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Code for a Cause: Technovation Team for Girls

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 90 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Imagine a phone app that could quickly reunite lost pets, connect the poor with resources that they need, or report a problem in the community! Code for a Cause is the Compass-based Technovation hub where middle school girls will participate in the "world's largest technology entrepreneurship program for girls." Each year, Technovation teams solve real world problems through technology that they develop!

Through Technovation, girls work with women mentors, identify a problem in their community, develop a mobile app, and launch a startup. Since 2010, 23,000 girls around the world have developed mobile apps and startups to solve problems around a diverse range of problems, including food waste, nutrition, women's safety, and much more. In this year-long program, girls will work in teams and learn the skills they need to change the world with technology.

Girls will beging with get-to-know-you and team building activities before breaking into teams of 3-4. Each team will brainstorm to identify a problem in the community. They will propose a mobile app solution to their problem and conduct market research to see if their idea is the best possible solution. Next, the girls will learn to program their unique application using a web-based software called MIT App Inventor. In class, girls will be coached step-by-step on the process and logic of creating an interactive application. Finally, girls will learn how to brand their app, create a business plan, and look at what it would take to bring the app to market.

Girls will work on laptops provided by the instructor to eliminate technology or connectivity problems in class. However, since the app inventor platform is web-based, girls may continue to code at home. The course tuition includes a technology use/access fee.

Participation in Technovation gives girls the confidence to pursue more computer science courses (70%), and give many the foundation to eventually major in computer science (26%). Technovation teams are in 100 countries, and the program is sponsored by Oracle, Google, 3M, Adobe Foundation, and others. The Compass Technovation facilitator/instructor will be a coding coach from Coder Kids. This is a year-long program that follows the Compass calendar.12.06.0612

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $899.00

Build It Better! Simple Machine Contraptions

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Young engineers will participate in a Lego "Great Ball Contraption" challenge! Lego Mindstorm components and motors are not just for building robots! These interconnecting pieces can be constructed into an infinite number of unique, mechanized machines- much like an erector set! Students will each be challenged with developing a unique, individual segment of a contraption that moves a ball from point A to point B, and each segment will link to a classmate's invention to keep the ball moving! A contraption is a series of simple machines and transitions that will automate the process of moving a small ball along, much like a Rube Goldberg innovation.

During first quarter, students will be challenged to incorporate as many simple machines as possible into their contraption. They will learn about levers, inclined planes, wheel and axle, wedges, screws, and pulleys while inventing. Can they move a ball through a maze with a ramp (inclined plane), a flipper (lever), or lowered bucket (pulley) without using their hands? Can they pass the ball to their neighbor without hitting the floor? Parents will be invited to the final class to see the demonstration of all of students' contraptions linked together. See http://greatballcontraption.com/ or You Tube videos for impressive examples of the Great Ball Contraption. Second quarter students will be challenged to build bigger, better, more complex contraptions with compound machines and more mechanization!

Topics in this Series: Simple Machine Contraptions (Quarter 1); Wacky Contraptions (Quarter 2): Gadgets & Gizmos (Quarter 3); and Widgets and Whatsits (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $148.00

Coding Club: Animations & Games

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

In Coding Club, students will create interactive stories, games, and animations. Our youngest coders will use the simple drag-and-drop block programming from the new 3.0 version of Scratch, a visual coding language designed for kids. Kids will learn the logic and patterns behind coding and will be introduced to hardware integration- where outside devices can be controlled by the code they construct. They will learn to use add-ons called "extensions" to incorporate new and interesting features to their code. Kids will discover how to integrate text-to-speech to make more immersive and interactive stories, and they will learn how to integrate a camera into their project for a whole new twist!

Coding Club 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 Coding 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 student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Coding Club continues all quarters. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $187.00

Coding Lab: Video Game Design

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

In Coding Lab, middle school students will learn to code what they love to play- video games! Students will learn how to code more sophisticated game interface by combining data input and output. They will learn how to connect and code external hardware and collect data from sensors, such as gyroscopes, to function as hand-held game controllers. They will experiment with combining LEDs (small lights) to provide feedback, such as when a point is earned or enemy eliminated, and they will discover how to make their games more interactive and interesting by allowing multiple players, keeping score, and integrating music or sound effects. Never programmed a video game? No problem, beginners are welcome.

Coding 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 Coding 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 student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $187.00

Coding Studio: Interactive Electronics

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 4th-5th

Prerequisites: None

In Coding Studio, students will learn how to create coded instructions that make electronic devices come to life! Students will explore digital communications through interactive block programming in the new 3.0 version of Scratch, a visual coding language designed for kids. Coders will connect their programmed instructions to a micro:bit: a tiny, external, programmable circuit board (i.e. hardware). The micro:bit helps kids code with technology by providing responsive LEDs, buttons, and sensors which can be incorporated into creative projects. Students will begin by coding the micro:bit to respond as a digital musical instrument!

Coding Studio 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. /p>

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 Coding 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 student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Coding Club continues all quarters. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $187.00

Dissection Lab: Organs and Organ Systems

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Students will investigate the physiological characteristics of major organ systems and will gain an understanding of the tissue types and structures through in-class dissections. Students will complete at least four individual dissections including a heart, a brain, and an eyeball. 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 cells and organs. To enhance each dissection lab, students will also use microscopes to look at tissue samples and study the cell structure of different organs. Students investigate the specific functions of each organ and how they operate to maintain homeostasis. Topics in this Series: Dissection Lab: Organs and Organ Systems (Quarter 1); Dessection Lab: Organisms (Quarter 2); CSI Forensic Science- Analysis (Quarter 3); and CSI Forensic Science- Investigation (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $30.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

Engineering Workshop: Electronics- Circuit Basics

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Learn all about electricity and electronics in this practical, hands-on workshop! Electronics are fundamental to lots of things that kids want to build such as automated toys, robots, and computers. Student engineers will learn about the properties of electricity through experimentation and circuit building. They will learn the basics of electronic circuits symbolically and in working with actual components. The class will beging by assembling simple circuits on breadboards using real components such as resistors, transistors, relays, and LEDs before moving into soldering real circuit boards. Students will learn to work with Arduino microcontrollers where they will experiment with different inputs and outputs. Each student will assemble, wire, solder test, and take home numerous electronic circuit projects. Topics in this Series: Electronics- Circuit Basics (Quarter 1); Electronics + Programming (Quarter 2); Applied Electronics & Programming- Robotic Car (Quarter 3); and Applied Electronics & Programming- DIY AI (artificical intellienge) (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $65.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for an electronics kit, soldering iron, and take-home materials.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $148.00

Experimental Methods & Design: Animal Behavior

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kareleen Boyle

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

In this class, middle school students will learn to work as independent investigators using the scientific method. Students will observe the systems under investigation, choose a pattern or trend that interests them, and then develop a testable hypothesis. Students will learn how to: design a scientific experiment for either a laboratory or field setting, choose appropriate controls, minimize investigator bias, correctly perform measurements and to record and analyze data.

During first quarter, students will design experiments relating to animal behavior. Possible areas of investigation include behavior at the individual level (such as substrate selection with pill bugs or millipedes); learned behavior with planaria; foraging and habitat preferences with hermit crabs; territoriality among betta fish or hissing cockroaches; or social behavior with ant colonies. Others may design experiments that test intraspecific interactions, predator-prey relationships, or animal competition.

Students will learn how to locate peer-reviewed scientific literature to research their subject. By the end of the quarter, students will have completed their independent investigations, summarized the results in a poster, and will present their data to the class and families. Each quarter will focus on a different aspect of science. Topics in this Series: Animal Behavior (Quarter 1), Chemistry (Quarter 2), Microscopic (Quarter 3), and Botany (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Extreme Animal Kingdom: Extraordinary Organisms

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Before delving into the fascinating and diverse world of animals, students will learn how scientists classify organisms in the science of taxonomy. The class will review highlights of the kingdoms of protozoan, bacteria, animals, plants, and fungi through labs and observations of their life cycles and characteristics. Weekly labs will include such studies as pond water analysis- what organisms can be observed, and how are their life cycles and food chains intertwined? The class will discover the crazy world of extremophiles including organisms that can live in extreme conditions and those that can pause their life cycles. Students will handle and observe two types of extremophiles- brine shrimp and tardigrades (water bears). Students will spend time using microscopes, making slides, and learning to keep science journals/notebooks.

Topics in for this Age/Grade: Extreme Animal Kingdom: Extraordinary Organisms (Quarter 1); Extreme Animal Kingdom: Fascinating Phyla (Quarter 2); Engineering Challenge Lab: Civil, Structural, Mechanical (Quarter 3); and Engineering Challenge Lab: Electrical, Chemical, BioMedical (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Super Structures

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 12:30 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: PlayWell Teknologies

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favoriate building toy! In this 90 minute class, students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations.

First quarter, junior engineers will tackle Super Structures, using the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China, the Seattle Space Needed, Eiffel Tower, and the world's biggest bridges for their inspiration.

Each class begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown. Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. Topics in this Series: Super Structures (Quarter 1); Monster Machines (Quarter 2); Awesome Automobiles (Quarter 3); Fantastic Fliers & Space Race (Quarter 4).

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $173.00

Little Medical School: Doctor, Doctor

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Little Doctors will learn about what physicians do, what tools they use, and key parts of the body! Students will learn about the major organs in the body and how they work such as the heart, lungs, eyes, and digestive system through role-playing and hands-on activities. Young doctors will learn about surgery and learn how to suture and tie surgical knots. They will also learn all about bone breaks and practice casting and splinting.

Topics in this Series: Doctor, Doctor (Quarter 1); Calling All Doctors (Quarter 2); Wilderness Medicine (Quarter 3); and Nutrition Science (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $43.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a disposable lab coat, gloves, surgical mask, a real stethoscope, an eye model, and doctor's office diagrams and forms such as a human body chart and stickers, a physical exam chart, a heart worksheet, a broken bone assessment chart, suture supplies, and a class diploma.

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

Little Medical School: Doctor, Doctor

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: K-1st

Prerequisites: None

Little Doctors will learn about what physicians do, what tools they use, and key parts of the body! Students will learn about the major organs in the body and how they work such as the heart, lungs, eyes, and digestive system through role-playing and hands-on activities. Young doctors will learn about surgery and learn how to suture and tie surgical knots. They will also learn all about bone breaks and practice casting and splinting.

