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Understanding The Way Things Work Now: A Guided Study of Machines! Semester 1 (10-14yo)

Teacher Tom Bickmore
Star Educator
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(215)
Levels, Lasers, Windmills, Wifi, & more. This is a guided study group that meets to learn how machines work, including: the mechanics of movement, harnessing the elements, working with waves, electricity & automation, & the digital domain.

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Learners will have a better understanding of how most important things work  including; the mechanics of movement, harnessing the elements, working with waves, electricity & automation, & the digital domain.
Your teacher, Tom, grew up studying all versions of this book and it's most recent updates and credits it for providing him a foundational understanding of the way most things work in his youth which he was able to build on and encourages you to give your learner this same advantage.

Tom is a professional Rocket Science, STEM, & History Teacher, Finish Carpenter who has built real-life Escape Rooms, & Licensed Ham Radio Operator,  who has a phenomenal understanding of the way things work and a special ability to help his students both understand and be excited about what they are learning. 

Tom has previously been featured as one of Outschool's EPIC (Empowering, Passion-Driven, Intentional, & Connected) teacher's for his "Passion-Driven" teaching. 

Outschool states that Passion-driven Educators: 
-Possess a deep understanding and interest in the topics they teach 
-Develop unique content 
-Ensure they offer multiple and global perspectives 
-Are honest when they do not know an answer 
-Use age-appropriate materials that connect topics to other areas of learner interest Incorporate games
-Ask what students are excited to learn

Come join a class and have your learner experience Tom's Passion-Driven teaching for themselves.
Homework Offered
Learners will be asked to teach others what they have learned and look for applications of their weekly topic in the world around them.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Learners need to have a copy of David Macaulay's book "The Way Things Work Now", in either hardcopy or digital. Learners are encouraged to have a second screen during class if they will be using a digital copy of the book so that they can reference the book & view their online class at the same time.

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We will be using David Macaulay's book, "The Way Things Work Now," as the guide to the order of the topics we will learn.
Learners will need a copy of this book to participate in this class. This is not optional. Please have a copy of the book before attending your first class. 
Star Educator
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(215)
Teacher Tom is a designated STAR educator on Outschool. Star educators are top rated, experienced, and highly responsive, with classes that meet Outschool's quality learning standards. Tom is also an ACE Educator and was previously featured as a... 
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for 16 classes
1x per week, 16 weeks
60 min

Completed by 7 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-14
4-6 learners per class

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