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Environmental Science (AP, Honors, or On-Level)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

This is a year-long class that is in-progress. Mid-term enrollment may be possible by contacting Compass to discuss placement.

How will this year's La Nina weather pattern affect Mexico's Michoacan maize crop or monsoons in Mumbai? What are some strategies for improving water quality, reducing air pollution, and promoting renewal energy sources and sustainability around the world? Environmental Science is a critical, interdisciplinary study that merges the fields of geology, biology, chemistry, meteorology with geography, politics, economics, and sociology with several unifying themes including earth as an interconnected system with both natural and human-made influences.

Key themes in the year-long study of Environmental Science include Earth Systems consisting of geological processes and natural resources and the Living World comprised of ecosystems and cycles. Environmental Science combines the study of population and land and water usage such as agriculture, pest control, forestry, urban development, mining, and fishing. The field also examines energy resources and consumption including a comparison of types of power generation and various fuel sources. Finally, Environmental Science considers the impacts of humans on the planet including air pollution, water contamination, handling of solid waste, and climatological impacts wish as greenhouse gases, global warming, loss of habitats, reduced biodiversity, endangered/threatened species, and efforts in conservation.

This is a year-long, multilevel high school science course with laboratory and field work components. Environmental Science offers a substantive, full-credit experience. Students can pick their desired workload. They can always do more if they would like, but at any level they are expected to keep up with weekly readings and homework which will prepare them for in-class discussions, labs, and projects. All students should expect to spend 4-6 hours outside of class for reading and homework, regardless of level. All levels use materials written at a college level, but the amount and type of homework varies. Brief summer assignments are due in August for those who elect to take the AP level.

All students will register online for the same course. Students must indicate which level they want to study by e-mail by August 15. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from AP to honors, or from honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.

Students will be asked to purchase or rent the select class textbook: Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions by G. Tyler Miller. (15th edition, ISBN #978-0495015987). Students should have a ring binder for notes and handouts and a bound lab book for recording observations and measurements. There is a $160 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. The fee to take the AP exam in May 2019 is not included; each family will be responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's AP exam.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1099.00

Bio-Chem Learning Labs (4 sessions)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on December 4, 2018

Class Time: 11:30 am      Duration: 180

Instructor: Sudhita Kasturi

Grade Range: 8th-10th

Prerequisites:

Conduct biology, chemistry, and environmental science experiments in a university laboratory setting! Use advanced lab equipment, follow college-level lab protocols, and receive instruction from university lab staff. Lab activities are taken from AP curricula and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Bio-Chem Learning Labs is a series of 4 sessions, held off-site at Towson University's Center for STEM Excellence in downtown Baltimore (60 miles from Compass.) This lab series is a complement to and offers further hands-on experience for students taking Integrated Science, Environmental Science, Biology, or Micro-Biology at Compass in 2018-19. Homeschool students following another curriculum, doing self-study, or taking an online class may take this series to add a lab component to their work.

Each session, students will complete a series of lab experiments around a central theme. Tentative activities include: collecting and testing for water quality and salinity; identifying organisms living on a biofilm; categorizing soil types, percolation, and absorption; measuring concentrations of carbon dioxide; evaluating the antimicrobial properties of different plants; and extracting DNA samples from plant and animal sources. Each lab will emphasize the importance of control samples, recording and graphing data, and will demonstrate the process of identifying a problem, scientifically testing a hypothesis, interpreting results of an experiment, and supporting a scientific claim. All labs are 2.5 -3.0 hours long.

Lab dates are held on Tuesdays: December 4, February 12, March 12, and April 9. Labs begin at 11:30 am, and students are asked to arrive by 11:15 am. Compass science instructor Sudhita Kasturi will remain with the students throughout the labs and will send a post-lab summary to parents. A class roster will be distributed before the first session to allow parents to form carpools. Families will be responsible for any parking fees incurred on site. Note: Registration for the first lab, October 2, has closed, and is not included in this registration. This registration is for labs 2-5.

