Terms for 2017-2018

  • Fall September 11, 2017 – December 14, 2017
  • Winter: January 8, 2018 – March 16th, 2018
  • Spring: March 26th, 2018 – June 14th, 2018

  Teen Class Calendar below.

 Class PreTeen Calendar (ages 9-12)

View full preteen calendar by itself

Monday
  • Let's Get Growing!

    Monday  9:30 am10:30 am

    Come get your hands dirty at Compass! In this class will focus on how we grow our food in cities! This course is a mix of hands on activities, field trips, and in-class discussions led by several different instructors. Just a few of the things we’ll be looking at will be microgreens, hydroponics, permaculture, and urban agriculture.

    Instructors include Matt Cyr, Wolf Gerber, and others (TBD – if you’re interested please get in touch!)

    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 of // Kiribati, 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 fully bilingual with working knowledge of I-Kiribati (Micronesian).

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  • Supported Math Group

    Monday  9:30 am10:30 am

    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:

    Wolf Gerber & Roshan Fernandes

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  • Community Time

    Monday  10:30 am11:00 am

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  • Fundamentals of Python Programming

    Monday  11:00 am12:00 pm

    Fundamentals of Programming is a mixed (pre-teens & teens), beginner to intermediate programming course. It aims to teach the basics of Python, a popular interpreted programming language used at many of the largest tech companies today. This course teaches a wide variety of subjects including, but not limited to: Computers and how they function Common math operations in programming Variables, scope, program flow, conditionals, functions, and much, much more. The Command Line (‘cmd’ on Windows, ‘bash’ on Mac and Linux) CL Tools and navigation of the filesystem Text editors & IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) And more! Prerequisites: Laptop with Administrator access, Intermediate knowledge of your Operating System of choice (Windows, Mac, or Linux), and basic math principles.

    Alexis Knox is a Compass Teen who currently teaches our PreTeen music production class. Here’s a bit about Alexis:

    • I like the 80s – the movies, the clothes, the music, the technology. All of it.
    • I want to be a filmmaker.
    • My hobbies are watching Netflix and YouTube, programming, producing music, and… riding the bus? I do that one a lot.
    • I am about as American as Canadians can get. I say ‘zee’ instead of ‘zed’, spell it color instead or colour, and a bunch of other dumb things.
    • I like cats.
    • I like dogs.
    • I also think I’m hilarious.

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  • Community time

    Monday  12:00 pm12:30 pm

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Tuesday
  • Positive Psychology

    Tuesday  9:30 am10:30 am

    Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind. Fortunately/unfortunately, this course won’t involve any dissections! Everything we learn, we learn by replicating experiments that psychologists have done to discover what goes wonderfully right in human development. We’ll discover what psychology is, what positive psychology is, what characterizes positive relationships with other people, how we can live in accordance with our values, how we can focus on our strengths rather than our weaknesses, and more. 

    Manon Van Mil is Compass’ Educator Director, and a graduate of Carleton University’s Cognitive Science and Queen’s University’s Outdoor & Experiential Education programs, Manon takes most pride in being a self-directed learner. She taught her first class as a volunteer at Compass in 2014 after directing an outdoor education program. The teens taught her that the same enthusiasm with which many young people approached learning camp craft could sustain them in developing skills including literacy and numeracy (in a different environment than most classrooms provided!). Manon has also worked in public and private education in capacities including teaching, programming, and curriculum development in different countries: Canada, The U.S.A., Korea, and Luxembourg.

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  • Community time & Community Meeting

    Tuesday  10:30 am11:15 am

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  • Let's Play!

    Tuesday  11:15 am12:45 pm

    Interested in performance? Join Liza and others as you come together and practice performing! No need to have any experience, just a willingness to laugh, have fun, and create something together!

    Liza will tailor the focus of the course based on the interests of the students that register. For suggestions, please comment.

    Liza Swale is a mix of the following…..in no particular order…..

