Terms for 2017-2018

  • Fall September 11, 2017 – December 14, 2017
  • Winter: January 8, 2018 – March 16th, 2018 [Winter Break is from December 18th, 2017 – January 8th, 2018]
  • Spring: March 26th, 2018 – June 14th, 2018

 Teen Class Calendar below.

Class Calendar for ages 9-12

View full pre-teen calendar on Google Calendar

Monday
  • Intro Tech Club (All-Ages)

    Monday  9:30 am11:00 am

    Tech club will now to comprised of coding/programming, robotics and all things tech that might interest the learners, learners are encouraged to join the Tech Club that is suited for their skill level and not age.  Learners will be encouraged to choose one or two technology areas of focus and work on individual or group projects to fulfilled those goals. 

    Some examples of technology on hand will be Scratch programming, Raspberry Pi, LEGO Mindstorm Robotics. 

    Some ideas of goals would be local robotics challenges, programming additional games for the Compass Arcade unit, website, etc
    Depending on the areas of learning, resources can be borrowed but if it beyond the current resources we can look into getting it or learner might have to acquire it themselves. Join with an open mind and ready to discover about  STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

    If you are not sure which level Tech Club to join please contact the instructor Andrew at andrew.mcdonald@compassottawa.org.

    Compass provided email account will be required for this course – it will be used for course updates and also as a way to document progress of learning

    Andrew is a technology knowledge gatherer – He wants to learn about everything he can in the technology section and doesn’t understand there is too much to learn all at once! He studied at Mount and taught himself Java to help with his research project because he was to lazy to search for data himself. He built his first app so that he could get a tablet as a prize.

    His coding knowledge ranges from typesetting languages HTML/CSS, LaTeX, and programming languages Processing, Java, C++, Scratch, Blockly, Python.    

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  • Community Time

    Monday  11:00 am12:30 pm

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  • Intermediate Tech Club (All Ages)

    Monday  11:00 am12:30 pm

    Tech club will now to comprised of coding/programming, robotics and all things tech that might interest the learners, learners are encouraged to join the Tech Club that is suited for their skill level and not age.  Learners will be encouraged to choose one or two technology areas of focus and work on individual or group projects to fulfilled those goals. 

    Some examples of technology on hand will be Scratch programming, Python programming, Raspberry Pi, LEGO Mindstorm Robotics, Arduino Robotics. 

    Some ideas of goals would be local robotics challenges, programming additional games for the Compass Arcade unit, Creating your own Arcade unit, etc
    Depending on the areas of learning, resources can be borrowed but if it beyond the current resources we can look into getting it or learner might have to acquire it themselves. Join with an open mind and ready to discover about  STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

    If you are not sure which level Tech Club to join please contact the instructor Andrew at andrew.mcdonald@compassottawa.org.Compass provided email account will be required for this course – it will be used for course updates and also as a way to document progress of learning
    Andrew is a technology knowledge gatherer – He wants to learn about everything he can in the technology section and doesn’t understand there is too much to learn all at once! He studied at Mount and taught himself Java to help with his research project because he was to lazy to search for data himself. He built his first app so that he could get a tablet as a prize.

    His coding knowledge ranges from typesetting languages HTML/CSS, LaTeX, and programming languages Processing, Java, C++, Scratch, Blockly, Python.    

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  • Music Production

    Monday  12:30 pm1:30 pm

    Learn the basics of electronic music production and the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) of your choice through hands-on activities, discussion, and real-life examples. This course aims to take a complete beginner and provide them with the tools they need to start producing music right away.

     

    Supplies to bring: Laptop, headphones (optional)

     

    This class will be taught by one of our teen members Alexis Knox.

