Q-Term

The Q-term is a short, intensive course which takes place outside of the regular academic schedule where students and faculty can collaborate, create, innovate, think critically, and solve problems while immersed in their subject of choice. It is one of our Signature Courses designed to complement our overall academic offering and enhance our students’ overall educational experience.

During Q-Term, students meet with the same class and instructor(s) every day and pursue only the subject related to their class. This focus creates an arena for project-based learning, experiential adventure, creative design, and service opportunities that enrich and deepen students’ connection to the subject matter at hand.

This year’s roster of engaging Q-Term courses appeals to a wide range of interests from engineering and the sciences, to history, art, music, travel, video journalism, and many others. Each course takes advantage of selected locations across the campus and interesting venues throughout the Hudson Valley. Detailed descriptions and important information about each of the courses can be found below:

Q-Term Course Offerings

Learn about the history of the major American pastime sports: baseball, basketball, football, and golf. In this course, students will participate in these sports, research how they were played and how the rules have changed over time, and learn about pivotal historical figures and events in the sports. Possible field trips include a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame and trips to live sports events.

Fees: TBD

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This active class consists of two outdoor themes. Our fishing section will encompass both saltwater and freshwater opportunities. A two day trip to Montauk Long Island, the furthest point on Long Island, will provide surf fishing and some relaxation. A charter trip aboard the Klondike (a 110 foot boat) will take us fishing in the Long Island Sound. Freshwater fishing in Black Rock Forest is a tranquil place for largemouth bass. Our gardening and horticulture will enhance the campus grounds as well as learn about sustainability and the environment when we visit the Five Rivers or Saratoga Tree Nursery.

Fees: TBD

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The infamous Appalachian Trail passes just south of Storm King School as it runs its course of 2200 miles from Georgia to Maine. Students will hike nearby sections of the trail while they learn about the local flora and fauna and history of the region. The course will include both day and overnight trips, and students will learn important wilderness survival skills along the way.

Fees: TBD

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By learning, experiencing, and enriching the culture of tea ceremonies around the world, students will explore the cultural significance of tea and learn how to prepare tea using different techniques and types of tea from around the world.

Fees:TBD

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In this academic course, students will discover the fundamentals of astronomy, first, in the classroom, and then out in the field at Cherry Springs State Park, one of only two locations on the US East Coast with a truly dark sky. Students will camp out, explore hiking trails during the day, and then marvel at the night sky (weather permitting).

Fees: TBD

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In this constructivist course, the students will design and plan its content. Combining experiential education with project-based learning, students will explore places off the beaten path, examining their cultural significance. Whether you are an adventurer, writer, poet, or artist, the possibilities are vast. Students will have the opportunity to discover out-of-the-way curiosities, the strange and wondrous places around us. They will learn about the significance of these places in our society, focusing on the relationships between places, people, and history. Students will navigate from one adventure to the next, testing the limits of their willingness to try new things.

Fees: TBD

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The west coast, particularly California, has played an important role in the development of popular music in the United States. From the early days of surf music by Dick Dale and The Beach Boys, to the psychedelic 60’s with Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, The Mamas and the Papas, and The Doors, into the 70’s with high powered groups like The Eagles, both Los Angeles and San Francisco were havens for creativity in the music industry. The history and music of the West coast will be studied and performed as part of this class.

Fees: $0

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Experience Maine and the world of immersive physical theatre. Celebration Barn is an immersive physical theater center that draws artists from around the world who are seeking to train and create their own works.

The Barn’s mission is to inspire creativity and community by harnessing the power of live performance. This beautiful, restored horse barn in the woods of Maine provides an inspiring natural setting. Celebration Barn’s 45-year history fuels a super-charged atmosphere that encourages artists to play at their creative edge, nurtured and provoked by a community of collaborators, and launch performance in new directions. Great for the performing artists within.

