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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield


Computers, Technology, Math and Science - Fall 2019

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                             

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The ABCs of Flight: It Goes Up and then Down                                  

Monday                                              CO193125           

11:30-1:00                          

Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7

Instructor(s): Danny Arkin

Of Leonardo da Vinci's many areas of study, perhaps this Renaissance man's favorite was aviation. Da Vinci seemed truly excited by the possibility of people soaring through the skies like birds. Come and enjoy a lay person's understanding of what makes flight, types of general aviation aircraft, becoming a pilot, and the freedom you feel from above. Come enjoy the adventure possibilities, ask questions, and learn what is already obvious when you think about it. This course will be a fun introduction to something that is breathtaking to imagine. There will be an opportunity after the last class for students to go see it in real life (on the ground of course).

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Physics for People Who Hate Math (and Those Who Don't)                                        

Thursday                                            CO193132           

2:30-3:30                             

Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Instructor(s): Rob Paylor

This course will present a look at the physical world and universe around us. What makes it tick? How does gravity work? How can a person fall off a cliff into water and still be injured or worse? Why is my electric bill so high? Why do I need my eyeglasses to see clearly? Why are there tides in the oceans? How can a Toyota Corolla total a Dodge Ram Pickup? These questions about everyday things and the science behind the answers will be examined. Math, equations, and calculations will be optional! The course will be a relaxed combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration and Q&A and will be sensitive to the interests of students.

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iPhone Basics                                   

Friday                                  CO193058           

1:30-3:00                             

Sept 13, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

Have you recently started using an iPhone? Don’t know much about the iPhone you have and want to learn to do more with it? This interactive class will help you learn the basics about your physical iPhone, the Cloud, iCloud, and basic features in iPhone texting, calling, FaceTime, Email and Apple Pay Cash. Then you’ll learn how to search for and download apps, how to use Safari to surf the Web, and more, as time allows. All students are encouraged to ask questions anytime. To be ready for class, you’ll need your fully charged iPhone 5s or newer, your Apple ID password, and your Cellular Data Plan. If you don’t know what these are, you’ll find out in class.

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Evaluating Online Information A: The Truth Is Out There…!                                        

Wednesday                                      CO193134           

2:00-3:00                             

Sept 25

Instructor(s): Suzanne Sherry, MLIS

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Frustrated about finding facts on the internet? Confused by conflicting information online? This course will cover techniques for evaluating sources on the web by exploring tools to arm yourself against misinformation and fake news.

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Computer Security and Internet Scams A                                             

Friday                                  CO193090           

9:30-11:00                          

Sept 27, Oct 4

Instructor(s): Mel Kauffman

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This course 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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Geology of Our National Parks                                  

Wednesday                                      CO193128           

1:00-2:30                             

Oct 2, 9, 16

Instructor(s): Bob Ferguson

In the first session of the course (Summer 2019), the impact of volcanoes, hotspots and continental drift on some of our national parks was explored. This session will cover a number of parks in the American southwest, starting with the Grand Canyon. A "Great Courses" DVD on this topic along with time for discussion will ensure an informative and interesting experience for all. As always, the instructor will make learning a little bit about geology fun. As before, no homework and no mosquitoes.

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DNA Tests for Genealogy: Now What?                                  

Wednesday                                      CO193133           

2:00-3:30                             

Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6

Instructor(s): Steve Kunnmann

Maybe you’ve gone ahead, bought and submitted a DNA Test or maybe you are thinking of doing so. Maybe you’ve got the results and wonder what to do now. DNA testing is a major step in the study of your family roots. This course will cover DNA testing for genealogy. What is DNA? What type of tests are available? Why test? Who offers tests. Are they all the same? Which test should I take? What do the results mean and how do I understand them? Ethnicity? Third cousin, twice removed? This course will provide answers to these questions and others. After covering other tests available, students will focus on AncestryDNA autosomal tests and results. Students do not need to bring their own DNA results, but it would be helpful in applying and understanding the discussions. The same is true for some amount of knowledge about your Family Tree.

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Social Media: Too Much, Too Little Time, Help Me!                                        

Thursday                                            CO193124           

12:30-2:00                          

Oct 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21

Instructor(s): Danny Arkin

Some love it, some hate it, but everyone has an opinion on social media's value and impact. Join this course to learn about the background of social media in general as well as some of the more popular apps out there today, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Messenger, Pinterest, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumbler and more. Discuss the benefits and dangers of social media information sharing. Understand techniques for determining reality vs. false truths. Learn about specific apps in use by your family and friends and suggestions for personal use.

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Evaluating Online Information B: The Truth Is Out There…!                                        

Tuesday                                              CO193135           

2:00-3:00                             

Oct 29

Instructor(s): Suzanne Sherry, MLIS

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Frustrated about finding facts on the internet? Confused by conflicting information online? This course will cover techniques for evaluating sources on the web by exploring tools to arm yourself against misinformation and fake news.

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Computer Security and Internet Scams B                                             

Friday                                  CO193091           

9:30-11:00                          

Nov 1, 8

Instructor(s): Mel Kauffman

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This course 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                                  

Friday                                  CO193092           

1:30-3:00                             

Nov 8, 15, 22

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

If you have used your iPhone or iPad a while and are comfortable with it, and you want to learn more about its features, and at a faster pace than the Basics classes, this course is for you. NOTE: After you are bored in either the iPhone Basics or iPad Basics classes, you are ready for this class, too. This interactive class will help you learn about the Cloud, extensive and exhaustive use of iCloud, texting, FaceTime, Email and setting up Apple Wallet. Other secondary Apple apps such as Books, iTunes University, and Photos will also be covered. In the third class, students determine the class content with their questions. All students are encouraged to ask questions anytime. To be ready for class, you’ll need your fully charged iPad 3rd generation or newer (not iPad 2), or your iPhone 5s or newer. You’ll also need your Apple ID password and your Cellular Data Plan.

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All That Technology for Making Your Life Easier                               

Monday                                              CO193126           

11:30-1:00                          

Nov 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16

Instructor(s): Danny Arkin

There is so much technology out there, and it can be quite overwhelming. This course will introduce many applications and tools that can help those of us with more than a few years on our meters. This is not a detailed "how to" teaching course but more of an introduction to items worthy of consideration for your collection of stuff, plus where to get them, including the following concept areas: lists, clouds, photos, health aids, exercise, tasks, calendars, email, entertainment, and just plain being cool. Come have a blast!

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Introduction to the Internet                                      

Thursday                                            CO193057           

9:30-11:00                          

Dec 5, 12

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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Advanced iPhone                                           

Friday                                  CO193129           

1:30-3:00                             

Dec 6, 13, 20

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

This course is for students who have completed and are able to do what is written in the course descriptions for the iPhone Basics and iPhone Intermediate courses. This is a fast-paced, highly interactive course that will stretch into the less common features of the iPhone. Students will need to bring an iPhone 6 or newer, an Apple ID password and have a cellular data plan for each class.

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