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Tuesday
  • Greek Mythology

    Tuesday  9:30 am10:30 am

    In this class, the main focus will be on the most famous tales of the Ancient Greek Pantheon and the various myths that explain the way the world worked to the Greeks. We will discuss the mythical creation of the world, the creation of mankind and the introduction of civilization. We will also look at the various gifts or responsibilities of the Olympian gods and goddesses and their roles in the stories of heroes. We will also be looking at the enemies of heroes, such as Medusa the gorgon and the minotaur. Students will use these stories as inspiration to make myths of their own, complete with heroes, monsters and an explanation as to how something in our world exists the way it does. Not only would this class improve the overall knowledge of the origins of western culture, they can also use this class as an opportunity to improve their comprehension skills and creativity.

    Christina Bartley is a grad student in Classical Studies and has studied the ancient world and its languages for six and a half years. She knows how to read Latin and Ancient Greek and volunteers at the Museum of Classical Antiquities at the University of Ottawa. Christina has been absorbed in the Ancient World since she was very small and is deeply passionate about the art, literature and genius of the Ancient Mediterranean people and how they interpreted the world around them

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  • Community Time (Community Meeting & Dungeons & Dragons)

    Tuesday  10:30 am12:00 pm

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  • Group Math

    Tuesday  12:00 pm1:00 pm

    In this course students select their own online math program and Compass provides tutors to support them in their progress. Tutors have a wider range of expertise and can teach to whatever levels students are at. 

    Students are to bring their own math work to this course and select the platform that works for them best (this is best done with parents at home). There are many math platforms available online to help students meet their goals. Here is a selection that you might be interested in:

    Our Tutors:
    Blair Dowden

    Blair has been a tutor for students at Compass for the past three years. I took an unconventional route through university, teaching myself how to use the computers in the days before there was an official computer science program. That led to a career in writing software, from which I am now retired. For a number of years I have been studying math and science on my own, which gives me a better understanding than remembering it from many years ago. I am currently studying classical mechanics from the perspective of the symmetries revealed by its differential equations, and Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.    

    My goal is to teach critical thinking. This means understanding the material and not just learning a list of mathematical techniques. I find it is best to keep the material as practical as possible. I begin by finding out what the student already knows and what they want to achieve. Because math, like anything else, can only be learned with practice, I need to know how much time the student is willing to work on it outside of the class.

    I like to first take every student through a short course to show that mathematics is about invention and discovery, rather than a single revealed truth. I explore where numbers come from, the nature of a proof, and why there are many different mathematical systems. Finally, I develop an understanding of Euclidean geometry from the ground up, reaching to the Pythagoras theorem, and show why this system of geometry is depends on its assumptions.

    Blair has experience tutoring several streams of mathematics and is available for one-on-one tutoring as well:

    Physics: For students interested in technology, mathematics is taught as a tool to understand the world we live in. Because the concept of symmetry is at the core of advanced physics, I emphasize it right from the beginning, as I think it makes the basic concepts more clear. As physics is about things that move and change, I introduce the notion of calculus, the language of change, as early as possible. While algebra is essential, specific calculus techniques can be left for later. In physics, something has to do the moving, which leads to the conservation of momentum and energy. Gravity unites falling objects on Earth with the motion of the planets. We may even explore relativity.

    Probability and Statistics: Almost everything in the world we live in is uncertain. Probability is about understanding that uncertainty, and statistics is the language to describe it. If possible, I would like to lead the student toward Bayes Theorem, which explains how probability depends on what we already know. In my opinion, no student should leave school without a basic understanding of the statistical concepts that modern life depends on

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  • For the love of learning: maker space learning laboratory (small group with Marika)

    Tuesday  12:00 pm2:00 pm

    Marika Jemma is a visual artist and teacher, who works in sculpture, installation, land art and video.
    www.marikajemma.com 

    This term Marika is taking over one of our rooms to set up our own Make Space focused on applying creativity. Marika will be making herself available every Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-2:30PM (and on Thursdays by appointment) to mentor students one-on-one in a series of workshops focused on applying their creative thinking. Students who sign up for the course will receive 10 90 minute sessions with Marika that they can schedule with her as they like. They will decide on projects with Marika and complete them over the course of 10 sessions. Marika is a versatile educator and coach. Here is a list of some of her skills to get your ideas rolling (although possibilities are endless!):

