Course Descriptions

Active Physics

Meets: Tues

from 1 to 2 pm

Teacher:

Jeanne Robinson

This course is an introduction to the main principles of force and motion and will engage students in activities to test and collect data.  This course is ideal for middle school students interested in physics.  

Algebra I 

Meets: Tues and Thurs from 11 to noon

Teacher:

Jeanne Robinson 

This course will develop algebra concepts and skills, including: variables in equations, functions, real numbers, inequalities, exponents, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions and graphing. This is ideal for 8th, 9th and 10th graders, and they should have strong middle school math skills. Those students who have completed Pre-Algebra with Chv STEM are ready for this course.  

Algebra II

Meets: Tues and Thurs from 10 to 11 am

Teacher:

Ann Caldwell

This course will develop math skills associated with linear equations, inequalities, graphs, polynomials, radical expressions, quadratic equations, functions, exponential and logarithmic expressions and maybe some trigonometry, oh boy!  This course is ideal for high school students who have completed algebra I

Biology

Meets: Tues and Thurs

from 10-11 am

Teacher:

Dr. Kumari Robinson

This course will focus on the study of living organisms through lecture, discussion and laboratory based course work. This course of study will cover topics ranging from cellular biology (organelles, cells, photosynthetic reactions, mitosis etc.) to evolutionary biology and macrobiology. Lab activities will be included.  This course is idea for upper middle and high school students interested in biology.

Biomechanics

Meets: Tues and Thurs  from 11-noon

Teacher:

Dr. Kumari Robinson

This course will focus on the nature of movement.  Students will learn about the structure and function of biological systems as it pertains to motion.  This hands-on class will have lots of opportunities to merge engineering and biology and will culminate in a prosthetic leg challenge.  This class is ideal for students who have taken biology and anatomy. 

Botany

Meets: Wed

from 10 to 11 pm

Teacher:

Tonya Wallace/TBA

This course will focus on the wild and wonderful world of plant life.  Students will learn about plant varieties, live cycles, agricultural, herbalism and the important role plants play in ecosystems and the global climate crises.  This course is offered for middle schoolers and for high schoolers.  

Computer Applications

Meets: Tues

from 1 to 2 pm

Teacher:

Kahlee Mitchell

This course will focus on software applications in Microsoft Suite, including Publisher, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  Each quarter will take on a different application and have students produce documents, presentations and publications. Students must have their own laptop to participate in this course.

Ecology

Meets: Tues

from 11 to noon

Teacher:

Oskar Eriksson

Grades 6-8: This course will focus on introducing students to the principles of ecology, a subset of biology that deals with the relationships of organisms to each other and their physical environment.    This course is ideal for middle school students.

Grades 9-12: This course will focus on introducing students to the principles of ecology - a subset of biology that deals with the relationships of organisms to each other and their physical environment.  Topics will include levels of interaction and organization throughout the biosphere as well as the interdependence of living things. This course is ideal for high school students.

Engineering

Meets: Wed

from 2 to 3 pm

Teacher:

Jeanne Robinson

This course will introduce students to the engineering design process as they tackle civil engineering projects and challenges.  Students will work cooperatively in groups to brainstorm, design, analyze and construct prototypes in response to real world design challenges.  Drafting and mathematical analysis will be introduced as well.  Most projects culminate with student groups presenting their work - successes and failure - as part of the design process.  This class is ideal for high school students.

Fractions &  Decimals

Meets: Wed

from 2 to 3 pm

Teacher:

TBA

I think the title of this class says it all:)  This course will focus on a very important skill in math and in science - the understanding of parts of whole numbers.  Topics will include understanding of fractions/decimals, ordering, mixed numbers, converting fractions to decimals and back, as well as math processes with fractions and decimals, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.  This course is ideal for middle school students who have competency in math processes with whole numbers.

Geography

Meets: Thurs

6-8:  from 1 to 2 pm

9-12: from 2 to 3 pm

Teacher:

Oskar Eriksson

Grades 6-8:  This course will focus on introductory geography concepts, continents, countries, and landforms before moving to a study of Maryland, the United States, our neighbors in North American and in the western hemisphere.  This course is ideal for middle school students

Grades 9-12: This course will focus on current countries and cultures of the western and eastern hemispheres.  Geography is often an overlooked subject, yet it is so relevant to a more complete understanding of science and social studies, eventually leading to a better understanding of national and global issues and politics.  This course is ideal for high school students.

Geometry

Meets: Wed

from 10 to 11

Teacher:

TBA

This course will focus on the basic geometry tools and apply those to more in depth concepts. Students will investigate angles, lines, polygons including triangles and quadrilaterals and will be introduced to trigonometric concepts. This course can be taken concurrently with Algebra I.

Geometry/

Trig

Meets: Tues & Thurs

from 11 to noon

Teacher:

Ann Caldwell

This course will focus on the sizes, shapes, positions, angles and dimensions of structures two and three-dimensional figures. Students will learn about congruence, similarity, proportion, circumference, area, volume, the pythagorean theorem, coordinate plane, proving basic geometric theorems and extending our work into the study of triangles with trigonometry.  This course is ideal for students who have completed algebra I and hopefully algebra II.

Environmental Science

Meets: Wed

from 1 to 2 pm

Teacher:

Ann Caldwell

This course is an interdisciplinary science that brings together the fields of ecology, biology, geology, chemistry and more as we look at some of the biggest issues facing our planet.  Students will enjoy labs and group activities.  This course is ideal for high school students who have taken biology and chemistry.

Intro to Chemistry

Meets: Thurs

from 2 to 3 on

Teacher:

Ann Caldwell

This course will explore basic laws of nature, focusing on the composition and structure of materials and the changes it undergoes.  This course is all the fun of chemistry with minimal math. Students will enjoy labs and activities.  This course is ideal for students that have had matter and molecules or a similar course.

