You may like to work with you hands, explore and expand your creative ideas, but not have the skill of aptitude of a dedicated visual artist. Some crafts are easy and simple to make - others can be a bit more complicated, but well worth the effort. In this MINOR, you will be making gifts, or useful items that you can appreciate and take home. A variety of experiences and projects will be available for you to find your inner "crafty" self.
In the Community Service Minor we engage with both the DECATS and the greater Dallas community to use our skills and talents to positively impact the world around us. Learn about major challenges facing the world today and find out how you can impact the world around you. Many schools recognize community service hours earned at DECATS and credit them toward their graduation and service requirements.
During the 2nd week of DECATS, ALL Film Making\Rock Opera scholars are required to take the Filmmakers' Workshop MINOR. This helps to make the final production a success, and gives scholars the opportunity to edit, improve, and "tweek" their films.
This MINOR will provide scholars with the opportunity to have fun while learning a new game or perfecting their existing game skills. Some games will involve skill and logic, while others will be random luck. Students will have a chance to participate in board games, word games, creative games and end in a Ping Pong tournament.
This MINOR offers scholars a chance to explore different time periods and major events in history.
Participate in historical simulations, debates, and reenactments. Use your critical thinking skills and abilities to delve into problems and examine issues from a variety of perspectives. Get into the society and time periods and determine if your suggestions could or would impact the community. You might have the answers to the most complicated questions!
Language Arts MINORS may participate in a writer's workshop, word games, storytelling activities, and other experiences with publishing and editing. Writers will have ample opportunities for writing, sharing their work, reading their favorite books, and creating publications to share their work. Scholars may play games, reflect, create and demonstrate their language arts talents.
Use deductive reasoning and intuition to "escape the room," build video games, experiment with coding and programming, and learn the algorithms of a Rubik's Cube. Math\STEM MINORS will also have the chance to use hands-on engineering and robotic activities to engage with the material and digital world and bring their STEM-vision to life.
Whether you like to be the entertainer, or to be entertained, you will enjoy your time in this MINOR. You will have time to Karaoke, dance, sing, and possibly create original music. Scholars will be given the opportunity to perform for one another and to practice their craft.
DECATS fashionistas will learn sewing and design skills in this MINOR. Sketch your visions, learn design and color theory, and practice hand sewing, machine sewing, and embroidery. Space is limited in this MINOR as each fashion designer has their own sewing machine.
Learn how scientists work in a lab, while also discussing how scientific discoveries impact our everyday lives in surprising and sometimes invisible ways.
Scholars could explore forensics, natural disasters, scientific phenomena, and maybe even creepy realities and bizarre happenings. Science covers a plethora of dimensions. Come participate in some fun activities and learn in the process.
DECATS scholars will work on set design, work closely with both Drama and Visual Arts MAJORS to create the set, props, lighting design, and all aspects of lights, camera, and action of the theater. This MINOR could appeal to either Drama or Visual Arts scholars and give you a chance to implement your vision and see it come to life on stage. This MINOR offers both challenges and rewards.
Theater Arts MINORS will explore improv, voice acting, stage stunts, audition skills, and technical theater. Scholars will have the opportunity to learn about the backstage aspects of theater arts, as well a perfecting their own performance skills.
There are games to be sure, but there is discipline and techniques to learn as well. Theater Arts MINORS can apply their acquired skills in a variety of ways in the "real world".