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Classes meet on Wednesdays and Fridays in Oakton, VA. Filter by subject or grade below.

Quarter beginning September 7, 2018

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Nature Quest: Adventurers Nature Quest: Adventurers - Look up in that tree! Why is that robin alarming ? is there a hawk passing by? Is that a drey (a squirrel's nest)? What animal rubbed the bark off that sapling? Which plants are useful and which should be avoided? 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 program 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.

11:00 am-11:55 am

1st-3rd

Nature Quest: Explorers Nature Quest: Explorers - Look up in that tree! Why is that robin alarming ? is there a hawk passing by? Is that a drey (a squirrel's nest)? What animal rubbed the bark off that sapling? Which plants are useful and which should be avoided?
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 program 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.

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

PK-1

Nature Quest: Pathfinders Nature Quest: Pathfinders - Look up in that tree! Why is that robin alarming ? is there a hawk passing by? Is that a drey (a squirrel's nest)? What animal rubbed the bark off that sapling? Which plants are useful and which should be avoided? 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 program 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.

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

3rd-5th

Nature Quest: Adventurers Nature Quest: Adventurers - Look up in that tree! Why is that robin alarming ? is there a hawk passing by? Is that a drey (a squirrel's nest)? What animal rubbed the bark off that sapling? Which plants are useful and which should be avoided? 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 program 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.

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

1st-3rd

Room 1

Environmental Science (AP, Honors, or On-Level) Environmental Science (AP, Honors, or On-Level) - 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: Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet, 9th edition, published by Wiley and Sons (ISBN #978-1-118-42732-3). 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.

9:30 am-10:55 am

9th-12th

Invention Dimension: Eureka! Invention Dimension: Eureka! - Razor Scooters, Post It Notes, and electric tooth brushes are cool inventions that kids use all the time! 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 based on the Project XL program that was developed by the US Patent and Trademark Office in conjunction with educators, inventors, scientists, and specialists. During their discoveries, students will also learn about some inventors and discover that an inventor can be old or young, male or female, and any color or nationality. They will also learn how patents and trademarks protect their ideas. Students will be encouraged to showcase their Invention Dimension creations at Compass s Show What You Know Expo on November 6. 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 supplies from home or purchase prototyping materials from a local craft or home improvement store.
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.)

11:00 am-11:55 am

3rd-4th

Invention Dimension: Eureka! Invention Dimension: Eureka! - Razor Scooters, Post It Notes, and electric tooth brushes are cool inventions that kids use all the time! 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 based on the Project XL program that was developed by the US Patent and Trademark Office in conjunction with educators, inventors, scientists, and specialists. During their discoveries, students will also learn about some inventors and discover that an inventor can be old or young, male or female, and any color or nationality. They will also learn how patents and trademarks protect their ideas. Students will be encouraged to showcase their Invention Dimension creations at Compass s Show What You Know Expo on November 6. 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 supplies from home or purchase prototyping materials from a local craft or home improvement store.
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.)

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

5th-6th

VR (Virtual Reality) Science VR (Virtual Reality) Science - Maneuver the Curiosity Mars Rover over rugged terrain. Climb through the structures of a human cell. Hold a beating human heart in your hand. Yes, these scientific explorations and others will be possible in the comfort of a Compass classroom through cutting edge AR/VR (augmented reality/virtual reality) technology! Tweens will engage in a variety of discoveries using the Merge Cube and virtual reality goggles. The Merge Cube and its miniverse of apps project holographic images in the palm of the user s hand. When viewed through a smart phone or VR goggles, students can rotate the Cube in their hands to actually see what is on the underside of the human brain or hurling through the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. Other apps allow the user to experience 360 degree environments such as NASA s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) for space walk training. Not just for gaming, these AR/VR devices have dozens of educational apps that reveal the scientific possibilities of modern imaging.
Each week students will view different AR/VR apps and will engage in a lesson about the concepts they are seeing in three dimensions. Mini lessons will encompass a sampling of earth and biological sciences and engineering. The class will engage in thoughtful discussion about the possibilities and future applications of AR/VR and holographic imaging for education and science. Because of the instructor s relationship with the Merge company software development, the class s explorations will also serve as Beta testing of not-yet-commercially-released applications. Students should bring an iOS or Android smart phone to class. Students may want to purchase their own Merge cube (approx. $7.00) and/or VR googles (approx. $25.00). Otherwise, the instructor will provide one Merge cube per every two students and cardboard viewers. This class topic will continue in the third quarter. Second and fourth quarters will introduce middle schoolers to Citizen Science applications.

