A Dash of Science

Go Deeper

A Dash of Science is different; it is not a science show - it is a place for children who already love science and are ready to go deeper and learn more!

 

 

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This Term's Topic

This term we will learn about many chemistry concepts: 
Spectrometry, Photons, Chemiluminescence, Carbohydrates, and Deflagration.

  • Create colored fire-balls to identify chemical substances
  • Make a glow-in-the-dark test tube by mixing special chemicals
  • Breathe fire (safely) as you learn to turn food into fuel  
  • Shoot giant streams of colored foam into the air

Atom Fire Glowing Beaker Mist Foam

 

Lessons

  1. Inside an Atom - *Elements*
  2. Rainbow on Fire - *Spectrometry*
  3. Light it Up! - *Photons*
  4. Glow Sticks Test Tubes - *Chemiluminescence*
  5. Carbon Cupcakes? - *Carbohydrates*
  6. Fire Breathing - *Deflagration*
  7. Is There an Easier Way? - *Catalysts*
  8. Elephant Toothpaste - *Decomposition*

 

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What makes DashX special?

beakerBottle Diver Lots of learning - lots of experimenting!
Alternating classes of theory and lab.

Notebook Notes, videos, and links are online.
Students can catch-up or learn at home if they miss a lesson or want to do more with it.

A Dash of Science is different from a science club or show; it is more academic - in a fun and engaging way!
It is hands on, but also covers theory. Theory is taught in a way that every student is engaged and discoving new concepts.

Excel Microsoft Office is an essential tool in today's world.
It is used in school, university, and business. It is powerful, yet easy enough for younger students.
Students will learn to use Excel to collect data and make graphs.
Skills learned in this course will give students an advantage in their academic and professional careers.

Please help students understand they are going to a lesson, not a show.
Children love to learn when it is done right!

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Class Details

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Class sizes of about 5-10.
See the Registration Page to see if there are available spots.

Ages

We offer Junior, Senior, and mixed age classes.
Course is suitable for 6-17.

Length

Lessons are 1 hour.

Full details are on the Registration Page

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Pricing

Only $25/week!
8 Week Course

Pricing Weeks Price Total
Tuition 8 $25 $200
Materials 8 FREE $24
Term Total $200

 

10% Family Discount for families with 2+ kids

Payment Plan

Payment Due Date Total Due
#1 3 July 2017 $100
#2 14 Aug 2017 $100

 

Payments are split into two -
Half due at the start of the term, and the second half due mid-term.
Special payment arrangements can be made available upon request.

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Materials Needed

Additional/special materials may be required for individual lessons
Check Lesson Plans each week to see if any extra materials are needed

  • Lpatop iPadDevice (tablet and/or laptop)
  • Pencil Pencil
  • Eraser Eraser (rubber)
  • Notebook Notebook (paper)
  • Ruler Ruler
  • Calculator Scientific Calculator (or app - see below for apps)

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Safety

DashX takes safety very seriously.

A very large amount of time is spent researching experiments that will be engaging, and also safe for young children to perform.   

Extra precautions are required when doing a chemistry unit:

  • GlassesEye protection must be worn during all labs.
    Safety Glasses will be provided, however some students may wish to bring their own that may be more comfortable.

  • GlovesRubber gloves must be worn when handling certain chemicals.
    Gloves will be provided.

  • HairHair elastics must be used to tie back long hair.
    Spare elastics will be avaliable

  • Lab coatOld clothes are recommended.  We use chemicals that can stain clothes.  
    Students may wear an apron or lab coat if they have one

If you have any concerns about safety please contact us.

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Software and Apps

Choose your device below:

iPadiPad

Install All 3 Free Apps


AndroidAndroid

Install All 3 Free Apps


 

LpatopLaptop

You only need 1 of these programs
Check to see if your already have Excel or Numbers,
if not then you may buy one, or use LibreOffice which is free.

  • ExcelExcel - Not Free for Laptops - Check to see if it is already installed
  • LibreOffice LibreOffice (Free - Mac, Win, Linux)
  • Numbers Numbers - Mac Only - (Free with newer Macs/iPads otherwise $15)

 

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can parents attend with students?
A: Absolutely! In-fact we even encourage it.

Q: What if I don't have an iPad, tablet, or laptop?
A: There are iPads and laptops available to borrow during class.

Q: What do you mean by "more academic"?
A: If you are picturing an old-fashion school room with a teacher lecturing at the front, and students frantically taking notes, don't worry! It just means that while we do lots of hands-on experiments, we also take a moment to look at the concepts (and yes, sometimes even a peak at the mathmatics) behind an experiment.

Q: My child has trouble reading/writing will they still be able to participate?
A: Absolutely! We work with students of all ages and abilities. Parents can also attend to assist.

Q: Where can I see more about past and present classes?
A: Check out Current Students and Curriculum Menus at the top of the page for:

 

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