Class Descriptions

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**Classes are held on Mondays starting Aug 28th, 2017

**Students are not required to schedule classes for the entire day, but can choose one or more classes.

High School Classes ($150.00 each per semester)

Algebra 2 (Teaching Textbooks) (Year-Long) 

This is a college-preparatory class, designed to give students a solid foundation and mastery of algebraic concepts. Students who excel and master Algebra 2 are able to move on, with ease, to higher level mathematics such as Trigonometry, Pre-calculus, Calculus, Probability & Statistics, and more! We will study fractional equations, powers and exponents, second-degree equations, equations with variables, inequalities, absolute value, among other important Algebra topics. (Pre-requisite: Algebra 1 or Geometry)

 

Algebra 1 (Saxon) 8th - 12th grades (Year-Long)

This class will cover all basic algebra concepts, including basic properties and solving equations (including simultaneous equations), coin problems, exponents and square roots, scientific notation, unit multipliers, and metric conversions. Graphing lines is taught in detail, and graphing conic sections is introduced. Operations with polynomials are demonstrated with place-value blocks for conceptual understanding before being taught conventionally. (Pre-requisite: Advanced Math or Pre-Algebra) 
 

STEM Career Explorations (7th-12th grades)  ($100.00)

Most people instantly know that S.T.E.M stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math but few know the career potential encapsulated in this catchy acronym.  Did you realize that there are more than 400 STEM related occupations? You may have a child that naturally has an engineering mind, or one that loves to tinker and design elaborate structures, or one that enjoys working with numbers and statistics. Your child may even have a passion for wildlife and domestic animals.  Wherever your child falls on this spectrum, STEM Career Explorations is the class that will expose them to a variety of STEM related careers.  For twelve weeks, we will research STEM professions, host a variety of STEM professionals in class, and take an assessment to help hone in on your child’s area of interest.  This class will give students a better understanding of the STEM careers that are most compatible with their level of interest and help them weed out the others. This class will help parents become more strategic in designing their student’s high school to college STEM track.

 

AP Computer Science Principles (9th-12th grades **Each Student Must Bring a Computer to Class Each Week) (Year-Long) 

code.orgThe College Board has proposed a new AP® course called AP® Computer Science Principles.* The course is designed to be far more than a traditional introduction to programming - it is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that explores many of the big, foundational ideas of computing so that all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in. Code.org

 

 

 

Intro to Aviation  (7th-12th grades)

Did you know a student pilot can solo a glider at the age of 14 and an airplane at 16? This class will open students eyes to the world of aviation and it's opportunities. Over this 12 week course, students will be introduced to concepts of aerodynamics, aircraft design, weight and balance, airspace, weather, chart reading and navigation.

Firm Foundations (6th-12th grades)

Firm Foundations is a Young Civil Engineering class that will introduce students to creative ways to design a variety of structures to withstand different variables and conditions. The purpose of the class is to introduce concepts of building and construction through hands-on exploration and design. Students explore the engineering behind roadways, bridges, and more in this fun and engaging experience. We will introduce drafting skills/prototyping on paper as appropriate.

 

Middle School ($125.00 each per semester)

Introduction to Physics 7th-10th grades (Year-Long)

This course is designed to give your child the competitive edge on advanced general science and introductory physics concepts, in order to prepare them for the challenge of a high school-level physics course. We will study such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. (Co-requisite - Advanced Math, Pre-Algebra, or Algebra I)

 

Firm Foundations (6th-12th grades)

Firm Foundations is a Young Civil Engineering class that will introduce students to creative ways to design a variety of structures to withstand different variables and conditions. The purpose of the class is to introduce concepts of building and construction through hands-on exploration and design. Students explore the engineering behind roadways, bridges, and more in this fun and engaging experience. We will introduce drafting skills/prototyping on paper as appropriate.

Intro to Aviation  (7th-12th grades)

Did you know a student pilot can solo a glider at the age of 14 and an airplane at 16? This class will open students eyes to the world of aviation and it's opportunities. Over this 12 week course, students will be introduced to concepts of aerodynamics, aircraft design, weight and balance, airspace, weather, chart reading and navigation.

Math Foundations (5th-8th grades) (Year-Long) 

Teaching for different learning styles is an important aspect of our program. Many students can develop "gaps" in their foundational math skills. This will lead to frustration for not only the student but for the teacher and parent. With this class, we will identify and address these issues. WE WILL HAVE EACH STUDENT TAKE AN ONLINE CURRICULUM ASSESSMENT BEFORE THE CLASS BEGINS TO FIND ACADEMIC WEAKNESSES AND PRESCRIBE A PATH TO HELP STUDENTS CATCH UP.  DURING THE YEAR, WE WILL WORK INDIVIDUALLY AND ON A CLASS LEVEL filling in these gaps.  We will work with the parent to create a solid foundation so that the student will be able to excel towards higher level math classes in time. 