Topics in this Series: Doctor, Doctor (Quarter 1); Calling All Doctors (Quarter 2); Wilderness Medicine (Quarter 3); and Nutrition Science (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $43.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a disposable lab coat, gloves, surgical mask, a real stethoscope, an eye model, and doctor's office diagrams and forms such as a human body chart and stickers, a physical exam chart, a heart worksheet, a broken bone assessment chart, suture supplies, and a class diploma.

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

Marine Biology: Oceanography

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kareleen Boyle

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Earth is an ocean planet! Life began in the oceans, and they are the linchpin of the biological, chemical, and physical processes that allow our planet to support life. This class will give students a basic understanding of the chemistry, physics and biology of earth's oceans. We'll also learn how oceans are informing our search for life on other planets. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

In first quarter Oceanography, students will examine physical processes such as the global ocean circulation and the role of oceans on the planet's weather patterns, temperatures, salinity, and major ocean currents. The class will discover the physics of the ocean including light and waves, along with some the oceans' primary chemistry processes like carbon dioxide sequestration and nitrogen cycling. Students will learn about the geography of the ocean basins, mid-ocean ridges, plate tectonics, and island formation, along with the habitable zones: wetlands, intertidal, sub-tidal nearshore, photic zone of the open ocean, and deep sea.

Topics in this Series: Oceanography (Quarter 1); Coastal Biomes (Quarter 2); Open Water Habitats (Quarter 3); and Marine Animal Close-Up (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Nature Quest: Adventurers

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

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.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $111.00

Nature Quest: Adventurers

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

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. 10.06.0612

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $111.00

Nature Quest: Explorers

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: K-1st

Prerequisites: None

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. 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: $111.00

Nature Quest: Path Finders

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 4th-5th

Prerequisites: None

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.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $111.00

Paleontology: Fossil Fieldwork

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kristin Keenan

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

When you hear the term paleontology, you probably think of dinosaurs! Plant-tearing, earth-stomping creatures with strange-shaped heads and spiky plates down their backs. And you're right, but paleontology spans the entire history of life on this planet. Paleontology draws elements from physics, botany, ecology, chemistry, biology, and geology--and works to explain how all of these fields are intertwined in our planet's past.

In this class, students will work with a real life paleontologist! Dr. Kristin Keenan will help students understand how paleontologists use physical clues- fossils- to ask and answer questions about the evolution of ancient life and Earth history.

First quarter, students will find out how paleontologists prepare for fieldwork, what they do in the field, how they collect fossils, and what they do with their samples once they return to the lab. Students will explore topics such as ichnology (ancient track ways), ancient ecosystems and how they formed, evolved, and sometimes disappeared. They will learn about trace fossils, how to find fossils in the geologic record, types of fossils, how plants and animals have adapted to their environment, what happened when adaptation was unsuccessful, and what becomes of plants and animals when they die. The class will perform hands-on activities, observe demonstrations, and examine real fossils to learn all about paleontology!

Topics in this Series: Fossil Fieldwork (Quarter 1); Prehistoric Creatures (Quarter 2); Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $169.00

Robot Fab Lab: Lunar Lander Challenge

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Student engineers will be given the challenge of designing, building and programming a robotic lander for a simulated lunar challenge. Once in the Compass moon environment, each student's lander must be able to maintain a course while driving over a bumpy terrain and will have to pick up and collect moon rocks.

Students will use the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robotics sets. They will build with motors, wheels/axles, gears, levers, and special components. Students will have to install touch, sound, color, and infrared sensors while also learning to program sequences and commands that use input/output devices for controlled movements and precise turns. Using the drag-and-drop EV3 programming menu, students will learn to program their robots while experimenting with key concepts such as fixed values, variables, loops, and logic constructs.

This course integrates science, engineering and computational thinking while introducing physical constraints, units of measurement, and coordinate systems. But, 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 robotic project, so students can progress and customize at their own pace. In general, in this class, students will spend two weeks assembling, three weeks programming, and two weeks testing and re-designing. Topics in this Series: Lunar Lander Challenge (Quarter 1); BattleBots (Quarter 2); Walking Humanoid (Quarter 3); and To Be Determined(Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $148.00

Scientist for a Day: Chemist, Medical Scientist, Nutritionist

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kareleen Boyle

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Find out what different scientists do! This class allows young scientists to explore different careers in the sciences and shows them that science is fun, approachable, and that anyone can do it! Students will use real scientific equipment and learn actual science terminology to investigate questions in different fields. Try out SCUBA gear as a marine biologist, learn the basics for studying DNA, perform experiments in chemistry, and try your hand at operating an ROV (remote operated vehicle). The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

During the first quarter, students will begin as paleontologists, learning the science and methods they will need as they prepare for a fossil dig. Students will handle real fossils, learn how the process of fossilization occurs and try their hand at excavating fossils and reconstructing a dig site. While they are still in the dirt, students will learn about the field of geology. The class will discover how geologists study rocks, dig up our own mineral samples, identify them and learn about the geologic processes that formed them. Students will make their own crystal gardens to take home and observe. Next, the team will venture out into the woods and get our hands dirty as field biologists! Students will learn how field scientists measure data in the real world and try out some field methods of collecting data like running transects, point-intercept quadrats, sediment coring, and more.

Topics in this Series: Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astonomer, & Engineer (Quarter 2)Paleontologist, Geologist & Field Biologist (Quarter 3), Entomologist, Marine Biologist (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. 12.08.0612

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Up Close! Micro Investigator

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Students will learn all about the tools that scientists use to see microscopic world up close! Discover how different tools aid in microscopic observations- from magnifying glasses to microscopes- and learn what different magnifications can reveal about the microscopic universe. Students will learn the parts of a microscope and how to make slides. In labs, they will make slides using living and non-living organisms, stain an onion peel, and make a wet-mount slide to observe the nucleus. The class will examine microscopic plants (aquatic plant leaf) and animals (hydra and daphnia). Students will also practice keeping a lab notebook and making detailed observations and drawings of what they observe. Topics in this Series: Micro Investigator (Quarter 1); Macro Investigator (Quarter 2). Jr. Chemist in the Kitchen (Quarter 3). Jr. Chemist at Home (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

What's the Matter? Solids and Polymers

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Matter is everywhere! Students in this class will learn about phases of matter with hands-on labs and activities. Students will be able to answer, "What is a molecule?" and, "How can I arrange them?" Young scientists will practice measuring mass and volume and will learn correct scientific terms for the materials and techniques that they use. Experimenting with solids and polymers will help students understand the shape and arrangements of matter and discover how we these materials in every-day life. In learning about the properties of solids and polymers, students will make rubber balls, mix slime, blend quicksand (a non-Newtonian fluid), formulate elephant toothpaste, and build molecular models. Topics in for this Age/Grade: What's the Matter? Solids and Polymers (Quarter 1); What's the Matter?Liquids and Gases (Quarter 2), Fun with Physics: Electricity and Magentism (Quarter 3); and Fun with Physics: Forces and Fears (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

Who Wants to Be a Scientist? Chemist, Medical Scientist, Nutritionist

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kareleen Boyle

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

There are so many ways to do science! This class allows our youngest scientists to explore different careers in the sciences and shows them that science is fun, approachable, and that anyone can do it! Students will use real scientific equipment and learn actual science terminology to investigate questions in different fields. Try out SCUBA gear as a marine biologist, learn the basics for studying DNA, perform experiments in chemistry, and try your hand at operating an ROV (remote operated vehicle). The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

During our first quarter of science investigations, we'll learn the basics of chemistry by doing our own acid-base reactions -– including the ever-popular "volcano" eruption. Students will learn about pH, make their own acid-base indicator solution, make thermochromic (color-changing) putty and learn the physics behind its color-change. We'll intersperse our chemistry experiments with studies of medical science. We'll learn the basics of how human bodies work and how to keep ourselves healthy. We'll discuss our circulatory, respiratory and immune systems and learn how germs make us sick. Students will take samples from our classroom and other locations and culture them to see what bacteria we're able to grow. After that (sometimes alarming) experiment, we'll learn proper hand-washing techniques and test our effectiveness with the same UV glow lotion hospitals use in their infection control programs. Look out germs!

Topics in this Series: Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astonomer, & Engineer (Quarter 2)Paleontologist, Geologist & Field Biologist (Quarter 3), Entomologist, Marine Biologist (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Website Development I: Visual Design

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Website Development is a fun, tangible way to introduce teens to coding! Students will be coding for themselves- to create their very own website! In this project-based class, students will design and develop a website on a topic of their choice. Will their personal website showcase a hobby, a club, a home business, or will it be used as their digital portfolio for future college applications?

In Visual Design, Students will learn to set up a website that follows industry standards and best practices. They will discover how HTML, CSS, and JavaSript are integrated as the core internet technologies that make a website useful, intuitive, and appealing. In the vast industry of website development, HTML serves as a website's framework, controlling content such as photos, videos, and text, while CSS is used for styling choices such as font styles, sizes, colors, and backgrounds. JavaScript is the dynamic, industry language that controls not only functionality such as inputs, interface, and responses within websites, but is also used for app and game development.

Students will build their websites on protected development sites. They can take their in-progress work home on a thumb drive each week. All work will be done on instructor-furnished laptops to prevent connectivity and technology problems in class. In order to work at home, students should have a laptop or desktop with a minimum Intel 64 processor, Windows 7 or 8 operatins system, 256 MB of RAM, and 200 MB of available hard-disk space for installation.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.
Assignments: Will be given in class and noted in the weekly e-mails. Assessments: Will not be given. Topics in this Series: Visual Design (Semester 1) and Interactive Design (Semester 2) Lab/Supply Fee: The technology fee is included in the cost of the class. What to Bring: A thumbdrive Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Technology for purposes of a high school transcript.12.10.0703

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $337.00

Outbreak! The Microbiology of Disease: Bacteria & Prions (Honors or On-Level)

Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kathy Olsen

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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 introduced to a new pathogen.