16 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $124.00

Aeronautical Engineering Simulation Lab: High Altitude Space Planes

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 5th-7th

Prerequisites:

Interested in re-usable, high altitude space planes? This simulation class will focus on building planes that can go into space and return to earth. Students will learn about aeronautical concepts such as lift, drag, and thrust-to-weight and aerospace principles of design form and fuel as they design and test high altitude space planes- on screen. The class will use Kerbal Space Program to create a realistic simulation environment to complete a series of ever-challenging missions. In the Kerbal program environment, students design and build different space vehicles and then attempt to use them to collect scientific data. The class will use KerbalEDU simulation software on laptops to immerse themselves in a realistic, simulated environment to complete a series of challenging missions. In the KerbalEDU environment, students can design and build different space vehicles, launch them, and use mission data to improve their space planes. Topics in this year s simulation class series include: Space Missions (first quarter), Aircraft Challenge (second quarter), Space Station Design (third quarter); and Marine Engineering Simulation: Ships & Submarines (fourth quarter)

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Aquatic Biology: Roparian Biomes- Rivers and Streams

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Karleen Boyle Sudol

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

More than 70% of the Earth s surface is water! Understanding the earth s oceans and freshwater systems is critical to understanding life on our planet- from beginnings in the seas to the water cycle that supports ongoing life. The study of aquatic and marine biology provides a basis for understanding much of the chemistry, physics, biology, and meteorology on our planet. Budding marine biologists will travel inland to learn about freshwater systems like lakes and ponds, rivers and streams before returning to the coast to study marshes and estuaries followed by extreme marine environments- all under the guidance of an experienced marine biologist. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in several demonstrations and experiments in each class.
During Quarter 2, students will learn the basics of Riparian Biology, the study of aquatic life in rivers and streams. We ll discuss differences in water flow, sedimentation, and hydrodynamics that are used to classify riparian habitats and will learn about the characteristic assemblages of organisms that occur in different flow regimes. Students will compare various major river systems around the world and study the diversity of riverine biomes and organisms. Topics in this year s class series include: Lakes and Ponds (first quarter); Roparian Biomes- Rivers and Streams (second quarter); Marshes and Estuaries, Where the River Meets the Sea (third quarter); and Extreme Marine (fourth quarter). There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $162.00

Eco Explorers: Northern Latitudes

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Karleen Boyle Sudol

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Become a world-travelling eco adventurer and earth scientist without leaving Compass! Study the world's most exciting and diverse ecosystems and learn about the incredible biologic and geologic phenomena that shape them. Venture into caves and coasts, tundra and taiga, and forests and fjords. Each week student scientists will begin by locating the fascinating features on a map before learning about these incredible habitats from the ground-up, starting with the geology of a place, then working their way through the climate, biome, flora, and fauna. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce regional and ecological diversity by examining rock types, classifying plants, observing insects, or modelling weather phenomena. Throughout their journey to fascinating ecosystems, explorers will keep a science log to document their discoveries. Finally, students will link their studies to current events in these regions.

Bundle up! Second quarter, students will journey to the northern latitudes. We ll begin in the frozen north of the Arctic Circle, then travel south through Greenland, Russia, and Europe. We ll see how some animal and human populations deal with environmental extremes through seasonal migrations. Along the way we ll learn about cold weather phenomena, polar ice, tundra and taiga (coniferous forest) biomes, inland seas, and the seasonal effects of polar nights and midnight sun. Topics in this year s class series include: The Americas & Antarctica (first quarter), Northern Lattitudes (The Arctic, Greenland, Russia, Europe) second quarter; Middle East Africa and Asia (third quarter); and Islands (fourth quarter). There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $162.00

Engineering Lab: Arduino Electronics & Programming

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Learn all about electronics in this practical, hands-on workshop! Electronics are fundamental to lots of things that kids want to build such as automated toys, robots, and computers. Students will increase their understanding of electronics through work with the Arduino microcontroller and integration of Arduino sensors: motion sensors, temperature sensors, light sensors, humidity sensors, tilt sensors, and more, to build new electronic circuits using these inputs each week. The work with circuits and sensors will prepare students to build a robot later in the year. There is a $65.00 lab supply fee for electronics and soldering kits for students who are new to the class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Environmental Science: Atmospheric Science

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Karleen Boyle Sudol

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

A powerful hurricane season forecasted. Polar ice caps receding. Hydraulic fracking. Solar power. Everywhere we look, Environmental Science is in the news! Environmental science is an exciting interdisciplinary study that merges the fields of geology, biology, chemistry, and meteorology to explain the earth as an interconnected system with both natural and human-made influences. This year middle schoolers will sample Environmental Science topics in a hands-on, lab-based investigation.

