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Aquatic Biology: Extreme Marine

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

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 4, students will journey to some of the most extreme marine systems on the planet. We ll investigate underwater caves, polar seas, deep sea trenches, submarine canyons, and hydrothermal vents. Students will watch footage from submersibles exploring these environments and study the unique plants and animals that inhabit these regions
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: $185.00

Dissection Lab: Organisms

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites:

Students will investigate the comparative anatomy of a variety of organisms through in-class dissections. Students will complete individual and group dissections of organisms from a range of phyla including a sponge, hydra, grasshopper, worm, starfish, and bony fish. Students will examine major systems in each such as digestion and respiration. The class will cover lab safety, practice proper dissection techniques, and learn how to set up and maintain a lab journal with notes and drawings of organs and organisms. To enhance each dissection lab, students will also use microscopes to look at tissue samples. There is a $30.00 lab fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $205.00

Eco Scientist: All About Islands

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

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.
This quarter s expedition takes us to Iceland, the Galapagos, Hawaii, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean and South Pacific island regions. We ll learn about the ecological theory of island biogeography which describes the different patterns of species colonization and evolution observed on islands. No study of islands would be complete without understanding the geologic forces that form many of them volcanoes! We ll look at where volcanoes are located throughout the world including some right here in the United States that we might forget about!
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: $185.00

Engineering for Kids: Rocket Race

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

3-2-1...We have liftoff! Learn about the engineering behind the Space Race as we celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon in July 1969! In Engineering for Kids, students will explore the physics of rockets, satellites, and space craft. Students will learn all about the challenges of getting into space for the purpose of exploration! They will discover that the motion of all objects—everything from the flight of a rocket to the movement of a canoe—is governed by Newton's three laws of motion. Students in this class will also learn how satellites benefit life on Earth, as well as explore motion, rockets, and rocket motion. The ideas of thrust, weight and control will be explored, helping students to fully understand what goes into the design of rockets. After learning how and why the experts make specific engineering choices, students also learn about the iterative engineering design process as they design and construct their own model rockets.

The group will learn about triangulation, a concept that is fundamental to the navigation of satellites and global positioning systems designed by engineers. Students will construct solar sails made of aluminum foil to move cardboard tube satellites through “space” on a string and to demonstrate the transfer of energy from wave energy to mechanical energy. The class will investigate the effect that thrust has on rocket flight with paper straw rockets (“strawkets”) which will show how rockets with smaller exit nozzles provide more thrust. The students will also simulate solid rocket fuel by using an antacid tablet and discussing the chemical reaction.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $205.00

Engineering for Kids: Rocket Race

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

3-2-1...We have liftoff! Learn about the engineering behind the Space Race as we celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon in July 1969! In Engineering for Kids, students will explore the physics of rockets, satellites, and space craft. Students will learn all about the challenges of getting into space for the purpose of exploration! They will discover that the motion of all objects—everything from the flight of a rocket to the movement of a canoe—is governed by Newton's three laws of motion. Students in this class will also learn how satellites benefit life on Earth, as well as explore motion, rockets, and rocket motion. The ideas of thrust, weight and control will be explored, helping students to fully understand what goes into the design of rockets. After learning how and why the experts make specific engineering choices, students also learn about the iterative engineering design process as they design and construct their own model rockets.

The group will learn about triangulation, a concept that is fundamental to the navigation of satellites and global positioning systems designed by engineers. Students will construct solar sails made of aluminum foil to move cardboard tube satellites through “space” on a string and to demonstrate the transfer of energy from wave energy to mechanical energy. The class will investigate the effect that thrust has on rocket flight with paper straw rockets (“strawkets”) which will show how rockets with smaller exit nozzles provide more thrust. The students will also simulate solid rocket fuel by using an antacid tablet and discussing the chemical reaction.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $205.00

Environmental Science: The Science of Climate Change and Current Issues

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

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.
Quarter 4, students will examine emerging issues in the environmental sciences, including threats to biodiversity, sea level rise, ocean acidification, climate change, and monitoring for pandemics. Hands-on experiments and modelling will be used to understand the enronmental phenomena in the news. We ll learn about methods scientists use to assess environmental threats and some steps being taken to manage them, including the design of habitat reserves, geoengineering, population monitoring, etc.
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: $185.00

Geo-Detectives: Sensational Cycles and Seasons

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

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.
Fourth quarter, Geo Detectives will take a big picture perspective on the physical, chemical and biological processes that occur on our planet. We will learn about the rock cycle, water cycle, carbon and nitrogen cycling, primary productivity and the flow of energy through ecosystems.
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: $185.00

Jedi Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Star Wars Creations

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 90 min

Instructor: PlayWell Teknologies

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Use the Force in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Jr. Jedi Engineers will help defeat the Empire by designing and refining X-Wings, R2-units, energy catapults, defense turrets, and space settlements using Lego components. Each project introduces mechanical or engineering concepts such as motors, catapults, unitized construction, wheel/axles, levers, and more. For example, junior Jedi builders will complete their own shield generators with the concepts of direct drive, motor-driven axle and a balanced spinning disk to deflect (and protect) objects beneath, such as a vulnerable rebel base! This approach taps in to the "forces" of imagination and engineering design concepts! Kindergartners registering for this class must be age five by the start of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $200.00

Marine Engineering Simulation: Ships & Submarines

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Student engineers will be introduced to Marine Engineering using KerbalEDU simulation software! In the virtual environment, students will design, build, launch, and pilot their own navy. Onscreen, student engineers will select and test variables such as hull shape and material, type of propulsion, fuel source, vessel weight, and more to create all types of maritime vessels- yachts, cargo ships, aircraft carriers, battleships, and even submarines. Students will use the vessels they design in simulation to complete fun missions on onscreen challenges as they sail the ocean blue, including epic sea battles. Just for fun, the class will look at denizens of the deep as we throw in a little oceanography with pictures and stories of sea creatures we have encountered diving the world s oceans.