The class will integrate principles of microbiology, immunology, physiology, and pharmacology within the framework of each epidemic. 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 class members share core material and participate in the same labs. Honors students will be assigned additional readings, homework questions, and lab reports. Students register online for the same course, but must indicate which level they wish to study via e-mail by August 15. 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.

Topics in this Series: Bacteria & Prions (Semester 1), Viruses and Parasites (Semester 2), etc.Prerequisites: Although previous classwork in Biology and Chemistry will be helpful, they are not prerequisites. Workload: On-level students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week on assigned readings and lab reports. Honors students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week on work outside of the classroom. Assignments: All students will be expected to keep a lab manual for notetaking, lab reports, and assigned homework questions. Weekly readings will be documented in the course syllabus. Assessments: 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. Textbook: Students should purchase or rent Microbiology: A Systems Approach, 5th Edition" by Marjorie Kelly Cowan (ISBN # 978-1259706615). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $100.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Equipment/Supplies: Students will be asked to bring microscopes to class some weeks. Students should have access to a compound microscope with 400X magnification and cool lighting. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Lab Science for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $429.00

Robotics Tech Challenge: Mars Rover

Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Following in the footsteps of NASA's Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity rovers, in the race to the red planet, students will build a robotic Mars rover prototype in this project-based class. Students will work in small teams to design, build, and program rovers that operate with multiple axles and independently powered wheels. Rovers will have cameras (to film the Martian surface) and will be constructed to collect samples, climb craters, traverse sandy and rocky terrain, and re-route around boulders and obstacles.

The class will focus on construction and programming, with heavy emphasis on design. The robots will be programmed to sense and react to the environment and to complete a series of missions on a pre-defined course. Students will build with Tetrix metal components, incorporate sensors, electronics, and motors from Tetrix Prizm, and will program using the Arduino IDE. Teams will conduct research, apply the engineering design process, follow the general rules and conventions of the engineering profession, including maintaining an engineering notebook. Please note that students do not get to keep finished projects.

Topics in this Series: Mars Rover (Semester 1) and Robo Ball Race (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class researching rover design. All other work is done in class. Assessments: Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Technology for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $510.00

Applied Physics

Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Katherine Hoeck

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: Algebra I

Applied Physics is a hands-on, lab-based physics course which will help students explore everyday phenomena in the physical world. An understanding of physics will help teens appreciate the forces on a roller coaster, wave action at the beach, speakers for their music, batteries in electric cars, and the electronics that power all of their favorite devices.

Topics covered will include Newton's laws of motion, gravitation, energy, momentum, rotation, fluid dynamics, heat and kinetic theory, thermodynamics, harmonic motion, waves and sound, light and optics, and electricity and magnetism.

In general, 30-45 minutes of each class session will be dedicated to reviewing homework exercises, and the remainder of the time will be spent performing labs, taking measurements, and recording data. Students will develop a conceptual and analytical understanding of the principals of physics. This course will use algebra- and trigonometry- based mathematical models to describe physics concepts. The course is designed to emphasize scientific thinking and reasoning, problem solving, and experimentation. For students who have not had trigonometry in a math class, in-class explanations and out-of-class supplements will be provided.

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.

Prerequisites: Algebra I Workload: Students should expect to spend 5-6 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload. Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student's progress by: checking that weekly homework sets are complete; spot-checking the full solution 1-2 select problems in class each week, and giving quarterly take-home tests. Points will also be awarded for class participation. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade. Textbook: Students should purchase or rent Physics Fundamentals by Vincent Coletta, 2010 ed. (ISBN #978-0971313453) Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $125 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: Students will need a lab notebook with graph paper and a scientific calculator.Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Lab Science for purposes of a high school transcript. 12.07.0612

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1199.00

Earth Science (Honors or On-Level)

Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Dr. Kristin Keenan

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

An earthquake rocks Irvine, CA; A cyclone hits the Solomon Islands; New fossils found in the Philippines; Volcanoes viewed on Venus. Aspects of Earth Science are in the news every single day! Earth Science is a study of the physical Earth and the universe- past and present- around us. It is a course that focuses on the study of space, geologic structures and forces, the waters on our planet, and the atmospheric forces above us, all of which shape our world. Students will explore the Earth's spheres including the geosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and atmosphere, as well as the cycles of the Earth such as the water and carbon cycle.

In this course, students will use scientific practices to understand overarching concepts related to Earth and space science and to recognize unifying themes that integrate the major areas of study such as plate tectonics, weather, climate and climate change, water, ocean circulation, topography, natural resources, human impact on the environment, ecology, ice ages, and mass extinctions, among others. The curriculum integrates critical thinking and laboratory skills that stress the development of experimental design, detailed observation, accurate recording, data interpretation, and analysis. Ultimately, this course prepares students to be scientifically literate as well as prepare them for future courses in biology, physics, and environmental science.

An estimated 45 minutes of each class will be dedicated to delving into a specific, and the remainder of the time will be spent performing labs, observing demonstrations, reading and discussing articles, or using laptops for in-class investigation. Each student will do a long-term project that will incorporate research, data collection, a paper, and a year-end presentation. Ultimately, students will develop a conceptual and analytical understanding of the principals of Earth Science, with the design of this course being to introduce students to scientific thinking and reasoning, problem solving, and experimentation.

This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. All class members share the core, weekly lesson and participate in the same in-class labs and activities. Honors students will be assigned supplemental articles, videos, and/or additional homework problems each week. Students register online for the same course, but must indicate which level they wish to study via e-mail by August 15. 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 will be expected to take notes during class, study independently, read, and take detailed notes on concepts before coming to class, complete various problem-solving activities or handouts, analyze data, and write formal lab reports.

Pre- or co-requisite: Pre-algebra Workload: Students should expect to spend 5-6 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up as users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload. Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student's progress by: checking that weekly homework assignments are complete; spot-checking the full solution to 1-2 select problems in class each week, and giving quarterly take-home tests. Points will also be awarded for class participation. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade. Textbook: Students should purchase or rent Earth Science by Tarbuck and Lutgens, 2015 ed. (ISBN-13: 978-0134543536)
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $150 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: Students will need a class notebook, a lab notebook with graph paper, a scientific calculator, and a laptop.Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Lab Science for purposes of a high school transcript.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1030.00

Principles of Biology (Honors or On-Level)

Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 90 min

Instructor: Tia Murchie Beyma

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

This full-year lab science course introduces classic biology topics updated for the 21st century. Biology studies living things and their relationships from microscopic to massive, 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 and give monarch butterflies a health exam before tagging them for their 2,800 mile migration to Mexico. You will extract DNA, model its processes, and learn how scientists manipulate this magnificent molecule to make mice glow. You will observe animal behavior, test your heart rate, and practice identifying and debunking pseudo-science.

By the end of the course, students will be able to explain the nature of science as a system of knowing; 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 valid experimental design; discern ethical standards; relate their values and scientific ideas to decision-making; and apply biology knowledge to their own health.

In this flipped classroom, students are responsible for covering new material such as readings from the textbook and additional popular and scholarly sources, videos, and animations prior to class meetings. In-person sessions focus on active discussion, clarification, exploration of content, review, modeling, and hands-on activities.

Labs address not only technical skills and sequential operations, but also forming testable predictions, collecting data, applying math, drawing conclusions, and presenting findings. Hands-on dissection, always optional, is taught with preserved crayfish and fetal pigs.

Sensitive issues: human reproduction is not taught separately, but mentioned as students learn about other, related topics such as sperm, eggs, stem cells, genetic disease, hormones, fetal development, breast-feeding, adolescence, and HIV. While there may be some debate-style discussion of topics such as GMO, abortion will not be debated. Birth control and sexuality education are not covered, but distinctions between gender and biological sex are discussed in detail in the genetics unit. Dissections are optional. Evolution is embedded in every topic, from molecular to ecological, inseparably from other content. It is addressed in a scientific context, not from a faith standpoint.

The course provides a substantive, full-credit experience on either an Honors or On-Level track. All class members share core material and participate in the same labs. Honors has longer or additional readings, more analytical work, and more thorough and difficult assessments; it is appropriate for students who seek more challenge or plan to take the SAT Subject Test in Biology. Brief, required summer assignments are due in August for those who elect to take Honors. Students register online for the same course, but must indicate which level they wish to study via e-mail by August 15. 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.

Prerequisites: Students should be very strong, independent readers and able to understand graphs, tables, percentages, decimals, ratios, and averages. Workload: Homework includes term cards, brief written responses, weekly online quizzes, unit tests, occasional lab reports, and some creative assignments including sketching. Students will sometimes prepare short, in-class presentations, participate in group projects, run simulations, or conduct simple experiments at home. All students should expect to spend 4-6 hours outside of class reading and preparing homework.
Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments; upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests; track grades; message instructor and classmates; and participate in a weekly conference held in addition to the in-person meeting at Compass. That online session is conducted live but can be viewed asynchronously if a student has a conflict. Assessments: Points are assigned for class submissions, and parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site. Textbook: Students must 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 "Official SAT Subject Test in Biology Study Guide" (ISBN# 978-1457309205) and a prep book of their choice, such as the latest '"Princeton Review's Cracking the SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M" or "Barron's SAT Subject Test Biology E/M." Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $130 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
Supplies/Equipment: Students will need access to a computer/internet, compound microscope with 400X magnification and cool lighting, splash goggles, water-resistant/acid-resistant lab apron, kitchen or postal scale, 3-ring binder, at least 400, 3"x5" index cards, and plain, lined, and graph paper. Some of these supplies are used at home. Students should watch class announcements on Canvas to know when to bring items to class. Notes: The cost for the SAT Subject Test in Biology in spring or summer 2020 is not included. Each family is responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's exam through the College Board. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Lab Science for purposes of a high school transcript.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1070.00

Integrated Science 2 (Honors)

Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 135 min

Instructor: Sudhita Kasturi

Grade Range: 8th-11th

Prerequisites: Integrated Science 1

This is year 2 of a two-year class in Integrated Science. Only students who completed Year 1 in 2018-19 may register for this course.

