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2019 - 2020 Class Descriptions (Math and Science)

2019 - 2010 Math & Science Classes

Math Classes

Fun with Math: 5-7 years

The purpose of this course is to math facts in centers format. To have fun!

We'll be using games, laughter, being with friends, and knowing WHY we are doing what we are doing. My goal is to create a fun and supportive environment for students to master their facts and to encourage them to WANT To.

The suggested age range is merely a guide. It is FAR more important that the topics covered match up with what your student should be practicing -- I don't want anyone bored because the material is either way too easy, or way too hard, though I'll do my best to differentiate. Please contact me if you have any questions. (brandisulak@gmail.com)

Please note that this is only meant to be a supplement to any math that may be happening at home and is not intended to be a full math program.

Topics covered: Addition, Subraction, starting Multiplication, starting Division, Word Problems

INSTRUCTOR: Brandi Sulak

AGE: 5 - 7 years

MIN/MAX: 3 students/10 students

CLASS FEE: $10

MAT’L FEE: $20 in September

Fun with Math: 8-12 years

The purpose of this course is to drill math facts to automaticity in preparation for higher math. To have fun! Math is cumulative, painfully so. It is vital that arithmetic concepts and facts be mastered to free up the brain to be able to concentrate on learning newer, more complicated material. There's an old yarn that you can only keep approximately 7 pieces of information in your working memory at any given time. Partially learned material is going to use up more slots than fully mastered so our goal is to make arithmetic FULLY MASTERED so as many slots as possible can be spent manipulating our terms instead of having to calculate them. We don't want anyone to hit a wall when they get to fractions, or algebra, or calculus. (Or first year Engineering!).

Of course, this does take work. But work can be made fun using games, laughter, being with friends, and knowing WHY we are doing what we are doing. My goal is to create a fun and supportive environment for students to master their facts and to encourage them to WANT To.

We will play games as War, Battleship, Relays, Around the World, Buzz, Bingo, Mad Minute, Team Tag, Dice Area War, and 100 board logic problems, among others. We will have silly/absurd word problems and work through strategies for solving them. We will have recommended library reading. We will have recommended homework.

Topics Covered: multi-digit addition and subtraction, single digit multiplication to the 16s, division through the 16s, squares, cubes, occasional touching on other interesting and fun topics such as fractions, Fibonacci sequence, exponents.

The suggested age range is merely a guide. It is FAR more important that the topics covered match up with what your student should be practicing -- I don't want anyone bored because the material is either way too easy, or way too hard, though I'll do my best to differentiate. Please contact me if you have any questions. (brandisulak@gmail.com)

Please note that this is only meant to be a supplement to any math that may be happening at home and is not intended to be a full math program.

Topics covered: Addition, Subraction, Multiplication, Division, Word Problems

INSTRUCTOR: Brandi Sulak

AGE: 8 - 12 years

MIN/MAX: 3 students/10 students

CLASS FEE: $15

MAT’L FEE: $20 in September

Math Lab

In Math Lab, your math student will be able to receive help on their specific math curriculum. Students will come to class with their questions and will be able to work with the instructor one-on-one to work through their challenges.

INSTRUCTOR: Rupam Kuehner

AGE: High School

Min/Max: 1 student / 2 students

Fee: $25 / month

Algebra 1

Students will develop the understanding they need to resolve more complex problems and functions with this step-by-step course. Covers topics including signed numbers, exponents, roots, absolute value, equations and inequalities, scientific notation, ratio, percent, unit conversions, geometry, perimeter, area, volume, surface area, polynomials, graphs, factoring, quadratic equations, direct and inverse variations, exponential growth, statistics, and probability.

This class will focus on teaching and learning new material with four lessons taught each week. Students will be expected to complete the exercises in each lesson and correct any mistakes. Parents will be expected grade their student’s work, as well as administer and grade quizzes.

INSTRUCTOR: Maureen Azcoitia

AGE: Grade 8+

MIN: 5 students

CLASS FEE: $25 per month, per student

REQUIRED TEXT: Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd edition

Algebra 2

Saxon Algebra 2 not only treats topics that are traditionally covered in second-year algebra but as well as a full semester of informal geometry, making this an integrated mathematics course. Specific algebra topics covered include simultaneous equations in 2 and 3 variable, scientific notation, radicals, roots of quadratic equations including complex roots, properties of the real numbers, inequalities and systems of inequalities, logarithms and antilogarithms, exponential equations, right-triangle trigonometry, polynomials, advanced factoring, vectors, polar and rectangular coordinate systems, addition of vectors, complex numbers, and a wide spectrum of word problems requiring algebra to solve.

