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The Beyonders Challenge program was created in 2020 in order to fulfill students’ desire for exposure to courses they would not necessarily be taking during their regular school hours. Our curriculum design is focused on creative thinking, active learning, and the role of context in education. This program is currently 100% online for the foreseeable future.

Spring 2021 Courses

Disease Detectives: Introduction to Microbiology and Epidemiology 

Interested in science, medicine, microbiology, and public health? This class will introduce you the amazing world of microbiology in the context of the environment, human biology, and public health. In this course, you will learn to identify and describe microbes that cause infectious diseases; describe and sketch how microbes can move from person-to-person and through the environment; propose interventions to prevent future infections; solve a mysterious case of disease; and analyze epidemiological data to investigate disease outbreaks. This course will provide case studies related to the current COVID-19 Pandemic and we will examine real-world data collected by researchers at The University of Georgia.

Dates: February 27th, March 20th, April 10th

Grade levels: 8th-10th

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Rube Goldberg

Step up to the challenge of making your own Rube Goldberg machine. As seen in popular culture in movies and even music videos, Rube Goldberg-inspired fun has reached the mainstream. Now you can be part of the action as you construct a working Rube Goldberg machine while following rules that will test your creativity, critical thinking, engineering skills, and sometimes your patience. Are you up for the challenge? Then join us for our Rube Goldberg course.

Dates: February 27th, March 20th, April 10th

Grade levels: 8th-10th

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Podcast Production 101 

Students will learn the ins and outs of starting a podcast, including creating a concept and structure, equipment selection and set up, editing and music licensing (if any), and publishing and promoting. The focus of the course will be on the audio production (recording and editing), which students will be able to do on their computer as they are guided through the process. Additional skills to be covered include livestreaming a podcast and incorporating live callers.

Dates: February 27th, March 20th, April 10th

Grade levels: 8th-10th

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*More courses coming soon! Expected update: January 22nd



Approximately 9am-3pm*, with more schedule specifics noted in your course pack (*note: these hours do NOT indicate synchronous learning the entire time; there will be breaks, lunch, and asynchronous activities incorporated into the schedule, as well)


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Cancellation Policy:

By registering for this event, you agree to comply with all event cancellation policies: (1) A cancellation received by 5:00 p.m. ET one calendar week before the first day of the event will be refunded, minus a $25 processing fee; (2) To change or cancel your registration, please email Dr. Sharpe at; (3) If an event is canceled for any reason, The Torrance Center will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.

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