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.
Prerequisites: Integrated Science Year 1. In addition, students should be able to read and perform math at grade level for this class. Workload: Students should expect to spend 5-7 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: 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. Assessments: Homework and assignments will be graded under the same metrics as Year 1. Textbook: Students should bring textbook and materials from Year 1 Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $100.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: Students should bring a snack for the 10-minute class break. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Laboratory Science for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1500.00

Principles of High School Science

Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 11, 2019

Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 8th-9th

Prerequisites: None

This year-long, lab-based course is a survey of key concepts in the fields of physical science, Earth science, and life science which will give students the foundational knowledge to succeed in high school level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science. Each class period will involve approximately 25 minutes of lecture and 60 minutes of lab time.

Weekly lab work will allow students to apply the scientific concepts studied, improve laboratory techniques, record observations, take a variety of measurements, use different lab equipment, record and interpret data, convert units of measure, and write lab reports. An effort is made to incorporate recent scientific discoveries and new technologies in class discussions. The background covered in this course will enable a teen to become an educated reader of scientific news and a more knowledgeable consumer.

The life science topics in this class are designed to give the student general knowledge in biology, zoology, botany, genetics and ecology. General themes in the class include life cycles, food webs, and an understanding that living things depend on each other. Microscope work will be used in life science labs. Students may want to dual register with this course and the 7th-8th grade fall Dissection Lab classes for a more robust introduction to biology and for even more lab experience. The physical science portion of the class will overview fundamentals of chemistry and physics such as the properties and classification of matter, the Periodic Table, basic chemical reactions, energy, forces, work, motion, simple and compound machines, waves, light, sound, and electricity. Earth science concepts include the water cycle, weather patterns, climates, and water/air quality.

This class is appropriate for a tween or teen who had limited middle school level science and who expects to pursue high school level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, or Environmental Science on a college-preparatory track. This class is also appropriate for a homeschooled teen who will likely pursue an arts- or vocational- focused path and for whom an overview of high school science concepts is sufficient.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: will be given in class and repeated in the weekly e-mail to parents and students. In addition, students will have some take-home labs to complete observations and measurements longer term at home. Assessments: The instructor will provide a quarterly student evaluation form which includes metrics on a student's class participation, homework, and general understanding of concepts for the parent's use in assigning a grade. Textbook: Students should purchase or rent Miller & Levine Biology, 2010 edition (red macaw cover, ISBN # 978-0133669510). Students should also purchase Everything You Need to Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide by Workman Publishing (ISBN # 978-0761160953) Lab/Supply Fee: A lab fee of $125.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in general science for purposes of a high school transcript. 12.10.0701

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1075.00

Bio Chem Learning Labs

Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on October 8, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 240 min

Instructor: Towson University, Baltimore

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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

Bio-Chem Learning Labs is a series of 6 sessions, held off-site at Towson University's Center for STEM Excellence in downtown Baltimore (60 miles from Compass.) This lab series is a complement to and offers further hands-on experience for students taking Integrated Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Micro-Biology, or Principles of High School Science at Compass in 2019-20. Homeschool students following another curriculum, doing self-study, or taking an online class may take this series to add a lab component to their work.

Each session, students will complete a series of lab experiments around a central theme. Tentative activities include: measuring protein concentrations, quantifying absorbance, testing water quality, manipulating bioluminescent bacteria, and working with microbioassay, enzymes, blood smears, electrophoresis, and agarose gels. Each lab will emphasize the importance of control samples, dependent/ independent variables, recording and graphing data, and will demonstrate the process of identifying a problem, scientifically testing a hypothesis, interpreting results of an experiment, and supporting a scientific claim. All labs are 2.5-3.0 hours long with a snack break.

Lab dates are held on six Tuesdays: October 8, November 12, February 11, March 10, April 14, and May 12, 2020. A Compass science instructor will remain with the students throughout the labs and will send a post-lab summary to parents. Otherwise, the labs are led by Towson University staff. Students must wear long pants and closed toe shoes to the lab. A parental permission slip must be turned in before each lab. Any student wearing short pants/skits/dresses, open tow shoes, or failing to submit a permission slip will be denied entry to the lab. A class roster will be distributed before the first session to allow parents to form carpools. Families will be responsible for any parking fees incurred on site.

Prerequisite: For safety reasons, students must have turned 13 by the start of the labs (i.e. minimum age 13). Workload: Students will not have work outside of the lab sessions. Assessments: will not be provided. Lab/Supply Fee: Included. What to Bring: Paper or notebook, pen or pencil, bagged lunch What to Wear: Students must wear closed-toe shoes to labs.Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this program as a component (partial) credit in Lab Science for purposes of a high school transcript.24.16.0619

12 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $220.00

Build It Better! Wacky Contraptions

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Young engineers will participate in the Lego "Great Ball Contraption" challenge! Lego Mindstorm components and motors are not just for building robots! These interconnecting pieces can be constructed into an infinite number of unique, mechanized machines- much like an erector set! Students will each be challenged with developing a unique, individual segment of a contraption that moves a ball from point A to point B, and each segment will link to a classmate's invention to keep the ball moving! A contraption is a series of mechanized steps that will automate the process of moving a small ball along, much like a Rube Goldberg innovation.

Second quarter, students will discover what happens when simple machines are combined to work together. Engineers will use additional motors and more complex components to move the ball through a series of lifts, automated carts, moving gates, escalators, and more! Will each contraption transfer the ball to its neighbor without hitting the floor? Parents will be invited to the final class to see the demonstration of all of students' wacky contraptions linked together. See http://greatballcontraption.com/ or You Tube videos for impressive examples of the Great Ball Contraption.

Topics in this Series: Simple Machine Contraptions (Quarter 1); Wacky Contraptions (Quarter 2): Gadgets & Gizmos (Quarter 3); and Widgets and Whatsits (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $148.00

Coding Club: Animations & Games

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

In Coding Club, students will create interactive stories, games, and animations. Our youngest coders will use the simple drag-and-drop block programming from the new 3.0 version of Scratch, a visual coding language designed for kids. Kids will learn the logic and patterns behind coding and will be introduced to hardware integration- where outside devices can be controlled by the code they construct. They will learn to use add-ons called "extensions" to incorporate new and interesting features to their code. Kids will discover how to integrate text-to-speech to make more immersive and interactive stories, and they will learn how to integrate a camera into their project for a whole new twist!

Coding Club 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 Coding 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 student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Coding Club continues all quarters. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $187.00

Coding Lab: Video Game Design

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

In Coding Lab, middle school students will learn to code what they love to play- video games! Students will learn how to code more sophisticated game interface by combining data input and output. They will learn how to connect and code external hardware and collect data from sensors, such as gyroscopes, to function as hand-held game controllers. They will experiment with combining LEDs (small lights) to provide feedback, such as when a point is earned or enemy eliminated, and they will discover how to make their games more interactive and interesting by allowing multiple players, keeping score, and integrating music or sound effects. Never programmed a video game? No problem, beginners are welcome.

Coding 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 Coding 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 student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $187.00

Coding Studio: Interactive Electronics

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 4th-5th

Prerequisites: None

In Coding Studio, students will learn how to create coded instructions that make electronic devices come to life! Students will explore digital communications through interactive block programming in the new 3.0 version of Scratch, a visual coding language designed for kids. Coders will connect their programmed instructions to a micro:bit: a tiny, external, programmable circuit board (i.e. hardware). The micro:bit helps kids code with technology by providing responsive LEDs, buttons, and sensors which can be incorporated into creative projects. Students will begin by coding the micro:bit to respond as a digital musical instrument!

Coding Studio 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. /p>

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 Coding 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 student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Coding Club continues all quarters. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $187.00

Dissection Lab: Organisms

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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. Topics in this Series: Dissection Lab: Organs and Organ Systems (Quarter 1); Dessection Lab: Organisms (Quarter 2); CSI Forensic Science- Analysis (Quarter 3); and CSI Forensic Science- Investigation (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $30.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

Engineering Workshop: Electronics + Programming

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

p>Learn all about electronics in this practical, hands-on workshop! Electronics are fundamental to lots of things that kids want to build such as automated toys, robots, and computers. Students will increase their understanding of electronics through work with the Arduino microcontroller and integration of Arduino sensors: motion sensors, temperature sensors, light sensors, humidity sensors, tilt sensors, and more, to build new electronic circuits using these inputs each week. The work with circuits and sensors will prepare students to build a robot later in the year. Topics in this Series: Electronics- Circuit Basics (Quarter 1); Electronics + Programming (Quarter 2); Applied Electronics & Programming- Robotic Car (Quarter 3); and Applied Electronics & Programming- DIY AI (artificical intellienge) (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $65.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for NEW students for an electronics kit, soldering iron, and take-home materials. There is a class fee of $20.00 for RETURNING students for additional sensors and components.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $148.00

Experimental Methods & Design: Chemistry

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kareleen Boyle

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

In this class, middle school students will learn to work as independent investigators using the scientific method. Students will observe the systems under investigation, choose a pattern or trend that interests them, and then develop a testable hypothesis. Students will learn how to: design a scientific experiment, choose appropriate controls, minimize investigator bias, correctly perform measurements and to record and analyze data.

During second quarter, students will design experiments relating to chemistry! Our focus will be on chemical reactions that we observe in everyday life and/or hear about in the news. Students will design experiments that test the chemistry of food, household products, or environmental agents. Possible areas of investigation include the effects of street runoff on water quality, how increasing levels of carbon dioxide change the acidity of freshwater and seawater, and the effects of acid rain on plant growth.

Students will learn how to locate peer-reviewed scientific literature to research their subject. By the end of the quarter, students will have completed their independent investigations, summarized the results in a poster, and will present their data to the class and families. Each quarter will focus on a different aspect of science. Topics in this Series: Animal Behavior (Quarter 1), Chemistry (Quarter 2), Microscopic (Quarter 3), and Botany (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Extreme Animal Kingdom: Fascinating Phyla

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Students will continue their study of fascinating world of animals and learn what characteristics set different phyla and groups apart from each other. Weekly labs will answer questions like, "How do animals regulate temperature?", and "How do animals fight disease?" Students will understand different means of respiration in animals through an examination of fish gills and lungs. They will observe behavior instincts in worms. The class will observe differences in animal habitats and discuss the impact of habitat destruction and environmental changes on different groups of animals. Students will learn the basics of dissection using proper tools and techniques and will keep science journals/notebooks.