    • A mother to a 7 yo daughter and 11 yo son
    • A farmer’s wife
    • An Indigenous Rights lawyer
    • An unschooling facilitator of life
    • A 30 year+ theatre veteran/devotee
    • In terms of my formal education, Liza have degrees in Theatre and Dramatic Literature from Brock University and a Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, specializing in criminal and indigenous law.

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Wednesday
  • Bird Biology

    Wednesday  9:30 am10:30 am

    Learners will learn about different species of birds, their field marks, behaviours, growth, and nutritional requirements. learners will embark on a field trip or two to identify local species in their natural habitats. learners will be encouraged to keep a log of their observations and discuss the meaning of what they have observed. Binoculars and a bird identification book are recommended but not required.

    It will be spring migration or nesting season for many birds at this time of the year so it is an interesting time of year to do this course.

    Wherever she goes Lee Roy 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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  • Community time

    Wednesday  10:30 am11:00 am

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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: 

    • Books and tea (which is how this shop developed) 
    • Sci-fi (Dr Who, Firefly, Stargate etc. Jane loves it all…) 
    • Board games (their current favourites are Star Realms, The Networks, and Ticket to Ride) My dog, 

    Sonnet Find Jane on FacebookEtsy, and Instagram 

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  • Community time

    Wednesday  12:00 pm12:30 pm

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Thursday
  • Greek and Roman Heroes – Historical and Mythological

    Thursday  9:30 am10:30 am

    The Greek and Roman worlds are full of strong heroes – and not all of them were mythical. We will be discussing the mortal and the divine heroes of the Greek and Roman civilizations, from Aeneas to Augustus, and from Theseus to Leonidas. It will also cover the main events of Greek and Roman history as it applies to our heroes, from their mythology to the decisive battles that made Greece and Rome the templates for Western civilization. This class is intended to dip your toes into a little bit of everything in the ancient Mediterranean, with a focus on the people who shaped their world.

    Carly Jevcak is an impending graduate of the Greek and Roman Studies program at the University of Ottawa. She will be attending the Teacher’s Education program in the Fall, to teach history and English to the intermediate and senior divisions. Carly has been in love with Greek and Roman history since she was 7 years old when her mother gave her a book on Greek mythology and she just couldn’t put it down! In her spare time, Carly volunteers at the Museum of Classical Antiquities and plays video games (more than she probably should).

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  • Community time

    Thursday  10:30 am11:30 am

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  • Makerspace

    Thursday  11:30 am12:30 pm

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

    Marika’s Creative MakerSpace continues this term. Learners 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
    • Puppet making
    • Board game creation
    • Rube Goldberg Machines
    • Green inventions
    • Model making (architectural and mechanical)
    • 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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Class Teen Calendar (ages 13-18)

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Monday
  • Art Variety

    Monday  9:30 am11:00 am

    Drawing and sketching and inking, oh my! After talking to the students themselves and what they were searching for in a creative art class: Art Variety was born! The Art Variety course will consist of classes delving into techniques and materials from the art world. The students will explore portrait drawing, watercolour sketches, charcoal drawings and more. Art Variety is the outcome of student requests in what they wish to learn more of; and almost quite literally a “build-your-own” art class, to explore imagination and gain artistic experience. 

    Paige has been working at Compass as an instructor for over a year; she has taught art classes at colleges, elementary schools and has illustrated over 8 published books. She has a degree in Visual and Creative Fine Arts and a degree in Illustration and Concept Art (both traditional and digital mediums). While she has lately been focusing on digital paintings; watercolour and ink are her true loves. 