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

7th-8th

Odyssey of the Mind, Division 1 Odyssey of the Mind, Division 1 - Compass is forming two Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) teams for 2018-19! OotM teams will participate in creative, problem-solving challenges and work on year-long group projects. Odyssey of the Mind is an international program which has encouraged children to tackle problems in unconventional ways through innovation since 1978. OotM merges STEM and the arts into a collaborative effort that brings kids with a variety of interests and talents together. OotM participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, such as speaking and presenting in front of others, and make friends while having fun while they learn and create.
Students will learn to apply creativity to real-world problems in an approach the OotM organization boasts as NOT teaching students how to solve a problem, [but instead] teaching them how to be Problem Solvers! Each year, OotM publishes five, original, competitive long-term problems. Students work with their teams to think outside the box for one-of-a-kind solutions to the challenges. Students will brainstorm, create artwork, make technical drawings, create a set, design costumes, construct prototypes, write scripts, and more, all to package and present their unique solutions in a live performance at local and regional OftM competitions. Long term problems fall into the categories of: vehicle, technical, classics, structure, and performance, and each is designed with limits and constraints on size, cost, resources, or function.
OotM team members will also learn to tackle spontaneous challenge programs. These problems are solved in a brief time using on-the-spot creativity, quick thinking, and teamwork. Teams practice Verbal spontaneous challenges (name things that use water), Hands-On spontaneous challenges (move or build task with random objects), or combination Verbal/Hands-On challenges.
The Compass OotM teams will be facilitated by STEM instructor Donna Shackelford who has worked as a coach, mentor, coordinator and judge with over 20 OotM teams from public, private, and after school programs for 12 years. Registration is for three quarters, and Ms Shakelford will work with teams for 18 of the 22 weeks in the term. (Some weeks she will leave the teams to meet, research, or rehearse on their own.) The two Compass teams will be comprised of at least five (5), but no more than seven (7) team members, and two levels are planned: a Division 1 team for grades 3-5 and a Division 2 team for grades 6-8. In order to follow organization rules, the two Compass teams will have to select different long term problems (cannot have two teams doing structure, for example.) Compass will also need two parent assistants, one for each team, to help during class meetings and activities. There will be requirements for materials and supplies. Student contributions via purchased or donated materials or a class fee will be determined when the long term problem is selected. In addition, there will be team registration fees for the local and/or regional competitions that will be shared among team members. 2018-19 fees are not yet published as of spring registration. Registration for this program is a committment to participate in the regional OotM tournament at an area high school on a Saturday in February/March.

3:00 pm-3:55 pm

3rd-5th

Odyssey of the Mind, Division 2 Odyssey of the Mind, Division 2 - Compass is forming two Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) teams for 2018-19! OotM teams will participate in creative, problem-solving challenges and work on year-long group projects. Odyssey of the Mind is an international program which has encouraged children to tackle problems in unconventional ways through innovation since 1978. OotM merges STEM and the arts into a collaborative effort that brings kids with a variety of interests and talents together. OotM participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, such as speaking and presenting in front of others, and make friends while having fun while they learn and create.
Students will learn to apply creativity to real-world problems in an approach the OotM organization boasts as NOT teaching students how to solve a problem, [but instead] teaching them how to be Problem Solvers! Each year, OotM publishes five, original, competitive long-term problems. Students work with their teams to think outside the box for one-of-a-kind solutions to the challenges. Students will brainstorm, create artwork, make technical drawings, create a set, design costumes, construct prototypes, write scripts, and more, all to package and present their unique solutions in a live performance at local and regional OftM competitions. Long term problems fall into the categories of: vehicle, technical, classics, structure, and performance, and each is designed with limits and constraints on size, cost, resources, or function.
OotM team members will also learn to tackle spontaneous challenge programs. These problems are solved in a brief time using on-the-spot creativity, quick thinking, and teamwork. Teams practice Verbal spontaneous challenges (name things that use water), Hands-On spontaneous challenges (move or build task with random objects), or combination Verbal/Hands-On challenges.
The Compass OotM teams will be facilitated by STEM instructor Donna Shackelford who has worked as a coach, mentor, coordinator and judge with over 20 OotM teams from public, private, and after school programs for 12 years. Registration is for three quarters, and Ms Shakelford will work with teams for 18 of the 22 weeks in the term. (Some weeks she will leave the teams to meet, research, or rehearse on their own.) The two Compass teams will be comprised of at least five (5), but no more than seven (7) team members, and two levels are planned: a Division 1 team for grades 3-5 and a Division 2 team for grades 6-8. In order to follow organization rules, the two Compass teams will have to select different long term problems (cannot have two teams doing structure, for example.) Compass will also need two parent assistants, one for each team, to help during class meetings and activities. There will be requirements for materials and supplies. Student contributions via purchased or donated materials or a class fee will be determined when the long term problem is selected. In addition, there will be team registration fees for the local and/or regional competitions that will be shared among team members. 2018-19 fees are not yet published as of spring registration. Registration for this program is a committment to participate in the regional OotM tournament at an area high school on a Saturday in February/March.