Topics in for this Age/Grade: Extreme Animal Kingdom: Extraordinary Organisms (Quarter 1); Extreme Animal Kingdom: Fascinating Phyla (Quarter 2); Engineering Challenge Lab: Civil, Structural, Mechanical (Quarter 3); and Engineering Challenge Lab: Electrical, Chemical, BioMedical (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Monster Machines

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 12:30 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: PlayWell Teknologies

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favoriate building toy! In this 90 minute class, students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations.

Second quarter, junior engineers will tackle Monster Machines, building conveor belts, elevators, catapults, tunnel-boring diggers, and a ferris wheel.

Each class begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown. Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. Topics in this Series: Super Structures (Quarter 1); Monster Machines (Quarter 2); Awesome Automobiles (Quarter 3); Fantastic Fliers & Space Race (Quarter 4).

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $173.00

Little Medical School: Calling All Doctors

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Calling all doctors! Our young physicians will learn more about what physicians do, what tools they use, and key parts of the body! They will continue their elementary tour of medical school as they learn how to treat minor injuries and assemble a first aid kits. These junior docs will discover what to do in big emergencies including basic CPR and how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver. The class will learn what is a prescription, how medications are dispensed, and how to stay safe with medicines. They will continue their discovery of the human body including the different parts of the human brains, all about blood and blood components, and the spine. Young doctors will learn the facts behind some not-so-pleasant aspects of the human body (that kids love to laugh about) like burping, belching, and what is mucous (with play slime)!

Topics in this Series: Doctor, Doctor (Quarter 1); Calling All Doctors (Quarter 2); Wilderness Medicine (Quarter 3); and Nutrition Science (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $43.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a disposable lab coat, a first aid kit, brain model and brain hat, spine model, skeleton sticker set, pharmacy chart, CPR chart, blood model, "mucus" (slime), and a class diploma.

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

Little Medical School: Calling All Doctors

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: K-1st

Prerequisites: None

Calling all doctors! Our young physicians will learn more about what physicians do, what tools they use, and key parts of the body! They will continue their elementary tour of medical school as they learn how to treat minor injuries and assemble a first aid kits. These junior docs will discover what to do in big emergencies including basic CPR and how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver. The class will learn what is a prescription, how medications are dispensed, and how to stay safe with medicines. They will continue their discovery of the human body including the different parts of the human brains, all about blood and blood components, and the spine. Young doctors will learn the facts behind some not-so-pleasant aspects of the human body (that kids love to laugh about) like burping, belching, and what is mucous (with play slime)!
Topics in this Series: Doctor, Doctor (Quarter 1); Calling All Doctors (Quarter 2); Wilderness Medicine (Quarter 3); and Nutrition Science (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $43.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. For a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a disposable lab coat, a first aid kit, brain model and brain hat, spine model, skeleton sticker set, pharmacy chart, CPR chart, blood model, "mucus" (slime), and a class diploma.

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

Marine Biology: Coastal Biomes

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kareleen Boyle

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Earth is an ocean planet! Life began in the oceans, and they are the linchpin of the biological, chemical, and physical processes that allow our planet to support life. This class will give students a basic understanding of the chemistry, physics and biology of earth's oceans. We'll also learn how oceans are informing our search for life on other planets. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

During the second quarter, students will take a detailed look at the amazing variety of marine habitats around the world. We'll explore marine biomes that are found along the coasts: tropical coral reef systems, temperate kelp forests, tidal communitites, salt marshes, mangrove forests, and rocky shores. The geographic distribution, food webs, important primary producers and consumers, representative species, and notable species interactions for each biome will be discussed and compared to other marine and terrestrial biomes. Over the course of the quarter, students will assemble a "ship's log" of our virtual expedition which will include a map of the ocean biomes of the earth, with detailed sections on each biome we investigate.

Topics in this Series: Oceanography (Quarter 1); Coastal Biomes (Quarter 2); Open Water Habitats (Quarter 3); and Marine Animal Close-Up (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Nature Quest: Adventurers

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

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

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

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $111.00

Nature Quest: Adventurers

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

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

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

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $111.00

Nature Quest: Explorers

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: K-1st

Prerequisites: None

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

A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found with the changing fall season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world!
p>Students will get to know about native animals, and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. 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: $111.00

Nature Quest: Path Finders

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 4th-5th

Prerequisites: None

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

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

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $111.00

Paleontology: Prehistoric Creatures

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kristin Keenan

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

When you hear the term paleontology, you probably think of dinosaurs! Plant-tearing, earth-stomping creatures with strange-shaped heads and spiky plates down their backs. And you're right, but paleontology spans the entire history of life on this planet. Paleontology draws elements from physics, botany, ecology, chemistry, biology, and geology--and works to explain how all of these fields are intertwined in our planet's past.

In this class, students will work with a real life paleontologist! Dr. Kristin Keenan will help students understand how paleontologists use physical clues- fossils- to ask and answer questions about the evolution of ancient life and Earth history.

Second quarter, students will explore unique creatures of the continents, the oceans, and the sky, as well as the changes that occurred to them through time. Find out what we know about these prehistoric creatures- and how- and what is still undiscovered. Students will explore concepts such as ammonites and their unique shell patterns, birds as modern dinosaurs, plate tectonics and hunting for fossils, the geologic time scale, and much more. During the quarter, students will build their very own fossil kits, learning how to correctly identify, label, and care for their fossils. At the end of each class, students will be given a fossil to add to their kit, and at the end of the quarter, students will take their completed fossil kits home with them.

Topics in this Series: Fossil Fieldwork (Quarter 1); Prehistoric Creatures (Quarter 2); Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $169.00

Robot Fab Lab: Battle Bots

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Students will design, build, and program robots to battle each other! On a custom-designed battle table, students' robots will be put to the test in match-ups with different challenges. Each week students will improve their battle-ready robot though the use of new sensors and additional components and will program their creations with new constraints.

Students will use the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robotics sets. They will build with motors, wheels/axles, gears, levers, and special components. Students will have to install touch, sound, color, and infrared sensors while also learning to program sequences and commands that use input/output devices for controlled movements and precise turns. Using the drag-and-drop EV3 programming menu, students will learn to program their robots while experimenting with key concepts such as fixed values, variables, loops, and logic constructs.

This course integrates science, engineering and computational thinking while introducing physical constraints, units of measurement, and coordinate systems. But, 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 robotic project, so students can progress and customize at their own pace. In general, in this class, students will spend two weeks assembling, three weeks programming, and two weeks testing and re-designing. Topics in this Series: Lunar Lander Challenge (Quarter 1); BattleBots (Quarter 2); Walking Humanoid (Quarter 3); and To Be Determined(Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $148.00

Scientist for a Day: Physicist, Atronomer, Engineer

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kareleen Boyle

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Find out what different scientists do! This class allows young scientists to explore different careers and shows them that science is fun, approachable, and that anyone can do it! Students will use real scientific equipment and learn actual science terminology to investigate questions in different fields. Try out SCUBA gear as a marine biologist, learn the basics for studying DNA, perform experiments in chemistry, and try your hand at operating an ROV (remote operated vehicle). The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

During the second quarter, students will begin as biologists, using our powers of observation and digital microscopes to investigate plants and animals from the woods around us and learn the science of how they survive. As entomologists, we ll take an up close look at insects and discover the many important ecological functions that they perform from nutrient cycling to pollination. Guest insects will include pillbugs, millipedes, Madagascar hissing cockroaches and an ant farm. While we re on the topic of nutrient cycling, students will also make their own worm farms to take home to observe, and learn the basics of composting household waste. Then we ll journey into the field of marine biology, learn about the amazing diversity of ocean life, and try out underwater corers and mini-ROVs to investigate aquatic habitats.

Topics in this Series: Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astonomer, & Engineer (Quarter 2)Paleontologist, Geologist & Field Biologist (Quarter 3), Entomologist, Marine Biologist (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Up Close! Macro Investigator

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

p>Students will learn all about the tools that scientists use to see far-away worlds up close! Discover how different tools aid in distant observations- from binoculars to telescopes- and learn what different magnifications can reveal about the distant universe. Students will learn the different parts of a telescope, and will build a model telescope. The class will learn how lenses can be combined to give us the power to observe things millions of miles away in space. The class will learn about the capabilities and limitations of back yard telescopes versus mega-earth mounted telescopes, and space-based telescopes. They will compare and contrast images collected from different type of telescopes. Students will also practice keeping a lab notebook and making detailed observations and drawings of what they observe. Topics in this Series: Micro Investigator (Quarter 1); Macro Investigator (Quarter 2). Jr. Chemist in the Kitchen (Quarter 3). Jr. Chemist at Home (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

What's the Matter? Liquids and Gases

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Matter is everywhere! Students in this class will learn about phases of matter with hands-on labs and activities. Students will be able to answer, "What is a molecule?" and, "How can I arrange them?" Young scientists will practice measuring mass and volume and will learn correct scientific terms for the materials and techniques that they use. Experimenting with liquids and gases will help students understand the shape and arrangements of matter and discover how we these materials in every-day life. In learning about the properties of liquids and gases, students will perform experiments such as using dry ice to generate bubbles and compare sublimation versus evaporation and modeling the liquid-vapor-condensation interactions of the water cycle. Topics in for this Age/Grade: What's the Matter? Solids and Polymers (Quarter 1); What's the Matter?Liquids and Gases (Quarter 2), Fun with Physics: Electricity and Magentism (Quarter 3); and Fun with Physics: Forces and Fears (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

Who Wants to Be a Scientist? Physicist, Atronomer, Engineer

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kareleen Boyle

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

There are so many ways to do science! This class allows our youngest scientists to explore different careers in the sciences and shows them that science is fun, approachable, and that anyone can do it! Students will use real scientific equipment and learn actual science terminology to investigate questions in different fields. Try out SCUBA gear as a marine biologist, learn the basics for studying DNA, perform experiments in chemistry, and try your hand at operating an ROV (remote operated vehicle). The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

During the second quarter, students will begin as biologists, using our powers of observation and digital microscopes to investigate plants and animals from the woods around us and learn the science of how they survive. As entomologists, we ll take an up close look at insects and discover the many important ecological functions that they perform from nutrient cycling to pollination. Guest insects will include pillbugs, millipedes, Madagascar hissing cockroaches and an ant farm. While we re on the topic of nutrient cycling, students will also make their own worm farms to take home to observe, and learn the basics of composting household waste. Then we ll journey into the field of marine biology, learn about the amazing diversity of ocean life, and try out underwater corers and mini-ROVs to investigate aquatic habitats.

