Others Will Actually Want to Watch

Times: 12 pm

Ages: Middle school and up

If you like to shoot home movies, this session will give you a new focus. From quick and easy tips to tried and true methods, learn how to take your videos from yawn to yowsa! Then use your new skills to zoom in on the next family birthday, reunion, vacation, or holiday.

 

Using Photoshop Like a Pro  

Times: 11 am

Ages: Middle school and up

Want to learn the tips, tricks and techniques that photographers use to enhance images? This software-based class will help you take your photos from good to great whether you’re a beginner or an experienced shutterbug.

 

Game ON: Video Game Art and Animation

Times: 1 pm, 2 pm

Ages: Middle school and up

Everyone may not be a gamer, but almost anyone can design games for fun and profit. In this class, you’ll learn what defines a gamer, which skills will help you climb the virtual video game industry ladder, and insider secrets to game design. Hands-on experience, included.

 

Unleash Your Inner Artist with Painter

Times: 1pm, 2pm

Ages: Middle school and up

Designed by artists, Painter is the world’s leading digital art software. With its impressive array of drawing tools, brushes, paper textures, paints, oils, watercolors, etc., Painter offers the most realistic digital painting experience. Bring your creativity and curiosity for an unparalleled experience in art.

2. Automotive Track

Under the Hood: The 411 on ABS and ESC

Times: 9 am, 1 pm

Ages: High school and up

Maintaining your lane, traveling smoothly over the pavement, and stopping safely are key elements of automotive safety. Find out how today’s technology is applied to enhance driving safety and performance. Classroom training and lab demo on ABS and ESC systems operation included.

 

Tire Talk: What to Know before the Rubber Meets the Road

Times: 10 am, 12 noon

Ages: High school and up

Learn how to decode the letters and numbers on a tire and translate them for your vehicle’s needs. You’ll look at tread depth and its safety components, and at tire wear and the factors that contribute to it. A live alignment demo rounds out this informative class.

 

Pit Crew Challenge: Wheels Off, Wheels On

Times: 11 am, 9 am

Ages: 15-60

Do you have a way with wheels? Show your race readiness as you compete to remove and re-mount a wheel. Before the Pit Crew Challenge race, you’ll get a preview of the methods for safe wheel removal and see a lab demonstration of vehicle lifting.

3. Business Track

Energize Your Presentations with Prezi

Times: 11 am, 12 pm, 2 pm

Ages: High school and up

If PowerPoint isn't maximizing your presentations, try Prezi. It's a free online tool that can add an extra dimension to formal and informal communications. In this interactive session, you'll discover how Prezi can infuse more life and creativity into presentations of all kinds—business, academic, or artistic.

 

Your Foolish Brain: Making Better Decisions

Times: 9 am, 11 am

Ages: High school and up

Research in behavioral economics reveals that our brains often use mental shortcuts to guide decision-making. These shortcuts impact the quality of major decisions and everyday choices. Understanding when your brain is fooling you can help you make sounder decisions.

 

The Elevator Pitch: 40 Seconds to Sell Yourself or Your Product

Times: 10 am

Ages: Adults

The Elevator Pitch is a skillset that can be used for any type of selling—an idea, a product, yourself. This class will provide you with instruction on how to complete a powerful and effective pitch in a snippet of time. Discussion of pace, tone, confidence, posture, and verbal transitions included.

 

Harnessing the Power of Your iPad

Times: 12 pm, 2 pm

Ages: Middle school and up

Learn about iPad apps and mobile computing techniques that can make your life easier at home, at school, on the job or on the go. Topics include storing/using/protecting data, note-taking, sharing information, and lots of fun stuff for filling your leisure time.

 

American Sign Language for Everyday Interactions

Times: 12 pm, 1 pm

Ages: All ages

Add the basic tools to carry on a brief conversation in American Sign Language to your repertoire. Central Ohio is home to a large community of individuals who communicate using ASL, and learning some basic signs will help you interact with them more confidently and effectively.

4. Health Track

Kiss Your Bad Habit Goodbye

Times: 11 am, 12 noon

Ages: High school and up

This session presents behavior modification techniques for the layman. Each participant will develop a plan for changing some behavior, e.g., eating less junk food, smoking fewer cigarettes, or exercising more. You’ll learn when and how to make adjustments to your program to promote success.

 

Relax and Recharge: Stress Busting for Busy Lives

Times: 9 am, 10 am, 12 pm

Ages: High school and up

This workshop will teach you proven techniques for managing mind/body stress in a healthy way. You’ll learn to release your full potential through progressive relaxation, visualization, and positive thinking.