Second quarter, students will embark on the study of our atmosphere, including global weather patterns, climate studies, and air pollution. The group will learn about the methods scientists use to study these phenomena, including satellite monitoring, air sampling, and chemical analyses. Students will do in-class labs to make predictions, collect and graph data, draw conclusions, and develop models of key Environmental Science processes. Topics in this year s class series include: Geology and Soil Sciences (first quarter); Atmospheric Science (second quarter); Water Science (third quarter); and Current Issues in Environmental Science (fourth quarter). There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $162.00

Geo Detective: Wacky World Weather

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Karleen Boyle Sudol

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Geo-Detectives discover the many mysteries of Earth Science. From large scale disasters that come from inside the planet to microscopic contaminants in the water and soil, Geo-Detectives look high and low to understand the forces, systems, and cycles that continue to shape the Earth, its climates and ecosystems. Geo-Detectives will explore concepts as diverse as fossils to fault lines, ozone to ocean trenches, and trade winds to tundra. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce geological phenomena such as examining fossils, classifying rocks, reading the seismographic charts, or modelling the water cycle.
Second quarter, students will learn the physics behind air and water circulation, and how they combine to form wacky weather phenomena such as hurricanes, tornados, hail, fog, and even regular old rain showers. The class will see how air and water systems on earth govern global climate systems as well as local and regional weather patterns. Kids will learn how meteorologists and climatologists examine data from a variety of sources, such as ice cores, sediment cores, the fossil record, and historic records to trace large-scale changes in climate and sea level over geologic time.

Topics in this year s class series include: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis, and Earthquakes (first quarter); Wacky World Weather (second quarter); Global Ecosystems (third quarter); and Global Cycles (fourth quarter). There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $162.00

Invention Dimension: Going Green!

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

A fuzzy warm fleece jacket (made from recycled milk bottles); forgiving playground mulch (made from shredded tires). A new jigsaw puzzle (made from recycled paperboard). Kids use products every day that have been made from recycled materials! Inventing with all new materials is relatively easy, but also somewhat wasteful. Can our junior inventors create a new product using recycled or re-purposed materials? Can we solve a problem with a new invention while also reducing the waste materials sent to landfills?

In this class, students will practice creative thinking and be coached through the steps of the invention process. Students will be encouraged to identify a need by noticing a problem or inconvenience and thinking about ways to solve it. They will engage in hands-on, in-class activities to encourage imagination and effective brainstorming- the spontaneous, creative thinking where all ideas are considered. Recognizing that many great inventions are twists or remakes on existing goods or inspired by others ideas, kids will learn to apply the SCAMPER technique to the problems they identify: Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Minify, Magnify, Put to new use, Eliminate, and Reverse/Rearrange.

Students will practice inventive thinking with a class problem and class invention in order to get them comfortable with working on their own inventions. They will learn to consider alternatives and pros and cons of a new idea and narrow down possible solutions. Students will be asked to keep an Inventor s Log (journal) to track all aspects of their inventing process. They will name their invention, sketch it, and build a prototype (model) of the invention.

This class will use a curriculum called, "Invent it, Build it! Invention- Making the World a Better Place". In class, the instructor will provide basic prototyping materials such as cardboard, tape, straws, wooden sticks, scissors, glue, and paper. If a student's model-building needs require other materials, his/her family made need to send recycled materials from home.

During winter and spring, themes for this age group will include Flight Academy: Aviation Challenge (third quarter) and Flight Academy: Aerospace Race (fourth quarter.)