 

Computer Science Discoveries (6th-8th grades **Each Student Must Bring a Computer to Class Each Week(Year-Long) 

code.orgMany students “know” how to use a computer, but we will educate them about Cyber Security, and teach them creative and time efficient ways to use the computer. The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. Students are empowered to create authentic artifacts and engage with CS as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. Some of the other topics include: Digital Citizenship, Keyboarding, Google Tricks, Navigation, Research, Word Processing and Programming. /Year Long

 

 

 

 

Textile Design Level I & STEM Kitchen (6th-12th grades)

During the first half of the semester, students will design and create a functional project that will incorporate shop skills and sewing.  This program is designed for students that are familiar and comfortable with working with power tools.  This class will reinforce basic-intermediate sewing skills and the proper use of a sewing machine and various power tools.  Students are required to have their own personal sewing machine to bring to class and/or complete sewing assignments at home. Students that do not have a functioning sewing machine cannot participate in this class. The second half of the semester, we will transition to our STEM Kitchen, where students will gain knowledge of sanitation, measuring, and their understanding of the use of ingredients are.  We will also teach them how to use a variety of spice and to read, understand, and modify recipes as they prepare various dishes and meals in class.  At the end of this course, your child will be well on their way to becoming your personal Su chef. To gain entry into this class, students must have a high interest level in cooking and the ability to adhere to all kitchen safety rules.

 

Elementary School ($125.00 each per semester)

Science Exploration 1 (1st -2nd grades) 

Students will explore life science, earth science, and physical science. Through hands-on investigations, they are exposed to the kind of work that professional scientists do, helping them understand the foundations of science and inspire their curiosity.

 

STEM Kitchen Jr. & Textile Design Jr. (3rd-5th)

The first half of this semester is designed for young chefs that love helping in the kitchen.  This class will cover how to properly use spices, measure ingredients, read recipes, practice proper sanitation, and how to prepare simple hot & cold meals.  At the end of this course, your child will be a great culinary assistant. The second half of the semester, students will transition to Textile Design Jr. During this time, students will perform simple hand sewn projects and fabric crafts.  This class will expose students to basic sewing terminology, and teach them how to select and coordinate fabrics, and use the proper tools to create a variety of projects.  Students are not required to have a sewing machine for this class.

 

Science Exploration 2 (3rd-5th grades) 

Students will explore life science, earth science, and physical science. Through hands-on investigations, they are exposed to the kind of work that professional scientists do, helping them understand the foundations of science to inspire their curiosity.

 

Computer Science Jr.  (2nd-5th grades **Each Student Must Bring a Computer to Class Each Week)

code.orgMany students “know” how to use a computer, but we will educate them about Cyber Security, and teach them creative and time efficient ways to use the computer. Some of the topics include: Digital Citizenship, Keyboarding, Google Tricks, Navigation, Research, Word Processing, Hands-on Technology Fun with Robots and Coding.

 

 

 

 

Jr. Engineers (3rd -5th grades)

The only thing more exciting than stimulating a young mind is witnessing how far it can go. While our coaches encourage creativity, they also cultivate an environment that will help students learn to process and organized their ideas to achieve maximum results. Our Jr. Engineer program uses a variety of mediums to teach team building skills, planning, designing, and testing/problem solving.

 

Constructive Concoctions (3rd-5th grades)

The Jr. Chemical Engineering classes introduce our youngest chemical engineers to fundamental concepts of solids, liquids, and solutions. Students will investigate the properties of several crazy concoctions and make their own samples of bubbles, play dough, flub, and more.

 

STEM Prep Jr. (1st-2nd grades) 

code.orgWe desire to prepare our students for future success. Our STEM Prep Jr. program uses STEM focused centers. Students will have so much fun they will forget that they’re actually learning. The first semester we will cover Mathematics, Logic, and Technology. The second semester students will study Technology, Science, Circuits, Engineering and Math.Students will create computer programs that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks. By the end of this course, students create their very own custom game or story that they can share.

 

 

 

Preschool ($100.00 each per semester)

STEM Prep Preschool (ages 3-5) 

Calling all S.M.A.R.T kids!! Your Pre Schooler will be introduced to Science, Math, Art, Reading and Technology (S.M.A.R.T) through engaging hands on fun activities. This class will allow children from ages 3 to 5 to begin to explore STEM topics in creative ways that exposes them to their practical world where technology impacts our everyday lives. They will learn simple scientific problem solving skills in a fun, creative, exploratory way that also incorporates literature to teach them to use scientific thinking, exploration through hands on learning, and developing creative thinking and problem solving skills.