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Registration for Summer Workshops opened on Tuesday, March 12 for dozens of 1, 2, and 3-day workshops for students in K-12. All students are welcome to enroll in summer workshops, whether current or former Compass students, other homeschoolers, soon-to-be homeschoolers, or students who attend traditional schools in the school year.

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Mylene Nyman
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Taste your way across America in this cross-country culinary adventure. From diners to dining rooms, create and enjoy regional favorites on your imaginary drive across the US. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

Northeast

  • New England Clam Chowder
  • Boston Baked Beans
  • Boston Cream Pie

South

  • Southern Tomato and Cheese Pie (with homemade pie crust)
  • Pimento Cheese Spread
  • Blue Ribbon Deviled Eggs
  • Mississippi Mud Pie

New Orleans

  • Cajun Orzo with Sausage
  • Shrimp and Grits
  • Bananas Foster Cheesecake

This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home.

Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.

Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $54.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.

What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

This is a 3-day program.

Prerequisites: None

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Mylene Nyman
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The start of school and homeschooling is around the corner. Kids' calendars will be filling up, and they will want to munch between meals. In this workshop, kids will learn to make 7 delicious, filling snacks for themselves. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Nachos
  • Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Bites
  • Pomegranate Slushy
  • Strawberry Almond Protein Bars
  • Air Fried Ranch Chickpeas
  • Cinnamon Sticky Buns
  • Strawberry Cheesecake Dip
This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

Prerequisites: None

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Mylene Nyman
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Summer luaus transport us to barefoot beach barbecues under picturesque Pacific palms. Celebrate Hawaiian hospitality and tropical tastes when learning to make the favorite foods of our fiftieth state. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Air Fry Hawaiian Chicken
  • Bruddah Potato Mac
  • Tropical Fruit Salad
  • Loco Moco Rice
  • Pineapple Tarts
  • Butter Mochi Cookies
This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

Prerequisites: None

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Mylene Nyman
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Children are invited to a magical tea party that they prepare themselves! Young chefs will create a delicious menu of finger foods that they will enjoy with tea, hot chocolate, or juice. Recipes created on the first day will be refrigerated and retained for our party on the second day. The Compass Commons area will be transformed with tablecloths, tea lights, and summer centerpieces. Participants will be invited to bring one stuffed friend and one grown-up to join them for the tea party held the last 30 minutes of the second day. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Cucumber Sandwiches
  • Mini Quiches
  • Asparagus Crostini
  • Mini Cream Puffs
  • Lemon Cake
  • Mini Blueberry Scones
This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

Prerequisites: None

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Jessica Eastridge
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Enjoy the camaraderie and cooperation of making music with others while using the summer to build skills and boost confidence with your band instrument. Dulles Area Summer Band Camp is a half-day program for beginners (6 months or fewer on their instruments). Read complete details of the camp online.

Prerequisites: None

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Taliesin Knol
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Vicksburg was the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. Its capture cut the Confederacy in two and, in combination with the other major Union victory at Gettysburg the day before, destroyed any chance of the Confederacy achieving its war goals. Unlike Gettysburg, which lasted a few days in July, the Siege of Vicksburg lasted more than two months, from May to July. The slow, grinding attritional warfare there foreshadowed the conditions of the First World War more than the US Civil War, featuring trench lines, massive amounts of heavy modern guns, mines, and naval support. The capture of Vicksburg allowed the Union to start its all-out offensives through the Confederate heartland, and ultimately bring the war to a close, as each part of the Confederacy was systematically isolated and destroyed. This was the ultimate end of the Anaconda Plan of 1861 after the disasters at Manassas and Fredericksburg meant no quick end to the fighting. Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, airfields, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create larger scenes. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific conflict. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. This is a 4-day workshop.