Intro to Computer Coding

Meets: Tues

from 1 to 2 pm

Teacher:

Kahlee Mitchell

This course will introduce students to computer coding using Scratch at first, then moving to Ruby.  Students will learn to create their own interactive stories, games and animations.  Students must have their own laptop to participate in this course.

Intro to Dance & Fitness

Meets: Tues

from 1 to 2 pm

Teacher:

Viola Pitts

This course will introduce students to the world of dance starting with today’s most popular line dances, like the Cupid Shuffle, the Git Up, and the Wobble.  Each class will begin with floor exercises and end with dance.  Students will learn the basic moves to many fun forms of dance, like jazz, tap, and modern dance.

Maker-space/ Eng 101

Meets: Wed

from 10 to 11 am, 11 to noon and 1 to 2 pm

Teacher:

Jeanne Robinson

This course will allow students to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects.  Students will use their curiosity and initiative to plan, invent, create, and develop individual and group projects as well as engineering challenges. 

Martial Arts & Fitness

Meets: Wed

11 to noon, 1 to 2 pm & 2 to 3 pm

Teacher:

TBD

This course will focus on taekwondo, the perfect blend of self-defense and tradition. This class will provide students with techniques and skills for competition and self-defense. Taekwondo is one of the oldest forms of martial arts in the world.  One of its core principles it to use all parts of the body to stop fights and build a better and more peaceful world. 

Matter & Molecules

Meets: Wed 

from 10 to 11 am, 11 to noon, and 1 to 2 pm

Teacher:

Ann Caldwell

This course is a hands-on exploration of chemical concepts.  Topics will include states of matter, changes of state, density, the process of dissolving and, of course, chemical changes. This course is ideal for middle school students interested in chemistry.

Mechanical Engineering

Meets: Thurs

from 1 to 2 pm

Teacher:

Jeanne Robinson

This course will introduce students to the engineering design process as they tackle mechanical engineering projects and challenges.  Topics will include simple machines, kinetic and potential energy as well as reverse engineering techniques. Students will work cooperatively in groups to brainstorm, design, analyze and construct prototypes in response to real world design challenges.  This class is ideal for middle school students.

National Parks Geology & Geography

Meets: Tues

from 2 to 3 pm

Teacher:

Ann Caldwell

This course will have students take a tour of our National Parks.  Students will learn about the history of our park system, as well as the interesting geology, geography and ecology that is unique to each one.  This course is ideal for middle school students who want to learn more about these national treasures. 

Organic/

Biochemistry

Meets: Tues and Thurs from 1 to 2 pm

Teacher:

Ann Caldwell

This course will focus on organic chemistry for the first semester and biochemistry for the second semester.  The principles of organic chemistry - properties, structures, composition and reactions of carbon-containing compounds - will be the focus on the first semester.  Students will use this knowledge to learn about the four main macromolecules of biochemistry in the second semester.  This course is far less mathematically based than a standard high school chemistry class and is ideal for students who have had biology and introductory chemistry.

Physics

Meets: Tues and Thurs from 2 to 3 pm

Teacher:

Jeanne Robinson

This course will focus on the laws of motion, forces, gravity, work, energy, thermodynamics, light and sound as well as their real world applications.  This course is ideal for high students that have taken algebra I.  Classes will be student centered and activity based.

Pre-Algebra

Meets: Tues and Thurs from 10 to 11 am

Teacher:

Jeanne Robinson

This course will begin with a review of middle school math skills and end with basic algebra problem-solving techniques.  This is a great way to strengthen mathematical concepts before moving onto Algebra I.  This class meets once/week, but is offered on Tue and Thur.  Students are welcome to take one or both classes.  

Ratio,

Percent& Proportions

Meets: Wed

from 1 to 2 pm

Teacher:

TBA

I think the title of this class says it all:)  This course will focus on a very important skill in math and in science - the understanding the relationship between numbers used as comparisons.  Topics will include how to calculate and understand R, R & P using whole numbers as first and moving on to include fractions and decimals.  This course will also include real world applications such as finding sales taxes, discounts and commissions. This course is ideal for middle school students, especially following the course Fractions and Decimals. 

Sociology

Meets: Thurs

from 10 to 11 am

Teacher:

Brandon Wallace

This course will introduce students to the scientific study of society. Students will identify and discuss the social and cultural factors that shape our lives in the contemporary United States. This course will focus on analysis of current events, activities that stimulate critical thinking, and much more. This course is ideal for high school students. 

Sport &

Fitness

Meets: Thurs

from 1 to 2 & 2 to 3 pm

Teacher:

Brandon Wallace

One of our most popular classes, Sport & Fitness will focus on getting students to move, try new sports, learn new skills, gain confidence, play fairly, and value lifetime fitness. 

Understanding Data & Statistics

Meets: Wed

from 11 to noon

Teacher:

TBA

This course will focus the mathematical skills needed to understand and use data effectively.  Topics will include types of data, graphs and charts, analyzing data, measures of central tendency, normal distribution, and correlation. Students will collect data in class and use their new skills to calculate and display their results. 

Health & Wellness

Meets: Thurs

from 11 to noon

Teacher:

Brandon Wallace

This course will cover a wide range of topics that will promote overall healthy living . One primary theme of the class will be personal health, in which students will learn about the factors that influence physical, mental, emotional, social, and nutritional health outcomes. The second primary theme will be public health, in which students will learn about and discuss the ways to best achieve health and wellness at a regional, national, and global level. Topics will include nutrition, fitness, staying healthy, decision-making as well as mental and emotional health topics such as coping strategies for stress and anxiety.