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Is your child interested in making game music, creating videos, playing chess, or doing a whole suite of other fun activities? Our talented teachers know a lot more than coding. They are also artists, musicians, data scientists, and more. Above all, they are passionate about teaching. Check out these fun classes created and taught by our very own teachers who teach coding, robotics, design, and more with Create & Learn. These classes complement programs offered by Create & Learn and help your child expand into more areas. Check out the classes and Happy Learning!

Math Tutoring: Grades 3-8, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry
Najeeb Rahman

Engineer with advanced courses in math. Helping k-10 students with math for last 10 years. Helped students score high in quantitative reasoning sections of aptitude tests.

Math Tutoring: Grades K-8, Algebra
Lisa Muggeo

I have been a classroom eacher for over ten years and now teach both in person and virtually. I am certified to teach both math and science. I teach engineering and computer science as well as run the Cyber Patriot and Robotics clubs at my school.

Math Tutoring: Grades K-8, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-calculus, Calculus
Ben Lipper

Math has always been one of my best and favorite subjects. I have experience in mathematics from the basics of Arithmetic, through Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Trig, Calculus, and even up to Linear Algebra, Matrices, and Vector Calculus. Additionally, I got a perfect score on both the SAT and ACT math sections, as well as a perfect score on the math subject test and a 5 on both AP Calculus exams (AB and BC).

Math Tutoring: Grades 5-12, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-calculus, Calculus
Sharmain Henderson

║║╔║║╔╗ ╔╦╦╦═╦╗╔═╦═╦══╦═╗ ║ ╠╣╠║║║║ ║║║║╩╣╚╣═╣║║║║║╩╣ ║ ║║╚╚╚╚╝ ╚══╩═╩═╩═╩═╩╩╩╩═╝ O During my undergraduate studies, I pursued a Bachelor's degree in Physics. Due to my area of study, I have an extensive background in mathematics, science, and other STEM-related topics. In addition to these skills, I am very effective in helping students to not just get a better grade, but to really understand the subject matter and the reasons why things work the way they do. I do this in a way that is positive, supportive, and also fun. I explain difficult math concepts in simple English, and continue working with students until they understand the concepts really well. I bring my full attention and dedication to the students that I work with. Since every person is unique, I personalize my approach to each student. This makes my work very effective and allows each student to truly improve their skills, knowledge, and understanding! I have helped hundreds of students, both one on one and in a classroom setting. _____¶¶ ______¶¶¶ _____¶¶_¶¶ _____¶¶__¶¶¶ ____¶¶___¶¶¶¶¶¶ __¶¶¶______¶¶¶¶ ¶¶¶¶¶¶___¶¶¶¶ ___¶_¶¶_¶¶ ______¶¶¶¶ ¶______¶¶___________¶¶ ¶¶__________________¶¶¶ ¶¶_________________¶¶_¶¶ _¶¶________________¶¶__¶¶¶ __¶_______________¶¶____¶¶¶¶¶¶ __¶¶____________¶¶¶_______¶¶¶¶ __¶¶¶¶________¶¶¶¶¶¶¶___¶¶¶¶ __¶¶_¶¶___________¶_¶¶_¶¶ __¶¶__¶¶_____________¶¶¶¶ __¶¶___¶¶_____________¶¶__________¶¶ __¶¶____¶¶¶_______________________¶¶¶ __¶¶_____¶¶¶_____________________¶¶_¶¶ __¶¶_______¶¶____________________¶¶__¶¶¶ __¶¶________¶¶__________________¶¶____¶¶¶¶¶¶ __¶¶________¶¶¶_______________¶¶¶_______¶¶¶¶ __¶¶___¶¶¶¶¶¶_¶¶_____________¶¶¶¶¶¶¶__¶¶¶¶ __¶¶¶¶¶¶¶¶¶____¶¶________________¶_¶¶_¶¶ __¶¶___¶¶¶¶¶¶__¶¶¶__________________¶¶¶¶ __¶¶___¶____¶¶__¶¶___________________¶¶ ___¶¶__¶____¶¶___¶¶ ___¶¶___¶¶¶¶¶_____¶ ____¶¶____________¶¶¶ ____¶¶_____________¶¶¶¶¶ _____¶¶_____¶______¶¶_¶¶¶¶¶ _____¶¶_____¶¶______¶¶___¶¶¶¶ _____¶¶¶_____¶¶______¶_____¶¶¶¶¶ ____¶¶_¶_____¶¶______¶¶_______¶¶¶¶ ____¶¶_¶¶_____¶¶______¶__________¶¶ ___¶¶___¶¶_____¶¶_____¶¶__________¶¶ ___¶¶___¶¶_____¶¶______¶___________¶¶ ___¶_____¶¶_____¶¶_____¶¶__________¶¶ __¶¶______¶______¶______¶¶__________¶¶ __¶_______¶¶_____¶¶____¶¶¶__________¶¶ _¶¶________¶¶_____¶¶¶¶¶¶¶¶___________¶¶ _¶__________¶_¶¶¶¶¶¶_____¶¶___________¶¶ _¶¶__________¶_____¶¶_____¶¶__________¶¶ _¶¶__________¶¶_____¶¶_____¶¶¶¶¶_______¶¶ __¶¶_________¶¶_____¶¶_______¶¶¶¶¶¶_____¶ ___¶¶_________¶¶_____¶¶_________¶¶¶¶¶¶__¶¶ ___¶¶_________¶_______¶_____________¶¶¶¶¶¶ ____¶¶_______¶¶_______¶¶________________¶¶ ____¶¶______¶¶_________¶¶ _____¶¶_____¶¶_________¶¶ ______¶¶___¶¶___________¶¶ ______¶¶__¶¶ _______¶¶_¶ ________¶¶¶ *Refunds for Students* A student may cancel his/her registration up to 3 days prior to the start date and be eligible for a full refund. Refunds will be processed within 7 days of the email confirmation. *Satisfaction Guarantee* If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with your initial session you will receive a full refund after the first session **Returning Students** It's awesome to see returning students :). You receive 20% off!

