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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield


Computers, Technology, Math and Science - Spring 2018

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                             

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Neurobiology of Aging: Focus on Alzheimer's Disease                                  

Wednesday                                      CO181068           

10:30-12:00                        

Jan 10

Instructor(s): Karen Bell

This introduction to the neurobiology of aging will focus on a discussion of the latest scientific information related to the protein tau, involved in many neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's Disease. This is an advanced lecture that encourages audience members to have a minimum understanding of current biological principles, as it will focus on the genetic and molecular mechanisms related to neurodegenerative disease.

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iPad Basics A                                     

Friday                                  CO181046           

9:30-11:00                          

Jan 12, 19, 26

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This class is for those who consider themselves beginners in the use of their iPads. In a friendly, patient, interactive learning environment, you will build your confidence in the skills you already know. In addition, you will learn how to use the basic functions of the iPad. This class is not intended for intermediate or advanced users. Students should own an iPad 2 or newer to take this course.

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How Big is Big & How Far is Far?                                              

Friday                                  CO181071           

10:30-11:30                        

Jan 12

Instructor(s): James Calpin

The mind has difficulty grasping very, very large and very, very small things beyond what our eyes see every day. Distances are also difficult to grasp beyond inches and miles. This class will explore the very large and the very small. An example is: how big is a trillion? We hear that number bandied about every night on the news but did you know that if you started counting to a trillion every second, every hour, every day around the clock you would have to live to a ripe old age of 31,000 years!

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Introduction to Ham Radio                                         

Wednesday                                      CO181107            *$30

9:00-10:30                          

Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21

Instructor(s): John G. DeMajo

Join your fellow member and certified ARRL Registered License Instructor to discover the excitement of ham radio! The Amateur Radio Service offers a unique mix of public service, technology and experimenting with electronics all with an emphasis on fun. Some hams use their skills to provide communications during emergencies and disasters when all else fails. Others enjoy talking to people across the country and around the globe, participating in local contests and building experiments. This course will use the textbook, ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 3rd Edition by ARRL Inc. and prepare students to take the FCC Amateur Radio Technician Class examination for a federally issued license to operate a ham radio station. Students who wish to take the FCC exam upon completion of the course, will be referred to an official testing site operated by the Richmond Amateur Radio Club. The book can optionally be purchased through LLI during Open Registration only, and payment is due at registration. A notebook and scientific calculator are recommended but not required.

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Android Basics A                                             

Friday                                  CO181060           

11:30-1:00                          

Jan 19, 26

Instructor(s): Mel Kauffman

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Are you the proud owner of an Android smart phone? Smart Phones are useful tools for making phone calls, sending text messages and so much more! You may be asking yourself where to begin. This course will help bring smiles instead of stress when you’re using your Android smart phone. There's a lot to learn as technology is constantly changing and advancing, but this class will provide helpful tips and tricks that you'll likely need to know in the early days of having an Android smart phone.  The course will cover setup, Using the Built-in Apps, Getting and Using Other Apps, Enjoying Music At Home and On the Go, Troubleshooting and Help, and even more Tips and Tricks.  Students should own an Android smart phone or tablet to take this course.

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iPhone Basics A                                               

Thursday                                            CO181058           

10:00-11:30                        

Jan 25, Feb 1, 8

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Want feel more comfortable and confident with your iPhone? This class is for you. Join us for interactive using of the basic features of your iPhone. This class is for people who consider themselves to be true beginners in using their iPhone. More advanced users should sign up for the iPhone Intermediate class. For this class, you will need an iPhone, your Apple ID, and Apple Password. We have a very patient atmosphere. Hope to see you!

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Microsoft Excel: The Basics                                        

Monday                                              CO181021           

9:30-11:00                          

Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, 26

Instructor(s): Joanna E. Lurie, MS, MASCP, MT(ASCP)

Have fun and take advantage of the many features in Excel! Build formulas, use preset auto formulas, and handle several worksheets in a workbook. Format lists and sort text, manipulate columns and rows, and add enhancements to the spreadsheet. Students will benefit most if they bring their own laptops with a minimum of Microsoft Excel 2010. A limited number of laptops will be available for students without laptops. The classes are informal and there is always time for questions.

