Cedarbrook Learning Connections

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Cedarbrook Learning Connections


Cedarbrook Fall 2018 Course Description for website link

Registration for former students of 2016 and 2017 sessions. 

NOTE:New students please contact Lisa Lanne at lisalanne@charter.net  prior to registration to verify there is space in class.  Registration and payment will be due by Friday, October 5.   Cost is $80 per student.  Class size max of 14 students with registration priority given to former students and their siblings.  We will continue to have a morning and afternoon class with group lunch and social time.  Age range of 8-15 and we will adjust class content to promote growth for all age levels of Cedarbrook students.

 Fall Session classes are on Tuesdays from 9:30 am – 1 pm at the Hitchcock Academy for 8 weeks:

Class 1:  October 16

Class 2:  October 23

Class 3:  October 30

Class 4:  November 6

Class 5:  November 13

Class 6:  November 27

Class 7:  December 4

Class 8:  December 11

Snow Day Make-up if needed:  December 18 ( No class Nov 20)

Fee: $80

Instructor: Lisa Lanne

The focus this session will be a continuation of the Spring Session topics in Applied Science and Engineering.   At the conclusion of the session I asked the class to vote on which topics they would prefer to explore in more depth for the Fall, and the class chose Physics, Manufacturing & Assembly, and Aeronautics.   This session we will explore these areas in more depth through hands-on experiments and Engineering challenges, and also weave related History and Art into the classes for more of a STEAM approach. We will also briefly introduce some of the related great thinkers, scientists, and artists.  New students are welcome to join this session (former participation in the Spring session is not necessary).

-We will create a fun and safe Laboratory Experiment & Simulations environment in which students will learn to gather data necessary to solve real-world problems and challenges using the Scientific Method and Engineering Design process. 

-Each class will be geared appropriately for younger and older students.  Younger students will gather mostly qualitative data and learn to take some measurements and perform simple calculations.  Older students will gather both qualitative and quantitative data which they will chart and graph as appropriate and perform calculations from standard formulas.  

-All students will practice sharing scientific results with their peers and learning from the findings of others to work together to design Engineering solutions.

-Each class will focus on hands-on applications of the concepts taught and fun design challenges.

-Work and Power:  Work, Power, James Watt and Horsepower, Human Power, Simple Machines (lever, wheel & axle, inclined plane, wedge, screw, pulley), Mechanical Advantage -  Simple Machine Design Challenges

-Motion:  Displacement, Speed, Acceleration, Velocity, Friction, Weight, Mass, Momentum, Aristotle, Galileo, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Physics of Rollercoasters – Rollercoaster Design Project

- Sound, Waves, Music, Astronomy:  Wave Mechanics, Transverse & Longitudinal Waves, Frequency, Pitch, Period, Speed, Doppler Effect, Diffraction & Interference – Measure Sound Waves with devices, Design sound insulators, Art & Science of Music – Resonance, harmonics, Euler, Schweitzer, Einstein - students with instruments can bring them in to participate and we will have plenty for everyone.  How can wave behavior help us find planets around distant stars?

-Magnetism & Electricity:  Magnetic fields, measuring magnetic field distance with a compass, magnetic attraction activity, solenoids and electromagnets, James Maxwell, Michael Faraday, build an electromagnet and put it to work, AC Generators, build and test an electric generator

-Spring Force and Displacement:  Elastic Potential Energy, Science of Spring Force, Robert Hooke’s Law of Elasticity, Design challenge – Create a safe bungee jump ride model (without your riders going splat) by testing and plotting mass and displacement

-Gravity, Speed, Acceleration, Flight and Orbits:   Terminal Speed, Centrifugal Force, Orbit, Circular Motion, Angular Momentum, Satellite Design, Drag – Skydiving simulation models  – Spinner design challenge – Johannes Kepler, Think like Leonardo daVinci

-Space Travel, Thrust, Lift, Weight, Drag, Gravity Assist:  Thrust measurements, Glider airtime challenge, Explore ‘Slingshot’ maneuver to propel spacecraft greater distances, Trajectory Deflection Simulation, Parachute Drag Design Challenge

-Manufacturing Efficiency Improvements:  Classroom simulations to learn Calculating Efficiency, Scrap, Waste of a process.  Create Process Maps and Workflow Diagrams, Classroom simulation to implement process improvements (jigs, fixtures, standardized work, kanban inventory, etc.)


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