Starts on the Date/Time - Sep 1 2015 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Newton at the Center is book two in Joy Hakim’s fantastic series that teaches the fundamentals of science by tracing the thoughts, historical context, and experiments of the great thinkers of the western tradition. The class is a great option for new students and those who completed Aristotle Leads the Way with us in 2014-2015.
Our hands-on class is based on a curriculum from the Johns Hopkins Talent Identification Program and covers a full-year science curriculum suitable for gifted middle-school-/junior-high-aged children. In the GHF class, we supplement the Hakim/Johns Hopkins materials with additional material, videos, simulations, hands-on experiments at home, and lecture materials from other cultural traditions and great thinkers throughout the world.
We will recreate experiments from Galileo, Newton, Lavoisier, du Châtelet, and other great thinkers from the Scientific Revolution. During the year, students will cover the fundamental laws of motion, gravitation, atomic theory, the how and why of the periodic table of elements, optics, electromagnetism, an introduction to calculus and radioactive decay. But, don’t let that scare you! The concepts are presented in an entertaining and memorable way—suitable for both young scientists and young poets.
Each week, students will be assigned reading and additional work outside of class. Students should expect to spend two to three hours a week working outside of class. Work at home will include hands-on experiments and explorations that can be conducted with materials readily available at the local grocery and hardware stores.
Tests, homework, and grades are provided optionally and may be graded at home or by the instructor. We fully support 2e students and will tailor testing, homework, and class participation so that it is low stress and meaningful for each student.
Please note that this is a two-semester course.
Instructor: Andrea Whitson
5-10 students, 10 years and older
Time: Tuesday 9-10 am Pacific.
Weekly. Aug 31 – Dec 13, 2015. Fall Break Oct 19 – 23, 2015.
Class Registration Fee: $245.00 (GHF Members receive a 10% discount off the first class they sign up for)
GHF Members must be logged in to access the Member-only GHF Online registration form. The first day of class will be displayed on the Event Calendar. Weekly schedule of classes.