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Introduction to 3D Printing                                        

Tuesday                                              CO181073           

11:00-12:00                        

Jan 30

Instructor(s): Ben Strohm

Have you heard about 3D printing but not had the opportunity to really learn about it yet? 3D Printing is a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material. Come see a 3D printer in action and learn about the science of 3D printing, how it works, what scientists, engineers and regular folks are using it for, and how you can get started designing your own objects. There will be ample time for questions and answers!

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Intermediate iPhone and iPad A                                             

Friday                                  CO181092           

9:30-11:00                          

Feb 2, 9, 16

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Want to further your knowledge and use of your iPhone or iPad? Join this course for interactive learning and practice. Each of the three classes will cover different material; and, as a result, students will get a lot more out of their iPhones and iPads. This class is for those who have confidence in their current use of their iPhone or iPad and want to learn more to advance to more complicated uses. This course is not for beginners, and students need to bring their iPhone or iPad, Apple ID and Apple Password.

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Ice Flowers: Beauty in Late Fall                                

Friday                                  CO181097           

10:30-12:30                        

Feb 2

Instructor(s): Jim Carter

In December 2003, the instructor discovered attractive formations of ice on some plant stems. He had never seen anything like this! Since then, he has learned much about such ice formations from observation, emails and web pages. Such formations are known as Ice Flowers and Frost Flowers. This type of ice forms in nature when the air temperature falls below freezing but water in the stems and soil is still liquid; thus, this is most likely to occur in November and December. This course will start with many photos and will evolve based on the interest and experience of attendees. Not all plants produce Ice Flowers, but some plants that do may be in your own garden. In 2005, the instructor found the juxtaposition of three types of ice formations at nearby Amelia Wildlife Management Area which helped him understand the process in which they form. Students will also learn about Needle Ice in the soil and ribbons of ice which may be extruded from pipes. See this website for a sneak preview: http://my.ilstu.edu/~jrcarter/ice/radio/.

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Computer Security and Internet Scams A                                            

Tuesday                                              CO181090           

9:30-11:00                          

Feb 6, 13

Instructor(s): Mel Kauffman

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This course provides will provide students with specific tips to maintain security on personal computers. Students will learn techniques to protect their online identities, avoid phishing and safeguard against viruses, adware, worms and other forms of malware.

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Exploring the Internet A                                              

Thursday                                            CO181057           

1:00-2:30                             

Feb 8, 15

Instructor(s): Lewis Levi

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This class aims to answer the following questions: “What is the Internet and how does it work?”, “How can I better use my web browser (Internet Explorer or Chrome) to surf or explore the Internet?”, “What are the benefits of using the Internet in my everyday life?”, and “How can I do this safely?”. Students are welcome to bring their own laptops or other internet-capable device; however, all students will benefit from the information presented in this class.

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Celestial Navigation                                      

Thursday                                            CO181080           

10:00-11:30                        

Feb 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Instructor(s): Mark Swearengen

This course will examine basic methods for keeping track of one’s position when at sea, using the sun, moon, planets and stars. A fellow LLI Member and student of navigation will lead the course. It is not intended to train students to be qualified navigators and will not explore astrology or astronomy. Students will not be required to purchase text material or navigation plotting tools and may contact the instructor to obtain more information about the class. Subjects to be discussed will include latitude and longitude, Greenwich hour angle, declination, local hour angle, geographical position of the body, celestial horizon, meridian passage, sidereal hour angle, right ascension, azimuth, intercept, and other aspects.

