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Monday

Ideas that Changed the World - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Discoveries don’t usually come about with someone leaping out of a bathtub shouting “Eureka!” More often than not discoveries are the result of the coming together of efforts of a lot of different people. This class focuses on ten inventions, theories or discoveries that truly changed the world, and on the people who were involved in the process. The world is big multifaceted place. With that in mind, each class will focus on a different area of science. This interdisciplinary class will be sure to surprise you and to blow your mind!

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Three….. Two…..One…… Blast off Space Exploration & Astronomy - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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Are you ready for an intergalactic exploration?

If you love space, and all things stellar, then this is the class for you! Together, we will learn all about galaxies, stars, and our solar system!

Questions we will investigate includes…

What causes the seasons?

Could we live on Mars?

What is the Solar Nebula Theory?

What is the Big Bang Theory?

What are the different constellations in the sky?

To learn about these topics as well as so many more, register your future astronaut!

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Sarah Pope

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

A Class 65 Million Years in the Making: Introduction to Paleontology - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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What was life on earth like millions of years ago?

This class will discuss how the Big Bang created the opportunity for life, growth and evolution. Together we will learn how to study fossils and we will discover how animals evolved from sea creatures to become dinosaurs as we know them today.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Can You Dig It? Introduction to Archaeology - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Believe it or not, one day people will be digging through our trash trying to figure out who we were as a society! Archaeology is the study of past societies, their customs, behaviors and practices through the buildings and artifacts that they have left behind. Together we will explore archaeological theory, method and practice. We will also discuss archaeological ethics and our responsibility towards preserving our past.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Earth Science - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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The Earth needs us now more than ever, and it needs students who understand the different systems affecting the Earth. We will take an in-depth look at energy, tectonic plates, weather, climate, volcanoes, etc. We will also be introduced to important scientific concepts such as heat, density, and buoyancy. We won’t stop at the edge of the Earth though, we will also discuss the solar system including the sun, planets, moons etc.

Students will be asked to explore the world around them using virtual models, watching videos, discussion, debate, and experimenting.

Students will be encouraged to dream big as they prepare for OTA’s virtual Science Fair held in the Spring of 2020.

NOTE: This is a LAB Science.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Introduction to Psychology and the Brain - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 23, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Have you ever wondered what makes us tick?

Some may say it is our heart, but what about our brain?

What role does it play in who we are and the choices we make?

Introduction to Psychology will introduce students to human nature. We will explore the brain’s anatomy, understand the history of psychology and the various points of view that have existed over time. We will delve into experience, emotion, learning, behavior and psychological disorders through readings, videos, research and lectures. The class will observe a live dissection of a brain, performed by the teacher (with possibility to follow along at home).

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Introduction to Start Ups - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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What is a start-up? Is it a full-fledged business? Is it an idea? Is it both?

Israel is considered by the world the start-up nation and more products and designs began their life in Israel. Jonathan Meola has been a part of this world in one capacity or another for a large part of his adult life. He is excited to share with students the concept behind start-ups.

What is a start-up?

How do you come up with the next great idea?

How do you get investors?

What happens when you sell the start up?

Introduction to Start Ups is so much more than just a business class. Entrepreneurial education is slowly but surely becoming more mainstream. It is a class to inspire, make your move, fulfill your vision, look at your goal. Yes, you can be the Startup Hero!

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Physics - Full Year - 2019 - 2020

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 30

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Price: $600.00

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Whether students realize it or not, the world around is constantly being affected by the laws of physics. In this class, students will be encouraged to question, hypothesize, experiment, and draw conclusions which will lead them down the path of discovery and understanding of the laws of physics. We will study the physical and natural phenomena around us through live and virtual labs.

At this level many students already have an understanding of force, motion, gravity, etc.

Students will be encouraged to dream big as they prepare for OTA’s virtual Science Fair held in the Spring of 2020.

NOTE: This class is a LAB science.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Dive Deep! Calling All Marine Biologists to Be! - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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If you love the creatures of the sea, then you will love this class! This is an introductory course for students that are interested in understanding the Marine environment. We will explore all marine organisms from the shores to the trenches. As well as cover marine habitats, their physical and behavioral characteristics, and adaptation they have to live in their marine environment. So if you’re crazy about coral or love lobsters, then sign up for Dive Deep! Calling All Marine Biologists to Be!

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Sarah Pope

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Don’t Trust Atoms, they Make Up Everything High School Chemistry - Full Year - 2019 - 2020

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 30

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Price: $600.00

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Chemistry is the study of composition, reactivity, properties and reactivity of matter. The first part of the course includes mastery of topics in measurement, dimensional analysis, classification of matter, chemical structure, chemical formula and equation writing, and stoichiometry. The remainder of the semester is spent in a survey of physical applications to chemical systems including gas laws, kinetic theory, solutions, equilibrium, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry with emphasis world applications.

Students will be encouraged to dream big as they prepare for OTA’s virtual Science Fair held in the Spring of 2020.

NOTE: This class is a LAB science.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Geology Rocks! Introduction to Geology - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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While geology rocks, geology isn’t just about rocks. The science of geology deals with the earth’s physical structure and substance, its history and the processes acting on it. These processes include volcanoes, earthquakes, rocks, mountains, oceans etc. Together we will travel to the top of active volcanoes, survey earthquakes throughout history, climb to the very top of the tallest peaks on the planet and dive to the bottoms of our oceans. So pack your bag, put on a pair of comfortable walking shoes and join me as we look at planet Earth through the eyes of a geologist!