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $179.00

Invention Dimension: Going Green!

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

A fuzzy warm fleece jacket (made from recycled milk bottles); forgiving playground mulch (made from shredded tires). A new jigsaw puzzle (made from recycled paperboard). Kids use products every day that have been made from recycled materials! Inventing with all new materials is relatively easy, but also somewhat wasteful. Can our junior inventors create a new product using recycled or re-purposed materials? Can we solve a problem with a new invention while also reducing the waste materials sent to landfills?

In this class, students will practice creative thinking and be coached through the steps of the invention process. Students will be encouraged to identify a need by noticing a problem or inconvenience and thinking about ways to solve it. They will engage in hands-on, in-class activities to encourage imagination and effective brainstorming- the spontaneous, creative thinking where all ideas are considered. Recognizing that many great inventions are twists or remakes on existing goods or inspired by others ideas, kids will learn to apply the SCAMPER technique to the problems they identify: Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Minify, Magnify, Put to new use, Eliminate, and Reverse/Rearrange.

Students will practice inventive thinking with a class problem and class invention in order to get them comfortable with working on their own inventions. They will learn to consider alternatives and pros and cons of a new idea and narrow down possible solutions. Students will be asked to keep an Inventor s Log (journal) to track all aspects of their inventing process. They will name their invention, sketch it, and build a prototype (model) of the invention.

This class will use a curriculum called, "Invent it, Build it! Invention- Making the World a Better Place". In class, the instructor will provide basic prototyping materials such as cardboard, tape, straws, wooden sticks, scissors, glue, and paper. If a student's model-building needs require other materials, his/her family made need to send recycled materials from home.

During second quarter, inventors will be challenged with Invention Dimension: Going Green" using found or recycled materials. During winter and spring, themes for this age group will include Flight Academy: Aviation Challenge (third quarter) and Flight Academy: Aerospace Race (fourth quarter.)

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $179.00

Nature Quest: Adventurers

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Got shelter? Late fall is the best time of year to learn to build a debris-hut, the most life-saving survival skill for our region. It's also harvest time for wild nuts, and fruits like persimmons. Look around for evidence of animals getting ready for winter. Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a seasoned naturalist, mentor and survivalist, Mr. Nick. This program will be run similar to a mini-version of Ancestral Knowledge and Natural Leaders programs that the instructor has lead for several years. Students will follow the paths and create their own through the wooded campus at Compass while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under!

A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found with the changing fall season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world!
p>Students will get to know about native animals, and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. "

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $115.00

Nature Quest: Adventurers

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Got shelter? Late fall is the best time of year to learn to build a debris-hut, the most life-saving survival skill for our region. It's also harvest time for wild nuts, and fruits like persimmons. Look around for evidence of animals getting ready for winter. Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a seasoned naturalist, mentor and survivalist, Mr. Nick. This program will be run similar to a mini-version of Ancestral Knowledge and Natural Leaders programs that the instructor has lead for several years. Students will follow the paths and create their own through the wooded campus at Compass while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under!

Students will get to know about native animals, and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. "

A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found with the changing fall season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world!

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $115.00

Nature Quest: Explorers

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Got shelter? Late fall is the best time of year to learn to build a debris-hut, the most life-saving survival skill for our region. It's also harvest time for wild nuts, and fruits like persimmons. Look around for evidence of animals getting ready for winter. Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a seasoned naturalist, mentor and survivalist, Mr. Nick. This program will be run similar to a mini-version of Ancestral Knowledge and Natural Leaders programs that the instructor has lead for several years. Students will follow the paths and create their own through the wooded campus at Compass while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under!

A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found with the changing fall season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world!

Students will get to know about native animals, and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. Students must be age 5 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the length of the class. Students who are 4 or 4-1/2 years old and were previously enrolled and successfully participated in Nature Quest may enroll."

