Recommended Ages: 10-15
Start Date: Tuesday, April 3. Class runs for 8 weeks. Students have 2 weeks after the last class to complete all work. No live classes- do the lesson plans on YOUR schedule.
Grading Options: All students receive feedback on submitted work. Formal grading is available.
Instructor: Melanie Fine
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND THERE WILL BE NO WAITLIST. JOIN OUR MAILING LIST TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN ENROLLMENT OPENS FOR A NEW SESSION.
Love potions, Draught of Peace, Hiccoughing Potion and Felix Felicis. You don’t have to go to Hogwarts to learn how to make potions, levitate or make things disappear, you just need a little muggle science! While there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to cure the hiccups, concoct a solution for world peace, or become invisible, you’ll learn the science behind many Harry Potter spells and potions, and you’ll replicate many of them using common household ingredients.
This 8 week course will use the Harry Potter series to teach an introduction to the physical sciences. You’ll learn about the structure of the atom and how electrons create light of different colors, much as the Boil Cure potion turns green and then pink. You’ll learn about the states of matter — solids, liquids and gases — and how to use the properties of gases to make things levitate, and to make things inflate, much like Harry Potter used on Aunt Marge. You’ll learn about light, which is made of electromagnetic waves, and how to bend light to make things disappear. You’ll develop a Harry Potter Periodic Table. You’ll make your own potions using the principles of chemical reactions, use the freezing spell to make things freeze at will and learn how to generate electricity like all good muggles. By the conclusion of this course, you will have developed a basic understanding of the scientific principles of atoms, molecules, the Periodic Table, chemical reactions, acids and bases, states of matter, waves including light, electricity, and the physics of motion.
This is an 8 week class that begins on April 3 and ends on May 22. Students have 2 weeks after that date to complete all work. I will post all lesson plans and homework assignments on Tuesdays before 5pm PST. Discussion occurs throughout the week, as students interact with me and other students via our online message board. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy schedules, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.
Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated to help young readers or students who prefer to hear material read to them. Material is the same for both levels, it’s the depth of the assignments that are the main difference. In general, younger students (10-12) should be placed in Level 1. Students ages 13 and up, or younger students who are academically gifted, should be placed in Level 2. LEVEL 2 students will be designing their own experiments, identifying control, independent and dependent variables, graphing and analyzing their data.
When you enroll, you have the option of having your student graded or not. ALL students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion board, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their work in addition to feedback. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.