Strands (Classes)

Categories of TDI Strands (Classes) over Last Seven Years

tdi-artWe have a wonderful variety of strand offerings each summer at TDI.  We try to have something for campers of many interests and learning styles, for boys and girls, and for fourth-graders up through ninth-graders.  Some classes are narrowed down to a certain grade-range (as indicated in the brochure), while others are open to the full range of ages that attend TDI.

Schedules can be found in the brochure for the coming year.  Brochures typically come on-line in mid-February.  Keep a look out!  Classes fill up on a first-come, first-serve basis, with some adjustments being made as is logistically necessary.

The following are examples of classes held in the past.  Please see this year’s brochure for current offerings:  FINAL 2018 TDI BROCHURE


Each summer there are at least four options for computer-related strands.  We have a Mac Lab and a PC lab at Northern Vermont University-Johnson.  Our computer classes are our most popular classes and always fill quickly.  Many are open to beginners, but please read the class descriptions carefully in this year’s brochure as some computer classes have pre-requisites.  Again, from past years:


  • Web Design for Business and Fun
  • Photo-Journaling TDI
  • Computer Programming 1 & 2
  • Web Programming
  • Computer Game Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Photography
  • Media Production
  • Digital Music Making
  • Lego Mindstorms
  • Digital Literacy
  • Girls Decoding Tech
  • Advanced Computer Game Design
  • Glitch Art
  • 3-D Computer Modeling


We have a strong contingent of writers among our TDI population.  We try to keep these classes low-stress, with sharing of our writing encouraged but not mandatory.  Past offerings:

  • Hispanic Heroes and Short Stories
  • Writing and Laughing Together
  • Writers’ Block Party
  • Create Your Own Dr. Seuss Book
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • Japanese Language and Culture
  • Write Your Own Choose Your Own Adventure
  • Campfire Stories
  • Moth Storytelling
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • Podcasts
  • New in 2019: TDI Times, TDI Scholastic, Tabletop Collaborative Storytelling


In any given TDI year there are a couple of science options.  Hands-on activities are a big part of these, as well as all, of our strands.  Examples of past science classes:

  • On to Mars
  • Physics
  • Think Like a Scientist
  • Come to Your Senses
  • Pond and River Life
  • Brain Science
  • Lights, Camera, Photons
  • TDI Med School
  • You and the Universe
  • Physics Through Math
  • Recipe for Life
  • Culinary Chemistry
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Environmental Activists
  • New in 2019: Primordial: Mutate and Survive!, Cough Cough Who’s There (human bio), Science Through the Ages, Adopt a Star

The Arts

Visual Arts take place in these and many other strands. Some visual art classes are 2-dimensional and some are 3-dimensional.  All are tons of fun!  Past art classes have included:


  • Watercolor 1,2, 3
  • Paper Lab!
  • Self-Snapshot
  • Dynamic Drawing
  • You, Yourself, and Art
  • Anti-Art
  • Mask-Making
  • Sculpture
  • Digital Photography
  • Escher Art
  • Creative Expressions
  • Glitch Art
  • Storybook Maker
  • Art History Now
  • Theme Art
  • Periodic Design
  • Young daVincis
  • Drawing is Fun!
  • New in 2019: Hidden Worlds, TDI Quilt, Character Design


  • Rube Goldberg Machines
  • Rocketry
  • Investigating Structures
  • Crush It! (bridge building and architecture)
  • Ghost Trike (robotics)
  • The Challenge of Space
  • New in 2019: Not so Plain Planes, Tinkering

Theater/Improvisation/Performance Arts

Improvisation has been part of TDI for many years, and we would not dare eliminate it!   Other performance strands round out our schedule each year as well.  Past examples of theater classes:


  • Acting Up!
  • Lights, Sound, Action!
  • The World’s a Dance Stage
  • Embodiments
  • Improvisation 1 & 2
  • Let’s Dance!
  • WTDI Radio
  • A Creative Odyssey
  • Getting Animated
  • Shadow Theater
  • TDI Vaudeville Presents
  • Bands, Beats, Ballads
  • Music-Making
  • Creative Dance
  • Mindful Movement
  • New in 2019: TDI on Broadway


Like to play games that require some thinking?  These classes from past years do just that!


  • Puzzlements
  • Strategic Games
  • Ready, Set, Strategize
  • Cribbage
  • Chess
  • Board Game Design
  • Dungeons and Discourse
  • The Dungeon Forge
  • Spies and Ciphers
  • Escape!
  • Dodging the Apocalypse
  • Star Wars AttackTix: Grand Strategy
  • New in 2019: Gathering Magic

Outdoor Classes

Johnson State College has a beautiful campus, and it is fun to get out and enjoy it.  From its pond to the quad space to the soccer field to the ropes course, it offers lots of inviting spaces!  Past outdoor classes have included:


  • Explore the Environment
  • The Art of Games
  • Quidditch
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Be Bear Grylls
  • Level Up Nerd Fitness
  • Environmental Activists

Social Sciences

This category involves sociology, economics, law, and anthropology:

  • Pleistocene Plight
  • Fantasy World Model UN
  • Let’s Be Lawyers
  • The Room Where It Happens
  • History Comes Alive!
  • Gender Studies
  • The Anthropology of Memes
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Museum of TDI
  • Start a Bracelet-Making Business
  • Just One More Minute
  • New in 2019: Model Roman Senate


This category involves analyzing and editing video, audio, and digital art.

  • At the Movies
  • Film Aesthetics  and Cinematography
  • Music Video Production
  • What’s My Line? (voice acting and sound design)
  • New in 2019: Lights, Camera, TDI!, Fuzzbeed


Some strands don’t easily fit into one of the above categories.  Some past classes have had a sociological slant, some a sleuthing slant, some just cross over through so many of the other categories that they need their own category!


  • Muggle Studies
  • Inner Sparks/It’s Alive
  • Fantastical Lands
  • Inventions
  • Who Bumped Off Bentley?
  • Bubbles Galore
  • Do Your Own Thing
  • Yoga
  • Dragonology
  • One Minute Videos
  • Rule Your World
  • Photo-Journal Life at TDI
  • New in 2019: Be Your Own Good Friend, DIY Spa Day

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