Live Video Calls

Live Video Call Programs

These programs are facilitated live by our instructors through Google Meet.

To access our FREE CONTENT right now, create/use a Gmail account, navigate to the Google Classroom application, and use the code xetw6dg to join our classroom.

Art Makers (Ages 7 and up)

Do you like to express yourself through Visual Arts? Join Life Gears Academy's Julianna in a weekly live video call to discuss Visual Arts and develop skills while working on an activity. Class will focus on principles of art and how to use them.

Live Video Call through Google Meet

Ages: 7 and up

Group Size: up to 6 youth

Time Slots: 10:30am to 11:30am EST and 1:30pm to 2:30pm EST

Dates: Tuesdays July 14 to August 25 (7 weeks)

Cost: $8/session or $40 for all 7 sessions. Cost is per participant, with discounts available for multiple youth per device/computer.

Registration: https://forms.gle/KSKA3r7aGBHziCGAA

General Outline:

July 14: Intro to Principles of Art ~ July 21: Geometric Art (Unity) ~ July 28: Complimentary Colouring (Rhythm)(Textures)

August 4: Hot and Cold Colours (Contrast) ~ August 11: How to Doodle (Emphasis) ~ August 18: Optical Illusions (Movement)

August 25: Pattern Drawing (Pattern and Rhythm)

Art Thinkers (Ages 11 and up)

Ever think about what it means to be "art" and the artists who tested this definition throughout time? Join Life Gears Academy's Sarah and Julianna in a weekly live video call to discuss Visual Arts and its impact on society. This class will focus on examples of different art movements, pieces that make us think, how to value artwork, and a final class where we learn about how to critique each other's work.

Live Video Call through Google Meet

Ages: 11 to 15

Group Size: up to 6 youth

Time Slots: 10:30am to 11:30am EST and 1:30pm to 2:30pm EST

Dates: Thursdays July 16 to August 27 (7 weeks)

Cost: $8/session or $40 for all 7 sessions. Cost is per participant, with discounts available for multiple youth per device/computer.

Registration: https://forms.gle/k6Leny4uEHA9rmtp8

General Outline:

July 16: What is Art and What is its Purpose? ~ July 23: Principles of Art and How They Are Used ~ July 30: Ready Made and Dada Art

Aug 6: The Value of Art ~ August 13: Communicating Through the Arts ~ August 20: Junk Art and the Environment

August 27: Show and Tell/Critique

Computer Science Tutoring

These programs are offered with live one to one support from Julian, who is a Software Engineering student, and are booked based on your schedule at an hourly rate in 1 to 2 hour time slots. Roughly 10 hours are recommended for each topic/program.

Live Video Call through Google Meet

Ages: 12 + (including adults)

Group Size: 1 on 1 support

Time Slots: 8am to 7pm EST Monday to Friday (with some flexibility)

Dates: June 29 to August 28

Cost: $15 for each 1 hour session, $20 for each 2 hour session (the rates are discounted thanks to a grant)

Registration: https://forms.gle/YobXdn368iKZugNZ9

Basic Programming

Learn to program starting with the absolute basics. Using Javascript and any compatible web browser, we will study how a computer can be given instructions in a way it understands. No prior skills are required; we start from the beginning.

This tutoring program aims to have students complete a handful of small starter projects using Javascript. They range from the traditional “Hello World!” program, which requires one line of code, to making a calculator and your own Tic Tac Toe game, which are much more complicated. Don’t worry though - you won’t be left in the dust. These sessions are intended to give you the knowledge at your own pace.

Video Game Programming

Ever wanted to build your own game? Video games are wildly entertaining, both to play and to make. These lessons will begin by explaining how a game works internally - we will talk about the structure of the logic that runs the game, and then dive into creating our own. Please note that these games will be 2 dimensional, or “2D” games. 3D games are very hard to build, and require much more advanced knowledge.

These lessons will begin with explanation and dissection of some elements of a typical game, and then focus on using that knowledge to build our own simple game. The purpose of this is to provide the knowledge needed to extend personal projects and games beyond tutoring hours, so that students can tinker with new ideas and learn new concepts on their own. This does not require any prior programming knowledge, but is slightly more fast-paced than the Basic Programming course.

Website Programming

Websites are a combination of two important fields of study: programming and design. If you have an interest in building your own websites and giving them a good look, then this is the lesson series for you. In this lesson series we will discuss how websites are built using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. We will talk about how to make a website layout look how you want it to, and we will talk about making elements of your website “dynamic”.

We will also talk about how to make a website that looks good on both mobile and desktop. This course is significantly lighter on the programming aspect, though you will still write a great deal of “markup” language, which is more about specifying where and how you want something to appear.

For older students, we can also discuss the AODA, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and how to make websites that can be navigated without a screen.