Math Tutoring: Grades 6-8, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-calculus
Namita Manohar

Namita is a former high school math teacher who loved taking advanced math classes in both high school and college. As a former math teacher and tutor I have lots of experience with breaking down problems and explaining concepts in many different ways. I am able to help with homework assignments and also test preparation. TN Licensed Teacher in Mathematics 6 -12

Intro to Typing for Beginners
Jennifer Thornton

Tired of pecking at the keyboard with just two fingers? Students are typing more in this new digital world; which makes typing an essential skill. Why not learn how to type? This is an introductory class to the full course, Typing for Beginners. Students will be introduced to the basics of beginner typing. Students will practice and learn finger placement and the home row keys on the keyboard. Students will be introduced to fun interactive games to continue to practice keyboarding techniques.

Next class: 9/17/2021, 11:30 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Cosmetic Chemistry: The World of Skincare
Curious Cardinals

In the US alone, the cosmetic industry makes 93.5 billion dollars each year, a number that with constant rebranding and innovation will continue to expand. Whether it’s new makeup, skincare, and hair products etc., the constant pursuit of beauty feels inexhaustible. So what are they really selling us? How often do you pick up a bottle and truly read its ingredients? How much is based on scientific research vs. top notch branding? In this class, we will zoom into skincare-- talking about premier active ingredients like niacinamide, Vitamin C, Retinols/Retinoids, and more. We will discuss the vanguard of cosmetic chemistry as well as its ancient past. We will approach skin health from an aesthetic and practical perspective. The goal of this class is to elucidate the reality of the beauty industry and to educate ourselves about the products we use. We will culminate in a twofold research presentation on one innovative product, marketing initiatives, or company commitment and one failed or misguided beauty fad.

Next class: 9/19/2021, 9:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
The Path to Space Careers: Start Your Adventure Now
Bruce Callow

In this exciting 4 part course students are introduced to key space missions, careers and NASA mentors which will inspire the students on their paths to one day working in the aerospace industry. Join me as we travel through the solar system and beyond and learn about the real people who do amazing space jobs. ( engineers, scientists etc). We will discuss past, current and future space missions including the Artemis missions to the moon, the Perseverance Mars Rover, Voyager, the discovery of exoplanets, CubeSats, upcoming missions to Europa and Titan. Students will be given tips on how to go about applying for NASA internships and will be provided opportunities to connect directly with NASA specialists/mentors. My teaching style is fun and informal and I explain complex ideas in an enjoyable way so my students have fun as they interactively explore their interest in space exploration. I am fortunate to have many contacts who work on space missions at NASA centers, universities and other space agencies. Introducing my students to NASA mentors gives me great satisfaction and gives the students an advantage for conducting further space research and exploring their paths to working in the space industry. Students will be given the assignment of creating a space mission and explaining it to the rest of the class. Students will have the opportunity to act out mock NASA internship interviews to help prepare them for when they apply for internships. Students will be encouraged and coached to prepare a project to submit in next year's Junior Breakthrough Challenge. https://breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org/

