Friday Classes

HEART Academy offers classes for home schooled students from 3rd-12th grade. Home school classes meet each Friday beginning in September and end in that last Friday of May. HEART classes do not meet during the month of December after Thanksgiving for 6 weeks.

Classes are categorized by the following divisions:

  • Lower Academy : classes for students in grades 3-6.
  • Upper Academy : classes for students in grades 7-12.
  • Upper & Lower Academy : classes for students in grades 3-12.

However, home school classes can be available to students outside these ranges based on your assessment of his or her readiness and skill aptitude for a class.

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You may download HEART’s course catalog by clicking the button below. Or you may simply use the search tool below to see course listings by subject, level or by the period.

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Course Catalog

A list of course offerings at HEART Academy Home School Co-op.
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Engineering is Elementary (Set 1)
$40 p/mo
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Course Length: One Semester

Grades: 2-4 only

Materials Fee: $30, one time only

Minimum & Maximum Class Size: 8 Maximum

Course Description:

In this class, students will learn how to follow the engineering design process: ask, imagine, plan, create and improve. They will interactively read An Engineering Story then work on an Engineering Design Challenge using data to inform their decisions. Students may work on the following units: evaluating a landscape and designing bridges, how best to clean up an oil spill, designing submersibles, designing windmills, designing knee braces, designing a solar baked oven, etc.

For more details on the units visit:

Students will work together in partners and make adjustments. This course will emphasize hands on learning, team work, collaboration and listening to each other while working together to solve problems.


Students will be asked to reflect on what went well and what adjustments need to be made via video reflection, scrapbooking, photo 1835 journaling, etc. At the end of the course, students who wish to may choose to present their reflections to the larger group.


Intro to Mechatronics with Vex IQ
$65 p/mo
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Main Focus: Introducing the youth of today to the technology of tomorrow. This course teaches the basics of designing, building, programming, and controlling robotics.

Course Length: Two Semesters, 32 weeks

Recommendations: Curriculum targets Elementary & Jr. High (ages 10-15)

Class Fee payable to Kevin Craig: $65/month per student

Lab Fee payable to Kevin Craig: $240.00 (One Time)


This hands-on instructional course familiarizes students with the concepts of robotics and the programming that makes them work! The class utilizes VEX’s 6-8th grade curriculum, VEX IQ. Using the different subsystems, students will use instructions as well as their own imagination to design, create, program, and control robotic creations that teach basic concepts in mechanics, physics, and computer science.

Prerequisite:  Students should be able to follow verbal and written directions, have adequate reading and writing skills, be willing to work with others in small team settings, have basic computer skills, and be ready to engage in hands-on learning!

About This Class/Objectives:

Starting at the basics, this class will begin with simple engineering and design concepts that will begin to develop a love for technology and a better understanding of how robotics and programming works. Each student will be equipped with an engineering notebook where they can store notes, drawings, ideas, and assignments. Homework will be given when there are take home assignments.  Most of the work in this class will be completed in the classroom with the guidance of the instructors. Students will follow instructions as well as their imaginations to build unique contraptions and mechatronics to better understand the concepts that will be taught in the class.  Students will also use provided laptops and dedicated programs to learn how to program robots for autonomous behavior.  The second semester, students will exercise the powers of creativity. Students will split into teams and design, build, program, and control their own creations in a friendly spirit of competition.


Grading and assessment will be based primarily off of attendance and participation. Show up and be ready to learn about the wonders of robotics and technology!

A look at the Curriculum:

In class we will use the Vex IQ Robotics Educational Guide:

  1. Intro to STEM, Robotics, Engineering
  2. Getting Started: Using Vex Hardware & Software
  3. Your First Robot: Instructions, Design
  4. Simple Machines & Motion
  5. Chain Reaction Challenge
  6. Key Concepts: Friction, Gravity, Speed, Torque, Power, etc.
  7. Mechanisms: Motors, Gear Ratio, Drivetrains, Objects
  8. Highrise Challenge
  9. Smart Machines: Sensors, Autopilot, Programming Exercises
  10. Smarter Machines: More Sensor Functions, Programming Challenges
Engineering is Elementary (Set 1) Image
Engineering is Elementary (Set 1)
Course Length: One Semester Grades: 2-4 only Materials Fee: $30, one time only Minimum & Maximum Class Size: 8 Maximum C... Read More
Class Period:2
Class Level:Lower Academy
$40 p/mo
Intro to Mechatronics with Vex IQ Image
Intro to Mechatronics with Vex IQ
Main Focus: Introducing the youth of today to the technology of tomorrow. This course teaches the basics of designing, building, programming, and controlling robotics. Course Length: Two Semeste... Read More
Class Period:1
Class Level:Lower & Upper Academy
$65 p/mo

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