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

Nature Quest: Adventurers

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! We will watch the forest transform each week with new flowers, greens, birds and other creatures. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers and the fresh spring air.
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 led for several years. Students will follow the paths or 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 winter 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: $127.00

Nature Quest: Adventurers

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! We will watch the forest transform each week with new flowers, greens, birds and other creatures. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers and the fresh spring air.
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 led for several years. Students will follow the paths or 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 winter 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: $127.00

Nature Quest: Explorers

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! We will watch the forest transform each week with new flowers, greens, birds and other creatures. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers and the fresh spring air.
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 led for several years. Students will follow the paths or 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 winter 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.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

Nature Quest: Pathfinders

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! We will watch the forest transform each week with new flowers, greens, birds and other creatures. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers and the fresh spring air.
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 led for several years. Students will follow the paths or 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 winter 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: $127.00

Programming Lab: Minecraft Mods

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 4th-6th

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.
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: $249.00

Programming Lab: Creating Games

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

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.
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: $249.00

Programming Lab: Mobile Apps

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 7th-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.
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: $249.00

Robot Fab Lab: Spider Bots

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Student engineers will be challenged to design, build, and program spiderbots with stepping, creeping, articulating legs! Each week students will improve their robot as they learn about better construction techniques and sensors, as well as programming their winning strategy Students will have to install touch, gyro, and ultrasonic sensors and multiple motors on their robots from the range of modular Lego Mindstorms components. Using the drag-and-drop EV3 programming menu, students will learn to program their robots while experimenting with key concepts such as constants, variables, loops, and logic constructs. 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 three weeks designing building, three weeks programming, and two weeks testing and making modifications as necessary.

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

Science Kids: Physics Fun

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

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 bouancy, friction, and light spectrum. 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. In Physics Fun students will learn about mass, forces, propulsion, optics, heat and electricity. 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: $205.00

Science of Human Body Systems: Brain/Nervous, Kidney, Immune & More

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Ed Max

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

In this course students will learn about the kidney, the brain/nervous system, reproduction/development, and the immune system of the human body. The class will cover basic anatomy and physiological function, with some in-class demonstrations performed by students, some dissection performed by the instructor (brain, kidney), and examination of cells and tissues under a microscope. We will discuss methods scientists use to learn about how the body works, what can go wrong when body systems malfunction, and strategies to correct these malfunctions. There is a $20.00 lab supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $197.00

Technology Lab: Build a Drone

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will fuse several engineering disciplines as they build, test, and fly their own drones! Student engineers will learn about basic circuitry and electronics as they assemble drone controls. They will solder and wire the drone motors and instrumentation. The class will learn about aeronautics including the forces of flight, aerodynamics of helicopters, and synchronization of propellers. Next, engineers will use real hand tools such as manual and motorized drivers to assemble their drone units. The student engineers will download and practice apps to launch, land, and pilot their drones. Each student will need a smart phone or tablet device with bluetooth connectivity for weeks 6, 7, and 8 to control their drone units. Students will learn about aviation rules governing the operation of drones. Finally, engineers will take their drones outdoors for test flights and a final Drone Rodeo challenge. A material fee of $65.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class, and students will keep the drones that they built!

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

Virtual Reality (VR) Science: Virtual Labs and Apps

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 6th-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 recent, Flash-enabled smart phone or I-Pad to bring to class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $205.00

Little Medical School: Future Veterinarian- Cats

Quarter 4: Starts on March 27, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites:

Little Veterinarians will learn what it takes to care for cats! Students will discover what it is like to go to the vet s office and learn how to do a tip to tail exam on cats including what makes a cat patient special. They will learn what cats tell us through body language and behavior and how to keep cats stress-free. The class will learn about vaccinations and immunizations for cats. Finally, students will learn about complete cat care at home, including what makes interesting and stimulating toys to keep cats busy!

There is a $30.00 material fee for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a plush cat, cat bandana, adoption certificate, cat toy, disposable lab coat, syringe, a class diploma, and a set of vet office materials including worksheets on body condition, organs, physical exam, body language, and home care. This is a 7-week class that will begin on March 27

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $167.00

Little Medical School: Future Veterinarian- Cats

Quarter 4: Starts on March 27, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: K-2nd

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Little Veterinarians will learn what it takes to care for cats! Students will discover what it is like to go to the vet's office and learn how to do a tip to tail exam on cats including what makes a cat patient special. They will learn what cats tell us through body language and behavior and how to keep cats stress-free. The class will learn about vaccinations and immunizations for cats. Finally, students will learn about complete cat care at home, including what makes interesting and stimulating toys to keep cats busy!

There is a $30.00 material fee for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a plush cat, cat bandana, adoption certificate, cat toy, disposable lab coat, syringe, a class diploma, and a set of vet office materials including worksheets on body condition, organs, physical exam, body language, and home care. This is a 7-week class that will begin on March 27

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $167.00

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