The Path to Space Careers: 4 sessions /Private Classes ( You may also request times).
A convenient way for space enthusiasts to book 4 private classes in a schedule that works best for them. Fine tune your knowledge of space exploration in private classes tailored to your individual interests and needs. Recommended for students interested in expanding their knowledge of space programs, developing their own space projects and one day doing an internship with NASA. 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, astronauts 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 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/
Mission to Mars: Collaborative book writing project
The success of Artemis I is giving the international space community new confidence towards planning human landings on Mars. This special class invites young space pioneers to be part of an international team that will design this historic mission. Students will use their creative, technical and teamwork skills to create the story of the first successful crewed mission to Mars and become authors of an exciting new new e-book! Each student /author is assigned a chapter to create in a collaboratively written story about an upcoming mission to Mars. The authors share ideas amongst themselves to ensure the various elements of the story fit together in a technically coherent, fun and exciting way. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. The project is conducted in 4 sessions over 4 weeks. Students will provide illustrations /graphics to accompany their chapters. Below is the link to the e-book published by the first group of Create & Learn students that completed the course. https://redplanetodyssey.wordpress.com/?fbclid=IwAR22UHFzuzHm9KJL21NPFYU7oN9aF17zj6jcZVgZHetfNoy1fKk0q-EtkgU [https://redplanetodyssey.wordpress.com/?fbclid=IwAR22UHFzuzHm9KJL21NPFYU7oN9aF17zj6jcZVgZHetfNoy1fKk0q-EtkgU] Please note: We need at least 6 students to enroll for this special course in order to begin. Three to five students will be in each group. If we do not have 6 enrollments before the scheduled start date those who have enrolled will receive a refund and we will schedule the course when we have enough students.
The Path to Space Careers: Private Classes (Single Session, Request Time)
Fine tune your knowledge of space exploration in private classes tailored to your individual interests and needs. Recommended for students interested in developing their own space projects and for those preparing to apply for NASA internships. Please click the "Contact” button above to request a private class and we will work out a schedule based on your needs.
Procreate for Beginners
In this class, learn the basics of making digital art use Procreate on iPad. Students will learn different digital art techniques and tools in every session and create a digital artwork for each session. Students will also learn art terms and vocabularies throughout the projects as well as elements of art and principles of design.
Sci-Fi and Future Fiction Writing Class (5 sessions)
"Science Fiction is the bridge between science and art." Calling all young scientists! Do you have a wild imagination? Do you want to explore Mars with your favorite robot rover or do a time travel through a black hole? Have you ever wondered what the world will be like in 2050 or 2100? Come discuss the techniques used in some of the best science fiction, and create stories only you can write! May the force be with you! Sci-Fi class taught by published authors and university teachers graduated from/teach at Harvard, UC Berkeley and UT Austin. We will play fun writing games to let our creative juices flow, work on story settings, structure, character creation, plot based on scientific principles and facts, exciting beginnings and endings. By the end of the camp, students will have designed sci-fi or future fiction in the format of a beautifully designed multimedia E-book! They will also be able to submit to publish in the NextGen Edu online journal! Each student will receive a 114-page young sci-fi and future fiction writers' packet before the class Class size: 2-6 students Sample student work (more to be added soon): Sci-Fi and Future Fiction [https://read.bookcreator.com/K1pYx1oJoQY3bCZhQl3dE8aAxLv2/aa3kpFG7Tr2SyZzwu220hA/S6Jzhhv_TzmjEiLyD2hnGg] Reschedule and cancellation policy: Camp is reschedulable. Refunds will be given for cancellations requested two weeks or more in advance of camp or class, or if classes are cancelled by NextGen Education due to unforseen circumstances. For cancellation requests received less than two weeks before camp or class, you will receive full credit towards another camp or learning experience.
About the Instructor: Susan M., Masters in Education from Stanford University. She has three credentials: California Teaching Credential in English, Administrative Credential, Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development credential About the class: Together, we’ll learn the vocabulary and steps of writing mysteries. We’ll develop a detective, create a setting, and choose between two options: our own mysteries for the detective to solve or one mystery –such as a missing artifact or crime --where we can each pursue a separate clue. We’ll sprinkle in other essential choices, then we’ll set out on our individual writing journey. Either path, we’ll share our writing and review how the details of our own story reveal the critical parts of storytelling. Through the process of giving and receiving feedback with panache, we’ll practice the best tools for revision. Then we’ll polish our contribution and create a combined story that satisfies any mystery lover!
AI Art With Python and Google Colab (Part 1)
You can choose anytime you want by making a request. This AI Art course for beginners is a fun way to start exploring some very exciting emergent technologies. We'll be diving into AI Art, Jupyter Notebooks (Colab), Python, Github, and more, all while creating and sharing never before seen images. You don't need any experience with any of these things though if you do have some it will help you gain a deeper understanding. Each student will be given a colab notebook each class. These are theirs to keep and experiment and even share with their friends. Topics covered include prompt engineering, using different specialized models, connecting to Google drive, wildcard modifiers, Lexica.art [http://Lexica.art], outpainting and inpainting. And there is more in Part 2! Colab and GPU access is free (within reason). The only requirement is a regular unrestricted gmail account (not student).
