Project Week Catalog

Showing off our projects
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Open to:
6, 7, 8
Cost:
$550

If you like creative projects and like working with your hands then join us and learn to SEW BEAUTIFULLY! Learning to sew is a valuable skill that will serve you well, and it's fun to create projects for your family, friends and home.

Showing off our projects
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Open to:
6, 7, 8
Cost:
$550

If you like creative projects and like working with your hands then join us and learn to SEW BEAUTIFULLY! Learning to sew is a valuable skill that will serve you well, and it's fun to create projects for your family, friends and home.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$225

Experience Seattle's art scene through gallery and museum visits, outdoor art scavenger hunts in Fremont and beyond, visiting artist studios, and a day of hands-on creating. We will debrief our arts experiences during coffee shop talks and lunch each day.

Audio
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$200

Using the "Frankenstein" technique, participants will combine components of old/broken speakers and the bluetooth tech of a CHEAP bluetooth device to create a bluetooth-capable audio device that sounds great and possesses the nostalgic charm of a vintage speaker.

Slot canyons
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Open to:
11, 12
Cost:
$900

Travel through an amazing canyon in the desert of southwest Utah!

Cat playing DnD
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$75

Back in the late 1980's there was an anime called "Record of Lodoss War". It was a very popular series that was actually based on a script a group of people created while playing a Dungeons and Dragons style role playing game. The Bard's Tale is a project where we will be recreating that experience. Each morning we will spend time playing Dungeons and Dragons (or some other similar role playing game system depending on the group’s interest) and then spend the afternoon turning those game sessions into various types of media. Authors can write short stories related to what happened in the gaming sessions. Artists can create illustrations of their own or to combine with another participant's story. You could create a serious or comical webcomic based on the gaming campaign. Students could assemble and paint miniatures. One year the students even wrote and filmed a few scenes and added in some computer graphics. The creative options are only limited by your imagination. Are you ready to join the party... the adventuring party?

ZINES
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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$100

People with independent ideas have been getting their word out since there were printing presses.  A zine is a self-produced book about anything you want because you are the creator, publisher and bookmaker.  All you need is paper and a printer.  And, of course, an idea – that’s where this project comes in!

Placeholder photo.
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$670

Students will meet at the South Lake Union Center for Wooden Boats where we will build a full-sized, fully functional boat in a week with the guidance of a professional boat builder!  Additionally, we will take sailing lessons and learn how to sail the boat we built by the time we finish building it.  Students will become members of the Center for Wooden Boats and will have the opportunity to return at any time to take out any boat in the inventory of boats there... including the new one we will donate at the end of our project!

Golf Ball
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Open to:
9, 10
Cost:
$350

Are you looking for a project that combines building a mini-golf course with playing golf? In this project, we will research courses, by playing them.  Then we will utilize creative planning and design to sketch a plan for how to create challenging holes.  Each design team will then use its supplies to configure multiple holes throughout the week.  They will build in themes and obstacles. Prizes will be are awarded during the multiple golf tournaments participants play on the mini-golf holes created by themselves and their peers.

Tiny House exterior
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Open to:
11, 12
Cost:
$200

Mike Davidson and Bill Johns will be leading a team of 8 to build an 8' x 12' Tiny House that, once finished, will be transported to a Tiny House village somewhere in Seattle.  It will provide housing, and a secure, supported, empowering place for someone who is experiencing homelessness.  We will be building the house right on campus and will spend some long days framing, sheathing, roofing, running electricity, insulating, installing a door and windows, doing finish carpentry, flooring and painting.

Ceramic Creations
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Open to:
11, 12
Cost:
$75

Ceramic clay is a great medium for creating utilitarian objects, as well as, sculptural works of art. We will learn and explore various hand-building techniques, and then have studio time to create. No previous experience is necessary. Come with your ideas or be inspired by others. Final pieces will be fired and available for pick-up sometime after spring break.

community Care
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$100

Learn how a small, energetic and devoted group, can help meet the needs of others who are less fortunate in our community.

craft supplies
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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$290

Creative Paper provides an opportunity to blend creativity, organization, planning and outreach by challenging students to make beautiful things that inspire themselves and others. We will use paper and other materials to make beautiful paper projects come to life. Ideas of projects include preserving memories in scrapbook pages, making cards for loved ones or a specific set of holidays or celebrations, creating a paper collage or art piece for your room or as a gift, make a paper/cardboard box with different compartments for treasures, make a geometric paper sculpture etc. All participants should be willing to learn new skills, make mistakes, support each other and have a lot of fun. All participants will finish project week with a completed paper project to be used or gifted at the end of the week.