3:00 pm-3:55 pm

6th-8th

Room 2

Geo Detective: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis & Earthquakes Geo Detective: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis & Earthquakes - 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. First quarter, students will examine natural disasters that come from activity in the earth s layers such as volcanoes, tsunamis, and earth quakes. Students will study the geological forces that shape our planet by tracing the paths of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis around the world. What do these occurrances tell us about tectonic plate theory? Students will learn about the rock cycle, subduction and spreading zones, and different types of earthquake faults. They will learn about fossils and other lines of evidence that support the theory of plate tectonics, and learn how the sizes, shapes and positions of land masses and oceans have changed through our planet s history. Topics in this year s class series include: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis, and Earthquakes (first quarter); Global Climate (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.

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

3rd-4th

Environmental Science: Geology & Soils Environmental Science: Geology & Soils - 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. First quarter, students will begin their study of Geology and Soil Sciences and discover the ways geology, paleontology, soil science and agricultural sciences are used in environmental research. The class will learn about techniques such as carbon dating, and sediment and ice core analysis, that scientists use to investigate current environmental issues such as human impacts to carbon and nitrogen cycling, pesticide use, the use of genetically modified organisms to improve agricultural yields, and the ongoing loss of pollinators. 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.

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

7th-8th

Aquatic Biology: Lakes & Ponds Aquatic Biology: Lakes & Ponds - 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 first quarter, the class will focus on freshwater lakes and the variety of unique biomes that exist in them. Students will compare major lake systems around the world and learn about general limnological processes such as seasonal turnover and phytoplankton blooms. They will also explore the incredible range of lake biomes, from acidic, volcanic lakes and hot springs, to ancient temperate lakes like Lake Baikal. Students will learn about the extreme chemistry that occurs in some systems, like stratified lakes with toxic gas layers at the bottom, and will study the many unique, endemic species of plants and animals that have evolved in lake systems. 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.

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

5th-6th

Eco Scientist: The Americas and Antarctica Eco Scientist: The Americas and Antarctica - 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.
First quarter, students will journey through the tundra, prairies, temperate rain forests, deciduous forests, and deserts of North and South America. We ll learn how global climate patterns form these different ecosystems, and learn about the amazing diversity of plants and animals that inhabit them. We ll investigate the rainshadow effect, and see why it forms deserts on the leeward side of coastal mountain ranges around the world. Then we ll jump from the tip of Chile across the roaring 40 s to explore one of our planet s most extreme ecosystems Antarctica! Topics in this year s class series include: The Americas & Antarctica (first quarter), The Arctic, Greenland, Russia, Europe and the Middle East (second quarter); 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.

3:00 pm-3:55 pm

1st-2nd

Room 3

Science of the Senses: Sound and Hearing, from Ear to Brain Science of the Senses: Sound and Hearing, from Ear to Brain - 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 per student lab fee 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).