Next class: 9/22/2021, 9:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Star Trek and the NASA Connection
Bruce Callow

Star Trek Conversation Club: The History of the Future & the NASA Connection In this fun multidisciplinary class, students develop leadership skills while becoming familiar with the history, philosophy and technology of the first 3 Star Trek series as they learn about their impact on NASA and popular culture. Class One: Star Trek's impact on technological innovation and the NASA connection In this class we review Star Trek's important impact on NASA and technology. This will include its impact on the Apollo program as well as the work of African American Star Trek star Nichelle Nichols in the Space Shuttle's recruitment program. Many tech devices we use everyday, including smartphones, were inspired by Star Trek. We will explore which Star Trek inventions have come true and which ones are still a few years ahead, such as the phaser, medical tricorder and transporter. We will discuss some of the scientific principals behind these devices. This class is ideal for those interested in tech history and innovation as well as the history of American popular culture. Class Two: First Contact with Extraterrestrial Civilizations and the philosophy of Star Trek's Prime Directive In this class we review several topical dramatic situations from Star Trek and compare and contrast Star Trek's non interference directive to an eventual real life first contact scenario with an alien civilization. These issues are becoming increasingly relevant as humanity approaches the day when life beyond Earth is officially confirmed. Students will have fun creatively acting out 1st Contact scenarios. Class Three: Applying Problem Solving and Leadership Skills. In this class we debate the strengths and weaknesses of the leadership styles of 3 Star Trek captains based on scenarios we will review together. Students will develop their problem solving /conflict resolution skills through fun role role plays inspired by scenarios from Star Trek that have real life implications. This class develops team work skills and is ideal for aspiring astronauts. Get ready for some time travel! Class Four: The Legacy of Star Trek in Popular Culture Star Trek has gifted us with a rich cultural and technological legacy including the Vulcan hand salute and the Vulcan philosophy of "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations." In this class students will explore the lasting impact Star Trek has made through movies spin off series and merchandising. Students will get an exciting inside view of a Star Trek Convention and pay a virtual visit to Starfleet Academy. Students will discuss which area of Star Fleet appeals to them the most: Command, Communications, Science etc. These decisions will help orient students towards their future study paths and careers.

Next class: 9/24/2021, 7:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Become a Chess Pro: Intro for Young Beginners
Central NY Chess

This class is for young learners with little or no exposure to chess. We'll start by teaching the foundational basics of the game, and then build upon that foundation to introduce key strategies for winning games. Each meeting starts with explanation and discussion, followed by, for the remaining duration of each class, virtual chess games between the classmates, with live coaching and feedback by the instructor. We host our virtual games on ChessKid.com, the leading scholastic virtual chess platform; we provide all students with a premium "Gold Membership" to ChessKid while they are enrolled in our camps. By the end of this camp, students will have a thorough foundational understanding of the game of chess, how to plan ahead, and how to win against their peers. They will also leave with a basic understanding of how competitive chess tournaments are structured, and will feel prepared to compete against peers of their age and skill levels. No homework will be assigned, but students are encouraged to practice what they've learned against family and friends, at home or online, between classes. Camp Schedule: Day 1 - The Basics: Board Setup Piece Movement Introduction to Check & Checkmate ChessKid Tutorial & Practice Games Day 2 - Opening & Closing Games: The "D" and "E" Pawns The Staircase Checkmate More Practice Games Day 3 - Special Moves: Castling Pawn Promotion More Practice Games Day 4 - Advanced Strategy: Fork Attacks Introduction to Chess Puzzles More Practice Games Day 5 - Conclusion: In-Class Tournament Final Review of Lessons & Tournament Games

Next class: 11/29/2021, 12:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Become a Chess Pro: Intermediate Lessons for Established Players
Central NY Chess