    • Drawing basics: the figure, animals, perspective, creating volume, mixed media
    • Basic acrylic painting
    • Storytelling and spoken word
    • Drama games
    • Puppet making
    • Board game creation
    • Rube Goldberg Machines
    • Green inventions
    • Model making (architectural and mechanical)
    • Escapology (Designing an escape room)
    • Sherlock Holmes’ puzzles

    Marika is also available at Compass as a tutor in math, writing, study skills, visual art ( contact Peter for more details)

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Wednesday
  • All About Reptiles

    Wednesday  9:30 am10:30 am

    **This class will have a material fee to pay for a visit from Ray’s Reptiles – details on the fee will be discussed during the first class**
    Through this introductory course students will take a look at the diverse biology that makes up the class Reptilia. Students will learn about each order of reptile and some of the biology that makes them unique. Students will also learn about the importance of reptiles and the conservation of Canadian species. The occasional live animal may visit the class to assist with demonstrations and learning.

    Lee Roy

    Wherever she goes Lee aims to inspire a lifelong interest in the environment, natural history, and wildlife. Lee is a Wildlife Biologist and a Science Communicator that has worked for many years in science and environmental education as well as wildlife rehabilitation. She has developed and delivered programs ranging from formal curriculum linked to recreational education programs. She has worked and volunteered for accredited zoos, rehabilitation centres, and science centres delivering programs to people of all ages. Whether discussing scientific theory, creating explosions or bring animal ambassadors for a visit Lee loves what she does.

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  • Creative Writing

    Wednesday  11:00 am12:00 pm

    This class will allow students to explore different forms and styles of writing through fun activities. The aim is to encourage creative expression and introduce students to various ways to approach writing. No writing experience is necessary, but a willingness to try, write and create is a must!

    Jane Kerrison is a writer, artist, photographer and yoga teacher. 

    A few of their favourite things: 

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  • Community Time

    Wednesday  12:00 pm1:00 pm

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Thursday

Class Calendar for ages 13-18

View full teen calendar on Google Calendar

Monday
  • Intro Tech Club (All-Ages)

    Monday  9:30 am11:00 am

    Tech club will now to comprised of coding/programming, robotics and all things tech that might interest the learners, learners are encouraged to join the Tech Club that is suited for their skill level and not age.  Learners will be encouraged to choose one or two technology areas of focus and work on individual or group projects to fulfilled those goals. 

    Some examples of technology on hand will be Scratch programming, Raspberry Pi, LEGO Mindstorm Robotics. 

    Some ideas of goals would be local robotics challenges, programming additional games for the Compass Arcade unit, website, etc
    Depending on the areas of learning, resources can be borrowed but if it beyond the current resources we can look into getting it or learner might have to acquire it themselves. Join with an open mind and ready to discover about  STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

    If you are not sure which level Tech Club to join please contact the instructor Andrew at andrew.mcdonald@compassottawa.org.

    Compass provided email account will be required for this course – it will be used for course updates and also as a way to document progress of learning
    Andrew is a technology knowledge gatherer – He wants to learn about everything he can in the technology section and doesn’t understand there is too much to learn all at once! He studied at Mount and taught himself Java to help with his research project because he was to lazy to search for data himself. He built his first app so that he could get a tablet as a prize.

    His coding knowledge ranges from typesetting languages HTML/CSS, LaTeX, and programming languages Processing, Java, C++, Scratch, Blockly, Python.  

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  • Physics Goes to the Movies

    Monday  9:30 am11:00 am

    Ever wondered if it was possible to swing through the sky like Spiderman? Or fly a helicopter attached toa train through a tunnel under the English channel, like in Mission Impossible? If so this is the class foryou! In this class we will be discussing the feasibility of movie action scenes from a physics standpoint.

