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Grammar Courses

How Can I Draw Like That?

How Can I Draw Like That?

A grammar-level course in Art

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

Art is a joy to do, and it’s even more enjoyable when we know what we’re doing! Drawing well is the very first thing artists learn to do. Drawing is to all other art media what the alphabet is to reading – fundamental. In this short studio course, we will learn the Elements of Shape and then practice their use as we draw together. We will use sources from Art History to give us examples to practice making difficult things simple. Then, we will take our copies of a master work and make them our own with an array of creative embellishments. This short course will be just a “taste” of the year-long Art I and II Grammar courses we offer. Designed for students in grades 3-6.

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • Learn how to break down a complex image with the five elements of shape.

  • Explore a few of the Elements and Principles of Design to make our drawings our own.

  • Learn about some of the Great Artists of the past as we use their work as a springboard for our drawings.


Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chat box to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%


Textbooks/Materials

  • No texts or materials need be procured for this class - just bring some pencils and paper!


Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 15 @ 11:00AM eastern time (Wednesday),

June 22 @ 11:00AM eastern time (Wednesday), and

June 29 @ 11:00AM eastern time (Wednesday).


Knights and Kings for Kids

Knights and Kings for Kids

A grammar-level course in Chess

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

Do you want to learn one of the oldest and most widespread games in the history of the world? This is the place for you! Taught by a professional Chess4Life coach in partnership with Veritas Scholars Academy, this mini-course will show young chess learners how chess pieces are supposed to move, an introduction to general opening principles, and how to win a game of chess (especially against older siblings), including some of the most important checkmate patterns. Each lesson will include time for puzzles, an activity to reinforce the topic, and even some mini-tournament time to play with other students.

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • Students will learn basic chess rules & piece movement

  • Students will learn fun activities with applications in life

  • Students will build confidence in their ability to play chess!


Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chatbox to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%


Textbooks/Materials

  • No text or other materials need be procured for this class!


Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 16 at 6:30 pm Eastern Time (Thursday),

June 23 at 6:30 pm Eastern Time (Thursday), and

June 30 at 6:30 pm Eastern Time (Thursday).

Legos, Ninjas, and Battleships

Legos, Ninjas, and Battleships!

A grammar-level course in Math

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

How can using legos, pretending to be a ninja, and the study of the game of Battleship help us learn basic Geometry? The beauty of God’s creation is all around us! In this mini-course, we will look at how we might “model” and figure out the perimeter and area of two-dimensional shapes and the perimeter and area of more complex shapes. And what is this x-y coordinate plane you’ve heard about? Come and find out! This class is designed for students in 3rd through 6th grades, and requires little to no previous understanding of Geometry.

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • Determine the Perimeter and Area of several two-dimensional shapes

  • Determine the Perimeter and Area of more complex shapes

  • Graph points on an x-y coordinate plane, and identify coordinates of points already plotted on that plane


Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chat box to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%


Textbooks/Materials

  • No text or other materials need be procured for this class!


Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 15 @ 11:00 AM eastern time (Wednesday),

June 22 @ 11:00 AM eastern time (Wednesday), and

June 29 @ 11:00 AM eastern time (Wednesday).


Passport to the World

Passport to the World

A grammar-level course in Geography

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

What is geography and why is it important to study? You’ll need your passport to find out! Let’s travel across the world’s continents and oceans, memorizing the continent and ocean names. Let’s dive deep into oceanography, discovering some of the lowest places on earth. Let’s explore the landforms that make up our planet and discover the highest place on earth. Finally, let’s travel to Asia and delve into some countries' cultures through photos, virtual field trips, music, art, or other means. Let’s have some fun getting prepared for Geography East or any other geography class you’d like to explore further at VSA!

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • Locate and label the following on a blank map: continents, oceans, and countries Asia.

  • Recite geography songs for Asia.

  • Define and illustrate vocabulary terms and identify major landforms and landmarks throughout Asia.

  • Explore a country’s culture through photos, virtual field trips, music, art, or other means.

  • Relate their own experiences and make connections to the experiences of others around the world, recognizing the commonality that all people are made in the image of God.


Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chat box to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%


Textbooks/Materials

  • No text or other materials need be procured for this class!


Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 13 @ 5:00PM eastern time (Monday),

June 20 @ 5:00PM eastern time (Monday), and

June 27 @ 5:00PM eastern time (Monday).


