What should I teach?

Our answer to this question is usually "Anything!" and that is the short answer. But many people have a hard time coming up with ideas for classes off the top of their heads. This page aims to fix that. What you'll find below is a summary of all the materials we have or can acquire easily for you, as well as a bunch of classes that have been suggested by past Spark students.

Think about what you enjoy, and think about how you can share it with others! What would you have appreciated learning back when you were a middle school student? You can find excellent inspiration for classes in last year's catalog.

Spark also features walk-in activities, based around the idea of students jumping into a class at any time. These classes will run -- many simultaneously -- in Lobby 13. Some examples of classes we would like to see happen are: duct-tape construction, card games, juggling seminars, origami folding, etc.

Walk-in seminars are more like fun, hands-on activities taking place in a student lounge rather than a rigorous class based on a strict time scale. We encourage you to think about teaching an open class!

Materials we have or can get (Full list)

  • Arts and crafts: popsicle sticks, fabric, glitter, etc.
  • Paint (and rollers, brushes, tray, masks, etc.)
  • Supplies to make dreamcatchers, henna, and plaster masks
  • All the fixings for tie-dye, except the dye
  • Balloons, helium regulator, water balloons
  • Oscilloscope and function generator
  • Sports equipment (frisbees, soccer balls, etc.)
  • Large wooden compasses (for e.g. drawing large circles)
  • Materials for speaker construction
  • Axis and Allies (3 sets)
  • Over 60 pairs of poi (made from pantyhose and tennis balls)
  • Over 20 Rubik's cubes

Classes suggested by past students (Much longer list)

  • Archaeology
  • Astronomy for non-physicists
  • Beginner or advanced knitting
  • Introduction to some exotic language (many, MANY students suggest language classes)
  • Bubble tea-making
  • Chess
  • Programming in your language of choice
  • Conversational sign language
  • Ballroom dance
  • Psychology, sociology, and/or criminology
  • Comparative religion
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • NaNoWriMo workshop
  • Anatomy and/or dissection


Last modified on Dec. 15, 2018 at 08:00 p.m.