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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield


Computers, Technology, Math and Science - Summer 2018

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                             

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iPad Basics                                         

Thursday                                            CO182046           

9:30-11:00                          

May 3, 10, 17

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

This course is for those who consider themselves beginners in the use of their iPads. In a friendly, patient, interactive learning environment, students will build their confidence. In addition, they will learn how to use the basic functions of the iPad. This course is not intended for intermediate or advanced users. Students should own an iPad 2 or newer to take this course.

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Exploring the Internet                                  

Tuesday                                              CO182057           

9:30-11:00                          

July 17, 24

Instructor(s): Lewis Levi

This course 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.

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iPhone Basics A                                               

Thursday                                            CO182058           

1:30-3:00                             

May 24, 31, June 7

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Want to feel more comfortable and confident with your iPhone? Then this course is for you! Students will experience an interactive environment to learn the basic features of their iPhone. This course is for people who consider themselves to be true beginners in using their iPhone. More advanced users should register for Intermediate iPhone. Students will need an iPhone, Apple ID and Apple Password. The atmosphere is very patient, and everyone will learn something in this course!

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iPhone Basics B                                               

Thursday                                            CO182059           

9:30-11:00                          

July 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. Want to feel more comfortable and confident with your iPhone? Then this course is for you! Students will experience an interactive environment to learn the basic features of their iPhone. This course is for people who consider themselves to be true beginners in using their iPhone. More advanced users should register for Intermediate iPhone. Students will need an iPhone, Apple ID and Apple Password. The atmosphere is very patient, and everyone will learn something in this course!

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Introduction to 3D Printing                                        

Thursday                                            CO182073           

11:00-12:00                        

May 31

Instructor(s): Ben Strohm

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. 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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Introduction to 3D Printing                                        

Tuesday                                              CO182074           

10:00-11:00                        

July 10

Instructor(s): Ben Strohm

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. 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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Cable TV Alternatives A                                               

Friday                                  CO182076           

9:30-11:00                          

June 1, 8

Instructor(s): Mel Kauffman

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Is your cable TV bill increasing every year?  Have you ever wondered what you’re really paying for?  This course will cover your bill in detail and explain all the charges.  Additionally, alternatives to regular cable TV will be explored and explained.  Students are encouraged to bring a copy of their cable bill to class along with a listing of the TV channels they normally view.  The course is casual with lots of times for questions.

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Cable TV Alternatives B                                               

Friday                                  CO182077           

9:30-11:00                          

Aug 10, 17

Instructor(s): Mel Kauffman

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Is your cable TV bill increasing every year?  Have you ever wondered what you’re really paying for?  This course will cover your bill in detail and explain all the charges.  Additionally, alternatives to regular cable TV will be explored and explained.  Students are encouraged to bring a copy of their cable bill to class along with a listing of the TV channels they normally view.  The course is casual with lots of times for questions.

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Nothing                                              

Wednesday                                      CO182079           

9:30-11:30                          

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6

Instructor(s): Glenn Markus

"Nothing" is the "something" of this course. We start by studying the origins of "zero" as a way of marking "nothing" in Western counting systems. We then examine the limitations of Greek logic to describe what "nothing" is or isn't and explore the notion of "nothing" in medieval times. We will then consider the idea of a physical vacuum and the notion of completely empty space at the time of Galileo's assistant, Evangelista Torrecelli; the French philosopher Blaise Pascal; and the great Isaac Newton. We then study the theories of relativity, devised by Albert Einstein, and the newer notions of quantum physics developed in the early 20th century. We conclude with some of the cosmological ideas and newest insights about whether "something" can ever, indeed, come from "nothing".

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Intermediate iPhone and iPad A                                             

Thursday                                            CO182092           

9:30-11:00                          

June 21, 28, July 5

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 course is for those who have confidence in their current use of their iPhone or iPad and want to learn more. This course is not for beginners, and students need to bring their iPhone or iPad, Apple ID and Apple Password.

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Intermediate iPhone and iPad B                                              

Thursday                                            CO182093           

9:30-11:00                          

August 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 course is for those who have confidence in their current use of their iPhone or iPad and want to learn more. 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                                

Thursday                                            CO182097           

9:30-11:00                          

June 14

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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Date Calculations: Day of the Week for Any Date                                            

Tuesday                                              CO182112           

12:00-1:00                          

June 5, 12, 19, 26

Instructor(s): Wells Iles

Do you know the day of the week on which you were born? Or the day of the week the Declaration of Independence was signed? In this course, students will learn how to use math to determine the day of the week on which they were born, and the day of the week for any date in history! A basic understanding of the calendar combined with some mental calculations is all that is required. Learn how leap years impact our calendar, and how we can make adjustments for different centuries. Impress your friends and loved ones by telling them the day of the week on which their birthday falls…past or future.

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File Organization: It’s Time to Get Your Computer Organized!                                  

Monday                                              CO182113           

9:30-11:00                          

April 30, May 7

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

Students in this course will learn to use File Explorer to organize files and pictures on a computer. Creating and labeling folders, using “save as” and “save”, and easily retrieving files and pictures will all be covered. Students will also learn how to attach files and pictures to an email, create shortcuts on the desktop, and enjoy the ease of working with files when they are organized! Students will benefit most if they bring their own laptops. 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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Knowing Our Native Virginia Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines                                   

Tuesday                                              CO182114            *$6

10:00-11:30                        

May 15, 22

Instructor(s): John Clatterbaugh

Did you ever visit a local park or look out in your backyard and wish you could identify the woody plants growing there? Students in this course will learn how to identify trees, shrubs, and woody vines and also learn some interesting facts about the habitat and uses of these Virginia native plants. The course will be conducted in two sessions. The first session will be in the classroom where students will become familiar with local woody plants and how to identify them using plant identification guides. The second session will be a field trip to Robious Landing Park where students will actually be able to recognize trees, shrubs, and woody vines in their natural habitat. Carpools will not be arranged by the office for session two, so students should meet at the park: 3800 James River Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113. The instructor will reference two identification guide books of the Virginia Department of Forestry during the course. The books are optionally available for purchase through the LLI Office during Open Registration only, and payment is due at time of registration.

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