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2021 - 2022 Class Descriptions - Math, Computer Science, and Science

2021 - 2022 Math, Computer Science, & Science Classes

Math Classes

Fun with Math: 5-6 years

Fun with Math ages 5-6 will introduce and engage early minds, building basic math skills with topics such as single digit addition, counting to 100, fractions, (in)equalities, money, time, measurement, simple geometry, visual bar graphs, and two-digit place value. We will do this using manipulatives, stories, games, solving word problems, puzzles, the occasional worksheet, and real life examples. This 45 minute class is designed to be a fun supplement to and reinforcement of any learning done at home, with the fun companionship of friends. Contact info: [email protected]

INSTRUCTOR: Liz Cassidy

AGE: 5 - 6 years

MIN/MAX: 3 / 9

CLASS FEE: $15

MAT’L FEE: $15 in September

Masks: Optional

 

Fun with Math: 7 - 9 years

Fun with Math ages 7-9 will engage the intermediate elementary math student to build upon basic math skills with the purpose of acquiring a solid foundation necessary for higher math levels. Suggested topics will include math fact drills, multi-digit addition and subtraction, single/double digit multiplication, double/single digit division, squares, cubes, fractions, (in)equalities, geometry, money, time, exponents,measurement, visual bar graphs, mixed operations, simple ratios, puzzles. We will engage in games, small team competitions, problem solving, the occasional worksheet, and real life examples. We will have fun learning shortcut methods and apply them in ways to expedite problem solving. This one hour class is designed to be a fun supplement to and reinforcement of any learning done at home, with the fun companionship of friends. Contact info: [email protected]

INSTRUCTOR: Liz Cassidy

AGE: 7 to 9 years

MIN/MAX: 3 students/10 students

CLASS FEE: $20

MAT’L FEE: $15 in September

Masks: Optional

 

Fun with Math 10 to 12 years

Fun with Math ages 10-12 will engage the advanced elementary math student to build upon intermediate math skills with the purpose of acquiring a solid foundation necessary for higher math levels. Suggested topics will include solidifying math fact drills, multi-digit addition and subtraction, multi-digit multiplication and division, squares, cubes, fractions, (in)equalities, geometry, money, time, exponents, measurement, visual bar graphs, mixed operations, ratios, puzzles. We will engage in games, small team competitions, problem solving, the occasional worksheet, and real life examples. We will have fun applying shortcut methods to expedite problem solving. This one hour class is designed to be a fun supplement to and reinforcement of any learning done at home, with the fun companionship of friends. Contact info: [email protected]

INSTRUCTOR: Liz Cassidy

AGE: 10 to 12 years

MIN/MAX: 3 /10

CLASS FEE: $20

MATERIAL FEE: $15 in September

Masks: Optional

 

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: TBA

AGE: High School

MIN/MAX: 1 / 2

FEE: $25 / month

 

Algebra 1

Using Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd Edition, 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. (Contact: [email protected])

INSTRUCTOR: Maureen Azcoitia

AGE: Grade 8+

MIN: 5 students

CLASS FEE: $25 per month, per student

REQUIRED TEXT: Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd edition

Masks: Optional

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. (Contact: [email protected])

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

Masks: Optional

 

Computer Science Classes

3D Printing STEM

New students will learn how to create CAD designs using TinkerCAD and then print them out in 3D right before their eyes. Level 2 students will increase their knowledge of TinkerCAD with more advanced projects. All will learn the engineering design process while designing new 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. (Contact: [email protected])

 

INSTRUCTOR: Melissa Lofrano

AGE: 8 - 15 yos

MIN/MAX: 7 / 10

MONTHLY FEE: $45

MATERIAL FEE: $40 August / $40 January

MASKS REQUIRED

 

Lego League Robotics Class

This is a beginning and continuing robotics course utilizing the latest Lego Mindstorm system - Spike Prime - and various Lego Robotics materials. The objective of this course is to introduce the student to basic beginning programing as well as problem solving strategies and to design, develop and compete in robotic activities and challenges. This course will involve students in the development, building and programming of a Lego Mindstorm robot using sratch-like Lego programming - a blocked based visual programming coding language.

 

Students will work hands-on in teams to design, build, program and document their progress. This class will also encourage teamwork and collaboration in groups and teams. Topics may include motor controls, gear ratios, basic engineering concepts, use of sensors, timing, programming loops, design process, and decision-making. Student designed robots will be programmed to compete in various challenges as developed by FIRST Lego League. This class should provide motivation and base for students to continue in computer science and engineering classes.