Sculpey Clay Creations
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$75

Sculpey clay is a type of oven-bake modeling clay composed of resins and polymers that is available in a multitude of colors. Polymer oven-bake clay is perfect for everything from custom jewelry pieces, beads, home décor, ornaments, sculptures, decorations and anything else you can dream up! The best part about oven-bake clay? It is incredibly soft and malleable, and will retain its freshness even when exposed to air. Your creations are only permanently hardened once the clay is baked at low temperatures in a home oven or toaster oven.

students jumping at the dunes
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Open to:
11, 12
Cost:
$900

Death Valley Rocks! explores the extreme landscapes of the hottest place in the world. Also known for being the driest and lowest place in the continental U.S., Death Valley National Park offers amazing, austere and beautiful scenery. This trip will test your limits through hiking and backpacking explorations into the canyons, up the peaks and across the vast salt flats that make up the park. Love the rainforests of Western Washington and want to experience the other extreme? This trip is for you! Want to get out of the winter rains and dry off in the desert? Death Valley is calling!

This awesome trip will guarantee you an increase in outdoor education and experience, improve your knowledge of our planet's environmental diversity, better your understanding of teamwork and group dynamics and push your limits both physically and mentally. Are you up to the challenge?

Strap on your hiking boots, rub in the sunscreen, cinch your pack straps and check the map, Death Valley Rocks!

Rafting the Deschutes
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Open to:
7, 8
Cost:
$900

Spend a week in the wilderness of eastern Oregon on the Deschutes River! White-water rafting, and hiking, as you make your way down the river, students will work together to meet the challenges of this course designed especially for our students.

Rafting the Deschutes
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Open to:
11, 12
Cost:
$900

Spend a week in the wilderness of eastern Oregon on the Deschutes River! White-water rafting, and hiking, as you make your way down the river, students will work together to meet the challenges of this course designed especially for our students.

International District Arch
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Open to:
11, 12
Cost:
$350

“Why don’t we chat over a meal?” Sharing a meal, the world’s most common way to get to know someone. With a mouthful of words, a few glances, and one’s presence, you can learn quite a bit. But what about the taste of the food or the ingredients? Spices can tell a story and the ingredients can bring you inside the culture, especially if you live in an area as diverse as the Seattle area.

Joshua Tree
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Open to:
11, 12
Cost:
$999

We will spend the week camping out, hiking, and rock climbing in one of the most unique National Parks.  Students will learn about the parks history, flora and fauna in the Mohave Desert, the extensive trail system in the park, rock climbing gear and techniques, and camping and cooking skills with a group.  Students will also be able to learn and practice leadership skills through the different activities, evening discussions, and by being leader of the day.  No rock climbing experience is necessary.

Empty Bowl
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Open to:
5, 6
Cost:
$236

Students will be spending the week exploring Seattle's food culture and learning about the Empty Bowls project (https://emptybowls.com/). They will spend half of the week (2 days) learning about the culinary landscape in Seattle through eating and visiting potential cultural centers, museums, and restaurants. For the other half of the week (2 days), they will learn about the Empty Bowls project and create their own ceramic bowls in the Overlake Ceramic Studio for a future Empty Bowls event.

Empty Bowl
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Open to:
5, 6
Cost:
$236

Students will be spending the week exploring Seattle's food culture and learning about the Empty Bowls project (https://emptybowls.com/). They will spend half of the week (2 days) learning about the culinary landscape in Seattle through eating and visiting potential cultural centers, museums, and restaurants. For the other half of the week (2 days), they will learn about the Empty Bowls project and create their own ceramic bowls in the Overlake Ceramic Studio for a future Empty Bowls event.

