Silverquicken Course 2: The Hall of Independence (Fall 2021, 6th–8th Grade)

Silverquicken Course 2: The Hall of Independence (Fall 2021, 6th–8th Grade)

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Powers grow, along with challenges. Can you help fight whatever threatens the school?

The stakes are rising. The race to Philadelphia is on. And even as their powers grow, the 10 Silverquicken students face new dangers and challenges, both outside and inside the school. Will they figure out what they need for the next step of their journey?

The real Silverquicken students (i.e., your kids!) will decipher codes, unravel math and science mysteries, and tackle new challenges along with the fictional kids. Will they beat the clock and be ready for what’s to come?

If your child enjoyed A School of Mysteries, they may be ready to tackle this next course at Silverquicken!

Course Information

Schedules (select using the dropdown above) - All skip Thanksgiving week

Mondays, October 11th - December 6th, 6:30–7:30pm ET
Tuesdays, October 12th - December 7th, 4–5pm ET
Thursdays, October 14th - December 9th, 5-6pm ET
Saturdays, October 16th, 12–1pm ET (4th-8th grade combined)

Course Details

The course lasts 8 weeks, with weekly 1-hour meetings online of under 20 students each, led by two highly-qualified teachers. This course is designed for 6th–8th graders. The version for 4th-5th graders is here.

Physical kits are sent to each student's home, containing beautiful materials such as a journal, a wooden puzzle, character cards, secret documents sealed in wax, etc. These materials are accompanied by detailed, standards-based instructional guides.

The course is highly interdisciplinary, touching on such topics as the history and practice of cryptography, the art of rhetoric, ancient languages, logical argumentation and common fallacies, social psychology, mathematical non-transitivity and non-commutativity, and the art and craft of writing physical letters, to name a few. 

Between live sessions, students continue to work to solve the Silverquicken story's mysteries. Daily suggested assignments are provided. Work takes anywhere from 1-3 hours per week depending on time and interest of each student. The course culminates with both collective and individual achievement, as well as reflections to identify newly awakened interests and avenues for further exploration. 

Students receive two months (8 weeks) of kit materials, weekly teacher-led classes, and unique STEAM and humanities content around an original narrative. Scholarships are available as necessary.