 

INSTRUCTOR: Cathy Jones-Endres

AGES: 9-14 yo

MIN/MAX: 5 / 10

FEE: $25 / month

MATERIALS: $30 / per semester

MASKS: Optional

SQL Programming

This course is a good choice for anyone who wants to learn standard SQL programming. Since SQL is a standard language for accessing database data, most of the SQL code that you will learn in this course will work with any database management system. As a result, once you learn how to use SQL to work with a SQL Server database, the database management system we will use in this class, you can transfer most of what you have learned to another database management system such as Oracle, Teradata, or My SQL.

Why learn SQL?

· First, because SQL programming is a valuable specialty in itself and it’s a key skill for a data analyst profession.

· Second, knowing SQL is the first step toward becoming a database administrator.

· Third, because most programmers would be better at database programming if they knew more about SQL.

In short, knowing SQL makes you more valuable on the job.

What you’ll learn in this course?

· You will learn the concepts and terms you need for working with any database.

· You’ll also learn how to use Microsoft SQL Server and Management Studio to run SQL statements on your own PC.

· You‘ll learn all the skills for retrieving data from a database and for adding, updating, and deleting that data. We will move from the simple to the complex so you won’t have any trouble if you are a SQL novice.

· We will learn skills like outer joins, summary queries, and subqueries that will take you from novice level all the way to SQL expert.

· We will explore the job market for SQL skills and identify some key concepts to look when reading a job description such as industry, job title, education, and job requirements.

Who should take this course?

The course audience is high school level. Maturity in thinking and choices are essential for the success in this course as we work with the computers for the entire class and you must stay focus on the task at hand and refrain at all the times from browsing the Internet.

Prerequisite: You don’t need to have any previous programming background to take this course. All the software needed for this course is free, and instructions on how to acquire it will be emailed before class. Each student should have a working laptop. (Contact: [email protected])

INSTRUCTOR: Isabela Ciuca

MIN/MAX: 4/10

AGE: 13 and older

MONTHLY FEE: $15

SUPPLY FEE: None

Masks: Optional

Introduction to Video Game Design and Programming

We will use a fun, game-based program to create quests and courses to learn video game design and to make your own video games!

Designing games builds:

· systems thinking

· creative problem solving

· art and aesthetics, and

· STEM skills.

Also, we will use a children-friendly computer programming language to create a wide variety of interactive projects such as animation, stories, and games. In the process, we will learn fundamental computational thinking concepts such as sequence, loops, events, conditionals, operators, and data. The student will do fundamental computational thinking practices such as experimenting and iterating, testing and debugging, reusing and remixing. (Contact: [email protected])

Prerequisite:

You don’t need to have any previous programming background to take this course. All the software needed for this course is free, and instructions on how to acquire it will be emailed before class. Each student should have a working laptop.

INSTRUCTOR: Isabela Ciuca

AGE: 10 - 15

MIN/MAX: 4/10

MONTHLY FEE: $15

SUPPLY FEE: none

Masks: Optional

 

Science Classes

DISCOVERY SCIENCE

This is a beginning science class designed to engage 5-7 year olds and help them to discover and understand the world around them. We will touch on many different facets of science such as the senses, the solar system, plant life, health and safety, sound, seasons, … This 45 minute class is meant to be a fun and exploratory learning class, supplemental to any science taught at home.  Contact info:  [email protected]

AGES: 5-7

MIN/MAX: 3 students, 9 students

CLASS FEE: $15/mo

MATERIAL FEE: $15 in September

Masks: Optional

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. (Contact: [email protected])

INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Polizza

AGE: Grades 6 - 8

MIN/MAX: 6 students / 12 students

CLASS FEE: $20.00 /month

MAT’L FEE: $15.00 August / TBD January

Masks: Optional

REQUIRED TEXTS (to be purchased prior to the start of the class): Exploring Creation with General Science, 3rd Edition by Sherri Seligson and Exploring Creation with General Science Solutions and Tests and Exploring Creation with General Science, Student Notebook

Links to books:

https://www.amazon.com/Apologia-Exploring-Creation-General-Textbook/dp/B07S951PPM/ref=sr_1_1?crid=35XSOA1PUR4FJ&dchild=1&keywords=apologia+exploring+creation+with+general+science+3rd+edition&qid=1620660758&sprefix=apologia+exploring+creation+with+general+science+3rd%2Caps%2C240&sr=8-1

https://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Creation-General-Science-Notebook/dp/1946506303/ref=sr_1_3?crid=35XSOA1PUR4FJ&dchild=1&keywords=apologia+exploring+creation+with+general+science+3rd+edition&qid=1620660797&sprefix=apologia+exploring+creation+with+general+science+3rd%2Caps%2C240&sr=8-3

https://www.rainbowresource.com/product/GEN3ST/Expl.-Crtn-w-General-Science-3rd-Edition-SET.html?