10:00 am-10:55 am

5th-6th

Outbreak! The Microbiology of Disease: Bacteria & Prions (H... Outbreak! The Microbiology of Disease: Bacteria & Prions (Honors or On-Level) - Out of breath, sudden fever, rash! What could be wrong with this patient? This class is a case-based approach to the many infectious diseases that humans share and contract from domestic animals. Each week, students will be presented with a sick patient, and will follow that person's case through diagnostics, progression, treatments, and outcome.
The class will integrate principles of microbiology, immunology, physiology, and pharmacology within the framework of each individual case. We will also discuss the historical, economic, and societal impacts that plagues and pestilence resulting from these infectious agents have wrought over the course of recorded history.
The class will include laboratory activities in microbiologic techniques. Students will become familiar with principles of laboratory safety, light microscopy, biologic stains, culture techniques, and common immunologic tests.
First semester lectures and labs will introduce the basic microbiology and diseases caused by bacteria and prions, an introduction to the immune system, and antibiotic therapy/resistance. Cases will include zoonotic diseases such as Bubonic Plague, Lyme Disease, Mad Cow Disease, Anthrax, and many others!
This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. All students will be expected to keep a lab manual for notetaking, lab reports, and assigned homework questions. On-level students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week on assigned readings and lab reports. Honors students will be assigned additional readings, homework questions, and lab reports. Honors students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week on work outside of the classroom. At the end of the semester, the instructor will review student notebooks and assign numerical scores to their notebooks, if requested, for the parents use in assigning letter grades.
Although previous classwork in Biology and Chemistry will be helpful, they are not prerequisites. Students should purchase or rent the required class textbook: Microbiology: A Systems Approach, 5th Edition" by Marjorie Kelly Cowan (ISBN # 978-1259706615). A lab fee of $100 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s class series include: Bacteria and Prions (first semester) and Viruses and Parasites (second semester).

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

9th-12th

Room 4

Integrated Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, & Geosystems (Honors) Year 1 Integrated Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, & Geosystems (Honors) Year 1 - Biotechnology. Geophysics. Astrochemistry. These specialties evolved because scientific fields are interrelated, interdependent, and inseparable. Today's research and innovation take place across many disciplines demonstrating the chemistry, biology, physics, and geosystems work together and are not stand-alone subjects. This view, called Integrated Science, is how Princeton now teaches science as do Harvard, Northwestern, and locally, Virginia Tech.
Many of today's most pressing scientific problems and tomorrow's technological challenges will require an interdisciplinary understanding of science. The modern world s greatest scientific dilemmas, such as the global supply of clean water, alternative fuels, and prolonged space travel will require Integrated Science solutions.
In this course, students will learn how to think, discover logical connections, and come to scientifically sound conclusions based on multidisciplinary scientific facts. This approach will build knowledge and understanding in a systematic and interconnected manner. Integrated Science is intended to be a two-year course, that will prepare a student to pursue AP- level, higher-level, or dual enrollment biology, chemistry, or physics in high school. For students who will not be pursuing the sciences further, this course will give them a solid foundation in the basics for everyday application and will cover a general-education level high school biology, chemistry, and physics. However, because of the compact, accelerated approach to the material, this course is considered an honors level course. This course is year one of a two-year long course. Students should plan to take Year 2 in 2018-19. Students may not enroll in Year 2 if they have not taken Year 1.
This class will have both lecture and laboratory components. Students will be expected to maintain a science notebook and write laboratory reports. Weekly homework will be assigned, along with occasional independent or collaborative projects or presentations. There will be a 10-minute break in the middle of each 2-hour class. Students should expect to spend 6-8 hours per week on work outside of class for the first quarter (as he/she learns the class expectations and how to prepare lab reports and homework.) Thereafter, the student should expect to spend 5-7 hours per week. Students should be able to read and perform math at grade level for this class. There is a $100 supply and lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. The instructor may recommend that the students purchase the Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding text (ISBN # 978-1432770334) as a reference book. This is a year-long, 30-week course. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in laboratory science for purposes of a high school transcript.

2:00 pm-4:15 pm

8th-10th

Atrium C

Programming Lab: Mobile Apps Programming Lab: Mobile Apps - 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.
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.

10:00 am-10:55 am

7th-8th

Programming Lab: Minecraft Mods Programming Lab: Minecraft Mods - 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. 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.

11:00 am-11:55 am

4th-5th

Programming Lab: Creating Games Programming Lab: Creating Games - 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.
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.

