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2022-2023 Class Descriptions Math, Computer Science, and Science

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.

INSTRUCTOR: Liz Cassidy, [email protected]

MIN/MAX: 3 / 10

CLASS FEE: $20

MAT’L FEE: $15 in September, $15 in January

 

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.

INSTRUCTOR: Liz Cassidy, [email protected]

MIN/MAX: 3 students/10 students

CLASS FEE: $20

MAT’L FEE: $15 in September, $15 in January

 

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.

INSTRUCTOR: Liz Cassidy, [email protected]

MIN/MAX: 3 /10

CLASS FEE: $20

MATERIAL FEE: $15 in September, $15 in January

 

Math Lab

In Math Lab, your 8th - 12th grade math student will 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.  Students who are in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and above can enroll in this class.  (Questions:  [email protected])

INSTRUCTOR: Mrs. Bethany Kazmierowski

MIN/MAX:  1/1

FEE:  $20 per week

 

 

Computer Science Classes

 

3D Printing STEM, Ages 8-15

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.

INSTRUCTOR: Melissa Lofrano, [email protected]

MIN/MAX: 7 / 10

MONTHLY FEE: $45

MATERIAL FEE: $40 August / $40 January

 

Lego League Robotics Class, Ages 9-14

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, [email protected]

MIN/MAX: 5 / 10

FEE: $25 / month

MATERIALS: $30 / per semester

 

Introduction to Video Game Design and Programming, Ages 9-15

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.

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, [email protected]

MIN/MAX: 4/10

MONTHLY FEE: $20

MATERIAL FEE: none

 

Science Classes

 

Biology, 8th grade and up

This biology course is a survey of all biology topics including cell biology, genetics, classification, evolution, and ecology. Students have weekly reading assignments, comprehension questions, labs, and projects. Each week, we will review material learned over the week and work together on various labs and activities. Regular quizzes and tests will be given to demonstrate mastery of the content. Semester exams will also be included in the course. We also plan to go on fieldtrips to the Field Museum DNA lab and the Shedd Aquarium.

Students will do homework throughout 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 (16 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.

Prerequisites: none

Text/supplies: Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition. Please do NOT use past editions as they are significantly different from this one. https://www.apologia.com/homeschool-high-school-biology/. There is a student notebook that can be purchased, but is not required. It simply helps the student stay organized and answer questions from the text in a single place.

All students should also have paper and a 3 ring binder to organize their handouts from class, notes, and homework.

Instructor: Tammy Massey, [email protected]

Min/Max: 6 students/16 students

Class Fee: $30/month

Materials Fee: $25/semester (August & January)

 

Crime Scene Science – Grades 5-8

Throughout the year the kids will be given 3 to 5 mystery cases that they will work at solving. Each case will give the kids an opportunity to learn new skills. Some of those skills that the kids will learn are fingerprinting, Chromatography, material splatter, blood typing, casting, and problem-solving skills to complete each mystery. We will be using the book crime scene science investigations by Pam walker along with a few other resources. I will be using Google classroom for any assignments that need to be completed at home. You will not need to purchase a textbook but you will need to be able to print out papers occasionally to bring into class.

INSTRUCTOR: Annie Alvarez, [email protected]

MIN/MAX: 8 students / 15 students

CLASS FEE: $25.00 /month

MAT’L FEE: $20.00 August / $20 January

 

Discovery Science, Ages 5-7

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,animals … This 45 minute class is meant to be a fun and exploratory learning class, supplemental to any science taught at home.

Instructor: Liz Cassidy, [email protected]

MIN/MAX: 3 students, 10 students

CLASS FEE: $25/mo

MATERIAL FEE: $15 in September, $15 in January

 

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.

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.

Instructor: Tammy Massey, [email protected]

Min/Max: 6 students/16 students

Class Fee: $30/month

Materials Fee: $25/semester (August & January)

 

Physical Science, 8th and 9th Grade

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 approximately one lab report 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.

Required textbooks:  Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd edition by Dincher

                                  Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Phyisical Science, 3rd edition

                                  Exploring Creation with Physical Science Student Notebook

Prerequisite: Completion of 7th grade level math.

INSTRUCTOR:  Kelly Calandrini ([email protected])

AGE:  Grades 8- 9

MIN/MAX:  6 students / 12 students

CLASS FEE:  $30 / month

MAT’L FEE:  $15 August / $15 January

PLEASE NOTE:  Please order your books early.  The books sold out last year.

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 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]

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.

Instructor: Tammy Massey, [email protected]

Min/Max: 6 students/16 students

Class Fee: $30/month

Materials Fee: $25/semester (August & January)

 

Private Pilot Ground School, High 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 and airport operations, communications procedures, weather, regulations, weather services, aicraft performance, navigation, enroute flight, and cross-country flight planning. We will be using the Jeppesen Provate Pilot Textbook. Students will be expected to read and do homework weekly. We will also be going on a few optional field trips to local airports which will include tower visits, airline operations, and going for an airplace ride.

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.

Instructor: Tait Wasser, [email protected]

Min / Max: 4 students / 12 students

Class Fee: $20 per month per student

Material Fee: TBD