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Android Basics B                                             

Friday                                  CO181061           

9:00-10:30                          

Feb 23, March 2

Instructor(s): Mel Kauffman

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Are you the proud owner of an Android smart phone? Smart Phones are useful tools for making phone calls, sending text messages and so much more! You may be asking yourself where to begin. This course will help bring smiles instead of stress when you’re using your Android smart phone. There's a lot to learn as technology is constantly changing and advancing, but this class will provide helpful tips and tricks that you'll likely need to know in the early days of having an Android smart phone.  The course will cover setup, Using the Built-in Apps, Getting and Using Other Apps, Enjoying Music At Home and On the Go, Troubleshooting and Help, and even more Tips and Tricks.  Students should own an Android smart phone or tablet to take this course.

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Pruning Small Trees                                      

Friday                                  CO181109           

10:30-12:00                        

Feb 23

Instructor(s): Sandy Fry

Join this class to learn the basics of tree anatomy and growth. Then learn the many reasons to prune trees, when to prune the different species of trees, as well as how and how much to prune. We will also discuss topping and why it is detrimental to trees. The instructor will show what tools you can use and potentially provide a live demonstration following the class, weather-permitting.

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iPad Basics B                                     

Friday                                  CO181047           

11:30-1:00                          

Feb 23, March 2, 9

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This class is for those who consider themselves beginners in the use of their iPads. In a friendly, patient, interactive learning environment, you will build your confidence in the skills you already know. In addition, you will learn how to use the basic functions of the iPad. This class is not intended for intermediate or advanced users. Students should own an iPad 2 or newer to take this course.

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Introduction to Google Docs A                                 

Tuesday                                              CO181105           

9:30-10:30                          

Feb 27

Instructor(s): Linda Lyles

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. If you use Gmail, you may want to know about Google Docs. Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides are a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation program respectively, all part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. If you use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, you will understand Google Docs. This will be an instructional class only, so students do not need to bring their laptops.

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Exploring the Internet B                                              

Tuesday                                              CO181108           

9:00-10:30                          

Mar 13, 20

Instructor(s): Lewis Levi

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This class aims to answer the following questions: “What is the Internet and how does it work?”, “How can I better use my web browser (Internet Explorer or Chrome) to surf or explore the Internet?”, “What are the benefits of using the Internet in my everyday life?”, and “How can I do this safely?”. Students are welcome to bring their own laptops or other internet-capable device; however, all students will benefit from the information presented in this class.

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iPhone Basics B                                               

Friday                                  CO181059           

9:30-11:00                          

March 16, 23, 30

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Want feel more comfortable and confident with your iPhone? This class is for you. Join us for interactive using of the basic features of your iPhone. This class is for people who consider themselves to be true beginners in using their iPhone. More advanced users should sign up for the iPhone Intermediate class. For this class, you will need an iPhone, your Apple ID, and Apple Password. We have a very patient atmosphere. Hope to see you!

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Heavenly Hydrangeas                                  

Friday                                  CO181110           

11:30-12:30                        

March 16

Instructor(s): Sandy Fry

Join this class to enjoy pictures of the many varieties of hydrangeas and learn how to care for them, especially when and how to prune the different varieties.

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Computer Security and Internet Scams B                                             

Friday                                  CO181091           

9:00-10:30                          

April 13, 20

Instructor(s): Mel Kauffman

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This course provides will provide students with specific tips to maintain security on personal computers. Students will learn techniques to protect their online identities, avoid phishing and safeguard against viruses, adware, worms and other forms of malware.

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Intermediate iPhone and iPad B                                              

Friday                                  CO181093           

11:30-1:00                          

April 13, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Want to further your knowledge and use of your iPhone or iPad? Join this course for interactive learning and practice. Each of the three classes will cover different material; and, as a result, students will get a lot more out of their iPhones and iPads. This class is for those who have confidence in their current use of their iPhone or iPad and want to learn more to advance to more complicated uses. This course is not for beginners, and students need to bring their iPhone or iPad, Apple ID and Apple Password.

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Introduction to Google Docs B                                  

Tuesday                                              CO181106           

12:00-1:00                          

April 17

Instructor(s): Linda Lyles

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. If you use Gmail, you may want to know about Google Docs. Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides are a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation program respectively, all part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. If you use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, you will understand Google Docs. This will be an instructional class only, so students do not need to bring their laptops.

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