    At the end of this class students will have a better understanding of the forces acting on them and the things in their lives every day.

    Zeke will be teachingthe fist half of the course and William will be teaching the second. The maturity level of the content of themovies we discuss will be decided after the first couple of classes once we get to know the students andhave some idea of what they are comfortable with. Watching the movie that we are discussing will not be
    necessary but we will watch a clip of the relevant scenes at the beginning of class.

    Instructors: Zeke Ruddy & William Le Blanc – both previous Compass members.

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  • Intermediate Tech Club (All-Ages)

    Monday  11:00 am12:30 pm

    Tech club will now to comprised of coding/programming, robotics and all things tech that might interest the learners, learners are encouraged to join the Tech Club that is suited for their skill level and not age.  Learners will be encouraged to choose one or two technology areas of focus and work on individual or group projects to fulfilled those goals. 

    Some examples of technology on hand will be Scratch programming, Python programming, Raspberry Pi, LEGO Mindstorm Robotics, Arduino Robotics. 

    Some ideas of goals would be local robotics challenges, programming additional games for the Compass Arcade unit, Creating your own Arcade unit, etc
    Depending on the areas of learning, resources can be borrowed but if it beyond the current resources we can look into getting it or learner might have to acquire it themselves. Join with an open mind and ready to discover about  STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

    If you are not sure which level Tech Club to join please contact the instructor Andrew at andrew.mcdonald@compassottawa.org.Compass provided email account will be required for this course – it will be used for course updates and also as a way to document progress of learningAndrew is a technology knowledge gatherer – He wants to learn about everything he can in the technology section and doesn’t understand there is too much to learn all at once! He studied at Mount and taught himself Java to help with his research project because he was to lazy to search for data himself. He built his first app so that he could get a tablet as a prize.

    His coding knowledge ranges from typesetting languages HTML/CSS, LaTeX, and programming languages Processing, Java, C++, Scratch, Blockly, Python.  

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  • Community Time

    Monday  12:30 pm2:00 pm

    Community meeting will take place weekly during community meeting time. The day will be decided collectively at the beginning of the term

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  • Borders & Conflict: International Current Events Discussion Group

    Monday  2:00 pm3:30 pm

    In this class, students are engaged in discussing world’s most important current events. What happened? Where it happened? And how it is affecting us are discussed with students. One of the major focus is on the world’s current political conflicts like Israel-Palestine, Syria or Afghanistan. We will use conflict analysis tools in order to present a clear image of the conflicts. At the end of the class, students are expected to get a broader view of the world political events, to learn basic of conflict analysis, and to have basic knowledge of the world politics.

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Tuesday
  • Courage to Walk a Nonlinear Path: Insights from the Science of Nonlinearity

    Tuesday  9:30 am11:00 am

    Sometimes you need to step off the path that everyone else is walking, in order to discovery who you truly are and to find your purpose in the world. But let’s face it, walking a different path can be scary.  The world is a complex place with many uncertainties and tangled problems. Navigating your pathway can be hard. It requires courage and skill-sets that are not often taught in conventional educational settings.

    This is where the science of nonlinearity can offer insight. This is the science of surprises, of chaos, and complex problems.  Nonlinear science teaches us how to understand and deal with phenomena that are complex and impossible to predict or control. Such phenomena are abundant in nature, from the unpredictability of earthquakes, to the complex movements of birds flocking in unison, to the way information flows through social media

    Even though nonlinear phenomena display characteristics such as chaos and unpredictability, they also display characteristics of resiliency, creativity, and self-direction.  We will study the characteristics of nonlinear phenomena and then ask how these characteristics apply in our own lives, as we chart our own paths. Our goal is the gain insight and needed skill-sets for walking a nonlinear path.