Roots, Rhymes, and Rhythms

Roots, Rhymes, and Rhythms

A grammar-level course in Latin

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

Amo, amas, amat! Who doesn’t love singing, chanting, and rhyming with their friends? Join a long-standing Veritas Scholars Academy teacher as we embark on a Latin odyssey of learning! In three short lessons, students and their peers will encounter the ancient language of the Romans. We’ll dive into the Latin alphabet, learn some grammar, and even a declension or two. Latin shouldn’t be intimidating once you’ve experienced this little series of lessons in the predecessor to Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese – some of the “romance languages.” Your child is going to love this mini-course! Designed for students in grades 3-6 who are new to Latin, just beginning, or want to have a great time honing their Latin language skills in a fun, engaging format.

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • To learn the sounds and rhythms found in Latin

  • To learn to say things in Latin about yourself

  • To learn the basic structure of Latin sentences


Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chat box to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%


Textbooks/Materials

  • No text or other materials need be procured for this class!


Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 17 @11:00 AM eastern time (Friday),

June 24 @11:00 AM eastern time (Friday), and

July 1 @11:00 AM eastern time (Friday).


Secondary Courses

Breve and Immortal

Breve and Immortal

A secondary-level course in Latin

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

What do the words loquacious, interlocutor, and loquacity have in common? They all derive from the Latin word loqui which means “to talk”. Word derivation and meaning is just one aspect of this mini-class you will encounter as we embark on a Latin odyssey of learning! In three short lessons, you will learn about the language of science, art, medicine, religion, law, politics, and even math, while you study the ancient language of the Romans. We will cover the four aspects of learning a language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. While it takes years to learn to read and write fluently in Latin, this course will introduce you to the sounds and complexities of the Roman alphabet and to the grammatical principles of declensions and conjugations. The task of learning Latin may seem daunting, but in the words of Publius Syrius, “He who begins has half the job done! (Qui coepit, dimidium facti habet).” Begin today and embark on a task well begun! This class is designed for students in grades 7-12 who are new to Latin or only just beginning.

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • To learn the sounds and cadence of the Latin language.

  • To learn to say something in Latin about yourself.

  • To learn the basic structure of the Latin sentence.


Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chat box to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%


Textbooks/Materials

  • No text or other materials need be procured for this class!


Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 13 @ 5:00PM eastern time (Monday),

June 20 @ 5:00PM eastern time (Monday), and

June 27 @ 5:00PM eastern time (Monday).


Castles, Knights, and Kings

Castles, Knights, and Kings

A secondary-level course in Chess

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

If you already know what a fork is (we don’t mean something you eat with!) and can stop Scholar’s Mate, this may be just the place for you. Taught by a professional Chess4Life coach, this mini-course will cover a handful of chess tactics, how to set these tactics up, and introduce some longer-term strategic concepts. Chess isn’t just a game; there are many life’s lessons to be learned, and this experience will be meaningful and interesting, to say the least. Each session will include a lesson, a bit of time for puzzles, activities to reinforce topics, and dedicated “tournament time” to play with other students.

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • Students will learn basic chess strategies

  • Students will learn how these strategies have applications in life

  • Students will learn how to beat their older siblings in chess


Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chat box to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%


Textbooks/Materials

  • No text or other materials need be procured for this class!


Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 16 at 7:30 pm Eastern Time (Thursday),

June 23 at 7:30 pm Eastern Time (Thursday), and

June 30 at 7:30 pm Eastern Time (Thursday).


Dante, Luther, and Bach

Dante, Luther, and Bach

A secondary-level course in Omnibus

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

Most people recognize the names Dante, Luther and Bach, and we all have some convenient, summary categories to put them in. But how much do we really know about what they thought, wrote and, composed? Each of these famous individuals shaped the modern world in deep and profound ways, but have the details of their lives and works almost been forgotten? Spend some time examining each of these fascinating figures with a veteran VSA Omnibus teacher who has devoted years of research to understanding these three men, their historical context, and the ways in which they still touch and shape our lives.

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • Understand the historical and cultural contexts of Dante, Luther & Bach

  • Consider their accomplishments – an introduction to their works

  • Dive into a close reading of selected passages from their works


Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chat box to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%


Textbooks/Materials

  • No text or other materials need be procured for this class!


Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 14 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time (Tuesday),

June 21 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time (Tuesday), and

June 28 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time (Tuesday).


How to Give a Ted Talk

How to Give a TED Talk

A secondary-level course in Rhetoric

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

You’ve heard of TED Talks, but have you ever considered giving one of your own? How would you like to learn from someone who has not only given a TED Talk, but who’s been skillfully teaching Rhetoric for two decades? Developing carefully crafted speeches is only the beginning of sound rhetoric. Rhetorical expertise is found in one’s speech, one’s writing, and even in the very manner in which one “carries” himself and “presents” to those around him. This mini-course in Rhetoric will be engaging, instructive, and lots of fun. Not only will you practice your own rhetorical skills, but as you hear from many others as they hone their own. Who knows? You might just end up giving a TED Talk! Designed for students in the high school years.