Celebration Barn offers intensive, immersive and collaborative workshops with world-class teachers. Study in the stunning foothills of the western Maine Mountains, free from the distractions of everyday life. Workshops last from 6-12 hours a day and intimate class sizes ensure that each student and faculty member receives personal attention during their stay. Following one week workshops students will visit points of interest in Maine including the coast, the Town of Freeport, and the City of Portland. There also will be a closing cookout celebration with campfire Smores (weather permitting) at Run-A-Muck Farm, the home of Tom and Trish Fogarty.

Fees: $1,500

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In today’s world, computers are integral to virtually every engineering design field. In this course, students will develop 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills using Fusion 360, a popular 3D design application. Students will experience the design cycle from brainstorming to design to prototyping with 3D printers, followed by testing and analysis.

Fees: $0

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Explore and compare the traditions surrounding food around the world. Students will perform qualitative and quantitative research regarding the benefits of meal preparation and dining together in various cultures. The process will include academic research, surveys, and observations. In the end, the group will create a multicultural menu with complimentary dishes.

Fees: TBD

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Explore the historical and cultural significance of Philadelphia, PA. Starting in the classroom, students will research and discuss the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Students will be expected to read Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”, which was written in his Philadelphia home. Then traveling to the city, students will visit Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Rocky Steps), and Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site, and, of course, will feast on Philly Cheesesteaks. Please note: This course and Atlas Adventures may be combined depending on interest.

Fees: TBD

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Discover the richness of the Hudson Valley and its farming roots. Enjoy fabulous fresh food while eating at a local Farm-to-Table restaurant. Visit a working farm, and learn how to grow your own food by planning and planting it ourselves. Prepare a delicious, fresh meal with food purchased from a local farmers’ market. In addition, we will learn about the healthy eating and lifestyle choices of people living in the world’s “blue zones”, and how their habits include eating nutritiously, and fresh from the farm.

Fees: TBD

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Forensics is the set of scientific techniques used in the detection of crimes. Students in this class will study how to analyze blood, DNA, fingerprints and other types of evidence required to reconstruct a crime scene. Possible field trips include visiting a forensic lab and/or a correctional facility. Prerequisite: Chemistry or Biology

Fees: TBD

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They “changed the game”! In this course, we will take a look at individuals and teams famous for revolutionizing sports: figures such as Jackie Robinson, Diego Maradona, Tony Hawk, Billie Jean King, the South African Rugby Team, and others chosen by the students. Throughout history, athletes, equipment, and rules transformed the game into what we have come to love. Through films, research, presentations, travel, and play, we will embrace the GAME CHANGERS.

Fees: TBD

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In this course, we will explore major historical sites and buildings in New York City and the Hudson Valley, looking at how architecture, culture, and events influenced the history of the region.

Fees: TBD

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Study the Hudson River School artists. Visit the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar and the Albany Institute of History and Art. Visit the newly opened Hudson River Skywalk across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge which connects the Olana Historic Site in Hudson and the Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill. Hike to some of the vistas documented in the River School paintings. Engage in creating plein air art as the River School artists did.

Fees: TBD

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Make yourself part of the solution by participating in community service projects that matter! Students will research and explore service opportunities, both local and global, and will then contribute in a meaningful way to make the lives of those in need better.

Some of the service projects may be Kids Literacy, Senior Centers, Animal Shelters, Food Bank, Soup Kitchens and Habitat for humanity.

Fees: $0

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Students will learn about what are perhaps the most beloved of all domestic animals — dogs. Students will discover programs for both basic and special dog training. We will explore the prison dog program, the subject of the acclaimed film “Prison Dogs.” And we will visit training centers, discuss simple training techniques, and learn about the specifics of training therapy dogs, service dogs and police dogs. There will also be a community service component visiting the local animal shelter to help with and learn about the care of homeless dogs. Additionally, we will visit a local veterinarian to discuss basic health care and the specifics of taking care of puppies, middle aged dogs, and senior dogs.

Fees: $0

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Improvisational theatre, often called improvisation or improv, is a form of theatre, often comedy, in which most or all of what is performed is unplanned or unscripted: created spontaneously by the performers. In its purest form, the dialogue, action, story, and characters are created collaboratively by the players as the improvisation unfolds in present time, without the use of an already prepared, written script.