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. (Contact: [email protected])

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

Masks: Optional

REQUIRED TEXTS: PLEASE ORDER BOOKS EARLY IN ORDER TO HAVE THEM BEFORE THE FIRST CLASS: Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd Edition by Dincher, and Exploring Creation with Physical Science Student Handbook, and Exploring Creation with Physical Science Solutions and Tests

LINKS TO BOOKS:

https://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Creation-Physical-Science-Notebook/dp/1946506540/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=apologia+exploring+creation+with+physical+science+3rd+edition&qid=1620660871&sr=8-2

https://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Creation-Physical-Science-Solutions/dp/1946506524/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=apologia+exploring+creation+with+physical+science+3rd+edition&qid=1620660919&sr=8-4

https://www.rainbowresource.com/product/000961/Exploring-Creation-with-Physical-Science-Textbook-3rd-Edition.html?

https://www.rainbowresource.com/product/000914/Exploring-Creation-with-Physical-Science-Solutions-and-Test-Manual-3rd-Edition.html?

https://www.rainbowresource.com/product/000930/Exploring-Creation-with-Physical-Science-Student-Notebook-3rd-Edition.html?

 

High School Chemistry

This course is designed to help students realize the important roles that chemistry plays in their personal lives and use chemistry knowledge to make informed decisions about issues involving science and technology. Areas of study include matter, atomic structure, bonding, chemical reactions, the mole concept, stoichiometry, solutions, acids and bases, thermodynamics, kinetics and gases, equilibrium, and nuclear chemistry.

Students will do homework through the week to learn the basic content and the in-class time will be spent reviewing the material and doing experiments to understand the concepts. There will be a test for each unit (12 total) included with the weekly homework assignments. Grades are based on points for homework (45%), labs (20%), & tests (25%). Semester final exams are also part of their grade, worth 10% of each semester grade. Contact info: [email protected]

INSTRUCTOR: Tammy Massey

AGE: Grade 9+

MIN/MAX: 6 students/16 students

CLASS FEE: $30/month

MATERIAL FEE: $25/semester (August & January)

Masks: Optional

PREREQUISITES: Students should have a good grasp of Algebra 1 math. Chemistry does involve a significant amount of conversions and manipulating equations.

TEXT / SUPPLIES: Students will primarily use a free online video course: http://www.gpb.org/chemistry-matters. All students should also have safety goggles, a 3 ring binder, scientific calculator, and access to a printer for printing weekly homework assignments.

High School Physics

This course is designed to help students realize the important roles that physics plays in their personal lives and use physics knowledge to make informed decisions about issues involving science and technology. Areas of study include motion, forces, momentum, energy, electricity, magnetism, waves, optics, and nuclear physics.

Students will do homework through the week to learn the basic content and the in-class time will be spent reviewing the material and doing experiments to understand the concepts. There will be a test for each unit (12 total) included with the weekly homework assignments. Grades are based on points for homework (45%), labs (20%), & tests (25%). Semester final exams are also part of their grade, worth 10% of each semester grade. Contact info: [email protected]

INSTRUCTOR: Tammy Massey

AGE: Grade 9+

MIN/MAX: 6 students/16 students

CLASS FEE: $30/month

MATERIAL FEE: $25/semester (August & January)

Masks: Optional

PREREQUISITES: Students should have a good grasp of Algebra 1 math. Physics involves a significant amount of conversions and manipulating equations.

TEXT / SUPPLIES: Students will primarily use a free online video course: http://www.gpb.org/physics-in-motion. All students should have a 3 ring binder, scientific calculator, and access to a printer for printing weekly homework assignments.

 

High School Marine Biology

This course covers the basics of marine biology with a global approach, using examples from numerous regions and ecosystems worldwide. Topics included fundamentals of biology, principles of marine science, chemical and physical features of seawater, organisms of the sea, structure and function of marine ecosystems, and humans and their impact on the marine environment. Contact info: [email protected]

INSTRUCTOR: Tammy Massey

AGE: Grade 10+

MIN/MAX: 4 students/12 students

CLASS FEE: $30/month

MATERIAL FEE: $20/semester (August & January)

Masks: Optional

PREREQUISITE: Students should have already taken high school biology and have taken, or plan to take, at least one other core science (chemistry or physics) in their high school years.

TEXT / SUPPLIES: We will be using Apologia’s Marine Biology text. There is a 2nd edition (which is recommended: https://www.apologia.com/product-tag/high-school-science/?subject=marine-biology) but the 1st can also be used. All students should have a 3 ring binder to organize their work.

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. (email: [email protected])

INSTRUCTOR: Mr. Tait Wasser

AGE: 9th – 12th grade

MIN/MAX: 4 / 10

CLASS FEE: $25

Masks: Optional

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) E6B flight computer can be found on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Jeppesen-Student-Flight-Computer-JS514101/dp/B003VSE90A. Please speak with Mr. Wasser about purchasing a used copy.  Textbook must be purchased before class starts in the fall.