 

Healthy Cooking with Young Children is as Easy as Apple…Turnovers

These sessions will be offered from 9-9:45 am and 10:30-11:15 am

Ages: 8-13 accompanied by an older sibling or adult

Children and families will learn how to prepare a delicious reduced-sugar apple turnover to take and bake as they learn about food safety, sanitation, proper equipment handling, and preservative-free cooking. Participants will be treated to samples of finished turnovers.

 

Keeping Health Info Handy with a Personal Health Record

Times: 1 pm

Ages: Adults

In an emergency situation, could you locate all your important health information? You could if you had a Personal Health Record. Learn how to create and maintain one and why they’re critical tools in making medical decisions for yourself and your loved ones.


Run Your First Marathon: 26 Miles Worth of Tips for Success!

Times: 1 p.m.

Ages: 18 and up

In this session, Dr. Paul Carringer will discuss how to prepare to run a marathon, or even a less demanding distance, successfully. Not only can running a marathon enhance our physical well-being, but the things we learn on the road to the 26-mile finish line can help us in our careers. No athletic gear is required. And, you will not need to run! Just enjoy this fun romp covering 26 miles of tips!

 

What Your Body "Says" about Energy Drinks

Times: 2 pm

Ages: High school and up

Utilizing the Human Patient Simulator lab, this course will demonstrate the physiologic effects of energy drinks and other stimulants on the human body.

 

Decoding Medical Personnel

Times: 11 am

Ages: Adults

Ever tried to how to figure out exactly what a particular healthcare employee is doing in your hospital room? Who are they all, what do they do, and how do you tell them apart? This session will help you figure out what service/type of care each hospital employee is providing for you or your loved one.

 

5. History Track

Ethics Building from Aquinas High School to Aquinas Hall

Times: 9 am

Ages: High school and up

Explore the ongoing bond between the classical virtues of long ago and today’s liberal arts studies. The Columbus State campus building named after medieval scholar-teacher St. Thomas Aquinas carries on the tradition of educating students for ethical decision making and ethical actions.

 

The Cobbled, Cultural Landscape of Columbus

Times: 10 am

Ages: Adults

Discover the crazy quilt neighborhoods of Columbus. From the macadam streets of German Village to the Short North’s span of lighted (well, almost) arches, to historic Worthington, each area embodies its own sense of place and yet contributes to the united presence that we experience every day.

 

Back to the Ancient World: An Immersion Excursion

Times: 11 am

Ages: All ages

Take a walk on the dramatic side as you experience ancient Athens, Rome, and Byzantium. Humanities instructors will stage dramatic readings complete with costumes, slides, and music. You’ll come away with an appreciation of the cultural connection between then and now.

 

The Game of History

Times: 1 pm

Ages: High school and up

If you're always game for digging up new history factoids, don't miss this one. Learn about history while testing your knowledge; there will be prizes!

 

Got Architectural Answers? Play Landmark Jeopardy!  

Times: 2 pm

Ages: High school and up

Find out if you really know your local architecture. You show us what you know about Columbus and Columbus State buildings, and we’ll fill in with some useful construction facts and tips. Session is limited to 24 participants; turning technology immediate response devices will be used for Jeopardy game.

6. Life and Retirement Planning Track

Is the Stock Market Easy Money or Risky Business?

Times: 9 am, 11 am

Ages: High school and up

The answer is a bit of both. Understanding how the market operates will help you manage your finances more confidently and competently.

 

College Ready? Maybe More than You Know!

Times: 9 am, 10 am, 12 pm

Ages: High school and up

You’re more college ready than you might think. Come show what you already know and battle others in Jeopardy-like brain games. You will also see a short video, take a quick survey and discover how the Developmental Education Department can help you achieve collegiate/career goals.

 

Planning for a Graceful Exit

Times: 10 am

Ages: Adults

Proper end-of-life planning results in a smoother transition for those left behind. This class will explore the implications of aging, illness, and death and the legal options surrounding decisions related to those issues. Participants will look at ways to formulate workable plans for family members.

 

Keeping Health Info Handy with a Personal Health Record

Times: 1 pm

Ages: Adults

In an emergency situation, could you locate all your important health information? You could if you had a Personal Health Record. Learn how to create and maintain one and why they are critical tools in making medical decisions for you and your loved ones.

 

Retire Without (Money) Worries

Times: 2 pm

Ages: Adults

This presentation may not make you a millionaire, but it will offer basic strategies for maximizing your retirement account and enjoying the fruits of your labor. Regardless of your current age, with a little planning you can pad your retirement nest egg so it won’t crack under future financial pressures.