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  • Supported Math Group

    Monday  11:00 am12:30 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:

    Wolf Gerber & Roshan Fernandes



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  • Fundamentals of Python Programming

    Monday  11:00 am12:00 pm

    Fundamentals of Programming is a mixed (pre-teens & teens), beginner to intermediate programming course. It aims to teach the basics of Python, a popular interpreted programming language used at many of the largest tech companies today. This course teaches a wide variety of subjects including, but not limited to: Computers and how they function Common math operations in programming Variables, scope, program flow, conditionals, functions, and much, much more. The Command Line (‘cmd’ on Windows, ‘bash’ on Mac and Linux) CL Tools and navigation of the filesystem Text editors & IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) And more! Prerequisites: Laptop with Administrator access, Intermediate knowledge of your Operating System of choice (Windows, Mac, or Linux), and basic math principles.

    Alexis Knox is a Compass Teen who currently teaches our PreTeen music production class. Here’s a bit about Alexis:

    • I like the 80s – the movies, the clothes, the music, the technology. All of it.
    • I want to be a filmmaker.
    • My hobbies are watching Netflix and YouTube, programming, producing music, and… riding the bus? I do that one a lot.
    • I am about as American as Canadians can get. I say ‘zee’ instead of ‘zed’, spell it color instead or colour, and a bunch of other dumb things.
    • I like cats.
    • I like dogs.
    • I also think I’m hilarious.

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  • Hack Like a Pro and Look Good Doing It

    Monday  12:00 pm1:30 pm

    I have had this lifelong interest in computers and programming, as you know, and I’ve always wanted to share that with people. However, I don’t like the boring “standard” way of teaching computer science. I prefer a more involved approach, and so I present to you… *drumroll* Hack Like a Pro and Look Good Doing It (or just Hacking Like a Pro, if you prefer)! This is a class that I really, really want to teach for a few reasons:

    • It’s a way to learn programming from the basics, without it being boring.
    • It’s a super fun and rewarding course because you learn so many things in a short period of time.
    • These skills help in the real world. They aren’t just the fundamentals that you can expand on, these are things that employers look for.

    It’s an introduction to ethical (white hat) hacking and penetration-testing (pen-testing for short)
    I may talk about the differences between white hat, gray hat, and black hat hacking, and what qualifies as each, if I deem it necessary. Basically, the only difference is what you use your knowledge for. Hacking for malicious reasons is considered black hat, and hacking with good intentions only is white hat. Something in between (like hacking an online game to give yourself an unfair advantage) would be considered gray hat. While not technically illegal, it is heavily discouraged, and may wind up getting you banned from that game.
     

    Here’s a basic rundown of what the course would cover.

    • Introduction to Computers – Binary (Bytecode) and Assembly
    • Setting up the development toolchain, introducing the Shell, useful apps, IDEs, and more.
    • Compiled versus Interpreted languages – C/C#/C++ vs Python
    • Basic to Advanced Programming Skills – variables, functions, classes, object types, OOP (Object Oriented Programming), and lots more.
    • Reading Assembly and Breaking Compiled Applications
    • Brute force vs Dictionary attacks (cracking passwords)
    • Writing your own exploits
    • Maybe more if we have time

     
    Overall, I think this is a fantastic course for anyone who is interested in programming or exploiting bugs in software. It’s a really cool subject and I’d be really thrilled to teach it. I could talk about this stuff for hours so there’s no shortage of course material. I’d also be happy to tutor anyone who wants to learn or practice their programming skills while I am at Compass.”

    Alexis Knox is a Compass Teen who currently teaches our PreTeen music production class. Here’s a bit about Alexis:

    • I like the 80s – the movies, the clothes, the music, the technology. All of it.
    • I want to be a filmmaker.
    • My hobbies are watching Netflix and YouTube, programming, producing music, and… riding the bus? I do that one a lot.
    • I am about as American as Canadians can get. I say ‘zee’ instead of ‘zed’, spell it color instead or colour, and a bunch of other dumb things.
    • I like cats.
    • I like dogs.
    • I also think I’m hilarious.