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

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Introduction to Biology (Honors or On-Level) Introduction to Biology (Honors or On-Level) - This full-year lab science course introduces classic biology topics updated for the 21st century. Biology, the study of life, looks at living things and their relationships, from microscopic to enormous, ancient to modern, arctic to tropic. Our survey includes: (1) cellular and molecular biology, (2) ecology, (3) genetics, (4) biology of organisms (with selected human health and anatomy topics), and (5) evolution and diversity.
You will observe microscopic organisms; identify pill bug species; and give monarch butterflies a health exam before tagging them for their 2,800 mile migration to Mexico. You will extract real DNA, model its processes, and learn how scientists manipulate this magnificent molecule to make mice glow in the dark. You will trick plants, observe animal behavior, and practice identifying and debunking pseudo-science.
By the end of the course, students will be able to explain the nature of science; cite evidence for foundational theories of modern biology; explain basic biological processes and functions; describe structures and relationships in living systems; outline systems of information, energy, and resources; demonstrate principles of valid experimental design; discern ethical standards of responsibility and respect; relate their values and scientific ideas to decision-making; and apply biological knowledge to their own health.
This course is run as a flipped classroom in which students are responsible for new content by completing readings, videos, animations, and written assignments prior to meetings. In-person classes are used for active discussion, clarification, exploration of content, review, modeling, and hands-on activities.
Labs conducted in class address not only technical skills and sequential operations, but also forming testable predictions, collecting data, applying basic math, drawing conclusions, and presenting findings. While some virtual dissections may be assigned, most are hands-on. These include flowers, crayfish, fetal pigs, a sheep heart, and a cow eyeball.
Regarding a few key issues in biology: Human reproduction is not taught as a separate, stand-alone topics, however, in the course/context of other topics, students will learn about chromosomes, sperm, eggs, stem cells, hormones, fetal development, adolescent growth, HIV, practices that harm fetuses (like drugs, tobacco, and alcohol), and benefits of breast-feeding. However, all those items appear in the context of other topics, not human reproduction specifically. The class will include some debate-type discussions on biological topics such as GMO. Abortion will not be debated. Birth control and sexuality education are not covered in this class. However, gender versus biological sex is a concept discussed in detail in the genetics unit. Dissections will be performed in this class, however, they will be optional for any student. Evolution is embedded in every topic, from molecular to ecological, and it not optional. It is addressed in a scientific context, not from a faith standpoint.
All instructor communications and assignments will take place over the password-protected platform, Canvas. On Canvas, students will find weekly homework, reading assignments, and videos; complete automated quizzes and tests; track their grades; and message the instructor and classmates. This class has a weekly, online meeting in addition to in-person sessions at Compass. Online meetings take place live through Canvas, but can be viewed asynchronously if a student has a conflict.
Introduction to Biology is a year-long, multi-level, high school laboratory science course. It offers a substantive, full-credit experience on either an Honors or On-Level track. The Honors level prepares a student to take the SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M. The amount and type of homework varies by track. All class members share core material and participate in the same labs. Honors goes deeper with longer or additional readings, more analytical work, and more thorough and difficult assessments. Brief, required summer assignments are due in August for those who elect to take Honors. All students, regardless of level, are expected to keep up with weekly readings and homework to prepare for in-class discussions, labs, and projects.
Students will register online for the same course, but must indicate which level they wish to study via e-mail by August 15. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from Honors to On-Level) at any time. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.
Students at all levels should expect to spend 4-6 hours outside of class reading and preparing homework. They should be strong, independent readers and able to understand graphs, tables, percentages, decimals, ratios, and averages. Homework consists of readings (both in the textbook and additional scholarly and popular sources), videos, animated clips and models, term cards, brief written responses, lab reports, online quizzes, and unit tests. Students will sometimes prepare short, in-class presentations; participate in group projects, run simulations, or conduct simple experiments at home.
Students need to purchase or rent the textbook Biology (2010 edition with baby alligator cover) by Stephen Nowicki, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Holt McDougal (ISBN# 9780547219479) An e-book version is also available (ISBN# 9780547221069). By second semester, those who elect to take the SAT Subject Test will also need the College Board s The Official SAT Subject Test in Biology Study Guide (ISBN# 978-1457309205) and a prep book of their choice, such as Princeton Review's Cracking the SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M, 16th Ed (ISBN# 978-1524710750) or Barron's SAT Subject Test Biology E/M, 6th Edition (ISBN# 978-1438009605).
Students will need the following materials and equipment: access to a computer/internet service, a compound microscope with at least 400X magnification and cool lighting (may be shared by up to two students at family discretion), splash goggles, water-resistant/acid-resistant lab apron, transparent metric ruler, kitchen or postal scale, 3-ring binder, a supply of at least 400 3 X 5 index cards, and plain, lined, and graph paper.
There is a $90 lab fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. The fee to take the SAT Biology E/M Test in June 2019 is not included; each family is responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's exam. The instructor will provide a numerical score in the class which the homeschool parent may consider when assigning a letter grade.