Topics in this Series: Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astonomer, & Engineer (Quarter 2)Paleontologist, Geologist & Field Biologist (Quarter 3), Entomologist, Marine Biologist (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Build It Better! Gadgets & Gizmos

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Build an inchworm, a ball shooter, a claw, an insect-like crawler, and more! Each week students will build a new gadget or gizmo using Lego Mindstorms components. Lego Mindstorms are not just for building robots! These interconnecting pieces can be constructed into an infinite number of unique, mechanized machines. Students will incorporate simple machines, complex machines, and small motors into their projects. They will work with new parts, more gears, and specialty pieces that they have not used even in prior 'Build It Better' classes.

Topics in this Series: Simple Machine Contraptions (Quarter 1); Wacky Contraptions (Quarter 2): Gadgets & Gizmos (Quarter 3); and Widgets and Whatsits (Quarter 4).

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

Coding Club: Animations & Games

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

In Coding Club, students will create interactive stories, games, and animations. Our youngest coders will use the simple drag-and-drop block programming from the new 3.0 version of Scratch, a visual coding language designed for kids. Kids will learn the logic and patterns behind coding and will be introduced to hardware integration- where outside devices can be controlled by the code they construct. They will learn to use add-ons called "extensions" to incorporate new and interesting features to their code. Kids will discover how to integrate text-to-speech to make more immersive and interactive stories, and they will learn how to integrate a camera into their project for a whole new twist!

Coding Club 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 Coding 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 student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Coding Club continues all quarters. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $209.00

Coding Lab: Video Game Design

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

In Coding Lab, middle school students will learn to code what they love to play- video games! Students will learn how to code more sophisticated game interface by combining data input and output. They will learn how to connect and code external hardware and collect data from sensors, such as gyroscopes, to function as hand-held game controllers. They will experiment with combining LEDs (small lights) to provide feedback, such as when a point is earned or enemy eliminated, and they will discover how to make their games more interactive and interesting by allowing multiple players, keeping score, and integrating music or sound effects. Never programmed a video game? No problem, beginners are welcome.

Coding 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 Coding 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 student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $209.00

Coding Studio: Interactive Electronics

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 4th-5th

Prerequisites: None

In Coding Studio, students will learn how to create coded instructions that make electronic devices come to life! Students will explore digital communications through interactive block programming in the new 3.0 version of Scratch, a visual coding language designed for kids. Coders will connect their programmed instructions to a micro:bit: a tiny, external, programmable circuit board (i.e. hardware). The micro:bit helps kids code with technology by providing responsive LEDs, buttons, and sensors which can be incorporated into creative projects. Students will begin by coding the micro:bit to respond as a digital musical instrument!

Coding Studio 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. /p>

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 Coding 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 student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Coding Club continues all quarters. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $209.00

CSI Forensic Science- Analysis

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

p>Students will delve into the world of crime scene investigators (CSIs) as seen each week on Law and Order, NCIS, and the CSI television series! Students will be introduced to the field which combines knowledge of biology, chemistry, and physics! Students will learn how to examine a crime scene and collect evidence. They will perform labs and hands-on activities such as different kinds of fingerprinting and learning how to find and lift latent fingerprints. The class will practice identifying footprints and making molds. Students will use equipment similar to CSI analysts and FBI detectives such as microscopes and chromatography. They will combine these skills along with logic, deductive reasoning, and the scientific method to solve mock crimes and CSI mysteries. Students will take notes and record their findings in science journals/notebooks. For sensitive students, please note that while actual crime scene details and graphic photographs will not be shown to students, the nature of forensic science will suggest and reference crime scenarios. Topics in this Series: Dissection Lab: Organs and Organ Systems (Quarter 1); Dessection Lab: Organisms (Quarter 2); CSI Forensic Science- Analysis (Quarter 3); and CSI Forensic Science- Investigation (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $196.00

Engineering Challenge Lab: Civil, Structural, Mechanical

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Focus on the "E" in STEM- Engineering! Discover the everyday challenges we can solve through engineering in this hands-on, project-focused class! Students will practice the three main steps of the engineering design process by asking, "What is the problem?", " What are possible solutions?", and "How can I improve on the design?"

Students will tackle simulated challenges that span a variety of engineering disciplines- civil engineering, structural engineering, and mechanical engineering. Possible projects include creating filters for water, modeling how to earthquake-proof buildings, assembling ball launchers, constructing a dome, and testing various model airplanes.

Students will work together to solve problems and brainstorm options given a variety pf project materials. For each project, students will be challenged to adjust their designs, make modifications, re-design to optimize their creations, and retest performance. Basic building, measuring, data collection, and equations will be used to challenge all minds in engineering!

Topics in for this Age/Grade: Extreme Animal Kingdom: Extraordinary Organisms (Quarter 1); Extreme Animal Kingdom: Fascinating Phyla (Quarter 2); Engineering Challenge Lab: Civil, Structural, Mechanical (Quarter 3); and Engineering Challenge Lab: Electrical, Chemical, BioMedical (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $196.00

Engineering Workshop: Applied Electronics & Programming- Robotic Car

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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

Experimental Methods & Design: Microscopic Life

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kareleen Boyle

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

In this class, middle school students will learn to work as independent investigators using the scientific method. Students will observe the systems under investigation, choose a pattern or trend that interests them, and then develop a testable hypothesis. Students will learn how to: design a scientific experiment, choose appropriate controls, minimize investigator bias, correctly perform measurements and record and analyze data.

The third quarter will focus on investigations of small and/or microscopic organisms such as Planaria, Euglena, brine shrimp and tardigrades (water bears). Students will spend time using microscopes, making slides, and learning to keep science journals/notebooks. Our overall themes will be understanding processes that are important for organisms' survival at the microscopic scale, and comparing these lifestyles and adaptations to those from macro-scale ecological communities with which students are more familiar.

Students will learn how to locate peer-reviewed scientific literature to research their subject. By the end of the quarter, students will have completed their independent investigations, summarized the results in a poster, and will present their data to the class and families. Each quarter will focus on a different aspect of science. Topics in this Series: Animal Behavior (Quarter 1), Chemistry (Quarter 2), Microscopic (Quarter 3), and Botany (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

Fun with Physics: Electricity and Magnetism

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Our youngest scientists will enjoy this hands-on introduction to the fun of physics. Kids will begin to understand the world around them with engaging, hands-on activities featuring electricity and magnetism. Example labs include building circuits, constructing a simple cell battery, testing magnets, and generating static electricity, and experimenting with electromagnetism. Topics in for this Age/Grade: What's the Matter? Solids and Polymers (Quarter 1); What's the Matter?Liquids and Gases (Quarter 2), Fun with Physics: Electricity and Magentism (Quarter 3); and Fun with Physics: Forces and Fears (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $196.00

Jr. Chemist: Chemistry in the Kitchen

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Find out just how (and why) seaweed is used as an ingredient in gummy bears! Young scientists will learn about chemistry using everyday ingredients and techniques from the kitchen! Students will use food products to experiment with the chemical and physical properties of matter, and will begin to learn the vocabulary of chemistry with substances that are safe, fun, and yummy to work with! Examine acids and bases using fruit juices and vinegar and find out what happens chemically when milk goes bad. Conduct a test to find out if fresh orange juice has more vitamin C than frozen juice. Discover the chemistry involved in making ricotta and mozzarella cheese. Witness supersaturation in solutions when making rock candy. Learn about melting point and recording temperatures when making chocolates. See what viscosity is when working with fats and oils. The class will discover the chemical behaviors of yeast, baking soda, and baking powder, and more! Topics in this Series: Micro Investigator (Quarter 1); Macro Investigator (Quarter 2). Jr. Chemist in the Kitchen (Quarter 3). Jr. Chemist at Home (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $196.00

Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Awesome Automobiles

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 12:30 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: PlayWell Teknologies

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favoriate building toy! In this 90 minute class, students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations.

Third quarter, junior engineers will tackle Awesome Automobiles, building pull-back motorcycles, belt-drive fire jeeps, gear-driven dragsters, and car carriers.

Each class begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown. Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. Topics in this Series: Super Structures (Quarter 1); Monster Machines (Quarter 2); Awesome Automobiles (Quarter 3); Fantastic Fliers & Space Race (Quarter 4).

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

Little Medical School: Wilderness Medicine

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Spring is around the corner, and students should know how to stay safe outdoors! Our young wilderness doctors will learn about snake bites, insect stings, mosquito-borne illnesses, and staying safe in the forest. They will learn about hypothermia symptoms and prevention, how to clean water so it is safe to drink, what plants are edible and which must be avoided, and what to do in the event of forest fires, floods, and lightning. They will learn what should be in an emergency supply kit and how to treat an injury in the wilderness. All topics are covered through role-playing and hands-on activities in an age-appropriate way so students feel empowered, rather than scared, away from home.

Topics in this Series: Doctor, Doctor (Quarter 1); Calling All Doctors (Quarter 2); Wilderness Medicine (Quarter 3); and Nutrition Science (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $35.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a disposable lab coat, model snake, thermal blanket, bandana, spray bottle, emergency supply kit project, handy worksheets and charts on temperature, water, edible/inedible plant identification, fires, floods, lightning, bleeding and broken bones, and a class diploma.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $188.00

Little Medical School: Wilderness Medicine

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: K-1st

Prerequisites: None

Spring is around the corner, and students should know how to stay safe outdoors! Our young wilderness doctors will learn about snake bites, insect stings, mosquito-borne illnesses, and staying safe in the forest. They will learn about hypothermia symptoms and prevention, how to clean water so it is safe to drink, what plants are edible and which must be avoided, and what to do in the event of forest fires, floods, and lightning. They will learn what should be in an emergency supply kit and how to treat an injury in the wilderness. All topics are covered through role-playing and hands-on activities in an age-appropriate way so students feel empowered, rather than scared, away from home.