This class will focus on teaching and learning new material with four lessons taught each week. Students will be expected to complete the exercises in each lesson and correct any mistakes. Parents will be expected grade their student’s work, as well as administer and grade quizzes.

Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1

INSTRUCTOR: Maureen Azcoitia

AGE: Grade 10+

MIN: 5 students

CLASS FEE: $25 per month, per student

REQUIRED TEXT: Saxon Algebra 2, 3rd edition

Science Classes

3D Printing STEM

This class introduces kids to the exciting world of 3D Printing. Participants will learn how to create CAD designs using TinkerCAD and then print them out in 3D right before their eyes. Kids will learn the engineering design process while designing kid friendly items that will then be printed on the 3D printer.  In addition, they will explore the world of science and engineering with hands on STEM projects. Each student is required to bring a Chromebook or lap top computer to class each week.

Instructor:  Melissa Lofrano

Age:  8 - 12 yos

Min / Max:  7 students / 14 students

Monthly fee:  $45 

Material Fee:  $40 August / $40 January

3D Printing Engineering and Entrepreneur Class (HS)

First semester, students will examine how to use TinkerCAD to design 3D Printed items.  In addition, students will learn the engineering design process while designing both 3D Printed and non-3D Printed projects.  Second semester, students will build on their knowledge of 3D printing and create an item that can then be marketed.  In addition, students will develop a business plan for their product and explore 3D Printing vs other forms of manufacturing. Each student is required to bring a Chromebook or lap top computer to class each week.

Instructor:  Melissa Lofrano

Ages:  13 and up

Min / Max: 7 students / 14 students

Monthly Fee:  $45 per month

Material Fee:  $40 August / $40 January

Science Explorers (8-12 years old)

This year students will have an exciting time learning some fundamental concepts about light . Through the use of hands-on projects, students will investigate the electromagnetic spectrum using lenses, mirrrors and more!

AGE:  8 - 12 years

MIN/MAX:  5 students/10 students

CLASS FEE:  $20/month per student

MAT’L FEE:  $25 Aug / $25  Jan

 

General Science

This course is designed to be a student's first systematic introduction to science. Its scope is wide, covering such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology. We will do many hands-on experiments as well. The study skills required for this course are the building block for success in future science courses. We will plan to cover one module every two weeks. Each module will require the student to read 20-25 pages from the textbook, do the module study guide questions and “on your own” questions, write up approximately one lab report per module and take a module test. Each student will also do a science fair project in the second semester.

INSTRUCTOR: Mary Beth Hauke

AGE: Grades 6 - 8

MIN/MAX: 6 students / 12 students

CLASS FEE: $20.00 /month

MAT’L FEE: $15.00 August / TBD January

REQUIRED TEXTS (to be purchased prior to the start of the class): Exploring Creation with General Science, 2nd Edition by Jay Wile and Exploring Creation with General Science Solutions and Tests


Physical Science

This course gives a science foundation for the physical forces of God's creation; you will learn about the world around you and what makes it work. The various topics covered include: the structure and properties of matter, the atmosphere and hydrosphere, the structure of the earth, weather, the physics of motion, Newton's Laws, energy, gravity, magnetism, electricity, atomic structure and forces, chemical reactions, sound and light waves and an introduction to astrophysics. We will plan to cover one module every two weeks. Each module will require the student to read 25-30 pages from the textbook, do the module study guide questions and “on your own” questions, write up two lab reports per module and take a module test. We will do most of the labs in class. Each student will also do a science fair project in the second semester.

Prerequisite: Completion of 7th grade level math.

INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Polizzi

AGE: Grades 8- 9

MIN/MAX: 6 students / 12 students

CLASS FEE: $20 / month

MAT’L FEE: $15 August / $15 January

REQUIRED TEXTS (to be purchased prior to the start of the class): Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd Edition by Jay Wile and Exploring Creation with Physical Science Solutions and Tests

 

High School Biology

This course is designed to take a detailed look at the science of biology . We will be covering a variety of topics including: the biological classification of all the animal kingdoms, the cell, plant anatomy and physiology, genetics, DNA, as well as several animal dissections. Each week we will be incorporating lab or microscope exploration with weekly worksheets and lab reports to supplement students’ understanding and apply the module material. Our schedule covers one module every two weeks. Students are required to read assigned textbook pages, do the “On Your Own” and/or study guide questions, additional assigned homework, several quizzes, and complete module tests, and a cumulative exam at the end of the year.