    Dr. Laura Batson practices holistic medicine in downtown Ottawa.She completed a 4-year naturopathic medical degree from the Canadian College ofNaturopathic Medicine. Her prior education includes a degree in Biology fromthe University of Western Ontario,  and aMasters in Holistic Science from the UK. She is author of the book Curvature:The Science and Soul of Nonlinearity. This is a book that weaves art,poetry, and science, guiding the reader away from “linear” thinkingand opening them to the power of “non-linear” ways of knowing. Laura hasfacilitated workshops in Ottawa and internationally that focus on educatinghearts, minds, and souls on holistic and nonlinear ways of knowing. 

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  • Supported Math Group

    Tuesday  11:15 am12:45 pm

    In this course students select their own online math program and Compass provides tutors to support them in their progress. Tutors have a wider range of expertise and can teach to whatever levels students are at. 

    Students are to bring their own math work to this course and select the platform that works for them best (this is best done with parents at home). There are many math platforms available online to help students meet their goals. Here is a selection that you might be interested in:

    Our Tutors:
    Jaime Ocana Martins
    Jaime grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After completing  an apprenticeships degree in chemistry Jaime came to Canada to study Engineering at the University of Ottawa. Jaime has lots of experience working with youth and tutoring family members and is excited to lend his love of math to Compass.  



    Blair Dowden

    Blair has been a tutor for students at Compass for the past three years. I took an unconventional route through university, teaching myself how to use the computers in the days before there was an official computer science program. That led to a career in writing software, from which I am now retired. For a number of years I have been studying math and science on my own, which gives me a better understanding than remembering it from many years ago. I am currently studying classical mechanics from the perspective of the symmetries revealed by its differential equations, and Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.    

    My goal is to teach critical thinking. This means understanding the material and not just learning a list of mathematical techniques. I find it is best to keep the material as practical as possible. I begin by finding out what the student already knows and what they want to achieve. Because math, like anything else, can only be learned with practice, I need to know how much time the student is willing to work on it outside of the class.

    I like to first take every student through a short course to show that mathematics is about invention and discovery, rather than a single revealed truth. I explore where numbers come from, the nature of a proof, and why there are many different mathematical systems. Finally, I develop an understanding of Euclidean geometry from the ground up, reaching to the Pythagoras theorem, and show why this system of geometry is depends on its assumptions.

    Blair has experience tutoring several streams of mathematics and is available for one-on-one tutoring as well:

    Physics: For students interested in technology, mathematics is taught as a tool to understand the world we live in. Because the concept of symmetry is at the core of advanced physics, I emphasize it right from the beginning, as I think it makes the basic concepts more clear. As physics is about things that move and change, I introduce the notion of calculus, the language of change, as early as possible. While algebra is essential, specific calculus techniques can be left for later. In physics, something has to do the moving, which leads to the conservation of momentum and energy. Gravity unites falling objects on Earth with the motion of the planets. We may even explore relativity.

    Probability and Statistics: Almost everything in the world we live in is uncertain. Probability is about understanding that uncertainty, and statistics is the language to describe it. If possible, I would like to lead the student toward Bayes Theorem, which explains how probability depends on what we already know. In my opinion, no student should leave school without a basic understanding of the statistical concepts that modern life depends on

    See more details

  • For the love of learning: maker space learning laboratory (small group with Marika)

    Tuesday  12:00 pm2:00 pm

    Marika Jemma is a visual artist and teacher, who works in sculpture, installation, land art and video.
    www.marikajemma.com 

    This term Marika is taking over one of our rooms to set up our own Make Space focused on applying creativity. Marika will be making herself available every Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-2:30PM (and on Thursdays by appointment) to mentor students one-on-one in a series of workshops focused on applying their creative thinking. Students who sign up for the course will receive 10 90 minute sessions with Marika that they can schedule with her as they like. They will decide on projects with Marika and complete them over the course of 10 sessions. Marika is a versatile educator and coach. Here is a list of some of her skills to get your ideas rolling (although possibilities are endless!):