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $115.00

Nature Quest: Pathfinders

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Got shelter? Late fall is the best time of year to learn to build a debris-hut, the most life-saving survival skill for our region. It's also harvest time for wild nuts, and fruits like persimmons. Look around for evidence of animals getting ready for winter. Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a seasoned naturalist, mentor and survivalist, Mr. Nick. This program will be run similar to a mini-version of Ancestral Knowledge and Natural Leaders programs that the instructor has lead for several years. Students will follow the paths and create their own through the wooded campus at Compass while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under!

A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found with the changing fall season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world!

Students will get to know about native animals, and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. "

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $115.00

Pre-Engineering 2 with Lego

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 12:30 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: PlayWell Teknologies

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Students will use LEGO to design and build beginning engineering projects such as tower, gear car, castles and catapults, tank and military base, amusement park, mini-walker and space base, and spinning tops. In this 90 minute class, students will explore concepts in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations. Students will be exposed to concepts and vocabulary of engineering, architecture, and physics. Each class session opens with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Kindergartners registering for this class must be age five by the start of class.

10 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $175.00

Programming Lab: Creating Games

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites:

Our youngest coders learn to program simple video games using the block-based and text-based programming languages of Scratch, Roblox, and Lua. Students learn to create their very own game worlds and animate their own characters. They learn to add scripting logic to make their games interactive. Programming skills at this level include conditionals, loops, if-statements, multiple branches, and variables. Other computer science skills at this level include predicting outcomes, sequencing activities, debugging code, and incorporating responsive elements such as game objects that respond to an event or condition or keeping score. Students may program one simple video game each quarter, or may continue to build on and enhance their original game concept over many quarters.

Programming Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Programming Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Coder Kids coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week. Students should be able to read at grade level in order to benefit from this class.

Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Programming Lab course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a $35.00 per student, per quarter technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. "

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $239.00

Programming Lab: Minecraft Mods

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 4th-5th

Prerequisites:

Students are introduced to coding in the virtual world they already know and love. Students learn to enhance their Minecraft world through mods (modifications) that they program themselves. Young coders begin by creating custom structures, teleporting, and cool new effects through Python. Later they create mods that add custom items, armor, tools, and blocks to the game using Java. Students use their imaginations to make Minecraft do what they want it to do- through the power of coding. The custom features that each coder develops create one-of-a-kind mods for an enhanced gaming experience. When students learn Python to code mods, they add functions, loops, conditionals, predefined constructs, and parameters to their programming. They also gain a basic understanding of Minecraft s client-server architecture and the iterative design process. In learning to program with Java, students learn about hierarchy in coding languages, instruction sets, and logic circuits. They learn to create computational models and to program interactive elements that respond to an event or condition.

Programming Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Programming Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Coder Kids coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week. Students should be able to read at grade level in order to benefit from this class.

Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Programming Lab course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a $35.00 per student, per quarter technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $239.00

Programming Lab: Mobile Apps

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 6th - 8th

Prerequisites:

Tweens and teens love their phones and tablets and have fun writing custom apps (applications) for them. Students start with the Swift programming language which is used for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. Later students move into programming responsive web design to create hybrid apps for both desktop and mobile devices using Web App Maker. In all app programming languages, students practice the iterative design process to define a problem, generate ideas, build, test, and improve their app.

Programming Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Programming Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Coder Kids coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week. Students should be able to read at grade level in order to benefit from this class.

Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Programming Lab course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a $35.00 per student, per quarter technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses."

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $239.00

Robot Fab Lab: Robotic Arms

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

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Students will design, build, and program a robot arm to simulate a factory assembly line. Each week students will improve their robot though the use of new sensors and additional components and will program their creations to complete specific manufacturing tasks. Students will use the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robotics sets. They will build with motors, wheels/axels, gears, and special components while also learning to program sequences and commands that use input/output devices and sensors for controlled movements and precise turns. This course integrates science, engineering and computational thinking while introducing physical constraints, units of measurement, and coordinate systems. Don't worry, this is a beginning robotics class! Prior experience is not expected, but returning students are welcome. Each student will build his/her own robot project, so students can progress and customize at their own pace. In general, in this class, students will spend 2-3 weeks designing and building, 2-3 weeks programming, and 2 weeks testing and making modifications as necessary.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Science Kids: Earth & Space

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

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Science Kids is a lab-based science sampler program where our youngest scientists will be exposed to the concepts, acquire scientific vocabulary, and learn hands-on skills to needed to be comfortable with more advanced science classes as they get older. Your first or second grader will come home with an understanding of concepts like phases of matter, melting point, buoyancy, and life cycles. Most importantly, young students will gain confidence discussing science concepts and working with science equipment. Labs will teach students how to use a thermometer, take linear measurements, weigh items on a scale, peer into a microscope, record elapsed time, and make scientific sketches, for example.