Prerequisites: None

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Rebecca Sticha
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Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program whimsical, mechanized projects using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education. In this workshop, young builders will build two droids: one that can scoop and shove soil, such as on the Martian surface, and one that can "walk" on wheels to explore a pretend planet. Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Students will use classroom tablets to program the control units using intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules. Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

Prerequisites: None

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Judith Harmon
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Celebrate summer through the joy of relaxed crafting which unleashes a child's inner creativity and fosters innovation. Young artists will enjoy working hands-on with a variety of crafting materials and methods to create original projects. Crafting is multi-sensory, and most children enjoy the tactile, no-pressure experience of painting, sculpting, beading, sewing, cutting, assembling, weaving, and embellishing a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Crafting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing, and encourages imagination and artistry to create objects in three dimensions. In this camp, children will create original hand-made pieces using a range of artistic techniques and a myriad of materials. Kids will enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside a group of friends in Creative Crafters Camp, and parents will appreciate the break! Parent Notes:

  • All the supplies are provided: No need to search high and low for the needed materials.
  • Reduce waste and clutter: No need to buy large quantities of specialty supplies for a one-time project.
  • Reduce clean-up: Leave the glue, paint, and glitter mess at Compass.
  • Kids get to experiment with a variety of materials and techniques, even if you are not crafty.
  • Crafting improves dexterity and fine motor skills, and an afterschool club makes a great social outlet.
A supply fee of $30.00 is due payable to the instructor on or before the first day of class. This is a 3-day program.

Prerequisites: None

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Taliesin Knol

Students will learn about the Mesozoic flora and fauna of the prehistoric world and be introduced to the ideas of plate tectonics, species variation, and the evolution of plants. This knowledge will be applied through several games in which the students will learn the characteristics of the various dinosaurs and other creatures that lived with them and how to cooperate in a group. In the role playing game "Saurian Safari", students will simulate a cooperative hunt through a Mesozoic game park using miniature figures, and in "Try-To-Survive-Asaurus," students will try to survive in the harsh and changing environment of the dinosaurs while portraying their very own dinosaur with the options of cooperating with or eating their fellow classmates. Over the course of the class, students should be able to explain the differences in the types of dinosaurs and plants found during the period, be it Cretaceous, Jurassic, or Triassic and how these differences are reflected in their very own swamp, forest, or scrub terrain type boards. Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 14 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landforms, waterways, plant life, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a zoology-based survival strategy game. Each student will create one board and receive a set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on or before the first day of the workshop. This is a 4-day workshop.

Prerequisites: None

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Rebecca Sticha
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Kids are curious about electricity- the magic that powers the toys, games, and electronics they love. In this workshop, kids will experiment with aspects of electricity- conductors, batteries, and circuits- to take the mystery out of electricity and inspire future engineers. Kids will modify simple circuits to do silly things. They will discover what happens when components such as horns, fans, motors, recording chips, motion and infrared sensors are inserted into simple circuits. They will be delighted when their engineering produces silly circuits that buzz, beep, sing, and fly!

Prerequisites: None

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Judith Harmon
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Learn to use your sewing machine this summer! Discover the wide world of unique creations you can sew with this essential tool: clothing, costumes, alterations, decorative items, accessories, gifts, toys, and more. This workshop is designed to demystify your sewing machine and get you started. Learn to thread your machine, understand the basic functions, adjust tension, and select and practice stitches through guided sewing activities. Each participant must bring a sewing machine with power cord, foot pedal, and at least one bobbin. Participants must provide the model number of their sewing machines prior to the start of the workshop. This enables the instructor to find practice handouts specific to each machine, otherwise they will receive a generic handout.

Prerequisites: None

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Judith Harmon
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Learn to use your sewing machine this summer! Discover the wide world of unique creations you can sew with this essential tool: clothing, costumes, alterations, decorative items, accessories, gifts, toys, and more. This workshop is designed to demystify your sewing machine and get you started. Learn to thread your machine, understand the basic functions, adjust tension, and select and practice stitches through guided sewing activities. Each participant must bring a sewing machine with power cord, foot pedal, and at least one bobbin. Participants must provide the model number of their sewing machines prior to the start of the workshop. This enables the instructor to find practice handouts specific to each machine, otherwise they will receive a generic handout.