Fees: $0

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On this 8-day adventure, students will wind through Oak Creek Canyon, stop at Slide Rock to plunge down a rock slide into a swimming hole on their way to the majestic Grand Canyon. A hike or mule ride through the canyon offers awesome vistas of the painted desert, sandstone canyon walls, pine and fir forests, mesas, and the Colorado River. Bryce National Park contains geological wonders that defy description with the largest concentration of hoodoos found anywhere in the world, with both hiking and horseback riding options available. Students will experience the wilderness canyoneering in a narrow slot canyon at Zion National Park, explore the Emerald Pools Trail, or be challenged on a hike up Angel’s Landing.

Fees: TBD

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Do you fawn over puppers and kitkats swaddled in cute outfits? Want to learn more about creating patterns and quick fashion? Join the Pup Couture class to create fashionable t-shirts, sweaters, and bandanas for our furry friends of SKS! The course will cover how to create abnormal patterns, how to create tear-resistant wear, and using pet-friendly materials.

Fees: TBD

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If you could share one big idea with your community, what would it be? Podcasts have taken the world by storm as a means of sharing stories, ideas, and news. Easy to share and accessible anywhere, even you can record your thoughts and publish them for a global audience to listen to. We will listen to some of the most informative and trending casts out there, visit a local radio station, and explore the recording and editing process. Finally, students will be set free to write, interview, record, and edit their own episodes and publish as a contributing member of the Stormcast Channel.

Fees: TBD

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Study the medium and history of sequential art, a.k.a. “comic books”, in America. Visit a comic book shop and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. Students will use as a guide Scott McCloud’s groundbreaking book on sequential art philosophy, “Understanding Comics”, will select and dissect a graphic novel, and will then present a book report and/or create an original work of sequential art.

Fees: $0

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Engage in the elements of songwriting. Learn about lyrical poetry and the art of storytelling. In this course, students will examine different songwriters and develop their own unique approach and style as they write, record and perform their own original work. Students will gain an understanding of songcraft basics, lyrical quality, story telling, melody, musical concepts, and arrangement and production techniques.

Fees: $0

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Stop motion is an animated-film making technique in which objects are physically manipulated in small increments between individually photographed frames so that they will appear to exhibit independent motion when the series of frames is played back as a fast sequence. Students will brainstorm, write, storyboard, and create their own stop-motion animation featurette.

Fees: $0

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Stop motion is an animated-film making technique in which objects are physically manipulated in small increments between individually photographed frames so that they will appear to exhibit independent motion when the series of frames is played back as a fast sequence. Students will brainstorm, write, storyboard, and create their own stop-motion animation featurette.

Fees: $0

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This interdisciplinary class will focus on a number of topics related to the interconnection between the mind and body. Students will explore movement, exercise, mobility, recovery, anatomy, mindfulness meditation, and nutrition. The course will culminate in a written reflection project, and the development of a customized training program tailored to the goals and needs of a fellow classmate.

Fees: $0

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“I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That’s art to me,” says Maya Lin. Painting a mural takes a tremendous amount of preparation, equipment, and hard work, but the effect the finished product can have on one’s surroundings is unequaled in the art world. Planning and a keen eye can be the key to success. Add your voice to our ongoing mural project so the creativity of today’s students will be enjoyed by all!

Fees: $0

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This hands-on course is dedicated to producing short video reportages about the various courses and activities of the Storm King School’s Q Terms. The course will lead students through all stages of the process, including choosing/pitching ideas, research/preparation, videotaping activities, interviewing participants, and editing material. The best videos will be put on the school’s web site and youtube channel.

Fees: $0

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In this course, students will work on a number of small craft projects using wood as the primary medium to learn and practice basic carpentry skills. By the end of this course, students will be able to follow a schematic, use a variety of tools, and safely execute basic carpentry skills. Students will gain familiarity with measurement, types of hardware and materials, use of tools, and finishing techniques.

Fees: $0

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