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  • Japanese Mythology & Folklore

    Monday  2:00 pm3:30 pm

    Did you know that until the Second World War the Emperor of Japan was believed to be a divinity and that the mythical creation of Japan was taught as History? And what about Yukio Mishima, the Japanese writer who committed seppuku (the ritual suicide of the samurai) in public on 1970 for not accepting that the Emperor had lost its “divine status”? Have you ever wondered why the Japanese popular culture is so filled with monsters and weird creatures (like Pokémon) and ghosts? In fact, do you know how the Japanese in the 17th century (maybe even before that!) summoned supernatural creatures? Easy: they lit 100 candles in a room, told a short story or anecdote about ghosts or mysterious events and then extinguished one candle. After the 100th story was told and the 100th candle was extinguished a creature would appear in the darkness. And you can find people today talking about it and repeating it like a game in the internet.

    This shows how Japanese Mythology and Folklore are part of the country’s culture even in contemporary times, and that they are not limited to its borders. The workshop/course will explore this world of myths and fantastic creatures. We will talk about the story of Susanoo, the brother of the sun goddess Amaterasu, who faced and killed Yamata no Orochi, the 8-headed-dragon in an inventive way, and even about the spooky creature that looks like a wall (yes, a wall!) with eyes, arms and legs that suddenly appears in the roads to scare people.

    **We also have 2 Japanese tutors at Compass who are available to help teach Japanese**

    Alexandre Ramos is a newcomer who is passionate about sociology, history and whatever else has to do with the social world. He has worked as sociology professor and researcher, and published a book and some articles. He loves creative writing and hopes that one day he’ll be able to continue studying Japanese and German.

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Tuesday
  • Do You Know Your Rights? What is the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and what does it mean to me?

    Tuesday  9:30 am11:00 am

    The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a constitutional document that…. guarantees
    the rights and freedoms of every Canadian as set out in it, subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society Section 1, The Constitution Act, 1982, being Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982 (UK),
    1982, c 11. 

    So what kind of rights are we talking about? What are ‘rights’? What can I do with them?
    This class, aimed at teens, will explore the evolution of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms from its entrenchment in the Constitution in 1982 to present day. Discussion will focus on exploring the various rights found in the Charter and how those rights have been defined and/or applied by law.

    Topics will include (but are not limited to):

    • Fundamental freedoms such as religion, expression, peaceful assembly and association.
    • Legal rights such as security of the person, reasonable search and seizure, lawful arrest,
    • fair trial and representation.
    • Equality rights

    As we explore each topic, current case law will be analyzed and discussed from an advocacy
    perspective.

    Liza Swale is a mix of the following…..in no particular order…..

    • A mother to a 7 yo daughter and 11 yo son
    • A farmer’s wife
    • An Indigenous Rights lawyer
    • An unschooling facilitator of life
    • A 30 year+ theatre veteran/devotee
    • In terms of my formal education, Liza have degrees in Theatre and Dramatic Literature from Brock University and a Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, specializing in criminal and indigenous law.

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  • Community Meeting & Compass Does Stuff

    Tuesday  11:00 am2:00 pm

    Every Tuesday we are reserving the middle of the day for our community meeting. All teen members are invited to spend Tuesdays with us to get to know each other better and contribute to how Compass runs. This is a time where we can program workshops and activities on short notice based on the interest of members. If you are a Compass member this is time is for you!

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  • Film Studies

    Tuesday  2:00 pm3:30 pm

    Akira Kurusawa, Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Varda, Quentin Terintino, and Jim
    Jarmusch are just a few of Cinema’s legendary Directors. These auteurs revealed and created
    worlds which, in effect, represented humanity and the world is ways never seen on screen
    before. Themes such as war, death, betrayal, poverty, revenge, and justice resonate with the
    importance of these films. Moreover, close attention to the form of the medium allows the viewer to understand how cinema is constructed and interpreted.

    We will also look at contemporary Directors who represent communities that are
    underrepresented in film studies, including LGBTTQIA+, women, racial minorities and
    Indigenous populations.

