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College for Kids

De Anza Extended Year/Summer College for Kids and Teens is a summer enrichment program where the focus is on teaching and learning, not grades and exams. Look for more classes in summer 2018!

Introduction to Scratch Programming
Designed for students entering Grades 2–5
Saturdays, Sept. 30-Dec. 9, 1-3 pm

In this course, each chapter walks students through programming a single game, and programming concepts are explained as they come up. Students will start by sketching out what the final game will look like, then planning and coding the main parts of the program. This course provides a hands-on, problem-solving approach to learn programming and related concepts in computer science. With this approach, we hope to cultivate students’ imaginations and make the computer-programming experience accessible.

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Programming and Engineering with Arduino
Designed for students entering Grades 6–10
Saturdays, Sept. 30-Dec. 9, 3:30-5:30 pm

This course aims to teach the Arduino microcontroller through hands-on work in the lab creating simple machines with embodied behaviors. The Arduino is a versatile resource for physical projects for students in all disciplines. This course will teach the essential skills for creating and programing a simple sensor-driven physical computing system, and then it will reinforce those skills by making a simple interactive project. The course has no technical prerequisites.

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Introduction to Digital Electronics
Designed for students entering Grades 6–10
Session 1 - Fridays, Oct. 6-27, 5:30-8:30 pm
Session 2 - Mondays, Oct. 30-Nov. 20, 5:30-8:30 pm

Explore the world of digital electronics! Build circuits that flash lights, shift and make noise. Learn how electronic devices count and make decisions. Gain knowledge and practice using flip-flops, shift registers, binary numbers and digital logic. The class website will remain available after the course is over so that students can continue to experiment.

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Short Courses

Short Courses offers not-for-credit enrichment courses taught on a wide variety of topics at De Anza College on evenings and weekends throughout the academic year.

Sept. 29-Dec. 8
Full Stack Web Development Series

This three-part series will teach you the essential elements of webpage development, covering HTML, CSS and JavaScript. In the first course, HTML and CSS will be discussed, explored and applied. The second course will consider the essential components of JavaScript, including variables, arrays, loops, events and functions. The third course will explore more advanced elements of JavaScript control, including advanced use of functions, event control, array processing and DOM manipulation. An introduction to front-end web UI frameworks will also be explained and demonstrated. No previous experience of these technologies is necessary.

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Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 (Two Fridays)
Finding Your Way Through the Night Sky

Learn to locate constellations and identify some bright stars and planets. Find out about changes in the moon, the motions of the sky and seasonal changes in the visibility of stars and planets. Understand the enormous distances to the objects we see in the night sky.

This very popular, non-technical astronomy course is designed for any community member interested in our local sky and will be held in the Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College.

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Oct. 14
Cooking: Autumn in Italy

Keep warm as the weather turns cooler with easy Italian recipes made with favorite fall ingredients – pumpkin, pears, mushrooms and more! Students will be provided copies of every recipe. This class will introduce students to basic cooking techniques and teach useful tips.

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Ed2Go Online Courses

Six-Week Online Courses

Choose from over 300+ six-week instructor-facilitated online courses. Certificates issued upon successful completion of each course. Online sessions begin on the third Wednesday of every month.

De Anza College - Fujitsu Planetarium

The Planetarium is available for astronomy shows, laser shows and field trips. We have an on-site gift shop. Interested individuals may also give a gift of the stars by sponsoring a student or school.

The star projector and a view of the dome.

Planetarium Special Events

Oct. 7 and Nov. 4
Lucid Dreamscapes

Be amazed you as you fly warp-speed through one-of-a-kind animated worlds. Pioneering multimedia artist J-Walt uses the latest in interactive computer graphics techniques to bring paintings to life. The result is an improvised, real-time, immersive animated environment that unfolds before your eyes.

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Nov. 18
Music Under the Stars with the Blue Eternity Group

Join us for an evening of live, ambient music "under the stars"! Music will be performed by award-winning trumpet player Jeff Oster, Grammy-nominated bassist Michael Manring, and ambient electric guitarist Carl Weingarten. Listen and feast your eyes on immersive visuals of celestial bodies and flights through space. This is an evening not to be missed!

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Fitness Center Membership

Our newly renovated Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Center offers a variety of workout options with everything you need to press, flex and sweat your way to a healthier you. The relaxed and supportive gym offers easy to use strength and cardiovascular equipment and gives you plenty of body and mind solutions! Some of the features we offer include:

  • State-of-the-art machines to build your aerobic endurance
  • Separate mat area with strength and resistance equipment to help you increase balance and flexibility
  • Premium gym equipment for strength development

Whether you are a new or seasoned athlete, De Anza College’s Lifetime Fitness & Wellness Center is the perfect choice for you to reach your health and wellness goals. ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist on staff.

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