Middle/High Chemistry / Fri 12-2
8 weekly 120 minute classes per quarter.
Quarter 1 - Atoms and Alchemy
Quarter 2 - Kitchen Chemistry
Quarter 3 - Colors and Ciphers Part 1
Quarter 4 - Colors and Ciphers Part 2
In 2020 we made a change. Signing up for multiple quarters of the same class at once now saves money.
Colors and Ciphers: Chemistry Parts 3 and 4
experiments in their own scientific lab notebook.
Specific topics will likely include:
- pigments and nutrition
- pH-sensitive color changes
- chemistry of chromophores (how molecules have colors)
- harvest and synthesis of natural inks or dyes
- natural versus artificial colors
- invisible inks
- espionage and forensics
- solubility and surface tension
- optional at-home activities
Requirements: Bring a quad ruled (grids/graph paper inside), bound composition book to class every day (to serve as your lab notebook).
- No Prerequisites.
- If space allows and additional quarters are added students can join in quarters 3 or 4 even if they didn't get in to quarter 1.
- In our quarterly classes we encourage parents to stick around and participate if they wish, though they don't have to stay on site during class. Each child is different, so parents are expected to do whatever is best for their child.
Dr. Bonnie Surmi
As a freshman in high school, I was confronted with evolution in biology class. Supplied with creation science books from my dad’s extensive library, I began my quest to understand science as a Christian. I continued that pursuit during college, earning a degree in biochemistry at Biola University in California. With both of my parents being teachers, I knew from age seven that I, too, wanted to teach. With teaching as my primary goal, I attended graduate school at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, specializing in molecular physiology (I studied how organs communicate with each other). At Vanderbilt I learned the challenging—and often tedious—work of doing science in a research lab.
My husband Benjamin and I have three children and are currently homeschooling. I am excited to
discover the world around us with the youth at Glen’s Gizmos!
At Glen's Gizmos we have extensive resources and experience. We put this equipment and expertise to work for you. Expenses vary slightly. Most activities only cost between 12 and 16 dollars per class. Dissection specimens, ceramic glazes and specialized equipment are a significant portion of this expense in many classes. We are doing our best to keep your family's cost low and our classes affordable!