    • Drawing basics: the figure, animals, perspective, creating volume, mixed media
    • Basic acrylic painting
    • Storytelling and spoken word
    • Drama games
    • Puppet making
    • Board game creation
    • Rube Goldberg Machines
    • Green inventions
    • Model making (architectural and mechanical)
    • Escapology (Designing an escape room)
    • Sherlock Holmes’ puzzles

    Marika is also available at Compass as a tutor in math, writing, study skills, visual art ( contact Peter for more details)

    See more details

  • Community Time

    Tuesday  12:45 pm2:00 pm

    Community meeting will take place weekly during community meeting time. The day will be decided collectively at the beginning of the term

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  • Are we ADDICTED to our cell phones? Exploring the neuroscience behind our social behaviors

    Tuesday  1:00 pm2:15 pm

    Exploring the neural correlates (e.g., brain activation, brain regions) of social behavior. We will explore the basic mechanisms involved in brain activation at the micro (cellular, neuronal) and macro (connections, regions) level. We will also explore how nutrition, physical activity, and stress reduction influences brain health and activity. Other special topics include: gender differences in brain function and morphology (e.g., size), how stress, including short-term stressors and chronic stress leading to clinical disorders, the environment (e.g., pollution, living in the city vs rural areas), and culture (e.g., cell phone use, screen use, attraction theories) influences brain health and social behavior, how bullying impacts the brain, and common techniques for analyzing brain activity and stress responses in experimental studies (e.g., exploring Magnetic Resonance Imaging). Hands-on activities, such as neuroanatomy and social experiments with hand-outs, cognitive testing (executive functioning tasks) and  stress reduction training will be permitted for educational purposes.

    Class assignment: Choose a social behavior and explain the neuroscience behind it! Can include odd behaviors, disorders, or common social behaviors. Re-create the functions of a brain region using art or images.

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  • Photography: Express Yourself

    Tuesday  2:15 pm3:30 pm

    Students will learn the basics of photography with an emphasis on artist practices that can be applied to any camera. We will learn how to use photography as a means of expressing ourselves and telling our own personal stories, through lessons on the history of photography as well as studying the work of contemporary photographers.

    Through concept based projects that focus on photojournalism and art photography students will gain a better understanding of colour, composition, and lighting, as well as digital editing and printing. Above all students will be encouraged to learn to use photography as a medium to express themselves and share their vision with others.

    Supplies to bring: Camera of any type – DSLR, MILC, phones, iPads, compact cameras will all be acceptable for this class

    Zainab studied fine arts with a specialization in photography at the university of Ottawa and has been working as an artist/photographer and illustrator since then. She works primarily with digital media but often includes elements of painting and other traditional mediums as part of ongoing exploration of identity and the multiplicity of the self in relation to the environment. She has illustrated children’s books.  

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Wednesday
  • The History of Rights and Freedoms

    Wednesday  9:30 am11:00 am

    Over the 10 week semester, this course will examine various rights and freedoms and explore the history behind them as well as current controversies surrounding these ideas. Through engaging with historical and contemporary primary sources relating to rights and freedoms students will be able to analyze contemporary and historical issues and form their own informed opinions regarding past and present controversies. Furthermore, students will be encouraged to share their ideas with the rest of the class and to learn through interaction and debate with their peers. 

    Additional readings will be available for students who express interest in a particular topic.  

    Adam Coombs is a PhD candidate in history at the University of British Columbia. He has taught Canadian and American history at the university level for the past six years.

    *This course is available for online learning*

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  • Biology Research Project

    Wednesday  11:00 am12:00 pm

    In this course, I would walk the students through the process of coming up with an idea to research and guide them through the scientific research process. Students would conduct research on topics of interest to them. The end result would be a research project that would be presented to the rest of the class. Costs for materials would depend on the nature of each student’s project.

    Lee Roy

    Wherever she goes Lee aims to inspire a lifelong interest in the environment, natural history, and wildlife. Lee is a Wildlife Biologist and a Science Communicator that has worked for many years in science and environmental education as well as wildlife rehabilitation. She has developed and delivered programs ranging from formal curriculum linked to recreational education programs. She has worked and volunteered for accredited zoos, rehabilitation centres, and science centres delivering programs to people of all ages. Whether discussing scientific theory, creating explosions or bring animal ambassadors for a visit Lee loves what she does.