Prerequisites: None

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Rebecca Sticha
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Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favorite building toy! Students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations. In this workshop, students will look at extraordinary engineering in cities and towns with projects such as a skyscraper, house, suspension bridge, and a rail system. Each session 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. Notes: (1) Students must be minimum age 5, be able to follow directions, and be able to separate from their parents for this workshop. (2) Projects are built from shared, Instructor-owned components, so students will not bring completed projects home. Parents, however, can drop in 15 minutes before the end of each session to photograph their child's construction.

Prerequisites: None

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Rebecca Sticha
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Student sleuths will tackle a variety of puzzles, games, and riddles while learning about ciphers and code-breaking. Hands-on activities will incorporate cards, dice, coins, cubes, toothpicks, and of course, lots of numbers. Students will discover the intriguing world of cryptology- the science of secret writing which uses math and reasoning to create and decode mystery alphabets. For each new puzzle, game, and riddle, students will learn concepts and strategies that they can apply to solving ANY math challenge, such as the phases of solving a problem, what to do when you get stuck, how to make predictions, how to generalize from specific cases, and how to test different outcomes. The workshop will culminate in a collaboration to solve puzzles and crack codes to flee the classroom Escape Room with challenges such as coded letters, picture clues, mirror image writings, invisible ink, puzzling word searches, and cryptograms.

Prerequisites: None

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Iman Castaneda
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Mixed martial arts is a fun physical fitness workshop for tweens that blends the Brazilian self-defense martial art of Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai, a combat boxing-like sport from Thailand. An experienced coach, black belt, and practitioner of mixed martial arts will lead a well-rounded physical fitness program that incorporates moves and strategies from both sports to increase strength, flexibility, conditioning, endurance, coordination, and balance. Jiu-Jitsu uses grappling and ground work, while Muay Thai introduces standing strikes with fists, elbows, knees, and shins. The latter emphasizes distance and being in or out of an opponent's range with the legs and feet being used to kick and maintain distance. Mixed Martial Arts helps tweens stay active, builds self-esteem, and encourages teamwork. Students will practice techniques for resolving conflicts, dealing with bullies, projecting confidence, and developing stranger awareness in the games and exercises they complete in class. Some partner work may be co-ed. Students must be a minimum of age 10 to enroll. Students will work on mats in socks or bare feet and should come to class wearing loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants and bring a refillable water bottle.

Prerequisites: None

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Judith Harmon
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Warrior princess, superhero, villain, pirate, or alien. In the world of cosplay, costumes and personas would not be complete without customized accessories. Many cosplayers make their own costumes, and in this workshop, teens will learn crafting techniques to customize and embellish a sword and a dagger. The workshop instructor is a professional seamstress, costume designer, and cosplayer, and she will help each student customize his/her own sword, dagger, and a scabbard or sheath for one weapon. Students will work from pre-made blanks and will paint, glue, and decorate their creations. Example embellishments include leather wrapping, wire wrapping, and adhered resin jewels. Using materials such as EVA foam, leather, or fabric, students will also design and create a scabbard or sheath for one of their blades. The mock gear will be crafted in accordance with official Cosplay rules governing play weapons in conventions/gatherings. A supply fee of $85.00 is due payable to the instructor on or before the first day of class. This is a 3-day program.

Prerequisites: None

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Taliesin Knol
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Castles were the ultimate expression of Medieval political power. From there, the noble few could rule the peasant masses, sending out elite knights to exert their will on the countryside, collecting taxes and making war. The designs of castles varied from simple wooden forts and towers to devilishly complicated stone monoliths with layers of defenses, all to allow few to contend with many. It was usually so monumentally dangerous and ineffective to attack these fortresses head on, that the preferred methods of subduing them were either treachery or starvation. But for those opponents who could muster huge armies, amass proper siege equipment, and employ tactics, the successful storming of a castle could be the turning point in an entire war. This class will examine the evolution of castle defenses in the Middle Ages. Students will either work individually to create small towers and wooden motte-and-bailey forts or work cooperatively to recreate massive historical stone castles, like those of the Normans and French in Europe or the Crusaders in the Middle East. But what goes up, must come down, and students will build these dioramas to recreate castles under siege, completed with attacking forces and battle machines. Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama with landscape and architectural elements (hills, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, stone walls, moats, towers, etc) to represent a medieval castle. Students will each receive 1:72 scale soldiers to populate their construction. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger fortress. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Axis and Allies gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how a battle against a castle might have progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. This is a 4-day workshop.