    Genevieve Cloutier is an interdisciplinary artist, facilitator and writer from Ottawa, Ontario. She has a Media Arts degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and a MA(Ed) from the University of Ottawa (2014), where she has received funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council to pursue a PhD on participation, pedagogy, and arts-based methods. Her art has been shown in Canada and Australia, and explores deconstruction, language, public space, alternative pedagogies and relational practices. Her writing has been published in Western Front Magazine, Canadian Art Teacher, the Canadian Society for Education Through Art, the Journal of the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies, and the International Journal of Education & the Arts. She is also a member of Blink Art Collective where she was co-founder/co-director of a temporary arts-based democratic free school called Summerhill on Major’s Hill. She is currently co-founder of an ongoing social practice project called (Un)school where she is looking towards alternative consultation practices to foster sensitive spaces.

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Wednesday
  • Let's Talk About the News (and eat cookies)

    Wednesday  9:30 am10:30 am

    Let’s dig into what’s behind the top news stories during the week. Every week folks will decide on a current event or article to discuss. We will explore alternative news sources and the importance of challenging our perspectives, as well as look into media literacy and criticism Peter will facilitate the class, but as we decide out focus, we will focus on bringing in as many diverse guest speakers as we can fit.

    *News is best discussed while drinking a warm beverage and eating cookies*

    Peter is Compass’ Program Manager. Of Irish and English ancestry, Peter grew up on Algonquin territory in Ottawa and has spent the last few years relearning Canadian history with the help of Indigenous educators, authors, and friends. In the past, he has led exchanges that build relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth with the not-for-profit Canadian Roots Exchange. He is also pursuing his Masters in Educational Foundations through the University of Saskatchewan.

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  • Ecology & Biodiversity

    Wednesday  10:30 am12:00 pm

    Learners will explore the interactions between Earth’s organisms and their environment and learn how they shape each other to create a perfect balance of life on our one and only planet. learners will learn the principles of ecology and about the specialized scientific fields of population ecology, community ecology, ecosystems and biodiversity research. learners will come away with a deeper appreciation for the subtitles of life around them and the planet we call home. This course will involve significant contribution from the learners in the form of in class activities. Project work is possible if learners are interested.

    Wherever she goes Lee Roy 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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  • Biology & Chemistry Workshop Series [Workshop series]

    Wednesday  12:15 pm1:45 pm

    There will be 3 series of workshops running in this block – members can register for the whole block as a course, or pay for each series individually. If registering individually, please let Peter know.

    Week 1 – 5: Dissection Workshop with Lee RoyStudents will learn about the function and evolution of several biological items through short lectures or videos followed by a hands-on exploration of the biological structure.

    Dissections: Owl Pellet, Heart, Kidney, Eye, Rat 

    Workshop materials fee: $ 30

    Weeks 6-8: Molecular Chemistry
    Chemistry workshop focusing on lab demonstrations and what is happening on a molecular level. We are still looking for workshop facilitators. If you have leads, please get in touch with Peter or Manon.

    Workshop materials fee: TBD

    Weeks 9-12: Endangered, Extinct & the Newly Discovered with Lee Roy
    Students enrolled in this series will learn about how the life around them has changed over time. This four-part class will focus on the effects humans have had on other species and the efforts some have gone through to try mitigate the damage.

    • Part 1, Extinct Species: The focus of this class will be on species that have gone extinct since the evolution of humans. We will explore the species, the reasons for their extinctions, and the role of humans in the process. 
    • Part 2, Endangered and Threatened Species: The focus of this class will be on species that are currently red listed globally with a slight focus on local & Canadian species and the work being done to conserve biodiversity. 
    • Part 3, Lost and Found Species: The focus of this class will be on species that were thought to be extinct but may have been rediscovered. 
    • Part 4, New Species Discovered: The focus of this class will be to highlight some of the species that are discovered each year and the methods used to find and identify them. 

