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CLASSES

Class Schedule

Now registering for Spring. Classes start Monday, April 2. Students struggling with mathematics see increased performance. While we do not teach to the Statewide math test, our program has a strong, positive impact.

Unless otherwise specified, fees for all classes is $288.00 monthly.
Unless otherwise specified, students meet for 1 1/2 hours once per week.

Science

Mathematical Methods for Young Scientists

Prerequisites: basic arithmetic skills including expressing, adding and subtracting fractions.

Description: Students work with units and convert between units. Maps, scale, and map reading. Rates of change. Graph experimental data in Microsoft Excel, perform data analysis, and interpret existing graphs. Discuss correlation versus cause and effect. Open to students currently in grade 4(rising 5th graders). Students currently in grade 3 (rising 4th graders) may take this class if they show sufficient mastery of the prerequisites.

Grade 4:

Summer

Mark Twain Science Talent/Bay Academy Science Exam

Students may begin with Mathematical Methods for Young Scientists in the Summer, or they may commence preparation in September or October. Preparation covers Math methods, physical science, Scientific Method and experimentation, and more. Students take biweekly exams and to simulate test stress and sharpen critical thinking, they also participate in timed science challenges.

Diagnostic Test: All students must take our diagnostic test before enrolling. This test identifies knowledge gaps and weak spots, and allows us to target those areas with additional homework and challenge-type questions. Our diagnostic tests have proven to be excellent indicators over the years. Students who score below 18 on the Science Diagnostic test may start as early as June. Diagnostic Fee: $25 per student; applied to first month's tuition if student enrolls with us.

Grades 4 & 5:

Session start June 5 for early-birds and September 4 for regular admits. Rolling admissions through November 1.

Fees:

$525 monthly

Hours:

2 sessions, each 1.5 hour per week. 8 sessions per month.

Math

The Art of Thinking Mathematically

Prerequisites: none

Description: This class helps students to interpret math statements, set up math problems, identify interrelationships between math concepts, and to define real-world situations and events in mathematical terms. It is packed powerful problem-solving tools. Students who learn mathematical procedures without conceptual understanding need to invest long hours of practice so as not to forget the steps. On the other hand, students who learn procedures with understanding are less likely to forget critical steps and are more likely to reconstruct those steps during problem-solving.

Grades 4 & 5:

Spring: Register now! Saturdays: 10:00 – 11:30 am

Grades 6 & 7:

Spring: Register now! Saturdays: 1:00 – 2:30

Computational Thinking in Mathematics

Prerequisites: The Art of Thinking Mathematically

Description: Continuing from The Art of Thinking Mathematically, this class fine-tunes mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students learn to solve complex or unfamiliar problems by breaking them into smaller parts and identifying trends and patterns between the parts. Problem-solving ends with each student writing a script (which may or may not ask for user input) that allows the computer to solve the problem by a specific mathematical method. The method will vary from student to student, but each will use SCRATCH code and will learn various elements of programming as the need arises. Participants also learn grade-appropriate Graph Theory as yet another problem-solving tool. Problem-solving activities consist of both independent and collaborative work and often include individual presentations with peer feedback on problem-solving techniques.

Grades 4 & 5:

Spring: Register now! Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Grades 6 & 7:

Spring: Register now! Tuesday 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Combinatorics for Elementary School

Prerequisites: none

Description: Students learn the three principles of Counting, Permutations, Combinations, and Pascal’s Triangle. Appropriate for third grade and up.

Grades 3, 4 & 5:

Summer

Grades 6 & 7:

Summer

Mark Twain and Bay Academy: Math/Computer Talent

Prerequisites: none

Description: Students learn to problem-solve in two phases. First they learn how to apply problem-solving strategies to procedural math -- i.e., math as taught in school. They are constantly tested on mathematical concepts and analytical thought as they fill in any existing gaps. During the second phase of problem-solving, 5th graders learn to pay keen attention to details and patterns so as to devise their own set of mathematical procedures to solve unfamiliar problems. These newly formulated procedures are then used to solve similar problems efficiently and quickly. Finally, armed with their newly procedures, they create code to solve a select set of problems by computer. Programming in SCRATCH involves the use of data structures, iteration, and functions in recursive form and closed form. There is also a brief introduction to basic Python and Tynker. Students learn how the internet, computers and computer networks work and can speak at length about the interplay between search engines and websites. They learn about emerging technology. Our kids take biweekly exams, and to simulate test stress and sharpen critical thinking, they also participate in timed math and computer challenges. In some challenges, they must demonstrate the ability to identify what a given line (or lines) of code does. As you can see, this is a lot for a 5th grader to undertake while coping with homework from school, extracurriculars and other commitments. Start early and let them pace themselves. Some of our regular class offerings introduce the above concepts from 4th grade, and even as early as 3rd.

Diagnostic Test: All students must take our diagnostic test before enrolling. This test identifies knowledge gaps and weak spots, and allows us to target those areas with additional homework and challenge-type questions. Our diagnostic tests have proven to be excellent indicators over the years. Students who score below 5 on the Math/Computer Diagnostic test may start as early as June. Diagnostic Fee: $25 per student; applied to first month's tuition if student enrolls with us.

Grades 4 & 5:

Session start June 5 for early-birds and September 4 for regular admits. Rolling admissions through November 1.

Fees:

$525 monthly

Hours: 2 sessions, each 1.5 hour per week. 8 sessions per month.

Computer Science & Coding

Basic Web Design

Prerequisites: none

Description: students design and create a web site using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. No previous exposure to programming is necessary. If you can read and write a basic sentence, you can learn basic coding in these three languages.

Grades 4 & 5:

Spring: Register now! Fridays: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Grades 6 & 7:

Spring: Register now! Saturdays: 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Game Design in SCRATCHTM

Prerequisites: Computational Thinking in Mathematics

Description: Students are presented with a basic game structure upon which to build a game. The rules, levels and logistics of the game are up to the individual student. Participants incorporate programming skills learned in Computational Thinking in Mathematics. Creativity in design and in coding earns design points. At each stage in development, individual students will play each other's games and offer feedback regarding ease of use, complexity, and overall coolness.

Grades 4 & 5:

Spring: Register now! Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Grades 6 & 7:

Spring: Register now! Saturdays 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Graph Theory for Elementary School and Beyond

Prerequisites: Computational Thinking in Mathematics; Corequisite: Computer Networks

Description: A graph in this context is made up of vertices, nodes, or points which are connected by edges, arcs, or lines. In mathematics, graphs provide a way to formally represent a network, which is basically just a collection of objects that are all interconnected. This class teaches how Graph Theory is used in computer networks to choose the shortest path for each data packet, and the use of Graph Theory in network design.

Grades 3, 4 & 5:

Summer

Grades 6 & 7:

Summer

TECHNOLOGY

Technology: How Computers Work 1

Prerequisites: none

Description: Students explore the inner workings of the computer as separate systems and as a foray into how systems work together. They learn how computers store, retrieve, and process data. Students learn how grade-level math relates to data transfer and data storage and more.

Grades 4 & 5:

Spring – Register now! Thursdays: 4:00-5:30 pm

Grades 6 & 7:

Spring – Register now! Thursdays: 6:00- 7:30 pm

Technology: How Computers Work 2

Prerequisites: The Art of Thinking Mathematically; Technology: How Computers Work 1

Description: This builds on How Computers Work 1 by introducing physical circuits, measurement, math, and Boolean Logic. The class introduces electricity, current, voltage, resistors and resistance, simple circuits, capacitors and transistors. Logic gates are introduced in terms of their description and function.

Grades 4 & 5:

Summer

Grades 6 & 7:

Summer

Computer Networks

Prerequisite: The Art of Thinking Mathematically

Helpful, but not requisite: Basic Web Design

Description: basic knowledge and terminology of computer networks, including the internet. Students also learn about search engines, browsers, and web pages. Select parts of Basic Web Design will also be taught.

Grades 3, 4 & 5:

Summer

Grades 6 & 7:

Summer

* Unless otherwise specified, fees for all classes is $288.00 monthly.
   Unless otherwise specified, students meet for 1 1/2 hours once per week.
   Homework is vital to student success.

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