Hiking through Utah
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Open to:
7, 8
Cost:
$900

This adventure will explore two parks: Zion and Antelope Canyon. Students will camp in parks campgrounds and spend each day exploring throughout the parks. They will learn about the desert environment and experience beautiful scenery.

food farm frenzy
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Open to:
9, 10
Cost:
$100

Do you like gardening and working in the soil? Do you like watching “Dirty Jobs”? Do you want 15 service hours?  This is the project for you. Students will help to harvest crops and prepare the Food Lifeline farm rows for the spring cycle, supporting the work of the farm and its mission to supply fresh vegetables to local food banks.  Students will learn about and actively contribute to the farm-to-foodbank-to-table process for those in greatest need in our local communities.

Sound
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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$75

A quest to find and record the sounds that surround us and to present them in an artistic way.

parkour
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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$350

Our program for the week focuses on students learning Parkour through three hour movement sessions each day. In the afternoons we will watch several existing videos of people practicing/performing Parkour and analyze how people have portrayed their ideas and movement through visual storytelling. We will analyze movements, camera placement, story boarding and editing. Students will work in small groups to create a video of their peers exploring aspects of Parkour. They will go through the process of pre-production through post-production as they conceive, shoot and edit their video.

sheep to scarf
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$175

This project week will explore and experience the path of natural fiber from the animal (either sheep or alpaca) all the way to creating a finished knit item.

If we had a month to do this, we would shear a sheep, clean, card, dye and spin the wool and then knit it into an object. Since we have only a week, we will do all these things, but as separate projects. 

Students will: 

books and frosting
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Open to:
7, 8
Cost:
$150

Do you love books and love sugar? Are you artistic or do you like creating fun and interesting designs? Come to Fiction and Frosting!

Each day will have a fun theme or two - we will spend half of our day creating artwork inspired by and made out of old books! The second half of the day will be using frosting and other decorating techniques to decorate cookies and cupcakes. Can't wait to see what you make!

Tile design by Fareed Pirzada
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Open to:
7, 8
Cost:
$75

Bring on your artistic eye and geometric genius! Break out the compasses, protractors and rulers. Add color, precision, patience, and – voila!  This Project Week’s goal is to create stunning 2- and 3-D designs for display in our Whitten Math/Science Center. Choose to focus on one or more of several options once you have experimented with each. We will explore line designs to create curve stitching canvases. Carefully folded origami will balance a mobile or be combined in colorful arrays.

student preparing lunch
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Open to:
11, 12
Cost:
$250

Explore of the world of food through hands-on cooking in addition to exploring various area markets.

Hiking
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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$350

This project week is five consecutive "day trips" for our younger students. Each day the group will try a new activity and new location.

Tank
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$310

Students will learn how to set up and maintain a freshwater aquarium, as well as the basics of aquascaping. We will visit the Seattle Aquarium, learn tips from a professional aquarist, and work on a 20-gallon aquarium project. Students will also receive a 10-gallon aquarium kit to set up and maintain at home.

pedal sepal
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$200

Nowadays, the world is powered by data. Whether you are innovating for the future or working to improve the decision-making process, data lies at the heart of it all. Making sense of data, the job of Data Scientist, is “The top-demanded job of the 21st century”. One of the must-have skills for a data scientist is exploratory data analysis (EDA). It is the process of performing initial investigations on data with the help of summary statistics and graphical representations.

Hoping to finish this model this year!!
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Open to:
7, 8, 9
Cost:
$250

This project week is about building plastic models of just about anything you can think of......cars, boats, planes, spacecraft, animals, buildings, anime characters, or you name it! I love video games and everything it offers, but with all the screen time we experience on a daily basis, is critical to take a break from screens to calm the mind and center the soul. Model building does this and so much more. What does one get out of building plastic models?  

Mayan women
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$100

In this project students will learn about languages in danger of extinction in the Americas and the potential consequences for communities that speak them. After learning about it, students will create a conceptual mural with the names of the languages painted on the walls of the hall inside the World Languages building. This mural will serve as a reminder of the challenges many native communities face today as their native languages are at risk of disappearing.

Kids Stage
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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$350

"Blow us All Away" as you sing, dance, and rock out with the very latest Broadway has to offer. From the enormously popular Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, or Hadestown to perennial favorites like Wicked, or Les Miserables. Students will learn contemporary Broadway songs, singing styles, and choreography while collaborating on a unique musical revue performed for friends and family.