7. Multi-cultural & Social Issues Track

Appreciating Life Lived in Different Shoes

Times: 9 am

Ages: Middle school and up

This session will let you experience the daily challenges faced by individuals who have a physical impairment or disability or a learning disability of some type. You’ll walk a proverbial mile in their shoes and learn how they not only cope with, but also rise above these difficulties.

 

Economic Growth vs. Individual Poverty in Bangladesh

Times: 10 am

Ages: High school and up

Bangladesh is a quintessential low-income but growing country, with 76% of its 160 million people living on less than $2 per day. Yet its economy is growing at more than 5% per year. What does a day in the life of a Bangladeshi villager look like? What perspectives can we gain from this village view?

 

Hello10 : Multi-Cultural Words of Welcome

Times: 10 am

Ages: All ages

Learn to say “Hello” in 10 different languages spoken by residents of Columbus. ESL instructors and students will present useful greetings and native speakers will lead participants in language games. Attendees will receive a take-home sheet of all the greetings for further practice.

 

Buy Locally, Think Globally

Times: 9 am, 11 am

Ages: Middle school and up

Discover fair trade buying and how our purchasing habits can positively impact the world in which we live. You’ll explore: the meaning of fair trade, what types of products are available, where they are sold, and who benefits from the sale. Fair trade products will be available for sale following the presentation.

 

Exploring Your Political Personality

Times: 9am, 11 am

Ages: High school and up

Are you really a liberal, moderate, or conservative? Find out where your views fit on the American political spectrum. You’ll complete a questionnaire on current issues and, using the responses, map your political bent on an ideological grid

 

Maté: Ancient Tea, Modern Symbol

Times: 1 pm, 2 pm

Ages: All ages

Tea rituals aren't exclusively the province of the Japanese. Maté is an ancient tea from South America that is now strongly identified with several countries as well as with Southern Brazil's Santa Catarina region. A demonstration/discussion of the Maté tradition, will illustrate how it is served and its ritual significance.

 

Is Your Neighborhood a Food Oasis or a Food Desert?

Times: 2 pm

Ages: High school and up

Some neighborhoods in Columbus endure spoiled milk while others enjoy artisanal cheese. Why the inequality? Find out about unequal access to food resources from students who did local research on the problem and discuss strategies for expanding food availability and options county wide.

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8. Relationship Track

Positive Parenting: Mixing Gentle Guidance with Disciplined Direction

Times: 10 am

Ages: Adults

Do your children refuse to listen, repeat bad behaviors, and even run the house sometimes? Learn practical tools and techniques to foster open communication, establish healthy boundaries, create mutually respectful relationships with your young children, and experience a calmer household.

 

Deft Dealings: How to Handle Difficult People/Difficult Situations

Times: 11 am, 1 pm

Ages: Adults

This session, taught by a lawyer and dispute resolution expert, will provide strategies for dealing with troublesome individuals and common activities that give rise to conflict. You will explore the dynamics of interpersonal power and how to use it effectively and elegantly.

 

Note: "How to Have Great Dates by Being One" and "Secrets of Lasting Relationships for Couples" have been canceled.

9. Science Track

PolymersR Us or Fun with Flubber

Times: 11 am

Ages: Middle and high school

In this session, you’ll get up close and personal with polymers by making two of them. The process will reveal the physical/chemical properties of several polymers that are the basis of many everyday items. Everyone is welcome, but the class will appeal most to middle school and high school students.

 

Chromatography: The Science of Red M & M’s and Blue Markers

Times: 12 pm, 2pm

Ages: Middle school

In this hands-on workshop, you'll discover how to separate the components of candy coatings and marker ink using chromatography. Participants will learn the
fascinating principles behind color separation and how this technique is used
to dye or color many everyday products.

 

Hunting Bigfoot: Knowing What to Believe

Times: 1 pm

Ages: Middle school

A really large footprint cast may seem like good evidence of Bigfoot, especially when there are so many videos, websites, and books that argue he’s real. But some “evidence” can stink as badly as Bigfoot himself! Learn how to use the CRAP test to evaluate the types of media information sources you'll find in your local library and on the internet and make smart decisions about what you know and believe.

 

10. Self-improvement Track

Kiss Your Bad Habit Goodbye

Times: 11 am, 12 noon

Ages: High school and up

This session presents behavior modification techniques for the layman. Each participant will develop a plan for changing some behavior, e.g., eating less junk food, smoking fewer cigarettes, or exercising more. You'll learn when and how to make adjustments to your program to promote success.