9:30 am-10:55 am

9th-12th

Physical Anthropology Physical Anthropology - This semester-long, evidence-based science class offers a fascinating look at past and present variation in humans and our close relatives. Physical anthropology links biology, forensics, history, philosophy, and many other fields to examine the distant past and speculate on the future, always with an eye on the scientific method.
Our bodies carry clues about ancient environments and challenges faced by our ancestors, as well as our own personal pasts. To learn about this, physical anthropology (also called biological anthropology) investigates skeletal remains, variations among living people, life histories of non-human primates, genetic patterns, migration, and much more. Given a smooth, bleached skull, forensic anthropologists can reconstruct the face of a Neanderthal who lived thirty thousand years ago or a recent victim of crime. Using archaeology, genealogy, chemical tests, 3D scans, computer modeling, and other sources, anthropologists have identified previously anonymous individuals so their once-lost stories can now be told.
Physical anthropology is truly a bio-social science, considering both our bodies and our behaviors. How can we tell what sorts of labor early farming women did in Central Europe 7,000 years ago? Comparing their arm and leg bones to those of modern athletes has told us much about early agriculture that we could know no other way. Why do some people have thick, spiraled curls or long, loose locks? What advantages have many skin colors and eye colors given us? Now that DNA analysis has joined anthropology's toolkit, anthropologists have unveiled what Britain's famous, 10,000-year-old "Cheddar Man" looked like: a 5'4" tall, black-skinned man with blue eyes. Such variety is fascinating, but where does it come from?
Physical anthropology sheds light on such ancient mysteries, but also answers modern questions. Our health is closely connected to our evolutionary roots. Have you ever wondered why so many people have impacted wisdom teeth or the birth of a human infant is so difficult? Why do our bodies excel at storing fat, even at the risk of heart disease? Why did genes for sickle cell anemia spread throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the Mediterranean? Why can only some adults drink milk with lactose? By the end of this course, you'll know about many of these topics, and perhaps have some informed thoughts about the future of humanity. Are we still evolving? What might our distant descendants look like?
Class time is used for active discussion and weighing evidence, so students should come prepared with the week s investigations. All students should expect to spend 2-3 hours outside of class each week on reading/listening, both in the textbook and additional scientific sources such as podcasts, magazine articles, and videos. Students will also have some creative assignments and experiments over the semester with options based on interests. The class will not include in-depth writing, research papers, or unit tests. All instructor communications and assignments will take place over the password-protected platform, Canvas. On Canvas, students will find weekly assignments, links to videos and readings, brief online reading quizzes, and a message center for instructor and classmates.
Students will be asked to purchase or rent a print or electronic copy of the class textbook, Essentials of Physical Anthropology (3rd edition), by Clark Spencer Larsen (ISBN# 978-0-393-28874-2).
Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial credit in a non-laboratory science or social science for purposes of a high school transcript. The topic for second semester is Cultural Anthropology.

11:00 am-11:55 am

9th-12th

Veterinary Science: Medical Mysteries, Emergency! Veterinary Science: Medical Mysteries, Emergency! - Discover the science (and art) of small animal medicine! Find out how vets- and even human physicians and other medical professionals- use clues to form a diagnosis. Analyze actual cases and make predictions based on health history, exam findings, and diagnostics. See how anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and biochemistry come together!
Each week students become "veterinarians for an hour." Using real veterinary cases from Emergency Medicine, the group will work together to evaluate a patient's history, consider various diagnostic tests, interpret results, and form a treatment plan. Students will work with a practicing veterinarian and use deductive reasoning and logic to piece together the clues of the medical mystery. Will they be successful clinicians?
This class is geared towards students interested in pursuing any career in the biological sciences, but will be interesting for anyone curious to learn more about the health of their furry friends. A basic understanding of biology and anatomy is recommended for this class. Students will receive a printed notebook with essential information to be reviewed before the first class. They will also be responsible for some research at home each week as they analyze their findings and formulate a diagnosis. There is a $20.00 material fee for the class notebook and in-class supplies for new students and a $5.00 fee for returning students. The topics in this class series include Emergency Medicine (first semester) and General Practice (second semester), the latter of which will include topics on canine and feline behavior. Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week on investigation and reading for this class. Homeschool families could count this course as a component, or partial credit, in science.

