Category Archives: Science

June 14th, 2020 by 
The Periodic Table - Elementary Level Science Series Session 4 This 3-week Session is a great introduction to the periodic table. It will also be a solid class for those students who want to dig deeper!  I will be covering the elements on the Periodic table, and what the meaning is of the rows and columns (periods & families.) The Periodic Table is one of the 4 sessions in the Elementary Level Science Series. Each session of the Elementary Level Science Series meets 3 times over a span of 3 weeks. Each 3-week Session includes important, foundational science topics, scientific …
June 14th, 2020 by 
The Birds & the Bees & the Flowers & the Trees - Elementary Level Science Series Session 3 In this fun and educational 3-week session, students will learn some of the basic concepts in ecology. Learn about food webs, bees (the perfect pollinators), and the relationship between plants and animals and how they have evolved together. The Birds & the Bees & the Flowers & the Trees is one of the 4 sessions in the Elementary Level Science Series. Each session of the Elementary Level Science Series meets 3 times over a span of 3 weeks. Each 3-week Session includes …
June 14th, 2020 by 
How Earth Got Its Shape - Elementary Level Science Series Session 2 From weathering, erosion, and deposition to plate tectonics to volcanism students will learn about the forces that shape Earth. Students will conduct field research, make a scientific model, and conduct a lab in this high-interest, hands-on 3-week Session. How Earth Got Its Shape  is one of the 4 sessions in the Elementary Level Science Series. Each session of the Elementary Level Science Series meets 3 times over a span of 3 weeks. Each 3-week Session includes important, foundational science topics, scientific modeling, focused definitions of core science terms …
June 14th, 2020 by 
Topics in Astronomy - Elementary Level Science Series Session 1 How fast is the speed of light? How big is the solar system? Why is Venus so hot? What is up with Jupiter & it's many moons? Join Blair Lee for a 3-week session focused on topics in astronomy. Your children will learn these answers to these questions, all the while they will work on science skills and lab technique. Topics in Astronomy is one of the 4 Sessions in the Elementary Level Science Series. Each session of the Elementary Level Science Series meets 3 times over a span of …
June 14th, 2020 by 
Project-Based Climate Literacy & Action The Science of Climate Change & Climate Action Climate literacy should be an essential part of every child's learning. It is important and deeply pertinent to their life and the health of the planet. This project-based class has students investigate the science while they look at what they can do to make a difference. An important goal for this class is that students feel and how worked to be the change they want in the world. Students create their own personal action plans, write letters to policymakers, and create their own educational outreach materials. In …
June 14th, 2020 by 
Middle School Chemistry - Project-Based Lab Class Middle School Chemistry Lab Class This is a lab and lecture/discussion class. It meets 1x/week every 3 weeks - on week 4 every 4 weeks, students will work on a project. During the 3-week sessions there is a live lecture/discussion session (this will be taped for students who miss a session). There will be an accompanying lab matched with that week's topic. Every 4th week that students work on a project. These can be completely self-directed or scaffolded and guided, as needed and desired by the student. The lab portion of the class …
June 14th, 2020 by 
The Stargazer’s Club - Family Series Do you and your family love to look at the night sky, imagining what is out there in the vast universe? Wouldn't it be fun to be part of a community of stargazers? The Stargazer's Club is an online community that meets monthly to learn about the cosmos. This club is geared for the whole family, from littlest to adults. Using the course, The Stargazer's Notebook, as a guide, members of the club will map the night sky, get information about special events, and prove the heliocentric model for the planetary motion. Each month there …
June 14th, 2020 by 
Project-Based Human Heredity Has there ever been a time when it felt more important to understand Human Genetics?  This high-interest course introduces the principles and applications of human heredity, AKA human genetics. In addition to human genetics, student will accrue general knowledge about genetics and the evolution of all organisms. The first three weeks of this class will focus on general principles of genetics.  After that, students will build on this knowledge as they apply those principles in a pertinent and meaningful way as they learn about human heredity and genetics. This course will cover Mendelian and molecular genetics, cell …
April 1st, 2020 by 
Artificial Intelligence from HAL to Thunderhead We will discuss and explore the topic of artificial intelligence as portrayed in media and discussed in the public sphere. More and more, computer-based decision making and algorithms are becoming part of our lives. While there are realistic doubts, we have many cautionary tales in movies and books about the dangers of AI run amok and destroying humanity. Should we welcome our AI overlords or keep them under human control? Why are some people anxious or fearful about artificial intelligence, and why are some excited about bringing Alexa into our homes? Taught by Sabrina …