INSTRUCTOR: Julie Nichols

AGE: Grade 9+

MIN/MAX: 6 students / 10 students

CLASS FEE: $20/month per student

MAT’L FEE: $15 Aug / $20 Jan

REQUIRED TEXT: (Purchase separately before class begins) Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd edition by Dr. Jay Wile, ISBN 978-1-932012-54-5.

SUGGESTED TEXT: Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd edition ISBN # 978-1-932012-55-2 (This book will very helpful for the parent that wants to study and review the material with their child each week. You will be able to reinforce what you child is learning without having to read the textbook or have any knowledge of the content yourself.)

 

High School Chemistry

This course is designed to introduce the fascinating subject of chemistry. The text is written in a conversational form with material presented understandably with step by step instruction. Some of the module topics include: atomic and molecular structure, acid/base chemistry, classifying matter, stoichiometry, conversions of measurements and units, and kinetics. Each week we will do a laboratory experiment and a type written lab report to be competed the following week, if applicable, review module material and practice problems. Our rigorous schedule covers one module every two weeks. Students are required to read assigned textbook pages, do the “On Your Own” and review questions, various supplemental worksheet pages, weekly quizzes, complete module tests, and a cumulative final exam. A year of high school Algebra is essential. (Students need to be able to rearrange algebraic equations to solve for unknown variables.)

INSTRUCTOR: Julie Nichols

AGE: Grade 10+

MIN/MAX: 6 students / 9 students

CLASS FEE: $20/month per student

MAT’L FEE: $15 Aug / $15 Jan

 

REQUIRED TEXT: (Purchase separately before class begins) Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 2nd edition by Dr. Jay Wile, ISBN 978-1-932012-26-5.

SUGGESTED TEXT: Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 2nd edition ISBN # 978-1-932012-27-9 (This book will very helpful for the parent that wants to study and review the material with their child each week. You will be able to reinforce what you child is learning without having to read the textbook or have any knowledge of the content yourself.)

 

Physics

This is an upper-level high school course designed to give an introduction to classical and modern physics using Holt McDougal Physics. Topics will include mechanics, mechanical waves, electricity and magnetism, light and optics, thermodynamics, and an introduction to modern physics. Students should expect to spend an additional four hours on homework each week. Since problems in the text will employ vector calculations but not calculus, students will need to have completed Trigonometry. There will be a short math pre-test which must be passed at 90%. It will be offered in May and again in August. If students do not pass in May, they may retake the test in August.

INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Minarik

AGE: must have completed High School Trigonometry (e.g. Saxon Algebra 2)

MIN/MAX: 5 students / 10 students

CLASS FEE: $30 per month, per student

MAT'L FEE: $20 Fall/ TBD Spring

REQUIRED TEXT: Holt McDougal Physics 2012, ISBN-13: 978-0547586694

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED MATERIAL: TBD

 

Private Pilot Ground School

The objective of this course is to introduce students to flight training and the aviation industry. We will be discussing the theory and concepts needed for preparing for the FAA private pilot aeronautical knowledge test (airplane). Topics include: airplane systems, aerodynamics, flight instruments, procedures & airport operations, communications procedures, weather, regulations, weather services, aircraft performance, navigation, enroute flight, and cross-country flight planning. We will be using the Jeppesen Private pilot textbook. Students will be expected to read and do homework weekly. We will also be going on a few field trips to local airports, which will include tower visits, airline operations and going for an airplane ride. Required materials will be the Jeppesen Private Pilot text book, cost approximately 70.00$ new. There are used ones but please check with me before buying,there are a few editions of this textbook and we will need the latest one.

Instructor: Mr. Tait Wasser

Age: 9th – 12th grade

Min/Max: 4 students / 10 students

Class Fee: $20

Required text: Jeppeson Private Pilot Text Book ISBN: 0884876608 (Can be found on Amazon – approximate cost $79 – can also be found as an ebook at https://jeppdirect.jeppesen.com/product_details.jsp?id=prod770007_ca)