Tiffany Ard

Tiffany Ard is the writer and designer behind Nerdy Baby, a small company that publishes whimsical illustrations of serious science concepts. Her books, flashcards, and art prints have been featured in big fancy blogs, magazines, catalogs like Think Geek and UncommonGoods, as well as gift shops in museums across the country. She is the author of Little Red Hen Builds A Computer, The Gingerbread Particle, and The Human Infant Project.

Tiffany has been a homeschooling mom for more than ten years, and has been active in the homeschool community from the start. Combining science and history with art to teach big ideas, she teaches classes, runs maker workshops, and leads science + art demonstrations for basically anyone who stands within ten feet of her. Seriously, stay back if you don't want to learn stuff!

MEMBERS: To register for Tiffany’s class(es), visit her site at http://www.TiffanyArd.com contact NerdyBabyLLC@gmail.com. Not a member yet? Click here to get started!


Art IV: Art for life

Target Ages: 14+

Min/Max Students: 3/5

Class Times:  Thursday 11:30 – 1:55 (lunch break in between)

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (30 weeks, no class Oct. 17)

Cost:  $700, can be broken into payments

Description: Building off the work from Art III, we will dive into design principles and work on developing finished pieces, with an eye towards building a portfolio. This class will challenge students to step out of their comfort zones and take their work to the next level. By the end of the year, students will be able to:

  * confidently generate ideas that communicate their point of view

  * create finished pieces that have personal meaning

  * talk about their work

  * critique each other’s work in a way that is positive and helpful

  * understand where their art fits into the world

Materials: I'll give you a materials list on registration.

Homework: 15 minutes of daily sketchbook practice. Depending on the projects you choose, some weeks you may need to do a fair amount of work outside of class.

 

Literary Magazine/ Yearbook

Target Ages: 12+ (mature middle school and high school)

Min/Max Students: 4/10

Class Times: Thursday 3:00 – 3:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (30 weeks, no class Oct. 17)

Cost: $350

Description: This class will be so much fun! Students will learn planning, graphic design, editing skills and more as the students work together to tackle publishing projects. We will use Adobe Photoshop and Indesign to create original STAC publications, and see the process from brainstorming through print production.

Materials: Helpful but NOT required: laptop, adobe student subscription ($25/month), digital camera

Homework: Student directed, will depend on the projects

 

Show and Tell

Target Ages:  6+

Min/Max Students: 3/8

Class Times: Friday 10:00 – 10:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 6 – Oct 11 (6 weeks)

Cost:  $75

Description: Kids love to share personal stories! Each week, kids will take turns sharing stories and objects around a theme. We will learn important skills like public speaking, turn taking, how to be an active listener - but mostly we will have fun sharing what we are all excited about.

Materials: none

Homework: none

 

Imaginary Inventions

Target Ages:  6+

Min/Max Students: 3/8

Class Times: Friday 10:00 – 10:55

Class Dates:  Oct. 15 – Dec. 6 (6 weeks)

Cost:  $75

Description: This class is part drawing, part creative problem solving. Every week I will introduce a new challenge with a back story. Then the kids will spend some time brainstorming ideas for an invention that could help the character in the story solve a problem. I’ll provide big paper for their big ideas -- plus rulers, compasses, stencils and other tools to help them draw out their invention and then if there’s time they can share their idea with the class and explain how it would work.

Materials: none

Homework: none

 

Codes, Puzzles, and Brain Games

Target Ages:  11-14

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Friday 11:00 – 11:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 6 – Oct 11 (6 weeks)

Cost:  $75

Description: In this class we will stretch our brains and try out new ways of thinking. We’ll learn and practice using different kinds of codes and ciphers, challenge each other with brain teasers, work through logic puzzles together, and try out fun ways to hack our brains and boost memory.

Materials: none

Homework: I'll offer challenges that kids can take home, all totally optional.

 

Designing Table Top Games

Target Ages:  11-14

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Friday 11:00 – 11:55

Class Dates:  Oct. 15 – Dec. 6 (6 weeks)

Cost:  $90

Description: Explore the design process from start to finish. We’ll dive deep into different game mechanics, how to think about your audience, how to know if your game is too hard or too easy, and how to make sure the rules are clear. Whether you choose to work in a group or on your own, over the course of six weeks you’ll have time to brainstorm ideas, make mockups, test play, iterate, and develop pieces and graphics for the game.

Materials: all are provided

Homework: None required; some optional

 

Think Like a Scientist

Target Ages:  11-14

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Friday 11:00 – 11:55

Class Dates:  Jan. 10 – May 15 (17 weeks)

Cost:  $225

Description: You probably know about the scientific method, but there’s more to it than going through a list of steps. Researchers are only human, with human brains, and it turns out that even the smartest human brains can make pretty goofy mistakes! Over the semester, we will look at how science works -- and how it doesn’t. What strategies do scientists use to guard against mental mistakes and logical traps? What common fallacies do they have to watch out for? Each week we will spot a different type of error that led to flawed experiments, spoiled results, misleading data, or even total nuclear meltdown. Then we’ll figure out where the researchers went wrong and what they should do next time. Why is this important? Science literacy is critical in the modern world. Science literate citizens can spot scams and fake news, avoid dangerous health advice, and are better able to solve problems in daily life.

Materials: all are provided

Homework: Small assignments, maybe 15 minutes per week.

 

Pen Pal Project

Target Ages:  8+

Min/Max Students: 1/8

Class Times: none

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – Oct. 11 (6 weeks)

Cost:  $60

Description: No actual class time - they can do all of the work at home or at STAC. Aimed at kids who are reluctant or self-conscious about their writing skills. This is a very fun, low-pressure teaching method that helps students gain confidence and improve their writing. I’ve had great success working with ESL students using this method. I promise, they won’t know they’re learning! Here’s how it works: 1. I will write a letter to each child, asking them basic questions and prompting them in a friendly way to write back. 2. They write a letter back to me, put it in my adorable mailbox, and raise the flag. 3. Behind the scenes, I will make a copy of their letter and circle the key errors they are making. They will never see this! It’s only for me so I can track their progress. Parents may look at these any time. 4. I will craft a friendly reply to them, modeling corrections. For example, if I noticed they are having trouble spelling a word I will make a point to include that word a few times so they see me using the correct spelling. 5. We trade letters back and forth. At the end I’ll give you a progress update and make suggestions on how to help them with their writing going forward.

Materials: all are provided

Homework: Every week your child will need to spend some time reading one letter and writing a reply. They can write as much or as little as they wish. It could take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or more. Please talk to me if this becomes a source of stress at any point - my goal is to keep things light and fun.

 

Lab Science Independent Study

Target Ages:  14+

Min/Max Students: 2/6

Class Times: Thursday 10:30 – 11:25

Class Dates:  Sept. 5 – May 14 (30 weeks, no class Oct. 17)

Cost:  $375

Description: This class is for kids who want to take a DEEP DIVE into a topic that interests them and learn about how real career scientists think and work. My role is not to lecture or share facts. Instead I will facilitate one or more long-term research projects. We will meet once a week as a group, where I will... Help you choose a topic and find the right scope Connect you with resources and experts Give feedback and ask questions that may prompt a deeper look or new directions Help guide you in how to present your finished work. Finished projects could take many forms including a short TED-type talk, a paper, a poster or other display, a web site, a podcast, a completed engineering prototype, etc. We’ll work together to set goals that make sense. Near the end of the year we will work with a college counselor to craft a description of this class for your transcripts so it will count as a full year lab science.

Materials: TBD

Homework: This class requires a lot of time spent outside of class. The exact assignments will depend on the project you choose.


Priscila Benson