Topics in this Series: Doctor, Doctor (Quarter 1); Calling All Doctors (Quarter 2); Wilderness Medicine (Quarter 3); and Nutrition Science (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $35.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a disposable lab coat, model snake, thermal blanket, bandana, spray bottle, emergency supply kit project, handy worksheets and charts on temperature, water, edible/inedible plant identification, fires, floods, lightning, bleeding and broken bones, and a class diploma.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $188.00

Marine Biology: Open Ocean Habitats

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kareleen Boyle

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Earth is an ocean planet! Life began in the oceans, and they are the linchpin of the biological, chemical, and physical processes that allow our planet to support life. This class will give students a basic understanding of the chemistry, physics and biology of earth's oceans. We'll also learn how oceans are informing our search for life on other planets. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

During the third quarter, students will continue to examine the amazing variety of marine habitats around the world. We'll explore marine habitats that are found in the open ocean (or limnetic zones) including near surface and deep water biomes, abyssal plains, deep trenches, hydrothermal vents, and polar waters. The geographic distribution, food webs, important primary producers and consumers, representative species, and notable species interactions for each biome will be discussed and compared to other marine and terrestrial biomes. Over the course of the quarter, students will assemble a "ship's log" of our virtual expedition which will include a map of the ocean biomes of the earth, with detailed sections on each biome we investigate.

Topics in this Series: Oceanography (Quarter 1); Coastal Biomes (Quarter 2); Open Water Habitats (Quarter 3); and Marine Animal Close-Up (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

Nature Quest: Adventurers

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Hooray for winter! It's a great time of year for active outdoor games and exploration, to make fires and enjoy the cozy warmth of our earth shelter. Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the winter- wth a little luck we will have snow to track in. Many students consider this their favorite session of the year!
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 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Hooray for winter! It's a great time of year for active outdoor games and exploration, to make fires and enjoy the cozy warmth of our earth shelter. Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the winter- wth a little luck we will have snow to track in. Many students consider this their favorite session of the year!
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 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: K-1st

Prerequisites: None

Hooray for winter! It's a great time of year for active outdoor games and exploration, to make fires and enjoy the cozy warmth of our earth shelter. Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the winter- wth a little luck we will have snow to track in. Many students consider this their favorite session of the year!
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: Path Finders

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 4th-5th

Prerequisites: None

Hooray for winter! It's a great time of year for active outdoor games and exploration, to make fires and enjoy the cozy warmth of our earth shelter. Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the winter- wth a little luck we will have snow to track in. Many students consider this their favorite session of the year!
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

Robot Fab Lab: Walking Humanoid

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

How would you like your own robot assistant to help with everyday chores? In this class, students will take the next step in robotics engineering and build a humanoid robot. Students will learn how to construct and program an upright robot that can operate in our human world and perform common human tasks, such as walking around furniture, opening a door, and detecting sneaky siblings. After building a basic walking robot during the first few classes, students will add functional components and sensors to complete a specific task each week. Students will learn to program the robot to accomplish each task.

Students will use the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robotics sets. They will build with motors, wheels/axles, gears, levers, and special components. Students will have to install touch, sound, color, and infrared sensors while also learning to program sequences and commands that use input/output devices for controlled movements and precise turns. Using the drag-and-drop EV3 programming menu, students will learn to program their robots while experimenting with key concepts such as fixed values, variables, loops, and logic constructs.

This course integrates science, engineering and computational thinking while introducing physical constraints, units of measurement, and coordinate systems. But, 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 robotic project, so students can progress and customize at their own pace. In general, in this class, students will spend two weeks assembling, three weeks programming, and two weeks testing and re-designing. Topics in this Series: Lunar Lander Challenge (Quarter 1); BattleBots (Quarter 2); Walking Humanoid (Quarter 3); and To Be Determined(Quarter 4).

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

Scientist for a Day: Paleontologist, Geologist, Field Biologist

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kareleen Boyle

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Find out what different scientists do! This class allows young scientists to explore different careers in the sciences and shows them that science is fun, approachable, and that anyone can do it! Students will use real scientific equipment and learn actual science terminology to investigate questions in different fields. Try out SCUBA gear as a marine biologist, learn the basics for studying DNA, perform experiments in chemistry, and try your hand at operating an ROV (remote operated vehicle). The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

During our third quarter of science investigations, we'll learn the basics of chemistry by doing our own acid-base reactions -– including the ever-popular "volcano" eruption. Students will learn about pH, make their own acid-base indicator solution, make thermochromic (color-changing) putty and learn the physics behind its color-change. We'll intersperse our chemistry experiments with studies of medical science. We'll learn the basics of how human bodies work and how to keep ourselves healthy. We'll discuss our circulatory, respiratory and immune systems and learn how germs make us sick. Students will take samples from our classroom and other locations and culture them to see what bacteria we're able to grow. After that (sometimes alarming) experiment, we'll learn proper hand-washing techniques and test our effectiveness with the same UV glow lotion hospitals use in their infection control programs. Look out germs!

Topics in this Series: Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astonomer, & Engineer (Quarter 2)Paleontologist, Geologist & Field Biologist (Quarter 3), Entomologist, Marine Biologist (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

Who Wants to Be a Scientist? Paleontologist, Geologist, Field Biologist

Quarter 3: Starts on January 8, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kareleen Boyle

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

There are so many ways to do science! This class allows our youngest scientists to explore different careers in the sciences and shows them that science is fun, approachable, and that anyone can do it! Students will use real scientific equipment and learn actual science terminology to investigate questions in different fields. Try out SCUBA gear as a marine biologist, learn the basics for studying DNA, perform experiments in chemistry, and try your hand at operating an ROV (remote operated vehicle). The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

During the third quarter, students will begin as paleontologists, learning the science and methods they will need as they prepare for a fossil dig. Students will handle real fossils, learn how the process of fossilization occurs and try their hand at excavating fossils and reconstructing a dig site. While they are still in the dirt, students will learn about the field of geology. The class will discover how geologists study rocks, dig up our own mineral samples, identify them and learn about the geologic processes that formed them. Students will make their own crystal gardens to take home and observe. Next, the team will venture out into the woods and get our hands dirty as field biologists! Students will learn how field scientists measure data in the real world and try out some field methods of collecting data like running transects, point-intercept quadrats, sediment coring, and more.

Topics in this Series: Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astonomer, & Engineer (Quarter 2)Paleontologist, Geologist & Field Biologist (Quarter 3), Entomologist, Marine Biologist (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

Website Development I: Interactive Design

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 10, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Website Development is a fun, tangible way to introduce teens to coding! Students will be coding for themselves- to create their very own website! In this project-based class, students will design and develop a website on a topic of their choice. Will their personal website showcase a hobby, a club, a home business, or will it be used as their digital portfolio for future college applications?

Second semester, Students will learn a cutting edge approach to website design by using one of the most popular languages used by software developers today- Python. They will build on their knowlege of HTML, CSS, adn Javascript (from first semester) to create a fully functional blogging site. Students will learn about databases and data management behind-the-scenes of functional, interactive websites.

Students will build their websites on protected development sites. They can take their in-progress work home on a thumb drive each week. All work will be done on instructor-furnished laptops to prevent connectivity and technology problems in class. In order to work at home, students should have a laptop or desktop with a minimum Intel 64 processor, Windows 7 or 8 operatins system, 256 MB of RAM, and 200 MB of available hard-disk space for installation.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.
Assignments: Will be given in class and noted in the weekly e-mails. Assessments: Will not be given. Topics in this Series: Visual Design (Semester 1) and Interactive Design (Semester 2) Lab/Supply Fee: The technology fee is included in the cost of the class. What to Bring: A thumbdrive Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Technology for purposes of a high school transcript.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $380.00

Build It Better! Widgets and Whatsits

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Build unique, automated contraptions- from a functioning scissor lift to a creeping spider! Engineer a mechanized doodler, a spirograph machine, a sorter or a gripper. Each week students will build a new widget or "whatsit" using Lego Mindstorms components. Lego Mindstorms are not just for building robots! These interconnecting pieces can be constructed into an infinite number of unique, mechanized machines. Students will incorporate simple machines, complex machines, and small motors into their projects. They will work with new parts, more gears, and specialty pieces that they have not used even in prior Build It Better classes.

Topics in this Series: Simple Machine Contraptions (Quarter 1); Wacky Contraptions (Quarter 2): Gadgets & Gizmos (Quarter 3); and Widgets and Whatsits (Quarter 4).

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

Coding Club: Animations & Games

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

In Coding Club, students will create interactive stories, games, and animations. Our youngest coders will use the simple drag-and-drop block programming from the new 3.0 version of Scratch, a visual coding language designed for kids. Kids will learn the logic and patterns behind coding and will be introduced to hardware integration- where outside devices can be controlled by the code they construct. They will learn to use add-ons called "extensions" to incorporate new and interesting features to their code. Kids will discover how to integrate text-to-speech to make more immersive and interactive stories, and they will learn how to integrate a camera into their project for a whole new twist!

Coding Club 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 Coding 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 student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Coding Club continues all quarters. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $209.00

Coding Lab: Video Game Design

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

In Coding Lab, middle school students will learn to code what they love to play- video games! Students will learn how to code more sophisticated game interface by combining data input and output. They will learn how to connect and code external hardware and collect data from sensors, such as gyroscopes, to function as hand-held game controllers. They will experiment with combining LEDs (small lights) to provide feedback, such as when a point is earned or enemy eliminated, and they will discover how to make their games more interactive and interesting by allowing multiple players, keeping score, and integrating music or sound effects. Never programmed a video game? No problem, beginners are welcome.

Coding 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 Coding 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 student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $209.00

Coding Studio: Interactive Electronics

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 4th-5th

Prerequisites: None

In Coding Studio, students will learn how to create coded instructions that make electronic devices come to life! Students will explore digital communications through interactive block programming in the new 3.0 version of Scratch, a visual coding language designed for kids. Coders will connect their programmed instructions to a micro:bit: a tiny, external, programmable circuit board (i.e. hardware). The micro:bit helps kids code with technology by providing responsive LEDs, buttons, and sensors which can be incorporated into creative projects. Students will begin by coding the micro:bit to respond as a digital musical instrument!