Prerequisites: None

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Mylene Nyman
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Teens will learn to make simple, budget-friendly foods to feed themselves. These recipes are perfect for college students who have only dorm room toaster oven or first apartment or for teens preparing quick meals at home. Some even have ingredients that can be taken from campus dining halls and transformed. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Frugal Fried Rice
  • Burrito Bowls (+ 4 component recipes: Corn Salsa, Tomato Salsa, Carnitas, and Cilantro Lime Rice)
  • Pasta Pumpkin Alfredo
  • Cheese Pizza with Homemade Tomato Sauce
  • Chicken Parmesan
This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

Prerequisites: None

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Mylene Nyman
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Taste your way across America in this cross-country culinary adventure. From diners to dining rooms, create and enjoy regional favorites on your imaginary drive across the US. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

Northeast

  • New England Clam Chowder
  • Boston Baked Beans
  • Boston Cream Pie

South

  • Southern Tomato and Cheese Pie (with homemade pie crust)
  • Pimento Cheese Spread
  • Blue Ribbon Deviled Eggs
  • Mississippi Mud Pie

New Orleans

  • Cajun Orzo with Sausage
  • Shrimp and Grits
  • Bananas Foster Cheesecake

This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home.

Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.

Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $54.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.

What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

This is a 3-day program.

Prerequisites: None

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Mylene Nyman
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The start of school and homeschooling is around the corner. Kids' calendars will be filling up, and they will want to munch between meals. In this workshop, kids will learn to make 7 delicious, filling snacks for themselves. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Nachos
  • Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Bites
  • Pomegranate Slushy
  • Strawberry Almond Protein Bars
  • Air Fried Ranch Chickpeas
  • Cinnamon Sticky Buns
  • Strawberry Cheesecake Dip
This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

Prerequisites: None

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Mylene Nyman
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Summer luaus transport us to barefoot beach barbecues under picturesque Pacific palms. Celebrate Hawaiian hospitality and tropical tastes when learning to make the favorite foods of our fiftieth state. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Air Fry Hawaiian Chicken
  • Bruddah Potato Mac
  • Tropical Fruit Salad
  • Loco Moco Rice
  • Pineapple Tarts
  • Butter Mochi Cookies
This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

Prerequisites: None

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Taliesin Knol
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It began with the forging of great rings... and it will end with the creation of great dioramas. In this class, students will study the connection of Tolkien's Middle Earth to our own history: how history inspired the author and how the series, in turn, influenced the real world. As we study the book and discuss its influences, students will use this knowledge to recreate a scene from the penultimate battle of the War of the 3rd Age at Minas Tirith. Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and descriptions from the source material students in this class will recreate a section of the Gondorian Fortress Capital, Minas Tirith and the battlefield around it. Once everyone finishes their diorama, the class will combine them to simulate the battle from the book and attempt to save mankind from Sauron! (or bring about the age of the Orc.) Each student will receive 1:72 scale figures to populate their scene, from Soldiers of Gondor and Riders of Rhohan, to Orcs, trolls, and evil men of Rhun and Harrad. This is a 4-day workshop.

Prerequisites: None

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Rebecca Sticha
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What if schoolwork was fun, and learning happened through games? In Gameschooling, that is exactly what kids will do! The group will play a variety of board games that have underlying educational skills. We are not talking about tedious multiplication facts disguised as a game. Instead, kids will discover and play a wide variety of popular- and lesser-known- board games. The selected games will encourage critical thinking, logic, reasoning, and problem solving. Some involve predictions and probability, while other games encourage cooperation and collaborative solutions. Many games feature a theme from an academic discipline such as history, geography, or science. The game master will curate a portfolio of class games from her private collection such as "Wingspan" (ornithology); "Ticket to Ride" (geography); "Isle of Skye" (spatial relations); "Trekking the National Parks" (geography/natural resources); and "Blokus" (geometry/spatial relations).