 

Your Foolish Brain: Making Better Decisions

Times: 9 am, 11 am

Ages: High school and up

Research in behavioral economics reveals that our brains often use mental shortcuts to guide decision-making. These shortcuts impact the quality of major decisions and everyday choices. Understanding when your brain is fooling you can help you make sounder decisions.

 

Train Your Brain to Retain: Tricks to Improve Your Memory

Times: 1 pm, 2 pm

Ages: Middle school and up

Forget names, have senior moments, or suffer brain cramp way too often? This unforgettable workshop is for anyone interested in the amazing things our brains can do and how we can tap into those abilities to boost memory for everyday tasks.

 

Run Your First Marathon: 26 Miles Worth of Tips for Success!

Times: 1 p.m.

Ages: 18 and up

In this session, Dr. Paul Carringer will discuss how to prepare to run a marathon, or even a less demanding distance, successfully. Not only can running a marathon enhance our physical well-being, but the things we learn on the road to the 26-mile finish line can help us in our careers. No athletic gear is required. And, you will not need to run! Just enjoy this fun romp covering 26 miles of tips!

 

Note: "Secrets of Lasting Relationships for Couples" has been canceled.

 

11. Writing Track

Fun with Flash Fiction

Times: 9 am, 10 am

Ages: Middle school and up

If you like stories that draw you in quickly and conclude just as fast, you’re a natural for flash fiction. In this session, you’ll discover what flash fiction is all about and how to convey meaning with word snapshots. You’ll even have time to start (and maybe finish) your own powerful, pint-sized story.

 

Preserving a Cherished Family Story

Times: 10 am, 11 am

Ages: High school and up

Want to capture a family story for others to appreciate and pass along? No formal writing experience is required and participants will discover creative ways to preserve a cherished story for posterity.

 

Blackout Poetry: The Remains of the Daily (Newspaper)

Times: 11 am

Ages: High school and up

Blackout writers blacken parts of newspaper articles with a marker, leaving only the words to be used in their poems. The technique is perfect for would-be poets who struggle to find the right words. This workshop will share examples of blackout poetry and demonstrate different but productive methods.

 

12. Miscellaneous

Smart Ways to Fix Leaky Pipes

Times: 9 am

Ages: High school and up

Columbus State instructors demonstrate how to solder away drips and make other costly plumbing repairs. This class is ideal for homeowners or individuals with an interest in fixing things themselves.

 

50 Years of Green: A Half Century of Environmental Progress

Times: 9 am

Ages: High school and up

Over the past 50 years, the U.S. has made considerable progress in protecting the environment—or have we? This session will test your environmental IQ, offer perspective on "green" issues since Columbus State was established, and pass along a few eco-friendly pointers.

 

Caring for Your Furry Companions

Times: 11 am, 1 pm

Ages: All ages

Your four-legged family members rely on you to provide a home environment that nourishes their bodies and nurtures their spirits. This interactive discussion will help you become the informed, responsible pet owner Fido or Socks needs to thrive.

 

What’s the Deal with Casino Math?

Times: 12 pm, 2 pm

Ages: Adults

Drawing on classic casino games like keno, craps, poker, roulette, and 21, this session offers a by-the-numbers review of the best and worst among them. It also provides a brief discussion of key “casino math” concepts to understand before hitting the tables.

 

Stage Fighting without Stage Fright

Times: 1 pm, 2 pm

Ages: High school and up

In this workshop, you’ll explore the stage fighting techniques used by professionals on stage, on screen and on video. Find out how to deliver a realistic punch, slap, or kick without hurting anyone and learn how to choreograph a fight scene.

 

Hopeful Horizons Ahead for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Times: 12 pm, 2 pm

Ages: All ages

Autism occurs in 1 in 88 children. This informative session will discuss the characteristics that define ASD, share new research offering promising treatments and opportunities, and provide local resources for children and adults.

 

Serial Murder: Separating Fact from Fiction

Times: 1 pm

Ages: Adults

Pop culture has a fascination with serial killers. Research studies, books, movies, and even a cable TV series are dedicated to the topic and to the outwardly normal/inwardly flawed individuals who can’t stop killing. This session will teach you to balance myth and reality and will also discuss profiling and crime scene analysis.

 

Stauf's presents: Coffee from Seed to Cup

Times: 10 a.m.

Ages: 18 and up

Stauf's Coffee Roasters will discuss the specialty coffee journey, from origin to cup, titled "Seed to Cup." Join this Columbus institution -- there will be coffee!