Students will be encouraged to dream big as they prepare for OTA’s virtual Science Fair held in the Spring of 2020.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

I Speak for the Trees: Environmental Science Through the Eyes of the Lorax - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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This class will use the book and animated movie, The Lorax, as a spring board into environmental science topics.

What decisions were made in Thneedville that lead to people buying plastic trees and air?
Could this happen in real life?

We will use the story’s plot line and dissect the lyrics to draw parallels to the real world.
Environmental science concepts covered in this course include ecology, land & water use, deforestation, pollution, resources, population growth and over consumption.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Sarah Pope

Grade Range: 8th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

If the Genes Fit High School Biology - Full Year - 2019 - 2020

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 30

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Price: $600.00

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Biology is the natural science that studies life and living organisms. Together we will explore their physical structure, chemical composition, function, reproduction development and evolution.

Students will be encouraged to dream big as they prepare for OTA’s virtual Science Fair held in the Spring of 2020.

NOTE: This class is a LAB science.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Introduction to the Human Body - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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The knee bone is connected to the… leg bone? No, that can’t be quite right! In this class, students will explore the human body, presented as an age-appropriate, fun approach to learning the major organ systems of the human body. We will cover the circulatory, digestive, immune, muscular, nervous and reproductive system, just to name a few. Students will be responsible for understanding the purpose of each system and how they work together as a whole.

Students will explore the human body with virtual 3D models, lectures, discussions, and videos.

Please note that the reproductive system is covered in this class including the reproductive organs and their function and purposes.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Physical Science - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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This class is an introduction to the physical sciences including basic chemistry, geology, astronomy and physics. These sciences make the world go around and having a strong introduction in the field will help students succeed later on with their science studies. Middle school students are natural scientists, who with a little direction can walk in the footsteps of Isaac Newton, Marie Curie and Nicola Tesla (to just name a few!) With the help of these famous scientists, we will learn about the scientific method, writing lab reports, get familiar with the periodic table, gravity, states of matter and much, much more!

Students will be encouraged to dream big as they prepare for OTA’s virtual Science Fair held in the Spring of 2020.

NOTE: This is a LAB Science.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 6th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: Introduction to Astronomy - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Astronomy is more than just stars in the sky: it’s the big bang, the milky way, telescopes and much, much more! Together we will study the planets and their moons, comets, galaxies and space! Students will explore the four corners of our galaxy and we will discuss what could possibly be out there in a classroom far, far away.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Big Blue: Exploring the Physical, Geological, and Chemical Properties of the Ocean - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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Oceanography is a lab based class, with hands on guided inquiry activities in which students will study the physical, chemical, and geological aspects of the ocean. Topics include exploration and oceanographic instruments; the chemistry of sea water; ocean dynamics; ocean floor features and formation; waves and tides.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Sarah Pope

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Hidden Figures: The Women who Changed NASA Forever - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 20, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Hidden Figures is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program; however, until now, did not receive the credit they deserved.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rulers, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

It’s a Zoo Out There! Zoology for Young Minds - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

It’s time to get wild about animals!

From ants to zebras, we will study animals on land, in the air, and underwater. If you love koalas or whales, this is the class for you! A fun introductory course filled with hands on activities, which will teach you all about animals and the habitats in which they live. Each class, you will generate a My Zoology Text Book Page and by the end of this course you will have your very own Zoology Textbook filled with colorful diagrams, important definitions, and so much more! What are you waiting for? Join the class..... It’s a zoo out there! Zoology for Young Minds today!

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Sarah Pope

Grade Range: 4th - 7th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Women Mathematicians and Scientists from 1700 - 1900 - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 20, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Although it often seems that the world is powered by men, this is not the case. Throughout history, women have left their impact in all fields – including science and mathematics.

During this course, we will explore a brief biography of the life, the society and culture that shaped these women. Additionally, we will discuss what contributions were made in their field. We will discuss how their lives would be different if they had been born in a different time and culture and how their contributions were received by society at the time.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

What’s Your Code? The World of DNA - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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In What's Your Code, students will dive deep into the fascinating world of heredity and genetics. Together, we will explore the chromosomes as well as the structure of DNA allowing us to understand how we use this information to know more about our health as well as appearance.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Natalie Hines

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Wild Weather - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Tornadoes! Twisters! Tsunamis! Oh My!

Hurricanes, droughts, snowstorms, flooding…extreme weather can happen at any time, anywhere and it affects all of us. In 2014, the United States experienced eight weather and climate disasters with losses exceeding one billion dollars each, including drought in the West, five severe storm events, flooding in Michigan and the Northeast, and a winter storm that affected the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast.

In this course, students will learn "the basics" about weather patterns, extreme weather and climate change. Additionally, students will learn about how various weather systems impact human beings around the world.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Natalie Hines

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Zap! Heat, Energy, and Electricity - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 13, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Have you ever wondered what electricity is and where it comes from?

Have you ever been zapped by static electricity and wondered how it got there?

Join us as we learn about heat, energy, and electricity. Together, we will explore how it moves and transforms. Additionally, we will explore convection and conduction. Students will be challenged to build circuits as well as participate in an engaging STEM lab. Zap!Heat,Energy and Electricity will offer many opportunities for hands-on learning!.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Natalie Hines

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.