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  • Cell Biology

    Wednesday  12:00 pm1:30 pm

    Students will take a look at the basic unit of life, the cell. They will learn what defines a cell, the anatomy of a cell, and the molecular structures that make a cell function. Students will learn about the organelles, the cell membrane, the movement of molecules in and out of the cell, cell growth and replication, and some metabolic requirements. If time permits students will look at various types of animal cells. A basic understanding of elemental chemistry is recommended but not required as it will be reviewed. Much of this class will be theory with a combination of 2-3 wet and dry labs.

    Lee Roy

    Wherever she goes Lee aims to inspire a lifelong interest in the environment, natural history, and wildlife. Lee is a Wildlife Biologist and a Science Communicator that has worked for many years in science and environmental education as well as wildlife rehabilitation. She has developed and delivered programs ranging from formal curriculum linked to recreational education programs. She has worked and volunteered for accredited zoos, rehabilitation centres, and science centres delivering programs to people of all ages. Whether discussing scientific theory, creating explosions or bring animal ambassadors for a visit Lee loves what she does.

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  • Creative Writing & Expression

    Wednesday  12:00 pm1:30 pm

    This class is for anyone who is curious about writing in any way! We will explore various forms of storytelling and creative expression. Students will have a chance to experiment in poetry, comics, short stories and more. We will discuss and try out different elements of style, technique and form. Students will get the most out of the class if they are willing to write and create. Please note, no previous writing experience is necessary, and students will not be required to share their writing if they do not want to. 

    Jane Kerrison is a writer, artist, photographer and yoga teacher. 

    A few of their favourite things: 

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  • Community Meeting

    Wednesday  1:30 pm2:00 pm

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  • Anatomy of Animals – Biology

    Wednesday  2:00 pm3:30 pm

    Blue blood, three chambered hearts, and gills… Just exactly how different are humans from other animals? Students will attempt to answer this question by investigating and comparing the form and function of various anatomical structures and biological systems. Using humans as a point of reference students will take a closer look at several classes of animal and discover some similarities and differences.

    Lee Roy

    Wherever she goes Lee aims to inspire a lifelong interest in the environment, natural history, and wildlife. Lee is a Wildlife Biologist and a Science Communicator that has worked for many years in science and environmental education as well as wildlife rehabilitation. She has developed and delivered programs ranging from formal curriculum linked to recreational education programs. She has worked and volunteered for accredited zoos, rehabilitation centres, and science centres delivering programs to people of all ages. Whether discussing scientific theory, creating explosions or bring animal ambassadors for a visit Lee loves what she does.

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Thursday
  • Build a Chicken Tractor!

    Thursday  9:30 am11:00 am

    This course is intended for people interested in immersion, hands-on skills training and practical results. Or, another way to put it, this course is recommended for those interested in a design and build from scratch, something that we will put to use on a farm next spring.

    The course takes participants hands-on through a complete build of a chicken tractor. The chicken tractor is a hand-mobile chicken coop, roost and run, designed to house, feed, and protect egg-laying chickens from predators in the absence of constant human supervision. The tractor needs to be relatively light weight, balanced, and sturdy for ease of movement and all-weather durability. The tractor will be solar powered to control two simple devices: a timed, automatic coop door and a light used to condition the chickens to enter the coop at dusk. We will use wood, hardware cloth, corrugated steel, and all reused or upcycled materials that will function as required while keeping costs low & reducing waste. No prior knowledge is assumed, and we will mentor one another as needed, as we proceed. We will, however, cover:

    •  power tool use and safety (power drill, mitre saw)
    •  hand tool use (e.g., hammer, handsaw, hacksaw, coping saw, chisel, square, tin snips, etc.)