Coding Studio 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. /p>

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 Coding 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 student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Coding Club continues all quarters. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $209.00

CSI Forensic Science- Investigation

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Students will continue their work as crime scene investigators (CSIs) as seen each week on Law and Order, NCIS, and the CSI television series! Students will further explore the field which combines knowledge of biology, chemistry, and physics! They will further their skills in collecting and analyzing evidence through labs and hands-on activities that demonstrate fiber and hair analysis. They will test different fabrics, and learn how to use pollen and insects to determine the location of a crime. Students will use equipment similar to CSI analysts and FBI detectives such as microscopes and chromatography. They will combine these skills along with logic, deductive reasoning, and the scientific method to solve mock crimes and CSI mysteries. Students will take notes and record their findings in science journals/notebooks. For sensitive students, please note that while actual crime scene details and graphic photographs will not be shown to students, the nature of forensic science will suggest and reference crime scenarios. Topics in this Series: Dissection Lab: Organs and Organ Systems (Quarter 1); Dessection Lab: Organisms (Quarter 2); CSI Forensic Science- Analysis (Quarter 3); and CSI Forensic Science- Investigation (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $196.00

Engineering Challenge Lab: Electrical, Chemical, BioMedical

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Focus on the "E" in STEM- Engineering! Discover the everyday challenges we can solve through engineering in this hands-on, project-focused class! Students will practice the three main steps of the engineering design process by asking, "What is the problem?", " What are possible solutions?", and "How can I improve on the design?"

Students will tackle simulated challenges that span a variety of engineering disciplines- electrical, chemical, and biomedical engineering. Possible projects include building a bionic arm and testing and building batteries.

Students will work together to solve problems and brainstorm options given a variety pf project materials. For each project, students will be challenged to adjust their designs, make modifications, re-design to optimize their creations, and retest performance. Basic building, measuring, data collection, and equations will be used to challenge all minds in engineering! Topics in for this Age/Grade: Extreme Animal Kingdom: Extraordinary Organisms (Quarter 1); Extreme Animal Kingdom: Fascinating Phyla (Quarter 2); Engineering Challenge Lab: Civil, Structural, Mechanical (Quarter 3); and Engineering Challenge Lab: Electrical, Chemical, BioMedical (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $196.00

Engineering Workshop: Applied Electronics & Programming- DIY AI (Artificial Intelligence)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Coming soon

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

Experimental Methods & Design: Botony

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kareleen Boyle

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

In this class, middle school students will learn to work as independent investigators using the scientific method. Students will observe the systems under investigation, choose a pattern or trend that interests them, and then develop a testable hypothesis. Students will learn how to: design a scientific experiment, choose appropriate controls, minimize investigator bias, correctly perform measurements and record and analyze data.

Join us as we investigate the secret lives of plants! They provide the oxygen we breathe and much of the food we eat, but we don t often consider the details of life as a plant. We ll embark on both laboratory and field studies to study the evolution and diversity of plants from single-cells that can photosynthesize, to towering trees and flowering plants that demonstrate complicated coevolution with their pollinators. We ll learn about plant communication (yes, they do communicate!), plant hormones, and the amazing anti-herbivory defenses they have evolved. By the end of this class, you ll be able to look at a plant from anywhere in the world and make a good guess of what kind of habitat it occurs in, what pollinates it, and whether or not it s poisonous.

Students will learn how to locate peer-reviewed scientific literature to research their subject. By the end of the quarter, students will have completed their independent investigations, summarized the results in a poster, and will present their data to the class and families. Each quarter will focus on a different aspect of science. Topics in this Series: Animal Behavior (Quarter 1), Chemistry (Quarter 2), Microscopic (Quarter 3), and Botany (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

Fun with Physics: Forces and Feats

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Our youngest scientists will enjoy this hands-on introduction to the fun of physics. Was it Isaac Newton who said, May the force be with you! (Well, not exactly! He said force equals mass times acceleration.) Come have some fun with forces and many other properties of physics in this engaging class. Experiments and activities will explain Newton s three laws of motion through projects with ramps, balloon cars, straw rockets with targets, and constructing race tracks to experiment with friction. Other topics of physics that will be explored are centripetal force, sound waves, and light! Topics in for this Age/Grade: What's the Matter? Solids and Polymers (Quarter 1); What's the Matter?Liquids and Gases (Quarter 2), Fun with Physics: Electricity and Magentism (Quarter 3); and Fun with Physics: Forces and Fears (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $196.00

Jr. Chemist: Chemistry at Home

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

COMING SOON

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $196.00

Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Fantastic Fliers & Space Race

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 12:30 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: PlayWell Teknologies

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favoriate building toy! In this 90 minute class, students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations.

Fourth quarter, junior engineers will tackle Fantastic Fliers and Space Race with projects inspired by the Space Station, Shuttle, Mars Rover, Gondola Gliders, Helicopeters, and Airplanes.

Each class begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown. Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class..< strong> Topics in this Series: Super Structures (Quarter 1); Monster Machines (Quarter 2); Awesome Automobiles (Quarter 3); Fantastic Fliers & Space Race (Quarter 4).

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

Little Medical School: Nutrition Science

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Coming Soon

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

Little Medical School: Nutrition Science

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: K-1st

Prerequisites: None

Coming Soon

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

Marine Biology: Marine Animal Close-Up

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kareleen Boyle

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Earth is an ocean planet! Life began in the oceans, and they are the linchpin of the biological, chemical, and physical processes that allow our planet to support life. This class will give students a basic understanding of the chemistry, physics and biology of earth's oceans. We'll also learn how oceans are informing our search for life on other planets. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

During the fourth quarter, we'll be moving from a big picture perspective, looking at ecology and biomes, to focus in on individual species and how they live. We'll trace the evolution of the major groups of marine plants and animals, to see how their morphology and adaptations became more complex and diverse over time. The class will zoom in on representative species, let students vote on the most interesting, and compile a Case Studies science log that profiles these species. We'll also have a chance to observe and interact with living aquatic organisms in our classroom. Come meet bioluminescent dinoflagellates and feed an anemone!

Topics in this Series: Oceanography (Quarter 1); Coastal Biomes (Quarter 2); Open Water Habitats (Quarter 3); and Marine Animal Close-Up (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

Nature Quest: Adventurers

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

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 18, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

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 18, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: K-1st

Prerequisites: None

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: Path Finders

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 4th-5th

Prerequisites: None

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

Robot Fab Lab: COMING SOON

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Coming Soon

Students will use the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robotics sets. They will build with motors, wheels/axles, gears, levers, and special components. Students will have to install touch, sound, color, and infrared sensors while also learning to program sequences and commands that use input/output devices for controlled movements and precise turns. Using the drag-and-drop EV3 programming menu, students will learn to program their robots while experimenting with key concepts such as fixed values, variables, loops, and logic constructs.

This course integrates science, engineering and computational thinking while introducing physical constraints, units of measurement, and coordinate systems. But, 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 robotic project, so students can progress and customize at their own pace. In general, in this class, students will spend two weeks assembling, three weeks programming, and two weeks testing and re-designing. Topics in this Series: Lunar Lander Challenge (Quarter 1); BattleBots (Quarter 2); Walking Humanoid (Quarter 3); and To Be Determined(Quarter 4).

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

Scientist for a Day: Biologist, Entomologist, Marine Biologist

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kareleen Boyle

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Find out what different scientists do! This class allows young scientists to explore different careers in the sciences and shows them that science is fun, approachable, and that anyone can do it! Students will use real scientific equipment and learn actual science terminology to investigate questions in different fields. Try out SCUBA gear as a marine biologist, learn the basics for studying DNA, perform experiments in chemistry, and try your hand at operating an ROV (remote operated vehicle). The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

Our 4th quarter of science investigations will focus on physics, engineering and astronomy. We ll begin by exploring our solar system. We ll learn about local planets and make our own glow-in-the-dark Saturns to take home. We ll discuss the newest discoveries possible hydrothermal vents on Jupiter s moons, a huge planet (Planet X) believed to be orbiting the outer reaches of our system, even the detection of gravitational waves and a hyper-NOVA. Then, we ll look at the sciences of physics and engineering that are making these discoveries possible. We ll learn the physics behind the telescopes and other instruments that help us learn about outerspace, and the principles of engineering that help us travel there. How was the team able to launch the new Falcon Heavy rocket? Engineering! We ll do our own adaptive engineering projects, including designing a space station, a structure that can survive earthquakes, and learning how to combine physics and engineering design to make robots do useful work. Come explore with us!

Topics in this Series: Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astonomer, & Engineer (Quarter 2)Paleontologist, Geologist & Field Biologist (Quarter 3), Entomologist, Marine Biologist (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

Who Wants to Be a Scientist? Biologist, Entomologist, Marine Biologist

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kareleen Boyle

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

There are so many ways to do science! This class allows our youngest scientists to explore different careers in the sciences and shows them that science is fun, approachable, and that anyone can do it! Students will use real scientific equipment and learn actual science terminology to investigate questions in different fields. Try out SCUBA gear as a marine biologist, learn the basics for studying DNA, perform experiments in chemistry, and try your hand at operating an ROV (remote operated vehicle). The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

Our 4th quarter of science investigations will focus on physics, engineering and astronomy. We ll begin by exploring our solar system. We ll learn about local planets and make our own glow-in-the-dark Saturns to take home. We ll discuss the newest discoveries possible hydrothermal vents on Jupiter s moons, a huge planet (Planet X) believed to be orbiting the outer reaches of our system, even the detection of gravitational waves and a hyper-NOVA. Then, we ll look at the sciences of physics and engineering that are making these discoveries possible. We ll learn the physics behind the telescopes and other instruments that help us learn about outerspace, and the principles of engineering that help us travel there. How was the team able to launch the new Falcon Heavy rocket? Engineering! We ll do our own adaptive engineering projects, including designing a space station, a structure that can survive earthquakes, and learning how to combine physics and engineering design to make robots do useful work. Come explore with us!

Topics in this Series: Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astonomer, & Engineer (Quarter 2)Paleontologist, Geologist & Field Biologist (Quarter 3), Entomologist, Marine Biologist (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

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