Prerequisites: None

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Rebecca Sticha
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What if schoolwork was fun, and learning happened through games? In Gameschooling, that is exactly what kids will do! The group will play a variety of board games that have underlying educational skills. We are not talking about tedious multiplication facts disguised as a game. Instead, kids will discover and play a wide variety of popular- and lesser-known- board games. The selected games will encourage critical thinking, logic, reasoning, and problem solving. Some involve predictions and probability, while other games encourage cooperation and collaborative solutions. Many games emphasize math skills and incorporate math reasoning. The game master will curate a portfolio of class games from her private collection such as "Can't Stop" (probability); "Sleuth" (deductive reasoning); "Set" (pattern recognition); "Dinosaur Tea Party" (deductive reasoning); and "Lucky Numbers" (ordinal numbers/probability).

Prerequisites: None

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Judith Harmon
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Embark on a magical journey this summer with our enchanting workshop "Magical Creatures' Quest: A Familiar Problem!" This workshop is for middle school students who adore whimsical tales, creative adventures, and the magic of tabletop role-playing games. Each day of the workshop, the group will weave a captivating story where each participant takes on the role of a magical animal on a quest to reunite with its owner. Are you more like a daring dragon, mysterious mermaid, playful Pegasus, or a fearless fairy? Each session presents a new chapter, filled with challenges, mysteries, and opportunities for magical mischief. Tweens will unleash their creativity and collaborate with other participants to shape the adventure, solve puzzles, and make decisions to advance the story. The workshop will be managed by an experienced Game Master who will guide students through the art of role-playing. Tweens will connect and form friendships with other middle schoolers who share a love of magical stories and imaginative play- in person! Previous role-playing experience is not required, but this workshop serves as a great introduction for tweens and teens who might be interested in embarking on Dungeons and Dragons. This is a 3-day program.

Prerequisites: None

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Rebecca Sticha
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Build and program a Mario Kart-inspirated robotic racer! Students will enjoy video-game racing in real-life with the projects that they build. Build a coupe or a dragster inspired by Mario, Luigi or the gang. Program your racer to navigate a maze and avoid surprise obstacles while dropping boxes and banana peels to throw off your opponent. Incorporate video-inspired sound effects in your program. 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 coding menu, students will learn to program their robots while experimenting with key concepts such as fixed values, variables, loops, and logic constructs. This workshop 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 2-3 hours assembling, 2-3 hours programming, and 2 hours testing and re-designing their projects.

Prerequisites: None

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Iman Castaneda
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This Women's Self Defense Workshop is for older teen girls and young adult women who are heading to college for the first time, returning to campus, working, driving, or traveling alone. First and foremost, this workshop will teach young women about situational awareness and making safe choices: critical life lessons that they would rather hear from a professional than a parent. Students will work in pairs and small groups to act out mock scenarios, rehearse strategies to get away from an attacker, and practice defensive moves and strikes. The National Center for Education Statistics reports a decline in the overall college crime rates from 2009-2019 due to falling burglary rates, but a steady increase in forcible sex offenses during the same time. If you are not sure self defense is needed or pertinent to your daughter, see the following very concerning campus assault statistics: https://students.umw.edu/counseling/sexual-assault-information/statistics/ This workshop is taught by Iman Casteneda, Compass's homeschool PE and Jiu Jitsu Fit instructor. She earned a black belt in Jiu Jitsu under Royce Gracie, a particularly grueling program that took her more than 10 years to prepare for. She is also personal trainer, Cross-Fit instructor, Muy Thai practitioner, former MMA (mixed martial arts) competitor, former EMT, and survivor of assault. Note: Minimum age: 16. This workshop is also appropriate for young women who have had previous instruction in self defense as a refresher for strategies and techniques. This is a 3-day program.

Prerequisites: None

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