    Subject to consensus, we can work on any or all of these (either collectively, or in self-selected small groups):

    • Basics of FreeCAD; modelling, viewing and modifying designs.
    • Some basic mechanics, including centre of mass calculations, simple machines, moments & torque, …
    • Basic electronics, including basic calculations involving R, I, V, & P, and circuit design using Arduino circuit board… 
    • Building a scale model.
    • Documenting progress & results using: Language Agnostic Instructionals; FreeCAD; other online documentation…
    • Introduction to open source collaborations, OSE’s Global Village Construction Set, appropriate technology, maker spaces, and the sharing economy.

    Matt Cyr has an educator with many talents! For most of 2016-17 he taught a combined grade 7/8 science class at the Element High School, and spent the better part of 2017 as a first-time farmer at the Just Food incubator farm. Prior to that he worked as an environmental engineer, before which he taught math and science for two years in the island nation ofKiribati, in the central Pacific. Matt holds a Bachelor of Education (Physics & Math (I/S), a Master of Science in Civil Engineering(Queen’s University), and a Bachelor of Science in Physics (Concordia University). I am fullybilingual with working knowledge of I-Kiribati (Micronesian). 

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  • Creative Arts (in French)

    Thursday  11:15 am12:45 pm

    Description TBD

    Instructor: Louane Binette

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  • Community Time (Dungeons & Dragons)

    Thursday  12:45 pm2:00 pm

    Community meeting will take place weekly during community meeting time. The day will be decided collectively at the beginning of the term

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  • Supported Math Group

    Thursday  2:00 pm3:30 pm

    In this course students select their own online math program and Compass provides tutors to support them in their progress. Tutors have a wider range of expertise and can teach to whatever levels students are at. 

    Students are to bring their own math work to this course and select the platform that works for them best (this is best done with parents at home). There are many math platforms available online to help students meet their goals. Here is a selection that you might be interested in:

    This is a helpful list of online resources: https://www.homeschoolmath.net/online/curricula.php

    Our Tutors:

    Blair Dowden

    Blair has been a tutor for students at Compass for the past three years. I took an unconventional route through university, teaching myself how to use the computers in the days before there was an official computer science program. That led to a career in writing software, from which I am now retired. For a number of years I have been studying math and science on my own, which gives me a better understanding than remembering it from many years ago. I am currently studying classical mechanics from the perspective of the symmetries revealed by its differential equations, and Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.    

    My goal is to teach critical thinking. This means understanding the material and not just learning a list of mathematical techniques. I find it is best to keep the material as practical as possible. I begin by finding out what the student already knows and what they want to achieve. Because math, like anything else, can only be learned with practice, I need to know how much time the student is willing to work on it outside of the class.

    I like to first take every student through a short course to show that mathematics is about invention and discovery, rather than a single revealed truth. I explore where numbers come from, the nature of a proof, and why there are many different mathematical systems. Finally, I develop an understanding of Euclidean geometry from the ground up, reaching to the Pythagoras theorem, and show why this system of geometry is depends on its assumptions.

    Blair has experience tutoring several streams of mathematics and is available for one-on-one tutoring as well:

    Physics: For students interested in technology, mathematics is taught as a tool to understand the world we live in. Because the concept of symmetry is at the core of advanced physics, I emphasize it right from the beginning, as I think it makes the basic concepts more clear. As physics is about things that move and change, I introduce the notion of calculus, the language of change, as early as possible. While algebra is essential, specific calculus techniques can be left for later. In physics, something has to do the moving, which leads to the conservation of momentum and energy. Gravity unites falling objects on Earth with the motion of the planets. We may even explore relativity.

    Probability and Statistics: Almost everything in the world we live in is uncertain. Probability is about understanding that uncertainty, and statistics is the language to describe it. If possible, I would like to lead the student toward Bayes Theorem, which explains how probability depends on what we already know. In my opinion, no student should leave school without a basic understanding of the statistical concepts that modern life depends on

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