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  • Creative Writing

    Wednesday  12:15 pm1:45 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: 

    • Books and tea (which is how this shop developed) 
    • Sci-fi (Dr Who, Firefly, Stargate etc. Jane loves it all…) 
    • Board games (their current favourites are Star Realms, The Networks, and Ticket to Ride) My dog, 

    Sonnet Find Jane on FacebookEtsy, and Instagram 

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  • Video Game Development

    Wednesday  2:00 pm3:30 pm

    Small groups will work together through 12 weeks to develop a video game in unity (or another engine of their choice). The course facilitator will be experienced in the game development process and will help keep them on schedule. Students are expected to work on their games outside of class. This is an intermediate class and many students have some experience with game development. If you’d like to learn, we will find a place for you. There is also a place in this course for people interested in music and art for video games.

    *Compass is still looking for an instructor, experienced in the game development process, for this class as well as an experienced Unity coach. Please get in touch with Peter if you have any leads*

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Thursday
  • Build a Chicken Tractor … continued

    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 fully bilingual with working knowledge of I-Kiribati (Micronesian).

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  • Comparative Mythology

    Thursday  11:15 am12:45 pm

    In this class on comparative mythology, we will be exploring the mythologies of different civilizations, including the Norse, Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. The early classes will be dedicated to establishing the context of each of these civilizations, who the main deities of each pantheon are, and some of their important myths. In later classes, we will begin comparing these deities, such as Thor vs. Zeus vs. Jupiter, as well as comparing certain myths (such as creation myths). This class is open to the discussion of all religious deities and stories, with the intent to expand the students’ knowledge of ancient mythology, and how many of these similarities are still present in modern religions today.

    Carly Jevcak is an impending graduate of the Greek and Roman Studies program at the University of Ottawa. She will be attending the Teacher’s Education program in the Fall, to teach history and English to the intermediate and senior divisions. Carly has been in love with Greek and Roman history since she was 7 years old when her mother gave her a book on Greek mythology and she just couldn’t put it down! In her spare time, Carly volunteers at the Museum of Classical Antiquities and plays video games (more than she probably should).

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  • Escapology

    Thursday  12:45 pm1:45 pm

    Marika’s Creative MakerSpace continues this term. In this session Marika and teens will work on designing an escape room at Compass!!

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

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  • Photography/Digital Art 101

    Thursday  2:00 pm3:30 pm

    This course is two 6-week mini courses back-to-back. If members would like to register for only one of mini-course please speak with Peter.

    Photography with Owen: Owen brought his cameras in for one photography session this term and would like to come back to run a course in Term 3. Participants would break down the fundamentals of the photographic process into comprehensive, yet simple multi-step progression for learners to digest and employ tactile learning to. We’ll go into detail about elements such as Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO Sensitivity as well as the effects of different lenses and their typical uses. We’ll also make time to cater to some of the students particular interests; discussing imagery through slideshows or physical prints brought into the classroom and applying them to our field sessions to allow to students to explore their individual style.

    Owen Clayton (http://www.owenclayton.com/) is a photographer based in Ottawa, warhammer  lover, and passionate roller derbyist.

    Digital Art 101 with Zainab:
    This course would run for the second half of term 3 and will cover the basics of digital art. Students will learn some illustration basics and familiarize themselves with the tools of digital art through creative projects that interest and inspire them. This class will be taught from a photoshop perspective however we can try to work together with other art programs, as the basic principles are usually the same. The skills learned in class can also be applied to digital photo editing and graphic design, and are invaluable if you are interested in pursuing a career in a creative field. 

    No previous experience is necessary, however, students who already have some familiarity with the medium can have the chance to explore more advanced techniques. 

    Supplies needed: laptop and drawing tablet, or iPad or surface tablet. Compass will be working to obtain several drawing tablets for this course. Please contact Peter if you do not have the supplies required but would like to participate.

    Zainab Hussain 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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