Each quarter will reinforce principles and lab skills around a central, unifying theme. Earth and Space Science will introduce geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy concepts. Students will complete labs such as making a model of the layers of the earth and creating an erupting volcano. They will test weather lessons with experiments using air pressure and making mini-tornados. Kids will also understand ocean currents and density through a hands-on projects with salt water. Topics in this year s class series include: Living World (first quarter), Earth/Space (second quarter), Chemistry (third quarter), and Physics (fourth quarter).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $179.00

Science of the Senses: Light and Sight from Eye to Brain

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Ed Max

Grade Range: 5th-6th

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Students in this class will get to see and do a variety of fun experiments that illustrate the science of sound. What is sound, and what is the physical difference between musical notes like a B flat or F sharp? What properties of a note played on a clarinet allow you to tell that the sound is coming from a clarinet and not the same note played on a trumpet or violin? We will discuss these questions and other properties of sound, including its speed, which we will measure. You will learn how to electronically analyze vibrations caused by musical instruments or your own voice using a free computer program that produces pictures of different sounds. We will explore what physical properties of an object determine how fast it will tend to vibrate; then we ll use this knowledge to understand how musical instruments can play different notes. String players will learn about how their instruments work; and we will also examine some scientific principles of wind instruments. Is it possible for a soprano to break a glass by singing, or is that idea a myth? From this question we will move to a deep mystery: how can your ear and brain recognize different notes? We will learn how an understanding of the beautiful and complex structures of the inner ear can explain how we hear, what problems lead to deafness in some people, and how engineering can bypass these problems to provide hearing to some patients who were born deaf. You will be able to repeat almost all the fun demonstrations and experiments we do in this class at home.

There is a $20.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s class series include: Science of the Senses: Sound and Hearing from Ear to Brain (1st quarter); Science of the Senses: Light and Vision from Eye to Brain (2nd quarter); Science of the Human Body Systems: Circulatory, Respiratory, Digestive (3rd quarter), and Science of the Human Body Systems: Kidney, Brain/Nervous and Immune (4th quarter).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $172.00

Virtual Science: Citizen Scientist Apps

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

Quick, grab your smartphone to photograph the woodpecker on the trail! Use your tablet to document cloud formations, or use your laptop to classify satellite images. What sounds like a science fiction alternative reality is actually an exciting, accessible new approach to science called Citizen Scientist. People of any age and any education can get involved in scientific discovery in their own backyards or anywhere in the world through the virtual technology of Citizen Scientist apps (applications) on their everyday electronic devices.

Citizen Science projects are a great way to introduce kids to a range of scientific experiences and a variety of scientific fields in the convenience of their home or classroom and with the simplicity of the electronics they are so comfortable with. This class will serve as a survey to introduce students to a variety of Citizen Scientist apps across a range of scientific fields and will show them how easily science can be at their fingertips. Significant science institutions, such as NASA, NOAA, National Science Foundation, the National Park Service, and major universities, recruit average people to contribute to their studies. Citizen scientist projects encompass fields such as botany, meteorology, zoology, geography, geology, astronomy, oceanography, cartography, health care, entomology, and conservation. Some Citizen Scientist projects involve the collection of data while other projects use Citizen Scientists to help analyze and classify data.

So, whether you are interested in counting the birds at a feeder, snapping pix when something blooms, documenting air quality, photographing erosion, or analyzing astronomy data, there is a Citizen Scientist project for anyone! Students must have a smart phone or I-Pad to bring to class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $179.00

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