Come ready to move, collaborate with your peers, and take artistic risks. Do not throw away your shot!

Pyrography -- Also known as Wood Burning
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Open to:
7, 8
Cost:
$100

Pyrography -- Also called Wood Burning. Use a soldering iron pen to burn designs on a piece of wood. You can free draw your design, use stencils, or copy pattern.  Learn ideas and techniques on how to easily create beautiful art pieces and gifts. Pyrography is a relaxing activity, and when you finish a project you get a sense of accomplishment and rewarding beautiful end results. No experience necessary, we will go over safety tips and ideas as well as step-by-step techniques and provide plenty of resource books and guides to getting you started in pyrography.

Rube
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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$150

Come learn about Rube Goldberg an engineer artist tinkerer who always was trying to invent a better "mousetrap".

Sonoran Sunset
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Open to:
11, 12
Cost:
$1000

Participants will experience the rugged beauty of the Southwest through an exploration of geological, cultural, and ecological history of the region.  Based just west of Tucson in the Tucson Mountain Park, students will engage in daily hikes through cactus forests and arid mountain peaks.  From our campsite each evening we will have the opportunity to photograph and view stunning night skies.

Sportscenter
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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$65

Sportscenter is meant for students to dive deeper into their passion for sports.  In one week, students will learn what the life of a sports broadcaster looks like, the roles of a broadcasting team, what it takes to become a broadcaster and what a broadcaster does to prepare for a sporting event. Students will research a broadcasting mentor for an example of someone to look up to in the sports world. At the end of the week, each student will broadcast a sporting event of their choice. The week will be filled with watching, listening, researching, playing, and broadcasting sports!

baking show
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Open to:
11, 12
Cost:
$100

This project will be modeled on the Great British Baking Show. The first 4 days of the project will be theme-based, e.g. cakes, cookies, bread, savory goods. Each of these days will start with a technical challenge designed to introduce students to standard baking techniques, then move on to a signature bake focused on the theme for the day. The project will end on day 5 with the group using the skills and techniques acquired to prepare baked goods to be used in a service project targeted to the communities surrounding Overlake.

I'm Running
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Open to:
11, 12
Cost:
$1000

This project will consist of 5 days of trail running, hiking and camping in the Saguaro and Tucson Mountain area of Arizona. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy the trails and camping together in the warm March weather. A different trail will be selected for each day of running and then short hikes taken in the afternoons. All levels of runners welcome. We will be staying on an official campsite that has basic facilities.

ukulele
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$60

Word on the street is that the ukulele is the new cowbell! But seriously - this project gets you a beautiful ukulele to keep, and the skills to make it usable right away! First lesson: "It's OO-KOO-LEH-LEH!"  Sources say this project is not only fun, but an awesome way to spend a week with your friends, old and new. Join me and in 5 days we'll have you on your way! In just a few days, you'll be playing Elton John, John Lennon, and John Mayer. Also, other artists not named John. No experience necessary! Let’s jam!

Shoes
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$200

What do Cougar Mountain, Mt. Si, the Burke-Gilman Trail, and the 520 Bridge all have in common? You!

Spend your week exploring the beauty of the outdoors in the greater Seattle-area. Go for a walk, talk to your friends, and get some exercise while you take a break from classes.

yoga
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$100

Interested in focus and mental clarity. In this project there will be a mix of Yoga, various meditation techniques, energy exercises, and etc. We will also dive into practices for stress management and relaxation.

yoga
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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$100

This project is for students who want to learn more about the benefits of Yoga and how to create an at-home practice. It can be for 5 or 45 minutes (or more) depending on your needs. You will learn a variety of poses from our guest teachers and work on creating a routine that works for you. We will focus on a variety of poses (Asanas.) We will also explore breathing techniques, meditation and both active and restorative yoga. Students will have a personal tool-kit by the end of the week and experience inner relaxation and new flexibility.

Project Week (2021-22)

Mar 28, 2022 - Apr 1, 2022

Contact

Joey Pauley
Project Week Director

jpauley@overlake.org
425-868-6191 x816