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Science & Technology

Dissecting Disasters


with Robert Huffman

Calendar Sep 19, 2023 at 10:15 am, runs for 8 weeks

Course Description: This class will look at some disastrous accidents, incidents, and production failures that have happened over the years in the aviation, maritime fields, and also the automotive industry. We will try to understand what went wrong and why the preventive actions did or did not work. We will look at the circumstances of incidents and what was officially done to prevent possible reoccurrence of the problems. I will provide visual aids and summaries for each class.

Class Leader Bio(s): Robert Huffman retired as an Air Force NCO after 27 years of service. He was a C-130 Crew Chief and Air Force Instructor. He also worked for Boeing. He has a bachelor's degree in political science.

Current Issues in Environmental Science for the Layperson


with Ron Weiss

Calendar Sep 19, 2023 at 1:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Course Description: What is the truth about Climate Change, Global Warming, Sea Levels, and other current topics. We will cover the basics of Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Oceanography, Atmospheric Science, Food Security, Population, Emerging Diseases and other topics in today's news.

Class Leader Bio(s): Ron holds earned graduate degrees in Education, Marine Science, Business, Marketing, Wildlife Management, Biology, Archeology and Anthropology. Ron retired from a 23-year career as an Environmental Scientist with the State of Indiana, during which time he held the position of Senior Environmental Scientist. Following retirement, he taught science courses at the university level, including Marine biology, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Microbiology, Evolution, and others.

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Weather & Geology 101


with Christa Hornbaker

Calendar Sep 20, 2023 at 10:15 am, runs for 8 weeks

Do you feel confused by all the weather and climate talk that bombards us daily? Want to become a savvy consumer of all this data? Then this is the class for you! Topics are divided into three general areas. Part 1: Instill a basic understanding and appreciation of the earth sciences (meteorology, geology, oceanography).  Part 2: Discuss and give context to earth science "current events". Part 3: Provide personal anecdotes from over 30 years' experience as a meteorologist and "glorified data collector" (aka, "World Famous Hurricane Hunter").

Instructor: Christa Hornbaker spent 28 years as a USAF Weather Officer, and served 18 of those years as an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter. She has a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from LSU, B.S. in Meteorology from St. Louis Univ, and an M.S. in Earth Sciences/Education from Mississippi State.

iLearn, iUnderstand, iPad


with Dolores Noechel

Calendar Sep 21, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Course Description: Are you ready to learn how to use your iPad effectively? This course will take you from the very basics to making your iPad your own. Individual needs will be addressed to make sure everyone has an opportunity to learn. We will explore the most popular iPad tricks and topics, including how to get the most out of your iPad experience. Students must bring their own iPads to class. This is a six-week course meeting on September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Notes: This is a six-week course meeting on September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Class Leader Bio(s): Dolores Noechel is a former Ruckel math teacher, OCSD Instructional Technology and Media Services Specialist, and Assistant Principal at Fort Walton Beach High School.

Drones for Beginners


with Billy Walker

Calendar Sep 22, 2023 at 8:30 am, runs for 7 weeks

Course Description: If you have just purchased a drone, or are about to do so, this class is for you. Learn the different types of drones that are available and which one to buy for your needs. Learn how to fly a drone safely and stay within FAA regulations. The class will provide tips on how to shoot video with a drone and edit it. Outdoor practice sessions in safe areas, as well as indoor classes, will be included. You do not have to own a drone to take this class, but if you do own one, you must register it with the FAA to fly it legally on the UWF campus. 7-week class.

Notes: 7-week class, no class on Friday November 10.

Class Leader(s): Billy Walker and Walter Spodeck

Class Leader Bio(s): Billy Walker has taught Video Processing and iPad classes at CLL for several years. He owns three drones and has been flying them for over three years. Walt Spodeck, a licensed drone pilot and owner of four drones, will be the co-leader for this course.

Organize and Display Your Photos


with Billy Walker

Calendar Sep 22, 2023 at 10:15 am, runs for 7 weeks

Course Description: Get out your old photos and video clips and put them in a format that can easily be displayed and shared. Using the Windows Movie Maker program on the classroom computers students will learn how to group their photos and movie clips into a single movie with music, narration and titles which can be displayed on any computer, TV or smart phone. Special effects and transitions between photos and movie clips will be demonstrated. Conversion of your hard copy photos and negatives into digital format will be discussed. This is an intermediate class requiring basic Windows computer skills. The movie files we make can be played but not created or edited on Apple computers. However, photos taken and stored on iPhones can be used in your movie. 7-week class.

Notes: 7-week class, no class on Friday November 10.

Class Leader(s): Billy Walker and Walter Spodeck

Class Leader Bio(s): Billy Walker has taught Video Processing, iPad and Drone classes at CLL for several years. Two of his favorite hobbies are videography and photography. Walt Spodeck has assisted in this class and the Drone class for several years.

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