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Explore science and nature.
 
Are you interested in stars, planets, black holes, the possibility of life elsewhere in the galaxy and the large scale structure of the universe? These topics and more will be included in this 3 session class.  We'll discuss the evolution of stars and cutting edge topics such as the LIGO 2015 observation of the signal of a gravitational wave which is a leading contender for the Nobel Prize in Physics.  We'll cover historical events such as the worldwide 1760s expeditions to observe the solar transits of Venus and then fast forward to the modern Kepler Mission and the discovery of exoplanets which may harbor alien life.  We'll talk about optics and telescopes and build our own simple telescope.  If you know high school algebra, all the better, but most of all bring your imagination for the cosmos!  A $15 materials fee is payable to instructor to cover the cost of a kit to assemble a simple telescope.  Admission to Fiske will be an additional charge.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM; 3 sessions; starting 4/26/2017, ending 5/10/2017

Tuition: $99.00

Materials Cost: $15.00

Location : Casey Middle Location : 
  Casey Middle.

Room :  C235

Instructor : Mark Coffey 



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Much of the beauty of crystals derives from their symmetry.  In these three sessions, we will explore the operations of symmetry including rotations, reflections, inversions and aspects of crystallography and the mineral world.  Discussions will include concepts such as two and three dimensional lattices and how they apply to mineralogy.  There'll be hands on activities to help discover symmetries; whether of a chair, snowflake or a tourmaline crystal.  If you've had high school chemistry, all the better, but be prepared to ponder and investigate the geometrical beauty of crystals!  A $2 materials fee is payable to instructor.

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM; 3 sessions; starting 4/5/2017, ending 4/19/2017

Tuition: $99.00

Materials Cost: $2.00

Location : Arapahoe Campus Location : 
  Arapahoe Campus.

Room :  362

Instructor : Mark Coffey 



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Claim bragging rights at your next party or company retreat with your knowledge of nanotechnology and nanomedicine.  You can do that when you participate in this discussion of future applications including new fuel cells, sensors, drug delivery systems and cancer-fighting strategies. Nanotechnology involves the design, characterization, production and application of structures and devices at dimensions approaching those of molecules.  From ancient Rome and medieval artisans using gold and silver nanoparticles for glass coloring to today's electronic, medical and other applications, this session overviews this interdisciplinary field.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM; starting 4/18/2017, ending 4/18/2017

Tuition: $29.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : Arapahoe Campus Location : 
  Arapahoe Campus.

Room :  362

Instructor : Mark Coffey 



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