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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.

How can Artificial Intelligence be applied in the world of tomorrow?

This is a workshop for 13-16 years old youngsters who already have a first idea of what AI means and how it applies in our current world. Thanks to the Creative Problem Solving process we will ask ourselves critical questions on AI and its applications, then we will ideate on what other applications could be possible in our future world. We will develop a solution with AI for a current or future problem and will present it to the other participants.

Join us for this journey into the future! It’ll be fun, collaborative, creative and interactive!

(limited to 15 participants)

Dates: June 26th

Grade levels: 8th-10th

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Becoming a Millionaire on a McDonalds Income

This course is an exciting introduction to the world of investing. We will explore the stock market and simulate investing in the stock market. We will learn the importance of diversifying your money and the power of compound interest. Students will be educated on the Rule of 72. During this process students will learn different options for investing money and how they can become a millionaire by investing $100 per month into no-load mutual funds. We will discuss terms associated with mutual funds such as a prospectus, turnover rate, top ten holdings, and rate of return. We will discuss the difference in a Traditional and Roth IRA. As a bonus, the instructor will also share with students how to have “Free Cars For Life”!

Dates: May 29th, June 12th, June 19th, June 26th

Grade levels: 8th-10th

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One Health: Hindsight is 2020, Prevention is Key

"Between animal and human medicine there are no dividing lines - nor should there be" - Rudolf Virchow, "Father of Pathology," 1856.

The concept of One Health has existed for hundreds of years under many different names. It is the simple idea that, even in all their complexities, human, animal, and environmental health are interconnected and inseparable from one another - what affects one affects them all, what helps to heal one can help to heal them all.

If COVID-19 and 2020 have taught us anything, it is that we all share One Health.

This course will provide an overview of One Health, its history, and its importance. We will delve into stories involving all three areas of One Health, as well as analyze how COVID-19 and other pandemics have occurred and how we can prevent them in the future. We will discuss the importance of sustainability and intersectional health, conservation, and research. Students can expect to research examples of One Health and give short presentations, as well as take part in small and large group discussions. To cap the day, students will split into groups representing different areas of science, research a problem facing the world from these different perspectives, and then reconvene to discuss potential solutions together - demonstrating the value of multiple different viewpoints and areas of expertise. This class is for anyone who has an interest in science, the natural world, medicine, environmentalism, and understanding how COVID-19 came to impact all of our lives so completely, as well as how we can improve all of our futures together.

Dates: June 19th, June 26th

Grade levels: 8th-10th

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Don't let anyone tell you that you can't! Making a living as a Creative

For the past 30 years, the instructor has made his living as an actor, writer, director, teacher, and podcast/livestream host--and a professional paranormal investigator! This course will give you all the tools you need to have a career in the Creative Arts. We will discuss education and on-the-job training; networking and the importance (and pitfalls) of social media; the 10,000 hours it takes to hone your craft and apply your skills to their fullest; the importance of learning the basic of arts disciplines other than your own; handling the back and forth between Artist and Businessperson/Entrepreneur; how to seek out, make the most of, and become a mentor; and how to build your individual brand! By the end of the day the goal is to have you Believing that a life as a professional Creative Artist is Achievable and not just a Dream!

Dates: June 26th

Grade levels: 8th-10th

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Approximately 9am-3pm*(except for the course- The 6th Sense: The Game from the Future) 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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Information regarding course materials will be sent you within one week following registration.

 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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