This camp is for young learners with strong previous experience with chess (such as completing our Beginner camp). We'll briefly review the basics of the game, and then spend most of the semester building upon that foundation with proven strategies used by advanced players, including early-game checkmate techniques. Each meeting starts with explanation and discussion, followed by, for the remaining duration of each class, virtual chess games between the classmates, with live coaching and feedback by the instructor. We host our virtual games on ChessKid.com, the leading scholastic virtual chess platform; we provide all students with a premium "Gold Membership" to ChessKid while they are enrolled in our camps. By the end of this camp, students will have a competitive edge in the game of chess, with a greater understanding of the game and greater confidence in themselves than they began with. They will also leave with a better understanding of how competitive chess tournaments are structured, and will feel prepared to compete and win against peers of their age and skill levels. No homework will be assigned, but students are encouraged to practice what they've learned against family and friends, at home or online, between classes. Camp Schedule: Day 1 - Brushing Up on the Basics: Brief Review of Beginner-Level Topics Protecting Pieces on the Board En Passant Capturing ChessKid Tutorial & Practice Games Day 2 - Swift & Shrewd Strategies: The Four Move Checkmate Pins & Skewers More Practice Games Day 3 - A Delicate Balance: The King and Queen Sandwich Checkmate Something to Avoid: Stalemate More Practice Games Day 4 - Puzzle Day: Introduction to Checkmate Puzzles More Practice Games Day 5 - Conclusion: In-Class Tournament Final Review of Lessons & Tournament Games

Next class: 11/30/2021, 12:30 AM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Become a Chess Pro: Lessons for Advanced Players
Central NY Chess

This camp is for young learners who already have a significant formal chess background, likely including having attended multiple previous camps. All learners are expected to already be comfortable with all of the foundational rules of chess, up to and including en passant capturing and stalemate, and also have a prerequisite knowledge of multiple checkmate strategies including the Scholar’s Mate (The “Four Move Checkmate”). Throughout the semester we will review historic games of famous chess Masters and Grandmasters, analyze the strategies employed, and learn how and when to replicate them, including some variations. Each meeting starts with explanation and discussion, followed by, for the remaining duration of each class, virtual chess games between the classmates, with live coaching and feedback by the instructor. We host our virtual games on ChessKid.com, the leading scholastic virtual chess platform; we provide all students with a premium "Gold Membership" to ChessKid while they are enrolled in our camps. By the end of this camp, students should have a deep understanding of the advanced chess strategies discussed and how to implement them against their peers. No homework will be assigned, but students are encouraged to practice what they've learned against family and friends, at home or online, between classes. Camp Schedule: Day 1 - The Opera Game: Analysis of Grand-Master Paul Morphy's Famous Historic Game in 1858 ChessKid Tutorial & Practice Games Day 2 - Advanced Tactics: The King and Rook Checkmate The Sicilian Defense (and Variations) More Practice Games Day 3 - Commonly Played Openings: The Italian Game The French Defense The Spanish Opening The Petrov Defense More Practice Games Day 4 - Magnus vs. Karjaken: Analysis of the Final Game of the 2016 World Championship More Practice Games Day 5 - Conclusion: In-Class Tournament Final Review of Lessons & Tournament Games

Next class: 12/7/2021, 12:30 AM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Become a Chess Pro: Advanced Graduates Continuation Club
Central NY Chess

This camp is for young learners who have completed our Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced level camps (or otherwise have significant formal training and outstanding chess ability) and are looking for continued experiential learning following a similar format to our previous camps, with a dynamic revolving curriculum to facilitate a camp experience that can be repeated multiple times and still be productive and enjoyable. Each day of the camp focuses on a different aspect of chess learning and allows the students to experience something new about chess in addition to virtual chess games between the classmates each day with live coaching and feedback by the instructor. We host our virtual games on ChessKid.com, the leading scholastic virtual chess platform; we provide all students with a premium "Gold Membership" to ChessKid while they are enrolled in our camps. Camp Schedule: Day 1 - Reinforcement: Instructor & Students Collaborate to Examine & Address any Weak Points in their Understanding of Chess Theory & Strategy ChessKid Tutorial & Practice Games Day 2 - New Topic Discussion: Different for each Section of the "Continuation Club" camp, a New Topic (or Topics) will be introduced for Explanation & Discussion, either at the Request of the Students or the Suggestion of the Instructor; this may include intricate openings, gambits, checkmate strategies, or any other high-concept topic. More Practice Games Day 3 - Puzzle Day: Checkmate Puzzles (Different for each Section of the "Continuation Club" camp) More Practice Games Day 4 - Game Analysis: Rather than examining games of famous chess masters, the Instructor will lead the class in one or more in-depth analysis discussions revolving around games that the students played against each other earlier in the week, to highlight the missed opportunities, potential alternate outcomes of games, and to get students into the habit of using personal retrospective game analysis as a tool to learn from their mistakes and improve for the future. More Practice Games Day 5 - Conclusion: In-Class Tournament Final Review of Lessons & Tournament Games

Next class: 12/14/2021, 12:30 AM. Click to check out additional dates/times available