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • Students will learn how to develop and organize big ideas and present them to a general audience.

  • Students will learn how to rehearse and deliver a high stakes speech at a live event.

  • Students will learn practical ways to make a speech an experience for their audience.


Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chat box to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%


Textbooks/Materials

  • No text or other materials need be procured for this class!


Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 13 @ 7:00PM eastern time (Monday),

June 20 @ 7:00PM eastern time (Monday), and

June 27 @ 7:00PM eastern time (Monday).


Lasting Perspectives

Lasting Perspectives

A secondary-level course in Art

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

Art is a joy to do and it’s even more enjoyable when we know what we’re doing! In this short studio course, we will examine and then practice some of the Elements of Art by doing a few simple still lifes in pencil. Drawing well is the very first thing artists learned to do. Drawing is to all other art media what the alphabet is to reading – fundamental. And to draw well, we need to see well. God gave us an amazingly diverse and beautiful Creation from which to ‘draw’ our inspiration for doing art. So we will spend a little time considering how Creation inspires and guides the choices we make and methods we use in doing art. This short course will be just a ‘taste’ of the year-long Art Studio I we offer. This mini course is designed for students in the dialectic and rhetoric stages (grades 7-12).

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • Consider what Creation shows us about beauty and why we should “do art.”

  • Explore a few of the classical Elements of Art and practice them in pencil.

  • Construct several still life drawings, using some geometrical forms and some of our own items.


Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chat box to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%


Textbooks/Materials

  • No texts or materials need be procured for this class - just bring some pencils and paper!


Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 17 @ 4:00PM eastern time (Friday),

June 24 @ 4:00PM eastern time (Friday), and

July 1 @ 4:00PM eastern time (Friday).


New Player

New Player

A secondary-level course in Game Theory

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

This mini-course will help students understand computer logic using games and coding. Our goal is to expand critical thinking skills and build confidence in a fun and creative way. Students will gain practical experience by learning how to create a simple game (Did we mention it’ll be really fun?). This mini-course will be a step-by-step introduction to coding, and will lay important foundations for problem-solving and decision-making as well. Students will be challenged and guided to use their imaginations and creativity to find ways to solve problems in the process of creating a game. Suitable for students in grades 7-12!

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • Understand Game Theory and its connection to decision-making

  • Understand problem-solving techniques

  • Learn to code your own game!


Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chat box to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%


Textbooks/Materials

  • No text or other materials need be procured for this class!


Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 15 @ 7:00 PM Eastern time (Wednesday),

June 22 @ 7:00 PM Eastern time (Wednesday), and

June 29 @ 7:00 PM Eastern time (Wednesday).


Patterns & Orders All Around Us

Patterns and Order All Around Us

A secondary-level course in Math

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

“When will I ever use this in real life?” The study of mathematics can seem daunting and frustrating as you struggle to make sense of the rules. But have you ever stopped to just ENJOY the mathematical patterns that exist in the world around you? Beauty and order are ever-present in the amazing world that God created and mathematics is the language we can use to describe this order. In this course, we will look at patterns found in nature and work at describing them mathematically AND artistically. We will also apply what we’ve learned about patterns in solving some interesting problems. This class is designed for students in the middle-school age range (pre-Algebra is prerequisite).

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • Recognize and appreciate the work and order of our Creator in the world around us

  • Describe naturally occurring patterns mathematically

  • Understand some famous ratios and number sequences


Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chat box to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%


Textbooks/Materials

  • No text or other materials need be procured for this class!


Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 13 @ 1:00 PM eastern time (Monday),

June 20 @ 1:00 PM eastern time (Monday), and

June 27 @ 1:00 PM eastern time (Monday).


The Perilous Realm

The Perilous Realm

A secondary-level course in Fairytales

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

Welcome to fairy land, that misty place full of adventure which J.R.R. Tolkien calls, “the Perilous Realm.” Like Sleeping Beauty’s prince, we will venture through thorns and roses on our way to an enchanted castle while reading fairy stories from Irish folklore and the Brothers Grimm. Through their stories we will meet fairy tale princes and princesses, discovering what it takes to become a fairy tale hero or heroine. Through essays written by Christian intellectuals like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, we will explore from a Biblical perspective the role of magic in fairy tales and fantasy literature. This course will be most beneficial to high school students.

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • Enjoy Irish folklore and European fairy tales.

  • Meet fairy tale heroes and heroines.

  • Explore the role of magic in fairy tales and fantasy literature.

Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chat box to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%

Textbooks/Materials

  • No text or other materials need be procured for this class!

Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 15 @ 6:00 PM eastern time (Wednesday),

June 22 @ 6:00 PM eastern time (Wednesday), and

June 29 @ 6:00 PM eastern time (Wednesday).

Red Herrings

Red Herrings

A secondary-level course in Logic

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

Ever found yourself in a conversation with someone where you felt like they were distracting you with irrelevant information, only to avoid addressing something more important? Under the teaching of one of VSA’s expert Logic instructors, your student will quickly learn that a Red Herring isn’t just a fish. In an age where sound reasoning and good arguments are often lacking, those who are able to think logically will find themselves at a significant advantage when presenting a case for their faith, negotiating a business deal, or deconstructing and understanding the nightly news. Your student will want to dress comfortably – informally, as it were – as we delve into this mini-course in Logic. Designed for students in grades 7-9.

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • Learn how to identify Red Herrings and other tactics

  • Learn the form and structure of an argument

  • Explore proofs, logical fallacies, and how to spot them


Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chat box to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%


Textbooks/Materials

  • No text or other materials need be procured for this class!


Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 13 @ 7:00 PM eastern time (Monday),

June 20 @ 7:00 PM eastern time (Monday), and

June 27 @ 7:00 PM eastern time (Monday).


Structure with a Purpose

Structure with a Purpose

A secondary-level course in Anatomy

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

The Eiffel Tower. The Empire State Building. The human body. All are great structures with design, purpose, functionality and beauty – all accomplished with intent by a designer. God is the incredible designer behind the human body. This mini course will be focused on the structure, function and design of the skeletal system. With the use of histology slides, engaging conversation, and fossils, students will learn how bones are knit together, how cells converse with each other, and the multiple purposes of the skeletal system. This course will be most beneficial to high school students.

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • View and compare histology slides of compact and cancellous bone

  • Distinguish between three types of bone cells using slides and images

  • Explore the five purposes of the skeletal system


Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chat box to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%


Textbooks/Materials

  • No text or other materials need be procured for this class!


Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 14 @ 3:00PM eastern time (Tuesday),

June 21 @ 3:00PM eastern time (Tuesday), and

June 28 @ 3:00PM eastern time (Tuesday).


Totally Epic! Why the Ancients are Still Alive

Totally Epic! Why the Ancients are Still Alive

A secondary-level course in Omnibus

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

Were ancient myths just an attempt at explaining the world before science made them obsolete… or were they something more? Could it be that pop culture has misunderstood their purpose and they still serve the same function they did 2000 years ago? Join us in an epic journey to discover the vibrant world of the ancient epics like the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Aeneid, and even those of the far east like the Ramayana. You just might find that these tales of harrowing courage, existential angst, and the sorrows of the human condition may yet hold something the world desperately needs today.

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • Understand the original purpose and function of the ancient epics

  • Discover what connects all of these epics to one another

  • Apply the lessons of these epics to modern day problems.


Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chat box to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%


Textbooks/Materials

  • No text or other materials need be procured for this class!


Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 16 @ 6:00 PM eastern time (Thursday),

June 23 @ 6:00 PM eastern time (Thursday), and

June 30 @ 6:00 PM eastern time (Thursday).


Weather, Waves, and Wallabies

Weather, Waves, and Wallabies

A secondary-level course in Science

Registration opens May 24th at 12pm EST

Course Description

So often in science courses, students have to fly through content so fast that there is little opportunity for deeper exploration of specialized topics. In this short course, we are going to investigate three topics from the realms of earth science, physics, and biology. First, we will look at severe weather, specifically tornados! What are they? How do they form? Where do they occur most often? Second, we are going to look at gravitational waves, and we will find recent discoveries that confirm some of Albert Einstein’s predictions. Finally, we are going down under to think about how scientists could learn about a species they might not be as familiar with. Each week will include a suggested lab activity for you to investigate the concept further on your own.

Course Learning Objectives (CLO)

  • Discover the ingredients required for tornado formation.

  • Understand gravitational waves and how they were recently detected.

  • Imagine how you would devise a plan for learning about an unfamiliar animal species.


Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation will not be graded. Your instructor will nonetheless seek to engage all who participate in this course (the more you participate, the more enjoyable your experience will be!). You will be given ample opportunity to raise your hand, comment via microphone and webcam, and use the chat box to contribute to the learning dynamic.

Assignments and Assessments

No assignments…No assessments…No pressure.

Evaluation

  • Participation/Engagement! 100%


Textbooks/Materials

  • No text or other materials need be procured for this class!


Course Calendar (each session is 1 hour long)

June 17 @ 1:00PM eastern time (Friday),

June 21 @ 1:00PM eastern time (Friday), and

July 1 @ 1:00PM eastern time (Friday).