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

8th-12th

Room 3

AP Computer Science A AP Computer Science A - AP Computer Science A is a college-level course that prepares students for twenty-first century computing skills along with solid, higher level logic and reasoning skills that are critical in many academic and professional areas. This computer science class teaches students fundamental and scalable skills that can be applied to small, simple problems or large, complex challenges. This course will examine the six major themes of the AP Computer Science A curriculum: (1) Object-Oriented Program Design, (2) Program Implementation, (3) Program Analysis, (4) Standard Data Structures, (5) Standard Operations and Algorithms, and (6) Computing in Context, while requiring hands-on programming time with application-related labs.
AP Computer Science A used the Java programming language which is known for its precision in expression and applications in problem solving such as object-orientation, abstraction, and encapsulation. Java allows students to easily test potential solutions by running their partial programs. As the Java programming language is extensive with more features that can be covered in a single, albeit college-level course, the AP Computer Science A program is based on using a subset of Java that is defined in the AP curriculum.
Fundamental skills that will be covered in AP Computer Science A include problem solving, design strategies, methodologies, organization of data (i.e. data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), and to run-test-debug programs. Students will also learn machine-level representation of data, object-oriented programming, and the ethical and social implications of computer use.
The AP Computer Science A curriculum is compatible with the recommendations of professional and academic organizations: the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-CS), and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA).
The College Board recommends that students have completed Algebra I before taking AP Computer Science A because of the use of mathematical functions, notations, and mathematical reasoning. Students should expect to spend 4-5 hours outside of class each week for problem solving and programming homework. A college level textbook will be identified for students to rent or purchase for this class.
MacBook Air laptops will be furnished by the instructor for in-class computing work. Students should have access to a laptop or desktop computer for programming work at home. At a minimum, the student's computer should have 4 MB of RAM, the ability to connect and download from the internet, and the capacity to install programs. Students will be required to download an initial computer science program and some smaller software packages throughout the year. Chromebooks are only terminals and are NOT suitable for programming. Students must bring their laptops or desktops (with monitors and peripherals) on the first day of class. On the first day of class, a team of computer techs will be on hand to get students' own computers set up with the correct access, logins, and software. The class tuition includes a $100.00 per student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, licenses for in-class computing, and a personal computer set up fee. 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.

1:00 pm-2:55 pm

9th-12th

Room 10

Physics: Newtonian Mechanics (Honors) Physics: Newtonian Mechanics (Honors) - Newtonian Mechanics is a classical, lab-based physics course which will help students explore everyday phenomena in our physical world. Students will develop an in-depth conceptual and analytical understanding of principals such as vectors and vector analysis, graph matching, linear motion and kinematics, acceleration and free fall, projectile motion, force and Newton s Laws of Motion, centripetal force and circular motion, gravitation, work and energy, conservation of energy and momentum, static equilibrium, and simple machines through the study of error analysis and trigonometry.
This course will use algebra- and trigonometry-based mathematical models to introduce the fundamental concepts that describe mechanics. The course is designed to emphasize scientific thinking and reasoning, problem solving, and experimentation. Students can expect to spend most of the time in class performing labs and collecting data relative to the current topic of discussion.
Students will be expected to study independently, read, and take detailed notes on concepts before coming to class, complete various problem-solving activities, analyze data, and write formal lab reports. Students should expect to spend 3 hours of independent study/homework for every 1 hours in class (or about 6 hours per week.)
Students should have completed Algebra I before taking this course and have completed some work in trigonometry. The instructor will recommend some trig resources and videos for any student who needs to review the concepts before the start of the physics class. The instructor will also be providing an assessment over the summer to understand where students are in their math background before starting class.
The second semester of Physics will cover the topics of fluid dynamics, heat and kinetic theory, thermodynamics, harmonic motion, waves and sound, light and optics, electricity and magnetism, and an introduction to relativity and nuclear physics. First semester is not required for second semester, but a basic understanding of mechanics and trigonometry is advised.
Students will be asked to rent or purchase the textbook Physics Fundamentals by Vincent Coletta (2010 ed.) ISBN #978-0971313453. There is a $125.00 lab fee due to the instructor on the first day of class. Students will also need a scientific calculator for this course.

11:00 am-12:55 pm

9th-12th