AI Art With Python and Google Colab (Part 2)
You can choose anytime you want by making a request. This AI Art course is the continuation of AI Art With Python and Google Colab Part 1. Each student will be given a colab notebook each class. These are theirs to keep and experiment and even share with their friends. Topics covered include AI upscaling, image to image AI (style transfer), image variation, depth to image, and pix2pix. We'll take a look @ Midjourney and Dalle if time perimts. Colab and GPU access is free (within reason). The only requirement is a regular unrestricted gmail account (not student).
NextGen Education New York Times STEM Writing Contest
Why does snow sometimes turn red? Can Saturn’s rings help to reveal what’s happening in the planet’s core? In the annual New York Times STEM Writing Contest, students can choose an issue or question in science, technology, engineering, math or health, then write an engaging 500-word explanation for a general reader. The winners' essays will be published on The New York Times Learning Network. Join these 4-week classes, taught by published authors and university teachers graduated from/teach at Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley and UT Austin! Your child will write and revise an essay, so that they will be ready to submit to the contest by the deadline (Feb 15, 2023). They will also be able to submit to publish in the NextGen Edu online journal! For Age 11-17. Students will: --Find a STEM-related question, concept or issue they are interested in --Explain a complex and interesting science, math, engineering or technology concept to a general audience, using the Science Times column Trilobites as a model --Learn from last years' winners --Write an exemplary STEM essay, get individualized feedback and submit to the contest We’ll cover the most important elements of STEM writing considered by the NY Times STEM writing team: --How to hook the reader: strategies for engaging readers and teachers from the opening paragraph --Explain why a topic or an issue matter in a larger context --How to incorporate information from the sources: quoting and paraphrasing experts and research Curriculum co-designed by STEM experts, Google computer scientist & senior software engineer, and Dr. Jiang Pu, founder of NextGen Edu. Class size: 4-8 students Cancellation and rescheduling policy: This is a one-time class. Students may swtich to other NY Times STEM writing classes if spots are available. If no spots are available, you will receive credit toward another/future ongoing class, camp or learning experience at NextGen Edu. Additional written feedback: Our teachers will provide invidualized feedback on student writings. If your students need additional supervsion after the class is over, please email us for the request. We will provide 1-on-1 written feedback for the writing part. Professor Man, Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton Univ., will help review the content of student essays.
Atom Secrets & The Periodic Table of Elements
Quantum Physics for Kids
This 4-session course offers a fun and engaging introduction to the fields of Chemistry and Quantum Physics! The Atom Secrets course explores atoms, subatomic particles and the Periodic Table of Elements, over four 50-minute sessions meeting once a week. The course introduces students to 54 atomic elements, while exploring advanced concepts such as electron orbitals, covalent and ionic molecular bonds, and the structural organization of the Periodic Table. The course materials include 54 full-color cartoon Atom Flash Cards, emailed to students as printable PDFs, designed by Pixar animation artist Glenn Kim (whose film credits include The Incredibles, Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc). A full-color illustrated Periodic Table of Elements is also provided. In addition, Review Handouts are provided for each class session. These printable resources are included with course registration. Parent Review: "I dare say this was my son’s favorite class ever! Wonderfully knowledgeable teacher. Excellent communication and materials."
Quantum Frontiers: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Antimatter and the Standard Model of Particle Physics
Quantum Physics for Kids
Explore exciting frontiers of quantum physics theory and research, including dark matter, dark energy, antimatter and the Standard Model of Particle Physics! This 4-session course introduces learners to intriguing concepts in quantum physics that represent some of the most cutting-edge areas of current scientific research. In addition, this course moves beyond the 3 most commonly-known subatomic particles (protons, neutrons and electrons) to discuss the 16 subatomic particles in the Standard Model (including quarks, leptons and bosons), which forms the theoretical framework used by modern physicists. Printable Review Handouts will be provided for each class session. Parent Review: "My son LOVED this class!! I honestly got a ton out of it too! Every day he’d excitedly tell me all about the neat things he learned. His teacher was fabulous too!! Very well prepared and great at connecting with kids." Class 1: Dark Matter | Class 2: Dark Energy | Class 3: The Standard Model of Particle Physics | Class 4: Antimatter
Digital Anime have become a staple in young people’s literary consumption and they continue to become more sophisticated not only in art but in storytelling as well. Many modern comics like March are now considered literary works of art in the same vein as classic novels like to Kill a Mockingbird. This gives us an opportunity to use the popularity of comics and manga to introduce many students to the fundamentals of drawing and to unlock their hidden passion for visual storytelling.
Digital Art 2 - Illustration Store / Art entrepreneurs
Ever wonder about how to get started in running your own little online store? Or how to create patterns that can be applied to pillows, bags, and more? Or wish there was a specific sticker for a moment? This Summer Camp is the perfect way to find some answers! Students joining this class will be taught how to create patterns – repeating or not – and stickers that they can sell online. Learning Objectives: - Drawing Skills and Technique: Learn how to create patterns and stylized stickers that can be sold - Design: Understand basic principles of design to ensure pattern is able to align and repeat and how to make the most use out of a sticker space Entrepreneurial - Skills: Acquire a basic understanding of how to set up and create merchandise that can be made purchasable.